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Alzheimer’s 'Legal And Financial Planning' Presentation

on September 15, 2017 - 6:49am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families dealing with the multitude of issues that come with Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a FREE presentation in Santa Fe, New Mexico offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
The presentation, “Living with Alzhiemers: Legal and Financial Planning” will help explain the basics of legal and financial planning for families facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The event will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and will be hosted by Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 
 
Contact David

PEEC: Back From The Brink — California Condors

on September 15, 2017 - 6:17am

The California Condor that blew into Los Alamos in April 2015. Photo by Joe Fitzgibbon

PEEC News:

The largest bird in North America, which only existed in captivity in the 1980’s, is taking to the skies in growing numbers, and their story will be shared at the Los Alamos Nature Center 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.19.

Four condor experts, Bette Korber, Melissa Moore, Shorty Esch and Jeanne Fair, will talk about the California Condor’s story and bird science conducted at LANL. This free presentation is open to the public.

Poaching and poisoning pushed California Condor populations down to only a

CDC Finds Link Between Teen Health And Grades

on September 15, 2017 - 6:07am

CDC News:

As millions of students across the United States head back to school, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data confirming the close connection between student health and academic performance.

The data published in the Sept. 8 issue of The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that regardless of sex, race/ethnicity and grade-level, high school students reporting lower academic marks also reported greater health risk behaviors associated with substance use, violence, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and sex.

Star Gaze At Valles Caldera

on September 15, 2017 - 6:04am
The Milky Way over the Jemez River. Photo by Jim Stein Photography

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer a night sky observation event 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.

The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest skies in our area and is a great place to get a better look at the night sky on clear nights.

Los Alamos High School Alum Peter Ahrens Receives Department Of Energy Graduate Fellowship

on September 14, 2017 - 3:15pm

LAHS graduate Peter Ahrens

EDUCATION News:

A former Los Alamos High School student is attending graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall on a U.S. Department of Energy fellowship.

Peter Ahrens was one of less than 5 percent of applicants to receive the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Ahrens, a 2012 Los Alamos graduate, is studying toward a doctoral degree in Computer Science.

The fellowship, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

SFCC Presents LAUNCH! Sept. 28

on September 14, 2017 - 8:51am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents LAUNCH!, an exhibition by the Sculpture Union art club of SFCC.
 
This inaugural event features selections from each of the group’s members.The exhibit opens with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 28. The exhibition continues through Nov. 1.
 
The exhibition includes sculpture in diverse media and conceptual approaches from SFCC sculpture students includingJanet Abrams, Colin Barker, Faye Bates, David Burling, Charlie Carruthers, Cary Cluett, Dason Culver, Monique DeNys, Rose Driscoll, Lisa

SFCC Equivalency/GED Registration Open

on September 14, 2017 - 7:42am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces that registration for classes to prepare for the High School Equivalency/GED tests is open now. Classes begin Oct. 16 in Spanish and English. Call 505.428.1356 for more information.
 
New students must fill out and submit an orientation packet. Packets are available now at the Adult Education office on the SFCC campus, 6401 Richards Avenue in Room 502, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. Fridays. New students must attend an orientation session. The sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m.

Scenes From Season Kick Off Of Cafe Scientifique

on September 14, 2017 - 6:59am

Cafe Scientifique participants working on a building project during the season kick-off Tuesday night at UNM-LA. Photo by Michelle Hall

Presenter Mike Hoog leads Cafe Scientifique participants in yoga Tuesday evening at UNM-LA. Photo by Michelle Hall

Staff Report

Café Scientifique kick off its season Tuesday evening on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos. The popular program brings teens from all walks of life together to explore, discuss and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

Alzheimer’s Presentation Offered In White Rock Oct. 11

on September 14, 2017 - 6:50am
ALZHEIMER’S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational event in White Rock offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. The event will be hosted at The White Rock Senior Center, 137 Longview Dr. in White Rock. The class is free and open to all citizens of White Rock and surrounding communities.

“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction for new, non-professional or family caregivers who are seeking a basic knowledge

Atomic City Children's Theater Hosts Car Wash Saturday

on September 13, 2017 - 3:31pm

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) will host a car wash this Saturday at the Christian Church of Los Alamos.

