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Chamisa Elementary School Student Yan Kaa Martinez Wins State Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest

on March 16, 2019 - 8:46am

Chamisa Elementary School sixth grader Yan Kaa Martinez wins New Mexico's Elementary Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary School proudly announces the State of New Mexico’s Elementary Winner for the Youth Art Month Flag/Poster Contest is Yan Kaa Martinez. 

The school celebrates the efforts of all sixth grade creative problem solvers who worked diligently to create posters that exemplified the theme: “Your Art, Your Story.”

Martinez will receive $100 in art supplies and the Chamisa art program will receive $300 in art supplies from the

Scenes From Pi Day At Ashley Pond Park

on March 15, 2019 - 12:34pm

Corbin Greco serves up pie to his teacher and County Councilor Katrina Schmidt during PI Day activities Thursday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Cody Adams

Severus Redmond, 4, laughs with his father Jordan Redmand. Photo by Cody Adams

Emmitt Tibbits, feeds dessert to Chef Laurence Pena. Photo by Cody Adams

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris breaks out the cuffs as Melanie Weekley brings the pie. Photo by Cody Adams

Rita Sanchez delivers a pie in the face to Activities Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen. Photo by Cody Adams

Sophie Bathrick-Price pies Teen Center Director George Marsden.

County Community Services Department Hosts Putt-Putt Golf And Other Activities At Nature Center March 19

on March 15, 2019 - 12:12pm
The community is invited to join PEEC and the Los Alamos County Community Services Department for a night of putt-putt, games, prizes and more, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos County Community Services Department is taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 and will be setting up putt-putt golf stations, playing a planetarium film, making s’mores over a campfire and setting up a velcro golf game for the evening.
This family-friendly event is open to all ages.
There will be trivia questions

LAPS Kindergarten Round-Up April 10

on March 15, 2019 - 12:03pm
LAPS News:
It’s almost time to round up the kids and get ready for school. All Los Alamos Elementary Schools will host Kindergarten Round-Up Wednesday, April 10.
Children who will turn five by Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, and are invited to attend Kindergarten Round-Up with their parents.
This is the first step in the pre-registration process, and gives families an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.
At the Round-Up, prospective students and parents will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurses,

Education Spending Plans Go To The Governor

on March 15, 2019 - 8:38am
The state Senate and House of Representatives approved identical plans Wednesday for how New Mexico should spend a big boost in public education funding, sending the two measures to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Both Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 5 provide for an additional $450 million in public education spending next year, including $113 million aimed at providing support for at-risk students and an extra $38 million to increase teacher pay.
While much of the content of the bills mirrored earlier versions debated last week, there was one

LANL: Handling Trillions Of Supercomputer Files Just Got Simpler

on March 14, 2019 - 11:44am

Gary Grider, left, and Brad Settlemyer discuss the new Los Alamos and Carnegie Mellon software product, DeltaFS, released to the software distribution site GitHub this week. Courtesy/LANL

Carnegie Mellon team members, from left, Chuck Cranor, Qing Zheng and George Amvrosiadis. Courtesy/Carnegie Mellon University

LANL News:

  • Exascale file system Delta FS breaks the ‘the metadata bottleneck’ by handling extreme numbers of files and amounts of data with unprecedented performance

A new distributed file system for high-performance computing being distributed today via the software collaboration

Canceled: Trails Workshop Due To Weather Closure

on March 14, 2019 - 11:43am

Trails News:

SANTA FE – The Greater Santa Fe Trails Planning Workshop scheduled for tonight at the Santa Fe Community College is canceled because the college is closed due to road closures and weather.

The workshop was for trail enthusiasts, businesses, landowners, user groups and anyone else interested in developing a comprehensive, sustainable plan for trails in the Santa Fe area.

The Greater Santa Fe Recreation Partnership will reschedule the workshop in the near future.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus Briefs School Board On Impact Of Decisions At Legislature

on March 14, 2019 - 10:54am
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus updates school board members Tuesday evening on developments at the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

During Tuesday’s meeting, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus updated school board members on developments at the New Mexico Legislature and what they mean for LAPS.

