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How Telescope Changed Understanding Of Skies Friday

on December 26, 2018 - 8:02pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
As breakthroughs in astronomy occurred, the "Known Universe" kept increasing in size. Join Dave North and Akkana Peck in the Los Alamos Nature Center's planetarium Friday, Dec. 28 to explore how the perception of reality has grown over time, noting bumps along the road, some dead ends and some groundbreaking ideas.
 
This talk begins at 7 p.m. and will look at the telescope, in particular.
 
This is the second in a series of planetarium talks that North and Peck are giving about finding a larger universe.

Preview Super Moon Total Eclipse At NMMNHS Jan. 4

on December 26, 2018 - 9:19am
Courtesy/NASA
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Another Super Moon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico the evening of Jan. 20, 2019.
 
That night the moon will be full and relatively close to the Earth, which in recent years has become known as a Super Moon, and it will also be totally eclipsed!  
 
During the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s (NMMNHS) $5 First Friday event Jan. 4, there will be a preview event of this astronomical convergence.
 
Each first Friday evening of the month, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is open 5:30-9

NMMNHS Hosts ‘Encounter Party’ Following New Horizons Fly-By Of Kuiper Belt’s Ultima Thule

on December 25, 2018 - 5:32pm

Illustration of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 – nicknamed ‘Ultima Thule’ – a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Set for New Year’s 2019, New Horizons’ exploration of Ultima will be the farthest space probe flyby in history. Courtesy image/NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

NMMNHS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto July 14, 2015, but its mission didn’t end there. On New Year’s Day, the probe will perform another flyby of a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (is

Area State Farm Agents Upgrade Technology For Youth

on December 24, 2018 - 9:21am

Santa Claus sent five good neighbors to the Española YMCA Teen Center this week who posed with presents that their donations purchased. Los Alamos State Farm Agent Lou Santoro, right, rallied other agents together to help the Center upgrade its technology. From left, Española agent Manuel Valdez; Taos agent Andrea Suazo, Santa Fe agent Garrett Seawright, State Farm Manager Ben Caton and Santoro.

Española Y Teen Center Youth Deliver 99 Stockings

on December 24, 2018 - 9:08am

The Española YMCA Teen Center (EYTC) youth deliver 99 stockings to residents of the Pajarito Housing Community in Española. They drove up in a lighted float, played music and gave youth individualized stockings. Dr. Ben Neal and his wife Ruth Ann provided homemade crochet hats, scarves and gloves. Courtesy/YMCA

Española YMCA Teen Center youth prepare 99 stockings to deliver to residents of the Pajarito Housing Community in Española. Courtesy/YMCA

Española YMCA Teen Center youth prepare 99 stockings to deliver to residents of the Pajarito Housing Community in Española. Courtesy/YMCA

Give Your Family The Gift Of Cultural Understanding – Host An Exchange Student!

on December 23, 2018 - 7:24am
ASSE News:
 
Give the ultimate gift of cultural understanding by hosting a foreign exchange student this upcoming year.
 
ASSE International Student Exchange, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Portugal, South Korea, Italy, France, The former Soviet Union Countries, Norway and more!
 
Couples, single parents, and families with & without children in the home are all encouraged to host! You can choose to host a student for a semester or for the school year.
 
Each ASSE student

State Library Foundation Sponsors Fun Facts Series

on December 23, 2018 - 7:23am
State Library Bookmobile. Courtesy photo
 
NMSLF News:
 
SANTA FE  The New Mexico State Library Foundation (NMSLF) was established in 2017 to support the New Mexico State Library, an institution that is somewhat mysterious to many state residents.
 
NMSLF created and produced the Fun Facts social media campaign to educate the public and potential funders about the State Library’s collections and the programs and services it provides to New Mexico’s 119 local libraries. As a result of this social media campaign, nearly 800 people now follow the Foundation on Facebook.
 
