Public Invited to LAMS’ Production of ‘Hoodie’

LAPS News:

Director Mimi Adams will launch her production of Hoodie, written by Lindsay Price at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 in room 163 at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive.

The play also will be performed at 2 p.m. and  7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The production is free. Everyone is invited.

Directed by Adams and produced by Dana Kline, LAMS student Katelyn Skeen is the stage manager. Adult actors are Noonday Neese and Dana Kline.

Student actors include:

  • Madison Peterson
  • Sebastian Chavarria
  • Thomas Chadwick
  • Michael Clark
  • Joseph Sarrao
  • Allegra Dougherty
  • Anna Lemke
  • Kristen Pimentel
  • Caleb
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Chick Keller Leads Monthly Wildflower Walks

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric
Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller

PEEC News:

Starting this month, PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will begin leading monthly Wildflower Walks.

These will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month, Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

The Wildflower Walks will take Read More

Learn to Protect Your Home from Fire at PEEC Talk

Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn how to protect your home from wildfires, and take measures to prevent house fires, in a free presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). This event is free to attend, and no advance registration is required.

Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager for the N.M. State Forestry Division Dan Ware will talk about how New Mexico residents can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season. Van Leimer of the Los Alamos Fire Department will discuss general fire safety measures that Read More

UNM-LA Advisory Board Discusses Student Housing Options Monday

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 in the Student Center Lecture Hall at UNM-LA.

Items on the agenda include discussion of student housing options, the FIRST Robotics Program, and reports from various departments and individuals. The public is welcome to attend. Read More

Three LAHS Students Conduct Trail Survey

Los Alamos County Trail Map. Courtesy/LAC

LAHS News:

The trail system in Los Alamos County is used for a variety of purposes by people of all ages. However, factors such as weathering, fire damage, and the degradation of the trails that occurs with normal use can make them less usable for the general public, and less accessible for some users.

As a part of their Humanities Final Project Los Alamos High School students Jeremy Goette, Tristan Goodwin and Jonathan Osden are exploring ways to improve the general state of the trail system as well as make certain trails more accessible for commuters and Read More

Blue Bell Honors Chamisa Teacher by Treating Entire School to Ice Cream Tuesday


Blue Bell Creameries will honor Los Alamos and New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn S. Torres of Chamisa Elementary School by treating the entire student body and staff of her school to Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Blue Bell employees will arrive at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock  with a truck full of ice cream. In addition, Blue Bell Creameries will present Torres with a cooler of her favorite Blue Bell flavors and a congratulatory letter from Paul Kruse, president of Blue Bell Creameries, L.P.

“At Blue Bell, we believe there is no finer work you can do Read More

LAHS Student Body President and Vice President Share Memories

Best friends since kindergarten, LAHS Student Body President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, left, and Vice President Justin Dunn look back over their achievements as high school graduation draws near. Photo by Rebekkah Varjabedian

Los Alamos Daily Post

Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta and Justin Dunn have been best friends for 13 years – they met in kindergarten. Now seniors at Los Alamos High School, Lahiri-Gupta is student body president and Dunn is vice president.

With just weeks until they graduate, the young leaders took time to reminisce about all they have accomplished

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School Board Meets 5 p.m. Tuesday

LAPS News:

The School Board has scheduled a Regular School Board Meeting and Executive Session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V. 

The Regular Meeting will reconvene at the close of the Executive Session.

The Executive Session has been called to discuss certified and classified negotiations with employees.

Regular Meeting business will include policy and regulation reviews, an Aspen construction update, presentation of the tentative 2015 budget, staff presentations on teacher evaluations, and end-of-year exams and regular business and reports to the Board. Read More

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 4 Erosion of the Pajarito Plateau

Amateur Naturalist: Part 4 Erosion of the Pajarito Plateau

There have been three major geologic events that have contributed to the creation of the Pajarito Plateau. Two events occurred 1.0 and 1.4 million years ago when major eruptions to the west of Los Alamos created the Valles Caldera. Volcanic tuff from these eruptions accumulated hundreds of feet deep and created a broad plain extending from the Caldera to what is now the Rio Grande.

These eastward and southeastward flows encountered basaltic lava flows coming from another volcanic field to the southeast of what is now Read More

Topper Choirs in Concert Monday

LAHS News:

Join the Los Alamos High School Topper Choirs at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12 at Duane Smith Auditorium for their Spring Concert and Silent Auction.

Before the concert and during intermission, the choirs will be auctioning off groups of teenagers to help with yard work, garden and landscaping projects, spring cleaning and more. Read More

Los Alamos Federation of School Employees President Ellen Mills Receives John O. Mitchell Award

Los Alamos Federation of School Employees President Ellen Mills receives the John O. Mitchell Award. Courtesy photo

AFT News:

Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees has received the John O. Mitchell Award at the state convention of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The distinguished award is given for service to AFT New Mexico on behalf of public education and for exemplary and unselfish service as a representative of AFT and its goals to improve public education and enhance public school academic standards.

