LANL Foundation Receives ‘Building Capacity’ Award For Supporting And Developing Teachers In New Mexico

LANL Foundation News:

ESPAÑOLA — LANL Foundation has been recognized by the New Mexico National Board-Certified Teacher Network (NM-NBCT) for its work to support and develop teachers in New Mexico.

The Education Enrichment team at the Foundation was singled out for their efforts to recruit and bolster teacher candidates seeking their National Board Certification. Michael Dabrieo, Education Enrichment Director at LANL Foundation, and Paul Le Francois, K12 Program Coordinator, were awarded the “Building Capacity” award at a ceremony in Artesia Sept. 16 during the annual conference Read More

Los Alamos County Public Library System Launches New Community Steward Series … First Event Features ‘An Evening With Angelica Gurule’ Oct. 12

County Sustainability ManagerAngelica Gurule


The Los Alamos County Public Library System is launching a new series featuring leaders of Los Alamos County.

The first event in the series, “An Evening with a Community Steward,” will feature Los Alamos County  Sustainability Manager Angelica Gurule for an open discussion 6-7 p.m., Oct. 12 at Mesa Public Library. 

Gurule, with her professional excellence in environmental stewardship, has recently taken on the role of Sustainability Manager after nearly a decade with Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division.

“One Read More

LAHS Class Of 1973 Celebrates 50th Reunion Sept. 22-24

LAHS News:

LAHS Class of 1973 will be celebrating its 50th reunion this coming weekend for Homecoming.

There are close to 100 classmates who’ll be gathering to enjoy the Homecoming Parade followed by a Drink & Nosh gathering at Fuller Lodge before the Homecoming game. GO Toppers – beat the Chargers!!!

Saturday will be filled with various activities (hiking, tennis, golf & a LAHS campus tour) followed by a fun evening of dinner, music, mingling & mixing at Cottonwood on the Greens.

Sunday morning’s send off will be coffee & bagels at Ashley Pond.

Cheers to a memorable Homecoming Read More

UNM-Los Alamos Invites Community Participation In Strategic Planning Survey

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UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is excited to announce the launch of a community-wide survey aimed at gathering valuable insights and input as the campus embarks on the development of a strategic plan. This initiative seeks to engage the local community members in shaping the future of UNM-LA by soliciting their perspectives on the institution’s goals and priorities.

The survey is part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that UNM-LA’s strategic plan accurately reflects the needs and aspirations of its surrounding communities. As UNM-LA strives to create a roadmap Read More

Pearce: Celebrating School Attendance Awareness Month

Teach Plus

When Michael was in my media literacy class, he was quick to contribute his perspectives to our discussions, lended a hand when his peers had glitchy computers, and always had a joke at the ready. 

But Michael wasn’t in school as often as I would have liked. He was absent an average of twice a week. Sometimes he would be gone days at a time. 

I often told him that he was my 7th-grade teaching assistant, and I needed him there for our class to function at its best. He did not like to talk about his mounting absences and correspondence home to share how much I enjoyed having him in class Read More

LANL’s John Sarrao Prepares To Lead SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

LANL Deputy Director John Sarrao during a recent interview at the Los Alamos Daily Post about his move to lead SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Following a 33-year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Deputy Director John Sarrao has been named Director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. SLAC, originally named the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, is a federally funded research and development center in Menlo Park, Calif., and one Read More

Open Book: Ex Libris – Encyclopedia Britannica

Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that have made a difference in my life. Hope you enjoy it.

I don’t know whether future generations will put any value or prestige on personal knowledge. Everything that you want to know is already out there on your smartphone. Want to replace some plumbing? Someone on YouTube will show you how. Can’t remember the name of a song playing at the coffee shop? Turn to Shazam. Need to solve a nasty mathematical expression, go to Wolfram Alpha. Want to know the details of a mid-19th-century Read More

LAHS Girls Wrestling Coach Emily Tew Earns National Award

Los Alamos High School girls’ wrestling coach Emily Tew earned the USA Wrestling Women’s Age Group Council Person of the Year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School girls wrestling coach Emily Tew earned national recognition during a tournament in July in Fargo, S.D.

Tew received the title, USA Wrestling Women’s Age Group Council Person of the Year. This award is one of two national level awards given out each year by the USA Wrestling Women’s Age Group Council. USA Wrestling is the governing Read More

Kiwanis Children’s Fund President Amy Zimmerman & Kiwanis Youth Programs Chair Karin Church Of Los Alamos Offer Insight Into Leadership Now And In The Future

2023-24 Kiwanis Children’s Fund President Amy Zimmerman, left, and Kiwanis Youth Programs Chair Karin Church of Los Alamos offer insight into leadership now and in the future. Courtesy/Kiwanis

Interviews by JULIE SAETRE
Kiwanis Club 

Amy Zimmerman and Karin Church of Los Alamos set their sights on leadership roles as children and began their leadership journeys through Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs. Now Church is the 2023-24 Kiwanis Youth Programs board chair, and Zimmerman is 2023-24 Kiwanis Children’s Fund board president.

As they begin their terms, they share insights in the Read More

Northern New Mexico College Enrollment Up 12 Percent

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has announced 12-percent increases in both the number of students attending and its Full Time Equivalent (FTE) calculation, which indicates how many students would be attending if all were enrolled full time.

