History On Tap Thursday: Eyewitness To Trinity Test Shares Recollections

J. Robert Oppenheimer, left, and Major General Leslie Groves at the remains of the Trinity Site. Courtesy/Wikipedia


The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap at  5:30 p.m., March 12 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.

The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow. Join in a conversation with Roger Rasmussen, the Army’s Special Engineering Detachment in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

Rasmussen will share

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Griffith Gymnasium Mural Contest Announced


Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announces a call for original artwork that represents the Hilltopper Spirit.

The mural contest is open to all Los Alamos Public School students in grades 8-12. This mural is to honor the creativity and memory of Isaac Hayden. Hayden’s family and friends, the LAHS Class of 1994 and LAPS Foundation have contributed to the project.

The winning submission will be painted in the interior of Griffith Gymnasium by a professional mural team. The finished size of the mural will be approximately 12’ high x 18’ wide and will adorn the east wall of the gym.


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Los Alamos CAP Cadets Participate In Roundhouse Ceremony Honoring WW II Members

CAP Cadets from left, C/A1C Hannah Morgan, C/CMSgt Caleb Britton, C/SMSgt JD Downing and C/Amn Caleb Booton. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos CAP Color Guard. Courtesy photo

CAP News:

Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets participated in a ceremony honoring the contributions of New Mexico’s World War II CAP members. The ceremony took place at the State Capitol Feb. 25. The ceremony was part of the Legislature’s annual Military Appreciation Day.

Los Alamos CAP cadets served as a color guard during the ceremony.

Members of the World War II CAP was awarded a Congressional Gold

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Volunteers Make LAMS Garden Grow

Ismael Flores, left, and Manuel Morales of Los Alamos Landscaping and More assist with some of the hard work in the Los Alamos Middle School garden. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen



An idea from staff, some volunteer time and some funds from Keep New Mexico Beautiful (KNMB) will soon have the Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) landscape in full bloom.

After securing a grant from KNMB in the fall, staff and students literally got their hands dirty and went to work.

The result was an award-winning effort, recognized by KNMB.

“Now that we have experienced some warmer

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The Cat In The Hat Visits Aspen Elementary

Aspen Elementary School kindergarteners recently celebrated Dr. Suess Day. The school’s faculty advisor, Sharon Allen, dressed up as the Cat in the Hat and read Dr. Seuss stories to the children. Photo by Don Casperson

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Udall Recruiting Summer Session Interns For Washington, D.C. Office

Sen.Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. 

For more information and to apply for an internship, please visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall’s office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 26 – June 26 and June 29 – July 31. There is limited availability for full summer internship placements

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Pinon Elementary Annual Fun Run March 21


Pinon Elementary School is hosting its annual fun run at 9 a.m., March 21. The St. Patrick’s-themed event supports the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

The 1-mile and 5K event kicks off with runners and joggers getting warmed up with a leprechaun. Snacks and prizes will be given after participants cross the finish line.

Registration forms can be found at the PTO’s website,, and mailed to Pinon Elementary Fun Run, 90 Grand Canyon, Los Alamos, NM 87544.

The cost is now $20 for adults, or those age 18 or older, and $5 for students, or

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Becoming A Love And Logic Parent

Karen Brown
Karen Brown will teach the evidence-based class :Love & Logic” at Familiy Strengths Network on Diamond Drive.
Brown is a professional doula and the co-facilitator of Birth Talk. Her background also includes serving as an environmental scientist supporting global climate change research for several Universities and LANL. She is the mother of three children under seven years old.

Early Childhood sets a parenting pattern that can last into the teen years. Respond to temper tantrums, set boundaries,

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Donations Sought To Cope With Student Stress At Los Alamos High School Listening Post

Parents and other organizations make donations that stock Los Alamos High School’s Listening Post for high stress times or to provide boost in the day of a teen. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
LAPS News:

As local schools gear up for state standardized testing, Los Alamos High School hopes the community will again support their novel approach to stressful times, called the Listening Post.

“The Listening Post was an idea that was started last year,” LAHS Principal Dr. Deborah Belew-Nyquist said. “The most recent data reported that of those students surveyed,

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LAPS Releases Details On Superintendent Search

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus as the new superintendent of schools. 

