PED: 10 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE – Ten New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending today, Jan. 15, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist:


  • James Monroe Middle


  • Aztec Maintenance


  • Cobre High


Ojo Amarillo Elementary


  • College Lane Elementary


  • Las Cruces Public Schools physical plant


  • Los Alamos High


  • United World College-USA


  • Goddard High School
  • Roswell High School

During that same period, no schools were placed on the


Highlights From First School Board Meeting Of 2021

Newly elected School Board President Melanie Colgan

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board gathered virtually Tuesday evening for its first meeting of the new year Tuesday.

The first order of business at the meeting was to elect board members into officer positions.

After reviewing roles and responsibilities and considering those interested in serving as an officer the board casts its votes.

The following positions were filled:

  • Board President Melanie Colgan;
  • Board Vice President Ellen Ben-Naim; and
  • Board Secretary, Dawn Jalbert.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected president


First Round Of Vaccines For LAPS Staff Begins Monday

A survey of LAPS employees indicates that 93 percent of staff want to be vaccinated. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The first round of COVID-19 vaccinations for Los Alamos Public Schools staff begins Monday, Jan. 18.

Staff over age 50 who are working directly with students and are in close contact with students are eligible to be vaccinated in this first round. This includes, for example, elementary staff, middle and high school special education staff, bus drivers running routes, elementary school custodians and secondary coaches.

Just in case there is a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, EMTs and


LAHS Senior Named To All-National Concert Band

LAHS Senior Griffin Light is the only student selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2020 All-National Concert Band Honor Ensemble. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School Senior Griffin Light has been selected as a Flute 1 in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2020 All-National Concert Band Honor Ensemble.

Light is the only student selection from New Mexico.

“I’m ecstatic at having been selected, and although there have been moments where I’ve doubted myself and even occasionally considered the possibility that this was


County Library Conversations Series Starts Jan. 21

Mesa Public Library in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/LAC


Mindfulness and meditation, public health in Northern New Mexico, crafting during COVID and times of crisis, author Ginger Gaffney reading from her book Half Broke, and the film Coded Bias are the upcoming offerings in Library Conversations at Los Alamos County Library System.

All events are 7 p.m. every other Thursday Jan. 21 through March 18 via zoom HERE:

  • Jan. 21: Welcoming a Mindful Future, with Taos area educator Anne-Marie Emanuelli;
  • Feb. 4: Their Heart Is To Serve; Compassionate Conversations about Public Health


Century Bank Joins Fun Of Backcountry Film Festival

Century Bank’s Tim Branch hands a Backcountry Film Festival sponsorship to PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Century Bank is again sponsoring the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) showing of the Backcountry Film Festival from the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

The screening is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with the streaming link live for 72 hours for ticket-holders.

And exciting news just in! Thanks to Century Bank, ticket holders will receive one free drink from the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill plus a discount code for 15 percent off their food and drink


Los Alamos School Board Elects Melanie Colgan President

LAPS News:

Melanie Colgan was chosen as the new president of the Los Alamos School Board at the Jan.12 Regular School Board Meeting.

Outgoing President Ellen Ben-Naim passed the virtual gavel to Colgan during the meeting.

Ben-Naim was elected vice-president. Dawn Jalbert will retain her position as board secretary.

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Los Alamos Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips Garners 2021 Top 50 Kids Coach Award For Third Straight Year

Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips demonstrates the proper putting grip to Matthew Slowik, left, and Gabe Mamula during a lesson last July on the practice putting green at Los Alamos County Golf Course. 2021 marks Phillips’ third year in a row winning the Top 50 Kids Coach Award. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos Community Services Department congratulates Head Golf Professional Michael Phillips for once again being named as a Masters Kid Coach – 2021 marks the third year in a row that he has won the Top 50 Kids Coach Award.

“I have been fortunate to work with Michael


Fatal Attraction: Bats With White-Nose Syndrome Prefer Suboptimal Habitats Despite Consequences

Bats with white-nose syndrome roosting in the warmest sites have been hit particularly hard, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Tech. Courtesy/Virginia Tech

A research team uses a swab to measure the fungal loads on each individual bat and a laser thermometer to measure the roosting temperature of the rocks next to each bat. Courtesy//Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Since 2006, a fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has caused sharp declines in bat populations across the eastern United States.

The fungus that causes the disease, Pseudogymnoascus destructans,