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In And Around Town: April 11, 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

Check with groups that meet regularly for schedule changes.

Los Alamos JJAB Starting Two Parent Groups In April
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Mother’s Day Serenades – Order by April 30
Los Alamos Community Winds Mother’s Day Serenades mean music, flowers and chocolates! What better way to celebrate moms and the love they have for the families. The Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW)

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UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meets Virtually April 14

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, using Zoom technology. 

This is the annual special meeting related to the UNM-LA budget.

Agenda items will include an overview of the FY22 Budget, confirmation of the approved Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) for FY21 and approval of the FY22 Operating Budget.

Anyone interested in attending this public meeting, utilizing Zoom, should contact Laci Taylor at ltaylor06@unm.edu for additional information.


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VCNP: Light Pollution, The Environment, And Us…

Moths flock to man-made light sources, like this outdoor light, instead of orienting to the moon. This is just one example of how artificial light can interrupt the natural behaviors of wildlife. Photo by Mohibul Hoque

By KELLI HOUSLEY
Valles Caldera National Preserve
(With contributions from Monique Schoustra and Starr Woods) 

Humans and animals have always relied on the stars for seasonal awareness, navigation, and understanding. But increases in artificial lighting and light pollution cost us our connection to the past and produce devastating effects on our own health and our environment.


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Governor Signs Bills Benefiting Students, Higher Education

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed several budget and policy measures that will benefit higher education students, support workforce development, and fund key initiatives at public and Tribal colleges and universities across New Mexico.  

A top administrative priority, the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship will receive $18 million to support part-time and non-traditional students as well as recent high school graduates in pursuing certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degrees at public and Tribal colleges and universities in New Mexico. The scholarship


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Public Invited To Input & Info Session On LAPS Budget

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools invites the public to attend a community input and information session about the LAPS budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Join the Zoom Meeting here.

“We value ideas from our staff, parents and community members.  They have traditionally provided valuable insights about student and staff well-being and academic success as part of developing the district budget,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said. “We hope you will join in this important discussion.” 

The agenda will begin with a summary of legislative actions impacting


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PEEC, Historical Society, County Library: Growing Together

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos County Library System and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are teaming up to bring programs about gardening to the community. There will be a series of five workshops, lectures, and events in April and May. 

Gardening and farming have always been part of life on the Pajarito Plateau, from Ancestral Puebloans to Homesteading Farms to Victory Gardens of WWII and the Master Gardeners and hobbyists of today.

In 1944, the community created a space for victory gardens east of the Fuller Lodge lawn. These


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New Mexico Students Offered Surveillance Testing For COVID … Goal To Test 1% Per Week On Voluntary Basis

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced that New Mexico public school students will be offered school-based COVID-19 testing opportunities as a further tool to enhance safety amid the continuing pandemic.

Student testing is completely voluntary and at no cost to students. Districts and charter schools will implement student testing programs as soon as possible but no later than the week of April 26.

Students who show proof of being fully vaccinated and students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days will not be asked to participate. 


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Student Services/Dyslexia Task Force Presentation April 12

Marilyn Sprick

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Student Services and the Dyslexia Task Force are hosting a Zoom presentation with Marilyn Sprick, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 12.

Sprick is an educational consultant and literacy expert. She will be presenting on scientifically-based reading instruction for preschool through 12th grade (and beyond).

Her presentation is appropriate for general education, special education and support staff members, parents, and community members. Please use this Zoom link to attend the presentation. The Zoom link will be active at the time of the


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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Legislation Protecting New Mexico Students From Sexual Abuse

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

From New Mexico House Democrats:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed House Bill 128, legislation protecting students in New Mexico from sexual and ethical misconduct by teachers and school employees. 

Sponsored by Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D-Albq.), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albq.), Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albq.) and Rep. Marian Matthews (D-Albq.), House Bill 128 enacts an extensive set of both preventative and responsive measures to address ethical and sexual misconduct in New Mexico’s


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State Senate Confirms 25 College And University Regents To Boards Across New Mexico

NMHED News:

SANTA FE — Twenty-five highly-qualified New Mexicans have been nominated by Gov. Lujan Grisham and confirmed by the State Senate to serve on Boards of Regents at public colleges, universities, and special schools across the state.

