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Great Conversations Reveals Two More Conversation Guides

on April 3, 2013 - 2:29pm


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

It will take place from 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building.

This is the third in a series about the conversations that will take place at this year's event.

Reading into the Change in Books: Kindle, Nook & iPad

Steven Thomas

How is the nature of the publishing industry being fundamentally altered?

LAPS Superintendent Shares News in Open Letter to Staff

on April 3, 2013 - 2:15pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt is sharing updates about the district in the following open letter to his staff:

April 4, 2013

Open Letter to the Staff:

I am pleased to share that the final touches are being placed on the district’s Strategic Plan.

I have presented two different drafts of the plan to the School Board over the past week.

There is still clean up and detail to add, but the plan is close enough to completion that I will begin allocating resources into the upcoming budget to reinforce Strategic Plan goals.

I will be meeting with each


Sell Gold - Help Local Athletic Activities

on April 3, 2013 - 10:05am


Rotary Student of the Month for March: Judy Lee

on April 3, 2013 - 9:43am

Judy Lee


Judy Lee, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for March. 

Lee is the daughter of Myung Choand Sang Yoon Lee and the sister of Dong Hun Lee.

Lee, an exceptional student, is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Natural Helpers, a national program through which she was selected by her peers as someone with a natural skill for helping others. 

Lee’s sensitivity to others is also marked by her service to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program where, for four years, she has assisted director Irene

Sprout Technological Shoots and Tame Your Smart Phone

on April 3, 2013 - 7:35am

UNM-LA News:

Does your smart phone still emit unsolicited squeaks before dawn? 

Are you envious of friends who get driving directions from their Droid? 

No need to worry. This month, UNM-Los Alamos Community Education offers a series of classes on smart phones that will help you eliminate unwanted settings and take advantage of the phone’s best features. 

Topics covered include synching calendars, setting up media, using the Internet and downloading and installing apps.   

Classes begin April 10 and meet 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday mornings for three weeks. 

Don’t wait until next year to


New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony April 22-23

on April 2, 2013 - 10:02am

  • David Barger, JetBlue President/CEO and Dr. Terry Holliday, keynote event

ALBUQUERQUE - Registration is underway for the 2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit and New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony scheduled for April 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Keynote speakers for the event are David Barger, President/CEO, JetBlue and Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Education. 

The two-day Learning Summit will feature “best practice” sessions on the “7 Keys to Performance Excellence” by outstanding presenters from New

Zombie Costume Contest at Research Park April 4

on April 2, 2013 - 9:19am


LAMS Opens New Living Skills Facility

on March 30, 2013 - 11:50am
LAMS students and staff and LAPS officials cut the ribbon Friday afternoon on the new Living Skills Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Living Skills Teacher Rebecca Smith shows her students some of the special features of the new Living Skills Center at LAMS. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Living Skills Program at Los Alamos Middle School has a brand new space.

School officials, staff and students from the program cut the ribbon and officially opened the new space Friday afternoon.

The multi-room facility was


A View From the Stacks: Exhibit Space Means the Library is Much More Than Just Books

on March 30, 2013 - 11:50am
Gallery Manager, Mesa Public Library

From cutting edge contemporary art installations to quilts, recycled scrap metal sculpture to World War II memorabilia, traveling museum exhibits to exhibits designed and created by university students, the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery provides the only flexible, general exhibition space in Los Alamos County.

It is a great space:  light filled and soaring, a gem tucked away on the third floor in the landmark building designed by world renowned architect Antoine Predock, dubbed by New Mexico museum professionals one of the best

AAUW: Dorothy Shaner Presents Talk April 4

on March 30, 2013 - 8:53am

AAUW News:

Dorothy Shaner will present, Burma/Myanmar: Nexus of a modern Silk Road or Battleground in a new "Great Game"? at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.  at 7:30 pm. Thursday, April 4.

The talk is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Shaner has lived in Los Alamos for 11 years and is a member of the American Association of University Women.

She claims no “expertise” on Burma, but offers background on the subject.

While raising children and getting her Ph.D.


Multicultural Education: Around the World in White Rock

on March 29, 2013 - 10:53am

Courtesy/Chamisa Elementary

Courtesy/Chamisa Elementary School


White Rock schools will kick off a multicultural fair, titled "Around the World in White Rock" thanks to the Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

This event, lead by Julie Bulthuis and Renee Mitsunaga, will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Chamisa Elementary School Gymnasium.

"Carnival" masks were created byChamisa and Pinon elementary schools with artist-in-residence/former LAPS teacher Thelma Hahn.

