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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.

Letter to the Editor: Cast Your Vote for Michelle Hall

on February 1, 2013 - 11:21am
By Morris B. Pongratz
Former County Councilor and School Board Member

I recently went to the County Clerk’s Office to vote in the UNM-LA Advisory Board election. I was only the fifth person to vote!

I know that this election may not be at the top of your radar screen, but elections are important so I urge folks to study the candidates and please vote!

One candidate, Michelle Hall, was recently honored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) with the 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award at the AGU Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony, held Dec. 5, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.

The award

Last Day to Vote Early!

on February 1, 2013 - 10:35am


Today, Friday, Feb. 1, is the last day to cast a pre-election day vote or get an absentee ballot at the County Clerk’s Office.

The Clerk's Office is across from the Reel Deal Movie Theater, in the modular office directly behind the Demo Garden on Central Avenue at Oppenheimer Drive.

The actual voting day and last day to turn in absentee ballots is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Community Building in Los Alamos and at the Los Alamos County Fire Station in White Rock.

2013 Special & Board Elections:

Click here for a listing of candidates for the 2013

Topper Revue Opens Today!

on February 1, 2013 - 8:32am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off the 2013 Topper Revue at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Topper Revue is the annual talent and variety show at the high school. Topper Revue showcases the talents of student performers in a madcap variety show atmosphere.

Six student MCs from the Olions Thespian Club keep things lively with comedy skits and hijinks.

"I am thrilled with the variety and caliber of talent being presented by LAHS students this year," said Olions' sponsor and show producer Rachel Peck.

AP Night at Los Alamos High School Tuesday

on January 31, 2013 - 11:40am

LAHS News:

Students and parents are invited to attend the second annual AP Night, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Los Alamos High School.

The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Topper Theater. Attendees will then be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about AP and Honors course offerings at LAHS.

Representatives from UNM-LA will also be on hand to discuss the dual credit/concurrent enrollment program.

All LAHS students must take an AP class, an Honors class, an online class, or a dual credit class to graduate.

“AP Night provides students and parents a great

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Michelle Hall for UNM-LA Advisory Board

on January 31, 2013 - 11:13am
By Jack and Colleen Hanlon
Los Alamos

Please vote for Michelle Hall for the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

We believe Michelle is the best candidate for position one, which is the only contested seat in the election.

We are writing because such an outstanding candidate for the UNM-LA Advisory Board rarely comes along. If elected, Michelle will bring new vision, renewed enthusiasm and new ideas to the UNM-LA Board.

Here are just a few of her career highlights: She taught Geophysical Science at the University of Arizona for 10 years; she has been a Program Director at the National Science

PEEC Adds Fourth Camp to Summer Outdoor Adventures

on January 31, 2013 - 10:01am

Last year's Medicine Hawk's Mountain School participants learn about primitive camouflage. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Programs consist of two weeks of day programs for students entering 4-6th grades, one week for students entering 7-8th grades, and now, a four-day overnight survival skills camp for adults and families with children 12 or older.

The new camp, titled Medicine Hawk’s Summer Survival Skills, will be run by Rourke McDermott, and will be held Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9 in the Jemez Mountains. 

School Board Approves $1,000 Reward for Information on Vandals

on January 31, 2013 - 9:01am
School Board President Kevin Honnell and Board Member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie discuss vandalism at Piňon Elementary. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
By Kirsten Laskey

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Piňon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

The Los Alamos Public School Board is working to make sure the Piňon Elementary School vandals are caught.

During a special meeting Wednesday, Jan.

Change the Date for INCAA/NAA Athletic College Eligibility Presentation

on January 31, 2013 - 8:48am

LAPS News:

The date has changed for the INCAA/NAA Athletic College Eligibility Presentation being held for any student/parents (incoming 9th thru 11th grade) who think their child will participate in college athletics.

  • Speech Theater
  • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6

For more information, call the Los Alamos High School Athletic Office at 663-2531.


Aspen Art Teacher Receives LAPSF Grant

on January 31, 2013 - 8:38am

Britt Williams


Britt Williams, art teacher at Aspen Elementary School, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

Williams’ grant will impact 55 6th grade students. The students will learn about the Empty Bowls events from Gillian Sutton. 

Then, they will learn about clay process, see examples from other artists and do the preliminary sketches of their bowls. 

After constructing their bowls using slabs and forms, the students can add texture to their bowls or build up features on the bowl’s surface. 

Once their pieces have dried and been

Canvassing Board Officially Approves Bond Election Count

on January 30, 2013 - 4:19pm

Members of the canvassing board this morning at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office reviewed vote tabulations from Tuesday's School Bond Election before signing documents to render the final count - 4,283 For and 1,784 Against as official. The canvassing board learned that of the 7,378 ballots/envelopes received, 40 were rejected because they were unsigned, 4 were rejected because the outer envelope was received with no ballot inside and another one had no name.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Resounding Endorsement!

on January 30, 2013 - 3:15pm

By Kevin Honnell
LA School Board President

On behalf of your School Board, I would like to thank the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos for their resounding endorsement of our public schools in the recent referendum.

