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NNMC And State Auditor Reveal High-Level Theft

on March 1, 2017 - 7:34pm

Northern New Mexico College President Richard Bailey

Staff Report

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Auditor’s Office and Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) issued separate press releases this afternoon  announcing that an investigation has discovered an estimated $200,000 of the college’s money is missing and is suspected stolen by a senior administrative employee.

State Auditor Tim Keller said of the findings, “These were hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been serving students and faculty, not the personal benefit of an employee.”

NNMC President Richard Bailey confirmed to

NNMC Addresses Financial Issues In Audit

on March 1, 2017 - 4:33pm

NNMC News:

Española – Northern New Mexico College has just been made aware of some past financial irregularities.

The College reported the issue immediately to the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor and local authorities.

The College cannot comment further at this time, but we will fully cooperate with the investigation, and will answer all questions as the ongoing investigation allows.

State Auditor Reveals High-Level Theft At NNMC

on March 1, 2017 - 4:20pm

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

  • Estimated $200,000 in funds missing in ongoing investigation of senior executive

SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College. Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found. A high-level employee in the business office resigned in connection to the missing money. Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds. 

“These were hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have been

Local GOP Features Paul Gessing On Public Policies Of Climate Change ... UNM-LA Building 5 Thursday

on March 1, 2017 - 12:02pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites all Republicans to attend its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Building 5) at UNM-LA.

Light refreshments will be served followed by a presentation by Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on the public policies of Climate Change.

"Please join us for what is sure to be an informative evening," RPLA Chair James Robinson said.

Parenting Expert Returns To UNM-LA March 18

on March 1, 2017 - 8:21am
 
UNM-LA News:
 
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and UNM-Los Alamos are pleased to announce that Barbara Coloroso will lead the next Parenting University workshop on Saturday, March 18 at the UNM-LA campus.
 
In this free workshop, Coloroso will speak about bullying and offer practical advice for breaking its cycle of violence and raising kids that treat others with dignity and respect.

Heinrich Joined By UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah For Trump’s Joint Session Speech Tonight

on February 28, 2017 - 5:22pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, left, in his Washington, D.C. office meets with UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that at President Trump's speech tonight to a Joint Session of Congress, he will bring as his guest the acting president of The University of New Mexico (UNM), Chaouki Abdallah.

Abdallah, who was named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs in 2011, also has served as head of the electrical engineering department and a member of the

Chamisa Science Night At Bradbury Museum Today!

on February 28, 2017 - 4:39pm

Air Force Research Lab New Mexico Hosts Student Robotics Competition Through March 3

on February 28, 2017 - 4:17pm

EDUCATION News:

KIRTLAND AFB -- Middle school students from around the state will be showing off their robotics skills at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Robotics Challenge Expo this week. Thirty student teams competed to earn a spot at the Expo taking place March 2 at Kirtland.

The students spent the last several months learning computer programming and robotics skills. Working in teams, they completed online assignments and quizzes, with the top scorers qualifying for the Expo.

Lottery Scholarship Bill Clears Final Committee

on February 28, 2017 - 12:19pm

STATE News:
  • House Bill 250 now heads to the House floor

SANTA FE – A bill to improve New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program was unanimously passed by the House Business and Industry Committee Monday. House Bill 250 is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo), and it now heads to the House floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

House Bill 250 would amend the New Mexico Lottery Act to require that all unclaimed lottery prizes be directed to the lottery tuition fund used to pay for student scholarships.

Heart Council Presents Seminar On Heart Disease In Women March 7

on February 28, 2017 - 11:16am

Cameron Chrobocinski Honors James Joseph Bramble

on February 27, 2017 - 6:10pm
Academic Decathlon winner Cameron Chrobocinski with his father Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report:
 
Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski's son Cameron Chrobocinski, 18, is a senior at King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He has been competing in an Academic Decathalon and he and his team made it all the way to Texas State Competition this past weekend in El Paso.
 
Cameron won 1st place in the speech category with a perfect score of 1,000 points in the second most populous state in the nation.

PAC 8 Recruits Teens To Work On PSA Tuesday

on February 27, 2017 - 10:51am
Students work on a project at PAC 8. Courtesy Photo​
 
PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is inviting teens to help create a public service announcement (PSA) on suicide prevention.

Students will plan, shoot, edit and create the sound track of the PSA.

PAC 8 received a grant from 100 Women Who Care to create suicide prevention PSAs. Ten students participated in the production of the first PSA made in December.

The PSA is playing at the Reel Deal Theater. Students who participate in the production will attend a wrap party at the Reel Deal Theater. They will get free movie passes, pizza and popcorn.

Scenes From Ellen Ben-Naim Victory Celebration At Pig & Fig In White Rock This Morning

on February 24, 2017 - 3:31pm
Newly elected Los Alamos School Board member for District One, Ellen Ben-Naim, with School Board Member Bill Hargraves at her Victory Celebration this morning at Pig and Fig Cafe in White Rock. The district encompasses Pinon Elementary School and other areas. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Guests chat at the Victory Party for newly elected School Board member Ellen Bn-Naim this morning at Pig and Fig Cafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Supporters, from left, Robyn Schultz, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Amy Storey and Eric Vasquez at the Victory Celebration this morning

Fat Tuesday Around The World Feb. 28

on February 24, 2017 - 3:13pm

COMMUNITY News:

You asked for it - You got it! The ARK Child Development Center FOCUS Fundraiser Event - Fat Tuesday Around the World.

