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Today's News

  • Custodian goes out on top

    Ted Garcia, who has worked for the Los Alamos Public School District for the past 18 years, was  recently named the “Classified Employee of the Year.” Garcia most recently served as the head custodian at Aspen Elementary.  
    He received the award May 5 at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge. On the same day, he announced his retirement.  
     “It is an honor.  I do this work because I like it. Aspen is a wonderful place,” Garcia said when he accepted his award. “I do extra if I can. I love helping people.  I do my best to make everyone’s day a little bit better.”

  • Students set to represent New Mexico

    Five students, two from Los Alamos Middle School and three from Los Alamos High School, will travel to College Park, Md. June 12-16 to represent New Mexico in the 2011 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.
    The theme for NHD this year is “Debate and Diplomacy; Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
    Only students placing first or second at the state level NHD competitions are eligible to participate nationally.
    From Los Alamos Middle School, Grace Kim and Madeline Lockhart won second place at the state level in the Junior Group Documentary category for their documentary, “The Pueblo Revolt: Debating Spain’s First Colonization of New Mexico — A Story of Oppression and Redemption.”

  • School district passes budget, names Venhaus to board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education has a budget and a new school board member.

    At a special meeting Saturday, the school board approved a $33.1 million budget and named Dawn Venhaus as its newest member.

    Venhaus lives in White Rock and will replace Thelma Hahn, who announced her resignation two weeks ago.

    Venhaus and her family moved to New Mexico in 1998 and to the Los Alamos area in 2001. Her husband Tom works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and she has two children, Graeyson and Elannah. The board voted unanimously to approve her appointment.

  • Foster, Valdez complete leadership program

    Randy Foster, Los Alamos County Police Department captain and Joaquin Valdez, Los Alamos County chief deputy assessor, are among the 18 statewide professionals who recently graduated from the ninth Local Government Leadership Program.
    Foster attended Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico State University and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is currently a senior member of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program, a member of the International Society of Chiefs of Police and a member of the FBI National Academy Association.

  • People in the News 05-22-11

    The American Prize announces that the winner of The American Prize in Composition (Choral Division) is Ted Vives, for Castrovalva, Lux Aeterna and Gloria.
    Vives has received awards and commissions for his choral and instrumental works. He holds bachelor’s degrees in music composition and education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in music composition and doctorate in music education from the University of Florida.
    His composition instructors have included John Boda, Charles Carter and Budd Udell. He is the musical director for the Los Alamos Community Winds.
    He resides in Los Alamos with his wife and children.

  • Buy a poppy, help vets

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 90 Los Alamos will offer red crepe poppies on Wednesday.
    This reminder of the sacrifice of countless thousands called to war is an annual event undertaken by the members of Unit 90 in Los Alamos. Volunteers from the unit will take part in this nationwide program in memory of the citizen soldiers who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
    Funds collected on Poppy Day are used to assist veterans and their families. It is a self-help program, for the Auxiliary’s familiar red paper poppy is handmade in Poppy Shops run by Auxiliary volunteers.

  • Thank you 05-22-11

    Thanks for
    the support

    As the Los Alamos County Science Fair season draws to a close I would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who helped to create another premiere science fair this year.
    With the help of the Los Alamos community we sent 64 students to the Regional Fair in Las Vegas, 32 to the State Fair in Socorro and three Los Alamos High School students to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.  

  • Allen named LAPS Teacher of the Year

    Sharon Allen, a Barranca first grade teacher, was named the Los Alamos Teacher of the Year.  She was one of seven teachers in the district nominated for the award. The announcement of her selection was made at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge May 5.  
    Along with a plaque, Allen received an honorarium from the LAPS Foundation.
    Allen has served in the district since 1997 as both a kindergarten and a first grade teacher. During her years of service to the district, Allen is credited for introducing hundreds of Barranca students to the world of reading and mathematics.

  • NNSA names new manager

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) named Timothy O’Leary its new Assistant Manager for Business Administration Friday.

    “We are very fortunate to have someone of Tim’s caliber on the LASO staff,” said LASO Manager Kevin Smith.

    “Tim has already had a remarkable and successful career and I fully expect him to have an immediate and positive influence on our Site Office business operations and to open new doors for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

    Most of O’Leary’s career has been with the U.S. Coast Guard, and included command of two Coast Guard Cutters.

  • Construction Zone 05-22-11

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

    Diamond Drive Phase Four
    The traffic has been switched to the west side of Diamond Drive. Expect the following:

    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity is closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.