County: Lose The Waste Webinar Hosted By Shelby Wood


Shelby Wood is hosting a “Lose The Waste Webinar” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 that is open to the public.

Wood is graduating in May 2021 from Arizona State University with her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science. With a strong appreciation for the environment and natural world, she strives to make changes in her daily life to live more sustainably.

Her presentation will focus on the impacts of food waste and help share advice or strategies that she uses in her own life to reduce the amount of waste that is created. Living sustainably can be difficult in the world we live

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LAPS Board Appoints Jennifer Guy Interim Superintendent

LAPS Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Guy has accepted the post of Interim Superintendent effective May 30. She will serve in that role until the board installs a new superintendent. Courtesy/LAPS

LOS Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos School Board members voted unanimously Thursday to name Assistant Superintendent Learning and Accountability Jennifer Guy as interim superintendent following the retirement of Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus May 29.

The Board met in closed session to discuss the terms of the interim position.

Board Vice President

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Merrick & Company Donates $3,000 To The Family YMCA!

Merrick & Company Los Alamos Office Manager Reid James, left, presents a $3,000 ‘Champion of Youth’ sponsorship donation to Y Board President Karen Easton and Y CEO Chris Daniels. Courtesy photo 

Y News:

This year would have been the 20th anniversary of The Family YMCA’s annual ball, a formal gala that helped the nonprofit organization kick-off its annual fundraising season. Each year the Y raises funds to support its financial assistance scholarship program and Española YMCA Teen Center.

Times being what they are, last year the Y was forced to postpone and then cancel its traditional

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State ECECD Department Releases Updated COVID-19 Health And Safety Requirements For Child Care Providers


SANTA FE — The New Mew Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) has released an updated set of COVID-19 health and safety requirements for child care facilities and early childhood professionals  throughout the state.

The new requirements permit providers to safely return to normal group size and student-to-teacher ratios according to their licensing level, establish safety requirements for transporting children between locations, and update requirements regarding child, staff, and essential visitor health screenings.

The updated requirements

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2021 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair: Los Alamos County Results


This year the science fairs are online rather than in-person posters and presentations. The 2021 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair Results were held Saturday, March 27.

This is a regional event including Los Alamos and Taos schools among others. Top projects from all regions of New Mexico will meet later this year at the State science fair. Turnout this year was down from previous years, but the competition was healthy.

Three students, Robert Strauss (Computer Science) and the Team of Daniel Kim and Andres Interregui

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Explore New Mexico Culture Through DCA Online

DCA News:

Explore the latest online programming from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Discover the state’s unique blend of cultures online through its museums, historic sites and cultural institutions.

Programs this week include:

  • Take a virtual ranger tour of Jemez Historic Site and discover the unique histories and cultures of the Jemez Valley. The online field trip includes stops at the historic site’s welcome center, remains of the ancient village of Giusewa, plaza, camposanto, and original mission church. There’s also an option to learn more from a staff member

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LAPS Meal Program Begins Monday April 5

LAPS News:

Starting Monday, April 5, a standard breakfast and lunch pack provided by the State of New Mexico will be available to every student attending class on campus in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

Distribution will vary at each school site so please reach out to your student’s school administrative staff for details.

Students would be provided the opportunity to pick up a chilled grab-N-go breakfast and lunch pack during each school day.

These meals packages include a fruit, vegetable (lunch only), milk, grain, and protein (or protein alternative) as directed by the USDA.

Students do

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PEEC: Celebrate Earth Day Your Way! April 22-30

Join PEEC for the Earth Day Your Way challenge, sponsored by Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry. Participants are encouraged to spend time outdoors however they like the week of Earth Day and receive a special t-shirt to commemorate their participation in the challenge. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) for Earth Day Your Way, sponsored by Los Alamos Children’s Dentistry.

This year, PEEC is challenging community members to get outside and move “YOUR WAY” to celebrate Earth Day. Run a 5K, take a hike, plant a garden, watch the birds in the

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LAHS Teacher Suzanne Montoya New NMPED School Liaison

School Liaison for NMPED Suzanne Montoya

LAPS News:

Suzanne Montoya has been named the School Liaison for the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED).

