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SFCC Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:09am
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SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College celebrates Black History Month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
Special guest speakers include writer and researcher George Geder and activist and organizer Sonya Maria Martinez. The event also will feature drummers and African dancers.
For more information, contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development at 505.428.1686.

SFCC Hosts Mathematics Festival Feb. 24

on February 18, 2017 - 7:04am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College is partnering with STEM Santa Fe and Math Circles Collaborative of New Mexico to host New Mexico’s first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF).
About 150 students (seventh and eighth graders from around the state) will explore the joy and power of mathematics through games, puzzles and activities not typically seen in the classroom. This lively, engaging math festival builds on ten years of successful festivals that have been held across the nation and internationally.

Los Alamos Family YMCA Honored At Legislature

on February 18, 2017 - 6:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, welcomes Los Alamos Family YMCA members from left, CEO Linda Daly, Board member Eric Vasquez, Garcia Richard, Board President Lou Santoro and Senior Program Director Diana Martinez to the legislature Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Fe for ‘YMCA Day’. This day is set aside each year to honor YMCA organizations across New Mexico for the work they do serving youth. Courtesy photo

LAHS Senior Wins New Mexico Brain Bee

on February 17, 2017 - 4:54pm

Los Alamos High School senior Wilbur Wang and winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee with 2016 winner Victoria Roy from Sandia High School. Courtesy photo

Participants in the New Mexico Brain Bee. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Fourteen Los Alamos High School AP Psychology students participated in the 3rd Annual New Mexico Brain Bee, Feb. 4, at UNM in Albuquerque. LAHS AP Psych students earned all top spots in the competition. After quite a battle, Wilbur Wang earned 1st, Faith Koh came in 2nd and Megan Hemphill was 3rd.

Wang, a LAHS senior, is the winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee.

Bill Making Teacher Evaluations More Fair Advances

on February 17, 2017 - 4:52pm


SANTA FE -- Today, Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to make teacher evaluations more fair, HB 163, passed the House Education Committee.

The bill specifically ensures a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences, and therefore have far less classroom hours with that teacher.

“Teachers want evaluations to be fair, and this provision will ensure our educators are not unfairly judged,” Rep. Sariñana said.

UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

on February 16, 2017 - 8:37am

UNM-LA's first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria 'Victoria' Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday's PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria 'Victoria' Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


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Living With Alzheimer’s Talk Offered In Santa Fe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:08am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education presentation in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Living with Alzheimer’s - for Caregivers: Late Stage” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 3, at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
Participants will learn effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care for their loved ones in the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
To register or for more information on either

Early Childhood Education Investment Moves Forward

on February 16, 2017 - 7:13am
SANTA FE  A major investment in early childhood education, House Joint Resolution 1, has cleared the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee.
House Joint Resolution 1 proposes to amend the New Mexico Constitution to increase funding for early childhood education.
Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 seeks to increase enrollment in early childhood education programs, create 4,000 jobs, and provide a strong return on investment to the state.
During the

State Auditor Releases List Of ‘At Risk’ Agencies

on February 16, 2017 - 7:08am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller


SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the annual list of New Mexico’s state and local governments considered “At Risk” based on the latest audit cycle.

Government agencies are placed on the list if they fail to submit annual audits or receive audit opinions that indicate significant problems with their financial statements. If public funds are not audited, the risks of fraud and abuse increase.

“The ‘At Risk List’ helps policymakers and the public easily identify which entities are behind schedule or reporting financial information

PMI’s Otowi Bridge Chapter Hosts Project Management Professional Training At UNM-LA March 15-June 21

on February 15, 2017 - 9:41pm

PMI News:

Nationally, one in six large projects costs 200 percent more than planned. Los Alamos’ Otowi Bridge Chapter of the Project Management Institute can help!

According to a 2014 article by teagantt, projects budgeted for more than $1 million are 50 percent more likely to fail than projects budgeted below $350,000. This is why 90 percent of global senior executives say good project management is a necessary ingredient in producing success, and gaining a competitive advantage.

According to a 2010 study, failed projects account for 8.9 percent of GDP.

Los Alamos Students Bring Home Trophies From First Lego League Regional Championship

on February 15, 2017 - 7:45am

Atomic Phoenixes, from left, Silas Morgan, Malcolm Olsen, Sara Tompkins, Erik Werkhoven and Annika Olsen. Photo by Jennifer Olsen

FLL News:

Students from Los Alamos were among the 36 teams competing Saturday, Feb. 11 in the First Lego League New Mexico Region Championship at Menual School in Albuquerque.

Both teams, the Atomic Phoenixes (#3819) and the Split Atoms (#5639) advanced from the Los Alamos Qualifier where 15 teams from New Mexico and Colorado competed for five championship slots.

The Atomic Phoenixes brought home the 1st place Programming Award, and the Split Atoms brought home

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In VCNP This Month

on February 15, 2017 - 7:06am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel
PEEC News:
The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty.
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #3

on February 15, 2017 - 6:51am

This instrument, titled Fiddler Crab, and 45 others will be on offer at the Fancy Fiddles Auction beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge. Silent bidding is underway now at Village Arts Framing on DP Road. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program. Click here for details. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

‘Uncommon Valour: The Battle For Iwo Jima’ Sunday

on February 15, 2017 - 6:47am

World War II historian and author Historian Nancy Bartlit


Historian Nancy Bartlit and Manhattan Project National Historical Park interpretive ranger Kirk Singer will host a showing of the Canadian documentary Uncommon Valour: The Battle for Iwo Jima at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, which is the anniversary of the invasion of Iwo Jima.

