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NMSA Upcoming Performances Announced

on December 21, 2014 - 11:11am

NMSA News:

The fifth annual Winter Dances are 7 p.m. Jan 23-24 and 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the James A. Little Theater 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and also Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Albuquerque.

The performances feature:

  • “The Rally from Quarry” by the legendary Meredith Monk;
  • “The Huddle” by post-modern dance pioneer Simone Forti;
  • “CLASH,” choreographed by NMSA Department Chair Adam McKinney;
  • “ A Trick of the Light,” a contemporary work by Las Cruces native Joshua Peugh (staged by Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC); and
  • “Not Another Nutcracker,” a mixture of classical ballet

FIRST Tech Challenge, Hawks Fly On

on December 20, 2014 - 11:05am
Los Alamos Middle School's Hawks FTC robotics team won the prestigous 'Think Award' for the second year in a row. Courtesy photo
The Hawks FTC robot. Courtesy photo
Hawk's Robotics Team 

What inspires you? Is it a sunrise, sunset or a baby bird taking flight for the first time? Is it seeing a jet flying over the horizon or someone overcoming cancer? Is it seeing young people reach out to the community to make the world a better place or how about a group of young people winning the biggest award the FIRST tech challenge (FTC) has to offer?

The Hawks FTC robot.

Crooks' Lessons Learned At Los Alamos Youth Activity Center Drives Mission To Give Back

on December 20, 2014 - 9:43am
Kids pose at the desk at the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center. Courtesy photo

I am currently a sophomore at UNM studying psychology, statistics and criminology. Since I am passionate about kids, especially the trouble makers, my ideal occupation is juvenile delinquent rehabilitation.

As a result, I started to consider Los Alamos Youth Activity Center. The Los Alamos and White Rock centers have provided a safe, fun, and free environment for kidsi in third through eighth grade since 1982. The AC was an influential part of my childhood.

LAHS Students Dismissed Today Without Incident

on December 19, 2014 - 11:19am

LAHS News:

Los ALamos High School students were released from this morning's Shelter in Place and from school at 10:50 a.m. today without incident, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn said.

The Shelter in Place was based on an anonymous threat posted on a Facebook page.

According to the LAHS website, the school took the action of sheltering the students in place as a precaution. Police are investigating the matter.

Today was the last day of finals at the high school and as school began, LAHS was initially evacuated due to a false fire alarm.

LAHS Under Shelter In Place Due To Anonymous Threat

on December 19, 2014 - 10:14am

LAHS News:

Los ALamos High School is now in Shelter in Place based on an anonymous threat.

According to the LAHS website, all students and staff are safe and the school is taking this action as a precaution.

LAHS will remain in Shelter in Place until 10:50 a.m. when the students are dismissed for the day.

Parents needing to pick up their son or daughter for an appointment should follow the usual protocol of coming to the main office with identification to check in and then to sign out their child. 

"We appreciate your patience as we continue our last day of final exams.

News Alert: False Alarm At Los Alamos High School

on December 19, 2014 - 9:57am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist just announced that the high school was evacuated this morning due to a fire alarm.

It turned out to be a false alarm and Belew-Nyquist said all students and staff are safe and back in the building.

Two Quickbook Classes Offered In January

on December 19, 2014 - 8:49am

Study Shows Cataclysmic Event That Killed Dinosaurs Also Profoundly Effected Mammals

on December 19, 2014 - 8:03am


The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.

Metatherian mammals--the extinct relatives of living marsupials ("mammals with pouches", such as opossums) thrived in the shadow of the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period. The new study, by an international team of experts on mammal evolution and mass extinctions, shows that these once-abundant mammals nearly followed the dinosaurs into oblivion.

When a 10-km-wide asteroid struck what is now

Dr. Tom Csanadi Brings Reach Out and Read Program To Los Alamos Pre-schoolers

on December 18, 2014 - 5:10pm
Astrid Hengartner reads to Steven Yeamans as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Photo by Chris Clark/
Dr. Tom  Csanadi (in back) and teen reader volunteers, from left, Astrid Hengartner, Jessica Allen. Alex Csanadi, Rachel Reynolds and Aletta Marciano. Photo by Chris Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pediatrician Dr. Tom Csanadi, affectionately known as Dr. Tom, is the first pediatric medical provider in New Mexico certified to incorporate the Reach Out and Read program into his private practice.

Reach Out and Read builds

School Board Candidate Pulls Out Of Race

on December 18, 2014 - 4:38pm

Update: Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was glad to see people active in running for school board this time around because in the past there have been times when that wasn't the case. "After seeing there are good candidates and weighing my situation, I decided to withdraw," Key said.


Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key filed filed a declaration of Withdrawel of Candidacy this afternoon in the County Clerk's Office.

Key had filed her candidacy for District 4 Tuesday and told the Los Alamos Daily Post

Deadline For LAESF Scholarship Applications Jan. 20

on December 18, 2014 - 1:55pm


The deadline to apply for 2015 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) awards is Jan 20.

The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students who are residents of Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties seeking four-year degrees in fields that serve the region.

Scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $1,000 recognize academic performance, leadership potential, extracurricular activities, community service, critical thinking skills and career goals relevant to local community needs.

