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PEEC Offers Discussion Course To Explore Creating Climate Change Solutions

on June 30, 2017 - 2:25pm
PEEC brings another Northwest Earth Institute discussion course, Change is our Choice, to Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing another discussion course developed by the Northwest Earth Institute to Los Alamos. 
Change is our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions is a five-week discussion course where participants will learn about climate change and how to take action to mitigate its causes and effects in their own lives, our community, and our world.
This course meets at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Thursdays

Los Alamos Nature Center's Summer Holiday Hours

on June 30, 2017 - 7:52am
Water Canyon is one of the beautiful hikes that is part of the second Passport to the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Beth Cortright
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Tuesday, July 4, which is a great time to use the free Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike.
Take your Passport to the Pajarito Plateau with you, find the rubbing plates, and get even closer to your next prize. There are different prizes for hiking two, five, eight, 12 and 16 trails in the passport booklet. It is fun for all ages.
The Los Alamos Nature Center will resume regular hours 10 a.m.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico React To New Mexico ESSA Plan

on June 29, 2017 - 1:59pm
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement regarding the ESSA education plan: 

"New Mexico educators know the analysis of a for-profit group of so-called reform minded consultants, executives, and coaches cannot be taken at face value when they claim our state's ESSA education plan was rated 'best in the nation' of the 17 plans submitted so far to the federal government.
Honesty and transparency would reveal the plan basically rewrites Hanna Skandera’s previous plan, and is largely based on what's currently

Local Expert Leads Monthly Wildflower Walk July 3

on June 29, 2017 - 8:12am
Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller
PEEC News:
The recent rains have brought out a variety of different flowers, transitioning our landscape into the colors of summer. At 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3, Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead this year’s first summer Wildflower Walk.
Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads wildflower walks for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
These monthly outings will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos.

LAPS Presents CIP Plans For Leased Facilities

on June 29, 2017 - 7:48am

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus makes a presentation to County Council regarding the school district's proposed capital improvement projects to some of its lease facilities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools officials presented three capital improvement projects to Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night in hopes the Council will approve capital improvement funds for the projects at a future meeting. 

Superintendent Dr.

LAPD Holds Active Shooter Training: ‘Run, Hide, Fight’

on June 28, 2017 - 6:47pm

Los Alamos Police Officers  Sgt. Chris Ross, left, Cpl. Jack Casias and Sgt. Daniel Roberts teach an Active Shooter class today at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The instructors taught to the phrase ‘Run, Hide, Fight’, telling people to run if they can, hide if they are stuck, and if the shooter finds you, then fight with whatever you can from hot coffee to sharp pencils. LAPD already has taught this class to Los Alamos Public Schools staff as well as at Zia Credit Union, the Los Alamos Teen Center and various Los Alamos National Laboratory buildings.

Los Alamos Ranked #3 Of Best Public Schools In U.S.

on June 28, 2017 - 8:32am


Out of 2,770 counties in the United States, research conducted by Niche finds that Los Alamos County is ranked the #3 County with the Best Public Schools in America.

This ranking assesses 2,770 counties in the U.S. The same methodology is used to produce the Public Schools Grade for each ranked county as well as additional places.

Statistics are primarily obtained from the U.S. Census and represent the most recent data available.

New Mexico Book Co-op Fact-Finding Lunch With UNM Interim Provost About UNM Press

on June 28, 2017 - 7:51am
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.

Local Youth Attend Santa Fe Opera

on June 28, 2017 - 7:44am

The Espanola Valley Opera Guild hosted local youth and their families at the Santa Fe Opera. Courtesy/EVOG




The Espanola Valley Opera Guild hosted more than 60 local youth and their families Monday, June 26 at the Santa Fe Opera.


The students were members of the Pojoaque Valley High School Choir and Moving Arts Espanola. They were treated to a dessert tailgate/masquerade party on Twomey Terrace at the Opera and were served gelato made by Daniel’s Café in Los Alamos, homemade cookies and sparkling apple cider.