Steinhaus first outlined what he finds encouraging:

  • Although there is a 20 percent reduction in the special funding for small-sized schools, the reduction is phased in over

Los Alamos School Board Elects New Officers

on March 13, 2019 - 11:54am
The Los Alamos School Board elected new officers at Tuesday's School Board Meeting. All three were elected unanimously, with Board Secretary Andrea Cunningham participating by phone. New officers from left, President Ellen Ben-Naim, Vice President Steve Boerigter and Secretary Jennifer McCumber. Ben-Naim previously served as vice president and McCumber was president. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Businesses Invited To Participate In UNM-LA Job Fair

on March 13, 2019 - 9:40am
Community members of all ages are welcome at the UNM-LA Job Fair April 2 in Building 2. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) invites regional businesses to participate in the 6th Annual UNM-LA Job Fair 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 2 in Building 2.
Businesses have the opportunity to meet and interview potential applicants for current and upcoming job openings at this event, and distribute information about other employment opportunities such as seasonal work or internships.
UNM-LA students, local high school students, and the

PEEC: Tour Solar System In Planetarium Friday

on March 13, 2019 - 9:25am
Take a Tour of the Solar System at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Additionally, watch the full-dome film National Parks Adventure at 2 p.m., Saturday. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
This Friday evening, the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will be transformed into a spaceship and all ticketed passengers are invited to get up close and personal with some of the solar system’s most exotic destinations. Astronomer Rick Wallace will be the evening’s pilot and tour guide. This exciting event starts at 7 p.m.
During the Tour of the Solar System, the audience

Police Emphasize School Bus Safety

on March 12, 2019 - 3:16pm

New Mexico Senate Nixes School Bus Air Conditioners After Hot Debate

on March 11, 2019 - 10:12pm
Few issues have fired up the New Mexico Senate this session like a bill to require air conditioning on school buses in hot locales.
After a vigorous, hourlong debate Saturday, senators defeated the proposal by a vote of 23-16.
Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, sponsor of Senate Bill 321, said installing air conditioners on school buses is a matter of public safety. The state is responsible for buying the buses. Drivers and kids are better protected if they are kept comfortable, he said.
Skeptical colleagues gave him an earful.

UNM-LA Students Named To PTK All State Team

on March 11, 2019 - 5:14pm

UNM-LA students Annika Vestrand and Aaron Waller, members of 2019 Phi Theta Kappa New Mexico All-State Community College Academic Team, meet State Rep. Christine Chandler during the Legislative session. Courtesy photo

From left, Dr. Cindy Rooney, Dr. Sharon Hurley, Annika Vestrand, Aaron Waller, Kathryn Vigil, and Maryjane Giesler visited the Legislature Feb. 13 on Community College Day. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) students Annika Vestrand and Aaron Waller were recognized during the State Legislative Session Feb.

Youth Activity Center Kids Cheer On Esports

on March 11, 2019 - 10:09am
Children from the White Rock Youth Activity Center gather around a computer to cheer on the Topper Esports Team as they compete last week. This week, the team plays again Wednesday with Smite and Thursday with Rocket League. The games take place 4-6 p.m., and can be viewed on Twich.TV. Courtesy photo

LAPS: More CHAAT Sessions March 14 And 21

on March 10, 2019 - 6:41am
LAPS District Site Tech Administrator Salvador Zapien, left, will lead a discussion about the effects technology has on development and behavior in students aged 4 through 12. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is hosting two additional information sessions for families with elementary aged children on creating healthy attitudes around technology (CHAAT) in the home.

These free sessions will be held in the library at Aspen Elementary School:

  • Session 1 is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14; and
  • Session 2 is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

Note: Families must attend Session 1 to

Alicia Gonzales Signs With Highlands University

on March 10, 2019 - 6:09am

Surrounded by her grandmother Helen Atencio, mother Yvonne Gonzales, brother Antonio Gonzales and father Joseph Gonzales, Los Alamos High School senior softball standout Alicia Gonzales signs a letter of intent Friday to play softball for New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. Gonzales played in the outfield and batted .517 and had five home runs and 27 RBR’s. Courtesy photo

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on March 10, 2019 - 6:01am
A Bushtit is among the declining species. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist: What is Happening to the Birds?
We are considering what is happening to the birds of Los Alamos. This has involved reviewing the different kinds of habitats throughout the county.
Annual data for individual species as well as groupsof species is available from 1989 to the present, or 30 years.
We had considered species of birds t in a prior article that are generalists when it comes to preferred habitats for nesting. Most bird species nest primarily in one kind of habitat.

SFCC To Close For Spring Break March 18-24

on March 9, 2019 - 1:10pm
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will close the week of March 18-24 for Spring Break. No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available.
All campus facilities will be closed, including the college’s child care center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. The campus will reopen Monday, March 25. The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, which partners with a variety of area colleges, will only be open to accommodate New Mexico Highlands University classes.

High School Robotics Team Finalists In El Paso

on March 9, 2019 - 10:36am
Members of the High School Robotics Team Project Y and their mentors. Courtesy photo
The High School Robotics Team, Project Y’s robot ‘Jaws’. Courtesy photo
This past weekend, the High School Robotics Team, Project Y, and their robot “Jaws” were Finalists at the first District Competition in El Paso, Texas.
It was the result of incredibly hard work and long hours (even holidays) by the students and mentors. The Game is different every year and this year's challenge Mission: Deep Space was especially fun. They had to build a robot to install hatch panels

LAPS Students Make Mark At Regional Science Fair

on March 9, 2019 - 7:57am
Students representing Los Alamos Public Schools made their mark at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Students representing Los Alamos Public Schools made their mark at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science & Engineering Fair, garnering Best in Show in both the Junior and Senior Divisions, as well as 12 first place honors and 11 second place awards.
Twenty-three students are heading to the State Science Fair next month.
Juniors Lillian Petersen and Garyk Brixi received the Best in Show in the Senior Division for

projectY cowork’s Member Moments To Feature Layne Kalbfleisch Of 2E Consults LLC March 13

on March 8, 2019 - 8:36am
projectY cowork News:
Join projectY cowork Los Alamos for its next 'Member Moments,' featuring Layne Kalbfleisch of 2E Consults LLC at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13. Each month, projectY cowork highlights a member and his or her current ventures.
Kalbfleisch, M.Ed., Ph.D., owns 2E Consults ® LLC, a practice providing assessment and coaching services for families and children, and organizations who work on behalf of families and children.

LAHS NJROTC Enchilada Dinner At Elks Lodge March 9

on March 8, 2019 - 6:47am

Los Alamos Schools Credit Union Receives National Recognition For Mobile Branch Program

on March 6, 2019 - 7:14pm

Darel Madrid, left, of Pinon Elementary School with Los Alamos Schools Credit Union CEO Matt Schmidt. Courtesy/LASCU

LASCU CEO Matt Schmidt with Los Alamos Middle School teacher Ellie Simons. Courtesy/LASCU

Pinon teacher Jodi Hughes and LASCU CEO Matt Schmidt. Courtesy/LASCU


  • Los Alamos Schools CU, serving area educators, innovates new way to deliver financial services to members

A local financial institution that provides financial services to educators and their families has received a 1st place national award for a “mobile branch” program that delivers the teller window

Los Alamos School Board Work Session Update

on March 6, 2019 - 3:20pm

Los Alamos School Board members from left, Stephen Boerigter, Secretary Andrea Cunningham, President Jenny McCumber, Vice President Ellen Ben-Naim and Bill Hargraves. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School’s Board met for a work session Feb. 28 in the high school library; here are the highlights of what was discussed.

To begin, the board recognized LAHS students Michael Chigaev, Elijah Pelofske, Conner Ritter, Do Vo and Steven Zhao who won the Regional Science Bowl Competition. The team will advance to the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC in the spring.

The board