John O. Mitchell was a middle school teacher Read More

Los Alamos Teacher of the Year is Lynne Higdon!

Los Alamos Teacher of the Year is Lynne Higdon, at right. She has nine years in the district as a P.E. Teacher at Barranca/Aspen Elementary Schools. Nominees include Brittney Newman, 7 years in the district as a 2nd Grade Teacher at Aspen Elementary, Laura Gallimore, 28 years in the district as a Elementary Teacher at Aspen/Chamisa/Pinon Elementary, Robyn Collom, 11 years in the district as a Special Education Teacher at the Los Alamos High School, Jennifer Holmes, 7 years in the district as a Language Arts Teacher at the Los Alamos Middle School, Barbara Whitaker, 27 years in the district as a Read More

SFCIR Presents Lecture on Angela Merkel May 31

Dr. Mary Hampton


Santa Fe Council on International Relations’ Spring 2014 International Lecture Series on Women Political Leaders, finishes up with the final of three lectures on women political leaders of important countries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. 

This lecture by Dr. Mary Hampton of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base is entitled Angela Merkel: Redefining Leadership in German Politics. The lecture is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. 

The Economist wrote recently, “Since Read More

Los Alamos Girl Scout Troop 116 are Rocketeers

Girl Scout Troop 116 with advisors Ryn Herrmann, left, and Nan Holmes. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Members of Girl Scout Troop 116 are Rocketeers! The scouts, comprised of Los Alamos sixth grade students and one home school, are advised by Ryn Herrmann and Nan Holmes.

The scouts met with elementary school principals to invite school teachers and next year’s sixth grade and middle school student to participate in building 206 rockets that will be launched later this fall as part of an event called RocketFest. Each troop member built a rocket as part of their Silver Award Project.

The 206 rockets celebrate Read More

Atomic City Children’s Theater Announces Summer Workshops

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater is offering ACCT Summer Workshops this year; again in two sessions:

  • Session 1: 9-11 a.m. Monday, June 16 – Friday, June 20
  • Session 2: 9-11 a.m. Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1

Any student entering grades 4th-10th (or a former member of ACCT) that have an interest in improving their musical theater skills may participate. The material taught at these workshops will be applicable to ACCT’s attendance at Junior Theater Festival 2015 and to help students interested in improving their musical theater skills or to be a part of our ACCT Read More

Barranca Elementary Receives Bobcat Mascot Sculpture

Kindergarten teacher Heidi Schembri, Dr. David Trujillo and Janice Trujillo presented Barranca Mesa Elementary School students Wednesday with a new Bobcat mascot sculpture. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

A team of teachers, parents, students and local businesses worked together all year to complete a campus beautification project at Barranca Elementary School.

In this project, volunteers cleaned up trash, pulled weeds, leveled the ground, spread new mulch, made concrete stepping stones, painted rocks for a border and then asked Dr. David Trujillo, a local artist, to build, mount, and donate Read More

Hilltalkers ‘DeBake’ Sale @ LANB Friday


The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team will host a “DeBake” sale 2-5 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.

The Hillltalkers are raising funds to send three of their members in June to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Overland Park, Ks. Alexandra Berl, Irene Gerrish and Sudeep Dasari qualified to compete at the National Tournament through a grueling District tournament in April. 

The cost of the trip is $1,400 per student and these students are trying to raise $700 per student to make the trip affordable for Read More

UNM-LA Students Pitch Biz Ideas to Local Experts

UNM-LA instructor Nicholas Seet, left, with Jason Cox and Gary Xie, the two students who presented the winning business idea at pitch day. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
Students from Nicholas Seet’s Intro to Entrepreneurship Class at UNM-LA who presented business ideas during a pitch day last week. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner


The audience quiets … the lights dim … the projector whirs and the clock starts. You have 10-minutes – before a panel of experts and an audience from throughout the community – to tell everyone your team’s Read More

Topper Parent Organization Thanks Outgoing President Cecilia Frank for her Service

Outgoing Topper Parent Organization president Cecilia Frank was presented with flowers and a certificate of appreciation by Los Alamos High School Assistant Principal Carter Payne during the PTO staff appreciation luncheon Friday. Courtesy photo.

LAHS News:

Cecilia Frank has been volunteering for parent-teacher groups since her son, Brandon, started at Little Forest Playschool many years ago. She then went on to help at Pinon Elementary School, Los Alamos Middle School, and for the past four years at Los Alamos High School. Frank and her husband Richard have donated supplies to the nurses’ Read More

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