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Today's News

  • White Rock library to feature two local poets

    Santa Fe poet Lauren Camp and Los Alamos poet David Mutschlecner will read from their work at the White Rock Branch Library, 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The reading is free and open to the public.

    Lauren Camp is the author of four books of poetry: “Turquoise Door” (3: A Taos Press, 2018); “One Hundred Hungers” (Tupelo Press, 2016), winner of the Dorset Prize; “The Dailiness,” winner of the National Federation of Press Women Poetry Prize and a World Literature Today “Editor’s Pick;” and “This Business of Wisdom.”

    Camp is the recipient of a fellowship from the Black Earth Institute, residencies from Willapa Bay AiR, the Gaea Foundation, and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and a finalist citation for the Arab American Book Award. In 2018, she presented her poems at the original Mayo Clinic, and her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish and Arabic. She lives and teaches in New Mexico.

    Mutschlecner has written several books, with his most recent book entitled Icon. Mutschlecner’s published work includes the poetry books “Esse,” “Sign” and “Enigma and Light” from Ahsahta Press, and “Veils” from Stride Press.

  • Affordable Arts: A Los Alamos holiday tradition

    There are some pretty great places to shop “on the hill” over the holidays. Small businesses in Los Alamos, like the Fuller Lodge Art Center, are already decorating and stocking their shelves.

    On Nov. 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., FLAC will officially open the annual Affordable Arts show. The event continues the center’s tradition of art with a special flair at affordable prices.

    In this season of gift giving, the aim is to present Los Alamos with unique, quality artwork that won’t break the bank.

    Every year, the gallery space is transformed into a shopper’s paradise, full of one-of-a-kind items that would make ideal gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, December birthdays, or any other occasion.

    There are so many options for shopping during the holiday season, but most people tend to put it off until we absolutely have to. It can be daunting to coordinate wish lists, comparison shop for prices, and then fight parking lots and lines just to put something nice under the tree. While it’s quite satisfying to put that checkmark down on a holiday list, shoppers may still feel like they are missing something. Personality, ambiance, community, holiday cheer.

  • Community Calendar 11-14-18

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    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will host a dialogue session for students and community members with advisors from the UNM College of Engineering from 1:20-2 p.m. on in Building 5, Wallace Hall. The session will be oriented toward individuals with an interest in completing an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in an engineering field through UNM. UNM-LA is seeking input about local educational needs for programs and courses in order to better serve the community. UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

    Today-Dec. 12 — Forest Explorers Hike and Play from 1-3 p.m. at the Nature Center. Get outside this fall by exploring with PEEC! Kids ages 5 to 8 can still sign up for the remaining three sessions of this class, which meets every other Wednesday. Cost is $67 for non-members, $56 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Boy Scouts-letter carrier fall food drive set for Saturday

    Local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts are prepared to help the Atomic City Letter Carriers and LA Cares to collect, sort and store local donations of food and supplies during the 21st Annual BSA-Letter Carriers Fall Food Drive on Saturday. All they need is the community’s help “scouting for food.”

    Even in the Los Alamos community, there are many families with children or elderly who need help to get enough food to eat.

    To help, community members are asked to fill a grocery bag (double it for strength) or a box with non-perishable food and other necessities.

    Then, on Saturday morning,  place it near their mailboxes and a letter carrier, a Boy Scout or an adult BSA leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored and distributed by LA Cares.
    Alternately, the community  can visit Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos or Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock on Saturday and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept food donations from about 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Residents who will be out of town during the food drive  can leave non-perishable food and supply donations year-round at the Aquatic Center or at Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.

    What to donate

  • Adopt-a-Family Program seeks sponsors

    The local Adopt-a-Family Program is looking for local sponsors to help provide a Christmas for over 90 families who have applied for assistance this holiday season.

    “Every year we are blown away by the need in our little town but also the generosity that the community shows through this program,” said Kim Knapp, co-director of the Adopt a Family Program this year.

    In 2003, Margie Gillespie, a longtime program coordinator, had to step down and the Los Alamos Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took on the challenge of coordinating the Adopt a Family program.

    The applying families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.

    “Our goal is to provide at least one ‘need’ (such as clothing) and at least one ‘want’ (such as a book, toy, etc.) for each child in the house, and we also have information on the parents’ needs and wants. Additionally, we request that the sponsor provide a gift certificate for the family for groceries,” said Maureen Johnson, co-director of the program.

    Alpha Zeta is encouraging all businesses, organizations, churches and individuals to sponsor families.

  • Assets in Action: Festival of Trees event is Saturday

    This week, my spirits have been boosted, as we head into what I guess we’ll call Heaven week, as it feels like we are moving Heaven and Earth to get to the finish line.

