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Today's News

  • Elementary economics for Legislators

    We should have a mandatory economics class for legislators – not the inputs and outputs I slogged through at UNM but a nuts-and-bolts class on how local and state economies work.  

    This legislative session I tried to call attention to economic engines – golden geese – because when revenues drop and budget cutters look for targets, they can hinder economic recovery if they’re not careful or stoke those engines that create the jobs we need.

  • Change is coming

    A paradigm shift is occurring at Los Alamos Public Schools. This change is focusing on how students are graded. The old paper and pencil system is being tossed away in favor of an electronic grade book called Pinnacle. Read more about Pinnacle in tomorrow's paper.

  • NEWS ALERT: Councilors tighten compensation plan
  • UPDATE: Read about softball, hockey in today's Monitor

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will head to the Piedra Vista Softball Challenge this weekend.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper hockey team captured the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey pure team tournament this weekend, having to come back from an early loss in the tournament to do so.

    Read more about both teams in today's Monitor.

     

  • ‘Diner’ makes food fun

    This winter – like, let’s be honest, all hibernation seasons – has been entirely about food.

    Last month, the library put mozzarella and meatballs on the screen with “Big Night.” Before that, the film series served up “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (complete with lamb for the vegetarians) and even a big, delicious slice of interracial politics in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

    It’s enough to throw off anyone’s diet.

  • 03-03-10 Update

    Winners to be announced

      The Sierra Club will be introduced to the winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental award. The winners will present their posters at 7 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Don’t miss “Diner”

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Lenten fish fry dinner

  • Higher taxes on the horizon

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans will pay higher taxes on goods and services they buy, including food, under a compromise, budget-balancing package in the Legislature.

    Proposals approved by the House and Senate will increase taxes by more than $230 million next year to help finance public schools and government programs.

    Lawmakers hope to finish work on the budget package and wrap up a special legislative session Wednesday. Each chamber must approve the same tax and budget measures before the proposals can go to Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • A new approach to an old system

    The old grade book is being tossed out at the elementary schools in the Los Alamos Public Schools district.

    What is taking the place of the former excel spreadsheets is an electronic grade book system called Pinnacle. Just as many students anxiously wait for report cards to see what grades will be revealed, teachers and administrators are working and training to discover what Pinnacle will produce for them.

  • Grazing program extended

    The Valles Caldera Trust will open their new 15,000 square-foot science and education facility next week in Jemez Springs.

    The newly renovated complex was used to house elderly priests from the Servants of the Paraclete and was unoccupied for 10 years, said Bob Parmenter, chief scientist for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The trust has taken out a lease and has an option to purchase the property.

  • Councilors tighten compensation plan

    Councilors seized on findings of an employee compensation report Tuesday to eliminate the “Los Alamos Factor,” the cost of living premium thought to have an arbitrary influence in boosting the income of county employees.

    Although there were questions about how that could be accomplished, it was one of several disapproving whacks that the Los Alamos County Council gave to the county compensation system in a motion accepting a Market Pricing Study by consultant Fox Lawson and Associates (FLA).