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  • State Briefs 5-29-15

    Martinez announces 20 percent jump in math, science ed funds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a 20 percent increase in funding aimed at bringing math and science teachers to schools in rural and impoverished areas.
    Martinez told a group of math and science teachers on Friday in Albuquerque that the state now is providing $2.4 million for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program, or STEM.
    The extra money will provide professional development for teachers in rural and low-income schools.
    Overall funding provides $5,000 stipends to recruit and retain math and science teachers in rural and underserved areas.
    Martinez said better math and science teachers will help New Mexico’s children compete for high-tech jobs in the future.

    New Mexico reports its first case of West Nile virus in 2015

  • A Token of Thanks

    School board member Jim Hall awards outgoing assistant superintendent Gerry Washburn a plaque for his years of service earlier this week.

  • More rain is expected in soaked areas

    HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms that have killed at least 20 people and left 14 missing.
    The line of thunderstorms that stalled over Dallas dropped as much as 7 more inches overnight. The rain seeped into homes and stranded hundreds of drivers, many of whom lingered along highways that were nearly gridlocked from the high water and abandoned vehicles.
    Fire rescue crews responded to about 260 calls that included trapped vehicles and accidents, authorities said.
    The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston were the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico.
    Meanwhile, the death toll rose as teams searched through debris piled along rivers. Bodies found on Thursday raised the confirmed death toll to at least 24, including storm victims from Oklahoma.
    The Brazos River, which had been receding, rose above flood stage again Friday in Parker County, west of Fort Worth, and was expected to climb higher with the planned opening of the flood gates at Possum Kingdom Lake upstream. People in about 250 homes near the river were asked to voluntarily evacuate.

  • Cuba removed from U.S. terror blacklist

    HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
     Secretary of State John Kerry signed off on rescinding Cuba’s “state sponsor of terrorism” designation exactly 45 days after the Obama administration informed Congress of its intent to do so on April 14. Lawmakers had that amount of time to weigh in and try to block the move, but did not do so.
    “The 45-day congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the secretary of state has made the final decision to rescind Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015,” the State Department said in a statement. “While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation,” the statement said.

  • Update 5-29-15

    National Park

    A public meeting and reception for the field team for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled for Tuesday. It will take place at Fuller Lodge starting at 5 p.m. Representatives from the Department of Energy and National Park Service will be on-hand for a three-day site visit.

    School board

    A regular Los Alamos School Board meeting is scheduled for June 9. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the board room.

    Music

    Music professor Marcos Cavalcante will play at Ashley Pond Tuesday. The event, which will start at 7 p.m., is part of the Tuesdays at the Pond. The event is free.

    Farmers market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its weekly farmers market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in front of its store on Entrada Drive.

    Wetlands

    A talk on the Ashley Pond Wetlands will be presented Monday by Dick McIntyre, former county Parks Division Manager. McIntyre led the design team for the Ashley Pond renovations. The public is invited to attend the program sponsored by the Summit Garden Club. Attendees are asked to meet at the covered stage at 1:30 p.m. Afterward, the club will hold its business meeting.

    History program

  • LA Chamber debuting a new promotion at tonight’s show

    Along with hearing some tunes, Los Alamos residents can also save a few bucks by attending the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is introducing a coupon page that is only available at the chamber’s tent at this year’s concerts.
    “Friday Night Specials,” as the coupons are called, will be available for several local retailers. The coupons are good from Saturday through the following Thursday.
    The first group of Friday Night Specials will be available tonight at the concert at Ashley Pond.
    The Band of Heathens will play starting at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. It’s the third of the Gordon’s series concerts.
    According to promoter Russ Gordon, “They mix rock, Americana, country, blues, R&B, jamband and funk. They’ll remind you of The Band, the Black Crows, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Dawes and Ryan Adams. One of the best to come out of Austin, Texas, this young century.”
    Band of Heathens has played on the long-running PBS show “Austin City Limits” and, following tonight, have upcoming dates scheduled for Saturday in Taos, Sunday in Albuquerque and several next month in Texas.

  • Library's summer reading program kicks off Monday

    “Every Hero Has a Story” is the summer theme at the Los Alamos County Library System. Join the Los Alamos County Libraries Summer Library Club during the kickoff Monday at Ashley Pond. Clan Tynker will start the party at 6 p.m.
    As school lets out for summer, it’s a good for children, teens, parents and caregivers to get involved in all the fun of the Summer Library Club.
    “One thing we’re really excited about is how we’ve revamped our summer programming,” said Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services. “We want to make the program engaging and active so we’re expanding beyond reading. This year the Summer Library Club will encourage participants to write reviews, visit museums, attend library programs and stop by to visit the library every week to participate in challenges. And reading is still part of the program because we encourage parents and kids to think of summer as a time for kids to be empowered by the ability to choose their own reading. No more reading for tests or points, summer is all about books kids wants. Library staff is here to recommend and share the fun stuff. It’s going to be an amazing time.”

  • House fire account closes today

    Los Alamos County announced that the open bank account for the victims of the house fire earlier this month will close today.

    The home burned a house in the Tsikimu neighborhood on North Mesa. One of the victims in the fire, who was pulled out by Los Alamos Police Department officer James Keane and a neighbor, was in the hospital for several days following the blaze.

    The account is at Los Alamos National Bank. Donations should be made by the close of business today.

  • Today in history May 29
  • Local Briefs 5-28-15

    Trujillo is improving following accident
    Los Alamos National Laboratory announced Wednesday that the worker injured in the May 3 accident at Technical Area-53 has been moved out of a critical care unit.
    Julian Trujillo was burned in the accident and taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he’s been since the accident.
    The cause of the accident is still under investigation, according to LANL.
    According to LANL, Trujillo is in stable condition and is continuing his recovery.
    A fund has been set up to help Trujillo pay for medical expenses. The online fundraising effort can be found at youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/julian-and-deborah-trujillo-recovery-fund/352260.

    LTAB may have quorum

    The Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board announced that it may have a quorum present at the public reception for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park field team.
    That reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Los Alamos County said that no board business will be conducted at the reception.

    Lecture will be in Albuquerqeue Sunday