PED Releases School Report Card Grades

New Mexico statewide distribution of school report card grades:


LAPS News:

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released school report card grades today across the state and Los Alamos Public Schools received high marks.

Four of the seven Los Alamos schools earned “A” grades and three earned “B” grades:

  • Barranca Mesa Elementary School – A
  • Los Alamos High School – A
  • Mountain Elementary School – A
  • Pinon Elementary School – A
  • Aspen Elementary School – B
  • Chamisa Elementary School – B
  • Los Alamos Middle School – B

“The high marks were reflective of the fine academic

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Cone Zone: Update for Week of July 9


Public Works Projects:

N.M. 4 Improvements Project
Traffic continues to be switched to one lane of traffic on each side of the road. Expect traffic control changes as the contractor prepares to place the last layer of pavement treatment, which will depend on weather. The speed limit within the construction area is 30 mph. Please drive defensively and watch for construction vehicles.
Pavement Preservation Program
Starting on Monday, work will begin on Cheryl Court, followed by Cheryl Avenue, and then Connie Avenue. Each street should take 2-3 days, depending on weather.

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Northern New Mexico Cultural Exchange Nannies Keep Up Safety Education at Los Alamos Pool

Cultural Care Au Pair News:

Northern New Mexico Au Pairs. Courtesy photo

Au pairs from France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Australia met at the Aquatic Center for continuing safety education.

Scientists from around the world are not the only international residents in northern New Mexico.

There is also a vibrant group of young people from around the world who have come here to work, study and live with a U.S. family for a year – these young people are au pairs.

As part of their year-long program, they participate in mandatory safety training sessions, including a summer water-safety

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Boy Scout Troop 22 Completes Philmont Cavalcade

Standing on top of Mount Baldy from left, Jonathan Osden, Matthew Davenport, Miles Barkley, Walter Barkley, Jack Barkley, Ben Shirey, Bridger Spearing, Alex Shirey, Robert Shirey, Brad Morley, Steven Calhoun, Devon McCleskey, Nick Greenfield and Dane Spearing. Courtesy Photo

Boy Scout Troop 22 of Los Alamos has completed the cavalcade at the Philmont high-adventure camp in Cimarron.

Eleven boys, aged 14 through 16 and three adults, spent eight days riding horseback through the rugged mountains of northeastern New Mexico near the Valle Vidal.

Starting at base camp, this group was often

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Conscious Aging: Thinking About the Rest of Your Life

Column By Ann Shafer

This column is the first in a monthly series featuring life after retirement or after 60. 

If you are at that stage in your life, perhaps you have wondered what you are going to do with the rest of your life. 

You may have 20 or 30 years left to live; plus, like many in this age bracket, chances are you are in good physical and mental health.

There is a movement called Conscious Aging, which advocates exploring one’s life with the ultimate goal of leading a productive, meaningful life. 

Your elder years can be the richest stage of your life—a stage in which you can discover

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County Hosts Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament

The Los Alamos County Recreation Division will present the Ponderosa Putt-Putt Tournament at 6 p.m., Wednesday July 25 at East Park.

Putt-Putt registration forms are available at the Aquatic Center and must be returned to the Aquatic Center.

The deadline for pre-registration is 5 p.m., Monday July 23.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per age category.

Age categories are separated as follows:

  • 5-7 Years
  • 8-11 Years
  • 12+ Years

For more information, contact the Recreation Division at 505-662-8173, or


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Public Invited to T-Board Meeting Thursday


The public is invited to attend the Los Alamos County Transportation Board meeting at 5:30 p.m., Thursday July 12 in the Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Dr. Suite A2.


I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment (for items not on the agenda)

III. Approval of Transportation Board Minutes

A. June 7, 2012

IV. New Business

A. Continued Discussion of Alternative Fleet Fuels; and, Test Drive of a Compressed Natural Gas Bus from Santa Fe Trails

B. 2030 Challenge for Planning, Adopting Building and Transportation Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Standards

V. Staff

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LANL Public Meeting: Individual Permit for Storm Water


The public is invited to attend an Individual Permit for Storm Water meeting Thursday in Pojoaque. 

The Individual Permit for Storm Water encompasses corrective actions and monitoring for 405 sites across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Presentations at Thursday’s meeting will provide an overview of the plan for the summer season and the results of permit related actions and monitoring to date.

The daily routine of placing storm water controls and monitoring after rain storms will be explained as well as the process for earning site completion status

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NNSA Announces Elimination of 450 Metric Tons of Russian Weapons Highly Enriched Uranium

NNSA News:

Photo: Removing fresh nuclear fuel from Rossendorf, Germany. Courtesy/

WASHINGTON, D.C.The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 450 metric tons of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program.

The 1993 U.S.-Russia HEU Purchase Agreement is now 90 percent complete and by the end of 2013 a total of 500 MT of Russian nuclear weapons HEU will be eliminated by being converted into low enriched uranium (LEU), which is intended for peaceful

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Journey Through Indian Country Part 5: A Zero Tolerance Approach

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney. “We’ve made it a priority … to lower, if not eliminate, our thresholds to take these cases.” Courtesy/FBI

FBI Series Part 5

The arrest of a 20-year-old Zuni woman for selling two baggies of cocaine that each contained less than one gram of the drug might be considered a minor offense in many jurisdictions—but in Indian Country, federal prosecutors are taking a different approach.

