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LAHS Hires New Swim Coach

on August 19, 2013 - 2:02pm

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department would like to announce the hiring of Stuart Corliss as the Boys and Girls Swim Coach for 2013-14 school year. 

Coach Corliss received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his MBA from UCLA Graduate School of Management.

He has been involved with club and college coaching. He also swam for Stanford University and was an NCAA All-America. While swimming for Stanford he served as team captain two of those years. He coached the De Anza Cupertino Swim Club in 1980 that went to the Junior National Championships.


Kiwanis Awards Scholarship to Paulina Majewska

on August 19, 2013 - 7:08am
The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Paulina Majewska with a scholarship recently. Paulina will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study pre-med biology. From left, Beata Majewska (mom), Paulina Majewska, and Don Casperson, Kiwanis President. Paulina was selected because of her strong participation in Key Club and she was elected club treasurer during her senior year. In addition, she was the president of National Honor Society, volunteered at Los Alamos Medical Center and was communications captain for the Speech and Debate Team. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity

Letter to the Editor: A Healthy UNM-LA is a Great Resource for Local Students

on August 18, 2013 - 12:14pm
By David Izraelevitz
County Councilor

I was delighted to read that my fellow county councilors passed a resolution in favor of the special election to consider a property tax levy to help UNM-LA.

Even though I was away for that meeting, I want to voice my support for this resolution, and furthermore urge every voter to approve this ballot question.

I have many reasons for my support, but I wanted to concentrate on a specific value that UNM-LA provides to our community and one that my family has benefited from directly.

Lifelong Learners Find Discoveries and Dreams at UNM-LA

on August 18, 2013 - 8:48am
Lifelong learners, Craig and June Martin enrich their busy lives through classes at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

“It’s hard for me to believe it, but I wasn’t really aware of UNM-LA before I started taking classes,” June Fabryka-Martin said. “Now it’s such a big part of my life. UNM-LA is such a treasure.”

In the seven years since June began taking classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, she has taken more than a dozen courses, some of them more than once.


Debate and Town Hall Meeting on UNM-LA Mil Levy Aug. 29

on August 18, 2013 - 8:04am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the public to attend a Los Alamos High School Hilltalker debate and Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Building 2.

The LAHS Hilltalkers will debate the pros and cons of the mil levy election question followed by a presentation by Dr. Cindy Rooney, who recently was appointed as the new Dean of Instruction for UNM-LA, replacing Dr. Kate Massengale who recently retired. 

The meeting will end with a town hall question and answer session, moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Refreshments are being provided at

Letter to the Editor: On the Question of Small Class Size – An Open Letter to the Los Alamos Community

on August 18, 2013 - 7:50am
On the Question of Small Class Size – An Open Letter to the Los Alamos Community
Dr. Eugene (Gene) Schmidt
Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools

Small class sizes are a quality and hallmark that Los Alamos has long valued. Community conversations and strategic plan surveys continually reinforce the importance of maintaining small class sizes. Over the past several years budget constraints have made it increasingly more difficult to honor our community’s desire for small class size.

Letter to the Editor: Los Alamos School Funding Requires Action

on August 17, 2013 - 2:05pm
Los Alamos School Funding Requires Action
By Tim and Susan O’Leary
Los Alamos

Long-time Los Alamos School Board member Kevin Honnell was recently quoted as saying: “This (school) district, financially, is headed toward an iceberg like the Titanic.” The observation was made in connection with a discussion about class size, but Dr. Honnell correctly pointed out that the issue is much broader, and it is pressing. 

Because of the way in which New Mexico funds K-12 education, our Los Alamos schools don’t have the funding profile, moving forward, to support the quality schools we have come to

Back to School Tax Tips

on August 17, 2013 - 10:21am

IRS News:

Going to college can be a stressful time for students and parents. The IRS offers these tips about education tax benefits that can help offset some college costs and maybe relieve some of that stress.

  • American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). This credit can be up to $2,500 per eligible student. The AOTC is available for the first four years of post-secondary education. Forty percent of the credit is refundable. That means that you may be able to receive up to $1,000 of the credit as a refund, even if you don’t owe any taxes.

LAPS Coaches Attend 'Excellence' Training

on August 15, 2013 - 8:52am

Los Alamos Public Schools coaches attend coaches training presented by Rod Olson from Coaches of Excellence Aug. 4 at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

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UNM-LA Community Education Classes Will Explore Language, Culture and Literature

on August 15, 2013 - 8:37am

UNM-LA Community Education Classes Will Explore Language, Culture and Literature

By Eva Artschwager

This fall, UNM-Los Alamos Community Education is offering two new classes that have a lot in common. Although one is a language class in Basic Portuguese and the other a literature class in the Latin American Short Story, both use language as a starting point for a deeper exploration of culture and history.

The Basic Portuguese class, taught by Cynthia Bell-Santos, introduces students to the elements of the Portuguese language and discusses language as a tool for exploring Brazilian culture.


Nearly 100 Retired LAPS Employees Attend Breakfast

on August 15, 2013 - 7:28am

At the annual Not Back to School Breakfast Wednesday for retired LAPS employees, the group renewed old friendships and shared exciting adventures and plans for the future. The event began years ago with just three people and has grown to close to 100. It is always held on the day the students go back to school ... and the retirees do not! Trinity on the Hill graciously allowed the retirees to use their facilities. Courtesy Photo

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Talk Next JJAB Meeting

on August 15, 2013 - 6:44am

JJAB News:

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board's next meeting is 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

Karen Doyle of LADBT will give a presentation about Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the services that LADBT is now offering in Los Alamos.

