Pinon Elementary Students Exceed Hurricane Sandy Fundraising Goal

Pinon Elementary School students presented a check for $2301.14, which more than doubled the $1,000 goal they originally set to aid Hurricane Sandy victims, to New Mexico Red Cross CEO Rahim Balsara at the school Monday. Pinon Elementary Principal Jill Gonzales poses with Rahim and students including Hailey Norman, Jonathan Kieltyka, Maya Cannon, Katurah Sherrill, Rachel Norman, Kenneth Inbody, Brooklyn Belyeu and Kaya Blue. Courtesy photo Read More

Broadway is Calling…

Students perform the mug dance during “Gaston” at their dessert fundraiser Nov. 16. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Broadway professionals will be on hand to meet Los Alamos theater students attending the Junior Theater Festival ( in Atlanta, Ga., this January.

JTF is a conference for youth, teachers and professionals in the field of musical theater.

The Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students also will receive instruction in musical theater and attend a professional performance as part of the program, sponsored by Atomic City Children’s Read More

Udall Offices Recruit Spring Interns

WASHINGTONU.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for spring internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.
To apply online or download an application, click here or visit
The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in spring internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Dec. 16.
“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested
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School Board Moves Projects Forward

By Kirsten Laskey

President Kevin Honnell

During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos School Board approved hiring two companies to move projects forward in the district.

With the board’s nod to contract with Brian McPartlon Roofing, Pinon Elementary School’s roof replacement project will soon start.

Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe explained that the district received funds from the Public Schools Facilities Authority (PSFA) to rebuild a portion of the roof at the elementary school.

Vice President Dawn Venhaus

However, the roof must be completely built Read More

Last Chance to Sign Up for Red Cross Babysitters Course

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17. Registration must be received by 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

The session will be held 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1-5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Participants must be aged 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session they register Read More

Stephanie G. Richard Speaking to AAUW Nov. 15

AAUW News:

Newly elected representative Stephanie Garcia Richard, New Mexico Legislative Dist. 43, will speak at a meeting of the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Richard will talk about her plans for the upcoming legislative session and answer questions from the audience.

The meeting will be in the lower level of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. There is ample parking.

The public is welcome to attend Garcia Richard’s talk. Refreshments will be served.


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Pinon Elementary Students Run Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

Pinon Elementary School students help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Stephanie Rittner


Students at Pinon Elementary School in Los Alamos wanted to do something to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Classes discussed ways they could help. Teacher Stephanie Rittner said, “After a quick discussion with the Red Cross, we all decided that collecting money would be the quickest and most efficient way to get help to the victims.”

Photo by Stephanie Rittner

In one day, sixth grade students made Hurricane Sandy “help awareness” posters, Read More

Students Selling Poinsettias and Coffee to Raise Money for Summer Trip to Europe


Twenty-two area seniors who want to see the world and develop skills and global-mindedness are planning to travel to Berlin, Prague, the Alps and Paris this summer.

Educator Lynn Ovaska will lead the students on their 13-day educational trip, which includes  visiting historic Checkpoint Charlie, the concentration camp Dachau, the famous Mona Lisa and much more.

With hopes to reduce the financial burden of the program fees, students have organized their efforts to raise funds for this life-changing experience.

Europe 2013 travelers are selling florist-quality poinsettias Read More

‘UNM-LA on Display’ Takes Place Nov. 15

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The professors of UNM-LA welcome the public to take part in their “UNM-LA on Display” event Nov. 15.

The community is invited to attend two sessions at the UNM-LA campus, next Thursday to view the showcase of student projects from the current semester.

The sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. providing the viewing public with a chance to query current students about their projects.

The community will see how students utilized their education and applied it to real life applications, while noshing on some tasty treats.

Professor Dawn Read More

Educational Opportunity at Santa Fe Opera Guild

Photo: John Webber

SFOG News:

“When Opera Goes to the Movies” presented byJohn Webber at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 W. Barcelona St.

We’re all familiar with the Met Opera’s (and other opera companies’) video transmissions of productions on the big screen which view the action through the “fourth wall” of the stage.

Here, the focus will be to define what makes a filmed version of an opera different from a video presentation of a live, on-stage opera performance.

