Michael Phillips Of Los Alamos Top 50 Kids Coach

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips

GOLF News:

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.

Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.

The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.

The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes golf professionals


New Mexico Christmas Trees Brighten U.S. Capitol

On display this month in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Red River area in the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico is by far the most impressive tree with its 11,000 ornaments created by New Mexicans. The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or the ‘People’s Tree’, began in 1964, and this year New Mexico is providing the tree for the third time. Photo by Donald Taylor

Close up view of some of the 11,000 ornaments created by New Mexicans that decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on display in Washington, D.C. Photo by Donald Taylor


Udall Includes Los Alamos Students Roshan Prasad And Trystan Osburn Among Nominees To U.S. Academies

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has announced the names of the 39 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2020.
Udall nominated Los Alamos student Roshan Prasad to the U.S. Naval Academy and Trystan Osburn to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant


Lou And Pat Santoro Donate To LAPS Foundation

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy, left, accepts a $2,500 donation from State Farm Agent Lou Santoro, third from left, and his wife Pat Santoro, second from left, gathered with staff for the presentation Thursday at Santoro’s State Farm Insurance Agency at 110 Central Park Square. The LAPS Foundation uses donations to fund opportunities and materials for students, provide professional development for educators, defray operating expenses and assist with capital improvements to enrich learning environments. Learn more here. Courtesy/LAPS


LAMS Students Gather At Reel Deal For Jumanji

More than 200 Los Alamos Middle School students gather today at the Reel Deal Movie Theater to watch Jumanji after their last day of school before the winter break. Photo by Jim O’Donnell
Nicole Sutherland keeps watch on a mountain of backpacks for the students. Photo by Jim O’Donnell


Scenes From Paws For Books DECA Project Event

Los Alamos High School students Katie Herrmann, left, and Kaley Muller organized the Paws for Books event for their DECA project, Dec. 12 at the DogHouse Phd at 127 Eastgate. Courtesy photo

Co-organizer Katie Herrmann of the Paws for Books event reads to a dog. Courtesy photo



The Paws for Books event was organized by Los Alamos High School students Katie Herrmann and Kaley Muller for their DECA project.


The project is meant to help young students become more comfortable reading out loud, to help improve their reading skills.


Originally scheduled in November,


January Events Planned At Los Alamos Nature Center

The Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 2600 Canyon Road, has scheduled the following events for the month of January:  

Wednesday, Jan. 1
New Year. Same Birds.
Get a jump start on your 2020 birding list by joining us for a morning of birding on New Year’s Day. Or try something new in the New Year! Joe Fitzgibbon and Bob Walker will lead this outing. 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM Admission: Free. More information at


Friday, Jan.


Applicants Sought For New LAPS Equity Council

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools would like to invite interested parents, students and community members to apply for the newly created LAPS Equity Council.

The purpose of this council is to create an equity plan to help inform the LAPS strategic planning process.

The council will consist of members that represent students with disabilities, English learners, Native American Students and economically disadvantaged students including district leadership representatives, school staff, students, parents and community representatives.

Members will serve either a 3-year term or


Los Alamos Middle School Ornaments Showcased In President’s Park Across From White House

Los Alamos Middle School seventh-grader Lynzee Clay, whose ornament was selected along with 23 others to be displayed on a Christmas tree across from the White House, traveled to Washington, D.C. with her father Marc Clay recently to check out the display. Photo by Marc Clay

LAMS students made nichos boxes for their ornaments, which include paper folding, watercolors, collages and drawings. Photo by Marc Clay 

Los Alamos Daily Post

Trees and ornaments representing all 50 U.S. states, five territories and the District of Columbia are


On The Job In Los Alamos: Police Sgt. Tim Lonz

On the job in Los Alamos is Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz greeting his special need 1st grader friend at the bus this morning in front of a local elementary school. Lonz met his friend in the beginning of this school year while on School Zone Patrol and they became immediate friends. Lonz and his friend communicate through hugs and sign language. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Tim Lonz greeting his special need 1st grader friend this morning. Lonz and his friend communicate through hugs and sign language. Photo by Jenn Bartram/


