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Loy: Why UNM-LA Advisory Board Election Is Relevant To You, And James Robinson Is Right For The Job

on February 6, 2017 - 9:03am
Los Alamos

Only two weeks ago, we finished an election in Los Alamos, and now there’s another one this Tuesday, Feb. 7. I’m sure election-fatigue has set in with some, but please let me tell you why I think the UNM-LA Advisory Board election is relevant to you, and why I support James Robinson for the position.

The election Jan. 24 had two questions, which both passed. One was to support a bond for Los Alamos Public Schools, and the other was for a mil levy for UNM-Los Alamos.

2017 LAPS And UNM-LA Board Election Is Tuesday

on February 6, 2017 - 8:00am

Campaign signs for some of the candidates vying for seats on the LAPS Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board line Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report

Tuesday is election day for seats on the Los Alamos Board of Education and UNM-LA Advisory Board. The polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for registered voters to cast their ballots.

Election Day Polling Places:

  • White Rock Library / Multi-Purpose Room at 10 Sherwood Blvd.; and
  • County Municipal Building / B & C Room at 1000 Central Ave.

Sample Ballots:

February Is Dating Violence Awareness Month

on February 6, 2017 - 6:07am

Local adolescent counselor Steffie Koch, LMHC, paints the White Rock rock Sunday to let the community know that February is Dating Violence Awareness Month. She explained that she felt is was important to do so after reading a recent report detailing the amount of dating violence taking place in here locally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local adolescent counselor Steffie Koch, LMHC, Joey Farish and William Finn paint the White Rock rock Sunday announcing February is Dating Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

February is Dating Violence Awareness

Social & Emotional Learning: Developing Growth Mindsets 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday

on February 6, 2017 - 5:48am

LA Faith & Science Forum: It’s Book Report Time!

on February 5, 2017 - 8:16pm

LAF&SF News:

The Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAF&SF) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in April with a mission to “invite people to join in exploring together the mysteries of faith and science by looking deeply into both”.

Members of the public are invited to the next meeting of the LAF&SF, at 6 p.m., Monday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-On-The-Hill Episcopal Church to participate in stimulating discussions on the interplay of religion and science.

Following a light supper of pizza, Forum members will give brief presentations on several books they have been reading

Letter To The Editor: Why I Support Jim Hall For School Board From Pinon District

on February 5, 2017 - 12:25pm
Los Alamos

I am a retired teacher who often substitutes in the schools, often at Pinon. I live in the Pinon district, and am a strong supporter of Jim Hall for School Board. I have both professional and personal knowledge of his skills and contributions. 

I was still teaching when he was first on the Board and watched as he guided the Board through very contentious discussions about the Sex Education Policy. Whether as board president or member, his professional experience in group facilitation and building consensus greatly assists Board decision making.

Preceptor Beta Chapter Hosts Sorority Sisters From Beta Sigma Phi For Traditional Valentine Event

on February 5, 2017 - 10:54am
The ladies of Preceptor Beta Chapter hosted their fellow Sorority Sisters from Beta Sigma Phi Saturday for the traditional Valentine Event, which this year was held at the Pig and Fig Cafe in White Rock. Valentine Queens elected, from left, Mary Mah from Laureate Rho Chapter, Ranee McElderry-Stewart from Alpha Zeta Chapter, Karen Murphy from Eta Zeta Chapter and Linda Johnson from Preceptor Beta Chapter. Photo  by Claire Swinhoe

Letter To The Editor: Ben-Naim Is Our Opportunity For Fresh, Community-minded Leadership On School Board

on February 5, 2017 - 7:16am
Former New Mexico Teacher of the Year
Los Alamos has an opportunity for fresh, community-minded leadership on the School Board. Ellen Ben-Naim will provide new insights and vigorous advocacy for teachers and students.
As a professional educator with an MA degree and enormous community experience, Ellen will provide leadership to improve mental health, increase teacher salaries and reduce oppressive teacher evaluation.
Ellen is an excellent people-connector and communicator. She will serve our community well.
Ellen supports mental health issues and is committed

Students Address Strengths; Challenges In Los Alamos

on February 4, 2017 - 5:46am

Courtney FiztGerald instructs with Wyatt Saeger, Jun Kim and Ruby Selvage during Saturday's RAPS retreat. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students participated last Saturday in RAPS (Risk and Resiliency Assessment Project for Students), a training designed to develop leadership, teamwork and advocacy skills, and empower youth to make a difference in their community.

