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2019 Los Alamos Faith And Science Forum Asks: Are You A Robot? Brain, Mind, Soul

on May 9, 2019 - 8:10am


LA Faith & Science Forum News:

This summer, the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum asks: Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind, Soul.

If you use the internet at all, you may have been asked whether you are a robot. Many websites do this, trying to protect against spurious account creation. On one level, it’s an easy question to answer — no, you’re not a robot, you’re a flesh-and-blood human.

But on another level, it’s more difficult.

Chamisa Elementary School Third Graders Portray Famous Figures At Annual Wax Museum

on May 8, 2019 - 2:42pm
Interest is running high on Sports Row, as third graders impersonating waxwork figures of famous people tell their stories today at Chamisa Elementary School. Third graders may choose any figure they wish. They learn about the history of the person and give a short speech when a ticket is tossed in their ring. Fourth graders will portray New Mexico greats later in the day. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Did you know Abraham Lincoln was a mail carrier in his early years? Mikolaj Raven recounts how he used to carry cards and letters in his hatband. Photo by Bonnie J.

Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture Draws SRO Crowd

on May 8, 2019 - 10:00am

The 2019 Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture Monday evening at Duane Smith Auditorium drew a standing room crowd. Visit Courtesy photo

Scene from the 2019 Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture Monday evening at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo

SFCC To Celebrate Kate Besser Writing Awards

on May 8, 2019 - 8:58am
The Writer, David Maidenberg. Courtesy photo
SFCC News:
SANTA FE –– Santa Fe Community College emerging writers will showcase their work during the Kate Besser Writing Awards celebration, formerly known as the Student Writing Awards at 6 p.m. today at Meow Wolf, in the Learning Lab, 1352 Rufina Circle.
The recipient of the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship also will be announced. The awards were renamed the Kate Besser Writing Awards in recognition Besser’s love of literature and creative writing.
More than a dozen writers representing the diverse

DNCU Awards Scholarships To 10 Graduating Seniors

on May 8, 2019 - 8:57am

DNCU News:
  • Over the past 19 years, DNCU has awarded $158,000 in scholarships and assisted 158 local students

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, has announced the recipients of the DNCU Scholarship program for the 2019-20 school year. The 10 finalists will each receive $1,000 toward their higher education goals - college or vocational school of their choice.

“The scholarship program at DNCU was created to inspire younger generations to reach their full potential, and we are honored to present these ten exemplary students with scholarships,”

Los Alamos High School Graduate Micaela Salazar Receives Commission As Second Lieutenant

on May 7, 2019 - 5:42pm

LAHS graduate Micaela J. Salazar has received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School graduate Micaela J. Salazar recently completed the University of New Mexico’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Salazar also received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Criminology, graduating with honors.

She plans to continue law school at UNM to become a licensed attorney as well as a Judge Advocate

Los Alamos County Emergency Exercise Scheduled At UNM-LA; Campus Closed To Public May 18

on May 7, 2019 - 5:35pm
This Saturday, May 18, Los Alamos County’s Emergency Management Division will be conducting an Active Shooter Full-Scale Exercise on the UNM-LA Campus in Los Alamos.
The campus will be closed to the public that day. This exercise is being conducted to assess the immediate response by law enforcement and fire/rescue personnel to a simulated active shooter event at the campus. The exercise will take place over seven hours, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.
There will be setup and preparation activities beginning as early as 6:30 a.m., May 18.

Angel Fire Resort: Teacher Appreciation Week Sale

on May 7, 2019 - 8:18am

Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

SKI News:

ANGEL FIRE – Making ski-industry history, the return of the first-ever Teacher Pass will offer all teachers K-12 one of the best full season ski pass discounts in the country.  

Angel Fire Resort has announced that the 2019-2020 Teacher Pass, a season pass for all teachers K-12 nationwide is now available at the heavily discounted price of just $99.

The Teacher Pass is designed to thank educators for the work they do with students and to make skiing easier and offer more value for teachers and their families during the ski season.

