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School Board Hears Variety of Topics

on October 25, 2013 - 7:54am
The Los Alamos School Board got its first look at budget estimates for fiscal years 2015-2019 at a Board Work Session Thursday at Los Alamos Middle School. The figures were part of the Strategic Plan Report presented by Superintendent Gene Schmidt. Projections were made for declining student enrollment of two, three and five percent. This year, enrollment declined by nine students compared to this time last year. The Board will be looking at ways to address budget shortfalls in the coming weeks.
Joan Ahlers, asset manager for Los Alamos Public Schools, presented a proposal to develop a

Conflict Resolution in The Workplace Class at UNM-LA

on October 25, 2013 - 7:33am




The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education department will host the class, “Conflict Resolution in the Workplace,” 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 3, in room 627 on the UNM-LA campus.

Students taking this class will learn about the different roles individuals play in conflicts, the conflicts of values and behaviors that can occur, and the strategies for managing and minimizing conflict.


Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair

on October 24, 2013 - 9:37am

Regional Science Fair 2013 - Los Alamos. Photo by Tommy Martinez

LAPD News:

The annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area.  The public is invited to view the projects between 1-3 p.m., Jan. 25, 2014.

LAPS students, Home School students and Teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5 grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8 grade junior division  and 9-12 grade senior division. The elementary projects are divided into three categories, Physical, Earth and Life Sciences.


UNM-LA Community Education Offers Paper Cutting: Beyond Snowflakes

on October 24, 2013 - 9:21am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education department will offer “Paper Cutting: Beyond Snowflakes,” Saturday, Nov. 16, 1-4 p.m., in room 614 on the UNM-LA campus.

“Paper cutting is a traditional art in many cultures,” says UNM-LA Community Education Director Eva Artschwager. “In this class we will move beyond the paper cutting we associate with the snowflakes we all made in elementary school. Students will learn both folded and flat-paper methods for creating truly unique cut paper designs.


Call for Volunteer Judges! Hilltalkers Request Community Support for Tournament

on October 24, 2013 - 8:45am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team’s annual invitational tournament is quickly approaching and will be held Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 at Los Alamos High School.

As host team, the Hilltalkers provide all of the organizational support for this major event. The team is still in need of volunteer judges from the community, especially for Saturday afternoon’s competitive sessions. Judges evaluate and score rounds of speech and debate events.

Guidance and training are available and more information about the various events can be found at


Sign Up for UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest Now

on October 24, 2013 - 8:14am

LAPS News:

The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2013-2014 school year.

The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills, and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in New Mexico.

The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class.


Expert to Speak on Fires in Valles Caldera

on October 22, 2013 - 9:36am

Rebecca Oertel

PEEC News:

Rebecca Oertel of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at PEEC. The topic of her talk is the effects of the Las Conchas and Thompson Ridge fires, as well as prescribed burns, on the Valle lands.

The talk will cover the findings of the Valles’ pre- and post-fire monitoring of vegetation, soils, invertebrates, and vertebrate wildlife in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. It will also compare the results of ‘fire season’ summer wildfires to ‘cool season’ autumn prescribed fires.

Oertel grew up in Los