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  • Los Alamos students fare well in SBA

    Los Alamos Public School District students fared far better than their colleagues statewide in the 2012 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment.
    More than 194,00 New Mexico students in third through eight grade and tenth and eleventh grades took the SBA last spring.
    This was the first year 11th grade students needed to achieve a standard composite score in math and reading as a requirement for graduation in 2013.
    According to reported test scores, of the 270 Los Alamos 11th graders who took the exam, 79 percent were considered proficient or higher in reading and 83 percent were considered as much in math.

  • High water takes out bridges at Bandelier

    An evening rain in upper Frijoles Canyon Wednesday sent high water down Frijoles Creek, washing away three temporary bridges in Bandelier National Monument. Bridges along the trail to Alcove House and the second bridge on the Falls Trail were taken out by rushing waters.

    The high water also closed N.M. 501 and sections of N.M. 4 temporarily.

    Chief Ranger Tom Betts said the temporary bridges were designed for such events.

    “Our talented trail crew designed split log and rail bridges which are very simple and very cost effective,” Betts said. “We built them knowing they would wash away at some point.”

  • Visitors center contract will be reworked

    In an eleventh hour decision, council voted to table the contract authorizing the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) to “staff, manage, and operate two tourist information centers and the Los Alamos Meeting and Visitor Bureau (LAMVB).”

    Council’s motion directed staff to re-draft the contract “to further clarify contract expectations and performance regarding partnership activities associated with recreational and formal competitive events held in Los Alamos.”

    According to the staff report, “LAMVB has successfully provided visitor services for more than 13 years and demonstrated a solid record of performance of all contractual requirements.”

  • 'Dream' Dog Park Unveiled in Alabama

    It's a good time to be a dog near Birmingham, Alabama. `Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet helped on Thursday to help introduce a $500,000 dog park.

  • Today in History for July 13th
  • LA man arrested in Montana on child sex charges

    Thomas Rahn, a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee, was arrested in Bozeman, Mont., last week, and charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Rahn, who was in Montana on business for three weeks,, was arrested by Bozeman police on a $50,000 cash only bond warrant.

    According to the arrest warrant, the crimes occurred between June 24 and July 2 at Rahn’s Sandia Avenue home in Los Alamos.

    On July 5, Detective Paige Early of the Los Alamos Police Department received a CYFD intake report via e-mail regarding alleged physical abuse and sexual molestation of two brothers, ages 6 and 8 by their father Thomas Rahn.

  • Judge OKs Rooftop Missiles During Olympics
  • Fire restrictions eased throughout state

    Effective this morning the Santa Fe National Forest moved from Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to no fire restrictions forest-wide, to include the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Current monsoon rains and favorable weather forecasts are allowing for the complete lifting of fire restrictions.
    “We’ve experienced some of the driest conditions this forest has seen in many years,” said Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor, Maria T. Garcia. “The monsoon rains are a very welcome relief, and I’m glad to see conditions improve enough to lift fire restrictions throughout the forest.”
    Forest visitors are still encouraged to use caution with campfires and other sources of ignition.

  • Update 07-12-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed July 18-20 for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    LANL meeting

    A public meeting for the LANL Individual Permit For Storm Water will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in council chambers.

    Coalition meeting

  • Park passes first hurdle in Congress

    The House Natural Resources Committee today approved by unanimous consent H.R. 5987, a bipartisan bill introduced by Natural Resources Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Ben Lujan (D-N.M.) to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park that will include facilities at Hanford, Wash., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Los Alamos.

    The Manhattan Project was an unprecedented top-secret program to produce an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany. The action by the committee makes the bill eligible for consideration by the full House.