LANL And RDC Host REDI Summit On Workforce, Housing, Infrastructure Needed For Growing Economy

CEO Innovation+Educate Jamai Blivin moderates the education and workforce session for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Regional Development Corporation hosted Community Conversation on Economic and Workforce Development and the annual Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Summit Nov. 20 at Buffalo Thunder Resort. A couple of hundred attendees had the opportunity to engage in discussions with tribal leaders, college presidents, mayors, workforce experts and business leaders about the workforce, housing and infrastructure needed to support a growing economy.


SFCC Fitness Center Opening Late Dec. 7

SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center’s recreation facilities will open later at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 following the college’s fall commencement ceremony.
There will be no access to the gymnasium all day, but the indoor track will be accessible to patrons. The commencement ceremony is open to the public.
Preparations for the ceremony begin on Monday, Dec. 2 and will impact access to the gymnasium throughout the week. The gymnasium will fully reopen to public on Monday, Dec. 9.
For more info, contact the Fitness


Eighty-Eight LAHS Students Recognized At National Honors Society Annual Induction Ceremony

NHS Officer and Los Alamos High School Senior Steven Stravell leads the National Honors Society induction ceremony Monday evening at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Nate Limback/

LAHS Student Body Vice President Rebekah Lockhart speaks to the audience. Photo by Nate Limback/

LAHS News:

The National Honors Society hosted its annual induction ceremony Monday evening at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
Eighty-eight students were recognized in the ceremony.
Keynote speaker Alison Renner gave a motivational speech to the students


SFCC Announces Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley To Keynote 2019 Commencement Dec. 7

Cabinet Secretary of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College announces New Mexico Cabinet Secretary of Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley will provide the keynote address to the Class of Fall 2019.
Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the William C. Witter Fitness Center on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
“We are so proud of our graduates and look forward to celebrating their achievement,” said SFCC President Becky Rowley, Ph.D. “SFCC works closely with our state and local workforce organizations and we are pleased


Lemonade Living Teams Up With Gifted Horse And Other Non-Profits To Serve Developmental Disabilities And Special Needs Community In Los Alamos And NNM

Lemonade Living is ‘making life sweet’ for others through its therapeutic horseback riding programs. Photo by Melissa Arias
A participant in the therapeutic horseback riding program at Lemonade Living. Photo by Melissa Arias
Melissa Arias is the founder of Lemonade Living, a non-profit in Los Alamos that helps people with developmental disabilities and special needs to have more fulfilling lives.
When Arias’s daughter was young, they had birthday parties with horseback riding and fishing. One of the guests was a young boy with autism who


‘Try Hockey Free Day’ At Los Alamos Ice Rink Dec. 1

USA Hockey provides a way for people to try hockey free at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, the only uncovered outdoor rink in the Southwest!
Children can try hockey free 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and be covered with USAH insurance coverage. Coaches will be on the ice with the children.
Hockey equipment is provided for those who don’t have equipment.
Parents must register their children at a USAH site, which provides insurance coverage at this link


World Futures: Education Part Four

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Part Three of this series we examined what students need to learn about Earth as they are progressing through primary and secondary school.

Secondary school seems to be the ending point of societal and governmental supported education for everyone and finishes after grade 12.

While one might argue that government and society should support post-secondary education fully, perhaps through grade 14, one can argue that we merely need to alter the 12-year curriculum.

Of course this becomes a major challenge with the rapid evolution of knowledge


The Story Of A Book – ‘Homesteading On The Pajarito Plateau’

‘This book is dedicated to the memory of those original homesteaders who took the risks, made the effort, met the challenges, and gave up their land ‘for the good of the nation.’ —from Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau
Los Alamos Historical Society
Books tell stories, but as readers we don’t always think about why a book was written or what inspired a story or how the author became interested in it. To know these things can make a book more meaningful.
Bathtub Row Press has recently released a second edition of Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, 1887–19


Still Time To Sign Up For 8th Grade Washington Trip

LAMS News:
It’s not too late to sign up for the 8th grade Los Alamos Middle School trip to Washington, D.C. next March.
The deadline for sign up has been extended until Dec. 13. Although it may be possible to sign up after Dec. 13, it might be difficult to secure an airline ticket.
Airline seats are more difficult to obtain for large groups because of the grounding of the 737 planes. Visit and use TRIP ID 173688 to secure a spot on this 36-year Los Alamos Middle School tradition and highly educational experience.
For more information,


Red Cross: 20 Tips To Help Have Safe Thanksgiving

American Red Cross News:
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the American Red Cross offers tips to help you stay safe this holiday — which is a peak time for cooking fires and congested travel.
Thanksgiving is the top day for home cooking fires in the U.S., where unattended cooking is the most common cause of kitchen fires.
Follow the tips below, and test your smoke alarms and practice your escape plan until everyone in your household can get out in two minutes or less:
  1. Keep an eye on what you fry. Stay in the kitchen and never leave cooking food unattended.


