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World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Infinite Recycling

on February 23, 2017 - 4:58pm

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In our world today there is much concern about recycling of materials that have been assembled with energy to create something for use by humanity.  

Referring to the Plass table shown in column 2, note that decay and respiration add CO2 to the atmosphere. It can be argued that this is essentially the recycling of organic, carbon-based materials readying them for reconstruction via photosynthesis. Essentially solar recycling of formerly living materials – it is organic.

But what about non-organic materials?

Sirphey Offers Eclectic Take-Out Menu

on February 23, 2017 - 4:54pm
The bright green logo and lettering at Sirphey were designed by owner Prashant Jain. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Prashant Jain is the owner and creator of Sirphey, a new concept in the world of food service. Courtesy photo

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

If you search for the word “Sirphey” online, the only references that will appear are for Prashant Jain’s Sirphey on Deacon Street facing Trinity in Los Alamos.

He has created “something entirely new in the world of cuisine, aiming to meet and surpass industry standards in every way by changing the way a restaurant

State Senate Unanimously Confirms Butch Tongate Secretary Of New Mexico Environment Department

on February 23, 2017 - 4:51pm
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE — Secretary Designate Butch Tongate has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department.
 
Tongate, who has worked at the Environment Department since 1993, was appointed Deputy Secretary in 2011.
 
“I’m proud to have Butch lead this department, which is so important to present and future generations of New Mexicans,” Gov. Susana Martinez said.

Scam Alert: Calls Threatening IRS ‘Criminal Lawsuit’ Hit New Mexico

on February 23, 2017 - 4:48pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert Feb. 21, in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned.
 
The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats. Scams of this nature are meant to intimidate and trick New Mexicans into giving up their personal and financial information to the scammers.

Precision Rifle Team Takes 2nd At Nationals

on February 23, 2017 - 4:45pm
LAHS precision rifle team members Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, Steffie Nielsen, Jacob Torrez and Jonathan Chavez. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
This past weekend the Los Alamos High School precision rifle team traveled to Alabama to compete in the Navy National Air Rifle Championships.
 
The team finished second against a field of the top teams from across the nation. Samantha Miller placed second overall in the individual category. Stephanie Nielsen was awarded her distinguished air rifle badge which is a major accomplishment.
 
By finishing second, the team earns an invitation

Bills To Attract, Retain Good Teachers Pass House

on February 23, 2017 - 4:43pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, two bills that aim to ensure New Mexico attracts and retains good teachers by improving teacher evaluations and recognizing teacher skill and competency passed the House.
 
Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill, HB 163, makes teacher evaluations more fair by ensuring a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences. The second bill introduced by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s (D-Albuquerque), HB 124, provides a three-tier framework for teachers to advance to level II and level III licensure.
 
“HB

LACA Presents Baltimore Consort March 5

on February 23, 2017 - 4:41pm
Baltimore Consort. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

One of America’s favorite early music ensembles, the Baltimore Consort, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5 in the Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

Presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association, the Consort will explore instrumental music of the 16th and 17th centuries in a program they call “Gut, Wind, and Wire.”  

In addition to early music staples like viols, lutes and recorders, the program will introduce less familiar instruments including the gemshorn, crumhorn, Renaissance bagpipe, rebec and cittern.

Founded in 1980, the Baltimore

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Breathe

on February 23, 2017 - 4:40pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

There are two Mary Beths.

Mary Beth One is calm and professional and well-organized (and all my friends reading this are thinking, “Really?!? I have never met her!”).

Mary Beth Two is easily overcome by angst and remarkably unproductive (“Ah!” my friends now say, “that’s the Mary Beth I know!”).

The only way Mary Beth Two can feel like she is moving forward is to watch just a very minutes of “Hoarders” or “My 600-Pound Life”. Only a few minutes or I am overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and sickness.

I am glad I am not the people on the show--and why-oh-why

Community Winds Present ‘Pictures At An Exhibition’

on February 23, 2017 - 4:38pm

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Community Winds will present the first of its two spring concerts, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ at 7 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church (80 State Road 4). The concert is free ($10 donation suggested). A large ensemble of 55 musicians will perform.

The centerpiece of the concert is Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. A posthumous exhibition of drawings and water-colors by the architect Victor Hartmann, intimate friend of Moussorgsky, was held in 1874. Moussorgsky, as a tribute to his friend, wrote

Common Cause Gerrymander Report Out As HJR 3 Redistricting Goes To Committee

on February 23, 2017 - 4:37pm
CCNM News:
 
A constitutional amendment to establish an independent redistricting commission will be heard in a House committee Thursday, just as Common Cause New Mexico releases Restoring Voter Choice: How Citizen-Led Redistricting Can End the Manipulation of Our Elections, a report about the 2016 election completed by Common Cause nationally.
 
New Mexico is cited as one of eight states where the outcome of the election—and the composition of the legislature—was already determined before any votes were cast.
 
Approximately 62% of legislative races in New Mexico were uncontested,

Los Alamos Piano Students Perform At UNM-LA Sunday

on February 23, 2017 - 4:37pm
Performers Yunseo Kim and Julia Chen. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
In keeping with their ongoing mission of Community Outreach and Service, the UNM-LA Campus will host the first of two planned Spring Piano Recitals at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26. 
 
The campus Student Services Building is accessible either by stairs on the Diamond Drive entrance, or is easily wheelchair accessible by parking in the parking lot behind the building. The recital is FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association (LAMTA).
 
Students from the age of 6 through 14 will be

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 23, 2017 - 4:35pm

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present West Canyon Traverse - An Arizona Adventure Program Feb. 28

on February 23, 2017 - 4:34pm
Ron Morgan on the Cummings Mesa saddle. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAINEERS News:

The Los Alamos Mountaineers will host a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Last May, six Mountaineers did a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado. This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route.

