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Election Results Are Trickling In

The live streaming system in Council Chambers is not working so anxious candidates and supporters are adding up early and absentee results. Check back for final results from today’s election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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Final Vote Cast in 2015 Election … Results Soon

Longtime Los Alamos resident Susan Krohn is the final voter to cast her ballot at 6:58 p.m. today for the 2015 School Board Election in the Vote Center at the Municipal Building. Check back with ladailypost.com for results and reaction from the candidates as the votes are tallied within the next hour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com ladailypost.com

Poll workers complete their duties this evening as the 2015 School Board Election comes to an end at the Municipal Building. From left, Student Clerk Erin Kennison, Presiding Judge Michael Sanchez, Election Judge Fred Brueggeman and Election


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Four Hours Left To Vote In Today’s Election!

Los Alamos voter Caroline Mason receives her ballot from student election clerk, Cullen Windle, today at White Rock Fire Station 3. Photo by Presiding Judge John Puckett

ELECTION News:

As of 1 p.m., today, 156 voters cast ballots at the Municipal Building in Los Alamos and 24 at White Rock Fire Station 3 – officially driving the total in this election to exceed the 421 votes cast in 2011.

Polls close at 7 p.m. today and live streaming of the results will begin no later than 8 p.m. on the clerk’s web page.


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Letter to the Editor: Do The Research … Then Let Legislators Know What You Really Think

By Dr. JESSICA MCCORD
New Mexico Educator

A wise man once told me that people vote for politicians as they do in well-funded popularity contests. It is questionable that the current and impending actions of some policymakers represent the wider public’s interest, and it is difficult when some view election or re-election as unbridled support for their stance on important issues in our state.

There are many people in New Mexico who feel like they have no voice beyond the voting booth, myself included. I continue to have serious concerns about the current state of our education system and how it


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It’s The Thinking, Not The Drinking! Effective Underage Drinking Prevention Talk At Smith Auditorium Thursday

Tracy Juechter

COMMUNITY News:

Tracy Juechter, MA in school counseling, will be giving a demonstration of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) underage drinking prevention program 5:30-6 p.m., Thursday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

The ALC has been proven to reduce underage and binge drinking in six published studies. The program challenges a person’s expectancies (i.e., beliefs) about alcohol by teaching that most of the good effects of drinking are caused by the mental associations a person has with alcohol, rather than the actual chemical effects alcohol causes in a person’s body.

Come


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Legislation That Ends Failed Policy Of Social Promotion Passes Education Committee

Rep. Monica Youngblood

STATE News:

  • Bill Provides Intervention For Struggling Students To Help Catch Up To Peers

SANTA FE — Legislation that would end the failed policy of social promotion cleared the House Education Committee today. Social promotion passes kids onto the next grade even when they cannot read.

Among other things, the bill would help teachers identify struggling readers and provide them with the targeted instruction they need to catch up to their peers. The bill will now go to the House floor.

Rep. Nora Espinoza

“Improving our schools and helping struggling students


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Letter to the Editor: Please Support Nan And Jenny Today!

By ASHLEY MAMULA
Los Alamos

I hope everyone will take some time today to vote in our school board elections.

I strongly support Jenny McCumber and Nan Holmes. I have worked with both on the Mountain PTA over the years. For as long as I have known Nan and Jenny, they have devoted the majority of their time serving the children in our district, not because of any political aspirations, but because they are committed to Los Alamos and want it to be a great place for not only their kids but all the children who are a part of our community.

Anyone who knows them knows how hard they both have worked for our kids. I


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Valentine’s Care Packages Help Students Travel

LAHS News:

Looking for a way to send someone you love a special Valentine? Europe 2015 student travelers are putting together personalized Valentine’s packages filled with gifts for everyone.

If you have a loved one far away, here is your chance to send them a Valentine package and support the educational travel of 14 local high school seniors. For $30, Europe 2015 travelers will fill a Valentine’s Care (about YOU) Package with treats such as hand-written notes, chocolates, candy, homemade treats, hot chocolate, tea, stuffed animals, heart-filled gifts, Valentine’s


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Los Alamos Hilltalkers Bake Sale 3-6 P.M. Friday

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will holdi its bake sale fundraiser 3-6 p.m., Friday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.

The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including spanakopita, red bean paste buns, macaroons, caramels, brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.

The speech and debate team is raising money to hold the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament Feb. 26-28 at Los Alamos Middle School


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Mindfulness Class For Teens Starts Thursday

JJAB News:

Are you feeling the effects of stress and pressure? Who isn’t? Having trouble concentrating? It can seem impossible with the constant distractions all around us. There is a different way!

Without leaving the obligations of everyday life behind, you can learn to manage your stress, increase your ability to focus, and start living again. How? With mindfulness training, of course!

