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LAPS Hires Lisa Montoya As New CFO

on July 31, 2014 - 10:52am
Lisa Montoya
Superintendent of Schools

On behalf of Los Alamos Public Schools, I am pleased to announce that Lisa Montoya has been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer of Los Alamos Public Schools. 

Ms. Montoya brings 17 years experience in business and has a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University.  She comes to Los Alamos Public Schools from Pojoaque Valley Schools where she served as Comptroller and Chief Procurement Officer. 

In accepting this position, Ms.


Los Alamos Homeschoolers Meet & Greet Aug. 14

on July 31, 2014 - 10:04am

School Grades Show New Mexico on Path to Improvement

on July 31, 2014 - 10:01am


There are several take-aways from the latest round of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s school grading.

One is that more schools earned A’s and B’s, and another is that more schools earned D’s and F’s.

However, the most important is that more students are improving.

SFI: The Joy of x ... A Guided Tour of Math

on July 31, 2014 - 9:52am

Steven Strogatz, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University

SFI News:

Steven Strogatz will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the James a Little Theater – 1060 Cerrillos Road.

Abstract: Viewed through the right lens, the universal language of math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, and even pop culture and current events. It underpins every aspect of our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works.

Yet few of us understand math well enough to appreciate its beauty, prompting world-class mathematician

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship To Sidney Ellis

on July 31, 2014 - 7:57am

From left, Margaret Ellis, mom; Sidney Ellis and Kiwanis President Karen Kendall. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Los Alamos High School student Sidney Ellis with a scholarship Tuesday. Sidney was recognized for his participation since 8th grade in the United Way Youth Group as well as serving as a coach to young basketball players during Toppers Basketball Camp.  

Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information on Kiwanis, visit

UNM-LA Schedule for GED and ESL Classes

on July 30, 2014 - 8:19am

UNM-LA News:

GED® schedule:

  • Session 1 – Mandatory Orientation for all new students is 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, Adult Learning Center Room B17 
  • Classwork begins 2-5 p.m., Aug. 19, 2-5 p.m.
  • Session 2 - Mandatory Orientation for all new students; 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, Adult Learning Center Room B17;
  • Classwork begins 2-5 p.m. Oct. 14.

GED® classes are free of charge.

Students under the age of 18, or who are 18 and enrolled in a public school, must have a completed Underage Form when they come to the orientation.

ESL schedule for Fall 2014:

  • High Beginning/Low Intermediate ESL –

School Board Holds Closed Session To Discuss Superintendent Candidates Aug. 5

on July 30, 2014 - 7:53am

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold a special school board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Conference Room A.

The agenda items for the meeting include a motion to go into a closed Executive Session to discuss perspective candidates for the position of superintendent and their qualifications for the superintendent position, per section 10-15-1-(H)(2) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA 1978.


Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship To Laura Dison

on July 30, 2014 - 7:45am

From left, Amy Perrault, mom, Laura Dison and Kiwanis President Karen Kendall. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Los Alamos High School student Laura Dison with a scholarship this past Tuesday.

Dison was recognized for her community service to Teen Court the past two years in serving as juror, attorney and judge as well as her participation in NJROTC and assisting with the monthly pancake breakfasts held at the Posse Lodge. 

Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects.

SFI: David Storch on General Patterns in Ecology, Invariance & Universality in Macroecology

on July 29, 2014 - 10:14am

David Storch, Center for Theoretical Study

SFI News:

David Storch will speak at 12:15 p.m. today, July 29 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Looking for invariances proved to be very successful way of scientific inquiry, especially in physics. In ecology, little effort has been devoted to systematic exploration of invariances or to using invariances as a criterion to reveal generality of the patterns.

LANL Student Symposium 2014: 'Championing Scientific Careers' @ UNM-LA Aug. 5

on July 29, 2014 - 9:50am

LANL News:

The 14th Annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Symposium, "Championing Scientific Careers," will be held for the public 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., Aug. 5 at UNM-LA. 

The Symposium provides an opportunity for students to present their extensive research. The intent of the Symposium is to broaden students' expertise and prepare them for careers in science and nontechnical fields. This is an excellent forum for students to network and make professional contacts.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs Office welcomes all community members to attend and support the

NMPED Gives NMSA Third Consecutive 'A' Grade

on July 29, 2014 - 8:53am

NMSA News:

The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) has just received its third consecutive “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), recognizing NMSA’s academic excellence during the 2013-2014 school year.

The NMPED overall annual grade is based on a composite of scores in Reading and Math Proficiency, College Readiness, Opportunities to Learn, and Graduation.

“These ‘A’ grades are due to the blend of faculty dedication and student motivation that characterizes the school culture of NMSA – I know that everyone here who works to recreate that culture on a daily

Governor Announces Back-to-School Programs For Foster/Low-Income Children

on July 28, 2014 - 10:56am

Gov. Susana Martinez


Española—Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced programs to provide assistance to low-income and foster children for back to school needs.

“These are two ways in which we can ensure that our neediest children have everything they need to be able to focus in the classroom,” Martinez said. “Proper clothing and supplies make it easier for students to concentrate and makes it more likely that they will have a successful school year.”

The Human Services Department (HSD) and the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) will provide assistance for low-income

Kiwanis Scholarships Awarded to Lee & Pittman

on July 28, 2014 - 8:42am

From left, Judy Lee, Emily Pittman, Carissa Pittman (Emily’s mom) and Kiwanis President Karen Kendall. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity on the Hill Church and is open to everyone. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. For more information, visit Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented scholarships to Judy Lee and Emily Pittman at a recent Tuesday Kiwanis meeting.

