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SFCC’s Paid Internship Program PILAS Seeks Businesses And Students To Participate In Spring 2019

on November 5, 2018 - 8:05am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College announces the continuation of the successful PILAS Internship Program (Programa de Internos, Los Alamos) for the Spring 2019 semester, beginning January 2019.
The program gives students the opportunity to work with area businesses and nonprofits to gain valuable, employable skills while earning an hourly wage paid by SFCC. Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and SFCC Foundation funded this program.
The college is currently seeking businesses, organizations and students who would like to participate in

LAHS Key Club Participates In ‘Single Service Project Day’ Filling Gabion Baskets At County Landfill

on November 4, 2018 - 2:41pm

Some 36 Key Club members spent the club’s annual ‘Single Service Project Day’ Saturday, Oct. 27, working at the Los Alamos County Landfill. They spent almost three hours filling ‘gabion baskets’ with recycled glass and fastening the baskets together into a long line designed to prevent soil erosion at the top of a hill. Later, County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule sent an email to Kiwanis youth liaisons Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson complimenting the young people and their work. ‘The students were terrific to work with.

SFCC Student Glass Club Art Sale Nov. 14-15

on November 4, 2018 - 4:47am

Glass horse by Gayanne Robinson. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College Glass Club art students will sell glass art and functional pieces created by the SFCC Glass Club 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 15.

The students created the work by using a variety of methods, from kiln casting to fusing and slumping. Works include vibrant color and luminescent glass, whimsical sculptures and functional glassware in a wide range of patterns.

This is a free event in the Main Hallway, 6401 Richards Ave., on the SFCC campus.

For more information, contact Laura Cowan

NMJC And NMSU-Carlsbad Sign Agreement Establishing Workforce Training Partnership

on November 4, 2018 - 4:45am
Dr. Kelvin Sharp, president of New Mexico Junior College, and Dr. John Gratton, president of New Mexico State University, sign a memo of understanding to increase cooperation between the institutions to foster greater workforce training and development. Courtesy photo
NMJC News:
HOBBS Dr. Kelvin Sharp, president of New Mexico Junior College, and Dr.

SFI: Lecture Features Michelle Girvan Nov. 13

on November 3, 2018 - 6:11am

Michelle Girvan

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) hosts "Harnessing Chaos and Predicting the Unpredictable with Artificial Intelligence" with Michelle Girvan at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211. W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

In recent years, machine learning methods such as "deep learning" have proven enormously successful for tasks such as image classification and voice recognition.

Despite their effectiveness for big-data classification problems, these methods have had limited success predicting "chaotic" systems like those we see in

PEEC: Learn About Declining Bird Populations On Pajarito Plateau Nov. 6

on November 3, 2018 - 5:31am
A male Western Tanager by Bob Walker. Learn what the future may hold for the birds and forests of the Pajarito Plateau at a talk at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently published a paper about bird populations on the Pajarito Plateau, finding declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites in northern New Mexico.
Jeanne Fair, who led the research team, will share her research and discuss what the future may hold for the birds and forests of the Pajarito

School Board Votes To Move Forward On Field House Proposal For New Building At Sullivan Field

on November 2, 2018 - 8:14am
Siting options for Field House. Courtesy/DPS Architecture
Siting option B. Courtesy/DPS Architecture
LAPS News:
In a nod to the district’s ongoing efforts for the safety and security of students and guests at sporting events, the LAPS School Board voted 5-0 to authorize staff to move forward with a formal Field House proposal that calls for the construction of one building on the east side of Sullivan Field.
Julie Walleisa with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (DPS) Architecture presented four Field House Design Options to the Board.

SFCC Announces Readings In Library: Fall 2018 Series

on November 1, 2018 - 12:14pm
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College’s Library and Creative Writing Program will host a series of readings in November.
The series begins Nov. 7 with Terry Wilson and her Creative Writing students, continues Nov. 12 with Emily Stern and her Memoir students and then wraps up with the Annual Holiday Reading by SFCC Faculty and Staff Members Nov. 29.
All readings are free to attend, and refreshments will be served.
  • 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7. Terry Wilson and her Creative Writing class.
  • 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12. Emily Stern and her Memoir class.
  • 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov.