NMMSH: Free Science Saturday Program May 11

on May 7, 2019 - 8:04am
ALAMOGORDO Spin up a pan of water and make a miniature hurricane.
Join Education Director Dave Dooling for a (not too) messy morning using food dye and spinning water pans to simulate hurricanes and ocean circulation the way scientists do in laboratories. It’s not quite a tempest in a teapot, but its close enough. Science Saturday will be held 10 a.m. to noon in the front classroom of the museum’s New Horizons Dome Theater.
Science Saturday is free to the public and happens every second Saturday of the month.

PEEC: Learn How To Help Monarch Butterflies Tonight

on May 7, 2019 - 7:28am
Learn about monarch butterflies and what the community can do to help them at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Monarch butterflies are beautiful and impressive creatures, but their populations are decreasing drastically. The community can help this iconic species by planting locally native milkweed and early and late blooming nectar flowers.
Learn more about this species and how to help with experts Jenna Stanek and Steve Cary at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
Monarchs migrate across the continent over four

Rotary Distinguished Student: Sarah Crotzer

on May 7, 2019 - 7:08am
Taking part in Rotary's Distinguished Student of Service recognition April 30, from left, Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle, Rotarian Christine Sierk, Distinguished Student of Service Sarah Crotzer, parents Laura and Ron Crotzer and LAHS orchestra teacher Michelle Rosette. Photo by Linda Hull
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently acknowledged the accomplishments of LAHS junior Sarah Crotzer. Her family friend Christine Sierk welcomed her to the podium. Photo by Linda Hull
Los Alamos Rotary Club
Rotary is the oldest service organization in

Local Non-Profit Overcomes Challenges Of Staying Competitive In Los Alamos

on May 6, 2019 - 5:31pm
For non-profits and small businesses, staying competitive and recruiting high-quality employees in a town like Los Alamos can be difficult.
Many people work for Los Alamos National Laboratory where potential employees expect benefits, like health insurance.
Before the Affordable Care Act kicked in, health insurance was a luxury that not every business could offer their employees, making it even harder for them to recruit the best. The good news for small businesses and non-profits is that now they can participate in beWellnm for Small Business.

Little Sprouts Kitchen Offers Two Cooking Camps

on May 6, 2019 - 4:11pm
Kelly Parker, owner of Little Sprout’s Kitchen teaching a class at a custom cooking Birthday Party. Courtesy photo
Little Sprouts Kitchen will offer two Healthy Hands cooking camps this summer for local youth that focus on nourishing recipes and creating healthy food culture.

June 17-20 and July 15-18:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Ages 7-12
  • Little Sprouts Kitchen
  • 1 Karen Circle, White Rock, NM 87547
  • $135 includes four days of cooking, fun and food.

Program Summary

The Kids Cooking Camp will start with the Healthy Hands 8-Hour Core Cooking Program.

LAMS Students Shine At Denver Music Competition

on May 6, 2019 - 9:07am

LAMS music students shine and bring home multiple awards over the weeked at the Music in the Parks competition in Denver, Colo. Courtesy/Lindsay Alexander

Awards won over the weeked by LAMS music studetnts in performances at the Music in the Parks competition in Denver, Colo. Courtesy/Lindsay Alexander

Within the Los Alamos Middle School Music Department, 192 students from various ensembles competed last weekend and won multiple awards at the Music in the Parks competition in Denver, Colo.

Forty-six ensembles from 14 schools representing New Mexico, Colorado

New Mexico Athletics Association Recognizes eSports Activity And LAHS Has Inaugural Team At The Table

on May 5, 2019 - 8:57am
LAHS eSports champions and coaches from left, Coach Jason Rutledge, Ben Ortiz, Aaron Lauritzen, Captain Joe Ortiz, Jaryn Newman, Evan Shipley, Jeremiah Palmer Scott and Associate Director Dusty Young of the New Mexico Activities Association. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Coach Jason Rutledge observes the team as they prepare for a medal winning round for the state finals match of the inaugural eSports season. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos High School Class of 2019 just might be remembered as the class of technology.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Fights To Boost Benefits, Recruitment, Retention For Teachers At Native Schools

on May 5, 2019 - 7:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to convene the committee’s first legislative hearing of the 116th Congress to receive testimony on three bills, including S.279, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act, which Udall co-sponsored.
The Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act would create equitable access to the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) for all Bureau of Indian

Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery Presents Student Exhibition Opening Reception May 9

on May 5, 2019 - 7:11am
‘Spring in the City’ oil painting by SFCC art student Ameliah P. Jaramillo-Ortega. Courtesy/SFCC
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery presents an exhibition celebrating students in School of Arts, Design and Media Arts.
The exhibition opens with a reception 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the Visual Arts Gallery on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
The SFCC School of Arts, Design and Media Arts offers comprehensive coursework in fine arts design, media arts, dance, drama and performance.

National Science Foundation Awards SHSU Faculty

on May 5, 2019 - 6:38am
Christopher Hobbs receives a $410,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Courtesy photo
SHSU News:
Christopher Hobbs, assistant professor of Chemistry in Sam Houston State University’s College of Science and Engineering Technology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development Program CAREER Award for his research proposal, “Developing New Polymer Supported Catalysts Using ROMP, ADMET and ATRP with High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students”.
The CAREER award grants Hobbs $410,000 over five years to support the development of undergraduate

More Scenes From LAHS Prom Photo Shoot At Pond

on May 4, 2019 - 8:01pm
Los Alamos High School Prom goers and parents gather for pre-prom photos Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Ellie Oldham pins a boutonniere on Sebbie Wood. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Elegant couple Jacob Nielsen and Zoe Butler. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Elegant ladies from left, Sasha Dolin, Neha Sadasivan, Ellie Oldham, Maddie Ovaska, Natalie Aulwes, Katie Herrmann, Emily Holmes and Esther Wermer. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Fine gentlemen dressed up for the prom.

Friends Gather For Prom Photos At Ashley Pond

on May 4, 2019 - 7:35pm

Los Alamos High School friends from left, Sasha Dolin, Neha Sadasivan, Ellie Oldham, Maddie Ovaska, Natalie Aulwes, Katie Herrmann, Emily Holmes and Esther Wermer gather for photos this afternoon at Ashley Pond Park before this evening's prom. Courtesy photo

Members Of Los Alamos Girl Scout Troop 116 Gather For Prom Photos At Ashley Pond Park

on May 4, 2019 - 7:20pm

All dressed up for the 2019 Los Alamos High School Prom this evening from left, Katy Herrmann, Moira Kurapatwinski, Emily Holmes and Natalie Aulwes - all members of Girl Scout Troop 116 - pose for photos this afternoon at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Duane W. Smith Portrait Unveiling And Dedication At Auditorium Friday

on May 4, 2019 - 5:39pm

The portrait of former Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Duane ‘Smitty’ Smith in unveiled and dedicated Friday in the lobby of Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus welomes guests to the portrait unveiling cermony for former LAPS Superintendent Duane Smith Friday at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Former LAPS Superintendent Duane Smith daughter Kelly Smith Myers, left, and Joann Smith Brown stand beneath the portrait of Duane Smith, listening as the portrait artist describes his

NMDWS Launches Plan To Educate Employers On New Minimum Wage Legislation And Their Responsibilities To Avoid Errors And Non-Compliance

on May 4, 2019 - 5:12pm
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) is working closely with the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA), Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), and the Statewide Chamber Executives (SCE) to educate employers on minimum wage requirements and the state statutes around labor law.
Employers who are well informed and have received training, tools, and resources will be in a position to avoid errors and non-compliance with regards to paying the appropriate wages to their employees and avoiding settlements of wage claims.
Beginning in

Scenes From 2019 Leadership Los Alamos Graduation Ceremony At Pajarito Ski Lodge Friday

on May 4, 2019 - 4:40pm

Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) Board of Directors Chair Martha Katko gives Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris a congratulatory hug during the LLA Class of 2019 graduation celebration Friday at the Pajarito Ski Lodge. Morris, a graduate of LLA in 2017, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Among his contributions to the community, Katko mentioned that Morris spearheaded the Rotary Club of Los Alamos project to build a treehouse at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

On behalf of Michelangelo Lobato, the recipient of the LLA 2017 Distinguished Leadership