Briefs 03-01-14

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Firewood permits available at Bandelier

Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, free permits will be available for firewood from hazard tree removal at Bandelier National Monument. There is a limited amount of wood, so only enough permits will be issued to cover what is available. The wood is mostly dry and has been cut and stacked, but not split.
Most stacks are reasonably near the places where permittees’ vehicles can be parked, and wheelbarrows will be allowed. Park staff will escort permittees to the wood collection areas since many piles are in areas currently closed to the public.
“We don’t have a great amount of wood” said Bandelier Chief Ranger Tom Betts, “but there is we would like to make available to local families.”
Anyone wanting a permit should send an email to tom_betts@nps.gov and be sure to include their name and phone number.
Emails will not be accepted until 8 a.m. Wednesday and then permits will be issued on a first-come first- served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided details on the location and date that their wood can be picked up.

LAPS seeks nominations

Los Alamos Public Schools is seeking nominations for Teacher and Classified Person of the Year.
Nomination criteria and forms are available from the Assistant Superintendent’s office or by e-mail from g.washburn@laschools.net. Nominations can be returned to the District Office or to your child’s school.
Nominations are due by April 11 and the winners will be announced at Los Alamos Public Schools annual retirement celebration at Fuller Lodge on May 8.

Think N.M. honored

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program recently recognized Think New Mexico as one of the top think tanks in the world in its seventh annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.” According to TTCSP, “the index has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journals and policymakers.”
Think New Mexico was ranked 57th in the world in the Special Achievement category of “Best Advocacy Campaign.” It was the only state-level think tank to make the ranking, among a distinguished list of national and international organizations such as Amnesty International, the Pew Research Center, and the Brookings Institution (which was ranked as the top think tank in the world). Think New Mexico was ranked 70th in 2012 in the same category.