This chart shows the percentage of the population (students + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 11 days for all Los Alamos Public Schools and for the entire school district (rightmost column). Schools are expected to transition to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population tests positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to reach the 5% threshold. Mountain Elementary, Los Alamos Middle School, and Los Alamos High School are temporarily transitioning to remote learning Read More
Los Alamos Middle School will transition to temporary remote learning Friday through Jan. 23. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced that the number of positive COVID cases among staff and students at Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) over the past 14 days today reached the 5 percent threshold.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 14, LAMS will transition to temporary remote learning. Students will remain in remote learning through Jan. 23.
LAMS Principal Suzanne Lynne has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance on remote learning for the next 10 Read More
SFCC, Santa Fe County And New Mexico Workforce Connections Announce Applications Open For Free Certified Fiber Optics Technician Training
Close-up of fiber optics technician at work. Courtesy/SFCC
SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College in partnership with Santa Fe County and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Connections announce applications are open for a free training bootcamp to become a certified fiber optics technician. Qualified applicants will get up to 80 hours paid internships.
The Professional Readiness for Technical Careers (PROTEC) program begins Monday, Jan. 31 continues through Friday, Feb. 4 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. Applications are due Jan. 20. More information Read More
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Announces $1.85 Billion Settlement With Student Loan Servicer Navient
Attorney General Hector Balderas
From the Office of the Attorney General:
…Settlement includes $1.7 billion in debt cancellation and $95 million in restitution; New Mexico will receive more than $10.2 million as a result of the settlement
ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that Navient, known as one of the nation’s largest student loan servicers, will provide relief totaling $1.85 billion to resolve allegations of widespread unfair and deceptive student loan servicing practices and abuses in originating predatory student loans.
This settlement, Read More
FBI: Former New Mexico School Bus Driver Pleads Guilty To Enticement Of Child … Faces Up To Life In Prison
ALBUQUERQUE — Jason Chandler Mapp, 41, of Rogers, N.M., pleaded guilty in Federal Court Jan. 10 to enticement of a minor. Mapp will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.
According to the plea agreement and other court records, beginning in January 2020, Mapp, who at the time was a middle school bus driver for Dora Consolidated Schools in Roosevelt County, allegedly began using Instagram and TikTok to message two minor victims.
Mapp allegedly used multiple accounts to pressure the victims into sending him nude photographs of themselves and each other. Read More
U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) voted Wednesday to expand GI Bill education benefits to the National Guard.
The Guard and Reserve Parity Act, led by Rep. Mike Levin (Calif.-49) provides parity in GI Bill benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserve who increasingly conduct similar training and missions as other servicemembers, but do not receive equal benefits.
“Our Guardswomen and men in uniform step up every day to serve our communities in New Mexico and the nation,” Rep. Stansbury Read More
The Los Alamos Teen Center at 475 20th St., is temporarily halting programs and reducing maximum attendance to 10 teens beginning today at the request of the County. Courtesy photo
At the request of Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Teen Center (LATC) is temporarily halting its programs and reducing its maximum attendance through Jan. 25 at which point the County will reassess the situation.
Beginning today, the maximum capacity allowed in the LATC is 10 teens at one time. This will continue through Jan. 22 when Los Alamos High School ends its temporary remote instruction period.
SANTA FE — New Mexico’s new ombudsman for special education is seeking volunteers from all 89 school districts in the state to make sure every student needing special education services has an ally to help navigate the system.
“One person cannot do this for the entire state,” said Michelle Tregembo, who was hired in June to run the one-person Office for Special Education Ombud as a division of the New Mexico Developmental Disorders Council. “We would love to have a volunteer ombud in every New Mexico school district so we could serve as the coordinating and training hub.”
The office, Read More
This chart shows as of late Wednesday night the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days for each Los Alamos Public Schools as well as the district wide average (shown on the rightmost column). The red line shows the 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Source: Read More
Public Education Secretary (Designate) Kurt Steinhaus
Updated toolkit now requires boosters for staff to avoid quarantine
SANTA FE – Balancing new medical guidance with the Omicron surge, the New New Mexico Public Education Department today announced shorter quarantine and self-isolation requirements for students and staff.
Quarantines are reduced from 10 days to five for students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19, and self-isolation is reduced from 10 days to five for those who test positive for the virus.
