UNM-LA Teams Up With JJAB For Parenting University

Parents and caregivers listen to Jonathan Cathermantalk about Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families during a JJAB parenting workshop last spring. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) have teamed up once again to develop a free workshop for parents and caregivers who are looking to equip themselves with the tools and skills necessary to raise healthy, well-balanced children.

The new workshop, Parenting University: Tool Up For Parenting, is designed primarily for parents and

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LAPS Welcomes Home School Students To Participate In Middle And High School Speech And Debate Programs

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

From the Superintendent’s Desk:

In response to a story published earlier today, click here, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus released the following information:

Los Alamos Public Schools is happy to work with home school students who wish to participate in the High School and Middle School Speech and Debate programs.  

The Hilltalkers and Hawktalkers are proud of their reputation for inclusiveness and our coaches enthusiastically welcome all who show an interest, both home school and public school students.

As with all public schools in New

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PEEC: Fourth Friday Fractals Show Sept. 25


PEEC News:

Enjoy avisual journey into the never-ending world of fractals at Los Alamos Nature Center 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

This program incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music, which is suitable for audiences age 3 and up. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature centerand are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.

The breathtaking show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the show. If tomorrow will not work or one viewing is not enough, put it on the calendar for

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Los Alamos High School NJROTC Opening Color Guard For State Fair Rodeo

The Los Alamos High School NJROTC Color Guard was requested to provide the presentation of colors for the opening of the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo this year. Following the drill competition Saturday, Color Guard members Lauren Partin, Echo Rogers, Kelsey Tucker and Zoe Schreiber traveled to Tingley for the event. The Color Guard was commanded by Lauren Partin. Courtesy/NJROTC

Los Alamos High School NJROTC Color Guard members Lauren Partin, Echo Rogers, Kelsey Tucker and Zoe Schreiber. Courtesy/NJROTC

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Los Alamos High School NJROTC Participates In First Drill Meet Of Season

Los Alamos High School NJROTC armed drill team commanded by Michael Purdy reporting in for their drill event Saturday at the Early Bird Drill meet in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets competed Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Early Bird Drill meet at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque.

This was the first drill meet of the season. The armed and unarmed team both competed in regulation and inspection. Armed commanded by Michael Purdy, and unarmed commanded by Mikyla Smith. The unarmed team placed 2nd in inspection. Both teams did an outstanding

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Validity Of Home School Speech and Debate Team Tournament Entries Challenged

Members of the Jemez Mountain Home School Speech and Debate Team. Courtesy photo



JMHS Speech and Debate Team


The Jemez Mountain Home School Speech and Debate Team (JMHS) may not be attending the LAHS Hilltalker-hosted Speech and Debate tournament this weekend because the Hilltalker head coach has challenged the validity of the team’s status with the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA).


The coach initiated contact with the New Mexico Activities Association over the summer to question Jemez Mountain’s eligibility to compete in speech and debate

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Still Time For 8th Graders To Register For Spring Break Trip To Washington, D.C.

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Constitution Day Essay Winners Honored

From left, essay contest winners Jack Ammerman, Audrey Nolan, Philippa Fung and Jenny Wang with West Virginia House Rep. Saira Blair. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women hosted a Constitution Day Essay Contest and invited the winners to recite their essay at the annual Constitution Day Dinner held Saturday at the Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building.

Winners include:

  • High School – Jenny Wang;
  • Middle School – Audrey Nolan;
  • Elementary School – Philippa Fung; and
  • Honorable

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LAPS: Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

Los Alamos Middle School Principal Mike Johnson, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt, Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson and Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
LAPS News:
While National Attendance Awareness Month may be celebrated during the month of September, the Los Alamos County Council and the Los Alamos Public Schools would like families to remember the importance all year long.

The Los Alamos County Council recently issued a proclamation to draw attention to the issue.

Often unfinished homework and too little sleep

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Local Businesses Collect Spare Change

Los Alamos High School staff support College & Military Day during September for Assets month. Courtesy photo


The following businesses are collecting spare change from the community throughout the month to support the Community Assets Awards:

  • Morning Glory Bakery;
  • Finishing Touch;
  • Aspen Copies;
  • Chamber of Commerce;
  • Children’s Clinic;
  • Los Alamos Co-op;
  • Animal Clinic of Los Alamos;
  • CB FOX; and
  • White Rock Smith’s.

