On The Job In Los Alamos: Father And Son At UNM-LA

On the job in Los Alamos are Fernando Trujillo Sr., right, and his son Fernando Trujillo Jr., stopping by Secret City Kitchen inside the Student Center Thursday at UNM-LA. Trujillo Sr. has been the facilities contractor for UNM-LA for seven years and Trujillo Jr. is a student at the college taking liberal arts classes with plans to pursue fields related to public policy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


UNM-LA Registration For Spring Semester Now Open

Vicky Nguyen of Accounts Receivable/Student Accounting in the Bursar’s Office at UNM-LA assists student Laura Dominguez. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
Registration for the Spring 2020 semester at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is now open.
Early registration is encouraged to allow students to secure positions in high demand classes, as well as providing more flexibility in course selection and scheduling.
UNM-LA offers traditional face-to-face, online and hybrid classes (a combination of face-to-face and online) to help meet the various scheduling


PEEC: Explore Cepheid Pulsating Variable Stars Tonight

Join Joyce Guzik at 7 p.m. today in the Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the latest updates on Cepheid variable stars. PEEC also will show the full-dome film ‘Out There’ at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC will show the full-dome film ‘Out There’ at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Nature Center’s planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 to explore the latest discoveries related to Cepheid variable stars — the yardsticks of the universe.
At this talk, Joyce


Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross Receives Prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross

LAPD News:

EVANSTON, IL – Los Alamos Police Sgt. Christopher Ross has received the prestigious Public Safety Executive Leadership Award from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

The award was presented Nov. 15 at the Center’s School of Police Staff and Command 468th Graduation Ceremony at the Double Tree by Hilton in Skokie, Ill.

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone nominated Sgt. Ross for the elite program.

By successfully completing the Center’s entire sequence of management programs (Supervision of Police Personnel, School


LAPS Weather Cancellations, Delayed Starts

By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Superintendent of Schools

Greetings from the Los Alamos Public Schools!

This message contains information about school cancellation or delayed start due to snow or ice. Announcements, usually by 5:30 a.m., will be sent via the media, district web page, and School Messenger. 

Telephone information lines:

  • Aspen Elementary 663-2277;
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary 663-2732;
  • Chamisa Elementary 663-2472;
  • Mountain Elementary 663-2327;
  • Pinon Elementary 663-2682;
  • Middle School 663-2375;
  • Topper Freshman Academy 663-2512;
  • High School 663-2512;


UNM-LA Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Nov. 28-29

The kiva in the heart of the UNM-LA campus. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

 The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will close Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

The UNM-LA campus, at 4000 University Dr., continues registration for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 21.

For class information, visit

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


LAPS Foundation Appreciation Week Dec. 2-6

Educational tools purchased through a math mini grant from the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPSF




  • What could you do for our schools if you gave up just one thing each month?

To show our gratitude to the LAPS Foundation for 14 years of support, Los Alamos Public Schools is celebrating Foundation Appreciation Week Dec. 2-6.

As 2019 comes to a close, LAPS asks the community to consider giving up one thing a month and instead use that money to make a valuable donation to further the mission of the LAPS Foundation at all schools.

While Foundation Appreciation Week is meant to highlight


NDTC Holds Training For Future Democratic Leaders

NDTC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) Saturday held a “Blue Bench” training in Albuquerque for more than 60 Democrats who are interested in taking the next step in their political careers.
The training was geared toward Democrats who are planning to run for office, work on campaigns, or work for a state party in the near future. Experts from the NDTC focused on essential aspects of running a campaign, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations. 
“This training is a


LAPS School Board Work Session At LAMS Thursday

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board Work Session is 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr.

The meeting is open to the public.


Pledge of Allegiance

Call to Order: President Ellen Ben-Naim will call the meeting to order

Roll Call

Routine Business

  • Approval of Agenda

Recognition by the Board

  • Native American Heritage Month 
  • Naomi Maestas and Staff, Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office

Public Comment for items not on the agenda

Routine Business/Consent Agenda Items

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Regular School Board Meeting on Nov. 12, 2019

Presentations and Recommendations


Transgender 101 & 201 Presentations For Community

LAPS News:

Co-Director Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico will offer his presentation, Transgender 101: A Cultural Humility Training, for the community, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

LAPS staff, parents, youth and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

The LAHS Speech Theater is next door to the Auxiliary Gym.

For those who have already attended this initial orientation and are interested in adding to their knowledge, Lawyer will offer Transgender 201, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 from in the same location.


