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  • Judge: teacher’s discrimination case OK to proceed

    A U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeal judge ruled Friday to allow a case brought by a Mountain Elementary School Teacher against the Los Alamos Public Schools to proceed.
    Teacher Zeynep Unal filed the discrimination case against the LAPS, Los Alamos School Board, former Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom in April 2013.
    In the suit, Unal claims that Vandenkieboom harassed and discriminated against her while she was a teacher at Aspen Elementary.
    In her original complaint, Unal claimed that the school principal “regularly made insensitive remarks regarding the ethnicity and national origin of both the plaintiff and other persons as well.”
    Unal also claimed the principal regularly excluded Unal from staff meetings and informal conversations, and that she did this just because Unal was of Turkish Muslim descent.
    “Defendant Vandenkieboom consistently conspired to make the plaintiff feel like an outsider for the sole reason that the plaintiff was the only foreign-born teacher at Aspen Elementary,” according to a statement in Unal’s lawsuit.

  • Registration opens for Jemez Mountain Trail Races

    The 11th annual Jemez Mountain Trail Races are scheduled for May 21 this year. Registration for the 15 mile, 50 kilometer and 50 mile runs are now open.
    These races fill up quickly.
    The half-marathon event has been changed to a 15 miler due to trail re-routes and improvements along Guaje Ridge.
    Register soon at: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=35461
    The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a community event that takes full advantage of Los Alamos’ beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.
    Last year over 600 runners participated.
    Through registration fees and generous national and local sponsors, the race gave back over $16,000 to local charitable and non-profit organizations as well as supporting two scholarships for Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.
    For more information about running, or volunteering for this event, visit the race’s website: highaltitudeathletics.org/JemezMt.htm or email jemezruns@gmail.com.
     

  • LA girls hold off Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team didn’t shoot the ball particularly well Saturday at Bernalillo, but the ‘Toppers found a way to win the game, 54-51.
    Playing without co-captain Ashlynn Trujillo and head coach Nestor Trujillo (sick), Kayla Salazar stepped up on the court while Tarah Logan took over the head coaching duties for the game.
    Salazar led Los Alamos with 28 points in the game, sinking 12 of her 25 field goal attempts and adding four free throws.
    The rest of the team, however, only made nine of their 52 shots from the field.
    Makaela Jones scored 12 points and Shannon Irwin added eight. Irwin also led Los Alamos with nine rebounds.
    Los Alamos used a strong second quarter to take control of the game. After the Spartans led 13-12 after the first quarter, Los Alamos won the second quarter 21-10 to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.
    Bernalillo, who was looking for its first home win and second win overall, won the third and fourth quarters by five points and two points, respectively, but couldn’t quite catch Los Alamos.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 16-5 overall and 2-1 in District 2-5A with the win.
    Los Alamos is also 2-0 in games played without Ashlynn Trujillo, who was on crutches for the contest against Capital, but returned for the Española Valley game.

  • Hilltopper boys playing good ball, score two wins

    Fast starts and different players getting hot helped the Los Alamos boys’ basketball team score a pair of wins this last weekend.
    Los Alamos won its first District 2-5A contest of the year by taking down Bernalillo Friday, 76-63.
    The ’Toppers then blew by Aztec, 85-53, Saturday.
    In both games, Los Alamos had a double-digit lead after the first quarter.
    Against a Bernalillo squad that upset the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars, 51-46, the prior week, Los Alamos battled from start to finish to take down the Spartans.
    Antonio Trujillo scored seven of his 13 points in the first quarter to help Los Alamos grab a 17-7 lead.
    In the second quarter, the Spartans fought back and tied the game at 25. Los Alamos, however, used a 6-0 run to pull away again. Ivan Balakirev found himself in foul trouble, getting his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second quarter, but another big man, Cade Gasway, made sure Los Alamos didn’t miss a step.
    Jack Stewart started the run with a bucket. Los Alamos then forced a turnover and Gasway assisted Troy Hammock. Gasway then stole a pass and Michael Naranjo scored a quick transition bucket to put Los Alamos up 31-25. The teams traded baskets after that, but a late reverse layup by Kyle Newell helped Los Alamos take a 37-31 lead into halftime.

  • New Mexico House committee gives nod to anti-DWI bills

    SANTA FE (AP) — A House panel has given the nod to a pair of measures aimed at cracking down on New Mexico's drunken drivers.

    The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-1 Monday in favor of legislation that would allow judges to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

    A DWI offense can be deemed a felony after the fourth conviction. The legislation would make individuals convicted of a DWI felony eligible for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law.

    The other measure that passed the committee would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with DWI while driving on a suspended or revoked license for a prior DWI offense.

    The bill would also increase punishments for those who lend their car to someone with a revoked or suspended license due to drunken driving.

  • Today in history Feb. 2
  • State Democrats face pressure over REAL ID fix

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The fate of legislation aimed at bringing New Mexico into compliance with tougher federal identification requirements is now in the hands of the Democratic-led Senate.

    A key Senate committee is scheduled Tuesday to hear proposals that lawmakers say would do just that. The differences center on how the state deals with immigrants living in the country illegally who want to lawfully drive in New Mexico.

    A version passed by the GOP-controlled House would require residents to get a REAL ID compliant license and allow immigrants to obtain a driver's permit card. Gov. Susana Martinez favors that measure.

    Senate Democrats, however, are pushing a proposal that would create a two-tier system, granting REAL ID compliant licenses to those who want them and non-compliant ones to others who don't want to go through the federal requirements. Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to obtain non-compliant licenses.

    Another measure introduced late Monday by two key senators, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, would essential combine elements of the two bills for a compromise.

  • Commuter alert: LANL, schools on regular schedule

    Officials are reporting that the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Public Schools are on regular schedule today. Nothing new to report at this time.  Weather conditions are clear with a temperature of 20 degrees.

  • More snow tonight

     Los Alamos residents are in for more snow tonight and can expect more of the same winter storm weather again throughout the day Tuesday that they dealt with today.  

    Meteorologist Kerry Jones with the National Weather Service said Los Alamos will see at least another three to five inches of snow between this afternoon and Tuesday night, as the other side of the weather system passes through.

    “That’s what we’re looking at for tonight and into tomorrow morning,” Jones in a weather briefing for media.

    Wednesday and Thursday will be the week’s quietest days he said, as the precipitation creeps in on Friday and the temps rise into the mid 30s.

    Even as the snow retreats to higher levels, commuters will have to deal with icy roads, as the temperatures are expected to stay in the mid to late 20s, at least until Wednesday or Thursday. 

  • Both Main Hill Road and Truck Route now open

    11:04 a.m.:This just in from the National Weather Service: Prepare for more snow later on today.  "Change is good when it comes to weather! The leading edge of an east-bound colder air mass had reached Santa Rosa, and was emerging east of the northern Sacramento Mountains as of this writing.   This sharp cold front resulted in an exciting albeit rather brief period of wintry weather this morning for many locales.  The front will continue to plow eastward as the the associated upper level low slowly makes its way eastward over northern New Mexico maintaining a very favorable environment for continued snow for the northern mountains. Elsewhere,  a showery regime will result in more localized snowfall impacts.   However,  strong to potentially damaging winds are expected both ahead of and behind the cold front today with the strongest winds buffeting southern and eastern areas." --Meteorologist Kerry Jones, NWS, Albuquerque

    The Los Alamos Monitor will come out with a larger weather advisory and story this afternoon.