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GED Orientation Meeting Changed to Oct. 17

on October 4, 2013 - 7:05am

UNM-LA News:

The previously scheduled UNM-Los Alamos GED Orientation meeting has been changed to 1 p.m., Oct. 17 in the Adult Learning Center, Room B17. The meeting was formerly scheduled for Oct. 16.

Attendance at the orientation is mandatory because the staff walks the students through the enrollment process and administers pretests.

Classwork for the next session will begin Oct. 22.

Call Marlene Gray at 505.662.0338 for more information.


School Board Meets Tuesday

on October 4, 2013 - 6:34am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a regular School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Los Alamos High School Topper Speech Theater.

A briefing on the new New Mexico Teacher Evaluation System by Gerry Washburn and Pam Miller is on the agenda, along with other matters.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office the Thursday before the meeting. If special accommodations are required, notify the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the meeting at 505-663-2230.


2014 National Merit Scholarship Program Commends Eight Los Alamos Students For Exceptional Academic Promise

on October 3, 2013 - 9:09am

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program:

  • Charlotte Berg;
  • Matthew Davenport;
  • Justine Dombrowski;
  • Victoria Hypes; Ariel Koh;
  • Charles Mielke; Nathan Phillps; and
  • Jing Xie. 

A letter of Commendation from the school and National Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors. 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Public Forum on Local Response to Climate Change Oct. 8 at SFCC

on October 3, 2013 - 8:13am

RDC News:

What: SFCC, LANL, Sen. Tom Udall, the RDC, the City of Santa Fe and others have come together to present a community forum: "Local Response to Climate Change." The forum will focus on strategies that communities can use to deal with this all-important issue.

The event will include an introduction from SFCC President, Dr. Ana M. Guzman, leading climate researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a recorded speech from Sen. Tom Udall.

Meet PEEC's Featured Volunteer: Michele Altherr

on October 3, 2013 - 7:55am

PEEC volunteer Michele Altherr. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Michele Altherr of Los Alamos had no idea how PEEC would change her life when she attended a meeting at Fuller Lodge in the fall of 1999, calling for anyone interested in having a nature center in Los Alamos.

Altherr recalled that there was a good turn out at the meeting and much interest when there was a call for volunteers. Altherr herself felt compelled to become involved because she cares about children's futures and feels that kids can't grow to care about something to which they feel no connection.

Governor Joins New Mexico Kindergarteners in World Record Reading Attempt

on October 3, 2013 - 7:09am

STATE news:

Santa Fe – Gov. Susana Martinez will join students in Santa Fe today to participate in the national "Read for the Record" Event.

Martinez and the students will join millions of others in reading the same book, on the same day to promote literacy and attempt to break the current world record.

For the last two years, Martinez and students in New Mexico have participated in breaking the world record for adults reading to children in a single day.

Scenes From Hilltoppers Homecoming Bonfire

on October 2, 2013 - 10:22am
Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Staff Report

Monday kicked off this week's Homecoming events including the annual bonfire.


Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) hosted the hotly popular event in the Sullivan Field parking lot Monday evening.


The Los Alamos Fire Department kept everything cool as the LAHS football team, students, teachers, coaches and community members roasted s’mores, listened to music and participated in Topper spirit.


Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Expert Discusses Water Quality Effects From Las Conchas, Thompson Ridge Fires

on October 2, 2013 - 7:23am

Dr. Clifford Dahm

PEEC News:

The effects of major wildfires such as those suffered in the Jemez mountains in recent years can be long-reaching and long-lasting.

Dr. Clifford Dahm, a professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico and director of BioAnnex Analytical Laboratories, has been studying water resources in the state for nearly three decades.

At a PEEC program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Dahm will discuss changes in stream water chemistry after the recent Las Conchas and Thompson Ridge fires in the Jemez Mountains.

NM Academic Librarians Hold Ribbon Cutting in Los Alamos

on October 2, 2013 - 7:05am


The New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries (NMCAL) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 to celebrate an initiative five years in the making.

The event will celebrate the new collaboration between universities and colleges in the state to use General Obligation funds to collectively purchase a set of databases that will provide every student, as well as all patrons of academic libraries, with access to reliable, quality information.

As well as ensuring high-quality academic resources, negotiating the purchase

Battle Over Teacher Evaluations Heads To Court

on October 1, 2013 - 9:07am
Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) President Ellen Mills briefed teachers Sept. 25 on the statewide teachers union plans to battle new teacher evaluation system. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
New Mexico President Stephanie Ly of the American Federation of Teachers addressed Los Alamos teachers at a Sept. 25 meeting. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Things are heating up in the battle between teachers unions and New Mexico Secretary of Education-Designate Hanna Skandera.

UNM-LA Students to Attend Accelerate Workshop at UNM-Taos

on October 1, 2013 - 7:39am

UNM-LA News:

On Friday, Oct. 4, 14 students from the UNM-LA Accelerate Technical Training program will attend a job placement workshop hosted by the University of New Mexico-Taos. The workshop, entitled “Unleashing Your Super Powers” will help students identify their unique strengths, hone their networking abilities, and build professional readiness skills.

The Accelerate Technical Training program provides students with resources and opportunities to be more successful in college, graduate on schedule, and gain an edge in their chosen careers.


LAHS Homecoming Week Events

on September 30, 2013 - 2:27pm

LAYL News:


Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) is proud to bring the community the annual homecoming bonfire at 7:30 p.m. today in the Sullivan Field parking lot.


Everyone is welcome to stop by, support the football team, and roast s'mores while enjoying a nice evening full of music and Topper spirit. The event won’t go past 9:30 p.m. and the Los Alamos Fire Department and Chief Troy Hughes will be standing by, to ensure everyone’s safety at the bonfire.

Spirit Week Events:

  • Monday: Crazy hat and hair day, 4:30 p.m. JV Football vs. Hope Christian at Sullivan Field, 7:30 p.m. Bonfire

UNM-Los Alamos Class Teaches Stress Management Techniques

on September 30, 2013 - 1:28pm

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Community Education program will offer a four-week class in stress management. The class, taught by UNM-LA Professor Victoria Erhart, focuses on physical, mental and emotional stress and the techniques that can be used to mitigate and lower each of these.

The class starts Oct. 1 and meets 6-8:40 p.m., Tuesdays in room 627 on the UNM-LA campus. The cost is $145 for all four sessions and may be eligible for tuition reimbursement or professional development units.

According to a 2007 American Psychological Association poll, stress impacts


PEEC's Jemez Mountain Herbarium Goes Global

on September 29, 2013 - 8:25am

Dorothy Hoard assists a child with the microscope in the Jemez Mountain Herbarium at PEEC. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

An organization in Arizona, the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet), has been gathering the most important southwest databases into a single website.

SEINet recently accepted the Jemez Mountain Herbarium, which is housed by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and has about 3,000 species from Los Alamos County and the Jemez Mountains. Anyone in the world can query SEINet.

For years botanists have been collecting native plants in New Mexico

School Board Extends Middle School Construction Completion Date to Nov. 26

on September 27, 2013 - 10:01am
The Los Alamos School Board held a Special Board meeting Thursday. Board President Jim Hall was absent. Board Vice-president Judy Bjarke-McKenzie participated via telephone. Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for the Los Alamos Middle School construction project, briefed the Los Alamos School Board on the progress of the final phase of construction by McCarthy Building Companies. The Board voted unanimously to a material change request, extending the construction completion date to Nov. 26, as previously discussed during an Aug. 23 meeting.

Smith's Contributes $43,060 to Local Education

on September 26, 2013 - 9:19am

More than 20 local schools and educational entities recieved checks Wednesday from Smith's Food & Drugs. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos K-12 schools and other local educational entities are the beneficiaries of a $43,060 donation from Smith’s Food & Drug Store, a result of participation in the grocer's "Earn & Learn" rewards program.

A check presentation to each school or organization was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith’s Food & Drug Store at 535 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

More than 20 educational entities received funds. The top five recipients were:

  • Barranca Mesa

Jr. Toppers Have New Locations

on September 26, 2013 - 7:44am


Jr. Toppers Basketball Clinics have moved this Saturday, Sept. 28.

Grades K-3 will meet 9-10 a.m. at Mountain Elementary School. Grades 4-6 will meet 9-10:30 a.m. at Los Alamos Middle School gymnasium.

