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LAHS Seniors Return To Chamisa Elementary

on June 2, 2019 - 7:15am

Former Chamisa Elementary School students, now members of the Los Alamos High School Class of 2019, returned in their caps and gowns Thursday to walk their former hallways and tell students about their plans after graduation. Here they gather for a group photo with former Chamisa Principal Suzanne Lynne. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Rotary: Distinguished Student Lauren Marinuzzi

on June 2, 2019 - 6:58am
Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle congratulates Distinguished Student of Service Lauren Marinuzzi as her teacher Lori Thompson, mother Sharon Marinuzzi and grandmother Roberta Marinuzzi look on at a recent Rotary meeting. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus
The Motto of Rotary is Service Above Self. To support this, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors nine "Distinguished Students of Service" in their junior year of high school each academic year.
Students are first nominated by their teachers who are asked to select those who:
  • have given positive contributions to the their

NMHU: Adapt To Changing Face Of Higher Education

on June 2, 2019 - 6:37am
Timothy Renick, senior vp for student success at Georgia State University, addresses university and government officials following a screening of ‘Unlikely’ in Albuquerque. Photo by Sean Weaver/NMHU
NMHU News:
ALBUQUERQUE American universities need to look inward to develop solutions to help more students graduate, a noted educator told an audience of university and government officials from across New Mexico.
“There’s no excuse for sitting on the sidelines, because you can make big changes,” said Timothy Renick, whom Washington Monthly magazine named as one of its 2016 most

LAHS Senior Lindsey Martinez Wins Rodeo Scholarship

on June 2, 2019 - 6:33am

Los Alamos High School Senior Lindsey Martinez has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Senior Lindsey Martinez has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association.  

She was presented this award in May at the New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals in Gallup.

Martinez has been a member of the NMHSRA for the past three years and competes in the barrel racing event.

Scenes From Los Alamos High School Graduation 2019

on June 1, 2019 - 2:04pm

The 76th Los Alamos High School Graduation Ceremony this morning in Griffith Gymnasium graduating 265 members of the Class of 2019. The Gymnasium was filled to capacity with family and friends of the graduates. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos High School Graduation Ceremony this morning in Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by John McHale/

Scenes Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos High School Graduation Ceremony this morning in Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos High School Graduation Ceremony this

Motivational Speaker Kacey McCallister Visits Schools

on June 1, 2019 - 1:42pm
Motivational speaker Kacey McCallister at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS
Former Chamisa Principal Suzanne Lynne, left, with motivational speaker Kacey McCallister. Courtesy/LAPS
LAPS News:
Chamisa Language Arts teacher David Parsons showed his students a fun motivational video in class one day about a man named Kacey McCallister.
Three months later, that same man stood before Chamisa’s student body with an inspirational message of courage and hope.
After the students’ initial positive reaction to the YouTube video, Parsons decided to dig deeper and reached out

Complete Listing Of LAHS Class Of 2019

on May 31, 2019 - 5:34pm

Click the image below to view the complete listing of the 2019 LAHS graduating class:

A Universe Of Summer Fun Begins At Pond June 3

on May 31, 2019 - 12:35pm

Clan Tynker takes the stage Monday at Ashley Pond Park as the Library hosts its annual kick-off to summer reading. Courtesy/LAC

Library News:

Universally beloved entertainers Clan Tynker will juggle, stilt-walk, unicycle, strum and hum Monday, June 3 at Ashley Pond Park, as the Library hosts its annual kick-off to summer reading.

Beginning at 5 p.m. you can visit with all of those good people who put on summer programs for kids and families, and then Clan Tynker will take to the stage at 6 p.m. for their vaudeville-style show. Have a picnic in the Park and enjoy the show!

This year the

UNM-LA SBDC Director Leaves Lasting Legacy

on May 31, 2019 - 12:22pm

Joseph Montes

UNM-Los Alamos News:

 Joseph Montes, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He was an integral part of the UNM-LA family and the Los Alamos economic development community.

Dr. Cindy Rooney, CEO of UNM-Los Alamos, released the following statement: “We were saddened to receive the news that Joe Montes passed away. He was a beloved member of our UNM-LA family, a wonderful asset to our community, and an exceptionally kind and honorable man.

Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night Saturday June 1

on May 31, 2019 - 11:33am

Pajarito Astronomers News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:15 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, June 1 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Mercury, Mars, Jupiter (with its moons) and Saturn will potentially be visible during the evening.

There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

The public is invited and encouraged

Dr. Steinhaus: Hats Off To You!

on May 31, 2019 - 11:32am
Scene from the 2019 Los Alamos High School senior picnic and paint fight. Courtesy/LAPS
Los Alamos Public Schools

Every LAPS school year is filled with triumphs and challenges, and the 2018-19 school was no exception. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of every staff member in our district, this has been a wonderful year filled with learning, teaching, thriving and even some fun. 

As we finish out this week, take a breath … and take pride in our accomplishments this year.

Los Alamos High School Seniors Recognized Tuesday

on May 31, 2019 - 8:21am
Javier McTeigue-Vasquez receives the Sen. Pete Domenici Endowed Scholarship from representatives of the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Foundation. Courtesy photo
Aaron Lauritzen, Leah Wolfsberg and Jonathan Doorn (not pictured) received the Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarships from Becky Sims. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Sixty-seven Los Alamos High School seniors were the recipients of more than 55 awards and scholarships presented Tuesday evening at the annual Senior Recognition Ceremony in Duane Smith Auditorium.
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Principal Carter Payne

Cheetah Class Of 2019 Returns Home To Chamisa

on May 31, 2019 - 7:18am

The Chamisa Elementary School Cheetah portion of the Class of 2019 returned home to their den Tuesday, to reunite with their kindergarten friends, now the 6th grade class of 2019 and meet their new kindergarten pals, too. Courtesy photo

Scenes From International Science & Engineering Fair

on May 30, 2019 - 4:47pm

A massive crowd of students and judges assemble prior to entering the exhibition hall May 13-17 for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Ariz. Los Alamos students earned six prizes and awards during the ISEF.  LAHS student Lillian Kay Peterson earned a $21,000 scholarship for practice robotics innovation as well as the Sigma Xi first place physical science award, which totaled $2,000. She also won the USAID Science and Developmental second place award, which totaled $3,000, and a $1,000 NOAA grand award.

Robinson: Bears Are Back In Town!

on May 30, 2019 - 9:24am
Bears sightings are increasing across Los Alamos. Courtesy/LEWF
Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation

It is one of the most wonderful times of the year! The bears are back in town! Pictures and videos from all over our community are showing our friends finally venturing out.

After a long winter rest, the bears are beginning to prepare regain the weight lost during their hibernation. That means you will start seeing them around your neighborhoods looking for easy sources of food.

Don't forget ... a fed bear is a dead bear. Courtesy/LEWF

Bears always come with some

Chamisa K-Kids: We’ll Be Back Next Year!

on May 30, 2019 - 9:04am

The Chamisa K-Kids at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock celebrate another year of service to the community and world. Courtesy photo

The Chamisa K-Kids celebrate the end of the school year and send off the sixth graders as they go to Los Alamos Middle School. Their work this year creating a Kindness Rock Garden, bringing holiday cheer to the residents at Sombrillo for the winter holidays, collecting, boxing and raising funds for the African Library Project is greatly appreciated. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA’s Dr. Leslie Dendy Granted Emerita Status

on May 30, 2019 - 8:53am

Dr. Leslie Dendy visits the UNM-LA Biology Lab to pack up course materials she will share with other instructors as she retires. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) faculty member Dr. Leslie Dendy will be awarded Emeritus status upon her retirement on July 1, 2019.

Emeritus status is an honor conferred by the university to show respect for a distinguished career. Based on her significant and valued service to UNM-LA, the unanimous vote of the faculty, and the approval of the Provost at UNM, Dr. Dendy will be granted this honor after her 44 years of service.

Suzanne Lynne To Lead Los Alamos Middle School

on May 30, 2019 - 7:54am

Suzanne Lynne

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce that Suzanne Lynne, former Chamisa Elementary School principal, will be moving to the new role of principal at Los Alamos Middle School.