RAPS teaches youth to critically evaluate and understand data from the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), acknowledging the strengths and protective factors that are present in the community, and

Hall: LAPS School Board - Looking Ahead

on February 4, 2017 - 5:44am

LAPS Board: Why I Am Running For Re-election - Looking Ahead


LAPS Board President

Editor's note: this is the final column in a three-part series.

This is the final articleon why I am running for re-election to the LAPS Board. My first article provided basic information about LAPS as an institution, the Board, and some major accomplishments of the Board and administration ( The second article focused on current issues facing LAPS(

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Feb. 9

on February 4, 2017 - 5:02am
LAGA News:
The Los Alamos Genealogical Association meets at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb 9, at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.
The presentation will be given by Ron Smith and it is entitled "Understanding Genealogical DNA Test Results and One User's Experience with the Different Tests."

The traditional no-host social dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., that evening at China Moon Restaurant.

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Opens Registration For 2017 Student Research Showcase

on February 4, 2017 - 5:00am
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ― Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society invites high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to compete in its 2017 Student Research Showcase.
This unique opportunity helps students develop science communication skills. These skills help researchers share the value of their work with the public, supervisors, and organizations that can provide funding or social support for a project.
The Student Research Showcase is an online competition that is open to most research disciplines and to students anywhere in the world.

SFCC Hosts Mathematics Festival Feb. 24

on February 4, 2017 - 4:39am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  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) 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
One hundred and fifty 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.

GOP Representatives Present Bipartisan Bill 241 To Ease Teacher Leave Penalty

on February 3, 2017 - 8:18am

House Republican Communications News:

SANTA FE -- Thursday afternoon, Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) presented House Bill 241 to the House Labor and Economic Development Committee. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Reps. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) and Christine Trujillo (D-Bernalillo) as well as Sen. Craig Brandt (R-Sandoval).

Their bill, also called the “Teachers Are Human, Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to ten days of sick leave without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations.

Repurposed String Instruments At Village Arts

on February 3, 2017 - 7:34am
Fiddler crab. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
Last week I went to Village Arts (on DP Road) to see the exhibit of stringed instruments that have been repurposed by local artists as a fundraiser for the Los Alamos High School String Program.
When the orchestra rooms were being cleared out for the recent remodel of the music department space, these instruments were found. They were damaged beyond repair.

Joanna Gillespie Departs LAPS Foundation

on February 3, 2017 - 6:54am
Los Alamos Public School Foundation Executive Director Joanna Gillespie is resigning from her position after almost 12 years of service. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

After almost 12 years of working to provide funds directly to Los Alamos Public Schools, Joanna Gillespie is resigning as executive director of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

She will leave her position March 30 and the board of directors has started the process of looking for her replacement.

Gillespie said the board organized a committee to begin the search for

Youth Beginning Photography Class For 1st-3rd Graders At Los Alamos Nature Center

on February 2, 2017 - 9:35am
Acorn Woodpeckers frequently visit the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen
PEEC News:
Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach a beginning photography class for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This beginning photography class will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided. Students will identify pictures that are pleasing to the eye, take pictures of flowers and wildlife at the nature center.

