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  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 4-19-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Free-throw contest

    Tuesday: Button bracelets

    Wednesday: Movies and muchies (Happy Earth Day)

    Thursday: Shapes Scavenger Hunt  

    Friday: WII Friday

  • Homeschool education is on the rise

    For an increasing number of parents, sending their child to public school for a well-rounded education is no longer an option.
    Researchers say that homeschooling may be the fastest growing form of education in the U.S. Many reasons play into this statistic, the most recent of these being the implementation of the government’s controversial Common Core education system.
    Critics of the Common Core system say that it isn’t doing anything to improve learning and that because of high stakes testing and teacher evaluations, teachers will teach to the tests instead of being dynamic in the classroom.
    A 2011-2012 survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 74 percent of parents who home school do so because they were unhappy with classroom instruction.
    Another large reason parents are homeschooling is because of the school environment. According to the NCES survey, 91 percent of parents who choose homeschooling did so due to concern about the environment of the public school.
    For Elizabeth Janke, 17, the public high school atmosphere was not something she wanted to be a part of.
    After spending some time in high school, Janke decided to drop out of the system to study at home. She then took her General Education Development (GED) test at 15 years old.

  • Council Corner: Highlights of the budget

    In my previous column, I gave a brief overview of the budget process. Today, I will focus on a few highlights in the Fiscal Year (FY) 16 budget proposal to be presented by staff.
    As I mentioned in the last column, this budget proposal should ideally reflect the initial council budget guidance discussed early in the budget process, as well as staff input regarding their operational needs.
    It’s no surprise to anyone living in Los Alamos that spending has been down at Los Alamos National Laboratory — our biggest employer — for several years. LANL drives most of our revenue, contributing directly and indirectly to 97 percent of the local economy.
    While we are working hard on new economic development initiatives, such as the new tourism attraction opportunity that will be created by the opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the reality of our present-day situation is that LANL-reduced spending impacts our local economy.
    Over the past five fiscal years, our gross receipts tax (GRT) collections have fallen by 29 percent, with the greatest impact to funds that rely on that revenue source — primarily the General Fund, the fund that runs most of the usual governmental functions.

  • Baseball, softball and lacrosse postponed

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams were both scheduled to host Capital in a doubleheader Saturday evening. 

    Snow overnight, however, has forced those games to be rescheduled. 

    Both teams will now host the district doubleheader Monday. The games will take place at 3 and 5 p.m.

    Los Alamos lacrosse against Bosque was also postponed. It hasn't been re-scheduled yet. 

  • Today in history April 19
  • On Schedule 4-19-15

    Golf: Los Alamos at Taos spring invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos Middle School boys at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Bosque, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at the Abbie Paiz invite, held at the Tierra del Sol Golf Club, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at home, junior varsity, 3 p.m

    Track: Los Alamos Middle School girls at Pojoaque, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa fe High, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Cibola at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Rugby: Atrisco Herritage at Los Alamos, varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque’s Harper Invitational, varsity, TBD

    Baseball: Española Valley at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

  • Isotopes blow out Reno Aces

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (6-3) jumped out to a hot start on their 12-game, 13-day road trip by drumming the Reno Aces (4-5) 11-2 Friday night at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nev.
    First baseman Ben Paulsen and left fielder Tim Wheeler combined to go 8-for-9 with five runs scored, eight RBI, four doubles, a homer and one walk.
    Roger Bernadina drew a one-out walk to get the offense rolling, and Ben Paulsen kept the inning going with a two-out single to put runners on the corners. Dustin Garneau singled in Albuquerque’s first run of the game before Tim Wheeler stepped up and mashed a three-run bomb to put the Isotopes ahead 4-0 through a single frame.
    After his three-run dinger in the first, Wheeler followed with a single in the third and a double in the fourth. Needing just a triple to complete the cycle in his final two at-bats, the 27-year-old grounded out in the sixth and doubled in the eighth to finish the evening. He went 4-for-5 with five RBI,
    Not to be out done, Paulsen turned in a 4-for-4 performance of his own with two doubles, three runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He clubbed a pair of RBI doubles in the fourth and eighth innings. Paulsen and Wheeler’s four-hit performances are the most by an Isotope this season.

  • Santa Fe Century gearing up for 30th anniversary

    Over 2,600 cyclists from more than 37 states are expected here for the first major bicycling event in the Southwest this spring, the 2015 Santa Fe Century Bicycle Ride.
    The 30th anniversary ride is on May 17.
    The ride has three loops: a 100-mile century, a 50-mile half-century and a 20-mile out-and-back. The Santa Fe Century also features two timed rides: the 100-mile Gran Fondo and the 50-mile Medio Fondo.
    Fondo is an Italian word that means “distance, endurance or foundation.”
    Last year two New Mexico riders, Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos and David Vaughn of Carlsbad, tied for the fastest time in the Gran Fondo: 4 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds.
    Ferrara, who was born in Italy, has been living in New Mexico the past six years.
    Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted 75 riders.
    The 100-mile century (the most popular ride) and Gran Fondo will guide riders down the Turquoise Trail All-American Highway through the historic mining towns of Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden.
    Elevation changes will range from 7,200 feet to 6,200 feet.

  • Talent show registration closes Monday

    Registration for The Family YMCA’s Talent Show closes on Monday, April 20. Registration of talent is free, but the Show, starting at 6:30 p.m. April 24, at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, will have a $10 per person entrance fee with tickets sold at the door. Funds raised will support the Y’s annual campaign for scholarships and youth programs.

    Individuals or groups wishing to participate in the talent show must register by close of business on Monday, April 20, and may do so in person at the Y, or by calling 662-3100, or online at laymca.org

    The Talent Show will have judges and “people’s favorite” awards given.

  • State briefs 4-17-15

    ‘Manhattan’ production resumes in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the second season of WGN America’s hit drama series “Manhattan,” produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, has begun filming in Santa Fe.
    Production will continue through the end of July, and employ more than 120 New Mexico crew members and approximately 2,800 New Mexico background extras throughout the season.
    Created and written by Sam Shaw and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme, “Manhattan” will premiere its sophomore season this fall on WGN America. “I could not be more excited about the return of ‘Manhattan’ to Santa Fe,” said Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “With each new season we continue to grow our skilled workforce and film economy. Welcome ‘Manhattan!’”

    Jail transport officer accused of sex assault

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a jail transport officer is accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate in Albuquerque.
    Metropolitan Detention Center officials say Enock Arviso resigned his position Thursday.