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Today's News

  • Dayhiking the mountain west

    The April Los Alamos Mountaineers will have a presentation by Sean O’Rourke, a Los Alamos native and peak-bagger.
    The meeting will begin 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    During the meeting, there will also be a social and reports of recent and upcoming trips.  
    Since escaping graduate school in 2009, O’Rourke has traveled and climbed the mountain west from Baboquivari in Arizona to Robson in Canada, living on the road for half the year and writing about the experience at drdirtbag.com.  
    Though he occasionally brings ropes, tents and partners, he usually climbs peaks solo and car-to-car in a day.  Among his most “extreme” outings, he has climbed all 15 of California’s 14,000-foot peaks in 62 hours, summited Mount Robson in 15, and traversed the Kaweah peaks in 19.
    In his talk, he will describe how he progressed from ordinary dayhikes in Colorado and California to longer and steeper endeavors.  He will argue that most mountaineers can climb most peaks in a single day, and that with sufficient motivation and moderate skill, any peak in the lower 48 is a dayhike.  
    The talk will describe trips to some of the most remote peaks in the Cascades, including the northern and southern Pickets.

  • Assets in Action: Making jokes about serious issues

    This week, I want adults to pay attention to the many things that pass us by without even a second thought. The things that surround us on a daily basis that we might not even realize have become common.
    Many years ago, we brought the Rachel’s Challenge program to the middle school. The program is named after Rachel Scott, the first student to be shot by her fellow students at Columbine.
    The reason I bring it up is because the guest speaker told the students that it is the friends, music, books, games and shows you surround yourself with that assist in developing the person you become.
    I am well aware that I am getting older, but recently I have become more aware of things in every day culture that tend to blend into the background of our lives, yet barrage us daily, just the same.
    As I prepare to graduate my first group of leadership students, I pick out the photos that my husband will set to music that make a type of story book of the year we have just experienced together.
    As I listen to song after song, that has a good beat, some good lyrics, inevitably there comes a line about smoking weed or getting drunk or being high. Even though we can occasionally bleep out an ugly word, it makes me crazy that so many of the popular songs send the same message.

  • Los Alamos native to teach traditional oil painting

    There’s something exotic about painting with oils. Many artists will say that no other medium compares to working with the same medium as the great masters of old. Painting in oils is like painting with butter. Oil paint is thick and can be spread, pushed, troweled, brushed and scraped. Because it dries slowly paintings can evolve, with colors mixed on the canvas in order to create an effect.
    Artist Trevor Lucero wants to help students share in the mysteries of getting the paint to reflect their vision, to capture reflected light so realistically it delights the viewer. Although he developed this class with intermediate students in mind, he welcomes raw beginners, as well as more accomplished oil painters. Lucero say, “The amazing light of our New Mexico landscapes gives artists a great excuse to mash colors together.”
    In his class “Traditional Genres in Oil Painting” Lucero will teach how to build a painting in the traditional way: constructing an underpainting and working toward a completed image using a succession of glazes to achieve luminosity. Students will work on portraits, still lifes, or landscapes using photographs. The class meets from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays April 16-30 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

  • How corporate tax loopholes compromise our future

    The notion of “paying it forward” is a popular one, and while we may not think about our income taxes as a form of paying it forward, that’s exactly what we’re doing.
    The public works that we all depend upon today — roads and highways, schools and parks, telecommunications and electrical grids, even courts and prisons — were made possible in part by taxes paid by past generations. And the taxes we pay today won’t just go toward keeping these systems and infrastructure in good repair, they will also be needed to plan for our future and address unexpected issues and opportunities.
    This kind of long-term vision is the foundation upon which the United States was built.
    Our public works and infrastructure don’t just improve our quality of life, they also make our modern economy possible. Savvy American corporations understand that they depend on this infrastructure and that they bear responsibility for helping to pay for it.
    As the new report “Burning Our Bridges” (Center for Effective Government) shows, much of our nation’s infrastructure needs could be covered simply by collecting income tax on the profits that several corporations have retained overseas.

