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Letter To The Editor: Tragedy In Aztec

on December 15, 2017 - 9:43am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos
 
Perhaps the saddest fact about the awful shooting at Aztec High School last week is that it won’t be the last in New Mexico or anywhere else in America.
 
Los Alamos High School, where my son is a student, has also faced credible shooting threats in recent years. So has Santa Fe High SchoolEverytown for Gun Safety research shows that the shooting in Aztec is at least the 62nd school shooting nationwide this year.
 
In 2016, the FBI had investigated the shooter after he made threatening comments in an online gaming forum about mass shootings.

Housing Shortage An Issue In 1960s As Well

on December 15, 2017 - 7:43am

Archival document on ‘Disposal of the Los Alamos Community’. Courtesy photo

HISTORY News:

Los Alamos is known worldwide as the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Our history and the people who made it have an international reach.

For the Los Alamos Historical Society, whether the stories are about geopolitical machinations during the Cold War or about the development of a neighborhood, all of our history is “local.”

We bring this up because of the convergence of two points: the continued housing shortage in Los Alamos and a document we recently ran across in our Archives, “Disposal of the Los

UC And UT Confirm Submitting Proposals For LANL Management Contract

on December 14, 2017 - 4:21pm

Staff Report

 

The University of California and the University of Texas have both confirmed that they submitted bids to the National Nuclear Security Administration before Monday’s deadline to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory beginning Oct. 1, 2018. A NNSA spokesman declined to release the names of other entities that submitted proposals.

Stephanie Beechem, a spokesperson for the UC Office of the President said today that UC has submitted a proposal as evidence of its ongoing commitment to the stewardship of “this great scientific and technological enterprise and its

Second Successful Community Book Group

on December 14, 2017 - 4:16pm

Parents, LAPS staff, administrators, school board members and community members gather to discuss the community read book, 'Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,' by Angela Duckworth. Courtesy photo 

LAPS FOUNDATION News: 

This past fall the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, in partnership with Healthy Schools Initiative Director Kristine Coblentz and the Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative, administered a grant from 100+ Women Who Care to host the second of three community book groups.

Local Veterinarian Bob Fuselier Tackles Love And Loss Of Pets In New Children's Book

on December 14, 2017 - 7:41am
Local Veterinarian Bob Fuselier and his grandson Deaglan Gresham during a recent visit to the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bob Fuselier is both a veterinarian and grandfather, making him ideally suited to write a children’s book about dealing with the fact that we will lose our pet to death one day.

His recently published “Tip and Blue” tells the story of a young boy and his two dogs, one of which is nearing the end of her life.

 

Tip and Blue’ book cover. Courtesy image
 

“I didn’t feel

Olions ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’ Resonates Now More Than Ever

on December 14, 2017 - 7:32am
The cast of 'It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play' on stage Dec. 8. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

George Bailey Donald Poston) and Mary Bailey (Rebekah Harkey). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Foleys (sound effects people) make some noise. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

As winter closes in, the Los Alamos High School Olions production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” is sure to warm your heart. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know the story.

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Andy Ainsworth

on December 13, 2017 - 3:19pm

Los Alamos Board Of Education Votes No Change To School Start Time In 2018-19

on December 13, 2017 - 9:44am
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos School Board

The Los Alamos School Board reviewed options at its Tuesday evening meeting for changing school start times under their Strategic Plan focus areas:

  • Student well-being;
  • Student learning; and
  • Teacher and staff well-being and excellence.

After much discussion, the board approved a motion for no change next year to start and end times. The Board decision also encourages “the high school to explore the implementation of alternative schedules that allow for flexible start times.”

Let’s all thank the School Board for listening carefully

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Serena Birnbaum Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

on December 13, 2017 - 7:08am

Serena Birnbaum from Los Alamos has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Serena Birnbaum from Los Alamos New Mexico has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting.

The Gold Award, which challenges Girl Scouts to make a difference in their communities, is presented to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts each year. This Award is recognized by colleges and employers.   

Serena's project "Choir Risers" addressed the need to support the arts program at Los Alamos High School.

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes Graduates From CHDS Master’s Degree Program

on December 13, 2017 - 7:07am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes

LAFD News:

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes graduates in a special ceremony this week from The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Degree Program (MA). The CHDS Master’s Degree Program is an 18-month program, geared towards:

  • Developing policies, strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and catastrophic events;
  • Building the organizational and interagency arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security; and
  • Helping

LAHS Winter Dance Show Dec. 18

on December 12, 2017 - 11:42am
In this year's Winter Dance Show, Los Alamos High School students will present Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Modern at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Admission is free. Courtesy photo
 
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Amateur Naturalist: Observing Birds Long Term

on December 12, 2017 - 10:58am
White-winged doves are increasing both in numbers and occupied areas. Photo by Bob Walker

 

By ROBERT DRYJA

Los Alamos
 
Citizen science refers to individuals collecting and submitting data to an organization that then collates the data from many people. The Ornithology Department of Cornell University has been collecting bird sightings for thirty years for the United States and Canada. The program is called “Project FeederWatch”. Participants provide weekly counts of the different species of birds that they see at their bird feeders during the winter months.

