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Lemonade Living Raising Funds To Buy Historic Cabin

Lemonade Living is fundraising to purchase the Lujan Homestead Cabin. Courtesy photo

Lujan cabin owner Shelly Cross approached Lemonade Living about buying the cabin. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Lemonade Living has big dreams and with its plan to purchase the Lujan Homestead Cabin this week, many of those dreams are about to come true.

“When Lemonade Living first started, the goal was to build a farm and have an activities program with a long-term goal of a residential campus,” Lemonade Living Founder Melissa Arias said.

The creation of


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LACF: Music Endowment Leads To Orchestral Inspiration

LAHS alumnus Charlton Lee with Del Sol quartet members Sam Weiser, Kathryn Bates and Ben Kreith. Courtesy/LACF

LACF News:

The orchestras from Los Alamos High School (LAHS) and Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) were treated recently to a virtual masterclass as well as a virtual performance by the San Francisco string quartet Del Sol.  

LAHS alumnus Charlton Lee (Class of ‘83) founded the quartet, and their recent album, Kooch-e Khaman, is fifth on the Billboard Classical Charts.

“Our orchestras were inspired by live performances and masterclasses with Del Sol. This was made possible due to funding


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Luján Announces Virtual Guest For President’s Address

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M) has announced that he has invited 16-year-old Heleen Archuleta, a constituent from Counselor, as his virtual guest for President Biden’s first joint address to Congress.

Archuleta is a sophomore at Cuba High School and a member of the Navajo Nation who has been distance learning since April of last year.

Under the American Rescue Plan, New Mexico schools will receive $979 million to address learning loss, provide education technology, implement public health measures, and meet other critical needs.

In the Senate, Luján


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Dolores Huerta To Speak At HU Commencement May 15

Dolores Huerta

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Dolores Huerta, a legendary American labor leader, civil rights activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez, is the guest speaker for New Mexico Highlands University’s (NMHU) virtual commencement ceremony May 15.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Dolores Huertas’ stature speak at our Highlands University commencement,” Highlands University President Sam Minner said. “She is a giant in the labor movement in the United States and has a civil rights and social justice record that is both impressive and unique.


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DCA: Discussion On Asylum System, Short Biographies On New Mexico Farmers, Return Of Science Story Time…

DCA News:

Explore the latest online programming from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), bringing the state’s unique blend of cultures into your home through its museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions.

This week includes three programs:

The History and Literary Arts department at the National Hispanic Cultural Center presents the latest online lecture in the series Perspectivas Modernas “Seeking Refuge: The Role of Expert Witnesses in Latin American Asylum Cases via Zoom May 4. In this presentation, Kimberly Gauderman, a professor in the Department of


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New Mexico Receiving $6.4M For Homeless Students

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

NMPED News:

…‘At last count, New Mexico had 6,573 students experiencing homelessness.

SANTA FE — New Mexico will receive $6.4 million from the federal government over the next two months to help identify and provide services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, the Public Education Department announced Monday.

The funding is New Mexico’s share of $800 million authorized by Congress in the American Rescue Plan Act to enable children and youth experiencing homelessness to attend school and participate fully in school activities,


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Registration Open For Los Alamos Online Learning Academy

LAPS News:

Registration for the 2021-22 school year at the Los Alamos Online Learning Academy (LAOLA) is now open.

Go to https://sites.google.com/laschools.net/registration/home for more information and to complete the registration process.

LAOLA will host an informational meeting for parents of students entering kindergarten through grade 5 starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. This virtual meeting will provide an overview of the lower academy curriculum as well as the benefits of online learning, including small groups, a consistent and flexible schedule, and the concept of a portable


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2021 Congressional Art Competition Deadline Approaches

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez:

There is still time for high school students in Congressional District 3, which includes Los Alamos, to submit their art work for this year’s Congressional Art Competition.

