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State Lottery Scholarship Under Siege Again

on January 29, 2019 - 7:52am
New Mexico college students should beware of trickery at the state Capitol.
A proposal that seems innocuous at first glance would undermine the state scholarship program that serves them well.
I call your attention to Senate Bill 283. It's the latest attempt to fatten the income of vendors for the state lottery at the expense of New Mexico's students. The title of this legislation by Democratic Sens. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque and John Arthur Smith of Deming is as deceptive as any I've seen.
It reads: "Limit lottery operational

SFCIR: Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld On How World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge Path To Security Feb. 7

on January 29, 2019 - 7:31am
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (SFCIR) presents a talk and book signing by Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, author of A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security moderated by Mary-Charlotte Domandi from Radio Café.
Dr. Kleinfeld's book will be available for sale, and she will sign them following the talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. There will be a cash bar throughout the discussion.
An urgent and provocative look at how extreme

NNMC President Rick Bailey Named Person Of The Year; College Named Business Of The Year At EVCC Gala

on January 29, 2019 - 7:05am

Northern New Mexico College is honored as Business of the Year and its President Dr. Richard J. Bailey, Jr is honored as Person of the Year at the Española Valley Chamber of Commerce 2018 State of the Chamber and Recognition Dinner Friday night at Ohkay Convention Center in Española. The annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions local businesses bring to the Española Valley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NNMC President Dr. Richard J. Bailey, Jr, here with his wife Diane, is honored as Person of the Year and the college as Business of the Year at the Española

Scenes From Second Annual Leadership Los Alamos FOCUS Session Thursday Night At UNM-Los Alamos

on January 28, 2019 - 10:20am

Leadership Los Alamos hosted its second annual FOCUS Session Thursday evening at UNM-Los Alamos with Keynote Speaker Haydn Shaw who presented a talk on Resolving Generational Differences in the Workplace. Shaw is noted as a renowned speaker and author hailed as a 'leadership guru' by the Washington Post. He has helped managers and organizations for more than 25 years raise their generational IQ so they can deal with the multigenerational workforce.

Sen. Mimi Stewart Appointed To National Conference Of State Legislatures National Education Committee

on January 28, 2019 - 9:49am

Majority Whip Mimi Stewart




Sen. Mimi Stewart has been appointed to serve as a national vice-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Education Committee.

The Committee is one of 10 national committees that deal with both state and state-federal issues. The jurisdictions of the standing committees are similar to those of committees in state legislatures.

“NCSL has benefitted from Sen. Stewart’s expertise over her more than 20 years as a legislator,” NCSL’s executive director Bill Pound said. “Sen.

Rep. Lente’s Bill To Improve Native American Student Success Passes House For Third Consecutive Year

on January 28, 2019 - 8:55am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would improve Native American student success passed the House Wednesday with unanimous support.
HB 250 requires a needs assessment to determine the services public school districts must provide Native American students to close the opportunity gap and improve graduation rates and college preparedness.  
“With the recent decision on the Yazzie/Martinez cases, New Mexico is in dire need for bold, smart investments in our public schools and most vulnerable students.

Launch Pad Lecture: ‘Big Bang And Its Afterglow’

on January 27, 2019 - 10:00am
NMSM News:
ALAMOGORDO, Imagine running a movie backwards and watching an explosion reassemble itself into one tiny package. That's just the starting point for figuring out what happened in the first years -- and trillionths of a second -- of the universe.
Join Museum Education Director Dave Dooling for the monthly free Launch Pad Lecture, Friday, Feb. 1 on the first floor of the museum. He will give you a peek at the Big Bang, its tell-tale afterglow, the unusual physics that went on, and why we had to clean up after the pigeons to be sure of it all.
The Launch Pad Lecture is

Adult Mentors Sought For Y Reach & Rise Program

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
The Family YMCA is looking for mentors for its Reach and Rise® program. Courtesy photo
Reach and Rise® Director
The Family YMCA

According to the website,, nationally, approximately one in five youth live in poverty and are at-risk of being negatively impacted by crime, drugs and violence that keep them from reaching a productive adulthood. Los Alamos is not immune to these problems, and many youth in our community also fall into these risk categories. 

