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Today's News

  • Student debate clubs compete at Capitol

    The LAHS Hilltalkers and the LAMS Hawktalkers competed in the Fourth Annual Capitol Congress at the New Mexico State Capitol Wednesday.

    There were 240 students competing in eight chambers: three Varsity chambers and five Novice chambers. Of those students, 35 were LAMS Hawktalkers, and nine were LAHS Hilltalkers.  

    The Hawktalkers had four students who placed in their Novice Chambers: Nada Draganic, sixth place in her chamber; James Tyldesley, fourth place in his chamber; Dominic Dowdy, third place in his chamber; and Yun Kim, first place in her chamber.

    The Hilltalkers had two students who placed in their Varsity Chambers: Mike Peters, third place in his chamber; and Malea Joyce, second place in her chamber. Both students are Hawktalker alumni.

    “Our students worked very hard to prepare for this tournament, and everyone received  excellent feedback from their judges” said Sherri Bublitz, sponsor of the Hawktalkers.  “Adults were also impressed with the poise, confidence, and maturity of every member of the team.”

    The New Mexico Speech and Debate Association proudly sponsors this tournament, which represents a unique opportunity for students to simulate the legislative process in an authentic legislative environment.

  • MOWW to meet Tuesday

    The Military Order of World Wars Chapter  229 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Los Alamos Research Building in the Los Alamos Research Park.

    This month is National Emergency Management Month. The  speaker will be LTC Beverley Simpson USAF who is also Los Alamos County Emergency director. 

    Simpson will discuss emergency preparedness in Los Alamos County. The county is surrounding by Urban Interface, National Park Service, LANL, Pueblos and National Forest.  It is sometime hard to tell where one jurisdiction begins or ends. 

    As the emergency manager for Los Alamos County, coordination with these entities to include local business, residents, local, state and federal agencies is essential to effectively and efficiently mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other manmade disasters.  The goal is to reduce the risk to all hazards in Los Alamos County.

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

  • Community Calendar 9-16-18

    MONDAY
    Autism Support Group, an informal support group for parents, family and friends of autistic children and adults, will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St.

    Nature Playtime at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free.

    Wildflower Walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Take a gentle stroll with Chick Keller and learn about our local wildflowers. Free.

    The Los Alamos Garden Club meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Bible Church, 197 East Road, Los Alamos. Six members will be honored at the meeting for being Los Alamos Garden Club Members for 50 years or more. The “50-Year Members” are Nancy Bartlit (50 years), Joyce Cady (52 years), Janet Clayton (50 years), Jill Forman (50 years), Jane Sherwood (50 years), and Trish Spillman (50 years). Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Sharon Elias of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will speak on “Reclamation of a Burned Site.” After the business meeting, the annual Harvest Luncheon will be held. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. For more information or questions contact President Ann Lepage 662-8912 or Irene Aikin 662-7027
    TUESDAY

  • Pet TAlk: This month is National Service Dog Month

    From providing companionship to keeping an eye-out for medical emergencies, emotional support and service dogs assist their handlers in a variety of ways.

    While both roles are vital for the well-being of their owners, their job descriptions are not the same – an emotional support animal is a companion animal that can benefit its owner by providing comfort to the individual for a number of medically deemed reasons, while a service dog is a working animal that has been trained to aid people with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments, mental disorders, mobility impairment, and diabetes.

    As a member of Patriot Paws of Aggieland since 2016, Angelica Frazer, a Texas A&M student and certified service dog trainer, understands the important roles service dogs play in their handlers’ lives. Patriot Paws focuses on training service dogs to assist those who have combat-related disabilities such as mobility issues or post-traumatic stress.

    “Our dogs are trained to pick up dropped items; retrieve items such as a phone, prosthetic, or wheelchair; push an alert button; get help in the event of their handler falling unconscious; open and close doors; and help their handler do laundry, among other things.” she said.

  • Pet of the Week: Koda

    The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter has another Good Boy up for adoption, who goes by the name of Koda.

    Koda is a 9-year-old pointer/Australian cattle dog with a sweet disposition and a heart of gold.

    He’s housetrained, and understands commands like “come,” “sit,” “down,” “stay” and “heal.”

    He arrived at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter from another county on Sept. 6. Shelter staff say this family-friendly dog would make a nice addition to any family.

    Koda has been described as having a calm demeanor and he even has the whole fetch-and-tug game down pretty good.

    Koda is already neutered, heart-worm tested, micro chipped and has had all his vaccinations. Koda can be had for a $60 adoption fee.

    Call the shelter at 662-8179 if interested.

