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Underground of Enchantments Opens April 5

on March 25, 2013 - 6:53am
Lechuguilla Cave. Photo by David De Roest

MPL News:

Underground of Enchantment is a 3D photo exhibit featuring the beautiful, magical, microbial secrets of one of the most interesting caves in the world - Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.

The exhibit opens from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC and continues through May 29.

The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with and is traveled by Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft/486.9m) in

Einstein Shares Secrets of π at LAMS

on March 25, 2013 - 6:52am
Albert Einstein with Los Alamos School Board member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, right, and former Board member Melanie McKinley. Courtesy photo
Staff report
March 14 is celebrated annually by students and staff at Los Alamos Middle School and this year’s theme was “π Round the World.”
The event is hosted by the math department under the direction of Clara Vigil. Albert Einstein was a special guest at the event. He shared with students that math is everywhere.
To amplify his point, he challenged students to use the sum of π to guess how many gum balls were in a jar.

Salary Negotiation Workshop Builds Skills

on March 25, 2013 - 6:32am
Workshop Facilitator Shelley Rossbach leads a group of participants attending a recent '$tart $mart' salary negotiation workshop at UNM-LA. Photo by Ivette Jimenez
Staff report
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNM-Los Alamos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and UNM-LA Student Government hosted a "$tart $mart" salary negotiation workshop March 1 at UNM-LA. 
"I learned a great deal about the importance of being able to negotiate wages," workshop participant Edith Danielson said. "The smart start is a great conference not only for people just getting out to the

Construction Continues at Los Alamos Middle School

on March 24, 2013 - 8:26am

Exterior walls take shape as construction continues on a new building at Los Alamos Middle School Friday on Hawk Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Ark Holds Open House

on March 23, 2013 - 9:20am

Learn about Worms at PEEC

on March 23, 2013 - 9:13am

PEEC News:

They squirm, they slime, and they’re numbering in the hundreds at PEEC.

Learn all about the composting worms, feel them wiggle in your hand, and collect data on worm behavior 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at PEEC.

Did you know that just one acre of land can contain as many as one million earthworms? The actions of these worms affect almost every aspect of the outdoor world, including decomposition, soil nutrients, plant growth, the food chain, and more.

Think about it: every bit of earth we tread has passed through the intestines of worms.

It’s no surprise that the popularity

Students Host Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner

on March 23, 2013 - 9:08am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is hosting a Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road.

Funds raised will support the NAHS scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 13 and younger and may be purchased at the door or from NAHS members.

For more information, email Mickey at


Hike Burnt Mesa Pueblo with Dorothy Hoard

on March 23, 2013 - 8:34am
Hikers explore Burnt Mesa. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo led by Los Alamos Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard.

Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

In the 1290s, the ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call "plaza sites.” 

Room blocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.

School Board Schedules Three Meetings

on March 23, 2013 - 8:30am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Mountain Elementary School.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss personally identifiable information about an individual student per Section 10-15-1-H(4) of the Open Meetings Act and collective bargaining negotiations per per Section 10-15-1-H(5) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board also has scheduled a work session at Mountain Elementary School  at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The agenda items include a discussion of Board meeting schedules and protocol and a presentation on

Caver Presents Lechuguilla Cave Exploration History

on March 22, 2013 - 12:50pm

Caver John Lyles at Northern Lights. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 6:30 p.m. April 5, to learn about the history of exploration in Lechuguilla Cave.

Local caver John Lyles will present highlights of his 20 years of involvement in the project to map Lechuguilla.

Volunteers dug open Lechuguilla Cave, the “Jewel of the Underground” at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1986.

The cave quickly earned world-class status among caves, passing 50 miles of discovered length in four years, and 100 miles within the first decade of exploration. 

John Lyles’ personal involvement began in

FREE Diabetes Education at the Y!

on March 22, 2013 - 10:41am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is taking registration for its FREE Diabetes Education and Prevention program.

Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk.

The class is taught by Sara Pocernik. Sara is a Registered Dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition.

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition Science at Michigan State University,

Great Conversations Will Feature 'Developing Strong, Resilient Children' With Sandy Beery

on March 22, 2013 - 7:34am

Sandy Beery


Great Conversations is an afternoon event filled with delicious appetizers and desserts and in-depth conversations with subject area experts. 

This is part of a series about the conversations that will take place at the 4th Annual Great Conversations from 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School.

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation hosts this important community event, which includes a discussion on “Developing Strong, Resilient Children” featuring Sandy Beery.

What is the power of assuming positive intent?

Dr. Richard Sayre Speaks at PEEC March 21 on Next Generation of Biofuels

on March 20, 2013 - 8:31am

PEEC News:

The publis is invited to hear Dr. Richard Sayre present "Next generation biofuels: potential for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3450 Orange St.

Dr. Richard Sayre of the New Mexico Consortium is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. He is the director of the Biofuels project at the New Mexico Consortium working in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The NM Consortium’s new building is being built right now in the Entrada Business Park, next to the Los

Cafe Scientifique: 'Brain of the Zombie ... Can Neuroscience Explain Gruesome Zombie Behavior?'

on March 20, 2013 - 6:50am


Area teens are invited to attend the upcoming presentation, "Brain of the Zombie: Can Neuroscience Explain Gruesome Zombie Behavior?"

Russell Morton, University of New Mexico College of Medicine, will deliver this unique talk from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room.

Free food will be served at 6:30 p.m. and teens are encouraged to participate in a zombie costume contest as part of the event.

