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PEEC Brings New Film To Planetarium

on September 25, 2017 - 11:32am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing a new full-dome planetarium film to the Los Alamos Nature Center this month. 
 
Dark Matter Mystery will premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and be accompanied by a presentation by Dr. Joyce Guzik. This new show will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
 
Dark Matter Mystery sheds light on a seemingly intangible substance that makes up nearly a third of a third of the observable Universe.

Letter To The Editor: Changes To New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards

on September 25, 2017 - 11:31am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
Los Alamos

New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) recently released a draft of proposed changes to New Mexico STEM-ready science standards to be voted during the hearing Oct. 16.
 
They can be read in full on the PED website (http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PublicNotices.html), under rule 6.29.10. These proposed changes scrap facts like the age of the Earth and the fact that temperatures have been steadily rising in the past years. The word evolution has also been taken out.
 
As a mother, a scientist, and a science educator, I find such censoring alarming,

Today Is Native Women's Equal Pay Day

on September 25, 2017 - 9:24am

AAUW News:

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Elizabeth Bolton in 2015 and updated in 2017 by Senior Researcher Kevin Miller, Ph.D.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is widest on average for Latinas, black women, and Native women. In fact, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women, that number is 59 cents.

Today,

Back To School Safety Tips

on September 25, 2017 - 8:14am

Scenes From Lucky Ducky Carnival At FSN

on September 24, 2017 - 7:29am
Saturday was the annual Luckey Ducky Day at Los Alamos Family Strengths Network on Orange Street. The fundraiser attracted hordes of kids and their grownups for a day of funfilled activities. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Lucky Ducky Day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Lucky Ducky Day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Lucky Ducky Day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Lucky Ducky Day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Scenes from Lucky Ducky Day. Photo by Bonnie J.

UWNNM Board Conducts Site Visit At FSN

on September 24, 2017 - 7:25am

United Way of Northern New Mexico Board members conducted a site visit Sept. 12 at the Family Strengths Network at 3540 Orange St., which receives United Way funding. From left, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, UWNNM Treasurer Dr. Cindy Rooney, FSN Executive Director Carie Fanning and UWNNM board member David Trujillo. FSN is a private, non-profit organization that has served the families of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989 through its Family Resource Center and programs.

LAHS Homecoming Festivities Begin Monday

on September 22, 2017 - 10:24am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Homecoming festivities begin Monday, Sept. 25 and continue through Saturday, Sept. 30 this year.

Monday, Sept. 25

  • Powder Puff Football Game
  • Longstanding tradition where senior girls play football.
  • Football players coach and officiate the game.
  • 7 p.m. (after JV Football game)
  • Sullivan Field

Tuesday, Sept. 26

  • Billy Bob Volleyball Game 
  • Longstanding tradition where senior boys play volleyball.
  • Volleyball players coach and officiate the game.
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Griffith Gym

Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Bonfire
  • 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Sullivan Field Parking Lot
  • LAHS Marching Band, Sports Teams, Roast

Bear Wanders Near Los Alamos High School

on September 21, 2017 - 9:37am

STAFF REPORT 

 

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) activated a shelter-in-place Monday after a bear was spotted in the vicinity of the school’s campus.

The shelter-in-place lasted approximately 15 minutes, LAHS Principal Carter Payne said. During the shelter-in-place, students stayed in the classrooms and instruction continued; however, the doors and windows were closed, he said.

Payne added there was no interaction between people and the bear. He said the School Resource Officer called Animal Control.

This is not the first time wildlife has wondered on the school campus, resulting in a

Northern New Mexico College Professor Dr. Ulises Ricoy Receives Grant To Support Undergraduate Research

on September 21, 2017 - 9:36am

Dr. Ulises Ricoy and NNMC student Maria Orozoco. Courtesy/NNMC

NNMC News:

Dr. Ulises Ricoy, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology at Northern New Mexico College, has received a $20,000 grant from BUILDing SCHOLARS at the University of Texas, El Paso, to support undergraduate research for Northern students.

