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Balderas: Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Decision Huge Victory For New Mexico Students With Disabilities

on March 31, 2017 - 6:29am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The United States Supreme Court unanimously agreed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and attorneys general from Delaware and Massachusetts, when it issued its ruling March 23 in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case by requiring public schools to provide higher standards for students with disabilities.
 
The ruling reverses what had been the law in New Mexico, and now educational plans for students with disabilities must be designed so that students can make educational progress, rather than the

Local Fashionista Takes Style By Storm

on March 30, 2017 - 4:15pm
Editor in Chief of Coulture Magazine Alexandra Hehlen on a recent visit to Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordonl/ladailypost.com
 
Coulture Magazine Editor in Chief Alexandra Hehlen with Deputy Editor in Chief Remington Remmel. Photo by Alexis Fairbanks

 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos native Alexandra Hehlen, editor in chief of Coulture Magazine, is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in business administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Coulture is a glossy magazine, featuring  fashion and culture in a fresh, youthful package.

“I wanted to do something with an

Nature Center: Los Alamos County Department Of Public Utilities Presents Water Is Life 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

on March 30, 2017 - 8:34am

Jack Richardson shares the story of water Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

Jen Pelz discusses vertical challenges to water storage in the Rio Grande watershed Tuesday evening at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is bringing four speakers and a film to the Los Alamos Nature Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

The evening starts with a discussion about local rivers and water issues by four speakers followed by a break with refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Afterward, they will show the documentary 

Invitation To LAPS Community Budget Meetings

on March 29, 2017 - 5:00pm

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

From the Superintendent’s Desk:

As we wait for news about a Special Legislative Session, here is an update about budget and legislative items of interest to the Los Alamos Public Schools.

First, please join us in extending sincere thanks to our local legislators for their hard work and long hours during the 60-day session. Knowing that New Mexico’s economic situation was serious cause for concern, we can all appreciate their support for our employees and the many attempts to make educational improvements. Thank you!

Let’s also extend sincere thanks to our

Community Invited To Job Fair At UNM-LA April 6

on March 29, 2017 - 10:25am

The April 6 Job Fair at UNM-LA is open to students and community members. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

A student attending the Job Fair at UNM-LA in 2016 studies employer information. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

  • Local businesses meet potential employees April 6 at UNM-LA Job Fair

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Office of Student Services is hosting a job fair for students and local community members 1-4 p.m., April 6 in the UNM-LA Student Center (Building 2).

More than 20 large and small businesses from northern New Mexico will be on hand to meet potential

AG Balderas Announces Conscious Campus Initiative

on March 29, 2017 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

LAS VEGAS, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative.

The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.

“I applaud my alma mater, Highlands University and other participating colleges in New Mexico for taking steps toward making their campuses safer,” Balderas said.

LAHS Key Clubbers Attend Convention In El Paso

on March 29, 2017 - 7:38am

From left, Mackenzie Rogers, Paulina Burnside and Shelly Doyle attend standing room only training workshop in El Paso with Melina Burnside, center, (who got to sit). Photo by Morrie Pongratz

Some of the Los Alamos Key Clubbers posing before the awards banquet, front row from left, Morgan Jones, Leah Wolfsberg, Paulina Burnside, Mackenzie Rogers, Melina Burnside and Katy Rogers. Back row from left, Shelly Doyle, Risa Bridge, Sydne Ashford, Catherine Rousculp and Sara Shiina. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

LAHS KEY CLUB News:

This past weekend 17 Los Alamos High School Key Clubbers attended the

Dr. Peter J. Lindberg Memorial Seminar April 13

on March 29, 2017 - 7:22am

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Council on Cancer is pleased to invite the general public and local health care professionals to attend the free Dr. Peter J. Lindberg Memorial Seminar presented by Dr. Fabio Almeida, a Board Member and Medical Advisor of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, on current and emerging PET/CT imaging techniques in recurring prostate cancer.  Dr. James Ziomek, a colleague and personal friend of Dr. Lindberg, will provide introductory comments.

