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Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on September 10, 2013 - 7:24am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Los Alamos Middle School, Room 149.

The agenda items for the Special School Board Meeting include Aspen Construction Update, LAMS Construction Update, LAMS Material Change Request, LAMS Landscape Credit, LAMS East Parking Lot Rock, LAMS Start of School in New Building Sept. 17 and Central Office remodel, including the Board Room.


LAPS Invites Community to Special Event

on September 9, 2013 - 8:00am

Fun and Learning Join Hands at Children's Montessori

on September 8, 2013 - 12:36pm
Students at Children’s Montessori Pre-school find out about outer space and robots by using classroom materials to learn through play. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young student takes her turn being the doctor while teacher Shelli Petty plays the patient. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Now in its 19th year, Children’s Montessori Pre-school offers a morning preschool class 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with extended child care offered 11:30 a.m.


UNM-LA Community Education Classes Target History of Science

on September 8, 2013 - 7:56am

Los Alamos Gatehouse in the early days of the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will offer two classes in September focusing on the history and popularization of science in Los Alamos.

Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will lead a class in the “History of the Manhattan Project.” The class will cover the compelling story of the individuals, institutions and forces that came together in Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb. 

“This is a fascinating topic and a great class,” said UNM-LA


Memorial Fund Honors Los Alamos Teacher Jean Nereson

on September 7, 2013 - 9:21am

Jean Nereson. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Nereson Family are offering an opportunity to honor Jean Nereson, an elementary school teacher for 50 years in Los Alamos County Public Schools and active AAUW member. 

Nereson was respected and loved by her students and she dedicated her 50 plus year career to their education and well-being. To honor her, a memorial fund has been established through the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, which will collect and administer the fund at no cost to the fund.

Athletic Officials Urge Community to Support Hilltoppers

on September 7, 2013 - 7:12am
Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms briefed Rotarians on the Hilltopper athletic program Sept. 3. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms and four of her coaches spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Sept. 3 at the Dixie Girl.

The athletic officials urged the community to come out and support the Hilltoppers this season.

Travel to Area Known for Cretaceous Age Shark Teeth

on September 7, 2013 - 6:26am
Fossilized shark teeth. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico was once under the sea, but during the Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, much of the state was.

Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at a site aptly named Shark’s Tooth Ridge near Cabezon, N.M.

Local Geologist Patrick Rowe will lead a Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) trip to the site Saturday, Sept. 28. The group will meet at PEEC just before 8 a.m. to carpool to the site.

UNM-LA to Host Fall Film and Lecture Series

on September 6, 2013 - 7:06am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) English Department will host “Composition Cinema I: A Film and Lecture Series,” beginning Sept. 12 and running through Nov. 14.

The five films in the series were selected for their relevance to composition and comparative literature courses being taught at UNM-LA. The films will be hosted by a UNM-LA faculty member and will include a five to 10 minute talk discussing the film, its voice in the course’s theme and how it relates to life beyond the classroom. Afterwards, the host will take questions or open the floor to discussion.


STEM Student Day at Bradbury Highlights High Tech

on September 6, 2013 - 5:37am

Staff Report

STEM Student Day is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The event is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people about possible future careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The educational event is open to young people in grades 7-11. Space is limited, so register now. 

The program this year will showcase three imaginative programs that all the students will participate in, including: "Show Me Your Muscle," "How Cell Phones Work," and "R2D2 and His Band of Robotic Telescopes." 


Column By UNM President: Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

on September 5, 2013 - 2:18pm

Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

By Robert G. Frank

UNM President

As the President of New Mexico’s flagship institution, I am proud to have a branch campus in Los Alamos, located in the heart of a premier science and technology community and home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

UNM Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has been serving Los Alamos and northern New Mexico since 1980 by preparing talented students to continue their academic journey at UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque.

Town Hall Features Hilltalkers Debating UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 5, 2013 - 12:30pm
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Debate Team took on the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall event at the college Aug. 29. Photo by Vint Miller
Hilltalkers debate the UNM-LA mil levy question at a Aug. 29 Town Hall. Photo by Vint Miller
Staff Report
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debated the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall meeting Aug. 29, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Community members attended the event at the UM-LA Lecture Hall. Dr.

CommUnity University Day at UNM-LA Saturday

on September 5, 2013 - 8:52am

Image by Vint Miller

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) together 
with local businesses and organizations invite the public to attend CommUnity University Day Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UNM-LA. Cost to attend is $10 per person with lunch available for purchase.

Included are 50 minute sessions on a wide variety of topics taught by representatives from community organizations. There also will be exhibits and booths hosted by community partners. 

Topics include:

  • Art History: A Virtual Tour
  • Artistic Pumpkin Carving
  • Bridge
  • Bubbles:

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA Needs to be Part of Dynamic Future

on September 5, 2013 - 7:59am
Los Alamos

Dear Los Alamos citizens:

After being away from Los Alamos all summer, the progress in our town comes across as really impressive. Work on the Trinity Site seems really serious. 

David Griggs of the county staff, gave me my first tour of the new County Municipal Building. I haven't had time to look closely at the pond redevelopment project, but it is good to see it moving ahead. It is also good to see a real building growing at the golf course that also will provide a large space and kitchen facility for the community to use for special occasions. 

When these

PEEC Offers Rare Chance to Explore Buckman Cave

on September 5, 2013 - 7:40am

A caver explores Buckman Cave during a PEEC trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

For those who seek an adventure this fall, look no further than the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) caving trip to explore Buckman Cave in Diablo Canyon.

Buckman Cave is an elusive spelunking spot outside of Santa Fe. Few locals know about it. Local outdoorsman and adventure guide Tony Hinojosa will lead the PEEC day trip Sunday, Sept 22.

The group will meet at 8 a.m. at PEEC and return by 5 p.m. The length of time in the cave will be approximately three to four hours.

Atomic City Children’s Theater to Hold Auditions

on September 5, 2013 - 7:26am

Los Alamos students at the Junior Theatre Festival 2012. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school theater program, announces auditions for their Junior Theater Festival (JTF) field trip to Atlanta, Ga.

Auditions are 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 and open to all students in the Los Alamos or White Rock area. Students wishing to participate in the field trip should come to the Mountain Elementary School gym. Registration begins at noon.

JTF activities begin with an adjudicated performance.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mud Is Important

on September 4, 2013 - 7:34am
Deeply mindful of mud.Photo by Michele Altherr
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mud Is Important
By Robert Dryja

Particular thanks to Michele Altherr and the Nature Odyssey

“Holmes, I have been thinking about our little expedition the other week to observe harvester ants. You quite clearly already knew that the ants built their nest entrance to face to the east or the south. I, on the other hand, needed to look at nest after nest before realizing what direction the entrances faced. How did you know so quickly what was going on?” 

Holmes paused for several moments, thinking deeply and creating

PEEC Sponsors Mushroom Hike

on September 4, 2013 - 7:27am

PEEC News:

With all the rain in the area lately, crops of mushrooms have popped up all around.

Join PEEC and members of the New Mexico Mycological Society (NMMS) for a free mushroom walk at Pajarito Ski Hill at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Participants should meet at PEEC at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the Pajarito Ski Area. Four experts from the Mycological Society will be on hand to identify and interpret the different mushrooms growing after the wet summer.

The program will begin with some introductory comments from the NMMS experts, and then the participants will be divided equally into

UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Continue at Steady Pace

on September 3, 2013 - 3:32pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said late this morning that her office has been receiving a steady flow of ballots for the UNM-LA mil levy election following the holiday weekend. Ballots must physically arrive in the Clerk's Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Dr. Cindy Rooney, Dean of Instruction at UNM-LA will speak at this month's Chamber Business Breakfast about the funding situation at the college and how the local campus can better serve businesses. The talk is 7:30-9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5 at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall in the Student Services Building.

