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Aspen School Construction Taking Shape

on February 21, 2014 - 7:42am

Contruction is taking shape at Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Robert Berberniss

LAHS Senior Hayley Schake Signs With Hastings!

on February 20, 2014 - 12:49pm
Los Alamos High School senior Hayley Schake accepted a track scholarship and signed over the lunch hour today with Hastings College in Nebraska. Her father Brad Schake is at right. Photo by Leland Lehman/
At today's signing from left, Coach Paul Anderson, Hayley Schake, Coach Kathy Hipwood, parents Brad and Ann Schake.
Photo by Leland Lehman/

Chamisa Teacher Carolyn Torres Honored at Roundhouse

on February 20, 2014 - 10:08am

Chamisa Elementary School third grade teacher Carolyn Torres, left, was honored Wednesday at the Roundhouse by proclamation presented by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who is a third grade teacher in Pojoaque. Torres is the 2013 Los Alamos Teacher of the Year and elected 2014 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Courtesy photo

Public Invited to Rezoning Meeting for UNM-LA Student Housing Monday

on February 20, 2014 - 9:45am

UNM-LA student housing located on 9th street. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Members of the Los Alamos Community are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss the rezoning and redevelopment of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student housing located on 9th street, between Myrtle and Iris streets. The meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 in Lecture Hall 230 on the UNM-LA campus.

UNM-LA is seeking to rezone the 1.88 acre parcel in order to optimize land use and provide appropriate housing for its students and the community.


Atomic City Children's Theater Presents Disney's 'Aladdin Jr.' Friday and Saturday

on February 18, 2014 - 3:49pm


ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater proudly presents their production of Disney “Aladdin Jr.”; a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides. All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film are here – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more! Disney “Aladdin Jr.” is based upon the 1992 Disney film “Aladdin” and features many of the songs from the movie, as well as some new songs written especially for this show.

Disney “Aladdin Jr.” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and two shows 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Special Screening of ‘Pandora’s Promise’ Feb. 23

on February 18, 2014 - 6:55am
Director Robert Stone, left, and environmental activist Mark Lynas in the film 'Pandora's Promise.'  Courtesy/James Hollow

PEEC News:

PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater present a special screening of “Pandora’s Promise,” the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door before the show.

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong?

Lottery Solvency Bill Passes Senate Finance

on February 18, 2014 - 6:03am


SANTA FE—New Mexico’s Lottery Tuition Fund could be a little closer to getting its solvency issue resolved as Senate Bill 347 (SB 347) passed the Senate Finance Committee Monday.

The bill appropriates $11 million from the general fund for fiscal year 2014, appropriates $11.5 million in general fund revenues for fiscal year 2015, and in fiscal year 2016 creates a distribution from the general fund portion of revenues resulting from the liquor excise tax.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Bernalillo and Valencia, who sponsored the bill, was the lead sponsor of the

Skandera Fails to Receive Confirmation Recommendation

on February 17, 2014 - 12:43pm

Hanna Skandera


SANTA FE–Hanna Skandera failed to receive a favorable recommendation for confirmation as New Mexico’s Public Education Department Secretary in a Senate Rules Committee hearing today.

A motion for “No Recommendation” stalled in a 5-5 vote. A motion to recommend her confirmation to the full Senate failed on a 4-6 vote. Another motion to reject her confirmation was made but failed to receive a second. The effect of the tie vote means that the full Senate will not consider her nomination for confirmation.

Rules Chair Sen.

UNM-LA to Offer Free $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop

on February 17, 2014 - 12:15pm

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is hosting $tart $mart, an interactive salary negotiation workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 28, in the Lecture Hall 230 on the UNM-LA campus.

The free workshop is open to all students, particularly women, but anyone interested in sharpening their salary negotiating skills is welcome to attend.

The $tart $mart workshops are a joint project of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Women Are Getting Even (WAGE) Project.

PEEC Interviews Volunteer Hedy Dunn

on February 17, 2014 - 10:01am

Hedy Dunn. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Hedy Dunn is a volunteer in the true sense of the word. Since retiring from her position as director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum in 2011, she has taken on many volunteer responsibilities, not only at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), but also at the Santa Fe Opera, Bandelier National Monument, the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Historical Society.

PEEC sat down with Dunn to learn more about her and all that she does to give back to her community:

PEEC: Hedy, you volunteer with a number of different

PEEC Summer Camp Registration Opens

on February 17, 2014 - 9:19am



PEEC News:

  • PEEC Offers Fun, Educational and “Epic” Summer Camps 
for Kids Entering Grades 4 through 8

Is your child looking to have a great adventure this summer? Do you want him or her to learn about nature and the environment all the while making friends and having a lot of fun? The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has announced that registration is now open for its popular summer programs: Nature Odyssey for kids entering grades 4-6, and Living Earth Adventure Program (LEAP) for kids entering grades 7-8.

Both day camps will run June 9-13, and

Some 2000 Attend Teachers' Roundhouse Rally

on February 16, 2014 - 1:56pm
Educators and supporters make their way to the Roundhouse Saturday for a rally to protest educational policies. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
The New Mexico band 'Nosotros' play a pre-rally concert in Santa Fe Plaza. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE—Thousands of educators from around the state descended on the Roundhouse Saturday to protest the educational policies of Gov. Susana Martinez and her Secretary of Education designee Hanna Skandera. Chanting “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Gov.

Evaluation of LAPS Superintendent Continues Tuesday

on February 15, 2014 - 7:49am

Superintendent Gene Schmidt

LAPS News:

The annual performance evaluation of Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt continues with another closed door meeting. The Los Alamos School Board has called the Special School Board Meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, conference room A (in basement area).  