The public is welcome to attend.

Council Recognizes Teens Completing Boys and Girls State

on August 14, 2013 - 7:23am

New Mexico Boys State and Girls State participants from left, Rachel Barthell, Estaban Summers, Jeremy Goette and Daniel Ahrens were recognized by the County Council Tuesday evening including Councilor Kristin Henderson at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Janali Gustafson Recieves Kiwanis Scholarship

on August 14, 2013 - 7:19am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Janali Gustafson with a scholarship recently. Janali will be attending Quest University in Canada and will study exercise science and psychology.

'CommUnity' University UNM-LA Campus Sept. 7

on August 14, 2013 - 7:15am


Council Presents Proclamation Declaring 'Year of Asset Building'

on August 13, 2013 - 9:03pm

Bernadette Lauritzen receives a proclamation on behalf of the Council from Councilor Steven Girrens declaring the Los Alamos Public Schools 2013-2014 school year the 'Year of Asset Building.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

GOP Presents Aug. 15 Talk on Common Core

on August 12, 2013 - 2:12pm

GOP News: 

Are you familiar with Common Core?

The public is invited to join concerned citizens for an introduction to the Common Core State Standards, a National Education Program designed to standardize and Align Standards, Curriculum and Testing.

Come learn the goals of Common Core. Where did it come from?  How and when did it start? Who was involved in its start-up? Who has been paying for it? Who will pay for it in the future? What are the hidden consequences of implementing Common Core? How will it affect your kids?

When: Thursday, Aug. 15

Where: UNM LA Campus, Building 6, Room 612

Special Program Tuesday for NJROTC Freshmen

on August 12, 2013 - 9:27am

Cadets occasionally hold car washes to raise funds for their activities. Courtesy photo


Freshmen entering the Naval Junior ROTC program at Los Alamos High School are encouraged to attend a special program following Tuesday's freshmen orientation.

After staff and students welcome new comers to the campus with a host of orientation information, cadet leaders will add to the experience with activities of their own. The unit cadets intend to have items on display and share opportunities available with the LAHS organization. Food and hands on activities to engage the


Los Alamos Public School Staff Returns to Work

on August 12, 2013 - 9:01am

Several groups met with Los Alamos Public School staff  returning back to school Friday after the summer break. During a breakfast at Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Co-op General Manager Steve Watts, left, shared information about the Co-op and Lisa Wismer, right, and other UNM-LA staff  talked with State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, about her ongoing support of the UNM-LA mil levy vote that is coming up next month. Students return to work Wednesday. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos Public Schools' all staff breakfast was held at the high school with exhibits by Los Alamos

UNM-LA's Fire Science Program Increases Training Opportunities for Firefighters

on August 11, 2013 - 10:51am

Twelve Los Alamos County Fire Department employees recently earned AAS degrees in Fire Science from UNM-LA including Christopher Bartlett, Colorado Cordova, Gerard Coriz, Jaden Eads, Kevin Kamplain, Aaron McNiff, Colin O’Connell, Allen Quintana, Jeff Saiz, Ben Stone, Jeffrey Wetteland and Glenn Trehern (not picture). At right, LAFD Capt. Joseph Candelaria heads the Fire Science program at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LAC


Los Alamos Daily Post

Education has been a cornerstone of Joseph Candelaria’s life for many years.


SFI Lecture Ponders Moral Progress

on August 9, 2013 - 7:32am
Psychologist and author Steven Pinker and philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Photo coutesy of

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents a Community Event, “On Moral Progress: Is the Human Conscience Led by the Head or the Heart?”

The lecture will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the James A Little Theater (1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe). Lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Is the human conscience led by the head or the heart?

LAMS Art Room Gets Makeover

on August 9, 2013 - 7:28am
Volunteers from left, Rex Kilburn, Anna Vargas-Gutierrez, Don Casperson, Morris Pongratz, Joanna Gillespie, Faith Koh and Camile Rousculp helped refurbish the Los Alamos Middle School Art Room. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Foundation conducted a classroom makeover project at the Los Alamos Middle School Art Room.

Volunteers joined with Joanna Gillespie, LAPS Foundation Director, in repainting cabinets, painting walls and generally sprucing up the art room.

The art room makeover will continue next Monday and Tuesday morning, Gillespie said, and volunteers are


Extend Your Growing Season With PEEC Class

on August 9, 2013 - 7:25am

Planting seeds. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean your gardening season has to.

Local certified arborist Laural Hardin will give a basic class at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 for those who have any type of season extending structure and wish to learn how to operate and maintain it for optimum yield.

In this 1.5 hour class, Hardin will discuss important factors such as ideal temperatures, humidity, air exchange and environmental controls.

‘Next Big Idea Festival’ Exposes Youth to Science, Tech & Engineering Fields

on August 8, 2013 - 10:22am

A useful robot showed its stuff during last year's Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo


For the 5th year, Los Alamos will spotlight the community’s unique and creative heritage with the “Next Big Idea Festival: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation.”

The free, family friendly event is 11 a.m to 3 p.m., Sept. 14 in downtown Los Alamos. It's designed to inspire and educate through science, technology, and arts. Likewise, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Student Day, Friday, Sept.

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/