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  • Be There 03-26-13

    Los Alamos High School National Art Honor Society is hosting a Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner 6-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road. Funds raised will be used to support the NAHS scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 13 and younger and may be purchased at the door.
     The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a discussion about atheism-related books. Do you have a favorite book you’d like to tell us about? Are you a fan of Richard Dawkins, or is there something more obscure that interests you? Join us from 6:30-8 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. Questions? Find us on facebook or email losalamoscommunityofatheists@gmail.com.

    The LA Democratic County Party Convention is at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. They will elect ward, precinct, and county leaders. All registered Dems are encouraged to meet candidates running for state offices and just have fun. Call Mike Wheeler 662-5577 for more information.
    The Piñon Elementary Book Fair will be from 7:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. March 28; and from 7:30-11 a.m. March 29. There will also be an online book fair. Log on to bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/pinonelemsch.

  • Assets in Action: Wedding bells ring for local couple after chance meeting

    It all started with the Hill Diner’s banana cream pie.
    A year ago last month, you may have read my column about local teacher, Valerie Adams receiving a surprise proposal after the conspiracy of the Hill Diner, De Colores at the Gate and few devious pals.
    Adams and boyfriend Tim, went on their first date to the Hill Diner. Recently, a new chapter was opened as the couple exchanged nuptials in the backyard of Valerie’s dad’s home.
    The story gets better.
    When the couple met, my husband Chad introduced his former Navy pal to Valerie. That weekend visit included stops at the Bradbury Science Museum and a spin around The Next Big Idea at Ashley Pond — and of course a stop for banana cream pie.
    The weekend was over too soon and after a drop at the airport, Val went to breakfast with her dad at an Albuquerque eatery.
    Feeling like a giddy schoolgirl, Val prayed that if she wasn’t too old to feel this way, she needed a sign. She also asked that the sign be pretty blatant because sometimes even adults miss the signs.
    Her dad took her to a restaurant in Albuquerque called Tim’s place.
    Tim is a lovely young man with Down’s Syndrome and the owner of the restaurant where their motto is, “World’s friendliest restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and hugs.”

  • Developing strong, resilient children

    Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. This is the Fourth Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. It will take place from 2-5 p.m. April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is part of a series about the conversations that will take place.
    “Developing Strong, Resilient Children” featuring Sandy Beery.
    What is the power of assuming positive intent? Sandy Beery is an experienced teacher and school administrator. She will guide a discussion about how the composure of the many adults in a child’s life will have a lasting affect on a child’s ability to learn self-regulation.
    She will lead a discussion about moving children from the survival or emotional state of the brain to the executive state of the brain and how this will impact their learning both in and out of the school setting. Berry is currently the director of an elementary charter school.
    She has been an educator for 20 years and began her career as a high school math teacher and has been a school administrator for more than 16 years.  

  • Ending the standoff over education reform

    Early in the legislative session, I got on the elevator with Hanna Skandera, whose name is usually modified by the word “embattled” and whose title, Education Secretary, has the appendage “designee.” Two little words say so much.
    In the elevator, however, she was a state employee receiving the good wishes of another state employee.
    “I think they’ll confirm you,” he said.
    “Whether they do or not, I can still do my job,” Skandera replied with characteristic moxie.
    We now know that after 10 hours of hearings, the Senate Rules Committee didn’t vote, and its chairman, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, is on the receiving end of the same kinds of critical blasts Skandera endured.
    Deservedly so.
    Regardless of how you feel about her education reform, Skandera deserved an up or down vote. Period. She is the governor’s choice for the job, and unless some severe character flaw has come to light, the governor deserves to have her own people in the cabinet.
    That said, I don’t think it makes much difference who is Education Secretary because the administration and Republicans are so far from consensus with teachers and Democrats that reform is in jeopardy.

