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NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez Comments On PED Proposed 5 Percent Budget Increase

on December 7, 2019 - 6:47pm
By Mary Parr Sanchez
NEA-New Mexico President
NEA-New Mexico President Mary Parr Sanchez issues the following comment on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s proposed budget increase of only 5 percent:
If the preliminary budget figures being discussed by legislative leaders and the PED are adopted, New Mexico's educators will be extremely disappointed that once again our students next year will not be provided a sufficient education.
With anything less than another substantial increase in total compensation for teachers and other school employees, the dire shortages of

Scenes From 2019 Earth Treasures Show

on December 7, 2019 - 6:21pm

The 51st annual Earth Treasures Show took place Saturday and will continue10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Masonic Temple at Canyon Road and 15th Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Young ladies spin for prizes at the Earth Treasures Show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Blue calcite. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A visitor to the Earth Treasures Show checks out a display. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

This geode has an unusual stalactite formation inside. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

This geode has an unusual stalactite

San Juan College Faculty Votes To Unionize

on December 7, 2019 - 6:16pm
FARMINGTON On the heels of recent and decisive votes by full and part-time faculty at UNM, over two thirds (68 percent) of San Juan College (SJC) full-time faculty voted yes to win collective bargaining rights for faculty in a decisive victory in support of students and faculty. 
Votes were cast Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 resulting in 87 out of 128 faculty voting in favor of collective bargaining.
“I, along with my colleagues, are deeply committed to the mission of SJC and our student's learning.

What Is Los Alamos Youth Earth Team All About?

on December 7, 2019 - 10:51am
LAPS News:
You might say “What is the Los Alamos Youth Earth Team?” ... we are a middle school group that helps the environment and does projects that help the plants and animals around us.
In this article, you learn about who we are, what we do and more. We have many goals in mind for the future and we hope to be able to complete a few this year.
We have done many things already to help the environment, but with not a lot of funding, there's not much we can do. We are just a group of kids who wants to help the environment. That is why we would like you to help us!
Our goals

NMSA Hosts Open House, Audition Workshop Today

on December 7, 2019 - 9:49am
The New Mexico School for the Arts. Courtesy/NMSA
The New Mexico School for the Arts. Courtesy/NMSA
NMSA News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico School for the Arts admissions office is hosting an open house for prospective students and their families 10 a.m., today, Dec. 7, immediately followed at noon by in-depth audition workshops.
The events are at the school’s railyard campus at 500 Montezuma Ave., in Santa Fe. Both the open house and audition workshop events are FREE and no RSVP is required. 
Admission to NMSA is based solely on a performance audition or portfolio review,

Free Alzheimer’s Presentation In Santa Fe Jan. 15, 2020

on December 7, 2019 - 9:21am
Alzheimer’s News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. The event is hosted by St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Ave., in Santa Fe. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is designed primarily as an introduction for

Spencer: Why Would You Be Interested In Joining A Gun Club, Anyway?

on December 7, 2019 - 7:25am
Public Relations Chair
Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club

Los Alamos, New Mexico, is home to one of the best gun clubs in the state, the Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, a 501.c4 nonprofit. If you are ambitious, you can drive up to the Whittington Center but that is hours away.

Here at home you can find two full archery ranges, a rifle range with sheltered benchrests and targets ranging out to 300 yards, trap, skeet, and both indoor and outdoor pistol ranges.

The club also has a clubhouse used for meetings and training sessions.

Nature Center Family Fun Evening Tuesday

on December 6, 2019 - 3:40pm

Family Star Party and Family Night Tuesday at Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday for an evening of family fun:

  • 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium; and
  • 6-7 p.m. The Family Night.


Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors! New Mexico Bank & Trust sponsors Family Star Parties and Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos sponsors Family Nights.


Family Star Party participants will explore Venus, which is now visible in the night sky, and talk about

LAHS Winter Dance Show Wednesday Dec. 11

on December 6, 2019 - 2:34pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School students sure know how to jingle bell rock around the clock tonight.

After a semester filled with hard work and fun, they can’t wait to show everyone our smooth groove from Tango to Waltz, Swing to Cha-cha.

Watch them perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Duane Smith Auditorium.

Free admission! So come on down for Los Alamos High School’s Winter Dance Show!


County Announces Peoples Ecochallenge 2019 Winners

on December 6, 2019 - 8:09am
To promote recycling and sustainability in the community as well as to encourage people to take small steps to a more sustainable life, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division, the Environmental Sustainability Board and the Zero Waste Team sponsored the Peoples Eco Challenge.
Environmental Services would like to congratulate Chamisa Elementary Green Team, the team winner, with 7,271 points and our individual winners, 1st place Heather Ward with 1,141 points, 2nd place Sara Thurgood-Martinez with 970 points, and 3rd place Gavin Bent with 964 points.
The Peoples

SFIS To Host Hour Of Code Week Kickoff Monday

on December 6, 2019 - 6:47am
SFIS News:
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe has the extraordinary privilege of being selected as the host city for the national kickoff event of Computer Science Education Week (aka Hour of Code), live streamed 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) Everett F. Chavez Pueblo Pavilion.
SFIS is partnering with, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Computer Science Alliance (a new non-profit in NM) to celebrate the 7th Annual Hour of Code.
This year, and CSTA decided to change the message of CS Ed Week and have the opening at a school.

Los Alamos Jazz Project Performs At Pig+Fig Tonight!

on December 6, 2019 - 6:37am

Thirty-one musicians in four student-combos from the Los Alamos Jazz Project will perform 7-9 p.m. today at Pig+Fig in White Rock on Sherwood Blvd. Everyone is invited so bring the family to Pig+Fig and enjoy a fantastic dinner and incredible desserts all while listening to jazz performed by talented young musicians. Courtesy photo

Forty-six High School Teams Compete For $95,000 In First-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge

on December 5, 2019 - 5:15pm


LANL News:

  • Dec. 7 event showcases the ‘ingenuity and passion’ of students in solving real-world problems with science, technology, engineering, and math.

More than 600 people will convene at Los Lunas High School this Saturday, Dec. 7, for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.

Led by the Office of the Governor, the Challenge is a collaboration with the Department of Public Education, the Department of Workforce Solutions, Los Alamos National

NMAA Board Approves Classification & Alignment Breakdown For Member Schools For 2020-2022

on December 5, 2019 - 8:07am
NMAA News:
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors met in regular session Wednesday and approved the classification and alignment breakdown of its member schools for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. 
Full classification/district breakdowns by sport can be accessed from the main page of the NMAA website at
A summary of most changes made from the current two-year block also can be viewed on the website at
Member schools will be afforded the opportunity to appeal their

Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run 5K & Kids 1 Mile

on December 5, 2019 - 7:03am

The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 15. Courtesy photo

LA Band Booster News:

The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock 'N Roll Run Sunday, Dec. 15 to raise money for the LAHS band program and the LAMS Music Program.

The fun run includes a 5K and a kids 1 mile run for age 13 and under. The run is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos Hight School and Los Alamos Middle School Bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners.

In And Around Town: Dec. 9, 2019

on December 5, 2019 - 6:57am
In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to

Chapter AK, P.E.O Christmas Party
Chapter AK, P.E.O., will hold its annual Christmas party at 7 p.m. in the home of hostess Marilyn Doolen at 713 Meadow Lane in White Rock. Wendy Swanson is the co-hostess. Norma Puckett is in charge of the holiday program. Please bring a holiday “something” that is special to you and share its significance. RSVP to Marilyn at 672-3571.
The Democratic

Sangre De Cristo Chorale: A Celebration of Women

on December 4, 2019 - 3:50pm

Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its concnert, A Celebration of Women, Friday and Saturday. Courtesy photo


As part of its 42nd season, the Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its December concert, A Celebration of Women, 7 p.m. Friday at the United Church of Los Alamos and 4 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail, in Santa Fe.

