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  • Local man helps others fight addiction

    Sometimes you don’t know what your true calling is until you weather the storm.
    Abe Gordon, a resident here in his youth, has returned to the place where the game of life would deal him some hard lessons but create a vision to allow him to help others overcome the obstacles set before them.
    Gordon moved to Los Alamos at the age of 13, from Chimayo, but didn’t have his first experience with drugs until he arrived on the hill.
    He began smoking pot and drinking, was introduced to psychedelics then, in his teens, to meth, cocaine and heroin. He remained an addict until the age of 31, when he fought felony charges that might have caused him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
    He found the Delancey Street Foundation or perhaps they found him. It was where he would begin the fight for his life for four and a half years. The initial fight is just one of many for someone battling to stay clean from drug use and Gordon has been clean for more than nine years.
    Someone overcoming addiction can’t always acclimate back into a society surrounded by the same problems, the same people and the same drug use, but Inside Out Recovery has come to help by opening a Los Alamos office on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • White Rock Kite Festival this weekend

    One of the largest kite festivals in New Mexico will take flight once again in White Rock this weekend, with a string of family friendly activities to keep everyone happy.
    The 19th annual Kite Festival begins at 6 p.m. today, with live music by Eric McFadden Band, the first in a series of summer concerts presented by Gordon’s Summer Concerts series, as well as a nighttime kite flying demonstration and glow.
    On Saturday and Sunday, children will be able to tap into their creativity with kite building workshops from noon to 2 p.m., where they can color and design kites, attach line and watch them fly.
    The festival also attracts adult kite enthusiasts from across the Southwest when intricately shaped and hand made kites add color to the skies.
    Along with stunt kite flying, the event includes food, crafts, hands on activities and kites for sale. A “kite hospital” will even be available, staffed with kite medics to mend the inevitable broken and injured kites using sticks, duct tape, and ingenuity.
    The Kite Festival takes place at Overlook Park in White Rock, just eight miles southwest of Los Alamos. Festival hours are from 7–10 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • Community Calendar 5-20-16

    TODAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After brief remarks by those involved in obtaining the designation, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.

    Los Alamos Kite Festival at the soccer fields in Overlook Park in White Rock. Children of all ages are welcome to come and join the festivities. The Kite Festival weekend kicks off today at 7 p.m. with the Summer Concert Series. Kite artists will be on the field with their kites on display and a night kite fly demonstration. The main festival is held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The day includes music, food, kite-building workshops for kids, and kite flying.
    SATURDAY
    Mason Lodge waffle breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Pajarito Masonic Lodge  on 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 and under.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its Season Finale Concert at 7 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church, 80 State Road 4, White Rock. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. A $10 donation per guest is suggested. A reception will follow the concert to which the audience is cordially invited.

  • PNM investments drive economic development

    BY AGNES NOONAN
    President, WESST

  • Don’t let candidates stretch the facts about taxes

    As we get closer to primary elections, you’re going to hear two stories about taxes.
    Story No. 1: New Mexico’s taxes are a dreadful burden on its citizens. Story No. 2: New Mexico’s big corporate tax giveaway in 2013 has eroded the tax base so much that revenues have plummeted and responsible public officials must raise revenues.
    First, we’ve heard scare stories about our tax burden for years, and for just as long various studies have told us that we’re actually middling.
    This year, WalletHub said New Mexico ranked 27th in state tax burden as a percentage of personal income. Our gross receipts tax burden is fifth highest in the nation. But the total tax burden, of 8.67 percent, is far lower than New York (13 percent), Hawaii (12 percent), and Maine and Vermont (11 percent). The lowest was Alaska, at about 5 percent.
    On the other hand, WalletHub placed New Mexico 41st in the return for taxes paid. This is based on 20 categories of education, health, safety, economy, infrastructure and pollution. We took a big hit for our sorry economy. Yes, you can hold elected officials responsible for the ranking and the economy. Colorado’s return on investment was third, Texas was 15th, and Arizona was 19th.