  • Loonies on the loose

    The “news” is too much with us.
    True, print news venues have troubles galore, have had for a long time now.
    But anything electronic — television, blogospheric, streaming, screening, online, live, recorded, you name it — positively fibrillates as it belches forth endless servings of routinely unedited rumor, claims, charges/counter-charges, pure hokum and mindless opinion masquerading as “news.”
    Last week, when a guy named Tom Cotton opined to the effect that it would be far easier simply to bomb Iran than to continue negotiations designed to forestall that country’s efforts to develop its own nuclear weapons, I became halfway persuaded that too many loonies are making too many headlines today.
    It was Cotton, a brand new Republican U.S. senator from Arkansas, who whipped out that infamous letter (co-signed by 47 other Senate Republicans) to Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei basically warning him that the negotiations were doomed inasmuch as the GOP controls both houses of Congress.
    Cotton had been in the Senate only a matter of weeks, but the media — particularly online — snapped it all up: Cotton, his letter, his cohorts, their bomb, the whole thing. They couldn’t get enough of it.

  • Watching It Fly

    Los Alamos’ Johnny Osden keeps an eye on his ball during Monday’s Los Alamos Spring Invitational at the golf course. Osden finished second individually in the boys competition, shooting a 79.

  • Update 4-14-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet tonight in council chambers. Meeting time is set for 7 p.m.

    Budget hearings

    Hearings for the proposed FY 2016 budget are scheduled for April 20, 21, 27 and 28. The hearings will be in council chambers at 7 p.m. all four days.

    Sustainability

    Then Environmental Sustainability Board will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Docent training

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host History Docent Training from 3-4 p.m. Thursday at the Hans Bethe house, 1350 Bathtub Row. Anyone interested in volunteering as a docent is invited to attend.

    Concert

    Pianist Ron Grinage will perform at the Los Alamos Arts Council benefit concert. The concert will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge and will include a silent auction and desserts catered by Blue Window Bistro.

    Chautaqua

    Los Alamos Historical Society will present a Harry S Truman Chautauqua today at Fuller Lodge. It will be at 7:30 p.m.

  • Local Briefs 4-14-15

    Caldera planning burns
    at Valle Grande

    The Valles Caldera Trust announced last week it will look for a time to conduct a prescribed burn in the Valle Grande later this month or early next month.
    Trust officials said the proposed burn would take place over 1-3 days near N.M. 4 at roughly mile marker 39.
    The project would involve nearly 1,500 acres of grassland in the Valle Grande.
    Should conditions permit, burn operations would occur during midday to minimize morning and afternoon commuter traffic on N.M. 4, according to the Trust. Regularly scheduled Valles Caldera activities aren’t expected to be impacted by the burn.

    Santa Fe Watershed burns postponed

  • Senate votes on compromise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached a compromise Tuesday on a bill that would give Congress a say on an emerging deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program — and an opportunity to severely undercut the implementation of any agreement it doesn’t like.
    The compromise came as Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of the cabinet visited Capitol Hill for a second straight day to sell lawmakers on conditions of the prospective final deal and to plead for time to reach an accord with Tehran by the end of June. International negotiators are trying to reach a deal that would prevent Iran from being able to develop nuclear weapons. In exchange, Tehran would get relief from economic sanctions that are crippling its economy.
    President Barack Obama, who wants a deal with Iran to burnish his foreign policy legacy, has been in a standoff for months with lawmakers who not only believe that Congress should have an opportunity to weigh in, but remain skeptical that Iran will honor any agreement.

  • Clinton kicks off campaign

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The big rallies and massive fundraising blitzes have to wait. Hillary Clinton is getting her 2016 campaign for president started with a few caffeinated beverages and says she’s ready to “drink my way across Iowa.”
    “Hi, everybody,” Clinton said Tuesday after popping into the Jones Street Java House, a coffee shop in the Mississippi River town of LeClaire. “I’m happy to be here.”
    Fresh from a two-day road trip, Clinton’s coffee shop stop Tuesday morning is the first event in her return to presidential politics. It sticks with her strategy to hold small “retail” style events that allow her to speak to individual voters. She doesn’t plan to hold a large kickoff rally for several weeks, and will tour a community college and hold a roundtable discussion with students and teachers in Monticello, Iowa, later Tuesday.
    It’s a debut reminiscent of the “listening tour” that opened her campaign for Senate in 2000, when she ventured into small upstate towns to convene meetings with voters and local leaders. At the coffee shop, she asked for recommendations on what to order, and decided on a Masala chai and a Carmela latte, along with some water with lemon. Her total: $6.96.