    Photography by Paulina Gwaltney.

  • ‘Let’s Chat’ during these times planned in the next few weeks

    BY SARA SCOTT
    Candidate, Los Alamos County Council

    One of the best parts of running for public office is the opportunity to speak with so many folks in the community – through knocking on doors, participating in meetings of community organizations, meeting with county staff, and attending local events. I really enjoy getting to chat with both new and familiar faces.

    I’ve heard about a wide variety of issues important to many in the community including:

    • Identifying how to increase the amount and types of housing options.

    • Supporting our school system and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

    • Growing a few more businesses (restaurants and shops to tech startups) and amenities.

    • Enhancing county support and opportunities for our local businesses.

    • Protecting and maintaining our open spaces.

    • Addressing long-term building vacancies in key areas of the community.

    • Assuring fiscal responsibility in balancing care for our current infrastructure while investing in the future.

  • The problem with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s House financial disclosures

    BY CHRIS MANNING
    Libertarian Candidate, New Mexico Congressional District 3

    For many of you reading this article it will be the first time you’ve ever heard of me. Let me introduce myself, I’m Chris Manning and I’m running for the United States Congress in New Mexico’s CD 3, and I’m a Libertarian, hence why you’ve never heard of me. It’s okay, as the state’s newest major party it will take time before we have grown large enough to warrant the same attention as the Republican and Democrat candidates.

    Before we get into the meat of my article let me first tell you about my day job. I’m a staff auditor for my family’s accounting firm. The majority of our business is auditing governmental organizations and non-profits. I’m not a CPA or a CFE, I have a degree in Secondary Education.

    I spend most days checking compliance and the internal controls of school districts, non-profits, water companies, and acequias throughout the state. So naturally after I decided to run and secured my name on the ballot I began to examine Congressman Ben Ray Lujan’s House financial disclosures and FEC reports to get a better understanding of how and where his campaign’s money came from, and more importantly how he spent it.

  • Reduce health care costs with an all-payer claims database

    BY KRISTINA G. FISHER
    Associate Director, Think New Mexico

    As deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for health care continually increase, New Mexico families face a conundrum: they are expected to shop around for the most affordable non-emergency care, yet they have no way to find out in advance the cost of a medical procedure at different providers.

    Fortunately, earlier this year New Mexico took a first step toward making health care prices more transparent with the launch of a website, nmhealthcarecompare.com, where anyone can find the average prices paid by Medicaid for nine common, non-emergency procedures at each of the state’s 44 hospitals. The website, which was created as a result of legislation that Think New Mexico drafted and advocated for, also includes quality metrics for the hospitals, such as 30-day readmission rates and patient ratings.

    Now it is time to take the next step: increasing the number of procedures listed on nmhealthcarecompare.com and adding the average prices paid by New Mexicans who are covered by individual or employer-provided insurance policies.

  • Three words for lawmakers on spending new money: Roads, roads, roads

    Thanks mostly to oil and gas, legislators will have $1.2 billion or more in new money to divvy up in the next session.
    After the bruising budget cutting of just a couple of years ago, it’s enough to make legislative finance people giddy. But they’re not giddy. They and we have gotten a lot more realistic about the cycles of state revenues.

    There’s much talk about salting money away in reserves and a newly created rainy day fund, and that’s prudent.

    Beyond that, lawmakers will be awash in suggestions. Of course, that never stopped a red-blooded opinion columnist.
    With the ups and down of our revenues, budgeters will have to be very careful of committing money to recurring programs – even such favorites as early childhood education – because the funding might not be there in the future.

    However, this is a fine opportunity to make some one-time expenditures, and they should begin with roads.

    In January, TRIP, a transportation research group, released its yearly report. Of our major roads, 27 percent are in poor condition, 20 percent mediocre, 12 percent fair, and 41 percent good. Of rural roads, 28 percent are poor, 25 percent mediocre, 13 percent fair, and 34 percent good.

  • LA Concert Association to open its season Sept. 28 with Brentano String Quartet

    An esteemed string quartet and a Cliburn gold medalist will join forces to open the Los Alamos Concert Association’s 73rd season on Sept. 28 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Artists in residence at Princeton University for many years and currently at Yale University, the quartet is also the collaborative ensemble at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

    Born in Anyang, South Korea, Yekwon Sunwoo is the first Korean to win a Cliburn gold medal.  In 2005, he made his recital and orchestral debuts in Seoul before moving to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He earned subsequent degrees at Juilliard and at the Mannes School of Music and currently studies with Berndt Goetzkeat the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.

    Since his victory in Fort Worth, he has toured extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.