NORTHVILLE, MI — Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. has announced the appointment of Fred Bentley to the new position of chief operating officer of Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. and president of the company’s Global Wheel Group. In assuming the new chief operating officer position, Bentley will be responsible for all of the company’s manufacturing and business unit operations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Bentley will continue to report to Curtis J. Clawson, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Bentley joined the company in 2001 and most recently served as chief operating officer and president of the company’s Global Wheel Group. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s International Wheel Group and also president of its Commercial Highway and Aftermarket Group. He has also led strategic expansions in Brazil, Thailand, India, Turkey, Mexico and the Czech Republic where the company has realized significant growth. Bentley has successfully undertaken various restructuring activities to move the wheel business from regional segments to the creation of a global group. As a result, annual sales in the international wheel business have increased from $822 million in fiscal 2003 to $1.3 billion in fiscal 2006 and annual global wheel sales have increased over the past two years. Immediately prior to joining Hayes Lemmerz, Bentley served as managing director for Honeywell’s Holts European and South Africa automotive aftermarket operations. He has also held past positions with AlliedSignal and Frito-Lay. Bentley earned his bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio. He holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix, has completed the advanced management program at Harvard University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Advertisement In conjunction with Bentley’s appointment, Hayes Lemmerz has also announced that it has simplified the management reporting structure of its operating businesses. As part of this move, Daniel M. Sandberg, president of the company’s Automotive Components Group will now report to Bentley. Sandberg, who is also vice president, Global Materials and Logistics, will continue to report to Clawson in this role. “With the recent completion of our balance sheet restructuring and divestiture of our suspension and MGG businesses, it was appropriate to rethink how the company operates,” said Clawson. “The moves that have been announced are designed to facilitate the company’s growth plans over the next several years. Fred’s understanding of Hayes Lemmerz’ core wheel business, strategic growth plans and the challenges faced by today’s suppliers, will strengthen Hayes Lemmerz as we continue to grow our world presence. The resulting management structure will be streamlined, flexible and efficient,” Clawson added. “We don’t foresee any significant changes in the structure of the Automotive Components Group, as a result of this change.” “I am enthusiastic about this opportunity,” Bentley said. “This move makes strategic sense for our business, which we have substantially restructured over the past two years. This new organizational structure will enable us to better integrate the talented resources that we have in both our wheel and non-wheel businesses, and take both businesses to the next level.” Advertisement For more information about Hayes Lemmerz, go to: http://www.hayes-lemmerz.com/.
A gift that will benefit youth and give back to the community at the same time. A gift certificate will be sent in the receiver’s name and the giver can select a local or regional classroom to benefit from the gift. As C’YA continues to highlight the good deeds of local community members and works to support youth, it reflects on the past and steps into the future by joining the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. This week, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) celebrates its 5th birthday, after becoming a local nonprofit organization in 2014. Those wanting to try an innovative idea can, “Give the Gift of Science.” C’YA Board President Claire Swinhoe and Chad Lauritzen the Science Guy. Courtesy/C’YA The group wanted to try something new in 2019 and to mark their 5th birthday, they decided to create an opportunity to give and receive. “Today, when the country seems more polarized than ever, it is wonderful to have an organization that brings the community together and that values people of all ages,” C’YA Board President Claire Swinhoe said. C’YA focuses on four areas including:Community Asset Awards;Science education in the schools;Youth leadership; andSending mail to local troops serving in the U.S. and aroung the world. CYA News: “C’YA is excited once again to participate in ScienceFest 2019,” Bernadette Lauritzen, C’YA Executive Director said. “Earlier this year, we received a Community Outreach Grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and we look forward to the opportunity. We hope to see kids and kids at heart, as we bring fun and education in the heart of the summer.” The Champions of Youth Ambitions Board of Directors includes; Claire Swinhoe, Karen Greenfield, Megan Pfeffer, Valerie Harris and Debra Minyard. You can learn more about them at www.cya-nm.org, on Facebook at Champions of Youth Ambitions or by emailing [email protected]
