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School Bus Service Alert! No Bus Service into Quemazon Today!

on January 29, 2013 - 7:48am

LAPS News!

Bus Service Alert! There will be no bus service into Quemazon today, Jan. 29.

Chamisa Update - Today, Tuesday Jan. 29, classes are again cancelled for Kindergarten through Third Grade at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

"As you may know, we have had to cancel grades K-3 at Chamisa because of water damage to rooms following the recent wet weather. Because safety of students and staff is important, we felt it best to cancel these grades while we thoroughly investigated the water damage to the classrooms.

Pinon School 'Tagged' by Vandals

on January 28, 2013 - 5:35pm

LAPS News:

By DR. Gene Schmidt
Superintendent of Schools

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Pinon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

As a community, we should not put up with this senseless disregard and marring of our public property. As such, I asked Kevin Honnell, Los Alamos School Board President, to convene a special Board meeting at Pinon Elementary at 5 p.m., Jan. 30 to discuss the district’s response to vandalism.

During the meeting, it is my intent to request the School Board post a $1,000

Los Alamos Wins Big at New Mexico FLL State Championship

on January 28, 2013 - 2:03pm

Two Los Alamos teams won State Championship Awards at the third annual New Mexico FIRST LEGO League Championship held Jan. 26 at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque. Front Row from left, "Banoona Skunk Band" members Emily Holmes, Risa Bridge, Maddie Ovaska, Brooke Weatherbie, Jessica Erkkila, Eleanor Henderson, Ellie Rightley, Elia Vasquez and Coach Karen Doebling. Back row from left, Coach Vicki Erkkila, "Atomic Flying Pickles" members Coach Susannah Rousculp, Evelyn Doebling, Lauren Stubben, Haylee Richardson, Summer Bronson and Catherine Rousculp. Photo by David Weatherbie

By Susan

Column: Pikas - Icons of the High Country

on January 28, 2013 - 10:47am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Pikas - Icons of the High Country
Column by Robert Dryja

Winter has come to the ski slopes above Los Alamos. A walk through the area shows all of the slopes now covered by snow the silence is profound except when the ski lifts are running. 

As people ride the lifts to the top of the mountain, they pass over a mass of broken rock without realizing that small creatures, icons of the high country, are just a few feet below them.

Pikas are the icons who rest quietly in their rocky dens, waiting for spring.

UNM-LA Offers New Class in Entrepreneurship

on January 28, 2013 - 9:05am

Nicholas Seet will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship during the spring semester at UNM-LA. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Got a great idea but need a little help getting started? Looking for all the hidden pitfalls and business secrets? 

UNM-LA is offering a class where students can learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a successful business.

“Everybody has an idea,” said

BREAKING NEWS: Areas of Chamisa School Flooded by Rain - K Thru 3rd Grade Classes Canceled Today!

on January 28, 2013 - 7:49am

LAPS News:

Rain water has flooded areas of Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock causing kindergarten, first, second and third grade classes to be canceled for today.

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 should report for class today as usual.

Check back to later today to learn whether the K-3 classrooms will be ready for students tomorrow. 


Letter to the Editor: We Have a Wonderful Opportunity at this Cross Road for UNM-LA ... I Would Like to be a Part of the Solution

on January 27, 2013 - 10:15am
By Michelle Hall
President, Science Education Solutions
Los Alamos

Our college, UNM-LA as we most often refer to it, has met or exceeded each of 10 metrics set by the state for two-year colleges for many years running.

It ranks first in the state in four of the 10 metrics (New Mexico Association of Community Colleges Annual Report, 2012.)

For example, of the two-year colleges in the state, UNM-LA had the highest percentage of students (92.7 percent) who obtained employment or continued their education at a four-year school upon completion of their studies at UNM-LA.

It is a gem in the

Seeking Applicants for VFW 'Scout of the Year Scholarship'

on January 27, 2013 - 6:31am

VFW News:

Your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 is seeking a Scout to compete for this year's "VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship."

This is a program that provides a $5,000 scholarship award, and which several of the local Scouts would be very competitive.

WHO CAN ENTER: Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
Scouts must be 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school,

Rotary Club Student of the Month is Caitlin Haynes

on January 26, 2013 - 7:39am


Caitlin (“Katie”) Haynes, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for January.

Haynes is the daughter of Karen and Don Haynes and older sister of Trip Haynes. Haynes is an active member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, an award-winning club, and has served as a team captain for three years.

Active on the national debate circuit, she has won awards at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country.

Atomic City Children's Theater Brings Home Gold!

on January 25, 2013 - 9:51am

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students, staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., last weekend and brought home the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award. Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

Seventeen Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students and nine staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to attend the 2013 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) and brought home the gold.

The young actors received the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award.

In addition to winning this award, two Los Alamos students were selected for the

State Statute Dictates School Bond Elections

on January 25, 2013 - 9:26am

Staff report
Recent Letters to the Editor published in the Los Alamos Daily Post discussed why Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) did not save money by holding its bond election together with last November's general election.
It turns that LAPS had no choice in the matter because state law forbids combining the two elections.

