Chamisa Announces Reading/Math Challenge Winners

Summer Math challenge winners, Zain Shrader (3rd); Lucas Drury (2nd) and Sadie Carpenter (1st). Courtesy/LAPS

Summer Reading challenge winners, Samuel Thornton (bike), David Thornton (E-reader), Macy Hand (bike) and  Maeve Madrid (E-reader). Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock had an assembly Friday, Sept.16 where winners of the Summer Reading and Math challenges were presented with prizes.

Chamisa has sponsored the Summer Reading challenge for more than 20 years.

Student’s names are entered for four separate drawings for every 1,000 minutes read: two Read More

Registration Now Open For Barranca Mesa Elementary Trick-Or-Trot 5K Fun Run & Walk

The PTO for Barranca Mesa Elementary will host its second annual Trick-or-Trot 5k Fun Run & Walk Oct. 29. Courtesy/LAPS 

LAPS News:

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for Barranca Mesa Elementary is hosting its second annual Trick-or-Trot 5K Fun Run & Walk Saturday, Oct. 29 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar in Los Alamos.

The 5K starts at 9 a.m., and the 1-miler begins at 10 a.m.

Monsters of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate.

“Wear your best costume and join in the most fun event of the Halloween season!”

Registration is $35 for teens and adults, Read More

Tickets Still Available For Sunday’s Taste Of Knowledge!


LAPS Foundation News:

Last call to get tickets to Taste of Knowledge 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at Pig + Fig Café in White Rock. 

An incredible menu will be offered with five dining stations:

  • Soft fresh-baked pretzels with beer cheese sauce;
  • German potato salad, cucumber salad in dill crème fraiche, fresh sauerkraut;
  • Crispy fried cutlets of pork loin, potato dumpling pasta, brown mushroom gravy;
  • Summer sausage, bratwurst, butterkase, sweet brown German farmer’s bread and fresh fruit; and
  • Traditional apple strudel slices and chocolate hazelnut petit fours for dessert.

A selection of Read More

LAHS Class Of 1970 Joins Forces With Class Of 1969 To Raise $6,450 In Scholarship Funds During Summer Reunion

From left, Los Alamos High School Class of 1969 Fundraising Co-Chair Able Chavez and LAHS Class of 1970 representatives Nancy Thomas Hatfield and Judy McKenzie present a donation to J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee Treasurer Ron Wilkins this morning during a check presentation at the Oppenheimer House on Bathtub Row. Photo by John McHale/

LAHS News:

  • Thriving Partnership proves again that “Success Breeds Success”

It does not take much to prove the adage that “Success Breeds Success” for the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Classes of 1970 and 1969 when it comes to raising Read More

Stansbury Votes To Strengthen School Behavioral Health Resources For New Mexico With Mental Health Matters Act

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury


WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (N.M.-01) has voted to pass the Mental Health Matters Act out of the U.S. House of Representatives to address the ongoing behavioral health crisis facing students, families and educators in New Mexico.

The Mental Health Matters Act (H.R.7780) supports the behavioral health needs of New Mexico’s students and educators, strengthens school-based behavioral health care, and removes barriers for workers and families to access substance use disorder treatment.

“The pandemic has taken a huge toll on New Mexico’s Read More

Free Launch Pad Lecture Introduces New Worlds

Using hundreds of hours of observations from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, an international team of astronomers investigated a sample of 25 exoplanets, out of the 5,000+ identified by NASA. The team was able to identify some clear trends and correlations between the exoplanets’ atmospheric constitutions and observed behavior. Courtesy/ESA


The monthly Launch Pad Lecture at the Museum of Space History scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 will feature Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.

His topic will be “Exoplanets: We are Not Alone”, and will highlight the amazing Read More

New Mexico Higher Education Dept., UNM To Announce Efforts To Address College Food, Housing Security


ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) in partnership with the University of New Mexico (UNM) Basic Needs Project will host an event 10 a.m. to noon today, Sept. 30, to announce a new statewide initiative to research the food and housing needs of students at public colleges and universities in New Mexico and highlight funds awarded to food security projects at higher education institutions. 

The event will feature remarks from Lt. Gov. Howie Morales, state and higher education leaders, faculty, and students involved in efforts to address food and housing

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PEEC: Panel Discussion On Induction Stoves Oct. 6

PEEC News:

An upcoming event at the Los Alamos Nature Center is a two-fer promising a little something for both adults and kids.

Offered jointly by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), this event Thursday, Oct. 6, offers a panel discussion on induction stovetops for adults and the debut of the Monster Detective Collective for the children who may come along with them.

In the classroom, a panel of induction stovetop owners will discuss the pros and cons of the technology from real life perspectives. Induction technology has been a hot topic Read More

Fall Fun At 2022 Annual PEECnic Saturday Oct. 8

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Nature Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 for PEECnic, the annual membership appreciation event.

Everyone is invited to join PEEC staff, volunteers and fellow members at this open house, public event. There will be snacks and desserts, games, friends and educators sharing their PEEC wisdom.

Bring family, bring friends! This is a great time to introduce new people to our outstanding nature center. It also will be a great reminder of all the outstanding benefits that come with PEEC membership, including discounts in the gift shop, members-only Read More

Studying Vampire Bats To Predict The Next Pandemic

Courtesy/Virginia Tech


In June, Virginia Tech Assistant Professor Luis Escobar led a team of students into the Andes Mountains and lowlands of Colombia to understand how vampire bats can help predict and prevent the next big epidemic.

Escobar is an expert in assessing how diseases respond to climate and landscape change in the College of Natural Resources and Environment’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. With a $358,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), his latest project Read More