Whether you voted yea or nay, we appreciate that you took time to contemplate the future of your schools and provide us with direction, by way of your ballot.

From the Ranch School days, though the Manhattan Project and into the present, Los Alamos has always been a community that values education.

This endorsement of the schools-revitalization program by our citizens

School Bond Passes By Wide Margin

on January 30, 2013 - 8:47am

Members of the ballot counting committee were hard at work in the County Clerk's Office late Tuesday afternoon tallying more than 6,000 ballots for the Los Alamos School Bond Election, which ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday. From left, John Puckett, Linda Fox, Ken Thomas, Norma Puckett, Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Kim Thomas, Deputy Clerk Naomi Maestas, County Clerk Sharon Stover and Cookie Halsted. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Warren Houghting cast his vote Tuesday afternoon for the School Bond. How did he vote? 'Both my wife and I voted for the bond,' he told the Los Alamos Daily

Sumners Foundation Supports Española YMCA Teen Center Program

on January 30, 2013 - 6:47am

Teens work on projects at the  Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/Family YMCA


Española –The Española YMCA Teen Center is launching a middle school mock-government program thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

The grant is also supporting life-skills classes and tutoring.

“We’re in the process of finding the right person to engage the kids,” Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval said. “We have the kids, we have a model program, we just need a dynamic mentor to facilitate meetings once a week.

Mariel Nanasi Speaks on ‘Securing a Future Without Coal in NM’

on January 30, 2013 - 6:41am

Mariel Nanasi


Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy Mariel Nanasi will be speaking on the topic "Securing a Future Without Coal in NM” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the UNM-LA Media Room (Room 203, Bldg.) in the UNM-Los Alamos Student Center.

Her talk is sponsored by the LASE (Los Alamos Sustainable Energy) Network and the Sierra Club.

New Energy Economy’s Native Power Initiative, located in Santa Fe, is bringing community-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy to the Navajo Nation and New Mexico’s Pueblos.

In addition to the

FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workshop at LAHS Thursday

on January 30, 2013 - 6:12am

LAPS News:

A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the MacLab.

By attending a FAFSA Workshop and completing the FAFSA, students could win a $500 grant to help them with their college expenses. 

To reserve a space, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or

Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the


School Bond Passes By Large Majority

on January 29, 2013 - 7:46pm

LAPS News:

Voters have passed the Los Alamos Public Schools bond 4,283 to 1,784, according to unofficial results from the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office.

"On behalf of staff and students and the entire community of Los Alamos, I would like to thank you for your investment in the future of our youth," LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said in a statement following tonight's vote tally. "Passage of bond 2013 presents the opportunity that we not only will build better schools but brighter futures for our students.


Chamisa Third-graders Returning to School Wednesday

on January 29, 2013 - 4:46pm



Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith announced that the school will begin bringing back students on a staggered basis beginning tomorrow, Jan 30, with the third grade. Classes will be relocated on a temporary basis as listed below.

“Chamisa staff has been flexible, creative, and proactive throughout this process,” Smith said “They are anxious to get all their children back in school! I appreciate the cooperation from all students and staff and applaud the hard work of our fourth though sixth graders during this crisis.” 

  • Third-graders will resume classes tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan.

Site of Special School Board Meeting Changed

on January 29, 2013 - 3:12pm


The site of the Special School Board Meeting to discuss vandalism has been changed. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Weds., Jan. 30 at the LAPS Administration Office at 2075 Trinity Dr. Suite V in Los Alamos. The meeting is in response to the recent vandalism at Pinon School.

On Saturday evening, Jan. 25, Pinon Elementary School was “tagged” by vandals. The graffiti consisted of a number of vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases.

During the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr.

Community Invited to UNM-LA / Los Alamos Daily Post College Board Forum 7 p.m. Wednesday

on January 29, 2013 - 9:11am

Staff Report

UNM-Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Daily Post will co-host a "UNM-LA Advisory Board Candidates Forum" from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 30 in Building 2, Room 230 on the college campus.

The public is invited to attend the forum, which will feature Position 1 incumbent Ron Dolin and challenger Michelle Hall in the only contested position among the three seats coming up in this year's race.

Below, the candidates share brief details of why they decided to either seek reelection or run for the first time to serve on the UNM-LA Advisory Board for the next four years:

Incumbent Ronald

Deadline: 7 p.m. Today to Turn in Ballot for School Bond

on January 29, 2013 - 8:54am


LAPS News:

Registered voters have until 7 p.m. today, Jan. 29 to turn in their ballots to the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D, in order for the vote to be counted on the Los Alamos Public Schools special bond election.

Letter to the Editor: Setting the Record Straight on the School Bond - Rationale for an All-Mail Ballot

on January 29, 2013 - 8:34am

Setting the Record Straight on the School Bond: Rationale for an All-Mail Ballot

By Gene Schmidt

Over the last two weeks, I have been following an interesting conversation in the Los Alamos Daily Post about the timing of the school bond election. 

At least one writer wondered aloud why the bond election was not tied to the general election last November.

Another wondered why the district chose to run an all-mail ballot that costs taxpayers up to $30,000 – money that might have been saved had the School Board chosen to run it as part of the general election last November.

In order to