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New Mexico Delegation Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Federal Legislation Prohibiting School ‘Lunch Shaming’

on April 10, 2019 - 3:33pm

New Mexico Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) signed onto legislation from Rep. Deb Haaland and other New Mexico delegation members including Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to prohibit school “lunch shaming” – the practice of discriminating against or stigmatizing children who have outstanding credit or don’t have enough money to pay for meals at school.

The Anti-Lunch Shaming Act would ban schools from singling out children — such as by requiring them to wear hand stamps or do

Chamisa Elementary Hosts Glow Run April 26

on April 10, 2019 - 2:12pm
LAPS News:
Lace up your running shoes and join in the fun at the Chamisa Elementary Glow Run April 26. Open to children and adults, runners and walkers can choose between a 5k or a one mile course.
All particpants will receive glow jewelry, snacks and water. They will also be entered to win great door prizes. An exciting part of the evening is the Underwater Glow Tunnel. The black light underwater-scape will be available to anyone there that night.
In addition, the Hillstompers will be on hand to entertain runners and supporters.
“It will be a lot of fun for everyone,”

Registration For NM PreK Opens At LAPS April 10

on April 10, 2019 - 1:30pm
LAPS News:
Registration for the New Mexico PreK program at Los Alamos Public Schools opens at 8 a.m., Wednesday, April 10
There are two half-day programs available (AM or PM, 3 hours each) located at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock. Enrollment for the NM PreK program is by lottery.
To participate in this program, your child must:
  • Be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2019; and
  • Reside in Los Alamos County (this program is not eligible for open enrollment).
If your child lives within the Piñon school zone, bus transportation will be available.

Game & Fish Offers Special Hunter Education Camps

on April 10, 2019 - 8:05am
Courtesy photo
NMGF News:
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is providing hands-on training in which participants earn a hunter education certification.
Camp Thunderbird near Mimbres
The camp is open to youths ages 10 and over who are accompanied by an adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 26-28, at the beautiful Camp Thunderbird in the Gila National Forest. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided.
Registration is open for this camp opportunity and will close April 12 or when filled.
Participants must complete and return the

LAHS: 2019 National Qualifiers For Speech & Debate

on April 9, 2019 - 9:18am

Hilltalkers 2019 National Qualifiers, from left, Emily Holmes, Nilesh Mulundan, Gopal Nadiga, Malea Joyce, Neha Sadasivan, Sonyia Williams, Coach Margo Batha, Antonio Dowdy and Sam Menefee. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team announces its 2019 qualifiers for the National Tournament in June in Dallas, Texas.

The Hilltalkers sent 13 speakers and debaters to compete March 21-23 at the New Mexico National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifying Tournament at Albuquerque Academy.

Century Bank & BSMA Award STEM Education Grants

on April 8, 2019 - 7:25am

Century Bank Vice President/Branch Manager Karen Easton, right, recently presented a $500 check to Bradbury Science Museum Association President Ryn Herrmann and BSMA Past President Andy Trottier in support of STEM education grants for teachers in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA and Century Bank News:

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and Century Bank have awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education grants to 10 certified K-12 teachers in northern New Mexico.

The grants are $100 each and are intended to help teachers promote STEM learning

Highlands English Professor Poetry Wins Acclaim

on April 8, 2019 - 7:25am
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM A New Mexico Highlands University Department of English professor’s poetry book has won critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly.
Tyler Mills’ poetry book “Hawk Parable” was published in March 2019 by the University of Akron Press after winning the prestigious 2017 Akron Poetry Prize.
“This book is about a family mystery, with my grandfather, a U.S. pilot during the World War II era, claiming to be involved in the mission to drop the atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan,” Mills said.

Governor Signs Bill To Grow Teacher Pipeline

on April 8, 2019 - 7:17am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE A bill to create incentives for current educational assistants to obtain teacher certification was signed Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
House Bill 20, sponsored by Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Chaparral), creates a “grow your own teachers fund” in the state treasury and establishes a scholarship program for educational assistants (EAs) in New Mexico to become certified educators.
“Our state is in desperate need of teachers,” Rep.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At All Individuals First

on April 7, 2019 - 4:20pm

On the Job in Los Alamos are Tiffany Perrault, left, and Direct Support Staff Lowline Nelson Thursday at All Individuals First, 2101 Trinity Dr., Suite A-3. All Individuals First is a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Learn more here. #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

On the Job in Los Alamos Thursday are Sharon Jim, All Individuals First Owner/Director Doris Roberts, Audrey Courroyer, Erik McMurray and Gabriel Cournoyer at All Individuals First. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Join PEEC For Family-Friendly Evening Tuesday

on April 7, 2019 - 3:30pm
PEEC News:
PEEC is hosting two free family-friendly events Tuesday, April 9 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
A PEEC educator will lead a Family Star Party at 5:30 p.m. in the planetarium and introduce kids to constellations, planets and more in an informal setting. Families also are invited to join Melissa Mackey 6-7 p.m. for Family Night to enjoy making a unique craft in the classroom.
No registration is required for either event and families are invited to come to one or both of these offerings.

Los Alamos High School Graduate Alisha Lindsey Named National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

on April 7, 2019 - 10:25am

LAHS graduate Alisha Lindsey at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. has been named a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. She is the daughter of Andre and Cherie Trottier of Los Alamos. Photo by JT Hardin

National Geographic Society News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Los Alamos High School 1997 graduate Alisha Lindsey has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of her commitment to geographic education.

Lindsey is the daughter of Andre and Cherie Trottier of Los Alamos. She teaches seventh- and

SFCC Readings In The Library Series For Spring 2019

on April 7, 2019 - 9:01am
SFCC News:
The Creative Writing Program at Santa Fe Community College Library and will host a series of readings of original works throughout April and May.
All readings are free and open to the public.
  • 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10. Fiction writers present their work with instructor Julia Goldberg.
  • 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Women Write: An Interactive Writers’ Panel. An interactive panel featuring Julia Goldberg, Jennifer Love, Kate McCahill, Jade McLellan and Alisa Valdes.
  • 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1. Portfolio: SFCC students present their work with instructor Julia

NMDOT Child Passenger Safety Clinic April 12

on April 6, 2019 - 1:55pm
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Division (NMDOT TSD) and Safer New Mexico Now will host a Car Seat Inspection Clinic from 1-3 p.m., Friday, April 12, at Albuquerque Fire Station #7, 5715 Central Ave., NW.
This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive “hands-on” instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation, and use of car seats and booster seats.

NIST: Sustaining Innovation Through Technology

on April 6, 2019 - 7:15am
Courtesy/Mountain Valley of Cascadia
Maryruth Butler
NIST News:
When it received the Baldrige Award in 2016, Kindred - Mountain Valley (now Mountain Valley of Cascadia) had the distinct honor of seven consecutive years of five-star quality ratings—the highest possible—from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS; less than 1 percent of skilled nursing facilities nationwide achieved the five-star rating over that same period of time).
Now, a few years later, Executive Director Maryruth Butler explains that the skilled nursing center in rural Idaho has continued to

Rose Pruning Workshop With Carlos Valdez April 13

on April 6, 2019 - 7:10am

Rose Pruning Workshop in 2018 with Carlos Valdez. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Garden Club invites the public to attend a rose pruning workshop with Carlos Valdez from the County Extension Office. The workshop will take place in the Memorial Rose Garden at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13.
Carlos will teach attendees how to prune, clean and care for the roses. Participants should wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Gloves will be necessary and if you have pruners bring them. It will also be helpful if you have a bucket to put cuttings in.
No registration is

Scenes From Commissioner SGR And Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame Presentation To LAHS iVOTE Club

on April 5, 2019 - 9:47am

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and former CIA agent Valerie Plame talk politics with students from the newly formed non-partisan iVOTE Club Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School. The women commented on how astute the students were with their questions during the q&A portion of the presentation. Photo by John McHale/

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and former CIA agent Valerie Plame speak with students from the newly formed non-partisan iVOTE Club Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High

AFT New Mexico Reacts To Signing Of Legislation To Empower Hourly And Licensed Classified Educators

on April 5, 2019 - 9:34am
AFT New Mexico News:
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez and NM Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-13) released the following statements:
“The signing of House Bill 47 is welcome news for thousands of educational employees in New Mexico’s public schools.
“By respecting the work performed by educational assistants, transportation workers, custodial and maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, clerical workers, and other critical educational employees, New Mexico is sending a meaningful message that job security matters and all

LAHS Pegasus Hosts Spring Sale Saturday April 27

on April 5, 2019 - 9:01am
LAPS News:
Do you have too much stuff? Are your closets overflowing with clutter? Is your garage in need of some attention? Could you use some extra cash?
Then finish up your spring cleaning and come to the Los Alamos High School Pegasus Spring Flea Market Saturday, April 27 in the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.
For just $20, you can reserve a 10’ x 10’ space to sell your treasures. You keep the proceeds and support Pegasus at the same time.
Pegasus is the annual Los Alamos High School literary magazine, featuring poetry, short stories, illustrations and photos by

Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Key Education Bills

on April 5, 2019 - 8:40am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Wednesday signed key public education legislation into law, providing significant funding increases for evidence-based programs like K-5+ and extended learning time, raising educator salary levels in the state’s three-tier licensure system and establishing a framework for community schools across New Mexico that will provide crucial wraparound health and wellbeing services to children and families in need, among other critical reforms.
Surrounded by students, educators, advocates, legislative sponsors

Seventy Seven Students Take Field Trip To Visit Bradbury Science Museum Thanks To LANB

on April 5, 2019 - 8:39am
In partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) provided the bus transportation last week for 77 students to visit the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

BSMA News:

Students from Okhay Owingeh and Santo Domingo Pueblos lat week participated in a hands-on engineering challenge and explored the Bradbury Science Museum galleries in search of engineered artifacts.

“As the students explored the museum galleries and focus on engineered artifacts, they gain an understanding of how engineers make the world a better

SFCC: Consider Career In Respiratory Care April 12

on April 5, 2019 - 8:18am
SFCC News:
Anyone considering a career in respiratory care is encouraged to attend the Respiratory Care Program “Meet the Department” event, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 12 in Room 433 in the Santa Fe Community College Health and Sciences Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
Get information, advising and assistance with an application.
Respiratory therapists who earn a degree find good jobs with excellent salaries in hospitals, emergency rooms and more. If possible, bring a copy of unofficial transcripts. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 1.
For more information, visit

NMSA Offers Full-Major Creative Writing & Literature

on April 4, 2019 - 1:08pm
NMSA News:
SANTA FE New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) will now offer Creative Writing and Literature as a full Major, alongside current majors of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts, beginning fall 2019.
Applications for the inaugural cohort are open and 20 New Mexico 9th graders will be accepted into the program.
Applicants to NMSA are screened solely on measures of passion, promise and aptitude in the arts; formal arts training and academic background are not considered in the audition process.

AFT New Mexico Applauds Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signing Community School Legislation

on April 4, 2019 - 9:25am
AFT News:
SANTA FE American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“With today’s signing of House Bill 589, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham moved our state forward towards the realization of a more robust structure of community schools and the wrap-around services our students, families, parents and communities need for healthy and stable neighborhoods.
“Making a transition to a fuller and systematic embrace of the community school model of education reinforces the belief that community schools aren’t just for education, but

Roger Montoya Of Moving Arts Espanola Shares Program Success At Los Alamos Rotary Club Meeting

on April 4, 2019 - 9:00am

Roger Montoya, co-founder and artistic director of Moving Arts Espanola (MAE), spoke Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Montoya described the growth and success of the nonprofit since it opened its doors in 2008 to the children and youth of the Española Valley and the surrounding communities. MAE provides ‘high quality, affordable performing and visual arts education’ plus free meals and academic support for ages 3-18. MAE programs promote ‘the creative, physical, academic, social and emotional health and well-being’ of its many participants.

Atomic Film Series Launches First Film Of 2019 April 10

on April 4, 2019 - 8:48am
The community is invited to watch the first film of this year’s Atomic Film Series at 7 p.m., April 10 in historic Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
Historical Society News:
Join the Los Alamos Historical Society April 10 for the first film of this year’s Atomic Film Series at 7 p.m. in historic Fuller Lodge. The Atomic Film Series fosters discussion about the ways we continue to live with atomic legacies. Grab some fresh-popped popcorn in the lobby when you arrive, and then settle in for a great movie you won’t see anywhere else. There is a suggested donation of $5.
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