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Help Improve Quemazon Trail Oct. 20

on October 9, 2018 - 1:45pm

Join PEEC and SFNF for a fall trail workday Saturday, Oct. 20 on Quemazon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Improve our public lands by joining a team of volunteers, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Santa Fe National Forest for a fall trail workday Saturday, Oct. 20. Volunteers will help fix erosion issues, clear brush and check dams on Quemazon Trail. Pre-registration is required to volunteer for this project.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center to carpool to the trailhead and return by 2 p.m.

Paleontologists Converge On Albuquerque On National Fossil Day With Keynote Speaker Steve Brusatte

on October 9, 2018 - 6:51am
Bisti Beast (Bistahieversor sealeyi) Skull. Courtesy/NMMNHS
Miocene Gomphotherium skull being prepared. Courtesy/NMMNHS
ALBUQUERQUE A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Pastfeaturing rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Oct. 17-20, in Albuquerque.
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization of scientists and other

LAHS Choirs Pumpkin Patch Returns Through Oct. 31

on October 8, 2018 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos High School Choir students from left, Adalee Witt, Natalia DeBardeleben and Haley Capon stand ready to assist customers Sunday afternoon at the annual Fall Pumpkin Patch in the parking lot at 1100 4th St., where Trinity, East Road and Central meet. The Patch runs through Oct. 31 and is typically open 3:30 p.m. until dark Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. until dark and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit the LAHS Choir Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from the annual LAHS Choirs Fall Pumpkin Patch Sunday

SFCC Announces Commencement Ceremony For EPA Grant Job-Training Program Participants

on October 8, 2018 - 6:29pm
 SFCC News:
A graduation ceremony for EPA grant job-training program participants is 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 12, at Biowall atrium area in the Health and Sciences Building, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
A video of the Spill Drill Exercise will be presented by Kody Productions. The program will have 18 graduates: Four women (22 percent), 14 men (78 percent). Regional dignitaries have been invited to attend.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Of Note: Graduates will receive certifications in the following: Forklift Operator, Solid

Capt. Billy Cooper Of Los Alamos Awarded His Wings

on October 8, 2018 - 5:18pm

LAHS graduate Billy Cooper was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings at a ceremony Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Courtesy photo

Capt. Billy Cooper with his 5th grade teacher at Barranca Mesa, Tammy Hinckley and her spouse Rick, who attended his ceremony. Courtesy photo


Billy Cooper, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings in a special ceremony Friday, Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He also has been selected for the rank of Captain.

Cooper’s 5th grade teacher at Barranca Mesa Tammy Hinckley and her

Scenes From A Taste Of Knowledge

on October 8, 2018 - 7:55am

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation held its annual major fundraiser ‘A Taste of Knowledge’ Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Pig + Fig Café in White Rock. This year’s event broke all previous records and Executive Director Laura Loy shared her appreciation to all who attended. ‘On behalf of the Board of Directors of the LAPS Foundation, I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for supporting our Taste of Knowledge,’ Loy said. ‘Thanks to you and your incredible generosity, the Foundation raised $42,000 for our schools!

UNM-LA Hosts Youth Piano Competition Oct. 13-14

on October 7, 2018 - 8:11am
Youngest Level Entrants from 2017, Emily Xu (left), John Kang, Naoki Li, Taykua Li, Matthea Fung and Tate Plohr. Courtesy photo
Astrid Groth
UNM-LA News:
The UNM-LA campus will host a significant New Mexico youth piano competition 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, when 15 regional New Mexico contestants ranging in age from seven to 14 years old descend on the campus from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas.
The Los Alamos public is cordially invited to attend both the competition and to hear the winners of the competition when they present a Winner’s Recital at 2 p.m.,

Learning Takes Flight At Barranca Elementary

on October 6, 2018 - 4:50am

Learning takes flight: Students in Ms. Waidler’s 5th grade Science and Social Studies class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School have been learning about water, weather and the science behind balloon flight. After quickly taking attendance, Ms. Waidler handed students their carefully constructed tissue paper hot air balloons. Students held them gently as they made their way down to the grassy field. There Ms. Waidler set up the burner device and selected the first balloon. With the help of parent volunteers, the balloon inflated and took flight. The students cheered and ran after the balloon.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Oct. 12 & 26

on October 6, 2018 - 4:41am
JJAB News:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Oct. 12 or Friday, Oct. 26.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.

