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LAHS Moves Registration Paperwork Online

on February 8, 2014 - 8:31am

LAHS News:

  • No More Paper Forms to Complete for the Beginning of School Year!

Course selection is just a few days away and will be available on PowerSchool Feb. 10. While selecting your courses online in PowerSchool, LAHS would like you to complete all of the paperwork for the next school year, 2014-15. In previous years, you had to complete the forms (i.e., OTC permission, Permission to Participate, etc.), print them out and return them to LAHS. Now, you can complete the forms early and online!

Before starting course selection, go online to FamilyID You might be familiar

Resolution Filed Requiring Advanced Education for County Treasurers

on February 8, 2014 - 8:23am


SANTA FE–State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Bernalillo, has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 19, requiring that county treasurers in New Mexico have increased educational qualifications, as well as continuing to receive related education throughout their tenure.

“The reality is that the job of county treasurers has gotten more complicated since 1912 when New Mexico became a state–they manage hundreds of millions of dollars by investing public dollars, in sometimes complex investment instruments,” Candelaria said.

This comes on the heels of a decision that the recall election of the

Udall: Jornada ‘Climate Hub’ to Help N.M. Farmers and Ranchers

on February 8, 2014 - 8:17am
Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision to name the Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, N.M., the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southwest “climate hub.”

As a climate hub, it will provide information to rural communities in New Mexico, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona about the impacts of climate change. Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in October in support of the Jornada Experimental Range’s application.

“Difficult conditions are nothing new to New

New Mexico STEM Education Week Celebration

on February 8, 2014 - 8:01am


SANTA FE—Community members, students, PreK-20 educators, STEM advocates, industry professionals, state agency education professionals and elected officials will come together Feb. 7 to celebrate “NM STEM Education Week in the House” in the Capitol Rotunda.
NM STEM Education Week is the result of a memorial co-sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart, Sen. John Sapien and Sen. Gay Kernan. The memorial encourages the public education department, the higher education department and the private sector each work to advance the following goals:

  • Certify 1,000 new science and mathematics teachers

Bradbury Science Museum Lecture: HIV Genetic Research Feb. 12

on February 8, 2014 - 7:40am
LANL News:
  • Genetics in the Era of Big Data
Tanmoy Bhattacharya
Tanmoy Bhattacharya of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Division will talk about the Laboratory’s research in HIV genetics and how the deluge of new data is going to impact its future at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 12 at the Bradbury Science Museum.
The talk is the second in a series of evening lectures planned this year at the museum, and is free and open to the public.
“In biology, access to large amounts of genetic information about organisms revolutionized the way we could analyze their behavior and

Comprehensive DWI Bill Tabled in Committee

on February 8, 2014 - 7:14am


Bill tabled on same day its sponsors are being honored as DWI “Legislative Champions”

SANTA FE–Efforts to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims suffered a huge blow in the House Transportation and Public Works Committee Thursday. House Bill 10, a comprehensive bipartisan package to target repeat drunk drivers, was tabled in committee.

The action comes on the same day the bill’s sponsors were being honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD, and the Rotunda was filled with DWI Prevention displays to bring awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.

House Bill

Explore Patagonia with Los Alamos Guide

on February 7, 2014 - 10:57am
A lakeside lunch stop in Patagonia. Courtesy/Guanaco Adventures
Hiking amid snow-topped peaks. Courtesy/Guanaco Adventures
Los Alamos Daily Post

Betsy Raichur grew to love Chile when she served as a Peace Corps volunteer there in the 1980s. While visiting the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, she found a job as a research assistant collecting data for a project conducted by Iowa State University to study the guanaco, a threatened species related to alpacas and llamas.

During her eight-month project, Raichur became friends with Oscar Guineo and Gladys


Y Hires Mentoring Director

on February 7, 2014 - 10:42am
Aaron Purtzer/Courtesy Photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA hired Aaron Purtzer as director of a pilot Reach and Rise Mentoring Program, which will officially launch in March.

“The Reach and Rise Program is an excellent opportunity for members of the community to empower youth,” Purtzer said, adding that his priority now is to connect with community stakeholders and members to engage volunteers as mentors. “This program adds a new resource for community youth, but is needs adult volunteers,” he said.