Poverty is not the only risk factor for youth achieving their potential.

SFCC & AARP Foundation Offer Free Income Tax Help

on January 27, 2019 - 9:06am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance beginning Feb. 4 through April 15.
This year, the free service will be available on an appointment basis at a new location, the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The services are provided by volunteers from the community. This year the Higher Education Center is the only AARP Foundation Tax Aide site in Santa Fe.

Explore Climate Change With Chick Keller Tuesday

on January 27, 2019 - 9:04am
Local expert Chick Keller will present an overview of climate change Tuesday at the nature center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Explore what climate change is, what it will do to humans and why people should care about it next week at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Join local expert Chick Keller for an overview of climate change at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29. This talk is free to attend and registration is not required.
Although climate change has been occurring for decades, recent extreme weather events and fires have made it ever more apparent.

Report Fuels Debate On Access To Higher Education

on January 26, 2019 - 10:02pm

A group of students walk towards the Student Union Building at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque. Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican File Photo

Students pass by the duck pond at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque in October. Gabriela Campos/New Mexican file photo
A new report on the economic effects of escalating costs to attend New Mexico colleges and universities calls for more financial assistance for low-income students and recommends an income cap on eligibility for the state's flagship student aid

Letter To The Editor: Support Ending PARCC Testing

on January 26, 2019 - 11:23am
Los Almaos
We are writing to support Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s decision to eliminate PARCC testing in New Mexico.
As public school teachers in Los Alamos working with grades 4-6, we have supervised the administration of PARCC testing for several years. We have witnessed first hand the shortcomings with this test and the negative impact it has had year after year.
As teachers, we are expected to use a holistic approach when teaching children. These needs are well beyond the range of what the PARCC testing can assess.
High stakes

Mountain 6th Grader Wins District Spelling Bee

on January 26, 2019 - 8:51am
Spelling Bee Champion Allison Amrani is congratulated by Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Kieltyka. Courtesy photo
District Spelling Bee winners with Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus from left, James Ito, 3rd place; Allison Amrani, 1st place and Linhtet Htoon, 2nd place. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
And then there was one. Allison Amrani, a 6th grader at Mountain Elementary School, was named the 2019 District Spelling Bee Champion.
She will represent Los Alamos County at the State Spelling Bee in March.
Linhtet Htoon, a 6th grader at Pinon Elementary, garnered

House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler Co-sponsors Transparency, Healthcare And Education Bills

on January 25, 2019 - 10:44am

Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler on the House floor at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

From the Office of Rep. Christine Chandler:

SANTA FE – House Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler has co-sponsored several important bills this legislative session.

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (SD-15) and Rep. Chandler’s bill (SB 11) closing the so-called lobbying “loophole” has successful passed out of committee and onto the Senate. The bill is similar to Sen. Ivey-Soto’s bill from the 2018 session that was vetoed by the former governor. 

According to the Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver,

Governor Names Public Education Secretary

on January 25, 2019 - 8:51am
Karen Trujillo was chosen by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to lead the Public Education Department. Trujillo said she plans to coordinate with the heads of other state agencies serving children to find a way to provide community services for children at risk of failing in school. Photo by Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday finally hired her secretary of public education, and both said they aren't afraid of the challenges ahead.
"I'm feeling not so much fear but excitement," said Karen Trujillo, a longtime

PEEC: Explore Future Of Manned Space Exploration

on January 24, 2019 - 6:51am
Rick Wallace discusses manned space exploration at 7 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Rick Wallace will discuss current and future manned space exploration efforts and show the audience some full-dome movies from NASA discussing their plans for exploration of the moon and Mars.
His talk is 7 p.m., Friday, Jan.

LAPS: National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

on January 23, 2019 - 7:30am
LAPS News:
Jan. 22-27 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, a national health observance linking teens to science-based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs.
In today’s society, it’s easy for teens to learn about drugs and alcohol from a variety of sources: the internet, social media, TV, movies, music or from friends. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® offers the scientific facts to counteract the myths.
Research on the effects drugs have on the brain is used to develop prevention and recovery programs that are essential in helping individuals break from addiction.

