Boerigter And DiRosa Ready To Help UNM-LA Move Forward

Stephen Boerigter

UNM-LA News:

In Tuesday’s School Board election, Los Alamos County voters re-elected Stephen Boerigter, who ran uncontested, to fill Position 4 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Michael DiRosa was elected to fill Position 3, which is being vacated by Linda Hull who will complete her four-year term in March.

Michael DiRosa

This will be Boerigter’s second term and he will again work with current Advisory Board members Micheline Devaurs, Michelle Hall and David Sutton to further the college’s mission. Boerigter has been the Board’s chairperson for the past three years.


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Los Alamos Hilltalkers Seek Judges, Food Donations For State Speech And Debate Tournament Feb. 26-28

Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team. Courtesy/LAHS

LAMS Hawktalkers Speech and Debate Team. Courtesy/LAMS

LAHS News:

Judges are needed for the upcoming New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament in which more than 350 students from all corners of the state will converge on Los Alamos to fight for state titles

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers, Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers and Jemez Home School speech and debate teams are hosting the tournament schduled for 3-9:30 p.m. Feb 26 at LAHS, 3-9:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at LAMS. A Model Congress Tournament is set for 9

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PEEC Talk Highlights Chama River Charms, Challenges

Fall foliage lines the Chama River. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Did you know that the Chama River is one of the West’s most undiscovered and diverse rivers? Yet the river has been facing some serious issues recently due to drought conditions, water management and unregulated fishing.

In a free talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at PEEC, Noah Parker will discuss the current situation on the river from a holistic point of view, as well as touch upon a catch and release initiative that is being proposed for the fishery.

Starting in the mountains on the Colorado border, the charming Chama River flows as a

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Letter to the Editor: It’s Been An Honor To Serve

LAPS Board Member
(Lost Tuesday’s Election)

It has been an honor to serve the students, teachers, and community of Los Alamos as a School Board member.

I appreciate the support I received not only in the recent election but throughout my service on the School Board. I know that Bill Hargraves is a hard worker and will do a fine job serving our schools.

I hope to continue to serve in some capacity to support our students and I hope that you will all join me.

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Quemazon Montessori Kids Tour Smith’s Marketplace

Twenty 4- and 5-year-old children from Quemazon Montessori School participated in a field trip this morning to Smith’s Marketplace. They checked out all the different seafood available and tasted foods such as sausage, sushi and Murrays cheese. The children capped off their visit with fruit and especially enjoyed the watermelon, said Kathryn Fulton of Smith’s. ‘We all had a lot of fun and we invited them to have a watermelon party on our patio when it warms up,’ Fulton said. Courtesy photo

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UNM-LA Staffer Recognized For Going The Extra Mile For Others

UNM-LA Special Events Coordinator Alex Zubelewicz is the recipient of a Community Asset Award presented by the LACDC’s Assets in Action. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA Special Events Coordinator Alex Zubelewicz was recognized with a Community Asset Award as part of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation’s (LACDC) Assets in Action Program.

Zubelewicz was recognized at the Community Asset Awards Ceremony in late January for his dedication and the customer service he provides at UNM-LA.

Kristine Coblentz from the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), nominated

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Letter to the Editor: We Have To Decide That Our Collective Futures Are Worth The Time And Effort

By Dr. Jessica McCord
New Mexico Educator

It’s a busy time for education in New Mexico. This represents my effort to help continue these conversations that will help the public stay informed and involved and communicate with their lawmakers as they discuss, debate, and make decisions about important legislation.

Senate Bill 205 is being sponsored by Sen. John Sapien – Please support this bill! It would allow our state to take both this and the next school year to evaluate the utility of the PARCC assessment to grade our schools and evaluate teachers. I beg our state legislators to take the time

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Counselor Introduces Kindness Rocks Campaign

Counselor Jen Schmierer introduces the Kindness Rocks campaign this morning to the Mountain Elementary School students, teachers and some parents. She spoke about the importance of performing random acts of kindness, paying good fortune forward and passing along kindness to others. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

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Tech Trek Summer Camp For 7th Grade Girls


Does your daughter have a sharp mind and an interest in science or technology? If so, she will not want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime science/technology summer camp, to be held at New Mexico Highlands University (NMSU) in July 2015.  

