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Today's News

  • LAPS to revisit consolidation in White Rock

    The Los Alamos School Board recently came to the conclusion that if any decision is made about school consolidation in White Rock, it will have to include Mountain Elementary, in Los Alamos.
    Piñon Elementary School, Chamisa Elementary School and Mountain Elementary Schools are the last schools in need of renovation. Since the mid-2000s, the county has held bond elections to fund school renovations. Schools renovations so far have included Los Alamos High School, Aspen Elementary School and Los Alamos Middle School. All three are in Los Alamos.
    This fall during public input sessions, one option considered was to combine Piñon Elementary and Chamisa Elementary in White Rock.
    Though the school board eventually decided in favor of funding an “education specifications” study with an eye instead toward renovating Barranca Mesa Elementary in Los Alamos, the board publicly made a promise to White Rock residents that it would revisit the consolidation, since many White Rock residents were concerned and upset that the consolidation option was being considered.
    At the time, many White Rock residents spoke out against consolidating the two schools, fearing it would lead to overcrowded classrooms, limited education resources for their children and other problems.

  • Group seeks change in capital outlay funding

    In 1977, a group of New Mexico legislators had an idea. Rather than have each legislator’s infrastructure funding project wind its way through the legislature as a separate bill, why not put them all together into one bill?
    The logic behind grouping all those projects together (accomplished through the Senate Finance Committee) was that not only would each legislator actually get a “present” for their district, but theoretically, the state’s infrastructure would be maintained in a uniform, efficient manner.
    “The idea was, everybody gets a project, we’re going to put all of this into one big bill, everybody gets a present… and it passed unanimously,” said Kristina Fisher, associate director of Think New Mexico, a self-described nonpartisan think tank based in Santa Fe.
    What could possibly be wrong with that?
    Plenty, if you ask Fisher and her colleagues at Think New Mexico.
    Recently, Fisher spoke at a January legislative forum in Los Alamos about what it is they want to do about “The Christmas Tree Bill,” the nickname legislators now call the bill that funds and maintains the state’s infrastructure through grouping all those capital outlay projects together.

  • Today in history Jan. 27
  • REAL ID showdown set in GOP-controlled New Mexico House

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Republican-sponsored bill aimed at putting New Mexico in compliance with the federal REAL ID Act is scheduled to go before the full House despite objections from immigrant advocates and an uncertain future in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    The proposal moved through two committees in the first week of the 30-day legislative session, highlighting anxieties lawmakers have about the future of the state's driver's licenses. The GOP-led House is expected to take it up Wednesday.

    Last year, the U.S Department of Homeland Security said New Mexico wouldn't get another extension to meet strict REAL ID mandates. Some military installations have announced they would no longer accept New Mexico driver's licenses for entry.

    The REAL ID Act requires proof of legal U.S. residency for those who want to use state identification to access certain areas of federal facilities. New Mexico has no such requirement and allows immigrants to get state driver's licenses regardless of legal status.

  • HB33 Mill Levy ballot approved

     By a very wide margin, residents of Los Alamos County voted to sustain the property tax levy that has supplied the Los Alamos School District with nearly $2 million in funds almost every year since 1988.

    According to County Clerk Sharon Stone, 4,095 Los Alamos residents voted for the levy, and 1,698 voted against it. 

    Upon hearing the vote, Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus thanked the voters of Los Alamos.

    “Thank you to the parents and the voters of Los Alamos, we appreciate the support and we’ll be prudent with the money,” he said.

    Steinhaus said he sees it as a vote of confidence for the schools, teachers, administration and all involved.

    The mill levy question is put before voters every six years. It’s primary purpose is to help the school district purchase athletic equipment and educational tools that it would otherwise have to fund by using its Operational Fund monies. 

