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VBS At First Baptist Church In Los Alamos June 5-9

on May 31, 2017 - 12:34pm
Courtesy/FBC
 
FBC News:
 
Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church in Los Alamos is June 5-9 and this year's theme is Galactic Starveyors.
 
Classes are 9 a.m. to noon for children age 4 through sixth grade.
 
First Baptist Church is at 2200 Diamond Dr. and the telephone number is 505.662.3712.
 
Parents can register their children at www.fbc-la.org/children.html
 
 

Los Alamos Nature Center Garden In Full Bloom

on May 31, 2017 - 7:05am

Thanks to Larry Deavan's care and knowledge, the penstemon garden at the Los Alamos Nature Center is amazingly colorful, but it won't last long. Stop by the nature center this week to see the impressive array of flowers and watch the many pollinators collect nectar from this vivid area. Photo by Beth Cortright

Rotary Honors Distinguished Student Beatrice Nisoli

on May 31, 2017 - 6:01am

Rotary Distinguished Student of Service Beatrice Nisoli speaks at Rotary, as from left, Rotarian Alison Pannell, parents Cristiano and Donatella Nisoli, and teacher Margo Batha look on. Photo by Oliver Morris

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos High School junior Beatrice Nisoli was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Nisoli is the daughter of Donatella and Cristiano Nisoli.

Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service.

Rotary Briefed On Community Internship Collaboration

on May 31, 2017 - 4:59am

Therese Crepeau, an intern with the Community Internship Collaboration, speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during its May 23 meeting. Courtesy Photo

ROTARY News:

Therese Crepeau, an intern with the Community Internship Collaboration, a program designed to give interns hands-on experience working in local businesses the opportunity to work with motivated students, described the program during a May 23 presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

She was joined at the podium by Rotarian Laura Loy who directed the program through UNM-Los Alamos.

Three Big Promotions At Los Alamos Public Schools

on May 30, 2017 - 7:04pm

New Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Lisa Montoya

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus has announced three promotions within Los Alamos Public Schools.

Lisa Montoya has been selected to serve as the new assistant superintendent for Finance and Operations, effective July 1. She has been employed with the District since August 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer and has brought with her more than 17 years of business knowledge. She received a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. 

As the Chief Financial Officer,

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Partnership Between Y, Bandelier And UNM-LA Creates Class To Enhance Understanding For Federal Jobs

on May 30, 2017 - 4:07pm

COMMUNITY News:

A partnership between the Y, Bandelier and UNM-LA has created a new college credit class this summer that can help people understand and apply for federal jobs.

The Environmental Technology course, “Introduction to Conservation and Land Management,” is 3-5 p.m. Fridays, June 16 to July 21.

Introduction to Conservation and Land Management, taught by Bandelier's Chief of Resource Management Jeremy Sweat, was created for participants in the Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) through The Family YMCA, but also is being offered to all UNM-LA students.

The course will begin with a

Rotary Announces 4-Way Test Essay Winners

on May 30, 2017 - 3:44pm

From left, first-place essay winner Griffin Light and his parents; LAMS Language Arts teacher Suzanne Montoya; second-place winner Garrett Slama and his father; and third-place winner Zachary Schraad and his mother. Courtesy photo

ROTARY News:

Three 8th-grade students from Los Alamos Middle School were honored recently at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos for their award-winning essays based upon Rotary's 4-Way Test, a set of principles Rotarians aspire to live by: 

  • Is it the truth? 
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will?
  • and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all

Bird Walk In Upper Water Canyon Saturday

on May 30, 2017 - 3:18pm

Learn about local birds from bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon.​ Courtesy Photo 

PEEC News:

Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon will lead a hike at 7 a.m. Saturday in Upper Water Canyon. This half-day trip will take birders about two miles along the bottom of the canyon, through a mosaic of burned and unburned areas. Sightings may include the empidonax flycatchers (Dusky, Hammond’s, and Cordilleran), wrens, Western Tanagers, Stellar’s Jays, Green-tailed Towhees, warblers and woodpeckers.

Fitzgibbon has always been passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos.

