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JJAB Youth Advocates Available All Summer

on May 19, 2017 - 5:54am
JJAB Youth Advocates from left, Caron Inglis, Eagle Sandoval, Cindy Koehler, Katy Fellows and Santina Shije. Courtesy photo
 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Youth Resource Specialists and Family Resource Specialists with the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) will be available throughout the summer to help children, teens and their families even when school is not in session, according to JJAB Coordinator Lisa Zuhn.

 Family Resource Specialists work with children newborn through elementary school and their families while Youth Resource Specialists work with middle

NNMC Awards Gilberto Romero With Honorary Degree

on May 18, 2017 - 9:37am
Long-time mental health advocate and former NNMC faculty member Gilberto Romero receives an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. Photo by John Denne
 
NNMC News:
 
Northern New Mexico College awarded long-time mental health advocate and former NNMC faculty member Gilberto Romero with an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities May 13, in recognition of his services to the communities of northern New Mexico.
 
Romero, who was born and raised in Santa Fe, is renowned for his nearly five decades of tireless work and activism for underprivileged and underrepresented

Los Alamos History Museum Offers More Guided Tours

on May 18, 2017 - 8:34am
HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:
 
The Los Alamos Historical Society has announced the addition of guided tours of the Los Alamos Historic District at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to the ones offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The new tours began May 16 and continue throughout the summer.
 
“We have been very pleased with the response this year to our guided tours,” Museum Shop Manager Todd Nickols said. “Visitors to Los Alamos are eager to hear about our world-changing history from our local guides who know it.

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Forensic Audit Of Bernalillo Public Schools

on May 18, 2017 - 8:30am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller has released a forensic audit of Bernalillo Public Schools (BPS).
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit after the Town of Bernalillo Police Department requested assistance to investigate financial irregularities at two schools. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also was notified. The audit identified the apparent theft of about $50,000 over a two and a half year period by a former bookkeeper at W.D. Carroll Elementary and La Escuelita Pre-School.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially

Heinrich Marks National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 17, 2017 - 9:31pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored a bipartisan resolution to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week and recognize the important work of teachers in New Mexico and across the nation.
 
The resolution recognizes the roles and contributions of the teachers in building and enhancing the civic, cultural, and economic well-being of the United States. 
 
“In New Mexico and across the nation, teachers make a lasting impact on students,” Heinrich said.

Connor Dale Receives Community Youth Award

on May 17, 2017 - 5:24pm

Mike Dale, son Connor Dale and C'YA Board Member Claire Swinhoe pose to celebrate Connor's good work in the community. He received a gift bag and certificate. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

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The Community Youth Award for April was presented to Los Alamos High School student Connor Dale.

Dale was recognized for his giving nature to benefit a fundraising event for a local community member, kindness extended to neighbors and for being a good role model for neighborhood children.

Famous And Unusual Gravesites In New Mexico

on May 17, 2017 - 9:11am
Gravesite for Billy the Kid. Courtesy photo
 
TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society has announced its program on “Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico” by Dr. Richard Melzer, Professor of History at UNM-Valencia, 2 p.m., June 3, at 118 Cruz Alta Road., in the Boardroom of the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative.
 
The program is open to the public and free of charge. This talk is part of the Taos Arts and Cultural Consortium 2017 theme, Taos Stories and Legends.
 
The talk will include the graves of Billy the Kid, perhaps one of the most well-known in New Mexico, Pat

Four LAHS Students Compete At Intel ISEF

on May 17, 2017 - 8:53am

LAHS juniors Priyanka Velappan, Alex Ionkov and Sophia Li and freshman Lillian Peterson are competing this week at the Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, Calif. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Four Los Alamos High School students are competing May 14-19 at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles, Calif.

LAHS juniors Priyanka Velappan, Alex Ionkov and Sophia Li, along with freshman Lillian Peterson won all expense paid trips to Intel ISEF by winning Grand Awards at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair and the New Mexico State Science and Fair.

SBDC: 'Understanding Your Financials' Workshop Today

on May 17, 2017 - 8:47am
 
SBDC News:
 
The Small Business Development Center at UNM-LA will be hosting an "Understanding Your Financials" workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, May 17 at projectY cowork Los Alamos in Central Park Square.
 
The workshop, with Los Alamos National Bank's Guy Gaffney, will cover the basics of income statements, balance sheet mechanics, cash flow and calculating business break-even points. 
 
There is a $20 registration fee. To register, visit http://www.nmsbdc.org/ los-alamos.aspx
 
Direct questions to Anne Lantrip at 505.661.4691 or lantrip@unm.edu

Free Training In Los Alamos History

on May 17, 2017 - 8:06am
LAHS News:
 
With tourist season in full swing, the Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum are seeking new volunteers for a variety of positions.
 
Training will begin with an introduction session 1-2 p.m., Monday, June 12. A training session focusing on the community’s history and historic district will be offered 1-5 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Both sessions will be in the Nambe Room, upstairs in the west wing of Fuller Lodge.
 
The training includes engaging discussions on Los Alamos, covering the homestead era on the Pajarito Plateau, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan

PEEC Offers New Forest Explorers Program

on May 17, 2017 - 7:48am

PEEC’s new summer program takes kids out in nature to play, hike and be creative. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a new program this summer for 5 to 8 year olds, called Forest Explorers. This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes, every Wednesday beginning June 14 through Aug. 9, with ample time for child-directed play in nature.

Forest Explorers is a 9-week drop off program that meets 9:30-11 a.m.

Seven History Museums Offer Free Admission For Kids

on May 17, 2017 - 7:17am
MUSEUM News:
 
PUEBLO, Colo. — History Colorado's Community Museums are excited to invite families to experience Colorado's history during the summer. Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day, seven statewide history museums will offer free admission to kids 18 and under.
 
