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  • United Way is given a top rating

    United Way of Northern New Mexico’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
    This rating is the seventh consecutive time that UWNNM has earned a top distinction.
    Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.
    In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices, as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.
    Those metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, are designed to show which charities subscribe to best practices, that minimize the chance of unethical activities, and whether they freely share information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

  • Town benefits from outlay bill

    The White Rock Senior Center and the Duane W. Smith Auditorium are two of the beneficiaries of the $294 million capital outlay bill passed during a special session of the New Mexico State Legislature in June.
    Funding for any capital projects looked grim this year when the capital outlay bill failed during the regular legislative session, when the Republican-led House and the Democratic Senate failed to agree on spending priorities.
    Gov. Susana Martinez initially refused to call a special session, but later agreed to do so if House and Senate leadership could reach agreement.
    The capital outlay bill passed in a special session lasting less than six hours on June 8 and Martinez signed it into law June 17, minus $1.1 million in line-item vetoes.
    “That was a well-orchestrated, concerted effort by both parties and the governor’s staff to finally sit down and work on the things we could agree on,” Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-District 38) told business leaders at a Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Tuesday.
    The bill included $270,000 to outfit a kitchen at the White Rock Senior Center, $42,000 for a truck to deliver meals to seniors and $375,000 for structural repairs to the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • Aspen receves Title 1 funding

    Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus and the Los Alamos Public Schools recently secured a type of funding Los Alamos has never applied for: Title 1 funding.
    Title 1 funding is federal funding that can be applied for by local school districts through their state education departments. The funding is for helping schools that have a high ratio of children from low-income families in attendance.
    Steinhaus, through his previous involvement with the New Mexico Public Education Department knew of the funding and thought it was funding the school district could benefit from.
    According to Steinhaus, the district has opted to use the funding to supply a full-time, certified teacher to be a “Reading Intervention Specialist” at Aspen Elementary School. The teacher’s salary will be $41,000 for this year.
    “This teacher will help in all the classrooms to raise the reading achievement of our students,” Steinhaus said, adding that what’s really great about the funding is that distribution of the help isn’t dependent on financial status of individual students.

  • Today in history July 4
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  • Commuters advised to take truck route

    Commuters leaving Los Alamos are advised to take the truck route, NM 4 on the way out, as NM 502 is being blocked by two recent traffic accidents.

    The extent of injuries in both accidents is not known, but traffic s reportedly backed up starting at the Totavi "twin" towers on NM 502. Motorists are advised to use caution on the slipper roads driving home this evening.

  • Counterterrorism policy faces mounting criticism

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again.
    The CIA launched a drone strike last month on a Yemeni beach at three men it determined were al-Qaida militants. One of them turned out to be Nasser al-Wahishi, about as important a figure as agency man-hunters could hope to eliminate. He had been both al-Qaida’s second in command and the leader of the group’s dangerous Yemeni affiliate.
    American officials touted the death as a big victory. But did the demise of another senior extremist, the latest in a long line to be taken off the battlefield, make the United States and its allies any safer?
    To many experts, including a growing number of former Obama administration national security advisers, that proposition is less convincing by the day.

  • Update 7-2-15

    Gordon's Concert

    This week’s Gordon’s Summer Concert will be the 531st Air Force Band. The band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will be at Ashley Pond. All Gordon’s Summer Concerts are free.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Co-Op farmers market will be Saturday. The market runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the co-op’s location on Entrada Drive.

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will be in council chambers.

    Firecracker 5K

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will host its Firecracker 5K race Saturday at 8 a.m. The race will start and end at the YMCA’s facility. Registration is open. Call 662-3100 for information.

    Artists Market

    There will be an artists market Saturday at the White Rock Visitor Center. Artists markets are held once a month at the Visitor Center through October. It goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For information, call 661-4836.

    Gentle Walks

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will host a Gentle Walk starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The walks consist of short hikes that feature less than 300 feet of elevation change. For more information about the walks, call the Nature Center at 662-0460.

  • Services return to the United Church of LA

    The membership of the United Church of Los Alamos was thrilled recently as they resumed their Sunday services in the main sanctuary.
    Phase two of a multi-phase project was recently completed with a vast number of improvements made to the interior and the exterior of 2525 Canyon Rd.
    According to Pastor David Elton, the interior work included a new entrance, renovated reception area, the addition of new hardwood floors and new restroom facilities.
    The exterior enhancements found workers leveling the ground between the education building and sanctuary and creating a significantly larger parking lot behind the sanctuary off of Rose Street.
    Mich Rich Contractors, Inc., of Albuquerque was the builder for the sanctuary construction project and both staff and committee members enjoyed working with them and are pleased with the outcome.
    “This is the second phase, however, because of the generous giving of the congregation we were able to combine a number of phases of the master site plan,” said Elton. “I’m proud of the fact that the church fulfilled their top priority in the completed work to make our facilities more accessible for everyone.”

  • Night activities at park cranking up

    Beginning this weekend, Bandelier National Monument will be offering their summer slate of weekend evening ranger programs.
    Friday nights throughout July and August will feature the long-popular Nightwalks.
    Nightwalks are silent walks in the dark through the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon, with poetry and storytelling.
    Numbers are limited so Bandelier is requiring sign-ups. To do so, interested participants can call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.
    “We hope everyone will join us sometime this summer,” Superintendent Jason Lott said, “Summer evenings are so special at Bandelier. Don’t miss the opportunities to come enjoy the programs and the park.”
    There is no minimum age, but anyone attending must be able to refrain from talking throughout the hour-long program.
    Saturday nights alternate between Night Sky talks and Evening Programs.
    Night Sky talks include a presentation on astronomy, followed by viewing with telescopes. Evening Programs are ranger talks about various aspects of Bandelier, accompanied by pictures on the big amphitheater screen.
    This Saturday, the Evening Program will be “Wild About Bandelier,” exploring the diversity of life in the many life zones found in the park.