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Free Alzheimer’s Presentation Offered In Santa Fe

on June 11, 2017 - 6:30am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, hosted by the Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
To register, or for more information, contact David Davis at 505.473.1297 or The event is free of

Physicist Speaks On 'No Wonder You Wonder!'

on June 10, 2017 - 7:26am
Cover of 'No Wonder You Wonder!' by Claude Phipps. Phipps will speak Thursday, June 15 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

Claude Phipps


What holds a satellite up while it goes around the earth? Why can’t you travel back in time? These are just two of the many questions explored by Claude Phipps in his book “No Wonder You Wonder!” published by Springer International in 2016. Phipps will speak at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15 in the Upstairs Rotunda. The talk will be followed by a book-signing.

Phipps has degrees from MIT and Stanford, and has spent his

Youth Invited To Share Art For Pollinator Party

on June 10, 2017 - 7:25am

A pollinator visits a flower. Photo by Katherine Eagleson 

NMWC News: 


New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) invites area youth, K-12, to create a piece of "hangable" art centered on the theme "pollinators." All media accepted. Winners receive free admission to NMWC's Pollinator Party on July 8 to view their art hanging in the center!


New Mexico Wildlife Center will hold a special celebration in honor of pollinators – bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, moths and more – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  July 8 at NMWC, 19 Wheat St. in Espanola. Fun activities will include:


  • Kids’ Art Station –

C’YA Provides Science Education To Students

on June 10, 2017 - 7:19am
Chad Lauritzen, seen here at Dixon Elementary School, volunteered to teach science through Champions of Youth Ambitions. The organization celebrates its third anniversary this weekend since gaining its non-profit status in 2014. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
The very first LANL Foundation grant funded this opportunity for the Future PhDs of Dixon Elementary. Lauritzen still teaches there more than three years later. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
​Los Alamos 

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA), a local non-profit will celebrate its third anniversary this

Summer Family Evenings At The Los Alamos Nature Center – Rattlesnake Museum

on June 9, 2017 - 1:21pm
Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center on June 14 to learn more about snakes and other reptiles. Photo by Bob Myers
PEEC News:
Living in New Mexico means sharing the outdoors with many different kinds of reptiles.
To help explain how humans can cohabitate with our scaly neighbors, join Bob Myers, Director of the International Rattlesnake Museum, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. He will bring reptiles from the museum and be available to share his knowledge. This event is part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

SFI Community Event: The Majesty Of Music And Mathematics June 19

on June 9, 2017 - 1:09pm
Courtesy photo
LPAC News:
New Mexico PBS, The Santa Fe Symphony, and the Santa Fe Institute are collaborating to tape The Majesty of Music and Mathematics at The Lensic Performing Arts Center.

This multi-media production will explore the interconnectedness of music and mathematics. The evening will feature remarks by Cristopher Moore, an SFI mathematician and computer scientist, and musical selections by The Santa Fe Symphony with Guillermo Figueroa, Principal Conductor.

The Majesty of Music and Mathematics will air on New Mexico PBS/KNME in 2018 and will be distributed to PBS stations

Scenes From Los Alamos Cub Scout Day Camp

on June 9, 2017 - 7:52am

Ammon Cardon in the Flag Class Thursday at Cub Scout Day Camp at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club as den leader Lisken Mason looks on. More than 120 Cub Scouts and some of their siblings are participating in the annual event along with more than 50 volunteers. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Paul Rightley teaches flag etiquette Thursday at Cub Scouts Day Camp at the Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club. Photo by Maire O'Neill/​

Joseph Dale with a bug box he built Thursday at Cub Scout Day Camp. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Jason Waterbury teaches Jace Kerstiens, left,

LAPS Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced

on June 8, 2017 - 4:29pm


Many very deserving students were awarded scholarships May 30 at the Los Alamos High School Class of 2017 Honors Convocation. Among them were 10 outstanding students recognized by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for their demonstrated service contributions to the students and community of the Los Alamos Public Schools.

