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Local Young Eagles Program Offers Free Flights Oct. 6

on September 29, 2018 - 8:13am
What if someone told you that students ages 8-17 can have a free flight over the skies of Los Alamos and all you need to do is send an email to request a time?
Oct. 6, the local Young Eagles Program is ready to offer free flights, once again to inspire youth about aviation. Local Coordinator April Fox has six pilots and a plethora of volunteers at the ready to answer questions, provide tours and perhaps launch not only free flights, but the next generation of pilots.
“The program is free, and all costs are covered by volunteers.

LANL, PVSD And Highlands University Collaborate On Innovative Teacher Education Program

on September 28, 2018 - 5:26pm

LANL Director Terry C. Wallace, Jr., Pojoaque Valley School District Board of Education President of the Jon Paul Romero and New Mexico Highlands University Sam Minner. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University officially launched the region’s first professional development school at a Sept. 26 PVSD board meeting.

“The value of education and the critical role it plays in the future success of both Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory cannot be overstated,” LANL Director Terry C.

Barranca Elementary Class Executes Business Plan

on September 28, 2018 - 4:34pm

Dana Kline, fifth grade math teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary, started the school year in a big way with a math-based project called Lemonade Stand! Students brainstormed, researched, did a lot of math, and wrote a business plan to sell lemonade. One group of the three classes who wrote exemplary plans and were selected to set up a stand and sell lemonade. They made their own sign, shopped for ingredients and supplies, made the product and learned how to make change. The profits will go to the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter or LA Cares Food Bank. Photo by John McHale/

Night Sky Fiesta 2018 At Bandelier Oct. 4, 5 & 6

on September 28, 2018 - 9:43am
Telescope viewing of the night sky at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
NPS News:
Bandelier will be celebrating your skies here in the park and New Mexico for three days! Solar viewing, scale model solar system walks, guests speakers, and giant telescopes will all be offered the first weekend in October.
Days will start with solar scope viewing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon to safely look at your nearest star, the sun.

Northern’s High School Equivalency Program Ranked Best In Nation Second Year In A Row

on September 28, 2018 - 7:52am
NNMC News:
ESPANOLA — Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has been ranked the best in the nation in 2017 —the second consecutive year for Northern — according to a newly released report by the Department of Education.
“This is proof without question of sustained excellence,” NNMC President Dr. Rick Bailey said. “To reach the pinnacle of national success for the second year in a row validates the caliber of our HEP program, the commitment of our educators, and the quality of Northern New Mexico’s students.”
Northern’s HEP students achieved a

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Funding For NM In Health Care And Defense Appropriations Minibus

on September 27, 2018 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced strong support for New Mexico priorities in the FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus, including funding to address the ongoing opioids crisis, improve public education, and strengthen our national security.

“This package includes funding for programs that are critical to public health and education efforts in New Mexico, while providing continued support for our servicemen and women,” Luján said.

Training For Volunteers Interested In Local History

on September 27, 2018 - 7:02am

Volunteer Sandy Charles speaks with visitors in the History Museum, ready to discuss Los Alamos history and answer questions. Courtesy photo


Have you ever wanted to know the story behind the log cabin near the Memorial Rose Garden? Or have you thought it would be interesting and fun to interact with some of the visitors who come to Los Alamos from all over the world? It is! And now is your opportunity.

The Los Alamos Historical Society and History Museum are seeking new volunteers for a variety of positions.

PEEC: Discover Explosive Astronomy Friday

on September 27, 2018 - 6:30am
Learn about explosive astronomy at 7 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Learn about explosive astronomy at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2600 Canyon Road.
Astrophysicist Rick Wallace will lead a discussion about supernovae, x-ray bursts, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars and quasars.
At this talk, Wallace also will show the full-dome movie “Exploding Universe.” “Exploding Universe” explores the kinds of explosive events that shaped the Universe.

Student Geology Adventure In Jemez Thursday

on September 26, 2018 - 4:28pm


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is partnering with the Geological Society of America (GSA), New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the San Diego Riverside Charter School and the Jemez Valley Middle School on a field project designed to raise awareness of the importance of earth science.

