Education

NNMC Announces Olivia Martinez Endowed Scholarship

Olivia Martinez shows her grandson, Jacob Martinez, how to create a craft while manning a crafts table at a LANL sponsored science fair at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos. Courtesy/Martinez family

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — Thanks to a generous $30,000 donation from the Greater Española Valley Community Development Corporation (GEVCDC) and an additional $20,000 from the late Olivia Martinez’ husband Elias Martinez, her son Chris Martinez and daughter Lydia Torres, Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) Northern Scholarship Fund is initiating a new endowed scholarship.

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Los Alamos High School’s Kathy Hipwood Named 2022 Girls High School XC Coach Of The Year For New Mexico!

LAHS Girls Cross Country Coach Kathy Hipwood for the third time has been named 2022 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for New Mexico. Photo by Blake Wood

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

  • ‘Coach Hipwood has earned more championships than any other cross country coach in New Mexico history.’

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Girls Cross Country Coach Kathy Hipwood has been selected as the 2022 Girls High School Cross Country Coach of the Year for the state of New Mexico by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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New PED Deputy Cabinet Secretary Starts Work

Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department (PED) has hired Jacquelyn Archuleta-Staehlin as its newest deputy cabinet secretary.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do something to make a difference,” said Archuleta-Staehlin, the product of Santa Fe Public Schools who was born in New Mexico.

As part of her role, Archuleta-Staehlin will oversee the action plan related to the Martinez/Yazzie Consolidated Lawsuit, which creates an equitable system of supports for students, especially those who are English learners, Native Americans, have Read More

Topper Basketball Team Picks Up Big Road Win

GG Romero takes a short jump shot; she scored 15 points for the game. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Abigail Martinez shoots for 2 points; she had 8 points for the game. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

By MIKE COTE
Sports
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was a tough contest, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a big road win Tuesday.

Los Alamos didn’t put up the big numbers as it had in recent contests, but found a way to battle through against a motivated Española Valley Sundevils team, winning 52-39 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

That game was broadcast on the Los Alamos Read More

New Mexico Tech Highlights Research At Roundhouse

Dr. Nelia Dunbar, state geologist and director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, left, and Todd Leahy, deputy secretary of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, right, pose with Dennis McQuillan of Santa Fe, Earth Science Achievement Award recipient. McQuillan received the award during a ceremony Jan. 23, 2023, at the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe. Courtesy/NMT

Students and staff from the Chemical Engineering Department staff a table at New Mexico Tech’s Day at the Legislature Jan. 23, 2023. From left, Samantha Lindholm, Read More

AFT Legislative Re-Cap On Raising Minimum Wage, Better Funding For Dual-Licensed Educators & Ensuring Universal Healthy School Meals

By WHITNEY HOLLAND
President
AFT NM New Mexico

During each Legislative Session, AFT NM works hard to keep our members and supporters apprised of critical education, healthcare, and labor-related bills. We know activity during the session can happen quickly, and it can be hard to follow all the proposals being considered in Santa Fe.

This is the first update for the 2023 Legislative Session which will follow specific bills, and we generally try to send these updates no less than three times per week. We may send off-cycle communications should there be a timely need to do so.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Begin To Examine Differences In Executive And Legislative Spending Plans

Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus of Los Alamos speaking with lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee during high-level budget talks Jan. 23 at the state Capitol. Photo by Jim Weber/The Santa Fe New Mexican

By DANIEL J. CHACON
The Santa Fe New Mexican

A showdown is brewing between the executive and legislative branches of government over two of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s legislative priorities: free meals for students and paying for teachers’ health insurance premiums.

While the governor’s executive budget recommendation includes funding for both initiatives, the spending Read More

Los Alamos High School Choir Winter Gala Benefit Jan. 28

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Choir Winter Gala, an evening of dinner and entertainment featuring Christina Martos and Carlos Archuleta, is Saturday, Jan. 28 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. along with entertainment and a Silent Auction.

Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased in advance by using the QR code on the Los Alamos Choirs’ Facebook page.

Martos and Archuleta are accomplished opera singers who enjoy varied and full singing careers. The Los Alamos High School Choirs are indeed fortunate to have such a talented Read More

LAPS Board To Meet On Zoom Thursday Jan. 26

LAPS News:

A Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) board meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 virtually on Zoom.

This meeting is open to the public.

Find the agenda to this meeting here: Jan. 26, 2022 LAPS Board Agenda.

Find the link to this meeting here.

Meeting ID: 505 663 2222
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Spartans Pour It On In 3rd Quarter To Top LA At Home

Josiah Fresquez drives in for a layup in the third quarter. He had 17 points for the night. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Kyle Evenhus dribbles the ball down court past Raymond Aragon in the first quarter. Photo by John McHale/ladaiypost.com

By MIKE COTE
Sports
Los Alamos Daily Post

Things looked very good for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys’ basketball team in the first half of Saturday’s nondistrict game against the Bernalillo Spartans.

But the tables quickly turned in the second half.

Los Alamos gave Bernalillo, a very good Class 4A team, a lot of fits early, and held the Spartans Read More

Barranca Mesa Healthy Schools Team To Host Strategies For Managing & Resolving Conflict

Circle time in Aleandra Holcomb’s 4th grade class. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

In the schools and in the community we continue to experience the negative effects of the pandemic. Many people, children and adults alike, are struggling with rebuilding connections and managing conflict when it arises.

