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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.

American Legion Hosts Superbowl Sunday Event

on January 30, 2016 - 7:41am

Obituary: Steven Ray Marshall Jan. 11, 2016

on January 30, 2016 - 7:25am


Steven Ray Marshall, age 40, a resident of White Rock, NM, passed away on January 11, 2016.

He is survived by his parents Fredie and Rita Marshall, sister Shela Marshall, nieces Cheriece and Aries Margiotta and nephew Vincent Margiotta.

Steven was a graduate of the class of 1993 at Los Alamos High School. He loved to watch his favorite teams, the San Francisco 49er’s and the Boston Red Sox.

There is a Memorial Fund set up at Los Alamos National Bank in the name of The Steven Marshall Memorial Fund. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.



Record Amount Of Counterfeit Hoverboards Seized

on January 30, 2016 - 7:24am
CBP displayed this hoverboard with exposed counterfeit battery during a Jan. 27 press conference in Chicago. Courtesy photo
CHICAGO  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Chicago Field Office have seized more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards with an estimated MSRP of more thn $6 million. 
The self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as “hoverboards” contain batteries that are deemed unauthorized and therefore counterfeit as well as fake trademark logos.
“This is a fine example of our officers and import specialists ensuring that only

Lady Hilltoppers Narrowly Lose Thriller To Española

on January 29, 2016 - 9:19pm
Los Alamos Lady Hilltoppers battle against the Española Valley High School Lady Sundevils Wednesday at Griffith Gym. Photo by Roman Martinez/Valley Daily Post
Valley Daily Post

Fans who packed Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School to see Wednesday's much-anticipated matchup between the Lady Hilltoppers and the Española Valley High School Lady Sundevils were treated to a thriller of a game.

The third-ranked Sundevils and the fourth-ranked Hilltoppers battled back and forth until the final buzzer, with Española escaping with a one-point victory 76-75 after blowing


It’s Not Just About The Contest: Los Alamos XQ Super School Team Wants To Redesign Education

on January 29, 2016 - 3:23pm
Members of the Los Alamos Team, Los Alamos High School Drama Teacher David Daniel and Mountain Elementary School Teacher Michele Altherr present the team’s work at a Jan. 20 meeting of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Members of the JJAB Board learn about the XQ Super School project during the January meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

XQ Super School is a movement started by Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Steve Jobs. The purpose is to create a vision of education in the 21


Community Benefit For Connie Salazar Feb. 6

on January 29, 2016 - 3:12pm


The community is invited to attend a benefit Frito Pie Luncheon for Connie Salazar to help cover her cancer treatment expenses and travel expenses to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas.

The luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Lighthouse Church in Chimayo. Thank you to Smith’s Marketplace for donating the food for this special event.

Any donation is appreciated. An account has been set up at:

  • Los Alamos National Bank (Connie Salazar Medical Fund)
  • Zia Credit Union (###351 Connie Salazar Medical Fund)

LAPS Science Fair Results

on January 29, 2016 - 3:11pm
From left, Senior Division - Overall Grand Award Winner, EliseAnne Koskelo; and Junior Division - Overall Grand Award Winner, Amaya Coblentz. Courtesy photo
Grand Award Winners, from left, Senior Division Life Sciences - Grand Award Winner (Team Project), Alex  Ionkov and Priyanka Velappan; Senior Division Physical Sciences - Grand Award Winner, EliseAnne Koskelo; Junior Division Life Sciences - Grand Award Winner Eliza Evans; Junior Division and Physical Sciences - Grand Award Winner, Amaya Coblentz.
View full results of the 2016 Los Alamos School District Science Fair Here:


Classical Music World: Easy Start To Knowing More

on January 29, 2016 - 10:13am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
I will say it again: You don’t need to know anything about classical music to enjoy it.
But what if you really would like to know more about the art form without making too big a project out of it? 

Here are some suggestions for ways to get started that are easy and fun:

  • Listen to Performance Today on KUNM 89.5FM. It is broadcast for two hours beginning at 9 a.m. every weekday. Host Fred Child introduces live performances recorded in concert halls around the nation and the world featuring great orchestras, chamber ensembles

Sleep Center Presentation To Topper Students Feb. 5

on January 29, 2016 - 9:52am

Dr. Michael Baten of the Christus St. Vincent Sleep Center will give a free presentation to Los Alamos High School students during lunch Friday, Feb. 5 in the Speech Theater. Direct questions to the LAPS Prevention Office at 505.663.3252. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Rotary Club Inducts New Members

on January 29, 2016 - 9:35am

Rotary past President Brian Newnam recently inducted Petr and Louise Jandacek into the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Antonya Sanders, right, the Jandaceks' daughter, joined them during the ceremony. Photo by Chuck Tallman

Community Seed Swap Sunday Feb. 7 & 14

on January 29, 2016 - 9:25am


UCLA News:

The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is hosting its annual community seed swap.

The swap is 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday Feb. 7 and 14, at the church at 195 East Road, Suite 101.


  • Bring only packets of seeds you wish to give away entirely. You may not get any back!
  • Take only enough seeds to use in one growing season.
  • If you are sharing seeds you’ve saved from your garden, please mark them clearly with the name of the plant and the year from which they were saved.

