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Police Conduct Drill At Barranca 1-3 p.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 11:09am

LAPD News:
  • This Is Just A Training Drill!

Los Alamos Police Department will be conducting training at Barranca Mesa Elementary School 1-3 p.m. today.

LAPD wants to notify all nearby residents to please disregard the increase in police presence during this time frame at the school.

House Passes Bill For Early High School Graduation

on March 8, 2017 - 7:28am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to allow New Mexico students the opportunity to graduate early from high school. House Bill 498 is sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Valencia), and it passed on a bipartisan 62 to 5 vote.

Baldonado’s bill would permit students to test out of high school if they score in the top twenty percentile of students taking the ACT, SAT, the armed services vocational aptitude battery, or other assessment approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Native American Students Succeed

on March 8, 2017 - 6:39am

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)

STATE News:

SANTA FE Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill to help Native American students succeed, unanimously passed Tuesday night a vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives. HB 484 would require a needs assessment to determine what services school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

“We need to create a structure to help Native American students succeed,” Rep. Lente said.

Community Packs Ambassador Huddleston's Talk

on March 8, 2017 - 6:15am

This is a pic from  the AAUW talk tonight. The library was packed. More chairs had to be brought in!! Will send you via email some info that you can out with the pic if you want to. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents, 'Our Woman in Havana', Tuesday evening to an overflow crowd  at Mesa Library. Several of the women and men in the audience are Cuban Americans. In her talk sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses the political  realities of the relationship between various U.S. presidents and the United State's relationship with Cuba.

FSN Hosts Special Needs Workshops

on March 7, 2017 - 3:46pm
FSN News:
 
On Thursday, March 9, Parents Reaching Out (PRO) will be joining with Family Strengths Network to present two fantastic workshops addressing special needs.
 
PRO is a statewide non-profit that connects with parents, caregivers, and educators to promote healthy, positive and caring experiences for families and children.
 
The first workshop of the day, Recipes for IEP Success is from 10-11:30 a.m.

Chamisa's Jozlyn Martinez Wins New Mexico Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest

on March 7, 2017 - 8:19am

Chamisa Elementary School student Jozlyn Martinez wins state contest. Courtesy photo

CHAMISA News:

Chamisa Elementary School proudly announces that the State of New Mexico’s Elementary Winner for the Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest is Jozlyn Martinez.

The school celebrates the efforts of all of the creative problem solvers it has in its sixth grade class. They worked diligently to create a poster that exemplified the theme: “United Through Art.” 

Martinez won $100 in art supplies and the Chamisa art program will receive $300 in art supplies from the contest’s sponsor: Sargent Art.

LAPS Superintendent ​Thanks BSMA​ For​ STEM Education Outreach ​In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2017 - 2:57pm

BSMA President Andy Trottier, left, and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at Gadgets, the souvenir pop-up shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSMA News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, right, visits Gadgets, the Bradbury Science Museum Association's (BSMA) souvenir pop-up shop, during the recent Chamisa Elementary Science Night at the museum.

The BSMA is the newly formed non-profit association with the sole mission of raising money to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach into Northern New

LAHS/LAMS State Speech & Debate Results

on March 6, 2017 - 8:12am

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers celebrate their performances at the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championship with middle school coach, Sherri Bublitz and high school coach Margo Batha. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

This past weekend, 40 members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team and five members of the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers Speech and Debate team traveled to Manzano High School in Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico State Speech and Debate.

Both teams turned in many solid performances

Bill For Students To Continue Education Unanimously Passes New Mexico House

on March 5, 2017 - 8:37am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

HB 108 Creates Uniformity in Transfer Credits Among New Mexico Colleges

SANTA FE -- Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard’s (D-Los Alamos) bill to help students continue their education by creating uniformity in transfer credits among New Mexico colleges unanimously passed the New Mexico House. HB 108 sets up guidelines and provides clarity for transfer students so they will be able to complete their degrees on time and enter the workforce.