Silver City Museum Receives AAM Accreditation

Silver City Museum. Courtesy photo
SCM News:
SILVER CITY The Silver City Museum in Silver City, New Mexico—known for its wealth of cultural heritage and history—has received accreditation from the prestigious American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
The museum, which had been previously accredited and had not gone through the accreditation process in 15 years, now joins the seven other accredited museums in the state. One of the smaller museums on the elite list, Silver City Museum also was awarded the AAM’s Gold Standard Award.
“We’re thrilled to have received this


Goodnight, Los Alamos Author Visits Piñon School

Piñon Elementary School had the honor of hosting Whitney Spivey, author of Goodnight, Los Alamos, Wednesday, Nov. 20 in White Rock. She spoke to the first, second and third grade classes about writing, answered may eager questions, and shared her beautiful book. Spivey graciously signed books afterward with Scout, one of her daughters, in her lap. Goodnight, Los Alamos is available for checkout in the school library and for sale at local businesses in Los Alamos and White Rock. Courtesy photo

Goodnight, Los Alamos author Whitney Spivey speaks to the first, second and third grade classes Nov.


NMHU Anthropology Partnership Produces First Drone Aerial Survey Of Anasazi Pueblo

Highlands anthropology faculty member Vick Evans, left, and Katie Withnall of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute hold a NMFWRI drone used to help develop the first aerial maps of a prehistoric Navajo site. Behind them is one of the geographic information system (GIS) site maps Withnall developed for the project. Courtesy/NMFWRI
Highlands University News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Drones recorded the first aerial imagery of a prehistoric Anasazi Pueblo on the Navajo Nation in Northwest New Mexico, thanks to a unique partnership the New Mexico Highlands University


PEEC: Opt Outside On Black Friday

Join PEEC Black Friday to Opt Outside! Evan Rose of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will lead a hike on the Pueblo Canyon Rim to Canyon Rim Loop trails. The group will meet at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Space is limited and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Here is an opportunity to spend time outside on Black Friday instead of fighting crowds in stores. PEEC is offering a guided hike to help people enjoy the outdoors and spend time in nature.
This outing was inspired by REI’s #OptOutside campaign. The hike meets at 9:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29,


Paul Weideman Book Signing And Reading Dec. 17

Courtesy photo
Paul Weideman. Courtesy photo
HSSF News:
Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents a reading and book signing for Paul Weideman on the event of his new publication Architecture Santa Fe: A Guidebook.
The talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 in the sala of HSFF offices at 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2 in Santa Fe. There is no admission for the talk, but due to limited seating, reservations are required.
Following the talk, Weideman will sign copies of his new book.


Navajo Social Work Student To Integrate Native Ideology And Western Therapy

Danielle Benally
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Danielle Benally, a Navajo woman and Master of Social Work student at New Mexico Highlands, is determined to become a therapist who integrates Native American ideology with Western therapy methods.
Benally drives one and a half hours each way in the evenings from her home in Aneth, Utah to night classes at the Highlands Farmington Center while her husband, Larrin, cares for their children, Tysin, 6, and Sariah, 4.
“As I’ve progressed through school, my Navajo heritage has definitely been a motivator,” Benally said. “I have


LANL Foundation Awards $94,309.30 In Small Grants To Education And Community Programs

ESPANOLA — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation recently awarded 39 grants totaling $94,309.30 in the second of two annual cycles in its 2019 small grants funding process. Grants of up to $2,500 in two funding categories support the work of schools, nonprofits and community programs in Northern New Mexico.
Education Outreach Grants worth $56,921.30 were awarded to 24 programs that directly support K–12 public school education, students and teachers.
  • ARTsmart, ARTreach: art education program in Dixon and Abiquiu Elementary schools
  • Atalaya


Scenes From Los Alamos High School Students Attending Journalism Conference In Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos High School teacher Kimberly Engelking photographs her LAHS yearbook students Thursday morning on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The students are attending a journalism conference in Washington, D.C. Photo by James R.Mountain/

Los Alamos High School yearbook students attending a journalism conference gather for a photo  Friday in Washington, D.C. Photo by James R.Mountain/


UNM-LA Receives Endowment Distribution From LACF

Los Alamos Community Foundation (LACF) Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz presents a check to UNM-LA Chancellor Dr. Cindy Rooney (center), accompanied in the UNM-LA Machine/Welding Shop, from left, UNM-LA Business Manager Bob Harmon, LACF Board President David Izraelevitz and Board member and UNM-LA Advisory Board member Pat Soran. Soran holds a Lincoln Electric Auto Darkening Welding Helmet, similar to the helmet purchased from the UNM-LA Endowment distribution. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has received the first annual distribution from