In And Around Town: Nov. 7, 2020

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to

Check with groups that meet regularly for changes in their schedule.


Through Nov. 14

Color Outside the Lines
Through Nov. 14, Fuller Lodge Art Center will display its latest exhibit, Color Outside the Lines.This show features the work of more than 20 artists local to Northern New Mexico. In the Art Center’s Portal Gallery is Gloria Sharp’s show Color in Every Direction. This show features a

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SFCC Registration Opens For Spring Semester Nov. 10

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College registration for spring semester classes will open Tuesday, Nov. 10.

There are dozens of certificate and associate degree programs offered at SFCC that can quickly prepare students for the workplace or to transfer.

Registration is ongoing through Jan. 18. Spring classes begin Jan. 19, 2021.

Early registration is encouraged to secure a space for in-demand classes and to meet requirements for certificates and degrees, which open doors to successful careers. 

“Santa Fe Community College understands that the pandemic has impacted families in

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Breastfeeding Basics Registration Deadline Nov. 11

First Born Program News:

The First Born Program of Los Alamos is offering a FREE Breastfeeding Basics Zoom event with Kelly Vallejo, MSW, CLC, First Born Program Lactation counselor.

Please join us noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. Space is limited to 10 participants*. To register, email by Nov. 12, and include your name, address and phone.

The Goal of this class is to prepare you for breastfeeding especially during the first few weeks. You will learn what is within normal limits and what is not as well as general basics of when to call for help and when to see the pediatrician.

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Schools, Council And Public Weigh In On Proposed North Mesa Housing Project During Special Joint Meeting

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The question of whether to pursue a housing project on approximately 30 acres of land on North Mesa remains under consideration.

Los Alamos County Council and the Los Alamos School Board discussed the potential project Oct. 29 during a special joint work session.

The school district owns the property but previously asked the County to collaborate on the project, which could possibly benefit both entities. For the school district, the objective is that the housing project would provide a stable, reoccurring revenue and for

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LAHS Girls Basketball Continues Practice

Los Alamos High School Girls Basketball continues practice Monday and as with all practices, each player is screened before they can participate in each practice. Photo by John McHale/

Emily Mills practices lay-ups before the practice begins. Photo by John McHale/

Head Girls Basketball Coach Ray Romero supervised the dribble exercise as the players work to sharpen their dribbling skills. Photo by John McHale/

Lena Chavez dribbles the ball during the skills exercise. Photo by John McHale/

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AFT New Mexico Wins Victory Against Abusive Teacher Recruiter Agency ‘Total Teaching Solutions International’

AFT New Mexico News:

CARRIZOZO –  AFT New Mexico and its former member Analyn Catli won the dismissal of a lawsuit Oct. 29, brought by infamous New Mexico teacher recruiter agency Total Teaching Solutions International (TTSI), based in Lincoln County.

AFT NM supported Catli and other victims of TTSI’s practices, by providing her with legal counsel during her trial.

TTSI is known to charge excessive recruitment fees to teachers in the Philippines as part of a process of bringing these teachers to the United States to teach in New Mexico’s public school districts. TTSI’s lawsuit against Catli

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Los Alamos History Museum Hosts Virtual Field Trip For Homeschool Families Friday Nov. 20

Ranch School mealtime in Fuller Lodge. Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst/Alamos Historical Society Archives

Los Alamos History Museum News:

Caregivers who are homeschooling their children are invited to join the Los Alamos History Museum on a virtual field trip to Fuller Lodge.

Nov. 20 from 11-11:30 a.m., Museum educator Aimee Slaughter will take students 100 years back in time to explore the Lodge during the time of the Los Alamos Ranch School.

Register for free at

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes and communicates the remarkable history

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New Mexico Agencies Reduce Digital Divide For Students


…Computers, internet hotspots make remote learning easier for all 

SANTA FE — Two state agencies, working with other public and private collaborators, have significantly reduced the digital divide in New Mexico by extending internet access to thousands of students during the global health crisis.

When schools closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, paper packets of lessons and homework were the only way to reach students in remote parts of the state with no internet access.

Other students lived in areas with internet but their families could not afford

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Y Healthy Through The Holidays Program

Check out the Y YouTube video here: Courtesy/Y

Y News:

The Family YMCA is hosting a once-a-week Healthy Holiday Habit’s program that will meet for seven weeks, Nov. 9 through Dec. 21.

Nonmembers may register by calling the Y at 505.662.3100, or Y members may register by clicking on this link. Once registered, people will receive an email with more details.

