Lessons Available At Los Alamos County Golf Course

Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips demonstrates the proper putting grip to Matthew Slowik, left, and Gabe Mamula during a lesson Wednesday on the practice putting green at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Phillips has been a local pro for 17 years and gives golf lessons in addition to his other responsibilities. The lessons are for all levels from beginners wanting to learn the game of golf to experienced players wanting to improve their game. To register and arrange for lessons, call the golf course at 505.663.1850. Photo by John McHale/

Quinn Rheinheimer prepares for a swing


SFNF: Do You Know What To Do If You Encounter A Bear?

A black bear on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife

SFNF News:

SANTA FE — A bear encounter on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) last Friday went terribly wrong, leaving a Los Alamos woman in the hospital with a collapsed lung, several broken bones and multiple bites.

Although relatively rare, close encounters between humans and large predators like bears and mountain lions can occur on the SFNF, especially when drought conditions bring wild animals to lower elevations.

You can minimize the possibility of a confrontation by following some basic guidelines. Keep


Gessing: My Family Will Home School This Fall, Other Families Should Have Options As Well

Rio Grande Foundation

As the head of New Mexico’s free market think tank and a frequent critic of New Mexico’s K-12 system, many are surprised to hear that my two school-age children have been in traditional public schools throughout their educational careers.

That will change this fall due to COVID-19 and the policies being imposed by the State. According to numerous reports, parents across our nation are doing the same.

This crisis and our response to it is an opportunity for policymakers to reconsider how education works in the State of New Mexico. As a reminder, New Mexico


American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Thanks Governor For Delaying Start Of In-Person Education

AFT News:

ALBUQUERQUE — American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“This afternoon’s announcement by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delaying the start of in-person instruction for students and prioritizing professional development for educators is a prudent decision based on the still-rising transmission rates of COVID-19, and the advice of educational leaders and stakeholders, including this union.

“Our union has led calls for this delay to in-person instruction and professional development through local bargaining, public


Calling All LAHS Alumni! ‘Kick COVID’ For All Toppers!

LAPS Foundation News:

Calling all LAHS Alumni! Remember the Topper Fight song? Fight, fight to win. May our victory begin! 

We need all former Toppers to help our current and future Toppers in Los Alamos.

Normally going back to school doesn’t require a victory, but this year is going to be different. Students in Los Alamos will begin the year with remote learning and hopefully return to the classroom as conditions with the pandemic become safer. 

There are many unknowns with the return to school, but one thing is certain. The changes in teaching and learning this year will require new resources. 


Gov. Lujan Grisham Presents School Re-entry Update

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham explains during a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon that the hybrid model planned for public school students throughout the state is placed on pause until after Labor Day, Sept. 7, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Gov. Lujan Grisham said additional time is needed to assure that a safe return to the schools can be achieved for students, faculty and educators. She added that schools have local discretion on when to open and use of online learning. Screenshot/LADP

Chart shown Thursday during the governor’s press conference on school re-entry


New Mexico Updates School Reopening Guidance, Hits Pause On ‘Hybrid Model’ For Start Of 2020 School Year


  • Eligibility date for in-person learning postponed through Labor Day; professional development for educators and additional preparation for ‘hybrid model’ encouraged through August

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department announced today updates to the state’s plan for the safe and methodical reentry into school for students and educators this fall amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting the change in the state’s overall COVID-19 trajectory and continued steady rise in the spread of the virus around the state, the state has delayed the eligibility date


Local Business Provides REAL Support For Teen Students

REAL Support Owner Christine Bernstein

Los Alamos Daily Post

Christine Bernstein must really like teenagers. After 25 years in the classroom, Bernstein is centering her new business venture REAL Support, around, you guessed it, teens.

“I like working with kids,” she said. “I wanted to follow my heart and at the same time help the community. A lot of parents are stressed out over keeping their teen students engaged and on task during the pandemic. I’d love to work with these teens and help their parents keep them on track. This will also help teachers


LANL Foundation Awards Career-Bound Students With Its 2020 Career Pathways Scholarships, Investing In Scholars Of All Ages Set To Improve Their Lives And Communities


LANL Foundation announces the recipients of its July 2020 Career Pathways Scholarship, given to high school seniors, and those with a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency (HSE) in pursuit of a 2-year degree, trade, or certificate.

These latest 19 Career Pathways awardees represent a range of ages, backgrounds, interests, and future careers region-wide. Scholarships are $1,500 awards that are renewable up to two years ($3,000 cap) dependent upon academic standing and progress. This award cycle represents a $43,500 investment in Northern New Mexico’s


LAHS’s Carl Cady Named 2020 Coach Of The Year!

On July 14 the New Mexico High School Coaches Association (NMHSCA) released the names of their picks for the 2020 coaches of the year. The NMHSCA has named Los Alamos High School Coach Carl Cady the 2020 Coach of the Year for Diving. Coach Cady is a longtime coach to the Toppers and has coached the Toppers to many successful seasons including a boys State Championship in 2019, the first State Championship in 15 years. The Los Alamos High School Swimming Program is open to all who would like to participate regardless of skill level. Photo by John McHale/

LAHS swimmer Addison Richie