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United Church Of Los Alamos: Mexico Mission Auction March 21

on February 24, 2015 - 11:23am
UCLA News:
 
The United Church of Los Alamos has announced their Mexico Mission Auction date, changing the date from a Sunday to a Saturday.
 
The event will take place March 21 with a silent auction at 2 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. with a live auction. The funds will send students and sponsors to build homes for the poor during spring break.
 
Items can be donated to the church by calling 505.662.2971.

LAMS Team Takes First In MathCounts Competition

on February 24, 2015 - 11:10am
From left, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Mathletes Antonio Dowdy, Do Vo, Duncan Fuehne and Christopher Koh and Coach Jane Lataille.

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team placed first Saturday in the Northern New Mexico Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at Pojoaque High School.

The team was made up of Do Vo, Christopher Koh, Antonio Dowdy and Duncan Fuehne. Vo placed first as an individual, Koh placed 2nd, Dowdy 3rd and Fuehne placed 4th. The team coaches are Phuong Nguyen and Jane Lataille. 

The team will compete March 21 at state.  

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is designed

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How The Hen House Turns—Chicken Moxie

on February 24, 2015 - 10:58am
How the Hen House Turns
Chicken Moxie
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

Last week I reviewed our experience building the Hen House. What amazed me then, and still resonates now, is how the birds adapted to our ideas.

They laid eggs in the nest boxes. They entered the House at dusk and sat on the roosts to sleep. They drank from water jugs (cut down gallon plastic jugs), re-supplied their gizzards with oyster shells to grind their food (LA tuff doesn’t provide good hard pebbles for grit.), and ate their lay pellets laced with cracked corn.

Over its 40 years of intermittent occupancy,

Food on the Hill: A Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana

on February 24, 2015 - 10:37am
FOOD on the HILL
By FELICIA ORTH

I know that if I ask the husband what he wants for dinner, he is likely to say “vegetables in curry” or “eggplant parm.” (Either answer, of course, is better than “I don’t care,” which I find annoying and unhelpful, even if his intention is to convey that he’s flexible, or something.)  

Although I’ve been cooking since I was a child, I had never prepared eggplant parmigiana before our marriage. When I did finally try to make it for dinner, I was put off by the amount of cheese, bread crumbs, frying oil and active time necessary to prepare it.

YMCA Little Youth Spring Basketball Program Registration Ends Friday

on February 24, 2015 - 10:36am

YMCA News:

The YMCA Little Youth Spring Basketball program for Girls and Boys in grades K-1st, is open for registration until Friday, Feb. 27.

Beauties For Big Brothers Big Sisters

on February 24, 2015 - 10:22am

Miss Northern New Mexico Rose Lea of Los Alamos. Photo by Try'N'Fly Photography of Los Alamos

BBBS News:

Los Alamos’ own Miss Northern New Mexico 2015 will be bringing “Beauties for Big Brothers Big Sisters” to this year’s Fire and Ice Festival in Jemez Springs.

Come out to Fitzgerald Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and purchase your chance to toss a pie at Miss Northern New Mexico, as well as other delegates of the Miss United States Organization. If you’re really feeling ferocious, you can even get the opportunity to plant a pie right in a beauty queen’s face.

Los Alamos Cooperative Market Celebrates Four Years In Business Saturday!

on February 24, 2015 - 9:58am

CO+OP News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is celebrating its 4th anniversary Saturday by offering fun learning experiences for all ages, live music, food sampling, cake and a semi-annual Inventory Reduction Sale.

Celebrate community while enjoying interactive booths by a variety of non-profit organizations including the NMSU County Extension, Camino de Paz, Family YMCA and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

To show appreciation for the Co+op’s member/owners, the Co+op is offering a 10 percent discount Saturday on all regular priced items.

Activities for all ages:

All Day:

Public Invited To Attend First 2015 Budget Committee Meeting Wednesday

on February 24, 2015 - 8:47am

LAPS News:

The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee is 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

Public comment will be accepted at the beginning and the end of the meeting.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Review of Budget Committee Charter approved by LAPS School Boar;
  • Review of LAPS non-negotiable goals; and
  • Discussion of how to identify the gaps to reach non-negotiable goals, how to measure those gaps and what is required to close those gaps.

The LAPS School Board and District Office strongly encourage community involvement in this process.

