Civil Air Patrol Cadet Caleb Britton Receives General Billy Mitchell Award

Cadet 2nd Lt Britton receives award from Col Jim Norvell during Monday event. Courtesy/CAP

CAP News:

Cadet 2nd Lt. Caleb Britton of Los Alamos was presented the General Billy Mitchell Award Monday, Oct. 19 at the Civil Air Patrol Cadet meeting.

The General Billy Mitchell Award has existed since 1964. This award honors the late General Billy Mitchell, an aviation pioneer, advocate and staunch supporter of an independent air force for America.

Col. Jim Norvell, former New Mexico Wing Commander of Civil Air Patrol presented the award. To earn this award, Britton completed the first eight achievements

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Barranca Emerges As Front Runner In Discussion On Rebuilding An Elementary School

Those attending the Monday meeting on plans to rebuild an elementary school divided into five small groups to discuss the options. Pboto by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Around 60 people gathered at Chamisa Elementary to discuss plans to rebuild an elementary school, Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A crowd of around 60 turned out Monday to discuss the rebuilding of one of the Los Alamos elementary schools Monday.

The meeting was held at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. This was the fourth in a series of public meetings 

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PEEC Screens Mysteries Of The Unseen World

‘Mysteries Of The Unseen World‘ poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A new giant screen film adventure takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions beyond our normal vision to uncover the mysteries of things too fast, too slow, too small or simply invisible.

Los Alamos Nature Center will premiere Mysteries Of The Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures at 7 p.m., Oct. 30.

Mysteries Of The Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy,

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New Planetarium Feature Film This Weekend: Back To The Moon for Good

Poster for ‘Back to the Moon For Good’ Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Back To The Moon For Good, an exciting, educational full-dome show narrated by award-winning actor Tim Allen, premieres at Los Alamos Nature Center 2 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25.

The 25-minute digital film highlights the history of exploring the moon and provides an insider’s look at the teams vying for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history.

Back To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some

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Theoretical Study: Most Earth-Like Worlds Have Yet To Be Born

Earth came early to the party in the evolving universe.
According to a new theoretical study, when our solar system was born 4.6 billion years ago only eight percent of the potentially habitable planets that will ever form in the universe existed.
And, the party won’t be over when the sun burns out in another 6 billion years. The bulk of those planets — 92 percent — have yet to be born.
This conclusion is based on an assessment of data collected by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the prolific planet-hunting Kepler space observatory.

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Rotary Hosts Purple Pinkie Day At Los Alamos Elementary Schools Friday


Friday, Oct. 23, members of the Los Alamos Rotary Club will be visiting local elementary schools providing a tangible way for children to participate in the world-wide effort to eradicate polio. 

Children who donate $1 or more will have their pinky finger dipped in (perfectly safe) Gentian Violet Ink. Their Purple Pinkies will remind them of the process used by immunization teams to prevent children from being double-dosed; as the teams work through the population in a village, each child receives their vaccine and gets their pinkie dyed purple.

Success is very close!

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PARCC Results For Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

In Los Alamos, PARCC scores for English Language Arts were higher than in mathematics, especially Algebra 1. The PARCC results for Los Alamos High School were better than the statewide aggregate scores for the tests.

PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  Students in grades 3-11 took the PARCC tests last March and April. This is the first time results have been released.

School-wide results for elementary and middle schools are scheduled to be released by the state Oct. 30. Individual student score reports will be available to

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LAPS Marches In Anti Bullying Walk

LAPS partnered with Pojoaque and Española schools Saturday for the Best Friends Walk Together Anti Bullying Walk. Courtesy/Valley Daily Post

LAPS News:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Wednesday, Oct. 21 is Unity Day: Together Against Bullying — United for Kindness Acceptance Inclusion. 

Los Alamos Public Schools employees and students care deeply about safe and supportive schools and communities. To show support, we invite you to wear orange on Wednesday to send a message of hope and unity. If you do not have orange clothes, no problem — look for orange ribbons,

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Beta Sigma Phi’s Annual Tea Held Sunday

Beta Sigma Phi member Heather Majors at Sunday’s Annual Tea. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Ethan Aulwes welcomes guests to the Beta Sigma Phi Annual Tea Sunday afternoon at ‘Chateau Howard’ on Los Pueblos. Photo by Claire Swinhoe


Beta Sigma Phi held its Annual Tea Sunday afternoon at “Chateau Howard” on Los Pueblo in los Alamos.