What sets the Foundation’s award apart is that it also recognizes an Educator of Distinction for each student, someone who has made a positive contribution during his/her time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The Los Alamos Public Schools


Atomic City Children’s Theater Announces Changes For 2017-18 Season

on June 8, 2017 - 4:16pm
ACCT News:
Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school musical theater program announced their events and shows for the 2017-18 season.
ACCT Summer Workshops
ACCT's fun-filled season begins in June with the return of their popular ACCT Summer Workshops. The Summer Workshops will be held June 26-30 from 9-11 a.m., in the Topper Theater at the high school.
ACCT Director Daren Savage said, "This is a great way for students to start their musical theater summer break.

Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew Honored

on June 8, 2017 - 3:22pm

Student leaders from the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew transition program were recently honored by former Los Alamos Scientist and Laboratory Fellow, Dr. Mudundi Raju and wife Devi, also of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical Trust. Pictured from left, LAMS Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez, Principal Mike Johnson, Logan Black, Dr. Mudundi Raju, Kevin Clarke, Dr. Mudundi Raju's wife Devi, Ignatius Kuropatwinski, Esperanza Chavarria, Bernadette Lauritzen, Evelyn Berninger, Gabriela Segundo-Canales and Dr. Mudundi Raju's neice. Dr.

Governor Announces Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera To Step Down

on June 8, 2017 - 2:27pm
SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will step down effective June 20.
“New Mexico’s students and schools are better off today because of Secretary Skandera’s leadership and dedication,” Governor Martinez said. “Since day one of my administration, she’s been relentlessly committed to helping us fight the status quo – like teachers unions and other entrenched special interests – to reform education and give our students, teachers, parents and schools more of what they need to succeed.

Keevama Awarded 2017 Thomas Intrator Scholarship

on June 8, 2017 - 9:58am

Erica Keevama, recipient of the 2017 Thomas Intrator scholarship. Jessica Booton Photography,


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announced this week that the 2017 Thomas Intrator Scholarship has been awarded to Erica Keevama.

The scholarship honors Thomas Intrator, who was a distinguished plasma physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The funds for the scholarship are distributed by the LAPS Foundation.

Intrator encouraged, fostered and practiced a sense of curiosity.

AFT New Mexico Reacts To Resignation Of Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera

on June 8, 2017 - 8:36am

Hanna Skandera 



ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The resignation of New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is welcome news for New Mexico’s educators.

“While we recognize this is an opportunity to reset the course New Mexico’s public education has taken under Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera, and we sincerely hope her replacement is willing to meaningfully include stakeholder input and work towards strengthening education as a profession, recognizing that a strong system

Scenes From Senior Appreciation Night At Los Alamos Nature Center

on June 8, 2017 - 7:43am

Rosa the Milk Snake had a lot of admirers gathered at the Los Alamos Nature Center during last week's Senior Appreciation Night. Photo by Felicia Orth

The vinegaroon even made friends! Photo by Felicia Orth

Illuminating Octavius the tarantula. Photo by Felicia Orth

Rick Wallace, the Planetarium volunteer who ran fractal shows all night during last week's Senior Approciation Night event at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Felicia Orth

Leo Rose, facilitated the graduates holding the vinegaroon, a large fierce-looking arachnid that does not bite, although its feet pinch a little as it

UNM-LA Career Class Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on June 8, 2017 - 7:11am

Los Alamos Daily Post Lifestyles Editor anf Graphic Designer Bonnie Gordon gives a presentation Tuesday to a class of Los Alamos Middle School students enrolled in a career program at UNM-Los Alamos. The class visited the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters in downtown Los Alamos to learn about advertising and marketing in the newspaper business. Photo by Chris Clark/

Bonnie Gordon hands out newspaper copies to students to look over various forms of advertising and learn about marketing in the newspaper business. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris

Train It New Mexico Offers Vegetation Management

on June 8, 2017 - 6:59am

TINM News:
Train It New Mexico would like to extend an opportunity to attend a two-day training on vegetation management June 12-13 at the Days Inn, 2900 Cerrillos in Santa Fe. 
In the training, several modules will provide an understanding of the importance of working with mechanical operations to obtain the best results when using herbicide to enhance parks, airports, public spaces, and many other areas. 
We go over the identification of weeds, including identification of weeds from infancy through maturity.