Hahn worked with 4th and 5th grade classes at Pinon with Stephanie Rittner


Sharp-Shinned Hawk Spotted on Barranca Mesa

on March 28, 2013 - 8:31am

Sharp-shinned hawk photographed March 22 at a garden pond on Barranca Mesa. See more photos at Photo by Hari Viswanathan

Otero Junior College Rodeo Signs Abiquiu Standout Cowboy

on March 28, 2013 - 7:59am

Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu. Courtesy/Fain Photo

Otero Junior College

LA JUNTA, Colo.—Otero Junior College Rodeo program has announced the signing of New Mexico high school rodeo standout Jake Trujillo of Abiquiu, N.M.

Trujillo signed a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association letter of intent with Otero Junior College Rattler Rodeo. The Las Animas High School senior is a top steer wrestler and team roper.

Trujillo is in the last semester of his senior year, where he competes in the National High School Rodeo Association in New Mexico.

He is a National High School finals rodeo qualifier

Applications for UNM-LA / LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 Program Accepted Through April 8

on March 27, 2013 - 8:32am
Applications for UNM-LA/LANL Tech Frontiers 2013 program are being accepted through April 8.
This coming summer LANL and the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus 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 fields of technology likely to remain extremely important throughout the 21st century.
Participating students will learn about materials science, robotics, computer science, and technologies related to our energy

FSN Presents Critical Info for Teens and Tweens

on March 26, 2013 - 10:51am

FSN News:

While most families appreciate the importance of navigating through the tweens and teens safely and successfully, many struggle to connect with high quality, relevent resouces.

Family Strengths Network focuses on providing such resources to the community and has teamed up with some well respected partners to bring you instructive and fun workshops this spring.

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in April. IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people age 15 through adult 6-8 p.m.,

Earth Day Planning Underway at PEEC

on March 25, 2013 - 7:44am

PEEC News:

April is just around the corner - time to leave those winter blues behind and get out and explore. 

April is also the month to celebrate Earth Day 2013. 

This is the 13th year that Pajarito Environmental Education Center has sponsored an Earth Day Festival.

Put April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on your calendar; plan to come and have fun at PEEC, your local nature center at 3540 Orange St.

The theme this year is Dig Nature. Read on to find out why!

PEEC’s portal and lawn will be filled with booths from community groups that enjoy and protect  the environment—they dig nature!

Underground of Enchantments Opens April 5

on March 25, 2013 - 6:53am
Lechuguilla Cave. Photo by David De Roest

MPL News:

Underground of Enchantment is a 3D photo exhibit featuring the beautiful, magical, microbial secrets of one of the most interesting caves in the world - Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.

The exhibit opens from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC and continues through May 29.

The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with and is traveled by Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft/486.9m) in

Einstein Shares Secrets of π at LAMS

on March 25, 2013 - 6:52am
Albert Einstein with Los Alamos School Board member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, right, and former Board member Melanie McKinley. Courtesy photo
Staff report
March 14 is celebrated annually by students and staff at Los Alamos Middle School and this year’s theme was “π Round the World.”
The event is hosted by the math department under the direction of Clara Vigil. Albert Einstein was a special guest at the event. He shared with students that math is everywhere.
To amplify his point, he challenged students to use the sum of π to guess how many gum balls were in a jar.

Salary Negotiation Workshop Builds Skills

on March 25, 2013 - 6:32am
Workshop Facilitator Shelley Rossbach leads a group of participants attending a recent '$tart $mart' salary negotiation workshop at UNM-LA. Photo by Ivette Jimenez
Staff report
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNM-Los Alamos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and UNM-LA Student Government hosted a "$tart $mart" salary negotiation workshop March 1 at UNM-LA. 
"I learned a great deal about the importance of being able to negotiate wages," workshop participant Edith Danielson said. "The smart start is a great conference not only for people just getting out to the

Construction Continues at Los Alamos Middle School

on March 24, 2013 - 8:26am

Exterior walls take shape as construction continues on a new building at Los Alamos Middle School Friday on Hawk Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

The Ark Holds Open House

on March 23, 2013 - 9:20am

Learn about Worms at PEEC

on March 23, 2013 - 9:13am

PEEC News:

They squirm, they slime, and they’re numbering in the hundreds at PEEC.

Learn all about the composting worms, feel them wiggle in your hand, and collect data on worm behavior 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at PEEC.

Did you know that just one acre of land can contain as many as one million earthworms? The actions of these worms affect almost every aspect of the outdoor world, including decomposition, soil nutrients, plant growth, the food chain, and more.

Think about it: every bit of earth we tread has passed through the intestines of worms.

It’s no surprise that the popularity

Students Host Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner

on March 23, 2013 - 9:08am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is hosting a Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road.

Funds raised will support the NAHS scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 13 and younger and may be purchased at the door or from NAHS members.

For more information, email Mickey at


Hike Burnt Mesa Pueblo with Dorothy Hoard

on March 23, 2013 - 8:34am
Hikers explore Burnt Mesa. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo led by Los Alamos Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard.

Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

In the 1290s, the ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call "plaza sites.” 

Room blocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.