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LAHS Alumni Esteban Abeyta Wins SACNAS Award

on November 5, 2017 - 6:49am

LAHS graduate Esteban Abeyta wins SACNAS award for his outstanding contribution and research presentation in Biochemistry. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School 2015 graduate Esteban Abeyta was one of 117 graduate and undergraduate underrepresented minority students honored with a Presentation award for their research and presentation skills at the 2017 National Diversity in STEM Conference. His particular award was for outstanding contribution and research presentation in the Biochemistry category.

The awards, presented by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and

LAHS Teacher Joy Handsberry Has Died

on November 4, 2017 - 12:12pm

LAHS Teacher Joy Handsberry delivering the commencement address to the 2014 graduating class. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus sent the following letter to LAPS staff and administrators this morning regarding the death overnight of beloved teacher Joy Handsberry who lost her battle with cancer:

Warm Memories of Joy Handsberry, Teacher and Friend

It is with a heavy heart that I ask for a moment of silence to remember our dear colleague Joy Handsberry. Surrounded by family and friends, Joy passed away last night.

Europe 2018 Selling Coffee Again!

on November 4, 2017 - 8:08am
Last year's Europe 2017 tour. Courtesy photo
Love fresh-roasted coffee? Want to help local students have a global educational travel experience? 
Graduating seniors are selling tasty coffee to cover some of the costs of their educational tour of historical and cultural sites in Italy and Germany. All coffee is kosher, certified organic, Fair Trade certified, and fresh-roasted after our local order is placed.  
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag and can be ordered whole bean or ground, in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf.

Bird Walk In Lower Water Canyon With Joe Fitzgibbon

on November 4, 2017 - 7:58am
Black-throated gray warbler. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
PEEC News:
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day. At 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, join longtime Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon for hike in Lower Water Canyon.
This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds. Sightings may include the Black-throated gray warbler and Hepatic tanager. This program is organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Nonprofit Accounting Event At ProjectY Nov. 14

on November 4, 2017 - 7:57am
LACF News:
The Los Alamos Community Foundation is sponsering a free talk by local accountant Dennis Kennedy on accounting for nonprofits 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at projectY cowork at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
The session covers:
  • Financial Reporting Changes (Net Assets);
  • Revenue Recognition;
  • Internal Controls for Small Entities; and
  • Fundraising Policies and Procedures.
There will be an open discussion throughout the presentation. To register for the event, click here

Nature Center Talk: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on November 4, 2017 - 7:45am
Andy Lawrence releasing a Lesser prairie-chicken. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
What can an often-overlooked bird reveal about grassland health? At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, ecologist Andy Lawrence will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and conservation efforts of Lesser prairie-chickens, important indicators of grassland habitat.
This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited.
New Mexico State University PhD candidate, Andy Lawrence, will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and

Link Crew Welcomes Freshmen To LAHS

on November 4, 2017 - 7:40am
Freshman Cooper Frank with Link Crew member Alix Hailey during the pumpkin carving contest organized by the group. Photo by Serenity Maestas/
Los Alamos Daily Post
Student Intern

Los Alamos High School has an interesting club called Link Crew consisting of upperclassmen who bond and advise freshmen students. Teacher Jonathan Lathrop is the club's advisor.

Every year, the day before the first day of school, Link Crew organizes Freshmen Orientation, in which they walk the freshmen around campus and help them find their classes, lockers, and get to know


Sierra Club; PEEC: Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk

on November 3, 2017 - 10:27am


Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Jamie O’Rourke

PEEC News:

Geologist Elaine Jacobs will lead hikers 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 along the south rim of Pueblo Canyon. This free outing is made possible thanks to the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

This afternoon guided walk will start at East Park, follow the paved trail along the canyon rim, and continue along the unpaved portion of trail to the Los Alamos Airport Terminal. Along the way, the group will explore volcanism and landscape evolution in the Jemez Volcanic Field.

Garnett S. Stokes Appointed President Of UNM

on November 2, 2017 - 11:24am

Garnett S. Stokes

The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has unanimously selected Garnett S. Stokes as its 22nd president. Stokes, 61, will succeed Interim President Chaouki Abdallah, who has served in the role since the beginning of 2017. Stokes will take office March 1, 2018.

Stokes’ selection follows a 10-month search by a 22-member committee, chaired by UNM Board of Regents’ President Rob Doughty, that included regents, faculty, students, staff and alumni. Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, was engaged in November 2016 to work alongside the committee.

Stokes was

NMAM Annual Conference In Los Alamos Nov. 15-18

on November 2, 2017 - 10:31am

NMAM News:

The New Mexico Association of Museums annual conference is taking place Nov. 15-18 in Los Alamos.

This year’s conference theme is “New Mexico Museums: Where Discoveries Happen!” Attendees will explore how the process of discovery is transforming New Mexico museums, science centers and historic sites by igniting curiosity, inspiring creativity, and instilling a spirit of innovation.

One highlight will be a keynote from Superintendent Kris Kirby sharing her perspective on how the NPS is interpreting the newest National Historic Park, the Manhattan Project National Historic Park.

Local Group Proposes Charter School For Los Alamos

on November 2, 2017 - 10:05am
Michele Altherr, left, and Liz Martineau are part of a local citizen committee proposing a charter school for Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post 
A local citizen committee is proposing something new for middle school education - a charter school.
The proposal for a charter school will officially be launched in the community 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Fuller Lodge. The event will include an introduction on the committee’s mission as well as a chance for the public to offer feedback.