White Rock Scouts Help Preserve Wooden Structures Saturday At Bandelier National Monument

on November 1, 2018 - 11:46am
A Boy Scout Eagle work party Saturday helped to preserve wooden structures at Bandelier National Monument. Representatives from White Rock Troops 71 and 129 were among the work party. The scout volunteers painted wooden bridges across Frijolito Creek and a number of picnic tables for visitors near park headquarters. Kane Fisher is scoutmaster of White Rock Troop 71, and Jorge Maldonado is scoutmaster of White Rock Troop 129. Scouting is alive and well in White Rock, the scoutmasters said. Courtesy photo
Scouts at work painting a picnic table Saturday at Bandelier. Courtesy photo

Zero Waste Committee: Feast! But Don’t Waste

on November 1, 2018 - 11:43am


Holidays are the time for sharing our bounty with family and friends. Unfortunately, all that generosity can lead to waste.

Over Thanksgiving last year, Americans wasted about 204 million pounds of turkey alone, and it’s estimated that we will toss over 5 million tons of food between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

 Food waste is a year-round problem: In the U.S., we waste roughly 40 percent of the food we produce, enough to feed 2 billion people every year.

Nature On Tap: Turkeys In The Past At Bandelier Nov. 5

on November 1, 2018 - 8:28am
Turkey petroglyph. Courtesy photo
Join the Los Alamos Creative District and staff from Bandelier National Monument at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5 during Nature On Tap at UnQuarked Wine Room to learn about the importance of turkeys to Ancestral Puebloans based on archeological and ethnographic information.
Attendees also will learn about the rock art of Frijoles Canyon.
These topics are particularly relevant today because 2018 is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed.

Atomic City Children’s Theater Auditions Open For Disney Beauty And The Beast Jr.

on November 1, 2018 - 7:56am
Scene with Atomic City Children’s Theater actors.  Courtesy photo 
ACCT News:
Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school theater program, will hold auditions for its February production of Disney Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and auditions are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 3 in the gymnasium at Mountain Elementary School.
The auditions are open to all 3-8 grade students in the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was

LAHS Students 2018 Essay Contest Winners Recognized By Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County

on November 1, 2018 - 7:47am
Neal Martin and Katrina Schmidt award Sonyia Williams, right, first place in the 2018 Essay Contest hosted by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County. Brooklyn Scott and Shena Han were runners-up. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Three Los Alamos High School students were recognized recently by the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County in its 2018 essay contest. 
The essay contest asked participants to identify and advocate for new ways in which the local government and political parties could better incorporate the views of young people.
LAHS student Sonyia Williams won

Elise And Jade Blackhart Top Vote Getters In Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest At Youth Activity Centers

on November 1, 2018 - 7:27am

Red Ribbon Week winning poster created by Jade Blackhart. She and Elise Blackhart are the top vote getters in the Red Ribbon Week poster contest at the White Rock and Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers. The young ladies each received a gift card. Red Ribbon Week officially ends today. Jades poster here. Courtesy photo

Red Ribbon Week winning poster created by Elise Blackhart. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Los Alamos Rotary Club ‘Bat Week’

on November 1, 2018 - 7:14am

Los Alamos Rotarian Judy Goldie, center, was the recipient Tuesday of the Major Donor Award from The Rotary Foundation, the funding branch of Rotary International. Goldie has given generously to The Rotary Foundation during her 25 years of membership. She was drawn to Rotary's many humanitarian initiatives, in particular the eradication of polio, because a relative had contracted the crippling disease in childhood. In recognition of her contributions, Goldie received a distinctive blue enameled and gold pin with a diamond and an engraved crystal depiction of a peace dove.

Explore November’s Night Skies At Planetarium

on October 31, 2018 - 12:56pm

Explore the night skies of November at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 watch the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Learn what will be visible in November’s night skies Friday, Nov. 2 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Paul Arendt will host an interactive tour of the heavens at 7 p.m. and will highlight planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month.

During the month of November, Mars, Saturn and Venus will all be visible.

