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Today's News

  • Board agrees to shrinking school budget

    Vowing not to get into such a tight position again, the Los Alamos School Board made ends meet on their operational budget for next year.

    They voted unanimously during a lunchtime meeting in the district board room Thursday to take a little more than $1, million out of their “leased facilities” account to cover what remained of a projected deficit.

    The total budget and revenue will be more than $36 million next year, a decline of more than $1 million from this year.

  • Stimulus money coming and coming

    Gov. Richardson’s announcement that Los Alamos County was getting $1.96 million for the Diamond Drive Phase III project and that Los Alamos Schools was going to get $807,000 for its special education program was good news – and bad depending on how you look at it.

    Add this to the millions in federal stimulus monies that Los Alamos National Laboratory is getting and so far we have done pretty well.

    The problem is that if you do not think the federal program is good at all, then this is not so good.

  • Running: Williams makes spotless prediction

    For the second time in three weeks, there was a perfect prediction at the pace race.

    Ted Williams finished Tuesday’s 3-mile course calling his finish time perfectly.

    Tuesday’s pace race, held at Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock, attracted 24 runners and walkers. Pace races are held weekly during Daylight Savings Time hours and are organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners.

  • Bell tower to be blessed Sunday

    On Sunday, following Divine Liturgy, Father John Hennies, the community and friends of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church, will gather for the blessing of the new bell tower at 2270 39th St.

    The bell tower grew out of a desire to improve the building’s identification as well as to simplify giving directions on how to reach the church.  

  • Unitarian Church to honor 23 years of service

    The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will honor Director of Religious Education Joyce Zaugg, who is retiring after more than 23 years of service. Zaugg will be honored during worship services and with an appreciation luncheon Sunday.

    Zaugg began work at the church in January 1986, leading the congregation’s Religious Education program for a small number of children. The program has since grown to more than 70 children taking part in Sunday school classes, youth groups, children’s worship and social activities.

  • Getting along at the skate park

    The recent story concerning a monitor and fence at the skate park and skater “etiquette” courses for the skaters who use the park near the library was ironic in light of the controversy over its location last year. I think most dissenters over the location at that time were not against skaters but recognized that the sensitivities of library patrons and skate park patrons would be in conflict. These steps towards overseeing the park and separating the groups certainly seem to prove that view.

    Paul Richardson

    White Rock

  • Vote of confidence for Katko

    Here are a few thoughts about our child's and our own experiences at Mountain Elementary School: In our opinion, Mike Katko has been the best principal in a long time at Mountain Elementary School. We have lived right next the school for about 10 years, and our boy attended there from K-6 grades.

  • Bicycle safety question

    I couldn't help but notice the front page picture (Monitor, April 16) of bicyclists riding three abreast on the Jemez Bypass road. Isn't that against the law? And dangerous? Especially with the Jeep shown in the picture approaching from behind. And why does the caption seem to condone it!

    Article X, Chapter 38, Section 38-545(c) of the Los Alamos County Code of Ordinances states:

  • Alzheimer's Caf

    I would like to let the community know about a little café in town. It is only held the fourth Thursday of the month at the White Rock Baptist Church. It is a place that anyone dealing with dementia along with their families or caregivers can come have fun and relax together.

    The theme, "No Stigma" "No Explanations" "No Charge" "Just have Fun," is something that anyone dealing with Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia can understand!

  • DPU survey results released

    Results from a survey conducted on the performance of the county’s Department of Public Utilities revealed that most residents feel the department is on the right track.

    Recently, results from a local customer satisfaction survey were released and nine out of 10 respondents rated the department’s overall performance as good or excellent, with a mean rating of 3.3 and 3.4 out of a possible high score of four.