NMDOH: Discover, Prevent, Manage Diabetes

NMDOH urges New Mexicans to take action against diabetes. Courtesy image


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) urges residents learn the risk factors of diabetes, how to prevent it, and, if diagnosed, how to manage it.

“Of the approximately two million people in New Mexico, more than 567,000 of them have prediabetes,” DOH Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel said. “Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, yet over 50 percent of type 2 cases are preventable. Prevention begins with awareness.”

Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high


30th Annual SFCC Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Dec. 7

SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will host the 30th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the college’s Main Hallway and Campus Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
The event is free and there is plenty of free parking.
This popular community event features more than 75 artists, with items ranging from fine art to regional handcrafted goods. The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair gives students and local artists an opportunity to sell their work directly to the public. Shoppers can browse through a selection of jewelry, baked goods,


LAPS Celebrates Rock Your Mocs Day

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Guy, left, introduces Julie Dare Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration at Los Alamos High School. Dare was recently hired as the Native American Liaison for Los Alamos Public School District. Photo by James R. Mountain/

Los Alamos High School students Rock Their Mocs Thursday during the Rock Your Mocs celebration. Photo by James R. Mountain/


Valley Daily Post

Students, parents, administrators, school board members and teachers gathered Thursday in Los Alamos to celebrate


Night With A Nerd: LANL’s Stephen Schreiber Discusses (Mis)Understanding Radiation Dec. 12

BSMA News:
Division Leader Stephen Schreiber, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Process Infrastructure Division discusses facts vs fiction about nuclear radiation, debunking the myth that all radiation is dangerous, at 6 p.m., Dec. 12, at projectY, 150 Central Park Square.
In fact, Schreiber argues that most people could achieve improved health and vitality by increasing their exposure to radiation. Intrigued? Come learn more!
Admission is free for Bradbury Science Museum Association members and $10 for the general public. Register as space is


Scenes From 2019 Recycle Fashion Show Hosted By Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and Los Alamos Public Schools presented the 2019 Recycle Art Fair and Fashion Show Wednesday evening at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. The annual event included recyclable material crafts, games, art displays, make and take projects, fashion and refreshments. The Environmental Services Division provides solid waste and recycling services to Los Alamos County residents. Environmental Services Division mission is to provide exceptional solid waste and sustainability services to create a better community for


Explore Climbing Adventures In Patagonia Nov. 19

Josh Smith and Aaron Miller discuss climbing trip in Patagonia at Mountaineers meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Hear about Josh Smith and Aaron Miller’s adventures rock climbing in Patagonia at the November Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
The presentation starts at about 7:15 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings.
This talk is free to attend and open to the public.
In January 2019, Smith and Miller packed their bags for Patagonia


Elyas Dezendorf Wins 2019 Hunger Walk Logo Contest

Aspen Elementary School 6th grader Elyas Dezendorf wins the 2019 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot Logo Contest. Courtesy photo
The winning logo for the 2019 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot created by Aspen Elementary School 6th grader Elyas Dezendorf. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot

The winner of the 2019 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot Logo Contest has been announced.

Elyas Dezendorf, a 6th grader at Aspen Elementary School, won the honor of having his design printed on the front of


UArizona Moon Researchers Helped NASA Nail Apollo 12 Pinpoint Landing

A view of Apollo 11 landing sites in the Sea of Tranquility or Mare Tranquillitatis. Photo by Pete Lawrence
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Eagle swooped over the craggy, monochromatic terrain, keenly searching for a smooth landing place. Nothing but an unwelcoming host of craters and boulders streamed below. Pushing its limits, it flew on.
The Apollo 11 Lunar Module touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, in what could be considered one of the greatest human accomplishments. But with its fuel nearly drained, the Eagle landed nearly four miles from the intended landing site.


SFCC: Shooter-On-Campus Drill Nov. 20

SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College announces that the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Rd) will hold a shooter-on-campus drill from approximately 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. 
The HEC community will participate in a campus wide shooter-on-campus drill. The drill will be a coordinated effort among students, faculty and staff in partnership with county and city emergency response agencies.
Neighbors and passersby of the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road, may observe participating emergency response vehicles


NIST: Light At End Of Nanotunnel For Future Catalysts

The new nanoreactor allows us to investigate individual catalytic active nanoparticles isolated in separate liquid-filled nanotunnels. Illustration: Sune Levin and Nature Communications. Courtesy/Chalmers
Chalmers University of Technology News:
Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly chemical technology.