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  • Community Calendar 6-19-19

    TODAY

    Los Alamos faith and Science Forum at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage Loop. Nels Hoffman speaking on “Neuroplasticity: How the Mind Changes the Brain.”

    Summer Family Evening: New Mexico Bats at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Enjoy a presentation from Justin Stevenson of Fightwns on the biology and behavior of New Mexico bats, as well as the opportunity to meet native bats. Thanks to Del Norte Credit Union for sponsoring these events. Free for member families and $5 for non-member families. More information at peecnature.org.

    THURSDAY

    “Liberty on the Rocks” meets at 6 p.m. at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond. Join the fun, have a drink! (Dinner entree can be purchased). LOTR is a place to discuss the ideas of liberty, not for electoral politics. Contact Chris Luchini at cbluchini@gmail.com for information.

    SATURDAY

  • Gun show advocates discuss new law

    It was just another Saturday afternoon, and the annual Los Alamos Gun Show was in full swing. People crowded the aisles looking for guns, ammo, knives, and even children’s books and fingernail tips. 

    There was something about this show, however, that seemed different, an anxiousness in the air that some attributed to the gun legislation that is about to become law in July.

    In the last legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 8, legislation that, among other new rules, requires background checks on customers buying guns at gun shows. 

    “It stinks,” said Donna MacDonald, a member of the Los Alamos Republican Party, who saw the law as yet another infringement on gun owner rights. MacDonald was heading up the party’s booth, where those that signed up and paid $5 had a chance to win a Ruger Precision 6.5 Creedmoor rifle worth $1,500.

    “There’s no point to it. It’s so sad that New Mexico is still in the dark ages… it’s not even in the dark ages, because we were able to arm ourselves in the dark ages, so I don’t know what New Mexico is going to do,” MacDonald said.

  • Gun show advocates discuss new law

    It was just another Saturday afternoon, and the annual Los Alamos Gun Show was in full swing. People crowded the aisles looking for guns, ammo, knives, and even children’s books and fingernail tips. 

    There was something about this show, however, that seemed different, an anxiousness in the air that some attributed to the gun legislation that is about to become law in July.

    In the last legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 8, legislation that, among other new rules, requires background checks on customers buying guns at gun shows. 

    “It stinks,” said Donna MacDonald, a member of the Los Alamos Republican Party, who saw the law as yet another infringement on gun owner rights. MacDonald was heading up the party’s booth, where those that signed up and paid $5 had a chance to win a Ruger Precision 6.5 Creedmoor rifle worth $1,500.

    “There’s no point to it. It’s so sad that New Mexico is still in the dark ages… it’s not even in the dark ages, because we were able to arm ourselves in the dark ages, so I don’t know what New Mexico is going to do,” MacDonald said.

  • Pet of the Week: Amelie 6-16-19

    Visitors to the Los Alamos Animal Shelter’s cattery won’t have to walk far for Amelie, an American short hair cat.

    In fact, Amelie will probably hop down off her perch, meet her potential forever home person with her tail up and plenty of purrs. It is what she does whenever anyone enters the cattery.

    Amelie is an owner turn-in and she’s due for a re-evaluation June 27.

    She does not have a collar and or a microchip. But, she does have plenty of love for people who are ready for a very friendly cat.  

    Amelie has had all her shots and is healthy.

    For more information, call the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter at 662-8179 or email the shelter at psa-officer@lacm.us.

  • Fathers need to care for themselves as well as their kids – but often don’t

    BY DEREK M. GRIFFITH
    Vanderbilt University

    If you had to choose, which would you rather have: a healthy father or a good father?
    Studies suggest men often choose being a good father over being healthy.

    Becoming a father is a major milestone in the life of a man, often shifting the way he thinks from being “me focused” to “we focused.”  But fatherhood can also shift how men perceive their health. Our research has found that fathers can view health not in terms of going to the doctor or eating vegetables but how they hold a job, provide for their family, protect and teach their children, and belong to a community or social network.

