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Today's News

  • LAPS hosts second forum with Steinhaus

    Wednesday night was Kurt Steinhaus’ night to win the people over.
    He didn’t disappoint.
    A virtually exact number of people showed up to see if Steinhaus had what it takes to be the district’s next superintendent as it did for Chris Marczak’s presentation Monday.
    And like Marczak, he came prepared. Every one of the audience members that attended received a four-page handout from the superintendent candidate. One espoused his education and leadership philosophies, another his future goals for district, another paper listed the values that guided him as an educator and the last one talked about what values he wanted the district to reflect.
    He started off his presentation talking about his deep professional and personal ties to Los Alamos, ties that included his first job as a kid running a neighborhood lawn mowing service to his student teaching career, getting married (he and his wife Jo Beth had their reception at Fuller Lodge), to his becoming director of Community Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    After his presentation, the audience wasted no time with asking him the tough questions about funding for education and teacher evaluation.

  • 'Toppers, Rockets clash in first round of playoffs

    After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium.
    The No. 6-seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
    After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
    “Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit,” captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos’ game Monday. “We’re not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that).”
    “Everything we’ve gone through this season is preparation for state,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. “At the end of the day our success isn’t defined by a loss to Española. It’s defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families.”
    Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
    Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).

  • Effort to blast right-to-work bill to Senate floor fails

    SANTA FE (AP) — Contentious right-to-work legislation has been assigned to three committees following the objection of Republicans who were unsuccessful in forcing a hearing before the full Senate.

    A motion by Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle to bypass the committees failed 25-17 Thursday.

    The bill that garnered hours of heated testimony and debate on the House side prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment and includes a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage hike.

    The bill would apply to both public and private sectors.

    The GOP-controlled House passed the legislation 37-30.

    The Democratic leadership in the Senate has said it's united in stopping the legislation, and referring the bill to three committees with two weeks remaining in the 60-day session may help to accomplish that.

  • Empty Bowls event returns

    Self Help, Inc., is hosting the 22nd Annual Empty Bowls Project Luncheon and Silent Auction from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The Empty Bowls Project was started to raise awareness of those who are less fortunate and might not have enough food to eat.
    “The funds raised benefit community members both in Los Alamos and in neighboring counties by helping with basic needs such as food and heat, and by assisting people facing homelessness,” said Self Help Director Ellen Morris Bond.
    Participants can purchase a ceramic bowl, soup, bread dessert and beverage at Saturday’s events. Price for the meal is $15.
    Also Saturday, The Craig Martin Experience will provide musical entertainment for diners.
    Credit cards will be accepted on the day of the event this year. A website has also been set up where community members can preview some of the silent auction items and purchase advance tickets.
    Silent auction items can be seen on the preview and blog pages at the website emptybowlsla.org. Blog posts can also be seen on the Self Help, Inc. Facebook page facebook.com/selfhelpla.

  • Kilburn addresses PARCC testing

    Coffee with Kilburn, a talk with Los Alamos Middle School Principal, Rex Kilburn, was at LAMS on Tuesday to address the topic of PARCC testing. PARCC stands for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career.
    The purpose of the collection includes gathering data, understanding mastery of content, providing students with effective individualized instruction, coursework and grade placement.
    The four types of assessments generally include formative short-cycle interim and summative.
    The requirements for schools on testing include those from the federal, state, district and school levels and even for staff, it isn’t always easy and is never optional.
    “I think that all teachers are feeling some stress as preparations for the upcoming PARCC assessment continue on,” Kilburn said. “I would like to compliment my staff for working together with each other and with the administration as we figure out exactly what our responsibilities are for administration and we work through the never ending technical glitches.”

  • Police explain Tuesday’s traffic foul up

    While yesterday’s 5 p.m. traffic snarl may have sent commuter tempers soaring, there was a good  explanation for the tie up, police said. It may not be one that commuters caught up in the mess want to hear, however, as it involved a driver who allegedly made a bad error in judgement.

    Apparently, a truck driver, who was hauling a mobile home, tried to turn around on State Route 4 by attempting a U-turn. The driver took a wrong turn toward White Rock while heading south on NM 4, and was attempting to correct his mistake. When the truck made the west shoulder of N.M. 4, two of the truck’s axles broke, as well as the truck's trailer hitch due to the grade of the roadway.

    Unfortunately, according to Commander Oliver Morris of the Los Alamos Police Department, the position of the stuck truck and mobile home left only a narrow way for cars traveling N.M. 4 to get through.

  • Restriction on smoking passes

    A new ordinance passed unanimously by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday brings the county into compliance with New Mexico’s Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act.
    The new ordinance tightens restrictions on smoking in public places, including in private businesses. Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, chair of the internal employee health insurance committee, explained that although the act was passed in 2007, the county never updated its ordinance to comply with state law.
    The current ordinance prohibited smoking on county properties but not in privately owned spaces.
    “While we had the local ordinance in place, it would have still been citable under state statute within Los Alamos County,” County Attorney Rebecca Ehler explained. “So what we had was a conflict in the laws. So we were trying to resolve that with this ordinance.”
    The new ordinance protects both business patrons and employees from second-hand smoke by prohibiting indoor smoking in public spaces.
    The ordinance also prohibits smoking anywhere on the new Nature Center campus. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) staff, which will be operating the new center, made that request in order to protect the large number of children who participating in outdoor classes.

  • Clerk's office, board complete voter purge

    Los Alamos County Board of Registration completed a purge of its voter rolls after a two-day purging process this week.
    County Clerk Sharon Stover, along with County Council-appointed board members George Chandler, Kimberly Thomas and Audra Short, completed the process to remove inactive votes from the county.
    Stover said today the purge was for registered residents who met a strict set of criteria, which included those who were mailed a confirmation in August 2012, those who are currently on “inactive” status, according to the county clerk’s office, those who had not updated their registration addresses and those who had not voted since the 2012 mailing had gone out.
    The list of voters was compiled through efforts of the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office and based on guidelines from the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
    Stover said this was the first time a purge had been done of the lists since 2007.

  • GOP women to meet March 12

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will have its regular monthly meeting, March 12 from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.
    All registered Republican Women are urged to join us. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe, which helps abused women and children.
    For more information about the meting or the LAFRW, contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

  • Update 3-5-15

    NCRTD

    The North Central Regional Transit District will hold a board meeting from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The meeting will be in the Jim West Building in Española.

    Construction

    The project manager overseeing Western Area Phase 3 construction will speak at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Free Film Series

    The Free Film Series will feature the movie “Of Gods and Men” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. today.

    Kiwanis Club

    Justin Ramsey, who grew up in Los Alamos but has recently lived in Australia, will speak on his adventures there and his new photography book on the interesting country “Down Under” at the next Kiwanis Club meeting. Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church. The public is invited.

    Washington trip

    A meeting for students attending the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is set for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Middle School. Parents are encouraged to attend. Call 670-0679 for more information.

    P & Z meeting

    Planning and zoning will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the Municipal Building.