Michelle Hall: Why I’m Running For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on February 2, 2017 - 9:25am
By MICHELLE K. HALL, Incumbent
UNM-LA Advisory Board

The community of Los Alamos is a place I am lucky to call home. It has splendorous beauty and passionate and caring people. I cannot thank Los Alamos voters enough for their approval of the UNM-LA mil levy. With passage of the levy, it is critical for the campus to have strong advisory board members that bring a diversity of knowledge and experience to guide them toward a strong and vibrant future.

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Ellen Ben-Naim

on February 1, 2017 - 5:01pm
Retired Pinon Elementary Teacher
I enthusiastically support Ellen Ben-Naim for the Los Alamos School Board. I would like to confirm the qualifications and experience that makes Ellen an excellent choice.
I’ve taught at Pinon for 25 years and during my tenure I saw first-hand Ellen’s commitment to our school community. Ellen has a master’s degree in education, a life-long career in teaching and a demonstrated commitment to serving our students, parents, teachers and school staff.
At Pinon School she was a knowledgeable force helping teachers and students.

Schiferl: Why I'm Running For UNM-LA Board

on February 1, 2017 - 4:12pm
Los Alamos

Why am I running for the UNM-LA board?  The challenges for UNM-LA revolve around careful allocation of resources and improving administrative procedures – numbers, details, budgeting. I've always been a numbers and detail person. I've been a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working both in statistical methods and applied metallurgy. Even within the Lab, I was the "math/detail person," checking whether the results of both experiments and computations made physical sense.

LAPS On Budget Cuts And State Solvency Package

on February 1, 2017 - 9:34am

LAPS News:

With several line-item vetoes, the Governor has signed the FY17 Legislative Solvency Package. The estimated LAPS budget impact for this school year includes:

Budget Cuts from the Special Legislative Session in November 2016

  • Operational - $405,880
  • Transportation - $78,217 
  • Instructional Materials - $27,539

Budget Cut from the January 2017 Legislative Solvency Package, Senate Bill 114

  • Operational - $528,682 (estimated)

The total cut for Los Alamos Public Schools in the 2016-17 school year is an estimated $1,040,318.

School Board President Jim Hall said, “It is a shame that our

CIR: Emile Nakhleh On Trump And The Middle East

on February 1, 2017 - 9:31am
Professor Emile Nakhleh
CIR News:
As the world takes an increasingly isolationist, nativist turn, how do we navigate between our values–such as a commitment to cultural diversity–and our national self-interest, which may feel that such an approach to diversity opens opportunities for instability and terror?
CIR brings Professor Emile Nakhleh this Thursday to Santa Fe. In exploring the interplay between our national interest and values, he will help us put some context into President Trump's recent ban on immigration from several Middle Eastern countries. 
Thursday, Feb.

LANB Donates $5,000 For STEM Education

on February 1, 2017 - 7:16am

At Tuesday's check presentation at the Bradbury Science Museum, from left, BSMA Secretary KayLinda Crawford, BSMA Treasurer Ann Parsons, LANB's Karen Easton and Ryan Tatro and LANB Market President Liddie Martinez, BSMA President Andy Trottier, Bradbury Science Museum Executive Director Linda Deck and BSMA Vice President Ryn Herrmann. Photo by Chris Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos National Bank donated $5,000 Tuesday to the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach in Northern New Mexico.

LAHS Students Win DWI Awareness Poster Contest

on January 31, 2017 - 11:32am
These top three winning posters are created by students at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

The DWI Planning Council is celebrating success with their DWI awareness poster contest and some great plans for February.

Three members of the Los Alamos High School class of 2019 were the top three vote getters after 70 entries were submitted for review, during DWI Awareness Week. Those winners will now have their posters displayed Feb. 17 for “DWI Day at the Roundhouse” at the Round House.

The first place entry by Jade Portillos, featured a drawing of

SGR Invites Los Alamos Students To Serve As Pages

on January 31, 2017 - 10:43am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos greets her pages for the day, Violet Henderson and Becca Massa, at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Both girls also are from Los Alamos and SGR invited their Girl Scout Troop to serve as pages during this legislative session. Courtesy photo