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Udall Leads Push To Ensure Homeland Security Employees Are Paid Despite Potential GOP Shutdown

on February 25, 2015 - 12:06pm

  • More than 2,300 DHS employees in New Mexico could be hurt by shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has joined several of his Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees are paid if congressional Republicans refuse to fund DHS by the end of this week.

Out of anger at President Obama's immigration policies, Republicans have proposed legislation with harsh anti-immigrant penalties and threatened to block DHS funding — including programs that are critical for New Mexico —

Letter To The Editor: Helping My Child Cope With PARCC Test

on February 25, 2015 - 11:52am
Parent of LAPS Elementary Student

Yes, this test is probably finally putting parents, students and educators on unnecessary overload, stress and tilt for apparently no good reason.

An editorial in Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday explained that we, as parents, can actually opt their child out of taking the test. And, just today, there is an editorial written by a Los Alamos High School Junior about the poor decision by law-makers to implement this test. 

My approach with my child who is bothered about this up-coming test stress, has been to compare it to times in her life when

LAHS Junior Parent Night March 2

on February 25, 2015 - 11:41am

LAHS News:

Parents of Los Alamos High School juniors are invited to attend Junior Parent Night at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2 in the Speech Theater at LAHS.

“Junior Parent Night is a presentation for members of the Class of 2016 and their parents to gain information on post-secondary options,” said Cindy Black, a guidance counselor at LAHS. “We will review the college admission process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.”

In addition, information will be available on college searches, SAT and ACT tests, admissions, financial


LAMS 8th Grade Basketball Team Recognized

on February 25, 2015 - 11:35am

The 2014-2015 8th Grade Los Alamos Middle School Basketball Team, from left, Noah Menapace, Gabe Holesinger, Elijah Velasquez, Uriah Sanchez, Arthur Steinkamp, Duncan Fuehne, Jack Vandenkieboom, David Owen, Carson Schramm, Jevon Montoya and Antonio Garcia. Not pictured, Coach Mark ‘Noodles’ Lopez and Coach Mel Montoya. Courtesy/Roman Martinez, Northern New Mexico Sportland Photos


Coach Mel Montoya and Coach Mark Lopez would like to recognize our Los Alamos Middle School 8th grade basketball team.

Our boys, in addition to being stellar athletes, are committed students in the


Letter to the Editor: What The Heck Is The North Community Regional Park And Community Links Project?

on February 25, 2015 - 10:44am
Los Alamos

I can’t help but compare the discussion involving the merits of the CIP project for the proposed North Community Regional Park and Community Links with what I do for a living; provide apartment housing for people living in Los Alamos.

I own and manage a number of buildings in town that are almost the same age as is the golf course and believe it or not, there are more similarities than you might think. By the time our current projects are completed this summer, we will have invested well over $1.5 million in upgrades and innovations in recent years.


Hannemann’s Music Corner: The Sustain

on February 25, 2015 - 10:29am
Hannemann’s Music Corner
Los Alamos

The Sustain

One of the truly neat things about the guitar is its natural sustain. Play a note and then sit back and listen to it roll.

There are very few instruments that have this characteristic, the two most notable being the piano and the orchestral harp. The downside to the natural sustain of the piano is that it can be thunderous.

P&Z Holds Public Hearings For Dog Day Care; Assisted Living Facility At 5:30 P.M. Today

on February 25, 2015 - 10:00am

Proposed site for an Assisted Living Facility in Sherwood Village in White Rock. Courtesy/LAC

P&Z News:

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Public hearings on the agenda include:

  • Approval of a Special Use Permit for a “Dog Day Care” at 127 East Gate Dr., Suite #114 in East Gate Park.
  • Approval of a Special Use Permit to operate an Assisted Living Facility at 106 Longview Dr., (new address 110 Longview), in Sherwood Village Office Park in White Rock.
  • Approval of a Site Plan to construct

Christian Homeschool Convention April 16-18

on February 25, 2015 - 9:02am

Letter to the Editor: Let's Use What's Here First

on February 25, 2015 - 8:58am

Los Alamos

A recent letter by Shelby Redondo voiced concern regarding the availability of swim lessons in Los Alamos.

I would like to let Ms. Redondo and all the community know of the opportunities for swim lessons that already exist in the community. The local private outdoor swimming pools often offer swim lessons to non-members during the summer months, and the County Aquatic Center offers swim lessons in sessions offered year-round. 

As a child, I learned to swim at Pinion Park Pool, taking the Red Cross swimming lessons offered there for a nominal fee.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 25, 2015 - 8:50am
Reel Deal Theater

We had 25 contenders and only one winner for our second annual Reel Deal Academy Award Contest. If Boyhood would have won instead of Birdman, I would have had to award about 20 six-month passes.

Birdman, the quirky but original film was a bit of surprise but maybe the Academy is looking for original, non-sequel films. This is a good thing as the days of four, five or even six sequals are getting real old.

Having said that I am also convinced the Academy is becoming more disconnected with movie patrons.

Plan Put Forward To Avoid DHS Shutdown

on February 25, 2015 - 8:43am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

HSNW News:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has put forth a plan to avoid a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shutdown after Senate Democrats on Monday refused to approve a Republican-backed $40 billion DHS appropriation which would defund President Barack Obama’s 2014 immigration actions in order to fund DHS.

According to the Hill, McConnell’s plan would let some Democrats who want to vote against Obama’s 2014 immigration actions do so, while clearing the way for a separate vote on DHS funding.

