Deputy Secretary Vickie Bannerman
SANTA FE — Students, family members and community members may now report school-based incidents of racial bias by calling a hotline maintained by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) in compliance with 2021 legislation.
The Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Hotline – 1.505.226.3911 – went live Monday, the federal holiday marking the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
The Pajarito Plateau’s premier environmental education museum is teaming up with one of New Mexico’s original financial institutions to bring the famous Backcountry Film Festival into Los Alamos living rooms again this year, Jan. 21-23.
The Backcountry Film Festival is produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of all things snowy, winter and wild. This year’s backcountry skiing and adventure short films aim to inspire audience members across the world through stories about the impact and importance of our planet’s winter wildlands.
The Pajarito Environmental Read More
LANL Foundation News:
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation’s 2022 Outreach Grants application is now open and accepting proposals for Education and Community Outreach Grants at a $5,000 funding level.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. MT, Feb. 21. Additionally, potential applicants are invited to join the LANL Foundation for a General Help Session: 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 20. Register here: https://www.lanlfoundation.org/events/2022-outreach-grants-cycle-opens
The LANL Foundation categorizes proposals into two distinct funding groups:
- Education Outreach
UNM-LA, RDC & Chamber Of Commerce Partner To Help Local Community Develop And Maintain Robust Workforce
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) announces the “Scholarship for Education and Economic Development” (SEED), in partnership with the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.
An initial announcement was made at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 13.
This program will provide scholarships to students working in Los Alamos County intending to help local employers recruit and retain employees, while also developing the knowledge and skills of the individual employees.
The scholarship will Read More
PAC 8 News:
PAC 8 Community Media Center is available for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing, live streaming and drone photography and videography.
PAC 8 Television schedule for Jan. 21-27:
Friday, Jan. 21, 2022
- 6 a.m. — Democracy Now! – Live
- 10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program
- 11 a.m. — County Council Replay 1-11-22
- 3 p.m. — Democracy Now!
- 5 p.m. — PAC PAGES – Los Alamos County News Updates
- 6 p.m. — Los Alamos Senior Center – “Wake up and Move with Natalie”
- 7 p.m. — The Role of Exercise
During the temporary remote learning period at all Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) sites, Chartwells Food Service will offer lunch to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Lunches may be picked up between 11 a.m. and noon at Los Alamos Middle School (south entrance door of the Food Service Office, near the bus lanes) or Piñon Elementary School (front entrance).
Lunches will be offered Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Jan. 21 while school sites are in remote learning.
If remote learning is required beyond Jan. 21, Chartwells will work to ensure that students who qualify Read More
Los Alamos High School Junior Yunseo Kim Selected A New Mexico Delegate For 2022 US Senate Youth Program
LAHS Junior Yunseo Kim
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that Los Alamos High School student Yunseo Kim and Logan High School student Micah Renee Lightfoot of Tucumcari will join Sen. Martin Heinrich and Sen. Ben Ray Luján in representing New Mexico March 6-9 during the 60th annual USSYP Washington Week.
Kim and Lightfoot were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Read More
SFCC And AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Open Online Appointments For Tax Assistance And Preparation Feb. 1 Through April 13
The Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road. Courtesy photo
- Online appointments required for tax-preparation, no walk-in appointments
SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide announce they will offer tax assistance and preparation via online appointment.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. Appointments may be made at https://www.sfcc.edu/taxaide-aarp-tax/.
Community members will be asked to either pick Read More
ALBUQUERQUE — The 2021 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book will be the subject of a virtual press conference Wednesday, Jan. 19.
The focus of the Data Book this year is on the need to ensure that the recession recovery is equitable along racial, ethnic, and gender lines.
This annual accounting of child well-being in the state tracks several indicators across four domains: economic security, education, health, and family and community. Indicators include issues such as child poverty and food insecurity rates, parental employment and education levels, and teen birth rates.
The report Read More
Rep. Joy Garratt, D-Albuquerque
By Robert Nott
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s plan to offer free tuition to all New Mexico residents attending in-state colleges might get a second chance.
A new proposal backed by two Democratic lawmakers and the state Higher Education Department would cover tuition for up to 35,000 eligible students — regardless of their income status.
The plan would combine all of the state’s existing college scholarships into one aid pool and steeply increase the available funding.
“The real goal is to ensure college affordability, to establish Read More
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced that New Mexico’s largest private school has agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for violating the state’s public health order requiring everyone on campus to wear a face covering to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Albuquerque’s Hope Christian School, which has almost 1,400 students enrolled in grades pre-K through 12, said in a Jan. 12 letter that it was dropping a request for an evidentiary hearing and paying the proposed fine.
The letter was signed by Matthew Spangler, the school’s lawyer, and sent to Craig Read More
Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced that after careful consideration and a review of positive tests, quarantine and isolation numbers, attendance data, and available staff, the decision has been made to pause in person instruction at all school sites until Jan. 24.
“Through our contact tracing, we have seen indications of spread of COVID in our schools,” Interim Superintendent Jennifer Guy said in a news release.
Students will temporarily have remote learning from Tuesday, Jan. 18 until Monday Jan. 24. Schools are not in session Monday, Jan. 17 in recognition of Martin Read More
This chart shows the percentage of the population (students + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 12 days in Los Alamos Public Schools. The rightmost column shows the district-wide average. Schools are expected to transition to remote instruction for 10 days once 5% of the school population tests positive during a 14-day period. The octagons highlight the number of additional cases that would cause a school to reach the 5% threshold. Source: Los Alamos Public Schools (link). Created by Eli Ben-Naim Read More
Los Alamos Public Schools has announced that the number of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students at Mountain Elementary School over the past 14 days is nearing the 5 percent threshold.
The decision has been made to transition to temporary remote learning beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 and extending through Monday, Jan. 24.
All in person classes, meetings or activities must be held remotely or rescheduled during this window, this includes after school clubs and YMCA.
Mountain Principal Brian Grass has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance Read More
Wildlife Foundation News:
Today’s Animal of the Day is the California Quail – a handsome, round soccer ball of a bird with a rich gray breast, intricately scaled under parts, and a curious, forward-drooping head plume.
Its stiffly accented Chi-ca-go call is a common sound of the chaparral and other brushy areas of California and the Northwest.
Often seen scratching at the ground in large groups or dashing forward on blurred legs, California Quail are common but unobtrusive. They rush to cover if scared, so approach them gently.
The California Quail digests vegetation with the help Read More
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) released its professional development career pathway guide Thursday, which outlines steps, options and financial supports for continuing education to better prepare individuals for multiple career options in early childhood.
Using a lattice development progression that covers six levels of educational courses – 45-Hour Entry Level Course, New Mexico Child Development Certificate, an Early Childhood Professional Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s Read More
From left, New Mexico Rotarians from District 5520 attended a youth exchange conference in Tulsa, Okla., last weekend, from left, District Governor-nominee Richard Haas of Las Cruces, Los Alamos Rotarians Melissa and Rob Metcalf and Laura Gonzales, Cassidy Gardner of Albuquerque, Rotex (Rotary Youth Exchange intermediaries between Rotarians and exchange students), and District 5520 Country Coordinators Bianca and JP Cheney of Roswell. Courtesy photo
By LINDA HULL
Rotary Club of Los Alamos
Los Alamos Rotarians Rob and Melissa Metcalf and Laura Gonzales have just returned Read More