The late Bill Hudson, a former Marine and Los Alamos High School swim coach, is featured in the film. Hudson made a practice of showing this film each year at the Library.

Split Atoms Win Lego League Robotics Competition

on February 14, 2017 - 9:40pm

Los Alamos Lego League Robotics team, the Split Atoms, won 1st place in Robot Performance at the recent New Mexico Region Championship. This win entitles the team to go on to a national open invitational tournament. Go Split Atoms! Team members from top left, Ben Segler, Keith Bridge, Nate Golden, David Puckett, Beck Ellis and Willow Golden. Photo by Jeff Segler

History Of Cosmic Distance Measurements And Black Holes At Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on February 14, 2017 - 10:36am
PEEC News:
How do we know how far away the Sun is, or the stars?
Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss answers to this and other questions and explore the history of cosmic distance at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
This is the first show in a two-part series exploring the cosmic distance scale and the age of the Universe. The second show in this series is the following Friday, Feb. 24, where Dr. Rick Wallace continue the journey started by Dr. Paul Arendt in a show called Aging the Universe.
The film Black Holes will take attendees on a

LAMS Web Crew Leads Valentines For Veterans

on February 14, 2017 - 8:04am
The WEB Crew program at Los Alamos Middle School coordinated a Valentines for Veterans project. Their Thanks a Million campaign to send notes of thanks to those serving in the military also had some help from Los Alamos High School and the Taos Integrated School of the Arts. Packages were sent to six Topper alumni and two Pojoaque alumni. Courtesy photo
WEB Crew students were busy last week creating Valentines for Veterans, making care packages for six Topper alumni, two Pojoaque alumni and as a surprise on Valentine's Day, handmade Valentines for every 7th grade student at Los Alamos

LACF: Nonprofit Strategic Planning Training Thursday

on February 14, 2017 - 7:37am
LACF News:
Los Alamos Community Foundation continues its series of nonprofit training opportunities this week with a Thursday evening session devoted to strategic planning.
During her tenure as PEEC’s board president, Felicia Orth facilitated the development of PEEC’s strategic plan. This Thursday, she will lead a compact yet informative training session to share how strategic planning can be used to benefit nonprofit organizations.
Strategic Planning for the Time-Challenged
  • Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.
  • Bldg. 2 Lecture Hall, UNM-LA 
Orth will speak about the importance of

Mountain Students Help Build Eagle Scout Project

on February 13, 2017 - 2:04pm

Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27 helped William Jean build this GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project. Courtesy photo

Eagle Scout candidate William Jean got help building a GaGa Arena for his Eagle Scout Project from Boy Scout Troop 71 and Cub Scout Pack 27. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Eagle Scout candidate William Jean wanted to give older students at Mountain Elementary School something fun to do on their playground, which would also help build physical fitness.

Los Alamos Nature Center Open Valentine's Day And President's Day

on February 13, 2017 - 10:37am
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PEEC News:
This month is a great time to fall in love with nature or just rekindle this relationship, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help.
The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Valentine's Day, a great day to visit the animals or use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a good Valentine's Day hike.
The nature center also will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. President's Day.

Diversity Week Art Contest Winners Announced

on February 13, 2017 - 9:01am

Diversity art contest winners, from left, Aliana Montoya, Ujin Bayarbadrakh and Elizabeth Frost, all from Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by Elena Giorgi

The winning entries in the Diversity Week art contest. Photo by Elena Giorgi

ART News:

In celebration of Diversity Week, the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15-21, the local group One Los Alamos organized an art contest. Participants were asked to represent what diversity meant to them. All Los Alamos County students were invited to participate.

Three winning entries were selected: Elizabeth Frost, Ujin Bayarbadrakh and Aliana

House Education Committee Hears From Teachers

on February 13, 2017 - 8:41am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, presents House Bill 158 with her expert witnesses LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, and Pojoaque Valley Schools Superintendent Dr. Mel Morgan at Saturday's House Education Committee hearing at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
New Mexico House Education Committee listens during Saturday's hearing to teachers speak about their experiences with the state teacher evaluation system. Courtesy photo
More than 80 teachers line up to speak at Saturday's special House Education Committee hearing at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos Student Wins National Award At 2017 Junior Theater Festival West In Sacramento

on February 12, 2017 - 9:38pm

The students who traveled to the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival West on behalf of Atomic City Children's Theater are Isabella Bailey, Mikaela Brown, Savannah Brown, Verona Brown, Taylor Kanzleiter, Yuneso Kim, Kate McDonald, Aliana Montoya, Ean Nickols and Elise Ovaska. Courtesy/James Barker Photography

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater student Ean Nickols won a Freddie G Excellent Individual Performance by a Male award at the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival West, which happened Feb. 10-12 in Sacramento, Calif.

The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival West is a

Teachers Are Human Too Bill Passes 2nd Committee

on February 12, 2017 - 9:00am

House Republican News:

SANTA FE – The House Education Committee approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually allotted sick leave without fear of penalty.

The legislation, also known as the “Teachers Are Human Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to 10 days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Reps.