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Legislation Targets Toughening Child Pornography Possession Penalties

on January 18, 2015 - 9:48am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Representative-elects Randy Crowder of Clovis and David Adkins of Albuquerque plan to file legislation to toughen penalties for possessing child pornography. Currently, offenders are charged with just one count of possession of child pornography even if they have dozens of images.

“We need to clarify the law if we want to get tough on predators in possession of child pornography,” Crowder said. “I call on my colleagues to join me in protecting New Mexico’s children.”

The courts have said that current law fails to define what constitutes one count of child pornography.

'Float Los Alamos' Business Launching In 2015!

on January 18, 2015 - 9:31am
Los Alamos entrepreneur Carlos Casias, left, with Nik Seet of LAVA. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
By MANDY MARKSTEINER
Los Alamos

Do you need to get away from life’s stresses? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue or arthritis? Are you having trouble sleeping or feeling anxious or depressed? Are you pregnant and uncomfortable?

Carlos Casias is a Los Alamos entrepreneur who intends to open Float Los Alamos in 2015. His float studio will have at least two float tanks.

What is a float tank? 

A float tank is a light and sound free environment where you float atop a solution of about 10

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Smart Design With Suzette: Trash To Treasure

on January 18, 2015 - 8:07am
Smart Design with Suzette
Trash To Treasure
By SUZETTE FOX

Have you ever thought about updating some old furniture with a coat of paint or adding something new to an old piece? Until I became passionate about eco-design, it never occurred to me.

Recently, I ran across a pair of vintage mid-century modern chairs at a local thrift store. They struck me because they had great lines but were in such a sorry state. I HAD to rescue them. I purchased the pair for $20 and drove off with a big smile on my face.

'The Worst Hard Time' Community Discussion Feb. 10

on January 18, 2015 - 7:58am

Book jacket of 'The Worst Hard Time.' Courtesy/amazon.com

AAUW News:

In support of the Mesa Public Library exhibit, ”Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,” the Los Alamos branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is facilitating two  community-wide discussions of Timothy Egan’s book, The Worst Hard Time. 

Those interested are encouraged to read this award-winning history of the Dust Bowl, and participate in an open discussion of the book and related materials either 1-3 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.

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How the Hen House Turns: The Carnivore Dilemma

on January 18, 2015 - 7:48am
How the Hen House Turns
The Carnivore Dilemma
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Next to the mayo-drenched BLT, I like chicken salad sandwiches best, even though I have come to know and to love chickens for who they are, far better than I ever knew a pig.

All this didn’t strike me until I was eating a chicken salad sandwich one day in 1975, some 30 years after I heard a pig’s death squeal on our World War II Victory Farm. Deep is the irony that lies in the nature of humans as both carnivores and animal lovers.

I had brought my chicken salad sandwich out to the picnic table because I

Smoky Sky Due To Prescribed Burn In Bayo Canyon

on January 17, 2015 - 2:20pm

Smoke billowing into the sky today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from a prescribed burn in Bayo Canyon. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

Smoke seen today looking northeast from downtown Los Alamos is coming from pile burn operations that began today in Bayo Canyon and its tributaries.

The prescribed burn is aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community. The Los Alamos Fire Department and the Santa Fe National Forest in areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Die Laughing At LALT's 'Murdered to Death'

on January 17, 2015 - 1:05pm
The full cast of 'Murdered to Death.' Photo by Laurie Tomlinson
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Some (okay all) of my family members are continually telling me I have no sense of humor. I prefer to think of myself as discerning where comedy is concerned. In any case, I’m generally a hard sell with comedy, so when I tell you I was rolling in the aisles and laughing my head off along with the rest of the full house at Los Alamos Little Theatre Friday for opening night of “Murdered to Death” it’s quite a compliment to the play and the performers.

The first of Peter

Y Celebrates 60 Years With Tribute To Past

on January 17, 2015 - 1:04pm

This building served as home to The Family YMCA in 1955. Courtesy/YMCA

Local youth, identified in the photo, attend a high school Y program. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

  • Call for Memories, Photos and To Follow On Facebook

In the 1950s a dedicated group of volunteers, recognizing the isolation and lack of activities for families in Los Alamos, got together to forward the idea of starting a YMCA in the community.

