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Meet New Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Resource Advocates

on March 11, 2017 - 8:58am

JJAB Resource Advocates from left, Cindy Koehler, William High Eagle Sandoval, Katy Fellows, Caron Inglis and Santina Shije. Courtesy photo

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) recently hired three new Resource Advocates. Caron Inglis joins William High Eagle Sandoval and Santina Shije as a Youth Resource Advocate (YRA). Cindy Koehler and Katy Fellows are new Family Resource Advocates (FRAs).

The Resource Advocates provide wraparound case management services to youth and their families who live or attend school in Los Alamos County.

Letter To The Editor: Veto Override Of HB241 Hurts

on March 11, 2017 - 7:42am
NEW-NM Executive Director
Gov. Susana Martinez doesn't think teachers are human, too, since she vetoed HB 241 introduced by Republican legislators.
The veto is inhumane - hurting both students and educators. House Bill 241 recognizes that teachers might occasionally need to take sick leave.
Fortunately the majority in both the House (only three votes against) and Senate (unanimously in favor) do believe teachers are human, too.
Educators statewide urge the House and the Senate to override the Governor's veto, as called for by Sen. Brandt (R-Rio Rancho).

Fisherman Bill Orr Teaches Two-Day Fly Tying Class

on March 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Each participant in the upcoming fly tying class receives a copy of Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with fisherman Bill Orr, who co-authored the book Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico, to offer another two-day fly tying class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 19 and 26. 
Participants will create their own ties designed for local fishing and receive a free copy of Orr's book. All experience levels are welcome, even those who think they are all thumbs.
In this class, Orr will cover flies that were

PAC 8 Community Media Center Online Auction

on March 11, 2017 - 7:00am
Students enrolled in a PAC 8 class learn video making and are shown here working on location at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
PAC8 News:
PAC 8 is holding its annual online auction fundraiser. The auction this year is not as fancy as previous years due to limited resources. PAC 8 is a nonprofit organization and community media center. The money raised by this auction will go to scholarships for students, PAC 8 internships and other worthy programs.
The auction ends at midnight Sunday, March 12. The community is invited to email bids to Include, phone number,

Local Trumpet Recital By Miriam Wallstrom Sunday

on March 11, 2017 - 6:45am

MUSIC News: 

Miriam Wallstrom, a high school junior, will present her first trumpet recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at Fuller Lodge. Playing pieces on both a b flat trumpet and a piccolo trumpet, Wallstrom will perform works by Haydn, Albinoni, Sasche and a Dixieland jazz piece.

Jan McDonald is her music teacher and will accompany her on trumpet for several of her recital pieces. Cindy Little, well-known piano player, also will accompany her on the piano, and her friend Jenny Paige will play duets with her on the euphonium.

Wallstrom has studied the trumpet for almost six years, played

Scenes From County’s Emergency Tabletop Exercise

on March 10, 2017 - 10:12am

Los Alamos County staff worked through an emergency tabletop exercise this morning in Council Chambers, testing its updated emergency operations plan. Courtesy photo

County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone participate in this morning's exercise. Courtesy photo

From left, County employees Bryan Aragon, Chris Wilson and Dan Erickson participate in discussions during this morning's drill. Courtesy photo

Heinrich Congratulates Two New Mexico Students On Acceptance To Prestigious US Senate Youth Program

on March 10, 2017 - 10:02am

From left, James Michael Valerio of Taos, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and  Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in honoring New Mexico students Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces and James Michael Valerio of Taos at a reception wednesday celebrating their acceptance into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

“I congratulate Irene Tenaya Fernald and James Michael Valerio on their acceptance into the highly competitive and merit-based United States Senate Youth

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center March 14

on March 10, 2017 - 8:37am

The community is invited to enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey, 6-7 p.m. March 14, at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tuesday, March 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.

The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free to all.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Jack Stafford Receives General Billy Mitchell Award At Monday’s Promotion Ceremony

on March 10, 2017 - 8:12am
CAP Cadet Jack Stafford, right, receives his Mitchell Award Monday from Major Mark Peters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
LTC Annette Peters recognized Cadet Master Sergeants Zach Lang, Juan Romero and Gabe Fox at Monday night's ceremony. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
CAP cadets at Monday's award ceremony, front row from left, Malcolm Olsen, Jacqueline Lang, Ty Swavely, Juan Romero, and Bryce Gentille. Back row from left, Caleb Britton, JD Downing, Zach Lang, Gabe Fox, Jack Stafford and Silas Morgan. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Newly Elected Los Alamos School Board And UNM-LA Advisory Board Sworn In

on March 10, 2017 - 7:07am
From left, newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board members Sheila Schiferl, Michelle Hall and David Sutton with newly elected Los Alamos School Board members Ellen Ben-Naim and Stephen Boerigter. Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk administered the Oath of Office to the new members Monday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. They will take up their duties at the next meeting of their respective boards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Barranca's Kindergarten Roundup April 5

on March 9, 2017 - 9:41am

Local Students Excel In New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing Competition

on March 9, 2017 - 9:11am

Coaches Katrina Granillo, left, and Cindy Byerly with from left, Sienna Granillo, Hannah Granillo, Alex Byerly and Kyle Granillo. Courtesy photo


Sienna Granillo, 10, Kyle Granillo, 9, Alex Byerly, 8, and Hannah Granillo, 6, of White Rock recently represented the La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock at the District level of the New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing. The quiz meet took place Saturday, March 4 in Albuquerque.

The children competed against 40-50 other participants from all around New Mexico.

