Briefs 04-20-12

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LAPS to hold strategic plan update Saturday

Students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School.
A briefing will be made on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.
Updates will be provided in five areas including:
• Student Achievement
• Effective Teachers
• Aligned Resources and Support Systems
• Community Partnerships
• System for Continuous Improvement.
Also expected to speak are LAPS School Board president Kevin Honnell, school superintendent Gene Schmidt, LANL Community Office’s Linda Anderman and LAPS Vice president Dawn Venhaus.
The strategic planning session is planned for just two hours. School officials say that participating in this event will help shape the next five years of the district’s goal to become one of the best schools in the nation.

Habitat to take donations on Earth Day

Habitat for Humanity of Espanola Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. will be participating in Earth Day festivities at PEEC Saturday.
“This will be the second year that we have trucks available to receive donations to our ReStore and our new Thrift Shop, both of which operate in Espanola,” said executive director Yvonne Maestas. “Both stores generate funds used locally to purchase materials for new house construction and other  needs.”
Trucks will be at the corner of Diamond and Orange St. at 9 a.m. and finishing up about 1 p.m.
“We can give you a tax receipt on the spot for your donation,” Maestas said.

Inspector partly cleared in starving horses probe

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state Livestock Board official says an inspector took appropriate action when he was told about four dying horses at a Las Lunas auction. But the inspector has been reprimanded for how he dealt with animal rescue group members.
Livestock Board Executive Director Myles Culbertson tells the Albuquerque Journal that inspector B.J. Winchester is back on the job.
Winchester was at the Southwest Livestock Auction last month when members of the Animals Angels group found the downed horses. The group issued a report saying the inspector resisted their pleas to end the horses’ misery.

SF nursing asst. says he was fired for being gay

SANTA FE — A former nursing assistant at a Santa Fe hospital says he was fired because he is gay and is suing the hospital.
Marcus A. Herrera says in his lawsuit that officials at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center fired him because of an erroneous sexual molestation report they later decided was unfounded.
A spokesman tells the Santa Fe New Mexican the hospital doesn’t believe it violated any laws and will vigorously defend itself.
Herrera says in his complaint that a male patient he was trying to treat was covered in urine from a failed catheter and he simply cleaned the patient and fixed the device. The patient later complained that he was uncomfortable with the procedure.

Albuquerque police shoot rifle-wielding man

ALBUQUERQUE— A dispute over drugs ended with an officer shooting an armed man in southeast Albuquerque, police said Thursday.
The man, identified as Dennis Aragon, 41, underwent surgery Thursday at UNM Hospital after the shooting.
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz told reporters that witnesses reported that the man was in the neighborhood Wednesday looking to settle a drug debt.
“The same subject was here (Wednesday) night, armed with that rifle and discharged that rifle in the neighborhood last night multiple times,” said Schultz.
The man returned Thursday, and police said he was shot three times when he pointed his rifle at officers and ignored demands to drop it. He was hit in the stomach and arm.
Monitor staff and wire reports