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PEEC Summer Family Evening Is All About Goats

on July 5, 2015 - 12:25pm
Goats like this one will visit the Nature Center Wednesday, July 8. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What is it like to raise goats on a small scale farm? What uses are there for goat milk?

At this week’s Summer Family Evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the Nature Center, Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Deb Wood of Second Bloom Farm will be around to answer these questions. 

Learn how to make cheese, lotion, soap, and more. Even better, the presenters will bring some of their goats – both big and small – to demonstrate the different breeds that thrive on the Pajarito Plateau.

Laser Light Shows Coming To Nature Center

on July 4, 2015 - 7:04am

‘Laser Beatles’ is one of 12 laser light shows offered at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC will host 12 laser light shows in its new planetarium during July.

Thursday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 15, there will be at least two laser light shows daily. Experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs. Classic music fans will see how laser light transforms favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin,  U2, Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon” and Pink Floyd: “The Best of Echoes.”


LANL Foundation: Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships Available

on July 3, 2015 - 11:48am


Applications are now being accepted for Northern New Mexico Tribal Business Scholarships.

These awards support the growing need for accountants, financial analysts, and business information system professionals within Pueblo/Tribal communities.

Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to two qualified applicants pursuing undergraduate degrees in business-related fields from an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

Take A Virtual Wildflower Walk Tuesday

on July 3, 2015 - 10:48am
An example of the specimens on display at the Jemez Mountain Herbarium. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

Spring and summer are wonderful times to enjoy the abundant wildflowers.

Sometimes however, the weather does not cooperate, or a wildflower blooms at a time or location that is not convenient for viewing. But this shouldn’t stop local residents from knowing local wildflowers!

The Jemez Mountain Herbarium houses 950 species of local plants.

Nature on Tap at UnQuarked Tonight

on July 2, 2015 - 4:23pm


Nature On Tap is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked Wine Room, at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

The speaker is Jessica Clayton, who will be discussing the science and beauty of the aurora borealis. Nature performs beautiful light shows that dance across the sky. The group will hear about the science behind this mysterious phenomenon, known as the aurora borealis. The group will discuss what causes aurora to display such striking colors and why we need scientists to study them.

Clayton is a physicist and educator. She earned a Ph.D.

GED Test Fees Lowered In New Mexico

on July 2, 2015 - 8:33am


SANTA FE – Beginning July 1, New Mexico adult learners have seen a one-third drop in fees to take the GED test.

The exam will now cost $20 per test subject, or $80 for all four test subjects. Students will continue to have the flexibility to pay for one test at a time, and they'll continue to receive two free retakes.

First-time test-takers in New Mexico may also take advantage of a national program that gives a $10 discount off of their first test subject.

UNM-Los Alamos Student Services Moves To More Central Location On Campus

on June 30, 2015 - 5:19pm

The UNM-Los Alamos campus. Courtesy/UNM-LA


UNM-LA News:

Changes are afoot at UNM-Los Alamos, and they’re all for the convenience of the students. As of Monday, July 6, UNM-LA Student Services and Business Services will trade office locations: Student Services was previously located in the lower level of Building 2 and will now be in Building 1. Business Services will be in the lower level of Building 2.

“The move will place enrollment and service departments right in the center of campus and in closer proximity to one another,” said UNM-LA Student Enrollment Director Kathryn Vigil.


Los Alamos Students Graduate Harvey Mudd College

on June 30, 2015 - 10:13am

Martin Loncaric




CLAREMONT, Calif. — Two Los Alamos students graduated May 17 from Harvey Mudd College. 


Martin Loncaric received a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics, graduating with distinction and departmental honors in mathematics. He attended Los Alamos High School.


Alexander Kent Kendrick received a bachelor of science degree in physics, graduating with distinction. He attended Los Alamos High School.


