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Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

on November 15, 2015 - 9:15am

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Roger This: Science And Politics Mix It Up

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A new “hockey stick” argument erupted this summer on Capitol Hill, as Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), chairman of the House Science Committee faced off with officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the last several months over a climate study published in Science magazine in June 2015.

The new study, “Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus,”offered a revised version of historical land and sea temperatures that used new data

'Changing Ella' Explores Secrets In LALT's '8x10'

on November 15, 2015 - 8:22am
The cast of ‘Changing Ella,’ from left, Sean Liming, Sara Beroff, Jeanne Adkins and Brian Trujillo. Photo by Zack Baker

LALT News:

In “Changing Ella,” a short play now being performed at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, a young woman is at a crossroads, wondering whether to leave her boyfriend rather than share with him a shocking truth.

But it turns out the boyfriend has his own secret to reveal.

Written by John Meiners Jr., a playwright from the Houston, Texas area, “Changing Ella” takes us into a family’s home in the backwoods bayou of Louisiana. Strangeness is woven into the environment.

“This

DEA Announces '360 Strategy' To Address Heroin, Prescription Drugs And Violent Crime

on November 15, 2015 - 8:15am
DEA News:
 
PITTSBURGH, PA  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced Pittsburgh as the pilot city for a comprehensive law enforcement and prevention “360 Strategy” to help cities dealing with a heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, and its associated violent crime.
 
DEA Special Agent in Charge for the Philadelphia Division, Gary Tuggle made the announcement along with United States Attorney David J.

Udall, Heinrich Welcome Passage Of Funding For NM Veterans And Construction At Military Bases

on November 15, 2015 - 8:13am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined the Senate Nov. 10 in voting 93-0 for critical funding for New Mexico's veterans and military construction projects.
 
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and construction at military bases in New Mexico and across the country. 
 
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed similar legislation. Congress is under a tight Dec.

Catholicism And Opera Nov. 19

on November 15, 2015 - 8:11am

Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Nov. 17

on November 15, 2015 - 8:11am
LAFSF News:
 
The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum is holding a winter series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?," continuing Nov. 17.
 
The LAFSF meets the third Tuesday of the month (except for December), at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. A video/presentation begins at 6 p.m. followed by a large group discussion at 6:30 p.m., ending around 7 p.m.
 
Feel free to bring your dinner. All are welcome. Follow the LAFSF blog here.
 
Did Neanderthals Go to Heaven?
 
When Darwin suggested that we were somehow descended from apes which most likely came out of Africa, the outrage at this

Pastor Granillo: A Royal Priesthood…

on November 15, 2015 - 8:07am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood…” (1 Peter 2:9 NASB).

Being God’s chosen people is simply being the people who have accepted the love-founded-grace that God extends to every person through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Of course, Peter reminds the reader that we are more than just a “chosen people;” we are also a “royal priesthood.”

To be honest, I have to wonder how many of us have a misperception of what that means.

Enter Wonderland This Weekend With NMDT-PC's 'Alice'

on November 14, 2015 - 12:23pm
Megan Hemphill is a charming Alice in NMDT-PC’s 'Alice', which opened Friday at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Becky Cai performs the challenging role of The Caterpillar. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s “Alice,” opened Friday at Duane Smith Auditorium. Susan Baker-Dillingham’s original ballet version of “Alice in Wonderland” is a must see. The show originally premiered in 2009 and the new production lives up to the original.

Front and center is

LAPS Delayed Start, School Cancelation, Or Early Dismissal Due To Snow Or Ice

on November 14, 2015 - 12:23pm
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

This message is to provide districtwide procedures, communications strategies, and to help us further prepare for the winter of 2015-16. 

The information may be particularly important because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting ~150 percent of the annual average snow fall for northern New Mexico this year.

Communications

  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS

Registration Opens Nov. 16 For UNM-LA Spring Semester

on November 14, 2015 - 10:41am

The UNM-LA spring 2016 credit class schedule is now available on campus and in stands in Los Alamos and White Rock. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Registration for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos spring semester opens Monday, Nov. 16, and classes begin Jan. 19.