Young Eagles Take Flights

on October 31, 2018 - 11:16am
Pilot Will Fox takes Young Eagle member Blake Simons for a flight and discusses a future in flying. Fox and pilot Logan Ott recently took several Young Eagle Program members for flights when weather altered plans to do so earlier in the month. Courtesy photo
The Young Eagles Program is held annually throughout the state. Courtesy photo

YMCA Youth Basketball Registration Extended

on October 31, 2018 - 9:06am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball Program for girls and boys in grades 1-6 is taking registration through Nov. 4.
The Y’s basketball leagues are developmental and co-ed for youth in grades 1-2; and competitive for girls in 3-4 grade, boys in 3-4 grade, girls 5-6 grade, and boys 5-6 grade. Practices are held two times per week in Los Alamos or White Rock from Nov. 5 through Feb. 1. Games will be Saturdays, Dec. 1 through Feb. 2.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches, assistants and team parents.
Cost is $120, or $90 for Y Members.

Rotary: Purple Pinky Day At Los Alamos Elementary Schools Seeks To Help Eradicate Polio

on October 31, 2018 - 7:19am
Ty Morris of Pinon Elementary School supports Purple Pinky Day and efforts to eradicate polio. Photo by Oliver Morris
Students at Aspen Elementary School stand in line to dip their little fingers for Purple Pinky Day, a project hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Principal Michele Altherr takes part in the fun. Photo by Linda Hull
In recognition of World Polio Day, Oct. 24, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently acknowledged the continuing efforts of Rotary International, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the U.S.

NMHU Offers MFA In Media Arts & Cultural Technology

on October 30, 2018 - 2:44pm
Miriam Langer
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands University will begin offering a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts and Cultural Technology, making it the first university in the state to offer this kind of degree.
Applications for the Highlands MFA in media arts and cultural technology degree will be available on the Highlands University website at in December 2018.
The Higher Learning Commission and the New Mexico Higher Education Department both approved the proposal for the new MFA from the Highlands Media Arts and Technology Department.

Chamisa Honors Veterans At Pancake Breakfast Nov. 9

on October 30, 2018 - 2:36pm
The third annual Chamisa Elementary Veterans Pancake Breakfast is 7:30-8:20 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at the school.
Pancakes, bacon, fruit, juice and coffee cost just $5 per plate.
The community is invited to eat breakfast with the students, staff and their families as they honor local veterans.

New Mexico Educators Tackle Media Literacy Education

on October 30, 2018 - 7:20am
MLN News:
SANTA FE In the wake of Alexa in our homes, and Siri in our pocket and credibility of online information, New Mexico participates in the 4th annual Media Literacy Week, Nov. 5-9, highlighting the essential role of media literacy in education today.
Media Literacy is the ability to:
  • Decode media messages;
  • Assess the influence of those messages on our thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and
  • Create media thoughtfully and conscientiously.
New Mexico’s Media Literacy Now Chapter will celebrate Media Literacy Week by launching a new advocacy and public awareness campaign for

LANB: Scams – A Roundtable Discussion Nov. 8

on October 30, 2018 - 7:14am

Shin: An Extreme Ideologue Who Will Hurt Public Schools?

on October 29, 2018 - 3:59pm
Republican candidate for House Dist. 43
I am responding to Councilor Chandler's mailer that calls me an "extreme ideologue who will hurt public schools." First of all, as a Mom, I am thrilled to have a daughter who is thriving in our public school system. Yesterday, I learned that she excels in math, testing 2 grade levels above her peers. Teachers reported she is also well-rounded, gets along well with others, and has a sense of humor. Why would I want to hurt a system that is working so well for her?
Secondly, my 21+ experience as a small business owner and health care

NMHU Receives NSF Grant For Scholarships

on October 27, 2018 - 12:49pm
Richard Medina
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, NM Promising New Mexico Highlands science, technology, engineering and math students will receive multiyear scholarships with a special focus on research using data science, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant.
The five-year $661,868 NSF grant aims to prepare students in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, environmental geology or forestry for academic and career success.
Richard Medina, a computer science professor at Highlands, is the principal investigator or lead researcher for the grant.
“The data science