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Today's News

  • Santa to visit Festival of Trees Saturday, Nov. 18

    Santa arrives Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The Festival of Trees from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is a fund raiser for youth and senior programs.

    The trees will be on display throughout the week during regular senior center hours. Admission Saturday is free, but hard candy, snacks and lunch items for students are gratefully requested.

    Call 662-8920 for information and check back next week for photos of the 2017 trees.

  • LAPS Foundation gives another $16,000 to local schools

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation will give another $16,000 to schools starting this month.

    This fall, the foundation accepted applications from district teachers requesting funds for classroom resources, professional development and books.

    In total, the foundation received nearly 40 applications requesting more than $60,000.

    A committee comprised of LAPS Foundation board members reviewed the proposals and made the decision of how to allocate the available funds.

    The grants fall into the following three categories: Great Ideas, Professional Development and Professional Book Groups.

    Grants are awarded to Los Alamos Public School teachers twice a year, in the fall and again in the spring.

    The majority of the total money requested was in the form of Professional Development Grants. Eight teachers from across the district and in different disciplines were selected to receive funding from the LAPS Foundation to attend conferences and seminars around the country. In addition, the LAHS Professional Development Task Force received a grant to provide opportunities available to all high school teachers to engage in mini-workshops, host online peer-discussions centered on educational articles, and lead and organize staff activities.

  • Sherwin Bitsui poetry reading set for Nov. 15 at UNM-LA

    Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui will read his poetry at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in the UNM-LA Library as part of the celebration of National Native American Heritage Month on campus.

    A Diné (Navajo), Bitsui studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and now teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing for the IAIA. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

    Bitsui, also a painter, described how he tries to capture images in words. “My poems come first from a sense of image, texture, color. In Navajo, we process thoughts and speak from a language that has different sensibilities. It includes a view of the land, plant life, animal life as part of the everyday perspective. To navigate in English is like moving through a different consciousness.”

    At his readings, Bitsui asks the audience to close their eyes and watch the poem happen, to inhabit the place of the poem, as a way to journey in real time.

    The community is invited to attend the reading. Visit losalamos.unm.edu/sherwin-bitsui-poet.html for more information.

  • United Church marks 70th anniversary

    The United Church of Los Alamos celebrated their life of service last weekend as they marked their 70th anniversary.

    On Friday, many church members sliced, diced and chopped their way to a celebratory dinner. Volunteers worked to prepare an old recipe from the Women’s Christian Service Society for a chicken enchilada dinner.

    So many congregation members brought home-made pies that even after hundreds of pieces of pie were served and a blessing given to take some home, a bevy were served after the Sunday service, alongside cake.

    The dinner was very well attended by those seniors that were a part of the church as young children and the young families of today. The elder members seemed pleased with the fact that even though many familiar faces were present, there were equally a number of new ones.

  • Pet of the Week 11-12-17

    Every dog has its day, it’s said.

    Ellie’s day hasn’t happened yet – and that’s a golden opportunity for you.

    She’s shy and sweet and just beginning to know that there’s more out there.

    Like a trail and a leash and a person who is confident and wise – someone who’s willing to show her that she’s got a lot to give, too.

    She’s available for adoption at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. There’s an adoption fee of $75.

    At less than 18 months old, Ellie is a mixed breed, and medium-sized, with Australian cattle dog strongly indicated.

    She’s spayed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

    Around other dogs, it would be best they are near her size, and if children are present, it’s best they are at least 8 years old.

    She needs a secure yard and someone who understands what a dog needs – kindness, patience and a bit of training.

    The shelter is at 226 East Road. More information is available by calling (505) 662-8179.

  • Bergdahl decision erodes military culture

    The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s sentence and the U.S. Navy’s report on ships’ collisions with civilian vessels:

    The military is one of the few institutions that Americans still hold in high esteem, but that should never be taken for granted. Two events late last week suggest that even the military’s culture of high performance can be eroded without constant attention.

