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  • Community Calendar 2-9-18

    TODAY
    The Jemez House Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock will have a Bag Day sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Jemez House Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock will have a Bag Day sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Astronomy Show: Water Worlds at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Join Dr. Rick Wallace on a journey to discover and explore watery worlds. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Exoplanets
at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system: Exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. 2:00 PM Admission: $6/adult, $4/child. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Jemez House Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock will have a Bag Day sale from 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Local leaders graduate from Leadership New Mexico program

    Leadership New Mexico is pleased to announce that Marcus Lucero, Business Development Executive, Feynman Center for Innovation, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Andrea Martinez, Prime Contract Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory from the Los Alamos area are among 30 statewide young professionals who recently graduated from the 11th Leadership New Mexico Connect New Mexico “The Next Generation of Leadership” Program.

    Open to 25-40 year-old leaders, this program is designed to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills, learn how New Mexico systems and structures work, and explore critical issues facing the state.

    Participants represent the various geographic regions and communities, from the public, private, government, and non-profit sectors. Connect New Mexico “The Next Generation of Leadership” encourages participants to cultivate new ideas and introduces participants to recognized leaders who provide insight into a wide range of issues and topics.   

    In addition to the Connect New Mexico “The Next Generation of Leadership” Program, other Leadership New Mexico programs include the Core Program and the Local Government Leadership Program.

  • Assets in Action: Help spread the joy for the next 50 days

    While I don’t want to be divisive, congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their Super Bowl win! I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was excited to see them win the big game.

    The win will be a huge sense of pride for the “City of Brotherly Love.” I also think that the nation could use a good underdog story.

    Personally, I have been feeling like I need a positive to focus on and recently one came to mind.

    As the Wilson Pickett song goes, “Late in the midnight hour,” when the brain winds down and there is a different kind of time to think, it hit me.

    I took the idea to two sources I felt needed to approve the project and feel that it has passed the test.

    You see, this April, a very dear person, Joy Handsberry would have turned 50 years old. Joy passed from cancer in November. We may have lost her this school year, but we will never lose the joy that Joy brought us. As a way to do that, I could use your help.

    To demonstrate to her son Max the love for that still remains, I am asking people that ‘Do Facebook,’” to post a photo, a story or a reflection on her Facebook page for 50 days, every day starting Feb. 15.

    I’m writing this early because I know around the 14th, folks may be too busy to read the paper or get online.

  • Nonprofit training set for Thursday

    The Los Alamos Community Foundation will host a nonprofit training from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, building 2 in the lecture hall.

    Chris Daniels, the finance director of the Los Alamos Family YMCA, will present “Internal Controls for Nonprofits: Viable solutions that are easy to apply.”

    Embezzlement and fraud within the nonprofit sector is probably more common and also more preventable than you would think. The damage and effect of fraud can be extensive and community trust hard to regain. By raising awareness of how it happens and implementing a few simple methods nonprofits can avoid such a calamity.

    In this interactive presentation attendees can learn the following:

    • Common ways that embezzlement and or fraud can occur.

    • The critical areas where controls are most needed.

    • Effective ways to establish internal controls with a limited staff.

    • Specific controls that can be applied immediately with minimal effort.

    • Examples where controls could have prevented fraud or errors.

    Nonprofit training sessions sponsored by Los Alamos Community Foundation are made possible with generous support from UNM-Los Alamos and the LANL Foundation.

  • Davis to speak at LA Dems meeting Feb. 12

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, building 5.

    The guest speaker will be Pat Davis from ProgressNowNM.

    ProgressNowNM is New Mexico’s largest progressive advocacy organization and helps to train candidates and activists statewide to run for office. As the executive director of ProgressNowNM, Davis traveled around the state talking to small groups of frustrated Democrats and progressives and got them involved in actions to fact-check conservative news and get trained to win elections.

    Davis is an Albuquerque city councilor and is running for Congress.

  • Return on LEDA investment enriches NM economy

    By Finance New Mexico

    For evidence of the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA)’s power to stimulate the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, New Mexico residents need look no further than the massive industrial building at 2600 Camino Entrada in Santa Fe.
    The former home of CleanAIR Systems and Caterpillar Inc. is now the world headquarters for Meow Wolf Inc., a leader in the vibrant “experience economy” that expects to employ as many as 360 highly skilled workers over the next five years. Its genesis was a City of Santa Fe-backed LEDA loan and grant package that enabled the original owners to capitalize on their company’s rapid growth.

