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Food on the Hill: Molasses Krinkels

on March 13, 2013 - 7:36am

This Week's Recipe:

 
Molasses Krinkels

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Ingredients:

 
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter(softened)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger
1/2 teaspoon clove1/4 teaspoon salt
White Sugar for dipping

Directions:

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Cream shortening, butter and brown sugar until well mixed.

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

Then mix in all wet ingredients into the creamed butter mixture.

LAHS Teacher Wins Pasatiempo Poetry Contest

on March 13, 2013 - 7:31am
Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Michelle Holland, winner of the Pasatiempo Poetry Contest. Photo by Alex Traube
 
LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School English instructor Michelle Holland was selected by editors of Pasatiempo as the first place winner in the poem category written by adults in their recent contest.

Her entry entitled, “It Wasn’t the Laundry on the Line,” was featured in the Dec. 28, 2012, edition of The New Mexican’s weekly magazine of arts, entertainment and culture.

Holland said she rarely enters contests, but entered this one to encourage her students to publish their

Encouraging Innovation Topic of Hive Brown-Bag

on March 13, 2013 - 7:06am

THE HIVE News:

Does our present system discourage innovators? Is the patent system broken?

What are the impediments to moving from an invention idea to a readiness level that would interest investment? 

In what environment would innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, manufacturers, and investors all find reward from their efforts?

How can New Mexico become the hotbed of invention that it should be?

The brown-bag lunch on Thursday, March 14 at The Hive will address these and other related questions.

Two UNM-LA Community Education Classes on Film Beginning Soon

on March 13, 2013 - 6:57am

UNM-LA News:

Native American Film explores the use of films produced by Native Americans to express their experiences in the United States.

Class showings will include Doe Boy and a discussion of the life of Beverley Singer, head of the Native American Film at UNM in Albuquerque.  

Class begins Wednesday March 20.

The Bard on the Silver Screen examines the range of interpretation given to Shakespeare’s work on film and stage.

Instructor Robert Benedetti, three-time Peabody and Emmy award winner, former Dean of Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts, and renowned Shakespeare

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YMCA Express Officially Opens For Fitness!

on March 12, 2013 - 5:01pm

Community leaders, Chamber officials, Y Board members and staff gather together Monday to cut the ribbon on the new YMCA Express at 140 Central Park Square. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

YMCA Board President John Wolfe cuts the ribbon on the new YMCA Express Monday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Nearly overcome with delight about her first workout at the brand new YMCA Express Monday, Lyla Lo, 17 months, shares a laugh with her father Chienchi Lo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Prime examples of how fit people become who workout at the YMCA, from left, United

Los Alamos Chamber Officials Discuss Local Business Climate With U.S. Sen. Heinrich's Representative

on March 12, 2013 - 10:24am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's Field Representative Mike Sullivan, right, met Monday with Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Membership Coordinator Katy Korkos and Chamber Executive Director Kevin Holsapple at their Chamber Offices in downtown Los Alamos to hear about the local business climate and relay that information back to the Senator in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UNM-LA Advisory Board Members Take Oath

on March 12, 2013 - 10:21am
Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk swears in new UNM-LA Advisory Board Member Michelle Hall at the Monday, March 11 UNM-LA Advisory Board Meeting held at the college. Hall was elected to Position One on the Board in February. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board Member John Hofmann is sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk Monday evening at the college. Hofmann was elected to Position Five on the Board in February. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Set to Host 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' April 27

on March 12, 2013 - 9:52am

Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police are set to host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

The local event is being conducted as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's national "Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

This is a great opportunity for citizens who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with state, local and

Applications Open for Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship

on March 12, 2013 - 9:48am

LAHS News:

The Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship fund is offering a $1,000 one-time scholarship to a student who will graduate this spring from Los Alamos High School.

The award will be given to a student who possesses a strong sense of individuality and has demonstrated good character and a commitment to service and the welfare of fellow students.

The applicant must follow and encourage a drug and alcohol free lifestyle among his or her peers.