    Yes, this week is the Festival of Trees, every day, you can stroll through the Betty Ehart Senior Center to view many items up for silent auction. The smallest price I saw was $3.50 and the starting bid on one tree was $100, but the tree is 12 feet tall and has several hundreds of dollars of ornaments on display. It also comes with all of the resealable storage boxes and lights.

    The ladies of Beta Sigma Phi came out on Friday and Saturday, to work on three of the many trees on display this week. Xi NU started it off with a Wonder Woman of sorts, Friday with, “Silver Lanes and Candy Canes,” followed by the bevy of beauties of Preceptor Beta with an array of hearts and, “Love is all you need.” Finally, the CBCs of Alpha Zeta spent a few hours on Saturday constructing, what I believe may have been titled, “All God’s creatures, great and small.”

  • One-day tax holiday aims to draw consumers to hometown businesses

    BY SANDY NELSON
    Finance New Mexico

    Once the frenzy of Black Friday fades, Small Business Saturday aims to attract shoppers to local merchants whose stores serve hometown retail needs – not just to keep those businesses healthy in today’s hypercompetitive retail environment but also to generate tax revenue that provides vital community services.

    To stoke that fire, the 2018 New Mexico Legislature passed a law authorizing a one-day tax holiday that will remove state gross receipts taxes from a variety of retail products on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – one of the year’s busiest shopping days, when many people hunt for the best deals on holiday gifts – from 2018 through 2020.

    The 24-hour consumer tax relief measure applies to small businesses of 10 or fewer employees only; franchises, no matter how small, are exempted. It covers a wide range of products, including clothing, sporting goods, artworks, musical instruments, and furniture – as long as the cost of any individual product doesn’t exceed $500.

    The tax-free day represents a sacrifice by the state and municipalities to benefit New Mexico businesses, as it is likely to cost the state nearly $2 million per year in lost revenues and cost local communities their share of the GRT for that day.

  • Red and blue don’t tell us everything

    Red states, blue states, red counties, blue counties.    

    A few elections ago, a TV station began using red and blue to indicate voting patterns on a map, a decision driven solely by graphic design. It stuck, and now it’s an emblem of political identity.

    On maps the day after Election Day, the colors defined divisions between one county and the next, between rural and urban, and between regions of the state.

    Like many other states, the cities here voted blue, but unlike other states, the rural areas were both blue and red. This rural-urban divide was most visible as the state’s second largest city, Las Cruces, flexed its muscles, swinging the vote for Xochitl Torres Small despite solid support for Yvette Harrell in the massive 2nd District’s red counties. The reliably blue north preserves Ben Ray Lujan’s 3rd District seat each cycle. And the blue and very urban 1st District is sending Deb Haaland, of Laguna Pueblo, to Congress.

    While the anticipated “Blue Wave” fell short nationally, it was a reality here, sweeping Democrats into all the statewide offices.

  • Council mulls nixing panhandling ordinance

    Los Alamos County was the latest government entity targeted by the American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico in its quest to ban all panhandling laws across the state.

    ACLU New Mexico approached Los Alamos County in August, claiming that the law was unconstitutional.

    The council took up the matter Tuesday at its regular council meeting. A decision to keep or repeal the county ordinance was made after press time. The Los Alamos Monitor will have an update on the decision in the Friday edition.

    The county law was passed in October 2015 in an effort to “protect the county’s residents and public from abusive solicitation and panhandling practices with the imposition of reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on solicitation and panhandling.”

    If County Council doesn’t appeal the law, Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU New Mexico, said they might pursue further legal action.

    “Our organization has a long track record of using legal action to ensure that the constitutional rights of our citizens are protected,” Simonson said. “That would be something we’d look pretty seriously at.”

  • The kilogram is getting an update

    SEVRES, France (AP) — The kilogram is getting an update.

    No, your bathroom scales won’t suddenly become kinder and a kilo of fruit will still weigh a kilo. But the way scientists define the exact mass of a kilogram is about to change.

    Until now, its mass has been defined by the granddaddy of all kilos: a golf ball-sized metal cylinder locked in a vault in France. For more than a century, it has been the one true kilogram upon which all others were based.

    No longer.

    Gathering in Versailles, west of Paris, governments are expected on Friday to approve plans to instead use a scientific formulation to define the exact mass of a kilo. The change is expected to have practical applications in industries and sciences that require ultra-precise measurements of mass.

    And it will mean redundancy for the so-called Grand K, the kilo that has towered above them all since 1889.

    Made of a corrosion-resistant alloy of 90 percent platinum and 10 percent iridium, the international prototype kilo has rarely seen the light of day. Yet its role has been crucial, as the foundation for the globally accepted system for measuring mass upon which things like international trade depend.