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Convocation Celebrates LAHS Scholarship Winners

on May 30, 2013 - 12:12pm
Aaron Bao received the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship awarded to one student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics. He also received the Silver Scholar Award from the LANL Foundation, the Aaron S. Goldman Memorial Scholarship and other honors. Paulina Majeska received a Silver Scholar Award as well as many other honors. She was unable to attend the ceremony. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Kevin Gao received the LANL Foundation Gold Scholar Award and the Nicholas C. Metropolis Memorial Scholarship as well as many other honors.

Hiking Los Alamos 101 With Craig Martin at PEEC

on May 29, 2013 - 5:29pm

Craig Martin will teach Hiking 101 Mondays at PEEC. Photo by Jim Gautier

PEEC News:

PEEC is offering Hiking Los Alamos 101. The class will meet 6-8 p.m. Mondays June 3-24.

This first session will take place in the PEEC classroom, where expert hiker Craig Martin will go over safety and comfort on the trail. He also will teach map-reading skills. After that, the group will meet at various trails for hikes.

Martin and others will be hike leaders, with interpreters from PEEC for hikes and a “last in line” person from the County Recreation Department.

This is a great opportunity for adults,

Dads Serve LAHS Seniors

on May 29, 2013 - 8:47am
Kevin Honnell, left, and Gerry Washburn, the fathers of Los Alamos High School seniors, cook hamburgers for the senior class at the Senior Barbeque, the first of many events for LAHS graduating  seniors this week. Courtesy photo

Hawk-2-Hilltopper Event Friday at Urban Park

on May 28, 2013 - 8:50am


The Hawk-2-Hilltopper event for graduating 8th graders is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Urban Park, despite the fact that Los Alamos Middle School is holding its last day of school Wednesday.

The annual event includes a BBQ lunch, music, giant inflatable toys, and ends with the always hilarious shaving cream melee.

Direct questions to the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at (505) 662-8173, (505) 662-8170, or

Learn Something New This Summer at UNM-LA

on May 28, 2013 - 6:34am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is offering two unique classes this summer. One explores Puebloan Pottery Traditions, while the other prepares students to take the exam to become an EMT I (Emergency Medical Technician I.)

The summer session at UNM­–LA will begin June 3.

Consider the opportunity get your hands into clay and immerse yourself in Native pottery traditions. Kathleen Sanchez, a fourth generation family potter of the Maria and Julian Martinez lineage, will be presenting the course which will integrate her traditional and culturally rich techniques.

The instructor will bring a wealth


Students Raise Over $3,000 for Project Eliminate

on May 27, 2013 - 11:29am
Denise Carson created this Penny Wars sign that hangs in the front lobby at Barranca. Courtesy photo
KIWANIS, K-Kids & Builders Club News:
Three local schools set up a Penny Wars contest to raise money for the Kiwanis/UNICEF Project Eliminate.
Barranca K-Kids and the Middle School Builders Club called their effort "Penny Wars" and Aspen K-Kids chose to call their fundraiser "Penny Pileup" because they did not like the connotation of war in the title. 
Keira and Sam from Barranca K-Kids make a sign for the Penny Wars campaign. Courtesy photo
The rules for all three events are

Chamisa Elementary Holding Reunion Tuesday

on May 27, 2013 - 11:07am
Chamisa Elementary will hold a reunion at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday for former alumni about to graduate from Los Alamos High School.
The students will be reunited with their former kinderbuddies who are about to graduate from Chamisa.
The graduating sixth graders will in turn introduce the seniors to their kinderbuddies.

Classes Resume Tuesday at Barranca Mesa

on May 26, 2013 - 8:00am

LAPS News:

Classes will resume at Barranca Mesa Elementary School Tuesday, May 28. 

Classes were canceled Thursday and Friday, May 22-23, due to damage sustained to the school from a fierce wind event that peeled the roof off the gymnasium and dropped it on the library and preschool playground area.

Workers have been removing debris and preparing the school for classes Tuesday.

The last day of school is Friday, May 31.


Tech Frontiers 2013 Deadline Approaching

on May 25, 2013 - 7:28am

UNM-LA News:

This summer,  Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos are teaming up to deliver the Tech Frontiers 2013 program for area high school students.

The program will provide an exceptional opportunity for high school students to explore two fields of technology likely to remain extremely important throughout the 21st century, computer science and materials science.

