In And Around Town: Jan. 24, 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


6-Word Story Slam — Unique & Connected:

Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr. How would you describe your unique and connected life in a 6-word story? The 6-word story was inspired by Ernest Hemingway taking up a bar bet to write a novel in 6 words. Hemingway’s response: “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” Besides making the telling of your journey easier, this six-word challenge helps people


Family YMCA Invites Nominations For Española Teen Center For Air Force Research Laboratory STEM Award

An Española YMCA Teen Center team member demonstrates the team’s watering system during an international robotics competition last summer in China. Courtesy/Family YMCA

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA invites people to nominate The Española YMCA Teen Center for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s STEM awards in the nonprofit category.

Española YMCA Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval took a team of three young people to China in summer 2019 to compete in the robotics international program. The team earned a first place in the Entrepreneurial Division for their designed watering system.

The nomination


LAPS: District Science Fair At LAMS Feb. 1

Participants in the 2019 District Science Fair. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools invites the community to the annual District Science Fair Saturday, Feb. 1.

View the array of projects 1-2 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive.

There will be approximately 200 projects on display from four different groups:

  • K-5 class projects;
  • Elementary Division (grades 4-5);
  • Junior Division (grades 6-8); and
  • Senior Division (grades 9-12).

Students will set up projects 4:15-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, with judging 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Students are present for the Junior and Senior


Marco Serna Releases Education Position Paper


Candidate for Congress

District 3

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela said.

More than anytime in history, we must heed his advice and make basic changes to our education system if we are going to maintain our economic and moral leadership around the world. 

The United States entered the 21st Century as the world’s sole superpower. We had the third-largest population with 327 million people, the largest economy and the second-largest higher-education system.

As recently as 20 years ago, the United States was ranked No.


Los Alamos School Board Meeting Highlights Jan. 14

Newly elected School Board members from left, President Ellen Ben Naim, Secretary Julia Baker, Vice President Christine Bernstein and board members Dawn Jalbert and Steve Boerigter. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met Tuesday, Jan. 14 for a regular school b and the first meeting for new board members Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert. 

Outgoing board members Andrea Cunningham, Bill Hargraves and Jennifer McCumber were recognized by Board President Ellen Ben-Naim with a framed photo and Nambe ware. Ben-Naim thanked each of the outgoing board members


Highlands University Media Arts & Technology Students Create Installation For La Posada Hotel In Arizona


HU students test a temporary ‘pop up’ installation at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz. Courtesy/Lily Padilla/HU

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — Students at New Mexico Highlands University created a temporary projection installation for La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., that highlights the hotel’s rich railroad history.

During a weekend earlier this month, the Highlands University students in the Media Arts and Technology Department designed a montage of typography and maps, historical photos and modern animation, which they projected upon the façade of La Posada Hotel after dark.


Watch ‘These Are the Voyages’ At Nature Center Tonight!

PEEC News:
The community is invited to watch “These Are the Voyages” at 7 p.m. today in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin, or walk the decks of the Enterprise? With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is now a possibility. We will highlight three such endeavors with an outer space theme: Stargate Network, The Orville – Interactive Fan Experience, and the Virtual Enterprise D Recreation at this event. Join Peter Polko for an introduction to these


Northern Host Community Celebration Honoring MLK

NNMC News:

Española — The community is invited to a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 in the Center for the Arts at Northern New Mexico College.

This event is free and open to the public, family friendly, and will include exhibitors for community resources, entertainment by Moving Arts Española and a talk about Black history in New Mexico.


PEEC: Explore Worlds Of Science Fiction Jan. 17

Explore the worlds of popular science fiction shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Peter Polko will provide an introduction to fan-based 3D recreations and then participants will get to try them out as well. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC also will play the full-dome film ‘EXPLORE’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 in the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Have you ever wished you could activate the gate in Stargate Command, take The Orville for a spin or walk the decks of the Enterprise?

With the advent of more powerful computers, recreating environments with stunning detail is


Chartwells Names Patrick Jaramillo Class Act

Class Act winner Patrick Jaramillo


Patrick Jaramillo is always a class act when it comes to Chartwells Food Services, but as we start a decade it’s now part of his official title.

Chartwells K12, the school food service arm of Compass Group International has named Patrick Jaramillo a Class Act winner for the West Region.

The Class Act program is one of the company’s greatest opportunities to highlight employee contributions. Those who exceed standards to constantly serve happy and healthy to students every day, always rise to the top.

“I’m extremely proud of the progress Patrick


Registration Opens For Time Travelers Children’s Program From Los Alamos Historical Society

Registration now open for spring sessions of Time Travelers. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Registration is open now for spring sessions of Time Travelers, the after-school drop-off program for elementary school students from the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Time Travelers sets students on an adventure of exploration, investigating our local history through artifacts in the Los Alamos History Museum and hands-on activities.

Time Travelers will meet in February, March, April, and May. Sessions for 1st-3rd grade students meet second Wednesdays, and sessions for 4th–6th grade students


UNM-LA Advisory Board Members Sworn In

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen, center, congratulates newly installed UNM-LA Advisory Board members Laura Burrows and Steve Boerigter. Photo by Dr. Sharon Hurley/UNM-LA

UNM-LA Advisory Board members from left, Laura Burrows, Secretary David Sutton, President Steve Boerigter, Michelle Hall and Sheila Schiferl. Photo by Dr. Sharon Hurley/UNM-LA


UNM-LA News:

Recently elected and re-elected UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board members Laura Burrows and Stephen Boerigter were sworn into their advisory board membership by Los Alamos Municipal Judge Elizabeth


Emotional Healing: Allowing Hope And Growth

By Dr. Ted Wiard

Editors Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

Mental health is a conscious process and tends to be low on a person’s priority list.

This has led to more and more negative behaviors, disconnections, fear and an increase in isolation, suicide, addiction and other self-destructive actions.

My hope is that this article can help your readers know that they are not alone, emotional healing is possible, and there is help.

A large part of emotional healing is to understand


AG Balderas Supports Effort To Reject Education Department Rule That Fails To Protect Students

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools.

In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

“New Mexican students trying to make a better life for themselves and their


Jenny McCumber Takes Helm At LAPS Foundation

Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that Jennifer McCumber is the new executive director for the LAPS Foundation.

McCumber officially began this position Monday, Jan. 6.

While this is a new role for McCumber, she is by no means new to the schools or the Foundation. Most recently, she served as a school board member for District 5 (Mountain Elementary) 2015-2019.

She also served on the board of the LAPS Foundation for several years as the school board representative, a committee assignment


SFCC Continuing Education Open House Jan. 23

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College Continuing Education Open House. Learn about the wide variety

of classes for life-long learners.

Meet instructors and hear about all of the great offerings for spring, register and much more during the Continuing Education open house at Santa Fe Community College, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Room 131, 6401 Richards Avenue.

SFCC Continuing Education is offering several new classes, including Pizza Party for Parents and Kids, Personal Paths to Joy, How to Become an Indiana Jones, and How Motown Changed America.

For more information, visit


NHCC Launches History Festival: ‘Mundos de Mestizaje’

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The National Hispanic Cultural Center will present its first History Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22.

This multigenerational event will include workshops, lectures, temporary murals, middle and high school contests and other events for all ages. 

All events are inspired by the theme of mundos de mestizaje and the famous buon fresco of the same name, by artist Frederico Vigil. “Mundos de Mestizaje,” one of the largest concave murals in North America, depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history, from Europe to Mesoamerica to the U.S. Southwest, illustrating