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Today's News

  • LANL to resume shipments to WIPP in April

    STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

  • Bill allowing open primaries clears House committee

    BY STEVE TERRELL
    The New Mexican

  • Local teachers testify Saturday about HB 158

    Several local teachers showed up at the Roundhouse Saturday to testify about House Bill 158, a bill that would, if passed, allow selected school districts to create their own pilot teacher evaluation programs.
    “I urge you strongly to pass this bill in order to improve the evaluation system for teachers in New Mexico,” Chamisa Elementary School Teacher Megan Lee told the House Education Committee Saturday. “It will be an immense benefit for developing improved instruction for New Mexico students.”
    The bill is sponsored by State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-43. Garcia Richard chairs the committee. The bill was tabled because of a needed language modification. It is currently in the House Education Committee.  
    Teachers from school systems all over the state lined up and spoke about the bill and what’s wrong with the current teacher evaluation process for about three and a half hours, starting shortly after 9 a.m.
    The committee scheduled the hearing on a Saturday to allow teachers and other stakeholders in HB 158 and the other education bills being considered to speak.
    If the bill passes, selected districts will be required to submit data and annual progress reports to NMPED and the Governor’s Office for a six-year period.

  • Military Order of World Wars to host Col. Ted Spain

    The Military Order of World Wars, Chapter 229, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Los Alamos Research Park, the second floor conference room. The speaker will be COL Ted Spain USA (ret).  
    Spain was the Commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade during the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the first year of the occupation. He will talk about his personal involvement in the following areas: the invasion plan, weapons of mass destruction, looting in Baghdad, conflict over who was in charge – civilians or the military, opening of Abu Ghraib Prison and Camp Cropper and the standing up the Iraqi Police.
    The presentation will start at about 7:15 p.m. The meetings are open to citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program at no cost. The Hot Rocks Java Café staff will be catering the dinner of Fajitas and appropriate side dishes. Cost of the dinner is $25. RSVP for the dinner by Sunday. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, USA Retired, Chapter Commander, 662-5574 (g.gieslercomputer.org) or Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (depinyan@cybermesa.com).
     

  • Lunch with Leader to feature Nurse Cunningham

    Lunch with a Leader will feature Andrea Cunningham, who was the nurse at the public health office in Los Alamos that is located directly across the street from the high school.  
    The lunch will be at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Mesa Public Library.
    Cunningham will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos, as well as what steps might be possible since the  services were drastically reduced.
    Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s of science and nursing, and has practiced nursing for 27 years. She started her career at the University of Michigan Medical Center transplant unit before moving to Los Alamos with her husband 25 years ago.  
    Professionally, Cunningham is currently a program coordinator for Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.
    After leaving the New Mexico State Department of Health as the public health nurse manager for Los Alamos County, she took over as program coordinator for  theJuvenile Justice Advisory Board  
    In past years, she was employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory Occupational Medicine as well as other medical entities and performed various roles from case manager to team lead for medical records.

  • Small groups can change the world

    I really love the saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” by Margaret Mead.
    It only takes one person to start something that can change a community, but sometimes we insist that it must be large sweeping acts that take large amounts of money to get something good done.
    White Rock resident Trina Shrader was once part of a Los Alamos group during Friendship week, but later moved to White Rock…lucky for us.
    She emailed a handful of friends last year looking to swap fun anonymous things during friendship week and finally revealing themselves at the end of the week.
    The first year her family had about 10 families participate. This year it was about 15, and the word spread. There were three new families that signed up that they’ve never met.
    She is hoping that the numbers increase each year. She said it has been a fun way for people to get to know each other.
    “I think it breaks down invisible walls we inadvertently put up when we stick to our own little bubble,” she said. “It allows an opportunity for us (and the kids) to think about the people around us that might not be directly next to us or in our paths.”

  • Sipapu to host popular family event this weekend

    Sipapu Ski Resort will host its annual President’s Day weekend celebration, the February Fun Fest. 
    It’s Sipapu’s most popular free family event, which includes a giant snow castle, costume contest and parade, mountain-wide treasure hunt, games, prizes and more.
    Sipapu Snow Castle
    Every year, a giant snow castle is built by the mountain team at Sipapu. It’s a snow playground for all ages and the only one in New Mexico. Each year, the snow castle changes in design, but what remains constant is the sheer size, which is usually two- to three-stories tall, the unique creation of stairs, slides, flags, and plenty of places to play in the snow.
    The building of the snow castle begins Tuesday and lasts throughout the week.
    The snow castle opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and is open for all to explore and enjoy.
    Treasure Hunt
    This weekend, Sipapu hosts a fun Treasure Hunt, which is part scavenger hunt and all adventure. Search the mountain Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for laminated letters. When letters gathered spell CLOWN, return them to Ski School for a great prize.
    Costume Parade and Contest

  • Finding love at the senior center

    The senior centers in White Rock and Los Alamos are places for people to gather, engage in activities and get to know new people. Sometimes those new friendships lead to marriage.
    Cathy and Charles Knoop were both volunteers for Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization’s when they met.
    Charles wanted to continue helping people after retiring from a job serving low income people in Española, so he volunteered as a driver. He was also throwing himself into as many activities as he could after his wife of 28 years died in 2011.
    When the couple met in Oct. 2015, Charles had started looking for someone again, trying eHarmony without success.
    “I didn’t expect to have someone who could love me again,” Charles said. “I prayed a lot to God to bring a delightful person into my life, and one who would love music, love playing and love God and could love me.”
    Cathy retired from teaching at Chamisa Elementary in 2010. She had been teaching there since moving to Los Alamos in 2003.
    Cathy began volunteering at the Betty Ehart Senior Center when her daughter Sarah Chandler, assistant coordinator for the Los Alamos Volunteer Association, asked her to man the desk in the downstairs reception area.

  • Mountaineers to meet Feb. 28

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers are set to meet at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nature Center for a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan.
    Last May, six mountaineers completed a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado.
    This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route. From there they descended into West Canyon and followed that canyon all the way to Lake Powell.
    The trip included open desert travel, a wild saddle on Cummings Mesa, and long, deep canyon slots. In West Canyon they encountered the Maw of Death, descended the Slippery Slide, swam through cold, dark pools, passed under beetling cliffs, and scrambled around small, picturesque waterfalls.  
    Ensslin and Morgan will describe their adventures and show pictures of the beautiful country that they visited during the next Mountaineers meeting Feb. 28. The public is invited. A social will start the meeting, followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Prep basketball: District 2-5A tourney 1st round set for Monday

    The Los Alamos boys baketball team will host Albuquerque Academy at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round the District 2-5A tournament.

    The winner will advance to play Del Norte on Tuesday in the second round in Albuquerque.

    The Los Alamos girls basktball team will play Capital in the first round at 4 p.m. Monday in Santa Fe.

    Capital and Espanola Valley boys basketball will play a tiebreaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Los Alamos (Griffith Gym) to decide the top-seed for the district tournament. The winner will host the District 2-5A champioship on Friday night. The loser will host the semifinal on Thursday night.