Aspen Elementary Portable Campus on the Move

LAPS Construction Manager Herb McLean stands in front of the first of four classroom portables arriving from Clovis and heard for Aspen early next week. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The first of four classroom portables destined for Aspen Elementary School arrived in Los Alamos Tuesday.

A second portable will arrive from Clovis today, a third Friday and the fourth on Monday. The portables will be dropped off at the high school parking lot until next Monday or Tuesday when all four will be moved to the Aspen campus.

These classroom portables will join the eight portables moving from Los Alamos Middle


Garden Signs and Bird Feeders Vandalized at Mountain School

Someone vandelized garden signs and bird feeders at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Mountain Elementary School PTA has announced that garden signs and bird feeders at the school were vandalized over the weekend of June 22-23.

The PTO would like to encourage the community to keep a watchful eye out and report and any vandalism to the Mountain School principal or the Los Alamos Police Department.

The PTA will replace the classroom garden signs and feeders when school resumes in August. The gardens are funded by a grant from the LAPS Foundation and Mountain School PTA.


Los Alamos Kiwanis Honors Local Student Jordan Ahlers

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has kicked off its annual recognition of local students selected to recieve educational scholarships. Jordan Ahlers graduated from Los Alamos High School and was honored at a recent Kiwanis meeting. She will attend Hillsdale College in Michigan in the fall to study pre-law or engineering. From left, Kiwanian Morrie Pongratz, kneeling, her father Gary Ahlers, Jordan Ahlers, Kiwanis President Don Casperson and her mother Joan Ahlers. Kiwanis meets  at noon each Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and focuses on


Free Bridge Lessons For Kids This Summer

Cliff Rudy, left, and Bob  Walker from the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club play Bridge with  Cory Liechty, left, and Rebekah Lockhart, both 5th graders at Pinon Elementary School. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Members of the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons for students in Grades 4-12. These lessons are also being sponsored by the County Recreation Department.

Classes for kids in Grades 4-7 are being held at the White Rock Library 10:45 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Classes for students in grades 7-12 are being offered 1:30-3 p.m. Fridays in the downstairs


Los Alamos Makes Washington Post’s Most Challenging High School List


Los Alamos High School garnered national attention this past week when the Washington Post added LAHS to its 2013 “America’s Most Challenging High School” list.

Earlier in the year, US News & World Report and Newsweek included Los Alamos in their top high schools for 2013.  

“I have been rating the most challenging schools in the country since 1998, said Jay Mathews, creator of the Challenge Index and education columnist for the Washington Post. “This is by far the oldest national rating of our best schools, and the only one that focuses on how hard schools are working to raise


Support for UNM-LA Mil Levy Gets Personal

Linda Daly and Michael Wismer share personal stories about UNM-LA during an interview at the college Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is holding a special election Sept. 17, to ask local residents to approve a two mil increase in support of the campus

This will be the first operational increase since the Branch Campus was formed in 1980.

Linda Daly and Michael Wismer are former UNM-LA Advisory Board members who serve on the Los Alamos Committee for Higher Education, which is comprised of a group


New Mexico Drops to 50 in Nation for Child Well-being

NM Drops to 50 in Nation for Child Well-being in 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book
  • State improves in some areas, worsens in others

ALBUQUERQUE—For the first time New Mexico has fallen to the bottom slot—ranking 50 in the nation in overall child well-being in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT Data Book.

New Mexico has never ranked above 40 in the publication’s 20-plus year history, but this is the first time the state has ranked dead last. Last year, New Mexico ranked 49 and Mississippi was 50. The data book, released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranks the 50 states on 16 indicators of child well-being,