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Computer Science For All

on January 31, 2016 - 9:46am

Elementary students in Baltimore, Md with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. White House photo

President Obama with students at a recent 'Hour of Code' event. White House photo

U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I was lucky to have teachers in my local public school who found creative and exciting ways to introduce me to all of the STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) disciplines.

Letter To The Editor: Hardly A Bipartisan Vote

on January 31, 2016 - 9:33am
Los Alamos

The story published in Saturday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post entitled "Legislation Allowing Adjunct Teachers Passes House", i.e., House Bill 145, describes this legislation as passing with "bipartisan" support on a 37-25 vote.

Republican Rep. Conrad James, the sponsor of the bill, also refers to this legislation as being passed with "bipartisan" support. However, a quick check on the vote for this legislation in the House will show you that only ONE Democratic representative voted for this legislation. Hardly a bipartisan vote.

One can argue whether or

Smart Design With Suzette: Highlights Of 2016 International Builders Show

on January 31, 2016 - 8:49am
White kitchen with wood accents. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

The last column I wrote indicated design trends for 2016. Let’s continue the conversation and take a look at some residential design trends that judges of the Best in American Living Awards (BASA) at last week’s International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, predicted would be this year's most prominent.

High on the list were intimate outdoor spaces, intricate stairwells, and Mid-Century Modern detailing.

Daily Postcard: Caballo Peak Overlooking Los Alamos

on January 31, 2016 - 8:29am

Daily Postcard: Caballo peak overlooking Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

House Passes Bill To Improve Student Reading

on January 31, 2016 - 8:14am


SANTA FE – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood to improve student reading passed the House of Representatives Friday evening by a bipartisan 35-27 vote. 

The bill, HB 67, would provide early identification of struggling readers, make intensive reading intervention and instruction available to these students, and end the practice of promoting students who cannot demonstrate basic reading skills by the end of third grade.

“Advancing students through the system without giving them reading skills they need to succeed is setting them up for future failure,” Youngblood

Pastor Granillo: A Jealous God

on January 31, 2016 - 8:13am
Los Alamos

He that is not jealous is not in love. —St. Augustine

Being called jealous is not typically a compliment. When people are considered to be jealous, they are thought to be in a state of mind that is ugly, selfish, insecure, and even harmful. These are things that are in direct contrast to what we think of when we think of love; so it can be very difficult for us to reconcile jealousy with love. But does that really mean they are in opposition?

What jealousy implies, or reveals about us, is likely the reason we don’t think very highly of it.

Major Archaeology Site Near Santa Fe Debuts Website

on January 31, 2016 - 8:07am

The Arroyo Hondo Pueblo project resulted in several Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations as well as nine published monographs covering various aspects of the research. Courtesy photo

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Courtesy photo

SAR News:

  • Photographs, history and research on Arroyo Hondo website

SANTA FE – About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo just minutes south of present day Santa Fe, rapidly transformed from a 100-room hamlet to a 1,000-room pueblo boomtown.

Extensive archaeological research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, directed by Douglas Schwartz, disclosed

Consortium Led By UC Berkeley Awarded $25M NNSA Grant For Nuclear Science And Security Research

on January 30, 2016 - 8:12pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced a grant award of $25 million to a University of California, Berkeley-led consortium of eight universities for research and development (R&D) in nuclear science and security. 
This long-term investment will support the consortium at $5 million per year for five years. The grant, awarded for the second time to the Berkeley-led consortium, followed announcement of a funding opportunity issued in May 2015.
The other consortium members include Michigan State University; the University

Einstein: A Stage Portrait Coming To Los Alamos

on January 30, 2016 - 8:05pm
Tom Schuch as Albert Einstein. Photo by Brad Stoddard Photography

AAUW News:

Tom Schuch, an internationally-acclaimed actor, will portray Albert Einstein, in Willard Simms’ 1984 award-winning play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Los Alamos Little Theater.