Two-Day Geology Tour Of Mount Taylor Region In June

on May 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Mount Taylor. Photo by Fraser Goff

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a special overnight tour June 17-18 of the Mount Taylor region. The tour will focus on the geology of the area, and is suitable for geologists and non-geologists alike. Space is limited for this trip.

Geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff will lead the tour, which includes the earth science and volcanology of Mount Taylor and surrounding areas.

Participants Sought For New Mexico Girl’s State

on May 29, 2017 - 5:53pm

Participants at New Mexico Girl’s State in 2016. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Local resident and American Legion Auxiliary icon Marie Todd who has been in charge of the program since being passed the torch in 1969 from Louise Mendez is hopeful that local young ladies will take the opportunity to experience what New Mexico has to offer.

Young women headed into their senior year in high school can apply for New Mexico Girl’s State being held June 4-9 this year.

Night Skies, Phantoms At Nature Center Planetarium

on May 29, 2017 - 8:05am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Want to learn more about what is visible in the night sky this month? Dr. Paul Arendt will provide an interactive tour Friday, June 2, of the planets, star patterns, constellations, and deep sky objects that may be observed throughout June. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.

Phantom of the Universe, a film that uncovers the heavenly mystery of dark matter, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4. The film traces existence back to its beginning, stretching through space and time to

Los Alamos Freshman Lillian Petersen Wins Third Place At Intel International Science And Engineering Fair

on May 28, 2017 - 6:41am

Lillian Petersen places third in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 14-19  in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Topper Academy freshman Lillian Petersen competed May 14-19 in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, Calif. Petersen received a third place award for her project in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category. The title of Petersen’s award winning project is, America's Farming Future: The Impact of Climate Change on Crop Yields. Petersen was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Intel.

Also competing at the

AFT-NM On PED's Proposed Evaluation Changes

on May 27, 2017 - 7:43am

Stephanie Ly

AFT-NM News:

Santa Fe – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“Nearly two months after Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera announced changes to the State’s educator evaluation system at a closed press conference, the New Mexico Public Education Department is finally holding hearings for public input to the changes.

“Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez once again have disrespected New Mexico’s public educators by announcing changes to an already flawed system, and then are pretend to involve stakeholders

Los Alamos Nature Center Open This Holiday Weekend

on May 27, 2017 - 7:34am

Observe local birds like this Red-breasted Nuthatch this holiday weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bob Walker.

PEEC News: 

This weekend is a great time to enjoy nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, a great day to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, pick up the new Passport to the Pajarito Plateau booklet, or build great memories with your family in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open on holidays except: Thursday

Aspen Students Tour Los Alamos Post Office

on May 27, 2017 - 7:18am
Supervisor Emine Beyza Tutor, far left, is the tour guide for Aspen Elementary School teacher JoAnna Maynard's class Thursday during their field trip to the Los Alamos Post Office. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Aspen Elementary School students from Kelly Taylor's class visit the U.S. Post Office in Los Alamos Thursday during their downtown tour. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
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LAHS 2017 Honors Convocation Tuesday

on May 26, 2017 - 4:06pm

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School 2017 Honors Convocation is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 in Duane Smith Auditorium.

The Honors Convocation recognizes members of the graduating class who are the recipients of local scholarships, outstanding athletic awards and other prestigious achievements. Rather than having several ceremonies, students are honored on this night by school staff, family, friends and community members.

More than 60 local scholarships and awards will be presented during the program.

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Local First Graders Tour Del Norte Credit Union

on May 26, 2017 - 3:30pm
Branch Manager Matthew Waldschmidt talks to Barranca Elementary School Teacher Erin Manazanares and her first grade students. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

In Teacher Erin Manazanares’ first grade class at Barranca Elementary School, students learn mathematical concepts and life skills through a program called Classroom Economy. On Thursday, they were able to experience their lessons applied in the real world.

 

Manazanares’ class visited Del Norte Credit Union on Trinity Drive.

LAHS Class Of 2007 10-Year Reunion May 26-28

on May 26, 2017 - 2:45pm

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Class of 2007 is celebrating its 10-year reunion this weekend around the community.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 26

  • Welcome/Check-in: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Bar Crawl: 6:30-11 p.m. Departing from the Holiday Inn Express

Saturday, May 27

  • Dinner and Dancing: 5:30-10 p.m.

