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Lunch With A Leader: Skolnik Presents ‘Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective On Healthcare In The US’

on March 17, 2019 - 9:54am

Richard Skolnik


The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader event for the community is 11:45 a.m., March 19 at Mesa Public Library.

Featured speaker Richard Skolnik, who moved to Los Alamos a few years ago, will present “Fifty Countries Later – A Global Perspective on Healthcare in the US”.

During his presentation, Skolnik will address the fact that although the United States spends 50 percent more of its national income on health than any other country, its citizens are not living longer or healthier.

Skolnik has given scores of guest lectures and in 2011was the

United Church Thrift Shop Half Price Sale March 20

on March 17, 2019 - 9:31am

United Church News:

The Thrift Shop at the United Church of Los Alamos is holding a half-price sale 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday at 2525 Canyon Road.

All clothing, shoes and books are included in the half-price sale.

The United Church Thrift Shop is operated by the Womens Christian Service Society (WCSS).

Donations are accepted of gently used and clean clothes, linens, housewares, jewelry, shoes, toys and children's books. No large appliances, furniture, books or VHS tapes can be accepted. Donations may be dropped off any time at the bins near the door at the lower level of Craig Hall.


Done Deal: 2019 New Mexico Legislature Adjourns

on March 17, 2019 - 9:09am
House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, center, delivers final remarks as the 2019 Legislative session comes to a close at noon Saturday. Courtesy/SFNM
Lawmakers are packing it up and heading home following the close of the 2019 60-Day Legislative Session at noon Saturday in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
The 60-day legislative session ended Saturday with a down-to-the-wire agreement on a sweeping tax bill that will raise rates on e-cigarettes and new vehicles while nearly doubling an income tax credit for some families.
The scaled-back

GOP: We Will Rise Again

on March 17, 2019 - 8:25am
With only minutes left on the clock on the last day of the legislative session, Republicans in the state House of Representatives didn't even get one last chance to raise a squalor.
All they could do was raise a collective "Nay!" when asked if they approved a House-Senate compromise on a $7 billion state budget for fiscal year 2020.
Outnumbered 46-24 by Democrats, the House Republicans were out-shouted as the session neared its close Saturday. And that's how it had played out for most of the 60-day session.
House Republicans failed to

2019 Session ... What Lawmakers Did, Didn’t Do...

on March 17, 2019 - 8:05am
Rep. Bill Pratt, D-Albuquerque, talks with Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe, at the Roundhouse on final day of the 2019 session Saturday. Robert Nott/The New Mexican

Denéé Reyes plays a gospel tune in the Capitol Rotunda just after the Legislature adjourned at noon on final day of the 2019 session Saturday. Robert Nott/The New Mexican
Compiled by Milan Simonich, Andrew Oxford and Robert Nott
New Mexican Staff
Here's a capsule view of what happened during the state Legislature's 60-day session that ended Saturday.
Not so high: No, New Mexico isn't legalizing recreational cannabis


on March 17, 2019 - 8:03am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Have you noticed these days that, in a meeting or gathering, people will often not let a speaker finish his thought before interjecting with some objection or observation? It’s quite rude ... to the point that, if in charge of the meeting, I find it necessary to begin by requesting people to wait to be recognized before speaking—sort of an impromptu partial imposition of “Robert’s Rules of Order”.

One of the noticeable benefits of such order is that meetings are shorter.

Troop 122 Donates $1,000 To Scouts BSA Girl Troop

on March 17, 2019 - 8:00am

From left, Troop 122 Scoutmaster Greg Noeninckx, Troop 122 Committee Chair Rob Merl, Troop 2 Committee Chair Michelle Carr and Troop 2 Scoutmaster Holly Trellue. Courtesy photo


Troop 122 is proud to donate $1,000 to Troop 2, the inaugural Scouts BSA girl troop in Los Alamos.

Troop 122 also would like to take this opportunity to thank First United Methodist Church for its support over the past 65 years.

