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  • San Ildefonso Day School holds first Cultural Day celebration

    San Ildefonso Day School hosted family and community members for a Cultural Day celebration last Thursday. The children not only presented their skills in the Tewa language and traditional dances, they shared bread, cookies and fruit pies they had cooked in an horno (adobe oven) the day before at a traditional luncheon for community members.

    "This is a day of celebration for our youth and young adults here at the school," said Tewa language instructor and tribal council member Tim Martinez. "This is something that we teach our young children. It's about our way of life, the songs and the dance that we do here."

    The celebration is an outgrowth of a Tewa language program instituted in the fall of 2012.

    The pueblo's Learning Center sought grants from the tribal council, the Administration for Native Americans, the Chamisa Foundation and some smaller funding sources. The goal is to revitalize San Ildefonso's language, culture and our heritage.

    Martinez and Rose Sanchez teach the program three mornings a week. In addition to teaching the K–6 grade students the pueblo's traditional Tewa language, Martinez and Sanchez arrange special projects such as learning the dances or making moccasins, take the children on field trips and bring in guest speakers.

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  • The story of two brothers in Boston

     

    BOSTON (AP) — Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer with muscular arms and enough brio to arrive at a sparring session without protective gear. His younger brother Dzhokhar was popular in high school, won a city scholarship for college and liked to hang out with Russian friends off-campus.

    Details of two lives, suddenly infamous, came to light Friday. Overnight, two men previously seen only in grainy camera images were revealed to be ethnic Chechen brothers suspected in a horrific act of terrorism. Tamerlan was dead; his 19-year-old brother would be captured after a furious manhunt that shut down much of Boston.

  • Teacher files suit against Los Alamos School District

     

    Zeynep Unal, a Turkish-born special education teacher who has been employed by the Los Alamos Public Schools since 2005, is suing the district for violations of the New Mexico Human Rights Act, defamation and breach of contract.

    The suit claims that Unal continues to suffer from loss of income, severe emotional distress, anxiety, humiliation, embarrassment and the violation of her federal and state statutory rights.

    Los Alamos Public Schools, the Los Alamos Public Schools School Board, Aspen Elementary School principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and superintendent Gene Schmidt are named as defendants in the case.

    “I can’t comment on its merits,” said school board president Jim Hall. “It’s inappropriate to comment on a legal matter especially involving personnel. We have to wait and see what happens and let the court process play out.”

    “Until our attorneys look at this and study this, I can not comment,” Schmidt said.

    Unal’s attorney, Kate Ferlic of Santa Fe, filed the suit in district court Friday.

    Schmidt said Saturday morning the school district had not been served yet but confirmed the case was filed in district court.

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  • Kirk to throw out first pitch in LA, White Rock

    Los Alamos’ Alex Kirk, the center for the New Mexico Lobos, will be the center of attention on Saturday.

    Kirk will throw out the first pitch on two different occasions.

    Kirk will be at the opening ceremonies for the Los Alamos Little League at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Then at 1:30 p.m., Kirk will throw out the first pitch at Overlook Park as the White Rock Little League baseball and softball teams host its opening ceremonies.

    This week, Kirk recently shared team most valuable player honors with Kendall Williams after leading the Lobos to the Mountain West regular season and tournament titles.

    Kirk took home three awards at this year’s banquet, including

  • Cookies and conversation

    Peggy Pendergast bakes up a batch of love for Cookies & Conversation last month. The program takes place Monday during lunch at the LAHS Speech Theater offering an intergenerational opportunity for students with free lunch and cookies. The program is sponsored by Assets In Action and the JJAB. Call 661-4846 for information.

  • Scholarships up for grabs

    Northern New Mexicans wanting to return to college for a certificate or two-year program are eligible for $1,000 awards from the Regional College/Returning Student program of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.
    The application deadline is June 17 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund. Applications must be submitted online at lanlfoundation.org before June 17.
    The awards go to students returning to a formal education after an absence, such as business, the military or personal reasons. Candidates from Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, San Miguel, Taos, Mora and Sandoval counties are eligible and must show that have been accepted for certification, or a two-year degree program at an accredited regional college.
    Since the program began in 2011,
    36 students have been awarded the scholarship. Students who previously received the Regional College/ Returning Scholar award may reapply.
    Funding for the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund comes from contributions by LANL employees and a match from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
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  • FBI investigating Rio Arriba Sheriff's Dept.

     ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — An FBI investigation in which agents took documents from a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office under a search warrant reportedly centers on a sheriff’s program under which citations could be dismissed in exchange for donations to charities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the charities involved in the program include a scholarship fund managed by Sheriff Tommy Rodella.
    County spokeswoman Erika Martinez says most county officials are in the dark about the investigation but she says FBI agents seem to investigating whether citations have been unlawfully dismissed.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold says Rodella won’t comment, but Arnold denies that deputies dismissed tickets in exchange for donations to the scholarship fund.
    Spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez of the U.S. Attorney’s Office wouldn’t discuss the investigation and what the FBI agents were seeking.
     

  • Seminar addresses cancer

    The Los Alamos Council on Cancer and the United Way teamed up for a spring seminar on cancer, Thursday night.
    Dr. Carolyn Linnebur, Cardiology and Internal Medicine and member of the Board for the Los Alamos Council on Cancer acknowledged the success of the program, due to the collaboration of the United Way, the LAMC Auxiliary and donations made by community members.
    Dr. Eric Bernstein of Northern New Mexico Cancer Care and Dr. Kathryn Zerbach of Los Alamos Surgical Associates provided a well rounded presentation to more than 60 on breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
    The pairing provided information on what numbers are important to watch, the risk reduction factors, adjuvant therapies, hereditary cancer testing options and red flags.
    Los Alamos County Public Access (PAC-8) recorded the presentation, which will be shown on PAC-8 and available for check out at Mesa Public Library, within the next few weeks.
    Los Alamos County Library offered handouts of resources available at the MPL, LeeAnne Parsons was on hand to answer questions about the Look Good Feel Better class and Paula Roybal Sanchez provided health and nutrition information from Cooperative Extension.
    To learn more about many free resources in the community, visit their website at losalamoscounciloncancer.org.