Participating students will have the chance to meet LANL scientists and will have the rare opportunity to tour LANL research facilities.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2013.


LAPS Approves 2013-14 Budget

on May 25, 2013 - 7:17am

School Board President Jim Hall thanks Paula Dean for her service to the School District. Dean announced her retirement recently. Courtesy photo

 LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board unanimously approved the operating budget for 2013-14 at the Thursday, May 23 meeting of the School Board.

Next year’s budget placed a high priority on the Board’s desire to raise student achievement to an even higher level. Professional development funding for staff was increased to train staff in Common Core and to train K-12 staff in the new math adoption.

In addition, the budget provided a two percent


Y CAMP a Mythical Journey This Summer

on May 25, 2013 - 7:13am

YMCA News:

Y Camp opens June 5 and runs thru Aug. 2 at Mountain Elementary School.

Each activity station will include fun and unique activities in relation to the following weekly themes:

  • Week 1- Getting To Know You Days
  • Week 2- Outer Space Week
  • Week 3- Medieval Week
  • Week 4- Super Hero Week
  • Week 5- Red, White & Blue Week
  • Week 6- Magic Week
  • Week 7- Pirate Week
  • Week 8- Things-With-Wings Week
  • Week 9- Farwell to Summer Days

Camp will conclude with an end-of-summer show, tying all the pieces together, bringing a marvelous end to the Mythical Journey summer.

A $25 registration discount will continue

Letter to the Editor: Every Student Deserves Applause

on May 24, 2013 - 6:21am
By Leslie Esquibel
Los Alamos
I went to the Middle School Athletic Awards Ceremony the other day. I was uncomfortable going, expecting the same awkward ceremony as last year.
I got what I expected, and worse. There was the usual announcing of each team, their story for the year, and announcement of each athlete, 270+ at the school. This was preceeded by a slide show of some of the athletes and new football field and track.
What was the saddest, most awkward part, was the audience reaction. About 10 percent of the kids received significant applause from peers and families.

Luján: Republican Student Loan Bill Makes College More Expensive

on May 24, 2013 - 6:15am


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District voted today against a House Republican bill that will make it more expensive for students to attend college with federal subsidized Stafford student loans. With the interest rate on these loans set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on June 1 action is needed to keep costs down for millions of students across the country.

"Rather than passing legislation that simply keeps interest rates on student loans where they are, House Republicans have come up with a disappointing plan that is

Stephanie Blair is Rotary Club Student of the Month for May 2013

on May 23, 2013 - 8:11am

Stephanie Blair


Stephanie Blair, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for May. She is the daughter of Barbara and Stephen Blair.

Blair, who maintains an exceptional GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Los Alamos Youth Leadership, a program for high school students in which teams design, plan, and implement projects that benefit the community throughout the year while building strong relationships with family and friends.

Destructive Dirt Funnel Above Barranca School

on May 22, 2013 - 10:17pm

The destructive dirt funnel as it traveled above Barranca Mesa Elementary School today was captured on camera by a local citizen. The fierce wind ripped the roof off the school's gymnasium and dropped it on the library and playground area. Fortunately, the school was on its regular half-day Wednesdays so most children had left the campus. No one was injured in the event. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Today's Wind Event at Barranca

on May 22, 2013 - 5:26pm

Students, staff and teachers are evacuated from Barranca Mesa Elementary School as damage to the school is assessed after a freak wind storm today. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

A teacher's car suffers damage from the wind storm that hit Barranca Mesa Elementary this afternoon. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Barranca Mesa Elementary School Principal Pam Miller, center, informs firefighters that the main school buildings have been cleared. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos firefighters begin a walk of the campus to assess damage after today's freak wind

Classes Canceled Thursday and Friday at Barranca

on May 22, 2013 - 3:56pm

Today's strong wind bent this light pole and traffic sign in the parking lot at Barranca School. Photo by Janine Morales/YMCA

LAPS News:

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has officially announced that classes are canceled both Thursday and Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School due to damage caused by this afternoon's severe wind.

Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly has announced that the Y After School Program at Barranca is canceled Thursday and Friday as well.

The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish photos taken at the scene of the wind damage later today.