Rod Gilfry as Don Alfonso in the Santa Fe Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Photo by Ken HowardSFO News:SANTA FE — On Saturday, July 13, the Santa Fe Opera will present Mozart’s Così fan tutte in a new production directed by R. B. Schlather (making his company debut) and conducted by Music Director Harry Bicket.“For years Così was dismissed as a minor Mozart work, but for me it is a masterpiece,” writes Bicket. “The poignancy of Mozart’s own autobiographical connection with the opera (he married the sister of the woman he was in love with), coupled with some of the most profound and touching music he ever wrote, makes it a timeless exploration of how we learn to love (and lose) each other.”For this new production, Director R. B. Schlather envisions a minimalist setting, stripping away artifice to lay bare the characters’ intentions. Schlather draws inspiration from contemporary art and explores the duality of our inner lives and public personas. The cast features American lyric soprano Amanda Majeski (Fiordiligi), Canadian-Italian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo in her company debut (Dorabella), American tenor Ben Bliss (Ferrando), American baritone and former apprentice singer Jarrett Ott (Guglielmo), Canadian coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl (Despina), American baritone Rod Gilfry (Don Alfonso) and American bass-baritone Dale Travis (Don Alfonso on July 17). Paul Tate de Poo III (scenic design), former technical apprentice Terese Wadden (costume design) and former technical apprentice JAX Messenger (lighting design) round out the Creative Team. Susanne Sheston serves as Chorus Master.Così fan tutte is the third of five mainstage shows in the Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season. The work holds a place of distinction in the Company’s repertory, having been staged in its 1957 inaugural season and produced ten times subsequently, most recently in 2007. Così fan tutte can also be credited with helping to shape the Santa Fe Opera’s artistic identity. In 1951, the young John O’Hea Crosby became a conducting student at Columbia University. He was already a devoted fan of musical comedy when he began attending performances at the Metropolitan Opera. These were staged in the old-school “park and bark” tradition, with one exception — a Così fan tutte directed by actor Alfred Lunt. Here Crosby saw “a carefully, brilliantly rehearsed evening with six superb singing actors.” This was the seed from which the Santa Fe Opera’s identity as an ensemble company that gives equal weight to musical and theatrical values grew.More on Così fan tutteComposed just two years before Mozart’s untimely death, Mozart and Da Ponte’s final collaboration has delighted, confounded and rewarded viewers ever since its 1790 premiere in Vienna. Their “School for Lovers” sports a highly experienced faculty and a progressive curriculum — required reading and written papers have all been replaced by experiential learning. There’s a devil of a final exam, though, especially for two young couples about to be married. It’s a lab project in which they dissect the question, “Are you in love, or in love with the idea of love?” They’re also required to change partners, and much to their surprise, they discover that being engaged to someone special doesn’t preclude being especially attracted to someone else. Mesmerizingly beautiful music and a profound understanding of the heart illuminate this all-too-human situation.The 2019 SeasonThe 2019 summer festival runs from June 28 to August 24 and will present five operas in 36 performances, a special Santa Fe Opera debut concert by celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra led by Music Director Harry Bicket, and two Apprentice Scenes performances. The 63rd Season, the first to be led by General Director Robert K. Meya, Artistic Director Alexander Neef, and Music Director Harry Bicket, explores classic works of the repertory as well as operas new to the Santa Fe Opera and the world’s stage.About the Santa Fe OperaLauded by The Wall Street Journal as “the Rolls-Royce of American summer opera festivals,” the Santa Fe Opera annually draws 85,000 people from New Mexico and around the globe. Nestled atop a mountain vista in northern New Mexico, the company’s iconic John Crosby Theatre offers a nightly seating capacity of 2,126. The covered theatre is open on three sides, allowing visitors to enjoy performances complemented by the elements. Since 1957 the company has presented over 2,000 performances of 168 operas by 87 composers, including 15 world premieres and 45 American premieres.
