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Pongratz: After-School Programs Are Next Education Push

on October 16, 2019 - 9:03am
Los Alamos School Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)

Kudos to New Mexico’s Lt. Gov. Howie Morales! In an Op Ed in last Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal (link) he wrote of the benefits of Out-of-School Time informal education.

He wrote, “Across our state, many thousands of kids are alone and unsupervised – or engaging in risky behaviors – between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. while parents are still at work.

Bellevue University Joins SF Higher Education Center

on October 15, 2019 - 4:37pm
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Higher Education Center announces the partnership with Bellevue University to provide new pathways to higher education for residents of northern New Mexico.
To celebrate the new partnership, Bellevue University’s local Relationship Manager Mark Wood will host a grand opening and information session at 10 a.m. until noon Oct. 17 in the Campus Center at the Santa Fe Community College campus, 6401 Richards Avenue.
Students who attend the grand opening event can enter to win one of two $1,000 grants, which can be applied to a degree at Bellevue

Northern New Mexico Youth Summit 2019 Wednesday Oct. 23

on October 15, 2019 - 4:31pm

SFCC Halloween Extravaganza Oct. 31

on October 15, 2019 - 3:34pm
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at SFCC in the Main Hallway of the campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
This is a safe Trick or Treating event for the entire community.
This event also is alcohol and smoke-free event, no weapons are allowed, real or fake and no masks are allowed at this free event, sponsored by SFCC’s Office of Student Development.
Call 505.428.1686 for information.

Meet & Greet Morrie Pongratz At The Tub Wednesday

on October 15, 2019 - 9:44am

The community is invited to a Meet & Greet for Los Alamos School Board candidate Morrie Pongratz, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (The Tub) in Central Park Square. Pongratz is running in District 3, which is the Aspen District. Courtesy photo

Letter To The Editor: I Believe We Are A Town That Values Education ... Vote Yes For School Bond

on October 15, 2019 - 8:41am
Committee member
Los Alamos School Bond Election Committee

When my wife and I decided to move back to White Rock with our two young children more than a decade ago, I knew one thing for certain: Our kids would receive a great education. A White Rock native, I grew up in the Los Alamos Public School system, going first to Chamisa Elementary and then to the Middle and High Schools. I knew first-hand the high quality of education here and was excited to know that our kids would benefit from the same. And they have.

We’ve been fortunate that our kids have had great experiences

Letter To The Editor: Pleasure To Support Bernstein

on October 15, 2019 - 8:32am
LAHS Class of 2013

It is my pleasure to write in support of Chris Bernstein for a position on the Los Alamos Public School Board.

I attended Los Alamos school system from kindergarten to 12th grade, and ultimately graduated in May of 2013. During my time at Los Alamos High School I had the pleasure of getting to know Mrs. Bernstein, or Mrs. B as we called her.

I cannot over-stress the point that she was the most influential teacher in my high school years. She exhibits extraordinary passion while teaching, but more importantly, she cares for her students as people.

NMHU: Pakistani Exchange Student Mariam Naseer Shares Appreciation For Kindness Of Americans

on October 14, 2019 - 12:58pm
Mariam Naseer
NMHU News:
LAS VEGAS, N.M. When Mariam Naseer, a Highlands University international exchange student from Pakistan, returns home she will tell people about the kindness of Americans.
“I’m in awe of the generosity and kindness American people show,” Naseer said. “I wear hijab, a traditional scarf Muslim women wear, and was concerned I’d be the only one wearing it. All the people I’ve met in Las Vegas, from my Highlands professors to strangers, made me feel comfortable in my own skin, always asking if I was ok. So many people have said, ‘we have your back.’”

Alzheimer’s Association Free Program In Santa Fe: ‘Know The 10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease’

on October 14, 2019 - 12:21pm
AA News:
ALBUQUERQUE Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free educational program in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
The presentation, titled, “Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” will help participants differentiate between normal age-related forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s disease indicators.

Discover Why Scientists Monitor Bird Populations

on October 14, 2019 - 12:17pm
Join Keegan Tranquillo, Dulce Flores and Sarah Milligan at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 to learn about Bandelier National Monument’s bird banding program. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15 to learn more about Bandelier National Monument’s long-term bird banding program.
Bandelier bird biologists Keegan Tranquillo and Sarah Milligan and international intern Dulce Flores will give an overview of the program and discuss why it is important to monitor wildlife.

NMMNHS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

on October 14, 2019 - 10:10am
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science invites the community to take a visible stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Week.
Red Ribbon Week raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs in our community.
The Museum is inviting children of all ages to draw or write a message about the dangers of drug use. Children can also create an ofrenda (memorial display) for family members whose lives have been lost due to substance abuse.

Bernstein Announces Meet & Greet Schedule

on October 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Christine Bernstein


Los Alamos School Board District 3 candidate Christine Bernstein announces her upcoming Meet & Greet schedule:

  • Oct. 17 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op;
  • Oct. 20 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ruby K's; and
  • Nov. 1 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Film Festival.

District 3 is in the Aspen area.

