UNM-LA Hosts Native American Heritage Day

Eagle Dance and Buffalo Dance were performed at Native American Heritage Day Thursday, Nov. 29 on the UNM-Los Alamos campus. The college hosted the festive event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

A young dancer shows off his colorful clothes lined with feathers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon Read More

Column: School Board Election Slated for Feb. 6, 2013

By Dr. Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

It is not too soon to begin thinking about the School Board election slated for Feb. 5, 2013.

Two White Rock positions will be up for election. 

Current Pinon Elementary School Board representative Dawn Venhaus and Chamisa Elementary School Board representative Melanie McKinley announced that they would not seek re-election.

The school district and community is grateful for their years of service on the Board.

To help inform the public about these open Board positions, a special information night is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4, at Read More

Meet Local Reptiles and Amphibians Sunday at PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 to meet some local reptiles and amphibians you might find on the Pajarito Plateau.

Scott Bulgrin, president of the New Mexico Herpetological Society, will give a presentation on New Mexico Reptiles and Amphibians.

He will also have a few friends with him, including toads, turtles, lizards and snakes.

Bulgrin has lived in New Mexico for the last 13 years. He has extensive experience with herpetofauna and has conducted outreach and education for the Herpetological Society for many years.

This event is free, no registration is required. Read More

Traveling the World

Jason, Sydney and Kerri Frazier prepare to spend the next two years traveling the world. Photo by Teralene Foxx


By Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

Our youngest daughter, Kerri  (1991 graduate of Los Alamos High School) and her husband Jason Frazier told us six years ago they were planning on quitting their jobs, selling everything, and sailing around the world when they were in mid-life. 

All I could think of was pirates, large waves and being cramped together on a small boat for days. That is something I could not imagine. 

It certainly did not appeal to me, but it was their lives. Read More

Baldrige in Education: Roots and Reasons for Hope

By Christine Schaefer

How did a quality awards program originally aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers become more competitive evolve to help school districts and other education institutions improve their performance, too?

Long story, and it starts before 1999, when Congress expanded the eligibility of the Baldrige Awards to health care and education organizations.

In fact, the Baldrige Program began preparing for that expansion in the mid-1990s. Early efforts included outreach to education organizations to seek their input on the criteria and to develop other resources to help such Read More

Full Slate of Public Affairs Coverage on Friday’s New Mexico In Focus

“NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS” is back after the holiday with a full slate of public affairs coverage.

Airs this Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1 – There is no Sunday repeat this week:

Fred Nathan

• After voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution requiring qualifications for Public Regulation Commissioners, the legislature must now decide on those standards. Fred Nathan of the influential think tank Think New Mexico talks about how he shepherded the amendments through the legislature and what PRC qualifications he’ll push for in the coming session Read More

Community Bids Farewell to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon

Mourners say goodbye to Nikolas Ventura-Arencon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church this morning. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff Report

Community members, family and friends filled Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road this morning to say goodbye to Los Alamos High School student Nikolas Ventura-Arencon.

Ventura-Arencon, 14, was a ninth grade student at Los Alamos High School who died in a head-on collision Nov. 21 on N.M. 4 near the White Rock “Y.”

Los Alamos Public Schools is providing grief counseling to students and staff.

The principals Read More

Bradbury Science Museum Director to Address Kiwanis Dec. 4

Linda Deck. Courtesy photo


Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck is the guest speaker at the noon, Tuesday Dec. 4 meeting of the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club.