The Barranca Mesa Elementary Healthy Schools Team would like to invite parents and caregivers of elementary aged students to an opportunity to connect and discuss strategies for managing and resolving conflict.

The vision for Barranca School is that all students will develop positive relationships Read More

SFCC & AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Open Appointments For Assistance & Preparation Jan. 30-April 18 At Main Campus

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide announce they will offer in-person tax assistance and preparation by appointment.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. Appointments can be made now at www.sfcc.edu/taxaide. Tax preparation services will be done on SFCC’s main campus, 6401 Richards Ave. in rooms 408 and 410 in the Main Building.

The State Coordinator of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Gene Varela said, “We’re delighted Read More

LAPS Announces District Spelling Bee Results

The 2023 LAPS District Spelling Bee winners from left, Julia Zou, 1st place; Rebekah Scott, 2nd place and Gianna Rolfe, 3rd place. Zou and Scott will represent LAPS at the New Mexico State Qualifying Spelling Bee in February. Courtesy/LAPS

Scene from the LAPS District Spelling Bee Wednesday evening in the LAHS Speech Theater. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Julia Zou, a 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School, won first place at the Los Alamos Public Schools District Spelling Bee.

Aspen Elementary School 6th graders Rebekah Scott and Gianna Rolfe placed second and third, respectively.

The winning Read More

‘Neighborhood Math Experts’ Set Up Shop In Santa Fe

From the Team at Mathnasium:

SANTA FE — Mathnasium of Santa Fe is now open for business, bringing fun and effective supplementary math programs for community children in grades PreK through 12.

The learning center at 2406 Cerrillos Road, focuses solely on math and operates on the core belief that virtually any child can excel in the subject. The Mathnasium Method™, implemented at more than 1,000 Mathnasium centers in the U.S. and abroad, is a unique program that provides each child with a customized learning plan and personalized instruction in a way that makes sense to them.

“Our students will Read More

NNMC: Introduction To Medical Cannabis For Health Care Professionals March 20-May 12, 2023

NNMC Nursing and Health Sciences Chair Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA, — Studies suggest that cannabis can be effective in treating HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, sleep, anxiety, trauma and other conditions. Research also supports the use of cannabis for reducing pain without the harmful side effects of substances such as opioids. Yet published studies indicate that healthcare professionals lack formal education related to medical cannabis.

Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN, chair of Nursing and Health Sciences at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), wants Read More

Join ECECD For Advisory Council Meeting Jan. 23

ECECD News:

ECECD Cabinet Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky announces a Virtual and In-Person Advisory Council Meeting 9-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23

Public Comment:

Individuals are invited to provide oral or written public comment pertaining to topics related to any agenda items. 

If you would like to provide comment, email shay.everitt@ececd.nm.gov with your name, the organization you are representing or if you are speaking as a private citizen, your direct phone number, and whether you are joining virtually or in-person. You may also sign up in person at the meeting. Individuals are limited

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St. John’s College Santa Fe Announces Spring Dean’s Lecture And Concert Series

Members of the St. John’s College community gather to hear a Dean’s Lecture. Courtesy/SJC

SJC News:

St. John’s College (SJC) has announced its Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series. Usually on Friday evenings, members of the St. John’s College community head to the Great Hall or auditorium to hear a lecture or concert from visiting scholars, artists, poets or faculty.

Lecturers include members of the St. John’s College faculty, and professors from notable universities across the country. Each lecture is followed by an engaging discussion between the lecturer and attendees.

“We are proud to Read More

Massive Children’s Book Collection Underway In Los Alamos

Books may be dropped off at the local elementary, middle and high schools. Courtesy photo

Book recipients of the African Library Project gather for a photo. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

It’s that time again and the local K-Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club, all student service clubs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, is collecting used (or new) children’s books for the African Library Project for the next 6 weeks.

The goal is to send eight full libraries of 1,200 books each to the country of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Only 66 percent of the adult population is literate Read More

Mesalands Community College Board In Tucumcari Extends President Dr. Gregg Busch’s Contract Into 2028

Dr. Gregg Busch

MCC News:

TUCUMCARI — Mesalands Community College’s Board of Trustees went into executive session in its monthly meeting recently to complete the evaluation of President Dr. Gregg Busch.

Coming out of executive, board member Theresa Stevens proposed extending Dr. Busch’s contract four more years. The motion was seconded and approved through a unanimous vote.

Dr. Busch has worked closely with Washington, D.C. meeting with President Biden and members of Congress to provide resources to eastern New Mexico and Tucumcari on behalf of Mesalands Community College. During his Read More

Final 2023 Topper Revue Performances 2&7 PM Today!

2023 Topper Revue MCs: Elise Ovaska, Olivia Long, Remi Patterson, and Evan Long (back row). Courtesy photo

All performers take stage. Courtesy photo

LAHS Jazz Band is the Final Act. Courtesy photo

Topper Revue MCs get lost in the woods. Courtesy photo

Peter Finch and Isabelle Price. Courtesy photo

LAHS Teachers as Social Media Influencers in a video skit. Pictured: Mary Grace (left), Stephanie Abney, Brian Easton, Lynn Ovaska, Stephanie Mitchell and Jonathan Lathrop. Courtesy photo Read More

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