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Udall: End-of-Year Legislation Includes Hard-Fought Wins Supporting NM Jobs, Environment

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • As lead Democrat on Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Udall blocked harmful anti-environment policy riders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, released the following statement Wednesday on the finalized appropriations and tax bills released late last night, which will fund the government for the next year and extend a number of tax provisions.

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote first on the bills —


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Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run Race Results

Chelsea Challacombe smiles as she continues along the musical route. Photo by Jim Stein
 
5K winner, Connor Bailey, looks strong around the halfway point. Photo by Jim Stein
 
LAHS Band Director, Zane Meek, joins in on the holiday tunes. Photo by Jim Stein
 
LAHS BAND BOOSTERS News:
 
The Los Alamos High School Band Boosters hosted the first Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run Sunday, Dec. 13 to raise money for their upcoming trip.
 
The fun run included the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and both featured live music along the routes provided by students from the Los Alamos High School

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Tonight’s Talk At Los Alamos Nature Center Canceled

PEEC News:

Tonight’s talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center is canceled due to inclement weather.

Check Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s website for updates and future events.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly


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LAHS Orchestras Present Free Concerts 7 p.m. Today

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Orchestras present free concerts today at 7 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium. 

The Concert Orchestra will keep you hopping in your seat with pieces ranging from the 15th – 21st century. Junseo Kim leads the cello section in a rich rendering of Cellos Ole by Richard Meyer.
 
Symphonic Strings will perform Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto featuring soloists Rose Click, Irene Kwon, Kayla Parker and Jamie Philp. 
 
These kids are hotter than your furnace so come join us for an hour of musical entertainment!
 

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Los Alamos Youth Leadership Members Spend Weekend Performing Community Service

Los Alamos Youth Leadership member Nic Gonzales with wreaths to be placed on graves for the Wreaths Across America ceremony Saturday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

LAYL members, from left, Andreas Runde, Josh Dyer, Jordan Bailey, Alex Jaegers, Ruby Selvage, Cid Rice, Melissa Teter and Nic Gonzales brave the snow Saturday to help lay wreaths on graves at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

For the 6th year in a row, members of Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) participated in Wreaths Across America.


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LAHS Alumni Invited To XQ: Super School Proposal Discussion & New Teen Center Tour Dec. 30

 
LAPS News:
 
WE NEED YOU … your work, unbridled thinking, and bold ideas can make all the difference. Join XQ: The Super School proposal discussion and tour of the new Teen Center.
 
We invite all LAHS Alumni to participate in the XQ: Super School Project process at the Los Alamos Teen Center 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.
 
Teen Center invites LAHS Alumni to stop by at 5 p.m. to start with food and explore the new Teen Center. The XQ discussion begins at 6 p.m.
 

The XQ: The Super School Project mission is to fuel a movement to reimagine high school. In the last 100 years,


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Week Of The Arts At Los Alamos Public Schools

Monday’s week of arts began with the LAPS All-District Choir led by LAHS and LAMS Choir Director Jason Rutledge. Courtesy/LAPS

Tuesday events included the LAHS woodwind ensemble, brass choir, full band, and flag color-guard performances. Courtesy/LAPS

 

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools hosted a week of performances to showcase the arts and celebrate its students’ growing skills in music and dance.

The week began Monday evening with the LAPS All-District Choir led by LAHS and LAMS Choir Director Jason Rutledge. Music accompaniment was provided by elementary music


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Legal & Test Prep Courses Online At UNM-LA

UNM-LA offers a full range of online test preparation courses through the Center for Legal Studies. Courtesy/iStock

 

By CRISTINA OLDS
UNM-LA

UNM-LA Community Education offers paralegal training and preparation for ACT/SAT test taking, among other online courses through the Center for Legal Studies.

Interested in becoming a paralegal, one of the fastest growing careers in the country? Students in the post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate Course or the Legal Secretary Certificate Course gain a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system with practical skills


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Gov. Susana Martinez To Address Higher Education Leaders From Across U.S.

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will be the keynote speaker at a symposium of college and university leaders from across the country to discuss higher education reforms in New Mexico.

Higher education leaders from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will share how similar reforms have helped contribute to dramatic increases in graduation rates in their respective states.

This meeting follows Gov. Martinez’s recently outlined vision for higher education in New Mexico  building a stronger, and more cohesive higher education system to help


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Northern New Mexico College President Nancy Barceló To Leave Her Post At End Of Year

NNMC President Nancy Barceló

NNMC News:

Española – During a special meeting Thursday night, the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents announced that President Nancy Barceló will leave her leadership position with the College on Dec. 31. Originally President Barceló was scheduled to end her presidency in June of 2016.

“The Regents and President Barceló agreed together that she will leave her leadership position with the College on the last day of December,” Board President Rosario Garcia said. “The President requested the opportunity to leave early and begin her sabbatical


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PEEC Offers Wildlife Storytelling 7 p.m. Tuesday

Western tanager. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

PEEC News:

Where do animals go in the winter? If they stay, how do they cope with the cold?

During a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Taos author Steve Tapia will tell the winter preparation stories of three animals. Listen as he describes why the pika is called a savvy survivor, where the western tanager goes to escape winter, and how the ever-present coyote copes with cold.

Steve Tapia is a local author, who resides in Taos. He is known for his book De la Tierra: The Natural World of Northern New Mexico,


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Hawks FTC: From A Dive To A Rise

After the competition ended and the awards were handed out, front row from left, Shawn Newman, Erin Scott, Jaryn Newman, MAGIC, Adam Scott and Kent Teshima. Back Row from left, Summer Bronson, Tazler Smith, Adriana Cali, Alex Proicou, Joseph Thompson, Jessica Cooke, Kevin Roybal and Aiden (Homer) Danielson. Courtesy photo

Preparing for the judging that every team goes through pre-match, from left, Kent Teshima, Adriana Cali, Kevin Roybal, Joseph Thompson, Aiden (Homer) Danielson, Erin Scott, Summer Bronson, Jessica Cooke, Alex Proicou, Shawn Newman, Tazler Smith, Adam Scott, Jaryn


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Los Alamos Middle School Spelling Bee Winners

Los Alamos Middle School held its annual spelling bee Wednesday. The winners include Michael Aslam, first place (eighth grader), Eli Irakm-Bent, second place (eighth grader), William McTeigue, third place (seventh grader) and Anna Clark (seventh grader) as fourth place alternate. The top three students will attend the district spelling bee in January at Chamisa Elementary School. Seventh grade language arts teacher Dana Kline organized the spelling bee and was the official, along with judges Jenn Neil and Eileen Neilsen and timer Laura Parkison. Naomi Unger and Melissa Goldman helped

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Sorority Sisters Stuff Goody Bags For Distribution

As they do every year, Sorority Sisters from Preceptor Beta and Laureate Rho gathered Thursday night to stuff ’50 Goody Bags’ to donate to Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services and the Los Alamos Senior Center for distribution. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Goody Bags all filled and waiting to be distributed. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Goody Bags fill the trunk of this car and were delivered Friday to Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services. The remaining Goody Bags will be delivered Monday to the Los Alamos Senior Center for distribution. Photo by Claire Swinhoe


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Los Alamos Elementary and Middle School PARCC Score Reports

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools have received individual PARCC Score reports for students in grades 3-8.

The detailed student reports will help teachers and families further understand what students know and are able to demonstrate. Each student will receive one score report for English Language Arts (ELA) and one for mathematics.

Score reports include several sections. The first section is the Overview, which provides a student’s overall score and performance level.

Performance levels are similar to grades; they are ranges of scores that


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Polar Express Visits Little Forest Playschool

The Polar Express stopped at Little Forest Playschool Friday evening at 3880 Villa St., bringing special visitors, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Guests on the Polar Express warm up with tasty treats. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Pajamas were the clothing of choice on the Polar Express. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Keeping the fires burning. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A Christmas wish. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Warming drinks fought the chill on the Polar Express.

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Letter To The Editor: Science Fair Project Help Needed

Sixth Grade Student
Los Alamos Public Schools
 
I am a sixth grade student in Los Alamos Public Schools. I am working on my science fair project.
 
The question for my project is, “How prepared is Los Alamos County for emergencies?” The information collected will only be used for this project.
 
If you choose to participate, you will be asked about the four criteria from ready.gov:
  • Be Informed;
  • Make a plan;
  • Build a kit; and
  • Get involved.

 

I encourage all Los Alamos families to be ready for emergencies. This survey should help you as well as me, to find where

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