PEEC: Explore Fire And Ice In The Solar System Friday

Join Rick Wallace in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 for a talk about how the Sun’s heat and planetary orbits create weather, solstices, seasons and more throughout the Solar System. Wallace also will give an update on unexpected locations of water and water-ice throughout the Solar System. Courtesy photo
PEEC will play the full-dome film Superpower Dogs’ 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28. This film was brought to Los Alamos by Pet Pangaea and follows six dogs as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species and help people with special


PAC 8 Offers Stop Motion Animation Classes In January

Los Alamos High School senior Allegra Dougherty will teach stop motion animation for students aged 9-12 years in Jnauary. Courtesy/PAC 8

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 will be offering classes in stop motion animation for students aged 9-12 years 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays in January.

Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are moved in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit motion when the series of frames is played back.

Students will be learning Dragonframe software, a program used in the making of “Coraline” and “Shaun the Sheep


Europe 2020 Fundraiser Underway At Century Bank

From left, Los Alamos High School students Matt Kuehn, Katie Herrmann, Abby Beus and Sophie Mamula invite the community to buy coffee to support the annual educational trip to Europe. The fundraiser is underway until 5 p.m. today at Century Bank in the Smith’s Marketplace shopping center. Christmas crafts are available for free as well. Courtesy photo


UNM-LA Student Fernando Trujillo Discusses Criminal Justice Reform At White Rock Senior Center Talk Friday

UNM-LA student Fernando Trujillo making a presentation on criminal justice reform in October will deliver a similar talk Friday at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Executive Director

UNM-LA student Fernando Trujillo will make a presentation on criminal justice reform at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the White Rock Senior Center.

The community is welcome to attend this free event.

Trujillo has spent the last three months as a student intern with the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which operates both the Los Alamos


NASA Sending New Generation Rover To Mars

Cadets in the Museum’s summer camp Wheels Up program test high-altitude pressure suits they built to protect marshmallows. Cadets were given nitrile gloves, sealable food bags, and tape and told to use their imagination. Their designs were tested in a vacuum jar. Registration for summer camp in Alamogordo and Las Cruces is now open and available on the Museum’s website. Courtesy/NMMSH


ALAMOGORDO – In mid-August 2020, NASA is sending a new generation rover to Mars as part of the Mars Exploration Program.

The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the


LACF Announces Creation Of Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture Endowment Fund

Rosalie Heller. Courtesy/LACF

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation announces the creation of the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture Endowment Fund to financially help support the lecture series held annually by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

“To honor the many contributions Rosalie made to life in Los Alamos, most especially in music, I created the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture Fund,” Rosalie’s husband Leon Heller said. “Its purpose is to help finance the lecture series with the same name held under the auspices of the Los Alamos Arts Council.”

To help launch the fund,


Paint Holiday Candle At White Rock Senior Center


The community is invited to paint a holiday candle 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the White Rock Senior Center.

You can enjoy a cup of tea, while painting in a step by step, guided painting event for

Beginners and experienced artists are welcome to attend this step by step, guided painting session, which includes a cup of tea.

The fee is $25 for senior center members and $30 for nonmembers.

Register at or call Susanne Harrison at 505.412.1534.


NM Department Of Workforce Solutions Signs Career Pathway Agreement With The U.S. Forest Service

James Duran (left), and Secretary Bill McCamley. Courtesy photo
TAOS, NM Dec. 11, 2019, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) signed an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service in Taos to provide a career pathway program for participants in the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC).
RMYC is an AmeriCorps program where participants gain valuable experience in the skills that employers, like the U.S. Forest Service, need by maintaining public lands.
The program will involve staff from Carson National Forest Service, NMDWS, and RMYC working together to provide training


On The Job In Los Alamos: Assisting First Responders

On the job Monday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock is Carl Russell, DMin, MA, LPCC a volunteer from the New Mexico Crisis Support Team (NMCST). Russell offered to facilitate a critical incident debriefing for local first responders involved in the recent tragedies in Los Alamos and White Rock. The NMCST is comprised of 15 volunteer mental health professionals, clergy and peer support personnel who have received special training to intervene with individuals who have experienced a critical incident or traumatic event. Learn more here. Photo by Jenn Bartram/