The students received free tickets to attend that

Los Alamos Nature Center Summer Family Evenings Presents Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Event

on June 28, 2017 - 7:17am

The Santa Fe Botanical Gardens brings plants and hands-on activities to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program presents a plant-inspired experience with the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens at 6:30 p.m., .Wednesday, July 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 

Activities inclue planting a seedling to take home, a family-friendly scavenger hunt and discovering how to make one's garden thrive in northern New Mexico.

A representative from the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens will share her knowledge and bring fun

Free Maple Wood From Old Griffith Gymnasium Floor

on June 27, 2017 - 8:24pm
Old maple wood slats are free for the taking in the trash bin in front of Griffith Gymnasium until Friday. Courtesy/LAPS
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Summertime in Los Alamos includes professional development for teachers and major school building repairs to prepare for the upcoming school year. The first day of school for students this year is Thursday, Aug 17.

One project underway at Los Alamos High School this summer is replacement of the 50-year-old floor in Griffith Gymnasium.

New Mexico History Museum Explores Turn Of The Century Syria In A Post ISIS World

on June 27, 2017 - 11:48am
Portrait: Femme arabe Syrienne, photograph by Bonfils ca. 1899 – 1900. Courtesy/NMHM

Album of Mideast archaeology explorations conducted by Howard Crosby ButlerPortrait: Femme arabe Syrienne, photograph by Bonfils ca. 1899 – 1900. Courtesy/NMHM 


NMHM News:
SANTA FE  As Syria’s ongoing civil war, staggering death toll, and displacement of thousands of refugees threatens to destroy Syrian culture, the Palace of the Governors displays seven albums of photographs of historic sites in Syria taken between 1899 and 1909.
Entitled Syria: Cultural Patrimony Under Threat, the exhibition

Community Members Invited To Register By June 30 For Leadership Los Alamos Class Of 2017-18

on June 27, 2017 - 6:07am

Kim Sherwood is a graduate of the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos program. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Leadership Los Alamos is accepting applications for its 2017-18 program, which gets underway in September.

To date, LLA has graduated more than 250 leaders who are making a difference in this community. LLA is seeking to fill this year’s class with approximately 24 committed individuals who want to learn more and continue this fine tradition.

The program begins with a two-day orientation Sept. 8-9. The deadline to apply for the program is June 30.

What recent graduates are saying:

Scenes From Y Summer Camp And iCARE Camp

on June 27, 2017 - 5:57am

Y Camp kids creating their Superhero identities. Courtesy photo

Y Camp’s laser maze. Could you make it out? Courtesy photo

Y News:

Y Summer Camp at the Los Alamos Family YMCA runs through July 28 and includes sports, wellness activities, eco-activities, science, group games, dramatic arts, arts and crafts, service projects, guest speakers, swimming, free play, field trips and much more.

Y Camp (Grades K-6th) Y Camp reinforces learning all summer long with fun, interactive reading, science and arts projects.

Kids get the opportunity to explore a specialized theme each week during the

SFCC And Santa Fe Higher Education Center Closed On Independence Day

on June 27, 2017 - 5:53am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
All campus facilities at both locations will be closed. No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center, Kids Campus, and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
The SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Road) will reopen Wednesday, July 5.
Each year, SFCC is a sponsor at the annual

Police Chief Reads To Kids During Safety Town Today

on June 26, 2017 - 4:59pm

Los Alamos Police Police Chief Dino Sgambellone reads Safety Town books to this year's upcoming Kindergarteners today at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/

Chief Dino Sgambellone reads Safety Town books today at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Chris Clark/

LAPD brings out its robots to show the kids. Photo by Chris Clark/

LAPD robots on display. Photo by Chris Clark/

Kids wait their turn to get in the front seat of an LAPD car to learn about the internal operations of a police car. Photo by Chris