Criminal Justice Talk: ‘People Not Prisons’ Oct. 22

on October 14, 2019 - 9:48am

Letter To The Editor: Terry Wallace, Jr. Gives Pat Soran Strongest Endorsement; Urges Others To View Record

on October 13, 2019 - 12:58pm
Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is a very special and unique institution in our community. The branch campus in one form or another has been in Los Alamos for 63+ years, and has always been tuned to serving the needs of our community.

Iron Magma Could Explain Psyche Density Puzzle

on October 13, 2019 - 11:31am
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — The metallic asteroid Psyche has mystified scientists because it is less dense than it should be.
Now, a new theory by researchers including scientists at the University of Arizona, could explain Psyche's low density and metallic surface.
Psyche, the largest known metallic asteroid in the solar system, is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Psyche appears to be composed largely of iron and nickel, rather than rocky rubble, like most asteroids, yet its density is estimated to be only about half that of an iron meteorite.

Girls Discovery Workshop At UNM-LA Saturday Nov. 2

on October 13, 2019 - 11:13am

Volunteers Assist Voters In Local Election

on October 13, 2019 - 9:59am

From left, election volunteers Isabel Brackbill, Jan Michel and Linda Fox, assist voters in the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board elections Thursday afternoon in the Municipal Building. Early voting started Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 2. If interested in voting in person, individuals can go 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building or 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Oct. 19 in the White Rock Town Hall. Election day is Nov. 5 and voting centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

UC President Janet Napolitano And Triad’s Thom Mason Present $599,600 Grant To LANL Foundation

on October 12, 2019 - 9:53am
University of California President Janet Napolitano, right, and LANL Director and Triad President Thom Mason, left, present funding to LANL Foundation President/CEO Jenny Parks and board members Bill Wadt, Denise Thronas, Nan Sauer, Billie Blair, Tania Sanchez, Elmer Torres, Wilmer Chavarria and Hervey Juris during a recent event. Courtesy/LANLF
Melisha Martinez, TESOL certification candidate, builds skills to better serving dual-language students at La Tierra Montessori School Courtesy/LANLF
  • Triad grant supports K-12

Letter To The Editor: Thank You To The Taxpayers Of Los Alamos

on October 12, 2019 - 9:31am
By Former LAPS School Board Members:
Jim Hall
Joan Ahlers
Nancy (Nan) Holmes
Judith Bjarke-Mckenzie
Dennis Gill
Jody Benson
Melanie McKinley
Morrie Pongratz
Dawn VanHaus
Steven P. Girrens
As previous School Board Officers, we collectively write this letter to express our deep appreciation to Los Alamos parents, business owners, and community members that have unselfishly and generously given to support the future of Los Alamos. 
We embarked upon this journey in 2007 when we had more than $300 million in capital facility needs.

Gadgets Officially Opens For Business At Bradbury

on October 12, 2019 - 8:19am
The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce celebrates the new location of the Bradbury Science Museum Assocation’s (BSMA) Gadgets Museum Shop Thursday afternoon with a ribbon cutting. The new location is in the Defense Gallery inside the Bradbury Science Museum at 1350 Central Ave. Roger Waterman, center, cuts the ribbon, while Museum Director Linda Deck, Kristin Henderson, Chamber Director and  BSMA President Ryn Herrmann, Gadget Manager Shari Foley, Kent Waterman and BSMA Vice President Bob Hull look on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The new Gadgets Muesum Shop was made possible

PEEC-nic Celebration At Nature Center Sunday Oct. 20

on October 12, 2019 - 7:54am
PEEC-nic is 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is hosting its annual membership appreciation event, PEEC-nic, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This event is open to the public, with special treats for PEEC members. There will be a variety of activities going on at the nature center for all ages including hands-on educational activities from PEEC’s educators, a chance to meet the nature center’s resident animals, delicious desserts and ice cream making at PEEC-nic.

Call For 1,000 Children’s Books Donated By Nov. 1

on October 12, 2019 - 7:42am
Sharon Allen of Los Alamos is making a library of books in response to an urgent request from a northern Uganda school that is supporting young children of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan.
She is responding to the need to collect 1,000 children's books in new or used condition (pre-K-2nd grade reading level) by Nov. 1 for shipment the following week.
Baby board books are in great demand, she said.
To donate books by Nov. 1, email All donations, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated!

Capacity Crowd Hears Jim Eckles Talk On Trinity Site

on October 12, 2019 - 7:09am

Author Jim Eckles of ‘Trinity – The History Of An Atomic Bomb National Historic Landmark’, shares his knowledge about Trinity Site with a packed room Thursday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Photo by KayLinda Crawford

SFCC Closes For In-Service Day Oct. 18

on October 11, 2019 - 7:13pm
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will not offer any services or classes Friday, Oct. 18, while faculty and staff participate in a campus-wide In-Service Day.
The day will be devoted to gathering feedback from faculty and staff on its 2020-2025 strategic plan. The In-Service Day is one of the initiatives of the college to continue to provide ways to support SFCC students in achieving their educational goals. La Familia’s Southside Clinic and KSFR will be open. SFCC’s Kids Campus will be closed to the general public.