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Letter To The Editor: Parent And Teacher Melanie Colgan Will Be A Great Addition To Our School Board

on October 21, 2019 - 8:45am
Los Alamos

How nice it is to see that Melanie Colgan is running for School Board District 4 (Barranca and North Mesa communities). From my experience, I always appreciate any time I get to see or work with Melanie.

Our families moved to Los Alamos within a year of each other and her children were a few years behind mine at Barranca Mesa Elementary, so our time on Barranca PTO overlapped. I saw Melanie inspire a sense of balance, calm, enthusiasm and focus to each group she was part of.

She was an exceptional PTO vice president, president and coordinator of the Bobcat

Letter To The Editor: Julia Baker Is The Way To Go!

on October 21, 2019 - 8:42am
Los Alamos

As I contemplate which candidate would be best suited to serve on the school board for District 3, I can’t help but feel jealous of my friends in District 4 who have, by far, the best candidate for school board. Julia Baker, I wish I could vote for you!

I have had the privilege of knowing Julia Baker for over ten years. In those years, I have seen her in myriad roles: as my child’s preschool teacher, as a dedicated mother to her five children, as a volunteer serving on PTO and PTA at different schools, and as a mentor to youth in the community.

SFCC Opens HS Equivalency/GED Prep Classes

on October 21, 2019 - 8:23am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE The registration period for SFCC HSE/GED preparation classes is open for new students through Oct. 25.
Classes begin Nov. 4 in Spanish and English. Returning students may register until Nov. 1. For more information, call 505.428.1356 or go to
Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Classes conducted in Spanish are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. Classes prepare students for the state-approved HSE tests – the GED and HiSet.
New students are required to attend the

LARSO Works With UNM-LA On Internship Program

on October 21, 2019 - 7:53am
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization is working with the University of New Mexico Los Alamos campus, on the Community Internship Collaboration.
LARSO is engaging student intern, Fernando Trujillo, into the world of senior services. “Work, Learn, Earn,” is the UNM-LA program motto, and he has hit the ground running.
As student and mentor work together to create projects and set goals, it was decided that a more formal introduction might be best. Trujillo has a great background studying criminal justice and a wealth of experience.

Taos Architectural Treasure: The Fechin House

on October 21, 2019 - 7:39am
The Fechin House. Courtesy/TCHS
TCHS News:
The Taos County Historical Society announces its free, public program The Fechin House: A Taos Architectural Treasure by Cindy Atkins at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom,118 Cruz Alta Road in Taos.
The Fechin House is one of Taos' true historical treasures. Atkins will provide a look into the factors of Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) life that culminated in the creation of this masterpiece and offer a virtual “tour” of the home and its architectural details.

Atkins' career includes decades of

Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart Announces SAT As New Mexico’s Official High School Assessment

on October 20, 2019 - 3:19pm
NMPED Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart
SANTA FE New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart announced Friday that the SAT has been adopted as the official New Mexico high school assessment.
New Mexico stakeholders and the New Mexico Public Education Department’s assessment taskforce readily identified the need to provide an assessment that had meaning beyond high school; the SAT fulfills that need. In spring 2020, all New Mexico high school juniors will have the opportunity to participate in the SAT.
The SAT is closely aligned with New Mexico

Letter To The Editor: Please Join Me In Voting Yes For Our Students, Educators And Community

on October 20, 2019 - 2:09pm
The Family YMCA CEO
Successful schools are critical to the success of the community.
I’m a firm believer that a great education will help prepare tomorrow’s leaders. Part of this equation is ensuring that our students and educators have the best facilities and modern technology to create the best educational environment possible.
My family are relatively new members to the community. When I was hired as The Family YMCA CEO, a big part of the decision for my family to relocate to Los Alamos, was the superior school ratings. Passing the school bond will allow

NMDOT: National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-27

on October 20, 2019 - 8:59am
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation is asking parents to talk to their teenagers about driver safety next week.​
National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20-27, is a great time to remind new drivers that crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States, and staying safe requires safe practices.
Some of the greatest dangers for teen drivers include alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding and passengers.
Talking points for parents to share with their teens include:
Phone use: Research shows

