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  • Storm causes 6 accidents, closes hill routes

    The winter storm that hit northern New Mexico Monday and Tuesday brought Los Alamos 13 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Commuters and residents can look forward to a calmer week ahead.
    Both routes into Los Alamos were closed temporarily Monday morning due to six fender bender accidents. Commuters dealt with icy roads and bumper-to-bumper traffic, waiting hours to get to work.
    The roads became so severe and congested that commuters to the Los Alamos National Laboratory who did not make it in by 10 a.m. were contacted by the lab and told to turn around and go home.
    Los Alamos Public Schools also closed early, and all afterschool activities cancelled, including a public forum on mental health that was due to take place at the Los Alamos High School Monday night.  
    According to meteorologist Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service, the sudden storm was brought on by an eastbound cold air mass that came into the region early Monday morning and continued on through Tuesday.
    The front brought below freezing temperatures with it, complicating commutes in and out of Los Alamos County.

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  • Senate panel approves amended measure for teacher raises

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico teachers at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under an amended proposal approved by the Senate Education Committee.

    The panel voted Wednesday to advance the measure despite concerns that legislative finance leaders may not be able to find money to pay for the salary hikes due to evaporating revenues.

    The bill's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque, says the initial proposal had called for phasing in base-pay increases over four years at an estimated cost of more than $155 million.

    Stewart is now proposing the bill cover just one year at a cost of nearly $7 million.

    She says New Mexico needs to include the salary minimums in state law as part of an effort to boost recruitment and retention. Some lawmakers voiced concerns about it being an unfunded mandate.

  • Background work can be doorway to film career

    One of the participants in Saturday’s casting call for “Longmire,” Teresa Cata, was hoping that serving as a background actor could lead to other things.
     “I’d like to see if I could get a part in the movie from a Native American’s point of view, because it will be a way to get my people out there, because I’m from San Juan Pueblo, but I’m also part Alaskan, and I think it would be good,” Cata said.
    Cata’s ideal is to someday use film to introduce people to her culture and traditional history.
    “And that would be a good point of view, to get where we’re from,” Cata said.
    According to Casting Director Robert Baxter, background work can serve as a doorway for those like Cata who want to pursue a career in film. Baxter himself was a superintendent for New Mexico Solar Homes when he was asked to bring his 40 years of motorcycle experience to bear on “Wild Hogs.”
    “And I basically came in as a consultant for motorcycles,” Baxter said. “But I liked the casting industry. I contacted the casting people and went on as a wrangler on the movie sets, worked my way to a second assistant and then finally got my own company.”

  • ‘Longmire’ looks for local talent

    More than 300 people showed up for a casting call for “Longmire” at the Santa Claran Hotel in Española Saturday. The Netflix series – which originated on A&E – was looking for background actors for its fifth season.
    Local residents had a variety of reasons for showing up.
    Jonathon Willeto had served a background actor when “Longmire” was shot at the Santa Claran Casino last year, and wants to do it again.
    Fabian Gonzales has worked background for several films, including the second “Independence Day.”
    “I have a few friends who are into it, so I decided to go one day, and found that I was into it,” Gonzales said. “I like doing the work, and hopefully it will come to something bigger, higher up there. It’s really fun. I enjoy doing it.”
    For others, this was their first casting call.
    Megan Orr – who lives near Santa Clara Pueblo – likes “Longmire’s” local connection. In one show she recognized a location along the Rio Grande, with Black Mesa in the background, that was a half-mile from her house.

  • Judge: teacher’s discrimination case OK to proceed

    A U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal judge ruled Friday to allow a case brought by a Mountain Elementary School Teacher against the Los Alamos Public Schools to proceed.
    Teacher Zeynep Unal filed the discrimination case against the LAPS, Los Alamos School Board, former Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom in April 2013.
    In the suit, Unal claims that Vandenkieboom harassed and discriminated against her while she was a teacher at Aspen Elementary.
    In her original complaint, Unal claimed that the school principal “regularly made insensitive remarks regarding the ethnicity and national origin of both the plaintiff and other persons as well.”
    Unal also claimed the principal regularly excluded Unal from staff meetings and informal conversations, and that she did this just because Unal was of Turkish Muslim descent.
    “Defendant Vandenkieboom consistently conspired to make the plaintiff feel like an outsider for the sole reason that the plaintiff was the only foreign-born teacher at Aspen Elementary,” according to a statement in Unal’s lawsuit.

