Scenes From LAPS Leaders Breakfast Thursday

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, left, and Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes were among those attending the Leaders Breakfast hosted by Los Alamos Public Schools this morning at UNM-Los Alamos. The event updated community leaders on the most recent developments at LAPS and solicited input from the guests on how to reach the District’s goals. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Community leaders divided into small groups to discuss three questions posed by LAPS staff: How can we foster civility in our schools and our community? How can we best address


New Mexico English Learners, Students With Disabilities Gain Ground

SANTA FE New Mexico students learning English and those with disabilities showed improvement in an otherwise flat report card issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation’s report card, was based on tests administered between January and March. Overall, New Mexico’s 2019 data show little variation from the previous NAEP assessment data from 2017.
2019 results show that:
  • 24 percent of 4th graders scored proficient or above in reading
  • 24 percent of 8th graders scored proficient


Northern NM Kids Count Conference Nov. 5

NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Voices for Children’s 2nd annual Northern New Mexico Kids Count Conference is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Santa Fe Community College.
Tickets are $35 via and include continental breakfast and buffet lunch
This year’s theme is Childhood Well-Being in Northern New Mexico: Trauma & Resilience – From Symptoms to Systems Change.
Local speakers will include CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock. The keynote will be given by Dr. Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, who is the co-principal investigator


Xi Nu Chapter Hosts 32nd Annual Craft Fair Saturday

This quilt created by Xi Nu lifetime member and professional quilter Alice Garcia will be raffled at the craft fair Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy photo


The Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will host its 32nd annual craft fair this weekend.

Four of the local Beta Sigma Phi chapters will be represented at the event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

The event includes more than 35 vendors with their wares on display. There are new and returning vendors with art and crafters displaying jewelry, quilts, sewing, woodworking items,


UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meeting Nov. 4

UNM-LA News:
The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meets 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr. 
Agenda items include annual approval of the UNM-Los Alamos By-Laws; a report on Academic Program Initiatives and administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA operations.
The meeting is open to the public.


Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Would Be Wonderful Addition To School Board

Miriam Wallstrom and Sydne Ashford attend the Espanola Foster Children’s Christmas party, a Key Club event sponsored by Kiwanis. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Morrie Pongratz would be a wonderful addition to the Los Alamos School Board. I was honored to have the opportunity to work with Morrie for four years during my time in the Los Alamos High School Key Club. 

As a timid first-year member, I felt more welcome in the club after interacting with Morrie’s warm and spirited personality. Each meeting, I noticed him in the back of the room, taking scrupulous notes and


LAHS Key Club Celebrates 70 Years

Los Alamos High School Key Club Oct. 24 celebrating the 70th anniversary of the club’s founding, from left, Dimitri Lopez, Andrew Watson, Audrey Nolen, Victoria Nisoli, Isaac Ronning, Shena Han and Noah Lyons. Photo by Don Casperson

LAHS Key Club President

On Oct. 24, the Los Alamos High School Key Club celebrated the 70th anniversary of the club’s founding.

The members gathered together to eat cake and share the impact the club has on their lives:

“To me, Key Club means being part of an amazing whole whose benevolence improves not only the community, but the nation as


Letter To The Editor: Janecky Endorses Baker

Los Alamos

District 4 Voters,

I am writing this letter to ask that you first and foremost vote in the current election.

I am also writing to ask that you support Julia Baker for our LAPS District School board seat. She is the candidate most able to serve you well.

I held this seat and served as your school board member (secretary, vice president and president) in the past. I know how much work it takes to be an effective school board member. School board members attend multiple meetings a month (not just school board meetings and work sessions, but they also attend joint meetings


Letter To The Editor: Hargraves Endorses Bernstein

School Board Member
Los Alamos Public Schools

I am a member of the LAPS School Board and I endorse Christine Bernstein for the LAPS School Board (District 3 Aspen).

Christine has been an active, in-the-classroom teacher for over 20 years, including several years in Los Alamos Public Schools, giving her an expertise in areas that distinguish her from her opponent. If elected, Christine would be the only Board member also actively teaching students.

As a teacher, she has the knowledge and the skills to work effectively with other Board members, lead committees, and make real


Los Alamos Branch Of AAUW Meets Nov. 7

AAUW News:
The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women is having its fall meeting 7:15-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at White Rock Branch Library on Longview Drive and N.M. 4.
New Mexico Commissioner for Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard will present a talk on the challenges and opportunities she faces as land commissioner.
The meeting is open to the public.


