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  • New Eagle Scout

    On April 29, Christopher Rose of local Boys Scouts Troop 222 was presented the Eagle Scout Award. Rose’s Eagle project was installing walls and terraces in the community garden on Central Avenue. The project entailed planning, laying out and installing a base course, tiers and decorative blocks. The project took approximately 136 man-hours to complete. Rose is currently a sophomore at Los Alamos High School and plays junior varsity tennis and is a member of the NJROTC and the National Honor Society, among many other activities.

  • Irish overwhelmingly vote for gay marriage

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue.
    As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s vote would be. Analysts said the “yes” support was likely to exceed 60 percent nationally when official results are announced later Saturday.
    Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of jubilation at counting centers and at the official results center in Dublin Castle, whose cobblestoned central square was opened so thousands of revelers could sit in the sunshine and watch the results live on big-screen televisions.
    “We’re the first country in the world to enshrine marriage equality in our constitution and do so by popular mandate. That makes us a beacon, a light to the rest of the world, of liberty and equality. So it’s a very proud day to be Irish,” said Leo Varadkar, a Cabinet minister who came out as gay at the start of a government-led effort to amend Ireland’s conservative Catholic constitution.

  • Cone Zone 5-24-15

    This information is provided by Los Alamos County based on a schedule from contractors and is subject to change.

    For those wanting more information on the projects listed below, they should email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150. The information is also listed under the “Projects” link at Los Alamos County’s website, losalamosnm.us.

    Western Area Improvement Phase 3:

    • 40th Street at University of New Mexico-Los Alamos from the roundabout to the west parking lot will remain closed for reconstruction, utility work and road reconstruction through June 24. Alternate parking is available at Sullivan Field parking lot.

    • 42nd Street is currently closed in both directions, but is open to local traffic. Intermittent flagging operation should be expected during workday hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • Update 5-24-15

    Memorial Day

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Guaje Pines Cemetery. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday. The VFW will also host a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at its building on Deacon Street.

    Community Winds

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present a Memorial Day concert, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.

    Farmers Market

    Los Alamos County Councilors will host a booth at the Farmers Market Thursday. Councilors will be visiting with residents from 9-11 a.m. about current projects, issues and other topics. The Farmers Market is held at Mesa Public Library’s overflow parking lot.

    Blood drive

    A Los Alamos Community Blood Drive will be at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive Wednesday through Friday. It will be Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Thursday from 1-7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For information or to complete an online health history survey, visit unitedbloodservices.org.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water day today. It will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Schedule

  • Skandera: Testing changes will help

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s top public school official said Friday that teachers will have more time to spend with children in the classroom rather on bureaucratic processes thanks to a decision to reduce the time students spend taking tests based on the Common Core standards.
    Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera and members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Career, or PARCC, governing board voted this week to reduce the testing time by about 90 minutes. They also decided to narrow the testing window to once a year.
    The changes were driven by feedback from teachers and school leaders who had complained that the testing requirements were taking away from classroom instruction and putting undue pressure on teachers and students.
    “These changes are great news. I think it will have an impact,” Skandera said.
    Skandera announced the changes in a letter sent Thursday to dozens of school superintendents around the state. Some have answered back, saying they were appreciative that their voices were heard and that it will make a difference next year.

  • Pound Puppy

    Panda gets some special attention at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter during its special puppy adoption event Friday. The adoption continues today at the shelter. It is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. The adoption fee for puppies is $100. Call the shelter with questions, 660-1648.

  • Supporters of bag ban pull request

    Within minutes of Environmental Sustainability Board Chair Stephen Boerigter opening the floor for debate on Thursday as to whether Los Alamos County should “ban or otherwise reduce the distribution of single use bags,” supporters asked the board to withdraw the option of an outright ban.
    “After studying the comments, we concluded that there are very few objections to limiting bag consumption,” said Sierra Club member Jody Benson, stating that she was relating a consensus arrived at before the meeting. The Pajarito Chapter of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) initially presented the citizens’ petition to council requesting a study and public debate of the issue.
    The comments Benson referred to were posted on Los Alamos County’s Open Forum.
    “Therefore, rather than banning the bag, we would rather have Los Alamos County mandate pay-per-bag for both paper and single-use plastic. This will give all of us, environmentalists and free choice consumers alike, pretty much what we want,” Benson continued.
    Benson pointed out that several countries have successfully reduced plastic bag usage by imposing a fee or tax, noting that Ireland in particular has seen a drastic reduction in single-use bags since levying a 5p (approximately 8 cents) tax on them.

  • Update 5-22-15

    Plant Sale

    There will be a Second Chance Plant Sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court on North Mesa. The sale, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Garden Club, will be from 8 a.m.-noon.

    Artists Market

    There will be an Artist Market Saturday at the visitor center in White Rock. The market will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 661-4836.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. It will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its farmers market Saturday on Entrada Road. The market will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Mental Health

  • LAPS computer technician receives certification

    Dean Obermeyer, the technology coordinator at Los Alamos Public Schools, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a certification exam.
    The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), was awarded for Obermeyer’s mastering “the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems,” according to the district.
    “Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CoSN.
    To receive certification, the candidate must demonstrate experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.
    Once the CETL certification is earned, the professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.

  • Local Briefs 5-22-15

    MPNHP committee meets Tuesday

    Los Alamos County announced the next meeting of the newly-established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee will be Tuesday.
    The advisory committee is comprised of political, community and business leaders, as well as members of the public at-large. The committee is tasked to advise the county council on action to make preparations for next year’s opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the county’s municipal building. The committee has not yet determined a time, date and location for its future regular meetings.
    The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Residents can also sign up to receive an informational newsletter to track the progress of the committee. That can be done at the county’s website, losalamosnm.us/Pages/Subscribe.aspx.

    YCC to host meeting at its garden