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American Geophysical Union Announces 2017 Fellows

on July 27, 2017 - 9:08am

The American Geophysical Union headquarters in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Geophysical Union (AGU) today announced its 2017 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences.

Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually.

Sewing Camp Now For Adults Begins Aug. 14

on July 27, 2017 - 7:35am
Courtesy photo
This summer, kids from 7 to 14 came together for five weeks to learn the basics of sewing at Los Alamos Makers.
The camp was a success. Kids are not quite ready to become fashion designers, but they learned sewing basics like how to properly hem, make button holes and sew zippers with a machine. Most adults don’t actually know how to do that!
The camp was 100 percent hands-on.

Study: 2017’s Most & Least Educated Cities In America

on July 27, 2017 - 7:32am
With the fall semester drawing near and bachelor’s degree holders earning up to 33 percent more, on average, than non-college-educated workers in certain states, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America.

To determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across nine key metrics.

PEEC: Photographing Solar Eclipse Tuesday Aug. 1

on July 26, 2017 - 11:28am
Learn how to safely photograph one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights. Photo by Fraser Goff
PEEC News:
Want to make this year’s solar eclipse an experience to remember?
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, come to the Los Alamos Nature Center for an overview of the upcoming eclipse, followed by a fascinating photography tutorial.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from Rick Wallace and Fraser Goff about eclipse geometry, safe solar viewing, and more.

AFT-NM Responds To New Mexico PARCC Results

on July 26, 2017 - 4:40am
Stephanie Ly
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“With today’s release of the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores, interim Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski continued the practice of his predecessor of blaming anyone and everyone throughout New Mexico for the results.
“In 2015, then-Secretary Skandera blamed dismal scores for the transition process to a new test, and infamously stated students would, ‘rise to the challenge.’ Then, in 2016, Ms.

Earn Credentials To Become An EMT, CNA Or PCA At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 25, 2017 - 2:13pm
Students in the UNM-LA CNA program perform a rescue simulation using CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED). In this scenario-based simulation, the doctor on the television in the background has provided details about the patient, the symptoms and the setting which may influence the responders’ actions. Photos by Nancy Coombs, UNM-LA
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) offers programs that train students to meet specific needs in our community, including the fields of emergency medicine and health care.
In 2013, UNM-LA developed an Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

AFT-New Mexico And The Albuquerque Teachers Federation Responds To Delay In District Court Hearing

on July 25, 2017 - 12:13pm
AFT-NM News:
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers President New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement: 

“Today’s order from the 1st District Court in Santa Fe means that instead of proceeding with our lawsuit in October, as previously scheduled, it will be again delayed due to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s inability to comply with the Court’s orders for discovery and their failure to disclose critical information and data to AFT NM/ATF lawyers.
“This summer, professional

NOAA’s Climate.Gov: Natural Wetlands, Tropical Agriculture Cause Methane Increases, Not Oil And Gas

on July 24, 2017 - 7:59am
NOAA News:
“Agricultural and wetland emissions” from the planet’s tropical areas, not oil and gas activities in the United States, are more than likely responsible for a post-2007 global increase in methane levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
But regulating or mitigating those methane sources could be difficult or impossible.
“Both of the likely contenders for the recent increase in emissions could be tricky to mitigate,” wrote’s Rebecca Lindsey and Michon Scott.

New Mexico Film Office Hosts Annual Film & Media Industry Conference Aug. 25-26

on July 23, 2017 - 12:32pm
FILM News:
The New Mexico Film Office is hosting an informative two-day Film & Media Industry Conference Aug. 25-26.
Attend dynamic panels to receive a wealth of information about every aspect of this burgeoning industry and chat with vendors about their place in the film industry. Whether interested in acting, writing, producing, directing, or working crew, there is an expert that's excited to share their experience.
Business owners interested in working with the film industry may attend a free workshop to discover how every day businesses can become a vendor for local film

Los Alamos High School Students Attend Preview Of Santa Fe Opera’s The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs

on July 23, 2017 - 9:10am

Los Alamos High School students attend the preview performance Thurday of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at the Santa Fe Opera. Courtesy photo

LAHS students listen to a discussion by librettist Mark Campbell. Courtesy photo

LAHS / SFO News:

Catherine Puranananda’s AP Literature and Composition classes at Los Alamos High School had the privilege Thursday evening of attending a preview performance of Santa Fe Opera’s world premier of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

Puranananda’s classes worked with Santa Fe Opera over the course of the school year.

New Mexico State Police Starts Lateral Academy

on July 23, 2017 - 7:30am
NMSP News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico State Police Lateral Academy got underway July 16 in Santa Fe. 
Twenty officers from around the state were selected to attend the academy after meeting all qualifications during the stringent application process. 
The State Police Lateral Academy is an eight-week academy for certified police officers with at least two years of law enforcement experience. The lateral academy will equip these officers with the additional training required to become a New Mexico State Police Officer. 
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said about the

UNM-LA Hosts Summer Programs For Youth

on July 23, 2017 - 7:22am

Robotics underway at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

More robotics. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

This year, more than 125 students participated in the annual Summer Programs for Youth at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA).

In the Adventures at the University program, students in grades 1-3 experienced a different field of exploration each day, including music, art, engineering, chemistry in the lab, and general chemistry.