Thursday, Sept. 17, eighth grade students and educators will participate in a guided full school day field trip examining the local geology of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, AGI’s

Bandelier Celebrates Year Of Bird Global Big Day Oct. 6

on September 26, 2018 - 1:34pm
Great horned owl at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS


Bandelier National Monument will be celebrating the Year of the Bird in October with Global Big Day #2 Oct. 6.  
Meet at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. for a bird walk down the Falls Trail to kick off this important bird day. Please wear comfortable shoes/boots and bring water and binoculars if you have them. Contact the Bandelier Visitor Center for more information at 505.672.3861 ext 517.
Global Big Day is an international birding event to collect data on migrating birds.

NM Archaeology Fair At Jemez Historic Site Oct. 6

on September 26, 2018 - 8:54am
2017 New Mexico Archaeological Fair. Courtesy/New Mexico Historic Preservation Division
NMMA News:
SANTA FE The New Mexico Archaeology Fair is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Jemez Historic Site in Jemez Springs.
Admission to the event is free. Presented by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, the 18th annual New Mexico Archaeology Fair is a chance for children and adults to participate in hands-on demonstrations and activities associated with cultures that trace their origins back thousands of years.
Activities include yucca fiber bracelet making,

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.3 Million To NTU For Metrology And Materials Center

on September 26, 2018 - 8:48am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1.3 million to Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, NM to build a Metrology and Materials Center (MMTC).
The MMTC will offer training for displaced energy sector workers to develop competitive skills for emerging industries including 3D metal printing, machining, robotics and advanced manufacturing.

LAHS Pegasus Fundraiser Oct. 6

on September 25, 2018 - 4:10pm
Pegasus covers. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Looking for a space to sell your things? Or simply wanting a one-stop shop treasure hunt? Join Pegasus, Los Alamos High School's art and literary magazine, Saturday, Oct. 6 for a flea market in the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.
Reserve a 10’ x 10’ spot for only $20 to sell your goods, keep the proceeds and support Pegasus. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 8 a.m.
Payments can be mailed to LAHS by Friday, Sept. 28. Please make checks out “Los Alamos Public Schools.” Note “Attention: Pegasus” on the mailing address and in the

FBI Warns Texas Leaders Of Foreign Threats To Research And Academic Institutions

on September 25, 2018 - 3:01pm
FBI News:
HOUSTON, Texas — Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Perrye K. Turner welcomed Thursday, Sept. 13, the Assistant Director (AD) of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, and leaders of Texas medical, scientific research, and academic institutions.
AD Priestap discussed the challenges of protecting educational and research opportunities while mitigating potential risks to U.S. national and economic security. “Enhanced protection begins with enhanced awareness,” concluded AD Priestap.
The FBI works closely with private partners and government agencies to ensure

State Funding Match Okayed For Barranca Construction

on September 25, 2018 - 6:44am
Construction underway at Barranca Elementary School. Courtesy photo
Rendering of Barranca Elementary School in 2020. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:

The Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) has approved $8.8 million in state matching funds for the Barranca Mesa Elementary remodel project; the local match via Bond funding totals $10 million.

The total estimated cost for this project is $18.8 million. These funds will go to construction for renovation of the existing Barranca facilities.
“Thank you to the Los Alamos community for supporting this project, and thank you to

SAR Hosts Computer Scientist Leah Buechley For A Creative Thought Forum Lecture Oct. 11

on September 25, 2018 - 6:38am
Courtesy photo
SAR News:
SANTA FE The School for Advanced Research (SAR) has announced the next lecture in its second annual Creative Thought Forum series.
Computer scientist Leah Buechley presents “Connecting Science, Technology, and Culture in Education” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.
Buechley is a founder and former science director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s High-Low Tech research group.

House Dist. 43 Candidate Christine Chandler Meets With Educators To Discuss Ideas For Improving Education

on September 24, 2018 - 5:55pm

Los Alamos County Councilor and Democratic candidate for New Mexico House Dist. 43, Christine Chandler, met with several educators Sunday at a local residence to discuss ideas on how to improve education. Councilor Chandler is endorsed by both teachers unions. Topics included PARCC and other high stakes testing, the need for high quality early childhood education access and various educational inequities both in Los Alamos and throughout the district.