In establishing the Reach and Rise Program, Purtzer’s main focus will be to connect with the


Dr. Lahiri Speaking at Diabetes Support Group Monday

on February 7, 2014 - 9:30am

Dr. Greg Charlton, Sleep Specialist, LAMC, Pamela Garcia, patient Outreach Coordinator and Linda Trujillo, Sleep Lab Manager present at sleep apnea support group meeting. Courtesy photo


Aparimita Lahiri, MD, a Los Alamos Endocrinologist, will be this month’s featured guest speaker at the Los Alamos Diabetes Support Group meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

Aparimita Lahiri, MD

Dr. Lahiri will address promising developments regarding diabetes management and treatment.


Free Beer Co-op Event Sunday

on February 7, 2014 - 9:17am


LABC News:

Members of the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative Board will be on hand at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Co+op cafe to talk about their progress, vision, Member Loan Program and ways to get involved. Light refreshments will be served at this free information session.

The Los Alamos Co+op Market can be found at two locations: 95 Entrada Dr. and inside Fusion Multisport on Central Avenue across from CB FOX.

Check the website or call the Co+op 505.695.1579 for more information.

'Got Dance?' Audition at the YMCA

on February 7, 2014 - 8:51am

YMCA News:

The Y is calling for dance auditions open to ages 12 and older in individual and group dance categories. Selected acts will perform 4-6:30 p.m., April 26 at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road.

Dancers will compete per category for top honors. Performance will be on a 25’ deep x 45’ wide wooden, elevated stage coated in a poly-resin paint.

The performance will benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign for scholarships. Tickets sold at the door.

Audition requires submitting an electronic link of your representational dance.

LAHS Athlete Mike Walker Signs With Fort Lewis

on February 7, 2014 - 8:21am

Los Alamos High School cross country athlete Mike Walker signed a National Letter of Intent with Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., over the lunch hour Wednesday. Fort Lewis is a NCAA Division II college that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. From left, Coach Rob Hipwood, Mike Walker and his father Warner Walker. Photo by Leland Lehman/
From left, Coach Rob Hipwood, Los Alamos High School athlete Mike Walker, his father Warner Walker and Coach Kathy Hipwood. Photo by Leland Lehman/
From left, Coach Rob Hipwood, Mike Walker, his father Warner

Atomic Phoenixes Win LEGO Presentation Award

on February 7, 2014 - 8:07am
The Atomic Phoenixes homeschool team beat 44 other teams to win a Presentation Award at the New Mexico FIRST LEGO League Tournament Feb. 1 in Albuquerque. The award recognizes the team from Los Alamos on their work on how to reduce frontline wildland firefighter deaths. Courtesy/Atomic Phoenixes

School Board Meets Tuesday

on February 7, 2014 - 7:59am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the  Los Alamos High School Speech Theater, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The agenda items include:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes for Board Retreat Thursday, Dec.19, 2013
  • Approval of Budget Adjustment Requests
  • Ratification of January Cash Disbursements
  • Request for Proposal Update
  • January Journal Entry Report
  • Student Dress Code
  • Audit Report
  • 2014-15 Budget Committee Charter and Selection of Members
  • Revised 2014-15 School Calendar
  • Living Skills
  • Teacher Evaluation Committee Charter and Selection of Members
  • End of Course Exam

Padilla Introduces Active Shooter Training Bill

on February 7, 2014 - 7:56am


SANTA FE – Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, introduced Senate Bill 282 Monday, which calls for an appropriation of $50,000 to the Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD) to provide an active shooter response program.

“Active shooter training will help save the lives of both our public safety professionals and citizens that find themselves in dangerous situations,” Padilla said. “The primary objective of this legislation is to provide training to help first responders get to injured citizens quickly and safely.”

According to President Diego Arencón of the Albuquerque Area

UPDATE: Luján Announces Congressional App Competition for High School Students

on February 7, 2014 - 7:46am
UPDATE: Submission period is open until 5 p.m. EDT
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. Congressional News:

SANTA FE—U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced details today for the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, "The House Student App Challenge." 

