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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.

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