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  • 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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  • Assistant Superintendent Dean announces retirement

    Assistant Superintendent of Schools Paula Dean announced her retirement today.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said in a written statement that he accepted her retirement this morning with “great reluctance.”

    Schmidt also congratulated her on her career in Los Alamos, and credited her for actively promoting academic achievement for the district’s students and professional development among the teachers and staff. Schmidt also credited her with playing a leading role in helping the Los Alamos Public School District achieve district wide accreditation.

    Though she announced her retirement, she will still continue on the job through the school year, Schmidt said in his statement.

    Dean started her career with LAPS as the Director of Curriculum and Development, and according to Schmidt her familiarity and skill in implementing  the state’s “Common Core” curriculum (CC is a program that develops deeper understanding of the concepts behind English and Math), has been recognized by the state. She then became principal of Barranca Mesa Elementary for four years before becoming Assistant Superintendent for the past three years.

    More details on this developing story will be posted on LAMonitor.com.

  • Raw: Medal of Honor's Son Steals Show

    The son of Medal of Honor recipient was the pre-program entertainment before President Barack Obama awarded Medal of Honor to his father, Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha.

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  • Pope resigning on Feb. 28, conclave in March

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

    The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

    He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."

    "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," he told the cardinals. "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.