First place quilt. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Fabric arts on display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Extra special spuds! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Wood and fiber. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Winning baked goods and fabulous flowers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Grand Champion photo. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com The County Fair takes place over two days during the Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Weekend at Mesa Public Library. Prize-winning flowers and preserves are on display here. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Checking out the 4-H displays. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
A young competitor encourages her duck along the channel today at the annual Lucky Duck Day sponsored by the Family Strengths Network at Urban Park. This year new events centered around the Lucky Duck completion theme. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comA young competitor is given some help launching his duck at a target. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comA contestant blows the raft she made down the racecourse. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comContestants are busy making launchers to use in the duck launch completion. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comThe rafts are constructed out of corks, sticks and ‘duck’ tape. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comThe bubble machine holds this young man’s attention. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comThis competitor launches her duck at a target. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comThe fun jumps are always popular. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus are the first two speakers Thursday at the LWV Election Forum. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Voters fill the UNM-LA Lecture Hall Thursday to learn more about their choices in the upcoming election. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily [email protected] League of Women Voters hosted a Candidate Forum Thursday evening at UNM-LA for those running for School Board in three districts (the White Rock districts are not on the ballot this year) and candidates for two separate positions on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board.The event also included an overview of Los Alamos Public School building projects, which have been partially funded by previous school bonds and information about the current school bond election by Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus.The Forum attracted a standing-room-only crowd.The evening began with a few words about the election from County Clerk Naomi Maestas. She reminded the audience that early voting begins Oct. 8 and Election Day is Nov. 5. Maestas also announced a new polling place, the UNM-LA campus. The Clerk’s Office hopes to attract young voters from the college and eligible voters at the high school. She stressed that this is an in-person election, not a mail-in ballot except for those requesting an absentee ballotSteinhaus emphasized that the renewal of the school bond would not involve a tax increase. Voting yes would continue the current level of property tax set aside to fund building projects for the school district.Steinhaus pointed to the use the District has made of past bond funds, including building and remodeling at Los Alamos High School (January 2012), Los Alamos Middle School (October 2013) and Aspen Elementary School (October 2014) in addition to a number of smaller projects. Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Mountain Elementary School are in the middle of major facility improvements, Steinhaus said.Steinhaus invited the public to tour the newly renovated Barranca Elementary School and the new LAHS music wing Saturday. He pointed out that funds made available by a yes vote in the Bond Election will go to renovate the two White Rock schools, which are more than 50 years old.First to speak among the School Board candidates were the two vying to represent the Aspen School area, District 3, Morris (Morrie) Pongratz and Christine Bernstein.“My wife, Cheryl, and I have been involved with our public schools for many, many years,” Pongratz said.Cheryl served many years as a teacher and administrator in the District, while Morrie himself has been the Kiwanis Key Club Advisor and the public address announcer, the “Voice of the Toppers” for more than 30 years, he said.“I decided that running for the school board would give me an opportunity to repay education for all it has given us, and our family,” Pongratz said. “So here I am!”Pongratz pointed to accomplishments of the School Board during his term (2003-2007), including starting negotiations with Los Alamos County on the land that now houses Smith’s Marketplace, among many others.“My highest priority if elected is to see our students thrive,” Pongratz said. “I’ve spent over 30 years volunteering in the schools to help students feel positive about themselves and develop leadership skills. That will continue.”Opponent Christine Bernstein is a long-time teacher and currently teaches Spanish at Pojoaque High School. She’s been involved in education for 24 years. Bernstein has three children in the Los Alamos schools and lives in District 3.“Fifteen years ago, I decided I would serve on the school board,” Bernstein said. “Now the time has come.”When she’s on the job, Bernstein is immersed in the art and science of learning, she said.“THIS is education—the kids I teach every day.”Bernstein stressed her up-to-the-minute, bird’s eye view of education.“I want to have a voice,” she said. “I have fresh perspective and I want to speak for students and teachers. I have a lot of ideas.”Candidate Dawn Jalbert is running to represent the Mountain School area (District 4). She is unopposed.A retired educator, Jalbert has taught nearly every grade, she said. She taught special education for 12 years at Mountain Elementary.“I have a solid knowledge of our school system,” she said.Jalbert graduated from Los Alamos High School and has two children who also graduated from LAHS.