Lee was recognized for her community service to RSVP at the Betty Ehart

LANL Employees’ Scholarship Winners Announced

on July 27, 2014 - 12:54pm

Los Alamos students picked up thousands of dollars in scholarship awards from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund Thursday at a reception at the LANL Foundation offices in Española. From left, Daniel Ahrens, $4,000 Bronze award, Amanda Mercer, $10,000 Sen. Pete Domenici award; Colin Hemez, $4,000 Bronze award; George Barnum, $4,000 Bronze award, Mohit Dubey, $4,000 Bronze award; Maria McTeigue, $4,000 Bronze award; and Alexandr Wang, $20,000 Gold award. All are Los Alamos High School graduates except Dubey, who is a graduate of New Mexico School for the Arts.

NWS Conducts Weather Spotter Class At PEEC

on July 26, 2014 - 9:09am


PEEC News:

Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service (NWS) will a conduct SKYWARNTM Weather Spotter class 5:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 7 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Meteorologists from the NWS will teach the basics of severe local storms, to include thunderstorms, flash floods, downburst winds, tornadoes, and more. They also will talk about NWS operations, important safety information, and how to stay prepared.

During the class, participants will have the chance to talk to NWS representatives about becoming an official SKYWARNTM Weather Spotter.

Registration For 2015 Leadership Los Alamos Program Ends July 31

on July 25, 2014 - 1:49pm

LLA News:

Registration for the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos program is ending soon. Applications are being accepted through July 31. Any person having an interest in the objectives of Leadership Los Alamos, and who lives or works in Los Alamos County is eligible to participate.

Leadership Los Alamos is a unique opportunity for citizens of northern New Mexico who are committed to assuming roles of responsibility in civic, charitable and governmental organizations in the region.
Class participants will develop their skills to shape the future of the region.

According to Los Alamos County

American Legion Asks Community's Help With Back To School Program

on July 25, 2014 - 1:48pm

Los Alamos Schools Earn High Marks From State

on July 24, 2014 - 1:11pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools received high marks from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Three schools were awarded “A” grades and four schools earned “B” grades for 2014. 

Just released report cards by the NMPED reflected the high quality of instruction by Los Alamos schools. Schools receiving “A” grades included Los Alamos High School, Barranca Mesa Elementary and Mountain Elementary. Aspen, Chamisa, Pinon and Los Alamos Middle School received “B” grades.

All seven school principals were pleased with their school grades.

Annual Butterfly Count Honors Dorothy Hoard

on July 24, 2014 - 8:29am
Photo of local butterfly. Courtesy/PEEC
Local butterfly lands on a flower. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

This year marks the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count in Los Alamos County, but this year the count carries a special meaning.

This is the first count since the passing of Living Treasure Dorothy Hoard, who initiated the Los Alamos County annual butterfly counts more than 20 years ago. As such, the annual butterfly count will from now on be known as the “Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count.”

New Mexico butterfly guru Steve Cary will lead this year's count 9 a.m. to roughly 3:30 p.m.

PEEC’s Summer Family Evening Explores Night Sky

on July 24, 2014 - 7:53am
View the summer night sky at PEEC’s Star Party July 29. Photo by Josip Loncaric

PEEC News:

Look up on a summer night in Los Alamos, and there is so much to explore. That’s exactly why the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) decided to host a star party Tuesday, July 29 for its final Summer Family Evening of 2014.

Those wishing to attend should meet at PEEC by 8:30 p.m. to drive to the viewing site.

The star party will have learning opportunities for both kids and their parents, with instruction and stories by Chick Keller.

The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is our

UC President Janet Napolitano Expresses Strong Support For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on July 23, 2014 - 2:41pm
UC President Janet Napolitano speaks at a gathering of LANL employees Monday at the NSSB. Courtesy/LANL
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a private half hour talk with employees gathered in an auditorium at the National Security Sciences Building Monday, University of California President Janet Napolitano spoke of her commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We are proud of our relationship with Los Alamos and we remain unwavering in our support," Napolitano said.

Tickets Available For Guitarist Genevieve Leitner's Performance at Bethe House Thursday

on July 23, 2014 - 12:51pm

Genevieve Leitner

PEEC News:

A few tickets remain for the benefit concert the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold at 7p.m. Thursday, July 24.

Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform for the intimate audience, at the beautifully renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they also will be sold at the door for $40.

The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private

Local Experts to Teach Wildflower ID Class

on July 22, 2014 - 7:07am

New Mexico wildflower. Photo by Terry Fox

PEEC News:

Do you enjoy the large variety of colorful wildflowers that pop up around Los Alamos, but wish you knew more about what you were looking at?

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will be holding a course beginning on July 30 and running Wednesday evenings for four weeks. in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers.

The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their

'Nature on Tap' July 24: Mountain Biking as a Stimulator for Local Economic Development

on July 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Steve Watts. Courtesy/LACM

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Blue Window Bistro.

Steve Watts, general manager of the Los Alamos Co+op, will lead a discussion on how a local mountain bicycling association is hoping to stimulate economic development in Los Alamos, all centered around fun on our single-track trails.

The “On Tap” series is a relatively new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on

Kids Become Engineers at 'Big Sky Learning Build It!'

on July 20, 2014 - 10:44am
The 7-8 year-old campers show off targets and marshmallow cannons of various types they built themselves. Big Sky Learning Build It! Summer Camps have been taking place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for the past two weeks. A third session takes place next week. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
These campers created their own stereo boom boxes. Kids collaborate, brainstorm, design and build just like adult engineers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Five and 6-year-old campters created costumes and built light sabers at Jedi Training Camp. Photo by Bonnie J.