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Higher Education Center Open House Aug. 2

on July 19, 2017 - 6:49am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe Higher Education Center (SFHEC) will host an Open House 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the campus, 1950 Siringo Road. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Join in welcoming the newest SFHEC partner Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) and meet with faculty and academic advisers from NNMC and other partners, including New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), University of New Mexico (UNM) and Santa Fe Community College.

PEEC: Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22

on July 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
Local butterfly citizen science project led by Steve Cary is Saturday, July 22. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to participate in the annual Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22 to honor the memory of Dorothy Hoard by fluttering to three places around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at a high altitude and along a stream. This event is for beginners, experts and everyone in between.
New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be present to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.
The first count is 9-10:45 a.m.

Da Vinci - The Genius Exhibition: New Mexico 2018

on July 18, 2017 - 12:34pm
Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition, courtesy: Grande Exhibitions. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE —The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) hosts a special exhibition, Da Vinci—The Genius Feb. 10 through July 29, 2018. 
Da Vinci—The Genius was created by Grande Exhibitions with the assistance of Museo Leonardo da Vinci – Rome, and many experts in Italy and France to provide a truly authentic experience.
“The Museum has not hosted an exhibition of this scope since the blockbuster Titanic exhibition," Margie Marino, the Museum’s executive director said.

Planets & Galaxies At Los Alamos Nature Center Friday

on July 18, 2017 - 9:26am
PEEC News:
PEEC brings two great astronomy shows to the Los Alamos Nature Center this weekend.
At 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, Steve Becker will point out celestial objects that will be visible at the next Pajarito Astronomer's Dark Night as well as some stars only visible from the southern hemisphere.
The full-dome film We are Astronomers will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23.This exciting, family-friendly movie connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. 
For more information about these and future

The Taos Plaza: History. Myth, And Memory Aug. 5

on July 18, 2017 - 6:01am
TCHS News:
The Taos County Historical Society presents the free public lecture “The Taos Plaza: History. Myth, and Memory” by Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez at 2 p.m., Aug. 5.
The monthly program is at Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos. This illustrated lecture is part of the Society's participation in Taos Art and Cultural Consortium 2017 theme of Taos Legends and Stories.
“No one knows the exact date, appearance, or location of the first Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe or Don Fernando de Taos Plaza”, states Dr.

Nurturing Success: Northern New Mexico College Student Lands Dream Job At LANL

on July 17, 2017 - 10:00am
Chase Harrison speaks at graduation. Courtesy photo
Chase Harrisono
NNMC News:
Only a few years ago, Chase Harrison could not imagine himself standing at a podium in front of hundreds of people as the student speaker at his own college graduation, with his dream job waiting for him.
The young computer buff from Colorado says he took a leap of faith which resulted in a degree from Northern New Mexico College and a coveted job at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) doing what he loves, not to mention a happy marriage.
The story of that leap started while the young Chase

Longtime JROTC Shooting Figure Major William Barker Has Died

on July 16, 2017 - 4:40pm

Major William E. Barker (USMC Retired) has died at the age of 73. Major Barker was well known to many Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets who belonged to precision air rifle teams and who have expressed sadness at his death. Courtesy photo


Attention to Orders:

On July 11, 2017 Major William E. Barker (USMC Retired) at the age of 73 received his orders for a Permanent Change of Station, and was reassigned to the Pearly Gates of Heaven’s 777th Marine Corps Detachment.

PEEC: Painting Class With Lisa Coddington July 27

on July 16, 2017 - 9:09am
Rufous hummingbird and Indian paintbrush flowers by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on painting using botanical and natural subjects July 27 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels. The workshop is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life and nature-inspired art.
Participants will explore watercolor techniques that portray

Scenes From ScienceFest 2017 At Ashley Pond Park

on July 15, 2017 - 8:30pm
Los Alamos celebrated ScienceFest today at Ashley Pond Park. The event had a Ranch School theme. Canoe rides were part of the fun. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
These recent Los Alamos High School graduates competed in the Colorado Kinetic Sculpture Race in June. Their sculpture was The Manhattan Project and had a mad scientist theme. They won First Place in the Virgin (first time in the race) catagory. They plan to compete again next year. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Building molecules with marshmallows at the UNM-Los Alamos booth. Photo by Bonnie J.

Students Honored With Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship

on July 15, 2017 - 5:43am
LAPS News:
Jim Sims, a long time resident of Los Alamos and engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was remembered May 30, as the scholarship created in his name was awarded to graduating Los Alamos High School seniors Joshua Dyer and Zoe Challacombe.
Sims worked for 34 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a design engineer and leader of project engineering teams. Sims was a gifted Mechanical Engineer with a distinguished career. He was essential to the success of highly visible programs that have enhanced the scientific and engineering reputation of the Laboratory.

ScienceFest Schedule Of Events: Saturday July 15

on July 14, 2017 - 7:11pm

ScienceFest News:

ScienceFest Schedule for Saturday July 15:

This major event celebrates the science in everyday life in hands-on, interactive experiences. Great for millennials, families and kids, ScienceFest highlights the groundbreaking science that still happens in Los Alamos. This year’s theme is “100th Anniversary of the Ranch School.” Discover Ranch School Days – without the Ranch School, the Manhattan Project would not have been located here.

