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New Teachers and Staff Gather for Orientation

on August 8, 2013 - 7:51am

New Los Alamos Public School teachers and staff gathered Wednesday for orientation at Los Alamos High School. Front row from left, Angelic Martinez, David Parsons, Elizabeth Radcliff, Rene Mitchy, Eleanor Simons, Sarah Syzmanski-Blom, and Patricia Wilson. Back row from left, Nathaniel Bates, Valerie Collins, Renee Dunwoody, Katherine Herring, Jaclyn Lefon, Lim Miel and Michaelangelo Lobato. Not shown, Michael Baxter, Marion Flemming, Noonday Neese and Bradford Parker. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Los Alamos Middle School Fall Sports Registration CANCELLED!

on August 7, 2013 - 3:34pm
LAMS News:
Tomorrow's Los Alamos Middle School Fall Sports Registration has been CANCELLED!

The registration night originally scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the LAMS gymnasium has been cancelled. 

Access to the LAMS gym is not allowed at this time due to construction. All fall athletes should plan to be at the first day of practice Aug. 12, with paperwork in hand. Stay tuned to the Team Pages of the LAPS Athletic website for specific information about your sport.

Allison Rooney Receives Jay Wechsler Scholarship

on August 7, 2013 - 10:03am
From left, Brain Rooney (Allison’s father), Cindy Rooney, (Allison’s mother), Allison Rooney, Becky (Wechsler) Oertel, Kiwanis President Don Casperson and Kiwanis Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz. Courtesy photo.

Kiwanis News:

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Allison Rooney with the Jay Wechsler Scholarship recently. Rooney will attend the University of New Mexico to study neuroscience and biology.

Rooney was selected because of her active service to Key Club since 2009. She was also active in Natural Helpers and Café Scientifique.

Show Me The Money: Learn From Proven Expert at UNM-LA

on August 7, 2013 - 10:02am

Entrepreneurial expert Nicholas Seet. Courtesy photo


  • In 2005, Seet won the Rice University Business Plan Competition and received $1.1 million in cash and prizes

Nicholas Seet is an expert at navigating the small business funding process. When his first startup, Auditude, was funded for $1 million, he quickly left his job at Deloitte Consulting and dove into entrepreneurship.

In 2005, Seet won the Rice University Business Plan Competition and received $1.1 million in cash and prizes, over 100 other competitors.

Los Alamos High School Class of 1963 Reunion Oct. 3-6

on August 7, 2013 - 9:39am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th reunion here in Los Alamos Oct. 3-6.

Classmates and their spouses and guests will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities including a mixer, wine and cheese party, dinner/dance and picnic at various venues around town.

In addition, tours of Los Alamos and the Bradbury Science Museum, a golf tournament, a hike, a bird-watching excursion, lunch at the ski lodge, a memorial for deceased classmates, a tour of the new high school, and of course, the Hilltopper homecoming football game are all on tap.

In addition


Game Warden Shares Bear Stories Aug. 20 at PEEC

on August 7, 2013 - 7:54am

Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

“Everyone has a bear story or at least has heard a bear story,” said Manny Overby, an instructor at the Advanced Training Bureau of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. “Often times these stories are of a brief sighting in the forest or perhaps a camping trip encounter. More and more these stories consist of bears in our neighborhoods, our backyards or digging through our trash.”

Overby will share his stories of handling hundreds of bears in New Mexico and speak about what to do if encountered by a bear in a presentation at 7 p.m., Aug.

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA a Great Resource for Seniors

on August 7, 2013 - 7:42am
UNM-LA a Great Resource for Seniors
By Colleen Hanlon
Los Alamos

I am a believer in the value of education. I am going to support the upcoming UNM-Los Alamos mil-levy, and I have been encouraging the people I meet to join me in this effort.

Why do I support the mil-levy increase for UNM-LA, and how have I benefited directly from UNM-LA?

About six years ago I registered (at the $5 Senior Rate) to audit a class in Native American Film Studies. I was a little timid about who my classmates would be, and how they would feel about an almost 70 year old in their class.

Well, it was a memorable

Letter to the Editor: We Are Using Too Many Pencils

on August 6, 2013 - 9:03am
We Are Using Too Many Pencils
Third grader at Aspen Elementary School

How many pencils do we use in each school and how many pencils do we need? 

On this year’s school supply list, third graders were asked to bring 48 pencils. Is that too much? I think so! 

I think we could each use just two pencils and sharpen them when they get dull. I wonder, how many trees can be saved if each student would bring only two pencils to school rather than 48.

You can make about 300,000 pencils out of one tree.

LAHS Principal Commends Students on Grade 'A' Performance

on August 5, 2013 - 8:39am

Principal Sandra Warnock shows her appreciation to Los Alamos High School students for achieving an 'A' grade on the recent state report card. 'Kudos to the staff and parents who support their students,' Warnock said. 'This coming year,  I challenge the students and staff to improve our scores and see just how good we can be!' Courtesy photo

Homeschooled Student Finds Challenges and Rewards at UNM-LA

on August 4, 2013 - 8:21am

Andrew Hollis. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Andrew Hollis began attending UNM-Los Alamos two years ago, when he was 16. Hollis is a homeschooled student who is entering the equivalent of his senior year in high school this fall.

“UNM-LA gives me classroom experience, which is important for homeschoolers. I appreciate the experience of meeting deadlines and doing homework on time,” Hollis said.

“My college courses look really good on college applications, too,” he said.


UNM-LA Hosts 120 Students in Summer Program

on August 3, 2013 - 8:56am
Laura Swartz, certified handler from the Raptor Center of Santa Fe, shows off a Great Horned Owl during the Summer Program for Youth at UNM-LA. Photo by Vint Miller
UNM-Los Alamos

The UNM-LA campus has been abuzz with students from grades one through 12, participating in the Summer Program for Youth, which ran July 29 through Aug. 1.

The program, now in its 25th year, provides exciting, hands-on, activity-based learning sessions focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.)

The eight classes offered included the study of rocks, coding, animals,


Letter to the Editor: 'Not-Back-to-School' Breakfast

on August 3, 2013 - 8:47am
Retirees to Meet at Not-Back-to-School Breakfast
By Judy Crocker
Los Alamos

If you live in the Western Area, you’ve heard the High School Band back at work, and should you try to drive through the Middle School parking lot to see the new building, oops, you can’t – new portables are being moved in. This part of the summer must be getting us ready for Back to School.

Los Alamos Public School Retired Employees are invited to the organization’s only yearly meeting at the Not-Back-to-School Breakfast Wednesday, Aug. 14. Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m.

UNM-LA Special Election Town Hall Wednesday

on August 3, 2013 - 8:34am

UNM-LA News:

The staff and faculty of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), invite the community to attend a Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the White Rock Baptist Church sanctuary, 80 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The Town Hall meeting will give the community an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming special election being put before the voters Sept. 17.

The meeting will start with a brief presentation by UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Dr. Cynthia Rooney, highlighting the reasons why passage of the mil levy is critical to UNM-LA.

A Town Hall question and answer

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Observing Harvester Ants—a Story

on July 31, 2013 - 11:02am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Observing Harvester Ants—a Story
By Robert Dryja

“Ah, Watson, there you are! The game is afoot. The Pogonomyrmex are now at their peak of summer activity.” 

Holmes always became restless in the summer when so much ecological activity was occurring on the Pajarito Plateau. The mesas were of particular interest to him. “But what are Pogonomyrmex? Some type of bird?” I asked. 

Holmes looked surprised. “Really Watson, they are a genus of ant, commonly called harvester ants.”

“But ants are so small and inconsequential to my mind,” I said.

“Ah, remember when we

NMSA Launches New School Year

on July 31, 2013 - 8:59am

NMSA News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) state charter school launches its fourth year Aug. 12 with the largest student body to date: 212 students representing 37 communities throughout New Mexico.

This year, 70 new students will attend NMSA, coming from as far north as Taos and as far south as Las Cruces. The school experienced a surge in inquires and applications this school year from students wanting to attend NMSA.

“New Mexico School for the Arts is an extraordinary opportunity for young New Mexican artists.

Join 'The Butterfly Guy' for Talk and Species Count

on July 31, 2013 - 8:43am

Steve Cary. Photo by David Goldberg

PEEC News:

They flit around us every day, but have you ever wondered, what are those not-so common butterfly species you see?

