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Today's News

  • Eye on the prize

    A raven checks out lunch options outside Smiths Monday.

  • Money Watch: Financial education summit seeks to build wealth

    Too many New Mexicans are novices when it comes to handling their money, making them easy pickings for predatory lending companies, expensive check-cashing services and other scams that can easily be avoided.
    The fifth annual Summit on Financial Education is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 15 at the Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. N.W. The free conference aims to increase the financial knowledge of New Mexicans so that they can make sound decisions about their money and avoid fraud and questionable investments.

  • Be There 03-30-11

    Today
    The National Private Duty Association will offer A Web conference to help families in New Mexico facing hiring a caregiver for a family member, at 7 p.m.. The live and interactive program, which will provide advice on reducing risks during the home care hiring process, is free of charge to participants. Pre-registration for the event is required. Sign up by visiting the registration link at www.privateduty
    homecare.org.

    Saturday

  • Community announcements 03-30-11

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts. To learn more about making donations call 661-4846. Donations are accepted at school locations through Friday. The Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN AM 1490 and the Betty Ehart Senior Center continue the March on Hunger through the end of the month.

    A day in the life
    of a teen

  • Tweens and teens get straight talk

    Having to buy a bra, wearing deodorant, having to shave and getting a period, are only a few of the changes that girls go through when they first enter puberty. When girls can talk openly with a woman they trust, these changes will be much less frightening.
    From 5:30-8 p.m. April 11, Family Strengths Network will host “Tweens to Teens,” a workshop for 9-13-year-old girls and their mothers or other female adults.
    The program gives girls a chance to talk about the physical and emotional changes that come with puberty, in a safe environment. They are given complete, accurate information so they know what to expect and how to deal with these changes.

  • Negotiations resume on spending bill

    WASHINGTON— Renewed House-Senate budget negotiations aimed at averting a government shutdown center on possibly cutting $33 billion from current spending levels, a senior congressional aide said Wednesday. Democrats pressed to ease GOP cuts to domestic agency budgets by slowing Pentagon growth and trimming so-called mandatory programs whose budgets run on autopilot.
    The $33 billion figure is well below the $60 billion-plus in cuts passed by the House last month but also represents significant movement by Senate Democrats originally backing a freeze at current rates. Tea party-backed GOP stalwarts want more, and it’s unclear whether they could live with the midway arrangement between top Democrats and Speaker John Boehner.

  • Update 03-30-11

    Summit Garden Club
    Summit Garden Club will meet and Dorothy Crawford will speak on “Designing with flowering branches.”
    For more information, call Betsy Comly, 672-1574.

     Web conference
    The National Private Duty Association will offer a web conference to help families in New Mexico facing hiring a caregiver for a family member, at 7 p.m. March 30. Sign up at www.privatedutyhomecare.org.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

     Dark Night
    The Pajarito Astronomers will host its first county sponsored Dark Night of 2011 at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

  • Martinez signs school grading system legislation

    Los Alamos School Superintendent Eugene Schmidt finds Gov. Susana Martinez’s latest education legislation to be “intriguing.”
    On Tuesday, Martinez signed Senate Bill 427 into law, creating an A-F school grading system for New Mexico’s schools.
    The measure, sponsored by Sen. Vernon Asbill (R-Carlsbad) and Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Texico) received bipartisan support throughout the legislative process.
    “I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Asbill during the legislative session. In addition, several school board members and members of my administrative team met with Secretary of Education Skandera to discuss this bill while session was ongoing,” Schmidt said.

  • Rotarians recognize top business--video extra

    Dan Sena has given away more than 600,000 free scoops of ice cream over the lifetime of his business endeavors in Los Alamos. He’s also giving to a local group the $250 check that he received Tuesday as part of his recognition as the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ 2011 Sonny Brown Small Business Award winner.

    “Every time I do this – give something like this away – believe me it comes back seven fold,” Sena told the crowd gathered for the lunchtime event at Central Avenue Grill.

    Sena’s employees are primarily high school students. He works with them to ensure that their grade point averages stay strong and schedules them appropriately.

  • District scrambles to cut costs

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

    Eyeing the prospect of a $600,000 reduction in state funding, the Los Alamos Board of Education is contemplating whether to change the current bell schedule for both primary and secondary grades in an effort to save money.

    The change in schedules could allow the district to gain some efficiency in bus routes with the potential to save up to $80,000 during the school year, although the final dollar figure in savings has yet to be confirmed by district officials.

    No conclusion has been reached on changes to the bell schedule; however, three proposals have been presented to the board for consideration.