  • Registration opens for Jemez Mountain Trail Races

    The 11th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races are scheduled for May 21 this year. Registration for the 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile runs are now open.
    These races fill up quickly.
    The half-marathon event has been changed to a 15 miler due to trail re-routes and improvements along Guaje Ridge.
    Register soon at: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=35461
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a community event that takes full advantage of Los Alamos’ beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.
    Last year over 600 runners participated.
    Through registration fees and generous national and local sponsors, the race gave back over $16,000 to local charitable and non-profit organizations as well as supporting two scholarships for Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.
    For more information about running, or volunteering for this event, visit the race’s website: highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm or email jemezruns@gmail.com.
     

  • LA girls hold off Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well Saturday at Bernalillo, but the ‘Toppers found a way to win the game, 54-51.
    Playing without co-captain Ashlynn Trujillo and head coach Nestor Trujillo (sick), Kayla Salazar stepped up on the court while Tarah Logan took over the head coaching duties for the game.
    Salazar led Los Alamos with 28 points in the game, sinking 12 of her 25 field goal attempts and adding four free throws.
    The rest of the team, however, only made nine of their 52 shots from the field.
    Makaela Jones scored 12 points and Shannon Irwin added eight. Irwin also led Los Alamos with nine rebounds.
    Los Alamos used a strong second quarter to take control of the game. After the Spartans led 13-12 after the first quarter, Los Alamos won the second quarter 21-10 to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.
    Bernalillo, who was looking for its first home win and second win overall, won the third and fourth quarters by five points and two points, respectively, but couldn’t quite catch Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 16-5 overall and 2-1 in District 2-5A with the win.
    Los Alamos is also 2-0 in games played without Ashlynn Trujillo, who was on crutches for the contest against Capital, but returned for the Española Valley game.

  • Hilltopper boys playing good ball, score two wins

    Fast starts and different players getting hot helped the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team score a pair of wins this last weekend.
    Los Alamos won its first District 2-5A contest of the year by taking down Bernalillo Friday, 76-63.
    The ’Toppers then blew by Aztec, 85-53, Saturday.
    In both games, Los Alamos had a double-digit lead after the first quarter.
    Against a Bernalillo squad that upset the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars, 51-46, the prior week, Los Alamos battled from start to finish to take down the Spartans.
    Antonio Trujillo scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter to help Los Alamos grab a 17-7 lead.
    In the second quarter, the Spartans fought back and tied the game at 25. Los Alamos, however, used a 6-0 run to pull away again. Ivan Balakirev found himself in foul trouble, getting his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second quarter, but another big man, Cade Gasway, made sure Los Alamos didn’t miss a step.
    Jack Stewart started the run with a bucket. Los Alamos then forced a turnover and Gasway assisted Troy Hammock. Gasway then stole a pass and Michael Naranjo scored a quick transition bucket to put Los Alamos up 31-25. The teams traded baskets after that, but a late reverse layup by Kyle Newell helped Los Alamos take a 37-31 lead into halftime.

  • New Mexico House committee gives nod to anti-DWI bills

    SANTA FE (AP) — A House panel has given the nod to a pair of measures aimed at cracking down on New Mexico's drunken drivers.

    The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 Monday in favor of legislation that would allow judges to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

    A DWI offense can be deemed a felony after the fourth conviction. The legislation would make individuals convicted of a DWI felony eligible for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law.

    The other measure that passed the committee would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with DWI while driving on a suspended or revoked license for a prior DWI offense.

    The bill would also increase punishments for those who lend their car to someone with a revoked or suspended license due to drunken driving.