New Mexico History Museum And Santa Fe Opera Presentations Recognize State’s ‘Atomic Histories’

on December 12, 2017 - 10:46am
Test of Atomic Bomb at Trinity Site, New Mexico, July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, NM. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Courtesy/National Park Service
 
General Leslie Groves walks across the Trinity Site in September 1945, 45 days after the first nuclear bomb was tested there. Courtesy/Historical AP News Features Photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico History Museum and the Santa Fe Opera will each feature presentations exploring New Mexico’s Atomic Histories during 2018 and 2019.
 
The History Museum’s Atomic Histories exhibition opens June 3, 2018 and runs through May 2019.

LAHS Students Bake Nut Free Holiday Food

on December 12, 2017 - 6:11am

Kristen Pyle’s students, Julia Williams and Nicole Bejarano, of Los Alamos High School prepare Sun Butter cookies for students with nut allergies with a little help from Chartwells. Courtesy photo
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UNM-LA Announces Winter Closure Notices

on December 12, 2017 - 6:01am

In the case of inclement weather, UNM-LA will announce delays or closures through media outlets and LoboAlerts texts. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will close for winter break Friday, Dec. 22 through Tuesday, Jan. 2. There will be no classes or activities, and buildings will be closed.

Throughout the year, UNM-LA strives to keep the community notified about weather delays, cancellations, closures and emergencies, through the media, the UNM-LA website, and the UNM-Los Alamos Facebook page.

Additionally, students, faculty and staff can sign up

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LAMS Native Hawks Celebrate Feast Day

on December 12, 2017 - 5:15am

The ladies of the Los Alamos Middle School Native Hawks serve their fellow students during a Feast Day event as Native American Heritage month comes to a close. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

 

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
LAMS Instructional Assistant

The Los Alamos Middle School Native Hawks celebrated a Feast Day recently as Native American Heritage month came to an end.

Throughout the month, students attended a special gathering at UNM-LA, to spend time with Native poets and potters. The artisans shared their talents and backgrounds inspiring young students for the future.

The Native Hawks

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Pushes For Extension Of Secure Rural Schools Program

on December 11, 2017 - 5:23pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), urging them to include a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program in any end-of-year legislation.

SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the country. 

The SRS program

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Whitney Muziani-Holland

on December 11, 2017 - 11:02am

Local Students Given Opportunity To Study Abroad

on December 11, 2017 - 9:15am
ASSE News:
 
Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.
 
Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.
 
Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.

Pearce Calls On FBI To Release Details Of Aztec Shooter, Expand Preventative Efforts

on December 11, 2017 - 8:37am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after learning some details about the shooter in last week's tragic event that took place at Aztec High School:

“My heart hurts immensely for not only the families of the students who were taken too early from this earth, but for all students and community members affected by the (Dec. 7) senseless and tragic shooting. Many have asked, what can be done to stop situations like this.

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace Visits Mountain

on December 10, 2017 - 4:11pm

Incoming LANL Director Terry Wallace, center, who officially starts his new job next month, clearly had fun interacting with 6th graders during an ‘Hour of Code’ event Friday morning at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS School Board Member Ellen Ben-Naim, left, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy, right, at an ‘Hour of Code’ event with incoming Lab Director Terry Wallace Friday morning at Mountain. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

On The Job In Los Alamos: Mountain School Nurse

on December 10, 2017 - 7:13am

On the job in Los Alamos is Nurse Amy Yost at Mountain Elementary School Friday morning at 2280 North Road. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Wray: Why Do I Teach?

on December 10, 2017 - 7:09am

Artist and gallery owner Karen Wray is teaching beginning and intermediate oil painting in January in her studio at 1247 Central Ave. Call 505.660.6382 or email kewray40@comcast.net. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
By KAREN WRAY
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

After opening my art gallery in 2009, aspiring artists visiting the gallery would frequently show me their paintings, ask for advice on how to improve their work, and tell me about their painting experiences.

Their most common question was: how do you get it to look like that?

My own journey into painting involved taking numerous

Mountain Choir Sings Carols Downtown Dec. 14

on December 10, 2017 - 7:07am
MOUNTAIN CHOIR News:

The Mountain School Choir, which recently sang with the Los Alamos High School choir at the Municipal Building for the Holiday Tree Lighting, is performing Christmas Carols beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the downtown post office on Central Ave.

The choir will walk down the street singing in front of businesses, cross the road and sing in CB FOX, walk on that side of the street and will finish will a few songs in Starbucks.

Mountain Choir invites the community to come downtown Thursday evening to hear the students and enjoy the holiday season with singing!

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Debbie Grothaus

on December 10, 2017 - 7:02am

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