This is an opportunity for New Mexico’s creative, young artists to be nationally recognized for their talents and have their art displayed in the United States Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandes’s office is accepting submissions until this Friday, April 30. All applications must be submitted directly to Francesca DiPalma at francesca.dipalma@mail.house.


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LAHS Students Garner Top 3 Spots In 2021 State Science And Engineering Fair Senior Division Going To Intl’. Meet

This year’s event was held virtually, but several students who received awards also participated two years ago when this photo was taken. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School students garnered the top three spots in the senior division of the 2021 New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair held virtually earlier this month. They will now move on to the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF).

This year’s ISEF Finalists include: 

  • 1st: Robert Strauss: “Neuromorphic Computing: Simulating the Brain’s Visual Cortex”
  • 2nd: Phillip Ionkov & Anthony Lestone: “Nondestructive

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Feds Approve New Mexico Spring Testing Waiver Request

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico students will take annual standardized tests this spring to the greatest extent possible, but the results will be used only to inform families, educators and the public about academic achievement after a year of mostly remote learning.

The U.S. Department of Education this week granted New Mexico’s request for an accountability waiver, which means no student, school or district will be graded, rated or ranked based on this year’s test scores.

“This waiver will allow New Mexico educators to get the student achievement data we need to guide accelerated learning


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Northern New Mexico College Presents Summer Bridge 2021

NNMC News:

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is offering a new “Summer Bridge 2021” program — a FREE 5-week intensive learning experience designed to help students get ready for college.

The program provides students with pre-college classes in Math and English, with a focus on gaining skills to enter college-level courses in the Fall.

The program runs June 7 to July 15, 2021, with online classes and a weekly outdoor group session (if Rio Arriba County COVID risk level is low).

Tuition, books, course supplies and food are supplied by Northern through the F2F (Fast-Track to Finish) Title V Grant.


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Luján On USDA Extending Free School Lunches To 2022

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. SENATE News:

NAMBE — U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture extending free school lunches for students through the 2021-2022 school year, including during summer months:

“Healthy meals help students thrive and find success in the classroom, and free school lunches have been a lifeline for New Mexico students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s welcome news that Biden-Harris administration is supporting our students and families


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2021 New Mexico Science And Engineering Fair Results

SCIENCE FAIR News:

This year science fairs are online rather than in-person posters and presentations. The 2021 Final New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair was Saturday, April 17 with results announced April 20.

Students from schools across New Mexico competed to perform research and present their results to judging panels.

Top projects selected in the regional fairs of New Mexico met at the State Fair, at which seven high school students (comprising five projects) were selected to go onto the International Fair representing New Mexico. The State level is the last competition for the junior


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LANL Foundation Awards $753,500 To 106 Recipients

LANL Foundation News:

ESPAÑOLA — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), has announced its 2021 4-Year Scholarship recipients.

A grand total of $753,500 will be awarded to 106 outstanding Northern New Mexico students. 

“Despite the challenges presented by a year of distance learning, pandemic-related stress, civil unrest, and uncertainty about the future, these amazing students found the motivation to remain committed to their academic pursuits and serve as leaders in their schools, homes, and communities,”


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On The Job In Los Alamos: Local Rotarians Clean Up And Beautify Memorial Garden At High School Saturday

From left, Rotarians Skip King, Chuck Tallman and Kurt Steinhaus work as a team Saturday with organizer Oliver Morris, not pictured, to provide springtime cleanup and gardening maintenance at the Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden. The project to beautify the garden was undertaken by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos with assistance from Los Alamos Public Schools. The memorial was dedicated in December 2012. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Oliver Morris


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There’s Never Been A Better Time To Join PEEC

Now is a great time to become a PEEC member or renew a membership. Through April 30, new memberships and  renewals will be entered into a drawing to win an excursion with a PEEC naturalist. PEEC members receive reciprocal benefits at other nature centers, special event pricing, gift shop discounts, newsletter and much more. Watch an incentive video here. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC provides educational programs for children. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) needs the community’s help. Due to the pandemic and closure of the Los Alamos Nature Center over the


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