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Become a Love & Logic Parent─Free!

on March 1, 2014 - 9:12am
Georgina Williams (an FSN board member) and her daughter Evelyn enjoy an activity together at Family Strengths Network. Courtesy/FSN

FSN News:

Kids don’t come with how-to manuals. Relationships and expectations change as kids get older. Families have unique goals and challenges. These are just some of the reasons hundreds of parents have taken the class, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent®, for parents of grade school children at Family Strengths Network (FSN).

Beginning this week, parents have another opportunity to enjoy instructor Susan Benjamin’s humor and skill as she talks with parents

LANL Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced

on March 1, 2014 - 9:01am


Fourteen Northern New Mexicans have received $1,000 Returning Student/Regional College scholarships from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

These awards help students returning to a formal education for certification or a two-year degree at an accredited regional college. Many of the students receiving these awards are pursuing new careers.

Funding comes from donations by LANL employees and a matching amount from Los Alamos National Security, LLC. The scholarships are administered by the LANL Foundation.

Awards go to:

  • Catrina Garcia, Santa Fe, to

Nominate Teacher and Classified Person of the Year

on March 1, 2014 - 7:42am

LAPS News:

Parents, guardians and members of the community, do you know a teacher or school employee who exemplifies excellence in education or service to the school community? 

If you do, Los Alamos Public Schools is seeking nominations for Teacher and Classified Person of the Year.  Nomination Criteria and forms are available from the Assistant Superintendent’s Office or by e-mail from

Nominations can be returned to the District Office or to your child’s school. Nominations are due by April 11 and the winners will be announced May 8 at Los Alamos Public


Hear Border Adventures at Historical Society Lecture

on February 28, 2014 - 8:33am

Dr. Samuel Truett/Courtesy LAHS


Set sail with two enigmatic globetrotters for the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. One was a former English adventurer who fought pirates and sailed opium clippers. The other was a Cossack warrior who became an Indian fighter, border guard and spy. Their stories connect the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to world history in unexpected ways.

Samuel Truett will present “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Fuller Lodge.

Rotary Club Student of the Month: Emma Phillips

on February 28, 2014 - 7:21am

Emma Phillips


Emma Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Phillips is the daughter of David and Edie May Phillips and sister of Nate and Elyse.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year.

LANL's Kurt Steinhaus Speaking at TEDxABQED Friday

on February 27, 2014 - 11:41am
LANL News:

Community Programs Office Director Kurt Steinhaus provides his perspective on what schools, teachers, administrators, parents and communities can do singly and collectively to improve education in New Mexico's and the nation's schools during a TEDxABQED talk 1-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro N.E., in Albuquerque. 

As a former teacher and educational administrator, Steinhaus is passionate about education.

Junior Parent Night at LAHS March 10

on February 27, 2014 - 11:40am

LAHS News:

Parents of Los Alamos High School juniors are invited to attend Junior Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 10 in the Speech Theater.

“Junior Parent Night is an evening presentation for the parents of current juniors, which provides information on post-secondary options,” said Cindy Black, one of four guidance counselors at the high school. “We will review the college admission process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.”

In addition, information will be available on college searches, SAT and ACT tests,


P&Z Tables UNM-LA's Rezoning Request Pending Clarification of Legal Issues

on February 27, 2014 - 9:40am
Planning and Zoning Commissioners from left, Mary McInerny, Ashley Mamula, Chair Anne Nobile, Deborah Gill, Michael Redondo and Larry Warner at Wednesday’s meeting. Commissioner Catherine Mockler was absent. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission did not hear Case No. 13-REZ-002, which involves the rezoning of property owned by the University of New Mexico and the location of the UNM-Los Alamos housing facility at 1203 and 1027 9th St.