Additional information and application forms are available at the Career Resource Center at LAHS and must be postmarked by April 8.

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Los Alamos County Fire Stations Significantly Reduce Energy Usage as a Result of Energy Conservation Competition

on March 12, 2013 - 9:20am

Los Alamos Fire Department Flyer: An example of one of the fliers posted in the participating fire stations to promote energy conservation. Courtesy/LAC

Fire Energy Competition Scoreboard: The scoreboard that was posted in each fire house, from early in the competition. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

After a six-month fire department energy conservation competition that approached the heat and intensity of a five-alarm fire the winner is ... Fire Station 4!

Fire Station 4 on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos County Golf Course, reduced its electricity usage an average of 30 percent per month.

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Help Plan Senior Appreciation Night

on March 12, 2013 - 9:11am
COUNTY News:
Individuals and volunteers interested in helping to plan a safe, fun-filled, drug free, all-night celebration for Los Alamos High School and home school graduating seniors are invited to a Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) planning meeting set for 1-2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the Aquatic Center Training Room, 2760 Canyon Road. 
Parents, organization representatives, community service groups and business owners are especially invited to attend.
SAN is a cooperative effort between parent volunteers, Los Alamos County Recreation Division, The Family YMCA, and approximately 40

Pasta Dinner Benefits Hiltopper Baseball

on March 12, 2013 - 9:09am

Comet PanStarrs Makes Appearance in Los Alamos

on March 12, 2013 - 9:06am
Pajarito Astronomer Club President Steve Becker sets up his telescope to view the comet PanStarrs. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

A large group of people lined up on the soccer fields at Overlook Park Sunday night. A telescope was being set up and sets of binoculars were pointed at the horizon. The sun was slipping away and the sky grew darker. The show was about to begin.

The Dark Night series will not officially kick off until April, but Sunday, the Pajarito Astronomers and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center hosted a special event to see the PanStarrs

Fuller Lodge Transformer Installation Set For March 16-17

on March 12, 2013 - 8:55am

DPU and County Facilities crews conduct preliminary work Monday afternoon for the installation of a new transformer on the Fuller Lodge grounds to correct a long-standing problem with the main power feed to the building. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News:

This weekend, March 16-17 Fuller Lodge, the adjacent Art Center, the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as County crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer.

Department of Public Utilities and

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SFI Seminar: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

on March 12, 2013 - 7:11am

SFI News:

SFI Seminar: On the Foundations and Philosophy of Info-Metrics

Thursday, March 14 at 12:15 p.m. in Collins Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Amos Golan of the Department of Economics, American University

Abstract: Info-metrics is the science and art of quantitatively processing information and inference. It crosses the boundaries of all sciences and provides the universal mathematical and philosophical foundations for inference with finite, noisy or incomplete information.

Info-metrics lies in the intersection of information theory,

Lauritzen Nominated for Excellence Award

on March 12, 2013 - 6:50am

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Deborah Smith, left, and Bernadette Lauritzen during the school's recent 45th anniversary celebration. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board selected Bernadette Lauritzen as its nominee for the 2013 New Mexico School Board’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt said Lauritzen’s nomination was sent to the New Mexico State School Board Association because she has made a significant impact in student achievement for the Los Alamos schools.

“Not only is Bernadette known for her many volunteer hours, she is

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 28 To March 6, 2013

on March 11, 2013 - 10:18am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

ROWENA MACDONALD

Feb. 28 at 3:10 p.m. / Police arrested Rowena MacDonald, 46, of Los Alamos on Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from the State of Missouri.

 

 

LARRY BOBO

Feb. 28 at 2:47 p.m. / Police arrested Larry Bobo, 37, of Los Alamos near Diamond Drive and Ridgeway Drive and charged him with driving without headlights, driving with an obstructed windshield and DUI.

 

 

2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit Set for April 22-23

on March 11, 2013 - 10:15am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico will host its annual Learning Summit April 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is chair-elect of Quality New Mexico and co-chair of its educational initiative New Mexico Excellence in Learning.