    Infrastructure improvements like this building are what the proponents of LEDA envisioned 25 years ago when the law was passed: Allowing local governments to invest taxpayer dollars in promising private-sector businesses can bring jobs, skills training and permanent physical assets to New Mexico communities.

  • School buses don’t have to be toxic

    School buses can be hazardous to your children’s health.

    Most school buses, including New Mexico’s, are powered with diesel. The diesel fumes contain enough toxic substances to cause an identifiable health hazard to children (and others, especially the drivers) who are regularly exposed to the fumes.

    Documentation is ample. Diesel exhaust has more than 40 toxic air contaminants, including nitrogen oxides and known or suspected cancer-causing substances, such as benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde.

    Diesel soot from school buses has also been associated with reduced lung function and increased incidences of pneumonia in children, according to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. And New Mexico has a respiratory disease problem.

    “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in New Mexico, with an estimated 150,000 adults and 47,000 children currently having the disease,” said a report from the state Health Department. It notes that asthma contributes to reduced quality of life and health care costs.

  • 2018 State Legislature: Gov. highlights budget needs

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday describing a House-approved budget as soft on crime in a push to increase salaries for State Police, corrections officers, prosecutors and public defenders.

    Her comment came as Senate lawmakers weighed amendments to a $6.3 billion spending package for the coming fiscal year.

    Disagreements over compensation for state law enforcement agencies boil down to less than $15 million — a fraction of the state general fund budget — but have emerged as a focal point of budgetary discord between the Republican governor in her final year in office and New Mexico’s Democrat-led Legislature.

    The Legislature has until Feb. 15 to send the governor a spending bill, which can be vetoed line-by-line or entirely.

    The House last week approved a 2 percent cost of living adjustment for all state employees, with an additional 4.5 percent increase for court personnel, state police, prison guards, parole officers and staff at district attorney offices.

    The Martinez administration has said the plan doesn’t go far enough in boosting law enforcement-related salaries, particularly at the largest district attorney’s office that oversees Albuquerque, amid acute concerns about urban crime there.

  • Libertarians shy away from governor’s race

    SANTA FE — The Libertarian Party did not enter a candidate for governor of New Mexico as a primary-election deadline passed, complicating efforts to maintain major party status in November elections.

    Libertarian Party activist and candidate for state Attorney General A. Blair Dunn said Tuesday that the party still has options open to protect its major-party status in fall elections.

    The Secretary of State’s Office says the party must win 5 percent of the vote in a gubernatorial or presidential election to maintain major party status. Agency spokesman Joey Keefe says a Libertarian candidate for governor still can file as a write-in contender.

    Libertarian candidates have ready access to the primary and general election ballot in New Mexico thanks to a strong showing in 2016 by failed presidential candidate Gary Johnson that provided major party status.

    Libertarians have registered to run for U.S. Senate, two congressional seats, secretary of state and state land commissioner.

    Governor candidates to file were Republican Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs, and Democrats Michelle Lujan Grisham, of Albuquerque, Jeff Apodaca, of Albuquerque, Peter DeBenedittis, of Santa Fe, and State Sen. Joe Cervantes, of Las Cruces.

  • SpaceX’s big new rocket blasts off

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s big new rocket blasted off Tuesday on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car aiming for an endless road trip past Mars.

    The Falcon Heavy rose from the same launch pad used by NASA nearly 50 years ago to send men to the moon. With liftoff, the Heavy became the most powerful rocket in use today, doubling the liftoff punch of its closest competitor.

    The three boosters and 27 engines roared to life at Kennedy Space Center, as thousands watched from surrounding beaches, bridges and roads, jamming the highways in scenes unmatched since NASA’s last space shuttle flight. At SpaceX Mission Control in Southern California, employees screamed, whistled and raised pumped fists into the air as the launch commentators called off each milestone.

    Two of the boosters— both recycled from previous launches — returned minutes later for simultaneous, side-by-side touchdowns on land at Cape Canaveral. Sonic booms rumbled across the region with the vertical landings. There was no immediate word on whether the third booster, brand new, made it onto an ocean platform 300 miles offshore.