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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


School Board Holds Three Meetings Next Week

on June 6, 2013 - 7:29am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 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 will hold its regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office the Thursday before the meeting.

The Board has scheduled a special School Board meeting for 4 p.m.


Three Delegates Represent LAHS at Boys' State

on June 6, 2013 - 7:25am
From left,
Esteban Summers, Daniel Ahrens and Jeremy Goettees, LAHS Boys’ State  Delegates. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Daniel Ahrens, Jeremy Goettee and Esteban Summers represented Los Alamos High School at the American Legion Boys’ State held on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University from May 25 to 31.

There were 120 young men who completed the intense, total immersion in the political party, campaign and election of city, county and state officials. Political party leaders had to lead their party members through the issues, platform and the recruitment of a candidate.


UNM-LA Offers New Mexico Wine Tasting Class This Weekend

on June 5, 2013 - 10:38am

Black Mesa Winery vineyards. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The Community Education Department of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will offer the class, Wine Tasting in Northern New Mexico, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

The wine tasting will take place at the award winning Black Mesa Winery where students will learn about local wines in an outdoor setting. The class explores Italian grape varieties growing in New Mexico.

Visit for directions. The cost of the class is $45 per student.

Liz Berdugo, the instructor, is an Italian licensed sommelier.


Local Students Travel to Europe on Educational Tour

on June 5, 2013 - 8:40am

Students participating in the 2013 European Tour. Front row: Lynn Ovaska (tour leader), Sara Lane, Keiko Tanski, Emily Silks, Adriana Gutierrez, Janali Gustafson, Dana Crooks, Danielle Parsons, Caro Jaime, Morgan Schake, Danielle Ortiz Back row: Amy Neal, Kristin Christensen, Bryce Theesfeld, Kate McCown, Andrew Li, Daniel Dunning, Kyanna Martinez, Gabby Conley-Lopez, Sophia Barkhudarova, and Ben Stewart. (Not pictured, Sean Reardon, Madeline Margevicius, Nick Hill and Nathan Lang.) Courtesy photo

Staff Report

A group of 24 graduated Los Alamos students will going on an educational tour of


Graduation DVDs Available at PAC 8

on June 3, 2013 - 8:31am

LAHS 2013 Graudation. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

PAC 8 News:

DVDs of the 2013 Los Alamos High School Graduation are available to purchase from PAC 8 for $20 each.

Call PAC 8 at 505-662-7228, email or stop by the studio at 475 20th St., (north side of the Community Building, right off Central Avenue) in downtown Los Alamos.



Sign Up for Eighth Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

on June 3, 2013 - 8:03am
Students chosen to lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during the 2013 Eighth Grade Trip to Washington D.C. were Samantha Miller, Rico Zerr, Matthew Salmon and Madelyn Lavy. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

It's time to sign up for the annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled 8th grade students.

The trip is a private trip and not a school-sponsored trip. Sign up online at using ID Number 94821 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

The trip


Camp Program Prepares Ranchers of Tomorrow

on June 2, 2013 - 7:49am
Students watch a demonstration at the 2013 Youth Ranch Management Camp. Courtesy photo
NMSU News:

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service has gathered youth ages 15-19 to participate in a unique summer experience June 9-14 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Co-sponsors include the New Mexico Beef Council.

Approximately 30 youth from throughout the state are attending this third annual New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp where they will receive training in all aspects of ranch management.

Dina Chacon-Reitzel, executive director of the New Mexico Beef


School Board to Discuss LAMS Construction

on June 2, 2013 - 7:36am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) construction projects’ contingency fund and a summer plan for the portable campus.


Gao Vies for Spot on US International Chemistry Olympiad Team

on June 1, 2013 - 9:31am

Kevin Gao

Staff Report

National chemistry whiz Kevin Gao has qualified to compete for one of four spots on the U.S. team bound for the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), to be held this year in Moscow, Russia, July 15-24.

The announcement was made by the American Chemical Society. 

Gso is a senior at Los Alamos High School. He will spend two weeks at an intensive chemistry study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado and at the conclusion, the top four students will be named as members of the team.

"I am very excited about camp and grateful to ACS for this


Aspen Campus Closed for Construction

on June 1, 2013 - 9:19am

LAPS News:

Construction has started on Aspen Elementary School. As of June 5, the entire campus will be closed to all public and staff.

As part of the classroom addition and main office remodel, LAPS has deemed the campus closed. This is for the safety and welfare of the public and staff and includes the entire campus, building, parking lot, soccer field and playground.

Assist the School District  in the construction process and eliminate any and all visits to Aspen Elementary until the campus is reopened in late July.


NMSA Seniors Achieve 96 Percent Graduation Rate

on May 31, 2013 - 7:53am
All 38 members of the New Mexico School for the Arts 2013 graduationg class. Photo by Cathy Weber

NMSA News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico School for the Arts might just be the ideal model for the future of high school education. With a graduation rate this year of 96 percent, the small, statewide charter school is gaining the attention of renowned universities and colleges from around the nation.

The 38 students comprising the class of 2013 garnered nearly $3 million in scholarships and financial assistance, including the prestigious Presidential Award from the School of the Art Institute of

Convocation Celebrates LAHS Scholarship Winners

on May 30, 2013 - 12:12pm
Aaron Bao received the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship awarded to one student for outstanding promise in science and mathematics. He also received the Silver Scholar Award from the LANL Foundation, the Aaron S. Goldman Memorial Scholarship and other honors. Paulina Majeska received a Silver Scholar Award as well as many other honors. She was unable to attend the ceremony. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Kevin Gao received the LANL Foundation Gold Scholar Award and the Nicholas C. Metropolis Memorial Scholarship as well as many other honors.

