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Today's News

  • Nearly 90% of NM schools miss achievement goals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally mandated system for rating schools.

    A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That's up from 76.7 percent, or 634 schools, last year.

    The improvement objectives were met by 111 schools, or 13.4 percent. That compares with 193 schools, or 23.3 percent, last year.

  • Church listings 07-22-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail 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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, 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, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • Bible Answers: Why Jesus wept for Lazarus

    “The Bible says Jesus cried when His friend Lazarus died. Why did He weep — didn’t He know He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead?” — Kathy

    This story is found only in John’s Gospel (chapter 11), one of several powerful moments in the life of Jesus that are not recorded in the earlier gospels. John, most likely writing many years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, appears to have the aim of clearly portraying both Jesus’ humanity and divinity — an issue that was increasingly debated at the end of the first century and beyond.

  • State Briefs 07-22-11

    King appeals fine for violating law

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is appealing a judge’s ruling that he should pay thousands of dollars for violating the state’s public records law.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that King’s lawyer filed a notice with the state Court of Appeals on Thursday.
    State District Judge Beatrice Brickhouse ruled last week that King’s office had violated the state Inspection of Public Records Act by not honoring a request for information about salaries of staff attorneys.

  • Collection for pet supplies underway

    Tyler Ryan of Pet Pangaea and lab employee Gowri Srinivasan, who works in the Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group, take part in the Pet Supply Drive that runs through July 29.

  • Update 07-22-11

    Concert tonight

    The Red Elvises will perform at 7 tonight at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

    CRC Meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet July 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Prom tonight

    The Friends of the Senior Center and Assets In Action will hold the second annual intergenerational community Prom. The 6 p.m.-8 p.m. event will be today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Association Board meets from from 1–3 p.m. July 26 in the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

  • Potential key to unlock biomass energy discovered

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a potential key for unlocking the energy potential from non-edible biomass materials such as corn leaves and stalks, or switch grass.

    In a paper appearing in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Los Alamos researchers S. Gnanakaran, Giovanni Bellesia, and Paul Langan join Shishir Chundawat and Bruce Dale of Michigan State University, and collaborators from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in describing a potential pretreatment method that can make plant cellulose five times more digestible by enzymes that convert it into ethanol, a useful biofuel.

  • DPU head: Staff really 'stepped up' during fire

    John Arrowsmith reported on Department of Public Utilities (DPU) activities during the Las Conchas fire at the Board of Public Utilities meeting Wednesday.

    “I wanted to recognize the staff, because a lot of them just really stepped up during the fire,” Arrowsmith said.

    “Some of the longest hours were put in by our people at the 311 Center,” Arrowsmith said. “The entire staff, assisted by administrative employees, worked routinely 14-hour days, staying open from eight in the morning until 10 at night. They fielded over 3,200 calls. The center was open 24 hours on the day the town reopened.”

  • BAER Releases Fire Summary

    Officials with the Burned Area Emergency Response team released their initial assessments of the damage caused by the Las Conchas wildfire that took nearly a month to bring under control. While the fire was more destructive to some areas than others, the BAER team reports that overall damage is significant. Here is the initial assessment in full and unedited:

    The Las Conchas fire started June 26. The fire is located on portions of the Espanola, Coyote, Jemez Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, and numerous private in holdings.

  • Flood fears subside in LA, WR

    Rainfall intensity and duration are two things county planners cannot control. However, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman detailed what the county can and has controlled to route potential floodwaters away from the community.

    “We’re playing it very cautiously,” Zimmerman said Thursday afternoon. “In the townsite we’ve got one structure at risk – the ice rink – and we’ve armored it with a concrete barrier wall three layers tall to divert water toward the road and away from the structure.”

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor worked with Zimmerman and other county officials from the Emergency Operations Center during the week of the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.