The seminar is 6 p.m., April 13, at First Baptist Church, 2200 Trinity Dr., in Los Alamos.

8th Annual Dolores Huerta Day Of Service Friday

on March 28, 2017 - 7:03am
DoS group listening to Carlos Marentes. Courtesy photo
 
RCCC News:
 
Nearly 350 grade school students and dozens of adult volunteers will descend on La Plazita Gardens at Sanchez Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 31 in Albuquerque, to learn about farming, César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and the migrant farm workers' movement.
 
Many organizations and individuals are involved in organizing and volunteering to teach children in a fun, culturally enriched environment.
 
The Dolores Huerta Day of Service learning uses traditional, hands-on, experiential learning techniques to help

Start Off April With Bird Walk In Cañada Bonita

on March 27, 2017 - 5:24pm

Dusky Grouse. Photo by Hari Viswanathan

PEEC News:

One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds typically seen and heard every day.

Join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 1, for a hike along the Cañada Bonita and the Nordic Ski Trails. This high-elevation trek winds through mixed conifer forest and offers breathtaking views. 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.

Experimental Living On The Edge Of Taos Desert: SAR Field Trip May 2017

on March 27, 2017 - 8:34am
Stanley Crawford. Courtesy photo
 
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  Since the late 1880s, northern New Mexico has been a place of starting over.
 
But it really was in the early decades of the twentieth century, as people fled the collapse of modernity and the failure of progress in the wake of the Great War, that it came into its own as a refuge.
 
That’s the theme of the May 12, 2017, field trip sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR). Study leaders are garlic farmer and writer Stanley Crawford, and Mabel Dodge Luhan historian Ellen Bradbury.

SFCC Celebrates Native American Week March 27-31

on March 27, 2017 - 8:31am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will celebrate the third annual Native American Week March 27 through March 31.
 
SFCC’s Native American Student Outreach Coordinator Valerie Grimley, Ph.D. said, “We’ve got an exciting program this year that celebrates our increased enrollment of Native American students.” There are 462 Native American students enrolled at the college in Academic Year 2016-2017. The current number represents a 34.4 percent increase since Academic Year 2013-14, when there were 344 Native American students attending SFCC.
 
Festivities begin Monday,

Santa Fe Mountain Center: 'Adventures In Recovery'

on March 27, 2017 - 8:21am

Mountain Students Celebrate Reading Success!

on March 26, 2017 - 9:55am

Students who reach their reading goals are high-fived and highly celebrated by staff and fellow students Friday at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Mountain Elementary School reading champions, front row from left, Julia Doebling, Anders Medin, Alex Meek and Henry Middleton. Back row from left, Nora Johnson, Ben Dattelbaum and Imogen Middleton. Courtesy photo

Fifth grader Nora Johnson has read 30 books and written 30 book reviews since the beginning of the school year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Anders Medin and Julia Doebling are celebrated in the school hallway Friday
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LACF: Los Alamos Daily Post Presents Media Communications Training For Nonprofits

on March 26, 2017 - 7:11am
Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon present ‘Media Communications Training for Nonprofits’ as part of a series of sessions for non-profits organized by the LACF, in partnership with the LANL Foundation and UNM-LA. Courtesy photo
 
LACF News:
 
Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A.

LAPS: Parent Survey Responses Needed

on March 26, 2017 - 6:52am
LAPS News:
 
The Quality of Education Survey is now available electronically for all parents with students in the Los Alamos Public Schools. LAPS is hoping for a 100 percent response rate as parent feedback is important and valued!
 
