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  • Community Calendar 12-12-18

    TODAY
    LARC Presents the eighth-annual Community Luminaria Walk from 6-8 p.m. at The LARC Community (Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living and Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation) 1010 Sombrillo Court.

    Los Alamos High School will have a Winter Dance Show at 7 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Enjoy group and solo performances by the LAHS Dance Program students. A variety of ballroom, latin, swing, hip-hop, contemporary and color guard dance numbers will be performed by 85 dancers. Free.

    Forest Explorers Hike and Play at 1 p.m. at the Nature Center. Cost is $23 for non-members, $19 for PEEC members.

    FSN Chit-Chat Infant and Toddler Discussion Group from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. at Family Strengths Network, 3540 Orange St. This group offers parents/caretakers of babies and expectant parents the opportunity to connect and explore timely topics. This group is meant to be a quieter space. Infants up through walking are welcome.

    Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of the Eastern Star, holds business meetings the second Wednesday of the month, starting at 7 p.m., in the Masonic Lodge, North Sage Street, (on the corner of 15th and Canyon). There will be no social meeting in December. For more information, contact Worthy Matron Teri Roberts, 672-0270, or Past Matron Judy Goldie, 662-3797.
    THURSDAY

  • Assets in Action: Help us shine a light in the community

    Six years ago, former Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt asked if I would be involved in writing the grant for the 2012, 100 Best Communities for Young People.

    America’s Promise Alliance no longer holds the 100 Best recognition, but drives their work on the five promises.

    These include; Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education and Opportunities to Help Others. You can even find 51 related works from the Search Institute on their website.

    The work of the Assets and America’s Promise are simple things we can all do to help, money not always needed for the journey.

    The reason I mention this is because my spark was lit when I first started on the Assets path and attended a 2008 Assets conference in Minnesota, don’t you know. Then, Schmidt fanned that flame by being the leader that helped me see that we could carry this mantle of 100 BEST Communities. Someone not only told I couldn’t work on it, but that we would never win it a second time.

    Schmidt helped me pull together the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory to get their portions and ideas. I research data and worked with the Los Alamos Police Department for the community crime numbers.

  • North Mesa Stables to host luminaria walkabout Sunday

    Calm and peaceful. That’s North Mesa Stables after the sunsets, and on a beautiful winter’s night during the holiday season.

    As the horses and other barnyard animals munch their hay, it’s a great time to meander up and down the stable roads.

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    Between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, various stable owners will greet visitors with decorated barns, and maybe some other holiday cheer. Folks of all ages are invited to warm themselves and chat at the scattered luminarias (little bonfires) during their stroll.

    Visitors are invited and welcome, but to preserve the ambiance of the peaceful scene, plan to participate on foot.  

    Vehicles can be parked at the ball fields across from the Posse Lodge, soccer field parking at the corner of San Ildefonso and North Mesa Roads, or tennis courts by the Rodeo Arena (accessed off of San Ildefonso).

    People are encouraged to wear reflective clothing and keep pets on a leash.

    The North Mesa Stables is a Los Alamos County Park where the operations are descended from a horse riding and rodeo concession granted by the US Army in 1946 to individuals who had riding stock.  

    In 1947, the newly created Atomic Energy Commission took over, and by 1952 the stables were configured and organized as they are now.  

  • State News Briefs 12-12-18

    Oil sector boosts state government fortunes in N.M.

    SANTA FE (AP) — A surge in income from the New Mexico’s oil sector is providing a financial windfall to state government as the governor’s office passes from Republican to Democratic control.
    State government economists on Monday said state revenues will outpace current spending obligations by $1.1 billion or 17 percent for the fiscal year that begins in July as lawmakers prepare to craft a budget.
    State financial reserves are expected to exceed $2.5 billion by mid-2019, bolstered by unusually large federal mineral lease payments. The savings are equal to 40 percent of annual state general fund spending.
    Democratic Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has placed a high priority on increasing resources for public education as she prepares to succeed termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Jan. 1.

    Albuquerque celebrates $450M drinking water project

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A $450 million drinking water project that was first conceived decades ago is paying off as New Mexico’s largest metro area has slashed its reliance on groundwater by almost 70 percent despite the arid state’s struggles with drought.

  • Lollypops and Lights
  • Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

    BY GILLIAN FLACCUS
    The Associated Press

    TUALATIN, Ore. — Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents hope will create lasting memories.

    “I saw this video where the big tree, the mom decorates it, and the little tree, the kids get to decorate it,” she said, as her husband, Jason Jimenez, snapped a photo of their toddler posing with a tiny tree just his size.

    Christmas tree farmers across the U.S. worry families like Villarreal’s are slowly dwindling. Artificial trees, once crude imitations of an evergreen, are now so realistic that it’s hard to tell they are fakes even though many are conveniently pre-strung with lights and can fold up for storage at the push of a button.

    Between 75 and 80 percent of Americans who have a Christmas tree now have an artificial one, and the $1 billion market for fake trees is growing at about 4 percent a year – even though they can be reused again and again.

  • Behind closed doors, Pelosi disparages Trump's 'manhood'

    By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway.

    "It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing," Pelosi privately told House Democrats after a combative, on-camera Oval Office meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and

    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. The account was described on condition of anonymity by an aide who was in the room but not authorized to discuss Pelosi's remarks publicly.

    In the space of a few hours Tuesday, the California Democrat nominated for her second stint as House speaker rolled out her approach to the Republican president as the two prepare for two years of divided government.

    "It goes to show you: You get into a tickle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you," she said after Tuesday's meeting, according to the aide.

  • Report: New Mexico county lost $32K in phishing scam

    HOBBS (AP) — Officials say a southeastern New Mexico county has become the latest victim of a phishing scam after an employee was duped into sending money to a fake account.

    The Hobbs News-Sun reports Lea County Manager Mike Gallagher said last week a fraudulent email purporting and appearing to be from one of the recent fair and rodeo's vendors sought payment of $32,500 and an employee paid the wire transfer.

    Gallagher says as soon as officials learned of the scam, the county reported it to the Lovington Police Department and it turned the matter over to state police.

    Lovington Police Department Detective David Miranda confirmed the county reported the money transfer on Sept. 5.

  • Police: Christmas party for county employees turned violent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a Christmas party for county employees in New Mexico turned violent after an attendee punched a deputy in the nose and struck a radio dispatcher.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the alcohol-infused melee took place Sunday at a Santa Fe hotel following a holiday party for Santa Fe County employees that resulted in a battery complaint against a facilities operation maintenance manager.

    Witnesses told police Phillip "PJ" Montano had been drinking heavily before he struck Santa Fe County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Delgado in the face "for an unknown reason." The report says Montano also hit 22-year-old radio dispatcher Alyssa Martinez in her chest after she tried to break up a fight.

    Officers reported finding blood stains on the carpet, walls and bed sheets in the room.

    It was not known if Montano had an attorney.

  • Officer Promotion