  • Insurance you can probably do without

     I’m a big believer in having the appropriate amount of insurance, especially when it comes to your health and personal liability. But if money is tight and you want to get the most bang for your buck, there are a few types of insurance you can probably do without – or that may duplicate coverage you already have elsewhere:
    Extended warranties. When you buy a car, appliance or electronic device, the salesclerk usually will try to sell you an extended warranty. These policies often duplicate coverage already provided in the manufacturer’s warranty. Plus, many credit cards provide an additional warranty on items purchased with the card.
    Smartphone insurance. After shelling out big bucks for a smartphone, you might be tempted to buy replacement insurance. Just be aware that you’ll probably pay a hefty deductible and likely receive a refurbished phone, possibly not even the same model. My advice: Keep your old phone to reactivate in case you drop or lose the new one.
    Flight accident insurance. The risk of dying in a plane crash is miniscule and already covered by regular life insurance. Also check your credit card cardholder agreement, since many cover such accidents for tickets purchased with their card.

  • Luján speaks out on sequestration

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on the negative impact that the arbitrary cuts of sequestration are having on New Mexico.
    “While the full effect of the sequester is still coming into focus, it is apparent that New Mexico is already feeling the negative impacts of these arbitrary spending cuts. At a time when too many families are already struggling to get by or find work, these deep spending cuts are only going to make this situation worse.
    “In recent days we have learned that workers at
    Bandelier National Park will face furloughs, and today the FAA announced that towers at Santa Fe Municipal Airport and Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque will be closed due to the sequester’s spending cuts. New Mexico workers who are going to see their hours reduced and paychecks cut are going to feel the pain of these spending cuts.

  • LANL’s Melton to head W. Va. Capitol agency

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An official at the Los Alamos National Laboratory will oversee the West Virginia Capitol and other state buildings.
    Administration Secretary Ross Taylor announced Gregory Melton as the new director of the General Services Division on Monday. Melton starts April 1.
    A West Virginia native, Melton has been a maintenance manager and group leader at Los Alamos. The New Mexico complex is 36 square miles with more than 1,200 buildings and 8 million square feet of facility space.
    General Services oversees the state Capitol building and its campus as well as other state government buildings around West Virginia.
    Melton is a West Virginia University graduate and a former U.S. Air Force officer. He succeeds David Oliverio, who helped oversee a major turnaround at General Services before his departure earlier this month.

  • Police Beat 03-26-13

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 14

    2:09 a.m. — Moses Salazar, 27, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of criminal damage to property and battery against a household member in the 3900 block of Alabama Avenue.

    March 15

    3:52 p.m. — A 20-year old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of a larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    March 16

    3:30 p.m. — Tyler Jones, 27, of Los Alamos, was cited for committing a larceny (over $500 less than $2,500) in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    8:45 p.m. — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos teen for speeding, possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 3700 block of East Jemez Road. She was released to her parents and referred to juvenile authorities.

    3 a.m. — Christopher McKenzie, 32, of Santa Fe, was arrested on a charge of battery against a household member in the 3300 block of Canyon Road.

  • Update 03-26-13

     P and Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers. Among the topics discussed will be LAPS U-Haul and the New Beginnings Fellowship Church.

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    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a regular session at 7 p.m. today in council chambers. Among the topics discussed will be the graffiti law.

    CRC meeting

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee will hold its first meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Community Building’s Training Room. This will primarily be an organizational meeting to appoint a chair and vice-chair and review the scope of work. The public is welcome to attend.

  • Rio Grande del Norte gains designation

    President Barack Obama is designating five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites — including one in Delaware sought by Vice President Joe Biden.
    The White House said Obama would make the designations Monday, using the century-old Antiquities Act to protect unique natural and historic landmarks. The sites are Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State.
    The largest site is Río Grande del Norte in New Mexico, where Obama will designate nearly 240,000 acres for protection. The site includes wildlife habitat valued by hunters and anglers; rafting, camping, and other recreation; and is prized by the region’s Hispanic and tribal groups.
    Advocates say the new monument in New Mexico, to be run by the U.S Bureau of Land Management, will contribute an estimated $15 million a year in economic benefits to the area.