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UPDATE: Breaking News: N.M. 4 Shut Down Use Alternate Route

on March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm

UPDATE: Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris just announced that N.M. 4 is clear and traffic is moving again.

This mobile home broke down about 4:15 p.m., today on N.M. 4 near the Truck Route. At 7 p.m., Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris said the mobile home has been towed off the roadway and traffic is now moving smoothly. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

At about 4:15 p.m. today, a mobile home broke down on N.M. 4. Traffic is backed up. Los Alamos Police Department are asking motorists to seek alternate routes.

LAPS Superintendent Candidate Dr. Chris Marczak Shares His Vision With Community

on March 3, 2015 - 12:39pm
Brimming with energy throughout his talk at Monday's forum, Dr. Chris Marczak assured the audience that he had been drinking water all day and some unsweetened tea and had not consumed any energy drinks. 'I'm always like this ... ask my wife', he said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Forum moderator Dan Castille, left, reads questions from the audience to superintendent candidate Dr. Chris Marczak. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

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Topper Girls Basketball Hosts State Tournament 1st Round At Griffith Gym Friday

on March 3, 2015 - 12:21pm

SPORTS News:

Los Alamos High School Girls Basketball received the 6th seed and will host the 1st Round of the 5A Girls State Basketball Tournament Friday, March 6 vs. the Goddard Rockets.

Game time is 6 p.m. at Griffith Gym. Tickets will be $5. Come out and support the Toppers in their quest for a state championship!

 

 

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PARCC Testing Comes To Los Alamos

on March 3, 2015 - 12:17pm
LAMS Prinicpal Rex Kilburn discusses the PARCC exam with parents last week as students and staff prepare for the testing window to open. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Prevention Specialist
Los Alamos Public Schools

While the media is currently a buzz with examples of student and parent reaction to state testing, the work continues as the testing window is ready to open for local students.

Earlier this week, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn held a meeting for parents to explain the multitude of testing and how parents can be helpful and assist their students

CASA: Make A Difference - Be A Child's Voice

on March 3, 2015 - 12:07pm
CASA News:
 
CASA is an organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to be strong advocates for children who have been abused.
 
Our advocates are the “eyes and ears” of the Court and report to the Judge as to the wellbeing of the children they are assigned to. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of children who’ve been hurt and need a caring and trustworthy adult in their lives.
 
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about advocating for children, who can be objective and report the facts to the Court, and who can work as part of a team of

Valles Caldera Turkey Hunt Lottery Now Open

on March 3, 2015 - 11:40am

A turkey on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/VCT

VCT News:

Hunters can enter the 2015 Valles Caldera Trust lottery for a chance to hunt Merriam turkeys on the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

The 2015 hunt will be the ninth since the Preserve was established in 2000 and the second since the one ticket, per hunter, per hunt lottery was established last year in order to offer turkey hunts to a wider range of applicants.

Eight hunt authorizations will be issued for the two hunts scheduled for May 2-4 and May 8-10.

Each applicant will be limited to one ticket per hunt code but can apply to both

Derby Dames Host Fundraiser March 14

on March 3, 2015 - 11:38am

IRS: Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions

on March 3, 2015 - 11:37am

IRS News:
  • IRS's Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions; Part of Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud

PHOENIX - Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced the Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). 

The ongoing efforts to bring identity thieves to justice remains a significant priority as part of the IRS’s comprehensive identity theft strategy focusing on preventing, detecting and resolving identity theft cases as soon as possible.

“Identity theft is a crime that carries

Letter To The Editor: Could Guaje Pines Cemetery Sign Be Raised For Better View?

on March 3, 2015 - 11:35am
By SUE Y. CONNER
Los Alamos
 
The directional sign to Guaje Pines Cemetery is so low that it is hard for first visitors to see. In the summer, it is shaded, too.
 
Could the sign be lifted for better view? A little green and white sign on the other side of Diamond Drive would also be helpful.
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New Environmental Health And Safety Master's Degree Program Informational Meeting At Noon Thursday

on March 3, 2015 - 11:26am

LANL News:

Learn more about a new master's degree program in environmental health and safety by attending an informational meeting noon, Thursday, March 5 in Room 3 of Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. 

