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Tourism Department To Host Google SEO Workshops For Tourism Businesses In 12 New Mexico Communities

on October 27, 2019 - 11:21am
NMTD News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD), in conjunction with Google and Miles Partnership, will be hosting free, hands-on workshops to help local business owners who cater to travelers and visitors better understand and leverage search engine optimization (SEO) for their business.
New Mexico will be the first state to deploy the program at the statewide level.
Participants in these workshops can expect one-on-one training and troubleshooting on issues pertaining to SEO, along with access to free tools and solutions to boost visibility through Google

Los Alamos And White Rock Brownie And Junior Girl Scouts Gather To Earn Programming Robots Badge

on October 27, 2019 - 11:11am

Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from Los Alamos and White Rock gathered Saturday, Oct. 19 to earn their Programming Robots Badge by learning some basics about circuitry, programming and robotics. Girls practiced circuitry on littleBits and Cubelets electronics kits and practiced programming with Dash Robots. They ended the event with a Robot Dance Party, choreographed and programmed by the Brownies and Juniors. Local Girl Scouts would like to thank the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Council for bringing the event to the Hill. Anyone interested in Girl Scouts can contact Grace Wiele,

NM Delegation Hails $3 Million For UNM Program Focused On Improving Autonomous Technology

on October 27, 2019 - 7:20am
Congressional Delegation News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of New Mexico (UNM) $3,254,834 for its Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts program.
This program will help develop improvements to make autonomous technology more adaptable to real-life behavior while also preparing underrepresented students for future

Notice Of Possible Quorum: LAPS Board Oct. 31

on October 26, 2019 - 4:47pm

Letter To The Editor: Supporting The School Bond Is Just The Right Thing To Do

on October 25, 2019 - 5:05pm

Los Alamos

I have been pleased to see so many letters of support for the school bond question and would like to add my own for several reasons.

First, the Los Alamos public school system is a key contributor to our community’s quality of life. It is one of the reasons that both I and others have come to, and remained in our town. I feel very fortunate to live in a community that provided our children with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment and would like to make sure that future generations of children and young adults have the same opportunities.

PEEC: Night Skies And Asteroid Exploration

on October 25, 2019 - 11:02am
Join Steve Becker for a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
The full-dome film 'Incoming!’ is 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join Steve Becker for an interactive tour of the heavens this Friday, Oct. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
This talk will begin at 7 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: Elated To Vote For Bernstein

on October 25, 2019 - 9:33am

Los Alamos

I’m pleased to share my elation after voting for Christine Bernstein for Los Alamos School Board, District 3.

I think it’s fantastic that an actual educator is running for a seat on the local Board of Education. Both of my parents were teachers—and excellent ones at that, based on the recollections of their former pupils—and I remember them talking often about administrators and policy makers who knew little about the realities they faced, yet who held the purse strings and the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of students and educators.

Electing a

Letter To The Editor: Thanks For LAFSE Endorsement

on October 25, 2019 - 8:12am
School Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees for their endorsement of my candidacy.
I feel very honored to have been chosen. As a school employee myself, I understand the importance of teachers’ unions. They not only advocate for teachers in difficulty, but also for students and for education overall. In a time when teachers are being asked to do so much, it is good to have support and advocates to help us and unions play a key role in that. There is power in numbers. 

LAPS Foundation Doing Even More This Fall

on October 25, 2019 - 7:46am

The LAPS Foundation has distributed nearly $20,000 for fall semester grants so far. Courtesy/LAPSF

Surprise! The LAPS Foundation refreshed LAPS staff lounges over the summer. Courtesy/LAPSF
Through many generous contributions, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has been able to continue, and even grow, our grants program for the 2019-20 school year.
This fall, LAPSF is announced it has been able to support 38 grants so far. As a result of continuous donations from the community, LAPSF is having a huge impact on the quality of education in the local schools.

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey Endorses Los Alamos Public School Bonds

on October 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

Like many of us in Los Alamos, I know I owe a lot to good public education. 

Tax revenues spent wisely on education are a good investment in our future. That is why I urge Los Alamos citizens to vote yes for continuation of our Public Schools Bonds.

This vote will not increase property taxes; it will simply continue the present tax rates so that the schools can continue to rehabilitate and update our aging schools. 

Los Alamos support of these bond issues enables us to receive additional New Mexico state schools capital funding,

LAPS Bus Drivers Recognized With Surprise Breakfast

on October 24, 2019 - 11:32am

Bus drivers Aubrey Brown and Mike Thompson chat after their weekly team meeting Wednesday morning. Courtesy/LAPS
From left, driver trainee Susanna Silva, bus driver Wendy Clayton, and substitute driver Lisa Reader enjoy their breakfast burritos Wednesday from the Bus Driver Appreciation Day celebration. Courtesy/LAPS
LAPS News:

Bus drivers with the Los Alamos Public Schools were recognized Wednesday morning as part of Bus Driver Appreciation Week.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus thanked the drivers, assistants and substitutes for their hard work and dedication to the students of LAPS with

University Of Arizona: Cosmic Yeti From The Dawn Of The Universe Found Lurking In Dust

on October 24, 2019 - 10:53am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Astronomers accidentally discovered the footprints of a monster galaxy in the early universe that has never been seen before.
Like a cosmic Yeti, the scientific community generally regarded these galaxies as folklore, given the lack of evidence of their existence, but astronomers in the United States and Australia managed to snap a picture of the beast for the first time.
Published in the Astrophysical Journal, the discovery provides new insights into the first growing steps of some of the biggest galaxies in the universe.
University of Arizona

Letter To The Editor: Sharon Stover Endorses Pongratz

on October 24, 2019 - 9:15am
Former Los Alamos County Clerk
One exemplary attribute that no one can take away from Morrie Pongratz is that he has never sat on the sidelines relative to service to his community. 
Since early 1980s, he has been actively involved including serving on the County Council and School Board. Below follow a couple reasons to consider why Morrie should be elected to the School Board.
Recall and think about in the early 1980s, when young people needed safe activities, Morrie was there to spearhead, secure funding, and chaperone events for teens.

