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UNM-LA Offers Wine Tasting Class

on February 20, 2013 - 7:53am
UNM-LA News:

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but you can continue the sentiment by enrolling yourself and your sweetheart in a wine tasting class. 

Sign up for three Saturdays of tasting with wine expert and European licensed sommelier Liz Berdugo. Learn what makes a wine good, what your palette enjoys most, and how to order the proper wine for any occasion or meal.

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will offer “Introduction to Wine Tasting and Collecting” (CE: L1241 | CRN: 30198). The class meets 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday Feb.

Climate Change Presentation at Hive Thursday

on February 19, 2013 - 6:27am

HIVE News:

Scientist Dr. Liviu Popa-Simil will give a presentation on the ramifications of climate change titled “The Challenges of the Future – A Fork in the Road” based on his book of the same name.

The talk is part of the Hive Brown-bag Lunch Series that starts at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

Dr. Popa-Simil’s presentation will begin at noon. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. 

This is not a “doom and gloom” scenario and is based on data derived from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which Popa-Simil

AAUW Screens Film on Rape in the Military

on February 18, 2013 - 8:17am

AAUW News:

See “The Invisible War,” a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called "the most underreported crime in America": the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.  

The film will be shown in the Jeannette Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA by the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW.)

The screening is a fundraiser for AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.) Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

AAUW is committed to improving the way the military deals with sexual assault by

How is an 8 Year Old Adjusting to World Travel?

on February 17, 2013 - 3:09pm

Sydney Frazier at the Eiffel Tower in Paris recently. She is the granddaughter of Los Alamos resident Teralene Foxx and is traveling the world with her parents for the next two years. Photo by Jason Frazier


Los Alamos

In October, my youngest daughter Kerri, her husband Jason Frazier, and 8-year-old daughter Sydney began their long planned adventure of traveling around the world (see "Traveling the World" Los Alamos Daily Post, Nov. 29, 2012.)

One of the main questions they were asked before leaving “What about your daughter?” Of course they were taking her with them

LAHS's Alexandra Berl Recognized for Volunteerism

on February 15, 2013 - 9:07am

LAHS Junior Alexandra Berl. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Alexandra Berl of Los Alamos has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from The 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  

A state-level Certificate of Excellence signifies that Berl was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from New Mexico in this year’s program. She is a junior at Los Alamos High School.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

LAHS Students Are Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

on February 15, 2013 - 8:25am
LAHS student candidates for 2013 United States Presidential Scholars Program: front row from left, Laura Wendleberger and Jessica Bohn and back row from left, Kevin Gao, Aaron Bao, Simon Redman and Johnny Jacobs. Courtesy/LAHS
LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School is honored to announce six students have been selected as candidates for the 2013 United States Presidential Scholars Program.  

Students selected include Aaron Bao, Jessica Bohn, Kevin Gao, Johnny Jacobs, Simon Redman and Laura Wendelberger. All students will be invited to submit applications for consideration as semi finalists,


School Board Holds Feb. 21 Executive Session

on February 15, 2013 - 7:46am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V.

The purpose of the session is to discuss Superintendent Gene Schmidt's performance evaluation and contract per 10-15-1-H(2) of the "Open Meetings Act - limited personnel matter."

The meeting is closed to the public.


Local Teachers Win Grant for Multicultural Fair

on February 15, 2013 - 7:04am


Los Alamos teachers Julie Bulthuis, left, and Renee Mitsunaga received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for a Multicultural Fair. Courtesy Photo

LAPS News:

Julie Bulthuis, ELL (English language learners) teacher at Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools, and Renee Mitsunaga, art teacher at Chamisa Elementary, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for a Multicultural Fair.

Bulthuis and Mitsunaga hope this year’s fair titled, “Around the World in White Rock: Multicultural Fair/Customs and Cultural Celebrations in Our


Pinon PTO Hosts Fun Run/Walk

on February 15, 2013 - 6:52am


Pinon Elementary School PTO will host St. Patrick's Day-themed Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at Pinon Elementary School.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Pinon Elementary School website at

Early registration forms and fees are due March 1. Adults (18 and up) are $10 and $5 for youth. Late registration (after March 1) is $20 for adults and $15 for youth.

