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LAHS; LAMS State Science Bowl Winners Honored

on March 5, 2014 - 9:53am
Members of the Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Science Bowl teams and their advisors, Naomi Unger (LAMS), left, and Kathy Boerigter (LAHS), were honored at Tuesday's School Board Meeting, for their first place wins in the N.M. Science Bowl competitions. The teams will travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the nationals. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Letter to the Editor: School Board Urged To Extend Superintendent's Contract

on March 5, 2014 - 9:25am
Los Alamos

I find the circumstances of the resignation of Dr. Schmidt and comment by the LAPS Board members to be disconcerting.

Dr. Schmidt has guided LAPS through rather stormy seas these past five years with astute understanding, skill, and reasoned balance -- surely qualities of leadership that have been, are, and remain essential.

Beyond this, he has been a "hands on" and participatory superintendent -- he doesn't simply sit in his office giving direction, he is in the schools with the teachers and, most importantly, the kids.

State Entomologist Discusses Saltceder Beetle Control

on March 5, 2014 - 7:29am
Saltceder beetle. Courtesy/PEEC

State Entomologist Carol A. Sutherland

PEEC News:

Have you ever heard of the saltceder plant and the saltceder beetle? The fascinating history of these unique species, the beetle's introduction into the U.S. and its eventual migration into New Mexico are the subject of an upcoming presentation.

Dr. Carol A. Sutherland, an extension entomologist at New Mexico State University and state entomologist for the N.M. Department of Agriculture, will give the presentation at 7 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Comment on Recent News Reports

on March 4, 2014 - 5:42pm

Comment on Recent News Reports

President of LAPS Board

The following comments represent my opinion, as the president of the Los Alamos School Board, and are not an official statement of the Los Alamos Public School Board (the Board).

It is important to emphasize two important points in light of recent news reports. First, the LAPS Board does not vote nor does it take any action in executive session. All votes are in open session and on items on the agenda. There has not been any vote on Dr. Schmidt’s contract.

School Board Divided 3-2 To Retain Superintendent

on March 4, 2014 - 10:11am
Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board is divided 3-2 to retain Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Board Vice President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Secretary Matthew Williams and member Kevin Honnell do not favor extending Schmidt's contract for another year.

The School Board convened its fourth and final closed door session Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Chamisa Elementary conference room to discuss the evaluation of Schmidt. Monday, Schmidt announced his intent to resign effective June 30.

School Board President Jim Hall

Schmidt has

DECA Competition Win and New Job Fuel Kaylen Pocaterra's Interest in Business Career

on March 4, 2014 - 10:11am
Kaylen Pocaterra shows off her DECA Competition medals outside the State Farm office of Abe Dispennette, where she recently began working part time. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

This year, Los Alamos High School Junior Kaylen Pocaterra discovered a new passion when she enrolled in a marketing class and joined DECA. DECA is an organization for high school and college students, that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Take PEEC Trip to Area Known for Cretaceous Age Shark Teeth

on March 4, 2014 - 7:37am

Rachel Bowman shows off Cretaceous Period shark teeth she found on the last PEEC trip to Shark's Tooth Ridge. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The last time the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offered a trip led by local geologist Patrick Rowe to Shark’s Tooth Ridge, the trip filled up with a waiting list.

Rowe is an active member of the Los Alamos Geological Society. He regularly leads field trips for the Society and for PEEC.

Back by popular demand, PEEC is again offering the trip to this aptly-named site near Cabezon, where participants of all ages can expect to find samples of