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    “Sisters in Art — Sisters at Heart,” shows daily in the Portal Gallery of Fuller Lodge Art Center through April 26.

    Pony Club

    The Los Alamos Pony Club (LAPC) hosts a dressage horse show and rally Sunday at the North Mesa stables. The LAPC/New Mexico Dressage Association schooling show and Southwest Region Pony Club Rally begins at 9 a.m., attracting riders from across the region.


    Los Alamos Big Band free concert and dance. 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.


    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have a reading of the play “Tower of Magic” by local playwright Tess Light at 6 p.m. April 2 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.


    The Chamber hosts its monthly Business Breakfast, with Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard, who will update businesses on the 2014 Legislative Session. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 3. Register and find out more about the Business Breakfast by clicking on the link. chamberorganizer.com. 

  • Resident holding bake sale for fathers' rights

    Some people have yard and bake sales to raise a little cash for a vacation, or just have some spending money.
    Robert Manzanares’ yard and bake sale has a little different goal in mind. If Manzanares’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the father who’s made international headlines fighting to get his daughter back from an illegal adoption shortly after she was born. The adoption was made by his ex-girlfriend six years ago in Utah to her brother’s family.
    A court decision handed down in Colorado (where Rob and his now ex-girlfriend were living at the time) has recently ruled that Manzanares now has joint custody rights, and is now the only legal parent. However, his daughter, Kaia, must continue to live in Utah with what the court now calls her “guardians and caregivers.”
    While Manzanares is happy about his status of going from a parent with no custody rights to one with joint custody rights —he’s not completely satisfied, as the rationale behind the judge’s decision doesn’t bode well for him and other fathers in Manzanares’ position.

  • Code of Ethics goes back to drawing board

    The Charter Review Committee considered including a requirement for a Code of Ethics in the Los Alamos County charter, but decided instead to recommend that council adopt a Code of Ethics by ordinance.
    The Los Alamos County council heard that ordinance on Tuesday, but decided to send it back to the county attorney for revision.
    The proposed ordinance pulls together ethics ordinances already passed by the county, utilizes sections of the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act and remedies some weaknesses in current code.
    “Acting ethically and without conflict of interest is non-negotiable. It’s something that you have to do as a public servant, so it’s in this code,” said Assistant County Attorney Dan Gonzales.
    “What’s different about this code is that there is a way to address it, a way to disclose it, a way to resolve any apparent conflicts of interest. And if there’s a violation, there’s a way to investigate and impose sanctions.”
    County Attorney Rebecca Ehler discussed the department’s objectives in drafting the ordinance.

  • Baking Chefs

    LAHS Baking Chefs, from left, Gabby Ortiz, Lauren Cagel, Kendall Schneider and Amanda Park bake cookies for the Assets In Action program called Cookies & Conversation. Community members willing to donate pre-packaged cookies for a middle school program can call or text the Assets In Action at 695-9139. Assets In Action is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the LACDC.

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  • Board agrees to extend Schmidt's contract by a year

    The Los Alamos School Board agreed to extend the contract of superintendent Gene Schmidt by a year during a special board meeting Thursday night.

    According School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, the deal  will give the board time to find a new, permanent superintendent —and provide for a more stable transition that will not involve an "interim" superintendent who some may see as a diminished position.  The year will also give the Schmidt time to see some of his projects he initiated with the board come to fruition.