“We have zero tolerance for drug trafficking in Indian Country,” said Ken Gonzales, New Mexico’s

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No County Council Meeting July 31

The Los Alamos County Administrator’s Office reports that the Regular Session of the County Council that was scheduled for 7 p.m., July 31 in Council Chambers has been canceled.

Any item tentatively set for that date has been moved to the Aug. 7 Council meeting.


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Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 28 to July 4, 2012

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

June 28 at 10:53 a.m. / A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported being the victim of criminal trespassing in the 3800 block of Gold Street. The estimated damage is unknown.

June 30 at 5:26 p.m. / A 54-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of breaking and entering in the 200 block of El Conejo. The estimated damage is unknown.

 July 1 at 10:16 a.m. / Steven Herrera, 55, of Santa Fe was

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Grant Enhances Curb Appeal for Nine Local Businesses

Dr. Merry McIntyre, owner of Reunion Chiropractic & Wellness, stands near her new sign obtained through the MainStreet Curb Appeal program. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for McIntrye’s new business location at 118 Central Park Square. Photo by Katy Korkos 

SBDC News:

The MainStreet Curb Appeal Grant has assisted nine local businesses improve their curb appeal.

The 2012 Spring Recipients include:

  • Hilltop House Spa;
  • Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio;
  • Los Alamos Family YMCA;
  • Los Alamos Fitness Center;
  • Museum Parke, Inc.;

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Column: Medicaid, New Mexico, and the PPACA

By Representative Jim Hall
House District 43
  • Medicaid, New Mexico, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

I attended a Medicaid conference in Washington, D.C., June 27 and 28. 

The non-partisan Council of State Governments organized the conference for state legislators to address ongoing growth in Medicaid costs and expected changes in Medicaid programs. 

This is the first of two columns on Medicaid. This column discusses the current program.  The next column will discuss Medicaid’s future in New Mexico. 

The June 28 PPACA decision by

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Column: Open Meeting Called Into Question

By Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

The Los Alamos School Board strives with great diligence to comply with the statutory rules for conduct of its open meetings in order to ensure transparency in government.

A Special Board meeting was held on May 24, 2012 to approve the 2012-13 Operating Budget.

At that meeting, the Board acted to amend the salary provisions of two collective bargaining agreements with existing school employee bargaining units in order to assure that employee contracts drafted at the end of the school year properly reflected the salaries authorized

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Artist Friends Exhibit Different Interpretations

Los Alamos artists and friends Janice Parker Muir, left, and Sheridan Brown share an exhibit that opens from 5-7 p.m., Friday at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery across from Ashley Pond. Photo by Karen Wray

By Mandy Marksteiner

  • Upcoming exhibition at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery features the work of two friends who see the world differently

No two people see the world the same way.

“Janice Parker Muir and I have been friends for a long time,” artist Sheridan Brown said. “We’ve had a lot of fun going out and painting together. We see different things even when we’re in the same place.”

The upcoming show at the

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Letter to the Editor: YMCA Says Thanks

Thank You to everyone who helped make The Family YMCA’s Independence Day Firecracker 5K Family Fun Run a success.
The event was sponsored by Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Bank, and Southwest Safety Services of Santa Fe. Businesses that donated prizes for top finishers and random drawings were Ruby K’s, Otowi Station Bookstore, Pet Pangaea, Connie’s Over Your Head Salon, Ten Thousand Waves, The Co-op Market, The Flower Shop, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, CB Fox, Aspen Copies, El Parasol, Fabulous 50’s Diner, Home Run Pizza, Pajarito Ski Area, Reel Deal Theater, The Coffee Booth,

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Letter to the Editor: Kiwanis Says Thanks

Dear Editor,

Despite the damper of dry weather and fireworks show cancellation, the 2012 Fourth of July Celebration at Overlook Park was a great success.

After a few months of dangerous drought, the big rain was even welcome.

Though we canceled the festivities earlier than planned, the fun picnic setting, yummy food, wonderful music, and very cool skydiving display by the Habanero Skydiving Club made for a great afternoon and evening.

We missed the fireworks, but we still celebrate living in the United States of America – the very best country in the world to be from!

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

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Joe King Carrasco Plays the Pond

Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns perform as part of the Gordon Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Joe King Carrasco and keyboardist Kris Cummings head into the crowd during their concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Keyboardist Kris Cummings runs back to the stage to take up her instrument during the Joe King Carrasco concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Joe King Carrasco continues to play his Fender Telecaster while out amongst the crowd during his concert at Ashley Pond. Photo by Salvador

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Community Reaches Out to Church Following Fire

New Beginnings Fellowship Church at 112 East Road lost its chapel to fire on the 4th of July. Los Alamos Police were at the church early Thursday evening. Los Alamos Fire Investigators, the New Mexico Fire Marshal and an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are searching for the cause of the fast spreading blaze. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos residents and members of the local faith-based community are rallying around the New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road, after a fire destroyed its chapel on the 4th of July.

Calls of support

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