UA: Researchers Discover ‘Cradle Of Comets’

on October 23, 2019 - 1:58pm

UA News:

TUCSON, Ariz. — Comets are known to have a temper.

As they swoop in from the outer edges of our solar system, these icy bodies begin spewing gas and dust as they venture closer to the sun. Their luminous outbursts can result in spectacular sights that grace the night sky for days, weeks or even months.

But comets aren’t born that way, and their pathway from their original formation location toward the inner solar system has been debated for a long time.

UNM-LA Information Session: Mechanical Engineering Degree At Los Alamos Campus Tuesday Oct. 29

on October 23, 2019 - 12:11pm
Students can now earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UNM at the UNM-LA campus. Courtesy photo
UNM-LA News:
Seize the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of New Mexico (UNM) to be offered in Los Alamos.
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the UNM School of Engineering are partnering on this initiative in response to an identified workforce need at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
Information sessions on this program are Oct. 29. The first session, for LANL employees only, will be noon to 1

PEEC: Tour Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Saturday

on October 23, 2019 - 7:53am
Join Natali Steinberg for a morning at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Leonora Curtin Wetlands Preserve Saturday, Oct. 26. Participants will meet at 8 a.m., at the Los Alamos Nature Center and carpool to the property. The tour is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join Natali Steinberg and PEEC Saturday, Oct. 26 for a tour of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve.
A one-hour drive will take participants to the 35-acre preserve that hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife.

UNM: ‘Your Skin In The High Desert’ Nov. 5

on October 22, 2019 - 8:36pm

Letter To The Editor: The Big Questions Communities & Parents Face Is How Programs Will Be Funded...

on October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
Development Director
The Family YMCA

I too read the after-school editorial by Lt. Gov. Howie Morales that Morrie Pongratz referred to in his letter to the editor (link).

My first thought was, “I’m so glad Howie recognizes that!” There is a massive body of studies that essentially says youth should be given resources to help them develop. Dr.

Letter To The Editor: Rock The Bond For White Rock Schools

on October 22, 2019 - 6:29pm
Los Alamos Schools Credit Union
In a time when education budgets are tight, it takes the full might of a mindful community to prioritize education. As a parent of three current Los Alamos Public School students, I’m thankful to have witnessed firsthand how modern facilities can inspire a love for learning.
It is our duty to promote health, security, and learning for all current and future students in Los Alamos.

Laureate Rho Chapter Of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Hosts Annual Preferential Tea At Cottonwood On The Greens

on October 22, 2019 - 4:18pm
Members of Preceptor Beta Chapter. Courtesy photo

Representatives of all five Beta Sigma Phi Los Alamos Chapters. Courtesy photo
Laureate Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority hosted the annual Preferential Tea at Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos County Golf Course Sunday afternoon. 
Members from all five Los Alamos Chapters gathered together to share a meal.
President of Preceptor Beta Chapter Jacque Ciddio
Entertainment was provided by Bruce Lamartine who serenaded the ladies by singing songs from musicals.
Beta Sigma Phi is an

Letter To The Editor: Melanie Colgan – A Lot To Like About This School Board Candidate

on October 22, 2019 - 8:56am
Los Alamos School Board (2011-2015)

Residents of North and Barranca Mesas (District 4) are fortunate to have two strong candidates for the upcoming school board election. 

But, based on my experience as a former school board member for this district as well as former school board president, I concur with our current member, Andrea Cunningham, that one candidate stands out above the other — Melanie Colgan (link).

I’ve known Melanie Colgan for more than a dozen years, and throughout that time I’ve been amazed by the extent to which she has poured her talent and energy into

Public Notice: School Board Work Session Canceled

on October 21, 2019 - 7:06pm
LAPS News:
The regularly scheduled Los Alamos School Board Work Session Thursday, Oct. 24, has been canceled.

Community Invited To Hear Bill Geist Talk About Adventures In The Alps At Mountaineers Meeting

on October 21, 2019 - 6:37pm

Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


Hear about Bill Geist’s adventures in the Alps at the October Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.


The Mountaineers’ meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. This event is free to attend and open to the public.


In August 2019, Geist and his teammate Jason Halladay participated in a 180-mile team run with a cumulative elevation gain of 80,000 feet. The race, called the Petit Trotte à Léon (PTL), traveled around Mont

Letter To The Editor: Melanie Colgan Will Be A Valuable Addition To Los Alamos School Board

on October 21, 2019 - 5:52pm
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos
I recently attended the School Board Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. I was impressed with the answers and presence of Melanie Colgan who is running to represent District 4 Barranca and North Mesa communities).
She sounds fair and practical; a voice of reason and experience. I hear the same assessment from my friends who know her or have met her. They have nothing but praise for her abilities and character. 
I think she will be a valuable member of our school board.

‘Basics Of Alzheimer’s Disease’ In Taos Nov. 20

on October 21, 2019 - 8:50am
Alzheimer’s News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Taos, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is an educational program designed as a general overview for those families who may be facing Alzheimer’s disease, or anyone else interested in learning more about the subject. 
This free, one-hour program explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, examines what happens in a brain affected by the disease, details the various