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  • LA students among state’s winners

    A trio of Los Alamos Public Schools students were among the winners of the Gov. Susana Martinez’s True Summer Reading Challenge and were recognized in a ceremony at Piñon Elementary School Monday.
    Among those honored were Bryanna Trujillo, a first grader from Barranca Mesa, Rocco Del Mauro, a second grader from Piñon, and Benjamin Sanchez, a third grader from Aspen.
    Martinez paid a visit to Piñon Monday afternoon, one of two stops she made to announce the winners of the challenge.
    The New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge was designed to encourage school-aged kids in the state to read during the summer months. The emphasis was on keeping students sharp during the summer when they might otherwise be in front of the television.
    “Knowing how to read is the very foundation of learning,” Martinez said in a statement announcing the winners Monday. “Once our kids learn to read, they read to learn. And that is a skill they will need for the rest of their lives.”
    To enter, students must have submitted a log of the books they read over the summer. Those who read at least 12 books and submitted an essay on why they love New Mexico were entered in a random drawing to win one of several nifty prizes given away by the state.

  • Programs give teens work experience

    This summer, two programs at Bandelier National Monument, the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, provided local young people the opportunity to learn skills and help improve and maintain the park.
    According to Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott, “We hope that the young people participating on these crews will come to have stronger connections to the area, their own cultural backgrounds, and national parks. In addition, in spirit it is a continuation of the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which taught young people skills and self confidence and did such valuable work for public lands all across the country.”
    This was the sixth year for the Bandelier Conservation Corps.
    In finding young people to make up the BCC, the objective is to have enrollees ages 16-25, with diverse local backgrounds.
    This year the crew was made up of seven young men and women from Albuquerque, Corrales, Las Cruces, Santa Fe and Pojoaque.
    Their first week was orientation, and they participated in other training weekly throughout the 10-week session.

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  • Committee to discuss Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

    The Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security will have a meeting Friday to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the federal nuclear arms deal.
    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the United Church building at 2525 Canyon Road.
    According to a mailer from the LACACIS, the steering committee is proposing to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is an agreement between the United States, Iran and numerous other countries, most of them U.S. allies, to regulate Iran’s uranium enrichment program for the purposes of generating power.
    The public is invited to attend Friday’s meeting, but only dues-paying members of the LACACIS will be allowed to vote on the position.
    According to its website, LACACIS was formed in 1986 “to examine the increasingly complex international environment with respect to arms control, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and verification.”
    Although most of the committee’s active members are or were staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory, LACACIS’ goal is to remain a non-governmental organization that independently researches, debates and advocates political positions.

  • Bluecoat system approved for LAPS

    At a recent meeting, the Los Alamos School Board was reminded once again that Los Alamos is not just another small town in New Mexico.
    Unlike other towns, it’s also home to a historically famous, top-secret facility focused on nuclear weapons design and research.
    As a result, statistically, there’s more of a chance that Los Alamos employees, as well as members of their own families, can and do become targets of computer hacks and breaches.
    At the meeting, district officials asked the board to sign a contract for a new “content filtering system” the district wants to purchase, a system that will hopefully keep students’ school online activities safe, private and secure while they are at school.
    According to the district’s Chief Operations Officer, Joanie Ahlers, it was time to make the switch to a more powerful system.
    “Just because our name is Los Alamos Public Schools, we do receive a large number of outside attacks, including those from foreign countries. We felt that from a security standpoint and considering who the parents are to some of our students, we felt compelled to choose an appliance that can do a number of advanced things than just be a basic filter,” she said to the board.

  • Music rooms at LAHS need TLC

    If you’re a longtime Los Alamos resident and you happen to revisit the high school’s “music wing,” where all the music classes take place, chances are you’d instantly recognize it.
    That’s because according to some of the faculty, not much has changed there in the past 60 years.
    As the Los Alamos School Board makes preparations to bond for more school reconstruction projects, members from the Los Alamos High School’s music faculty reminded the board of that.
    The high school was the first school Los Alamos residents approved for reconstruction, which started in 2009.
    However one section of the school, where most of the school’s bands, symphonies and choral groups are headquartered, along with the group’s equipment, was skipped for reconstruction for a later time.
    Jason Rutledge, the high school’s choir director came to a recent board meeting to remind the board that that time has come.
    He told the board that problems caused by 60 years of wear and tear, along with a growing student population, have over have only gotten worse. He told the board the entire wing should be included for funding when it comes time for the district’s next general obligation bond vote.

  • Udall will visit VCNP and valley

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall will discuss economic development with small business owners in northern New Mexico, as well as host a discussion about extending the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    Udall, the senior senator from the state, will be in Española Thursday and the preserve Friday.
    During his Thursday visit to Española, Udall will also meet with Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo leaders and visit a historic preservation project at the pueblo. That meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
    Friday, Udall will host a roundtable discussion on the future of the LWCF with New Mexico Wildlife Federation leaders and other partners at Valles Caldera.
    During his visit to the area, Udall will make a Thursday morning stop at Angelina’s, a popular restaurant in the valley. According to Udall’s office, the senator will met with Angelina’s owner, Fidel Gutierrez, to discuss the federal minimum wage and how it affects economic development.
    That meeting at the restaurant is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
    Also on Thursday morning, he will meet with the owners of Avanyu, a Native American and woman-owned construction company at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences in Alcalde. Avanyu is owned by Liana Sanchez and Mateo Peixinho.

  • Park is topic of Thursday’s On Tap series

    Thursday’s History On Tap will include Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott, who will discuss the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The newest park in the National Park Service system will be located in Los Alamos, as well as Hanford, Washington, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    The On Tap event will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It will be at the UnQuarked Wine Room, which is located in Central Park Square.
    The On Tap series happens every first and third Thursday of each month.
    The first Thursday of month rotates topics on history, nature and art, while the third Thursday of the month is Science on Tap.
    History on Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society. This series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a group discussion.
    The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and is a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983.

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  • Schools have new resource advocates

    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board has recently hired two new youth resource advocates, Rob Ward and Santina Shije, to serve at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.
    According to JJAB, the Youth Resource Advocate provides wrap-around case management and assistance to youth and their families in accessing comprehensive services at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School.
    The Youth Resource Advocate coordinates services and offers resources to youth in need of intervention. Referrals are received from the community, the schools, and the juvenile probation office.
    Ward and Shije will be available to help families connect to services, find the support they need and overcome any barriers to seeking or receiving services, JJAB announced.
    Ward will primarily be working with Los Alamos High School students and families.
    According to Ward’s bio, he grew up in California and Texas but made New Mexico his home for the last 12 years.
    He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in psychology and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.