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Screenagers Draws Capacity Crowd ... Replays Today

on May 5, 2017 - 8:34am

Parents and youth fill the lobby Thurday evening at the Reel Deal Theater for the showing of the Screenagers documentary. Los Alamos Public Schools Healthy Schools Initiative and JJAB provided the showing for free to parents and youth. The documentary explores the impact of screen technology on teens and adults. Plans are being made to show the film again in the fall. A showing will be available for teens at 4:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Teen Center on 20th Street and Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

The Screenagers documentary drew capacity attendance Thursday evening for the showing at

Eighteen Area Students Gaining STEM Research Experience At Prestigious Institutions

on May 5, 2017 - 7:16am

Northern New Mexico College students Alondra Villalba and Britney Martinez. Photo by John T. Denne

NNMC News:

Eighteen students from Northern New Mexico College’s Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science programs have secured summer research experiences at prestigious institutions around the country.

In alignment with the National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, the students will be associated with a research project in their field of study at a host institution, where they will work closely with the institution’s faculty and other

LAHS Latin Students Win Medals And Certificates On National Latin Exam

on May 4, 2017 - 10:23pm

Award winners on the National Latin Exam. Courtesy photo


Latin students at Los Alamos High School participated in the 2017 National Latin Exam in March. Seven students won gold medals, three won silver medals, and six earned Magna Cum Laude certificates. Overall, 22 students won a medal or certificate.

Gold Summa Cum Laude Medal Winners

  • Latin I: Marissa Smith
  • Latin II: Annika Davenport, Catherine Rousculp, Isabella Stephens, Carter Begnaud
  • Poetry III: Kevin Parkinson
  • Poetry IV: Zephram Tripp

Silver Maxima Cum Laude Medal Winners

  • Latin I: Aidan Nakhleh
  • Latin II: Andres Vigil

Amateur Naturalist: Arrival Of Spring Along Ranch School Trail

on May 4, 2017 - 3:31pm
A whiptail lizard warming itself in the sunshine. Photo by Robert Dryja

Los Alamos

The winter snows in Acid Canyon have largely melted away by mid-March. Only a few patches of ice remain the bottom of the canyon in its narrowest section and where it remains shaded throughout the day.  he Ranch School trail going down Acid Canyon similarly is largely free of snow.  

Mountain lover and Kinnikinnick are evergreen plants growing along the trail and no longer have snow around them. Their leaves are as green as at the start of winter.

First Bear Festival May 13

on May 4, 2017 - 3:25pm
New Mexico’s First Bear Festival May 13 at Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak

PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation (LEWF), New Mexico’s first Bear Festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. There will even be a scent dog demonstration to show the abilities of a dog’s nose. A bear’s nose is about seven times better than a Bloodhound’s nose, allowing bears to smell about 2,100 times better than humans!

Last summer, black bears made headlines in Los

Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers All District Band

on May 4, 2017 - 9:23am

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus directs the Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers All District Band in the National Anthem Tuesday evening at Grifftih Gymnasium. Photo by Caren Stephens

Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers All District Band Tuesday evening at Grifftih Gymnasium. Photo by Caren Stephens

Dr. Zee Benefit Concert: Thank You To Community

on May 4, 2017 - 9:07am
Dr. Zee speaking at her recent fundraising event concert to help with her medical expenses. Photo by Kateri Morris
Hosting Dr. Zee Benefit Concert was truly a gift and the organizers are grateful for the opportunity to serve a wonderful cause.  Dr. Zee has touched many students with her gift of teaching and as students, we had the opportunity to take one of her classes. When we heard that Dr. Zee was going into treatment, we tried to think of small ways to show our support for her.

Aspen School Hosts Australian Arts Night

on May 4, 2017 - 8:23am

Students, families and staff gather for Australian Arts Night at Aspen School. Courtesy photo

Students play digeridoos around a campfire during Australian Arts Night in April at Aspen School. Courtesy photo
The students and families of Aspen Elementary School were treated to an Australian Adventure Wednesday night, April 19. 
Under the capable direction of Aspen’s specials teachers, Britt Williams (art), Andrea Dowdy (music), Jeff Lloyd (library) and Mark Guider (P.E.), the hallways of the school became an awesome immersion into Australian culture.

