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Common Core State Standards Initiative Coming to Local Schools

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell, left, watches a presentation with other board members and school officials at Thursday’s LAPS work session at Pinon Elementary School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By Kirsten Laskey

Several principals at Los Alamos Public Schools attended a recent Math MC2 workshop in preparation for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which begins in the school district this fall.

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith, Pinon Elementary School Principal Jill Gonzales and Barranca Elementary


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Chimayo Fire Update

New Mexico State Forestry Division spokesperson Dan Ware said that while there are no active flames in the Chimayo Fire, an evacuation order remains in place as a precaution for Chimayo and the surrounding communities because flames could flare up overnight.

Should that happen, evacuees are advised to go to the Espanola Stroke and Rehabilitation Center at 735 Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park Road.

The brush fire began about 6 p.m. today and burned along N.M. 76 near Chimayo. It has consumed 20 acres, Ware said.

One residence and two outhouses burned in the fire, which officials believe


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Fire Burning Near Chimayo is Threatening 100 Homes

New Mexico State Forestry Division News:

About 50 firefighters are battling a 20-acre brush fire burning near N.M. 76 close to Chimayo.

“I don’t know specifically if the Sancuario is threatened but if it is, we’ll have structure protection in place,” said spokesman Dan Ware of the New Mexico State Forestry Division. “About 45 minutes ago (7:30 p.m.) crews were getting a handle on the fire – it’s not contained by any means – but they are starting to get it under control.”

The residents of two mobile homes in the area have been evacuated,


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Rotary Club Program and Highlights

LAPS Reading Coordinator Suzanne Lynne will present a program at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill on Teach Like A Champion, effective teaching methods designed to help all teachers, especially those new to the classroom. Introduction by Karen Hawkins.

Also, March Student of the Month: Nathan Robbins, will join the luncheon meeting with his parents and mentor, Gary Washburn. Introduction by Allison Majure.

LA Cares Collection: Remember to bring donations of canned foods or personal hygiene products as the Rotary Club continues its support this year of LA Cares, the local food


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United Way Executive Director has Retired

Donna Schroeder

United Way News:

Donna Schroeder has told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that she has retired from her position as executive director of the United Way of Northern New Mexico.

“I’ve been here almost six years and I’ve seen a lot of changes and a lot of things happen during that time,” Schroeder said. “My dream was to put 2-1-1 in Los Alamos and that has been accomplished. Also, my mother is 92 years old and lives in North Carolina and she is having some challenges and I really don’t want to be this for away from her now.”

The 2-1-1 Schroeder


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DOD Selects Los Alamos Police Department for Recognition as a ‘Patriotic Employer’

DOD’s Freedom Award

County News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has been selected by the Department of Defense as a “Patriotic Employer.”

The chair of the local Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve will present the award to the local police during Tuesday’s County Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

ESGR is a Department of Defense sponsored program to help guard and reserve members and to honor employers who do the same.

ESGR received 3,236 nominations for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. 

The Freedom Award is the Department


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Blade Runner: ‘What might these cyborgs teach us about voter education and preferences?’

SFI News:

Nathan Collins

Blade Runner is the featured film at the Santa Fe Institute’s Science on Screen Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The “Science On Screen” series in Santa Fe is a joint collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

During each event, visionaries from SFI present some of their favorite films, offering eye-opening perspectives from their own research and the world of science. It’s an idea-rich spin on the movies. 

Abstract: Though Ridley


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Residents in Action at the Betty Ehart Senior Center

Patrica Rathbone works a puzzle at BESC. She claims the best way to do this is to leave the unfinished puzzle out on the table so that people will fit in pieces as they pass by. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Tom Feiertag attempts a “bridge shot” in a friendly game of 8 ball as Ed Foley looks on awaiting his turn. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com


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Are Science and Religion Compatible?

Community Event News

The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a community discussion in room 1 of the Mesa Public Library on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. The discussion topic is: Finding Truth: Are Science and Religion Compatible?

As a primer for the discussion, participants are encouraged to read two recent Huffington Post articles: Science, Religion Incompatible? Hot-Button Debate Features Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, Dr. Michael Shermer (http://huff.to/yVbD64) and The Fall of Foolish Faith (http://huff.to/zFHa78%29, both published March 9th. All are welcome.

 


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Steel Starts Going up Monday on Muni Complex

Courtesy Photo

County News:

Residents and commuters can now see a large crane being constructed on the Municipal Complex building site.

The crane is being used to set the steel beams into place when framing of the building begins Monday.

Work is proceeding to pour the concrete slab foundation; the foundation clearly visible from Central Avenue is the location of the new Council Chambers.

Crews from the Jaynes Corporation and their subcontractors will continue to pour the foundation concurrently with erecting the steel, and will be placing steel for all three stories of the building in as many


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Jury Convicts One of the World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers

DEA News: 

 

Haji Bagcho

One of the largest heroin traffickers in the world has been convicted of conspiracy and distribution of heroin for importation into the United States and narco-terrorism charges.  