Or maybe you are curious about the butterflies’ habitats and histories?

Join New Mexico's unofficial “Butterfly Guy” Steve Cary at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 to learn more. Cary’s talk will be in advance of the 21st Annual Los Alamos Butterfly Count Saturday, Aug.17. Participants for the count should meet at 8:30 a.m., at PEEC or at 9 a.m. at the Burnt Mesa

'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe' Stars 24 Local Youth Aug. 2-3

on July 29, 2013 - 10:05am

Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy and Cameron Haag, 10, as Tumnus. Photo by Tara Key

Filippo Delzanno, 10, as Edmund; Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy; Lidia Appell, 10, as Susan and Ryan Rushton, 9, as Peter. Photo by Cindy Richard


"The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe stars 24 local youth who have been rehearsing for the stage play this summer at White Rock Baptist Church.

The production is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," and the actors range from 6 to 18 years old. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Saturday. Aug.

Education is at Heart of Community’s Identity ... UNM-Los Alamos is Our College

on July 28, 2013 - 11:47am
At last year's candidate's forum, Michelle Hall discussed her desire to help steer UNM-LA through challenging times. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Education is at Heart of Community’s Identity ... UNM-Los Alamos is Our College
"I have not met more dedicated faculty and staff at any University than UNM-Los Alamos." -Michelle Hall
Los Alamos Daily Post

Michelle Hall recalled one thing that really impressed her about Los Alamos when she moved here in 2003 - the community's commitment to providing the highest quality education.

"The other thing that

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Tanner Vaughn

on July 28, 2013 - 11:30am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Tanner Vaughn with a scholarship recently. Tanner will be attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins Computer and Social Science. From left, Vaughn's father Randy Vaughn, Tanner Vaughn and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Tanner was selected because of his active volunteer work through the National Honor Society, Los Alamos Heart Council Board, the YMCA and as a cancer survivor helped children and their siblings at Camp Wapiyapi in Colorado. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall.

Los Alamos Resident Awarded 2013 Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship

on July 27, 2013 - 10:55am

Los Alamos resident Meghan Montoya awarded HSCI internship. Courtesy photo


HSCI News:

HSCI, Cambridge, MA – Meghan Montoya, a Los Alamos, New Mexico resident, and a junior at the College of William and Mary, is one of 44 undergraduate students accepted into the 2013 Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory.

She was connected to the HSCI through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program.

Montoya is spending 10 weeks, from

PEEC Sponsors Story Walk

on July 27, 2013 - 8:16am


PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) continues its Summer Family Evenings series with a unique program combining two favorite summer activities, reading and nature walks.

This collaboration between PEEC and the Los Alamos County Library System is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The StoryWalk® Project is a national program created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Los Alamos County Council to Vote on Resolution Supporting Mil Levy Campaign

on July 26, 2013 - 6:58am

UNM-LA News:

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution during today's Council meeting supporting the upcoming mil levy election being put before Los Alamos
County voters Sept. 17.

The money generated by the 2-mil increase will be used to fund programs at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). If passed, this would mean the first operational increase since the branch campus was formed in 1980.

According to the resolution, Council recognizes the importance education has played in the long-term success of the Los Alamos community and the achievements of

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Erin Kirk

on July 25, 2013 - 7:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Erin Kirk with a scholarship recently. Erin will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study communication or education. From left, Her father Alan Kirk, mother Pat Kirk, Erin Kirk and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Erin was selected because of her contribution to the community through Los Alamos Youth Leadership for the past four years and her leadership in spearheading the "Dig In Pink" as a fundraiser for a volleyball coach who had developed cancer. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall.

New Option Available For LAHS Registration

on July 25, 2013 - 7:36am

LAHS News:

Registration for Los Alamos High School is rapidly approaching. Registration will take place Aug. 5-8. 

This year Los Alamos High School is excited to announce a new option to pay online that will be a timesaver for students and their parents. 

Aug. 1, students’ schedules for the 2013-14 school year will be available on PowerSchool, which is accessible on the Los Alamos Schools website at  Prior to registration, parents can go onto PowerSchool and get their student’s schedule.