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  • County OKs Community Development reorganization

    The Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday approved a plan to reorganize the Community and Economic Development Department by a 6−1 vote. Councilor Steve Girrens voted against the measure.
    The plan presented by County Manager Harry Burgess will move Capital Improvement Projects and the custodial and facilities divisions into Public Works. The Economic Development Division will be relocated to the county manager’s office, where it resided until a 2012 reorganization.
    CEDD’s title will be changed to the Community Development Department, with more focus on traditional duties regarding permitting, code enforcement, housing, planning and zoning.
    Burgess elaborated on what he sees as the benefits and new demands the reorganization will create, beginning with the CDD.
    “The main issue that I’d like to achieve through this reorganization is a greater focus on many of the issues that have been discussed over my tenure here, particularly with respect to the permitting process,” Burgess said.

  • ‘Manhattan’ to deliver a 1940s look to LA locale

    Los Alamos will be the site of a trip back in time to the Manhattan Project era with sets, props, hair, makeup and digital photography, complements of the professional crew from the “Manhattan” television series.
    On Nov. 14, the New Mexico film workers union will transform one of Los Alamos’ most treasured historic sites into a temporary film set for a special event to celebrate the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the WGN America series “Manhattan” and the state’s robust film crew and industry at “A Night in Manhattan.”
    The Los Alamos Film Office, the Los Alamos Creative District and Pajarito Film Club will welcome the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees Local 480 and its union members who support film productions including the WGN America series.
    IATSE Business Agent Jon Hendry will bring set, props, lighting and digital photography experts and equipment to Fuller Lodge to create an authentic 1940s experience and a unique photo: portraying Manhattan Project scientists, wives, families and friends against the backdrop of still photographs of scenes in the TV series.

  • Parents’ guide via LA Public Schools

    Editor’s note: Recently, the Los Alamos Public Schools provided the following news release to help parents and students to better understand the PARCC scores.

    Students are considered “proficient” if they score at a level of four or five (The initial information from PED stated that levels three, four, and five were “proficient”).
    The test scores did not change.
    For high school graduation, a score of level three, four, or five will be accepted for the classes of 2016 and 2017. In future years, a score of level four or five will be required for graduation.
    There are five PARCC performance levels:  1: Did not yet meet expectations 2: Partially met expectations
3: Approached expectations
4: Met expectations 5: Exceeded expectations.  Below are the revised charts.
    The results released today are from the first administration of the PARCC assessment and thus any conclusions should be considered with caution.

  • Education and test scores: State to analyze data

    New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera recently announced that test scores for the Partnership For Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests are being distributed to all New Mexico school districts.
    She also talked about what’s next for the new testing standard, which replaced the Standards Based Assessment exams last school year.
    Skandera, however, also said that since this is the first round of results, it will be a while until the state, as well as districts, will have enough data to make meaningful comparisons about where a child is academically compared to where they need to be nationally. In the meantime, she said, the state Public Education Department will look into ways of capitalizing on present results.
    “What we want to do at the state level is look at this data and think about many different ways we can invest for the future of our students as we look toward the next legislative session,” Skandera said in regard to state education goals.
    As for the moment when parents receive their child’s individual scores, Skandera asked parents to take the long view, regardless of the score.

  • Today in history Nov. 6
  • UPDATED: School lockdown at Pojoaque

    All schools have now been cleared following a lockdown today at the Pojoaque Valley School District. The district is now advising parents that if they feel the need to pick up their children for the day, they can do so at the front offices of schools.

    An anonomyous call to the Pojoaque Valley School District prompted the district to lock down all schools before 10:50 a.m. this morning.

    According to reports, Santa Fe Sheriff's Department has responded to Pojoaque Valley School District after the school disrict received an anonymous call that there was going to be a shooting at the high school.

    Tribal, state and county officers responded, and  locked down all  schools in the complex, including the elementary school. Law enforcement officers were sweeping and clearing each classroom, according to the district. No shooting has taken place, no suspects have been caught as of presstime.

  • Today in history Nov. 4
  • RE/MAX birthday celebration
  • Cone Zone 11-4-15

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive:
    Northbound and southbound lanes are open and businesses are accessible from Sherwood.
    Roadway construction continues on the eastside of Sherwood. Expect flagging operations as RMCI completes sidewalks and the installation of the irrigation system.
    Traffic Control management will be on going. Large equipment and truck will be continuous throughout the project.”    
    The schedule may change due to weather or other delays.

  • Police Beat 11-4-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Oct. 22
    7:32 a.m. — Police reported that a 22-year-old Dixon woman was involved in a car accident on Diamond Drive. There were no injuries.
    10:51 a.m. — Amber Martinez-Vigil, 20 of Espanola was arrested on a charge of concealing identity.
    5:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved a car accident at 15th Street and Trinity Drive. There were no injuries.
    11:19 p.m. — Police reported a 61-year-old Los Alamos man was involved in a car accident on Pajarito Road. There were no injuries.
    Oct. 23
    9:53 a.m. — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos male on a charge of criminal sexual penetration of a child, less than 13-years old, a first-degree felony.
    10:31 a.m. — Ernesto Martinez, 18, of Alcalde, was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce).