PED: 5 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

PED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced this morning that five New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending today, Jan. 8, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period.

Those Schools Are:

    • Aztec Maintenance
    • Judy Nelson Elementary
    • Los Alamos High
    • Goddard High School
    • Wagon Mound High

Note: During that same period, no schools were placed on the Closure List.

The Watchlist, maintained by the New Mexico Environment Department, includes


Luján Meets With Education Secretary Designee Cardona

Education Secretary-designate Dr. Miguel Cardona

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning after meeting with Education Secretary-designate Dr. Miguel Cardona:

“Yesterday, I spoke with President-elect Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education about how the federal government can help New Mexico close the achievement gap. As a former educator and administrator, Dr. Cardona brings invaluable experience to address the challenges facing New Mexico schools — from closing the digital


Steinhaus: Caring For Self, Each Other And Students In Wake Of Traumatic News

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus


Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the following message to the parents and families of students enrolled in Los Alamos Public Schools:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

This morning, our teachers did an exceptional job talking with students about what is happening in our nation’s capital.

Throughout the day, I appreciate that our staff took time to reach out to each other, provide emotional support and talk through the issues.

In looking forward, what does this all mean for the Los Alamos Public Schools?

  • It means we continue as a community


Learn About The Sunrise Movement Of Northern New Mexico With PEEC’s Young Adult Advisory Group Sunday Jan. 10

Join Zoe Hemez from the Sunrise Movement of Northern New Mexico and PEEC’s Young Adult Advisory Group for an introduction to the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement, 4 p.m. Sunday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) Young Adult Advisory Group at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, to learn about the local chapter of the Sunrise Movement.

Zoe Hemez from the Sunrise Movement of Northern New Mexico will give a brief overview of the Sunrise Movement’s mission and share some examples of work that has been done by the Northern New Mexico chapter at this event.



2020 LAPS Education Year In Review

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus presents Nambe to 40-year service award recipient Karla Crane. Courtesy/LAPS

Los Alamos Daily Post

Coping with the coronavirus topped the news in Los Alamos education in 2020.

On Feb. 27, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, following the guidance of the NM Dept. of Health, was telling the public, “There’s currently no cause for concern at the schools, but we’ll keep you informed if that should change.”

By March 16, schools were closed for three weeks, which included Spring Break. In April,


UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meets Virtually Jan. 11

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, using Zoom video conferencing technology.

Agenda items will include presentations by LANL Director Thom Mason and UNM Provost & Executive Vice President James Holloway.

In addition, members of the UNM-LA executive team also will present reports.

Those interested in attending this public meeting, utilizing Zoom, should contact Laci Taylor at for additional information.


Deepfakes: How They Deceive Us … How We Detect Them

Science on Tap: Can you tell if a photo or video is generated by artificial intelligence? The Bradbury Science Museum invites the community to join Juston Moore virtually at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 to learn about potential approaches to reduce the risks of AI-generated misinformation. To register, click here. Courtesy/BSM


Carrington College In Albuquerque Announces New Practical Nursing Program Enrolling Cohorts Of Up To 24 Students

Carrington College in Albuquerque is offering a new practical nursing program, which prepares students for entry-level nursing careers with the skills needed to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE – Carrington College in Albuquerque has announced a new Practical Nursing program that is now enrolling students.

The New Mexico Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College is granted initial approval to offer Practical Nursing in the State of New Mexico. This program will enroll cohorts of up to 24 students.

The Practical Nursing


County Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meets Jan. 6


The Los Alamos County Historic Preservation Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Due to COVID-19, the meeting will be conducted remotely.

Among the topics for discussion:

  • Wayfinding;
  • Fuller Lodge Storage;
  • Fuller Lodge Maintenance Work;
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center;
  • WAC Building; and
  • JFK Memorial.

The meeting is open to the public. To attend and/or give public comment, the link to join the webinar is: questions, please email:

Direct questions about this meeting