Tickets are $20 and available at CB FOX and at the door (check or cash only).

The play is set in 1946 in Einstein’s home. He invites you in to “set the record straight” on the events unfolding in the world in the wake of the atom bomb being dropped.

“It will be a performance of humor, introspection,

Mountain Elementary Art Room Gets Makeover

on January 30, 2016 - 7:41pm
Mountain was able to replace the sinks and counter top to create beautiful new work areas for the students to enjoy. Courtesy photo
Another view of the newly remoodeled art room at Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Mountain Elementary School art room recently received a much needed update thanks to the Mountain PTA, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and the school district HB 33 Referendum funds.

"We are so thankful to the LAPS Foundation and the PTA for helping us with this project," Principal Jennifer Guy said. "The new space turned out wonderfully.


Ark Preschool Hosts Fat Tuesday Around The World

on January 30, 2016 - 7:22pm

ARK News:

The Ark Preschool will hold a fundraising event, Fat Tuesday Around the World, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the First United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 715 Diamond Dr., in Los Alamos.

A sit down, four-course meal provided by Steve Wallin will be served. Donations are gratefully appreciated. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes.

For more information, call 505.662.4822, 505.662.6277 or visit


LAMC Now Houses Classic Air Medical Helicopter

on January 30, 2016 - 11:29am

Classic Air Medical Pilot Geoff Rogers thanks community members for attending Friday morning's ceremony dedicating the red helicopter's new home behind Los Alamos Medical Center. He also spoke about the helicopter and its potential for the community and acknowledged all of those who played a part in its implementation. Photo by Chris Clark/

Local officials and community members at the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday dedicating the new home behind LAMC for the Classic Air Medical helicopter. Photo by Chris Clark/

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO Feliciano Jiron

New Unitarian Church Of Los Alamos Taking Shape

on January 30, 2016 - 11:09am
The Unitarian Church under construction at 1738 North Sage St., in Los Alamos is taking shape. Photo by Chris Clark/
Workers were busy Thursday on the exterior of the church. Photo by Chris Clark/

The new church under construction for the congregation of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is moving right along.

The new building, designed by Mullen|Heller Architecture, is being built on the site of the previous church at 1738 North Sage St. between the Latter-Day Saints and the Masonic Lodge. It is scheduled for completion this spring.

Community Help Sought To Locate Masonic Widows

on January 30, 2016 - 10:51am


Pajarito Lodge #66 in Los Alamos is hosting a luncheon at its Lodge along together with Valley Lodge #69 in Espanola to honor Masonic widows June 4.

Help is needed in identifying widows of husbands from those lodges or other lodges in the Los Alamos or Espanola area.

Contact Pajarito Lodge Senior Warden Tony Fristachi at or 505.709.0692. In replying, please note if the widow will need assistance in traveling to Los Alamos.


Lawmakers Introduce Gender Pay Equity Act

on January 30, 2016 - 10:43am

  • Median income for full-time working women in the U.S. is 79 percent of median income for men. U.S. Census Bureau

SANTA FE – Today, Rep. Nate Gentry introduced the Gender Pay Equity Act, legislation to provide a tax credit to business owners who can demonstrate 100 percent gender pay equity. 

The bill, HB 282, was co-signed by Speaker Don Tripp as well as Representatives Alonzo Baldonado, Sharon Chahchischillage, Kelly Fajardo, Sarah Maestas Barnes, Terry McMillan, Andy Nuñez, Paul Pacheco, and John Zimmerman. It is also supported by Sen. Mimi Stewart. 

“Equal work should

Letter To The Editor: Excursions In Classical Music

on January 30, 2016 - 10:32am
Los Alamos

In a listing of  ways to learn more about classical music, I remind everyone that a locally produced music information program is Excursions in Classical Music. 

I have presented these programs for KRSN from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday since 2006 and each week the listener can learn about a different topic with music that illustrates the theme. 