The two-year degree program is offered by Colorado State University and is open to anyone who has a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree and has completed certain prerequisite classes - see below.

Classes begin Aug. 24 and applications should be submitted by July 1. Classes will be held Friday and Saturday in rooms 111 and 112 of the J.

Learn Cool Science At Café Scientifique Thursday

on March 3, 2015 - 11:19am

First Baptist Church Offers Teen Parenting Class

on March 3, 2015 - 11:11am

FBC News:

The First Baptist Church is offering a four-week class on parenting teenagers. The class meets at 9 a.m. Sundays through March 22.

Schedule

  • March 1 - Teen Dating Relationships
  • March 8 – Communication and Discipline
  • March 15 - Social Media
  • March 22 – Video Games

The class features open discussions on these issues. Participants are free to offer their successes, failure and tips and advice.

Anyone with teenagers, future teenagers or those who have dealt with teenagers in the past are welcomed to attend. It is not required to attend all classes.

Classes are held in the Youth Room at

LANL: Six Regional Businesses Receive Native American Venture Acceleration Fund Grants

on March 3, 2015 - 11:04am

Phoebe Suina of High Water Mark, Cochiti Pueblo. Courtresy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Nearly $700,000 in new revenue generated last two years

Six Northern New Mexico Native American-owned and operated businesses received a total of $60,000 in grants through a Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and the Regional Development Corporation.

The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.

“Our Native American Venture Acceleration Fund has become an important resource in

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Morning Glory For Kindness To County Crews, Dispatchers And Police

on March 3, 2015 - 10:47am
By SGT. DANIEL ROBERTS
Los Alamos Police Department

I would like to extend a thank you to the owners and employees of Morning Glory / Daylight Doughnuts. Los Alamos has seen a lot of snow these past few days. The snow and ice made very dangerous roads conditions and caused several crashes. The Los Alamos County road crews worked hard to keep up with the prevailing weather; working long hours without stop.  

Noticing the road crews, plows, sand trucks and police on the streets, Morning Glory stopped by the Los Alamos Police Department Dispatch Center with boxes filled with doughnuts.

LAMC Hospital Auxiliary Seeks Volunteers

on March 3, 2015 - 10:32am

LAMC Hospital Auxiliary members Addy Montoya, left, and Wendy Schamaun. Courtesy/LAMC

LAMC News:

The Los Alamos Medical Center's Hospital Auxiliary is an organization of 47 active members who serve the staff and patients of the hospital on a volunteer basis.

As they begin this new year, the organization finds itself in great need of new volunteers. Many positions are going unfilled and they hope to attract some enthusiastic caring people who would like to give three hours a day, one day a week to help and serve those who come to the Los Alamos Medical Center.

Affectionately known through

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Trinity Site Tour Reservations Now Available

on March 3, 2015 - 10:05am

The obelisk monument at Trinity Site. Courtesy/LAHS

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

The annual Los Alamos Historical Society escorted bus tour to the site of the first atomic test, Trinity Site, will be April 3-4, this time via Alamogordo. 

The cost is $385, which includes transportation, lodging in Alamogordo, and some meals. Experts and resources about the area and the test will be on board.

Reservations must be made with full payment by March 15 to the Los Alamos Historical Society, 505.662.6272 or info@losalamoshistory.org.
 
For more information, visit www.losalamoshistory.org and

Boys And Girls State Coming Up In May

on March 3, 2015 - 9:38am

POST 90 News:

American Legion Post 90 is encouraging high school students to attend this year’s Boys and Girls State.

Boys’ State is May 24-29 at Eastern New Mexico College in Portales. Girls’ State begins May 31.

Students who completed their junior year are eligible to attend. Completing the event will provide three college credits that are transferrable anywhere. Two bills are currently pending legislature to also award participants high school credit, too.

Ten students from Los Alamos are allowed to participate in Boy’s State.

