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  • Today in History for January 23rd
  • NM high school graduation rate was 67.3 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports that New Mexico's graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That's below the national average of 78.2 percent.

    The so-called "average freshman graduation rates" indicate the percentage of 9th graders who go on to graduate within four years.

    The rates are being reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

    States' rates ranged from 57.8 percent in Nevada at the low end to 91.4 percent in Vermont at the high end.

  • Exit Polls: Netanyahu, Allies Win Israeli Vote
  • Update 1-22-13

    Guild meeting

    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting will be at 7 p.m. today in the side room at White Rock Baptist Church.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.

    PEEC talk

    Come to PEEC to learn the links between obsidian deposits, archaeology, and forest fires from Dr. Anastasia Steffen, at 7 p.m. today.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. Thursday with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David. 

  • A muni building in search of a name

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Cedric Page is fully supportive of a motion introduced by Los Alamos County Councilor Frances Berting to name the new municipal building for late New Mexico State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace. The county is currently seeking public comment on the proposal.

    “I think the more we acknowledge the contributions of Rep. Wallace and others in the future, the better. We really need to personalize some of our facilities. I’m very supportive of her (Berting’s) efforts to have the community weigh in on that,” Page said.

    “It’s part of that inclusiveness. You have to put the question out there for people to really reflect on and decide whether that building is worthy of that individual who was a significant contributor to this county. I think they’ll find there’s support in the community for taking that step.”

    Under the guidelines of county code, County Administrator Harry Burgess is currently selecting a committee to hear public comment and make a recommendation to council.

    A few people have already weighed in on the idea. One suggested naming the building after former County Administrator Max Baker. However, county code stipulates that an individual must be deceased at least six months and Baker is still alive.

  • Clerk releases bond update

     The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office reports as of Friday, there have been 4,000 ballots received for the Special School Bond Election. On Jan. 8, the clerk’s office mailed out 13,826 ballots. Officials at the clerk’s office would like to remind registered voters about some do’s and don’ts:
    • Do sign the outer envelope. If there is no signature on the outer envelope, the ballot cannot be counted.
    • Don’t have someone sign your ballot on your behalf. If you cannot sign the outer envelope, an ‘X’ is acceptable as your signature. Although it is not required, someone may witness you signature. Bottom line and most important, is that if the ballot is not signed, it cannot be counted.
    • Do affix adequate postage. A first-class stamp is required to mail the ballot back to the clerk’s office; however, registrants may also drop off their completed ballot at the clerk’s office located at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Jan. 29.
    • Do come by the clerk’s office if you have not received your ballot.

  • Accelerate promotes technical training

    Two years ago the Regional Development Corporation joined with six Northern New Mexico colleges and regional businesses to launch a two-year training program called Accelerate: Technical Training and Job Placement.

    The program is designed to “get students out the door work-qualified for the jobs that we know are in demand now and the jobs that we’ve identified that we want to grow into,” according to RDC Executive Director Kathy Keith.

    Keith joined Program Monitor Carla Rachkowski and University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Cedric Page to report on the program’s progress at the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities meeting Friday.

    The RDC’S 2010 Regional Economic Development Initiative identified workforce development as a key element for economic growth.

    “Under the human capital area of the strategic plan, our communities identified as their number one priority workforce development,” Keith said. “And specifically what we heard from communities in Northern New Mexico was we want local folks in our communities to have the qualifications to get good paying jobs locally, that we continually see our local businesses hiring from outside our region, and that’s frustrating to us. We want to see more locals employed in positions.”

  • Today in History, January 22nd
  • Raw: Ohio Vehicle Pile-ups Leave One Person Dead

    A multi-vehicle crash on I-270 near Columbus was one of four highway pile-ups that plagued Ohio motorists on Monday. Authorities say a southwest Ohio highway pileup involving as many as 85 vehicles left one person dead.

  • Raw: Obama Takes Ceremonial Oath of Office