This year the Boy Scouts of America celebrates 108 years of helping youth become better leaders and citizens.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Announces $14.9 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque Space Company

on March 17, 2019 - 7:46am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded Albuquerque company LoadPath, LLC a $14,899,737 contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base with advanced spacecraft systems.
“This is another big step forward in building New Mexico's integral role in major advances in the development of the military’s more responsive and resilient space architecture,” Heinrich said.

NWS: Today’s High Near 50, Tonight’s Low Around 30

on March 17, 2019 - 7:45am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 50 with msunny skies and tonight’s low around 30. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Elk Herd Spotted Near Pajarito Acres

on March 17, 2019 - 7:37am

Daily Postcard: An elk herd is spotted early Thursday evening at the intersection of NM 4 and N. Monte Rey Drive in White Rock. Photo by John Bartlit

2019 New Mexico Legislative Session Has Ended

on March 16, 2019 - 12:14pm

DPNM News:

Today is the last day of the 2019 New Mexico legislative session and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first session as our chief executive. In celebration, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston released this statement:

“Transformative—that’s how you describe this session. From investments in our children, working families, renewable energy, and infrastructure, to overdue changes like decriminalization of cannabis, common sense gun safety, and raising the minimum wage, New Mexico is on the move.


Weather Experts Call Windstorm ‘Bomb Cyclone’

on March 16, 2019 - 12:04pm


SANTA FE — New Mexico experienced an unprecedented weather pattern this past week designated by weather experts as a “bomb cyclone.”

The storm caused extensive damage in several counties throughout the state. Interstate 25 was temporarily closed due to the risks of high-profile vehicles. Reports of 80-100 mile-an-hour winds were reported throughout the state.

The winds were so powerful they caused a freight train to be derailed off a truss bridge near Logan, falling approximately 50 feet into an arroyo causing complete destruction of the train and cargo.

Fortunately, in this

Girls U16 LAFC Chaos Win Two In Duke City Soccer

on March 16, 2019 - 11:25am

The U16G Chaos celebrate after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Elite FC Orange in Duke City play. Courtesy/LAFS

Sage Wilcox fires a shot on goal in the first half of a tightly contested game. Courtesy/LAFS


By LAFC Coaching Staff
The LAFC U16 Girls Chaos started Duke City Soccer League play with solid wins over both Rio Rapids Burgandy (2-0) and Elite FC Orange (3-1).
In the first game of the season against Rio Burgandy, the Chaos were on their heels for most of the first half as Rio attacked relentlessly both up the middle and on the wings.

2019 Boys T&F Results From Los Lunas Invitational

on March 16, 2019 - 10:33am
Senior, Justin Gilbert. Photo by Jim Stein
The LAHS boys track & field team traveled March 9 to Los Lunas for the Los Lunas Invitational. The boys (and girls) came home victorious from the 10 team contest.
Complete results can be found here.
Los Alamos added two more individual state qualifiers. Senior Justin Gilbert qualified in the discus with a throw of 143' 1" and senior Gabe Holesinger qualified in the high jump by clearing 6' 4".
High point athlete for the Hilltoppers was senior, Dima Tretiak who scored 18 individual points.
The next meet was

Balderas Announces Grand Jury Indictment Of Guardianship Angels CEO Pamela Crumpler

on March 16, 2019 - 10:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced the grand jury indictment of Pamela Crumpler, CEO of Guardian Angels. Crumpler is indicted on two counts, including 2nd-degree felony Embezzlement (Over $20,000), and 3rd-degree felony Tampering with Evidence.
“No one should take advantage of vulnerable individuals in our community,” Balderas said. “We are prepared to present this case at trial.”
Crumpler faces a total jurisdiction of 12 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

How The Hen House Turns: Crows And Squirrels

on March 16, 2019 - 10:23am
Formerly of Los Alamos
In Ponderosa country like Los Alamos it is probably wise to stay home during the day. Otherwise, the crows will move in and eat up all the expensive cracked corn you have bought for your chickens.
I’m afraid that the crows have taken over in Los Alamos. In our early years there, we enjoyed the visit of many ravens. They came to the tall tree stump behind our back deck, where they picked up our leftover meat scraps.
Then one day I realized why we didn’t see ravens very often.

