Highlights From June 23 School Board Meeting

School Board Vice President Christine Bernstein, left, conducted the June 23 meeting in the School Boardroom. Also pictured are Board Secretary Antonio Jaurigue and Board member Ellen Specter. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The School Board met Thursday, June 23 in the School Board room and via Zoom.

Vice President Christine Bernstein led the meeting in the absence of Board President Melanie Colgan. 

Michael Sharp, of Research and Polling, Inc., provided an update on redistricting, which is required every ten years. He stressed that this is redrawing board member districts, not attendance Read More

Retired Educators In New Mexico Now Eligible To Return To Work Without Losing Pension Benefits

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s 48,000 retired K-12 and higher education educators now have the opportunity to return to the classroom without losing their retirement benefits thanks to a new law enacted by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this year.

Retired teachers and college faculty receiving pension benefits from the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board can now return to teaching for an additional three years within a New Mexico public school district, college, or university without forfeiting their retirement benefits.

“This is a win-win for New Mexico teachers Read More

LAPS Reminder About Preschool Program For 2022-23


LAPS News:

There are still openings in the Los Alamos Public Schools Preschool Program for the 2022-2023 school year. Preschool classes will be available at all elementary sites. In addition, the program will add another 3Y classroom at Mountain Elementary, and an additional 4Y classroom at Chamisa Elementary.

LAPS is making adjustments to the Pre-K schedule next year. Beginning in August, students in the preschool program for 4-year-olds will attend school four days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students will not attend school on Wednesdays. LAPS is working with the YMCA Read More

Registration Opens For Family Y’s Earth Service Crew Environmental Education And Volunteer Service Program

YMCA News:

Registration is open for The Family YMCA’s Earth Service Crew (YESC) environmental education and volunteer service program for middle-school aged youth.

YESC meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, from June 20-July 29. Registration, on a weekly basis, closes when spaces are filled. 

The program empowers youth to be effective, responsible global citizens by providing opportunities for environmental education and action, leadership development and cross-cultural awareness.  

During the summer, youth learn tool safety, trail maintenance, ecological restoration, Read More

Stansbury Votes For Children’s Access To School Meals

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As one in four kids in New Mexico face food insecurity, U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) voted to pass the bipartisan Keep Kids Fed Act (H.R. 8150) to ensure that schools can continue providing meals for students despite ongoing supply chain issues.

The bill allows the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide additional assistance to child nutrition programs by extending meal waivers and reimbursing providers at a higher rate to keep children across New Mexico from going hungry this summer.

Last week, Rep. Stansbury spoke Read More

Adalene Zielie Wins Champion Novice Lamb Showman

Adalene Zielie, 6, of the High Country Team 4-H Club, was the Champion Novice Lamb Showman on Day 1 of the Ray Hinton Memorial Jackpot Show in Monte Vista, Colo., last weekend. In total, Zielie showed 3 lamb, in 8 classes over the 2 day show. She joined approximately 250 other showman from Northern New Mexico, Colorado and the surrounding areas in showing their Market Lambs, Goats and Hogs over the 2 day show. Pictured with Zielie from left, Eric Hinton of Hinton Club Lambs, Zelie’s mother Lena Zielie and  event judge Adam Mendonza. Courtesy/Lena Zielie Read More

In And Around Town: Week Of June 27, 2022

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2022 Summer Concert Series Schedule

2022 Summer Concert Series Schedule: click here.

Village Arts Show ‘Out On A Whim’ through Aug.3. Village Arts at 216 DP Road, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Tuesdays at the Pond
Dr. Hall – Original Blues, Folk and Americana music. Opening act by En Pointe School of Dance. 6-8 p.m. on the stage at Ashley Read More

Youth Exchange Students Visit Local Rotary Club

Rotary Youth Exchange students Hana Raby, a junior, and Caleb Langenbrunner, a senior, were congratulated at a recent meeting by Laura Loy, the Youth Exchange coordinator for the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Raby will study in Brake, Germany; Langenbrunner will study in Tournon Sur-Rhône, France. Not pictured: Teresa Austin, a Los Alamos High School junior, will study in Helsinki, Finland. Photo by Sandy Tobin

Elise Delgado, a Los Alamos High School junior, spoke in May at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Her Rotary Youth Exchange studies will take her to Kanazawa, Japan. Photo by Linda Hull

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NMT: Master’s In Engineering Mgmt. Garners Top Honors

NMT News:

SOCORRO — New Mexico Tech’s graduate program in engineering management, recently highlighted by a national online higher education magazine, will host an information session 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, on Zoom. recently ranked Tech’s engineering management graduate program as the “Best for Synchronous Classes” in 2022 across the country.

According to, out of the top 56 Master’s in Engineering Management programs, Tech ranked 22nd overall. 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of Tech’s Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program. Read More

Gessing: Think Twice About Universal Pre-K

Rio Grande Foundation

As we move beyond a contentious series of primaries in both parties and look to the fall election, one of the big issues on the fall ballot is the plan to “tap” New Mexico’s permanent fund to provide universal preschool.