    As founder and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University and as a postdoctoral fellow from Meharry Medical College, we study why men live shorter lives than women, male attitudes about fatherhood, how to help men engage in healthier behavior – as well as what can be done to reduce men’s risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

    Work, sex and health

  • CBD goes mainstream with hazy claims

    The Boston Globe published this editorial June 7 on CBD, the nonintoxicating, natural molecule extracted from the cannabis plant.

    If you believe the hype, one little bottle of CBD contains miracles. It treats diabetes; reduces stress; alleviates chronic pain and anxiety; even cures acne. Trouble sleeping? Panicky pet? CBD to the rescue.

    All that, and so much more — at a bargain price as low as $40 for some formulas. This potent potable also comes mixed into body lotions, bath salts, coffee, smoothies, gummy bears, chocolate, cheese pizza, and dog biscuits.

    The fad for cannabidiol, or CBD, has clearly gone mainstream. From virtually nothing a few years ago, sales of the cannabis-related compound have exploded into a billion-dollar market. CBD’s true believers tout one miraculous health claim after the next.

    In light of the wide dissemination of these beliefs, CBD claims deserve careful scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration — and some attention from state regulators, too. Despite its ubiquity, CBD is still largely an unresearched substance in the United States. Exaggerated or unproven claims need to be challenged, and the industry shouldn’t be permitted to introduce CBD into food products until the compound is better understood.

  • Little League all-star season begins this weekend

    Little League All-Star season gets underway this weekend, and Los Alamos will be well represented. Los Alamos County has five All-Star teams registered to compete. There will be two softball teams and three baseball teams hoping to be crowned champions by the end of July. 

    The All-Star season is a reward for the top players during the regular season. Teams compete from the beginning of April until the beginning of June, then all the teams from various age groups get consolidated into one team that represent the county at the district and state levels. 

    In softball, Los Alamos County will have an 8- to 10-year-old team that will be coached by Hope Jaramillo, Jordan Jaramillo and Bud Reed. Danielle Bergemann, Linda Johnson and Chris Young will coach the 10- to 12- year-old team. 

    The district tournaments for softball begin Saturday at the Alto Fields in Santa Fe, and run through Wednesday. If the teams advance past the district competition, the state tournament for the 8-10 girls will be July 5-9 in Silver City. The state tournament for the 10-12 team will be July 12-19 in Albuquerque. 

  • While Dems sue to stop 5G, America may fall behind

    The Wall Street Journal published this editorial June 11 on Democratic state Attorneys General suing to block T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint.

    Ten Democratic state Attorneys General on Tuesday sued to block T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint, and the timing was no coincidence. The Justice Department will soon make its decision on the merger, and Democrats, unions and big business are lining up to defeat it at the expense of America’s leadership in 5G telecom networks.

    The State AGs say the merger “would eliminate Sprint as a competitor and reduce the number of (mobile network operators) with nationwide networks in the United States from four to three.” But a market of three strong wireless players would be more competitive than a de facto duopoly led by AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile has 79 million customers while Sprint boasts 54 million compared to Verizon (118 million) and AT&T (94 million). The Big Two need a strong competitor, not two weaklings that may not survive for long.

  • LA finds ways to stay positive, help others

    I was reminded this week about the amazing kindness of people, especially in this community.

    Father Theophan of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos sent me a notice that the church will be accepting donations Saturday morning for the immigrants in Deming.

    If the church gets a big enough response from the community, he will open the doors to receive the donations.

    Otherwise, people can drop by the location at 1319 Trinity Drive during the morning hours.

    Items needed include paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery, food, over-the-counter medicine for common colds and flu, cough drops, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, hair ties, shampoo, soap, diapers, baby wipes, canvas bags, coloring books, crayons and feminine hygiene products.

    Deming is continuing to struggle with caring for migrants who have been dropped off in the small border community.

    The fire department personnel have spent time around the clock caring medically and otherwise for the migrants at the local facility, according to a letter supplied to the church.

    Father Theophan said all donations will be driven down to Deming after they are collected.

    All of the care, feeding, cleaning, cotting, overnight watching and medical attention is being done by the fire department, according to the information.

  • Community Calendar 6-14-19

    TODAY