Los Alamos Ashley Pond Park

FREE admission

Main Gate Park


Mathamuseum And Los Alamos Math Circles Bring Fun Activities To The Nature Center

on July 14, 2017 - 2:50pm
Mathamuseum and Los Alamos Math Circles share fun math puzzles and games July 18 at the nature center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center is hosting an evening of exploration, discovery and creative mathematics 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdy, July 18.
Los Alamos Math Circles and Mathamuseum will provide a variety of math problems, but don’t be intimidated; all ages and abilities are welcome! Don’t miss this family-friendly opportunity to experience math in new and exciting ways.
The Los Alamos Math Circle Team includes:
  • Michael Lane, who earned his Bachelor's

Refund Alert: AG Balderas Announces Hundreds Of NM Students To Receive Refund Checks From DeVry Univ.

on July 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation.
July 5, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015. The checks will expire 60 days after they are mailed so it is important for former students in

Summer Family Evenings: New Mexico Wildlife Center

on July 14, 2017 - 1:06pm
Meet an Owl Ambassor at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/New Mexico Wildlife Center
PEEC News:
Join PEEC at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, for a special visit from the New Mexico Wildlife Center.
This Summer Family Evening program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union, is perfect for families who want to learn about local habitats, responsible rehabilitation, conservation and biology, and what to do if you find an injured wild animal.

ScienceFest Curiosity Challenge Goes Live!

on July 14, 2017 - 10:57am

ScienceFest News:

This year ScienceFest attendees will have the chance to compete with one and other in an exciting and interactive scavenger hunt.

Participants can accumulate points by completing challenges and experiencing all of the entertainment ScienceFest has to offer. The person or team with the most points at the end of the challenge will win a brand new Yeti cooler!

Joining the challenge is easy.

DREAM BIG: Free Screening Reel Deal 10am Saturday

on July 14, 2017 - 10:44am


What does it mean to be an engineer? Bechtel Corporation, one of the lead teammates of Los Alamos National Security LLC, is joining with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos ScienceFest to present a free, one-day-only showing of an inspirational movie about engineering called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The movie is showing at IMAX theaters and science museums across the country but we’ve arranged for a screening in Los Alamos as part of the ScienceFest celebration.

Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a

Housing For UNM-LA Students At Ponderosa Pines

on July 13, 2017 - 7:12pm
Ponderosa Pines Apartments through Plateau Property Management will have units specifically designated for UNM-LA students for the academic year. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA and Ponderosa Pines are in their second year of working with students to provide designated, affordable apartments for UNM-LA students. Interested students should apply now to move in Aug. 18, before classes begin Aug. 21.  

Plateau Property Management has contracted with UNM-Los Alamos and the New Mexico Consortium to provide a limited number of furnished apartments at a discounted rate to UNM-LA students

5-Day Bible Club At Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church July 17-21

on July 13, 2017 - 6:51pm

Little Boy Spots Burros At Los Alamos Nature Center

on July 13, 2017 - 11:04am

A little boy spots two burros participating in a packing demonstration Wednesday evening at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Ryn Herrmann

Scenes From Wednesday's Aparejo Packing System Demonstration At Los Alamos Nature Center

on July 13, 2017 - 5:51am

Freighter is one of two burros belonging to Ron and Pat Rundstrom who demonstated the Aparejo Packing System Wednesday evening. The event was hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Amiga, a female burro delights the audience Wednesday evening at the nature center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

All ages enjoyed the Aparejo Packing System demonstration. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

A large crowd came out Wednesday evening for the Aparejo Packing System demonstration

2017 Los Alamos Business Recycler Of The Year

on July 12, 2017 - 4:00pm

PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell, left, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule hold up the 2017 Business Recycler of the Year Certificate awarded to PEEC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Suzanne Lynne, left, and Los Alamos County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule hold up the award Chamisa Elementary received. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Chamisa Elementary School and Pajarito Environmental Educational Center (PEEC) win 2017 Business Recycler of the Year Awards.

The Business

DEA Launches Website To Target College Drug Use

on July 12, 2017 - 2:20pm
DEA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college drug use.
“We must talk to folks about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse, and base those conversations on facts and science,” DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. “With this website, we put valuable information in the hands of higher education leaders who can use it to enlighten, teach, and change the culture.”
This new website is DEA’s latest effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on

PEEC Offers Three Astronomy Programs This Weekend

on July 12, 2017 - 6:10am
PEEC News:
This weekend the Los Alamos Nature Center has three astronomy programs:
  • A special summer stars event 8-10 p.m., Friday, July 14;
  • The PBS Science Café 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 15; and
  • The planetarium film From Earth to the Universe playing at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16.
John Lorenzen is leading Friday's fascinating summer stars workshop. This two-hour program will begin in the planetarium and include an introduction to seasonal constellations.

Northern New Mexico College Hosts El Rito Watershed Conference Friday, July 14

on July 11, 2017 - 10:18am
NNMC News:
Northern New Mexico College invites community members, conservationists and interested parties to The El Rito Watershed from the Ground Up Conference, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 14 at Northern’s El Rito campus.
The conference is premised on the notion that natural communities are dependent upon their watersheds, which when carefully used and protected, can continuously sustain productive local economies with a high quality of life.
The conference features more than 20 local authorities who will discuss various aspects of the El Rito watershed, its geology,

National History Day Nationals Contest Finalists

on July 11, 2017 - 6:43am

NMHC News:

Sixty-seven National History Day state finalists proudly represented New Mexico at the national competition June 12-15 at the University of Maryland.

Projects from Los Alamos High School, Moriarty High School, Silver City High School, Albuquerque Christian School and Academy for Technology and the Classics in Santa Fe went on to compete in the final rounds of their respective categories:

Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom (Los Alamos High School) for their Group Website Containment Begins: How the Berlin Airlift Took a Stand Against Soviet Communism; Steven West (Albuquerque