Fall enrollment is at 1229, with 771.9 FTEs. The increased enrollment shows that Northern is the college of choice for a growing number of students.

Northern exceeded the ambitious goals it submitted to the New Mexico Higher Education Department two months ago in its Strategic Enrollment Plan Update. In addition, these numbers Read More

Screenagers Under The Influence Shows Thursday At SALA

LAPS News:

Screenagers Under the Influence will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at SALA as part of the Mental Health Matters series.

All Mental Health Matters series events are free to the public.

This is a new release that examines the impact of our digital age on teens’ decision making in relation to substances such as vaping, alcohol, drugs and gaming. The film explores the latest research, highlights the personal experiences of teens and families, acknowledges the changing landscape of the substances themselves, and offers solutions for how we can best empower teens as they face Read More

Community Conversations Presents: ‘Fentanyl Awareness – Overdose Recognition & Response’ Online Training Sept. 27


The community is invited to attend an online webinar to learn about fentanyl overdose recognition and response 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27.

This event, with Bernie Lieving, the statewide overdose prevention education coordinator, will discuss myths vs. facts of fentanyl, signs of substance abuse and addiction and your rights as a responder.

No prior registration is required to attend.

Community members who would like to have NARCAN® naloxone nasal spray can pick up the product for free from the Social Services Office (1183 Diamond Dr. # E) or Municipal Court (2500 Trinity Read More

New Mexico Celebrates National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Adult Education Association celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, recognizing the many accomplishments of adult and family educators, students, and programs across New Mexico.   

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 “Adult Education and Family Literacy Week,” in honor of the remarkable work state-funded adult education and family literacy programs do year-round to improve outcomes for adults and their families.   

“Adult education Read More

LAHS Homecoming Court Promotes ‘Court For A Cause’

The Los Alamos High School 2023 Homecoming Court including Megan Brown, Lyas Eidenbenz, Cohen McKown, Nora Johnson, Angelina Passalacqua, Cadence Key, Luke Favorite, Denaee Chavez, Jackson Blair, Melaki Gutierrez, Jackson Boone and Emily McLaughlin. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) is celebrating homecoming this week as they prepare to compete against Albuquerque Academy at the football game on Friday and “Unplug the Chargers!”.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for this year’s homecoming court: Megan Brown, Lyas Eidenbenz, Cohen Read More

PEEC Kicks Off New Program For Youth Sept. 27

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is starting a new Nature Youth Group. PEEC Nature Youth Group will connect young adults with PEEC, will advise staff on how to support young adults, and will develop exciting eco-centric programs for young adults ages 15 to 18 and older.

These programs will promote PEEC’s mission of enriching local communities in and around Northern New Mexico by connecting people to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. 

The programs will provide leadership development opportunities for participants and adhere to PEEC’s core principles. Read More

Chamber Of Commerce And LACDC Staff Turn Out For College And Military Day

Ryn Herrmann and the staff of the Chamber of Commerce and LACDC turn out for College and Military Day in support of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). Courtesy/C’YA

C’YA News:

Ryn Herrmann and the staff of the Chamber of Commerce and LACDC turn out for College and Military Day Sept. 8 in support of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).

They also hosted the traveling Military Mail for Troops Box, which now moves to White Rock. The White Rock Presbyterian Church will now host the box through the end of September.

The box welcomes all contributions of letters, drawing, cards or even donated postage Read More

Community Invited To Paletas Con Presidente Balderas

NNMC President Hector Balderas. Courtesy/NNMC

NMMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — The community is invited to Paletas con Presidente Balderas at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 26 at the Event Center on the Española campus for a State of the College Update “Soaring to New Heights 2023.”

In keeping with Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) commitment to sharing important information about the Northern’s work with the community, President Balderas will provide an overview of the highlights and accomplishments from the past quarter and share exciting opportunities for the future.

Paleta definition: frozen treat Read More

Banned Books Week: ‘Let Freedom Read!’ Oct. 1-7, 2023

AFT New Mexico President Whitney Holland. Courtesy/AFT NM

Whitney Holland
AFT New Mexico

Every year, groups who support access to reading designate an entire week of advocacy, information, and education around Banned Books. Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, educators and readers of all types — in shared support of the Read More

Torrez: Reduce Dropout Rate And Absenteeism By Making High School Relevant

Think New Mexico 

To understand why students drop out of high school, researchers funded by the Gates Foundation hit upon a novel idea several years ago: why not just ask the dropouts?

So, they did. Nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents reported dropping out because they were bored. Their top suggestion to help students stay: make school more engaging and enhance the connection between classroom and work. In other words, make the curriculum relevant.

Given that New Mexico’s graduation rate is more than 10 percent below the national average and that 40 percent of our students Read More

Scenes From Taste Of Knowledge 2023 At Fuller Lodge

LAPS Foundation Board Member Leslie Bucklin addresses the crowd at Taste Of Knowledge today at Fuller Lodge as Oppie looks on puffing his pipe at right, (AKA LAPS Foundation Board Member Kurt Steinhaus). Taste of Knowledge is an annual fundraiser for the Los Alamos Public Schools. Proceeds benefit teachers, staff, students and facilities. Courtesy Photo

Scene from Taste of Knowledge today where a little rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of guests outside Fuller Lodge. Courtesy Photo

Scene from the live auction and paddle raise event today at Taste of Knowledge from which the proceeds benefit Read More

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