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  • Safety Questions Surround School

    At first, Mary Ann Schnedler thought someone might have hit a deer. As headmaster of the Montessori School on Canyon Road since 1978, she’s seen her share of deer strikes.

    However what happened outside her school a couple of weeks ago happened to be a little scarier than a deer strike; someone had come around the curve too fast on Canyon and crashed their car into the student pick-up and drop-off area. No one was hurt, not even the driver, but for Schnedler, that was pretty much the last straw.

    “This certainly was an eye opener,” Schnedler said. “At the time, the parents were unloading their kids. If that car came to rest just a few inches closer, one of our parents or our children would’ve been hit.”

    Compounding the problem, people weren’t even slowing down for the emergency vehicles that were parked trying to offer aid, she said.

    According to Schnedler, the issues have been building for some time. When the school was founded in 1968, the neighborhood was a lot smaller back then. Through the years, however, the neighborhoods surrounding the school have grown up around it, but the signage along the road has not.

  • Board green lights sewer rate hike

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to endorse a plan for increasing sewer rates at a meeting last week.

    The increase is necessary to cover the costs of repairing and replacing the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure, including the future replacement of the White Rock Wastewater Treatment facility.

    In a statement released prior to the board meeting, Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith said, “Los Alamos is fortunate in that our electric, gas, and water rates are much lower than other communities. However, because of Los Alamos’ extremely varied topography, the infrastructure required to provide sewer services to this small community is more expensive.

    “For instance, most communities with less than 20,000 citizens do not need to maintain and operate two wastewater treatment facilities, but this is a necessity for our gravity-fed collection system. Restructuring the sewer rate to a flat fee for our residential customers, more fairly allocates the costs across the board.”

  • Today in History for November 17th
  • LA volleyball team falls in state semifinals

    For the fifth straight year, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has been bounced out of the Class 4A state tournament by St. Pius X.

    The Sartans won in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-15 in the state semifinal.

    Los Alamos finished second in pool play and advanced to the semifinals with victories against Farmington and Roswell.

    For more details, read Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA volleyball team advances to state semifinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the semifinal iround of the Class 4A state tournament with a 3-1 win Friday against Roswell.

    The Toppers will take on St. Pius X at 4:45 p.m. today in the semifinals. St. Pius has knocked the Hilltoppers out of the playoffs the past four years. .
    Los Alamos, which finished second in pool A Thursday morning, swept the No. 11 seed, Farmington, 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 to advance to the quarterfinals against Roswell Friday morning.

  • Pair of tumblers win their divisions

    Nicole Aldaz and Brianna Fryer were the big winners for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at its meet late last month.
    LASG’s Atomic Tumblers competed in the Zia Trick or Treat Meet Oct. 27-28 in Santa Fe.
    Fryer won the Xcel Bronze child division competition at the meet, tying for the top spot or winning outright all four disciplines — balance beam, parallel bars, vault and floor exercises. Fryer finished with an all-around score of 36.70, topping teammate Kayli Lincoln in the same division. Lincoln had an all-around score of 35.15.
    Aldaz, meanwhile, was the winner in the Level 4 senior division. Aldaz won the vault, bars and finished second on the balance beam and the floor.
    She posted an all-around score of 35.60.

    Here are the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics results from the Zia Trick or Treat Meet. Scores for individual participants are as follows: all-around place, all-around score; vault place, vault score; parallel bars place, parallel bars score; balance beam place, balance beam score; floor exercises place, floor exercises score.

    Level 4, Senior

    Nicole Aldaz, 1, 35.60; 1, 9.10; 1, 8.40; 2, 9.05; 2, 9.05.
    Zoe Mathis, 5, 33.45; 4, 8.90; 3, 8.25; 3, 8.70; 8; 7.60.

    Level 4, Junior

  • Toppers pick up sweep in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state tournament with a 3-0 win Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which finished second in pool A Thursday morning, swept the No. 11 seed, Farmington, 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 to move on in the tournament.
    Friday morning, the Hilltoppers faced the seventh-seeded Roswell Coyotes. The winner of today’s contest was scheduled to play the winner between Los Lunas and St. Pius X Friday afternoon.
    The Class 4A tournament, which is being played at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, concludes Saturday afternoon with the championship match. Los Alamos last won a state title in 1996 and made its most recent finals appearance in 2001.
    It appeared that with Los Alamos’ second place finish in pool play, it might end up on the opposite side of the bracket as St. Pius, which has knocked the Hilltoppers out of the playoffs each of the last four years.
    Instead, the Sartans only managed a second-place finish in pool D and had to play an opening round contest – the top four teams coming out of pool play got byes into the quarterfinals. The Sartans topped the Valencia Jaguars 3-0 Thursday afternoon.

  • 'Tis the season
  • PED seeks nominations

    The Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department is seeking nominations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  State Advisory Panel. 

    The PED maintains the IDEA State Advisory Panel, as required by the IDEA, for the purpose of providing advice and guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in New Mexico. The IDEA State Advisory Panel membership is renewed every year for three-year terms.

    The PED is only seeking nominations of candidates who work in the field of higher education. The PED strives to have membership representative of the state population. The State Advisory Panel must be composed of individuals involved in, or concerned, with the education of children with disabilities. The SEB is seeking individuals who can serve a three-year term until June 2015.

  • X-mas tree permits on sale Monday

    Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas will begin selling personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10 beginning Monday, through Dec. 24. 

    Permit holders may also cut their tree(s) on Monday. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, purchase your permit ahead of time because all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

    Permits can be purchased at the following locations.

    • Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 1921 Juniper, 662-4493;

    • REI, 500 Market Street, Santa Fe, 982-3557