BUILDing SCHOLARS is a National Institutes of Health supported center dedicated to increase the diversity of students participating in biomedical research training and maximize opportunities for faculty and staff development.

The grant will be used

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Night Sky Observation In Valles Caldera Sept. 23

on September 21, 2017 - 7:00am
The Milky Way over the Jemez River. Photo by Jim Stein
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer a night sky observation event 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.
 
PEEC astronomers and VALL park rangers will point out constellations, planets, and other celestial objects with the help of telescopes and lasers.
 
The Valles Caldera offers some of the darkest skies in our area and is a great place to get a better look at the night sky on clear nights.

Author And National Speaker Sonja Corbitt Discusses Upcoming Spiritual Retreat For Women

on September 21, 2017 - 6:59am

Sonja Corbitt is the featured speaker at a special spiritual retreat designed just for women Saturday, Oct. 14 at IHM. Courtesy photo
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a recent interview from her home in Tennessee, popular Catholic author and speaker Sonja Corbitt discusses her upcoming spiritual retreat in Los Alamos designed just for women.

Corbitt is the author of several books. She explained that the upcoming retreat will focus on topics taken from two of her books, “Unleashed: How to receive everything the Holy Spirit wants to give you” and

Science On Tap: How Lab Scientists Use Biochemistry To Better Understand And Mend The Planet

on September 20, 2017 - 4:45pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The Earth is a complex place. The field of biogeochemistry seeks to better understand the links between geologic, chemical and biological processes. The community is invited to learn more at Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square. The American Chemical Society, Central New Mexico Local Section, will provide light refreshments.

During this Science on Tap event, join Sharon Bone, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Inorganic Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group, who will talk about how molecular- and

AFTNM On ‘Chronic Teacher Absenteeism’ Report

on September 20, 2017 - 10:01am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

AFTNM News:

Report Funded by Charter School Industry Attempts to Undermine Public Schools; Unions

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

“The recently released report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is the latest attempt by the charter school industry to undermine traditional public schools.

NEA-New Mexico Weighs In On New Mexico PED Proposed Science Education Standards

on September 20, 2017 - 9:21am

NEA-NM News:
The National Education Association – New Mexico believes the entirety of the Next Gen standards should be adopted, not the version proposed by the P.E.D. which substitutes non-scientific notions where science should be taught," says Charles Goodmacher, Spokesperson for the National Education Association - New Mexico. 
 
"The PED proposed changes infuse politics into local classrooms across New Mexico," Goodmacher said.

Special Astronomy And Climate Show And New Film At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on September 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Chick Keller will share relationships between climate and astronomy during a presentation Sept. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is planning a special planetarium show and presentation by Chick Keller at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
 
PEEC is also bringing in a new full-dome film Aurora Storm that will play in at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. The Saturday and Sunday screenings include three films, Aurora Storm, SunStruck and SolarQuest. 
 
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Los Alamos Health Fair This Weekend ... And So Much More ... Don’t Leave Town!

on September 18, 2017 - 3:48pm

LAHC News:

The 32nd edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair is 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Griffith Gymnasium. The Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center partner to bring one of the County’s largest informative and entertaining events.

There are free flu shots, low cost blood tests, the New Mexico Bank & Trust Kids’ Free Bike Helmet Giveaway and lots of giveaways and information for kids and adults alike. Everyone in town is invited to start their day at this year’s Health Fair.

But this year there is so much more going on in town, so after starting at

AFT Responds To Public Education Department Proposed Changes To New Mexico Science Standards

on September 18, 2017 - 2:54pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Today’s revelation that the New Mexico Public Education Department wants to implement a perverted, watered-down version of the NextGen Science Standards is a slap in the face to our students and educators by simultaneously implementing a system of scientific skepticism into New Mexico curriculum and curtailing academic freedom for our educators.
 
