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NHCC To Host Free Workshops About Story, Music And Opera Of ‘María de Buenos Aires’

on January 6, 2019 - 5:20am
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE At 5:30 p.m., Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 5, the National Hispanoc Cultural Center (NHCC) will hold three free Inside Opera: María de Buenos Aires workshops.
The workshops, led by Oliver Prezant and Valerie Martínez, will talk about the story/libretto, music and opera of María de Buenos Aires, which will be presented Feb. 17-24 by Opera Southwest and the NHCC. Those who attend all three workshops receive a 50 percent discount on tickets to the opera.
Astor Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires is a fully-staged opera with orchestra, sung in Spanish with both

Los Alamos Historical Society: Upcoming Lecture Examines Relationship Of Cold War And Atomic City

on January 5, 2019 - 7:19am

Samuel Buelow

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

What impact did the Cold War have on the development of Los Alamos?

That topic will be addressed Jan. 8 when Samuel Buelow delivers “Becoming the Atomic City: Community Growth and Change in Los Alamos During the Cold War,” a lecture in the continuing Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2018–2019 lecture series.

In addition to his own experience of growing up in Los Alamos in the 1980s, Buelow has examined the everyday experiences of Los Alamos residents by
delving into the historical society’s archives to research oral histories that

Back To School Monday: Snow Removal Help Needed

on January 5, 2019 - 5:44am
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
LAPS News:
Greetings from the School Superintendent's Desk!
We are getting ready to welcome all staff back Monday Jan. 7 and students Tuesday Jan. 8.
The much-needed moisture is welcomed and the snow is beautiful. As you might imagine, there is more snow on the ground than people power to shovel and clear pathways.
To help get our schools ready, here are two volunteer options:
  1. Over the weekend, shovel the walkways around our schools and neighborhood school bus stops; and
  2. Monday Jan. 7, bring breakfast treats or lunch to one of our schools.

AFT President On Governor’s First Executive Orders

on January 4, 2019 - 9:15am
Randi Weingarten
AFT News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first executive orders to replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test, known as PARCC, and transition away from New Mexico’s overreliance on value-added methodology as a measure of educator effectiveness:
“The executive orders by Gov.

Explore January’s Night Skies At Planetarium Tonight

on January 4, 2019 - 8:34am
Explore the night skies at 7 p.m. today at the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join Steve Becker at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium to explore the night skies coming up in January.
Becker will give audience members an interactive tour of the heavens that will highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month.
In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday. This vibrant film reveals

UNM-LA Closed Today Except For Essential Personnel

on January 4, 2019 - 8:14am

UNM-LA News:


UNM-Los Alamos will be closed today, Jan. 4, except for essential personnel.


Those who are required will be contacted by their supervisors to report at 10 a.m. today.


Testing Einstein: University Of Arizona Student Simulates Thousands Of Black Holes

on January 4, 2019 - 8:10am
Lia Medeiros is a Steward Observatory graduate student whose research is supported by the NSF's PIRE Project. Photo by Robert Demers/University of Arizona
UA News:
What: Modeling Variability and non-Kerr Spacetime Effects in Black Hole Images with Lia Medeiros, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, 2:10-2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Washington State Convention Center at 705 Pike Street in Seattle, Washington.
Medeiros is developing mathematical models that will allow researchers to pit Einstein's Theory of General

Gov. Lujan Grisham Issues Executive Orders On PARCC; Lt. Gov. Morales To Assume Duties Of PED Secretary

on January 3, 2019 - 8:36pm
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Office Of Gov. Lujan Grisham:
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday ordered the state’s Public Education Department to immediately take the steps necessary to terminate New Mexico’s use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test, commonly known as PARCC.
Lujan Grisham, in an executive order, called on the department to immediately begin working with key stakeholders to identify and implement a more effective, more appropriate and less intrusive method for assessing school

2018 Highlights In Education

on January 3, 2019 - 9:32am
The renovation project at Duane Smith Auditorium is completed and the facility is reopened to the public and the schools. Photo by John McHale/


This was a banner year for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

It took longer than expected but the finished product was worth the wait. Thursday, April 26, the community was invited to check out the reopened Duane Smith Auditorium. The auditorium had been closed since June 2017 for renovations to the lobby and restrooms.

For the first time in Duane Smith’s 55-year history there will be enough bathrooms to accommodate

SFCC High School Equivalency/GED Registration Open

on January 3, 2019 - 9:04am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE The registration period for SFCC HSE/GED preparation classes is open now through Jan. 17. Classes begin Jan. 22 in Spanish and English.
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 four-day orientation Jan.

UNM-LA Advisory Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Monday

on January 2, 2019 - 1:58pm

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr., in Los Alamos.

Agenda items include a brief overview of requests/expectations for the next legislative session and administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA activities.

The meeting is open to the public.

Nature On Tap: Updates In Astronomy Monday

on January 2, 2019 - 11:03am

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room, on the latest updates in astronomy and upcoming lunar eclipse. Courtesy/LACD


The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Creative District, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square for Nature On Tap, to discuss the latest updates in astronomy and learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse.

Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

On Tap is a

Storm Causes UNM-LA Closure Wednesday, Jan. 2

on January 1, 2019 - 12:50pm

UNM-LA News:

Due to the ongoing winter storm, UNM-LA will be closed all day Wednesday, Jan. 2.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Close Orbit Around Bennu, Breaking Record

on January 1, 2019 - 7:30am
Orbital A Beauty shot. Photo by Pam Scott/UA
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — At 2:43 p.m. EST, Monday Dec. 31, while many on Earth prepared to welcome the New Year, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and broke a space exploration record.
The spacecraft entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, and made Bennu the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.
“The team continued our long string of successes by executing the orbit-insertion maneuver perfectly,” said Dante Lauretta,

UNM Society Of Physics Chapter Named Outstanding Chapter For 2017-18

on December 31, 2018 - 12:48pm
Award-winning UNM chapter at Four Corners American Physical Society meeting. Courtesy/UNM

UNM News:

The UNM Society of Physics Chapter was recognized nationally recently as an Outstanding Chapter for 2017-18 by the American Institute of Physics.

The SPS Outstanding Chapter Awards are determined each academic year after a careful review of information, photos and supporting material that is presented in the annual SPS Chapter Reports. The UNM chapter focuses on making a difference in the community and strengthening students involvement in physics throughout the region.

Los Alamos National Laboratory World-Class User Facilities Foster Rich Research Opportunities

on December 30, 2018 - 7:03am

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility at LANL has a $30 million pulsed power infrastructure that includes this 1.43 gigawatt motor generator. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Through its technology transfer efforts, Los Alamos National Laboratory can implement user facility agreements that allow its partners and other entities to conduct research at many of its unique facilities.

Its national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). They

UNM Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Boomerang Event

on December 30, 2018 - 6:32am
Exhibitors share information with attendees at STEM Boomerang. Courtesy/UNM

For the second year in a row, business, academic and economic development and government leaders from the city, state and region came together at The University of New Mexico to meet with recent highly-trained STEM professionals who are in and out of New Mexico.

STEM Boomerang was held Dec. 20 in UNM’s Student Union Building with well over 200 in attendance.

UNM Press Books Take Home Awards at 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

on December 29, 2018 - 7:18am


Several books published by UNM Press were recently honored at the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

Winners were announced at an annual banquet held recently at the Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque.

The awards are managed by the New Mexico Book Co-op and are judged by a group of librarians, teachers, booksellers and book marketing experts. The awards honor the best books in New Mexico and Arizona.

Titles published by the University of New Mexico Press won nine awards:

  • "The Archaeology and History of Pueblo San Marcos: Change and Stability" edited by Ann F.

Governor-Elect Announces Regent Selection Process

on December 28, 2018 - 5:04pm

Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham

From the Office of Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

SANTA FE – Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday unveiled the process through which she will fill numerous forthcoming vacancies on New Mexico boards of regents.

The governor-elect named six individuals leading three advisory committees that are interviewing prospective candidates and vetting the background of each, using clearly defined criteria intended to determine what each institution must have in its board of regents.

The committees will offer recommendations to the governor-elect, who

Moonlight Astronomy Hike And Potluck Jan. 15

on December 28, 2018 - 9:50am
Spring moonlight hike to Tsankawi Ruins. Photo by Beth Cortright
PEEC News:

Join PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a night hike and potluck dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center in the classroom for the potluck dinner. PEEC will provide water, cups, plates, and utensils. Participants should bring a dish to share.

At about 6:30 p.m., the group will carpool to the Blue Dot Trailhead for a short night hike along the White Rock Canyon Rim Trail to observe the night sky.

The hike will be

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present: ‘A Southern Californian’s Forays Into Ice And Alpinism’

on December 28, 2018 - 9:11am
Jonathan Regele during a climbing adventure. Coutesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers

Hear about how Jonathan Regele fell in love with ice and alpinism — even though he grew up in southern California — at  7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The Mountaineers meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and open to all.

As a kid who grew up in southern California, snow was a novelty to Regele.

Nature On Tap: Latest Updates In Astronomy Jan. 7

on December 28, 2018 - 9:03am

PEEC News:

Nature on Tap will discuss the latest updates in astronomy 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Jan.7 at UnQuarked Wine Bar, 145 Central Park Square.

The event is free. Learn about the upcoming lunar eclipse and other topics of interest. Dr. Galen Gisler will lead a panel of local astronomers in this discussion.

Registration for this event is not required. This discussion is presented free by PEEC and the Los Alamos Creative District.

Kenneth Starr To Lecture At UNM School Of Law

on December 28, 2018 - 8:43am

Kenneth Starr

UNM News:

Kenneth Winston Starr, J.D., will present, “Investigating the President, Now and Then: Living in a Constitutional Quagmire” at The University of New Mexico School of Law on Wednesday, Jan. 23. 

Starr will present his lecture as a Distinguished John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lecturer. 

The event — which was postponed in October and now rescheduled — includes a book signing beginning at 4:45 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed on the UNM School of Law website or by phone

Child Advocates Disappointed Over Congressional Inability To Reauthorize LWCF

on December 27, 2018 - 9:19am
NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the failure of Congress to move a public lands package that included the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):
“We are disappointed that Congress was unable to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of the continuing resolution they passed before recessing for the holidays.

Century Bank Sponsors Backcountry Film Festival

on December 27, 2018 - 8:18am
PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell, right, thanks Century Bank Vice President, Branch Manager Karen Easton for the bank becoming the headline sponsor of the upcoming Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Century Bank recently signed on to be the headline sponsor of the upcoming Backcountry Film Festival, which is brought to Los Alamos by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater.
This popular event is coming to town Thursday, Jan. 24 and features a variety of short films about the backcountry snow sports world.
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