While many opera directors have also been Read More

Dorothy Hoard Shares History With Hikers

Historian Dorothy Hoard, red vest, speaks to 35 people and two dogs who gathered at Guaje Cemetery before leading them on a hike into Rendija Canyon and the Beanfield Mesa Oct. 27. Woodpeckers and red-tailed hawks kept the hikers company on a day filled with gorious weather and lots of interesting history. Hiker Joyce Nickols, wearing sunglasses, stands next to Hoard. Photo by Felicia Orth

Ascending the Cabra Trail up to Beanfield Mesa with her 35 hikers, Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard led participants around the mesa top, past historic locations and to spectacular Read More

LAHS Students Hold Mock Election

From left, Los Alamos High School senior Nicholas Hill cast his ballot as “election workers” Isabelle Coons, senior, and Grace Montano, junior, participate in the LAHS Presidential Mock Election. Photo by Maire O’Neill
LAHS News:
President Barack Obama won the Presidential Mock Election at Los Alamos High School Tuesday, earning 51 percent of the student vote.
Gov. Mitt Romney received 37 percent, Gary Johnson 10 percent and Virgil Goode, Jill Stein and Ross Anderson received less than one percent each.
The election was organized
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Rotarians Learn About UNM-LA Accelerate Program

Gabrielle Fresquez and Derek Vigil are enrolled in the Accelerate Program at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

At a lunch meeting Tuesday Nov. 6, Los Alamos Rotarians learned about the Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement Program, available at six Northern New Mexico colleges, including UNM-Los Alamos.

The program is funded through a grant from the Department of Energy.

Accelerate is a program that trains and retrains people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in technology related fields while balancing academics Read More

Letter to the Editor: Vaccines – Elected Officials Should Not Feed Fear and Misinformation

By Dr. Tom Csanadi, MD

As a health care professional who has dedicated my life to the health, well being and safety of children, I am deeply disturbed by a recent story published in the Los Alamos Daily Post and the comments made by (Rep.) Jim Hall concerning childhood vaccinations.

Hall said, “I’m concerned with this intensive business of hitting young children with these medicines in their formative years without fully understanding the consequences.”

As someone who has lived through the devastation of polio, measles, haemophilus, diphtheria, whooping cough and mumps it is stunning that

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LAPS Choir Boosters Hold Harmony Workshop

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Choir Boosters are presenting a harmony workshop featuring 540 Express from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.

540 Express is an all-male a cappella group comprised of singers and educators from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The workshop will cover musical literacy, harmony, and tone quality and is open to all students in grades six through 12. Students will perform two pieces with 540 Express at a concert at 7 p.m. at the same location.

Entry fee for the workshop is $20 per student and students will need to bring a sack Read More

Jan McDonald Plays for LAHS Marching Band Fundraising Dinner

Los Alamos High School Marching Band. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Nationally recognized trumpeter Jan McDonald will join Los Alamos High School Marching Band Boosters for a fundraiser Italian dinner Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Trinity on the Hill Church’s Kelly Hall.

The fundraiser will benefit the LAHS Marching Band.

“Jan McDonald continues to support the Topper Band, which he directed for almost 30 years,” event organizer Karen Mehlin said. “We are so excited that he will play for this event.”

McDonald received his BA and MA degrees Read More

Los Alamos Schools Recommended for AdvancEd Accreditation


LAPS News:

AdvancEd, which is the global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organization effectiveness and accreditation, completed its review of Los Alamos Public Schools with a recommendation for AdvancEdSystem Accreditation.

If the review team’s recommendation is accepted by AdvancEd, the district will be internationally benchmarked through an official announcement made by AdvancEd in January 2013.

Five positive themes emerged from the accreditation review. Based on information provided, the district has:

Meaningful, Read More

Del Norte Hosting Health & Fitness Seminar

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union is hosting the Health & Financial Fitness Seminar: A Focus on Women.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

Where: University of New Mexico – Los Alamos (4000 University Dr., Building 5)

Cost: This seminar is our gift to the women in our community

Registration: Contact Valerie Martinez (505) 455-5302 or Limited space available – please RSVP

Agenda Topics:

  • Take Control of Your Credit Report – Karyne Archuleta, Business Consultant, KLA Enterprizes
  • Everything You Want to Know about Menopause but are
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History Nuts Column: What Makes Our Historic District a Special Place?

Column by Janie O’Rourke

History is an integral part of the landscape that surrounds us. The lives and actions of those who have come before us have created, layer upon layer, the places in which we live. 

Historic districts are special areas set aside to protect pieces of these layers: historic and archaeological sites, historic buildings, and even viewsheds or cultural landscapes without manmade structures.  

Here in Los Alamos we are fortunate to have a historic district located in our downtown.

If you have attended a lecture or concert at Fuller Lodge or strolled across Read More

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