“This year’s cadre of regents includes individuals with a high level of experience and enthusiasm for higher education, which will be key for guiding our state institutions forward in the coming years,” Higher Education Department Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said. “We look forward to collaborating with them and all higher education leadership


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Community Invited To Rose Pruning Workshop April 17

 
Carlos Valdez, second from right, conducts a rose pruning workshop. Courtesy/LAGC
LAGC News:
The Los Alamos Garden Club (LAGC) invites the public to attend a rose pruning workshop with Carlos Valdez from the County Extension Office.
This is an excellent workshop for anyone interested in learning how to properly prune roses. Valdez will teach attendees how to prune, clean and care for roses.
Participants should wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Gloves will be necessary and anyone with pruners should bring them. It

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Y Sports And Recreation Programs Taking Registrations … Summer Middle School Program Is Hiring

Youth sports programs at the Y adhere to COVID-19 safe protocols. Courtesy/Y

The Y’s Junior Roller Derby co-ed program has resumed after a winter break. Courtesy/Y

Y News:

Registration has opened for several sports and recreation programs at The Family YMCA, including the summer’s Y Earth Service Corps (YESC) program for middle schoolers.

Each program has adapted COVID-19 safe protocols.

The Y is hiring two YESC leaders/educators to guide and supervise 8-12 youth in its half-day program, and is also recruiting volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. No experience is necessary for the


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Los Alamos High School Senior Karin Ebey Selected To Attend 2021 National Youth Science Camp

NYSF News:

The New Mexico Academy of Science (NYSF), in conjunction with the National Youth Science Foundation has selected Los Alamos High School senior Karin Ebey a delegate to represent New Mexico at the 2021 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp).

Ebey has distinguished herself locally and nationally with her research on population dynamics in crocodilians.

High school seniors with demonstrated accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as leadership skills are invited to apply. Each state selects two delegates from qualified applicants.


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich And Colleagues Reintroduce Impact Aid Bill To Fund School Infrastructure Projects

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and a group of Senate Democrats introduced the Impact Aid Infrastructure Act (IAIA)  which would provide $1 billion in supplemental funding for school infrastructure construction grants in Fiscal Year 2022 through the Impact Aid program. Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Every student in New Mexico deserves to go to school in a safe learning environment,” Heinrich said. “I am proud to support this legislation to provide the Impact Aid funding that public


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UNM-LA Student Danna Mayer-Llamas Named Coca Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar

Danna Mayer-Llamas

UNM-LA News:

Danna Mayer-Llamas, a student at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship administered by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

Earlier this year, Mayer-Llamas was nominated to the New Mexico PTK All-State Academic Team. PTK is an international honor society that celebrates the academic achievements of students at 2-year schools and provides opportunities for students to grow as scholars and leaders. Students are nominated to the academic team by their college


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Governor Signs New Mexico Special Education Ombud Act

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Monday a measure establishing an office within the Developmental Disabilities Council to advocate for the educational rights of students seeking special education services.

The special education ombud will serve as an independent advocate and watchdog for public school students and provide comprehensive support for families navigating the special education system. Duties will include ensuring that students and parents receive complete and accurate information about the student’s rights, adequate


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New Mexico Governor Greets Students At Aspen School

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and student greeters 6th grader Analise Natal and fifth grader MJ Martinez welcome Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this morning to Aspen Elementary School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Aspen Elementary Principal Michele Alther, center, Sen. Leo Jaramillo, second from right, and others walk with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, left, and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, right, this morning as she tours Aspen. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


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Los Alamos Arts Council Hosts Brown Bag Performance Featuring Renowned Pianist Juanita Madland Wednesday

Pianist Juanita Madland

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) presents Juanita Madland performing, via a musical recording, pieces from Bach, Mozart, Chopin and others noon Wednesday for the Brown Bag Performance Series.

The links to the recording can be found at https://losalamosartscouncil.org/ as well as LAAC’s Facebook page  and YouTube.

This music is from one of six concerts Madland performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Since age 3, Madland has played hundreds of concerts in the USA, Carribbean and Europe. Just some of her winning contests were the New Mexico concerto


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Governor Signs Impact Aid Legislation, Boosting Financial Support For Many New Mexico Public Schools

From the Office of the Governor:

  • Measure provides certain school districts with access to more than $60 million; tribal leaders herald the long-awaited breakthrough

SANTA FE — Alongside tribal leaders from all across New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon signed historic legislation ending credits for impact aid payments in the public school funding formula, providing school districts with federally impacted land access to more than $60 million to better serve their students, including many Native Americans.

In addition, a recurring $67 million appropriation


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