Santa Fe Literary Review 2018 Edition Event Oct. 18

on October 5, 2018 - 10:28am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College will host a free reading and reception to launch the 2018 edition of the Santa Fe Literary Review and to recognize the contributors 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 18, at SFCC's Visual Arts Gallery, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Avenue. Contributor readings begin at 5:30 p.m.
SFCC students and local, regional, national and international writers will read their work, and contributing artists and authors will sign copies of the Review. This year’s reception will feature a gallery exhibition.

2018 Girls Discovery Workshop Oct. 20

on October 5, 2018 - 10:12am
LAPS News:
Girls in grades 6-9 are invited to participate in a day of empowerment and inspiration 9 a.m. to p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at UNM-LA.
This free workshop will include interactive sessions on topics such as self-defense, healthy relationships, non-traditional sports, how to get involved in your community, mapping your journey and so much more. Music and movement, a photo booth and spoken word poetry will round out the day.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, along with giveaways and the chance to win prizes.
A lively group discussion about resilience

Scenes With Homecoming Court And Topper Band

on October 5, 2018 - 9:00am

2018 Homecoming Queen Ashlyn Baker is escorted Friday evening at Sullivan Field. Photo by John McHale/

Dylan Ma, center, reacts to the announcement that he is the 2018 Homecoming King. Photo by John McHale/

2018 Homecoming Queen Ashlyn Baker and King Dylan Ma. Photo by John McHale/

2018 Homecoming Queen Ashlyn Baker and King Dylan Ma and court. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Marching Band performing during half time activities. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Marching Band performing during half time activities. Photo

Chamisa Elementary School Green Team Wins Award

on October 4, 2018 - 5:19am
Chamisa Elementary School's Green Team gets recognized for its Zero Waste lunch program. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Chamisa Elementary School Teacher Megan Lee speaks Friday during the assembly. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Chamisa Elementary School Green Team’s Zero Waste lunch program has received state-wide attention. The program earned an award for Innovative Project of the Year from the regional chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America.

‘Spies, Lies & Nukes’ Two-Day Conference Nov. 3-4

on October 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame
Los Alamos Daily Post

Spies, Lies, & Nukes: Inside International Espionage is an intensive 2-day conference hosted by former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame and featuring experts with extraordinary experiences and access to the highest levels of US policy-makers.

The community is invited to attend this unique forum and join Valerie Plame and several of her highly decorated CIA colleagues as they discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and

Los Alamos Council On Cancer Lecture Features Oncologist Dr. Tim Lopez Oct. 15

on October 3, 2018 - 12:25pm

Dr. Tim Lopez


Los Alamos’s new oncologist Dr. Tim Lopez will be the featured speaker Monday, Oct. 15 at the annual Los Alamos Council on Cancer lecture.

Dr. Lopez will discuss “New Directions in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatments: Precision Medicine” at the First Baptist Church.

The lecture is designed to cover material the general public will understand, while at the same time going into sufficient depth to provide continuing education for nurses and allied professionals.

The evening begins with a light dinner, served 5:15-6 p.m., and the lecture begins at 6 p.m.

Scenes/Highlights Of 2018 LAHS Homecoming Parade

on October 2, 2018 - 4:16pm

At the judges' table Friday afternoon during the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade on Central Avenue are Chamber Director Ryn Herrmann, LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz. Photo by John McHale/

Grand Marshal Sec Sandoval. Photo by John McHale/

LAHS 2018 Homecoming Queen Ashlyn Baker and escort Dylan Irish. Photo by John McHale/

Scene from 2018 LAHS Homecoming Parade Friday afternoon on Central Avenue. Photo by John McHale/

LAHS News:

Student Leadership and Student Council

Elder Abuse Report Released By New Mexico State Advisory Committee Of U.S. Commission On Civil Rights

on October 2, 2018 - 3:44pm

NNMC News:

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is proud to announce the release of a report on elder abuse by our New Mexico state Advisory Committee.

