Today's News

  • Citizens' petition prompts action on 20th and Trinity

    A citizen’s petition submitted by Doris Roberts, owner of All Individual First, has prompted action on getting either a signalized intersection or a HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) signal at the corner of 20th Street and Trinity Drive.
    Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to direct staff to work with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), which owns the highway, to assess the potential for some type of signalized intersection or crosswalk at that location and report back.
    Roberts runs a day care program for adults with developmental disabilities, located at 2101 Trinity Drive. Her clients frequently want to visit Ashley Pond or the Farmer’s Market. In order to cross safely, they must walk to either Oppenheimer Drive or 15th Street, take a circuitous ride on Atomic City Transit or make arrangements in advance with Dial-a-Ride.
    “Why can’t these individual have the spur of the moment, ‘I want to go to Ashley Pond for lunch’ or ‘I’m going to walk across to the Farmers’ Market’ instead of having to take the trolley all the way around and all the way back because it’s not safe for them?” Roberts said.

  • Be There 09-10-14

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Zone is now open after school, 3-5 p.m. weekdays. It’s open to all school age kids, and a relaxed attitude to noise applies, so if kids want to listen to music, watch a video, or chat with friends, nobody’s going to come by and say “Hush.” All other library policies apply.

    “Off the Cuff.” a juried collection of artwork by artists who answered the call to “run wild, take a snapshot, experiment, gesture, sketch, scribble, doodle — then walk away. Let unfinished work do the talking. Marta Light is featured n the Portal Gallery. Daily through Sept. 20 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30. Authors Speak Series: Book signing, 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Challahs will be available in Amy Shure Bakery Booth and will be taking orders aw well at aimiam@aol.com. All contest winners were sent an email, pick up gift certificates at information booth.

  • Community Briefs 09-10-14

    Aaron’s Closet open this week

    Aaron’s Kids Closet — Free Store is people helping other people and sharing the love of Jesus with anyone who is in need. There are no eligibility requirements. You do not have to show an ID, proof of residency or income, simply take what you need no payment required or accepted. They are freely sharing — what has been freely received.
    Donations needed are clothing, shoes, coats, etc. that are available for school age children.
    Aaron’s Closet is located at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., across from Los Alamos High School next to Sullivan Field behind the Lemon Lot
    For more information all 662-6277, or visit firstinyourheart.org.
    Hours are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month and from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following Friday.
    To help with the closet or donate gently used clothing and shoes, call church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Feldman to speak at
    AAUW Fall Luncheon

  • A family fight against MS

    The Bike MS: Pedal Los Pueblos race to support Multiple Sclerosis was last week at Cities of Gold Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque.
    The Snow family of White Rock supported the ride. “I have four family members that currently live with MS,” said Deb Snow.
    Her mother for 27 years, one brother for 12 years, daughter for three years as well as herself for 17 years, she said.
    Snow and daughter Jackie Becker volunteered at one of the rest stops providing food and drinks to the individuals that cycle 30-100 miles to raise money for NMSS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    “I believe one of the most important things for people to know about MS is that the symptoms can be very different for each individual. It is also important to understand that a lot of the symptoms are not visible to everyone, i.e. fatigue, numbness and tingling, balance issues and cognitive issues, among others,” Snow said. “These symptoms can change day to day, or even hour to hour.”
    Snow would also like people to know that they can be helpful by understanding the complexity of the disease and how quickly it can change. One way is to be as supportive as possible for that individual.
    “Continued research is imperative in finding the cause of the disease and a cure,” Snow said. 

  • How much testing is enough and when is it too much?

    What do you remember fondly about your school days? When you look at photos that capture these early years in school, you remember how nervous you were in your carrot costume before your big part in the school play. You remember how proud you felt standing next to your blue-ribbon science fair project. Oh! There you are with the turkey you colored after tracing your little hand on a piece of paper.
    And you remember using a No. 2 pencil to bubble in multiple-choice answers on a test. OK, maybe a photo of this last one didn’t make it into your grandma’s album.
    There was a time not so long ago when students were given a comprehensive assessment at the end of third grade and eighth grade, and then took the ACT/SAT tests for college purposes. These were informational tests, telling parents what their children had achieved academically and how they compared to other students across the country.
    When the results came in from that big test, teachers gave their students a little more practice as needed, and parents may have pulled out the flash cards for a little extra help at home — and everyone remained focused on teaching and on raising whole children.