LAPS Superintendent: Huge Amount of Wind Energy Peeled Roof Off Barranca Gymnasium

on May 22, 2013 - 3:08pm

An incredibly strong 'wind event' peeled the roof off the gymnasium at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short while ago today. Photo by Ryn Hermmann


Los Alamos Daily Post
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, speaking atop the roof area at Barranca Mesa Elementary School just moments ago, confirmed to the Los Alamos Daily Post that no one was hurt despite massive damage from wind at the school today.
"This was a wind event that peeled off the gymnasium roof and laid it over on top of the library and playground of the preschool area," Schmidt said.

Breaking News: No Injuries as Wind Damages Barranca Elementary Roof

on May 22, 2013 - 2:06pm


Early reports indicate that severe wind damaged a portion of the roof in the 200 wing at Barranca Mesa Elementary School a short time ago.

There have been no injuries reported. Emergency responders are on scene as is Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

The Family YMCA After School Program has been canceled for today.

Check back for more details and photos from this developing story.

Roof damaged from wind today at Barranca Mesa Elementary School - no injuries reported. Courtesy/Gene Schmidt

A window was shattered on this car in the parking lot at Barranca Mesa Elementary

Los Alamos High School Surrounds Beloved Teacher Marilyn Fabry In Her Favorite Shades of Orange

on May 22, 2013 - 1:51pm

Students, faculty and staff surprised Los Alamos High School teacher Marilyn Fabry Monday with a massive gathering featuring her favorite color orange. Fabry is 'crushing' her cancer and everyone got together for a rally in the commons area to show their support for the beloved teacher. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School teacher Marilyn Fabry is overcome with emotion Monday at the outpouring of love and support for her as she battles cancer. Courtesy photo

During a surprise rally Monday, Los Alamos High School teacher Marilyn Fabry is surrounded by enthusiastic supporters waving her

LAHS Honors Four Special Moms for Years of Service

on May 22, 2013 - 12:41pm

Topper Parent Organization outgoing officers honored at LAHS Wednesday by Principal Sandy Warnock, far right. From left, Janine Tulenko, Gloria Dunning, Laura Bohn and Diane Harte. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School today expressed appreciation to four Topper Parent Organization (TPO) mothers for their years of volunteering at Los Alamos Public Schools.

LAHS Principal Sandy Warnock presented certificates of appreciation and bouquets of flowers to Janine Tulenko, Gloria Dunning, Laura Bohn and Diane Harte, all of whom have volunteered at their children's schools since elementary

Chamisa Book Fair to Benefit Oklahoma Victims

on May 22, 2013 - 11:35am


Today is the last day of Chamisa Elementary School's Buy One Get One (BOGO) free Book Fair.

Chamisa is keeping the book fair open until 3 p.m. today for community members who wish to stop by and purchase books to help Moore, Okla., which was hit by a devastating tornado that leveled two elementary schools.

Chamisa does not make any money from this book fair and has two staff members with family in Oklahoma who have volunteered to take the books to Moore.

Chamisa also will be collecting school supplies until the end of the school year for Moore.

Barranca Students Shine in Nationwide Math Test

on May 21, 2013 - 8:50am


Two Barranca students placed first and second in a nationwide math test called "Kangaroo math."

Danielle Ensberg placed first in the state and Leah Wolfsberg placed second. Both girls happen to be in the same class at Barranca Mesa being taught by Mrs. Ladino.

The mission of Kangaroo math is to encourage students to:

  • Master their mathematical knowledge;
  • Give them confidence in their ability for comprehending mathematics;
  • Help them understand how mathematics applies in nature's laws and human activities;
  • Develop their ability to derive pleasure and satisfaction through

Los Alamos Students Traveling to National History Day Competition

on May 21, 2013 - 8:43am

Los Alamos Middle School students celebrate their achievements at the state National History Day Competition. Second from left, Ruby Selvage and second from right, Kathryn McClenahan, placed first in junior group performance with a play on the development of the Soviet Atomic Bomb. Miriam Wallstrom, center, placed second with her junior individual website on the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Courtesy photo


Students from the Los Alamos Public Schools won 11 awards at the recent statewide National History Day (NHD) contest, and eight of those students


Susanna Lucido: The Reality of Suicide

on May 20, 2013 - 3:18pm
The Reality of Suicide
Los Alamos High School

Did you know that one in four Americans will experience depression at some point in their life? That just about guarantees at least one of your family members or friends suffers from depression.

In 2010, suicide was the number one cause of death from a mental illness. So why aren’t we fixing this problem?

Granted, counseling and medication are expensive, but there are ways around that.