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  • Police Beat 9-4-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 27

    7:58 a.m. — Javier Medrano-Duarte, 32, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of concealing identity at the corner of Barranca Road and El Conejo.

    Aug. 28

    2:22 p.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of an accident with injuries on San Ildefonso Road.

    4:36 p.m. — Koby Leeches, 18, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting (less than $100) at 751 Trinity Dr.

    Aug. 29

    1:30 p.m. — Melissa Gurule, 39, of Rio Rancho, was arrested on a Magistrate Court bench warrant at the Los Alamos police station.

    Aug. 30

    4 p.m. — Francisco Quintero, 27, of Hernandez, was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a license on East Jemez Road.

    Aug. 31

    9:54 a.m. — A 56-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of an accident with no injuries on the corner of East Jemez Road and N.M. 4.

    Sept. 1

  • School board to meet on Tuesday

    The Los Alamos School Board will hear updates on food services, graduation information and a bond resolution at its meeting Tuesday.
    The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.
    Also scheduled for Tuesday, the board will hear updates about this week’s bonfire and Homecoming parade. This week is Homecoming week around Los Alamos High School, which is highlighted by the Los Alamos-Moriarty football game on Friday.
    At Tuesday’s meeting, the board will hear several presentations, including the bond resolution, which will be presented by Loretta Bush.
    Kurt Steinhaus, superintendent of schools, along with chief operations officer Joanie Ahlers, will also talk about their preparations for upcoming community input meetings about school construction. Those meetings are scheduled to start Sept. 17.
    Following presentations, recognition, which will include recognition for the local winners of the state’s Summer Reading Challenge, and public comment, board president Jim Hall will call for a motion to go into executive session.
    The executive session, according to the board’s agenda, will deal with “collective bargaining strategy prior to negotiations between a public body and a union representing employees of the public body.”

  • Udall visits Valles Caldera

    Sen. Tom Udall traveled to the Valles Caldera National Preserve Friday to discuss efforts to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is due to expire Sept. 30. The preserve was originally purchased with $101 million in LWCF funds. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this story.

  • LA football beats Santa Fe

    Los Alamos' football team ruined the Santa Fe's Homecoming Friday, beating the Demons 49-13.

    The teams traded early touchdowns, but Derek Selvage scored his second touchdown midway through the first quarter to put Los Alamos up, 12-7, and the 'Toppers led the rest of the way.

    Los Alamos took a 26-13 lead into halftime.

    In the third quarter, Lane Saunders scored a touchdown — his second of the game — and then Nick Quartieri ran into the end zone twice to initiate the running clock phase of the mercy rule.

    Los Alamos also got a safety in the third after a Santa Fe long snap went over its punters head and into the end zone.

    The 'Toppers other touchdown came in the second quarter. Los Alamos fumbled the ball just before crossing the goal line, but a 'Topper recovered the loose ball in the end zone for the score.

    Los Alamos improved to 2-4 overall with the win. It will begin its District 2-5A season next week against Capital. 

    Santa Fe, meanwhile, remained winless. The Demons are 0-6.

    Special thanks to KRSN for its help with this report.

  • Church listings 10-2-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Memorizing lessons isn’t rigor – it’s rigor mortis

    Like any professional discipline, the academic arena is littered with educational jargon.
     Today, an effective teacher must exemplify intersegmental critical-thinking, recontextualize synergistic concept-maps, and benchmark technology-infused pedogogical schemas.
     Personally, I don’t mind jargon. but there is one word that seems to be more abused than any other.  Rigor.
     Educational rigor involves the creation of a focused coherent learning environment that fosters critical thinking, encourages mastery of the material, and challenges students to help them build a sense of accomplishment.
     In short, rigor raises the bar, preparing students for moving on to more advanced topics and applications.
     There is little applicable training to guide teachers how to establish and nurture rigor in the classroom. Consequently, teachers strongly disagree regarding what constitutes “rigor.”
     In math classes, “rigor” is often tossed like a didactic grenade, purposely confusing students with needlessly difficult problems. Teachers expect students to memorize long lists of complex formulas and to work out problems with large or complicated looking numbers.

  • The Pope, climate change and VW

    Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc.

  • Letter to the editor 10-2-15

    Historical Museum receives outpouring of community support after theft

    By now many of your readers may know that a theft occurred at the Los Alamos Historical Museum on Sept. 25. The good news is no one was hurt and no objects were taken from the museum. However, we did have a beautifully crafted, wooden donation box – made by one of our volunteers – which was torn apart, and the cash donations inside were stolen.
    The theft received a significant amount of attention on social media over the weekend, and the response from the community, both far and near, has been tremendous. We have received donations through our website from as far away as Texas and Montana, and a number of people came into the museum on Saturday to give special donations.
    The Los Alamos Historical Museum belongs to the community. Admission is free, and we rely on donations to support our operations. The outpouring of support has been encouraging and inspiring. It reminds us, once again, why this is the best little community on the planet. We love being your museum!

    Sincerely and with gratitude,
    Heather McClenahan
    Executive Director
    Los Alamos Historical Society

  • Nominations sought for new living treasures

    Do you know someone you think should be a Living Treasure of Los Alamos? Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 30.
    A nine-member board will chose three new Treasures who will be honored at a ceremony in April. Nominees must be current residents of Los Alamos County.
    Selection of the new Treasures will be based on letters of nomination from the public.Letters should include the following information:
    When did the nominee come to Los Alamos?
    In which areas did the nominee make volunteer contributions to life in Los Alamos?
    How many years has the nominee been involved in community activities?
    How did their contributions affect people in the community?
    In what ways is Los Alamos a better place as a result of the efforts of this person?
    Additional information about the nominee is welcome. In fact, supplemental letters supporting the nomination packet are extremely helpful to the selection process. Biographies of past Treasures since 1999 can be viewed at the website listed below. Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 30 to Living Treasures of Los Alamos, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, NM  87544, or by emailing the information to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    The complete list of Treasures can be found at livingtreasureslosalamos.org.

  • Community Calendar 10-2-15

    Teen Center opening. The public is invited to attend the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. The Teen Center is located inside the community building at 475 20th Street. Following brief remarks from the county Council, Teen Center and guests, the building will be open for tours and refreshments will be served.

    Fundraiser. The public is invited to come out to support the Hilltoppers J.V. and Varsity girls soccer teams as they take on the Highland Hornets and help raise money for Kick for the Cure. Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Night Sky Show. Explore the universe and enjoy its beauty from the planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 7 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.
    The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox, or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.