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Speaker Tripp Releases Statement On Passing Of Former House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez

on February 24, 2015 - 8:28am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – House Speaker Don Tripp released the following statement on the passing of former Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez:

“Gilbert Lopez dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico. Including his tenure as the sergeant-at-arms, Lopez served in the State Capitol for 23 years before retiring in 2014. He is a man of great honor. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Memorial honoring House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez at his retirement following the 2014 legislative session:

WHEREAS, after twenty-three years of working at the state capitol, Gilbert Lopez,

Prescribed Burns Planned On Santa Fe National Forest's Cuba Ranger District

on February 24, 2015 - 7:41am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue the La Jara prescribed pile burns on the Cuba Ranger District this week.

The La Jara prescribed pile burns, a remaining total of 56 acres, may continue through March 30, only if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume. 

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-dependent ecosystems.

Legislation To Expand State’s Voyeurism Law Passes House Floor With Unanimous Vote

on February 24, 2015 - 7:33am

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Legislation that would crack down on sexual predators attempting to secretly view or record a person’s intimate areas has passed the House floor by a bipartisan vote of 59-5.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-San Juan County, will now go the State Senate. 

“We have the right to our privacy and must make sure these rights are protected,” said Clahchischilliage, of Kirtland, the bill’s sponsor. “This legislation will help protect New Mexico’s families from predators. I look forward to a vote by the Senate.”

Letter to the Editor: Grateful For Support

on February 24, 2015 - 7:03am
By VICKY HYPES, Christian Church
ALLIE THOMPSON, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church

The House of Hope and Trinity Builders wish to thank the community for supporting our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper held Feb. 17.

We are grateful for the publicity provided by KRSN, The Los Alamos Daily Post and The Los Alamos Monitor. Jan McDonald and his band provided wonderful Dixieland Music, and more than 40 members of Trinity on the Hill and other Los Alamos Church congregations helped make this a success. We thank you all!

The proceeds from this event help purchase the supplies for our groups to

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Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza April 5

on February 24, 2015 - 6:53am

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Greg Moon Art Gallery Calls For Entries In ‘After Dark IV’ Exhibition

on February 24, 2015 - 6:50am
The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos. Courtesy/GMAG
 
Taos News:
 
TAOS — The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos is calling for entries from artists across the United States for the gallery's "After Dark IV" show, celebrating the concept of darkness and the varied reactions, which are emblematic to this concept.
 
The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m., April 15.

Entries are being accepted in the mediums of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass and assemblage.
 
Jurors who will be judging the entries include:
  • Copro Gallery owner, promoter and
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Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 Hosts Charity Breakfast For Blue Star Mothers Of America

on February 24, 2015 - 6:39am

Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 hosted a charity breakfast Saturday morning to benefit the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian organization that supports the relatives of active duty and retired military. Numerous members of the local chapter worked alongside the Lodge brethren to cook and serve waffle breakfasts to a hungry public! For more information on the Blue Star Mothers of America, visit http://www.bluestarmothers.org. For more information on Pajarito Lodge or Freemasonry, contact Jake Turin, wm@pajarito66.org. Courtesy photo

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New Mexico Senate Unanimously Confirms Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron

on February 23, 2015 - 9:09pm

Barbara Damron

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Higher Education Department (HED) Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron.

Damron received numerous praises from both sides of the aisle throughout the proceedings.

“I am both honored and privileged to be given this tremendous responsibility by Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Senate” Damron said. “All education stakeholders must work together to guide students down a successful academic path.”

Damron has more than 30 years of experience as an executive, health care provider, scientist,

Infinity Squared Music Presents Spoken Lead Singer Matt Baird In Los Alamos Concert Tuesday Evening

on February 23, 2015 - 8:04pm

Spoken lead singer Matt Baird performs at 7 p.m., Tuesday. Courtesy photo

INFINITY SQUARED MUSIC News:

Don’t miss this concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24. Matt Baird, lead singer for Spoken, has come from Iowa by way of Texas to do an acoustic show at New Beginnings Fellowship for a $5 cover fee.

This event is the third show in six months, brought to you by a new Los Alamos community group, represented by the name Infinity Squared Music and coordinated by local Phil Jacobson.

