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Scenes From LAHS Class Of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2020 graduate Coty Liechty celebrating her graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. All 279 seniors will graduate during three days of unprecedented ‘individual’ graduation ceremonies (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) that conclude today. Watch for more coverage of the ceremonies in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Jonathan Baca during his graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Isabella Delgado during her graduation ceremony Thursday


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LAHS Parade Of Graduates Begins 10 A.M. Saturday

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will wrap up “Celebrate Our Seniors” month with a Parade of Graduates starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30.

The community is invited to celebrate the seniors’ accomplishments and show Topper Pride as members of the Class of 2020 proceed along Diamond Drive.

Social Distancing restrictions are in effect and public gatherings are still not allowed, so everyone participating is encouraged to stay in their vehicle and be especially mindful to wear masks and maintain a six-foot physical distance from any other non-household members.

The parade will begin at the


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Continued Court Oversight Of Yazzie/Martinez Needed

By BARBARA CALEF
Co-President LWVLA
Vice-President LWVNM

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVNM) urges Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Public Education Department (PED), and the Legislature to withdraw their motion to dismiss court oversight of the Yazzie/Martinez Compliance and to invest in priority funding for education in New Mexico. 

Strengthening educational systems and funding education at this time has the potential to support the economic recovery and development needed in the State.

In July, 2018 Judge Sarah Singleton issued a Decision and Order in the Yazzie/Martinez


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More Scenes From LAHS 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2020 graduate Abby Hatch during her graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. All 279 seniors will graduate during three days of unprecedented ‘individual’ graduation ceremonies (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) that conclude today. Watch for more coverage of the ceremonies in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Abril Romero during her graduation ceremony Thursday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Abril Romero with her family following her graduation ceremony


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Chamisa Elementary School Parade 6 P.M. Today!

CHAMISA News:

The Chamisa Elementary School community is invited to cheer and support the graduating 6th grade students, as they parade down the street in decorated cars. 

The parade begins at 6 p.m. today, May 29.

Spectators are reminded to wear face masks and observe 6 foot social distancing while lining the parade route.

Chamisa Elementary School 6th graders and their families will start at Chamisa and travel south on Meadow Lane toward Overlook Park:

  • Turn onto Bryce Avenue and travel the length of Bryce;
  • Turn onto Rover Boulevard toward Grand Canyon;
  • Turn onto Grand Canyon and travel toward

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In And Around Town: May 28, 2020

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com

FRIDAY, May 29

Nebulae (Live-streamed Astronomy Talk)
Discover the origins of nebulae — and what makes them so stunning — in this live-streamed astronomy talk from Laura Marseglia. 7-8 p.m. Admission: Free. More information at peecnature.org.

SATURDAY, May 30 and SUNDAY May 31

Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk

Los Alamos Arts Council and Fuller Lodge Art Center present the annual “Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk”


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Proud Home Of Topper Senior Emily Holmes

Topper Senior Emily Holmes in front of her Los Alamos home with her Class of 2020 yard sign and Scholarship Recipient sign. Every senior at Los Alamos High School was given a yard sign as part of a month long schedule of activities to honor them. The governor ordered all the schools in New Mexico closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so LAPS and the community are finding ways to honor the graduates. Holmes is heading to UC Berkeley in the fall to study anthropology. She is the daughter of  Rich and Nan Holmes. Courtesy photo

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Teacher Rita Sanchez Retires This Week After 35 Years

Rita Sanchez surrounded by her team of wrestlers retires after 35 years in education. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Rita Sanchez with Chandler Lauritzen when he won the Bryan Sanchez award, named for her son. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA)

Rita Sanchez, retires at the end of this week, after 35 years in education.

The ironic thing is when an educator reflects on their experience as a whole, they find that they grew, as much as their students. Sanchez believes that if she helped one kid to stay safe, she did okay. I think the community would


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Scenes From LAHS 2020 Individual Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2020 graduate Trystan Osburn with LAHS Principal Carter Payne Wednesday during his graduation ceremony at the high school. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Class of 2020 graduate Jazmine Tuning with LAHS Principal Carter Payne Wednesday during her graduation ceremony at the high school. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

LAHS News:

Wednesday May 27, kicked off the unprecedented Los Alamos High School “individual” graduation ceremonies on the back lawn behind the high school.

School staff methodically planned out the series of events for each senior and their family.


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Scenes From Piñon Elementary End-Of-Year Parade

Piñon Elementary School Principal Ivanna Austell leads the end-of-year parade this morning through the streets near Piñon Elementary School with the school mascot ‘Elvis’ the Panther in her lap. Piñon staff, police and firefighters, the Hillstompers and LAPS school buses participate. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The very long parade winds through the streets near the school and here on Rover Boulevard. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The parade route is lined with energetic spectators. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene of the parking lot at Piñon this morning


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Meet Farm Animals From Los Luceros Historic Site At PEEC’s First Virtual Summer Family Evening Wednesday June 3

Join PEEC for its first Summer Family Evening of the year. This virtual event features Los Luceros Historic Site and its farm animals, including Natilla and Biscochito, the youngest lambs at the site. The live stream is 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 and registration is required. Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring this event and all of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings in 2020. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for its first virtual Summer Family Evening of the year at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3.

