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Today's News

  • Infrastructure debate surfaces

    What began as a routine contract approval hearing turned into anything but, at a recent Los Alamos Board of Education meeting. Problems zeroing in on the school district’s aging infrastructure quickly took center stage.

    It all started when the Los Alamos Public School District’s purchasing manager, June Gladney, informed the board that the district has secured a contractor to repair the roof at Piñon Elementary’s “200” building, without the school board’s official approval. Usually, the school board would have a small debate about the specifics of the proposal, but this time, in order for LAPS to take advantage of state funding, the project had to be completed by the end of December.

    That is why the school district decided to go ahead with the project with little input from the board, merely requiring board President Kevin Honnell’s signature to start the project off before the board had time to look into the specifics of the contract.

    “To this end, the department has been very proactive to meet the Dec. 28 deadline,” Gladney told the board. “PSFA (Public School Facilities Authority) funding expires Dec. 31.  There is no getting around that, and that means this project has to be finished by Dec. 28, and that is what we told the contractor.”

  • Church Listings 11-30-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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. Come Join the Family.

    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.

  • Annual TOTH sale slated for Wednesday

    For some, Shop on the Corner’s annual Christmas Sale has become a Los Alamos holiday mainstay.
    The thrift shop event attracts bargain hunters, collectors and hobbyists from throughout Northern New Mexico.
    The Christmas Sale features hundreds of new and gently used items, which the volunteer staff set aside all year.
    Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods and gifts are some of the featured items.
    This year’s sale will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 5.  Shop on the Corner is located on the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, off Canyon Road.
    Scores of shoppers attend the Christmas Sale each year, where they can purchase items to trim a tree, decorate a home, dress for the holidays and find gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on their list at thrift store prices.
    Shop on the Corner has been a regular event for more than four decades.
    The thrift store’s mission is to help Los Alamos County residents recycle their usable clothing and household items; to provide an inexpensive market for the Northern New Mexico community to purchase these items on a budget; and to use the proceeds to donate to local and regional charities and other worthy causes.  

  • Police close to catching vehicle break-in suspect(s)

    Police said they are close to finding out who is behind a rash of car break ins that occurred earlier this month.

    The thief or the thieves’ method has been to commit eight or more car break ins within an hour then disappear for a week.

    The latest round of break-ins occurred a couple of weeks ago, where the would be thieves hit four or five cars on Nov. 15 then did the same thing Nov. 20.

    The Nov. 20 break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Oppenheimer Drive, and the Nov. 15 break-ins occurred within a three-block area of Camino Medio.

    Both crime sprees occurred within  an hour time period.

    Capt. Randy Foster thinks these latest sprees are connected to the ones that happened earlier in the month.

    “We’ve been following up on some leads and we’re hoping to make some arrests real soon,”  Foster said. “We believe they are all being committed by the same people.”

     if you have any information, call the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8226. Anonymity will be respected.    

  • More loan availability for non-profits

    Mark Medley was working with a business consultant to recover from identity theft when he heard about Accion New Mexico – Arizona – Colorado.
     What Medley learned while trying to repair his credit prompted him to start a nonprofit — ID Theft Resolutions — to help others protect themselves from identity thieves and to rebound as quickly and completely as possible if their efforts fail.
    Medley got a loan from Accion to help him get the nonprofit going after obtaining his designation as a 501c(3) nonprofit. Accion offers loans as small as $200 and as large as $300,000 to people who might otherwise be turned down by lenders because they are a startup or have credit problems.
    Medley qualified in both cases: His credit score was destroyed by identity theft and his nonprofit was the equivalent of a startup.

    A first for Accion
    The loan to Medley is Accion’s first to a nonprofit, according to Lynn Trojahn, Accion’s vice president of advancement.
    “We decided to include nonprofit lending in our toolbox, as the entrepreneurs who create nonprofits are as visionary, tenacious, committed and often as underfunded as for-profit startups,” she said.

  • Spectacular, ornacular, vernacular

     Why is a mouse when it spins?  Well, why not?
     That’s a “koan,” a nonsensical question given to a Buddhist student to help teach them the art of meditation and contemplation.  For me, it was just a great question to ask during an interview and then watch to see how long it took for the candidate to start breathing again.
      In high school, I always did well in math and I took equal pride in my inability to do well in my language classes (or should I say I dint do good).  I recall reading that the great mathematicians throughout history were usually terrible at language.  And at some point in my not-so-accurate education, I was told that people are either left-brained or right-brained (which by the way isn’t true), and that the left-brain controlled mathematics and language.
     And so the theory was that if you were good at math, you didn’t have any “brain room” for language.   I was subsequently told that I was “left brained,” which made perfect sense to my parents who often remarked that I was not in my right mind.
     But as I’ve gotten older (I’m still waiting for the getting wiser part), I’ve found language to be a truly amazing area of study.  The sheer volume of words out there leaves one nonplussed.

  • Powerball Winner: 'Is That the Right Numbers?!'

    A 52-year-old Missouri mechanic and his wife claimed their share Friday of the record $588 million Powerball jackpot. Mark and Cindy Hill held one of two winning tickets for the nation's biggest Powerball jackpot.

  • How to make a $295 hamburger

    New York is home to the Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive commercially available burger in the world. The Le Burger Extravagant, at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan's Upper East Side will cost you $295.

  • Fishing Report 11-30-12

    Northwest

     

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was extremely light again this past week. The water was murky and the surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to the low 50s.

    Albuquerque Area Drains: Fishing on the drains has been great for some but slow for others. Chris Ortega of Albuquerque has been doing very well catching and releasing trout and also landed a nice 18.5-inch largemouth bass this past weekend. He was fishing the Albuquerque Drain and using a custom tied purple and green spinner fly he calls the “skunk 101.” Other trout anglers have done well using worms, salmon eggs and a variety of small bead-head nymphs.

    Bluewater Lake: Trout fishing was fair using corn, salmon eggs, worms and salmon peach and yellow Power Bait. Fishing for all other species was slow.

    Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 400 cfs and 456 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was good using nightcrawlers, Panther Martins, Rapalas, Power Bait, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and streamers for a mix of browns and rainbows. Below Abiquiu trout fishing was fair using Panther Martins, salmon eggs, wooly buggers and Power Bait.

  • Ski Report 11-30-12

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. Will reopen Saturday.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 7.

    Ski Santa Fe

    7-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos

    12-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 7 trails and 4 lifts open.

    NOTE: Angel Fire, Enchanted Forest, Pajarito, Sandia Peak and Valles Caldera have not provided updated information.