Students Create 'Don't Text and Drive' Posters

on December 17, 2014 - 1:05pm
Los Alamos High School Driver's Education Teacher Scott Pomeroy works with students to educate each other and the community through poster presentations. By texting '#X' students tell their friends that they will be driving and won't respond until they have reached their destination. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
Another of the posters created by LAHS Driver's Education students. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Chamisa Spelling Bee Winners Announced

on December 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Chamisa Spelling Bee winners pose with pronouncer Judy Crocker. From left, Hanna Levings, Lida Appel, Ravijit Khalsa, Malik Abouda and Judy Crocker. Courtesy photo


Chamisa held its annual Spelling Bee Dec.11. Judy Crocker was the pronouncer

Spelling Bee participant Francesca Vogel-Castillo. Courtesy photo
The winners are:

First place Ravijit Khalsa, fourth grade;

Second place Malik Abouda, sixth grade;

Third place Hanna Levings, fourth. grade; and

Fourth place Lidia Appel. 


Elementary School Carolers Fill Night With Song

on December 17, 2014 - 10:37am
Carolers from the Chamisa and Aspen Elementary School Choirs entertained in front of CB FOX Tuesday evening. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

NMSA Theater Student Selected 2015 YoungArts Finalist

on December 17, 2014 - 10:35am
YoungArts Finalist Jasper Keen performs. Courtesy photo

NMSA News:

Jasper Keen, a junior theater student at New Mexico School for the Arts, has been selected as a 2015 YoungArts Finalist.

New Mexico’s first-ever finalist – and the only finalist in New Mexico this year – Keen will receive an all-expense paid trip to Miami Jan. 3-10 to take master classes with world class theatre professionals. 

The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational

Snow Message From LAPS Superintendent

on December 17, 2014 - 9:53am

LAPS News:

Road conditions are snow covered and slippery. The bulk of the storm is expected to pass through by noon. Los Alamos County road crews are sanding and plowing the roads. 

If your children are already at school, the safest place for students and staff are to remain in school. This will give the County time to clear the roads.

At this time our plan is to release all schools at their normal Wednesday dismissal time. As always, parents may choose to pick up their children early.

It is important to remember that any closure or early dismissal is coordinated with the Los Alamos

Los Alamos High School Staff Hold Ugly Sweater Contest

on December 17, 2014 - 9:50am
In an attempt to help lighten the mood during Finals week at Los Alamos High School, staff and teachers held an ugly Christmas sweater contest where students voted for the 'winner'. From left, Rene Dunwoody, Stephanie Fabry, Connie Goette and Christine Hazard, get students to vote for the Ugliest Sweater. Dunwoody would go on to 'win' for her Santa suit red sweater vest. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
From left, Marty Leal, Anita Boshier and Louise Foliot-Gentile proudly display their seasonally stylish sweaters. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Joanne Ploeger models

Ballot Order Selected For UNM-LA / LAPS Elections

on December 16, 2014 - 5:04pm

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Surprises In Who's Filing For UNM-LA / LAPS Boards

on December 16, 2014 - 4:51pm
Los Alamos Fire Chief and Rotary Club President Troy Hughes, right, files for a seat on the UNM-LA Advisory Board in Position 3 as does current UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Stephen Boerigter who files for Position 4. Boerigter also serves as president of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Appointed Los Alamos School Board Member NancyAnn (Nan) Holmes, left, files her candidacy this afternoon for District 3 along with Jennifer (Jenny) McCumber who filed for District 5. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie files for

Students Host Coffee Fundraiser At LANB Today

on December 16, 2014 - 9:25am

Students will be in the lobby of LANB 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today selling coffee to raise money for their education tour of Europe in June. Courtesy photo


Local students are selling their Holiday Crafts and Coffee 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. Orders for the certified organic and Fair Trade, fresh roasted coffee are delivered.

Proceeds go to support the annual educational tour of Europe for local students, which runs 13 days in June.

SFCC: Summer Study Abroad Program In Spain

on December 15, 2014 - 8:57am

Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League State Qualifier Saturday At LAMS Gym

on December 15, 2014 - 7:36am

FLL News:

Everyone is invited to attend the Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League (FLL) New Mexico State Qualifier starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Los Alamos Middle School gymnasium.

FLL introduces 4th-8th graders to the fun and excitement of science and technology with a yearly LEGO robot challenge. This competition is a high-energy, sports-like event. Come and cheer on local teams as they show off what their robots can do!

The event is hosted by Project Y, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4153, and sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security.


LANL Employees Mentor Students In Hour Of Code

on December 14, 2014 - 8:56pm

Mountain Elementary School students participate in the annual Hour of Code Thursday afternoon with Los Alamos National Laboratory volunteers at Mountain Elementary. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost

With the help of LANL volunteers, Mountain Elementary students participate in Hour of Code Thursday. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost


With the help of several Los Alamos National Laboratory employees, students at Mountain, Chamisa and Pinon Elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School participated in the biggest educational event in history, Computer Science Education Week's

School Board Filing Date Approaches

on December 14, 2014 - 9:55am
LAPS Superintendent
Los Alamos School Board positions 3, 4 and 5 are open for filing a Declaration of Candidacy (available at the County Clerk’s Office). Candidates must file between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday in December, Dec. 16 at the Office of the County Clerk. Residents missing this filing date could choose to file before 5 p.m., Dec. 30, a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate.

“My time on the School Board has been a rewarding experience and I would encourage others to get more involved in our community,” Nan Holmes said, adding, “Having a