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Today's News

  • New Mexico ranked 5th for math standards

    Santa Fe – In an early journal article release, Education Next (Vol.10, No. 4) New Mexico ranked fifth nationally for the strength of math proficiency standards in a state-to-state comparison of where states have set the bar for student proficiency.

    “State standards rising in reading but not in math,” investigates Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s claims that No Child Left Behind incentivized states to set performance standards low to improve test scores and to avoid sanctions associated with low-performing schools.

  • Halt Rail Runner in its pricey tracks

    While it appears to be popular in this political season to take pot shots at the Rail Runner, Mark Mathis in his recent op-ed missed the boat. Mathis claims that the original cost for the Rail Runner project was $122 million with the final cost at “nearly four times this amount.”

  • Gaining visibility at the national level

    SANTA FE — Former Gov. Gary Johnson is confounding national political leaders and pundits just as he did in New Mexico for a decade.

    Since leaving office in 2002, Johnson evidently has had enough adventures climbing mountains, skiing and hang gliding to want to try another political adventure. This time, he’s behaving very much like a presidential candidate.

  • LACW and LAHS singers to join forces

    An upcoming concert features collaboration not only between two musical entities but also multiple generations.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds and the Los Alamos High School choirs are joining forces to perform Carol Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at 7 p.m. May 22 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Not only are high school students taking part in this community concert, three teenagers are stepping into the spotlight as solo singers.

  • The pot thief strikes again

    J. Michael Orenduff, author of the popular “Pot Thief” mysteries, returns to Los Alamos from 4-6 p.m. May 21 to sign “The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy” and partake in a Dutch-treat dinner at the Hill Diner afterwards.

  • Los Alamos to be exposed to a variety of dances

    Founders of the Pajarito Dance Project Melissa Balice, Alina Deshpande and Julia Fair are presenting a one-hour dance showcase, a mix of cultural styles and different techniques, “Every! Buddy! Dance!” at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  

    The $1 donation per person includes admission to the show and a raffle ticket for a chance to win items such as Fair’s original jewelry, a Spanish shawl similar to the ones used in the dance and Los Alamos Chamber Bucks.

  • If you got them, then light them up

    This has been a Spark-tacular week for the Assets program.

    Even though the infamous “It’s May,” mantra has reared its ugly head, there’s a lot of work getting done.

    “It’s May,” is really the only descriptor needed amongst friends for that four-week period of craziness where you seem to be flying at mock speed, but aren’t really sure what you’re getting done.

    It is a time when on certain days of this month you wonder if anybody keeps house, who does the dishes or when that pile of filing will really get done.

  • A trick to the drawing trade

    There are tricks to every trade including art. Take, for instance, using a grid and carbon paper to create a work of art.

  • Softball: LA falls in 4A first round to St. Pius

    LAS CRUCES – With the Los Alamos Hilltoppers entering the Class AAAA championship softball tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state, they were expecting good things from Friday’s first round.

    But Los Alamos couldn’t keep the fire stoked heading into the playoffs.

    In Friday morning’s first round of the Class AAAA state tournament, played at the Field of Dreams Complex here, the Hilltopper softball team couldn’t get its potent offense rolling.

  • Fencing: Hill, Venhous lead LAFC in tourneys

    Members of the Los Alamos Fencing Club took part in a pair of tournaments recently, with several fencers turning in good showings.

    LAFC sent six of its top epeeists to the Santa Fe Challenge to compete against nearly 100 other fencers from the Rocky Mountain Section.

    Tom Hill was the top finisher in the open mixed epee division for LAFC, finishing 11th overall out of 27 competitors. Hill won his pool and his first direct elimination bout in the open division, but fell in the second round to the eventual third-place finisher.