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PAC 8 Weekly TV Schedule Aug. 8-13

PAC 8 Community Media Weekly TV schedule:

Saturday, August 8, 2020 

  • Free Speech TV

Sunday, August 9, 2020

6 a.m. — FSTV

5 p.m. — The Prophetic Word

5:30 p.m. — Key to the Kingdom

6 p.m. — Drawing Men to Christ

7 p.m. — United Church

8 p.m. — La Verdad Internacional

8:30 p.m. — Inside Arts – Robert Wells

9:30 p.m. — Free Speech TV

Monday, August 10, 2020

6 a.m. — Democracy Now! LIVE

10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program

12:30 p.m. — Los Alamos Makers’ Space

1 p.m. — Behind the White Coat 

1:30 p.m. — Inside Arts – Robert Wells

2 p.m. — Talking Business With Beverly

2:30 p.m. — Spotlight on Los Alamos

3 p.m. — Democracy Now


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AFT New Mexico Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Gallup-McKinley County Schools

AFT President Randi Weingarten

 

AFT News:

…Petitioners Seek District Compliance with NM Public Education Department Order

ALBUQUERQUE– American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and McKinley County Federation of United School Employees (MCFUSE) President Patrice Carpenter and Executive Vice President Brian Bernard released the following statement:

“McKinley County Federation of United School Employees, Local #3313, AFT-NM (the “Union”), has filed an action today seeking injunctive


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Scholarships Available At UNM-LA For Fall Semester

Seven of 25 recipients at the Fall 2019 Scholarship Luncheon, from left, Jeremayah Palmer-Scott, Jared Mohr, Emily Jones, Laura Dominguez, Aaliyah Sandoval, Shaeon Johnson and Taylor Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) continues to welcome new students for fall classes, which begin Aug. 17. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are still available for incoming students.

This fall, the campus will offer a variety of class modalities for fall semester. Due to the pandemic, the majority of classes will be online, with a few classes that require hands-on


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Lillian Petersen Of Los Alamos Wins First Place In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Lillian Petersen during the filming of her competition video. Courtesy/Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Lillian Kay Petersen, a 2020 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has won First Place in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Petersen, 17, will receive the top prize of $250,000. More than $1.8 million was awarded to the finalists, who were evaluated based on the scientific rigor of their projects, their exceptional


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Virtual Town Hall On Obtaining Workforce Skills Through Higher Education Available On NMDWS YouTube Channel

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The virtual town hall held Wednesday on Up-skill, Re-Skill, or Re-enter the Workforce Through Higher Education: Re-Opening Safely for Students is now available on the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) YouTube channel https://youtu.be/aOlhuiqcDuw.

NMDWS Secretary Bill McCamley was joined by: Ricky Serna and Stephanie Rodriguez, interim agency authority of the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED); Dr. Cynthia J. Rooney, Chancellor of University of New Mexico – Los Alamos; Dr. Becky Rowley, President of Santa Fe Community College


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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Impact Aid Infrastructure Act To Boost School Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA), which provides $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants through the Impact Aid program.

IAIA provides competitive and formula grants for school infrastructure projects, including school construction and facilities


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Carson Cannon Memorial Scholarship Raffle Is Aug. 15

Shari Mills is raffling her afghan for a scholarship fund in memory of Carson Cannon. Courtesy photo

Carson Cannon

COMMUNITY News:

Tickets are still available for an afghan Shari Mills made and is raffling to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of Carson Cannon.

Carson is Reed and Heidi Cannon’s 16-year-old son who died suddenly last December. He would have graduated May 2021 from Los Alamos High School.

Tickets are available at High Mesa Dental Arts offices, Los Alamos 555 Oppenheimer Suite 202 and White Rock behind Smiths, 106 A Longview Dr. and from Mills.

Contact Mills at shelliott50@hotmail.com


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Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Awards 2020 Scholarships

Allison Peterson is winner of the Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASO

Sarah Crotzer is winner of the Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASO

LASO News:

Each year the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) awards scholarships to students who have shown achievement in music in the past with an expectation of continuing with music in their lives.

The awards are usually presented at the final LASO concert of the year – its Spring Concert. Of course this year, with the pandemic, that concert never happened. However, four scholarships were awarded.

Allison


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Applauds Over $1 Million Grant To UNM Memory And Aging Center

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the National Institute on Aging, has awarded $1,069,505 to the University of New Mexico (UNM) Memory and Aging Center.

The funds are to be used to conduct research on health disparities in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease among rural populations, with a particular focus on underserved Native


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Los Alamos Community Funds Scholarships For Navajo Women Administered By White Rock Presbyterian Church

Jonnie Woodie

COMMUNITY News:

Jonnie Woodie is a junior at NM Tech and is doing biomedical research with one of her professors on treating type 2 diabetes.

Marcella Kee is a sophomore at UNM-Gallup who wants to inspire native youth as a teacher on the Navajo Nation. Both young women will be receiving scholarship aid from the Los Alamos-based Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship, administered through White Rock Presbyterian Church.

The scholarship honors the memory of Julie Meadows, a young mother and LANL employee who died of a brain tumor in 2009. Shortly before she was diagnosed, Julie participated


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Los Alamos Family Council Youth Activity Centers Resume Operations Practicing COVID-19 Safe Practices Aug. 13

Youth Activity Centers News:

The Youth Activity Centers (YACs) in Los Alamos and White Rock will resume operations on the first day of school for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The Youth Activity Centers operate afterschool 3-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) understands that students will not be attending school in person at the beginning of the school year – but seeks to be of assistance by providing supervised activities for youth for part of the day.

As COVID Safe Practices restrict the number of youth we will be


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Governor: COVID-19 Case Count Average Still Too High

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday, ‘Please, do not gather in groups – when you do so, you provide the virus a perfect opportunity to spread … stay home when possible, wear a face covering in public.’ Courtesy/GFBP

From Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that New Mexico’s 7-day new case count average continues to be high – too high.

“The emergency public health order has been extended and will remain in effect.

If we want students to be able to be in classrooms this year, we have to do better.

Mass gatherings remain unsafe and are not allowed. Please,


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Virtual-Learning Workshops For New Mexico Teachers

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico teachers now have access to training to optimize the virtual-learning environment this fall, thanks to a partnership between the Public Education Department and Central New Mexico Community College.

CNM Ingenuity, a nonprofit affiliated with the college, is collaborating with experienced virtual educators around the state to create and facilitate a series of professional development workshops for K-12 educators.

The New Mexico Public Education Department is providing free access to the workshop series for public school educators as remote-only learning


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Meet Los Alamos Public Schools Grounds Crew

John Hughes is at the helm of the large mower Friday afternoon mowing the playground at Mountain Elementary School. This large mower makes quick work of the large playground lawn. Hughes is a member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Maintenance Grounds Crew that is very busy all summer long mowing, cutting, trimming, watering and managing the grounds of all seven schools and 17 leased facilities for LAPS. All total they maintain more than 37 acres of property. The ground crew is comprised of  seven full-time employees and four interns. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Louis Nunez runs the


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Sullivan Field House Coming Down Home Stretch

The Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA on Diamond Drive is nearing completion. This shot taken Friday from the playing field north of the construction, shows workers preparing to pave the parking area in front of the building. The siding is almost completely installed now except for a few odd-shaped pieces. This siding matches the siding used on the Los Alamos High School library. Photo by Ed Birnbaum


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Texas A&M Maritime Academy Stands Ready To Accept New 525-Foot Training Ship

A&M UNIVERSITY News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. & COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University’s maritime academy is closer than any time in the past 15 years to being able to dock a training ship in Galveston.

The yet-to-be-built ship would be able to take 600 cadets to sea, compared with 50 today, and serve double duty as the only hurricane relief vessel in the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Texas’ delegation in Congress successfully included $389 million in the U.S. House of Representatives’ appropriations bill to pay for the ship. The bill passed out of the House on Friday, as it makes its way to


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NDI New Mexico Named Nonprofit Of The Year

NDI New Mexico News:

SANTA FE — The National Dance Institute of New Mexico—NDI New Mexico—has been named the 2020 New Mexico Nonprofit of the Year by Albuquerque Business First. 

“2020 has been a challenging time for all, and that makes this honor even more special,” said NDI New Mexico Executive Director Russell Baker. “Our entire organization including staff, instructors, students, board, volunteers, and donors have risen above every challenge presented this year, and we are thrilled to have this hard work recognized. We’re thankful to the Albuquerque Business First for this award and


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Explore Prairie Dogs And August’s Night Skies With PEEC!

Join PEEC the week of Aug. 3 for a variety of events. Tuesday, Aug. 4, Mariana Rivera Freeman will discuss her experiences studying the Gunnison’s prairie dog at Valles Caldera National Preserve. Then, Friday, Aug. 7, Laura Marseglia will highlight what is coming up in August’s night skies. Both events begin at 7 p.m. and registration is required at peecnature.org/events. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 7 for two live-streamed talks.

Aug. 4, PEEC’s Field Science Specialist Mariana Rivera Freeman


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World Futures: Distance Learning And Teaching – Part Three

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Learning is a process controlled by the learner, at least when the learner is exposed to learning material.

Every day we experience exposure to real learning material through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. We might add vestibular and proprioception, to add some big words as the list goes on.

Real learning occurs when we personally experience something and create some code in our brains. If this is real learning, is there artificial learning?

As an argument one can say that learning is the receipt of information and its transformation


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