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LANL Picnic Draws Over 1,000 Students

on July 11, 2013 - 2:02pm

More than 1,000 Los Alamos National Laboratory summer students attended the annual picnic in Urban Park today. Photo by Katy Korkos

One Day Archaeology Exhibit and Talk at Mesa Public Library

on July 11, 2013 - 7:49am


Project Director for the Museum of New Mexico Chuck Hannaford. Courtesy photo

Back by popular demand for his third visit to Mesa Public Library, Chuck Hannaford, Project Director for the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies, returns with this popular and award winning hands-on archaeology outreach program so fitting for this year’s summer reading theme of “Dig In to Reading!”

Hannaford will set up his array of archaeological artifacts from early New Mexico history, all touchable, for visitors to explore in the Mesa Public Library lobby.

Everything from

PEEC Captures Bear On Camera!

on July 11, 2013 - 7:45am
Critter Cam at PEEC: We got the bear! It looks like (s)he has visited almost every night in the past four days. To recap, our bee hive was trashed around July 6. The bear first walked in front of our critter camera at 1 a.m. July 8, then it snapped photos at 2 a.m. 3 a.m.and 11 p.m. July 9. The last sighting was around 4 a.m. July 10. After almost every bear visit, a coyote followed, most likely picking up any scraps left by the bear. Certainly some excitement going on after hours at PEEC! Courtesy/PEEC

TODAY: Udall to Speak on the Floor About Keeping Student Loans Affordable

on July 10, 2013 - 10:21am
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver remarks on the Senate floor about the need to find a comprehensive solution to keep loans affordable for college students in New Mexico and across the country.
The Senate is voting today on the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013. On July 1, because of Senate inaction, a temporary measure to keep interest rates low expired. As a result, the interest rates on new federal Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
Udall is a cosponsor of the Keep Student Loans

New Mexico School for the Arts Announces New Chair

on July 10, 2013 - 9:29am

NMSF News:

SANTA FE -- New Mexico School for the Arts is proud to announce the appointment of the new Music Department Chair Neil Swapp.

“Not only does Neil bring to NMSA a distinguished career of 24 years as a professional music educator,” says NMSA-Art Institute Director, Riis Gonzales, “his life history mirrors our charter school initiative to provide young students from around the state an opportunity to develop their artistic talents – an opportunity many of them, especially those from smaller New Mexico towns, might not otherwise have.”

“Being a native of New Mexico and growing up

Presentation on UNM-LA Mil Levy at JJAB Meeting

on July 10, 2013 - 7:28am

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 in Building 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

Members of the UNM-LA Advisory Board will give a presentation, which will include financial and programmatic information in anticipation of the decision on a mil levy increase, which will be put before voters in September. Wednesday's meeting is open to the public.

Learn How to Get Your MPA at UNM-LA Thursday

on July 9, 2013 - 3:24pm

UNM-LA News:

Earn your Master of Public Administration degree from UNM in Los Alamos.

Attend an information session 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the UNM-Los Alamos Campus, Building 6, Room 626.  

An MPA degree opens doors for careers in non-profit organizations, government agencies, health/medical industry, education and more.

For questions, call 505-662-0335. Refreshments will be served.

Visit to learn more about bachelor and graduate opportunities at UNM-LA.


Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Dallin Parker

on July 9, 2013 - 6:32am
The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Dallin Parker with an educational scholarship recently. Parker will attend Brigham Young University in Utah to study nursing. From left, Parker's mother Marsha Parker, his father Robert Parker, Dallin Parker and Kiwanis Club Vice President Karen Kendall. Parker was selected because of his active involvement in the community through Boy Scouts of America, his church and National Honor Society, as well as helping the disabled and young. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Church.

LANL Connections: Pilot Summer Program Supports Science Teachers

on July 9, 2013 - 6:06am

New Mexico Public Education Department’s Math and Science Director Lesley Galyas, left, visits with teachers at a recent workshop. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Pilot Summer Program Supports Science Teachers

The July edition of LANL Connections is out and features a story about Northern New Mexico kindergarten-through-eighth-grade science teachers spending a week exploring the concept of “matter,” a vital underpinning for many scientific disciplines including physics and chemistry.

The 26 attendees, teacher leaders and instructional coaches, were selected for the pilot program from the

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Have You Seen a Bat Lately?

on July 7, 2013 - 7:34am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Have You Seen a Bat Lately?
Particular thanks to Chris Judson

Bandelier National Monument once had a colony of bats at a cave roost along the cliff face in the Long House area.

Chris Judson, a park ranger, has been told that the colony has been present on and off from at least the 1930s.

The colony was not present in 1976, but was present from 1985 to 2002. Surprisingly, it did not return from its spring migration in 2003. It has not returned to the Long House cave since then.

Now-vacant bat cave entrance high on the cliff face of the

Los Alamos Public Schools Achieve Fully-Accredited Status

on July 4, 2013 - 8:05am

Los Alamos School Board President Jim Hall. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

AdvancED, which is the global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organization effectiveness and accreditation, has announced that Los Alamos Public Schools received fully-accredited status.

Achieving this status places Los Alamos on an international stage as very few school districts have been awarded this status.

“I am proud to say that Los Alamos Public Schools did receive the highest status possible,” New Mexico AdvancED Director Priscilla Fernandez wrote in an email to the


LAHS Graduate Meets with Congressional Delegation

on July 4, 2013 - 7:33am

Jackie Cooke, LAHS Class of 2013 graduate, briefs School Board President Jim Hall on her recent visit to Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Jackie Cooke, a recent graduate of Los Alamos High School, traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of a national student delegation to meet with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich as well as Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

In conversations with the senators and congressman, Cooke championed the causes of public education.