“I’m a community member with deep roots in this town,” she said.Jalbert said communication was her most important skill.I’m a communicator, a teacher and a community member with a wide ranging view of Los Alamos,” Jalbert said.Julia Baker and Melanie Colgan are running to represent the Barranca/North Mesa area (District 5). Coincidentally, both candidates are the mother of five children.Baker is a former teacher. She has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years and is active with the Barranca PTO.“I know all students in our community have unique needs,” Baker said. “I want to support education practices that allow for diverse paths to success.”Baker pointed to the difference between striving to be equal and striving to be equitable.“Giving every kid a book is equal, but if one child is blind, giving her a book in Braille—that’s equitable,” Baker said. “The question to ask is, are we being equitable?”Baker pointed to the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs, according to which people have five categories of needs: physiological, safety, love, esteem and self-actualization. Once the more basic needs are met, the higher needs emerge.“We need to prioritize these needs,” she said. “Self-actualization is the cherry on top.”Colgan is a nurse and teaches nursing at UNM-LA and Northern New Mexico College.“I know what students need to survive after high school,” she said.From this perspective, Colgan wants to “find ways to meet the needs of each unique student.”One of her goals is to support the District’s teachers.She sees the greatest challenge to the District as the growing student population. It’s uncertain what will happen and the district needs to think of creative solutions,” she said.When asked what could improve special needs programs, Colgan said better training for educational assistants would be a good move to make.“I will use my knowledge as a teacher, parent and community member to serve the School District,” she said.Top from left, Candidates for District 3 (Aspen) Morrie Pongratz and Christine Bernstein; candidates for District 5 (Barranca) Julia Baker and Melanie Colgan; Dawn Jalbert, unopposed in District 4 (Mountain). Photo by Bonnie Gordan/ladailypost.com
A big source of pride for Los Alamos is its open spaces. The local landscape is celebrated through books, photographs and lectures; furthermore, it receives adoration from everyone including naturalists, scientists, bikers, hikers and mountain climbers. Even though the residents love and appreciate the great outdoors, it doesn’t mean Los Alamos’ open spaces aren’t immune to problems. Take for instance Graduation Canyon. President of Keystone Restoration Ecology Steve Vrooman said its watershed was impacted by urban runoff. He explained water that spills off roof tops during rain storms or flows from curbside gutters isn’t absorbed into the ground. As a result, when a great amount of water reaches the streams and channels in Graduation Canyon, it washed away the soil and eroded the watershed down to its bedrock. However, due to the initiative of former Parks and Recreation Board Member Mike Steinzig, Los Alamos County staff and a group of residents dedicated to maintaining the natural landscape, conditions in Graduation Canyon have turned around. Natural Channel Design and Vrooman’s company were contracted to help restore the canyon’s watershed. Los Alamos County Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson said a four-man team and two machines spent 10 days hauling and placing natural materials to help restore the channels and streams in a 24 acre parcel of land in the canyon. He said the project was two to three years in the making but construction work was done early this spring. He estimates the total project cost was $30,000. The project, Peterson said, is an important one. “The community places a lot of value in its open space and it’s important to take care of our canyons and to take care of their health,” he said. Peterson said the project in Graduation Canyon was a pilot project and the hope is to encourage County officials who make decisions on funding to continue this type of project in other areas in Los Alamos as finances allow. Tuesday afternoon, a group of residents along with County staff and officials hiked into Graduation Canyon to view the end results of the project. Vrooman pointed out the work that has been done. To capture water and prevent erosion, “plugs” were created using fabric, logs and boulders. Also, wetland plants were used. The purpose, he said, is to ensure water is stored, more plants grow and the watershed becomes more and more stable.“These are living systems that we want to grow in health and stability,” Vrooman said. Steinzig agreed, saying there are numerous benefits to this project. “There are many added benefits that flow from this type of project,” Steinzig said. “Holding back water not only prevents erosion, it raises the water level and keeps trees healthier, in turn reducing their susceptibility to beetle kill, and increasing their fire resistance. The additional riparian vegetation provides habitat for wildlife, and eventually we might aspire to year-round live springs in some of our canyons, as evidence shows existed in the past.”He added, “There are many other synergistic opportunities that we should take advantage of in future efforts, such as thinning to return our canyons to inherently fire-resistant landscapes. Thinning operations can be combined with invasive species removal (Siberian elms and Russian olives) at little extra cost. Larger logs from thinning can be used to support the erosion control, and smaller slash can be used to create wildlife habitat. Some slash piles can be burned to reduce fuel loading, but also planted to take advantage of the added fertilizer, and prevent the backgrowth of other invasive species (like cheat grass).” Many on the tour said they were impressed by the results already visible. “I love it,” County Councilor Antonio Maggiore said. “Absolutely love it. It’s incredible to see (the project) have such an effect.” He added that he hopes similar projects will be done in other canyons. County Manager Harry Burgess agreed. “It’s a great change for the best,” he said. “It’s exciting to have a successful pilot project such as this and I look forward to other opportunities to do similar kinds of projects.” Parks and Recreation Board Chair Stephanie Nakhleh said, “It’s so gratifying to see something go through all the planning process … it’s really exciting to see. I was not expecting so much healthy growth.” She added that she hopes the success of the Graduation Canyon project will encourage the public to push for more restoration projects in other areas in the County. Volunteers