Deck will speak on the current displays at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Approximately 40 interactive exhibits trace the history of the WWII Manhattan Project, highlight Los Alamos National Laboratory’s current and historic research projects related to defense and technology, and focus on Laboratory research related to national and international economic, environmental, political, and social concerns. Read More

Council Approves $51,700 for School Project

County Council voted 7-0 this evening to approve $51,700 in financial support for Los Alamos Public Schools to improve A-15, a seven-acre parcel of land it owns on DP Road, which will generate future income for the schools. The money will come from a fund of more than $1 million that the County set aside to help the schools. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

School Officials Brief Council on DP Road Project

Los Alamos Public Schools Assets Manager Joan Ahlers, LAPS Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe, center, and Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne brief Council on a request by the schools for financial support in the amount of $51,000 for a Capital Improvement Project for A-15, a seven-acre parcel of land on DP Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ Read More

LAHS Trumpeter Finalist in Carnegie Hall Program

Aaron Bao. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School trumpeter Aaron Bao has been accepted as a finalist in the honors band for the 2013 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York next summer.

Last June, he was selected as a member of the National Association of Music Education National Honor Ensemble and performed at the Kennedy Center.

A senior, Bao has played trumpet since fifth grade. He successfully auditioned for all-state and Southwest Honor Band in 10th and 11th grade.

Other accomplishments include playing with the Los Alamos Community Winds since Read More

Tiger Trot Raises Nearly $10,000 for Aspen Elementary

Duncan Fuehne and Thomas Chadwick. Courtesy Photo
Final results are in for Aspen Elementary School’s Tiger Trot fundraiser held in October – the event raised early $10,000 for the school.
The Aspen Elementary School PTO would like to thank the local businesses who provided prizes and incentives for the top fundraising kids and staff. 

“Thanks to Los Alamos National Bank, Charla Glasco, CB Fox, Home Run Pizza, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, The Coffee House, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Reel Deal Cinema, REMAX, Metzger’s, Pyramid

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First of its Kind Northern New Mexico Birth Summit Nov. 30 – Dec. 2


The Northern New Mexico Birth Summit and related events are this weekend, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

This first-ever event of its kind will offer a unique opportunity to explore birth and early parenting issues affecting Northern New Mexican birthing families and those who work with them from cultural, social and policy perspectives.

The public is invited to be a part of this unique experience and enjoy an inspiring and informative weekend. Be part of the change you want and hope to see.

Space is limited. Pre-registration for the Summit itself is strongly encouraged to save your spot Read More

Rotary Club Student of the Month: Marcus Gutierrez

Marcus Gutierrez. Courtesy photo

Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.  

Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James Gutierrez.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, Read More

PEEC’s Annual Fund Drive is Underway

PEEC News:

Activities at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center ( PEEC) greatly depend on the generosity of nature lovers.

Donations are currently being taken for PEEC’s 2012 Annual Drive, which will support its new initiatives and the future growth and sustainability of the educational organization.

To donate to PEEC:

…Online, visit;

…Mail donation to P.O. Box 547, Los Alamos, NM 87544; or

…Drop by PEEC in person at 3540 Orange St.

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Self-taught African Teen Wows MIT

Kelvin Doe. Courtesy/

NIST News:

Kelvin Doe, 15, is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters.

Completely self-taught, Doe has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Doe became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. Read More

What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

Woolly Mammoth. Courtesy/

PBS News:

CONNECT: Inspired thinking, provocative questions … each month New Mexico PBS connects audiences to great ideas in science, medicine, arts, and history.

• What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe?

• How Are New Molecules Discovered?

CONNECT airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 on New Mexico PBS Ch. 5.1, and is hosted by Augusta Meyers.• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe Since The Beginning Of Time?

“One of the things my group is interested Read More

‘UNM-LA on Display’ Gives Glimpse Into Student Projects

UNM-LA Advance Robotics II student Josh Bristol-Cossey works on a robot he built in class. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

During UNM-LA on Display: Spotlighting Student Projects, more than 20 students from the visual arts, humanities, business, science and technology, presented projects on what they learned in their classes this semester.

Jackie La New, Accelerate Career Technical Advisor at UNM-LA and Dr. Irina Alvestad, chair of the Applied Sciences Department organized the event.

“We wanted to share what our students are learning with the community,” La New said.

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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

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