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  • Board mulls draft strategic plan

    About three years ago, the Los Alamos Board of Education took a look at how the Los Alamos Public Schools were doing and saw room for improvement.

    At the time, the board said the district’s students and staff should have more opportunities to maximize their potential.

    That’s pretty strong stuff when you realize that Los Alamos has a university campus, as well as a national laboratory, that got its start building the world’s first atomic bomb.

    So with that in mind, the school board set about the next two years creating a five-year plan called “Advancing Lives, the Los Alamos Excellence Journey.” At a recent board meeting, LAPS Superintendent Eugene Schmidt presented a 24-page rough draft of the plan.

    “This is a work in progress and so it’s incomplete,” Schmidt said to the board. “The reason it’s incomplete is because I seek guidance from the board on the direction we are going.”

    Schmidt also advised the board to keep giving him feedback and really study the rough draft to see if this is actually the plan they want.

    “Eventually, you will own this plan and the importance is that this will set us on a course for the next five, 10 to 20 years,” Schmidt said.

  • Update 10-28-12

    Library board

    The Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the White Rock Branch Library.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

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

    Teen Center update

    An update about the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in council chambers.

    Meet Me at Mesa

    Meet Me at the Mesa begins at 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Mesa Library. The program makes the arts accessible to people with dementia.

  • Conservation PAC tells all

    A Santa Fe-based PAC called Verde Voters ($203,483.74 to date) was most forthcoming with direct answers when it comes to their mailings.

    Verde Voters has issued three mailers so far. All cite the sources the mailers are based on and all carry the disclaimer “Paid for by Verde Voters PAC, a committee of Conservation Voters New Mexico.”

    “We are an issue organization, so all of our messages and voter contact is based on the issues and the facts, votes that were cast,” said Conservation Voters New Mexico Political Director Leanne Leith. “We don’t presume to know what people will do in the future, so every single assertion we make is based on something on the record.”

    Verde Votes has raised $70,000 from the League of Conservation Voters and $15,000 from the America Votes Action Fund, but the bulk of its donors are New Mexico residents.

    “We’re very proud of that,” Leith said. “We get some support from our national organization, but they also fundraise here in New Mexico. So even the ones that appear to come from our national, a lot of that is derived from New Mexico.

  • Paving begins in Eastern area

    The Eastern Area Phase 2 project is inching toward completion.
    RMCI will begin paving Monday on Myrtle, followed by 9th, Canyon and 5th.
    Paving operations should be completed on or before Nov. 2 assuming there are no weather or mechanical delays. Work is anticipated to start at 8:30 a.m. each morning.
    Do not park vehicles in the street in the active construction areas.
    RMCI staff will be on hand to assist motorists with vehicular access while paving is ongoing.
    However, there may be delays, especially if the paving operation is crossing a driveway or an intersection. Motorists should not attempt to drive over the hot, fresh pavement until the contractor has removed barricades.
    In addition to the paving operations, RMCI will be constructing a concrete valley gutter across Myrtle at 15th Street.
    Once built, the fresh concrete must cure for seven days before vehicles can be driven over the valley gutter.
    Therefore, Myrtle at 15th Street will be closed starting 8:30 a.m. Monday to Monday, Nov. 5. Detours will be established to direct motorists east on Myrtle.
    Residential access and routine deliveries, as well as trash/recycling collection will be maintained.

  • Trick or Treat

    Friday night was Trick or Treat on MainStreet night in Los Alamos.

  • Eastern US braces for dangerous superstorm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big cities from Washington to Boston buttoned up on Sunday against the onslaught of a superstorm that could menace 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation, with forecasters warning New York could be in particular peril.

    "The time for preparing and talking is about over," Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Atlantic on a collision course with two other weather systems that could turn it into one of the most fearsome storms on record in the U.S. "People need to be acting now."

    Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights and Amtrak began suspending train service across the Northeast. New York and Philadelphia moved to shut down their subways, buses and trains Sunday night and announced that schools would be closed on Monday. Boston, Washington and Baltimore also called off school.

  • Hall, Garcia Richard bring out heavy hitters

    Gov. Susana Martinez will be in town this afternoon to campaign for Rep. Jim Hall in the House District 43 race.

    Hall said  the governor will be knocking on doors in the Los Alamos area.

     Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard will be in La Cienaga this afternoon knocking on doors with Sen. Jeff Bingaman.    

  • Raw: Six Injured As Cars Plunge Off Garage

    Six people were injured when two cars plunged three stories down into an apartment courtyard during a freak parking accident in Los Angeles.

  • Today in History for October 27th
  • Watchdog groups call for NNSA chief to resign

    National Nuclear Security Administrator Thom D’Agostino has come under fire after revelations surfaced regarding construction cost overruns on a security project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    At least two watchdog groups called for D'Agostino to resign Friday following the news that a seven-year $213 million project at Technical Area 55 to upgrade the security perimeter for nuclear weapons plutonium facilities at LANL has been beset by delays and possibly up to $25 million in cost overruns.

    “We call on NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino to step down given the agency’s chronic failures across the national nuclear weapons complex,” Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico said Friday night. “And if he doesn’t do the right thing and resign then we call upon the in-coming president to not reappoint Mr. D’Agostino for more failed leadership of a dysfunctional agency.”