Each Monday at 7 pm, a certified health coach will deliver a short lesson through a Facebook group and participants will receive a detailed schedule. People may join live or watch the video anytime

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Kiwanis: African Library Effort Continues Despite Pandemic

Retired Los Alamos teacher Sharon Allen in partnership with the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club has continued the mission of supporting African libraries through the African Library Project. Courtesy/Kiwanis

Kiwanians from left, Cheryl Pongratz, Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson help pack books for shipment to African libraries through the African Library Project. Courtesy/Kiwanis


Despite a world-wide pandemic, Sharon Allen, retired Los Alamos teacher in partnership with the Los Alamos K Family (Kiwanis, Key Club, Builders Club and the three K Kid Clubs at Barranca, Aspen and

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Commemorates Rudolfo Anaya ‘I Love To Read Day’; Distributes Books For Students

To mark the state of New Mexico’s Rudolfo Anaya ‘I Love To Read Day’ Oct. 30 (the late author’s birthday), Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a recorded reading of his book, No More Bullies, by Laboratory employee volunteer Mary Beth Lujan for 3rd grade students from Española, Taos and Santa Fe schools. Laboratory operator Triad provided two copies of the book to each of the 20 classrooms that took part. Lujan and LANL Director Thom Mason prepare the books for distribution. Best known for his novel Bless Me, Ultima, Anaya

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NMFO Announces Film Crew Advancement Program Provides Training To New Mexico Workers

NMFO News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) Director Amber Dodson announced Tuesday, that in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), NMFO had 135 participants in its Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP).

FCAP is a workforce development program, aimed at providing career advancement training for New Mexico’s film crew.

FCAP is managed and administered through the New Mexico Film Office and is intended to increase skill sets and the hireability of New Mexico residents in the film and television industry and emerging media related jobs. Training is meant to provide New Mexico residents with high-wage

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New Mexico Higher Education Department Awards $3.8 Million To Expand Online Learning Amid Pandemic


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded $3.8 Million via the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) to support students and educational institutions in the transition to online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 30 public higher education institutions, partnering K-12 school districts and community organizations will benefit from the funding, which will go toward improving internet connectivity, equipping students, families, and educators with technology, enhancing online education and services for students, and developing

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Udall, Murkowski Mark 30th Anniversary Of Native American Languages Act, Announce New Bipartisan Bill


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Native American Languages Act (NALA) with the announcement of new bipartisan legislation, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2020, to ensure the federal government is living up to policies and principles set out in NALA three decades ago.

The NALA, which was led by Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), and others, was enacted

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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 39 Staff; 13 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours


SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced this afternoon 52 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Four cases in Bernalillo County. Three of the infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 14, 21, and 23. The other infected individual is a student who was last on campus Sept. 15.
  • Two cases in Chaves County. Both of the infected individuals are staff members who

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Nature On Tap: Audubon Southwest Official Discusses Recent Avian Mortality Event In New Mexico Monday, Nov. 2 

Join the PEEC and the Los Alamos Creative District for a virtual Nature On Tap at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Audubon Southwest Executive Director Jon Hayes will give a talk on the recent avian mortality event that happened in New Mexico. Registration is required at Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Creative District at 5:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 2 for a virtual Nature On Tap about the recent avian mortality event in New Mexico.

Jon Hayes, Executive Director of Audubon Southwest, will lead this discussion. The

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NNMC’s Dr. Patricia Trujillo And Stephanie Montoya Join Leadership At New Mexico Higher Education Department

From left, Dr. Patricia Trujillo, Stephanie Montoya and Dr. Trujillo at the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast and Stephanie Montoya. Courtesy/NNMC

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has announced that Dr. Patricia Trujillo, director of Equity & Diversity and Stephanie Montoya, staff reporter and public relations specialist, are leaving NNMC to join the staff of the New Mexico Department of Higher Education.

Dr. Trujillo has been appointed by Gov. Michelle Luján Grisham as deputy secretary of Higher Education. She has been with NNMC for more than 10 years and

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Following Request From Heinrich And Alexander, DOI Extends Every Kid Outdoors Passes To Fifth Graders

DOI News:

WASHINGTON  — Following a request from U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior has agreed to extend the 2019-2020 Every Kid Outdoors pass into the 2020-2021 school year, given the hurdles the pandemic has presented for students and families to accessing America’s public lands, waters and historic sites.

“Expanding opportunities in our parks and public lands has to be a part of our national recovery. These are the places where all of us belong. These lands are our lands, and they heal us in a way few things

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Manhattan Project Lecture: Alex Wellerstein Talks On Successes And Failures Of Manhattan Project Secrecy

Historian of Nuclear Weapons, Alex Wellerstein discusses Manhattan Project Secrecy at 6 p.m., Nov. 17 as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series. Courtesy/LAHS

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society online at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 for Alex Wellerstein’s lecture “The Best-Kept Secret of the War’? The Successes and Failures of Manhattan Project Secrecy.”

How successful was the Manhattan Project at keeping the atomic bomb a secret—and what were the Project’s goals for secrecy in the first place?

Historical Society lectures are free, but registration

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New Mentor-Protégé Program Between Triad National Security And Pueblo Alliance Grooms Native Businesses For Successful Contracting

Los Alamos National Laboratory prefers to contract with New Mexico businesses whenever possible. In FY 2019, it spent $289 million in contracts to small businesses in the state. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

A new mentor-protégé program between Triad National Security and Pueblo Alliance, LLC will groom Pueblo businesses for success in landing contracts with Los Alamos National Laboratory and other U.S. Department of Energy entities.

Mentorship areas include business planning, business development, marketing, proposal development, and quality assurance.

“Doing business with our neighbors

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