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Special Meeting About UNM Press July 24

on July 11, 2017 - 5:45am
NMBC News:
 
As a result of the administrative reorganization taking place at UNM Press, the New Mexico Book Co-op will be having a fact-finding lunch with the Interim Provost of UNM Dr. Craig White and Dean Dr. Richard Clement of UNM Libraries who is scheduled to take over as administrative contact for UNM Press this summer.
 
NM Book Co-op has requested that the new Director of UNM Press also be present since the last day for the current Director of UNM Press, John Byram, is July 25. It is unknown who the new Director of UNM Press will be.

Star Party: Fort Union National Monument July 22

on July 10, 2017 - 8:38am
Courtesy photo
 
FUNM News:
 
WATROUS  Fort Union National Monument announces its next Star Party, weather permitting, Saturday night July 22.
 
New Mexico is renowned for its enchanting landscape and open skies. Throughout history, mankind has turned their eyes to the celestial bodies of the night sky in awe and wonder. The stars found in the dark sky have helped humanity to traverse the land and sea, prepare for the coming changes in seasons, and to inspire the imagination.
 
We once again invite you to join the “Dark Side” at Fort Union National Monument as we explore the summer

Los Alamos Tennis Clinic Fundraising Event

on July 10, 2017 - 8:29am

Maker Fun Factory VBS At UMC-LA July 24-28

on July 10, 2017 - 8:29am
UMC-LA News:
 
A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS is July 24-28, and is being hosted at First United Methodist Church Los Alams.
 
At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of- a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
 
Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God

LAPS: Notice Of Possible Quorum July 11

on July 10, 2017 - 8:25am

LAPS News:

Notice of Possible Quorum:

Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the Barranca Design Public Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Barranca Elementary School Gymnasium at 57 Loma del Escolar.

A Quorum may be present and no action will be taken.

PBS Science Café: Invisible Universe Revealed

on July 9, 2017 - 7:44pm

Hubble launched in 1990 and has taken fascinating images like this one since then. Courtesy/NASA

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium is hosting presentation on one of NASA’s most ambitious experiments. After watching NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed, Dr. Rick Wallace of Los Alamos will discuss the astronomical significance of the Hubble’s findings, including cosmic expansion and supermassive black holes. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to uncover the invisible mysteries of our Universe.

Wallace has a Ph.D.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center July 11

on July 9, 2017 - 6:46am

Melissa Mackey

PEEC News:

Tuesday, July 11, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

Next month’s Family Night is Aug. 9.

For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC),

Summer Stars Introduction At Nature Center

on July 9, 2017 - 6:42am

Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Become familiar with the seasonal skies at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Friday July 14, 8-10 p.m., join John Lorenzen for a fascinating astronomy presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This two-hour program will begin in the planetarium and include an introduction to seasonal constellations.

After becoming familiar with celestial features, the group will view the night sky via telescopes, weather permitting.

Lorenzen has enjoyed guiding learners of all ages in the wonders of astronomy.

Heinrich Aims To Increase Access To Pell Grants, Make College More Affordable

on July 7, 2017 - 8:32am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) have introduced bicameral legislation, the Middle Class Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically (CHANCE) Act, to increase access to affordable post-secondary education for low- to moderate-income students.
 
The bill would address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants by adjusting them for inflation, reinstate year-round Pell Grants, and increase the number of eligible semesters from 12 to 15.
 
"As the cost of tuition continues to

Summer Family Evening: Aparejo Burro Packing

on July 7, 2017 - 8:19am

Learn about the Aparejo Packing System July 12 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, part of the Summer Family Evening program sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Photo by Sue Barns

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to meet burros up close? Come to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. July 12 to find out.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Del Norte Credit Union, the Aparejo Packing System will demonstrate the old Spanish-style packing system on live burros. Meet the friendly mules face-to-face and learn about their work as cargo-movers along the trails of the Southwest.

Speaker Dan Winske Continues Faith And Science Forum Series

on July 6, 2017 - 6:26pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Wednesday, July 12, Dr. Dan Winske continues the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series by speaking on “Looking into the Future: Prediction and Prophecy.”
 
In this talk Winske examines the methodology of predicting the future, both in the context of science and of religion. In particular, he will survey how the scientific method allows making trustworthy predictions of future physical environments.

Youth Resiliency Committee Meeting Monday

on July 6, 2017 - 7:45am

ProcessQM To Host NQA-1 Lead Auditor And Commercial Grade Dedication Training

on July 4, 2017 - 10:30am
PQM News:
 
ProcessQM, LLC, a quality management company based in Northern New Mexico, announced it is hosting quality training sessions in Los Alamos the week of July 10-14 in partnership with Project Management Institute Otowi Bridge NM Chapter, Theseus Professional Services, Nuclear Training Institute, and United Controls International. 
 
Two courses, focused primarily on NQA-1 quality assurance, will be held at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 109 Central Park Square.
 
“While the data is too restricted to conduct a thorough analysis on each industry, our experience with

Four Local Experts Discuss Recent Discoveries In Astronomy At Nature On Tap Thursday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:40am
PEEC News: 
 
The community is invited to discuss the latest findings in astronomy Thursday at Nature on Tap.
 
Local astronomers and astrophysicists Dr. Joyce Guzik, Dr. Paul Arendt, Dr. Galen Gisler and Dr. Steve Becker will provide an engaging discussion about black holes, the upcoming solar eclipse, NASA's latest probes, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the night sky and upcoming planetarium shows.
 