From poets to music to subject matter, women are at the center of this holiday-themed concert, which includes works by contemporary women composers Carol Barnett, Williametta Spencer, Nancy Grundahl, Gwyneth

LAPS Confirms LAHS Student’s Death In Canyon

on December 4, 2019 - 11:54am
Editor's note: Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus has released the following letter about a tragic event that occurred Tuesday:
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Los Alamos Community,

It is with profound sadness that I write to you with tragic news. We have received confirmation that Carson Cannon, a Los Alamos High School junior, died yesterday from a fall in a canyon near White Rock. This news comes as a shock and the loss will raise many concerns, questions and emotions for our school community.

Roger Montoya Races To CNN Hero 2019 Finish Line

on December 4, 2019 - 8:00am

Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Espanola is a top 10 finalist for CNN Hero of the Year 2019. Courtesy/MAE 

CNN Hero of the Year 2019 Roger Montoya said, ‘when we lift just one child, we all rise’. Courtesy/MAE


MAE News:
ESPANOLA  Roger Montoya, founder of Moving Arts Espanola, is a top 10 finalist for CNN Hero of the Year 2019. 
The community is invited to a gathering Sunday, Dec. 8 at Buffalo Thunder to find out if he is the winner. The winner receives $100,000 to continue their work.
A live broadcast of the Anderson Cooper All Star Tribute Hero of the Year will be shown

LWVNM: Legislative Process Training Saturday

on December 3, 2019 - 10:33am

Leadership Los Alamos Class Of 2020 Discuss Youth

on December 3, 2019 - 8:30am
Leadership Los Alamos participants Nathan Romero and Beverly Purtymun during the youth session Nov. 15 at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Courtesy/LLA
LLA Youth Session facilitators from left, LAPS Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz, Los Alamos Teen Center Director George Marsden and Los Alamos Family Council Executive Director Jordan Redmond. Courtesy/LLA
LLA News:
The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2020 gathered Nov. 15 at the Los Alamos Teen Center to discuss youth. 
The class was challenged before the session to think back to their youth and the caring adults

Consider The Gift Of Education On Giving Tuesday

on December 3, 2019 - 7:24am
Los Alamos High School chemistry students use virtual reality headsets made possible by a grant from the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy photo
LAHS Junior
LAPS School Board Student Member
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, what better way is there to kick off the holiday season than with a charitable donation?
Sure, we may all feel bad about splurging on goods for ourselves, but there is a way to stop the shame and guilt--through giving. “Giving Tuesday,” the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a nationwide movement built on the premise of giving back.

ProjectY Cowork Hosts Interactive Round-Robin Event Connecting Entrepreneurs With Experts Wednesday

on December 2, 2019 - 3:57pm


projectY cowork is hosting a free Entrepreneurial Round-Robin event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

This is a great opportunity for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs to ask questions about resources available to them locally and statewide.

At the beginning of the event each guest speaker will introduce themselves and explain what resources and benefits they have to offer small businesses. After introductions, attendees will breakout with the speakers and have the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding their needs. 

“We encourage all small business

LAPS: Transgender 101, 201 Presentations Canceled

on December 2, 2019 - 10:14am

LAPS News:

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico’s Transgender 101 presentation set for today, Monday, Dec. 2 and the Transgender 201 presentation set for Tuesday, Dec. 3 have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Presentations will be rescheduled in the spring with information released to the public once dates are set.

LAPS apologizes for any inconvenience.

Direct questions to Kristine Coblentz at 505.663.2263 or

NASA Awards UbiQD Of Los Alamos Second, Larger Contract To ‘Tailor The Solar Spectrum For Enhanced Crop Yield For Space Missions’

on December 2, 2019 - 9:30am

UbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above rows of tomatoes in a research greenhouse in the Netherlands. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.


  • The Phase II STTR contract will fund further collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop new light recipes using UbiQD’s quantum dot technology

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology development company, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract by the National Aeronautics and Space