Exploding Universe Talk And Film At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on June 26, 2017 - 4:11pm
PEEC News:
Ever wonder what types of cosmic events shaped the Universe? Dr. Rick Wallace will discuss the importance of novae and supernovae Friday, June 30, after a presentation of the film Exploding Universe. This special show is at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
Exploding Universe, a film that uncovers the cosmic events that shaped the Universe, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2 in the planetarium. The film explores a world where supernovas erupt, massive materials collide, and protons give birth to life as we know it.
The Los

LAF&SF Features Bob Reinovsky Wednesday

on June 26, 2017 - 9:29am

The community is invited to attend the LAF&SF talk by Bob Reinovsky Wednesday at 1738 N Sage Loop. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble, NASA

LAF&SF News:

Bob Reinovsky continues the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum summer series Wednesday, June 28 by speaking on “Hopelessness”. 

The theme of the summer series talks is “Hope: Science, Religion and the Future”.

The meeting formats include a light supper at 6 p.m., talk at 6:30 p.m., followed by questions for the speaker and then table discussions. These talks are in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Church at 1738 N Sage Loop in Los Alamos.


LAHS Graduate Samantha Miller Makes History

on June 26, 2017 - 8:33am

Los Alamos High School NJROTC Precision Air Rifle Team members from left, Jacob Torres, Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller and Stephanie Nielsen. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School 2017 graduates Holly Hayes, left, and Samantha Miller are joining rifle teams at University of Alabama-Birmingham and University of Texas-El Paso respectively. Courtesy photo



Samantha Miller, a 2017 graduate of Los Alamos High School, recently signed her way into history in becoming the first to earn a scholarship for rifle from LAHS, according to LCDR Wes Shumaker.

Mountain Teacher Michele Altherr Participates In Panel Discussion On Charter And Traditional School Divide

on June 25, 2017 - 5:06pm

Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr, center, participates in a panel discussion on the Charter and Traditional School Divide at the 2nd Annual Public School Leadership Conference put on by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The event was June 21-22 at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Notice Of Possible Quorum: Los Alamos School Board

on June 25, 2017 - 8:32am

LAPS News:

Notice of Possible Quorum: Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the Barranca Design Public Meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 27 in the Barranca Elementary School Gymnasium at 57 Loma del Escolar.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

The meeting is open to the public.

‘Sometimes We Tell The Truth’ Author Bethany Rose Click Awarded June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship

on June 25, 2017 - 6:59am
Bethany Rose Click, awarded June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Jessica Booton Photography
LAPS News:
The Friends of the Los Alamos County Libraries, in partnership with the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, last month awarded the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship to Bethany Rose Click for her review of the book Sometimes We Tell the Truth.
The scholarship was created to honor those who love books.

SFCC Partners With Northern New Mexico College In Three Baccalaureate Programs

on June 25, 2017 - 6:48am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College announces that it is partnering with Northern New Mexico College at the Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road, to offer three new opportunities this fall for people in Santa Fe to earn bachelor degrees. 
"NNMC faculty and staff are very excited to partner with SFCC in this project,” NNMC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ivan Lopez Hurtado, Ph.D. said.

Los Alamos To Host Free Caregiver Presentation July 17

on June 25, 2017 - 6:25am
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage” will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 17. It will be hosted by the Betty Ehart Senior Center on 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
To register, or for more information, contact David Davis (505).473.1297 or at The class is free and open to all citizens of Los

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Raises Funds For Educational Scholarships

on June 24, 2017 - 4:58pm

From left, Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Det. Daniel Roberts chat with local archery instructor Mike O'Neill Friday evening at the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo By Carol A. Clark/

Ty Morris, 9, and Sierra Morris, 6, with the bike being raffled by LAPSA to raise funds for scholarships. Photo By Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) is conducting a raffle for six prizes including a Coleman Trail200 gas-powered mini-bike and helmet.

Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase at the Friday