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Letter To The Editor: Our Schools And Our Children Are Not For Sale

on March 3, 2015 - 9:28am
By GERRY WIGGINS
Los Alamos

Public education is one of America's greatest achievements and assets. The schools belong to the communities and provide free education for all children regardless of race, wealth, religion, or disability. 

Each district is held accountable through a publicly elected school board that the can be replaced periodically by the voters. Additionally, each district is funded through a system of democratically approved bond and tax measures. 

On the whole, the American people choose to fund this great public asset to the tune of $600 billion a year.

LACA Presents Latin America's Premier String Quartet March 15

on March 3, 2015 - 8:54am
Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Courtesy/LACA

LACA News:

The Los Alamos Concert Association will present Latin America’s premier string quartet in a concert scheduled at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15 in the Smith Auditorium. 

Cuarteto Latinoamericano was to have performed with bandoneón virtuoso Daniel Binelli. However, Binelli has cancelled upcoming engagements including this Los Alamos appearance for medical reasons. The quartet will perform as scheduled with a revised program.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet.

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Twenty Year Facilities Study Unveiled At School Board Meeting

on March 3, 2015 - 8:52am
Outgoing School Board members Kevin Honnell, Nan Holmes and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie show off their service awards. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The audience listens are Barranca Principal Bradford Parker shows off the achievements of his school. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Barranca Elementary Principal Bradford Parker shared his school’s achievements during Thursday's Los Alamos School Board Work Session at his school.

When asked by Board Vice President Kevin Honnell for his recommendations to improve student

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Food on the Hill: Spinach Salad With Strawberries

on March 3, 2015 - 8:31am
Food on the Hill
By FELICIA ORTH

Skiers had cause to celebrate this past week in Los Alamos, as did those of us patrolling the produce section for the very earliest signs of spring: the light green asparagus with tightly closed tips, and an abundance of fresh berries from California. (Contrary indicators remain, of course—whoever is pressing “Ripe Now” stickers on the rock-hard avocados appears mistaken either about the meaning of the word “ripe” or the concept of “now.”)

But the strawberries!

Pet of the Week: Charlie The Main Coon Cat

on March 3, 2015 - 8:28am

Charlie the cat. Courtesy/FOS

SHELTER News:

Charlie is a 9-year-old neutered male Maine coon cross who is reportedly good with adults, gentle children and cats. He might be fine with gentle dogs also, as he is a mellow cat.

Charlie loves to be petted and interact with people. He will receive a veterinary update and will become available for adoption. Charlie’s long, lovely coat requires frequent brushing.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about volunteering,

Letter to the Editor: Keep Plastic Bags In Los Alamos

on March 3, 2015 - 8:26am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Founder, Save the Bag: Los Alamos

In the last month there have been two very emotionally charged letters written by Jody Benson, a Sierra Club member, to the editor demanding a ban on plastic shopping bags in Los Alamos County. Understandably this topic is going to generate a lot of discussion because it concerns how people choose to shop and live their lives.

Before we ban plastic bags and allow needleless government intrusion into a private transaction, let’s look at some facts regarding plastic shopping bags.

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LAPS Budget Committee Gets In Trenches To Build 2015-2016 Budget

on March 3, 2015 - 8:03am
Superintendent Gene Schmidt addresses the group Wednesday at the first meeting of the 2015-16 LAPS Budget Committe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
LAPS Budget Committee at its first meeting Feb. 25. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) is on the way to creating its 2015-2016 budget.

The process officially kicked off Wednesday at the first official meeting of the Budget Committee.

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Vijali Hamilton’s Film Screens In Jemez Springs March 15

on March 3, 2015 - 7:42am

Vijali Hamilton

JSPL News:

A screening of artist Vijali Hamilton’s feature film, “The Wheel of the World: One Woman’s Creative Journey for Global Peace,” will be presented at 2 p.m., March 15 at the Jemez Springs Village Conference Room, 30 Jemez Springs Plaza.

The Jemez Springs Public Library (JSPL) is hosting the event, which will feature an introduction by Hamilton.

Beginning in 1986, Hamilton became inspired by a dream and was prompted to embark upon a quest for global peace.

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