Los Luceros Historic Site’s Instructional


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UNM-Los Alamos Resumes Limited Operations June 1

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus at 4000 University Dr. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) campus will begin Phase I of returning to operations on June 1.

Essential personnel and faculty who need access to campus to prepare for summer instruction may return to campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Campus will remain closed to the public.

In accordance with the current New Mexico health order recommendations, individuals on campus should wear appropriate face coverings in all public areas.

Summer classes will begin


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LAHS Seniors Invited To Join Piñon’s End-of-Year Parade

LAPS News:

Members of the Class of 2020 who are former Piñon Panthers are invited to be a part of the Piñon Elementary End-of-the-Year Parade beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 27.

Seniors should wear their caps and gowns while riding in their cars in the parade. Participants are encouraged to ride in their cars.

The parade also will feature Piñon staff, the Piñon Panther, members of the Los Alamos police and fire departments, the Hillstompers and LAPS school buses.

The parade will follow a route near the school. The parade will start and end in the Piñon parking lot.


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Los Alamos High School Private Graduation Ceremonies For Every Class Of 2020 Member Begin May 27

LAHS Senior Class President Maddie Ovaska tries on her cap and gown for next week’s ceremony. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will host private graduation ceremonies for every member of the Class of 2020 next week over three days, starting Wednesday.

Each graduating senior and their immediate family members will have a pre-arranged time for presentation of their diploma.

“With 270+ grads each having a 5-minute window, we’ll have 1,350 minutes of presenting diplomas,” Principal Carter Payne said. “Orchestrating this event is key, and we will need everyone to arrive at just


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County Council Subcommittee Reports On COVID-19 Effects

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Not one area of the community is immune to the effects of COVID-19.

During the May 19 Los Alamos County Council work session, the Council subcommittee on COVID-19 reported on various areas impacted by the virus, which include business, education, social services, philanthropic, communication and legislative.

Business

LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan

Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) Executive Director Patrick Sullivan reported on the local business environment.

Attempts to get data


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United Church Celebrates Seniors With ‘Pull Through Parade’

The United Church at 2525 Canyon Road. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
United Church

The staff of the United Church of Los Alamos wish to recognize the graduates of the Class of 2020 this week.

Pastors David Elton, Kara Windler, and Keith Lewis congratulate their graduates, under such difficult times and honor their accomplishments as they move to the next chapter of their lives:

  • Zoe Butler
  • Jayme Cayton
  • Tayra Eidenbenz
  • Joseph Foley
  • Dimitri Lopez
  • Elle Oldham
  • Maddie Ovaska
  • Eden Schmierer
  • Sarah Worley

“You have completed a great milestone in your life and we are so very proud of you,” Youth


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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Get Behind Re-Opening Effort Of Community; Schools In Los Alamos And Help Make It Work

By Judy McKenzie 
Los Alamos

Things are certainly looking different in our world from a short time ago.

Education is a big one. Our schools stepped up to the challenge quickly and did a great job of making education a priority. It was not perfect, but it kept our students in contact.

A task force has been put into place, encompassing representatives from all aspects of our community, and are charged with making a safe path into the new year.

It will certainly look different and will not be perfect. Things will not be comfortable for everyone but will be what it has to be for now.

The safety and well being


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Los Alamos High School Senior Zachary Beck To Study Mechanical Engineering At Montana State University

LAHS senior and scholarship recipient Zach Beck is heading to Montana State University in the fall to study Mechanical Engineering.Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos High School graduating senior James Zachary Beck will be attending Montana State University in the fall where he will major in Mechanical Engineering as a member of the Honors College.

Beck is an Eagle Scout and member of the National Honor Society. His volunteer work includes working at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Mesa Public Library. Outside school, his hobbies include kayaking, skiing and refurbishing


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Miguel Chacon Receives Rotary Community Service Award

Rotary Club 2020 Community Service Award recipient Miguel Chacon. Courtesy/Rotary

By LINDA HULL
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has announced that Miguel Chacon has been selected as one of its two 2020 Community Service Award recipients.

The honor carries an award of $2,000 and is given to high school seniors in recognition of exceptional service to others in hopes of encouraging recipients to continue their service well into the future.

Traditionally the awards are presented during the Los Alamos High School Convocation at the end of May. We regret that public health


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Piñon Elementary End-Of-Year Parade May 27

LAPS News:

Piñon Elementary will host its End-of-Year parade at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 27.

The parade will feature Piñon staff, the Piñon Panther, members of the Los Alamos Police and Fire departments, the Hillstompers and LAPS school buses will participate.

Piñon families are invited to come outside and social distance along the parade route. Remember to wear a mask, and Piñon gear.

Show your Panther pride with signs and noisemakers. The parade will follow a route near the school. The parade will start and end in the Piñon parking lot.

For more information, contact Stephanie Rittner at s.rittner@laschools.net


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