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Los Alamos Public Schools Welcomes New Staff

on August 10, 2017 - 4:32pm
LAPS welcomes new teacherrs at orientation Tuesday. They pose here with Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right. Photo by John McHale/
Ten new LAPS classified employees attend orientation Wednesday and are welcomed by Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, left. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes From LAHS Freshman Registration

on August 10, 2017 - 6:53am

Los Alamos High School Principal Carter Payne checks in students at Wednesday afternoon's Freshman Orientation. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Freshman Daniela Bojorquez, left, chats with teacher Patricia Burnside Wednesday afternoon at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos High School Principal Carter Payne and Assistant Principal Renee Dunwoody welcome students to Freshman Registration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Barb Baker distributes textbooks Wednesday to freshmen from Topper Freshman Academy.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Recaps Visit By AFT EVP Mary Cathryn Ricker

on August 9, 2017 - 9:05am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker and American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statements:
“It is incredibly meaningful to have Executive Vice President Ricker take time out of her busy schedule to visit and welcome public educators in New Mexico.

PEEC Provides Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 9, 2017 - 8:20am

Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a guided, family-friendly backpacking trip Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry. This family backpacking adventure will last two days and one night.

Adults and families are invited to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation.

The trip location will be determined nearer to

LAHS Student To Speak At Nature Center

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am

Lillian Petersen

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos High School Student Lillian Petersen at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 as she presents her research on climate change.

Peterson has conducted three award-winning science fair projects that analyze fluctuating temperatures and precipitation rates, as well as how present-day extremes may impact crops in the future.

Peterson will give a basic overview of the science behind climate change and the correlations between CO2 and temperature for the past 800,000 years.

Los Alamos High School NJROTC News

on August 8, 2017 - 7:28am

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets participate in the annual Sail Academy this summer at Cochiti Lake. Courtesy photo


The summer has been full of activities for the Los Alamos High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

First, six LAHS cadets participated in the 2017 Area 9 West Sail Academy June 11-16 at Cochiti Lake: Austin Estrada, Andres Vigil, Richard Thompson, Ryan Garcia, Stephen Gulley, and Andrea Soto, the only female cadet from LAHS.

Quorom Notice: Los Alamos School Board Members May Attend All Hands Back To School Breakfast

on August 8, 2017 - 6:36am

LAPS News:

Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the All Hands Back to School Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Los Alamos Middle School at 1 Hawk Dr.

A quorum may be present but no action will be taken.


Los Alamos Young Thespians Audition For 'Aladdin'

on August 8, 2017 - 6:32am

Missoula Children's Theater Directors Ryan Jacob Pierce, middle, and Julia Bourland, right, assign roles to a group of aspiring thespians for the upcoming production of 'Aladdin'. Auditions for the show were held Monday morning at Crossroads Bible Church. Pierce and Bourland will direct the group of young actors before the show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Doors for the production will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and younger. For LAAC members, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger.

UNM-Los Alamos Officials Present College Opportunities At Eight Northern Pueblos Conference

on August 7, 2017 - 8:34pm

Jenny Duran, Melissa Torres and Grace Willerton answer student questions and distribute information at today's Youth Council Conference. Photo by Cindy Rooney/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos participated in the Youth Council Conference today at Camel Rock Casino.

The conference, open to youth ages 12-24, was sponsored by the Eight Northern Pueblos. The event attracted approximately 200 young people.

UNM-LA Academic Advisor and Recruitment Specialist Melissa Torres, UNM-LA CEO Dr.

Possible Quorum Notice: Members Of Los Alamos School Board May Attend All Staff Picnic Friday

on August 7, 2017 - 3:03pm

LAPS News:

Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the Los Alamos Public Schools All Staff Picnic at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Urban Park.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken. 

Join Local Expert Chick Keller For Wildflower Walk

on August 7, 2017 - 1:33pm

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, left, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Thomas Graves Photography

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia laciniata). Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify local wildflower species in bloom on the Pajarito Plateau. Wildflower Walks are free, and no advance registration is required.

Wildflower Walks take place one Monday a month, but the viewing season is coming to a close. Don’t miss the next outing Sept.

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Aug. 25

on August 7, 2017 - 1:16pm

Students at a robotics event. Courtesy/BSM


  • Stop by for fun with robotics teams of all kinds and their programmable friends

Regional school robotics teams, and others, will demonstrate their remote-manipulation abilities at a Robotics Night open to all at the Bradbury Science Museum. The event is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 and some of the teams will even provide an opportunity for visitors to manipulate the robots themselves.

Brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust, visitors also will  have an

SFCC Announces Search For Interim President

on August 7, 2017 - 11:37am
SFCC News:
The Santa Fe Community College Governing Board has launched a search for an Interim president. Current President Randy W. Grissom announced his retirement earlier this week.
For consideration, applicants must submit a letter of interest and a resume to Donna Wells, Executive Assistant to the Governing Board
Applications will be accepted through midnight on Sunday, August 20, 2017
Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with an earned doctorate or other terminal degree preferred;
  • At

Info Session On Sterling Metrics' Social Lending Program At projectY Tuesday

on August 7, 2017 - 7:27am
projectY cowork News:
projectY cowork will host an information session featuring Sterling Metrics 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
Sterling Metrics is a New Mexico-based startup focused on assisting local small businesses attain the necessary capital for improvements, and/or expansion plans.
Based in Albuquerque, Sterling Metrics recognizes the need to sustain growing small business, and has crafted a way to help by leveraging the local community for debt-based crowdfunding. 
  • 5:30-5:45 Settle-in (Networking)
  • 5:45-6:00

Back To School Tax Free Weekend Underway

on August 6, 2017 - 8:26am


ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced New Mexico’s annual back to school tax-free weekend and encourages families to take part in order to save them money and prepare their children for the upcoming school year.

“Families across the state know how expensive it can be to get kids ready for school, and this is a great way for them to save money,” Martinez said. “Our tax-free weekend can help families make sure that they send their students off to school with everything they need so they’re ready to learn.”

Vendors will not be required to collect gross receipts tax

LANL Foundation Awards $61,298 In Education And Community Grants

on August 6, 2017 - 6:35am
ESPAÑOLA—The LANL Foundation awarded 26 grants totaling $61,298 to support education and community programs in Northern New Mexico during the second-quarter grantmaking period.
Sixteen programs received $37,000 in Education Outreach funding that directly supports kindergarten through 12th grade public school children.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Aug. 8

on August 6, 2017 - 6:16am
Enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Tuesday, Aug. 8, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Families can enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center is open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. Next month’s Family Night is Sept. 12.
For more

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Los Alamos Aug. 29

on August 5, 2017 - 5:13pm
JJAB News:
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that promotes the love of reading by giving free, age-appropriate books to children from birth until their 5 th birthday, is coming to Los Alamos.
The local, early childhood literacy program will begin registering children Aug. 29. A parent or legal guardian may register a child for the Imagination Library at any time up until the child turns five. There is no cost to the family.
Every month registered children will receive in the mail a book.

Anderson School Of Management Offers Project Management At UNM-Los Alamos Campus

on August 5, 2017 - 7:36am

LANL's Steve Renfro and Rob Kramer, UNM-LA's Cindy Rooney and UNM Anderson School of Management's Steve Walsh met earlier this summer to discuss using UNM-LA classroom with Zoom technology for Project Management classes. UNM-LA's Bill Gilson, on screen, demonstrated the classroom. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico (UNM) Anderson School of Management will offer project management classes at UNM-Los Alamos this fall, taught by professors affiliated with the Anderson School of Management.

Landmark Education Trial Against New Mexico Ends

on August 5, 2017 - 7:08am
SANTA FE  Friday marked the last day of testimony in an eight-week trial against the state of New Mexico, in a case that alleges the State has violated the constitutional rights of its public school students. 
The consolidated lawsuit, which was filed by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (the Center) and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), claims that the State’s arbitrary and inadequate funding of public schools, and lack of necessary monitoring and oversight, deprives children—particularly low-income, Native American, and English language

Letter To The Editor: ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Drive Underway Through Aug. 11

on August 4, 2017 - 9:05am
By Sarah and Madelyn Crotzer
Lindsey Thalmann and Pippa Fung
Ashley and Anthony Lestone
Jacob and Richard Thompson

A “youth helping refugee youth” initiative to collect a few items for refugee students recently resettled in Albuquerque is taking place right now, and we invite all our community’s youth to participate.

A local church is collecting 40 new solid-color backpacks sized for middle to high school students (no sports team logos or other logos allowed), along with the necessary basic school supplies to fill those backpacks, such as 2-inch binders, loose leaf paper, pencils and

UPDATE: Hummingbird Monitoring Research Aug. 12

on August 4, 2017 - 6:34am
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo by Bob Walker
Update: The time of the first session is changed to 7:30 a.m. Aug.12.
PEEC News:
Curious about the effects of climate change on hummingbird populations? Researcher Bob Walker will lead two groups, one at 7:30 a.m. and one at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, to the hummingbird monitoring site in Bandelier National Monument.
This location is one of a network of sites in the Western U.S. that tracks the impact of climate change on the movement and behavior of hummingbirds. To join one of the groups, visit to register.

PEEC: Guided, Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

on August 4, 2017 - 6:00am
Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Have you wanted to go backpacking, but didn’t have the gear or experience? Well, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has the adventure you’ve been waiting for!

Adults and families will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16
Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 will then be spent hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry.

New Program Explores University Of Chicago’s Role In Manhattan Project

on August 3, 2017 - 9:40am
AHF News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  “For the first time, atomic power had been released. It had been controlled and stopped,” Arthur Holly Compton declared.
Dec. 2, 1942, Compton, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and 48 other Manhattan Project scientists and workers witnessed Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1), the first controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, go critical under Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of this landmark event that ushered in the Atomic Age.