“Too many times, I’ve heard of students losing a chance at furthering their education due to inconsistent transfer

Amateur Naturalist: The World Of Acorn Woodpeckers And Pygmy Nuthatches

on March 5, 2017 - 7:03am
A dead ponderosa pine stands in the snow-covered forest floor of Acid Canyon. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
An Acorn Woodpecker stores acorn seeds in the trunk of a dead ponderosa tree. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Eight eggs in a Pygmy Nuthatch nest. Photo by Priscilla Stuckey, PhD
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
February occurs in the depth of winter. The temperature may fall to about 20 degrees at night and rise to only slightly above freezing during the day.
 
Snow lasts for days on the ground when it is in the shadow of forest trees or canyon walls.

LAPS Notice Of Possible Quorum March 6

on March 4, 2017 - 9:48pm

Scenes From LAMTA Piano Recital At UNM-LA

on March 4, 2017 - 7:37am
Student pianists range in age from 6-14. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association, the professional organization for independent music teachers, held a “musicale recital”  Feb. 26 at UNM-Los Alamos.
 
Family members, friends, and community members enjoyed an afternoon of music performed by students of Dr. Madeline Williamson, Dr. Aejin Chang, Wendy Ge, Ellen Scudder, and Janna Warren.
 
Sonya Akhadov, age 12, performs Busy Mill, Op. 117, No. 3, by Cornelius Gurlitt. Courtesy photo
 
Audience members taking photos and interacting after the recital.

SFCC To Close For Spring Break March 13-19

on March 4, 2017 - 7:00am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will close the week of March 13-19 for Spring Break.
 
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. All campus facilities will be closed, including the college’s child care center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. The AARP’s Tax-Aide NM will not provide free tax preparation during this week. The campus will reopen on Monday, March 20.
 
KSFR 101.1 FM Santa Fe Public Radio will remain on the air during the break and La Familia Dental Clinic will maintain its normal

Youth Summer Job Applications Close March 13

on March 3, 2017 - 7:48pm

Trail work crew getting busy last year. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

  • Y Bandelier Corps (YBC) Starts Work In June 

Applications for summer employment with The Family YMCA’s Bandelier Corps trail crew closes at 10 p.m., March 13. Hiring for this program is restricted to those ages 16-24.

Application packets and job descriptions are available on the Y’s website at www.laymca.org, at the YMCA 1450 Iris St., and at the Los Alamos and Espanola YMCA teen centers. Two reference forms, within the packet, are required if youth did not work for the Y last year.

UNM-LA: Public Notice Of Possible Quorum

on March 3, 2017 - 3:17pm

UNM-LA Public Notice:

A joint swearing in ceremony for UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board members and Los Alamos Public School Board members has been scheduled:

  • Monday, March 6, 2017
  • 3-4 p.m.
  • Los Alamos County Judge’s Chambers in the Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite C

A Quorum of UNM-LA Advisory Board Members may be present. No action will be taken.

FSN Hosts Special Needs Workshops March 9

on March 3, 2017 - 2:59pm

FSN News:

Thursday, March 9, Parents Reaching Out (PRO) will be joining with Family Strengths Network (FSN) to present two workshops addressing special needs. PRO is a statewide non-profit that connects with parents, caregivers, and educators to promote healthy, positive and caring experiences for families and children.

The first workshop of the day, Recipes for IEP Success is 10-11:30 a.m. During this workshop parents and caregivers will be informed about Special Education Services, discover the benefits of good record keeping, and learn strategies for communicating with school.

In the

Innovations In Teaching Act Passes House

on March 3, 2017 - 10:04am

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
  • Bill Supports Teachers Who Engage in New & Cutting-Edge Curriculums

SANTA FE The Innovations in Teaching Act passed the House floor Thursday night by a vote of 37-30. House Bill 105, sponsored by Rep. Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), encourages teachers to delve into innovative and cutting-edge curriculums by allowing them to apply for a waiver from standards-based assessments.