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets March 19

on March 16, 2019 - 10:22am
MOWW News:
This month’s meeting of the Military Order of World Wars is Tuesday March 19.
Many recent news stories have talked about the nuclear threat from many nations: North Korea, Iran, Russia and China. Jon Ventura from the LANL Weapons Program Office will talk about activities at LANL to support the nation’s evaluation and response to these threats and the changing world.
The meeting is in Los Alamos Research Park the 2nd floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research building is west of the South Mesa Fire Station.

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Two

on March 16, 2019 - 10:14am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series we identified, in broad terms, two forms of energy available to us: arriving energy and stored energy. The arriving energy comes from the sun and, if not stored, must be used right away. 

Of course, it must be transformed into a useful form of energy except, perhaps, for the warming it provides and assisting in our ability to see. One might argue that it causes winds and other atmospheric changes, but this too is conservation. So what are the forms of stored energy even if not readily to do work?
Beyond solar and

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Senate Bill 10, Significantly Boosting Small Business Investment

on March 16, 2019 - 10:10am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday signing Senate Bill 10. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 10, doubling the funding for the state Small Business Investment Corporation, delivering $50 million into new and growing New Mexico small businesses.
For almost two decades, the self-sustaining SBIC has supported small businesses across New Mexico through loans to finance business expansion and job creation.
Both chambers overwhelmingly approved the legislation.
“This is a perfect example of a reasonable permanent

Inspirational People: When No One Is Looking…

on March 16, 2019 - 10:08am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sitting in my car in a parking lot returning phone calls a while ago, I noticed something that got me thinking about how people behave when no one is looking.

On this day and some 30 yards away, a woman sat alone on a small bench behind the Blue Window Bistro facing Deacon Street.

Her sudden movement caught my eye as she rose and walked a few feet to retrieve a small paper bag the breeze blew in her direction. She placed it in a nearby trash receptacle.

Apparently on a break from the restaurant, she returned to her bench.

Tourism Implementation Task Force Meets March 20

on March 16, 2019 - 10:07am

USFS Moves Forward With Massive Timber Sale

on March 16, 2019 - 9:58am
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative Patrick Lavin
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it is signing the Record of Decision for the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project today, March 16.
The project entails widespread old-growth clearcutting on the largest island in our nation’s largest forest. In 2016, the USFS committed to a transition out of old-growth logging and away from uneconomical and destructive timber sales like this proposal.
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Alaska Representative, Patrick Lavin, issued

Taos Chamber Music: ‘Celebrating Chilton’ April 6-7

on March 16, 2019 - 9:39am
Robert McDonald
The Taos Chamber Music Group celebrates the contributions of Chilton Anderson, founder of the Taos School of Music with concerts 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7 at the Harwood Museum of Art.
Pianist Robert McDonald returns to play with TCMG for this tribute in Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op. 70, No.2, Eugene Bozza’s Soirs dans les Montaignes for flute and piano, and a Trio Sonata by Carl Stamitz (from Chilton’s personal collection).
Robert McDonald, piano, Elizabeth Baker, violin, Sally Guenther,

Weekly Fishing Report March 16

on March 16, 2019 - 9:35am
By George Morse
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The wet winter weather continues this week here in New Mexico. Across the United States, this has been the wettest winter on record, with the state of Tennessee recording its wettest winter ever. This has been great for our state as we recover from years of drought and reservoirs at extremely low levels.
Measuring stations for the Natural Resource Conservation Service are all reading above average for snow water equivalent and total precipitation.
A rapid melting of the big snowpack and a heavy spring runoff could lead

LAPS Notice Of Possible Quorum April 9 & 23

on March 16, 2019 - 9:30am