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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Ye Olde Pumpkin Patch Is Open For Business

Los Alamos High School Choirs October Pumpkin Patch at 4th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos High School Choirs October Pumpkin Patch at 4th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/
LAHS News:
The 2015 Los Alamos High School Choirs October Pumpkin Patch at 4th Street and Central Avenue runs through Oct. 31.
M, Tu, Th, F – 3:30-6 p.m.
Wed – 12:30-6 p.m.
Sat & Sun – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Columbus Day 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m 

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NMSA Hosts Tribute Concert For Mara Robinson

NMSA News:
SANTA FE New Mexico School for the Arts will celebrate one of its long-time supporters, Mara Robinson, with an evening of Classical, Romantic, and Baroque music, honoring Mara for her unending contributions to the music program at NMSA, as well as music education in Santa Fe and throughout the Southwest.
Robinson and her late husband Charles were long-time patrons of the arts, arts education, and the well-being of children and youth in New Mexico. In January 2014, they were memorialized as “Living New Mexico Treasures” by the New Mexico House of Representatives.

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THANK YOU! ‘Ride The Bus’ Is Huge Success

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

To the Los Alamos Community,

Thank you for helping with Wednesday’s ride the bus initiative. 

Our busses were packed with students and the energy was positive.  We had so many riders in White Rock, an extra bus had to be deployed to handle the extra load.

From everyone in the Los Alamos Schools — thank you students, parents, teachers, bus drivers, staff, principals and community members.  


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Panel Discussion On Women In Science Thursday


Are women in science achieving their goals in careers and research today? Attend the panel discussion at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 15, at Mesa Public Library and hear what three women who work in science and engineering have to say about the topic.

The program is held in conjunction with Ada Lovelace Day celebrations at the Los Alamos County Library System. Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer because of her work with Charles Babbage on an analytical machine.

The three panelists for Thursday’s discussion are Sandy Frost, Nicole Lloyd-Ronning and Teri Roberts.

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Registration Still Open For Parenting University

Parenting University: Tool Up For Parenting is the third parenting workshop put on by JJAB and UNM-LA. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

There are still seats available for Parenting University: Tool Up For Parenting, the free workshop put on by the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The workshop is designed for parents and caregivers who are looking to equip themselves with the tools and skills necessary to raise healthy, well-balanced children.

The workshop is 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Building 2 on the UNM-LA campus.

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NNMC Awarded NIH BUILD Grant; Partners With UTEP

NNMC News:
ESPANOLA  Northern New Mexico College has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant in partnership with University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) to offer students biomedical research opportunities in the field of neurophysiology — the study of how the nervous system functions. 

The funding will allow for laboratory training, mentoring and professional development, as well as housing and travel to study with fellow students and faculty at UTEP.

Students will learn core concepts using hands-on techniques in a rich science environment, and

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Science On Tap At UnQuarked Thursday Oct. 15

Thomas Leitner will speak at Science on Tap beginning at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.
Leitner works in LANL’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group and has been tracking phylogenetics and epidemics. He leads a team of researchers at the Lab who are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus

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Meru Mountaineering Film At Reel Deal Thursday

Meru film poster

PEEC News:

Need a dose of inspiration and stunning views of the Himalayas? Meru, an inspiring film showing vibrant images 21,000 feet above the Ganges River, is coming to town at 7. p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater.

The story of Meru follows three climbers on their second attempt to ascend the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, one of the most challenging big-walls in the Himalayas. Proceeds from this special feature film support local businesses, PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater.

The climbers, Conrad Anker, Jimmy

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LAHS Students Thank Metzger’s Mobile Employees

LAHS students thank Metzger’s employees. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
“Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa 
Sometimes we think that teenagers today don’t notice the little things, but recently the students of Los Alamos High School, not only noticed, but took the time to say thank you, in a variety of ways.
As Metzger’s employees wrapped up their time across the street from LAHS, the students sent them off with a thank you card, small token of their appreciation and a fond

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