The name was born out of the first show (September 2014), where nationally-acclaimed Everfound performed at White

Think New Mexico Again Recognized Among Top Think Tanks

on February 23, 2015 - 7:07pm
TNM News:
 
For the third year in a row, Think New Mexico has been recognized as one of the top think tanks in the world by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program.
 
The recognition came in TTCSP’s eighth annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” which TTCSP describes as “the gold standard for think tanks around the world.”
 
Think New Mexico increased its ranking to 56th in the world (up from 57th in 2013 and 70th in 2012) in the Special Achievement category of “Best Advocacy Campaign.” It was the

Letter To The Editor: Death By Democracy At The Roundhouse

on February 23, 2015 - 6:57pm
By LOIS RUDNICK
Santa Fe

This is a tale of two hearings at the Roundhouse: House Bill 44, which required background checks for all purchasers of firearms at gun shows; and HB 189, which loosens requirements for gun safety for concealed weapons permits.

The hearings I attended were a microcosm of the dangers our democracy faces. They demonstrated what paralyzes politics in New Mexico and the nation because of Republican partisan gridlock and the ownership of representatives by Big Money. The NRA is at the top of the list in terms of the reach of their power and dollars.

‘Culture Day’ At Roundhouse Offers Best Of State Museums And Historic Sites

on February 23, 2015 - 4:04pm
State News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.
 
Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day:
  • New Mexico Arts will provide “Oculus Rift Glasses” offering the wearer a cutting edge virtual “Pull of the Moon Experience.”
  • The NM State Library will display the new “Brainfuse” online tutorial offering

SFI Colloquium: Evolution Of Multicellularity And Cellular Differentiation In The Volvocine Algae

on February 23, 2015 - 3:58pm
Matthew Herron 
University of Montana

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting a colloquium with Matthew Herron at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The transition to multicellular life was one of a few major events in the history of life that created new opportunities for more complex biological systems to evolve. Indeed, multicellularity is a prerequisite for the evolution of large, complex organisms such as plants and animals.

An understanding of the ecological conditions and evolutionary mechanisms that favor this key innovation is

Jack R. Fox Unanimously Confirmed As Secretary Of New Mexico Department Of Veterans’ Services

on February 23, 2015 - 3:45pm

Jack R. Fox

STATE News:  

SANTA FE—Retired New Mexico Army National Guard Brigadier General Jack R. Fox was unanimously confirmed today by the New Mexico Senate as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services.

The vote by the full Senate followed Secretary Fox’s confirmation hearing at 8:30 a.m., before the Senate Rules Committee.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to the position following the resignation of Timothy L. Hale in November 2014.

“As a native New Mexican, I am honored and humbled to be given this chance to serve my state’s veterans and their families,” Fox

Yang: Smart Technologies…May Need Some EQ

on February 23, 2015 - 3:43pm
Yang: Smart Technologies…May Need Some EQ (Emotional Intelligence)
 
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

There is always tension between wanting to be apart from others, asserting our individual identity, and desiring to belong to a collective, be it an organization or a culture. And this tension is more evident and acceptable in some societies than in others. 

For instance, in Chinese culture, the desire to be more individualistic is certainly not encouraged and often actively suppressed, whereas in the States, coexistence of individualism and belonging seems to be ubiquitous.

First National Promotes Carl Rood To Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer

on February 23, 2015 - 2:36pm

Carl Rood

BUSINESS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Board of Directors of First National is pleased to announce that Carl Rood has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer.

Rood has been with the Bank since August of 2013 and leads the Bank’s Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Department. He also manages the FDICIA, CRA and regulatory requirements and has more than 31 years of banking experience with several West Coast banks and the FNMA (Federal National Mortgage Association).

“Carl has shown exceptional leadership in his role at the Bank,” says Interim CEO, Doug

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Letter to the Editor: Make Leisure Pool Next Capital Improvement Project

on February 23, 2015 - 11:33am
By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos

 As the County once again examines opportunities for funding various capital improvement projects, I implore the County Council to consider resurrecting the Leisure Pool Project.
 
In a survey conducted in May of last year by the American Red Cross, 54 percent of Americans could not swim or were unable to perform basic water competency skills, skills that include the ability to step or jump into water over your head, bob to the surface and float or tread water for one minute, turn a full circle while treading water and locate an exit, swim 25 yards,
and finally be

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