"The goal of the Learning Summit is to get people interested in the idea of improving education in a Systemic way," Wadt said.

Quality New Mexico Chair-Elect Bill Wadt

Wadt announced the primary speakers for this year's Summit.

"We were able to get Terry Holliday, the Commissioner of Education for Kentucky, to be a keynote speaker and do

'Fair Pay for Women Act' Heads to the Governor’s Desk

on March 11, 2013 - 9:44am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - House Bill 216, the “Fair Pay for Woman Act”sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe-47) received concurrence Sunday from the House to amendments added by the Senate.

HB 216 cleared the New Mexico Senate Saturday with a vote of 31-2 and with concurrence now heads to the Gov.ernor’s desk.

There has been wide-spread and bi-partisan support for the “Fair Pay for Women Act,” a key piece of legislation in the session.

“Today we have taken a major step in bringing wage equality to the women of New Mexico,” Egolf said.

Community Broadband Network Business Plan Presentation Tuesday

on March 11, 2013 - 9:42am

COUNTY News:

Tuesday March 12, Los Alamos County Council will hear a presentation on the Community Broadband Network project; a last-mile, open-access, fiber optic network project under consideration by Los Alamos County.

The project team will focus the presentation on the business plan and its recommendations, including a proposed increase in gross receipts tax to finance the project.

Digital copies of the presentation and handouts are available at the Los Alamos County Council website under the Agenda and Minutes section.

In addition, an Open Forum is available at www.losalamosnm.us for

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Luján Celebrates Women’s History Month

on March 11, 2013 - 8:30am

Women of 1913. Courtesy photo

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in recognition of Women’s History Month, which is celebrated during March.

“Owing its roots to a protest by female factory workers over working conditions more than a century ago, Women’s History Month is an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary contributions that women make in all facets of life.

Column: Are Female CEOs The Only/Best Role Model For Women?

on March 11, 2013 - 8:00am
Are Female CEOs The Only/Best Role Model For Women?
Column by ELENA YANG

Recent news brought to us stories of two prominent female executives of Internet companies, whose decisions and publicity have stirred up some debate and reflection on women’s lives within and outside organizations. 

Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In,” a semi-autobiography cum new feminism manifesto, offers women advice on how to advance in the corporate world by mostly evoking those dormant internal strengths. 

Sandberg is the current chief operating officer for Facebook.

New Mexico House Fights for Public Schools

on March 11, 2013 - 7:36am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - The News Mexico House of Representatives passed two bills Sunday aimed at protecting New Mexico’s public schools.

House Bill 460, “School Management Contracts & Charter Boards,” sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo-21) passed the House with a vote of 34 to 33.

House Bill 392, “Public Education Commission as Independent”, sponsored by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia (D-Dona Ana-34) passed the House with a vote of 37 to 27.

There has been a recent outcry regarding the Public Education Department’s (PED) action to overrule the Public Educations Commission (PEC)

Comet Pan-STARRS Now Visible

on March 10, 2013 - 10:58pm

Comet Pan-STARRS is now visible. This photo was taken at 7:52 p.m. today with a Nikon D600, ISO 3200, 300 mm, f/4 lens, and 1/20 second exposure, looking west from Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. Easy target with binoculars ... just above where the sun sets. It will be climbing higher each night. It was visible for about 45 minutes. Photo by Glen Wurden

United Way 2013 Recognition Night Honors Organizations and Individuals

on March 10, 2013 - 3:11pm

United Way officials thank Los Alamos youth leader Morrie Pongratz who along with his wife Cheryl Pongratz have been high-level United Way supporters for many years. From left, Morrie Pongratz, Valerie Martinez of  Del Norte Credit Union, United Way Executive Director  Kristy Ortega and United Way Board President Robert Trapp. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

United Way officials thank Katy Korkos, representing the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Golf Tournament, which raised more than $8,200 for United Way.

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