Richer than a pancake supper for sure - Join us for a four course meal with Brisket (vegetarian BBQ Seitan available - must RSVP By Feb. 24 for vegan option) - as well as a variety of desserts.

Check out our website for all the details at www.firstinyourheart.org/ark/fundraising-dinner-silent-auction/  

This is an adult event; child care is not provided. Checks and cash only for dinner and silent auction items.

LANL Foundation Announces New Scholarships Program Manager John McDermon

on February 24, 2017 - 10:07am

John McDermon is the new scholarship program manager for the LANL Foundation. Courtesy/LANLF

LANL FOUNDATION News:

ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation, a non- profit organization, which among other community services provides dozens of local students with scholarships to college, recently hired John McDermon as its new scholarship program manager.

McDermon joins the Foundation staff after nine years as a member of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund advisory committee, where he also served in leadership roles as committee chair and chair of the student ranking sub-committee.

The

Sleep Matters/Sleep Apnea & Treatment Talk April 3

on February 24, 2017 - 7:23am
HEALTH News:
 
A Sleep Matters/Sleep Apnea and Treatment presentation is 2 p.m. Monday, April 3 on the 3rd floor at Aspen Ridge Assisted Living; 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos. 
 
Dr. Roger Wiggins and Patricia Donahue, respiratory therapist of the SW Sleep Center will conduct the presentation.
 
The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served and no RSVP is necessary.
 
Contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt for information at 505.695.8981.

PEEC: Learn Botanical Drawing And Watercolor

on February 24, 2017 - 7:18am
Illustration by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy photo
 

PEEC News:

Learn botanical drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects with Santa Fe Artist Lisa Coddington. Novices as well as those refining their skills will receive encouraging step-by-step instruction in drawing and watercolor.

With easy to understand demonstrations and master artist examples, Coddington will work to reinforce each artist's confidence in creating dimensional autumn-themed subjects.

Agencies Collaborate To Promote Brain Health

on February 24, 2017 - 7:11am
 
HEALTH News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division and the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter have announced they are collaborating to educate New Mexicans on maintaining a healthy brain. 
 
The Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter and the NM Department of Health, now agree that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes.
 
“The research on cognitive decline with aging, and how it relates to Alzheimer's Disease, is ongoing.

Precision Rifle Team Takes 2nd At Nationals

on February 23, 2017 - 4:45pm
LAHS precision rifle team members Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, Steffie Nielsen, Jacob Torrez and Jonathan Chavez. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
This past weekend the Los Alamos High School precision rifle team traveled to Alabama to compete in the Navy National Air Rifle Championships.
 
The team finished second against a field of the top teams from across the nation. Samantha Miller placed second overall in the individual category. Stephanie Nielsen was awarded her distinguished air rifle badge which is a major accomplishment.
 
By finishing second, the team earns an invitation

Bills To Attract, Retain Good Teachers Pass House

on February 23, 2017 - 4:43pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, two bills that aim to ensure New Mexico attracts and retains good teachers by improving teacher evaluations and recognizing teacher skill and competency passed the House.
 
Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill, HB 163, makes teacher evaluations more fair by ensuring a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences. The second bill introduced by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s (D-Albuquerque), HB 124, provides a three-tier framework for teachers to advance to level II and level III licensure.
 
“HB

Los Alamos School Board Extends Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus' Contract Maximum Allowed By Law

on February 23, 2017 - 10:02am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board of Education unanimously renewed Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus’ contract for three more years, which is the maximum amount of time allowed by state law.

 

The decision to extend the contract occurred during the Feb. 14 regular school board meeting. In addition to extending his contract, the board offered Steinhaus a raise identical to the amount offered to all other staff.

Joshua Ramsey Achieves Eagle Scout Honor

on February 23, 2017 - 7:19am

Eagle Scout recipient Joshua A. Ramsey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 222 of Los Alamos with some of the 44 wooden toys he designed, finished and delivered to UNM Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Joshua A. Ramsey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 222 of Los Alamos, has earned the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of American, the rank of Eagle Scout.

He received the award in the Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Feb. 21, 2017 at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

BBBS's Dawn Brown Moves To New Job

on February 22, 2017 - 2:11pm
BBBS News:
 
After many years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Dawn Brown is moving to a new job, but not before she highlights some great work done by some really great volunteers.
 
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program saluted their volunteers during January, which is nationally celebrated as mentoring month, and our region had some pretty wonderful participation.
 
Los Alamos volunteers Donnie Torres and Peggy Durbin were selected as the top choices for Big Brother and Sister of the Year.

LAHS Band Director Attends Midwest Clinic: International Band & Orchestra Conference

on February 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
Zane Meeks directs a class of students in the newly remodeled Los Alamos High School music wing. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Director Zane Meek was awarded a Professional Development Grant by Los Alamos Public Schools to attend the Midwest Band & Orchestra Festival and Conference in Chicago, IL.
 
This annual conference provides many opportunities for professional development, including sessions about advocacy, recruiting and retention, teaching techniques, instrumental music techniques for specific instruments, music technology in the classroom, student assessments, and so much more.

Sig Hecker To Address Nuclear North Korea, Moderated By Valerie Plame Thursday

on February 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
CIR News:
 
Sig Hecker, Stanford University Research Professor and Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus will offer his thoughts and opinions on the timely topic of “Nuclear North Korea and Lessons for the Iran Deal.” 
 
His talk is 5:50 p.m., Thursday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez.
 
Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

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