  • Jemez Mountain runs on Saturday

    The Jemez Mountain Trail Runs will take place Saturday, starting and finishing at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge.
    The runs take full advantage of Los Alamos’ mountain trail network around town, up Pajarito Mountain and through the Valles Caldera.
    The runs include 15-mile, 50-kilometer and 50-mile courses.
    The 50-mile begins at 5 a.m., followed by the 50K run at 6 a.m. and the 15-miler at 8 a.m.
    There are more than 600 runners registered, with over 400 coming from out of town.
    This is a true community event with over 100 local volunteers involved, numerous local businesses providing sponsorship and support, and many local organizations helping get the trails in tip-top shape for months now.
    People may see flags, signs and ribbons along many of the local trails over the next few days.
    Hundreds of trail runners from all over the country come to Los Alamos to enjoy the trails and they rely on these markers to keep from getting lost and to stay out of trouble.
    The Perimeter Trail, in particular, will be quite busy in the early morning hours Saturday.
    Markers like these may pose a bit of an eyesore for some, but patience and tolerance are requested for the next few days.
    The markers will be removed from the trails quickly after race day.

  • Genero, Salazar commit to play college ball

    Two more Hilltoppers signed letters of intent Monday to continue their athletic careers in college.
    Baseball player Jarrett Genero signed with New Mexico Highlands University and Kayla Salazar signed on with Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, to play basketball for the Grizzlies.
    The two schools compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II.
    Both players also transferred to Los Alamos as upperclassmen and made immediate impacts for the Hilltoppers.
    Genero came to Los Alamos as a junior and gave the ’Toppers a steady glove in the outfield and some extra power with his bat.
    This year, Genero switched to a middle infielder where he was in a position to make more plays.
    He also continued getting big hits, including a 2-RBI double in the state quarterfinals against Centennial and a four-RBI performance against Moriarty in the first round of state.
    The Los Alamos baseball team finished 20-9 this year, losing to Centennial in the quarterfinals, 5-4. Centennial went on to win the state championship, beating St. Pius X 13-1 in the semis and Goddard 5-4 in the championship game.
    Salazar transferred from Española Valley to Los Alamos this year and gave the ’Toppers a strong outside shooting threat.

  • Rotary Club gives Deborah Beene awards

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition. The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in December 1973.  
    The award is intended to assist ninth through 12th-grade Los Alamos High School students in their musical growth. The students receiving the award are asked to use the money, a single award of up to $1,500, for fees to attend a music camp, for college or university music expenses, for the purchase of a better instrument, or for tuition for private music instruction.
    This year’s winners are:
    • First place ($1,200): violinist Jamie Philps, performing “Concerto in C Major, allegro molto e con brio” by Kabalevsky; piano accompaniment, Cindy Little; teacher, Kay Newnam.
    • Second place ($600): violinist Grace Kim, performing “Romance in F Major” by Beethoven; piano accompaniment, Katherine Wang; teacher, Kay Newnam
    • Third-Place Tie:
    ($300): Brian Johnson, CDJ2000s synthesizer, original compositions; teacher Rami Pearlman.
    ($300): cellist Irene Kwon, “Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3” by Bach; teacher, Sally Guenther.

  • Community Calendar 5-18-16

    TODAY
    Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting 6 p.m. in building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Carie Fanning will speak about Family Strength Networks and the Parenting with Love and Logic classes. The public is welcome to attend.

    Chamber Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in room 230, building 2 at UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive. Speaker New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Aging and Long Term Services Myles Copeland will talk about employees who are distracted by the demands of also being a caregiver for an aging family member. 



    THURSDAY
    Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum winter series at 6:30 p.m. at Hall at Kelly Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Topic will be “What Makes Us Human?” A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., then an optional, informal small group discussion. Attendees can bring dinner. All are welcome. Follow the blog at lafsf.org.
    FRIDAY
    Plaque dedication ceremony honoring the recent addition of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Los Alamos to the National and State Register of Historic Places at 3:30 p.m. near the entrance to the post office. After remarks, the plaques will be unveiled and refreshments will be served.
    SATURDAY

  • Oppenheimer Scholarship winners announced

    Twelve college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded over 200 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $420,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several limited-term endowments, numerous small, individual donations, and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.
    The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
    This year’s selected students from Los Alamos High School are:
    Jovan Zhang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship supported by the committee, awarded to a student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics.
    Katherine Wang: J. Robert Oppenheimer Scholarship in Memory of Mary and Harold Argo, awarded to a young woman for outstanding promise in the arts or sciences.