Among a variety of educational policy topics discussed, were how schools could be transformed through technology and the impact of


Goats Gathered at PEEC's Summer Family Evening

on July 3, 2013 - 8:43am
PEEC Summer Family Evening baby goat meet-up included a mother goat and babies brought to the event by Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Debbie Wood of Second Bloom Farm. Ross and Wood discussed goat care and how they use goats’ milk to make cheese, lotion and soap. Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
The smallest black goat visiting PEEC for the Summer Family Evening baby goat meet-up is just one week old. Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC

School Board Meets July 9 and 11

on July 3, 2013 - 6:41am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its Regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office, 2075 Trinity Dr., the Thursday before the meeting.

If special accommodations are required, notify the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the board meeting at 663-2233.

The Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting at 4 p.m.


Final Portable Classroom on the Move

on July 2, 2013 - 9:57pm

Portable classroom. File photo

LAPS News:

One more of four portables is on the move from Clovis to Los Alamos High School.

Once all portables are staged at LAHS, Los Alamos Public Schools will begin moving them to Aspen Elementary School July 8-9.

These four portables will be the core of the temporary campus at Aspen to allow construction to commence.

LAPS  asks the public to bear with this inconvenience while the transport of the portables takes place.


Hilltalkers Excel at National Tournament

on July 1, 2013 - 3:35pm

Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers. Photo by Margo Batha

Speech and debate awards announced. Photo by Margo Batha

LAPS News:

Seven Los Alamos High School speech and debate students traveled to the National Forensic League National Tournament June 16-21 in Birmingham, Ala.

The group consisted of Daniel Ahrens, Antonia Batha, Sam Baty, Ali Berl, Naftali Burakovsky, Katie Haynes and Jessie Zhao. Margo Batha and Janet Newton, who coach the speech and debate team, stated this was the Hilltalkers “most successful national tournament since 2003.”

Katie Haynes competed in six

Luján Addresses Doubling of Student Loan Rates

on July 1, 2013 - 12:39pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

"As of today, the interest rates on all new federal student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education for millions of young adults.

Science Café Brings Ravens and Visitors to PEEC

on July 1, 2013 - 11:23am

Ravens seem to love flying, sometimes doing acrobatics for the fun of it. Photo by Bob Walker

Saturday's presentation about ravens captures audience attention at PEEC. Photos by Katie Watson

PEEC News:

Ravens proved a popular topic for the jam-packed PEEC lecture room Saturday, June 29, when Science Café came up to Los Alamos from KNME in Albuquerque. 

People signed up from all over Northern New Mexico—the maximum of 70 people was reached a week before the event and many were turned away.

2013 SBA Scores Show Record Gains in High School Reading Proficiency

on June 29, 2013 - 4:29pm



BERNALILLO – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday the results of the latest Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA), administered earlier this year to New Mexico students in 3rd through 8th grades, as well as 10th and 11th grades.


New Mexico’s 11th grade class posted impressive gains in reading proficiency, increasing proficiency rates by 9.9 percentage points over 2012 – to the highest level seen since the NMSBA began in 2007. As a group, when factoring in the gains that were also posted by this class when they were 10th graders last year, these students have increased their

LAYL Extends Registration Deadline

on June 29, 2013 - 7:41am
Los Alamos Youth Leadership members decorated County transformer boxes around downtown Los Alamos among other projects this year. Courtesy photo

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) is a high school student organization, which begins in August and ends in May each year. Students build relationships with family and friends, and increase their confidence. Teams design, plan and implement projects that benefit the community throughout the year.  

LAYL registration has been extended to July 10. The registration forms can be turned in at the Family YMCA.

Schools' 2013 Standards Based Assessment Results Unveiled at 12:30 p.m. Today

on June 28, 2013 - 8:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez




SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez, together with Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will present the results of the 2013 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA)  at 12:30 p.m. today.


PED Secretary Hanna Skandara

Students in grades 3rd through 8th, as well as high school sophomores and juniors take the NMSBA every spring and results are used to determine if students are on grade level in core subject areas.


Check back at for full details on how Los Alamos schools rank on the assessments.

Luján: With Only a Few Days Left until Interest Rates Double on Student Loans, It’s Time for Congress to Act

on June 28, 2013 - 7:43am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today to bring up legislation to address the increase in interest rates on student loans that is scheduled to occur on July 1.

With only five days to go until rates double, Luján joined with all his Democratic colleagues in an attempt to immediately bring legislation to the floor that would freeze rates at 3.4 percent for the next two years. Not one Republican voted with Democrats to bring up the legislation, blocking the effort.

“House Republicans have passed a bill that is a

'Milking the Rhino' Screens at Wildlife Center

on June 27, 2013 - 7:49am

'Milking the White Rhino'/Screen shot

TWC News:

ESPANOLAThe Wildlife Center is hosting a special screening of the documentary Milking the Rhino at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between rural Africans and the animals in the ever-shrinking African wilderness. Decades ago, the creation of Africa’s national parks and vast game reserves forced out thousands of indigenous people who had coexisted in harmony with wildlife for millennia on a land without borders.

Ten Outstanding Students Awarded LAPS Foundation Scholarships

on June 26, 2013 - 10:15am


Ten remarkable students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Scholarship.

Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an Educator of Distinction; this is an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools.


LAHS Graduate Leia Roach Awarded Kiwanis Scholarship

on June 26, 2013 - 9:00am

From left, Kiwanian/Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis Vice President Karen Kendall; scholarship winner Leia Roach with parents Anita Barela and Brad Roach and Gloria Guthals. During Tuesday's meeting, Los Alamos High School graduate Leia Roach was awarded the Kiwanis scholarship dedicated to the memory of Gloria Guthals' husband Paul Guthals, a longtime Kiwanian. Roach was cited for providing many, many hours of community service. Photo by Katy Korkos