Both changes align with guidance issued Dec. 27 by the federal Read More
This final updated chart for today shows the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 10 days for each Los Alamos Public Schools as well as the district wide average (shown on the rightmost column). The red line shows the 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Source: Read More
Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) has announced that today the number of positive COVID cases among staff and students at Los Alamos High School (LAHS) over the past 14 days reached the 5% threshold.
LAHS has 68 positive COVID cases so beginning today, both Topper Freshman Academy and LAHS will transition to temporary remote learning. Students will remain in remote learning through Jan. 22.
LAHS Principal Carter Payne has sent a message to all students, staff and families with guidance on remote learning for the next 10 days.
“I am comitted to getting students back into school as quickly Read More
Two small goats spending time together. Courtesy/animalresourcefoundation.com
Animal Resource Foundation News:
For the most part, we have all seen a goat, whether it’s in real life, a book or on the television. Here are some fun and cute facts about goats.
Goats Have Been Around A Long Time
Over 9,000 years ago, goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans. They were first domesticated in Asia, where they were used for milk and cheese.
Goats Like To Eat:
- Goats have a very unique appetite. They like to walk around and explore, which leads them to adventure out in the pasture and
This chart shows the percentage of the population (student + staff) who tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 9 days for all Los Alamos Public Schools. The orange and the red line respectively show the 3% and 5% thresholds set by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools are expected to move to remote instruction for 10 days if 5% of the school population test positive during a 14-day period. The table at the bottom shows the number of additional positive tests that would cause each school to exceed the 5% threshold. Mountain, Pinon, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High Read More
Charles McCullough shakes hands with Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen after being sworn in Monday to his position on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Photo by Sarah Jimenez/UNM-LA
David Hanson raises his right hand as he is sworn into his position on the UNM-LA Advisory Board by Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen via Zoom. To the left of Hanson on the Zoom screen is Alissa Grissom also sworn in Monday. Photo by Sarah Jimenez/UNM-LA
Recently elected UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board members Alissa Grissom, Charles McCullough and David Hanson were sworn into their advisory board positions Read More
Heinrich, Luján, Stansbury Welcome Over $1 Million To Support Health, Well-Being Trainings For Health Care Professionals At UNM Health Sciences
Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-N.M.) are welcoming over $1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support the Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
“For nearly two grueling years, New Mexico health care workers have shown up day after day to care for our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Heinrich said. “But this battle takes a toll. That’s Read More
Director Alex Greenberg
SANTA FE — Alex Greenberg, a University of New Mexico graduate with a specialty in technology management, has been named Director of the Office of Science and Technology at the Economic Development Department (EDD), Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced Monday.
Greenberg had been serving as EDD’s financial program specialist. Previously he held positions as a Clinical Project Manager in the healthcare industry, and with a biomedical startup company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and a Master Read More
Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) was notified Monday night that Premier Medical Group (PMG) has a staffing shortage for today in Los Alamos.
PMG will only offer testing for students who have been identified as a close contact and are participating in “Test to Stay”.
The nurses have provided a list of students identified for “Test to Stay”. These students can report between 8-11:30 a.m. today to the district office at 2075 Trinity Dr. Suite S.
Students in “Test to Stay” may report back to school after getting their negative test results. Tardies will be excused for testing.
Testing is Read More
Transform Education NM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — As the New Mexico 2022 Legislative Session approaches, Transform Education NM urges the state to immediately release a comprehensive plan to comply with the Yazzie/Martinez ruling and mandates.
“As a former ELL student and a first generation graduate, I understand the vital role that opportunities, support and access play within the public school system,” said Transform Education NM Executive Director Cindy Nava. “Providing the necessary resources needed through a culturally competent lens can help create unprecedented pathways of success Read More
ALBUQUERQUE — The Leopold Writing Program (LWP) invites New Mexico students in grades 6-12 to submit original essays to the Aldo Leopold Writing Contest.
This annual contest asks students throughout the state to write and submit an original essay inspired by the work of conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold.
The contest encourages students to read Leopold’s work, especially “A Sand County Almanac,” and to write an essay on land ethics.
This year’s essay prompt asks students:
- What actions have you taken to help “tend the land” (such as protecting soil, plants, animals, wildlife