SFI: Limits Of Computers In Science & Society Tonight

on September 24, 2018 - 4:51pm
'The Fixer' from 'The Future is Now', by Josan Gonzales/
SFI News:
Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series: "Limits of Computers in Science and Society" with Cristopher Moore, Santa Fe Institute, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., in Santa Fe.
Computers, algorithms, and artificial intelligence have touched every aspect of our society, from science, to communication, to the justice system.

Scenes From Civil Air Patrol Los Alamos Composite Squadron Annual Change Of Command Ceremony

on September 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Civil Air Patrol Los Alamos Composite Squadron held its annual change of command ceremony last Monday at the Los Alamos County Airport. The ceremonial change of command was accomplished when the past Cadet Commander 2nd Lt. Jack Stafford passes the Cadet Squadron flag to new Cadet Commander 1st Lt. Juan Romero who will serve as the Cadet Commander for the next year. Photo by John McHale/

The squadron cadets from left, Deputy Commander of Cadets Hanna Morgan, Cadet 2nd Lt. Sila Morgan, 1st Lt. Juan Romero and 2nd Lt. Jack Stafford. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos School Children Get Pinkies Painted Purple To Help Eradicate Polio

on September 24, 2018 - 7:32am

The Purple Pinkie Project is the Rotary Club effort to eradicate Polio. Courtesy/Rotary


Volunteers through the Rotary Club of Los Alamos will visit local elementary schools at lunch Monday, Oct. 22 to raise money for polio eradication.

In 1985, Rotary International began raising funds in an effort to eliminate Polio worldwide. Polio has not been a problem in the United States for many years, but this is not the case in many developing countries.

Scenes From FSN Annual Lucky Ducky Day

on September 22, 2018 - 4:52pm

Two contestants race their duckies today down the water slide during Lucky Ducky Day at Family Strengths Network (FSN) at 3540 Orange St. The annual event is a fundraiser for FSN, which is a private, non-profit organization that has served the families of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989 through its Family Resource Center and programs. FSN's mission is to provide education, support groups, and activities to all types of families, parents, teens and children. Through our work, FSN improves the quality of family life for generations. Scholarships are available for all programs.

Los Alamos Public Safety Assoc. Awards Scholarships

on September 22, 2018 - 10:56am

Public safety scholarship recipients Michaela Robertson, left, and Lee Ann Quintana with LAPSA members from center to right, LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dawald, LAPD Sgt. Daniel Roberts and LANL Emergency Response Group Leader Jeff Dare Thursday at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney congratulates LAPSA scholarship recipients. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Members of the Los Alamos Public Safety Association (LAPSA) presented two educational scholarships to students during a

Educators, Advocates, And Tribal Leaders Propose Plan To Transform New Mexico’s Education System

on September 22, 2018 - 1:11am
ALBUQUERQUE — More than 100 people from across the state, including educators, advocates, tribal leaders, and families, met Friday to discuss the reforms necessary to provide New Mexican students with the educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.
The coalition agreed upon a comprehensive platform that greatly expands access to culturally and linguistically relevant curricula, enhances teacher supports, and promotes proven, research-based programs such as universal pre-K and K-5 Plus, extends the school year, lowers class size, and increases funding for the

Daily Postcard: Art Suspended From Ceiling At UNM-LA

on September 22, 2018 - 1:06am

Daily Postcard: Artwork suspended from the ceiling in the Student Center at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Seven Los Alamos High School Students Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists

on September 21, 2018 - 5:07pm
Seven LAHS students were named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were honored during a luncheon Wednesday attended by parents, LAHS administrators and the superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools. Pictured are: Principal Carter Payne, Liam Devin, Alina Bulthuis, Sonyia Williams, Steven Zhao, Do Vo, Peter Watson and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus. Not pictured: Antonio Dowdy. Courtesy photo
LAHS News: