LARSO: Driver Safety Training In White Rock Jan. 9

Driver safety training for those over 50 is 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the White Rock Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO


Driver’s Safety should be a new learning tool for adults in 2020.

If “driver’s ed for adults” is in your cards, the local senior centers are here for you.

A cadre of local teachers offer many trainings throughout the year in both the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. This month, White Rock will play host to the training 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9. The 4-hour course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The course is open to those 50 years of age and over.

This month Kim Thomas is the instructor


PEEC: Intermediate Snowshoe Outing Next Jan. 11

Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for an intermediate snowshoe outing Saturday, Jan. 11. Jean Dewart will lead this point-to-point hike from the Las Conchas Trailhead to the East Fork Trailhead. Registration is required and space is limited. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos Mountaineers for an intermediate snowshoe outing Saturday, Jan. 11.
Participants will complete a point-to-point hike from the Las Conchas Trailhead to the East Fork Trailhead, covering 4.5 miles and about 800 feet of elevation gain.


Attorney General Office To Conduct School Safety Trainings At Española Public Schools Jan. 6

From the Office of the Attorney General News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools Monday, Jan. 6.
The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns.
Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school


Looking Forward In 2020: A Message For The New Year

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Editor’s note: LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the below message to staff this afternoon:

Here are five timely topics facing students and staff in the Los Alamos Public Schools for 2020. With this message, I am reaching out to seek your ideas about how to plan for the future and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive.


Your comments about these pressing issues will be used in updating our LAPS strategic plan and school-level DASH Plans. In addition, your thoughts will help with the ongoing process


Canvas And Chamomile Painting Class Jan. 9

The Canvas and Chamomile painting class is 4 p.m., Jan. 9 at the White Rock Senior Center and 1:30 p.m., Jan. 27 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. the cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. No experience is necessary. For registration and questions, call 505.412.1534. Courtesy photo


Registration Open For PEEC Forest Explorers Club

Registration is now open for PEEC’s Forest Explorers club. This program meets 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday Jan. 22-April 29 and is for children ages 5 to 8. Photo by Denise Matthews

PEEC News:

Registration is now open for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s afterschool club Forest Explorers.

This program provides the opportunity for children, ages 5 to 8, to go on hikes from the nature center for child-directed play in the canyons, creeks and surrounding forest.

This program meets 1-4 p.m. every other Wednesday, Jan. 22 to April 29. Registration is required and space is limited


2019 Los Alamos Education Highlights

The Public Education Commission listens to statements from the board of the proposed Polaris Charter School Aug. 22 at the Public Education Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Here are highlights of 2019 for Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos:
  • The New Mexico Public Education Commission voted to deny the charter school application of Polaris School at a hearing Aug. 22 at the Public Education Building in Santa Fe. The Commission voted against approval on a 7-3 vote. Read


Preview January’s Night Skies At Nature Center Friday

Discover what is coming up in January’s night skies at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Discover what will be visible in the night sky in the month of January, Friday, Jan. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Join Paul Arendt at 7 p.m. for an interactive tour of the heavens in the planetarium that will highlight the planets, star patterns, nebulae and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more.

In addition to this talk, the nature center will


Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy; Celestial Objects And Expansive Skies Monday, Jan. 6

A black hole. Courtesy/extremetech


The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District for Nature On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a combination of science and cheer with Peter Polko and Felicia Krauss, who will take a light-hearted look at cosmology, the supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, and the connection between the two in two 20-minute talks. 

Nature On Tap is sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)


NMMSH: Free Telescope Workshop Jan. 4

A telescope can help inspire a lifelong interest and appreciation in nature and science, but the first step is learning how to use it. Bring your new telescope and everyone interested to the free telescope workshop Jan. 4 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/Air & Space Magazine
ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department is holding a free telescope workshop beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building in Alamogordo.
The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope


Life After 50: Grateful For Our Student Volunteers

Executive Director
We have some young people to thank, for helping our local senior centers stay on an even keel. Los Alamos High School students have been helpful in so many ways throughout the holiday season. It is time we stop and say thank you to them all.
NJROTC cadets helped the senior center once again, when they returned for the annual fall spruce up. While the pay was in doughnuts, the cadets and their adults worked hard for hours, to make the facility shine.
The work means a lot to many folks who 20 years ago did all of the work and still continue


Goodmacher: Solving The Teacher Shortage Requires We First Recognize It … As A Crisis

Education Consultant
Editor’s note: This is an Opinion Editorial submitted by Charles Goodmacher, an independent education consultant working with both the NEA-New Mexico and the Transform Education New Mexico Coalition.
Jonny is a fourth grader in a small, rural school in New Mexico. His teacher, Mr. R., lacks any form of teacher’s license. It’s common for “Long Term Substitutes” to teach for an entire year or more in this school. Jonny’s is one of the classes reported in a statewide report that shows 644 teacher vacancies.


Highlands Forestry Program Accredited Through 2029

Joshua Sloan
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, N.M. The Society of American Foresters announced full accreditation for the New Mexico Highlands University forestry program through Dec. 31, 2029.
Highlands has the only accredited post-secondary forestry program in the state of New Mexico. Highlands offers a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry.
“Accreditation is inherently a mark of the quality of a program,” said Joshua Sloan, department chair for Natural Resources Management at Highlands. “The Society of American Foresters represents our entire profession and


Virginia Tech Student Entrepreneurs Showcase Their Emerging Desktop Robotics Company At Autodesk Expo

From left, Kaelum Hasler, Bradley Turner and Martin Angst represented their emerging desktop robotics company at the Autodesk Expo in November. ‘Rendyr epitomizes the potential of Virginia Tech students to change the world through launching a new venture while pursuing their degree,’ said Sean Collins, director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. Rendyr seeks to democratize access to prototyping tools and could be a game changer in multiple industries, Collns said, adding that Apex ‘is proud to support this amazing group of talented students as they bring their


NMMSH: Free Launch Pad Lecture On Comets Jan. 3

Comet Bennet was discovered Dec. 28, 1969 by John Caister Bennett in Pretoria, South Africa. It was widely visible by April 1970 and was slated to be photographed April 14 from Apollo 13, but a critical malfunction in the spacecraft prevented the crew from taking the photos. Courtesy/


ALAMOGORDO – From early effects on world history to intergalactic interlopers, take a fascinating look at the sometimes terrifying but always beautiful and fascinating world of comets.

Harbingers of doom in the past, comets today provide a fascinating look into the early days of the


Dance Arts Los Alamos Spring Registration Now Open

Scene from DALA production. Courtesy/DALA
DALA News:
Dance Arts Los Alamos Spring Registration now open. Classes start Jan. 4, 2020.
Register now for spring dance classes at Dance Arts offers dance classes ages 18 months (Mommy and Me) and up. Early Childhood classes, Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater and more. Classes are offered in Los Alamos and White Rock.
Dance Arts Los Alamos is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Offering two stage performances per year and a variety of dance forms to all ages, Dance Arts


NMDOT Supports Car Seat Inspections Year Round

SANTA FE The New Year brings a new schedule for car and booster seat inspections. The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will host car seat inspection clinics and fitting stations statewide in 2020.
This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats.
Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled,


Santa Teaches Kids To Ski On Pajarito Mountain

Santa (AKA Michael Donnelly) spent time teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Donnelly of Los Alamos was named the Ski Instructor of the Year in 2018 and inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall Of Fame. Donnelly, 82, enjoys sharing his skiing knowledge with children. Photo by John McHale/

Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/

Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by John McHale/

Scene of Santa teaching children to ski Tuesday on Pajarito