Los Alamos Pilot Takes Belgium Exchange Student on Flight

on September 2, 2013 - 7:31am

Los Alamos Rotarian Gary Derosier of First National Bank of Santa Fe pilots his own plane and Aug. 28 took Belgium exchange student Thomas Routiaux on a flight around the area. Photo by Lisa Harris

Gary Derosier, left, and Thomas Routiaux prepare to board the plane for their morning flight. Photo by Lisa Harris

Staff Report

When Belgium exchange student Thomas Routiaux spoke to the Los Alamos Rotary Club recently, a member asked him "what can we do for you?" Routiaux asked members to take him with them to gain new experiences.

"How would you like to take a plane ride," said Rotarian Gary

NM Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera to Speak at Los Alamos Community Dinner

on September 1, 2013 - 9:10am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Republican Party is sponsoring a community dinner emphasizing public education in New Mexico.

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera is the guest speaker for the event set for 6 p.m., Sept. 11 in the large conference room at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road.

Skandera has served as a senior policy advisor and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education. During former President George W.

Join These Community Members in Supporting UNM-LA

on August 31, 2013 - 10:47am

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-LA special election ballots were delivered this week to registered voters. As a mail-in election, there will not be a polling location and every voter must return their ballot to the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. We encourage you to carefully consider the question and exercise your vote.

The following community members invite you to join them in supporting UNM-LA by voting yes!

Marv & Rosemary Alme

Karyl Ann Armbruster

John Arrowsmith

Ellen Ben-Naim

Fran Berting

Alan Bishop

Judy Bjarke-McKenzie

Steve & Kathy Boerigter

Nona Bowman

Art Brown

Harry Burgess

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Middle School Parents

on August 30, 2013 - 8:06am
By  Dr. Gene Schmidt
LAPS Superintendent

I am pleased to share the exciting news that middle school students and staff will move into their new school on Tuesday, Sept. 17. In sharing this wonderful and long anticipated news, I begin by thanking voters for approving the 2009 construction bond that funded our beautiful new school.

I also thank taxpayers throughout New Mexico for providing an additional $5.2 million in Public School Capital Outlay Council matching funds. But most of all, I thank our community for its patience during the construction of the building.

Explore Red Rocks and Jemez Pueblo Culture Sept. 7

on August 30, 2013 - 7:59am
Hikers explore red rock country at Jemez Pueblo. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

When taking the “back road” from Albuquerque to Los Alamos through the Jemez mountains, stunning red rocks appear as if out of nowhere, on Jemez Pueblo land.

On a guided hike organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Saturday, Sept. 7, there is the opportunity to explore these rock formations and learn about the history and culture of the Jemez people who have lived there for centuries.

Mary Pecos, a guide at the Walatowa Visitor Center, will lead the group on a 1.5 mile hike through the

Middle School Students Begin Calendar Countdown

on August 30, 2013 - 7:53am

Los Alamos Middle School students Sophia Sivils and Aidan Beevers meet with school staff to plan the move into their new school. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Sophia Sivils and Aidan Beevers, both members of the Los Alamos Middle School Student Council, point to Sept. 17 as the targeted day to move into their new school.

“Stating it’s time to get the move going,” the students met with LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and Bond and Construction Coordinator, Herb McLean to plan the calendar countdown for the move into the new middle school.

“Students are really


UNM-LA Mil Levy Ballots Pour Into Clerk's Office

on August 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, left, and County Clerk Sharon Stover today looked over hundreds of ballots that have poured into the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office since mailed out to registered voters Monday for the UNM-LA mil levy. The Clerk's Office mailed out 13,831 ballots and 650 have been returned of which three were unsigned. The postmaster returned 200 as undeliverable. Ballots must be physically received in the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m., Sept. 17 to be counted. Postmarked envelopes do not count. Photo by Carol A. Clark/