Preceptor Beta Chapter hosted the event attended by some 35 guests who were welcomed to the Tea by Ethan Aulwes playing the bagpipes.

Beta Sigma Phi is the largest International Women’s Organization of its kind

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SFI: Prediction And Diffusion … Oct. 20

Dan Goldstein, Microsoft Research
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts “Prediction and Diffusion with Online Social Network Data” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe. 
Abstract: Because of online social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and the like, social science researchers finally have access to data that have been missing for most of human history.
These data describe networks of people’s social worlds, as well as the behaviors of people and their social contacts.
These data seem to hold

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November Events At New Mexico History Museum

Woolworth’s Frito Pie window, Santa Fe, 1990, by Kitty Leaken. Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, Santa Fe New Mexican Collection, HP.2014.14.1406. Courtesy/New Mexico History Museum
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Besides great exhibits, the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors is hosting a month’s worth of vibrant events:
Sunday, Nov. 1, winter hours begin
Through April, the museum is closed on Mondays, but open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a,m. to 5 p.m. Free Friday Evenings, 5-8 p.m., will change from every Friday to

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Art Weekend: Day 2

Artist Julie Smith with her work in progress. Smith is one of the artists displaying her work in the Los Alamos Studio Tour Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dog and Cat by Julie Smith. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Art by Julie Smith. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Artist Elena Yang displays her work Sunday during the PEECnic event at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Elena Yang shows a fascinated fan how to create a sumi painting.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

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Jemez House Honors Volunteers

Jemez House honors volunteers Saturday with a special luncheon and cake at the park on Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock in appreciation for all of their efforts. Photo by Pam Reynolds

Some 30 people attended Saturday’s Jemez House luncheon to honor volunteers. Jemez House provides monthly stipends to students who have attended a New Mexico group home. The candidates for scholarship can opt for a college or vocational degree in any state; they are only required to achieve a passing grade. House is currently helping 11 students. Photo by Pam Reynolds

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Scenes From Mountain’s Friday FUNd Run

Mountain Elementary School students and parents participate in a FUNd Run Friday morning at Urban Park. PTA hosts the annual FUNd Run fundraiser. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Mountain students love their tall and cheerful mountain lion. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Photo by KayLinda Crawford/


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Scenes From Mountain’s Halloween Carnival

The warning sign is out at Friday’s Mountain Elementary School Halloween Carnival. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Batman buddies take a crime-fighting break to eat pizza at Friday’s Halloween Carnival. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

A young reader pauses to catch up on his reading at Mountain’s Book Fair during Friday’s Halloween Carnival. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Dr. Michelle Carr, her daughter and a photo bomber wait for the haunted house to open. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Goblins and parents

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AFTNM Responds To New Mexico PARCC Results

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly


Secretary Skandera Spins Low New Mexico Test Results


ALBUQUERUQE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement: 


“Just as promised, Secretary Skandera delivered exceedingly low test results for New Mexico students who participated in the recent Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) corporate standardized test.  


“Secretary Skandera and Gov. Martinez assert low test scores are an indicator of a more rigorous

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Letter To The Editor: Dismayed By Suggestion To Close Chamisa

By Patricia McCulloch
White Rock

Dear Editor and Los Alamos School Board,

My children are the third generation in my family to attend Pinon school. My father was in the inaugural class at Chamisa, and was there the day the kids from Pinon packed up their supplies and walked as a group to the newly built Chamisa Elementary School. I attended Pinon from K-6th grade, and I currently have a 2nd and 4th grader at Pinon. So I am quite invested in the future of our community schools.

I am dismayed by the suggestion to close Chamisa and consolidate the White Rock schools into one large school. As a parent, I see

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PEEC: Free Night Sky Photography Lesson

Photo of Agathla Peak at night by Peter LaDelfe. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Peter LaDelfe will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road where he will reveal how to capture the elegance of the night sky with each participant’s camera.

The lesson will focus on producing images of the Milky Way with illuminated foreground features.

LaDelfe will cover the following topics:

  • how to determine the optimum times and locations;
  • selection of equipment;
  • settings and procedure for image capture;
  • light painting of foreground; and
  • post-processing.

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