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Manhattan Project Lecture: Life Of Scientist Harold Urey

The cover of the new biography of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Harold Urey (1893–1981), The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey, by Matthew Shindell. Courtesy/LAHS

Smithsonian Curator Matthew Shindell discusses Manhattan Project scientist Harold Urey online at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series. Courtesy/LAHS

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Historical Society online at 6 p.m., Oct. 13 for a fascinating look at the life of Manhattan Project scientist Harold Urey.

Smithsonian Curator Matthew Shindell


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NMPED Wins $10M Grant For Student Behavioral Health

PED Secretary Ryan Stewart

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department has received a five-year federal grant worth nearly $10 million to improve access to school-based mental health services.

The funds will be used to increase the number of behavioral health service providers in selected school districts and charter schools, with selection based on family income, substance abuse rates, student suicide rates and student-provider ratios.

“This is wonderful news for New Mexico public schools and for the children who desperately need these services, particularly


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Staff Members And 1 Student Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced today 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Sept. 28. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a student

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AFRL Satellite Program Preparing Future Workforce

Two University Nanosatellite Program students assemble the Oculus-ASR satellite. Courtesy/AFRL

AFRL News:

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — After more than 20 years and 5,500 graduates, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosat Program is still providing college students around the country with a hands-on education in designing, building, and launching a satellite into space.

In 1999, the first year of the program, 10 universities participated. Over the years, that number has tripled, and is now being managed by one of its graduates, Jesse Olson. 

Having entered the University


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Northern New Mexico College Alumnus Jazmine Lopez To Attend Prestigious Johns Hopkins Science Writing Program  

Jazmine Lopez 

NNMC News:

After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), alumnus Jazmine Lopez will attend the prestigious Masters in Science Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

The Cundiyo native, who graduated with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree with an emphasis in Psychology this year, found a love of writing and the natural world late in her college career.

After working as an intern with the Air Quality Bureau at the New Mexico Environment Department, she discovered a new interest and decided to apply for the program with the Krieger


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American Association Of University Women Features LANL Scientist Harshimi Mukundan At Virtual Fall Luncheon

Harshimi Mukundan, deputy group leader for the physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy division at LANL is the guest speaker for the AAUW virtual luncheon Saturday, Oct. 3. Courtesy/LANL 
AAUW News:
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its annual Fall Luncheon virtually at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
The speaker is Harshimi Mukundan who is a deputy group leader for the physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy division at LANL. She will describe her research and what she is doing to help women interested in a science career.
Following the talk, a few members

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Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler And Challenger David Hampton On Chamber Virtual Forum Discuss Issues Of Concern To Business Community

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Incumbent Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler (Democrat) and Republican challenger David Hampton joined Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan Tuesday for a discussion of issues of special relevance to the business community via Zoom.

The last two years have been productive in the New Mexico House of Representatives, Chandler said. She serves on the taxation and revenue and judiciary committees, which often deal with


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 7 Staff Members And 3 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced today 10 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Three cases in Bernalillo County. All three infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property
  •  Sept. 3 and Sept. 23 (two individuals). All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • One case

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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 3 Staff Members And 4 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced today seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • One case in Chaves County. The infected individual is a student who was last on school property Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • One case in Doña Ana County. The infected individual is a staff

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LAPS Superintendent Shares Message With Parents

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

With student well-being and learning as our top focus area, I want to pause this afternoon and acknowledge the tremendous challenges we are all facing. Since everyone’s experience is unique, I do not pretend to know your individual family situation; however, I can share my own struggles, emotional swings, and failures.

Since the pandemic started and forced the closure of school, I have felt a wide range of emotions reflected in being overly cheerful and sending encouraging messages to outright tears,


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New Mexico Delegation Applauds Contract Worth Up To $237 Million Awarded To UNM And Project ECHO To Train Nursing Homes On COVID-19 Infection Control

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), applauded the announcement of a contract worth up to $237 million from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) created under the CARES Act to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Project ECHO.

The funding will expand a pilot program in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to educate nursing homes about COVID-19


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New Mexico Extends Successful Partnership To Get Students Back On Track After Education Interruption

Deputy Secretary Katarina Sandoval

STATE News:

SANTA FE — A statewide program to help New Mexicans navigate the challenges of education during the global health emergency will be extended after spring results demonstrated significant success in supporting K-12 students across the state.

