Scenes From Hour Of Coding At Aspen School

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason volunteers during the Hour of Code this morning at Aspen Eementary School as part of International Computer Science Education Week. Director Mason supervises third graders as they navigate a spherical robot through a maze, using programming they developed this week during Hour of Code. Each year, Hour of Code teaches K-12 students coding basics and broadens participation in the field of computer science. Director Mason is one of 60 Laboratory volunteers in 94 classrooms in 24 area schools. For Computer Science Education Week, Dec.


Topper Athlete Rebecca Green Signs With NMSU

Topper athlete Rebecca Green signs a letter of intent Thursday morning in the lobby of Los Alamos High School to participate in the track program this coming year at New Mexico State Uuniversity in Las Cruces. Gathered for the ceremony from left, Green’s mother Susan Feiertag, father Lance Green, Green and her brother Jake Green. Photo by John McHale/


Skolnik Donates Global Health 101 To Local Libraries

Book Cover of Global Health 101, 4th Edition. Courtesy photo


Author Richard Skolnik of White Rock recently donated copies of his college textbook Global Health 101, 4th edition, to the Mesa Public Library and the Los Alamos High School Library.

This new edition of Skolnik’s book, the most widely used global health textbook worldwide, was published in October of this year.

‘The health of anyone, anywhere, is the health of everyone, everywhere,’ Skolnik said, adding that he hopes, therefore, that Los Alamos County residents will find value in the book.

He said he also hopes the


UNM-LA Closing For Winter Break Dec. 21 – Jan. 1

UNM-LA campus will close for winter break Dec. 21 and reopen Jan. 2, 2020. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will close for winter break Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

There will be no classes or activities and buildings will be closed.

 The UNM-LA campus, at 4000 University Dr., will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The UNM-LA Library will re-open Jan. 21 for student and community use.

UNM–Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations


LAPS Issues Invitation To Crisis Support For LAPS Parents And Community Members

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools would like to invite parents and community members to hear a short presentation and have an opportunity to share and discuss how we can support each other and our children during this time of grief and loss at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 in the Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.

In times of unexpected, untimely tragedy, it is normal to feel shocked and afraid, to want to lash out, to try to regain a sense of control, and to search for ways to keep our children safe. As our community reels from a series of recent losses, LAPS would like to offer parents and community


Sullivan Field House Gets Underway – Parking Limited

Rendering of the Sullivan Field House project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Starting Monday, Dec. 16, parking at Sullivan Field will be limited due to the start of construction of the Sullivan Field House.

Students are encouraged to utilize school buses, public transport or carpool with friends. Access to parking will be limited due to construction during the next nine months.

For safety reasons, please do not enter the fenced off area.

Los Alamos Public Schools appreciates everyone’s understanding while Sullivan Field receives this much needed construction.


2020 Master Gardener Classes Run Feb. 4 – April 25

Winter is here with all its pleasures, but many of us are looking forward to the warmer days.
If you are desiring inspiration for next years’s garden or landscaping, it is not too early to register for the Master Gardener classes offered by the Los Alamos County and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.
Classes are 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 through April 25 Fuller Lodge. Classes are open to anyone who desires to learn more about gardening and to share what they’ve learned with others.


Registration For Spring Semester Now Open At Northern

Registration for the spring 2020 semester at NNMC is now open. Courtesy/NNMC
NNMC News:
ESPANOLA Registration for the spring 2020 semester at Northern New Mexico College is now open for new and continuing students.
While classes begin Jan. 21, students are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to get the classes they need, receive financial aid, and order books and course materials.
Prospective students interested in starting classes for the spring are also encouraged to register, but must first apply to Northern by completing an online application.


League High School Essay Contest Honors 100th Anniversary Of Women’s Suffrage

LWV News:
The 19th amendment was passed in 1920 granting women’s suffrage and that makes 2020 a historic year in women’s right to vote in United States elections.
To celebrate the event and to remind citizens of those momentous times, the League of Women Voters is sponsoring an essay contest open to all Los Alamos students in grades 9 through 12 attending public, private or home schools.
The topic of the essay is “U.S. women fought for decades for the right to vote, finally achieving the vote in 1920. What were some of the obstacles to achieving suffrage? Since 1920, there have


LANL Announces Winners Of First-Ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

Judges from Los Alamos National Laboratory Jake Miner and James Owen listen to students from Taos Academy Charter School as they explain their entry in the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge. Courtesy/LANL
LANL News:
Roughly 600 people convened at Los Lunas High School Saturday for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.
Led by New Mexico’s Office of the Governor, the Challenge was a collaboration between the Department of Public


SFCC, SFHEC Winter Break Closures Dec. 21-Jan. 5

SFCC News:
SANTA FE ― Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for Winter Break from Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available during this time. Snow removal and grounds maintenance will not be operational during this time. The college’s early childhood development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
The SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950


New Report Finds 13.8 Percent Of Working Adults Suffered Food Insecurity In 2016-2018 In New Mexico

HFA News:

More than 25 percent of all children in New Mexico lived in households that couldn’t always afford enough food from 2016-2018, according to a new report by Hunger Free America, based on an analysis of federal data.

