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Today's News

  • School board recognizes Schmidt

    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos School Board meeting, the board honored outgoing superintendent Gene Schmidt for his service to the community.
    Schmidt received a plaque for his efforts.
    “Los Alamos Public Schools recognizes Dr. Gene Schmidt for his dedication to the quality of education as superintendent of schools from 2009 to 2015,” read an inscription on the plaque.
    After accepting his award, Schmidt, in turn, honored his colleagues and staff that helped him carry out the programs and goals he implemented during his time as superintendent at Los Alamos Public Schools. He also acknowledged his successor, Kurt Steinhaus.
    “Anything that’s accomplished, is accomplished in partnership,” Schmidt said. “These are wonderful colleagues and as Dr. Steinhaus takes over, he can look forward to working with a wonderful board. I applaud the boards that I’ve worked with, and I also applaud all of the staff and administrators. These things don’t happen without the dedication and excellence our educators and staff have given.”

  • Community office gives an update

    On Friday, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities heard on update on the Los Alamos National Security (LANS) Community Commitment Plan (CCP) from Community Programs Office Deputy Director Carole Rutten.
    Rutten’s presentation highlighted last year’s accomplishments.
    Funding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs is a major priority for CCP funding.
    Last year, 60 STEM programs received $74 million, impacting more than 4,000 students and 341 teachers. Those programs were either coordinated by LANL or sponsored through other partners.
    Two of the most successful programs were RoboRAVE, a robotics competition in its second year, and the Math and Science Academy.
    This year’s RoboRAVE competition drew 1,480 students competing in 85 teams. Only 35 teams competed the first year.
    The Math and Science Academy — a three-year program that helps teachers better understand and deliver math and science to their students−has graduated 1,440 participants.
    The CCP also offers regional business support. In 2014, program results included:

  • SOC may have work stoppage

    A potential work stoppage by the company that is charged with providing security at Los Alamos National Laboratory may be looming.
    SOC-Los Alamos, the protective force contractor, is currently tied up with its union in a labor dispute, lab officials announced Wednesday after being contacted by the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Lab spokesperson Kevin Roark said LANL is currently in the process of recruiting a “security police officer augmentation force” to patrol LANL property in the event of strike and work interruption. That force would be comprised of current LANL employees who are trained and certified to act as protective force officers.
    The augmentation force could be called into action on April 25 if the labor negotiations aren’t resolved.
    Several messages left for SOC LLC, the parent company of SOC-Los Alamos, weren’t returned as of press time.
    LANS is not involved in the current negotiations between the SOC and the International Guards Union of America, Local 69.
    Roark said SOC-Los Alamos and the National Nuclear Security Administration have been working together to build the augmentation force, if needed.

  • Be There calendar 4-16-15

    Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked — The Wine Room. Laboratory scientists will talk about fabricating high-efficiency perovskite solar cells.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will have a bake sale from 3-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. The team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Proceeds go to raising money to send nine students to the national tournament in Dallas this June.

    Senior Volunteer Appreciation Day. 3-5 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Saturday
    Los Alamos High School NJROTC Boosters Club will host a waffle breakfast fundraiser. 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 15th Street and Canyon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 6, and are available from any NJROTC cadet or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 662-0980.

  • Auditions set for Young Voices

    The Santa Fe Opera announces auditions for 2015-2016 Young Voices Program. The auditions will be from 2-4 p.m. May 2 at the Center for the Arts at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. More auditions are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. May 3 at the Santa Fe Opera Ranch Lounge.

    • Open to high school students (grades 9-12) who desire to study the art of singing.
    • Instruction by Santa Fe Opera artists and music staff includes individual voice lessons and musical coachings. Attention to diction and language issues will be addressed.
    • Lessons offered in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe.
    • Master classes with noted singers and teachers are planned.
    • Tickets to local cultural events are included.
    • Program culminates with a recital in May 2016 for all students enrolled.
    • Participation in this program is free of charge however participants are asked to commit to a regular and rigorous training process.

    Application form available online at santafeopera.org/communityactivities/youthprograms/index.aspx (Community & Youth Activities; scroll down to Young Voices) Print application, enter the requested information, scan and email to: youngvoices@santafeopera.org.