NM Association Of Museums Names ‘Penstemon Whisperer’ Larry Deaven Volunteer Of The Year

on October 20, 2019 - 8:35am

Larry Deaven, center, is honored as Volunteer of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Museums for his work in the penstemon gardens at the Los Alamos Nature Center. PEEC staff gathered Sept. 24 at the awards event with Deaven, from left, Marketing Manager Rachel Landman, Executive Director Katie Bruell, Deaven, Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel and Adventure Programs Manager Beth Cortright. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC volunteer Larry Deaven, a.k.a. ‘The Penstemon Whisperer’, has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years and began gardening in 2015 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Letter To The Editor: Vote For David Hampton, A New Voice And Vision For UNM-LA

on October 20, 2019 - 7:30am
Los Alamos

I ask the community to vote David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board, position 3. We need new and fresh voices at the table to move our community forward. 

I certainly appreciate his vision to push UNM-LA towards becoming a 4-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) university. We keep losing our brightest and best students to out-of-state colleges, and a local 4-year college par excellence could encourage them to stay.

There would be stubborn resistance from UNM Main Campus, of course, so this initiative would require strong community support

American Federation Of Teachers Congratulates University Of New Mexico Faculty On Vote To Unionize

on October 19, 2019 - 10:47am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE — A decisive majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico voted for a union this week in a historic election victory overseen by the UNM Labor Management Relations Board, with votes counted this afternoon.
Two UNM bargaining units consisting of more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty across five campuses—UNM’s main campus, in Albuquerque; UNM-Gallup; UNM-Los Alamos; UNM-Taos; and UNM-Valencia—voted by a 70 percent margin to join the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.
The victory marks the

LANL Waste Management Services Group Leader Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Monday Oct. 28

on October 19, 2019 - 9:42am

VOLA News:


Voices of Los Alamos is hosting its next meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

Guest Speaker Steven Singledecker will present a talk on Los Alamos National Laboratory waste shipments to offsite disposal facilities.

Singledecker is the Waste Management Services Group Leader at LANL and has more than 29 years of experience in the waste management industry. He also worked at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Awards Scholarships To UNM-LA Students Giron And Talachy

on October 19, 2019 - 8:57am

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association presented $500 scholarship awards to Eric Giron and Heaven Talachy Thursday at the Los Alamos Fire Administration Building on Central Avenue. Chosen from a pool of seven applicants, Giron is studying Fire Science and Talachy is studying Public Safety at UNM-LA. Giron receives a challenge coin and $500 scholarship from Deputy Chief and LAPSA President Steve Dewald, one of his teachers in the Fire Science Program at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ 

LAFD Deputy Chief and LAPSA President Steve Dawald presents a challenge coin and $500

2019 Girls Discovery Workshop At UNM-LA Nov. 2

on October 19, 2019 - 7:42am
UNM-LA News:
Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in a day of empowerment and inspiration 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at UNM-LA.
This year’s free workshop will include interactive sessions on topics such as self-defense, healthy relationships, Roller Derby, non-traditional sports, expressing culture/diversity through art, being a good social media citizen, dance, and so much more. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, along with giveaways and the chance to win prizes.
Additional information and online registration are available at

UWNNM And LACF Invite Nonprofits To Learn How To Become Part Of Biggest Giving Day Of The Year

on October 19, 2019 - 7:34am
LACF News:
Last year more than 140 New Mexico nonprofits participated in #GivingTuesdayNM and leveraged the power of collaboration to raise more than $2 million for their organizations. This year the biggest giving day of the year is Dec. 3.
United Way of Northern New Mexico and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are sponsoring an information session for local nonprofits with GTNM Coordinator Morgan O'Donnell.
The event is 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Wallace Hall (Room 505) in Building 5 at UNM-LA. Nonprofits are invited to attend and learn how to become part of

Chamisa ‘Best Of State’ In Scholastic Reading Challenge

on October 18, 2019 - 5:08pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, back row left, with staff and members of the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge celebrate the top readers in the 2019 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge who each received bicycles from the Masonic Lodge. Courtesy photo 

Chamisa Elementary School students and staff with their 2019 ‘Best of State’ Scholastic ad-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge banner. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock is the “Best of State” winner of the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge.

