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LAPS Foundation Grant Brings Hands-on Physics to Barranca Elementary

on March 8, 2014 - 7:15am
Barranca Mesa second-grader Emma Frost uses a flashlight and a diffraction grating to separate white light into the colors of the rainbow. Courtesy/LAPS Foundation

LAPS News:

Light diffraction, gravity and black holes might be typical subjects for a college lecture hall ─ or a second grade classroom at Barranca Elementary School.

This semester students in Melanie Haagenstad and Kay Swadener’s classes have begun a six-lesson program introducing physics. This unit is made possible through a Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Great Ideas Grant awarded to Haagenstad in the fall. 



Longtime Los Alamos Public Schools Electrician Under Investigation

on March 7, 2014 - 12:35pm
Electrical wire and other supplies owned by LAPS are allegedly stashed at this shed at the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
Los Alamos Daily Post

A longtime Los Alamos Public Schools employee is under investigation surrounding theft allegations.

LAPS will not release information about Wayne Montoya, a technician IV–electrician working out of the Pajarito Cliffs site.

"This is a personnel matter and I cannot release any information," Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn said this morning.

Coworkers said that Montoya has worked for LAPS for more than


Letter to the Editor: Support Request For School Board Explanation

on March 7, 2014 - 11:15am
Los Alamos

I write in support of Morrie Pongratz’s request at Tuesday night’s (March 4) School Board meeting for some explanation by the Board of its reasons for not renewing Dr. Schmidt’s contract.

I recall that when Dr. Schmidt became District Superintendent five years ago, Los Alamos schools had major issues regarding funding and maintaining our schools. He immediately held open strategic planning sessions with input from teachers, students and the public to chart a course for our schools.

On his watch major recapitalization of the high school and middle school was

Congressional STEM Academic Competition March 19

on March 7, 2014 - 6:51am



ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM-01, announced that she will host the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, "The House STEM App Challenge."

This competition seeks to promote innovation in STEM fields by inviting high school students in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District to submit ideas for a software application or "app" for mobile, tablet or computer devices and present their design in a two-minute YouTube video.

"I am excited to showcase the creativity and

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA Rezoning Request

on March 6, 2014 - 8:18pm

UNM-LA Advisory Board
and long-time Los Alamos resident

I would like to thank George and Chris Chandler for their letter to the editor. It's vitally important in this community to ensure open and honest communications, to get facts and issues in front of citizens, and to work towards a shared vision and future for a better Los Alamos.

It's a small town and we're all in this together. Many facts regarding the UNM-LA re-zoning request are accurate: the current zone allows only 41 units however there are currently 64 units on the 1.88 acre site. 

The site is

Morrie Pongratz to School Board: 'Voters of Los Alamos Deserve an Explanation'

on March 6, 2014 - 1:19pm
Los Alamos School Board changed seats Tuesday following election of new officers from left, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie is now president, Kevin Honnell vice president and Matt Williams re-elected secretary. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Aside from a few remarks about negativity in the media, the Los Alamos School Board presented a “business as usual” face at Tuesday’s School Board meeting, following Monday's sudden resignation of Superintendent Gene Schmidt.


Column: Los Alamos School Board and the Law

on March 6, 2014 - 1:11pm
Publisher/Editor, The Amarillo Independent

Whenever I hear or read about a public official, elected or on the taxpayer payroll, blather about the role of the media, I can generally anticipate the official is unhappy that a journalist didn’t shill for him. Oh, you know. The story is “negative.” I also easily conclude the official doesn’t know much about the First Amendment.

Such is the case with Jim Hall’s impotent little screed posted Tuesday.

Let’s start with the disavowal of authority.