Sunday, May 28

  • Family Friendly Lunch: noon to 4 p.m. @ Rover Park
  • Direct questions to Sarah at 505.412.3290 or Megan 505.310.0225

*All events will be at the Holiday Inn Express unless otherwise stated*

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

60 Entrada Dr.

Los Alamos, NM 87544

UNM-LA Community Internship Collaboration Celebrates Fourth Successful Semester

on May 26, 2017 - 5:57am
Student interns with Laura Loy of UNM-LA, far left, and Ken Holmes from Los Alamos HIgh School, far right. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Intern Niamh Short worked as a marketing assistant with Library Program Specialist Katy Korkos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

EDUCATION News:

The Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) celebrated its fourth successful semester May 10 of matching UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos High School (LAHS) students with local business mentors.

Thirteen student participants gathered in the UNM-LA lecture hall to talk about their experiences with parents and

State And National American Federation Of Teachers Representatives Argue For Public Education Funding

on May 26, 2017 - 5:54am

STATE News:

In advance to the New Mexico legislature's special session, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statements:

Randi Weingarten

“I am so honored to be in Santa Fe standing shoulder to shoulder with New Mexico’s educators and legislators who are making educational funding for our students- Pre-K through college a priority.

Scenes From Annual Field Day At Sullivan Field

on May 26, 2017 - 5:50am

A group of students play tug-of-war during Field Day at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Students play ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Students work togther during the Field Day event. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

LAPS News: 

Field Day is an annual event that brings together all fifth and sixth graders from area elementary schools for a morning of fun activities at Sullivan Field.

The students were grouped with kids they don't already know from other schools to help them get to know each other before heading to middle school.

The activities

Preceptor Beta Chapter: An Idea And 15 Friends

on May 26, 2017 - 5:49am
The official entry in the official book at the Beta Sigma Phi International Offices. Photo by Claire Swinhoe
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

It just takes one idea and a few friends to make some pretty wonderful things happen that can span a lifetime.

Fifty five years ago this past week, the Preceptor Beta Chapter of internationally known Beta Sigma Phi, celebrated an anniversary of friendship and service to our community. May 24, 1962, 15 women officially established a chapter in Los Alamos and they have been living well and serving ever since.

Today the nine members are led by

Aspen School Celebrates Books, Libraries & Africa

on May 26, 2017 - 5:07am
Aspen students show off some of the books they have collected for The African Library Project. Courtesy photo
 
Chris Bradshaw, founder of The African Library Project, visited Aspen School Tuesday. Kindergarten students presented her with a special handmade hat. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Tuesday, Aspen students were treated to an assembly celebrating books, libraries and Africa. Chris Bradshaw, founder of The African Library Project, spoke to all 450 students and staff at the school about her experiences making libraries in African countries.

Her presentation highlighted the

Students Enjoy Hands-On Science At Bradbury

on May 26, 2017 - 5:03am
Taos High School student is captivated by the Human Battery hands on exhibit. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA
 
Taos High School student studies the hands-on Matchstick Puzzle. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/BSMA

BSMA News:

Twenty-two Taos High School students enjoyed the hands-on science activities at the Bradbury Science Museum, thanks to the bus ride paid for by the Bradbury Science Museum Association.

“Getting the bus ride funding made such a huge difference for us!” said Ines Firmo, Taos High School special education science teacher.

Chamisa Students Get Educated About Finances

on May 26, 2017 - 5:01am

 ​CEO/President of Los Alamos Schools Credit Union Matt Schmidt ,along with third and fourth graders at Chamisa Elementary School, shows of his "check" he received as a thank you for teaching financial literacy Thursday. Courtesy photo

CHAMISA News:

Thursday morning, CEO/President of Los Alamos Schools Credit Union Matt Schmidt visited Chamisa Elementary School to teach four, third and fourth grade classes about financial literacy and the value of saving money.

Schmidt said, "It was a great chance to educate about the power of saving." He added, 'Mrs.

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