Alexander Kent Kendrick   


About Harvey Mudd College 


Harvey Mudd College is the premier liberal arts college


Student Channels Tennis Passion Into Business

on June 30, 2015 - 9:16am

Through his LACDC Youth Business Grant, Junseo Kim is ready to teach his knowledge of tennis to elementary and middle school students this summer. Courtesy photo


Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA)

If the doldrums of the dog days of summer have kids cloistered in their rooms complaining of nothing to do, then Junseo Kim can help you get them out of the house and onto the courts, the tennis courts.

Kim, a Los Alamos High School sophomore and member of multiple tennis teams is a new recipient of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Youth Business

School Board Holds Special Meeting Noon Today

on June 30, 2015 - 8:09am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special Board Meeting at noon today in the School Administration Board Room to discuss the temporary continuation of the School District’s agreement with the Family YMCA.

A memorandum of understanding with the union on classified employees also is on the agenda.

The Board will then go into executive session to discuss contract negotiations between the union and LAPS.


SFI: Science On Screen Presents 'Serenity' July 1

on June 29, 2015 - 10:15am
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents Science On Screen: "Serenity" with Cris Moore, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
A band of outlaws out on the raggedy edge of space. A brilliant psychic escaping from the government. An experiment in social engineering gone horribly wrong. Join Captain Malcolm Reynolds, River and Simon Tam, Jayne, Wash, Zoe, and Inara of the beloved series Firefly as they try to right wrongs and be left alone. We aim to misbehave.
The popular Science On Screen series continues July 1 with

Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town: 'Excellent Example Of Community Resources Partnering For Students'

on June 29, 2015 - 8:57am

Mountain Elementary School Principal Jennifer Guy enjoys the Kinder Safety Town Graduation Ceremony with Instructional Assistants Susie Bustos, Sara Cooper, and Alyssa Van Anne. Courtesy/LAPS


Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and Sgt. Jordan Redmond worked in conjunction with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) to organize the first Los Alamos Kinder Safety Town program.

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone initiated the program based upon his attendance at a similar program when he was a five-year old student. Courtesy/LAPS

Students in the two-week

AFTNM On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

on June 27, 2015 - 11:59am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly


Ruling Breaks Down Barriers For Committed Couples

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:

“By writing four words, ‘It is so ordered,’ Justice Anthony Kennedy, on behalf of the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States, ushered in marriage equality for all Americans.

 “Today’s ruling sends a strong message to students in New Mexico who have same-sex parents and for educators who are in same-sex relationships – in the

HSE Test Prep At UNM-LA Opens Doors

on June 27, 2015 - 8:17am
Program Manager Gabe Baca of UNM-Los Alamos Adult Basic Education (ABE), Community Education and Customized Training, prepares a new computer lab at the campus. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Mario’s aspiration was to attend college to become a welder; Josh applied for a security guard position at a casino and Maggie wanted to join the Navy.

All three found that they wouldn’t even be considered for these programs without their high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE) credential.

“Life happens and people may find they could really benefit from getting a HSE,” said Program


Save A Life With CPR/First Aid Class At UNM-LA

on June 27, 2015 - 7:53am
Students perform CPR on dummies. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

There’s no better time than the present to learn to save a life.

UNM-LA Community Education is offering a one-day certification course on CPR and basic first aid called EMS 193 AED/CPR/First Aid Training, taught by Joe Candelaria, 9:30-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in room 612 at UNM-LA.

Candelaria is director of the UNM-LA Fire Science Program and a Los Alamos Fire Department certified instructor. The class fee is $95 and may be taken for one hour of credit.

Cardiac arrest strikes more than 300,000 people every year in the United

LAPS CFO: 90 Percent Of Audit Findings Corrected

on June 26, 2015 - 3:50pm
LAPS CFO Lisa Montoya updated the Los Alamos School Board Thursday evening on efforts to correct finding listed in a 2014 Audit Report related to the functioning of the LAPS Financial Department. Ninety Percent of these findings have been corrected, Montoya said. Board Chair Jim Hall expressed concern that the amount of work being done by the Finance Department to correct these issues may burn out staff working many hours of overtime. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Small Area Of L Wing Leased To New Start-up

on June 26, 2015 - 2:48pm
LAPS Chief Operating Officer Joan Ahlers presents the lease agreement with House and Home Staging Redesign to lease the area of L Wing formerly occupied by the Robotics Teams who will move to the former site of Family Strengths Network, which will now occupy the space formerly leased by PEEC. The Los Alamos School Board agreed to the six month lease unanimously Thursday (Jenny McCumber was not present). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Burgess Assures School Board Of County Support

on June 26, 2015 - 2:11pm
Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess discusses County's continued support for schools. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess assured the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education Thursday evening of the County's continuing support in spite of three years of budget reductions.