“Rather than focus solely on high stakes testing, this bill allows teachers to innovate in their classrooms without being punished on their evaluations,” said

Nature Center Hosts Wild Songbird Rehabilitation Talk

on March 3, 2017 - 9:30am

A gentle hand nurtures a wild songbird. Courtesy Photo​

PEEC News:

Would you like to know how to help a bird in need? At 7 p.m. March 7, Sally Fitzgibbon, Carol Taschek, and Jo Ferdinand, who have more than 15 years of combined experience caring for birds, will share the art of rehabilitating songbirds in Los Alamos. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
For years people have helped injured wildlife heal and return home. Fitzgibbon, Taschek and Ferdinand will cover how to know whether a bird needs help and how to care for songbirds that need a helping hand.

Zumba Fundraiser At Chamisa 6 p.m. Today

on March 3, 2017 - 9:24am

COMMUNITY News:

Chamisa Elementary School is hosting a Zumba Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. today to benefit 6th graders attending the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experience) event at Glorieta.

Water and snacks will be provided. Door prizes will be given. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Contact Zumba instructors Rhonda Cionek or Natalie Smith for tickets at rhondacionek@msn.com or nsmithla@gmail.com.

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Ponderosa Montessori School In White Rock Celebrates Read Across America 2017

on March 2, 2017 - 8:29pm

Students at the Ponderosa Montessori School in White Rock enjoyed books with an Earth Day theme and a birthday cake in honor of Dr. Seuss during today’s was ‘Read Across America Day’ a celebration commemorating the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Courtesy photo

Students Learn To Ski And Snowboard At Pajarito

on March 2, 2017 - 4:26pm

Students get a lift up the mountain Wednesday during their training class. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Fifth graders get some assistance to reach the top of Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A student takes a spill in the snow. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Pajarito Mountain has taught youngsters how to ski and snowboard for many years but for the last three years, business has skyrocketed at the Snowsports School.

Not only does the school coordinate with all five elementary schools in Los Alamos to

Athlete Of The Week: Cade Gasway

on March 2, 2017 - 4:14pm

Althlete of the Week, basketball player Cade Gasway. Photo by John Mchale/ladailypost.com

HILLTOPPER News:

What do you hope to get out of playing basketball in high school?

​Gain experience working as a team and mkae some great memories playing with teammates.

​What is your favorite subject in school?.

Science (in general). Taking Forensic Science right now.

Where do you hope to attend college and what do you want to study?

​Looking at Adam's State in Alamosa, Colo. Study computer

Coach question-what makes this athlete stand out?

​Well, for one thing...he's 6'8"?! Last week

UNM: Cracking The Rap Code

on March 2, 2017 - 10:20am
Group project. Courtesy photo
 
UNM News:
 
Phrases and colloquialisms rarely heard in casual conversation are the bedrock of new linguistic research at The University of New Mexico.
 
Rap artists like Frank Waln and Litefoot might not be what comes to mind when one thinks of university librarians. But those artists and their driving beats, fast rhythms and sometimes shocking lyrics are exactly what brought four UNM librarians together to present original research at the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference in Los Angeles, Calif.
 
The researchers’ goal was to determine

Education Bills For Vulnerable Students Advance

on March 2, 2017 - 10:20am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Two bills designed to support New Mexico’s most vulnerable students have passed their first committees in the House.
 
House Bills 411 and 301, sponsored by Representative and Majority Floor Whip Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces), support at-risk students who, due to varying circumstances, face unparalleled challenges in pursuing their academic career due to their placement in the foster care system, incarceration in the juvenile justice system, homelessness and/or mental health issues.
 
Both bills increase opportunity and security for New Mexico’s at-risk

LAPS District-Wide Art Exhibition March 9

on March 2, 2017 - 10:04am

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