“Some Democrats give the impression

Reward Of Up To $3 Million Offered For Information On FBI Cyber Fugitive

on February 25, 2015 - 8:17am

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev is wanted by the FBI for Conspiracy to Participate in Racketeering Activity; Bank Fraud; Conspiracy to Violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Conspiracy to Violate the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act; Aggravated Identity Theft; Conspiracy; Computer Fraud; Wire Fraud; Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S.

New Mexico House Passes FY-2016 Budget

on February 25, 2015 - 7:39am

House Appropriations Committee Chair Larry Larrañaga


  • Budget Invests In Education, Economic Development & Protecting Children

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed its FY-2016 budget Tuesday, which maintains fiscal responsibility while funding some of the state’s most important priorities at the highest levels. It passed by a bipartisan vote of 42-25 and will now head to the Senate.

Among other things, the budget calls for more spending on education than ever before to improve New Mexico’s schools; increased funding into programs and initiatives to protect

Meet Valentina Devine 5-7 P.M. Friday

on February 25, 2015 - 6:54am


ART News:

The community is invited to meet artist Valentina Devine at an Opening Reception 5-7 p.m., Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

Artist Valentina Devine's solo exhibit opens Friday. Courtesy/FLAC

Devine loves, loves, loves fiber. She loves dying yarn. She loves creating fabulous free-form pieces of fiber art combining knitting and crochet, yarns and fabric scraps, old lace and even old clothing.

She loves teaching others to leave behind the constraints of knitting only in rows; to capture a freedom of motion in their pieces.

Letter To the Editor: A Call To Arms

on February 25, 2015 - 6:20am
Los Alamos High School Junior

Parents, teachers, community members and fellow students, it is time to unite and take a stance on New Mexico’s careless state of testing.

Recently, there has been much controversy in regards to the newly implemented Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test or (PARCC), which students all over the state, myself included, will be taking this March. The PARCC is officially replacing the New Mexico Standard Based Assessments (NMSBA) this year.

You may or may not be surprised to know that New Mexico’s recently

Letter to the Editor: Let's Ban Single Use Plastic Bags

on February 25, 2015 - 5:50am
Los Alamos

The story goes like this: Two women were hiking a rocky trail along a rushing river below a waterfall. Suddenly, over the roar of the falls, they heard a scream for help, and looking to the river, saw a man flailing in the rapids. 

The first woman, a strong swimmer, grabbed a rope from her pack, and throwing one end to her companion, she leapt into the river, carrying the rope to rescue the drowning man.


PEEC Hosts 'Wrenched' Screening At Reel Deal

on February 25, 2015 - 5:38am

Movie Poster for 'Wrenched' Courtesy/


The documentary Wrenched delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special screening of the movie at 6:30 p.m., March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.

Wrenched reveals how Abbey forever changed

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep To First Judicial District Court

on February 24, 2015 - 7:55pm

Jennifer Attrep. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez today announced the appointment of Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the First Judicial District Court.

Attrep’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the non-retention of Judge Sheri Raphaelson. Attrep has previously served as a judge with the First Judicial District Court. She has a diverse background of legal experience, including criminal law, civil rights, contracts, securities and other areas.

Attrep holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a

Workers Install Glass Wall At White Rock Library

on February 24, 2015 - 7:11pm

Workers were busy today installing glass panels along the east wall at the new White Rock Branch Library on Sherwood Boulevard and N.M. 4. The building is scheduled to be completed and open to the public in July. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

White Rock Snow Scenes

on February 24, 2015 - 6:54pm

Looking east late this afternoon from Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Looking north late this afternoon from Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snow scene late this afternoon at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Snow scene late this afternoon at Overlook in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Superintendent Candidate Chris Marczak, Ed.D. Issues Letter To Los Alamos

on February 24, 2015 - 3:35pm

Dr. Chris Marczak participating in Read Me Day 2014 at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy photo.

Dear Community Members of Los Alamos:

I am honored to receive this opportunity to interview for the Superintendent of Schools position with the Los Alamos Public School system and introduce myself to you.

I am currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak Ridge Schools.


Snow Falls On Los Alamos And White Rock

on February 24, 2015 - 2:54pm

Snow falls today in Los Alamos and the National Weather Service reports additional snowfall is expected through tonight with a possible accumulation of 1-3 inches. Photo by Chris Clark/

Snow falls today in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Leadership Los Alamos Completes Education Session

on February 24, 2015 - 2:17pm

Amy Bartlett Gaunt of Los Alamos Middle School speaks with Leadership Los Alamos participants Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Martha Katko

From left, Lucy Foma, Doris Prokop and Monica Hernandez-Lara. Photo by Martha Katko


The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015 participated in an Education session Friday at UNM-LA. The session was chaired by Elizabeth Martineau of the Bradbury Science Museum who also serves as president of Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation; and Dawn Venhaus, UNM-LA Department Chair for Science & Engineering, Chemistry and associate professor.

Letter To The Editor: Parents Have Right To Opt Their Children Out Of Standardized Testing

on February 24, 2015 - 1:49pm
D-Catron, Grant and Socorro

There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) that will be administered to students from grades 3-11 this spring.

I want to clarify the options parents have in deciding to opt their children out of taking this test.

Many of you have expressed concern and, indeed, dissatisfaction with the intensity of the current amount of standardized testing taking place in our schools.

Scenes From 'Willy Wonka Jr.' Performance

on February 24, 2015 - 1:39pm
Scene from Atomic City Children's Theater performance of 'Willy Wonka Jr.' last weekend at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle