Education

School Access Improves For New Mexico Military Families

STATE News:

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A coalition of Air Force bases and state agencies were awarded for their efforts July 19, 2021 to improve early school access for more than 243,000 military-connected students and veterans in New Mexico.

The Military Child Education Coalition presented the Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award to a cohort of state-wide partners for creating an ideal relationship resulting in the passing of four New Mexico legislative bills aimed to ease the stress and frustrations of relocating military family.

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham signed the Military Family


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Highlights: Los Alamos School Board Meeting July 13

Pinon Elementary School in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met Tuesday, July 13 on Zoom and in the School Board Room. President Melanie Colgan opened the meeting by recognizing the COVID vaccination team of Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson and Nambe Drugs owners Tom and Francis Lovett, as well as Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico and Smith’s Pharmacy. They held 29 vaccination clinics, of which 23 were hosted on school property. Los Alamos has an 89 percent vaccination rate. 


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School Board Appoints Erin Green To Fill Vacancy

Staff Report

In a unanimous vote, the Los Alamos School Board this evening chose Erin Green to fill the District 5 seat, left vacant when Dawn Jalbert resigned from the Board.

Green will serve out the rest of Jalbert’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2021. She will need to run for election in November if she wishes to retain the seat.

Screen shot via Zoom from Monday’s League of Women Voters School Board Candidate Forum


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Read The Latest Letters To The Editor

LADP News:

Click on the “Letters to the Editor” button on the menu bar at the top of this page, or this link, to access the latest Letter to the Editor submissions published in the Los Alamos Daily Post.

All past letters are archived in that location as well.

Letters to the Editor also are posted on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page.


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Local Author Liddie Martinez Shares NNM Subsistence Farming And Food History With Los Alamos Aug. 5

Local Author Liddie Martinez and husband Rick’s Española Valley farm produces food for their table and to share. She will talk about the history and traditions of food in NNM at 7 p.m., Aug. 5 at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bonnie@ladailypost.com

Local Author Liddie Martinez

Liddie Martinez is a writer, historian, farmer, extraordinary cook and president of the Los Alamos Region and director of community engagement at Enterprise Bank & Trust. Those who know Martinez when she’s wearing one hat, may not realize her expertise extends


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2021 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship Awarded To LAHS Graduates Kari Mason And Nalani Varela

Los Alamos High School student Sophia Feldman, who passed away in September 2019. The Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to LAHS students in her memory. Courtesy/LAPS

2021 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship recipient and LAHS graduate Nalani Varela. Courtesy/LAPS

20201 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship recipient and LAHS graduate Kari Mason. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Foundation announces Kari Mason and Nalani Varela as the graduating seniors selected for the 2021 Sophia Feldman Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded


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Final 2021 Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum Talk: ‘The History Of Vaccines And The Christian Response To Vaccination’ By Glenn Magelssen July 28

LAFSF News:

The final lecture in the 2021 Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum (LAFSF) summer series is “The History of Vaccines and the Christian Response to Vaccination” by Glenn Magelssen.

Magelssen’s Zoom talk is 6:30 p.m., MDT, Wednesday, July 28.

Abstract: Vaccines have been important to human history for at least 200 years. For some of you reading this abstract you may remember getting a smallpox and/or a polio vaccine. I have included a picture of a person with smallpox as a reference to how lethal this disease was. In this talk I’ll describe the different types of vaccines. The histories


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U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján Joins Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Well-prepared, Educator Workforce

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined 13 of his colleagues in a letter to Senate Leadership urging them to invest in a well-prepared, diverse, supported, and stable educator workforce in upcoming physical and human infrastructure legislation.

The letter is aligned with the educator pipeline investments outlined in President Biden’s American Families Plan.

“The United States has invested far less than other countries in the educator workforce, providing little support


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New Mexico Higher Education Dept. Announces Teacher Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications

Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez

NMHED News:

SANTA FE — Teachers with outstanding student debt may be eligible for up to $6,000 per year via the Teacher Loan Repayment Program administered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED).  

“There are a variety state scholarship and financial aid programs that have become available to educators in recent years, but there are some who entered the profession prior to these opportunities being available,” NMHED Secretary said. “With the Teacher Loan Repayment Program, these teachers can have their debt reduced or even eliminated,


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Los Alamos High School Athlete Tyler Weiss Signs Letter To Run Track For Adams State University

Los Alamos High School athlete Tyler Weiss signs a letter of intent Tuesday in the lobby of the high school flanked by his parents Holly and Doug Weiss. His coach’s relatives and friends also attended the signing. Weiss will run track for Adams State University. Tyler had an outstanding career participating in high school sports. Highlights include baseball, football, hockey, track and golf. He lettered in all sports; he lettered multiple times in football, hockey and track and was team captain in football, track and golf. Weiss also was Academic All-District every time he lettered and 2nd


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Meet Goats And Rattlesnakes At Nature Center Wednesday!

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday for a Summer Family Evening featuring adult and baby goats from Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Second Bloom Farm and reptiles and snakes from the American International Rattlesnake Museum. Del Norte LOV Foundation sponsors this event. Photo by Joyce Gurule

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for a Summer Family Evening 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This event will be a double Summer Family Evening and feature both reptiles from the American International Rattlesnake Museum and


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LAPS School Board Meets Thursday July 22

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 for its School Board Training and Retreat.

The meeting is in the School Board Room at the Administration Offices, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

This meeting is open to the public. 

To read the school board meeting agenda for July 22, click here.


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In And Around Town: July 21, 2021

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.

WEDNESDAY July 21

JJAB Meets Via Video
Los Alamos JJAB will meet 5:30 p.m. via video. This meeting is open to the public. The agenda is
available at www.losalamosjjab.com. For additional information, contact JJAB at info@losalamosjjab.com or call 505.709.8125.

SUNDAY July 25

Coro de Cámara goes LIVE
Two outdoor mini-concerts of top pieces from its virtual season. The concerts are free, and the


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EMNRD & Santa Fe Community College Complete First Energy Code Trainings For Construction Professionals

EMNRD News:

SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Energy Conservation and Management Division (ECMD) and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) have completed the first round of energy codes training for construction professionals.

Held throughout June, 76 participants completed four training sessions, which thoroughly covered the details of the new Thermal Bypass Checklist and how to complete it, as required by the newly adopted 2018 New Mexico Energy Code based on the International Energy Conservation Code developed by the International Code Council.


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SFCC To Host Film Program Open House July 31

SFCC News:

SFCC welcomes the public to a Film Program Open House noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the main campus.

Meet film faculty and industry representatives and learn about the college’s film program, jobs in the industry, see live production demonstrations and learn how to get training and education to prepare for work in the growing film industry.

Learn more about the Film Program. Register for a reminder to attend the open house. 

  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Presentations in the Campus Center with student testimonials. Confirmed guest speakers: Stagecoach Foundation, Santa Fe Film Office and

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Bandelier Offers Public Programs For Summer 2021

The San Miguel Mountains (viewed from Burro Trail) on Bandelier’s western boundary represent another episode of volcanism in the park’s history. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will begin offering a variety of programs to the public this summer.

“As COVID restrictions have relaxed, Bandelier is anxious to provide the programming visitors want so they can learn more about this park’s amazing resources. We invite the public to include one or more of these activities in their planned visit to Bandelier,” Acting Superintendent Dennis Milligan said.

Cultural Demonstration


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Taos County Historical Society Talk Sheds Light On Santa Fe Trail’s 1839 Mysterious Female Traveler

Marie Felicite St. Vrain

TCHS News:

The Taos County Historical Society announces the return of its monthly public programs beginning 2 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom at 118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.

Speaker Christine St. Vrain Fischahs will present “Shedding Light on the Santa Fe Trail’s 1839 Mysterious Female Traveler”.

Admission is free for members of the Society with a $5 suggested donation for non-members.

Born in 1823, Marie Felicite St. Vrain was inducted into the Santa Fe Trail Association’s Hall of Fame in 2017 for her travels in 1839 along the mountainous


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Scenes From LAHS 2021 Hilltopper Cheerleader Camp

Topper Cheerleaders attending this year’s camp, Emily Cox (Head), Aliana Montoya (Head), Andrea Alarid, Ashley Casados, Lucia Chacon, Gabriella Gonzales, MiraBella Guerin, Hannah Jameson, Betty Kang, Megan Martinez, Savanna Martin, Janey Michel, Elizabeth Tafoya and Hailiegh Walkoviak. Photo by John McHaleladailypost.com

Scene from this week’s LAHS Topper Summer Cheer & Poms Camp. Photo by John McHaleladailypost.com

SPORTS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Cheer Team ran a three-day Summer Cheer & Poms Camp this week for 80 campers at the LAHS Griffith and Auxiliary


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