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PEEC Amateur Naturalist: All Those Ponderosa Seeds

on August 2, 2017 - 10:08am
Pairs of seeds about to flutter out of a pine cone. Photo by Nancy Castillo
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
A number of cones are lying on the ground beneath the dominant Ponderosa pine tree growing  behind the Aquatic Center. 
A very patient seed counter found that ponderosa trees may produce from 7,000 to 11,500 viable seeds for a year. This is before birds and squirrels begin to eat them. The seeds are enclosed in a wing and so may flutter away from the parent tree. Birds and squirrels also may carry away and store some seeds without eating them.    
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Free ESL Classes At UNM-Los Alamos

on August 2, 2017 - 7:55am
Mei Chi, Yan Leng and Perihan Ozsoy work on English exercises in the ESL class at UNM-LA Adult Basic Education. Often students in the ESL classes come from different countries with a variety of native languages. Photos by Jane Clements, UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Adult Basic Education is again offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22 and running through Dec. 14, 2017.
ESL classes are designed to benefit anyone wishing to improve their English language skills.

WalletHub Study: 2017’s States With Most And Least Student Debt

on August 2, 2017 - 6:49am
With college students preparing for the fall semester and 11 percent of all student loans in delinquency or default as of Q1 2017, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt.

To determine the states that are friendliest toward student-loan debtors, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 10 key metrics. The data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances.

Back To School Information For Students And Parents

on August 1, 2017 - 3:37pm
Superintendent of Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools is proud to announce our Back to School webpage ( on our new website. Whether you are new to the LAPS district or returning to continue your academic career, our website is packed with useful information.

Think of it as a concierge service for all of your back to school needs, including information about academics and activities.

Click and scroll through our website to find links to our school calendar, each school's home page, registration links and web tools for parents.

Night Skies And Asteroids At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on August 1, 2017 - 11:46am

PEEC News:

Dr. Galen Gisler will provide an interactive tour Friday, Aug. 4 of the planets, star patterns, constellations and deep sky objects that may be observed throughout August. He also will include information about the solar eclipse. This show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Aug. 5-6. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending!

The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open

UNM-LA Offers An Affordable Quality Education

on August 1, 2017 - 9:47am
UNM-LA Student Enrollment Director
Over the next few weeks, thousands of New Mexico high school graduates will be preparing for their freshman semester at colleges all across the state and country.
They will be looking for the best deals on books and comparing the prices of laptops and backpacks. Certainly their families will be talking about the sticker price of the college. However, the discussion about affordability should extend beyond the cost of tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

SFCC Granted $351,000 From U.S. EDA For Building Energy Automation And Microgrid Training Center

on August 1, 2017 - 6:48am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces that the U.S. Economic Development Administration has granted the college $351,000 in federal funds, which will support the purchase of critical equipment for the campus Building Energy Automation and Microgrid Training Center (BEAMTC).
The two workforce training labs on the campus will provide specialized hands-on training in the fields of building automation and microgrid energy distribution systems.