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State Of The Arts: DALA Leaps Into High Gear This Fall

 

DALA dancer Claira Haagenstad in mid-leap. Courtesy/DALA

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) has a new logo and a new look at its website just in time for fall classes.

The DALA Fall Schedule kicked off Sept. 8, but there’s still time to register for both hybrid and fully online classes. DALA has been a mainstay of dance education in Los Alamos for 28 years.

Artistic Director Jonathan Guise returned to DALA in July 2019 in time to produce his signature Nutcracker on the Hill in December. Get ready for an all-new Nutcracker this year.


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AFT & American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Applaud Progress Of COVID-19 Response Toolkit

AFT News:

Science-Informed Best Practices and Adequate PPE, Sanitation, and Ventilation Safest for Reentry

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez today released the following statement:

“On Aug. 19, 2020, AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT New Mexico President Stephanie Ly alerted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that many Pre-K-12 school re-openings around the state have not met the standard set by her administration for safety


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History On Tap: Tales Of Early MED Los Alamos

Historical Society News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Los Alamos Creative District for History on Tap online 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept.14.

Have you ever wondered how the Manhattan Project began constructing the buildings necessary to transform Los Alamos from a boarding school campus and a patchwork of farms into a secret wartime research facility?

Gerry Strickfaden will lead a conversation into these often-overlooked early construction efforts.

History on Tap is free. Get the link to attend via Zoom here: www.losalamoshistory.org/events.

Once the campus of the Los Alamos


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New Mexico Wildlife Center Introducing New Animal Ambassadors During Three Day Open House Oct. 2-4

NMWC Executive Director Melissa Moore with Sol the Turkey Vulture. Courtesy/NMWC

NMWC News:

ESPAÑOLA – New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) will extend its annual open house from two days to three days this year to accommodate visitors more safely.

This year’s event runs Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4 and will open at 10 a.m. all three days.

“We love having our open house and inviting the community on site every October,” NMWC Executive Director Melissa Moore said. “We’re sorry we can’t have the big group on site this year like we usually do, so instead were going to offer a more personalized


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Despite Pandemic, Northern Reports Enrollment Increase

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is reporting an 11 percent increase in student headcount enrollment for the 2020 Fall semester, and a 3 percent increase in total student credit hours taken, the College’s highest enrollment since 2014.

“Even in the midst of a pandemic, we have continued to leverage our resources and benefit from the partnerships we have fostered to fulfill our mission of educating underserved students in Northern New Mexico,” NNMC President Rick Bailey said.

Notable gains included a one percent increase in existing


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Local Nonprofit Las Cumbres Community Services Adopts Executive Leadership Team Model

LAS CUMBRES News:

Las Cumbres Community Services experiences transition early in 2020 that poised organization to face a challenging year.

Las Cumbres Community Services (LCCS) has recently adopted an Executive Leadership Team (ELT) model to oversee the organization, after Executive Director Megan Délano resigned in January.

While this unexpected transition presented a significant challenge, it also presented a profound and necessary opportunity to reflect upon the complexity of the organization and leadership capacity, after a period of significant program growth across its


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Los Alamos Public Schools Participates In Universal Free Breakfast And Lunch Program Today Through Dec. 31

The Universal Free Breakfast and Lunch program runs today through Dec. 31, 2020. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Chartwells and Los Alamos Public Schools are participating in the Universal Free Breakfast and Lunch program for any child 18 and under.

The program, which falls under the expansion of the USDA guidelines, runs today through Dec. 31, 2020.

The meals will be packaged together for one single distribution. Meals may be picked up curbside 11 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.  Tuesday and Friday at Aspen Elementary and Piñon Elementary schools.

Tuesday meals include breakfast and lunch for Tuesday to Thursday,


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Los Alamos High School Key Clubbers Tutor Students

By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Kiwanis Key Club Advisor

Last July, anticipating challenges as schools reopened, LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus contacted JJAB Executive Director Lisa Zuhn and me as Kiwanis Key Club advisor, about recruiting students to volunteer as tutors.

Key Club is a student-led, high school organization whose members make the world a better place through service. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos sponsors Key Club plus other Service Leadership Programs including K-Kids and Builders Club.

I sent an email to the Key Club members:

“Key Clubbers, once school starts the school officials


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Applauds Space Exploration Grants To UNM, NMSU, Navajo Technical College

NEW MEXICO DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applaud nearly $2.3 million in combined awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to New Mexico universities for fellowships supporting minority and underrepresented students in STEM fields and innovative research for space exploration programs.