A native of Los Alamos, Dr. Steinhaus brings a wealth of experience to the position. He started his education career as a classroom teacher where he taught for 11 years.

He then served 11 years with the New Mexico Public Education Department where he also attended evening and weekend graduate school to earn a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning. 

For the last 15 years, Dr. Steinhaus has worked at Los Alamos National

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Scenes From Piñon School’s Annual Rocket Day

Members of the 2015 Pinon Rocket Club at Piñon Elementary School. The Rocketeers did not let Friday’s early morning chill keep them from launching their rockets. Photo by Carol Hermes

NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane fields questions from students during a lull in rocket launch activities Friday morning as Pinon Principal Jill Gonzales and Rocket Club Sponsor Scot Carmody look on at right. Photo by Carol Hermes


Piñon Elementary School’s annual rocket launch day went off without a hitch Friday morning in White Rock.

Thirty sixth graders have been working hard to

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Pinon School Seeks Photos From 1960s-1970s For 50th Anniversary Yearbook


Pinon Elementary School Yearbook Advisor Kateri Morris is collecting photographs of Pinon Elementary School staff, students and facilities from the 1960s and 1970s to include in the 2014-2015 yearbook – the school’s 50th Anniversary Edition.

Anyone with photographs from the 1960s and 1970s they would like to share is asked to contact the elementary school’s parent-teacher organization at


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Los Alamos Public Servants Among 44 Awarded Professional Training Certificates Across New Mexico

From left, Los Alamos County Engineering Project Manager Bryan Aragon, NMAC Vice President Sharon Stover and Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – A graduating class of 44 public servants received certification in their fields in January through an education program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

Through the years,10 Los Alamos County employees or elected officials have graduated with certifications from this program including recent graduates, County Councilor Rick Reiss who earned his Certified

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LAPS Art Show Displays Student Work

A family admires the elementary school art from Mountain School at Thursday’s reception for the LAPS Art Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young gallery visitor checks out the Mountain School art. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

March is Youth Art Month and in its honor, the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) art team has hung a beautiful exhibit of student art from all five elementary schools, Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School in the Gallery at Mesa Public Library. The show continues through March 27.

Thursday evening, art teachers

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First Born Program Of Los Alamos Hosts Relaunch Celebration

First Born Program Home Visitors Amy Wei and Tara Adams. Courtesy photo


The First Born Program of Los Alamos (FBPLA) is officially relaunched.

The organization, which provides assistance for those experiencing pregnancy for the first time, new families and couples who are adopting children, celebrated its new start with a kick-off party Feb. 25 at Bridge Care for Women. Local medical providers, community members and social service providers attended the party. 

“We’re excited to be offering this vital service to first-time families again,” Board Member Dr. Tom Csanadi

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Board Selects Kurt Steinhaus New LAPS Superintendent!

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Breaking News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education voted during open session this evening to select Dr. Kurt Steinhaus as its new superintendent of schools.

Acting School Board President Dr. Matt Williams told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that the offer is dependent upon finalizing contract negotiations.

Steinhaus shared his reaction by telephone moments after receiving the news.

“I want to thank the Board for following a very thoughtful and strategic search process,” Steinhaus said. “I’m looking forward to serving the Los Alamos Public

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Superintendent Finalist Dr. Kurt Steinhaus Shares Local And State Level Education Experience With Community

Superintendent finalist Kurt Steinhaus, left, discusses his background and educational philosophy with the community at Wednesday’s forum in the LAHS Speech Theater as Forum moderator Dan Castille listens at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Superintendent finalist Kurt Steinhaus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The two candidates for superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools could not be more different. The community heard from the highly energized Dr. Chris Marczak Monday, and Wednesday from the calm, cool

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LANL: RoboRave Rally Tests Northern New Mexico Students’ Critical Thinking, Teamwork Skills

LANL News:

  • Event sparks, nurtures interest in science and technology

Eighty-four teams of students from Northern New Mexico area schools test their critical thinking and teamwork skills building autonomous robots at RoboRave Rally Northern New Mexico Saturday, March 7 at Northern New Mexico University in Española.

“Introducing students at an early age to science, math, technology and engineering, the so-called STEM fields, is important for students and for the Lab,” said Janelle Vigil-Maestas of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Programs Office. 

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