Café Scientifique New Mexico is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.


Cooking School for People with Diabetes Begins April 3

on March 18, 2013 - 2:12pm

Cooking School for People with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a real challenge. 

The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes.

Kitchen Creations will meet 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays beginning April 3 for four weeks in the Training Room of the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St., in Los Alamos. 

Mary Beugelsdijk, registered Diabetes

Community Partnership Promotes 3-D Printing Education

on March 17, 2013 - 7:41am

From left, Eva Artschwager, Don Davis and Dave Fox at Davis’ robotics classroom where they watch a 3-D printer create a plastic robot claw designed by a student. Courtesy photo


LAPS News:

A partnership with Los Alamos Public Schools, UNM-Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office, LAPS Foundation and members of the community is moving quickly to develop a 3-D printing course at UNM-LA. 

When ready, high school students will be able to take the course for a dual-credit. An adult course for community members also is under consideration. 

3-D printing is a rapidly


Great Conversations Are Coming April 28!

on March 16, 2013 - 9:36am

Dr. Erin Bouquin


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert.

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

It will take place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is the first in a series about the conversations that will take place.

Be Patient; It’s Healthcare!” featuring Dr. Erin Bouquin. 

Bouquin is currently the Chief Medical Officer for a multi-site medical office that concentrates on the Medical

Los Alamos Teens Offered Grief Support

on March 14, 2013 - 10:17am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Teen Center is offering a grief support group at 3:30 p.m. today, March 14, in the upstairs area (Kelly Hall) of the building at 3900 Trinity Dr.

Candles will be provided for lighting to celebrate the life of Los Alamos High School student Isaac Hayden, 16, who died Tuesday night.

Aimee Schnedler and Michelangelo Lobato will lead the group. It's free, snacks will be provided and it is a place to talk for any teen that so chooses.

Judge Casados Swears in School Board Members

on March 14, 2013 - 8:40am

Judge Pat Casados with new school board members Matt Williams, center, and Jim Hall. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administered the Oath of Office Tuesday, March 12 to incoming school board members Jim Hall and Matt Williams. 

Shortly after completing their oath, both men were selected by fellow board members to leadership positions. Hall was voted in as president and Williams as board secretary.

In his selection as president, Hall stated he was “humbled and honored to serve on the board.” He went on to share his “dedication to excellence” and how he


Los Alamos School Officials Express Sadness Over Student's Death

on March 14, 2013 - 7:57am


UPDATE: Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster explained that the 16-year-old boy's mother called police after he would not unlock his bedroom door. Police responded, meeting the boy's mother in the front yard of her White Rock home. The officers entered the home and used a screwdriver to open the door to the boy's bedroom where they found him dead from a gunshot wound. LAPD continues to investigate, Foster said.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Acting Los Alamos Police Chief Phil Taylor spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning about the overnight death of a Los


Letter to the Editor: Over-intervention Instills Culture of Fear in Children

on March 13, 2013 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos

I read (Superintendent) Gene Schmidt's recent letter with some concern.
On the one hand, of course we should keep our children safe in school.
But on the other hand, we must continually ask of our policies: At what cost? And what is the real goal? (It is: help children build themselves into independent, successful adults.)
Over-intervention instills a culture of fear in children and can disrupt development and destroy futures.

I myself had two issues at LAHS that today would, it seems, be made into Very Big Deals, but at the time (late 90's)

Letter to the Editor: Student Safety is Non-negotiable

on March 13, 2013 - 12:46pm
LAPS Superintendent

In the past two weeks, three middle school students were disciplined for bringing knives to school.  

These incidents were reported in the local media as “deadly weapons.” The Los Alamos School Board has established very strict policies regarding weapons on campus to ensure student safety at all times.

By school policy definition, any item or device which may be used as a weapon, including pocket knives (regardless of size) are considered weapons.

By school policy definition, any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm is

ACCT II Presents 'Disney The Jungle Book KIDS'

on March 13, 2013 - 7:43am
ACCT II students at the conclusion of the Battle scene (That's What Friends Are For.) Courtesy photo
ACCT II students in rehearsal for Disney The Jungle Book KIDS. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

The Jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for ACCT II's production of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS.

The talented cast is made up of 34 third and fourth grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

ACCT II will present two performances of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS in the Mountain Elementary School gym at

LAHS Teacher Wins Pasatiempo Poetry Contest

on March 13, 2013 - 7:31am
Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Michelle Holland, winner of the Pasatiempo Poetry Contest. Photo by Alex Traube
LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School English instructor Michelle Holland was selected by editors of Pasatiempo as the first place winner in the poem category written by adults in their recent contest.

Her entry entitled, “It Wasn’t the Laundry on the Line,” was featured in the Dec. 28, 2012, edition of The New Mexican’s weekly magazine of arts, entertainment and culture.

Holland said she rarely enters contests, but entered this one to encourage her students to publish their

Two UNM-LA Community Education Classes on Film Beginning Soon

on March 13, 2013 - 6:57am

UNM-LA News:

Native American Film explores the use of films produced by Native Americans to express their experiences in the United States.

Class showings will include Doe Boy and a discussion of the life of Beverley Singer, head of the Native American Film at UNM in Albuquerque.  

Class begins Wednesday March 20.

The Bard on the Silver Screen examines the range of interpretation given to Shakespeare’s work on film and stage.

Instructor Robert Benedetti, three-time Peabody and Emmy award winner, former Dean of Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts, and renowned Shakespeare