Today's News

  • Church listings 10-2-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Memorizing lessons isn’t rigor – it’s rigor mortis

    Like any professional discipline, the academic arena is littered with educational jargon.
     Today, an effective teacher must exemplify intersegmental critical-thinking, recontextualize synergistic concept-maps, and benchmark technology-infused pedogogical schemas.
     Personally, I don’t mind jargon. but there is one word that seems to be more abused than any other.  Rigor.
     Educational rigor involves the creation of a focused coherent learning environment that fosters critical thinking, encourages mastery of the material, and challenges students to help them build a sense of accomplishment.
     In short, rigor raises the bar, preparing students for moving on to more advanced topics and applications.
     There is little applicable training to guide teachers how to establish and nurture rigor in the classroom. Consequently, teachers strongly disagree regarding what constitutes “rigor.”
     In math classes, “rigor” is often tossed like a didactic grenade, purposely confusing students with needlessly difficult problems. Teachers expect students to memorize long lists of complex formulas and to work out problems with large or complicated looking numbers.

  • The Pope, climate change and VW

    Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc.

  • Letter to the editor 10-2-15

    Historical Museum receives outpouring of community support after theft

    By now many of your readers may know that a theft occurred at the Los Alamos Historical Museum on Sept. 25. The good news is no one was hurt and no objects were taken from the museum. However, we did have a beautifully crafted, wooden donation box – made by one of our volunteers – which was torn apart, and the cash donations inside were stolen.
    The theft received a significant amount of attention on social media over the weekend, and the response from the community, both far and near, has been tremendous. We have received donations through our website from as far away as Texas and Montana, and a number of people came into the museum on Saturday to give special donations.
    The Los Alamos Historical Museum belongs to the community. Admission is free, and we rely on donations to support our operations. The outpouring of support has been encouraging and inspiring. It reminds us, once again, why this is the best little community on the planet. We love being your museum!

    Sincerely and with gratitude,
    Heather McClenahan
    Executive Director
    Los Alamos Historical Society

  • Nominations sought for new living treasures

    Do you know someone you think should be a Living Treasure of Los Alamos? Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 30.
    A nine-member board will chose three new Treasures who will be honored at a ceremony in April. Nominees must be current residents of Los Alamos County.
    Selection of the new Treasures will be based on letters of nomination from the public.Letters should include the following information:
    When did the nominee come to Los Alamos?
    In which areas did the nominee make volunteer contributions to life in Los Alamos?
    How many years has the nominee been involved in community activities?
    How did their contributions affect people in the community?
    In what ways is Los Alamos a better place as a result of the efforts of this person?
    Additional information about the nominee is welcome. In fact, supplemental letters supporting the nomination packet are extremely helpful to the selection process. Biographies of past Treasures since 1999 can be viewed at the website listed below. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 30 to Living Treasures of Los Alamos, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, NM  87544, or by emailing the information to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    The complete list of Treasures can be found at livingtreasureslosalamos.org.

  • Community Calendar 10-2-15

    Teen Center opening. The public is invited to attend the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. The Teen Center is located inside the community building at 475 20th Street. Following brief remarks from the county Council, Teen Center and guests, the building will be open for tours and refreshments will be served.

    Fundraiser. The public is invited to come out to support the Hilltoppers J.V. and Varsity girls soccer teams as they take on the Highland Hornets and help raise money for Kick for the Cure. Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Night Sky Show. Explore the universe and enjoy its beauty from the planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox, or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.

  • Sign up now for D.C. trip

    Attention current Los Alamos Middle School eigth-graders and Los Alamos home school eighth-graders: It is not too late to sign up for the spring break Washington, DC trip. Sign up to lock in the current price of the trip. It is a trip of a lifetime!
    Trip will be March 26-29. Trip includes round-trip transportation, all meals, five-star hotel accommodations, sight seeing transportation, night chaperones at the hotel, the Newseum, a “Shear Madness” play at the Kennedy Center, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Complex, the International Spy Museum, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Capitol Building, the White House and much more. For more information call Roberta Geoffrion Cocking at 670-0679. To register, call 1-800-468-5899 or on-line atworldstridesdiscovernow.org using trip ID 116072.
    For more information, see “LAMS Washington, DC Trip” on Facebook.

  • October night sky planetarium shows start today

    Do you want to learn more about the planets, stars, and other visible objects in the night sky? Pajarito Environmental Education Center is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium this month at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.
    Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars that night including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double star and other celestial objects. After the planetarium show, PEEC’s telescopes will be available, so viewers can have a better view of the celestial objects in the night sky, weather permitting.
    The October Night Sky planetarium shows are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.  
    Planetarium shows are suitable for ages three and up. Viewers should arrive at least 10 minutes early for the planetarium show. To help acclimate to the planetarium’s night sky, no one will be admitted after the show begins.
    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • LA volleyball wins second straight

    The Los Alamos volleyball team won its second game in as many nights Thursday. The 'Toppers beat Albuquerque Academy, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.

    "The girls came to compete today," Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza said. "I could tell they were fired up and ready to play hard."

    Los Alamos jumped all over Albuquerque Academy to start the contest and took a 20-7 lead in the first set.

    "Last year we lost in three (games against Academy), so we knew had to come out and send the message that we're not the same team," Ashlynn Trujillo said.

    Academy made a run late in the first set, but Los Alamos was able to close it out. Academy carried some of that momentum into the second set and made it competitive early. The 'Toppers, however, pulled away at the end second set and then dominated the final set.

    Los Alamos's defense did a nice job throughout the evening to contain Academy's big hitters. "A big credit goes to the defense for this win," Espinoza said. "All of the defenders really stepped up."

    Trujillo, in particular, had a good game for Los Alamos — flying around and making several diving digs.

    "Ashlynn did phenomenal back there," Espinoza said. "She was working her butt off."

  • 20th Street is open

    Public Works Director Philo Shelton announced at Thursday’s Transportation Board meeting that construction on 20th Street was completed that afternoon and the road is now open.