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Nature Center Hours During Holidays

on December 20, 2012 - 8:14am

A Stellers Jay seen Dec. 13 in a backyard on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Marion Stelts

PEEC News:

The nature center at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., will be open during the holiday week, so bring your out-of-town guests:

Dec. 18-22 - Open regular hours
Dec. 24-25 - Closed
Dec. 26-29 - Open regular hours
Dec. 31-Jan 1 Closed
Jan. 2 onward - Open regular hours


Note: Regular hours are Tues-Friday noon-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - For information, visit

UNM-LA Honoring Jeannette Wallace Jan. 13

on December 20, 2012 - 7:37am

The community is invited to attend a ceremony at UNM-Los Alamos to pay tribute to the memory of Jeannette O. Wallace with the dedication of the college's newest lecture hall in her name in honor of her long service to the Los Alamos community and tireless commitment to education. The event is set for 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 with the dedication at 1 p.m. at the UNM-LA campus, 4000 University Dr.

School Board and College Board Candidates Surface

on December 19, 2012 - 9:37am

Two candidates turned out Tuesday morning to file in the County Clerk's Office for the two vacancies coming on the Los Alamos Board of Education. Rep. Jim Hall, right, is representing the Pinon Elementary School District and Matt Williams is representing the Chamisa Elementary School District. Chief Deputy Clark Sheryl Nichols explained that because both districts are uncontested, polling places will not need to be set up for the February election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Mike Wismer, center, arrived at the County Clerk's Office Tuesday morning and began

Rotary Sponsors Local Student's Exchange in Netherlands

on December 18, 2012 - 6:49am

Los Alamos resident Lisa Harris describes some of the experiences her daughter, Cassidy Gardner, has enjoyed as an exchange student to The Netherlands. Harris gave her talk recently to members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, which is sponsoring Gardner's exchange program. Photo by Hal Davis

Rep. Jim Hall Enters School Board Race!

on December 17, 2012 - 9:51am

Jim Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Rep. Jim Hall told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos School board. He and his wife Janet Hall reside in the Pinon Elementary School District 1.

"I have decided to seek the District 1 Los Alamos Board of Education seat being vacated by Dawn Venhaus," Hall said. "Our school system is one of the most important assets of our community, and I have been involved in our schools since Janet, my wife, and I arrived in Los Alamos in 1976 with our children - as a parent, a school board member for eight years, a

Program Offered for Fifth and Six Grade Girls

on December 17, 2012 - 7:42am

Atomic City Transit Streamlines Little Forest Playschool Field Trips

on December 16, 2012 - 12:08pm

Photo by Greg Kendall/


Atomic City Transit makes it easy for preschool classes to take simple field trips around town.

The students of Little Forest Playschool are seasoned bus riders. During the summer they go on at least one field trip a week and have taken the bus to the pool, the library, Ashley Pond, the Farmer’s Market and other places in Los Alamos.

In late November the students arrived at school, walked to the bus stop on 38th Street and Villa and did their morning stretches while waiting for the number 6 to arrive. 

They rode

Matt Williams Announces Bid for School Board

on December 16, 2012 - 11:41am

Matt Williams

By Carol A. Clark

White Rock resident Matt Williams has told the Los Alamos Daily Post that he has decided to run for a seat on the Los Alamos Board of Education.

"I think I am one of the more qualified people to take on this post. Others in the school community agree with that," Williams said. "I have had lots of support and encouragement from staff, parents and district personnel. I do quite a bit of volunteer work and there are not many causes more noble than dedicating your time to the education of the children in our community."

Williams, 51, served on the District

Students Host Read-a-Thon for Divine Fellers

on December 16, 2012 - 10:53am

Students at Mountain Elementary School, 2280 North Road, are holding a Read-a-Thon from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, to raise money to help pay medical expenses for Divine Fellers, a former Mountain student injured in a Nov. 21 traffic accident on N.M. 4. Courtesy/MES

PEEC Welcomes New Executive Director and Staff

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am

PEEC’s staff from left, Nature Center Coordinator Beth Cortright, Executive Director Katie Watson and Education Programs Director Angelique Harshman. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Recent visitors to PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) may have noticed some new faces busily crafting children’s games, managing the menagerie of live critters, and writing pleas and grants for money.  To meet PEEC’s expanding needs, Katie Watson has accepted a new position as Executive Director, while Angelique Harshman is Education Programs Director and Beth Cortright is Nature Center Coordinator.


LAPS Again Awarded '100 BEST Communities for Young People'

on December 16, 2012 - 10:21am
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt takes a moment Tuesday to pose with LAHS Student Council members Jessica, Travis, Astrid and Hallie in celebraation of being named one of the '100 BEST Communities for Young People' for 2012. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, County Administrator Harry Burgess and Los Alamos Police Ofc. Jordan Redmond and student Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta at Tuesday's community event. Courtesy/LAPS
Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) hired culinary students Rebecca, Alicia, Jenna and Angelita to prepare cookies for Tuesday's celebration.

Family Honors Loved One Through Donations to Youth Activity Center

on December 16, 2012 - 9:42am

James and Darlene Potter with a new air hockey table donated by Marie Koss Potter Warsaw in memory of her grandson, Gregory James Potter, who had worked at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center and was very popular with the children. There are two Youth Activity Centers, one in Los Alamos on the east side of Ashley Pond and one in White Rock near Rocket Park. The programming focus of the Youth Activity Centers is on youth resiliency, a safe, supervised environment and positive adult role models.

National Art Honor Society Inducts 34 LAHS Members

on December 16, 2012 - 8:26am

LAHS National Art Honor Society members Geoff Phillips, left, and Sam McIntyre use their artistic talents to draw on the paper tablecloths provided for that purpose. Courtesy photo

By Maire O'Neill

Jemez Valley artist Betsie Miller-Kusz was the guest speaker at an induction ceremony Dec. 7 for 34 new Los Alamos High School members of the National Art Honor Society.

Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos and lived and painted in San Francisco, Calif., for many years. She has exhibited internationally and painted many public murals.

The society is designed specifically for high school students

LAHS Hosts Visual and Performing Arts Events Monday

on December 15, 2012 - 9:26am

Dancers from Los Alamos High School's 2012 Winter Dance show. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School is the venue for two arts department events Monday, Dec. 17.

The closing reception for a collection of fall semester artwork by visual arts students is slated from 3:30 p.m. in the foyer area and at 7 p.m., the 2012 Winter Dance show begins.

"We are very excited about displaying the fall semester artwork during the winter concerts. We hope dancers and their parents will join us for this closing reception," said Mary Grace, visual arts instructor and

Los Alamos Middle School Goes Vertical

on December 15, 2012 - 6:26am

Red steel spires loom over the North Mesa horizon, signaling visible proof that the middle school construction project has gone vertical. Going vertical marks an important shift in the steps towards completion of the project. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

As the Los Alamos Middle School building rises, so does the excitement for students and staff as they watch construction of their new school. 

Middle School principal, Rex Kilburn, smiles proudly as he sees red steel beams jutting skyward outside his office window. 

Middle School students and staff talk excitedly in anticipation for the


Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of

Snowstorm Forces School Closures

on December 14, 2012 - 9:10am

LAPS News:

Because of the unexpected severity and late arrival of this morning's snow storm, Superintendent Gene Schmidt has announced that at 10 a.m. today he is closing all seven elementary schools and at 10:30 a.m. today he is closing Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School.

Students Register to Vote at LAHS

on December 14, 2012 - 7:11am

Robert Van Lysell celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday by registering to vote with assistance from the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. The League was helping students at Los Alamos High School register in time to vote in next month's school bond election. Eligible voters include those who will be 18 on or before Jan 29, 2013. Any other student at LAHS who would like to register can go to the office and request that someone come to the school or s/he can go to the County Clerk's Office (portable suite D)  in the parking lot by the Justice Center to register. Courtesy photo

Rachel Peck Guides Olions to Great Start

on December 11, 2012 - 6:50am

Anastasia (Haley Henson) and policewoman (Rebecca Varjebedian) discuss the baby in "Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by senior Alexandria L'Esperance. Courtesy/Olions

Review by Maire O'Neill

The Los Alamos High School Olions presented this year’s student-directed one act plays in the new Topper Theater Dec. 6-9.

As always, this year's plays, which ranged from heart-breaking to mind-twisting to bully-breaking, showcased the multiple talents of the Olions.

"Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by Alexandria L'Esperance, explored the nature of relationships.

Los Alamos Honored For Building Award Winning High School

on December 9, 2012 - 9:04am

Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock with architects Sanjay Engineer, lead architect on the LAHS design project and Art Tatum of Fanning, Bard, Tatum Architects. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

It is now official. What the local community has known for the past year was validated with state awards that honored Los Alamos High School for its design and quality construction.

Simply stated, Los Alamos builds award winning schools.

The New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors selected LAHS as its 2012 “Excellence in Construction Award” winner this past October.

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Special Mail-In Ballot General Obligation Bond Jan. 29, 2013

on December 8, 2012 - 9:00am

By Los Alamos Public School District


What: School Bond Vote

When: Jan. 29, 2013

How: Mail-In Ballot

Why: Important For Our Future!

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that will not raise the tax rate. The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.


Letter to the Editor: LAPS Bond Won't Increase Property Taxes

on December 7, 2012 - 11:14am
Former school board member Ken Johnson points to dry rot at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo
By Morrie Pongratz
Former School Board Member
Former County Councilor

In January we have an opportunity to make Los Alamos more inviting to the young families who are essential to the future of LANL (and Los Alamos.)

On May 10, 2007, I attended the first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Facility Planning Committee (FPC.) The school board had asked me, Larry Goen, Al Moelenback, Stan Primak and Grant Stewart to serve with two board members and LAPS staff with the goal of


Hilltopper Alumni Society Holiday Social is Dec. 12

on December 7, 2012 - 10:13am

 LAPSF News:

The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s first ever holiday social will be held from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave.

This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. There will be a brief introduction to the Alumni Society’s first project; converting the senior photos that once hung in the halls of Los Alamos High School to digital files.

All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary appetizers with drinks available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. Courtesy/LAPSF 

Los Alamos Student Slated for National Math Contest

on December 6, 2012 - 1:02pm

Alex Wang. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

PROVIDENCE, RI - Alex Wang, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, is one of 10 students nationwide selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2013 national "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" 9:30-11 a.m. (Pacific) Jan. 10 in the San Diego Convention Center.

The competition will be broadcast live:

Fast Facts about Wang: He is one of two sophomores to qualify for the 2013 national "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician." In addition to being good in math, Wang loves to debate.

Column: Building Better Schools ... Building Brighter Futures

on December 6, 2012 - 11:41am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt, superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools                   

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that would not raise the tax rate.

The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.