Democrats Split On Charter School Cap In New Mexico

on January 23, 2019 - 6:58am
Wilhelmina Yazzie of Gallup, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit asserting that the state unconstitutionally underfunds its public education system, speaks during a Transform Education New Mexico press conference at the state Capitol Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Wilhelmina Yazzie of Gallup, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit asserting that the state unconstitutionally underfunds its public education system, speaks during a Transform Education New Mexico press conference at the state Capitol Monday, Jan.

FY 2018 Northern New Mexico College Audit Reveals Significant Improvement

on January 23, 2019 - 6:57am
NMMC News:
ESPANOLA — The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor, Thursday, Jan. 17, released Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 audit, which contained a total of 18 findings.
This marks a 63 percent reduction in overall findings from its FY 2017 audit, which contained a total of 48 findings.
NNMC had six findings that were deemed to be Material Weaknesses, 12 fewer than the prior fiscal year. Regarding findings labeled Significant Deficiency, the College had four for FY 2018, a reduction from 13 received in FY 2017.
While the College did receive a

LANL: Scientist Bette Korber To Discuss Her Work Developing HIV Vaccine In Frontiers In Science Lectures

on January 23, 2019 - 6:21am
Bette Korber
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Bette Korber will discuss her work designing a vaccine against HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) in three Frontiers in Science public lectures beginning Jan. 31 in Los Alamos.
“Our immune system precisely targets and eliminates pathogens when we get an infection, and our immune cells have a remarkable capacity to ‘remember’ such an encounter, acquiring protection that can last a lifetime,” said computational biologist Korber, who was named as the 2018 Scientist of the Year by R&D magazine.

‘The Staging Post’ At Unitarian Church Feb. 2

on January 22, 2019 - 12:53pm

Landmark Education Bill Has First Hearing

on January 22, 2019 - 12:49pm
The Senate Education Committee on Monday held its first hearing on Senate Majority Whip Mimi Stewart and Sen. Gay Kernan’s legislation, SB 1, which is a critical first step toward improving public education in New Mexico that invests $315 million in schools, educator salaries, at-risk students and extended education opportunities, including expansion of the successful K-3 Plus program.
“SB 1 is the culmination of the hard work of the Legislative Education Study Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee--along with input from educators, community members and policy

Hear A Californian’s Forays Into Ice & Alpinism Tuesday

on January 21, 2019 - 4:17pm

Jonathan Regele will discuss how he fell in love with ice and alpinism at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A southern Californian might be the least likely person to fall in love with ice and alpine climbing, but that’s exactly what happened to Jonathan Regele.

Learn about how he got involved in these sports at the January Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the nature center.

Snow was a novelty to Regele as a kid, but in late high school and college he became interested in rock climbing and mountaineering.

Time Travelers Children’s Program Offers Fun Learning

on January 21, 2019 - 9:13am

Time Travelers in last fall’s program do research in the History Museum to find answers concerning the day’s topic. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Historical Society

Registration is open for the four spring sessions of the Los Alamos History Museum’s Time Travelers, a free after-school, drop-off program on Wednesdays. Students set out on an adventure of exploration, investigating local history through artifacts in the History Museum and hands-on activities. The program is for students in grades 2, 3, and 4 and meets 1:15–3:00 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

The spring sessions are on

Proposals Would Cap Charter Schools In New Mexico

on January 21, 2019 - 8:20am
Natasha Juarez of Santa Fe, a preschool teaching assistant at Turquoise Trail Charter School, helps Kaia Ortiz, 4, in class Thursday. 'I just love working with these kids,' says Juarez. 'If it [a shooting] happens, I'm not even gonna worry about myself. I'm gonna worry about the little kids and do what I have to do to get them safe.' Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
Efforts to cap the number of charter schools that could open in the state have failed for years, primarily because lawmakers from both parties did not have the appetite to