Today's News

  • Do teachers have to be defiant to do their jobs?

    The special education teacher told me the kind of story you’d want to hear from a special education teacher.
    A girl in fifth grade couldn’t read and could barely speak. Nothing was working for her.
    The teacher found a reading program designed for autistic children and fought the bureaucracy to get approval to be trained in it. She gave the program to the girl and it worked. Other special education teachers have heard the story and are asking for the same program.
    She can’t fight any more, she says. She’s on a long leave of absence and may simply retire.
    I’ve been asking New Mexico teachers how they are faring in the brave new world of public education. My question: Is there still room for creativity or spontaneity in teaching? Are they able to bring their own ideas and abilities into their activities? Can they to respond to whatever is happening, in the world or in that classroom, regardless of what’s on the day’s official task list?
    The first thing to know is this: Nobody’s happy. The problem, they say, is testing, testing, testing.
    We’ve all been hearing these complaints: Too many days spent on testing itself, too many more days devoted to teaching just for the tests, and test results applied not to improve students’ education, but to grade teachers.

  • Lobo baseball team unveils new schedule

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to University of New Mexico manager Ray Birmingham, the Lobos’ 2015 schedule leaves his team with “nowhere to breathe.”
    The 2015 baseball schedule was officially released Tuesday by UNM. The Lobos will face seven teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including the No. 1 overall seed Oregon State Beavers, super regional participant Houston, and Texas Tech, which advanced all the way to the College World Series.
    Also on the docket are Arizona State, Kansas and Mountain West foes San Diego State and UNLV.
    “This is another hard schedule,” said Birmingham, who is entering his eighth season as head coach. “It’s really hard, especially for a team that is still very young in regards to position players.”
    UNM opens the season in the Surprise Tournament in Arizona. The Lobos will face Michigan State in their season-opener Feb. 13 before taking on Northwestern the next day. They close the tournament with games the next two days against the Beavers.
    The following weekend marks the opening of Mountain West play as the defending conference co-champion Lobos visit Air Force in what’s likely to be a chilly three games in Colorado Springs Feb. 20-22.

  • LA teams will face tests at Academy

    Almost invariably, the Albuquerque Academy boys and girls soccer tournaments are among the toughest in the state.
    This year doesn’t appear to be an exception.
    The Academy tournament starts Thursday on the campus of the Chargers. Los Alamos’ teams, regular participants in the tournament, will again take part.
    And, as usual, both Hilltopper teams have tough draws.
    The Hilltopper girls will take on the Mayfield Trojans at noon Tuesday, while Los Alamos’ boys will meet the Cleveland Storm at 4 p.m.
    While some tournaments are notorious for stacking the deck in favor of the home team, this tournament isn’t one of them. Both the Charger teams have tough opening round draws Thursday as well.
    The good news for both the Hilltopper teams is they should be going into the tournament with some momentum, despite the fact Los Alamos’ girls won’t be going in off a win.
    So far, Mayfield’s Trojans (2-3-1), not surprisingly, have played exclusively teams from the southern part of the state. Most recently, they played in the Las Cruces Public Schools round robin tournament and went 2-1 in those three games, topping Alamogordo and Oñate before falling to Las Cruces.
    Thursday’s game will be the first contest for the Trojans since Aug. 30.

  • 'Toppers sweep Elkettes Tuesday

    It was a long time in the making. So long, in fact, no one was sure it had ever happened before.
    But the Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a big win at home Tuesday night.
    Los Alamos usually struggles against the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes, who have been among the most successful volleyball programs in state history, particularly with their remarkable five-season streak heading into 2014.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to pull off not only a huge win over their rivals from down the hill, but a sweep.
    After a battle of momentum in set one, the Hilltoppers dominated set two and made enough plays late in set three to complete a 25-20, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Elkettes at Griffith Gymnasium.
    During Pojoaque Valley’s string of five straight state titles, the team has been hard to touch by anybody and Los Alamos was hardly an exception.
    But it was clearly the better team Tuesday.
    “We just stuck to what we do,” Hilltopper outside hitter Sierra Foley said. “We knew Pojoaque’s defense. We knew they were fast and they could get to every ball. We sped things up a little bit and we played at our level of game, not their level of game, and it worked.”

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  • Update 09-09-14

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in council chambers at the Municipal Building.


    September is Assets Month and local businesses are asked to collect change throughout the month to assist with a variety of youth building programs, including the annual Community Assets Award. Those willing to host a can should call 695-9139.


    Los Alamos Middle School is interested in your donations of bagged soil or compost for multiple garden projects at the school. Donations can be left at the main office and large donations can request a pick up by calling 663-3252.

    Parks and Rec

    The Los Alamos Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

    Chile talk

    Los Alamos Historical Society: Make in New Mexico Series. “Chile — New Mexico’s Hottest Harvest,” with Dr. Stephanie J. Walker of New Mexico State University. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

  • Co-op health fair

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market hosted a Health Fair Saturday. Life and health coaches, massage therapists and health products sales were available. Green chile roasting was also on site.

  • Heinrich briefed on LDRD projects

    During a visit to the University of New Mexico’s Science & Technology Park on Aug. 28, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was briefed on Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects from Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The projects ranged from software that helps prevent cybersecurity attacks to reducing water usage for the energy industry.
    In an effort foster and develop research in the area of national security, Congress in 1992 authorized national laboratories to begin the LDRD program. Investments in this initiative help advance the security missions of the laboratories in fields of science and engineering.
    “Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory play a tremendous role in our country’s national security. As we continue to face energy, security, and environmental challenges, investments in science and technology are more important now than ever,” Heinrich said. “The LDRD program is a powerful tool that helps attract and retain top researchers from around the world, fosters collaborations with both large and small businesses, and promotes innovation in areas such as advanced manufacturing. I am committed to keeping this program funded and ensuring our labs’ national security missions remain intact.”