Balderas And 18 AGs Call On Secretary DeVos To Maintain Protections For Survivors Of Campus Assaults

on July 23, 2017 - 7:21am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and 18 Attorneys General sent a letter Wednesday to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing their concern over reports the Department of Education is preparing to roll back important protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses and urging her to keep these protections in place.
The Attorneys General also called on Secretary DeVos to work collaboratively with them to take action to end the scourge of sexual violence

LAHS Graduates Of 1987 Are Back In Class!

on July 23, 2017 - 7:09am

Graduates of the Class of 1987 are back in class during their reunion this weekend at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

Former Los Alamos High School Principal Cheryl Pongratz acts as a tour guide for the Class of 87 during their reunion weekend. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

JJAB Fundraiser Provides School Supplies For LAPS

on July 22, 2017 - 9:18am
JJAB News:
The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) is raising funds to provide school supplies for Los Alamos Public School students.
Although still in the heat of summer, it is time to prepare for the upcoming school year. JJAB is asking the community for financial donations to purchase supplies for students at Los Alamos elementary schools, middle school and high school.
JJAB Resource specialists and coordinators will be working with the school principals to request information relating to student needs.

Liam Cunningham Is LAFD Firefighter For A Day

on July 22, 2017 - 8:20am

Barranca Mesa Elementary School student Liam Cunningham finds out how heavy Capt. Manny Pacheco's hat really is during his visit Friday morning to Los Alamos Fire Station 2 on DP Road. Cunningham is the lucky winner of the Firefighter For A Day prize in a silent auction at the school during the PTO's Bobcat Bonanza last April. The Los Alamos Fire Department is ready to help other schools with similar fundraising and community awareness programs. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Liam Cunningham poses for a photo with his fire crew after being a firefighter for the day Friday at Station

SFCC: Architecture & Interior Design Open House

on July 22, 2017 - 7:50am



Santa Fe Community College Architecture and Interior Design will host an open house 6-7:30 p.m., Aug. 1 in Room 607 at the college at 6401 Richards Ave., in Santa Fe.


Anyone interested in a career in Architecture and Interior Design is welcome to stop by for the open house to learn about two new certificates (Certificate in Architecture and Interior Design and Certificate in Architecture and Interior Design Software), as well as the new Associates in Applied Sciences in Architecture and Interior Design.


For more information, contact Program Head of Architecture and


LANL: Frontiers In Science Explores Space Weather

on July 21, 2017 - 8:48am

Geoff Reeves, LANL Fellow and scientist. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Geoff Reeves, a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow and scientist in the Space Science and Applications group, will discuss the science behind space weather during three Frontiers in Science lectures titled “Whether There’s Weather in Space” beginning July 24 in Santa Fe.

“Space is not a dark, cold void as many people think. Instead, it churns with energy—in the form of magnetic fields and electrically-charged particles,” Reeves said.

NNMC: Unique Scholarship Allows Non-Residents To Pay In-State Tuition

on July 21, 2017 - 8:39am
NNMC News:
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College’s Board of Regents on Friday approved the Bienvenido Non-Resident Scholarship Program, allowing recipients to pay in-state tuition.
The academically competitive scholarship aims to attract high performing students from across the country to further enrich Northern’s diverse and talented student population.
In keeping with Northern’s significant non-traditional student body, the Bienvenido Scholarship will be the only one of its kind in New Mexico that also is open to High School Equivalency/GED graduates based on their test scores.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At UNM-LA

on July 21, 2017 - 7:04am

On the job in Los Alamos is Kateri Morris, admininstrative assistant to the Dean of Instruction at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Top Colleges Listed For Medical Assisting Programs

on July 20, 2017 - 9:54am
RWM News:
FOSTER CITY, Calif.  Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus has been named the No. 2 best school for medical assisting, according to the data-driven rankings by, a resource hub for students.
Medical assistants work various roles within the healthcare industry which majorly includes greeting the patients, arranging the appointment, noting the vital signs, sending the samples to labs, recording medical data and even in some cases in medical billing.
To help students narrow down their choice of schools for Medical assistance, has released its list of 

A Mountaineer’s Story: Shackleton South Georgia Traverse Centennial Expedition

on July 20, 2017 - 9:29am
Adventurer Richard Spitz recounts his expedition through South Georgia Island July 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Learn more about the infamous Shackleton South Georgia expedition at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 25 to hear from Richard Spitz, an adventurer who bravely recreated the journey.
The presentation begins at 7:15 p.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting is 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.

Any history book indicates that the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914

Back To School Food Services

on July 20, 2017 - 8:38am
Chef Mia Holsapple
The thought of going back to school just got a little better with great new things in store from Chartwells.
Eat, Learn, Live is the motto of the Los Alamos Public Schools’ food service partner known as Chartwells and overseen by Director of Food Services and Chef Mia Holsapple. Holsapple is ready for a new year with fresh ideas and a friendly staff to meet the needs for her school family.
Holsapple is a 2005 graduate of Le Cordon Blue in Atlanta, Ga.

3-D Models Help Scientists Gauge Flood Impact

on July 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Iowa Flood Center team performs one of the first 3-D RANS simulations of dam breaks in a natural environment. Courtesy photo
IFC News:
Heavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life.
A team from the Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa, led by UI Professor George Constantinescu, is creating 3-D non-hydrostatic flood models that can more accurately simulate flood wave propagation and account for the interaction between the

Keller Provides Update On UNM Athletics Audit

on July 19, 2017 - 7:49pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  Due to continuing inquiries, State Auditor Tim Keller provided an update on the special audit of issues at UNM Athletics, the Lobo Club and UNM Foundation.
The ongoing special audit was initiated in May and covers numerous financial management concerns, including unpaid luxury boxes, compensation and travel. When the results are complete, the audit will be released to the public.
Auditor Keller provided the following comment:
“We are working to get to the bottom of what’s going on with public funds in our state’s