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New Mexico Drops to 50 in Nation for Child Well-being

on June 24, 2013 - 8:09am
NM Drops to 50 in Nation for Child Well-being in 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book
  • State improves in some areas, worsens in others

ALBUQUERQUE—For the first time New Mexico has fallen to the bottom slot—ranking 50 in the nation in overall child well-being in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT Data Book.

New Mexico has never ranked above 40 in the publication’s 20-plus year history, but this is the first time the state has ranked dead last. Last year, New Mexico ranked 49 and Mississippi was 50. The data book, released annually by the Annie E.


Los Alamos Student Travelers Tour Switzerland

on June 23, 2013 - 9:42am

Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. After a long climb, they reached the top of Mt. Pilatus. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The students view a stone lion in Lucerne. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The group dines at their quaint Swiss Hotel. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Los Alamos Students Travel Through Alps

on June 21, 2013 - 11:28am
Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. Here they are cooling off at the fountain in Innsbruck, Austria. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Students pose outside the Swarovski Crystal World. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

LAHS Makes 'Newsweek' List of Top High Schools

on June 20, 2013 - 9:47am

LAPS News:

Principal Sandy Warnock has announced that Los Alamos High School was on Newsweek magazine's 2013 America’s Best High School list. 

Los Alamos was ranked 780 from a group of the top 2,000 high schools in the nation.

“Once again I am reminded what a wonderful staff and student body we have who work hard to achieve their best,” Warnock said. “It is confirmation that what we do is making a difference in improving student achievement.”

Newsweek lists those high schools that have have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.


Los Alamos Students Explore Germany

on June 19, 2013 - 11:11am
Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. They gathered  here outside the gates of Dachau Tuesday. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Students take a tour at the BMW factory and get behind the wheel of a new BMW. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Some of the tour group got up early for a morning run in the alps outside a hotel in Garmish, Bavaria. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Barranca Mesa Elementary Welcomes New Principal

on June 19, 2013 - 10:23am

Bradford W. Parker

LAPS News:

It is with great pleasure that Los Alamos Public Schools announces that Bradford W. Parker has accepted the position of Principal at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

Andrea Determan, fourth grade teacher and Committee Chair of the interview committee noted that, “We were impressed with his qualifications and experience and are excited and happy to have him become a member of our school community.” 

The interview committee and district leadership are excited about the leadership qualities he brings to the district.

Parker comes to Barranca Mesa Elementary


Update: School Board Meets in Two Sessions June 27

on June 19, 2013 - 9:07am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at the Los Alamos High School Athletic Conference Room to discuss a specific personnel issue per Section 10-15-1-H(2) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board has scheduled a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Revised: The agenda items include the IRS Briefing Report, a safety presentation and a review of School Board policies 8000–9000.


Los Alamos Students Visit Dresden and Prague

on June 18, 2013 - 10:08am
Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. This church in Dresden was totally rebuilt after being bombed in World War II. Photo by Lynn Ovaska
Students pay a visit to Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Los Alamos Students Take In Berlin

on June 17, 2013 - 10:14am

Twenty-four graduating seniors from Los Alamos are touring Europe on an educational trip of a lifetime. Here they are taking their first subway ride in Berlin. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Students visit the Berlin Wall. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Students pose at the Brandenberg Gate. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Visiting the Holocaust Memorial. Photo by Lynn Ovaska


NM Delegation Introduces Bill to Improve Tribal Education

on June 17, 2013 - 8:46am


WASHINGTON– Friday, June 14, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with Reps. Ben Ray Luján, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Steve Pearce announced they have introduced legislation to improve tribal education and preserve Native American language in schools.

Graduation rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives are less than 50 percent – lower than the graduation rates for all other ethnic groups in the United States.

UNM-LA Launches Mil Levy Campaign Wednesday

on June 16, 2013 - 7:16am



UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will kick off a campaign Wednesday, June 19, asking for voter support of a mil levy special election set for Sept. 17.

A successful election will afford financial stability and sustainability of programs and services in light of diminishing state funding.

Wednesday's two-part event will take place on the UNM-LA campus and will consist of a roundtable discussion with elected officials at 11:00 a.m. in room 505, Wallace Hall, followed at noon by a public luncheon in the Student Center Café.

The luncheon, provided by Our Community,


Student's 'Think Big' Essay Earns Scholarship

on June 16, 2013 - 7:07am

Nathanial Matteson, winner of the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Don Taylor's Photography


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded Nathanial Matteson the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship. 

Matteson’s winning essay was written about the book “Think Big” authored by Dr. Ben Carson. In this book, Carson tells the story of being pushed by his mother to write weekly book reports and how this exercise eventually nurtured his enchantment for medical science. 

Matteson’s essay tells the story of the author inspiring a very young boy, both though a life saving


Milligan and Ronquillo Receive Stoddard Nursing and Education Scholarships

on June 15, 2013 - 11:01am
Amanda Milligan, left, and Analicia Ronquillo are the recipients of the 2013 Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Education. Photo by Don Taylor's Photography


The Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Education were the result of the late Steve Stoddard’s work on the Board of the Caldera National Preserve, where he helped decide the future of the unique and beautiful area of Northern New Mexico.

Stoddard was paid a stipend for his work and the money accumulated during his years of service.

Stoddard, along with his wife Barbara, recognized the need for more quality teachers


UNM-LA and LAPS Team Up for Hazardous Waste Disposal

on June 15, 2013 - 10:35am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and Los Alamos Public Schools will be working together June 18–20, to properly dispose of hazardous waste generated in their science and art classes.

