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Community Budget Meetings For 2019-20 School Year

on March 21, 2019 - 3:35pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus answers questions at Wednesday's Budget Committee Meeting. Courtesy/LAPS

Several representatives of the LAPS Budget Committee from left, Aspen Secretary Barbara Poston, School Board Vice President Stephen Boerigter, School Board Secretary Jennifer McCumber, community member Morris Pongratz, Los Alamos Middle School Principal Brian Easton, Healthy Schools Initiative Program Director Kristine Coblentz and Student Services Coordinator Karla Crane are just a few representatives on the LAPS Budget Committee. Courtesy/LAPS

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First Graders Tour Los Alamos Municipal Court

on March 21, 2019 - 1:53pm

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen speaks with 17 first graders from Barranca Elementary School on a recent field trip that included a tour and mock trial. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen with teacher and parent volunteers and 17 first graders from Barranca Elementary School during a recent field trip to her court in the Justice Center. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Municipal Court recenty hosted 17 first grade students from Barranca Elementary School.

After the students visited the police department, they were given a tour of the

SFI: Laws Of Life, Time And Chance March 26

on March 21, 2019 - 1:35pm
Balint Alovits: Time Machine no.10. 2016. Budapest. Courtesy photo
LPAC News:
SFI Community Event, Laws of Life, Time and Chance, with Srividya Iyer-Biswas is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM.
We all intuitively understand what is alive and what is not. Equally intuitively, we know that time flows forward and the past is distinct from the future.

No Tuition Increase At UNM-LA For FY20

on March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm
During its March 11 meeting, UNM-LA Advisory Board decides unanimously to recommend maintaining tuition at the current rate. Gathered at the meeting from left, UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Sharon Hurley, Director of Student Affairs Kathryn Vigil, CEO Cindy Rooney, Director of Business Operations Bob Harmon and Advisory Board members Michelle Hall, Sheila Shiferl, David Sutton, Pat Soran and Chair Steve Boerigter. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Advisory Board met March 11 and made a unanimous decision to recommend maintaining tuition at the current

LAHS Counselors To Host Sophomore Parent Night

on March 21, 2019 - 9:52am
LAHS News:
Los Alamos High School will host Sophomore Parent Night at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 8 in the Speech Theater.
Parents of current LAHS sophomores and students are invited to this informative evening.
“Sophomore Parent Night gives students and parents an opportunity to learn what we as counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the months of March and April, as well as providing a review of this information for parents,” said Cristin Haake and Dawn Watkins, school counselors at LAHS.

Leadership Los Alamos Participants Learn About LANL Economic Development Impact

on March 20, 2019 - 3:28pm
The 2019 Leadership Los Alamos class recently held its Economic Development Session where they heard presentations from LANL Associate Directors about LANL's economic impact. At the table is LeAnne Stribley, LANL Associate Director for Business Management and Kathye Segala, Associate Director for Capital Projects. The session was chaired by LANB Market President Liddie Martinez.

Explore Discoveries Of Cassini Mission To Saturn

on March 20, 2019 - 11:41am
Learn about the Cassini Mission to Saturn at 7 p.m., Friday at the Nature Center. Plus, watch the full-dome film 'Incoming!' at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The community is invited to join Dan Reisenfeld at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about what scientists have discovered from the Cassini mission that orbited Saturn.
NASA and the European Space Agency had a spacecraft at Saturn sending back a continuous stream of images for 13 years. The Cassini mission orbited Saturn 2004 to 2017 and made what is described as spectacular

UNM-LA Student Attends Coding Workshop Overseas

on March 20, 2019 - 10:17am
Rique Fernandez will meet students from the United States, India and the Netherlands at a hackathon conference in Rotterdam. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-LA News:
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Rique Fernandez has been invited to attend a computer coding workshop in the Netherlands.
Along with nine other students from Albuquerque, Espanola and the Navajo Nation, Fernandez will be in Rotterdam March 16-24 to participate in Cyberheros, a “hackathon” event produced by Cyberworkplace, an organization that provides cyber security and teaches coding skills to youth.
Fernandez is

JJAB Celebrates 15 Years Serving Los Alamos Youth

on March 20, 2019 - 8:40am
JJAB members and partners gather for their monthly meeting and celebrate 17 years of service to Los Alamos youth and their families March 6 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo
From left, Rev. Nicole’ Raddu Ferry with newly elected JJAB Board Chair Jordan Redmond and Treasurer Sharon Hurley. Courtesy photo
JJAB News:
At its March meeting, the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) celebrated 15 years of serving Los Alamos youth and their families.
JJAB was established March 17, 2004, through resolutions from the Los Alamos County Council and Los Alamos School Board.

Youth Across New Mexico Join National Day Of Action Advocating Tobacco-Free Schools

on March 20, 2019 - 8:32am


ALBUQUERQUE Today, youth leaders at 15 schools across New Mexico are hosting “Kick Butts Day” events to raise awareness about their schools’ tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies.

Increased awareness of tobacco-free school policies helps students, staff, and visitors comply with these standards and ensures that schools are truly tobacco-free environments. The youth leaders are part of Evolvement, a youth movement promoting a tobacco-free New Mexico.

"It feels great being a part of such an important day that joins youth all over the country in the fight against tobacco," said

Los Alamos Middle School Teacher Sherri Bublitz Earns Prestigious Speech And Debate Diamond Award

on March 20, 2019 - 8:26am
NSDA News:
DES MOINES, Iowa The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce Sherri Bublitz of Los Alamos Middle School as a winner of the Diamond Award, recognizing a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is her first Diamond Award.
The National Speech & Debate Association has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate since 1925. Coaches earn points in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service, and leadership work.

LAHS Student Attending Culinary Institute Of America

on March 19, 2019 - 4:04pm
LAHS sohpmore Kira Tsoodle prepares a meal. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos High School sophomore Kira Tsoodle knows her way around the kitchen and her knowledge in the culinary arts is getting attention.
Recently one of Tsoodle’s teachers submitted an application on her behalf to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

LAPS: Invitation To Community Meeting About Special Education Process April 8

on March 19, 2019 - 11:57am

Evelyn Howard-Hand

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools invites parents and guardians of children with special needs to an informational presentation 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 8 in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

As the parent or guardian of a child with special needs, the special education process can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. The goal of this community meeting is to provide parents with information to support their participation as effective partners in the IEP (Individual Education Plan) process.

The presentation will cover:

  • an overview of special education services;
  • how special

NMPED Releases Four-Year Graduation Rates

on March 19, 2019 - 10:19am

Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo


Public Education Secretary Dr. Karen Trujillo announced today that New Mexico’s official 2017-2018 four-year graduation rate was 73.9 percent, an all-time high.

This figure is nearly three percentage points higher than the 71.1 percent four-year rate in the 2016-2017 school year. Graduation rates increased across all student subgroups, including Hispanic and American Indian students, students with disabilities, and English learners.

“Let’s give credit where credit is due,” Secretary Trujillo said.

LAPS Foundation And Los Alamos Daily Post Enter Into Partnership For Education Innovation

on March 19, 2019 - 7:33am

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and the Los Alamos Daily Post gather together Monday afternoon in the newsroom at 1247 Central Ave., to enter into a partnership for an exciting new campaign in education innovation in Los Alamos. Post Advertising Manager KayLinda Crawford, left, and LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy celebrate the new partnership and the Post becoming an Innovation Sponsor for the LAPS Foundation. Watch the Post for more on the upcoming campaign and visit Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Pinon Elementary School Student Ariela Rittner Named National Geographic GeoBee Semifinalist

on March 19, 2019 - 6:47am

National Geographic GeoBee semifinalist Ariela Rittner with her parents Christian and Stephanie Rittner. Courtesy photo

National Geographic GeoBee News:

Pinon Elementary School 5th grade student Ariela Rittner has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee New Mexico State Competition. The contest is Friday, March 29 at NDI in Albuquerque.

Ariela Rittner is the daughter of Christian and Stephanie Rittner.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now

LANL, Northern New Mexico College Launch Radiation Protection Course To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs 

on March 19, 2019 - 6:12am

LANL and Northern New Mexico College announce a collaborative effort to expand a pipeline training program for radiological control technicians who will support the 21st century workforce at the Laboratory. From left, LANL Pipeline and Partnerships Office Director Nan Sauer, New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Kate O’Neill and Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey. Courtesy/NNMC


LANL News:

  • New associate degree program for up to an initial 40 students starts in June, includes internships at Laboratory

To meet the high demand for radiological control technicians (RCTs),

NMMNHS: 2019 Workshops For Adults And Families

on March 19, 2019 - 5:26am
ALBUQUERQUE As part of the programming associated with the traveling exhibition Brain: The Inside Story and the exhibition from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Drugs: Costs and Consequences the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting a series of workshops for adults and families. Associated programming also includes the Curator’s Coffees, and Lecture series.
Brain: The Inside Story draws on research and technology to present recent findings in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to

Authors Speak Features Walt Whitman Thursday

on March 18, 2019 - 6:13pm

Walt Whitman. Courtesy/The Whitman Archive

Library News:

Walt Whitman’s America is the topic for Thursday’s Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library.

Dr. Bruce Noll as Whitman. Courtesy/New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities

Whitman scholar Dr. Bruce Noll, an education professor at UNM, will present his Chautauqua performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa. The program is sponsored by the New Mexico Council for the Humanities and the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.


On The Job In Los Alamos: Firefighter Mike McElyea

on March 18, 2019 - 6:11pm

On the job in Los Alamos is LAFD Firefighter Mike McElyea training the Los Alamos County Chaplain Corps and the LANL Behavior Health Response Team on the national program, Stop the Bleed, March 12 at Los Alamos County Fire Administration. McElyea explains it is the same as putting your oxygen mask on first before assisting others and trained how to self administer a tourniquet. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Firefighter Mike McElyea trains Los Alamos Dispatcher Cari Mace, Chaplain Lindsay Baca, Vanessa Martinez and Rev.

Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts Team Ranks First In 2019 State Competition

on March 18, 2019 - 7:45am

Winning team members and coaches from left, Coach Do Vo, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Isaac Gao, Charles Cai, Alex Livescu, Sonja Ebey and Coach Jane Lataille. Courtesy photo

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team took first place in the 2019 MathCounts State competition Saturday at UNM in Albuquerque.

LAMS sent a team of four Mathletes to compete, as well as four additional Mathletes. The team members were Charles Cai, Sonja Ebey, Isaac Gao and Alex Livescu. The four additional competitors were Minhtet Htoon, Daniel Kim, Rebecca Li and Nicholas Witkowski.

In the individual

SFCC Hosts Fantastic Futures Career, Education And Training Resource Fair April 11

on March 18, 2019 - 7:27am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College hosts its annual career, education and training resource fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11 in the Main Hallway and Campus Center on the campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
This is largest annual hiring event each year in Santa Fe. Students, faculty and community members make important contacts with employers and are able to explore the various job and career opportunities in the Santa Fe area.
More than 50 employer and education representatives are participating from local, regional and national businesses related to health care,

Troop 122 Donates $1,000 To Scouts BSA Girl Troop

on March 17, 2019 - 8:00am

From left, Troop 122 Scoutmaster Greg Noeninckx, Troop 122 Committee Chair Rob Merl, Troop 2 Committee Chair Michelle Carr and Troop 2 Scoutmaster Holly Trellue. Courtesy photo


Troop 122 is proud to donate $1,000 to Troop 2, the inaugural Scouts BSA girl troop in Los Alamos.

Troop 122 also would like to take this opportunity to thank First United Methodist Church for its support over the past 65 years.

This year the Boy Scouts of America celebrates 108 years of helping youth become better leaders and citizens.

LAPS Notice Of Possible Quorum April 9 & 23

on March 16, 2019 - 9:30am

Governor Signs Education Legislation

on March 16, 2019 - 8:48am



SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed three bills that will create new and boost existing education efforts across the state, welcoming legislative sponsors to brief signing ceremonies in the Cabinet Room.


Senate Bill 576 increases access to area vocational high schools by removing restrictions on where those schools can be located. The new law also places the responsibility of approving such a school solely in the hands of the Public Education Department.


House Bill 7 establishes four centers of excellence at colleges and universities across the