LAHS Students Trick Or Treat For A Cause!

LAHS Student

 This Halloween, Los Alamos High School students are Trick or Treating for a cause!

We need help from our local community to make it a success. Instead of asking for candy, many Toppers will be asking for canned and non-perishable goods that will be donated to LA Cares. Participating high schoolers will simply ask for donations.

If your family would like to participate but will be out trick-or-treating with family or friends, please leave your donations by the front door with a note attached.

Toppers are excited to kick-off November as our Month of Giving by helping


Bradbury Science Museum Volunteer Information Session: 2020 STEM Education Docent Program Nov. 14

BSM News:

The Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) is partnering with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) to recruit volunteers for its 2020 STEM Education Docent program.

People with a passion for science or education, who enjoy working with school-aged children and adolescents and can pass a background check, may find the docent program a great fit.

Come to an information session at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Main St. in Los Alamos.

Docents will get training to work with students in grades 4-12, learn science content and facilitation techniques


Scenes From Hilltoppers Marching Band Performance

The Los Alamos Hilltoppers Marching Band performing to the delight of fans in attendance of the football game played Friday night at Sullivan Field. The 100+ member band is under the direction of Zane Meek. Photo by John McHale/

Jackson Bell performs with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Elisa Ovaska performing with the Hilltoppers Marching Band Friday night at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the Hilltoppers Marching Band performing Friday night at


Students Across Nation Including Los Alamos Middle School To Create Ornaments For National Christmas Tree Celebration In Washington, D.C.

Fifty six trees surround the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park each year. The trees are decorated with ornaments created by students in each state, territory and the District of Columbia. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. At 56 schools across the country, students are creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2019 National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse in President’s Park. These handcrafted ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of


Teralene Foxx Of Los Alamos Honored With 2019 Alumni Service Award From The College Of Idaho

Teralene Foxx of Los Alamos with College of Idaho alumnus Justin King. Courtesy/College of Idaho

Teralene Foxx, center, speaking with College of Idaho Co-President Jim Everet together with her best friend from high school Shanan Hoppe, an acclaimed wildlife artist in the Boise, Idaho area. Courtesy/College of Idaho


Every year at the time of homecoming at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, alumni awards are given.

This year, Teralene (Terry) Foxx was selected for her service to the College and her community. As part of the award ceremony, she gave a TED-Y talk entitled


Tourism Department To Host Google SEO Workshops For Tourism Businesses In 12 New Mexico Communities

NMTD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD), in conjunction with Google and Miles Partnership, will be hosting free, hands-on workshops to help local business owners who cater to travelers and visitors better understand and leverage search engine optimization (SEO) for their business.
New Mexico will be the first state to deploy the program at the statewide level.
Participants in these workshops can expect one-on-one training and troubleshooting on issues pertaining to SEO, along with access to free tools and solutions to boost visibility through


Los Alamos And White Rock Brownie And Junior Girl Scouts Gather To Earn Programming Robots Badge

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock gathered Saturday, Oct. 19 to earn their Programming Robots Badge by learning some basics about circuitry, programming and robotics. Girls practiced circuitry on littleBits and Cubelets electronics kits and practiced programming with Dash Robots. They ended the event with a Robot Dance Party, choreographed and programmed by the Brownies and Juniors. Local Girl Scouts would like to thank the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Council for bringing the event to the Hill. Anyone interested in Girl Scouts can contact Grace Wiele,


NM Delegation Hails $3 Million For UNM Program Focused On Improving Autonomous Technology

Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of New Mexico (UNM) $3,254,834 for its Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts program.
This program will help develop improvements to make autonomous technology more adaptable to real-life behavior while also preparing underrepresented


Letter To The Editor: Supporting The School Bond Is Just The Right Thing To Do

Los Alamos

I have been pleased to see so many letters of support for the school bond question and would like to add my own for several reasons.

First, the Los Alamos public school system is a key contributor to our community’s quality of life. It is one of the reasons that both I and others have come to, and remained in our town. I feel very fortunate to live in a community that provided our children with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment and would like to make sure that future generations of children and young adults have the same opportunities. With our growing population