Small Business Profile: PEEC Gift Shop Celebrates The Natural World

PEEC Executive Director PEEC Katie Watson outside the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

If there is one stand-out quality in Los Alamos, it would be the community’s spectacular scenery and all the flora and fauna that goes with it.

For more than 10 years, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has strived to educate, celebrate, preserve and explore all the natural wonders of this community.

Sandra West, marketing manager for PEEC, explained the organization was founded in 2000, “by a group of dedicated

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UNM-LA’s Sheri Lopez Proves Perseverance Does Pay Off

Sheri Lopez jokes with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján during Luján’s last visit to the UNM-LA campus to discuss STEM programs. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

2003 Pojoaque High School graduate Sheri Lopez’s college experience exemplifies the non-traditional student trajectory to success that UNM-LA believes can be the norm.

The young, single mother is attending New Mexico Tech in Socorro for mechanical engineering with a minor in aerospace, and as a pre-engineering student at UNM-LA, Lopez was one of five students selected nationally for the Great Minds in STEM scholarship. She was also awarded

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LAPS Foundation Grant Sends LAMS Band Director To National Music Education Conference In Nashville

LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn conducting his students. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Middle School Band Director and Music Teacher Ryan Finn was able to attend the National Music Education Conference in Nashville this year as part of a grant received by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

The conference, in October 2015, was a fantastic opportunity for Finn to spend time working with distinguished band directors and learn valuable new classroom techniques. 

The Band Directors’ Academy in particular was an inspiring and hugely beneficial program. There were

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Los Alamos Dog Obedience Hosts Training Seminar

Joey Padilla of Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy teaches Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club members and Animal Shelter volunteers new training techniques last Sunday at LADOC. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) and the Friends of the Shelter hosted Joey Padilla, CTC, CPTA-KA, of Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy, Daycare and Resort for a seminar Sunday.
More than 20 LADOC members and Los Alamos Animal Shelter volunteers learned new techniques in dog training and teaching dog training classes. A highlight of the morning was a mini “class” in which Joey instructed

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Funding For Environmental Health Internships

NEHA News:
DENVER — The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs is accepting applications for 30 summer 2016 environmental health interns sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Local, state and tribal environmental health departments are eligible to host students from accredited universities and colleges for this National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP). 
“This is a great opportunity

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Ride The Bus Tuesday, Dec. 1 … Help LAPS!

LAPS had a strong bus-ridership turn-out on the 40th day – let’s do even better on the 80th day! Ride the school bus Tuesday, Dec. 1. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is once again asking for your help! 

Tuesday, Dec. 1 is the 80th day of school. This means that the Public Education Department counts all eligible students who are on the bus that day to calculate the local transportation funding for the year. The school with the highest ridership increase will receive a reward that will be determined.

Last year the students helped to increase LAPS funding for transportation

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PEEC Provides Free Guided Hikes Black Friday

Tent Rocks in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

PEEC Provides Free Guided Hikes on Black Friday

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering two guided hikes Friday, Nov. 27, to facilitate outdoor enjoyment.

Inspired by REI’s #OptOutside campaign, PEEC recruited two members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers to lead hikes, one easy and one difficult, on local trails for Black Friday. Each hike is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is encouraged.

Ron Morgan will lead a hike on Bayo Bench Trail, which is perfect for those who want an easy, family-friendly

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Letter From LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Letter from Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus:

Dear Los Alamos Public Schools Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As I reflect on the many things for which I am thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share a message of gratitude for the wonderful people who make up Los Alamos Public Schools. 

I am thankful for our students who turn Los Alamos schools into vibrant and diverse centers of learning and discovery – you give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. I am thankful for the support of parents and community in creating

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Pinon And Mountain Elementary Schools Join Forces To Ease Cold For Needy

Pinon and Mountain elementary school students join together to collect more than 200 blankets for the needy. Courtesy photo


Two Los Alamos elementary schools worked together to help ease the cold for those in need.

Students from Pinon Elementary School worked with Mountain students to help others. Courtesy photo

The students from Pinon and Mountain elementary schools joined forces to collect more than 200 blankets to donate to area shelters.

Each school held a blanket drive this month in honor of former Los Alamos student Tyler Van Anne who began the blanket drive several years

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Fractal Show At The Planetarium Friday

Fractals. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy an evening out and journey into the never-ending world of fractals in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium 7 p.m. Friday, Nov.27. This show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.