Since the “hill” was federal property, this would require an Act of Congress.

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Classical Music World: How Do They Do That?

on January 17, 2015 - 1:03pm
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director
 
After Red Priest’s phenomenal performance on the Los Alamos Concert Association series last week, several people asked me the same question: How did the ensemble transport a harpsichord all the way from Great Britain?

The answer: They didn’t. We rented an instrument for them to use. That sounds simple enough but the reality makes for quite a story. 

Harpsichords are notoriously finicky instruments. They don’t take kindly to being moved about or to temperature and humidity changes.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks For Amazing CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot Success

on January 17, 2015 - 12:54pm

2014 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot participants. Courtesy photo

By LYNN WYSOCKI-SMITH, Coordinator
2014 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot

The 2014 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot was a great success with 196 runners and walkers attending in spite of cool and very windy conditions.

Participants had a wonderful time with the random drawings of turkeys and pumpkin pies after the fun walk/run with time to chat with friends, colleagues and neighbors.

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Look Before You Leap!

on January 17, 2015 - 12:21pm
By Mandy Marksteiner
Los Alamos

How A Business Plan Can Save Entrepreneurs From Costly Mistakes

This spring Nik Seet will teach “Intro to Entrepreneurship (Business Plan Development)” noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 20 to May 1 in Room 625 at UNM-LA.

During the class, students will spend time creating a business plan. Many businesses make the mistake of not taking their business plan seriously, but then run into problems. During this interview, Seet explains what a difference a business plan can make.   

Marksteiner interviews Seet about the importance of a business plan:

What is the

IRS Launches Free File For Taxpayers

on January 17, 2015 - 12:20pm

IRS News:
  • Free File Will Help New Mexico Taxpayers With New Health Care Law

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free.

Free File is available only at IRS.gov/FreeFile -- thanks to a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance -- a consortium of 14 leading tax software companies that make their branded products available for free.

Free File software can help taxpayers with tax preparation, including the health care

Indian Country: The Art Of David Bradley

on January 17, 2015 - 12:03pm

Harvest Moon by David Bradley. Courtesy/Ed and Pam deZevallos Collection

MIAC News:

  • "To be an artist from the Indian world carries with it certain responsibilities ... which I do not take lightly." David Bradley

SANTA FE — Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) Feb. 15 and runs through Jan. 16, 2016.

On view will be 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works and bronze sculptures.

David Bradley of Minnesota Chippewa, creates narrative artworks that tell stories and histories not often heard by

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Learn To Speak English For Everyday Life At UNM-LA

on January 17, 2015 - 10:48am

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Heinrich: ‘Let Us Be Reminded Of His Dream’

on January 17, 2015 - 10:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Heinrich makes statement on MKL Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is celebrated Monday, Jan. 19.

“On Martin Luther King Day, communities across New Mexico come together to honor Dr. King’s profound lessons of justice and equality.
"He gave a voice to the marginalized and oppressed and inspired a nation to stand up against intolerance.
"Let us be reminded of his dream to build a country where social and economic opportunities are

National Read-a-thon Day At Aspen Saturday Jan. 24

on January 17, 2015 - 10:37am

ASPEN ELEMENTARY News:

Aspen Elementary School is taking part in National Read-a-thon Day 12-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24.

The goal of National Read-a-thon Day is to encourage individuals and families to spend the afternoon reading and enjoying books.

The Aspen staff will provide a variety of reading activities for elementary students including:
  • reading tents;
  • a puppet theater;
  • one-minute mysteries;
  • online Tumble Books; and
  • “fractured” fairy tales around the fireplace.

The public is welcome to attend the National Read-a-thon Day in Aspen’s school library at 2182 33rd St.

'Fed Up' Shows Friday At Rosebud In White Rock

on January 17, 2015 - 10:06am

Courtesy/fedupmovie.com

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to view the movie "Fed Up" Friday, Jan. 23 at the Rosebud Cafe at 35 Rover Blvd., Suite G in White Rock.

