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Rare Photo Of Legendary New Mexicans Comes To History Museum

A rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez. Courtesy/NMHM

NMHM News:

A carte de visite from the dawn of photography

SANTA FE—The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has acquired a rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez.

Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek obtained the ca. 1865 image from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and dealer who has sold his own and historical images on the Santa Fe Plaza for 20 years.

“I come from an old Taos family,” Mills said. “I’m pretty sure Valdez was a relative. This is a picture


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Class Of 2016 Presents Prom 2015: Moonlight Sonata

LAHS News:

Final plans are underway for holding the LAHS Prom at Buffalo Thunder Resort. The Prom will be held Saturday, April 25. A welcome reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner service beginning at 7:30 p.m., with the dance ending at midnight.

The Junior class is thrilled to have an opportunity to make the Prom truly a special event as it represents for many, the first formal social event of this kind that many get to experience. Our High School is recognized as a top high school in the country. We work hard and our students go on to do great things. We as students, think it is important


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Infant/Child CPR And First Aid Class March 14

FSN News:

Learn basic infant and child CPR and first aid to be calmer and more prepared in the event of an emergency.

Certified CPR instructor Steve Bond teaches CPR for infants under 1 year old and children ages 1 year to eight years. He will teach an Infant/Child CPR And First Aid class 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14 at Family Stengths Network (FSN) in Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive.

The cost is $40/individual; $55 if certification is required, and $5/family; must be requested at least one week in advance. Register online at www.lafsn.org


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‘I Hear Fine … You’re Just Mumbling – March 21

HLAA News:

SANTA FE – Is hearing loss hurting communication with your family or friends? The Santa Fe Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will show a DVD by Sam Trychin, Ph.D., a nationally-known psychologist who has helped hundreds of people with hearing loss cope better. 

The DVD illustrates both good and bad communication scenarios, with time for audience discussion interspersed. Spouses, partners and family members are encouraged to attend.

The meeting is free and open to all. No reservations are required. It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21 at the Vitamin


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LAPS Superintendent Urges Students And Parents To Participate In PARCC Tests

By Dr. GENE SCHMIDT, SUPERINTENDENT
Los Alamos Public Schools
 
Open Letter to Students and Parents:

We have been made aware of campaigns on social media and other media sources encouraging students to participate in walkout protests of PARCC tests. Los Alamos Public Schools respect the rights of individuals to demonstrate as long as the demonstrations are safe, orderly, and respect the rights of their fellow students to participate in testing without being disrupted.

One of our Board non-negotiable goals is safe and civil campuses and we expect students who may choose to protest to


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LAPS Superintendent Candidate Dr. Chris Marczak Shares His Vision With Community

Brimming with energy throughout his talk at Monday’s forum, Dr. Chris Marczak assured the audience that he had been drinking water all day and some unsweetened tea and had not consumed any energy drinks. ‘I’m always like this … ask my wife’, he said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Forum moderator Dan Castille, left, reads questions from the audience to superintendent candidate Dr. Chris Marczak. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Chris Marczak, one of two finalists for the Los Alamos


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PARCC Testing Comes To Los Alamos

LAMS Prinicpal Rex Kilburn discusses the PARCC exam with parents last week as students and staff prepare for the testing window to open. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Prevention Specialist
Los Alamos Public Schools

While the media is currently a buzz with examples of student and parent reaction to state testing, the work continues as the testing window is ready to open for local students.

Earlier this week, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn held a meeting for parents to explain the multitude of testing and how parents can be helpful and assist their students through


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New Environmental Health And Safety Master’s Degree Program Informational Meeting At Noon Thursday

LANL News:

Learn more about a new master’s degree program in environmental health and safety by attending an informational meeting noon, Thursday, March 5 in Room 3 of Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. 

The two-year degree program is offered by Colorado State University and is open to anyone who has a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree and has completed certain prerequisite classes – see below.

Classes begin Aug. 24 and applications should be submitted by July 1. Classes will be held Friday and Saturday in


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Trinity Site Tour Reservations Now Available

The obelisk monument at Trinity Site. Courtesy/LAHS

LA HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

The annual Los Alamos Historical Society escorted bus tour to the site of the first atomic test, Trinity Site, will be April 3-4, this time via Alamogordo. 

The cost is $385, which includes transportation, lodging in Alamogordo, and some meals. Experts and resources about the area and the test will be on board.