The program is streamed and listened to by New Mexicans and many others elsewhere. It has won three awards for excellence in broadcasting given by the New Mexico Broadcasting Association.

Tune in on 107.1 FM or on

Daily Postcard: Saturday Morning Sunrise

on January 30, 2016 - 10:24am

Daily Postcard: This morning's sunrise shows lenticular clouds over the peaks looking east from Los Alamos. Photo by Marc Bailey

Moon Was Produced By Head-on Collision Between Earth And A Forming Planet

on January 30, 2016 - 10:16am

Paul Warren, Edward Young (holding sample of a rock from the moon) and Issaku Kohl. Photo by Christelle Snow/UCLA

UCLA News:

  • UCLA-led research reconstructs massive crash, which took place 4.5 billion years ago

The moon was formed by a violent, head-on collision between the early Earth and a “planetary embryo” called Theia approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.

Scientists had already known about this high-speed crash, which occurred almost 4.5 billion years ago, but many thought the Earth collided with Theia (pronounced THAY-eh) at an

Aspen's 5th-6th Grade Music Program Captures Crowd

on January 30, 2016 - 10:03am

Thursday's 5th and 6th grade music program at Aspen Elementary School drew enthusiastic applause. The program, called The 70's Show, culminated in the song YMCA ... all the littles joined in ... it was Epic! Courtesy photo

Community Encouraged To Turnout For Background Casting Call For 'Longmire' Today

on January 30, 2016 - 9:47am

Sen. Richard Martinez


Area workers, unions and community members are scheduled to thank Sen. Richard Martinez during today's film industry casting and celebration event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Claran Casino, 460 N. Riverside Dr., in Española.

Groups will thank Sen. Richard Martinez for his contributions to the film industry and working families and the community is encouraged to turnout for the background casting call for 'Longmire' during the event.

"New Mexico working families are proud to have leaders like Sen. Richard Martinez representing us at the Roundhouse.

Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew Receives Fidel Gutierrez Lifetime Fund Award

on January 30, 2016 - 9:25am

Los Alamos Middle School Principal Mike Johnson and Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez pose with the 2015-2016 members of WEB Crew. The 8th grade leaders were one the recent recipients of the Fidel Gutierrez Lifetime Fund Award for their dedication as mentors to the 7th grade class and new students at LAMS. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen



The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew program is only halfway through the school year and accomplishing some pretty great things as they return from winter break.

The program began in 2014 with the assistance of Los


AFTNM On New Public Education Regulations

on January 30, 2016 - 9:09am


SANTA FE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement: 

“For years, AFT New Mexico has attempted, in good faith, to work with this Governor, Secretary Skandera, and the Public Education Department to curb some of its most egregious abuses of the regulatory process, especially when evaluating our educators in New Mexico. 

“The Public Education Department’s NMTEACH system is riddled with flaws and errors, a fact the Secretary, her top staff, and the Department lawyers refused to acknowledge or remedy until the 1st Judicial

Los Alamos County Clerk And LAPS Superintendent Canvass 2016 Special Election Results

on January 30, 2016 - 8:56am

At the Municipal Building Friday, from left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2016 Special Los Alamos Public Schools All Mail Election results.

The Canvass Board met at 3 p.m. Friday in the Municipal Building. The board consisted of LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and County Clerk Sharon Stover.

During the canvass process, the board reviewed and verified the accuracy

Legislation Allowing Adjunct Teachers Passes House

on January 30, 2016 - 7:51am


SANTA FE – House Bill 145, a bill that would allow adjunct teachers, passed the House with bipartisan support on a 37-25 vote.

The bill would allow New Mexicans with at least a bachelor degree to teach part-time without having to go back to school and get a teaching degree. The proposal would help bring much-needed expertise back to the classroom and make it easier for dedicated professionals to invest in New Mexico students.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Conrad James.

“I’m encouraged that this bill passed with bipartisan support in the House,” James said.