Doors open at 6 p.m., the movie begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is free.

"Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry aided by the U.S. government to mislead and confuse the American public.

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Call For Entries For Taos Fall Art Fest’s ‘The Paseo’

on January 17, 2015 - 10:06am

'Glorious Canvas' 2014 TFAF Poster Award. Courtesy/TFAF

TFAF News:

TAOS — Now, in its second year, the highly successful art festival, The Paseo, is seeking multimedia installation, performance, and projection artists to submit entries for the festival, which will be featured as part of the Taos Fall Arts Festival in September.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1.

The Paseo is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos.

Occurring Sept.

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Face Jugs: A Southern Tradition

on January 17, 2015 - 10:05am

Face Jug by Lanier Meaders, Mossy Creek, GA. Photo by Addison Doty/MOIFA

MOIFA News:

  • John Burrison Presents History Of This Southern Tradition Followed By Mike Craven's Face Jug Demonstration

SANTA FE Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA).

The programs are in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free Sundays.

The face jug is now an icon of

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Burgess Covers 2014 Highlights At Chamber Breakfast

on January 16, 2015 - 11:22am
County Manager Harry Burgess
 
By NANCY PARTRIDGE
Chamber of Commerce Manager

County Manager Harry Burgess unveiled the print and online “Los Alamos County 2014 Annual Report” and presented the highlights of County activity in 2014 at Thursday's Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast. About two dozen people attended the Chamber’s regular monthly networking and business event.

Burgess kicked off his discussion of the year with the July ribbon cutting for Smith's Marketplace, noting the views from its deck. He also touched on the financially beneficial land deal with U.S.

School Board Candidates State Views At Forum

on January 16, 2015 - 11:17am

School Board candidates from left, NancyAnn Holmes, William Hargraves, Sheryl Nichols, Andrea Cunningham, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer McCumber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local teacher Andrea Determan addresses school board candidates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The second half of the election forum held Wednesday by the League of Women Voters was devoted to the School Board Election which takes place Feb.

Public Comment Deadline For Municipal Building Artwork Is Midnight Jan. 21

on January 16, 2015 - 11:16am

COUNTY News:

The Art in Public Places Board held an open house Thursday in the lobby of the Municipal Building to showcase the proposals of the top three finalists for artwork that will be installed in the Municipal Building's West Plaza, using APP funds.

Now the Board is seeking additional feedback using Open Forum. A handout with a description of each piece of art (including a photo) can be downloaded using the link below, and then citizens can leave comments for the Board. This is a topic of discussion at the APP Jan. 22 meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Municipal Bldg.

SFI Hosts Climate Change Communication Seminar

on January 16, 2015 - 10:42am

Caty Arevalo, SFI Journalism Fellow

SFI News:

Climate Change Communication Has Failed. How Can We Start to Fix It?

SANTA FE – Sante Fe Institute (SFI) will feature Caty Arevalo, SFI Journalism Fellow, at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the Collins Conference Room for a public seminar about the challenges of communicating the importance of climate change. 

For a passionate science reporter, covering climate change is a fascinating but frustrating task.

LA Beer Co-Op Seeks Brewmaster And GM

on January 16, 2015 - 10:32am

LABC News:
  • LABC Seeks Brewmaster And GM in Hopes of Opening NM’s First Co-op Brewery by Spring

New Mexico’s first and only craft brew cooperative, Los Alamos Beer Co-Op (LABC), is one step closer to opening its first brewery; but first needs a professional brewer who can handcraft a product brimming with skill and passion, as well as a general manager.

“The LABC is looking for a brewmaster with the desire to craft a product that people love and who has the enterprising spirit to start something new,” said Amy Engle, an LABC Board Member and owner.

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Check Out This Weekend's Top Open House

on January 16, 2015 - 10:18am

REAL ESTATE News:

This weekend is a great time to tour the top open houses in the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe. Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured home. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open house or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top of this

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