  • UNM ready to take on Air Force

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team (11-8, 4-2 MW) is set to face the Air Force Falcons (10-10, 1-6 MW) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in WisePies Arena.
    The Lobos enter the matchup following a road victory over San Jose State Saturday, 83-64.
    The Lobos were led by a career-best 33 points from sophomore Elijah Brown and a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds from junior Tim Williams. It was the program’s best victory on the road at San Jose State.
    That win put the Lobos at 4-2 and third overall in the Mountain West Conference. A win on Wednesday would give the team their fifth-straight record of 5-2 or better to start MW play. Currently, they are just one of three teams with a league winning percentage above .600. The two teams ahead of the Lobos, San Diego State and Boise State, will face New Mexico in the next two weeks.
    Air Force will enter Wednesday’s game looking to end a streak of six straight losses, with their last win coming in the MW opener against San Jose State. Prior to their recent skid, Air Force started their season 10-4 and picked up nonconference wins over New Mexico State and Tennessee Tech. They also nearly upset Southern Illinois on the road to start the year, falling, 77-75.

  • Knights of Columbus free throw contest is Sunday

    All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
    The local competition will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium.
    Registration is free and it will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the date of the event.
    Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.
    All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation and winners from each age division and gender will be presented with a trophy.
    The winners will then advance to the district free throw competition to be held Feb. 21, also at LAHS’ Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions.
    International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions.
    All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions.
    Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.
    For additional information, please contact: Roger Anaya, Knights of Columbus Youth Coordinator, at 670-6717 or rogelioanaya@q.com.
     

  • High School baseball practice begins Monday

    While the winter sports seasons are entering the thick of their seasons, the spring sports seasons are just around the corner.
    The Los Alamos’ baseball team will have its first official practice of the new season Monday.
    With snow on Bomber Field in Los Alamos, the team will begin its practices in White Rock. The first practices will take place at Overlook Park’s Virchow Field.
    Monday’s practice will take place from 3:40-6 p.m.
    Athletes will need to have an up-to-date physical on file at the high school before participating.
    For more information about the upcoming season, contact Los Alamos manager Mike Gill at mrgill21@msn.com.
     

  • LA wrestlers go 2-3 at Aztec

    At the High Country Chevy Tiger Duals in Aztec, the Los Alamos wrestling team won two of the five duals it wrestled Saturday.
    Los Alamos beat Española Valley for the third time in a week while also scoring a win against Shiprock.
    The ’Toppers, however, came up short against Aztec, Bloomfield and Monticello, Utah.
    “We didn’t get some of the wins we wanted, but none of them were embarrassing,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “We’re one match away from winning a lot more; that’s encouraging.”
    Los Alamos won 12 of the 14 weights against Shiprock while a short-handed Española Valley squad wasn’t able to challenge the ’Toppers for the dual win.
    At 182 pounds, Lane Saunders had an opponent challenge him for one of the first times this season.
    Squaring off against the returning Class 4A state runner up, Bloomfield’s JD Robinson, Saunders scored a 5-1 victory in one his only matches that has lasted the full six minutes.
    “Lane finally had a good match; he got pushed by the Bloomfield guy,” Hatt said. “He’s getting back in that rare form.”

  • Academy pulls away from Hilltoppers in fourth

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team’s hopes of making it into the Class 5A state playoffs took a hit Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos started the week as MaxPreps’ No. 17 ranked team, right on the bubble of earning one of the 16 spots in the playoffs.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, passed Los Alamos in the rankings with a 55-41 win Saturday, giving the ’Toppers a bad loss to the 4-13 Chargers.
    Los Alamos is now ranked No. 19 in Class 5A, one spot behind Albuquerque Academy.
    The Chargers built a 15-9 first quarter lead, but Los Alamos won the second quarter, 12-8, to only go into halftime trailing 23-21. Academy won a tight third quarter by one point to extend its lead to lead to three heading into the fourth.
    The Chargers then finished strong, outscoring the ’Toppers 21-10 in the fourth to win the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 6-12 overall. Los Alamos is also 0-1 in District 2-5A. The ’Toppers are scheduled to play Española Valley (13-5, 1-0 2-5A) tonight (Jan. 26).
    Los Alamos will need to do well in the remainder of its District 2-5A season if it’s going to raise its state stock.
    The district has shown a lot of parity already.