Middle school science, math and technology teachers in New Mexico are being asked to nominate their promising female students to attend the Tech Trek summer camp, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU). The camp is open to seventh grade girls from throughout New Mexico

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‘Great Ideas’ Grant Applications Available Now


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF) is interested in funding innovative ideas that augment the basic curriculum from licensed teachers in the district.

Parents can team with licensed teachers to apply for this grant. The Spring Great Ideas Grant application is due by 4 p.m., Feb. 17 and will be awarded by May.

Grant winners must implement their proposed projects by December. For additional information, to view past winners, or download the grant in PDF or Word form, visit the Foundation’s website at and click on the Teacher Grant icon on the

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Hilltalkers Show Skills At Rotary Check Presentation

Rotary Club of Los Alamos President Troy Hughes, left, Hilltalkers Darcy Turin, Jenny Wang, Irene Gerrish, Dakota Klasky and Hilltalkers Coach Margo Batha hold up a $400 check the club presented to the Hilltalkers at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Hilltalker Jenny Wang argues why the United Nations should militarize during Tuesday’s Rotary meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos donated $400 to the Hilltalkers speech and debate team at Tuesday’s

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Leads Push To Expand Access To Early Childhood Education

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • PRE-K Act Strengthens High-Quality Early Learning Programs Across New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has joined several senators in introducing legislation to expand access to high-quality early learning programs for children from birth to age five.

The Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act helps more kids arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed by establishing a federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to improve the quality of their preschool programs and expand to serve more children

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Radioactive Fireflies Take 2nd At State Championship

Front row from left, Eden Schmierer, Coach Karen Doebling and Natalie Aulwes. Back row from left, Emily Holmes, Eleanor Henderson, Katie Herrmann, Maddie Ovaska and Sophia Mamula. Photo by Brad Henderson

In the Junior FLL Expo, the Atomic Flying Pickle Minions won the ‘Against All Odds’ award. Their ‘Think Tank’ project was about learning to ice skate with the Ice Scooter Skating Aid. From left, Magellan Bronson, Joseph Doebling, Timothy Rousculp and Coach Chris Rousculp. Photo by Rita Bronson

FLL News:

The Radioactive Fireflies FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team won

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Newly Elected School Board Officials Share Thoughts

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announces unofficial results of the 2015 School Board Election this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced the unofficial results in the 2015 School Board Election this evening in Council Chambers. 

School Board Results District 3:

  • 94 – Bill Hargraves;
  • 86 – Nan Holmes;
  • 40 – Sheryl Nichols.

School Board Results District 4:

  • 161 – Andrea Cunningham;
  • 44 – Michael Fessbender.

School Board Results District 5:

  • 124 Jenny McCumber;

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Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture: Ernie Pyle By BG Burr At Fuller Lodge Feb. 10

Ernie Pyle


The Los Alamos Historical Society will present the lecture, “Ernie Pyle—Bringing the World to America’s Doorstep” Baldwin G. Burr, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.

Pyle was an American journalist known for his columns written as a roving correspondent both before and during World War II. He reported from Europe and the Pacific, and was killed in 1945 on the Japanese Island of Ie Shima.  

Ernie pioneered the “On the Road” style of narrative journalism, and journeyed around the world specializing in telling

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Study: New Mexico 7th Best State At Controlling Bullying

WalletHub News:

In the next 7 minutes, a child in the U.S. will be bullied. It may be the son or daughter of someone you know. Worse, it may be your own. Meanwhile, only four out of 100 adults will step in to stop it. And only 11 percent of the child’s peers might do the same. The rest — 85 percent — will do nothing.

With Feb. 9 being Stop Bullying Day and more than 160,000 children missing school every day in the U.S. out of fear of being bullied, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States at Controlling Bullying.

To identify the areas

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