High school students from the Third District can compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Help Women, Hispanics

on February 7, 2014 - 7:39am

VOC News:

As a worker’s rights issue, wage protection is appropriate addition to NM constitution

ALBUQUERQUE—If the statewide minimum wage was raised to $8.50 an hour, as currently proposed in Senate Joint Resolution 13 (SJR-13), it would impact more than 91,000 workers outside of the city of Santa Fe and Bernalillo County, which already have  minimum wages at $8.50 or higher.

Such an increase would put almost $50 million in their pockets, and most of that money would be spent in the local economy. That’s one of the conclusions of a report released by New Mexico Voices for Children.
Such a


Science of Signatures Seminar Feb. 12

on February 7, 2014 - 7:24am


NSEC - Institute for Geophysics, Planetary Physics and Signatures, announces the Science of Signatures Seminar Series 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Research Park, 2nd Floor, 203A Conference (Hot Rocks Cafe.)

Speaker Sanna Sevanto, EES-14, will discuss “Watching Water Flow Through Trees to Assess Climate Change.”
Water vapor flux through the stomata of plants (transpiration) is one of the key components linking the atmosphere to the land surface.

Los Alamos AP Students and Staff Honored at State Capitol

on February 6, 2014 - 6:08pm

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday on the floor of the Senate at the State Capitol. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates Los Alamos students for their hard work in the classroom. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

By Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff were honored at the State Capitol Rotunda and on the floor of the State Senate Tuesday, Feb.

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk Seeks Fifth Term

on February 6, 2014 - 3:25pm

Judge Alan Kirk. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Judge Alan S. Kirk told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he will seek a fifth term as Municipal Judge of Los Alamos County.

"I want to continue providing services to the community through the professional staff of the court that we have developed," Kirk said. "This includes community service programs, probation programs and our extremely successful teen court program."

Kirk moved to Los Alamos in 1958 and graduated from Los Alamos High School and Eastern New Mexico University.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2014

on February 6, 2014 - 1:27pm

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Jan. 30 at 2:02 p.m. / Police arrested James Reagan, 49, of Los Alamos at 1900 Diamond Dr., and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

Jan. 31 at 2:52 p.m. / A 32-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that she was the victim of identity theft on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is unknown.

Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.

Limping Coyote Spotted at Chamisa School

on February 6, 2014 - 12:09pm

A coyote was spotted by a parent at about 7:30 a.m. today limping around the grounds at Chamisa Elementary School on Meadow Lane in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The parent of a student at Chamisa Elementary School photographed a coyote limping around the school grounds on Meadow Lane in White Rock at 7:30 a.m. today. The parent expressed concern that the coyote might attack children at the school.

There have been a number of coyote sightings around the area this winter.

Cease and Desist Order Issued Against Los Alamos Man

on February 6, 2014 - 11:52am
Jerry Beery at a Los Alamos County Council meeting last year. File photo
Staff Report

The State issued an order Tuesday to stop a Los Alamos resident from selling unauthorized securities to senior citizens and retirees in an illegal scheme.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division issued the cease and desist order against Jerome Griggs Beery who sold securities totaling more than $200,000 to mostly retirees and senior citizens in Los Alamos, in violation of state law.

Beery, 79, who is not a state-licensed investment broker, has been ordered to cease

Police Caution Motorists to Slow Down and Leave Plenty of Space Between Vehicles!

on February 6, 2014 - 10:24am

A tow truck arrives this morning at the scene of a two-car accident with minor injuries on Diamond Drive. Photo by Val Smith


Los Alamos Daily Post

This morning, there was a two-car accident on Diamond Drive between Conoco Hill and the Los Alamos Baptist Church. Minor injuries were reported in that accident.

An eyewitness reported that early Wednesday evening he saw a motorist slide into the vehicle in front, bounce off and slam into the guardrail on the Omega Bridge. Minor injuries also were reported in that accident.

"We want to caution motorists to decrease their

NNSA Reaches B61-12 LEP Milestone

on February 6, 2014 - 9:45am

The B61-12 LEP. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced that Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories successfully completed the first full-system mechanical environment test of the B61‑12 as part of the NNSA’s ongoing effort to refurbish the B61 nuclear bomb.

Dr. Donald L. Cook

This first full-system mechanical environment test is one of several critical milestones for the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP.) The B61-12 LEP is an essential element of the U.S.