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Arts & Crafts Fair Benefits PVHS Band Saturday

on December 14, 2018 - 10:34am
Proceeds from arts and crafts fair Saturday at Pojoaque Valley Middle School Auditorium benefit concert band students at Pojoaque Valley High School. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Some of the items entered in the arts and crafts fair Saturday. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Los Alamos

Debra Minyard may be a White Rock resident, but by day she is a mother of sorts to 40 kids as she dons her teacher cape as the band director for Pojoaque Valley High School.

She is asking for the community's help supporting her concert band students as they host an arts and

Science On Tap: Tapping Into Algal Diversity For Biofuels Discussion At UnQuarked Dec. 17

on December 12, 2018 - 4:43pm
Amanda Barry. Courtesy photo
Join the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District for Science On Tap at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at UnQuarked Wine Room.
The discussion will feature Amanda Barry of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and her research on algal diversity.
Algae is not the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Los Alamos or its global security mission. However, for Amanda Barry of the Lab’s Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group, algae is the answer to one of the world’s most pressing issues – energy security.

Explore Brightest Explosions In Universe Friday Night

on December 12, 2018 - 12:17pm

Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will present a talk about gamma-ray bursts — the brightest explosions in the universe at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center also will show the full-dome film ‘Exploding Universe’ at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the planetarium.

PEEC News:

Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning will discuss the brightest explosions in the universe at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Lloyd-Ronning will tell the audience all about the incredible phenomena that is gamma-ray bursts, which occur when a massive

Who Will Lead New Mexico’s Public Education Dept.?

on December 12, 2018 - 8:34am
Possible choices to head the New Mexico Publication Department under governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, clockwise from top left, Cynthia Nava, Gabriella Blakey, Veronica Garcia, Stan Rounds and Ellen Bernstein. Courtesy/SNM
Searchlight New Mexico
In the coming days, governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the first major step to fulfill her sweeping campaign promises on education – appointing a secretary to lead New Mexico’s troubled Public Education Department.

Unknown Trove Of Planets Found Hiding In Dust

on December 12, 2018 - 7:05am
The Taurus Molecular Cloud, pictured here by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, is a star-forming region about 450 light-years away. The image frame covers roughly 14 by 16 light-years and shows the glow of cosmic dust in the interstellar material that pervades the cloud, revealing an intricate pattern of filaments dotted with a few compact, bright cores — the seeds of future stars. Courtesy/ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Gould Belt survey Key Programme/Palmeirim et al.
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — “Super-Earths” and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers

Participate In Christmas Bird Count Sunday

on December 11, 2018 - 3:03pm

Participate in the Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count this Sunday, Dec. 16 by spending the day counting and identifying every bird you see!  This event is perfect for birders of all skill levels and is free to participate in. Email Mouser Williams at to sign up. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


Participate in the world’s longest-running citizen science project this Sunday, Dec. 16 by joining the Los Alamos Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Volunteers will spend the day counting and identifying every bird they can see.

LAMS PTO Fundraiser At Papa Murphy’s Monday

on December 11, 2018 - 10:47am


The Los Alamos Middle School PTO will hold a Papa Murphy’s fundraiser Monday, Dec. 17.

For every pizza purchased and a coupon handed over with that purchase, Papa Murphy's will donate $3 to the LAMS PTO. Coupons will be available at Papa Murphy's that day or can be downloaded and printed ahead of time.

The PTO is a positive, supportive group for Los Alamos Middle School, dedicated to serving the needs of students, parent/guardians and staff.

LATC End Of Semester De-Stress Activities

on December 11, 2018 - 5:52am

PEEC: Los Alamos Nature Center Receives 2018 Top HAT Award For Outstanding Attraction

on December 10, 2018 - 7:46am

The Los Alamos Nature Center has received the Top HAT Award for Outstanding Attraction from the New Mexico Hospitality Association. PEEC Educator Sandra West, right, accepted the award for PEEC. Courtesy/NMHA

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center has received the 2018 Top HAT Award for Outstanding Attraction from the New Mexico Hospitality Association.

This statewide award was presented to the nature center Nov. 8 at the Hospitality Association’s annual Top HAT Awards Gala.

Culture On Tap: Pearl Harbor Paper Cranes Tonight

on December 10, 2018 - 7:45am
 LACDC News:
The community is invited to join the Los Alamos-Japan Institute (LAJI) for Culture On Tap tonight, Dec. 10. This event is part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and takes place at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room in 145 Central Park Square.
The Los Alamos-Japan Institute invites scientists, survivors, veterans, peacemakers, artists and educators to participate in an interactive community conversation about the shared atomic legacy between Los Alamos and Japan.