  • Do teachers have to be defiant to do their jobs?

    The special education teacher told me the kind of story you’d want to hear from a special education teacher.
    A girl in fifth grade couldn’t read and could barely speak. Nothing was working for her.
    The teacher found a reading program designed for autistic children and fought the bureaucracy to get approval to be trained in it. She gave the program to the girl and it worked. Other special education teachers have heard the story and are asking for the same program.
    She can’t fight any more, she says. She’s on a long leave of absence and may simply retire.
    I’ve been asking New Mexico teachers how they are faring in the brave new world of public education. My question: Is there still room for creativity or spontaneity in teaching? Are they able to bring their own ideas and abilities into their activities? Can they to respond to whatever is happening, in the world or in that classroom, regardless of what’s on the day’s official task list?
    The first thing to know is this: Nobody’s happy. The problem, they say, is testing, testing, testing.
    We’ve all been hearing these complaints: Too many days spent on testing itself, too many more days devoted to teaching just for the tests, and test results applied not to improve students’ education, but to grade teachers.

  • Lobo baseball team unveils new schedule

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to University of New Mexico manager Ray Birmingham, the Lobos’ 2015 schedule leaves his team with “nowhere to breathe.”
    The 2015 baseball schedule was officially released Tuesday by UNM. The Lobos will face seven teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State Beavers, super regional participant Houston, and Texas Tech, which advanced all the way to the College World Series.
    Also on the docket are Arizona State, Kansas and Mountain West foes San Diego State and UNLV.
    “This is another hard schedule,” said Birmingham, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “It’s really hard, especially for a team that is still very young in regards to position players.”
    UNM opens the season in the Surprise Tournament in Arizona. The Lobos will face Michigan State in their season-opener Feb. 13 before taking on Northwestern the next day. They close the tournament with games the next two days against the Beavers.
    The following weekend marks the opening of Mountain West play as the defending conference co-champion Lobos visit Air Force in what’s likely to be a chilly three games in Colorado Springs Feb. 20-22.

  • LA teams will face tests at Academy

    Almost invariably, the Albuquerque Academy boys and girls soccer tournaments are among the toughest in the state.
    This year doesn’t appear to be an exception.
    The Academy tournament starts Thursday on the campus of the Chargers. Los Alamos’ teams, regular participants in the tournament, will again take part.
    And, as usual, both Hilltopper teams have tough draws.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on the Mayfield Trojans at noon Tuesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will meet the Cleveland Storm at 4 p.m.
    While some tournaments are notorious for stacking the deck in favor of the home team, this tournament isn’t one of them. Both the Charger teams have tough opening round draws Thursday as well.
    The good news for both the Hilltopper teams is they should be going into the tournament with some momentum, despite the fact Los Alamos’ girls won’t be going in off a win.
    So far, Mayfield’s Trojans (2-3-1), not surprisingly, have played exclusively teams from the southern part of the state. Most recently, they played in the Las Cruces Public Schools round robin tournament and went 2-1 in those three games, topping Alamogordo and Oñate before falling to Las Cruces.
    Thursday’s game will be the first contest for the Trojans since Aug. 30.

  • 'Toppers sweep Elkettes Tuesday

    It was a long time in the making. So long, in fact, no one was sure it had ever happened before.
    But the Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a big win at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos usually struggles against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes, who have been among the most successful volleyball programs in state history, particularly with their remarkable five-season streak heading into 2014.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to pull off not only a huge win over their rivals from down the hill, but a sweep.
    After a battle of momentum in set one, the Hilltoppers dominated set two and made enough plays late in set three to complete a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Elkettes at Griffith Gymnasium.
    During Pojoaque Valley’s string of five straight state titles, the team has been hard to touch by anybody and Los Alamos was hardly an exception.
    But it was clearly the better team Tuesday.
    “We just stuck to what we do,” Hilltopper outside hitter Sierra Foley said. “We knew Pojoaque’s defense. We knew they were fast and they could get to every ball. We sped things up a little bit and we played at our level of game, not their level of game, and it worked.”

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