Following the meeting's roll call, a motion will be made to go into a closed Executive Session in the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of the


PEEC Presentation Applies Lessons from Mount St. Helens to the Valles Caldera

on February 15, 2014 - 7:39am
The Valles Caledera. Photo by Josip Loncaric

PEEC News:

What lessons can we learn from activity of the Mount St. Helens volcano from 1980 to the present, that would apply to the Valles Caldera? Bob Parmenter, chief scientist at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, will address this topic in a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.18 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

In his talk, Parmenter will paint a picture of the Valles Caldera ecosystem recovery during the early years after it erupted 1.25 million years ago, and he will tie it to what we can learn from recent

NMC Gives UNM Large Scale Computer System for Science and Engineering Research

on February 14, 2014 - 7:16am

CARC Systems Group staff members Susan Wilson and Ben Archuleta assist in unloading the second shipment of  supercomputer equipment sent from the NMC to UNM. Courtesy/NMC

NMC News:

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC), one of the largest technology-based businesses in Los Alamos County, has repurposed a supercomputer cluster by giving it to one of its partners, the University of New Mexico (UNM.) The 120-node/960 core, AMD/Infiniband-based system will be housed at the UNM supercomputer center, the Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC), and made available for parallel research computing

UNM-LA Community Education Adding Second Beginning Digital Photography Class

on February 13, 2014 - 2:24pm


UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), Community Education Department announced today that it plans to add a second section of the popular Beginning Digital Photography class to handle the overflow from the Monday evening class. The new session will meet 6-8 p.m., Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 19, running through April 30.

UNM-LA Community Education Director, Eva Artschwager said, “The high level of interest in the class indicates the growing popularity of digital photography.” Artschwager added that many people may have received digital cameras


Valentine's Sale for Students' Europe 2014 Trip

on February 13, 2014 - 9:12am
"If you are looking for another chance to support Los Alamos students and educational travel, Europe 2014 travelers are having a Chocolate, Coffee and Flower Sale in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Valentine's Day. 

The 15 high school seniors touring Europe this summer have been selling fair trade, organic coffee over the last few months and it is a hit. Stop by LANB tomorrow afternoon to purchase your Valentine a meaningful gift.

This amazing group of travelers appreciates the outpouring of support of their educational travel. The goal of Europe 2014

Bill Limiting Changes to High School Graduation Requirements Passes Senate Education Committee

on February 13, 2014 - 8:03am

Sen. John Sapien


SANTA FE–Senate Bill 307 (SB307), designed to assure that New Mexico students are given a clear idea of graduation requirements over their four years in high school, unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee. The bill now heads to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.

This bill gives students and parents assurance that the state will not keep changing graduation requirements for students in the middle of their high school careers,” said Sen. John Sapien, D-Bernalillo and Sandoval, who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Dona Ana.


Change in University Regent Selection Process Heads to the House Floor

on February 13, 2014 - 7:07am


  • Constitutional Amendment Would Allow Voters to Establish Nominating Committees to Recommend Candidates

SANTA FE—New Mexicans are one step closer to deciding how regents of New Mexico’s state universities are picked. House Joint Resolution (HJR) 7, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-35, is headed to the floor of the House after getting a Do Pass in the House Voters and Elections Committee. HJR 7 would create a constitutional amendment allowing voters to establish nominating committees to recommend qualified regent candidates to the Governor for consideration.

Currently, regents

Highlights of Feb. 11 School Board Meeting

on February 12, 2014 - 11:57am
LAHS Student Council President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, left, and Vice-President Justin Dunn presented the final version of the high school dress code to the Los Alamos School Board Tuesday. The Los Alamos High School Student Council has spent months revising the dress code. They began the process by polling students in October and have spent the past few months refining the new code with input from school administrators and faculty, as well as students.

PEEC Outing Promises Birding Fun for All Ages at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

on February 12, 2014 - 10:58am

Rocky Mountain sandhill cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/PEEC

Rocky Mountain sandhill crane. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC education staff and birding experts for a fun and educational day of birding for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Birding experts will be available at specific times and locations around the refuge, and participants may drop in as they desire, to receive birding help and information from them. In addition, there will be family-oriented activities involving hikes and games.

Students Practice Courting Employers at Valentine's Day Workshop

on February 12, 2014 - 8:57am

RDC News:

SANTA FE–Non-traditional technology and business students from six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity to spend Valentine’s Day practicing skills vital to finding and establishing a career that they love. The “A Date to Remember: How to Stand Out to the Employer of Your Dreams” workshop is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College.

The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional employers to host the one-day workshop for students graduating in 2014 with an associate degree or certificate.

Discover E 2014 at LAHS Feb. 20!

on February 11, 2014 - 8:29am

Discover E provides interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations. Courtesy photo

Students brace for the big bang. Courtesy photo


Discover E (Engineering) is an evening of interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians. The 12th annual Engineers Week activity is 4:30-7 p.m.,Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos High School Commons Area.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International (a professional society for

Sanchez: Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform

on February 11, 2014 - 6:51am
Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform
By Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Bernalillo & Valencia

Last year, high school graduation rates in New Mexico improved 10 percent over recent historic rates, from the low 60 percent range up to 70 percent.
For the second year in a row, Hispanic New Mexican students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes have the highest completion and graduation rates of all AP students in the country.

These are fantastic developments that are justly lauded, and which the current governor is rightly touting – for which she is incorrectly taking credit.

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on February 11, 2014 - 6:40am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School od Education will hold a Special School Board meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V. 

Agenda items include:

  • A closed Executive Session to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of the Superintendent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes for Special School Board Meeting Jan. 16
  • Aspen Construction Update
  • Aspen Change of Scope and Modification Change Request Log
  • Los Alamos Middle School Update
  • Additional Design Service Requests
  • Board Room Update
  • Selection of Architectural Research Consultants to guide LAPS through