Participants in the ENGAGE New Mexico program are connected to a personal academic coach to help the students develop plans for success in challenging times, answer questions about technology and curriculum, and connect students to community support.

“We knew that for many students and their families,


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Los Alamos County Zero Waste Food Preservation Tips

COUNTY News:

Planting a garden can yield great rewards – a homegrown tomato always trumps the ones sold in large grocery store chains – but it can lead to excessive amounts of produce.

Gardeners can very well find themselves up to their necks in tomatoes.

Desaree Jimenez, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Agent at the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, said there are many ways to enjoy all the fruits and vegetables a garden produces without letting any of it spoil.

Some of the options are water bath and pressure canning, dehydration, and freezing. Which option is chosen depends on space,


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LAHS Students Promote ‘Court For A Cause’ Homecoming

LAHS Stay@Home-Coming Court from top left, Angel Sanchez, Elizabeth Atencio, Ella Hailey, Jenna Harris, Konstantin Nelson, Leeson Weaver, Mason D’Andrea, Maximilian Corliss, Michaela Gonzales, Tia Hartzol, Noah Bridgewater and Samuel Castille. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

This week Los Alamos High School is hosting Stay@Home-Coming rather than the traditional Homecoming festivities due to the pandemic.

The theme for this year is, appropriately, CRUSH THE COVID! There’s still lots of spirit, though, and plenty of creativity to celebrate in style.

The students on the newly selected


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 10 Staff Members And 6 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced this afternoon 16 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Three cases in Bernalillo County. Two of the infected individuals are students who were last on campus Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. The other infected individual is a staff member who was last on campus on Aug. 24. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected schools have

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Scenes Of Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Open Range Day

Noah Vogel, left, and Jake Tierney receive instructions on firearm safety and use of the shotgun on the ATA Trap range from Certified Range Master Richard Anderson before they take their turn at trap shooting Saturday morning at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club in Rendija Canyon. As a public service, the Club offered a day where folks can bring their own firearms or use Club firearms to learn safe handling and shooting to become familiar with the operation and proper cleaning and storage of firearms, under the supervision of a certified NRA instructor. In addition, the Club offers certified basic


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NDI New Mexico Hosts Virtual ‘Run For The Thrills’

NDI News:

SANTA FE — NDI New Mexico announces the 2020 “Run for the Thrills” virtual run.

This family-friendly event takes place Oct. 23-25 as a replacement for last year’s Dance-A-Thon and offers participants the choice of running a 1K, 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon and fundraise to support NDI New Mexico programming.

“This virtual fun run is a great way for families and individuals to get outside for a good cause,” NDI Executive Director Russell Baker said. “Participants can choose the distance they want to run, and then invite people to donate based on the distance. It’s also perfect


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 8 Staff Members And 4 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced this afternoon 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts.

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Three cases in Chaves County. Two of the infected individual are staff members who were last on campus Sept. 14 and Sept. 22. Additionally, one student tested positive and was last on campus on Sept. 15.  All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been

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Los Alamos Right To Life Committee Hosts Pro-life Webinars

The LARTLC hosts two free online presentations Oct. 1 & Oct. 9 on the topic of pro-life. Courtesy/LARTLC

LARTLC News:

The Los Alamos Right to Life Committee (LARTLC) invites the public to join them in two free online presentations on the topic of pro-life.

In the first, two women share the personal experiences of their abortions, the circumstances that led to their decisions, and their lives following the choices.

This event is shared via Zoom at 7 p.m. MT, Thursday, Oct. 1.

Pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lQNwKVgxRdmv2jFVPobMTw

Writer and speaker Trent


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On The Job In Los Alamos: At Little Forest Playschool

On the job in Los Alamos Thursday is Teacher Vanessa Martinez with students Isla Kaufeld and Owen Griffith at Little Forest Playschool, 3880 Villa St. Visit www.lfplayschool.com. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Out in the fresh air and warm sunshine Thursday are Infant/Toddler Teacher Nichol Lewis and Ms. Ashlee with children Julia Morello, Lachlan Blom and Nathan Neukirch. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Ellis Byrd shares a spontaneous hug Thursday with Executive Director April Wade at Little Forest Playschool. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

Little Forest Playschool


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