Sign up by the early registration deadline to guarantee a t-shirt. The community is invited.

Los Alamos Boy Scouts tour Wastewater Treatment Plant

on February 14, 2013 - 12:13pm

Los Alamos Boy Scout Pack 27 toured the local Wastewater Treatment Plant Wednesday, Feb. 13. Courtesy/DPU







More Than 100 People Attend Chamisa Party

on February 14, 2013 - 10:43am
Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock celebrated its 45th anniversary with two events Wednesday. The Naval JROTC unit sent an all alumni Color Guard to start off the evening potluck dinner including Kyle Partin, John Gibson, Analicia Ronquillo and Victoria Hypes. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Current Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith greets former Principal Kate Thomas who arrived for the celebration. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

More than 100 party goers attended the evening events at Chamisa Wednesday. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Former Chamisa Principal Cindy Montoya and Cookie Halsted, along with Dr.

Local Businesswomen Join Nicholas Seet for Roundtable Talk

on February 14, 2013 - 7:17am


By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to start a successful business?

Six local female business owners will share their stories, advice and secrets 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 21 at a roundtable discussion at Family Strengths Network. Babysitting will be provided.

Nicholas Seet, who will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship at UNM-LA during the spring semester, will moderate the talk.

The panel of business owners includes Ruby Alexander, owner of Ruby K’s Bagel Café; Lorraine Hartway, a CPA owner of a growing practice; Michelle Harkey, owner

Los Alamos Students Perform at Roundhouse

on February 14, 2013 - 7:09am

Three sisters who attend Los Alamos Public Schools performed Feb. 12 during Hispanic Cultural Day at a Joint Session on the House floor at the Roundhouse. Pictured here with State Auditor Hector Balderas are from left, Alexandria "Lexie"Quintana (LAHS), Anjelika "Jeli" Garcia (LAMS) and Anika Garcia (Aspen Elementary.) The girls dance with Baile Ilusion Folklorico of Pojoaque. They are the daughters of Aspen PE coach Adam Garcia and his wife Marcy.

Team 4153 Rushes to Complete Frisbee Shooting Robot

on February 13, 2013 - 8:13am

Nate Philips, left, and Chris West-Fairbanks of Team 4153 at work on the robot. Photo by TK Thompson/

TEAM 4153 News:

Los Alamos Team 4153 is entering the 2013 FIRST Robotic Competition and has been hard at work since Jan 5. The team has just 45 days to design, build, program, debug and learn to operate their robot. The robot must be completed by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Los Alamos Team 4153 is comprised of 23 students including 16 boys and seven girls in grades 9 through 12, as well as 13 adult mentors.


Register Now for 'Expanding Your Horizons' Conference

on February 13, 2013 - 7:39am
LANL News:
  • Explore the wonders of science, math
Los Alamos National Laboaratory is partnering with the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering, Los Alamos Women in Science, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the LANL Foundation, Santa Fe Institute and Flow Science Inc., in Santa Fe, on EYH to increase awareness of, and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and careers.
The Santa Fe City Council also is a co-sponsor.
Up to 300 students from middle and high schools in Northern New Mexico will explore the wonders of science and math through

Community Invited to Share Chamisa's 45th Birthday!

on February 13, 2013 - 7:19am


Two special events next Wednesday will mark Chamisa Elementary School's 45th birthday.

The first event is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Chamisa's gymnasium with entertainment and staff recognition planned.

Sixth grade students will sell jewelry, baked goods and fruit for a fundraiser.

In addition, there will be birthday cupcakes for everyone, so one or two parent volunteers per class are needed to help make cupcakes - email your name and teacher to

The second event includes a community potluck at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.

Northern New Mexico College Representatives Share Vision

on February 12, 2013 - 7:29pm

Ricky Serna, left, and Domingo Sanchez of Northern New Mexico College in Espanola distribute materials and discuss their plans and needs and legislative priorities for expanding the four-year college during tonight's County Council meeting.The men told Council the college intends to construct a resident facility at the college initially with 200 beds and growing to add another 125 beds during phase 2. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Police Find No Evidence of Collision Between Truck and School Bus

on February 12, 2013 - 9:58am


Los Alamos Police arrive at the scene of a report of a minor collision, with no injuries, between a Los Alamos Public Schools special needs bus and a black Dodge Ram truck shortly after 8 a.m. today in front of Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Sgt. James Rodriguez explained that the driver of the truck reported that she felt the bus make contact with her vehicle and actually move it a little bit. 'In examining both the truck and bus, we found no evidence of contact on either vehicle,' Rodriguez said.

State Farm Invests $20K in Area Youth

on February 12, 2013 - 6:42am
Teens work on a project at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/YMCA 

YMCA News:

Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center received a $20,000 grant from State Farm Saturday during the Y’s annual Red and Black Ball in Los Alamos.

Local State Farm agents Lou Santoro and Abe Dispennette presented the award to Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly on behalf of the company’s regional Good Neighbor Citizenship program.

The grant will fund educational programming, skill-building classes and recreational activities in support of keeping an underserved population engaged in learning and

Focus on Your Health: Living Well with Diabetes

on February 12, 2013 - 6:23am

Focus on Your Health: Living Well with Diabetes
By Becky Rutherford
Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico

Diabetes is a complicated disease that is all too common today. This disease affects 25.8 million people in our country alone. 

People with Diabetes don’t produce enough insulin. This causes high levels of blood glucose, which can lead to Diabetes complications. 

However, it is possible to control Diabetes and live well with the disease. The Los Alamos Heart Council is pleased to provide education on this topic to our community. 

The council is hosting its annual community

Garcia Richard Enters Amendment to Limit Class Sizes

on February 12, 2013 - 6:22am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, has entered an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution to limit class sizes in public schools:


51st legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2013


Stephanie Garcia Richard




LAPS Assistant Superintendent to Retire

on February 11, 2013 - 8:35pm
Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean. Courtesy photo
By Dr. Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

With reluctance, I accepted Paula Dean’s retirement letter this morning. Ms. Dean has served Los Alamos Public Schools for the past 10 years in a variety of positions.

In announcing her retirement, Ms. Dean stated that she will finish out this school year. She was first hired as Director of Curriculum and Development – a position she held for three years.

She also served as Principal of Barranca Mesa Elementary for four years and, more recently, Assistant Superintendent for the


Hilltalkers Showcase Night: An Evening of Entertainment

on February 11, 2013 - 6:45am

LAHS News:

The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Team's Showcase Night:

  • Hilltalkers Showcase Night: An Evening of Entertainment
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22
  • Desserts and beverages served
  • At the First Baptist Church
  • 2200 Diamond Dr.
  • Adults: $7
  • Children under five: $5

Community Invited to Rotary's Family-Style Crab Fest

on February 10, 2013 - 11:28am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos cordially invites the community to its fourth Annual Crab Fest

This all-you-can-eat crab and prawn family-style dinner is Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on DP Road at Trinity Drive. 

The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and there will be music, as well as silent and live auctions. 

Tickets are $45 each; reserved tables of 10 are $450. Tickets may be purchased at Blue Window, CB FOX and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. 

Proceeds benefit local schoalarips and the purchase of an AED for Fuller

Support Youth Trip to Europe with Valentine Purchase

on February 10, 2013 - 6:57am

Staff Report

Europe 2013 travelers are having a craft, coffee and chocolate sale 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.

The 22 high school seniors touring Central Europe with a local teacher next summer have worked hard to create Valentine's gifts to raise money for their trip. 

Stop by LANB Tuesday to purchase beautiful flowers, unique cards, tasty chocolate and awarding-winning coffee from Silver Cup Coffee in Seattle.  

The goal of Europe 2013 is to expand the world view of Los Alamos' young adults and help them develop skills for the global economy.