From historic homes to adobe forts, each museum tells the history of Colorado’s many cultures and prominent figures. This year, the Ute Indian Museum’s expanded and renovated museum in Montrose will be joining the museums to offer free admission for kids showcasing their new exhibits beginning June 10.
 
“Our museums
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Udall Celebrates New Mexico Teachers During National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 16, 2017 - 11:58am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement for National Teacher Appreciation Week in recognition of the hard work and dedication of teachers across New Mexico:
 
"Our children are our most precious resource, and we entrust our teachers with an incredible responsibility—inspiring kids to achieve their dreams. 
 
"So many teachers treat their work as a mission, not a job. They wake up early to prepare class events and lesson plans, and they stay at school late to help with homework and grade papers. And this monumental effort pays off.

Local Expert To Lead Wildflower Walk Monday

on May 16, 2017 - 7:19am

Wildflowers are important for pollinators like this swallowtail butterfly. Photo Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Would you like to learn more about wildflowers on the Pajarito Plateau? Starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 22, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller will lead a Wildflower Walk.

These popular monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflowers in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

English Teacher In Turkey Needs Help Building Library

on May 15, 2017 - 1:24pm

Students at a high school in Kozan, Adana, Turkey utilize a library created by English Teacher Nisa Yildiz. Her sister, Emine Beyza Tutar, a U.S. Postal Service worker in Los Alamos, is asking the community to donate books to the library. Courtesy photo 

 

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Got piles of books, magazines or newspapers just collecting dust? There is an opportunity to decrease those piles and give toward a great cause. Emine Beyza Tutar, a U.S.

Oppenheimer Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 15, 2017 - 11:53am
J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/JROMC
 
EDUCATION News:
 
Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
 
The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital, and Santa Fe high schools.
 
The JROMC has awarded 217 scholarships and other awards totaling $513,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several limited term endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions

Excitement Fills 2017 UNM-LA Graduation Convocation

on May 15, 2017 - 10:15am

Graduates, family members and friends fill the Crossroads Bible Church for  UNM-LA's 36th Annual Graduation Convocation Friday evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney speaks to the graduates at Friday's ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Zandree Stidham delivers the Convocation Address to UNM-LA graduates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Excitement filled the air at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos' (UNM-LA) 36th Annual Graduation Convocation Friday evening at Crossroads

Local Students Are National History Day Winners

on May 15, 2017 - 7:09am

All seven National History Day Club members won awards at the regional competition in Farmington. Standing in the back from left, Ruby Selvage, Miriam Wallstrom, Sydne Ashford, Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin. Kneeling in the front, from left, Sarah Shipley, Alex Ionkov and teacher Brent Collom. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Four local high school students won prizes at the state National History Day (NHD) contest April 28 in Albuquerque.

Dion’s Pizza CEO Delivers Keynote Address At Leadership Los Alamos Class Of 2017 Graduation

on May 14, 2017 - 12:18pm
Keynote Speaker Mark Herman, CEO of Dion's Pizza inspires the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 at their graduation Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge. Photo by Martha Katko
 
Don Casperson, left, receives the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award from LLA Chair Elect Brian D'Andrea. Photo by Martha Katko
 
Representatives of major Leadership Los Alamos sponsors from left, Director Brian Brogan of Los Alamos County Community Services Department, LANB Market President Liddie Martinez and Fire Chief Troy Hughes with LLA Board Chairman Terry Priestley are ready to congratulate each of the

Los Alamos High School NJROTC Car Wash May 20

on May 14, 2017 - 9:09am

Martin Salazar Of Los Alamos Graduates With Honors From New Mexico Institute Of Mining And Technology

on May 14, 2017 - 8:08am

Martin Salazar of Los Alamos graduated with honors earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the New Mexico Institute Of Mining And Technology. The commencement ceremony was Saturday, May 13 in Socorro. After graduation, Salazar plans to spend time at home  while he starts his application for medical school in the fall of 2018. New Mexico Tech serves the state and beyond through education, research and service, focused in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, visit www.nmt.edu. Courtesy photo

Students Step Into Shoes Of Remarkable People

on May 13, 2017 - 4:09pm

Mountain Elementary School student Elizabeth Merrill describes the life and work of Harriet Beacher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Merrill took part in the school's wax museum Wednesday; the project required students to study a significant person in history and, at a drop of a ticket, will give a presentation as if they were that particular individual. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Mountain Elementary School Teacher Bernadette Ziomek listens to Mairen Hoch give her presentation as Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist who earned two Nobel prizes.
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Del Norte Credit Union Announces 2017-18 DNCU Scholarship Winners

on May 13, 2017 - 3:33pm
DNCU News:
 
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2017-18.
 
The 10 winners each will receive $1,000 toward their higher education for the 2017-18 school year.
 
“Our DNCU Scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to supporting young people in New Mexico, in line with our mission of Improving Lives,” DNCU President and CEO Chuck Valenti said. “We are very pleased this year to offer 10 scholarships to deserving students in Northern New Mexico.”
 
DNCU increased

GATE Showcase Reveals Students' Talents

on May 12, 2017 - 4:30pm

During the Gifted and Talented Education showcase Wednesday, Los Alamos Middle School student Kyle Kenamond presented a song that he wrote, recorded and performed. The song featured percussion, keyboard and guitar-all of which Kenamond played himself. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Middle School student Takauma Shiina plays an animation movie he and fellow student May Vo created in the software program, Keynote. The movie is based on the book, Chains, that they read in language arts class. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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