The ten Fun

Safety Talks At Aspen Elementary In December

on December 23, 2018 - 7:04am
Aspen student Ralston Hoffer holds up his ‘thank you card’ to local first responders. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Anna Richardson and Estevan Salazar work their ‘thank you cards’ to local first responders. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
During the month of December, Aspen Elementary School Counselor Kim Pulliam and the Los Alamos Police Department collaborated to present important safety tips and tools to support students in staying safe over the holidays.
 
In conjunction with the Healthy Schools Initiative Prevention Program and local first responders, Pulliam was able to reach more than 100

Finish Shopping Christmas Eve At Nature Center

on December 22, 2018 - 7:55am
Stocking stuffers available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to finish its holiday shopping Christmas Eve at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road.
 
The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and is a perfect spot to show visiting family and friends. The gift shop also has many unique stocking stuffers available and a self-serve recycled wrapping station for customers to use.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is free to visit and equipped with interactive exhibits, a wildlife observation

New Instructional Coaches Support LAPS Teachers

on December 22, 2018 - 7:37am
LAPS Instructional Coaches from left, Kati Steinberg, Leslie Clark, Nila Montoya and Sharon Fogle. Courtesy/LAPS
 
LAPS News:
 
At the most recent Los Alamos Public Schools board meeting, the new LAPS Instructional Coaches presented an overview of how they are supporting teachers as they plan and deliver effective lessons to students at LAPS.
 
The coaches, Nila Montoya, Sharon Fogle, Kati Steinberg and Leslie Clark, explained the role of their team and highlighted a few of their accomplishments since the start of the school year.
 
The coaching model is not new to the district; it’s been done

Los Alamos Middle School Cheerleaders Sing Christmas Carols Thursday At Sombrillo And Aspen Ridge

on December 22, 2018 - 7:11am

Los Alamos Middle School cheerleaders went Christmas Caroling Thursday afternoon to Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge. They were accompanied by their sponsor, Espy Garcia, some LAMS staff and parents. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Middle School cheerleaders sing Christmas Carols Thursday afternoon for residents at Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Middle School cheerleaders Christmas Caroling Thursday afternoon at Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge. Courtesy photo

Heinrich: Nominees To U.S. Service Academies

on December 22, 2018 - 7:07am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced his nominees to the United States Service Academies including Javier McTeigue and Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos.
 
A nomination is required to attend the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy–the Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination. Being nominated is a significant honor.

Explore Science And Folklore Behind Winter Solstice At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium Tonight!

on December 21, 2018 - 5:09pm

Explore the science and folklore behind the Winter Solstice at 7 p.m. today in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The nature center also will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

PEEC News:

Explore the science and folklore behind the Winter Solstice at 7 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.

Astronomer Rick Wallace will discuss the astronomy of solstices as well as folklore, festivals and activities that are dedicated to celebrating this time of year.

Wallace will look at solstice celebrations from around the world in

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Teacher Rachel Bartram

on December 21, 2018 - 4:40pm

Space History Museum Hosts Free Telescope Workshop

on December 21, 2018 - 4:12pm
Backyard astronomer. Courtesy/Air and Space Magazine
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department will be holding a free telescope workshop at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, in the front classroom on the Tombaugh Building.
 
The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the basics of set-up and viewing.
 
“Buying a telescope as a Christmas gift is a great idea, but teaching your child how to use it is sometimes very challenging,” Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola said.

UA: Stellar Corpse Reveals Clues To Missing Stardust

on December 21, 2018 - 7:09am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Everything around you – your desk, your laptop, your coffee cup – in fact, even you – is made of stardust, the stuff forged in the fiery furnaces of stars that died before our sun was born.
 
Probing the space surrounding a mysterious stellar corpse, scientists at the University of Arizona have made a discovery that could help solve a long-standing mystery: Where does stardust come from?
 
When stars die, they seed the cosmos around them with the elements that go on to coalesce into new stars, planets, asteroids and comets.

Udall Congratulates Northern And Northwestern New Mexico Nominees To United States Service Academies

on December 20, 2018 - 4:16pm

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the 44 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2019, including Jacob Torrez and Neil Wilkerson of Los Alamos and six other students from Northern and Northwestern New Mexico. 