Chamisa students read the most minutes

Mandi Torrez Of Bernalillo Public Schools Named 2020 New Mexico Teacher Of The Year

on October 18, 2019 - 10:30am

New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart surprises Mandi Torrez today in her classroom at Placitas Elementary in Bernalillo announcing she is the 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Courtesy photo


New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart makes surprise announcement at Placitas Elementary in Bernalillo

BERNALILLO—New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart announced today the selection of Mandi Torrez from Bernalillo Public Schools as the 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made during a

Los Alamos High School Alumni Challenges Have Raised More Than $16,000 To Date

on October 18, 2019 - 8:21am

Class of 1989 at their reunion in August. Courtesy/LAPSF


Class of 1969 at their reunion in September. Courtesy/LAPSF

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation News:

Members of the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) class of 1989 have started a new tradition, and they have issued a cordial fundraising challenge to other graduating classes.

During the 1989 reunion in August, besides the usual social events, the class undertook a fundraiser in which they raised more than $10,000 for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

Letter To The Editor: Time To Improve Our More Than 50 Year Old White Rock Schools

on October 18, 2019 - 7:52am


Principal, Chamisa Elementary School

I have the pleasure of becoming  the next principal at Chamisa Elementary School.

It has been a truly amazing experience. The community culture is one of the best aspects of Chamisa. Our community is what makes Chamisa unique. Chamisa Elementary School’s culture is entwined with the community.

The culture of Chamisa has stood the test of time. It’s now time to enhance the culture of Chamisa with structural upgrades.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools have stood relatively unchanged for over 50 years.

Rotary: Espanola Y Teen Center Director Sandoval

on October 18, 2019 - 7:40am

Ben Sandoval, director of the YMCA Teen Center in Espanola, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Team Intergalactic, the students from the YMCA who traveled to China in July to compete in the Entrepreneurial Challenge Category of the RoboRAVE International robotics competition. The project had to show an application for improving conditions in the world. Sandoval and three students of the eight-person team were able to travel to Guangdong with their project, a robotic, programmable solar-and-wind-powered irrigation system on a track, which had already won at regional levels.

LAHS Graduate And U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Aban Jebbanema Shares Experience With NJROTC Students

on October 17, 2019 - 3:32pm

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Aban Jebbanema spent four years in the NJROTC program at Los Alamos High School and graduated in 2004. He returned today to LAHS to speak to students enrolled in the NJROTC program, lead drills and share his experience. Following graduation in 2004, Chief Jebbanema spent two years studying at UNM in Albuquerque before entering the U.S. Navy where he has served for 12.5 years. He is preparing for his fourth deployment aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), which is the fourth Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier in the United States Navy.

University Of Arizona Astronomer Receives Packard Fellowship To Pursue Black Hole Research

on October 17, 2019 - 8:35am
Astronomer Peter Behroozi
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona astronomer Peter Behroozi was selected by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, which comes with a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue research.
This year’s class of fellows features 22 early-career scientists and engineers. The Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used.
Since 1988, the program has supported the blue-sky

PEEC: Uncover Secrets Of Milky Way Friday Oct. 18

on October 17, 2019 - 7:46am
Uncover the secrets of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 with Dan Reisenfeld. Then, watch the new full-dome film Superpower Dogsat 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct.19. Courtesy/PEEC
Watch the new full-dome film Superpower Dogsat 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, brought to Los Alamos by local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Explore the mysterious and beautiful objects of the Milky Way Galaxy at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
Astronomer Dan Reisenfeld will take attendees on

LAHS Student Leaders Target Teen Suicide

on October 17, 2019 - 6:42am
The LAHS RAPS Leadership Team. Courtesy photo
Members of LAHS Natural Helpers and RAPS Leadership team Oct. 3 presenting to the Community Health Council. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos High School Risk and Resiliency Assessment Project for Students (RAPS) Team Leaders and Natural Helpers led a Community Conversation to address the signs of sadness, self-harm and suicide in youth, Sept. 24 at UNM-Los Alamos and gave a presentation Oct. 3 to the Los Alamos Community Health Council.

“The Community Conversation was designed to

Letter To The Editor: SGR Endorses Christine Bernstein

on October 17, 2019 - 6:32am
Commissioner of Public Lands
I voted today!
But unfortunately, because of my district, I didn’t get to vote for one of my favorite candidates for school board. However, if you live in District 3, you have the chance to vote for Christine Bernstein for LAPS School Board.
I first met Christine when we were both teachers at Pojoaque Schools. She is an innovative, committed and passionate high school teacher and I know she will bring just as much energy to the school board as she does to the classroom.