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  • Heather Wilson to become president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


    Heather Wilson, a former member of Congress, Rhodes Scholar and small business owner who has worked with large defense and scientific companies, will become the 19th president of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Thursday. 

  • Barceló moves NNMC forward

    President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló’s vision for Northern New Mexico College is guided by both NNMC’s history and her own.
    In 1909, the New Mexico Territorial Legislature created the institution as the Spanish American Normal School with a primary function of training teachers for the state’s Spanish-speaking population. It was one of 10 educational institutions named in the state’s 1912 constitution.
    “It was established through a constitutional act that said that it would serve the Spanish-speaking populations of Northern New Mexico, which makes us historically the first Spanish-serving institution in the United States that was legally mandated to serve these populations,” Barceló said. “I think that’s a historical fact that is important to the State of New Mexico, and I’m trying to build upon that.”
    The fact that 82 percent of the student population is Hispanic and 12 percent are American Indian is especially significant to Barceló.
    “So I say to myself, what does that mean to us educationally? We should probably be in the vanguard of how to do multi-cultural education because of these populations.”
    Barceló created an Office of Equity and Diversity to accomplish that goal.

  • Barcelo's plans for NNMC include LA

    Northern New Mexico College President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló has accomplished an amazing amount in a little less than three years. But her vision for the college expands far beyond her accomplishments so far.

    Barceló quickly led NNMC to fiscal recovery, completing four audits in a 10-month period while she began an academic restructuring of the institution. She added four new colleges to the existing College of Education: Professional Studies, Arts and Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences and Community, Workforce, and Career Technical Education.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory provided substantial funding toward the development of an accredited baccalaureate degree program in nursing. The engineering department is currently working on accreditation.

    Many of Barceló’s plans involve outreach to communities such as Los Alamos. Given how many people from Española work in Los Alamos, Barceló sees a natural connection between the two communities.

    “There is this corridor, so to speak, where I think it’s in the best interest of our own community that we develop these important partnerships,” Barceló said.

  • Students Celebrate Culture Day At San Ildefonso Day School

    San Ildefonso Day School hosted family and community members for a Cultural Day celebration April 18.

    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.

  • U-Haul store hits snag

    Plans to put a moving supply store in back of the Pueblo Complex hit a snag recently when a resident objected to the business at a recent Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

    Planning and Zoning board members approved U-Haul’s application 8-0 during a March 27 meeting. However, because an objection was raised during the meeting, the county council has to consider the validity of the resident’s objection. That hearing is due to take place sometime in June.

    “Planning and Zoning approved the application, subject to appeal,” said Community Development Planner Gary Likeness. “We did receive an appeal, and it will be considered by council.”

    The owner of the business, Victoria Work, signed a lease with the owners of the property, the Los Alamos School District last year. She said she is disappointed with the news, and very disappointed with the business climate in Los Alamos in general. She finally thought she had a break when the LAPS came forward and told her they had space available in one of their properties.

  • Church Listings 04-26-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Phase one complete

    The United Church of Los Alamos dedicated the latest addition to their Christian Education building April 21. The new elevator, atrium, offices and open spaces are Phase I. The construction project was done by Britton.

  • Agency helps match applicants, jobs

    Rose Marie Law first used the employment screening services of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions even before she became director of human resources for Jemez Mountain Electrical Co-op, a nonprofit utility started in 1947 to serve residents of Jemez Springs and now generating electrical power for Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Juan, McKinley and Sandoval counties.
    While the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 611 provides journeyman electricians through its apprenticeship program, Law is responsible for hiring clerical and warehouse workers for the utility’s offices in Jemez Springs, Cuba and Española.
    When jobs come open at the utility, the Department of Workforce Solutions helps Law assess the skills and abilities of her top candidates with a WorkKeys test.
    The assessment distills the lists of finalists to those who have the problem-solving abilities, math skills and work habits required in the open jobs.
    The result, Law said, has been a better match of candidates to jobs and less remedial training of new employees. The free service is available to companies of all sizes — for-profit and nonprofit — but is especially useful to small businesses that don’t have the recruitment resources of large corporations and government employers.

  • It's a strange, strange world

    It’s been quite a week. The United States Senate’s vote on gun reform, the Boston marathon bombing and the intense manhunt that followed, continued deterioration of negotiations with North Korea, increasing violence in Russia’s North Caucasus region, the Syrian civil war, protests in Bahrain and riots in Venezuela following Maduro’s election victory over Henrique Capriles.
    Sometimes, you just want to turn off the television and listen to some nice relaxing music. You know, like Green Day or The Ramones?
    It does get exhausting to keep up with the insanity. What ever happened to the simple life? And so I found myself perusing more peripheral news stories, looking for something that would give me some hope for this world.
    I’m not sure I found any, but I’ll give it a shot. Let’s start with the weather.
    The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. But in Maryland, it’s taxpayers who are getting soaked.
    The governor of Maryland has levied a “storm management fee” on land owners to help offset the $14.8 billion cost of reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Chesapeake Bay due to storm-water runoff from impervious surfaces (roofs, driveways, sidewalks, etc.). Yeah, a rain tax. So much for not fooling with Mother Nature, eh?

  • Teams go big in 1st round of NFL draft

    NEW YORK (AP) — Short on glam, slim on glitter and no sign of Manti Te’o, the NFL draft was still a solid B-plus.
    As in Big, as in Brawn, as in Bulk, as in Beefy.
    We’re talking a scale-busting 600 pounds at the outset Thursday night with offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.
    The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense.
    “That’s a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don’t get,” Fisher said.
    None of the teams making the first 32 selections went for Te’o, not even Minnesota, which had three first-round picks. The All-America linebacker’s poor performance in Notre Dame’s loss to Alabama in the national championship game surely was a factor. Still to be determined is how much the fake girlfriend hoax cost him.
    Unlike the last few years when bumper crops of quarterbacks reigned, this was pure muscle, and lots of it.
    Actually, not a single QB was selected until Florida State’s EJ Manuel went to Buffalo at No. 16 — the lowest since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the Jets.
    No running backs were chosen, either, for the first time since 1963.