Class schedules are now available on the UNM-LA campus and in newsstands around Los Alamos and White Rock. Schedules will be arriving in all area mailboxes soon.

The Spring 2016 semester will offer 173 classes with 42 of those being online offerings.

An online version of the schedule is available by visiting

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Scenes From Uli's Annual Fall Fashion Show

on November 14, 2015 - 9:56am

Beautiful Los Alamos women and a handsome man model the latest trends at Uli's annual Fall Fashion Show Thursday at 800 Trinity Dr. Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Staff Report

Each year Uli and her staff host a variety of events including fashion shows.

Thursday's annual Fall Fashion Show drew a large crowd to 800 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos. The event featured a group of local models showing off new fall fashions.

School Board Taps Barranca For Renovation

on November 14, 2015 - 9:10am
LAPS Chief Operating Officer Joan Ahlers explains at Thursday's board meeting how the PSFA works. Photo by Kirsten Laskey
 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Los Alamos Public School (LAPS) Board of Education is moving forward to renovate Barranca Mesa Elementary School.
 
During its regular school board meeting Tuesday night, the board unanimously approved a motion to direct staff to begin work on the educational specification process for the elementary school as well to apply for New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA) matching funds for the project.
 
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United Way Raises Thermometer To 25 Percent

on November 14, 2015 - 8:58am
From left, United Way Marketing and Program Coordinator Jeremy Varela, left, UWNNM Youth Team members Akane Dunn, Emily Hopkins, United Way Executive Director Kristy Ortega, and UWNNM Youth Team member Ally Edelmann, stand together Thursday afternoon to raise the Community Action Fund campaign thermometer to 25 percent. Courtesy photo
 
Akane Dunn and Emily Hopkins raise the thermometer to 25 percent. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Jeremy Varela, Emily Hopkins and Akane Dunn hold 'Text Invest In Youth To: 71777' banner.
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Helping New Mexico Small Businesses Earns Recognition For Los Alamos National Lab Employees

on November 14, 2015 - 7:36am
Don Quintana, left, and Pulak Nath after winning their Principal Investigator Excellence (PIE) awards for their work helping small businesses through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program. Courtesy photo
 
LANL News:
 
Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recently recognized in an awards ceremony for providing their technical expertise and access to lab capabilities to help small businesses through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program.
 
Don Quintana, a group leader within Los Alamos’ Applied Engineering Technology Division, was recognized for his work leading a

YMCA: Nov. 15 Honors Charitable Work

on November 14, 2015 - 7:29am
 
YMCA News:
 
In 1986, President Ronald Regan established Nov. 15 as a day to celebrate volunteerism, giving and charitable engagement.
 
The day is meant to honor all large and small accomplishments that end up helping others in our society and world, and it is known as National Philanthropy Day. The day is meant to honor what people do from the heart that makes a difference.
 
For The Family YMCA, the impact of 2014’s volunteer hours (year 2015 is still being compiled) is valued at $183,900. Last year a total of 283 volunteers donated 9,195 hours of time.
 
Additionally,
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Chinese Brush Painting Workshop This Weekend

on November 14, 2015 - 7:23am
Plum blossom and butterfly. By Ming Franz
 
ART News:
 
Watercolor enthusiasts, find your artistic Zen in a Chinese Brush Painting Workshop this weekend, Nov. 14-15, at Fuller Lodge Art Center.
 
The two day class will be taught by Ming Franz, a world renowned artists who teaches throughout the United States.
 
She has worked with Chinese brush painting for more than 50 years, since she began her studies as a young child in Taiwan.
 
Franz attended the Art Institute if Taiwan before immigrating to the United States in the early '70s.

Hilltoppers Swimming Intrasquad Meet Results

on November 14, 2015 - 7:18am
SPORTS News:
 
 
The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers swimming team kicked off its 2015-16 season with a Green versus Gold intrasquad meet Saturday, Nov. 7, at Larry R Walkup Aquatic Center.
 