"Council has continued to set aside $500,000 for the schools every other year," he said during the meeting in the LAPS Administration Building. "Council remains committed to supporting the schools as much as possible."


Star Party At Los Alamos Nature Center June 30

on June 26, 2015 - 7:53am
Stargazing at the former PEEC facility. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to a star party at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes. The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms.

During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of

'A Taste of Knowledge' Benefits LAPS Foundation

on June 26, 2015 - 7:19am
Kathy Mockler chats with Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. Courtesy photo
Guests peruse the silent auction. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation (LAPSF) hosted its first “A Taste of Knowledge” fundraising event Saturday, June 20 at the Golf Course Community Building.

The grassy area with mature trees shaded guests as they mingled and tasted a variety of wines from around the world and a creative mix of microbrew beers from northern and central New Mexico. The wine and beer tastings were paired with appetizers provided by Cottonwoods on the Green restaurant.

Los Alamos Hilltalkers And Hawktalkers Win National Speech And Debate Tournament!

on June 25, 2015 - 1:11pm

National Speech and Debate Tournament champions from Los Alamos Malcolm Carr, left, and Mike Peters on right, at the NSDA June 13-19 in Dallas, Texas. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Team Blue, World's Debate 2015 National Champions, from left, Areeq Abd-Allah of La Cueva High School, Ani Nadiga of Los Alamos High School, Jessica Berry of Albuquerque Academy and Sajila Hossain of La Cueva High School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team is pleased to announce that Ani Nadiga, Los Alamos High School Class of 2015, is part of a winning team at

PEEC Holds Downtown Bird Walk July 2

on June 25, 2015 - 12:19pm
Lesser Goldfinch. Photo by David Yeamans

PEEC News:

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of running errands we forget to stop and notice the natural world that surrounds us.

To give local residents a chance to pause and appreciate the birds that live in and around town, David Yeamans will lead a brown bag dinner and birdwatching evening. Follow Yeamans from Ashley Pond Park to the Rose Garden behind Fuller Lodge before continuing on to the soccer field and heading back to Ashley Pond Park for dinner.

Camp CEO: Invest In Your Future

on June 25, 2015 - 11:13am
NMGS News:
Girl Scouts is the oldest organization for girls designed to support their personal leadership journey. 
We support their exploration, decision making process and support girls being the best leader they can be as they plan their futures. We know if a girl grows to be a strong woman, she will build a strong family, who in turn will contribute to building strong communities. 
A recent study found that girls in New Mexico face significant obstacles in comparison to girls in other states. Some of these obstacles include:
  • Only 12 percent of girls feel “very confident”

Harrell House Bug Museum Visits Nature Center

on June 25, 2015 - 7:59am


Harrell House Bug Museum on a previous visit to PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC


Summer Family Evenings returns with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

There will be an amazing selection of live critters on display including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share facts about these unusual animals.

Harrell has been keeping strange animals as pets since he was six years old.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony At Canyon Complex

on June 24, 2015 - 1:05pm
From left, County Councilor Pete Sheehey and Vice Chair David Izraelevitz and Councilor James Chrobocinski, right, join School Board Member Bill Hargraves and LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus (scissors) at this morning's ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of remodeling at the Canyon Complex. Photo by Chris Clark/
Newly remodeled Canyon Complex. Photo by Chris Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos Public Schools officials, County Council members and County and LANL staff gathered this morning to cut the ribbon and celebrate the newly remodeled