    The first was a military judge’s decision to let off U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl with a slap on the wrist for desertion in Afghanistan in 2009. After a court martial, Army Colonel Jeffery Nance recommended that Bergdahl be dishonorably discharged, demoted to private and forfeit $10,000 in pay. Prosecutors had sought 14 years in prison.

    Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for nearly five years, a terrible ordeal to be sure. But those most outraged by the wrist slap are other members of the armed services who fear the damage to military discipline. Bergdahl deserted on the battlefield in a forward post – the worst betrayal you can make against your fellow soldiers save for fragging them with friendly fire.

  • Virginia victory a referendum on President Trump

    The Roanoke Times on Democrats’ victory in Virginia serving as a referendum on President Donald Trump:

    Donald Trump lost Tuesday. Bigly.

    He wasn’t on the ballot in Virginia but make no mistake, he’s the reason the race turned out like it did.

    In a normal year, Democrat Ralph Northam would not have won as easily as he did.

    In a normal year, Northam may not have won at all.

    Four years ago, Terry McAuliffe won with just under 48 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Even then, the McAuliffe barely scraped by against Ken Cuccinelli, a polarizing figure who turned off many moderate voters.

    This time around, Republican Ed Gillespie was as mainstream a Republican as you’d find. He seemed well-positioned to win back the suburban moderates who first defected from Cuccinelli and then recoiled from Trump a year ago. And yet none of that seemed to matter, not with Virginia voters feeling the way they do about Trump. They didn’t vote for Trump a year ago and in exit polls Tuesday they made it clear they liked him even less. In the only poll that matters – the one held at the ballot box – voters went for Democrats in a way that seems impossible to explain except as a reaction to Trump.

  • Atomic City Update: Fall sports provided thrills for LAHS sports fans

    It seems like just yesterday that the fall sports season was getting underway at Los Alamos High School. And now, in the blink of an eye, the season has come to an end.

    And what a season it was. There were outstanding performances across the board, as all of the teams provided excitement for this community.

    The cross country teams once again proved they are among the best programs in the state, as both teams once again finished in the top three at the state meet last weekend.

    Perhaps the most exciting thing about these teams is that the future looks so bright.

    The top runners for both the boys and girls teams were freshman, Rafael Sanchez and Lidia Appell. As they continue to grow over the next few years, they will only get better and better.

    Equally exciting were the soccer teams, both of which were factors in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row.

    The accomplishments of the girls’ soccer team at LAHS are impossible to ignore.

    With an entirely new coaching staff, the team won 17 games and advanced to the state championship game with one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the state.

    The boys’ team was equally impressive, battling through major adversity to win 15 games and advance to the state semifinals.

  • LAPS board to discuss start time, privacy of immigrant students

    The school board will review the community’s reactions to discussions about changing the start time for Los Alamos High School students during its meeting Tuesday.

    Results of a survey on the school district’s website shows 115 members of the public indicated they were against changing the start time, while 101 said they would support it.

    The school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Board Room at 2101 Trinity Drive. The Board Room is housed in a building across the parking lot from the district’s main office building.

    Several other subjects are on the agenda, including a review of the board’s draft regulation intended to protect the privacy of immigrant students.

    Other items include a proposal to transfer property owned by the school district to the Los Alamos County for a gymnasium and an update on recent visits and reviews by AdvancED. AdvancED is an accreditation organization.

    The board is also slated to discuss involvement of its members in a local initiative for a charter middle school.
    Students, staff, parents and other community members participated in several discussions facilitated by the public policy organization, New Mexico First, regarding the high school’s start time.

  • Below average snow expected in LA area

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Prediction Center predicts La Niña conditions during the fall and winter will result in below-average snowfall this winter in Los Alamos.

    The center also predicts above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation from November through January in the area, according to LANL meteorologist David Bruggeman.

    Los Alamos and White Rock received near-average precipitation for October and the area continues to measure near average for the year. Los Alamos measured about 1 degree above average for maximum, minimum and mean temperature for October, Bruggeman said.

    “The slightly above-average temperatures were a result of high-pressure systems near the state,” Bruggeman said.
    All of the precipitation measured in Los Alamos happened during the first week of October. High-pressure systems kept the area dry for remainder of the month.