The two schools have contracted with PSC, a Texas based company who specializes in the packaging, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials. The material being collected from both campuses is the type, which cannot be discarded by either pouring down the drain or placing in the trash.

Disposal of this waste is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is done in


They're Off! Local Teens Jet to Europe

on June 15, 2013 - 8:30am
Twenty four Los Alamos High School students are jetting off from the Albuquerque Sunport for an educational tour of Europe June 13-25. The Los Alamos Daily Post will be following their progress and publishing updates and photos from the trip. Courtesy photo

College Students Attend Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School at LANL

on June 14, 2013 - 12:05pm

Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce discusses local businesses and details the many activities available in town  for college students gathered at Tuesday's day-long orientation at the Los Alamos Research Park. The students are participating in the LANL/UCSD Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School Engineering Institute. During Tuesday's orientation, the students heard from a variety of speakers including LANL's Associate Director of Engineering Steve Girrens who welcomed them to the Laboratory. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

College students from across the country are

'Get Grounded' Trail Class Offered by PEEC

on June 14, 2013 - 11:35am

Kristi Beguin. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Kristi Beguin will offer another of her popular classes, called “Get Grounded,” 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15.

After meeting at PEEC, participants will spend the morning connecting with nature in an unusual way. While traveling scenic trails off the beaten path, attendees will have the chance to get their feet dirty and explore concepts of natural movement, grounding, mindfulness and balance.

In this age of fast-paced, high-tech lifestyles, this class will allow individuals to slow down, observe, breathe and enjoy the outdoors in a deeply

Los Alamos Students Earn Rotary Scholarships

on June 13, 2013 - 3:01pm

Los Alamos High School graduate Leia Roach received the $1,000 vocational award presented by Rotarian Brian Newnam on behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during the Rotary Club's June 4 meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. She will attend UNM-LA in the fall for a couple of years before finishing college at UNM in Albuquerque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Proud parents Brad Roach and Anita Roach with their daughter Leia Roach. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rotarian Ed Van Eeckhout presents LAHS senior Aaron Bao, right, and junior Chip Mielke each with $400

School Board Offers Guidance on Strategic Plan

on June 13, 2013 - 8:30am

Los Alamos Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn speaks at the June 11 meeting of the Los Alamos School Board. Washburn has arranged for Barranca and Mountain elementary schools to participate in a research study of the new math curriculum, Everyday Math. The schools were randomly selected from the three schools using this curriculum. Participating in the study by SEDL of Austin, Texas will save the district aproximately $70,000 in curriculum materials, which are furnished by the company during the two-year study. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Susan Mack, executive


Letter to the Editor: Many Thanks for Speech and Debate Invitational Support

on June 12, 2013 - 8:25am
By Kris Hollis, Mary Spill and Kelley Baer
The Los Alamos Homeschool Speech and Debate Guild Board

Many, many thanks to the following businesses and people that supported the recent three day long NCFCA Region III Speech and Debate Invitational: to John Roberts and Smith's for discounted food for students and judges; to Denise Lane and the Dixie Girl, Ruby Alexander and Ruby K's Bagel Cafe, Brian Booth and the Coffee Booth, and members of the First Baptist Church of Espanola for providing scrumptious food for judges.

Thanks also to local churches and families - all food was appreciated.

Y Offers Red Cross Babysitters Course

on June 12, 2013 - 7:39am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course is set for 4-8:30 p.m., June 14 and 1-5:30 p.m., June 15. 

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

Participants must be 11 to 17 years of age and complete both days of the session they register for in order to receive certification.

UNM-LA Files Resolution For Special Election

on June 11, 2013 - 3:32pm

UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page, center, and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Dr. Stephen Boerigter filed a resolution with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover this morning to officially record the special election for the college that will be held Sept. 17 in Los Alamos County. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Dr. Stephen Boerigter filed an election resolution this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office to officially record a special election set for Sept.

Rotary 4th Grader Event Raises Funds for Kids

on June 9, 2013 - 1:10pm

Children gather to hear a trivia question at the recent "Are You Smarter Than a 4th Grader' fundraiser at Dixie Girl. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Rotary Projects Chair Skip King auctions items during the STARS fundraiser June 2 at the Dixie Girl with assistance from Rotarian Tom Nagawiecki. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Laura Loy, left, of STARS presents Rotary President Linda Hull with a check from the 'Are You Smarter Than a 4th Grader' June 2 fundraiser during Tuesday's Rotary Club lunch meeting.

Kids Can Experience the Four Elements at PEEC

on June 9, 2013 - 5:52am

PEEC News:

Beloved children’s librarian Melissa Mackey will teach four special classes at PEEC this summer for kids ages 8-12.

Elements will have sessions on earth, air, fire and water. The classes will be held the second and fourth Wednesdays of June and July from 2-3:30 p.m. and costs $8 or $6.50 for PEEC members.

June 12, the theme will be earth, and kids will get to build their own mud town! Mackey will help kids make mini adobe bricks, and will share stories and information about local mud-house building, both modern and ancient.

Cerro Grande Scholarships Awarded

on June 8, 2013 - 8:00am


This is the final year of the Cerro Grande Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to Los Alamos High School Seniors whose homes were a total loss in the 2000 fire and who are graduating in good standing from Los Alamos High School. 

The winners of this year’s awards were enrolled at Mountain Elementary School and were about to complete kindergarten at the time of the fire.

The sale of the book Cerro Grande Canyons of Fire, Spirit of Community has funded this award since 2001.

This year’s winners are Theresa Sandoval and Morgan Schake.

Sandoval plans to become a high school