A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Life Flight Crew Visits With LAHS Students

on December 20, 2018 - 3:33pm
LAHS Senior Elizabeth Dimick sits in the helicopter while members of the Air Methods Life Flight crew, left, Challen Clarke, Jennife Valdez and Ashley Lobsinger answer questions from students in Becca Jones Life Smarts class. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos High School students in Rebecca Jones Life Smarts class were able to learn firsthand about careers in emergency medical services as staff from Air Methods Life Flight landed (literally) on the practice field at the high school.
 
Students watched as the medical helicopter landed on the field with a crew consisting of the

Los Alamos Dispatcher Cari Mace Graduates As Valedictorian Of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class

on December 19, 2018 - 5:14pm

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

Consolidated Dispatch Center Manager Kate Stoddard, left, with Dispatcher Cari Mace. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department has announced that Dispatcher Cari Mace graduated Dec. 14 as valedictorian of Public Safety Telecommunicator Class #141.

Dispatcher Mace was one of 25 students from 17 different agencies in Class #141, and she had an average exam rate of 99.75 percent.

New Mexico Statue Chapter 29 Article 7C outlines the qualifications for certification as a Public Safety Telecommunicator.

Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance Agency Donates $2,500 To LAPS Foundation

on December 19, 2018 - 8:32am

State Farm Insurance Agent Lou Santoro, center, generously donated $2,500 to the LAPS Foundation to support innovation and growth at Los Alamos Public Schools. Santoro is a regular supporter of the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA Introduces ‘Designing Your Life’ Course

on December 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

UNM-LA continuing faculty member Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, also a LANL staff member, will teach Designing Your Life, UNIV 101 this spring at UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA is launching a new course in the Spring 2019 semester: Designing Your Life, UNIV 101. The class is based on a Stanford University course, using the book, “Designing Your Life” by Stanford University professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

Burnett and Evans developed a series of exercises to help students engage in ‘design thinking,’ a strategy typically used to improve a product or experience.

Northern New Mexico College Rolls Out New 55+ Tuition Discount Program

on December 18, 2018 - 4:55pm

NNMC News: 

ESPAÑOLA —Northern New Mexico College’s Board of Regents approved a new tuition discount program Dec. 7 for students age 55+.

Starting Spring 2019 semester, the “55+ Tuition Discount Program” allows students who are age 55 and older to take one 3- or 4-credit non-art course per semester for $150, all fees included.

The $150 tuition rate will apply to the first non-art course that a 55+ student enrolls in each semester. This amounts to a 75 percent discount from regular in-state tuition and fees, which for 3- or 4-credit classes are $624.91 and $832.46 respectively.

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Europe 2019 Coffee And Holiday Craft Sales At LANB

on December 18, 2018 - 10:20am

Stop by the LANB lobby, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to support Los Alamos students and their educational travel to Europe in 2019. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Looking for meaningful holiday gifts? The Europe 2019 Holiday Craft and Coffee Sale will be in the lobby of LANB, noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Stop by LANB to support Los Alamos students and their educational travel and have a free cup of coffee.

Coffee is a perfect gift for the holidays and a great way to support local youth on educational travel. Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz.

Family Strengths Network Hosts Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

on December 16, 2018 - 3:15pm
FSN News:
 
Family Strengths Network will start running a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group next semester.
 
Los Alamos has seen an increase in the number of grandparents, who are solely raising their grandchildren, over the past handful of years. The group is designed to help these families navigate their unique challenges.
 
Lori Padilla will be facilitating the group, which will meet once monthly for a group dinner with their families that will be followed by a group discussion (childcare will be provided while adults meet). Padilla is a licensed therapist and

U.S. Education Dept. To Allow TEACH Grant Recipients To Contest Conversion To Unsubsidized Loans

on December 16, 2018 - 7:24am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that after investigating numerous complaints to the Office of the Attorney General and demanding that the U.S. Department of Education evaluate its conversion of thousands of TEACH Grants to Direct Unsubsidized Loans, the Department is finalizing a process that will provide an opportunity for certain TEACH Grant recipients whose TEACH Grants were converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans to request reconsideration of the conversions.
 
“Teachers who have committed themselves to serving our

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