Hiking Los Alamos 101 With Craig Martin at PEEC

on May 29, 2013 - 5:29pm

Craig Martin will teach Hiking 101 Mondays at PEEC. Photo by Jim Gautier

PEEC News:

PEEC is offering Hiking Los Alamos 101. The class will meet 6-8 p.m. Mondays June 3-24.

This first session will take place in the PEEC classroom, where expert hiker Craig Martin will go over safety and comfort on the trail. He also will teach map-reading skills. After that, the group will meet at various trails for hikes.

Martin and others will be hike leaders, with interpreters from PEEC for hikes and a “last in line” person from the County Recreation Department.

This is a great opportunity for adults,

Dads Serve LAHS Seniors

on May 29, 2013 - 8:47am
Kevin Honnell, left, and Gerry Washburn, the fathers of Los Alamos High School seniors, cook hamburgers for the senior class at the Senior Barbeque, the first of many events for LAHS graduating  seniors this week. Courtesy photo

Hawk-2-Hilltopper Event Friday at Urban Park

on May 28, 2013 - 8:50am


The Hawk-2-Hilltopper event for graduating 8th graders is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Urban Park, despite the fact that Los Alamos Middle School is holding its last day of school Wednesday.

The annual event includes a BBQ lunch, music, giant inflatable toys, and ends with the always hilarious shaving cream melee.

Direct questions to the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at (505) 662-8173, (505) 662-8170, or

Learn Something New This Summer at UNM-LA

on May 28, 2013 - 6:34am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is offering two unique classes this summer. One explores Puebloan Pottery Traditions, while the other prepares students to take the exam to become an EMT I (Emergency Medical Technician I.)

The summer session at UNM­–LA will begin June 3.

Consider the opportunity get your hands into clay and immerse yourself in Native pottery traditions. Kathleen Sanchez, a fourth generation family potter of the Maria and Julian Martinez lineage, will be presenting the course which will integrate her traditional and culturally rich techniques.

The instructor will bring a wealth


Students Raise Over $3,000 for Project Eliminate

on May 27, 2013 - 11:29am
Denise Carson created this Penny Wars sign that hangs in the front lobby at Barranca. Courtesy photo
KIWANIS, K-Kids & Builders Club News:
Three local schools set up a Penny Wars contest to raise money for the Kiwanis/UNICEF Project Eliminate.
Barranca K-Kids and the Middle School Builders Club called their effort "Penny Wars" and Aspen K-Kids chose to call their fundraiser "Penny Pileup" because they did not like the connotation of war in the title. 
Keira and Sam from Barranca K-Kids make a sign for the Penny Wars campaign. Courtesy photo
The rules for all three events are

Chamisa Elementary Holding Reunion Tuesday

on May 27, 2013 - 11:07am
Chamisa Elementary will hold a reunion at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday for former alumni about to graduate from Los Alamos High School.
The students will be reunited with their former kinderbuddies who are about to graduate from Chamisa.
The graduating sixth graders will in turn introduce the seniors to their kinderbuddies.

Classes Resume Tuesday at Barranca Mesa

on May 26, 2013 - 8:00am

LAPS News:

Classes will resume at Barranca Mesa Elementary School Tuesday, May 28. 

Classes were canceled Thursday and Friday, May 22-23, due to damage sustained to the school from a fierce wind event that peeled the roof off the gymnasium and dropped it on the library and preschool playground area.

Workers have been removing debris and preparing the school for classes Tuesday.

The last day of school is Friday, May 31.


Tech Frontiers 2013 Deadline Approaching

on May 25, 2013 - 7:28am

UNM-LA News:

This summer,  Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos are teaming up to deliver the Tech Frontiers 2013 program for area high school students.

The program will provide an exceptional opportunity for high school students to explore two fields of technology likely to remain extremely important throughout the 21st century, computer science and materials science.

Participating students will have the chance to meet LANL scientists and will have the rare opportunity to tour LANL research facilities.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2013.


LAPS Approves 2013-14 Budget

on May 25, 2013 - 7:17am

School Board President Jim Hall thanks Paula Dean for her service to the School District. Dean announced her retirement recently. Courtesy photo

 LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board unanimously approved the operating budget for 2013-14 at the Thursday, May 23 meeting of the School Board.

Next year’s budget placed a high priority on the Board’s desire to raise student achievement to an even higher level. Professional development funding for staff was increased to train staff in Common Core and to train K-12 staff in the new math adoption.

In addition, the budget provided a two percent


Y CAMP a Mythical Journey This Summer

on May 25, 2013 - 7:13am

YMCA News:

Y Camp opens June 5 and runs thru Aug. 2 at Mountain Elementary School.

Each activity station will include fun and unique activities in relation to the following weekly themes:

  • Week 1- Getting To Know You Days
  • Week 2- Outer Space Week
  • Week 3- Medieval Week
  • Week 4- Super Hero Week
  • Week 5- Red, White & Blue Week
  • Week 6- Magic Week
  • Week 7- Pirate Week
  • Week 8- Things-With-Wings Week
  • Week 9- Farwell to Summer Days

Camp will conclude with an end-of-summer show, tying all the pieces together, bringing a marvelous end to the Mythical Journey summer.

A $25 registration discount will continue