Bilingual Montessori Students Given ‘Undeniable Advantage’


By Kirsten Laskey

The Bilingual Montessori School is on a roll. Since opening its doors in 2008, enrollment has escalated, the location has changed and expanded and Owner Odalys González Fernández has earned a Success Client Award from the Small Business Development Center in 2008

Just what are the secrets behind the school’s success?

“We are known for having a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and nurturing environment,” Fernández said. “What we give parents foremost is peace of mind. We work with parent’s needs, wants, fears and desires. We operate


Mountain’s Green Team Are State Champs!

The Green Team at Mountain Elementary School won the Aluminum Can Roundup State Competition. Photo by Karen Henderson


Schools across America recycled more than 4.5 million aluminum beverage cans in the second year of a national recycling competition sponsored by the U.S. can industry nearly doubling last year’s effort.

The Great American Can Roundup raised $100,591 for school activities and local charities across the country.

More than 790 schools from all 50 states participated in the second annual contest, which runs each year from Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day)


Animal Advocates Gather at Coffee Booth

Representatives from the Animal Protection of New Mexico organization made a presentation at the Coffee Booth Saturday to a group of people interested in protecting and caring for animals. Board President Anne Coller, right, with Los Alamos animal advocate Amy Storey. Anne explained that because of the recent announcement by the National Institutes of Health to accept the results of an independent report requested by Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the use of chimpanzees in research will stop. The senators are asking NIH to move the surviving chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate


Chamisa Students Host Leadership Assembly

Chamisa Elementary School Student Leader Robyn Hollis passes out bracelets to students and adults gathered in Chamisa’s Gymnasium for a leadership rally Monday spotlighting awareness that all students have amazing potential. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

By Karyl Ann Armbruster

Living Skills teacher Jennifer Keiltyka at Chamisa was given a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation to eradicate the “R” word.
With the help of the 6th grade leadership group composed of Sean Collins, Priyanka Velappan, Jenny Paige, Colin Hehlen, Youssef Amin and Robyn


Authors Speak Series Presents Dr. Levine Thursday


Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Frances Levine, PhD, Director of the New Mexico History Museum at 7 p.m., Thursday May 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

Coummunity members and their out of town guests are welcome to attend and hear Levine speak about an intriguing episode in colonial New Mexico’s history, “In Her Own Voice: Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche Takes on the Spanish Inquisition.”

Among the many events lived in New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors, the administration of Governor Bernardo López de Mendizábal captures


SFI: Seminar About Why Sex Ratios Vary

SFI News:

John Martin will present the talk, Sex Ratios at Birth Vary with Maternal Residence, Age, Parity and Their Interactions, at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday May 23 in the medium conference room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Martin is a Visiting Research Associate, School of Advanced Research; Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University.

Abstract: The ratio of male to female births [(m/f) x 100] is reported to vary from 100 or less among national populations in southern Africa to 105-6 among national populations in Europe, Asia, and in the United States.

In northern


Local Residents Shoot the Moon

Taken from Overlook Park, this evening’s beginning Moon during the eclipse. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

The full Moon. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

The ending Moon. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

This photo shot from Zuni and Los Pueblos in Los Alamos with a reflection in a Sony HDR-HC-7 movie camera. Photo by Joel M. Williams

The community fills Overlook Park in White Rock to watch tonight’s eclipse. Photo by Norm Delamater

Various devices were utilized to view the eclipse visible from Overlook Park in White Rock this evening. Photo by Norm Delamater



Historic Fires Most Likely Occurred in Spring

By Collin Haffey

The Ecology Group at Bandelier National Monument has been monitoring tree growth on a weekly basis for more than 20 years.

Several trees located in Bandelier are ringed with dendrometer bands or dendrobands, for short.

A dendroband is a small ribbon of metal wrapped around the trunk of the tree and connected to a spring slide that moves as the tree grows and is measured by a Vernier scale. It’s basically a fancy ruler.

This scale enables us to measure a tree’s circumference down to a tenth of a millimeter.

The banded trees are located in three clusters that span the elevation range


Pay Raises Approved for Local Teachers and Staff

Board President Kevin Honnell and Secretary Melanie McKinley, seated, board member David Foster board member Judy Bjarke-McKinsey and board member Dawn Venhaus, not shown, unanamously approved a 3 percent pay hike for teachers and staff during Wednesday’s school board meeting. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

Teachers and staff at Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) can expect bigger paychecks during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Board of Education unanimously approved a 3 percent pay increase totalling $850,000 during a Special Board Meeting Wednesday night.

Along with the pay


SFI Presents Evolution on ‘Realistic’ Landscapes Tuesday

SFI News:

Peter Schuster of the University of Vienna and Santa Fe Institute external professor will present the talk, Evolution on “Realistic” Landscapes at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Ever since Sewall Wrights publication of the landscape metaphor in 1932 evolutionary optimization is visualized as hill climbing on a rugged landscape. It took more than 50 years before the first reliable data became available that gave an idea how these evolutionary landscapes might look like and only this year the first large