From there they descended into West Canyon and followed

Girls High School Lacrosse Registration Today

on February 23, 2017 - 2:51pm
SPORTS News:
 
A Girls High School Lacrosse walk-up registration/meet and greet will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday February 23, at 505 Rover Blvd in White Rock.
 
Registration is open to girls in 8th-12th grades who are interested in playing on a girls-only team. Registration is $125.
 
For information, contact info@laylax.org or visit http://www.laylax.org/.

Ahoy, Los Alamos! Annual Rotary Crab Fest Is Saturday

on February 23, 2017 - 12:44pm
This aquamarine pendant, valued at $1,060, was donated to the Crab Fest fundraiser auction by Bennett's Fine Jewelry. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By LINDA HULL
Los Alamos Rotary Club

Ahoy, Los Alamos! It’s time for the 8th Annual Crab Fest, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos! You are all cordially invited: Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Trinity Drive and DP Road.

Los Alamos School Board Extends Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus' Contract Maximum Allowed By Law

on February 23, 2017 - 10:02am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board of Education unanimously renewed Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus’ contract for three more years, which is the maximum amount of time allowed by state law.

 

The decision to extend the contract occurred during the Feb. 14 regular school board meeting. In addition to extending his contract, the board offered Steinhaus a raise identical to the amount offered to all other staff.

NM House Passes Revenue And Budget Bills

on February 23, 2017 - 9:38am

STATE News:

SANTA Fe Wednesday evening, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed both a new revenue package and a budget for fiscal year 2018. Taken together, the two bills will allow New Mexico to have a balanced budget and raise cash reserves to a respectable 3.2 percent.
 

HB 202 comprised of a package of provisions to raise new money for the state to mitigate and avoid further devastating cuts to education, Medicaid, and other critical areas. Budget predictions from the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee project a $120 to $125 million hole for fiscal year 2018.

The new

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Holds County Convention March 20 At UNM-LA

on February 23, 2017 - 9:37am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will hold its Democratic County Convention at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 5 (Wallace Hall), 4000 University Dr. in Los Alamos, NM.

Each Ward will elect a Ward Chair, Ward Vice-Chair and additional County Central Committee members.

The County Central Committee will elect the County Chair, County Vice-Chair and two State Central Committee members. State Central Committee (SCC) members will attend the SCC meeting Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Albuquerque.

The County Credentials and Rules Revision Committee meets before

NNSA: W88 ALT 370 Program Reaches Milestone

on February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

NNSA News:

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) officially authorized the start of the production engineering phase for the W88 Alteration (Alt) 370 program Feb. 22.

The alteration of the W88 nuclear warhead is part of NNSA’s multi-faceted strategy to ensure the American nuclear arsenal continues to be safe, secure, and effective. 

“Thanks to a team of talented scientists and engineers, we reached this important milestone in the W88 Alt 370 program on schedule,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G.

Experience A New You At ‘A New Day Pilates’

on February 23, 2017 - 8:58am

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, left, and Christine Gurrola-Gal co-operate A New Day Pilates, which opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. Courtesy photo

Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, standing, assists Christine Gurrola-Gal at their boutique studio, A New Day Pilates. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

There is a new Pilates studio in Los Alamos. A New Day Pilates opened its doors Feb. 13 at 555 Oppenheimer, Suite 101. This boutique studio is co-operated by Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT and Christine Gurrola-Gal.

A New Day Pilates offers a small, safe environment where the main focus is the individual

Letter To The Editor: Straight Scoop On HB50

on February 23, 2017 - 8:07am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is up to those old tired political tricks again. In order to bolster support for HB50, Ms. Garcia Richard jumped at the opportunity to have her picture taken with a shooting victim and then imply her bill will solve all the world’s ills regarding gun violence.

The fact of the matter is there is nothing in HB50 that would’ve had any bearing on the (Former U.S. Rep. Gabby) Giffords' shooting.

Professor Emerita Denise Fort: How Can U.S. Retain Scientific Leadership In Environmental Protection?

on February 23, 2017 - 7:27am
By DENISE D. FORT
Professor Emerita UNM School of Law
Former director, NM Environmental Improvement Division
 
The upheaval in Washington, D.C. that is occurring now has one surprising objective - the discrediting of scientists. Science is under attack in numerous ways.
 
The assertion that climate change is a Chinese hoax was bad enough. Now the Administration has nominated a climate denier to head the EPA, taken down web pages that inform the public about agency work, and threatened to slash funding at EPA.
 
The threat comes from the Congress as well; 114 representatives have

Joshua Ramsey Achieves Eagle Scout Honor

on February 23, 2017 - 7:19am

Eagle Scout recipient Joshua A. Ramsey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 222 of Los Alamos with some of the 44 wooden toys he designed, finished and delivered to UNM Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Joshua A. Ramsey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 222 of Los Alamos, has earned the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of American, the rank of Eagle Scout.

He received the award in the Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Feb. 21, 2017 at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Power Of Prayer…

on February 23, 2017 - 7:11am

Fr. Scott McKee survives a near death experience. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

ESPAÑOLA – Doctors placed Pastor Scott McKee on life support last week at Presbyterian Española Hospital. He was battling a grave lung infection and lay near death. Just 24 hours later, the Roman Catholic priest recovered, and perplexed doctors released him Sunday from the hospital.

Fr. Scott McKee, 56, serves three Northern New Mexico parishes: St. Patrick in Chama, San José in Los Ojos and Santo Niño in Tierra Amarilla.

Daily Postcard: Dramatic Scene At Nightfall

on February 23, 2017 - 6:53am

Daily Postcard: A dramatic picture emerges Wednesday as night falls on Los Alamos. Photo by Carl Newton

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