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Today's News

  • Bell schedule may change for LAPS students

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the proposed bell schedule changes for Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Change seems to be the theme for the 2010-2011 school year. Los Alamos High School students have dealt with construction at the school and on Diamond Drive for months and can look forward to more in the months ahead.

    Students might also be looking at a change in the school day if LAPS administrators decide that changing the bell schedule could save some money.

  • Local bookkeeper indicted

    An office manager, who kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy in Los Alamos, was indicted on embezzlement and tax fraud charges by a grand jury in Santa Fe Friday.

    Rebecca Serrano, 46, of Espanola is accused of pilfering about $80,000 over a period of years from the practice at 2101 Trinity Dr.

    Serrano faces four counts of embezzlement and four counts of tax evasion. Because she is accused of embezzling in excess of $20,000, the charges escalate to second-degree felonies. The four tax evasion charges lodged against Serrano are fourth-degree felonies.

  • Civil Air Patrol seeks WWII veterans

    The Civil Air Patrol is seeking information about those who served in its ranks during World War II, in anticipation of pending legislation that will award a Congressional Gold Medal to CAP in honor of those wartime members.  Following passage of the legislation, eligible World War II members and their families will be honored in a special ceremony in Washington, DC. Replica medals will be presented to living members or to the families of deceased members.

  • Watch for lane drop

    Lane drop (temporary closure):
    East bound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Trinity Drive between 20 and 17 streets.  
    Beginning Tuesday, Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ contractor will begin trenching the sidewalk on the South side of Trinity to install a new electric conduit.  Pedestrian traffic will be safely routed around the construction zone.
    Use the queue space provided, take turns merging at the merge point, don’t block intersections, and drive defensively.  

  • Cowboy Breakfast Sunday

    Posse Lodge President Cary Grzadzinski serves a plate of vittles at a recent Cowboy Breakfast. The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge is hosting another Cowboy Breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Lodge at 650 North Mesa Road near the stables. The menu includes plain, blueberry, banana and chocolate chip pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs, juice and coffee. Cost: adults/$6, children 10  and younger/$4. Proceeds go to the Posse Lodge Restoration Fund.

  • Construction Zone 03-29-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4  Please review with inexperienced drivers.
    Expect a significant change from previous phase traffic control, which typically consisted of two southbound lanes on Diamond Drive to provide primary accommodation to morning southbound commuters.
    This change was mandated by the LANL Traffic Engineer, whose approval was required to set up traffic control on federal land, which begins at the east end of the bridge.
    County staff will closely monitor traffic this week and will evaluate the success of the traffic control plan at the end of the week.

  • State budget ripple effect

    We complain that they aren’t competent. But now we have reason to worry that there aren’t enough of them.
    Government employees, that is — specifically, the front-line regulators who are charged with keeping us safe and keeping our institutions honest. This is an effect of the looming cuts in the state budget.
    Construction inspectors are in short supply, a construction industry executive told me.
    Budget shortfalls have led several New Mexico municipalities to let go of their own inspectors because they can turn over inspection duties to the state.

  • Spaceport: Economic and education engine

    As I begin my new position as the executive director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, I anticipate an exciting time ahead for New Mexico as the commercial space industry grows by leaps and bounds.
    My vision for Spaceport America is to create the world’s premier commercial space-launch facility, providing first-class customer service and attracting visitors from around the world.
    We view Spaceport America as an engine to help stimulate New Mexico’s economy by creating new jobs and to motivate and inspire our students to achieve greatness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Schedule for March 28-April 2

    Tuesday
    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3:45 p.m.

    Friday
    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:45 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Raton, varsity, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m.

  • Men's basketball: Calhoun says legacy can wait until Final Four

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun compares himself to an old car — once shiny, new and well-liked by everyone, he’s had his share of dings to his reputation during the later part of his 39-year coaching career.
    “The shine will wear off the car...and you’ll get some nicks and dents and bumps,” Calhoun said Monday. “And hopefully when it’s all said and done, they’ll look back and see what the heck you did for your kids, for your university, for your community.”
    This week, the Hall of Fame coach, who already has two national titles on his resume, will take his program to a fourth Final Four, after a year that saw many critics calling for his job.