Parents may begin at 8:45 a.m. to check in their Jr. Toppers.

Student Body President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta Does Much For Los Alamos

on September 25, 2013 - 10:18am
Los Alamos High School Student Body President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta: 'I also feel like I have a purpose when I do community service.' Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos High School senior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta has immersed himself in local community events and projects since middle school.
Lahiri-Gupta, 17, is student body president this year and took time out of his busy schedule to explain why he feels so motivated toward community service.
"There's just something appealing to me about helping people and trying to make them happy that makes me

LAHS Homecoming Bonfire Ignites Sept. 30

on September 24, 2013 - 8:31am

Several of the LAYL members who worked on the bonfire project from left, Melissa Teter, Rachel Wallstrom, Mikayla Pullium, Cory Carnes, Esteban Abeyta, Cottrell Fox, and Ethan Clements. Courtesy photo


LAYL News:

As fall approaches, so do the homecoming celebrations! These hectic seven days, full of dances, parades, and football games are also packed with crazy spirit days, and fun activities.


Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) is proud to bring the community the annual homecoming bonfire! Scheduled for Monday, Sept.

Spaces Available for Shark’s Tooth Ridge Trip

on September 24, 2013 - 7:53am

Fossilized shark teeth. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

During the Cretaceous Period, much of New Mexico was beneath the sea. 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. Those who live in Santa Fe or Albuquerque can alternatively meet the group at 9:30 a.m. in San Ysidro, which is near the site.

Policy Agenda to Address State’s 50th Ranking in KIDS COUNT Report

on September 23, 2013 - 10:26am


 ALBUQUERQUE—In response to New Mexico’s fall to dead last in the nation in child well-being in the national KIDS COUNT Data Book, New Mexico Voices for Children is launching a policy campaign to improve child well-being. Advocates hope the campaign, called NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us, will be embraced by elected officials and other leaders.

 “New Mexico has real problems when it comes to the well-being of our children, but they are not insurmountable,” said Veronica C. García, Ed.D., Executive Director of the child advocacy organization. “There is no single solution.

Barranca Mesa Elementary Holding Bobcat Pizza Day With Papa Murphy's Sept. 25!

on September 23, 2013 - 10:21am

Barranca Mesa Elementary

Staff Report:

Barranca Mesa Elementary is holding its fall Bobcat Pizza Day with Papa Murphy's Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Papa Murphy's will donate $1 for each pizza ordered on Bobcat Pizza Day to the Barranca Elementary PTO. The PTO uses this and other fundraising events to support the teachers, staff and students of Barranca Elementary. 

This year, the PTO's goal is to provide Barranca School with iPads for each student in Kindergarten - 2nd grade to help enhance class lessons. Enjoy Papa Murphy's Pizza for lunch or dinner Wednesday, Sept.


LANL Announces Scholarship Winners

on September 22, 2013 - 1:39pm


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

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

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

Awards go to:

  • Oakley Blasdel, Rowe, who is pursuing a degree in

Learn to Coexist Peacefully with Coyotes

on September 22, 2013 - 7:34am
Coyote on a city street. Courtesy/Project Coyote

PEEC News:

Coyotes are persistent survivors of human persecution and habitat modifications. As extremely adaptable animals, they have learned to live in human-dominated landscapes. But what can we, as humans, do to coexist peacefully with them, and what do we need to know not to be afraid of them?

This will be the topic of a presentation given by David Parsons, a regional representative of Project Coyote, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

As a basis for understanding coyotes, Parsons will cover the

UNM-LA Composition Cinema Lecture Series Presents Tsotsi

on September 21, 2013 - 10:44am

Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae), cares for a baby accidentally taken in a car jacking. Courtesy/Tsotsi Pictures

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will feature Tsotsi, Sept. 28, as the second installment in the Composition Cinema I: A Film and Lecture Series, which will run through Nov. 14.

The host for Tsotsi will be UNM-LA Adjunct Faculty member, Zandree Stidham, and the discussion will center around her course theme “Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back.”

Tsotsi presents six days in the life of a young gang leader in Johannesburg, South Africa as he cares for a