For years this has been an agenda item for the State’s left-leaning interest groups. But it only received legislative support with the retirement of Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith. 

This November voters will decide whether to: “allocate 1.25 percent of the five-year average of year-end market values of the Read More

SFCC, Kids Campus, Higher Ed Center Closed July 4

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will observe Independence Day Monday, July 4.

No classes will be held, and no student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center, Kids Campus will be closed.

Summer credit and noncredit classes will resume July 5 after the holiday. Staff at SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the HEC (1950 Siringo Road) will resume services beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. Kids Campus will be closed July 4 for observance of Independence Day and will resume summer operations July 5.

Fall credit class registration Read More

PED: NM Course Consortium Launches Online Catalog

PED Secretary Kurt Steinhaus

PED News:

SANTA FE – A new online course catalog will help the New Mexico Course Consortium expand in the 2022-23 school year after helping 245 students take courses previously unavailable to them this year, including 35 who completed a class online that helped them graduate.

In its inaugural year, the consortium provided online courses ranging from art to space science to 34 elementary school students, 110 middle-school students and 101 high school students in 17 school districts and charter schools.

The New Mexico Course Consortium is a growing, state-led network Read More

Los Alamos Public Schools Hires 4 Assistant Principals

Katherine Herring, Shannon Trujillo, Jennifer Kieltyka and Audrey Juliani have been named assistant principals for the upcoming school year at Los Alamos Public Schools. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced the hiring of four assistant principals for the upcoming school year.

New Assistant Principals:

  • Shannon Trujillo, Aspen Elementary School;
  • Audrey Juliani, Barranca Mesa Elementary School;
  • Katie Herring, Mountain Elementary School; and
  • Jennifer Kieltyka, Piñon Elementary School.

“On behalf of all instructional leaders at LAPS, I would like Read More

ECECD: Internship Program Graduates First Cohort Of Young New Mexico Parents

ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky


ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Home Visiting Division, in collaboration with local nonprofit Future Focused Education and parent advocacy program Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, graduated its first cohort of young parents from its X3 Home Visiting Internship program.

The innovative, 10-week paid internship program provides training to 15 young parents, all of whom have children from 0-5 years old. The group engaged in weekly professional development from mentors in ECECD’s Read More

Los Alamos High School Hosts Summer PE Classes

A firefighter challenge with the local fire dept. is one of the many activities being offered at the summer physical education classes at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS

Rock climbing is one of the many activities being offered at the summer physical education classes at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

After a two-year hiatus, students are once again participating in summer physical education classes at Los Alamos High School (LAHS).

Participants earn .5 credit and a grade on their transcript for completing a three-week session. Those who complete both sessions fulfill Read More

LAHS Hilltalkers Compete At National Tournament

Hilltalkers celebrate being at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Front row from left, Philippa Fung, Yunseo Kim, Uxue Sansinena and Talyor Kanzleiter. Back row from left, Luke Favorite, Maximus Posada, Rylee Mechum and Keturah Sherrill. Courtesy/LAPS

Yunseo Kim with Hilltalkers Coach Margo Batha, finished 7th out of 235 competitors in the Program Oral Interpretation event. This is the strongest finish the Hilltalkers have ever had in Interpretation Events. Courtesy/LAHS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Read More

2022 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship: Kate Whitley

2022 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship recipient Kate Whitley. Courtesy/Jessica Booton Photography

LAPS News:

The Friends of the Los Alamos County Libraries, in partnership with the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, have awarded the 2022 June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship to Kate Whitley for her review of the book Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains, edited by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever.

The scholarship was created to honor those who love books. Applicants were asked to write a personal narrative concerning an age-appropriate book that was not required for school and that has Read More

Two Lady Hilltopper Wrestlers Represent State Of New Mexico At Turf Wars In Farmington, Utah

Gala Nelson, left, and Claire Bullock represented the LAHS Lady Hilltopper Wrestling Team and the state of New Mexico at the Turf Wars in Farmington, Utah. Courtesy Photo 


Two members of the Los Alamos High School Lady Hilltopper Wrestling team earned the opportunity to represent the state of New Mexico this past week at Turf Wars in Farmington, Utah.

“Both Gala Nelson and Claire Bullock learned a lot from the experience,” Coach Emily Tew said. “It was a tough competition, but they conducted themselves well and the coaching staff looks forward to the future of these two motivated

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Leger Fernández Passes Bill To Support Programs To Prevent Alcohol And Substance Use On College Campuses

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, the House of Representatives passed U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández’s bipartisan Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act (H.R. 6493).

The bill was introduced in January alongside Representatives Dusty Johnson (SD-At Large), David Trone (MD-06), Michael Guest (MS-03), Chris Pappas (NH-01), John Joyce (PA-13), and Lucy McBath (GA-06).

This bill helps higher education institutions develop prevention and recovery programs to prevent alcohol and substance use and support students with substance Read More

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