Los Alamos/Japan Project Partners With Green Legacy Hiroshima To Safeguard Atomic Bomb Seeds

on June 7, 2017 - 4:36pm


Los Alamos History Museum News:

The Los Alamos/Japan Project is proud to announce its newest partnership with Green Legacy Hiroshima, an organization dedicated to safeguard and to spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima's atomic bomb survivor trees. The Los Alamos History Museum is the grateful recipient of four varieties of second-generation, atomic bomb tree seeds-camphor, ginkgo, holly, and persimmon.

LAHS’s Griffith Gymnasium Gets New Flooring

on June 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School is getting a new floor. For the past several years the old floor was having problems with dead spots caused by the sub floor support failing. The problem was chronic and major repairs were looming. Arbo’s Flooring Service from Amarillo, Texas is installing the new flooring. The work is expected to continue for the next eight weeks. Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Amateur Naturalist: Springs And Crusty Lichen

on June 7, 2017 - 7:34am
Iron bacteria growing in a small drainage pool. Photo by Robert Dryja
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
The natural and urban worlds exist in close proximity to one another in Los Alamos. Finger-shaped mesa tops are separated by canyons. Urban Los Alamos is built on the mesa tops. The canyons in contrast are filled largely with forest toward their mountain origins. The canyons would be considered to be large parks or preserves in other parts of the country.

Los Alamos Rotary Honors Distinguished Student Of Service Sarah Shipley

on June 7, 2017 - 7:33am
​Distinguished Student of Service Sara Shipley, center, is joined by Rotarian Karen Easton, left, her parents Jim and Dawnmarie Shipley, and grandparents Carolyn and Jim Shipley. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
Los Alamos High School junior Sarah Shipley was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. 
Shipley is the daughter of Dawnmarie and Jim Shipley.
Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service.

Kiwanis Club Honors Scholarship Recipients

on June 7, 2017 - 7:29am

Katelynn Thorn receives a scholarship Tuesday from Kiwanis Club Past President and Scholarship Chair Lisa Wismer. Also pictured is her mother, Deidre Thorn. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Stephanie Kuzmack accepts her scholarship from Kiwanis Club Past President Lisa Wismer. Also pictured are her parents Michael and Doreen Kuzmack. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Los Alamos Public Schools

on June 7, 2017 - 7:21am

On the job in Los Alamos: Los Alamos Public Schools Facilities Coordinator Jeff Sargent and Facilities Services Specialist Sarah Brewer are busy as ever even though school is out for the summer. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Library Summer Reading Program Attracts Family

on June 7, 2017 - 6:30am

Esther Smidt of Los Alamos took her five children Tuesday to Mesa Public Library where they signed up and got their passports for the Summer Reading Program, participated in the Music and Movement Program and checked out lots of books. Her son, Adam, found some toy foods to serve to mom. Families are invited to build a tent in the stacks after the library closes and read books together 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Brooke Smidt and her baby brother Jared relax Tuesday at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Caleb Smidt, right,

Daily Postcard: Golden Sunset Over Los Alamos

on June 7, 2017 - 6:20am

Daily Postcard: Monday night's golden sunset over Los Alamos. Photo by Josh Smith

LAFD: Safety And Use Of Fireworks

on June 6, 2017 - 4:59pm

Courtesy/National Fire Protection Association

LAFD News:

July 4th is only a few short weeks away! Fireworks have been a part of many of our families’ Independence Day celebrations throughout the years. Let’s make sure our community is safe during this holiday season.

People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips.

  • Never let children handle, play with or light any fireworks.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Backup to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Buy only legal fireworks read the