Rotary Presents Annual Community Funding Awards

Gathered at the weekly Rotary meeting Tuesday at Cottonwood on the Greens, from left, Rotarian and Community Funding Director Lesley Harelson, LAMS teacher Jessica Dixon, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Liz Martineau, Healing America’s Heroes volunteers Eddie Crain and James Barber and Rotarian and Community Funding Committee Chair Jean Gindreau. Photo by Linda Hull


At its Nov. 12 meeting, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos presented Community Funding Awards to three area nonprofit organizations. 

Rotarian and Committee Chair Jean Gindreau introduced


Council Proclaims Nov. 4-9 LAHS Key Club Week

From left, Past Kiwanis President Philo Shelton, Don Casperson, Key Club Mentor Shelley Clark, Morris Pongratz, Key Club President Victoria Nisoli and Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson hold up a proclamation that designates Nov. 4-9 as Key Club Week. The proclamation was made during the Tuesday night council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council proclaimed Nov. 4-9 as Los Alamos High School Key Club Week during its Tuesday night meeting.
WHEREAS: Key Club International, under the guidance


U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To Support Student Veterans

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, and Members of Congress, introduced bipartisan legislation to support student veterans and address wage disparities.
The Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School Act would require that Veterans Affairs work-study wage match the local minimum wage if higher than the state minimum wage – ensuring that student veterans are paid fairly for their work.
Full time or 3/4-time students who served


LANL Foundation’s Pueblo Outreach Project Receives $1,197,675 Grant From W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Kyle Lynn Martinez and daughter Rosslyn are participants in Taos Pueblo’s Tiwa Babies home visiting program, one of many early childhood programs supported in collaboration with the LANL Foundation’s Pueblo Outreach Project, made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Courtesy/LANLF
Tiwa Babies staff unpacks the new laptop that will assist them with program documentation. From left, Katherine Chavez, Jackie Martinez, Aspen Mirabal and April Winters. Courtesy/LANLF
ESPANOLA — Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation’s Pueblo Outreach


Students And Teachers Share Inspiration At Barranca

Students and teachers gathered at Barranca Mesa Elementary School Saturday morning to apply and paint inspirational sayings around the school. Students from left, Lynnea Jones, Haven Rathburn and Anelia Inglis paint in the Skip sidewalk project. Photo by John McHale/
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus applies an inspirational saying to the mirror in the boy’s bathroom. Photo by John McHale/
Painting the ‘Mirror Me’ sidewalk. Photo by John McHale/
Barranca Mesa Elementary School Principal Gina Terrazas applying an


LAHS Students Train At Rose Chocolatier

LAHS student Hannah Stafford assists with making cupcakes. She and her classmates learn valuable job skills by training at businesses like Rose Chocolatier. Courtesy/LAPS

LAHS teachers Robyn Collom, left, and Analicia Ronquillo work the register at Rose Chocolatier. Courtesy/LAPS 

From left, LAHS students Kristin Valdez, Fred Martinez, Dominique Trujillo, Micah McCown and Gabriel Cournoyer in front of Rose Chocolatier during a training session. Courtesy/LAPS

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School students from the classes of Robyn Collom and Analicia Ronquillo experience


Author Phil Rink Releases Jimi & Isaac 5b: Social Skills

Cover for the newly released book, Jimi & Isaac 5b: Social Skills. Courtesy photo

BOOK News:

Author Phil Rink released his new book for children and young adults Monday, Jimi & Isaac 5b: Social Skills. It is the eighth book in the Jimi & Isaac series.

In their biggest adventure yet, Jimi & Isaac need to make everybody get along, or at least keep everyone from fighting with each other. But they don’t know what to do, and the people that think they know what to do are quickly making everything worse. Jimi and Isaac are getting blamed for the incredible spiral of disaster as the kids


Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Nov. 21

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at the White Rock Public Library.

The program features a presentation by Irma Holtkamp, “Are AncestryDNA ThruLines True Lines? – Some Strategies for Determining Accuracy of your Ancestry DNA Matches”.

A no host social dinner is 5:30 p.m. at Pig + Fig on Sherwood Boulevard preceding the meeting.


PEEC: Full Moon Hike And Potluck Dinner Wednesday

PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart host a full moon hike and potluck dinner Wednesday. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Photo by Beth Cortright

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and avid hiker Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday Nov. 13 for a full moon night hike and potluck dinner.

Participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, for the potluck dinner. PEEC will provide water, cups, plates and utensils. Attendees


Letter To The Editor: Julia Baker Expresses Gratitude

Newly Elected LAPS School Board Member

I have learned so much during this school board campaign.

I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet so many people in our community and discuss their concerns and support for our schools.

I am grateful to live in a town of people who care about our schools, students and staff.

Thank you to the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees for their endorsement. It was an honor to meet with them and with many teachers and school staff throughout the district. We are blessed to have such amazingly dedicated professionals working within our area. 


Scientists Develop Sensor To Save Children, Pets Left Alone In Vehicles

Graduate students Mostafa Alizadeh, left, and Hajar Abedi position a doll, modified to simulate breathing, in a minivan during testing of a new sensor. Courtesy/UOW
University of Waterloo News:

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles.

The new device, developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to detect unattended children or animals with 100-per-cent accuracy.

Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand at just three centimetres in diameter,


New Mexico Congressional Delegation Announces Funding For Arrowhead Center For Tribal Businesses, Through NMSU And Navajo Technical University

Congressional Delegation News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has awarded an American Indian Business Enterprise grant to the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in conjunction with Navajo Technical University.
The $260,000 grant will fund the Arrowhead Center’s support for young Native student entrepreneurs


Heinrich Calls For Forward-Looking Legislation To Advance America’s Energy Industry And Workforce

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy Subcommittee, delivered opening remarks Thursday on legislative efforts to modernize America’s electric grid, boost innovations through technology transfer programs with national laboratories, and create energy workforce development opportunities across the country.
Assistant Secretary of Energy Daniel Simons testified on eleven separate bills.


Troops To Teachers Celebrates Veterans Teaching

SANTA FE To honor the service of the state’s more than 140,000 veterans, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is highlighting the work of military veterans who have transitioned into the state’s education workforce.
New Mexico Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart will be personally contacting individuals Monday, Nov. 11, participating in the state’s Troops to Teachers program (TTT), which provides professional coaching and financial support to current and former military members transitioning into the education workforce, to express gratitude


Bill Nye Experiment Night At Bradbury Friday Nov. 15

Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Courtesy/BSM

BSMA News:

It’s Bill Nye Experiment Night Friday, Nov. 15 at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.

Hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum Association Teen Advisory Board, Bill Nye Experiment Night provides teens the opportunity to perform experiments featured in Bill Nye videos.

The event includes free food.

The BSMA Teen Advisory Board was created in 2018 by Los Alamos High School senior Eleanor Henderson for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She serves as president of the Board along with Vice President Emily Holmes, Secretary/Treasurer


PEEC: Nature Center Family Fun Tuesday Evening

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for PEEC’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. The evening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Both programs are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors New Mexico Bank & Trust and Kiwanis Club.


PEEC News:


Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for an evening of family fun.


The night will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium and continue 6-7 p.m. with Family Night.


Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors:

  • New Mexico


Record ‘Yes’ Votes For Los Alamos School Bond

Pinon Elementary School thanks community for its support. Courtesy/LAPS
Chamisa Elementary School thanks community for its support. Courtesy/LAPS
LAPS News:
The Nov. 5, 2019 election in Los Alamos resulted in a record 82 percent of “yes” votes for the Los Alamos Public Schools general obligation bond.
The bond passed 3,609 to 780. During the last bond election in 2017, 79 percent voted in favor of the bond.
The general obligation bond will generate $20 million and primarily benefit Chamisa Elementary and Piñon Elementary schools.
Next steps include


LAHS Astronomy Club Participates In XL Program

Local astrophysicist Rick Wallace speaks to students Saturday about human space exploration and living on the space station. Courtesy/LAPS
Students gather Saturday at LAHS to hear from guest speakers and learn more about Astronomy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Astronomy Club, in conjunction with science teachers Debbie Grothaus and Megan Rains, hosted local astronomers and astrophysicists Nov. 2 as part of the Extended Learning (XL) program.

Students not only had the opportunity to learn about a variety of Astronomy topics, but they also joined the


Letter To The Editor: Bernstein Thanks Supporters

School Board Member-Elect

Thank you.

I am so grateful to have had this experience running for School Board for the Aspen District and I owe so much to so many people that have helped to make this happen.

I first want to thank my opponent, Morrie Pongratz, who made this a fun and challenging race. He was a formidable opponent and I am glad to have had this opportunity to grow and learn.

I want to thank the community. I am so grateful for your support and votes, for welcoming me into your homes and having conversations on your doorsteps. I have come to love this community even more than