Article 18 of the New Mexico State Statute regarding General Obligation Bonds of School Districts states, "mail ballot elections shall be used exclusively for voting in those elections specified in Section 1-23-3 NMSA 1978 and shall not be used in connection with


Letter to the Editor: School Bond - No Conspiracy ... Just Good Business Sense

on January 24, 2013 - 11:24am
By Mike Lippiatt
Los Alamos

While I am elated that Peter Heimdahl voted for the school bond, I am in total disagreement with his conspiracy theory about its timing.

One of the main reasons the bond is now coming up is because the old bond is being paid off and a new bond is needed ... and although we will not see lower taxes ... we also will not see our taxes increase.

Why? ... because the old bond retires and the new bond kicks in. So, taxes won't go down if approved but they won't go up either. Does that make sense?

We retire one debt, and in a timely manner, start a new debt - tit

What's That Bird?

on January 24, 2013 - 8:14am

A Cooper's Hawk in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What is that bird? Need help figuring out what you're seeing in the backyard, on the trail, or soaring overhead?

The community is invited to attend a presentation on birds from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Bird expert Dave Yeamans will discuss backyard winter birds seen flying around the Los Alamos area during the one hour program with time available afterward for sharing problematic bird IDs, bird feeding discussions and ideas and general birding information.

Yeamans' program

Accelerate Program Helps Students Transition to Career

on January 24, 2013 - 7:16am

Accelerate Program News:

ESPANOLA – On Feb. 8, students earning 2-year business and technical degrees in six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization, and establishing a career.

The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional human resource directors and hiring managers to host a one day workshop for graduating students entitled “From Classroom to Career – A Dress Rehearsal.”  

Accelerate, a program of the Regional Development Corporation in conjunction with six northern New Mexico

Letter to the Editor: School Bond Timing Questioned

on January 23, 2013 - 4:51pm
Peter Heimdahl
Los Alamos

This letter is not intended as a pro or con for the School Bond Vote, but a disclosure of information that the pro bond contingent has neglected to make public.

According to the County Clerk’s Office, the cost of this special election to taxpayers is approximately $30,000.

The Los Alamos Public Schools administration could have saved taxpayers a large sum of money by holding this election on the same date as the general November 2012 election, but opted not to.

Why? It is a common strategy throughout the U.S.

Intellus Training Begins Jan. 28 at UNM-LA

on January 23, 2013 - 12:06pm

Letter to the Editor: Approving School Bond is Good Investment for Future

on January 23, 2013 - 11:12am
By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

I ask the citizens of Los Alamos to join me in voting "yes" in the 2013 Los Alamos Public Schools bond election.

These are challenging times for our local and national economy, but we can still afford to pay for the most important things for our community, such as good schools.

Passing the 2013 bond will not increase property tax rates; it will maintain them at the level set in 2009. The school board and administration have done a good job of planning and prioritizing how this money will be spent; see details at

If we

Dr. Anastasia Steffen Discusses Forest Fire Effects on Obsidian Artifacts in the Jemez Mountains

on January 23, 2013 - 8:57am
During Tuesday's presentation at PEEC, Dr. Anastasia Steffen explains that patterns in the fracture face determine whether an obsidian rock fracture was caused by fire or man. Photo by TK Thompson/
PEEC Co-founder and board member Becky Shankland addresses the audience at Tuesday's talk. Photo by TK Thompson/
Staff Report:
Dr. Anastasia Steffen of the Valles Caldera National Preserve presented a night Tuesday evening at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos.
The topic of her talk was the effects of forest fires on the

Dr. Paul Bauer Featured Speaker at Jan. 26 Los Alamos Geological Society Banquet

on January 23, 2013 - 8:34am

LAGS News:

Dr. Paul Bauer of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society's 2013 Banquet.

The community is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, and at 7 p.m., Bauer will present his talk.

Titled “Down the Rio Grande: A Paddler’s Perspective of Rocks and Rapids,” Bauer’s presentation is a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, with an emphasis on the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape.

It will include some

Los Alamos County Science Fair Draws 319 Students

on January 23, 2013 - 7:57am
Los Alamos students at the 2012 Regional Science Fair. Courtesy photo.

LAPS News:

The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place Saturday, Jan. 26 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area and between 1-3 p.m., the public is invited to view the projects.

Los Alamos Public Schools and home school students and teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4-5th grade individual elementary, K-6 grade elementary class, 6-8 grade junior division and 9-12 grade senior division.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories: Physical, Earth and Life Sciences.

Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets

on January 19, 2013 - 9:52am
'The Three Amigos' by Los Alamos Artist Melissa Bartlett. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets 
By Mandy Marksteiner
Do you ever wonder what makes a painting interesting enough to buy? There’s always something about the piece that is especially attractive, whether it is the way the images are balanced or the way the color of the sky contrasts with the color of the rocks.
How do they do that?
Starting next week, Melissa Bartlett answers that question during her class at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.

2013 FIRST Robotic Project Gets Underway

on January 18, 2013 - 10:10am
Steve Anton discusses the robotics project schedule in which the team must design, build, debug and learn to operate their robot by Feb. 19. Photo by TK Thompson/
Heads start spinning with ideas as soon as the 2013 rules presentation ended at UNM-LA earlier this month. Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

Students and mentors held a kickoff meeting of the 2013 FIRST Robotic Project in Los Alamos Jan. 5, where they learned the rules for the competition, which include 45 days to design, build, program, debug and learn to operate their robot.

Los Alamos Team 4153,