Reservations must be made with full payment by March 15 to the Los Alamos Historical Society, 505.662.6272 or info@losalamoshistory.org.
 
For more information, visit www.losalamoshistory.org

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Boys And Girls State Coming Up In May

POST 90 News:

American Legion Post 90 is encouraging high school students to attend this year’s Boys and Girls State.

Boys’ State is May 24-29 at Eastern New Mexico College in Portales. Girls’ State begins May 31.

Students who completed their junior year are eligible to attend. Completing the event will provide three college credits that are transferrable anywhere. Two bills are currently pending legislature to also award participants high school credit, too.

Ten students from Los Alamos are allowed to participate in Boy’s State. For more information, call James Baca at 504.430.1223 or e-mail


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Letter To The Editor: Our Schools And Our Children Are Not For Sale

By GERRY WIGGINS
Los Alamos

Public education is one of America’s greatest achievements and assets. The schools belong to the communities and provide free education for all children regardless of race, wealth, religion, or disability. 

Each district is held accountable through a publicly elected school board that the can be replaced periodically by the voters. Additionally, each district is funded through a system of democratically approved bond and tax measures. 

On the whole, the American people choose to fund this great public asset to the tune of $600 billion


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Twenty Year Facilities Study Unveiled At School Board Meeting

Outgoing School Board members Kevin Honnell, Nan Holmes and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie show off their service awards. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The audience listens are Barranca Principal Bradford Parker shows off the achievements of his school. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Barranca Elementary Principal Bradford Parker shared his school’s achievements during Thursday’s Los Alamos School Board Work Session at his school.

When asked by Board Vice President Kevin Honnell for his recommendations


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LAPS Budget Committee Gets In Trenches To Build 2015-2016 Budget

Superintendent Gene Schmidt addresses the group Wednesday at the first meeting of the 2015-16 LAPS Budget Committe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
LAPS Budget Committee at its first meeting Feb. 25. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) is on the way to creating its 2015-2016 budget.

The process officially kicked off Wednesday at the first official meeting of the Budget Committee. The committee is racing to beat a deadline of May 1, when the District must present its budget to


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Freemasons Open Doors To Community Saturday

A masonic initiation. Paris, 1745. Courtesy/wikipedia

FREEMASONS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Freemasons across New Mexico will open the doors of their lodges Saturday to anyone who wants to see what is inside.

With most of the state’s 55 lodges participating in this open house event, the Freemasons invite everyone to come inside, meet the members, and ask all the questions you want. 

In Los Alamos, Pajarito Lodge 66 will open its doors 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1400 Sage Loop at 15th Street and Canyon Road.

The oldest fraternal organization in the world, Freemasons trace their traditional


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First Forum For Superintendent Finalist 7 P.M. Today

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education reminds the community that there is a public forum this evening to meet one of the two finalists for superintendent, Dr. Chris Marczak.

The community forum is 7 p.m. in the Speech Theater between the gymnasium and library at Los Alamos High School.

There will be 3×5 cards available to the public to write down questions as they enter the venue. Questions may be parsed to help reduce redundancy before a specific number of randomly chosen
questions are asked of the candidates.

Finalist for superintendent, Dr. Kurt Steinhaus will be


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Help Bring Nation’s Longest-Running Citizen Science Project To Los Alamos

Sharp-shinned hawk, photo by Mouser Williams. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

With the diversity of bird species and the number of birders in Los Alamos, it’s easy to wonder why the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project nationwide, has yet to come to Los Alamos.

A group of local birders have decided that it is time to change that, and they intend to submit an application to the National Audubon Society. As part of the application, in order to demonstrate sufficient interest and logistical support, PEEC will sponsor a “mock” Christmas Bird Count 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday,


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Hawks FTC Fly Home For The Season

EPIC just scored 90 points autonomously! Huge accomplishment! The drivers are so excited. From left, Summer Bronson, Erin Scott and Jaryn Newman. Photo by Pamela Scott

The crew is able to fix minor bugs between competitions, from left, Jaryn Newman, Aidan Henson, Adam Scott, Erin Scott, Taz Smith, EPIC and Brad Cooke. Photo by Pamela Scott

 

The Hawks FTC Fly Home for the Season
By ERIN SCOTT
FTC Team Member

On the 21st of February, the Hawks FTC Team participated in the Arizona Regional Championships. Our performance was exemplary, and we can proudly state that of the six competitions we’ve


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