She was appointed by Los Alamos High School Principal Carter Payne.

As a Liaison, Montoya will attend monthly webinars in NMPED areas of focus in order to be a source of information and help other staff members with questions that might arise regarding state initiatives.

“I will also help keep teachers up to date with information, opportunities, and resources that are shared through the N.M. Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN),” Montoya

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McClenahan: Mechanical Abilities And Small Hands Propelled Frances Dunne’s Manhattan Project Work

Frances Dunne working at the Manhattan Project, c. 1945. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archive

Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

Frances Dunne wasn’t sure where or when she was born. Even now, nearly 30 years after her death, much of her life remains a mystery, but her work on the top-secret Manhattan Project is well documented.

Born in 1910, or maybe 1903, probably in Canada, Dunne was an orphan by the age of four and spent years in boarding schools and dreary summer camps. She attended Swarthmore College but did not graduate, contrary to references on the internet.

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Heinrich, Former Education Secretary And Advocates Discuss How American Rescue Plan Delivers For Children

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined former U.S. Secretary of Education John King and child welfare advocates Thursday to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will slash child poverty and create long-term economic opportunities for children across the country.

VIDEO: Heinrich Discusses How the American Rescue Plan Delivers for Kids

Also joining the virtual press conference hosted by Invest in America, were James Jimenez, the Executive Director of New Mexico Voices for Children, and Emma Mehrabi, the Director of Poverty

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Santa Fe Community College Library Presents: ‘A Peek Inside: The Process Of Novel Writing With Miriam Sagan’

Miriam Sagan’s new novel ‘Shadow on the Minotaur’. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

What: Online talk sponsored by the SFCC Library “A Peek Inside: The Process of Novel Writing with Miriam Sagan”

“A Peek Inside: The Process of Novel Writing with Miriam Sagan”

Description: Miriam Sagan will read from her new novel, “Shadow on the Minotaur” (Red Mountain Press, 2021) and discuss sources of inspiration, structural challenges, and getting inside a character’s head. The heroine of the book, Thea, has survived the war in Bosnia only to find herself isolated and unable to cross the street in Brooklyn.

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LAPS Foundation: Showering Teachers With Appreciation

By Jenny McCumber
Executive Director
LAPS Foundation News:

Next month, as students and teachers return to school facilities to finish out this unusual school year, the LAPS Foundation is sponsoring a campaign to shower teachers with appreciation for all they have done this year to help their students.

We are inviting the community of Los Alamos to join us in saying “Thank you!” to the staff at LAPS.

What can you do? Beginning April 5, go to to donate towards teacher wish list items. Let’s show them we care by donating so they can get items they need to help students

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Steinhaus: Los Alamos Public Schools Update



Last Friday, the LAHS boys and girls cross country teams swept the district meet. The top five boys and girls finishers were from Los Alamos. They will compete in the state tournament this Friday at Albuquerque Academy. Go Hilltoppers! Students are also participating in volleyball, football, basketball, swimming, and soccer. LAPS activities like speech and debate are being conducted virtually. 

All school sites are ready to return to full in-person learning on April 5th with safety and security plans in place. Most students currently in Remote+ and

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By The Numbers: New Mexico Schools Expand Reopening


SANTA FE — Thirteen New Mexico school districts and charter schools serving about 9,000 students expanded in-person learning the week with 12 moving to full-reentry.

Schools Moved To Full Reentry:

  • Floyd
  • Fort Sumner
  • Melrose
  • Moriarty
  • Portales
  • Socorro
  • Springer  
  • Texico  
  • Wagon Mound    
  • Cottonwood Valley Charter (Socorro) 
  • Hozho Academy (Gallup)  
  • SABE (Rio Rancho)  


  • McCurdy Charter School (Española)

Altogether, 9 percent more students are learning in-person this week than last based on data reported to the Public Education Department, with

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Los Alamos High School Graduate Elizabeth Hjelvik Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Award

2014 LAHS graduate Elizabeth Hjelvik is a recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Courtesy photo


Elizabeth Hjelvik, a 2014 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is a recipient of the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award, which will cover all living and academic costs for a three year period.

Hjelvik is a graduate student within the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In addition to her award, the University

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