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  • Science Fair Results

    Physical Science
    Elementary Division
    Gus Yeager, Aspen Elementary, American Association of University Women $5, Glencoe/McGraw $25 gift card

    Michael Chigaev, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Superintendent’s Choice Award, CB Fox certificate $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $25

    Sruthi Garimella, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Nicholas McGrane, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, CB Fox $20 gift card, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $10

    Emily Moulton, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5

    Fourth place
    Neha Sadasivan, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Los Alamos Schools Credit Union $10

    Hanna Stidham, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Kent Teshima, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, Chamisa PTO $5

    Elementary Life Science Grand Award
    Rebecca Brug, Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $15, Pajarito Environmental Education Center $20, Los Alamos Master Gardeners $10, Los Alamos Credit Union $10

    Amelia Duffy, Chamisa Elementary, Los Alamos Garden Club $10

    Second place

  • Be There 02-12-13

     Today
    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr., invites the community to a Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) pancake supper, from 5:30-7 p.m. There will be beads, masks and Dixieland music. The menu includes ham, pancakes, a variety of syrups, fruit, eggs cooked to order and orange juice. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $4 for children, $8 for adults and $20 for a family. All proceeds benefit the Juaréz house build mission trips, which will take place in the fall.

  • Celebrate with the Cheetahs

    After flood, fire and the constant rumor of zombies or locusts, Chamisa Elementary turns 45-years-old today.
    Festivities have been set for Wednesday, with a school board meeting and the science fair dinner for regional qualifiers planned for tonight.
    Wednesday will host a short celebration at 11:30 a.m., complete with cupcakes, song and a salute to retiring teacher Kathy Kelly.
    A few surprise guests are slated for the events, which have been kept under wraps.
    The evening event takes place at 6 p.m. with a special color guard from the Los Alamos High School NJROTC program. The program will send Cheetah alumni to parade the colors, signaling the official event start.
    A community potluck is the fare for the evening, or special arrangements to order dinner can be done by calling Brian at the Bandelier Grill. The Apells, a Chamisa family, recently bought the grill.
    Sixth grade students will host a jewelry sale, thanks to the help of Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga. Mitsunaga has worked with a variety of students during the lunch hour to have hand made gifts available. A veritable plethora of baked goods will be sold for those additional last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts.

  • Must-have insurance plans

    Many people adopt a “penny wise, pound foolish” mentality when it comes to buying insurance. When trying to lower expenses, some will drop or reduce needed coverage, gambling that they won’t become seriously ill, suffer a car accident or fall victim to a fire or other catastrophe. But all it takes is one serious uncovered (or under-covered) incident to potentially wipe you out financially.
    Here are insurance policies no household should be without:
    Medical. This is the most critical – and unfortunately, the most expensive – coverage you need. When comparing plans, consider:
    Are your doctors in their provider networks? If not, can you afford out-of-network charges – or are you willing to find new doctors?
    Are your medications covered under the plan’s drug formularies?
    Do they restrict specialized services you might need like maternity, mental health or weight reduction treatments?
    If you choose catastrophic coverage to lower premiums, can you afford the high deductible in case of an accident or major illness?
    Homeowner/renter. Faulty plumbing, theft and home-accident lawsuits are only a few catastrophes that could leave you without possessions or homeless. A few tips:

  • NM likes its permanent funds

     SANTA FE – New Mexico is very fortunate to have two large permanent funds socked away for a rainy day. In the eastern states most land is privately held. By the time the Western states were settled, the government was keeping large chunks for federal, state, county and municipal purposes.
    Much is desert land but much is good for grazing or has oil and minerals under it.The revenue from those lands goes into what is sommonly called the State Land Grant Permanent Fund. Each entity gets its share. Public schools get the revenue from sections 2 and 32 of each 36-acre township. Part of that money is then transferred to the aappropriation amounts for the various governmental units.
    These funds were helpful in getting schools started as the School for the Visually Handicapped and the Deaf Shool.
    Back in the early 1970s, New Mexico was experiencing a very healthy economic boom. Severance taxes from oil and gas companies were flowing in at record rates. The mines near towns such as Santa Rita, Carlsbad and Questa also were doing well.
    So the Legislature and Gov. Bruce King created a second permanent fund, which they named the Severance Tax Permanent Fund. Previously severance taxes were used to finance the budget. That fund began growing to a size approaching the original Land Grant Permanent Fund.

  • 'Topper Notes 02-12-13

    LA girls have tough contests this week

    To make a run at the regular season District 2-4A championship, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will need a sweep this week against a pair of tough customers.
    Los Alamos will travel to Santa Fe, the former No. 1 team in the state, Wednesday night, then host the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers (13-10) trail both Santa Fe (20-2) and Española Valley (19-4) in the 2-4A standings, but can erase those deficits in a hurry with a pair of wins. The Hilltoppers lost to both teams in the first round of district play.

    LA boys still seeking first 2-4A win

    Following its loss Saturday night at Bernalillo, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team has just three games remaining to break into the District 2-4A win column.
    Los Alamos fell at Bernalillo 65-49 Saturday night to drop to 0-5 in 2-4A play.
    Its best chance for a win this district season might come tonight, however, when it hosts Santa Fe. Santa Fe (10-13) has won just one 2-4A game, that coming Jan. 26 when it topped Los Alamos in a rout, 70-47 at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.

  • LA boys, girls are 3rd at APS meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams both placed third in last weekend’s Albuquerque Public Schools End of Year Meet.
    Los Alamos’ boys picked up three event wins at the meet. Connor Schultz won the 50-yard freestyle event and Max Reidys ws the winner in the 500 freestyle.
    The Hilltopper boys picked up 295 points at Saturday’s meet, whichwas won by Cibola, which grabbed 356 team points.
    On the girls side, the Hilltoppers earned 282 points. La Cueva was the big winner, scoring 384 points.
    Kaitlin Bennett had a win in the 100 freestyle, winning that race with a time of 59.26.
    In the girls diving competition, Madeline LeScourenec finished second overall. In boys diving, Jordan Baker made his debut for the Hilltoppers, finishing seventh overall.
    This was the final regular season event for the Hilltoppers. They will compete at this weekend’s District 1 meet in Farmington.

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. La Cueva, 384; 2. Cibola, 297; 3. Los Alamos, 282; 4. Los Lunas, 182; 5. Del Norte, 167; 6. Valley, 93; 7. Valencia, 76.

    200 medley relay
    7. Los Alamos A (Safiya Bahar, Fiona Leikness, Maria Venneri, Justine Yang), 2:16.28; 8. Los Alamos B (Emma McKinley, Sydney Schoonover, Tracee Abeita, Isabelle Runde), 2:21.92.

  • Men's basketball AP Top 25 02-12-13

    The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

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