That means 121,719 children in the state lived in households that did not always know where their next meal was coming from during the three-year time period.

The total number of food insecure individuals in New Mexico from 2016-2018 was 374,105 (18.3 percent of the state population), making it the most food insecure state in the country.

The report, titled “The Affordability


Superintendent Issues Letter To Community Following Overnight Death Of Chamisa Student

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus has issued the following letter to the community following the overnight loss of a student:

By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Los Alamos Community,

With a heavy heart, I am deeply sorry to share the news that Chamisa student Coltin Hansel died at 2:54 this morning due to a tragic accident. Coltin was in 4th grade.

We have reached out to Coltin’s family to offer assistance and communicate care and compassion during this very difficult time. They have given permission to send this message.  



LAHS Students Show Compassion; Generosity During ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ Winter Coat Drive

‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ co-founders and sisters Sarah Crotzer, left, and Madelyn Crotzer are surrounded by the outpouring of teen hoodies, winter coats and cold-weather accessories donated by the LAHS community to help recently-resettled refugee teens living and attending school in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
Items donated by the LAHS community to the ‘Youth Helping Refugee Youth’ winter coat drive. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
The students at Los Alamos High School demonstrated their compassion and generosity this month through the “Youth Helping


Rotary: Scientist Ryan Toma Shares Viome Research

At the Dec. 3 Rotary Club meeting, research scientist Ryan Toma of Viome described the three-year-old company’s research and success as it uses a systems biology approach, an individual’s microbiome (‘gut’) and metabolism, to reduce and prevent chronic disease, which now accounts for roughly 90 percent of today’s healthcare services. Viome is a spin-off from Los Alamos National Laboratory; its testing leads to personalized recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle. Viome offers tests in gut intelligence, food sensitivity, gene expression intelligence and saliva intelligence,


2019 Winter/2020 Spring Guide To New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites Available Online

SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for 2019 Winter/2020 Spring is now available online for free at
This guide’s haunting cover image shows a woman in period costume twirling on a wintery parade ground near a cannon at Fort Selden Historic Site. Entitled, “Tiffanie Twirling,” the subject of the photo, Historic Site Instructional Coordinator Tiffanie Owens says, “The clouds were low, the air was still. Larry was splitting wood for the fire. John kept the coffee


Science On Tap: Elizabeth Hunke On CICE Software Addressing Ice And Climate Changes On Global Scale

Elizabeth Hunke

LACD News:

The community is invited to join the Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at projectY cowork.

This On Tap will feature a conversation with Elizabeth Hunke about CICE, a flexible thermal modeling software that addresses issues about ice and climate changes on a global scale.

Hunke’s modeling software has helped track the changes and effects of ice melting and moving and how it interacts with global patterns. Her research not only creates a deeper understanding of the impacts of ice changes for climate


NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez Comments On PED Proposed 5 Percent Budget Increase

By Mary Parr Sanchez
NEA-New Mexico President
NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez issues the following comment on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s proposed budget increase of only 5 percent:
If the preliminary budget figures being discussed by legislative leaders and the PED are adopted, New Mexico’s educators will be extremely disappointed that once again our students next year will not be provided a sufficient education.
With anything less than another substantial increase in total compensation for teachers and other school employees,


Scenes From 2019 Earth Treasures Show

The 51st annual Earth Treasures Show took place Saturday and will continue10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Masonic Temple at Canyon Road and 15th Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Young ladies spin for prizes at the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Blue calcite. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A visitor to the Earth Treasures Show checks out a display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

This geode has an unusual stalactite formation inside. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

This geode has an unusual stalactite formation


San Juan College Faculty Votes To Unionize

FARMINGTON On the heels of recent and decisive votes by full and part-time faculty at UNM, over two thirds (68 percent) of San Juan College (SJC) full-time faculty voted yes to win collective bargaining rights for faculty in a decisive victory in support of students and faculty. 
Votes were cast Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 resulting in 87 out of 128 faculty voting in favor of collective bargaining.
“I, along with my colleagues, are deeply committed to the mission of SJC and our student’s learning. We hope that SJC Administration will join us in realizing our vision