  • Save money and help a good cause

    Louise Majorey’s Money Smarts class at Los Alamos High School is hoping to raise money while benefitting a good cause, which touches the hearts of many.
    The financially fiscal youth are selling raffle tickets for the 2015 Los Alamos High School prom while raising money for the Watermelon Ranch Animal Shelter in Rio Rancho.
    “We’re selling raffle tickets for prom, the winner will receive a prom ticket, by their purchase of $2 for one or $5 for three raffle tickets,” said William Whitman, a LAHS junior. The $48 savings will have one lucky recipient feeling very money smart and adding to the welfare of animals.
    The students have extended sales until Friday during lunch in an attempt to meet their goal for the Watermelon Ranch. The official winner will be selected during their class period, which meets right after lunch this Friday. This still allows students needing to acquire tickets to purchase them the following week, as the prom committee will continue to sell on Monday and Tuesday.
     “The money will provide shots, food and bedding for all animals in Watermelon Ranch,” LAHS junior Nicole Garcia said.
     

  • Garcia Richard to speak at MOWW meeting

    The next meeting for the Military Order of World Wars will be on April 21 with Stephanie Garcia Richard, representative from District 43, as the guest speaker. She will be reporting on the Legislative session.
    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m., Garcia Richard’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.
    The meeting will be in the Los Alamos Research Park the second floor conference room.
    The Los Alamos Research Park building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east to the fire station (accessible from southbound land of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building (access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.)
    Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level by use of the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  

  • Los Alamos Book Fair to have authors, publishers on-site

    Authors and publishers will gather in Fuller Lodge for the Second Annual Los Alamos Book Fair. The event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25. There will also be many talks from a slew of publication professionals.
    Among one of the talks will be Books 101 by Barbe Awalt. It is a crash course on some of the best tips, trends, and hints from the New Mexico Book Co-op. This is a chance for book people in the Los Alamos area to understand ebooks, agents, different publishers, getting in book stores, the publishing timeline, covers, competitions and so much more. The talk begins at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
    Awalt is co-founder of the New Mexico Book Co-op with more than 1,500 members. She is the co-owner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the largest independent book publisher in New Mexico. LPD Press/Rio Grande Books has won many awards including the Eric Hoffer Award, New Mexico Press and National Press Women Awards, Nautilus Awards, New Mexico Historical Society book awards, Ippy Awards, and NM & AZ Book Awards. Awalt recently released her 16th book, “Don’t Touch This Book” for children.
    The Los Alamos Book Fair will have books to buy. This is an opportunity to speak with authors and publishers. One of the many features will be discounted books to buy.

  • Resetting retirement after divorce

    Retirement planning can face derailment after a divorce.
    Married, two-income couples have the advantage of splitting living expenses and pooling all their investment assets, including retirement accounts. Once the marriage is over, costs for separate households may limit the ability of ex-spouses to keep their retirement on track.
    After a divorce, individuals generally walk away with a share of joint retirement assets based on how they negotiate that split. However, returning to singlehood means the end of shared expenses with housing, food, transportation and related expenses now being paid out of one wallet, not two.
    This can mean considerably less money to direct toward retirement and other savings and investments.
    To assure a comfortable retirement, many experts advise individuals to save and invest over time so they can live annually on at least 70 percent of their pre-retirement income. Divorcing couples should retain separate qualified financial experts to assure an equitable split of assets and a continuing plan to build a solid retirement in single life.
    Here are a few steps to reset one’s retirement goals after divorce.

  • He said, she said: Session’s best quotes

    One thing everyone agrees on is that this was a more difficult, more demanding session than usual.
    Still, there are insights, revelations and lighter moments. Here’s my third annual Quotes of the Session.
    Richard Anklam, executive director, New Mexico Tax Research Institute: “It’s important to remember the process itself is by design slow and tedious. The legislative process is the sand in the wheels of progress — and that’s not always a bad thing. For every good idea there are lots of not-so-good ones, and political expediency often yields the worst legislation. Even good policy requires extensive vetting to be well crafted and properly implemented. So, thank your elected officials for their hard work and a job well done.”
    Rep. Randal Crowder, R-Clovis: “Fifteen days from now I will leave this chair and go sit in another chair as city commissioner, and the fire chief will be sitting in front of me. In the older parts of Clovis, we have fire hydrants that wouldn’t put out enough water to make a pot of coffee.”
    Sen. George Muñoz, on the budget: “We’re going to turn on the sprinkler and things will get kind of green, but nothing will grow.”