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  • Update 04-12-13

    Editor's note

    The Los Alamos School District is on spring break this week. And so is columnist John Pawlak. His column will return next week.

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    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget hearings beginning at 7 p.m. April 15 in council chambers.

    Run For Her Life

    3rd Annual Run For Her Life Fight Breast Cancer 5K or 10K Run or Walk $25 (first 100 get a T-shirt) $30 after Wednesday and on race day) All donations and race proceeds will go to Hadassah for breast cancer research, education and treatment. Race begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at East Park.

    Poetry gathering

    Mesa Public Library will host Poetry Gatherings, a place for people to share their love of poetry. The gatherings take place on the second Thursday of each month in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library from 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Living Treasures to be honored April 21

    It is once again time to invite northern New Mexicans to celebrate the contributions of those who have so greatly enhanced life on the Hill. Living Treasures of Los Alamos will honor Lee A. Builta, Rosmarie H. Frederickson and Craig Martin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception, sponsored by the Los Alamos National Bank.
    Rosmarie H. Frederickson
    Rosmarie H. Frederickson was born in Germany and came to the U.S. at age 12. She is the daughter of scientist Werner W. Hohenner, who was able to bring his family to the U.S. after the war, and once here he was able to help develop the Polaris missile.
    The family moved several times, finally settling in the Washington D.C. area. She attended Temple University for two years, coming home to help run the household because her mother was dying of cancer. She finished her education at the University of Maryland. There she met her husband. After graduation, she worked several years as a third grade teacher in the area, but again there were many moves in her future.
    How did Fredrickson become an active volunteer in so many community organizations?

  • Wellness Center offers innovative techniques

    Kim Lazarus has begun to rise from the ashes. The Las Conchas fire of 2011 caused her future to look bleak.
    But two years later, with the help of the Los Alamos Small Business Center, she is getting back on track. “I have the perfect opportunity to get back on my feet again,” she said.
    Lazarus celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony to her new office on April 4. “It was a very exciting day,” she said.
    Lazarus has been a licensed chiropractor for 10 years in the Los Alamos area.
    In addition to being a chiropractor, her wellness center contains a state of the art use of high-tech machinery for the maintenance of health and wellness.
    The most innovative treatment Lazarus offers is the Zen Frames and Creative Visualization Relaxation Audio Sessions. It involves a unique recording process with two separate voice tracks spatially placed to synchronize both sides of the brain. “It is audiovisual re-patterning for the mind and body,” Lazarus said.
    It is used to deepen meditative states to help with relaxation, reduce stress, regain balance of mind and ease chronic pain. “It can retrain your brain to deal with addictions, such as smoking, drug and alcohol,” according to a brochure Lazarus’ gives to patients, outlining the specifics of the treatment.

  • Clubhouse construction

    Construction workers at the golf course steady drainage equipment to siphon off water at the construction site Friday.

  • Board weighs electronics disposal

    Technology has become a big part of children’s education.
    Projectors, computers, audio visual equipment, the accessories that go with them and other technological devices, have become part of the bevy of tools used to convey and teach information to today’s students.
    Like in any other school district in 21st century America, there’s a lot of it in the Los Alamos Public Schools, and lately, some Los Alamos School Board members as well as school officials have noticed there might be trouble coming if they don’t find a uniform and organized of way of keeping track of it.
    Board member Kevin Honnell thought it was time the district start keeping better notes on how an item was acquired, why an item was acquired and noted that sometimes there just isn’t enough detail when it comes to filling out the reports that explain why a piece of equipment is being discarded.
    “It seems when we dispose of lots of thousand-dollar plus items... without any explanation to the public as to why they’re being given away, that we may be opening ourselves up for criticism by someone who may have an axe to grind,” he said at one point in the meeting.
    He used the high school report as an example.

  • Alcove House damaged

    The National Park Service has closed the Alcove House Site at Bandelier National monument due to concerns over the structural stability of the archeological site and exhibit.
     Historic masonry repairs dating to the 1930s have developed a network of cracks.
    In recent days, masonry at this location has become dislodged, raising concern for visitor safety.
    The National Park Service is actively engaged in planning repairs for the site.
    On Wednesday, staff from Bandelier’s Vanishing Treasures division was conducting an assessment of the site for future stabilization work, when they discovered that the Kiva structure was showing significant signs of deterioration since they last examined it.
    Masonry had become loosened and the structure was being undercut. Perched at the edge of a niche in a cliff the equivalent of 14 stories above the floor of Frijoles Canyon, the Alcove House Kiva is known for its precarious setting, as well as the breathtaking series of ladders and stairs visitors must climb to reach it.
    Because of its popularity and its location staff returned to the site on Thursday to make further assessments, and recommended closure. Alcove house will be closed until the site can be stabilized, likely for many months.

  • Church Listings 04-12-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Bible Answers: Tread lightly around subject of suicide

    “Is suicide the unforgivable sin?”—Bret

  • Tax loopholes issue for businesses

    In our highly partisan environment there seems to be very few issues that Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree on. This partisanship is easily seen in Congress, but is also alive with voters across the country. Small business owners are often no different than their customers in demonstrating divergent opinions on issues depending on their political preferences.
    So when we find an issue on which small business owners agree, regardless of partisan leanings, we should take notice. And when that agreement centers on one of them most contentious matters that Congress will soon be addressing, our elected officials in Washington need to pay close attention. Such is the case involving federal tax fairness between small business and large, multinational corporations.
    Small business owners are keenly aware that multinational corporations are legally escaping paying much, and often all, of the highly publicized 35 percent United States corporate income tax rate. In a poll released early last year by the American Sustainable Business Council and others, 80 percent of the small business owners surveyed said that U.S. multinational corporations using accounting loopholes to shift their U.S. profits to offshore tax havens is a problem. Seventy-five percent said that big corporations using tax loopholes harms their own small business.

  • On tax day, see the big picture

    It’s tax time again and that means pundits will trot out the stale claim that some Americans don’t pay any taxes and assert that the beleaguered rich are stuck paying more than their fair share. But when you look at the whole tax system you see a very different picture.
    While some Americans don’t pay federal income tax (mainly because they earn poverty-level incomes), virtually everyone pays some form of tax. And most taxes (especially at the state and local level) hit the working poor and elderly hardest.
    The omnibus tax bill New Mexico’s Governor just signed will make that injustice even worse.
    The federal income tax is progressive—meaning those who earn the most pay the highest rate.
    It’s designed this way because most state and local taxes are regressive—meaning those who earn the least pay the largest share of their earnings in these taxes.
    State and local sales and excise taxes are examples of regressive taxes.
    Those who earn very low incomes have to spend a greater percentage of it on necessities, many of which are taxed (like clothes, diapers, toiletries, etc.).
    High income earners don’t spend all of their money, so sales taxes take up a much smaller share of their income.