The Gold team won the combined team scores by a 364-317 count over the Green team. Gold squeaked out a 187-184 win on the girls’ side, and won the boys’ contest by a wider 177-133 margin.
 
Leading the Gold for the girls was freshman Jillian Bennett who captured the 100 free (1:04.32) and 100 breast (1:16.96).
 
The Green team kept it close behind with senior Sydney Schoonover’s four wins, which included all
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YMCA 'On Belay' Class This Weekend Nov. 14-15

on November 14, 2015 - 7:11am
 
YMCA News:
 
The Family YMCA will hold an On Belay Class noon to 2 p.m., Nov 14 and 15.
 
This class is open to those 14+ that are interested in learning to Top Rope Belay. The two-day class will cover proper harness use, how to tie-in, and how to use a belay device for climbers on an indoor top rope system.
 
Fee is $50 / $25 for Y members, space is limited. Participants must attend both days and pass the Top Rope Belay test in order to belay at the Y Climbing Wall. The YMCA Climbing Wall is open every day, free for Y Members or $10 for a Non-member day pass.
 
Bring your own gear, or rent our gear

Udall, Heinrich Urge Support For Native American Students

on November 14, 2015 - 6:56am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich are urging congressional leaders to ensure bipartisan reforms that support Tribes, Native students and schools serving Native students are included in a final bill updating the nation's major education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
 
Leaders of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce are working to reach a final agreement that merges House and Senate versions of the bill.
 
Udall, Heinrich and a bipartisan

USPTO Opens Regional Office In Dallas

on November 14, 2015 - 6:52am
Dignitaries cut the ribbon Monday to officially open the permanent location for the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, which will serve New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
USPTO News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Michelle K. Lee, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to officially open the permanent location for the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
Located in the Terminal Annex Federal Building in Dallas, the new office will help New

Letter To The Editor: Unclear Whether County Is Frugal Or Expensive But Very Clear Employees Are Efficient

on November 13, 2015 - 10:50pm
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos
 
I don't know why Fortune smiles on some and lets the rest go free.--The Eagles

A recent report on New Mexico municipalities makes it quite unclear whether Los Alamos County is expensive or frugal but very clear that its employees are very efficient. 

The County budget is almost as large per resident as that of Santa Fe. But before you say “Aha!”, consider that our County includes electric and natural gas services, but Santa Fe does neither.

On the other hand, Las Cruces does provide natural gas service with a much lower budget per resident.

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County's New Recreation Software Goes Live Monday!

on November 13, 2015 - 10:29pm

Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

NEW! The County's Parks, Recreation & Facility reservation website goes live Monday.

Click here to see what's available and reserve your recreation classes and passes.

 

Alice in Wonderland Dances Again

on November 13, 2015 - 5:11pm
The cast of 'Alice.' Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents Director Susan Baker-Dillingham’s original ballet version of Alice in Wonderland this weekend.

Alice will be performed at the Duane W. Smith auditorium 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets are available for purchase in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performances. They are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Children 4 and under are free.

Alice premiered in November 2009 and showcases

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Los Alamos Native Alex Kirk Featured In Italy's SportsWeek Magazine

on November 13, 2015 - 1:35pm

Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos native Alex Kirk is featured in the latest edition of Italy's SportWeek magazine.

The Los Alamos High School graduate and former UNM Lobo has been a court standout and crowd favorite since joining the Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Pistoia, Italy in September. He was named the MVP in the season opening game. 

Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia is a professional basketball team in Italy’s top league and Kirk said at the time of joining the team that he believes his shot to play in the NBA is only going to get better following this experience.

Kirk, 23, was

Wash, Dry And Repeat … Billion Dollar Cleanup Settlement Starts Over

on November 13, 2015 - 1:29pm

New Mexico Environment Department Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn asks for input on a revised consent order from members of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

During a break at the NNMCAB meeting Thursday, from left, NNSA Environmental Programs Office Assistant Manager George Rael, talks to EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze and contractor Bob Zulick. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

POJOAQUE – A citizen’s advisory

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