New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have received funding


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SFCC English Department Presents Fall Workshop Series

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — The English Department at Santa Fe Community College presents a Fall Workshop Series Sept. 23 through Nov. 12 for writers, teachers, students and Santa Fe community members.

The series is a result of support provided by the Santa Fe Community College Foundation Professional Development Fund. Assistant Professor of English Kate McCahill and Adjunct Professor of English Austin Eichelberger were recipients of the funding and attended the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference in March.

The annual conference is the largest of its kind in the nation,


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McQuiston: Protect Children From Cyber Phishing Attacks

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Back to school season is upon us. Many school officials, teachers, students, and families don’t know what this school year will look like, as the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting when and how students are returning to school.

One thing everyone can agree on is that we want to keep our children as safe and healthy as possible. Precautions are being taken to protect against the virus, but the pandemic also is having an effect on children’s cyber-security. What precautions are being taken against cyber-threats?

There are many forms cyber-attacks can take. The most


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LAHS Symphonic Strings Orchestra Receives All-State Honors

Los Alamos High School Symphonic Strings Orchestra receives all-state honors. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Symphonic Strings Orchestra has been recognized as the January 2021 All-State Honor Orchestras Ensemble by the New Mexico Music Educators Association (NMMEA).

Since the All-State performance will not be held in person, LAPS team members will collaborate to create a video of the students’ work, which will be showcased Jan. 7, 2021 virtually.

In order to win this prestigious honor, students submitted their MPA (Music Performance Assessment) recordings. MPA


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LACF And UWNNM Offering Three In-Depth Workshops

LACF News:

Los Alamos Community Foundation and United Way of Northern New Mexico are partnering to offer three local in-depth workshops designed to build organizational capacity for non-profits in the wake of the pandemic.

Training topics were selected with input from area nonprofits. Participating organizations will leave each workshop with an immediately usable, measurable action plan. Included in the price is access to a virtual follow up session, which will be held 4-6 weeks after the workshop, designed to keep each organization on track to accomplishing its plan.

Each workshop will


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Continuous Pathways Foundation Awards NDI NM $5K Grant

NDI News:

SANTA FE — NDI New Mexico was awarded a $5,000 grant in March from the Continuous Pathways Foundation in Pojoaque.

The funding was used to support NDI New Mexico’s programs in Pojoaque and the Española Valley during the end of the 2019-20 school year.

NDI New Mexico’s North Program serves 545 Northern New Mexico children and 9 public and BIE elementary schools through participation in NDI New Mexico’s transformative outreach in-school and advanced training programs.

Participation in these programs has been shown to lead to significant improvements in children’s skills, attitudes


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LANL Hosts Education, Workforce Training Conversation

LANL Director Thom Mason

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a Conversation on Education and Workforce Wednesday via Zoom.

LANL Community Partnerships Office Director Kathy Keith moderated the event.

Laboratory Director Thom Mason opened the meeting addressing Laboratory workforce needs.

“The Laboratory has been in a mode of increased hiring,” Mason said. “About half of the new employees are replacing retirees and the other half represent staff growth. This is the highest rate of hiring in 30 years.”

Jobs span a wide


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Skolnik: School Reopening And Safety – A Proposal For Moving Forward

By RICHARD SKOLNIK
Los Alamos

Few things can be more important to our community than reopening schools as safely as possible for teachers, staff, students and those of us who live here.

It will be impossible to guarantee that no one gets infected with COVID-19 as our schools reopen. However, it is imperative that our schools and community engage in the best possible practices to avoid infection. This is especially so given the enormous costs of infection in days of lost schooling, days of lost work, hospital costs, and possible deaths.

In addition, we are learning more and more that infection alone,


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New Mexico Schools In 25 Counties Including Los Alamos May Launch Hybrid Model Sept. 8 … Others Must Wait For Improved Public Health Conditions

PED News:

SANTA FE – School districts and charter schools in 25 New Mexico counties have been cleared to begin a hybrid mode of learning that allows students from pre-K through fifth grade to come to school two days a week wearing face masks and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

A complete list of districts and charters that have cleared strict safety reopening criteria from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) and may choose to reopen as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the hybrid mode will be posted on the PED website Friday.

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart made the announcement


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