“Parents and the larger community need to speak out against the PED’s promotion of junk science in their proposed

Book Collection For African Schools Underway

on September 18, 2017 - 1:43pm
Retired Los Alamos teacher Sharon Allen with Kenyan students. Allen helped with the delivery  of book donations from Los Alamos schools to school libraries in Kenya last year. Courtesy photo
 
Students unload books from a boat to the one school on Takaweri Island in Kenya. Courtesy photo
 
By SHARON ALLEN
Los Alamos

Last year it is possible you heard via the Los Alamos Daily Post about book collections around town to make libraries for African schools. This year, you’re going to hear about it again but on a much bigger scale!

PEEC’s Forest Explorers Program Continues This Fall

on September 18, 2017 - 9:15am
PEEC takes kids out in nature to play, hike, and be creative. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)’s popular summer program for 5 to 8 year olds will return this fall.
 
Forest Explorers, a hike-and-play club, will take children on hikes from 1-3 p.m. every other Wednesday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 13 and give kids ample time for child-directed play in nature.
 
Forest Explorers is a drop-off program that will meet at 1 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a total of six outings this fall.

WEB Crew Hosts Student Section At Thursday Game

on September 18, 2017 - 6:58am
Coach Andy Ainsworth takes one for the team, helping to raise funds to benefit student projects. Courtesy photo
 
The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew 2017-2018 will host a student section at the first LAMS football game this Thursday. Courtesy photo
 
LAMS News:

The Fidel Lee Gutierrez Foundation, under the umbrella of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, knew that good deeds would be free flowing when they recently selected the WEB Crew program at Los Alamos Middle School to receive a $500 grant.

The WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Crew began its fourth year where eighth grade leaders welcome

Santa Fe Community College Announces Forums For Interim President Candidates Sept. 20-22

on September 18, 2017 - 6:41am
Gregory Maxwell South, Ph.D.
 
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces two public candidate forums for the position of Interim President. The first forum will feature Gregory Maxwell South, Ph.D., at 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 20. The second forum will feature Cecilia Y.M. Cervantes, Ph.D., at 1 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 22.
 
The SFCC Governing Board launched a search for an Interim President after President Randy W. Grissom announced his retirement Aug. 4. Grissom’s retirement is effective Oct.

Santa Fe Institute Presents Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series Sept. 25-26

on September 17, 2017 - 7:21am

‘Prodigal Son’ by Thomas Hart Benton, lithograph (1939). Courtesy/Santa Fe Institute

SFI News:

The Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series is 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

SFI's popular Ulam Lecture Series - now in its 25th year - honors the memory of the late Stanislaw theoretical mathematician Stanislaw Ulam.

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Early Morning Seminary

on September 17, 2017 - 5:58am
Tamyra Smith teaching freshman seminary class. Photo by Deborah Fillerup Weagel
 
By Deborah Fillerup Weagel, PhD
  • LDS Los Alamos High School Students Participate In Morning Seminary Program

During this past school year when many residents in the Los Alamos area were still sleeping, about 40 young high school students arose at approximately 5-5:30 a.m. Almost every day high school was in session, these teenagers started their morning by attending seminary at 6:20 a.m. This year they studied The New Testament.

These students are part of a much larger international program established by

LAPS Foundation Presents Taste Of Knowledge Oct. 14

on September 16, 2017 - 11:59am
Tapas. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that it will hold its popular fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the old De Colores restaurant location.
 
The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain”. Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.
 
True to its name, Taste of Knowledge will not only be fun and entertaining, but it will be educational as well.

Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets Host Pinion School Cub Scout Pack #326 At Educational Session

on September 16, 2017 - 11:02am

Scouts join the CAP Cadets in reciting the Pledge to Allegiance during an educational event Monday at the Los Alamos County Airport. Courtesy/CAP Major Dan Gabel

CAP Major Mark Peters answer questions from Cub Scouts while CAP Cadets watch Monday at the airport. Courtesy/CAP Major Dan Gabel

CAP News: 

Cadet members of the Los Alamos Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol hosted the Pinon Elementary School Cub Scout Pack #326 Monday evening at the Los Alamos County Airport.

Twenty Cub Scouts along with family members learned about the programs available through Civil Air Patrol.

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