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  • Letters to the editor 1-3-13

    Dear Editor,

    This month the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos will be instructing their school board, though a mail-in ballot, on the future direction of the schools’ physical facilities.  

    Having rebuilt the high school and the middle school, do we continue marching though our five elementary schools, as recommended by the Citizens Review Committee 20 Year Plan, or do we stop, postponing the job for a future generation?

    Several articles in the Los Alamos Monitor have emphasized that a continuation of the building program will require no new taxes, which is true. But I’d like to highlight a different incentive relating to the physical condition of our schools and our eligibility for matching funds.  

  • Add muscle ideas to gun politics

    The nation’s darkest loss in the super storms of partisanship is the loss of ideas. The very meaning of “idea” has been lost. 

    This New Year essay was halfway along before December’s mall shootings in Oregon and the maniacal mass shootings of school children in Connecticut. The shootings’ aftermath concludes the column and raises explicit ideas for action. 

    Before the shootings, I wrote: 

    Political camps typically supply a principle when asked for an idea. “Liberty” or “fairness” are principles, not ideas. Ideas are doers.   

  • State briefs 1-3-13

    Teen charged in
    slaying of 63-year-old 

     

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — Otero County authorities say an 18-year-old charged with murdering a Tularosa woman told authorities he went to her house to steal a classic car so he could settle a $30,000 debt.

    Sheriff Benny House told the Alamogordo Daily News that Paul Reynolds has been charged with one count of first-degree felony open murder and fourth-degree felony unlawful taking of a motor vehicle following Tuesday’s slaying of 63-year-old Rita Gallegos. Gallegos was found dead in her bedroom after her husband came home and found blood in the kitchen and her vehicle missing.

  • League to hold bond election forum

     

    The League of Women Voters will hold a forum on the school bond election from 7-8 p.m. Monday in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

    The speakers will include Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and School Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie. Everyone is invited to hear the details of the plans and to ask questions. Those who cannot attend the forum, but would like more information, should visit laschools.net or call the Los Alamos Public Schools district office at 663- 2230.

    The League of Women Voters is a national grassroots organization that focuses on four key areas:

  • LAMC lab gains accreditation

     

     

    The Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

    Los Alamos Medical Center CEO, Feliciano A. Jiron was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The Los Alamos Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

  • UNM-LA student returns as instructor

    Dr. Zandree Stidham’s career has taken her full circle. She took her first college classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and now she’s an English instructor at UNM-LA. 

    After graduating from Los Alamos High School in 1998, Stidham received a scholarship from Los Alamos National Laboratory that allowed her to attend the summer session at UNM-LA.

    “Because of my summer experience, I was able to finish an early bachelor of arts in English, in spite of having a baby during my senior year,” Stidham said.

    Stidham then pursued her master’s degree at Cal State Bakersfield. She juggled a teaching assistant position with night classes and taking care of a baby.

  • Library expands E-book options

    Smartphones, eReaders, tablets, laptops and other devices have increased the options for enjoying a good book and the Los Alamos County Library is working to stay ahead of the trend by expanding its audio book and eBook services. 

    All it takes is a valid library card and some free software to download best-selling and classic titles from the library’s website. The library currently has more than 1,300 titles available and is adding more all the time. 

    “In my opinion, this is the wave of the future and we need to be able to provide books in a format people want to have them in,” said Electronic Resources Manager Gwen Kalavaza. “We’re certainly not going to stop purchasing print editions, but we will continue to offer both.”

  • LA welcomes first baby of 2013

    Apparently, this year’s baby New Year couldn’t wait to get here. Mom Juli Miller was watching a movie New Year’s Eve when their latest bundle of joy, James Miller, decided he couldn’t wait until February to make his grand entrance. Dad, Joshua Miller, was painting the nursery when it was time to go.

    According to Miller, James made his appearance at 9:27 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Los Alamos Medical Center. She also said this time, they knew it was going to be a boy.

    “We checked this time,” Juli said.

    Joshua Miller said the baby is named after his dad. 

  • NNSA heralds milestones

    As 2013 begins, the National Nuclear Security Administration has compiled a list of some of its accomplishments and improvements from 2012.. 

    The NNSA, in conjunction with its Management and Operating contractor partners, reached significant milestones in its nonproliferation and counterterrorism portfolios, made a host of achievements through its work with the United States’ nuclear weapons stockpile, and maintained a focus on continuous improvement.

  • House reelects Boehner as speaker

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner speaker and hailing one of their own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

    The 113th Congress convened at 12 noon EST, the constitutionally mandated time, with pomp, pageantry and politics on both sides of the Capitol.

    Boehner, bruised after weeks with his fractious caucus and negotiations with the White House on the fiscal cliff, won a second, two-year term as leader with 220 votes. Despite grumbling in the GOP ranks, just 10 Republicans voted for someone other than Boehner.