Mindfulness Class at Los Alamos High School starts during lunch period Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Ms. Ovaska’s psychology classroom. Students can register online at www.losalamosjjab.com. The nine week session


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School Board Candidates Encourage Community To Vote

Los Alamos Board of Education candidates, from left, Jennifer McCumber, Andrea Cunningham, Sheryl Nichols, William Hargraves and NancyAnn Holmes gather together this afternoon in front of the Municipal Building wearing their ‘I Voted’ stickers to encourage community members to vote in Tuesday’s election. Michael Fassbender was unable to attend. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STAFF REPORT

With only 273 votes cast so far in the 2015 School Board election, candidates gathered today in front of the Municipal Building in an effort to encourage


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LAPS Snow Closure Makeup Day Is Feb. 13

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt has announced that due to the school district’s closure because of a weather related event on Friday, Jan. 30, students and staff will make up the missed day Friday, Feb. 13.

The day had previously been marked on the calendar as a “Snow Day” if needed. As such, all seven Los Alamos Public Schools will be open and operational that day on a regular school day schedule


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School Board Candidate Outlines To-Do List

By WILLIAM (BILL) HARGRAVES, Candidate
Los Alamos Board of Education

I’m a candidate for the Los Alamos School Board from the Aspen District. The election is Tuesday and I encourage you to take a few minutes during the day to vote.

We are facing many challenging issues and I want to share my immediate priorities:

  • Improve our response when students struggle. We need to identify focused and effective responses and remain engaged with students and families until students move toward success.
  • Tighten the strategic planning process and communication between the school district and the community.

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Letter to the Editor: Arrogance Or Necessity?

Arrogance Or Necessity?
By LAPS Concerned Parents

Here is a letter we wish we could sign but can’t because we still have students attending Los Alamos High School and do not trust that they would not experience a blacklash from the administration. Other parents have shared directly with us how their children have been threatened and badly treated. If it were only our necks we were sticking out, we would proudly do it but we are unwilling to put our children in difficult and untrustworthy situations.

We whole heartedly agree with the recent letter regarding the duties and responsibilities of the


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County Science And Engineering Fair Grand Winners And Regional Qualifiers Announced

The Grand Award winners pose with Kurt Steinhaus, center, of the LANL Community Programs Office. Winners from left, Senior Division Physical Sciences: Elise Anne Koskelo, LAHS 11th grade; Senior Division Life Sciences: Priyanka Velappan, LAHS 9th grade; Junior Division Physical Sciences: Lillian Petersen, LAMS 7th grade; and Junior Division Life Sciences: Rockwell Leikness, Aspen 6th grade. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair was held Saturday, Jan. 24 at Los Alamos High School.

There were 311 projects presented to more than 130 judges, competing


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Register For Spring Break Trip To Washington, D.C.

Students visit Washington, D.C. in 2014. Courtesy photo

 

EDUCATION News:

It’s not too late to register for the annual Spring Break Trip to the nation’s capitol. The visit to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md., is open to all 8th grade students including home school students.

It is a private non-school sponsored trip.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • The White House;
  • International Spy Museum;
  • Walter Reed Medical Museum;
  • The Capitol tour;
  • Washington Monument;
  • Holocaust Museum;
  • Smithsonian Museums;
  • National Zoo;
  • Arlington Cemetery;
  • night tours of all Presidential Monuments;

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Classes Forming: Girls Circle / Council For Young Men

Trainees start the day dancing, Tony Stidham in the lead and George Marsden bringing up the rear, both men work at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Courtesy photo
 
Jason Sole, One Circle Foundation Trainer. Courtesy photo
 
By KRISTINE COBLENTZ
JJAB

“You could be that one person to make a difference in the life of a teen,” challenged Jason Sole, author of the book From Prison to PhD. Sole carries a heavy rap sheet from his past. A former drug dealer and gang banger, Sole put in years of hard work and found the courage and resilience to turn his life around. He is now a proud family man and an assistant


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Audience Questions School Board Candidates At Thursday’s LAPS Foundation Forum

Audience members write questions on cards for school board candidates, from left, Nan Holmes, Williams Hargraves, Andrea Cunningham and Jennifer McCumber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
LAPS Foundation President Elizabeth Martineau moderates Thursday’s forum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The LAPS Foundation held a forum Thursday in which audience members spent 90 minutes questioning candidates running for the Los Alamos Board of Education.

About 40 people attended the event, which was moderated


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Letter to the Editor: Arrogant, Ignorant, Or Incompetent School Board And Superintendent?


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Letter to the Editor: Vote Andrea Cunningham For School Board

By TIM and SUSAN O’LEARY
Los Alamos

We’re writing to ask that you take some time to participate in the Los Alamos Public School Board election. This coming Tuesday is Election Day and your last opportunity to vote.  There are three school board positions representing districts in the Town Site that are up for election, as well as two positions on the UNM LA Advisory Board.

This is a very important election for our community. Our school district is facing many issues that require strong leadership and careful oversight by the School Board. At this critical juncture, we need a full slate


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