LANB Brings 73 Santa Fe Students To Bradbury

on May 3, 2017 - 8:58am
An Ortiz Middle Schooler enjoys the hands-on Nuclear Safeguards exhibit. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
BSM Educator Liz Martineau demonstrates the magnets display to some Ortiz Middle School students. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
BSMA News:
Los Alamos National Bank made it possible for 73 Ortiz Middle School students to travel to Los Alamos recently and enjoy the Bradbury Science Museum.
"I am so happy to have the students here!

Udall, Luján, Lujan Grisham Join Over 130 Members Of Congress Urging Education Secretary To Reinstate Student Loan Protections

on May 2, 2017 - 10:12pm
WASHINGTON D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham this week joined more than 130 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a recent decision to rescind Obama-era efforts on student loan servicing reforms.
The reforms include new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing.
“Your decision to rescind these [initiatives]—including the guidance making servicers’ past performance and record of compliance with

Consumer Protection Presentation At UNM-Los Alamos

on May 2, 2017 - 3:56pm

There have been incidences of stolen credit card numbers in Los Alamos. Courtesy Images

UNM-LA News:

UNM alumni Shaylyn Garcia Roy and Patrick Stewart are hosting “Consumer Security: Protecting the Citizens of New Mexico” Thursday, May 4 at UNM-Los Alamos in the Building 2 Lecture Hall.

Shaylyn Garcia Roy, Community Outreach Director for the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General. Courtesy Images

The event begins with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6 p.m. by the presentation.

The UNM Alumni Association and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office are joining forces to

The Service Lives On In Senior Appreciation Night

on May 2, 2017 - 2:33pm
Former Acting Chief Gary Bequette Los Alamos Police Department and his daughter Diana. Courtesy/YMCA
Courtesy/Los Alamos Monitor
The Family YMCA

In 2010, tears in his eyes, 71-year-old Gary Bequette sat and watched his adult daughter as she volunteered to help senior graduates get in and out of overstuffed sumo wrestling suits. He smiled as the teens pushed, bounced off and jump upon one another.

“I am so thankful that this is continuing,” he told his daughter Linda Bequette.

PEEC: Start Off May With A Bird Walk Saturday

on May 2, 2017 - 1:01pm
Enjoy nature and learn about local birds from bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day.
At 7 a.m., Saturday, May 6, join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon for hike in Lower Water Canyon. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds. Sightings may include the Black-throated gray warbler and Hepatic tanager.
Joe Fitzgibbon has always been passionate

Goal: Students Hope To Sell 50 Tickets To Showtime Dessert Theater Event At FBCLA Set For Saturday

on May 2, 2017 - 7:45am

Students sing at Showtime Dessert Theater Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. Courtesy/FBCLA


Local students are hoping to sell 50 tickets to their Showtime Dessert Theater event running 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.

Desserts are rumored to include:
  • Mindy’s Cheesecake;
  • Ice Cream and Cookies;
  • Strawberry Pie Forever;
  • A Slice of Pineapples; and
  • The Grey Stuff, (brownies, covered in cookies, cream mouse, sprinkles).

Child care is available for children under six and tips and reservations are appreciated by the student

AAUW-NM Announces First Mission In Action Award

on May 2, 2017 - 6:31am

Dr. Tinka Gammel, left, representing the New Mexico Network of Women in Science in Engineering receives the Mission in Action Award from AAUW-NM Awards Chair Sheila Portillo at AAUW’s annual state convention Saturday evening in Los Alamos. Courtesy/AAUW-NM


AAUW-New Mexico has announced that the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (the Network) is the first recipient of its Mission In Action Award.

Awards Chair Sheila Portillo presented the award Saturday evening at AAUW’s annual state convention in Los Alamos to Dr.

Carter Payne Selected Los Alamos High School Principal

on May 1, 2017 - 7:52pm
Carter Payne in the LAHS Lobby has been selected to serve as principal effective July 1. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Carter Payne has been selected to serve as the new principal of Los Alamos High School effective July 1.

Payne is a New Mexico native. He taught science and was an assistant principal in Las Cruces before moving to Los Alamos in 2010. Payne taught physics at Los Alamos High School before becoming assistant principal in 2012. He was named principal of the Topper Freshman Academy in 2016.

School Board President Jenny McCumber said, “I am pleased that staff followed a very


Summer Physics Camp For Young Women June 5-16

on May 1, 2017 - 6:21pm
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley High School and the American Physical Society would like to invite young women attending high school in Northern New Mexico to join them for a two-week "Summer Physics Camp for young women”.
  • When? 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 5-16.
  • Where? Pojoaque Valley High School
The camp will focus on boosting local young women's understanding of the physics of the Sun, Earth, and everything in between.
Daily activities will include demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiments, and discussions with female

Scenes From Annual Teddy Bear Clinic At LAMC

on May 1, 2017 - 5:25pm

The X-Ray lab nurse at LAMC introduces her assistant to students from Mandy Ferran’s class at Pinon Elementary School during the annual Teddy Bear Clinic this morning at Los Alamos Medical Center. Photo by John McHale/

Students from Pinon Elementary School with their teacher Karen Forsyth check out the emergency room this morning as part of the Teddy Bear Clinic at LAMC. Photo by John McHale/

The LAMC nurse shows students what bones look like inside the body through an xray. Photo by John McHale/

Classic Air Medical Pilot Brandon Saver discusses

LAHS Champions At National Science Bowl Today

on May 1, 2017 - 9:43am

Los Alamos High School Regional Science Bowl Champions are participating in the National Science Bowl through today in Washington, D.C. The students are shown here with LAHS Science Bowl Coach Kathy Boerigter, center. Students include, Steven Zhao, David Gao, Wilbur Wang, Phillip Martin and Radika Iyer. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School Regional Science Bowl Champions glow purple under a black light at the National Science Bowl today in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Series Kick Off: May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

on May 1, 2017 - 9:28am
The White Rock rock ... May is Mental Health Awareness Month and today marks the kick off of a series that will run throughout the month as part of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative. Photo by ​​Stephanie Koch, LMHC/Mesa Vista Wellness

GOP Hosts Senate Candidate Mick Rich Thursday

on May 1, 2017 - 8:46am

U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich. Photo by James Robinson

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a presentation by U.S. Senatorial candidate Mick Rich of Taos.

Rich is running for the seat held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

The local GOP meeting begins at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Lecture Hall at UNM-Los Alamos.

PEEC: Lions And Hikers And Bears, Oh My!

on May 1, 2017 - 8:38am
Black bears are frequently seen in the local mountain community and it is important to know how to safely live and hike among these large mammals. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak, one of the leading experts in large carnivore behavior, will share tips for hiking safely in bear country. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Bear sightings are common in our mountain town.

SFCC And SFHEC Host Fulbright Scholar Lecture

on May 1, 2017 - 8:35am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center hosts a Fulbright Scholar Program Lecture with visiting scholar Dr. Adam Kowalik from Poland 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 12 in room 159 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road.
Dr. Kowalik’s lecture Modeling the business future: How to discover the future developments in the market is open to the public. To reserve a seat, contact Piér Quintana at or 505.428.1235. Reserve a seat by Monday, May 8.

Los Alamos Community Foundation Holds Spring Conference For Nonprofits

on May 1, 2017 - 8:06am

Brian Brogan, Los Alamos County Community Services Director explains the details of responding to County request for proposals. Courtesy/LACF

Kristine Coblentz, LAPS Healthy Schools Program Director, provided examples of successful community-wide collaborations.Courtesy/LACF

Participants discussing a variety of community needs and collaboration opportunities during the LACF Spring Conference for nonprofits Friday at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LACF


Local and regional representatives from over thirty local nonprofits met all day Friday, April 28 at UNM-Los Alamos to learn

LAHS Spring Dance Show 2017 Thursday

on May 1, 2017 - 7:32am

LAHS Ballroom Dance Program students and guest performers will dance in the annual Spring Dance Show at 7 p.m., Thursday at Smith Auditorium. Photo by Andrea Simons

LAHS News:

The community is invited to attend the annual Los Alamos High School Spring Dance Show 2017 at 7 p.m., Thursday at Smith Auditorium.

Students enrolled in the LAHS Ballroom Dance Program and guest performers from local dance studios and school clubs will perform Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Juggling, Bollywood and Modern numbers in this variety dance show. Admission is free.