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  • LA school board to pay close attention to teacher/principal input for budget

    With this year’s school budget showing a $700,000 balance this year, some members of the Los Alamos School Board have been wondering aloud if they could perhaps use some of that money to pay for more teachers next year.
    School board members reasoned that doing so could alleviate a chronic issue that’s plagued the school system in recent years: overcrowding in some of the grades.
    Last year, the problem cropped up in some of the elementary schools like Barranca Mesa and Mountain Elementary, where class size suddenly rose to 25 and in some cases 27 students.
    During a routine discussion with the administration over this month’s upcoming budget talks, the issue of class size came up again, and some speculated if they could cut a little into the $700,000 balance to pay for more teachers, provided the move doesn’t cut into contingency funds or damage the district’s financial rating.
    Board Vice President Kevin Honnell kicked off the discussion by asking the board what would be a good definition of successful budget.
    Though he said he was aware that the $700,000 balance was probably going to be affected by some late purchase orders, he also wondered if they were being a too conservative with the balance and if the board could loosen the reins a bit this year.

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  • Hixson leads LASO spring concert

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will hold its spring concert in May and it will be conducted by Don Gerheart. The concert master will be Los Alamos High School alum Rachel Hixson.
    The spring concert will be 7 p.m. May 2 at the Crossroads Bible Church. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    The program will consist of the following: Overture to Nabucco from Verdi, Carmen Suite No. 1 from Bizet and Symphony in D Minor from César Franck.
    For Hixson, the program is a wide-range mix of classical rhythms and scales. She said she is looking forward to the duties of maintaining the orchestra and helping colleagues tune and bow their instruments.
    “It is an excellent program,” Hixson said. “It is filled with fun overtures and Carmen is the perfect introduction to the Santa Fe Opera production coming up this season.”
    Gerheart also said he enjoys the range of tempos in Carmen, such as the overture to the bull fighting scene in the opera to the march-like beats.
    Gerheart admits the program is long and challenging. “It’s a nice variety of ranges,” he said. “Franck’s work is an extensive piece with many changing modulations.” The piece is several minutes long and switches from string to wind instruments.

  • Barranca carnival family-friendly fun

    The annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival is from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, home of the Bobcats.
    The family-friendly event features food, carnival games, a bouncy castle and face painting. Dinner is available from Chuck’s Wagon. Visit the bake sale for a wide variety of homemade treats.
    Kids and adults can try their hand at dunking Barranca Principal Brad Parker, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, School Board Member Kevin Honnell, pediatrician Ben Neal and others at an inflatable slide and dunk tank. Anyone 18 and over can sit in the dunk seat themselves.
    The event also features a silent auction with a vast array of prizes donated by various local organizations. Prizes up for grabs include spa services, dining options, one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and handicrafts, more than two dozen bottles of wine, themed gift baskets creatively designed by each classroom, professional portrait packages, museum passes and memberships from around the state, recreation memberships (including golf, yoga, gym), children’s classes, movie passes and much more.
    The funds raised at the event will help support school programs such as the science fair, field trips, playground improvements, teacher stipends and the school lunch assistance program.

  • Off the Hill 04-24-14

     

    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition: “A Day in the Life: Works by Holly Roberts.” The opening exhibition will be 5-7 p.m. May 30. Show runs until June 21. 

     

    Art tours

  • Be There 04-24-14

    Today
    Benefit spaghetti dinner for Joy Handsberry, a Los Alamos High School teacher battling cancer. 5:30 p.m. at the Christian church. There will also be a dessert auction, sponsored by the Los Alamos Math department. The public is welcome. Tickets are not required, but donations are appreciated.

    The Boy Scouts of America is having its annual Fire-Up for Scouting Cub Scout recruiting events at fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock. Event No. 1 will be 6:30-8 p.m. at Station No. 4, 4401 Diamond Drive across from the Golf Course. Boys who will graduate from Kindergarten through fourth grades (5-10 years old) can be registered for the Cub Scouting program, including summer activities such as June Day Camp. Bring a checkbook for payment of registration fees of $24. For more information email NNM District Director Kevin McClelland, Kevin.McClelland@scouting.org.

    “Race to Nowhere.” Second showing, 6:30 p.m. at UNM-LA’s Jeanette Wallace Lecture Hall.

  • Dog Jog set for Saturday in White Rock

    The 2014 Dog Jog will be this Saturday at its new location in front of the White Rock United Methodist Church, 580 Meadow Lane, across from the entrance to Overlook Park.
    The Dog Jog is open to all participants, with or without a dog and at any pace. Participants can choose a 3.1-mile competitive run or 2 mile non-competitive fun walk/run.
    Race check-in, T-shirt and informational packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. T-shirts may have to be mailed. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, random walkers and dogs in all manner of fun categories. Registrants will get an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local sixth grader Katie Laintz and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog-related information.
    The fee for the first adult or child 12 years and older is $25. Additional adults or older children are $15 each and younger children are $5 each.
    Registration forms are available at the Friends of the Shelter website at lafos.org/dogjog, or at the local businesses such as Pet Pangaea, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and CB Fox. Participants may also register on race day.
    From 9–10:30 a.m., local veterinarians will be offering a microchip clinic for dogs and cats for a reduced fee of $20. No pre-registration is needed for the microchip clinic.

  • LA Young Guns place second at Satellite Shoot

    The Los Alamos Young Guns, a team of high school level shooters, placed second in the New Mexico High Schools Spring Satellite Shoot. The team is sponsored by the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club.
    Shooters from 12 high schools participated in the event.
    Top female shooter and second overall was Young Gun member JoAnna O’Neill, with 47, just one shot below the overall winner, Colton Kelley of Aztec High School. Tom Hanlon, also of Los Alamos, placed seventh with a score of 43.
    Team members’ scores (out of 50 shots) were as follows: JoAnna O’Neill, 47, Chris Bond, 40, Nick Greenfield, 38, Josh Smith, 35 and David Smith, 31. Other Los Alamos shooters competing were Sam Stringfield, Quentin Brown and Hannah Willbanks.
    The State High School Shoot is scheduled for April 26 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton. The Young Guns will compete there also.
    For more information on the youth shotgun program, call 662-0980. 

  • Entrepreneurs to connect with experts

    Entrepreneurs who seek a “temporary, mutually beneficial relationship” with a scientist or engineer might get lucky at a new and innovative style of event that aims to stimulate potentially productive hookups. The May 14 event, “The Eureka Effect,” is sponsored by the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program, the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI) and Los Alamos Connect, the principal economic development investment by Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, administered by the Regional Development Corporation.
    The sponsors liken the event to “speed dating, only smarter.” They hope to match LANL scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs who need free technical or scientific assistance to solve their technical challenges.
    Each entrepreneur gets about five minutes of individual face time with a diverse group of scientists and engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory. “If there’s a spark, there will be plenty of time to kindle it” during the open networking section that follows, said Sean O’Shea, program director at SFBI.