This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children. This fractals show will run on the fourth Friday of each month, and is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.

For more information about

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RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Visits Aspen School

Students at Aspen Elementary School check out the RE/MAX hot air balloon Friday afternoon at the school. Local Realtor Ian Maes brought the balloon to the school for the kids to see up close. Courtesy photo

Aspen Elementary School students learn about the workings of the RE/MAX hot air balloon Friday afternoon at the school. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

RE/MAX Realtor Ian Maes gave students at Aspen Elementary School a special treat Friday afternoon. He brought the corporate hot air balloon to the school.

First introduced at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1978, the balloon stands seven stories

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Aspen Elementary School 1st and 2nd Graders Delight Audience In Thursday’s ‘Pete The Cat’ Musical

Aspen Elementary first and second grade students perform in Thursday’s ‘Pete The Cat’ Musical to the delight of staff, students and parents in the school gymnasium. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

Aspen Elementary School’s first and second graders, under the direction of music teacher Andrea Dowdy, perform Thursday in the musical ‘Pete The Cat’. Photo by Minesh Bacrania


Aspen Elementary School’s first and second graders, under the direction of music teacher Andrea Dowdy, presented a musical “Pete the Cat” Thursday for staff, students and parents in the school

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SFI: ‘Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology…’ Nov. 23

Erica Newman, University of California, Berkeley
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar “Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology: A new method for cross-system comparisons of ecosystems in transition” for 12:15 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe. 
Abstract: Natural disturbances increase heterogeneity and diversity of ecosystems, while anthropogenic changes often decrease ecosystem complexity and diversity.
To a disturbance ecologist, factors such as the type, size, and seasonality of disturbances

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SFI: ‘Biotic Interactions And The Diversification Of Life’ Nov. 23

David Hembry, University of Arizona
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar “Biotic Interactions and the Diversification of Life” at 12:45 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: The argument that interactions promote the generation and maintenance of species diversity, thereby engendering the generation of even more biodiversity in a sort of virtuous circle, is long-standing and highly influential in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Not only is this one of the major problems in biology and the study

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NEA-NM Applauds Game Commission Decision

NEA-NM News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission approved an easement agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office for hunting access on State Trust Lands.

The easement is for next year’s hunting season, and the Game Department will pay $1 million for access. The previous easement was only $200,000, which equates to just two cents per acre.

The additional $800,000 will benefit New Mexico’s public education – which is the primary beneficiary, receiving approximately 95 percent of the money collected by the Land

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Brown Mackie College & EDMC Schools To Forgive $632,000 In Loans Made To New Mexico Students

EDMC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $632,000 in loans for approximately 553 New Mexico former students, through a qui tam settlement with Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of state attorneys general.
EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada through four education systems, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South

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Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program Needs ESL Tutors

Tutor and student. Courtesy photo


 Become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor with the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program (RAALP).

You do not need to speak a foreign language to be an ESL tutor. Training, study materials, and on-going support provided. The next ESL tutor training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 8 and 9 in Española.

Tutors make a volunteer commitment of two hours per week. Tutor-student pairs meet at any public place at a time convenient to them. RAALP has 25 new English learners from the area on the waiting list

For more information or to sign up, contact RAALP at 505.747.6162

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Public Survey On UNM-LA Bachelor And Graduate Programs Ends Friday

The public is encouraged to give feedback as to what types of bachelor and graduate programs it would like to see at UNM-LA. Courtesy/BigStock

UNM-LA News:

A survey seeking input on the interest in upper division and graduate programs in Los Alamos closes Friday.

This survey, prepared by students in the MBA program at the University of New Mexico-Anderson School of Management, has already been completed by approximately 100 individuals. The data collected in the survey will help determine which types of academic programs and delivery methods might best meet local community needs.

If you have

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White Rock Senior Center Offers Wood Carving Class

WRSC News:
The White Rock Senior Center is offering Wood Carving Instruction for Beginners – concentrating on the whittler starting Dec. 7.
There are three levels of wood carving. If the product would sell for less than $25, that is a whittler. If the product would sell for $25 to $100, that is a carver. If the product would sell for more than $100, that is a sculptor.
The current wood carvers group, primarily John Tubb and Fred Minshall, are proposing a series of workshops on how to get started in carving wood. These workshops a 1/2 hour long starting at 11 a.m., Monday of

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