ACCT's talented and award winning students are hosting their car wash to raise funds for their upcoming February production of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach Jr.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16
Where: Christian Church of Los Alamos (92 East Road)
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We hope the community will support these talented performers.

Atomic City Children’s Theater, an official after-school program sponsored by the Los Alamos Public Schools, offers performing

LAHS Gridiron And NJROTC Sell Homecoming Mums

on September 13, 2017 - 3:20pm

Los Alamos High School Homecoming Mum. Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School Gridiron and NJROTC Booster Clubs are selling Homecoming Mums this year. The mums are a longstanding tradition in Southern and Eastern New Mexico and come in two forms, a corsage to pin on or a garter to be worn on the arm or leg.

“Where I’m from in Southern New Mexico, guys give them to the girls they ask to the homecoming dance. Sometimes they ask their mothers or sisters to make them for them. Guys wear the garters on their arms.

Seeking Judges And Community Support For Local Speech & Debate Tournament Sept. 23

on September 13, 2017 - 12:50pm
LAHS News:
 
The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers speech and debate teams will be hosting the “Peak Debate Tournament” Saturday, Sept. 23, at Los Alamos High School.
 
The Peak Tournament marks the first debate tournament of the 2017-2018 season and will be attended by over 100 students from across New Mexico. Los Alamos High School coach Margo Batha and Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz are seeking volunteers to judge debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges.
 
Approximately one hundred judges

FSN Annual Lucky Ducky Day Carnival Sept. 23

on September 13, 2017 - 12:47pm
FSN News:
 
Family Strengths Network is having its Annual Lucky Ducky Day Carnival event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3540 Orange St. and inviting the whole community to attend.
 
The day is filled with free events with the exception of the Rubber Ducky Races in which people purchase rubber ducks for $5 each and race them down the large grass front yard on rain gutter tracks (unlimited play) and can win chances at raffle prices each time their duck wins.
 
There also will be bounce houses, carnival games, a scavenger hunt, balloon animals, face painting, crafts and much more.

SFCC: Hablando de Nosotros―Talking About Ourselves Sept. 26

on September 13, 2017 - 7:11am
SFCC News:
 
Join Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning (CDIL) and the Higher Education Center (HEC) for a community conversation series exploring individual and collective definitions and relationships to Hispanic identities.
 
The next conversation in the series is "Hablando de Nosotros: Talking About Ourselves" 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the HEC (1950 Siringo Rd.) with the topic Code-Switching.
 
For more information contact CDIL Coordinator Emily Stern, thecenter@sfcc.edu or 505.428.1467.

Flexible Seating For Students In Los Alamos Schools

on September 13, 2017 - 4:50am

Meagon Fiengo’s 6th grade classroom. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

One of the Los Alamos Public Schools improvements for this school year is expanding the number and variety of flexible seating options in elementary schools. These options are designed to improve student focus and increase learning. Choice-based seating can even change the classroom into a student-driven learning environment that fosters collaboration and independence.

Some of these innovative ideas emerged when 5th-grade teacher Nicole McGrane led a series of Lunch Box discussions for Barranca teachers.

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New Mexico Wildlife Center Open House Oct. 7-8

on September 13, 2017 - 4:27am

Scott Oscar presents a talk about owls. Courtesy/NMWC

Melissa Sol talks about birds. Courtesy/NMWC

NMWC News:

The New Mexico Wildlife Center invites the public to its annual Open House 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 7-8 at 19 Wheat St. in Espanola.

Activities include:

  • Live Animal Demonstrations;
  • Owl Pellet Dissection and Kids’ Art Activities;
  • Tour the Rehabilitation Hospital Unit (free if you bring a wish list item*);
  • Silent Auction;
  • New Displays and Photo Opportunities; and
  • Refreshments.

Although there is no charge for the event, there is a suggested donation of $5 per vehicle for parking.

SFCC Hosts College Night Oct. 4

on September 13, 2017 - 3:33am
SFCC News:
 
Start planning your academic future! Meet with college representatives from across the state and the country and pick up information on financial aid, support services and academic programs 6-8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 4 at SFCC's William C. Witter Fitness Education Center, 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
College Night is free and no registration is required. For more than 20 years, SFCC has proudly hosted this event as part of its ongoing commitment to the community.
 