UNM-LA hopes to construct a multi-use facility housing both

Los Alamos High School NJROTC Marksmanship Team to Compete at National Championship

on February 27, 2014 - 8:50am

LAHS NJROTC Marksmanship team members got together with their counterparts from Montrose, Colo., during the Navy Regional Championships in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School NJROTC marksmanship team members have made the top five precision list of Navy teams and qualified to compete at the All-Service JROTC National Championship air rifle competition March 20 at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Team members Tessa Snyder (captain), Noah Marriott, David Murphy, JoAnna O’Neill and Sam Wolfe (alternate), earned their spot when they traveled to Albuquerque earlier this month to

Pinon School Library Welcomes Community Members

on February 26, 2014 - 8:10am
Pinon Elementary students read during last year's Book Fair. Courtesy photo


Community members are welcome to have library accounts at the Pinon School library. Have you been considering rereading a childhood favorite or are finally getting around to reading the classics? Sign up for a library account at Pinon and discover all the great things that are happening in children’s and young adult literature.

The perfect opportunity to do this is at the upcoming Pinon Book Fair! This family event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8 at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock.



P&Z to Hear UNM-LA's Rezoning Request at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

on February 25, 2014 - 4:21pm


UNM-LA is seeking to rezone the 1.88 acre parcel student housing property in the downtown Los Alamos area in order to optimize land use and provide appropriate housing for its students and the community. The proposal goes before the County Planning and Zoning Commission at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday in Council Chambers.

The P&Z hearing is a quasi-judicial process, so only those who live within 300 feet of the site will be allowed to comment at the meeting.

UNM-LA Addresses Concerns With Housing Plan

on February 25, 2014 - 10:35am
Residents listen to a proposal on UNM-LA student housing facility. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 50 members of the community attended a public meeting Monday night on the UNM-LA campus to discuss the rezoning and redevelopment of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student housing on 9th Street between Myrtle and Iris.

UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page explains the plan to build an apartment complex along with student housing. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

UNM-LA is seeking to rezone the 1.88 acre

Time of Special School Board Meeting/Work Session has Changed

on February 24, 2014 - 9:33pm

LAPS News:

The start time for Thursday's School Board Meeting/Work Session has changed.

The new meeting time is 4:30 p.m., not 5 p.m. as previously announced, at Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.

The following item has been removed from the agenda: "School Board nominations for the committee to select the 2014 Excellence for Student Achievement Award winner – discussion by Superintendent Gene Schmidt."

See the agenda here.


PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 2 The Pajarito Plateau – Its Creation

on February 24, 2014 - 11:32am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist

Particular thanks to Patrick Rowe

Part 2 The Pajarito Plateau – Its Creation

The geologic stage had been set for the creation of the Pajarito Plateau when the mountains of the Nacimiento uplift and the Sierra de los Valles had been completed 1.6 million years ago. The first of two major volcanic events then occurred on the western side of the Sierra de los Valles.  

This first event is called the Tshirege Member and its ash accumulated to be hundreds of feet deep in parts of what would become the Pajarito Plateau.

Letter to the Editor: Clarification of UNM-LA Rezoning Request and An Invitation to A Community Meeting

on February 23, 2014 - 10:01pm

Executive Director UNM-LA

UNM-Los Alamos has been working for the last six years (since I became the executive director) on a solution to the challenges of our student housing complex.

All renovation options have been exhausted or too expensive. Our decision to engage a highly qualified developer has been difficult. In fact, the County’s experience in securing a developer for the Trinity site demonstrated just how challenging redevelopment in Los Alamos can be for something so vital to the future of our community.

The UNM-LA redevelopment will address both student housing

Education 101: The 2015 New Mexico State Budget, After Fight, Benefits K-12 Education

on February 23, 2014 - 10:10am
Education 101:
The 2015 New Mexico State Budget, After Fight, Benefits K-12 Education
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

The New Mexico State Legislature ended its 30-day legislative session this week, sending its 2015 budget recommendation to Gov. Susana Martinez just a day before the session ended. The Governor has until March 12 to consider it and has the right to a line item veto should she choose to use it. So while the fight over education funding isn’t over yet, it's looking pretty good for K-12 education.

From our perch in Los Alamos, we think it's fair to say that so far this year,

Atomic City Children's Theater: Disney's Aladdin Jr 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Today at Smith Auditorium

on February 22, 2014 - 9:30am
Scenes from Thursday's dress rehearsal of the Atomic City Children's Theater Production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. The show is provided free of charge to the community at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
More scenes from Thursday's dress rehearsal of the Atomic City Children's Theater Production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. The show is provided free of charge to the community at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos A Team Wins State Middle School Science Bowl!

on February 22, 2014 - 8:59am
The Los Alamos Middle School A Team, from left, Captain David Gao, Phillip Martin, Sonyia Williams, Presley Gao and Coach Naomi Unger. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School’s A Team won the New Mexico State Middle School Science Bowl Feb. 8. In a heart-stopping match against Albuquerque Academy's A Team, it literally came down to the last question. The teams tied and had to go into a nail biting tie-breaker round.

Science Bowl is a high-speed, jeopardy-like competition where kids work in teams to answer questions in life science, physical science, energy, earth and space


Learn About Composting In PEEC Class

on February 22, 2014 - 8:49am

PEEC News:

The weather is warming up and spring is around the corner. Now’s the time to start thinking about the garden, and certified arborist Laural Hardin can help.

Hardin will teach all the basics about composting and answer questions at a Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Homemade compost is packed with organic matter, microbes and plant available nutrients, but building a working pile takes a little know-how.

Explore Wonders of Science, Math at 'Expanding Your Horizons' Conference

on February 22, 2014 - 6:50am
LANL News:
More than 150 Northern New Mexico girls will get hands-on experience learning about science and math at the 35th annual "Expanding Your Horizons" ( conference.

The event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 6 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. 

Los Alamos National Laboratory partners with New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering, Los Alamos Women in Science, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, and the LANL Foundation on EYH to increase awareness of, and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities

Special School Board Meeting/Work Session Thursday

on February 22, 2014 - 5:36am

LAPS News:

The Board of Education of Los Alamos Public Schools will meet in a Special School Board Meeting/Work Session at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.The agenda for such Special Meeting/Work Session is as follows:

  • Executive Session – Limited personnel matterThe School Board hereby gives notice of its intent to convene in a closed Executive Session in the Chamisa Elementary Conference Room to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of Superintendent Gene Schmidt, per section 10-15-1(H) (2) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA

Kiwanians Learn About Vastra Vang Dig

on February 21, 2014 - 8:59am
Archaeologist Maria Cunningham, right, at work at the Vasta Vang excavation. Courtesy photo
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Gold-foil figure of a woman dating to the Iron Age found at the Vastra Vang site. Courtesy photo

Maria “Mia” Cunningham, a Los Alamos archaeologist, has worked in New Mexico for many years at sites ranging from downtown Santa Fe to the Valles Caldera and the desert near Las Cruces – but she is of Swedish descent, and she has always been fascinated by Swedish archaeology.

Several years ago, Mia (wife of Robert Cunningham and daughter-in-law of Paul

Little Forest Spring Resale March 8

on February 21, 2014 - 8:27am


The annual Little Forest Playschool Spring Resale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There is a discount hour that starts at noon, during which most items are half-price.

The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit preschool. Little Forest at 3880 Villa St., in Los Alamos is a cooperatively-managed preschool for children aged 2-5.

Shoppers can find gently used infant and children’s items such as clothes, footwear, cribs, high chairs, play pens, car seats, strollers and more.

Register For St. Patrick's Day Fun Run/Walk

on February 21, 2014 - 8:15am

Leprechaun Brad Skidmore who led the run last year will be out in front again. Courtesy photo


Celebrate  the luck of the Irish with the Pinon Elementary School St. Patrick's Day Fun Run/Walk.

This event is open to all community members, families, and friends. The St. Patrick's Day Fun Run/Walk is at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Pinon Elementary School.

Registration is due Friday, March 4. Turn in money and forms to the Pinon Office at 90 Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Sign up for the one mile or 5K.

Speech and Debate Tournament Needs Judges

on February 21, 2014 - 7:52am


The National Christian Forensic and Communication Association (NCFCA) CHILE Qualifier needs community judges for its upcoming speech and debate tournament, Feb. 27-March 1. 

Speech events include:

  • Interps-duo, Open, and Humorous;
  • Original speeches - Persuasive, Informative, After-Dinner, and Illustrated Oratory and
  • Extemporaneous and Impromptu.

Contact Kelley at or 505-920-0757 to register. 

For more information about NCFCA, visit