Participation is FREE. For more information, contact the church office at 505.662.2346, or email

Thirty Five Local Musicians Performing In Sunday's Music Marathon At UNM-LA For Scholarships

on January 29, 2016 - 8:54am

UNM-LA News:

Thirty Five local musicians will perform at the 6th Annual Music Marathon 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Student Center in Building 2.  

The benefit concert will raise money for scholarships for students attending UNM-LA. Since the concert lasts six hours, the audience is welcome to come and go.

Music Marathon Schedule

2-3 p.m.

  • Jamie Philp
  • Bonnie Kiang
  • Ted Vives
  • Robin Gurule
  • Richard Hanneman

3-4 p.m.

  • Pajarito String Band - Ian Fleming, Mark Schraad, Evelyn Wohlbier, Lorelei Wohlbier, John Wohlbier
  • QuartettoEnergico - A string quartet with

Letter To The Editor: Keep Entertaining Us

on January 29, 2016 - 8:10am
Los Alamos
I think Los Alamos has our own Dave Barry. I was laughing out loud at “Have I got a Rumor for You,” from the pen of David Izraelevitz in the Jan. 28 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (column).

I encourage you to keep entertaining us, David. I couldn’t remember one of my favorite columnist’s names when I wrote this and had to look up Dave Barry. I found, “Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.”

I see a syndicated column if you just stick with it, David.


House Speaker Applauds Efforts To Modernize Chamber And Improve Transparency

on January 29, 2016 - 8:09am
House Speaker Don Tripp
SANTA FE  House Speaker Don Tripp praised recent upgrades to the information technology systems and processes used by the House of Representatives.
Tonight was the first time these enhancements to improve the public’s ability stay informed about amendments being considered while the House is in session have been used. 
“I commend the efforts of House Chief Clerk Denise Ramonas to modernize our systems to 21stCentury standards,” Tripp said.

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Prosperity Builds On Regulation

on January 29, 2016 - 7:46am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Prosperity Builds On Regulation

A popular sound bite says “kill regulation” so prosperity will rise. Regulation is likened to a stalking horse brought out to snatch away property rights. Yet in history, property rights are created by regulation. Why do these stories sound so conflicting?

As usual, the message heard depends on which scraps of the whole story are told. Huge amounts are left out in boosting policy preferences.        

The pride of our nation is the rule of law. “Rule” means regulation.

Daily Postcard: Deer Gather For Breakfast

on January 29, 2016 - 7:38am

Deer gather for their morning meal Thursday in a yard on Walnut Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Chris Clark/

Williams: School Funding And Taxes

on January 28, 2016 - 10:17pm
Los Alamos

As vice president of the LAPS School Board I would like to present some of my very simple ideas about our taxes and how they fund our schools. If there are any errors in this writeup there are mine and mine alone, I also do not speak for the School Board. I hope the readers find this information useful.

I typically think of these taxes in three main categories:

  • Operational;
  • House Bill 33 (Referendum); and
  • Capital Reinvestment.

There are other peripheral categories, but these are the main ones. Here is a general description of these three categories:


LAPS Elementary Schools Top Niche's New Mexico School Ratings For 2016

on January 28, 2016 - 9:44pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus congratulates students, parents, teachers, principals, staff and volunteers from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos for achieving top rakings by Niche. 

Aspen Elementary School earned the distinction of highest ranked elementary school in New Mexico. Closely following Aspen was Barranca Mesa, Mountain, Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools earning rankings of 2nd through 5th place respectively.

What makes Niche rankings unique?

Niche believes that the quality of a school or district should be measured, at least in

An Open Book: Have I Got A Rumor For You!

on January 28, 2016 - 4:18pm
An Open Book
Have I Got A Rumor For You!

One of the surprising facts I have learned as a county councilor is how quickly a rumor can take on a life of its own, especially if it involves the ever conspiratorial local government. I have decided to take the bull by the horns and start a rumor of my own, which I document below. The county has nothing to do with it, but then, that is what we would say anyway, wouldn't it?


After months of negotiations, Chiliworks has agreed to partner with Starbucks on a new project that will


Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Selection Of Valles Caldera, Bandelier For National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

on January 28, 2016 - 4:12pm

Sen. Tom Udall in September at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/


  • Funding award will engage Tribal youth in forest restoration, public lands preservation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Bandelier National Monument have been selected to participate in the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project.

The National Park Service (NPS) has selected 69 projects at 63 parks nationwide to highlight during its centennial

Pasta Paradiso Restaurant Opening In Los Alamos!

on January 28, 2016 - 11:47am

Zia Realty Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski with Owner/Chef Renee Lee at Monday's lease signing for her new Pasta Paradiso Restaurant going into the former Hill Diner location on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Owner/Chef Renee Lee signed the papers Monday to lease the former Hill Diner in which she anticipates opening her new pasta restaurant in April.

“Pasta Paradiso will be a pasta buffet style restaurant with four to five fresh pasta sauces, meatballs, ravioli, weekly specials such as lasagna, and a fresh salad bar,”