Lynne will take over the helm at the start of the 2019-20 school year and will continue the outstanding teaching and leadership that is a tradition at the middle school.

Former Principal Brian Easton will return to Los Alamos High School as an economics teacher. Former Assistant Principal Pam Miller has the opportunity to return to serving as an elementary school teacher.


Apply For Leadership Los Alamos 2019-2020 Class

on May 30, 2019 - 7:22am

Scene from a trust building exercise during the orientation session with members of the 2018-19 class of Leadership Los Alamos. Photo by Martha Katko

Members of the 2018-19 class of Leadership Los Alamos gathered in Council Chambers at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building during the local government session. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Leadership Los Alamos is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 class.

Leadership Los Alamos was founded in 2003 to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos area, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of

LAHS Presents 2018-19 Yearbook To Superintendent

on May 30, 2019 - 6:23am

The Los Alamos High School yearbook senior staff editors presented the 2018-19 edition of the school yearbook to Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus in the lobby of LAHS. Presenting is Paulina Burnside, right, and in the back from left, Andrea Simons, Shelly Doyle, Marina Espinosa, Shannon Pestovich and Sydney Foster. Photo by Kimberly Engelking

The cover of the LAHS 2018-19 Yearbook. Photo by Kimberly Engelking

Students At Northern New Mexico Schools Earn Research Awards As Part Of ‘Share With Wildlife’

on May 30, 2019 - 6:19am
RS News:
SANTA FE Four students at three Northern New Mexico schools won cash awards for excellence in researching and writing a report on wildlife species that are threatened or endangered, and are listed as Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New Mexico.
Students at Peñasco High School, El Dorado Community School, and Santa Fe Indian School did field research and extended environmental monitoring on the Galisteo, Pecos, Santa Barbara, and Santa Fe Rivers, using wildlife cameras and aerial drones among other riparian assessment methods.

June Events At Los Alamos Nature Center

on May 30, 2019 - 6:17am
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center announces its June events at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
Saturday, June 1
Event Full: Mt. Taylor Hike
Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a hike up Mt. Taylor. This hike is part of the Northern New Mexico Peak Challenge. Registration is full, but you can sign up to get on the waiting list. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Admission: Free for Challenge registrants, PEEC members, and LAM members; $10/family or $5/person for non-members. More information at
Saturday, June 1
Feature Film:

Annual Hawk To Hilltopper Event At Urban Park May 31 ... Let The Famous Shaving Cream War Begin!

on May 30, 2019 - 6:15am
Scene from a previous shaving cream war at Urban Park. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos County Recreation Division announces the annual Hawk to Hilltopper event noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Urban Park.
The event is a celebration for 8th grade students transitioning to high school. Students will be treated to a BBQ lunch, inflatable toys and the famous shaving cream war.
The event will end with the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) hosing off the students after the shaving cream war.
The event usually ends around 2 p.m.

UNM-LA Class Explores Opera Beginning June 10

on May 29, 2019 - 10:30am
Mr. Dennis-Davies Wilson. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos will offer “Introduction to Opera” on Monday evenings from 6-9 p.m., beginning June 10.
For those who are curious about opera, or who wish to understand the allure of the world-famous Santa Fe Opera, this is the perfect learning opportunity. Over the course of six weeks, instructor Mr. Dennis-Davies Wilson will introduce students to the foundations of opera and provide an overview of the operas offered this summer at the Santa Fe Opera during their 63 rd season.
Davies-Wilson, who holds a

Teen Center Garners Anchorum St. Vincent Support

on May 29, 2019 - 6:40am
Teens play dominos. Courtesy photo
Teens play basketball. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:
ESPAÑOLA More than 700 youth attending the Española YMCA Teen Center’s out of school time programs will benefit from an Anchorum St. Vincent grant of $25,000 made to the Center last week.
The grant is funding tutoring, educational support and 21 skill-building programs available for youth after school and during the summer.
“We’re humbled to have gained this new partner,” said Rob Wilkinson, CEO of The Family YMCA in Los Alamos, which is contracted and partly funded by the City of