All answers are anonymous amd there are two options for taking the survey:
 
Option 1 - electronic
  • Click on: Take Survey
  • Create a username in the Public Education Department system (not required to use your real name, answers are not connected to your name)
  • Complete the survey
Option 2 - paper
  • Come to your child’s school
  • Ask for a paper copy of the survey

100+ Women Who Care Donate First Quarter Meeting Funds To Bradbury Science Museum Association

on March 25, 2017 - 10:29am

On behalf of 100+ Women Who Care, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega, right, presents a donation check to BSMA Vice President Ryn Herrmann, left, and BSMA Secretary KayLinda Crawford Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo 

COMMUNITY News:

100+ Women Who Care, the Los Alamos group of women who strive to have a positive impact in the community without the time-consuming effort  associated with fundraising, gathered recently for their first quarterly meeting of 2017 at project Y in Central Park Square.

The group chose to award its first quarter funds to the Bradbury

County Hosts Community Brainstorming Session

on March 25, 2017 - 9:10am

Members of the public give input on how to lower driving speeds by Mountain Elementary School during a public meeting hosted by the County Public Works Traffic and Street Division Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Traffic and Streets Division Manager Daniel Erickson leads the public meeting on traffic calming Wednesday night at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Los Alamos County Public Works’ Traffic and Streets Division and members of the public brainstormed Wednesday night ways

UNM-LA: Parenting Workshop Targets Bullying

on March 25, 2017 - 8:46am
Presenter Barbara Coloroso explains the difference between teasing and bullying. Photo by Nancy Coombs, UNM-LA

Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

 

Barbara Coloroso engages the audience with her humor and real life examples. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
 
UNM-LA News:
 
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) brought bestselling author Barbara Coloroso for a return engagement March 18 at Parenting University.
 
Parents, grandparents, school district personnel and other community members listened attentively and asked questions during the Saturday morning session,

Special School Board Meeting And Executive Session

on March 25, 2017 - 7:58am

Graduating Seniors Invited To Apply For J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship

on March 24, 2017 - 10:29am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to furthering the memory and spirit of J. Robert Oppenheimer through scholarships to graduating seniors attending Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Capitol, and Santa Fe public high schools.

The committee awarded the first scholarship in 1984 and the number of scholarships awarded has grown over the years due to the generous contributions of many people. Twelve scholarships were awarded in 2016.

The Committee would like to remind graduating seniors that the deadline for applications for Los

LAPS Kindergarten Round-Up

on March 23, 2017 - 2:39pm
 
LAPS News:
 
Kindergarten Round-Up will be on Wednesday, April 5, at all Los Alamos Elementary Schools.
 
Children who turn five by September 1, 2017, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. Kindergarten Round Up is an important step in the pre-registration process, and gives parents and children an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.
 
Parents and students will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurse, school counselor, and other key school personnel.

Hargraves: Highlights Of Work Session 5:30 p.m. Today

on March 23, 2017 - 9:28am
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS School Board Member

Schools are important to the entire community. School Board decisions directly affect outcomes and success of our schools. For good reasons, it is difficult and time consuming to stay informed about School Board activities. These columns, planned prior to each Board Meeting and Work Session, highlight Board agenda items that might interest students, parents teachers and the community at large.

A Work Session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. today at Pinon Elementary School. Agenda item 10 is a budget presentation and discussion.

Los Alamos Students Shine At 'MathCounts' Competition

on March 23, 2017 - 8:41am

Four students from Mountain Elementary School took fourth place out of 25 teams at the New Mexico State MathCounts Competition Feb. 18 at UNM-Albuquerque. From left, Alex Livescu, Pasha Trudolyubov, Isaac Gao, Sonya Ebey, Coach Jane Lataille and Coach Phuong Nguyen. Also pictured is Dr. Walter Gerstle, PE, president of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, whose firm organizes the state competition. A team from Los Alamos Middle School took second place. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Economic Development Session

on March 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Participants in the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos class learn about local economic development during an all-day session Friday. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA participants learn about local economic development. Photo by Martha Katko

COMMUNITY News:

Participants in the 2016-17 class of Leadership Los Alamos participated in an economic development session Friday.

Leadership Los Alamos was founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the area.

Each class

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