The Committee identified five dynamics in the state that increase the risk of abuse for elders: 

• Widespread poverty and lack of affordable services available to elders and caregivers;

• Underreporting suspicion of abuse by caretakers, providers, and elders themselves;

•  Structural weaknesses in the healthcare system that allow abuse to go undetected;

• Lack of enforcement of existing laws and regulations designed to protect elders;

Unique Birding Trip To Los Luceros Historic Site Oct. 6

on October 1, 2018 - 4:51pm

Local birder Joe Fitzgibbon is leading a birding trip Saturday to Los Luceros Historic Site, which is rarely open for birding. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to join PEEC and local birder Joe Fitzgibbon on a special birding outing Saturday, Oct. 6 at Los Luceros Historic Site.

Participants will spend the morning at the property, which features massive old-growth cottonwoods and fantastic Rio Grande habitat but is rarely open for birding. Space is limited to 12 participants and registration is required.

Los Luceros is a local gem of the New Mexico Historic Sites.

Non-Profit Organization Looking For Community Area Representatives To Join International Team

on September 30, 2018 - 4:11pm
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as Area Representatives in your local community. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world.
Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American Adventure.
Area Representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their

PEEC: Celebrate Of Fiber In New Mexico Oct. 2

on September 30, 2018 - 7:52am
Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Celebrate the Season of Arts & Culture by learning about the rich history of fiber in New Mexico at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
April Jouse, Director of Programs at the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC), will give this free presentation.
The history of fiber in New Mexico spans thousands of years, beginning with Pueblo people’s use of natural fibers, including cotton, to make clothing. It greatly expanded with the arrival of the Spanish, who brought Churro sheep and treadle looms.

Girl Scouts Participate In STEM Activities At Bandelier

on September 30, 2018 - 7:48am

Local Girl Scouts had a great time over camping over the weekend Sept. 7-9 at the Ponderosa Campground at Bandelier. The Girl Scouts participated in activities and events that included science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), outdoors, ar, and entrepreneurship. Girls interested in learning more about becoming a Girl Scouts should contact Terri at or leave a message at 505.930.4199. Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John McHale/

Photo by John

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Celebrates Fourth Judicial District Court Ruling

on September 29, 2018 - 12:19pm
AFT News:
American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and New Mexico Highlands University Faculty Association Co-President Kathy Jenkins released the following statements:
“AFT New Mexico and the New Mexico Highlands University Faculty and Staff Association have successfully reversed a January 2017 order of the University’s Labor-Management Relations Board that had denied the rights of Grant Funded employees to organize into their own bargaining unit. Make no mistake, this is a significant victory for workers at Highlands University.
“Yesterday, the Fourth

Decorating Underway For LAHS Homecoming Dance

on September 29, 2018 - 11:59am

Members of the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance Decorating Committee hard at work today preparing an Aloha themed venue for tonight's dance. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance Decorating Committee member inflating beach balls. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance Decorating Committee members. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Environment Department Awards APS Grant Funding For Early Replacement Of Five Buses

on September 29, 2018 - 10:55am
NMED News:
ALBUQUERQUE The Albuquerque Public School District has been awarded $380,626.00 in grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
The grant provides partial funding for the early replacement of five older, more polluting diesel-fueled school buses with five new gasoline-fueled school buses that meet the current EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
"These new school buses for the Albuquerque Public Schools will help protect the health of the

Students Create Get Well Cards For Injured Soldiers

on September 29, 2018 - 9:27am

Los Alamos teachers Rita Sanchez of Los Alamos Middle School and Sharon Jiron of Chamisa Elementary School have rallied their classes during this homecoming week, to provide get well cards to former Chamisa student Ezra Maes and two crew members now in Texas who are recovering from injuries sustained in a tank accident in Poland. Maes was a Chamisa student during his elementary years and has a long recovery ahead of him. Three manila envelopes full of cards were delivered to Maes this week, with enough for his crew members to receive envelopes of their own.