Nature on Tap is part of a series of conversations about art, history, nature and science. PEEC is hosting Thursday's talk 5:30-7 p.m. at UnQuarked in Central Park Square.
 
Joyce

Tennis Lessons Behind UNM-LA Every Wednesday

on July 4, 2017 - 8:26am

Attorney General Balderas Announces Technology Grant Opportunity For Schools, Local Government Agencies

on July 4, 2017 - 7:52am
AG News:
 
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the opening of a grant application period for the distribution of technology grants to New Mexico schools, colleges, universities, and local government agencies.
 
These entities can apply for funds to support innovative technology projects, including equipment purchase, via the DRAM Settlement Fund, a result of a computer industry lawsuit settled by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, in which the state was awarded approximately $294,000. These funds will be awarded to public agencies, in one-time

July Night Sky Show And We Are Stars Film At Nature Center This Weekend

on July 4, 2017 - 7:51am
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, July 7, the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium will host an interactive tour of the heavens. Dr. Paul Arendt will discuss several recent solar system phenomena announced by NASA, as well as deep sky objects that can be observed this month. This program is ideal for stargazers who want to learn more.
 
Paul Arendt has a Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio State University. In addition to working in commercial manufacturing, he dedicated his career to Applied Research and Development at LANL.

Goodwin: Educational Retirement Plan

on July 3, 2017 - 8:19am
By JAN GOODWIN, Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
 
Both of my parents are retired educators, so my family understands firsthand the importance of secure retirement benefits for educational employees.
 
The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) plays an important role in the lives of our 46,000 retirees and 60,000 active members. They and the Legislature have entrusted NMERB with providing secure retirement benefits to all of New Mexico’s public educational employees and their beneficiaries.
 
I consider this a sacred trust.

Amateur Naturalist: The Growth Of Ponderosa

on July 3, 2017 - 8:17am
One tall ponderosa tree with a square silhouette dominates over the other large but conical shaped trees. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
A 60-foot wide area was created behind the Aquatic Center when it was constructed in 1988. It therefore would be reasonable to expect to see similar sized ponderosa pine trees that are nearly 30 years old. Assumedly the trees would have started to grow throughout this level area after the construction was completed. 
 
Instead 81 small size ponderosa trees are growing.

NEA Honors Dr. Veronica García For Leading Public Education Advocacy In New Mexico

on July 3, 2017 - 6:47am

EDUCATION News:

  • Annual gala also marks 50th anniversary of the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner 

BOSTON—Because of her hard work and strong advocacy for public education and students, especially for disadvantaged children from poor families, Dr. Veronica García, the superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, has been awarded the NEA H. Councill Trenholm Award.

Since 1967, NEA has recognized and honored those who have fought — and continue to fight — for human and civil rights.

Training Conducted For School Officials On Internet Crimes Against Children

on July 3, 2017 - 6:32am
EDUCATION And SAFETY News:
 
LAS CRUCES  Third Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio and prosecutors from the District Attorney’s Office hosted a free, informational workshop on Internet Crimes Against Children.
 
About 30 teachers, counselors, administrators, IT specialists and security officers from Las Cruces Public Schools attended the workshop, as did several local law enforcement officers. 

“As a prosecutor and as a father, I understand how critically important it is to keep the children of our community safe from child predators,” D’Antonio said.

SFCC Paramedic Program Accepting Applications

on July 2, 2017 - 7:08am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Emergency Medical Services Institute is accepting Paramedic Training Program applications through Aug. 4 for the year-long certificate program that starts Oct. 16.
 
Applicants must be a currently licensed New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician – Basic or Intermediate and up-to-date with their certifications. The application fee is $30 and is non-refundable.
 
Entrance to the program is competitive. All applications will be reviewed and those who have the minimum qualifications will be invited to take the test.

Former Los Alamos Resident Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield Receives Institute Of Physics' Award

on July 1, 2017 - 9:08pm

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield is the 2017 recipient of the Institute of Physics' Mary Somerville Medal and Prize. Courtesy photo

SCIENCE News:

Dr. Jessamyn Fairfield of the National University of Ireland Galway and former Los Alamos resident is the recipient of the 2017 Mary Somerville Medal and Prize.

She received the medal and prize for her work as a speaker and writer on physics for a popular audience, and for having organized and hosted many innovative events bringing physics to the Irish public.

Fairfield has an extensive and varied track record of bringing physics to the public, including

UNM-LA Bids Farewell To Interim Dean Kay Willerton

on July 1, 2017 - 9:06am

Members of the Los Alamos Fire Department present Willerton with a plaque, thanking her for her instrumental role in starting the Fire Science and EMS programs. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Kay Willerton, sitting with Don Willerton, her son and daughter-in-law Scott and Grace Willerton, listens as UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney relates a story about their work together. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

LAFD Chief Troy Hughes and Kay Willerton share memories. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

 

By NANCY COOMBS
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) faculty and staff gathered

Scenes From Safety Town Graduation

on June 30, 2017 - 2:47pm

Safety Town graduates sing for their family and friends Friday at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Safety Town graduates in their police hats today at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus addresses parents and families of Safety Town graduates today at Mountain School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone addresses Safety Town graduates and their famililes at today's graduation.

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