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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

School Bus Service Alert! No Bus Service into Quemazon Today!

on January 29, 2013 - 7:48am

LAPS News!

Bus Service Alert! There will be no bus service into Quemazon today, Jan. 29.

Chamisa Update - Today, Tuesday Jan. 29, classes are again cancelled for Kindergarten through Third Grade at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

"As you may know, we have had to cancel grades K-3 at Chamisa because of water damage to rooms following the recent wet weather. Because safety of students and staff is important, we felt it best to cancel these grades while we thoroughly investigated the water damage to the classrooms.

Pinon School 'Tagged' by Vandals

on January 28, 2013 - 5:35pm

LAPS News:

By DR. Gene Schmidt
Superintendent of Schools

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.

As a community, we should not put up with this senseless disregard and marring of our public property. As such, I asked Kevin Honnell, Los Alamos School Board President, to convene a special Board meeting at Pinon Elementary at 5 p.m., Jan. 30 to discuss the district’s response to vandalism.

During the meeting, it is my intent to request the School Board post a $1,000

Los Alamos Wins Big at New Mexico FLL State Championship

on January 28, 2013 - 2:03pm

Two Los Alamos teams won State Championship Awards at the third annual New Mexico FIRST LEGO League Championship held Jan. 26 at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque. Front Row from left, "Banoona Skunk Band" members Emily Holmes, Risa Bridge, Maddie Ovaska, Brooke Weatherbie, Jessica Erkkila, Eleanor Henderson, Ellie Rightley, Elia Vasquez and Coach Karen Doebling. Back row from left, Coach Vicki Erkkila, "Atomic Flying Pickles" members Coach Susannah Rousculp, Evelyn Doebling, Lauren Stubben, Haylee Richardson, Summer Bronson and Catherine Rousculp. Photo by David Weatherbie

By Susan

Column: Pikas - Icons of the High Country

on January 28, 2013 - 10:47am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Pikas - Icons of the High Country
Column by Robert Dryja

Winter has come to the ski slopes above Los Alamos. A walk through the area shows all of the slopes now covered by snow the silence is profound except when the ski lifts are running. 

As people ride the lifts to the top of the mountain, they pass over a mass of broken rock without realizing that small creatures, icons of the high country, are just a few feet below them.

Pikas are the icons who rest quietly in their rocky dens, waiting for spring.

UNM-LA Offers New Class in Entrepreneurship

on January 28, 2013 - 9:05am

Nicholas Seet will teach Introduction to Entrepreneurship during the spring semester at UNM-LA. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Got a great idea but need a little help getting started? Looking for all the hidden pitfalls and business secrets? 

UNM-LA is offering a class where students can learn the process of starting a successful company from someone who has both academic training in entrepreneurship and the experience of turning his garage-invented technology into a successful business.

“Everybody has an idea,” said

BREAKING NEWS: Areas of Chamisa School Flooded by Rain - K Thru 3rd Grade Classes Canceled Today!

on January 28, 2013 - 7:49am

LAPS News:

Rain water has flooded areas of Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock causing kindergarten, first, second and third grade classes to be canceled for today.

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 should report for class today as usual.

Check back to later today to learn whether the K-3 classrooms will be ready for students tomorrow. 


Letter to the Editor: We Have a Wonderful Opportunity at this Cross Road for UNM-LA ... I Would Like to be a Part of the Solution

on January 27, 2013 - 10:15am
By Michelle Hall
President, Science Education Solutions
Los Alamos

Our college, UNM-LA as we most often refer to it, has met or exceeded each of 10 metrics set by the state for two-year colleges for many years running.

It ranks first in the state in four of the 10 metrics (New Mexico Association of Community Colleges Annual Report, 2012.)

For example, of the two-year colleges in the state, UNM-LA had the highest percentage of students (92.7 percent) who obtained employment or continued their education at a four-year school upon completion of their studies at UNM-LA.

It is a gem in the

Seeking Applicants for VFW 'Scout of the Year Scholarship'

on January 27, 2013 - 6:31am

VFW News:

Your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 is seeking a Scout to compete for this year's "VFW Scout of the Year Scholarship."

This is a program that provides a $5,000 scholarship award, and which several of the local Scouts would be very competitive.

WHO CAN ENTER: Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Silver Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
Scouts must be 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school,

Rotary Club Student of the Month is Caitlin Haynes

on January 26, 2013 - 7:39am


Caitlin (“Katie”) Haynes, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for January.

Haynes is the daughter of Karen and Don Haynes and older sister of Trip Haynes. Haynes is an active member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, an award-winning club, and has served as a team captain for three years.

Active on the national debate circuit, she has won awards at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country.

Atomic City Children's Theater Brings Home Gold!

on January 25, 2013 - 9:51am

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students, staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., last weekend and brought home the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award. Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

Seventeen Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students and nine staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to attend the 2013 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) and brought home the gold.

The young actors received the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award.

In addition to winning this award, two Los Alamos students were selected for the

State Statute Dictates School Bond Elections

on January 25, 2013 - 9:26am

Staff report
Recent Letters to the Editor published in the Los Alamos Daily Post discussed why Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) did not save money by holding its bond election together with last November's general election.
It turns that LAPS had no choice in the matter because state law forbids combining the two elections.

Article 18 of the New Mexico State Statute regarding General Obligation Bonds of School Districts states, "mail ballot elections shall be used exclusively for voting in those elections specified in Section 1-23-3 NMSA 1978 and shall not be used in connection with


Letter to the Editor: School Bond - No Conspiracy ... Just Good Business Sense

on January 24, 2013 - 11:24am
By Mike Lippiatt
Los Alamos

While I am elated that Peter Heimdahl voted for the school bond, I am in total disagreement with his conspiracy theory about its timing.

One of the main reasons the bond is now coming up is because the old bond is being paid off and a new bond is needed ... and although we will not see lower taxes ... we also will not see our taxes increase.

Why? ... because the old bond retires and the new bond kicks in. So, taxes won't go down if approved but they won't go up either. Does that make sense?

We retire one debt, and in a timely manner, start a new debt - tit

What's That Bird?

on January 24, 2013 - 8:14am

A Cooper's Hawk in flight. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What is that bird? Need help figuring out what you're seeing in the backyard, on the trail, or soaring overhead?

The community is invited to attend a presentation on birds from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

Bird expert Dave Yeamans will discuss backyard winter birds seen flying around the Los Alamos area during the one hour program with time available afterward for sharing problematic bird IDs, bird feeding discussions and ideas and general birding information.

Yeamans' program