Meet Ali Renner, New LAHS Physics Teacher

on March 8, 2017 - 5:16pm

Ali Renner, the new Conceptual Physics teacher at Topper Freshmen Academy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Ali Renner began teaching Conceptual Physics, Jan. 30, at the Topper Freshman Academy at Los Alamos High School.

Her path to landing the job started with a walk around Ashley Pond. Renner was hanging out with her kids and a friend. Her friend introduced her to Carter Payne, Topper Freshman Academy Principal.

She told him that she used to be a physics teacher. That got his attention.

Police Conduct Drill At Barranca 1-3 p.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 11:09am

LAPD News:
  • This Is Just A Training Drill!

Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting training at Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1-3 p.m. today.

LAPD wants to notify all nearby residents to please disregard the increase in police presence during this time frame at the school.

House Passes Bill For Early High School Graduation

on March 8, 2017 - 7:28am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to allow New Mexico students the opportunity to graduate early from high school. House Bill 498 is sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Valencia), and it passed on a bipartisan 62 to 5 vote.

Baldonado’s bill would permit students to test out of high school if they score in the top twenty percentile of students taking the ACT, SAT, the armed services vocational aptitude battery, or other assessment approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Native American Students Succeed

on March 8, 2017 - 6:39am

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)


SANTA FE Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill to help Native American students succeed, unanimously passed Tuesday night a vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives. HB 484 would require a needs assessment to determine what services school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

“We need to create a structure to help Native American students succeed,” Rep. Lente said.

Community Packs Ambassador Huddleston's Talk

on March 8, 2017 - 6:15am

This is a pic from  the AAUW talk tonight. The library was packed. More chairs had to be brought in!! Will send you via email some info that you can out with the pic if you want to. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents, 'Our Woman in Havana', Tuesday evening to an overflow crowd  at Mesa Library. Several of the women and men in the audience are Cuban Americans. In her talk sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses the political  realities of the relationship between various U.S. presidents and the United State's relationship with Cuba.

FSN Hosts Special Needs Workshops

on March 7, 2017 - 3:46pm
FSN News:
On Thursday, March 9, Parents Reaching Out (PRO) will be joining with Family Strengths Network to present two fantastic workshops addressing special needs.
PRO is a statewide non-profit that connects with parents, caregivers, and educators to promote healthy, positive and caring experiences for families and children.
The first workshop of the day, Recipes for IEP Success is from 10-11:30 a.m.

Chamisa's Jozlyn Martinez Wins New Mexico Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest

on March 7, 2017 - 8:19am

Chamisa Elementary School student Jozlyn Martinez wins state contest. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary School proudly announces that the State of New Mexico’s Elementary Winner for the Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest is Jozlyn Martinez.

The school celebrates the efforts of all of the creative problem solvers it has in its sixth grade class. They worked diligently to create a poster that exemplified the theme: “United Through Art.” 

Martinez won $100 in art supplies and the Chamisa art program will receive $300 in art supplies from the contest’s sponsor: Sargent Art.

LAPS Superintendent ​Thanks BSMA​ For​ STEM Education Outreach ​In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2017 - 2:57pm

BSMA President Andy Trottier, left, and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at Gadgets, the souvenir pop-up shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSMA News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, visits Gadgets, the Bradbury Science Museum Association's (BSMA) souvenir pop-up shop, during the recent Chamisa Elementary Science Night at the museum.

The BSMA is the newly formed non-profit association with the sole mission of raising money to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach into Northern New

LAHS/LAMS State Speech & Debate Results

on March 6, 2017 - 8:12am

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers celebrate their performances at the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championship with middle school coach, Sherri Bublitz and high school coach Margo Batha. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

This past weekend, 40 members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team and five members of the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers Speech and Debate team traveled to Manzano High School in Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico State Speech and Debate.

Both teams turned in many solid performances

Bill For Students To Continue Education Unanimously Passes New Mexico House

on March 5, 2017 - 8:37am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


HB 108 Creates Uniformity in Transfer Credits Among New Mexico Colleges

SANTA FE -- Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s (D-Los Alamos) bill to help students continue their education by creating uniformity in transfer credits among New Mexico colleges unanimously passed the New Mexico House. HB 108 sets up guidelines and provides clarity for transfer students so they will be able to complete their degrees on time and enter the workforce.

“Too many times, I’ve heard of students losing a chance at furthering their education due to inconsistent transfer

Amateur Naturalist: The World Of Acorn Woodpeckers And Pygmy Nuthatches

on March 5, 2017 - 7:03am
A dead ponderosa pine stands in the snow-covered forest floor of Acid Canyon. Photo by Robert Dryja
An Acorn Woodpecker stores acorn seeds in the trunk of a dead ponderosa tree. Photo by Robert Dryja
Eight eggs in a Pygmy Nuthatch nest. Photo by Priscilla Stuckey, PhD
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
February occurs in the depth of winter. The temperature may fall to about 20 degrees at night and rise to only slightly above freezing during the day.
Snow lasts for days on the ground when it is in the shadow of forest trees or canyon walls.

LAPS Notice Of Possible Quorum March 6

on March 4, 2017 - 9:48pm

Scenes From LAMTA Piano Recital At UNM-LA

on March 4, 2017 - 7:37am
Student pianists range in age from 6-14. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association, the professional organization for independent music teachers, held a “musicale recital”  Feb. 26 at UNM-Los Alamos.
Family members, friends, and community members enjoyed an afternoon of music performed by students of Dr. Madeline Williamson, Dr. Aejin Chang, Wendy Ge, Ellen Scudder, and Janna Warren.
Sonya Akhadov, age 12, performs Busy Mill, Op. 117, No. 3, by Cornelius Gurlitt. Courtesy photo
Audience members taking photos and interacting after the recital.