“One of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers reign has come to an end,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said. “Now Haji Bagcho will serve time behind bars on the same soil he sought to destroy with his drugs, and whose troops he sought to kill through his support to the Taliban…”

An investigation by DEA agents revealed that Haji Bagcho, an Afghan national


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Atomic City Road Runners To Begin 39th Season

 
 
The Atomic City Road Runners (ACRR) will open the 2012 season at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3 at the Canyon Rim Trail off East Road (Route # 502).
 
ACRR is a family-oriented running and walking club that meets every Tuesday during the Daylight Saving Time season for a pace race in which members predict their own time. 
 
Anyone can be a winner if his/her finish time is closest to that predicted.
 
Members who participate in at least 10 runs get a special club T-shirt at the end of the season, (Members who choose to sponsor a race receive double credit for that

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Chamisa Musical “Working On the Hill” a Huge Success!

By Debbie Smith, Principal, Chamisa Elementary

Chamisa third and fourth graders performed a musical revue of Los Alamos history before a packed audience on Thursday, March 15th.

“On the Hill” shows children, moms, scientists, ranch boys, conquistadores, and settlers from the Hill’s history.

Beginning with the first inhabitants, the ancient pueblo people, the program progressed forward in time featuring the conquistadores, the Hispanic settlers, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Ranch School Boys. 

General Groves and Robert J. Oppenheimer took the stage with solos,


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Budget Hearings Won’t Include Individual CIP Projects

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY News
 
 
At Tuesday night’s County Council meeting, County Administrator Harry Burgess recommended to the Council that, rather than debate the merits of every CIP project seeking funds for design/construction during budget hearings in April, they instead hold a Special CIP meeting May 15.
 
Their discussions during budget hearings would stay very high level (for example, discussing how many dollars they wish to put toward all capital projects, but, not specifically attaching dollars to any one particular project), and then they would evaluate

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PEEC’s Star, Planet and Telescope Party Set for Monday

Crescent moon of four days old. Courtesy Photo

For all those adults, kids and families who missed last week’s PEEC Star Party or would like to see more, PEEC astronomers are going to repeat it at 7 p.m. Monday March 26.

One highlight will be the crescent Moon of four days old, which should be pretty spectacular through the telescope.  

Venus, Jupiter and Mars will still be there, and the Orion Nebula will be well placed for a great view including its “arms.”  

Venus is best seen in twilight because its extreme brightness dazzles the telescope viewer.  

It should be quite a sight since


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Check Out The Derby Dames

Rollar Derby News:

Roller Derby is coming Los Alamos!  Check out the Derby Dames as they hold a practice scrimmage 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday March 25 at the Los Alamos Ice Rink.

This practice will allow officials and non-skating team members to participate in the Dames training.

Get in on the ground floor of this exciting new sport in Los Alamos or just enjoy the high adrenaline sport from the stands.

It’s action packed. Check back for more in-depth coverage of the Los Alamos Derby Dames.


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U.S. Congressman Attends Local Fundraiser Friday

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan spoke to about 45 residents gathered for a fundraiser at the home of Karyl Ann Armbruster Friday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Click this link to view a photo gallery from this event:

http://www.ladailypost.com/content/rep-ben-ray-lujan-fundraiser-gallery

House District 43 Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan during Friday’s fundraiser at the home of Karyl Ann Armbruster. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Editor’s Note: Check back for a photo gallery from this event, which will be uploaded


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Gas Pumps Removed at Shamrock Gas Station

Gas pumps have been removed from the islands at Shamrock on Trinity. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for a Smith’s fuel center to be built at the existing Shamrock gas station site at 1239 Trinity Dr.

Smith’s will lease the property at the corner of Trinity Drive and Knecht Street from Polk JT Properties.

Smith’s new fuel center will be adjacent to the Smith’s Marketplace store in Trinity Place.

The new fuel center will allow Smith’s reward cardholders to purchase discounted gas.

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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37th St. Play Lot Renovations Coming Soon

 
County News:
 
Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre recently held a meeting with local neighborhood residents at the 37th Street Play Lot near Villa Street.
 
The Play Lot is slated for renovations this Spring.
 
The following renovations will occur based on community feedback:
  • remove the sand safety zone material in the designated play areas and replace with engineered wood fiber, bringing the safety/fall zone into compliance
  • add a merry-go-around  with fall/safety zone material and borders (similar to the one at Community Park or North Mesa Park)

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Regional Coalition Decries Funding Cuts, Calls on Congress to Restore Full Funding to Protect Jobs and the Environment

County News:

Today, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities held a press conference in which they called on Congress to provide full funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory to protect jobs and to remediate legacy waste at LANL.

The organization released the following statement:

“Adequate funding is needed to ensure environmental liabilities are addressed. Funding cuts are undermining DOE’s commitment to a safe and timely cleanup. The hazardous materials incident that occurred last week at TA-21 raises serious questions about the challenges that the site faces in remediating


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