High school and prospective college students, their families and community members get firsthand information

Council Proclaims 2017-2018 Year Of Asset Building

on September 13, 2017 - 3:12am

From left, LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, LARSO Pauline Schneider, Councilor Rick Reiss, Bernadette and Chad Laurtizen of Champions of Youth Ambitions with a proclamation that declares 2017-2018 as a 'Year of Asset Building' and Sept. 8 as 'College Day/Military Day'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

​COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation Sept. 5 that declares 2017-2018 as a "Year of Asset Building" as well recognizing Sept. 8 as "College Day/Military Day." 

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS: The Search Institute's 40 Developmental

Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program Ranked Best In Nation

on September 12, 2017 - 5:30pm

NNMC High School Equivalency Program staff Geri Irving, Robin Duran, Patrick Bendegue, Shari Jobe and Miquella Espinoza. Courtesy/NNMC 

NNMC News:

Española – Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has been ranked the best in the nation for 2016, according to a newly released report by the Department of Education.

Northern’s HEP achieved a 96 percent graduation rate, the highest among the 43 High School Equivalency Programs operating nation-wide. The national average for graduation from HEP is 68 percent.

The program also has excelled with 96 percent of

Scenes From Rotary Club Meeting Today

on September 12, 2017 - 4:32pm

Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Program Coordinator Lisa Zuhn speaks at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting today at Cottonwood on the Greens. Zuhn spoke of the services available for youth through JJAB with issues such as school struggles, emotional health, communication with parents, substance abuse and risky or impulsive behavior. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Rotary Club of Los Alamos members honored Ed Van Eeckhout at today's meeting. Van Eeckhout and his wife Mary are relocating to Minnesota.

State Auditor Uncovers Likely Fraud, Embezzlement

on September 12, 2017 - 3:19pm

State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Keller identifies hundreds of checks worth more than $475,000 written to vendors were cashed into a former employee’s personal bank account

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the results of an investigation into La Promesa Early Learning Center, a state charter school in Albuquerque.

The Risk Review found about half a million dollars were diverted from the School into a former employee’s personal bank account between June 2010 and July 2016. Office of the State Auditor (OSA) subpoenas of bank records uncovered that the former

Sign Up Now For Knights Of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament Set For Friday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:28pm

K of C News:

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament is 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  The funds raised from this tournament will be used to award numerous scholarships to Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.

For more than 18 years this tournament has attracted sponsors and golfers from Los Alamos and around Northern New Mexico and has awarded an estimated $138,000 in scholarship money.

Community Invited To Attend Local Tae Kwon Do Fall Belt Promotion Test At LAHS Gym Saturday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:15pm
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
 
By ERIN SCOTT
Los Alamos

Have you ever considered taking martial arts lessons, but been unsure if you’re able to dedicate the time, or even have the energy for such an endeavor?

The USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association (USATMA) has local branches that meet 8-10 a.m.

Los Alamos Public Schools Introduces Assistant Superintendents Lisa Montoya And Kelly Taylor

on September 12, 2017 - 12:26pm

Lisa Montoya is assistant superintendent for Finance and Operations at Los Alamos Public Schools. Courtesy photo

Kelly Taylor is assistant superintendent for Learning and Accountability at Los Alamos Public Schools. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

LAPS Assistant Superintendents Lisa Montoya and Kelly Taylor have been on the job for less than three months and there is already improved support for students and staff. These new positions are part of a leaner school district office that is designed to streamline operations and improve communications.

In just a few months, there are higher ratings

Lunch With A Leader Sept. 19

on September 12, 2017 - 8:02am
LWV News:
 
The League of Women Voters presents their monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 19 in Mesa Library.
 
Their guest speakers will be Jennifer Sublett and Lynn Bjorkland from the US Forest Service. They will be discussing the Forest Service - its history, management, goals. budget, etc. This information will help the League with their study regarding the transfer of federal public land to NM.
 
Jennifer is currently a District Volunteer Coordinator in the recreation and trails program with the SF National Forest.

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