UNM-LA Student Center Brimming With Activities

on December 9, 2018 - 2:44pm

UNM-LA held Student Services Walk-in Hours 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center. Assisting at the booth are Financial Aid Officer Jenny Doran, left, and Academic Student Success Manager Elizabeth Rademacher. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UNM-LA held its Winter Culteral Gathering Thursday in the Student Center, which included a potluck celebration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMHU: Rodgers Hall Renovation Contract Awarded

on December 9, 2018 - 8:33am
Historic Rodgers Hall by Sean Weaver/Highlands University
Baker Architecture & Design. Courtesy photo
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS The New Mexico Highlands Board of Regents awarded the primary construction contract for the historic Rodgers Hall renovation to Franken Construction Company at a public hearing Nov. 19.
Over the years, Franken Construction of Las Vegas has completed historical renovations at Highlands such as the award-winning McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building that was finished in 2016 for the Media Arts and Technology Department.
“The total construction contract

SFCC And SFHEC Announce Winter Break Closures

on December 8, 2018 - 8:36am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for Winter Break from Sunday, Dec. 16 through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available during this time. Snow removal and grounds maintenance will not be operational during this time. The college’s early childhood development center, Kids Campus, and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
The SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.) and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Road)

LAHS Winter Dance Show Wednesday Dec. 12

on December 8, 2018 - 8:19am

LANL Director Thom Mason Works With Students During Hour Of Code Project At School In Española

on December 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason volunteered for the Hour Of Code project this afternoon at Tony E. Quintana Elementary in Española. The program was presented to the combined 6th grade classes of Nancy Martinez and Danita Quintana. This program provides a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify ‘code’ and show that anyone can learn the basics.

NMHU: Prof In Anthropology’s Paper Sheds Light On Nontraditional Students

on December 7, 2018 - 3:53pm
Orit Tamir
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM A New Mexico Highlands University anthropology professor will publish a research study that sheds new light on what matters morally to nontraditional college students 25 and older.
Orit Tamir authors the paper, “On Being Nontraditional Students: What Really Matters,” that will be published in the scholarly journal, Teaching and Learning Anthropology.
“My major finding is that nontraditional students’ primary motivation is not necessarily to get a degree,” Tamir said. “They go to school for many different reasons.

NMHU: Cristina Durán Appointed To Governor-Elect’s Transition Team

on December 7, 2018 - 10:08am
Cristina Durán
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed the dean of the New Mexico Highlands University Facundo Valdez School of Social Work to her government transition team.
Cristina Durán will serve on the transition team for New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
“My focus on this team will include training and preparation of social workers in child welfare as well as supervision and licensure among social workers within CYFD,” Durán said.

PEEC: Explore December’s Night Skies 7 p.m. Today

on December 7, 2018 - 10:06am
Explore what is coming up this month in the night skies this evening in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:

Paul Arendt will give an interactive tour of the heavens starting at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 7 and will highlight the planets and constellations that will be visible throughout the month.

Additionally, the nature center will show the full-dome film “We Are Stars” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8.

Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus will all be visible in December.

UNM-LA Campus On Two-Hour Delay Today

on December 7, 2018 - 7:39am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is on a 2-hour delay today.

The campus will open and classes will resume at 10 a.m. today.

Los Alamos Public Schools On 2-Hour Delay Today

on December 7, 2018 - 7:17am


Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run 5K & 1 Mile At LAMS Sunday

on December 6, 2018 - 8:22am

LAHS students play holiday tunes for the runners in the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run Sunday, Dec. 9 to raise money for the LAHS band program.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. LAHS students will play holiday tunes for the runners.

Costs are $30 for the 5K (race day registration is $35) and $10 for the mile. Both of the fun runs start and end at Los Alamos Middle School.

NMAA Announces Hall Of Fame ‘Class Of 2019’

on December 6, 2018 - 8:13am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association, in conjunction with the NMAA Hall of Fame Committee, announces the Class of 2019 for induction into the NMAA Hall of Fame.
The NMAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon is scheduled for noon Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel at 5151 San Francisco Road NE in Albuquerque.
The ring ceremony, presented by Herff Jones, will take place at halftime of the 6:30 p.m. game, March 14, 2019, during the State Basketball Championships at Dreamstyle Arena in Albuquerque.
The 2019 Inductees:
Don Gerheart

UNM-LA Winter Break Closure Dec. 21 To Jan. 1

on December 6, 2018 - 7:27am
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus at 4000 University Dr. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will close for winter break Friday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
There will be no classes or activities, and buildings will be closed.
The UNM-LA campus, at 4000 University Dr., will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2 and spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 14. The UNM-LA Library will reopen Jan. 2 for student and community use.
UNM-LA is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college

Meet Los Alamos Fire Department’s New Paramedics

on December 6, 2018 - 2:19am
LAFD EMS Division

A paramedic is a health care professional responsible for providing emergency medical assistance to patients in their homes and while transporting to a hospital. Paramedics are the first line medical personnel that treat everything from heart attacks to injuries from motor vehicle accidents.

LAFD paramedics respond to our community’s 911 calls. As the first healthcare providers at the scene of emergency situations, they collaborate with local emergency physicians and the police to evaluate critical situations.

Luján On 2018 Congressional App Challenge Winner

on December 6, 2018 - 2:16am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has announced that Terrell Toldeo and Elias Trancosa, both seniors at Santa Fe Indian School, are this year’s winners of the Congressional App Challenge in New Mexico’s third Congressional district.
Toldeo and Trancosa’s app, “Naruto Self Defense,” teaches people to express and defend themselves through hand signs used by the main character in the Japanese manga series, “Naruto.” The app was created to help students feel more comfortable with self-expression.
“Congratulations to Terrell