Additional businesses are collecting food and snack items to support projects like Cookies & Conversation including:

  • Betty Ehart Senior

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Masonic Community Breakfast Benefits Los Alamos Eta Zeta Chapter Of Beta Sigma Phi

Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 hosted a community breakfast Saturday morning to benefit the Los Alamos Eta Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, an international Women’s Friendship network. For more information on Eta Zeta and Beta Sigma Phi, visit or e-mail For more information on Pajarito Lodge or Freemasonry, contact Jake Turin, Courtesy photo

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Preparing For Your Future In A STEM Career

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College is hosting a free College Student STEM Workshop: Preparing For Your Future in a STEM Career, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Jemez Rooms at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.

More than 100 students, researchers and scientists from New Mexico’scolleges, national laboratories and science businesses will attend Preparing For Your Future in a STEM Career: Bringing Together Students, Research Professionals and the Science Industry to Shape the Next Generation of New Mexico’s STEM Workforce.

Undergraduate and graduate students studying biomedical science,

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‘FIRE UP’ For Scouting!

BSA News:

The Boy Scouts of America is holding its Fall Fire-Up for Scouting Cub Scout recruiting events at fire stations in Los Alamos and White Rock this week:

  • Event #1 is Tuesday Sept. 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at Fire Station #3 in White Rock, 129 NM 4; and
  • Event #2 is Thursday Sept. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. at Fire Station #4 in Los Alamos, 4401 Diamond Dr. across from the Golf Course.

Boys who are starting 1st through 5th grades (6-10 years old) can be registered for the Cub Scouting program. Information for registering boys in 6th-12th grades in Boy Scouts will also be available. Fire station firefighters

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Girls Expand Horizons With Cool Science

When I grow up I want to be a forensic scientist. I want to go to College at Penn State, said Jenny Kilde, 12, of Los Alamos Middle School. She was taking part in the Physics of Toys workshop, led by Ruth Howes and Nancy Watson Saturday at the Santa Fe Community College. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

These girls are not learning What’s the matter? but rather, What matter is, and (the title of their workshop) Why Empty Matters, taught by Kateryna Artyushkova and Linnea Ista, a chemist and a microbiologist at the University of New Mexico. They’re finding out about vacuums, gravity,

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Outstanding High School Students Encouraged To Apply For Highly Competitive Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich encourage outstanding New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to apply for the highly competitive United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).
Two New Mexico students will be selected to join 102 other delegates at the program’s 54th annual Washington Week from March 5-12, 2016. During their all expenses paid trip, New Mexico’s representatives will learn about the workings of the U.S.
Senate and federal government. Additionally, each selected participant will

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Class Of 1980 Tours Los Alamos High School

The LAHS Class of 1980 was in town for Homecoming weekend last week.  The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation provided a tour led by Kurt Steinhaus and Cheryl Pongratz of the new high school for the classmates. The Class of 1980 made a $500 donation to the Foundation. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus

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Aspen Elementary Has Highest Participation Rate In Summer Reading Challenge In New Mexico

LAPS News:

  • Reading Challenge Success

Aspen Elementary School students have reason to celebrate. They students logged more than 22,300 reading minutes this summer, earning Aspen the title as the number one New Mexico school in the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The school will be listed in the 2016 Scholastic Book of World Record.

Aspen’s librarian, Mr. Lloyd, knew students would get excited if offered the chance to “read for a world record” and registered all Aspen students for the summer challenge in May before school let out. Congratulations Tigers! Your parents, teachers,

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AFT New Mexico Celebrates Introduction Of Senate Bill To Repeal Healthcare ‘Cadillac Tax’

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly


 ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:


“Working New Mexicans can be proud of Sen. Heinrich and his bi-partisan efforts to repeal the regressive healthcare ‘Cadillac Tax’ from the Affordable Care Act.


“As a union who represents thousands of educators across New Mexico, and often negotiates aspects of healthcare coverage, we’re intimately familiar with the fight to ensure all New Mexicans have the best healthcare access possible at the lowest out-of-pocket

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Ceramics Instructor Barbara Yarnell Continues To Inspire With Clay In Popular Classes At UNM-LA

SuFong Milonni, left, and Barbara Yarnell glazing their creations in the UNM-LA pottery studio. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

After throwing her first pot in a Los Alamos Middle School class at age 14, Barbara Yarnell was smitten with clay.

Later in life, she found she also loved sharing her knowledge of the art of ceramics with others. She just taught the first day of Introduction to Ceramics to 20 students at UNM-LA during the first week of fall semester.

“I love the first day of school in the fall and that excitement of learning,” Yarnell said in a recent interview in her studio classroom at UNM-LA.

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