NMERB Improving Sustainability State Tour

on November 1, 2017 - 8:26am

LANL Teams With Pojoaque To Boost Teacher Prep

on October 31, 2017 - 3:13pm

Lorenzo Gonzales from the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy program works with teachers at the recent Ir-Rational Number Institute. Under the Partnership School Initiative, teachers from Pojoaque Valley School District took part in the Institute, which was also attended by teachers from six other school districts.

LANL News:

  • New Mexico Highlands University to help implement best-practices for math and science education

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy has selected Pojoaque Valley School District as the partnership school for its new teacher

LAPS Foundation: Thank You Los Alamos!

on October 31, 2017 - 1:33pm
A sold out crowd enjoys food, wine and entertainment at Taste of Knowledge Oct. 14 at De Colores. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
The Ryan Finn Quartet entertains the crowd. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
​Executive Director 
​LAPS Foundation

It was an incredible scene at the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s fundraiser Taste of Knowledge event Saturday, Oct. 14 at the former De Colores restaurant.

One hundred fifty people packed the sold-out event, which featured Spanish tapas and wine, folkloric and ballet dance performances and live jazz music.

Teach Plus Commends PED On Adoption Of Next Generation Science Standards

on October 31, 2017 - 10:16am
TPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Teach Plus New Mexico Friday issued the following statement on the Public Education Department (PED) decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their entirety:
“Teach Plus and Teach Plus teachers commend the New Mexico Public Education Department and Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski on the decision to adopt the NGSS as written and in their entirety. Teach Plus teachers previously presented PED a letter with 500 signatures from New Mexico’s educators in support of NGSS.
“We’re thrilled that the PED listened to

LAHS NJROTC Hosts Rio Grande Showdown

on October 31, 2017 - 10:11am

NJROTC cadets participate in the physical fitness portion of the Rio Grande Showdown between Los Alamos and Montrose, Colo. Courtesy photo

NJROTC sporter air rifle teams compete Saturday, Oct. 28 at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo
By Cadet/SCPO Richard Thompson

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets hosted the Rio Grande Showdown Saturday, Oct. 28 with NJROTC cadets from Montrose, Colo.

The two teams competed in sporter air rifle, shooting targets while prone, standing and kneeling.

Letter To The Editor: Sanctuary Schools Vs Rule Of Law In Los Alamos

on October 31, 2017 - 10:01am

Los Alamos

I am a law-abiding, tax-paying, God-fearing, loyal citizen of the U. S. A.

I support the rule of law, which is the American way to preserve freedom. Therefore, the resolution passed by the Los Alamos School Board on Oct. 13 regarding privacy of immigration and refugee children bothers me. It goes so far as to indicate specifically that school personnel will not cooperate with the ICE, which is the U. S. agency that guards our country against immigrant law-breakers.

I love America, and I also love children brought to our country by illegal-alien parents.

November Night Sky And Phantoms At Planetarium

on October 31, 2017 - 9:22am
PEEC News:
What celestial objects are visible in our night sky this month? Want to see a full-dome film about dark matter?
At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Steve Becker will reveal the celestial objects in our night sky. Then, the full-dome film Phantom of the Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Steve Becker will point out the constellations, planets, and other

Y Youth Basketball Registration Extended To Nov. 3

on October 31, 2017 - 9:20am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball program is a skills developmental program for youth in grades 1-6 that would like to learn the fundamentals of basketball, team participation, and to play a few games.
Registration for this program is open until Nov. 3. Players will be placed on teams based on their local school and will meet there twice a week for practice Nov. 6 – Feb. 2.
Games are Saturdays Dec. 9 – Feb. 3. Teams for grades 1-2 are co-ed, with boys and girls spilt for grades 3-4 and grades 5-6. Volunteer Coaches, Asst. Coaches and Team Parents are needed.

LAMS Native American Club Sells Pencils Thursday

on October 31, 2017 - 7:42am

Native Hawk logo designed by LAHS student Zach Moquino. Courtesy image

LAMS News:

November is Native American Heritage Month and Los Alamos Middle School Native American Club - the Native Hawks - will be selling scented pencils and teal ribbons 3:30-5 p.m. at Smith’s Marketplace Thursday.

The pencils are $1 each and come in scents like rootbeer, cotton candy and bubblegum.

“Smith`s Marketplace has always and will continue to support the diversity of Northern New Mexico and our customers,” said Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton.

The Native Hawk logo was designed by Los Alamos High School student

P.E.O. Educational Advancement Of Women Talk

on October 31, 2017 - 6:48am

Update On LAPS School Start Time Discussion

on October 30, 2017 - 4:13pm

LAPS News:

Last week, the Los Alamos School Board, with the help of third party facilitator New Mexico First, hosted eight successful meetings with students, parents, employees and community members to discuss possible changes in school start time.

Any change would be implemented beginning in August 2018.

The input sessions were designed to capture various stakeholder groups and record their thoughts, opinions and concerns regarding possible changes to school start and end times.

Of note, the meetings were well-attended by School Board members.

LAHS Choir's Pumpkins Still Available On 4th Street

on October 30, 2017 - 7:52am

PEEC: Lisa Coddington’s Last Fall Art Class Of 2017

on October 30, 2017 - 6:48am

Blooming artichoke by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

There is still time to take a class with instructor and artist Lisa Coddington. Her last fall drawing and painting workshop is 20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will focus on drawing colorful and intricate autumn leaves.

Participants will explore making color charts and creating their own colorful leaves.

Study: 2018’s Best Colleges & Universities In America

on October 30, 2017 - 6:33am
With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming Nov. 1 and the price of college tuition and fees rising three times faster than inflation over a decade, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its 2018’s Best College & University Rankings, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S.