for restoration work also are needed: interested people can contact Jonathan Creel of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, who is organizing a volunteer corps, Nakhleh said. Creel can be reached at 505.662.0460. “We have to help,” Nakhleh said. “It doesn’t get done on its own.” By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post [email protected] Keystone Restoration Ecology President Steve Vrooman shows off the improvements made to Graduation Canyon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Natural materials, like boulders were used as plugs to help retain water and prevent erosion in the canyon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Parks and Recreation Board Chair Stephanie Nakhleh holds up some of the grasses planted in the canyon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos County staff, officials and members of the public gathered Tuesday afternoon at East Park to view the restoration project in Graduation Canyon. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Police Officers & Firefighters Share In Trick Or Treat On MainStreet With Community In Downtown Los Alamos
Los Alamos Police officers celebrate Trick or Treat on MainStreet with the community Friday in Downtown Los Alamos. Cpl. Jay Eakins, left, and Sgt. Tim Lonz are spotted lifting up Cmdr. Oliver Morris as they are photobombed by Det. Cpl. Joey Robinson. Photo by Kateri MorrisLos Alamos Firefighter David Baca mingles with community members and shows them the featues of Engine 6 during Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in Downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri MorrisCpl. Jay Eakins greets a future junior officer during the festivities Friday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Kateri MorrisFirefighters from left, Capt. Jeff Saiz, Firefighter David Baca and Capt. Jason Block showing community members a fire engine during Trick or Treat on MainStreet Friday in Downtown Los Alamos. From left, Photo by Kateri Morris
“Rink has a terrific knack for placing relatable characters in realistic situations and giving them (and readers) food for thought, promoting discussion and problem-solving rather than spoon-feeding answers. A nuanced discussion at the dinner table about the definition of a bully awakens Jimi to the fact that bullying can take many forms and cause both physical and emotional harm … engaging and thought-proving … with relatable tween characters facing realistic challenges…” –Kirkus ReviewsThe imi & Isaac series of books are short and fast moving so more readers can succeed, but they are not simple books. They’re full of information and intellectual challenges link.Rink’s Jimi & Isaac book, The Brain Injury, was awarded a Kirkus “Star” review and chosen “The Best Books of 2015” link.The books are carried in public, elementary and middle school libraries across the country, and all the books are available thru Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram book sellers. All Jimi & Isaac Books are free on Kindle to Amazon Prime members.Phil Rink is a professional Mechanical Engineer, inventor (11 patents so far), entrepreneur and science and soccer coach. He also has published a book on sailing the Caribbean, several magazine articles, and a few professional papers. He lives on Camano Island in Washington State.For more information or for Community Read support, contact Nancy Rink: [email protected] Cover for the newly released book, Jimi & Isaac 5b: Social Skills. Courtesy photoBOOK News:Author Phil Rink released his new book for children and young adults Monday, Jimi & Isaac 5b: Social Skills. It is the eighth book in the Jimi & Isaac series.In their biggest adventure yet, Jimi & Isaac need to make everybody get along, or at least keep everyone from fighting with each other. But they don’t know what to do, and the people that think they know what to do are quickly making everything worse. Jimi and Isaac are getting blamed for the incredible spiral of disaster as the kids in their school pick sides and prepare for mayhem. Can they save their school? Can they find the help they need?
County Assessor Ken MilderCOUNTY News:In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and recent reports of closures, the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office would like to inform the public that staff will continue to conduct business and provide services without changes for the foreseeable future.Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, the Assessor’s Office will continue coordinating with the Emergency Management Office and County Manager to align with other proactive measures being taken. During this emergency situation, ensuring the health and well-being of the public and staff is the top priority. Unless business must be conducted in person at the Assessor’s office, individuals are encouraged to visit the Assessor’s website at losalamosnm/assessor, e-mail [email protected] or call 505.662.8030 for any questions or concerns.MISSIONThe mission of the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office is to provide excellent public service by providing complete, accurate and timely assessments of all property subject to taxation in accordance with the Property Tax Code applicable statutes, orders, regulations and laws, the tenants of the International Association of Assessing Officers, and Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice, with a well-managed office and professional staff.GOALSProvide for a Property Valuation Maintenance Program that implements the process utilized in the valuation of property taxation and complies with the Property Tax Code.Provide fair, uniform and equitable assessments on all real and personal property subject to property taxation, by utilizing a computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) system incorporated with a geographic information system (GIS).Meet or exceed the requirements of the New Mexico Property Tax Division and the Property Tax Code for level of assessment and uniformity by constant market analysis.Provide current, accurate information to the public as well as other departments and governmental entities upon which to base decisions on.Conduct educational outreach programs to increase public awareness of assessment process and taxpayer benefits available.Provide and maintain a professional, certified, and knowledgeable staff.The Assessor’s Office also welcomes any questions, comments or concerns.