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SFI Community Lecture: Luis Bettencourt on What Makes Cities Unique

on June 18, 2014 - 7:38am

Professor Luis Bettencourt of the Santa Fe Institute. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

What defines the unique character of a city? What unexpected  purpose is served by the world’s slums?

Luis Bettencourt, professor at the Santa Fe Institute, will answer these questions and many more during his talk “The Fabric of Our Lives: Cities, Slums, Neighborhoods, People,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

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New Mexico School for the Arts Receives ‘Exemplary School' Designation From Art Schools Network

on June 18, 2014 - 7:35am
NMSA Winter Dances 2014. Photo by Paulo T. Photography

NMSA News:

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) has received the coveted designation of “Exemplary School” by Arts Schools Network (ASN), the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. Created to highlight a school’s commitment to excellence, the Exemplary School designation is presented to an ASN member in recognition of the school’s efforts to strategically evaluate its purpose, operations, and educational programs.

“This national recognition and designation is a testament to our students,

Jordon Schoonover of Los Alamos Receives Environmental Law Degree

on June 17, 2014 - 8:44am

Jordan Schoonover and Nancy Schick, her LAHS AP history teacher at the Lewis and Clark Law School Graduation. Courtesy photo

Education News:

Jordan Schoonover, a 2007 graduate of Los Alamos High School, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. 

The Lewis and Clark environmental law program is the top ranked program nationally. 

During her time at Lewis and Clark, Schoonover received Pro Bono Honors (three times), the Community Service Honors Award (twice), and was


Join PEEC’s Sue Watts for Quiet, Gentle Walks

on June 17, 2014 - 6:40am

A hiker strolls along a grassy trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you enjoy hiking and are looking for something not too strenuous? Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Sue Watts every first and third Wednesday of the month for a gentle walk along an easy hiking trail.

Watts’ walks range from one to two miles in length and may include slight changes in elevation. In the summer, the group meets at 8 a.m. at PEEC. The next Quiet, Gentle Walk will be this Wednesday, June 18.They are free to join, but registration is required.

By popular demand, the group makes it a practice to have

County and Schools Partner to Remodel Canyon Complex

on June 16, 2014 - 9:58am
Joan Ahlers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Joan Ahlers reported at the June 10 School Board Meeting that the Los County Council authorized LAPS to spend $700,000 to remodel the Canyon Complex at the May 27 County Council meeting.  

LAPS leases the Canyon Complex to Los Alamos National Laboratory. At a previous meeting, the Board authorized LAPS staff to place the request before the County Council.

Governor Announces Critical Reforms to Support Teacher Preparation in New Mexico

on June 16, 2014 - 9:10am

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Report Cards for Teacher Prep Programs Part of Reforms Supported By Higher Education Leaders

LAS CRUCES – Gov. Susana Martinez joined education leaders from several colleges and universities Tuesday to announce key reforms aimed at supporting teacher and principal preparation programs. 

Every year, six schools of education from around the state graduate about 1,000 students who become teachers in New Mexico classrooms.

PEEC Summer Family Evening Encourages Reading and Spending Time in Nature

on June 16, 2014 - 8:29am

Pages of the story Roxaboxen will come alive at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) continues its Summer Family Evenings series with a popular program that is back again this year.

Tuesday, June 17, 6:30-8 p.m., families are invited to a StoryWalk at PEEC, to discover the pages of the book Roxaboxen as they stroll.

The StoryWalk® Project is a national program that was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard