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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.


AAUW Invites Public to View 'THE INVISIBLE WAR'

on February 9, 2013 - 7:49am


AAUW News:

Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., the Los Alamos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is showing "THE INVISIBLE WAR" as a fundraiser for AAUW's Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF.)

The film will be shown in the Jeannette O. Wallace Hall (Bldg. 5) at UNM-LA. Admission is $10 adults and $5 students. All proceeds will be donated to LAF.

"THE INVISIBLE WAR" is a groundbreaking investigation into what Newsweek has called "the most underreported crime in America": the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

The Department of Defense estimates that 20 percent

School Board Solicits Nominations for Award

on February 9, 2013 - 7:00am

LAPS News:

Do you know an individual in White Rock or Los Alamos deserving of recognition for his or her commitment to promoting student achievement?

If so, your School Board would like to hear from you. Between now and Feb. 22, the School Board is accepting nominations for the 2013 New Mexico School Board's Excellence in Student Achievement Award, and one community member from our district will be selected for this honor.

Last year's winner was Lana Martin, a sixth-grade teacher at Barranca.


UNM-LA presents Third Annual Music Marathon

on February 8, 2013 - 11:13am
The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. CME is one of the featured acts at this year's UNM-LA Music Marathon. Courtesy photo by Greg Kendall
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Enjoy an entire day of local music at the third annual UNM-LA Music Marathon. The Marathon is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10 in the UNM-LA Student Center.

The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will benefit UNM-Los Alamos student scholarships.

The day will include everything from Renaissance music for viols to modern jazz with the Craig Martin Experience.

In previous years, more than 300

Aspen Teacher Wins 'Great Ideas' Grant

on February 8, 2013 - 10:25am

Aspen Elementary School students participate in reading program. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Schools first grade teacher, Sharon Allen, strongly believes in the success of the parent-school connection.  

To strengthen that bond, she applied for and was awarded a Great Ideas Grant from the LAPS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that utilizes donations from supportive community members and businesses to strengthen public education in Los Alamos. 

Allen, of Aspen Elementary School purchased a full set of Gerald and Piggie hardbound books that the students take


Athletic Posters & Media Guides 2013-14

on February 8, 2013 - 9:32am

LAHS News:

For the 2012-13 school year, Media All Stars and All-American Sports Posters will be creating the media guides for Los Alamos High School.

These are the only companies who have the right to create the local media guides.

For more information about the LAHS media guides, contact:

Businesses interested in advertising on the athletic poster, should visit


LA Federated Republican Women Offer Scholarships

on February 7, 2013 - 11:50am
Recently installed officers of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women include from left, Secretary Cathy Walters, Past President Nona Bowman, President Mary Wilhoit, Treasurer Clarissa Dufresne and Vice President Heather McClenahan. Courtesy photo


Do you know a female senior at Los Alamos High School or a senior at another school who is a resident of New Mexico who could use a scholarship to college?

Perhaps she is already a student at a New Mexico institution of higher learning.


NMPW Offers Scholarships in Journalism

on February 7, 2013 - 9:44am

NMPW News:

New Mexico Press Women invites students to apply for three higher education scholarships offered this year, open to students regardless of gender.

Main criteria for the awards are career potential and financial need, although scholastic standing is a consideration. The deadline is Friday, March 22.

NMPW offers a $2,000 Cary Herz scholarship to students studying photojournalism. This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose photojournalism best reflects Herz’s work.

Before applying, students are encouraged to become familiar with her work, especially her final project,

LAHS Blood Drive Breaks Donor Record

on February 7, 2013 - 9:33am
Los Alamos High School students donate blood at LAHS hosted drive. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School recently hosted its second blood drive of the school year.

During the Tuesday Jan. 29 event, 55 donors successfully donated 59 units of blood.

This is the highest number of successful donors in the history of blood drives at LAHS.

These donations are enough to help up to 177 patients.

Students who attend schools that host two blood drives a year are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship through United Blood Services.

An Evening with Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi

on February 7, 2013 - 9:24am
Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi practices the art of calligraphy. Photo by Mitra Bishop
NMMA News:

 Calligraphy’s long and rich history in Japan both as an art form and teaching device is well suited to Zen’s emphasis on immediate, unhesitating, and spontaneous expression.

Weaving in an aural overview of calligraphy’s history as he works skillfully with brush and ink, Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi will share his personal journey both as a monk and with this spiritual art form.

Roshi's presentation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26  in the St.

Battle Veteran Presents Iwo Jima Film and Talk

on February 6, 2013 - 9:08am

Courtesy photo

Library News:

A video, including an interview with a local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veterans, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19 at Mesa Public Library, Upstairs Meeting Rooms.

Battle veteran Bill Hudson will show a video “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel.

On this 68 anniversary of the American forces’ landing on Iwo Jima, this showing will commemorate that historic battle and all those who fought and those who were lost.

This video has not been aired  publicly on television in the United States.

Hudson went back to Iwo

Learning Opportunity for Middle School Science Teachers

on February 6, 2013 - 8:04am
NIST News:
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now taking applications for the 2013 NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers, to be held July 8-19, 2013 in Gaithersburg, Md.
The NIST Summer Institute is a two-week workshop for middle school science teachers featuring hands-on activities, lectures, tours and visits with NIST scientists and engineers in their laboratories.
Teachers who participate in the NIST Summer Institute gain:
  • Increased understanding of the subjects they teach;
  • Increased understanding of how scientific research is

Voters Elect Michelle Hall to College Board

on February 5, 2013 - 9:29pm

Michelle Hall

Staff report

Los Alamos voters tonight elected Michelle Hall 251 to 44 to replace incumbent Ron Dolin in Position 1 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

Hall owns Science Education Solutions, Inc., a small research and development company invested in promoting science and technology literacy.

"Higher education is the cornerstone to our past and future economic success in Los Alamos County.

Children Remain Inside White Rock's Chamisa and Pinon Schools While Police Hunt Bank Robber

on February 5, 2013 - 3:26pm


LAPS News:

Both Chamisa Elementary School and Pinon Elementary School in White Rock will keep students in school until parents/guardians pick them up this afternoon.

"In cooperation with local police, we are following this procedure as a safety precaution as they continue their investigation of a bank robbery suspect (s) potentially in the area," from a statement released by Los Alamos Public Schools.

LAPS said that police patrols have been beefed up in the area around the schools and there will be an increased police presence at the schools while parents pick up their children.

Voting Ends at 7 p.m. Today!

on February 5, 2013 - 2:13pm

Los Alamos resident Steve Ciddio walks toward the Los Alamos Community Building where voting is underway until 7 p.m. today as well as at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. CLark/

Staff report

Voters registered in Los Alamos County have until 7 p.m. today, Feb. 5, to cast a ballot for the 2013 Los Alamos School Board/UNM-LA Advisory Board Election.

Voting is underway at the Los Alamos Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue and in White Rock at Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4 just beyond Rover Boulevard.

Vote for one candidate in each District for the

LAHS College Signing Date Changed

on February 5, 2013 - 9:54am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School athlete Zak Kennison’s signing a National Letter of Intent with Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colo., is being changed to 11:25 a.m. Friday, instead of Wednesday.

Joining Kennison will be Sean Reardon who will sign with Adams State University.

Both young men are going on to participate in Cross Country and Track.


Lecture Examines Seven LANL Explosive Fatalities

on February 5, 2013 - 8:36am

Cary Skidmore. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

In 1954, seven workers in Los Alamos lost their lives as a result of three high explosive accidents.

It is not a well-known event. In fact, at the time, even the workers’ families were not given a lot of information.

Times have changed, however, and Cary Skidmore, a group leader for the Explosives Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is sharing the story with the public.

Skidmore will present “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities: Technical and Human Perspective,” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s lecture series.


SFI Seminar: Shared Information — New Insights and Problems in Decomposing Information in Complex System

on February 5, 2013 - 8:32am

Eckehard Olbrich

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents a SFI Seminar by Eckehard Olbrich, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Collins Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

Olbrich's seminar is titled "Shared Information — New Insights and Problems in Decomposing Information in Complex System."

Abstract: How can the information that a set of random variables contains about another random variable be decomposed? To what extent do different subgroups provide the same, i.e.

Los Alamos Athlete to Sign with Colorado Mesa University

on February 4, 2013 - 8:27am

LAHS News:

Wednesday, Feb. 6, Los Alamos High School athlete Zak Kennison will sign a National Letter of Intent with Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, Colo.

The community is invited to join Kennison in the main lobby area at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday for his signing.

Kennison will be continuing to run cross country and track for Colorado Mesa University. They are a NCAA Division II college and compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.


LANB Hosts School Bond Celebration

on February 4, 2013 - 7:40am

Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom spoke at a gathering at Los Alamos National Bank Friday afternoon celebrating the recent school bond passage and thanked everyone for their support. A portion of the $20 million bond will provide a much needed construction overhaul of the aging Aspen Elementary School building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Steve Girrens spoke of the importance of the school bond and thanked everyone for their efforts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Superintendent Gene Schmidt, right, expressed his appreciation to

Los Alamos Family Council Hosts Social/Emotional Wellness for Children Talk

on February 3, 2013 - 10:55am

Sandy Beery. Courtesy/LAFC

LAFC News:

What ever happened to our cute little girl? To our happy little boy? A talk is coming up on Valentines Day that addresses keeping our children happy, enthusiastic, energetic and...well!

Community members of all ages, with or without children, are invited to join Sandy Beery from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 for her presentation on developing strong and resilient children.

Everyone has a role in helping kids feel appreciated and in helping them grow up to be strong and resilient.

Beery will present her social/emotional wellness for children talk

School Boards Meets Tuesday

on February 3, 2013 - 7:31am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office the Thursday before the meeting.

If special accommodations are required, notify the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the meeting at 663-2230.


Congressional Delegation: Preserve Full Special-Ed Federal Funding

on February 2, 2013 - 9:10am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON – New Mexico's Congressional Delegation today sent a letter encouraging the U.S. Department of Education to give serious consideration to the New Mexico Public Education Department's (NMPED) waiver request to avoid a reduction in the state's special education funding.
Sen. Martin Heinrich
"Educating students with special needs is a serious shared responsibility between the state and the federal government," the delegation wrote to Secretary Duncan.

Candidates Share Ideas at UNM-LA Advisory Board Forum

on February 2, 2013 - 7:23am

During Wednesday's Forum, UNM-LA Advisory Board candidate Dr. Michelle Hall suggests new directions to invigorate the college. Incumbent Dr. Ron Dolin shared his ideas for the college and panelists, from left, Karen Kendall and Bonnie Gordon, asked the candidates a series of questions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report

UNM-Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Daily Post co-hosted a "UNM-LA Advisory Board Candidates Forum" Wednesday, Jan 30 at the college campus.

The forum featured Position 1 incumbent Ron Dolin and challenger Michelle Hall in the only contested position among the


UNM-LA Holds Home-School College Day

on February 2, 2013 - 7:23am
UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos invites the public to Home-School College Day. The event will introduce students in grades seven through 12 and their families to the college campus. 

Home-School College day is 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 13. An RSVP is appreciated and ensures that the campus will have sufficient food and information packets for everyone attending.

The event will begin in the Student Center, with a welcome speech.