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LAPS Foundation Helps LAHS Physics Department Purchase New Equipment

on May 29, 2015 - 3:58pm
Physics students show off the Van de Graaff generator purchased with funds from the LAPS Foundation. Back row from left, Michaelle Sutton, Garron Burgess, Corbin Stratton, Ignacio Rougier, Jeremiah Westerman and Angela Workman. Front row from left, Youssef Amin, LeeAnn Quintana, Jenelle Pana, Alexis Bustos, Carson Brewer, Mya Steele, Alize Garcia, Ryan McNiel, Alana Goodwin, Matt Mesibov and Steffy Nielsen. Photo by Alyssa Trujillo
Photo by Alyssa Trujillo

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is helping to expand the physics curriculum at Los Alamos High


Los Alamos Students Graduate From OSU

on May 29, 2015 - 11:50am
OSU News:
CORVALLIS, Ore.  Oregon State University will hold its 146th commencement Saturday, June 13, in Reser Stadium.
Los Alamos students graduating from OSU include:
  • Julia A. Kautz, Master of Science, Civil Engineering; and
  • Ashley D. Reid, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine - DVM.
OSU is one of the few large universities in the nation to hand out students’ actual diplomas during the commencement ceremony.
The commencement speaker is Howard K. Koh, director of the Leading Change Studio at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Governor Announces Funding To Hire, Support, Retain Math And Science Teachers In Underserved Areas

on May 29, 2015 - 9:01am

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will announce a significant increase in funding to hire, support and retain math and science teachers in low-income and rural areas in New Mexico.

The additional funds also will ensure that these teachers have the resources they need to help students succeed. 

The Governor will make the announcement during the 2015 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Symposium this morning in Albuquerque.

MANA del Norte Offers Post-Secondary Scholarship

on May 29, 2015 - 7:43am
MANA News:
The purpose of the MANA del Norte Scholarship is to assist Latinas from northern New Mexico in continuing and/or completing their post-secondary education. Scholarships are awarded based on strength of personal statement, academic ability, financial need and letters of recommendation.

Application Eligibility

Deadline: July 15, 2015: Applicant must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled, by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, in an accredited college or university in New Mexico.
If an applicant has been accepted to an accredited college or university outside New Mexico,

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Awards $422,500 To College Bound Students

on May 28, 2015 - 4:30pm
Gold Scholarship winner Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
Gold Scholar Alexander Ortiz of Santa Fe High School. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
Gold Scholarship winner Charlotte Flory of Questa High School. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
Los Alamos Daily Post

Seventy-eight New Mexico students received $422,500 in scholarships from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund during a special event May 20 at the Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School, Alexander Ortiz of Santa Fe High School and

Community Bids Farewell To Rex And Dawn Kilburn

on May 28, 2015 - 4:27pm
The community bid farewell to Dawn and Rex Kilburn at a party Wednesday at Trinity on the Hill. Rex taught fifth and sixth grade at Pinon Elementary School, then became assistant principal at Los Alamos Middle School where he later became prinicipal for the last six years. Dawn is the registrar of the Los Alamos Pre-School Program. Rex is pictured here with Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez. The two are looking over a book of memories presented to Kilburn at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Three generations of Kilburns at the party Wednesday.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You For Everything!

on May 28, 2015 - 1:41pm
Piñon PTO Appreciation Week Chair

THANK YOU to the hardworking and talented Piñon Elementary teachers, office staff (principal, secretary and clerk), instructional assistants, nurses, custodial/maintenance personnel, counselors and physical/occupational therapists for another wonderful school year!

THANK YOU to all of the wonderful Piñon Elementary parents for generously donating time, items, and/or delicious food to make the Piñon PTO’s Appreciation Breakfasts and Luncheon honoring our fabulous staff a smashing success!

THANK YOU to CB FOX's Pajarito Greenhouse in

NDI Student Dancers Shine In Front Of 1,700 People

on May 28, 2015 - 11:38am

More than 500 student dancers and an audience of 1,700 people fill Española Valley High School Gymnasium Wednesday evening for the annual NDI End-of-Year performance. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Special guests participating in Wednesday's event include businessman Omar Sanchez, in blue t-shirt, who owns Time Out Pizzeria restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock. Sanchez also is a retired New Mexico State Police officer and Wednesday marked his 8th year participating in the event. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

Staff Report

ESPAÑOLA – The National Dance Institute

Aspen Elementary Student’s Film Premieres Monday

on May 28, 2015 - 9:51am

Movie poster for Descanso. Courtesy photo


Descanso, the film written by, Christopher Garcia when he was 11 years old has been completed and is set to Premier at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1 at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (AFME). 

Christopher Garcia

Garcia, now 12, said he is excited to invite the community to his premier and share this success with him and everyone who helped make this movie happen. Descanso will premiere at the South Broadway Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Film and Music Event.

Garcia lives in Velarde with his family and

SFBG Refocuses Programming Toward Museum Hill & Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Sites

on May 28, 2015 - 7:51am
SFBG News:
After eight years of providing programs at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, the Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors has voted to discontinue their hikes on wilderness property owned by Santa Fe County.
In announcing this change, CEO Clayton Bass noted, “Our mission of educational programming has grown 10-fold over the last few years and we are placing our staffing and efforts where we have the greatest impact for children and adults of the region.

New Mexico History Museum Unveils June Events

on May 28, 2015 - 7:47am
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Bring the family, bring your friends, or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:
Friday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Palace Guard trip to Glorieta
Members of the museum’s Friends group journey to the Civil War battle site at Pecos National Historic Park for a tour with Ranger Eric Valencia, a picnic lunch, and a visit to Casa Escuela, a private museum with historic firearms and military ephemera. $30. Reserve a spot by calling (505).982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? Call (505).982.6366, ext. 100 to join.

Get Head Start With UNM-LA Summer Credit Classes

on May 27, 2015 - 5:02pm

Biology lab at UNM-LA. Courtesy/UNM/LA

UNM-LA News:

Summer is the perfect time to get a head start on your college career, earn a few extra credits while home for the summer, or take a class or two to brush up on some of your skills.

Credit classes at UNM-LA begin Monday, June 1. Registration is now open both online and in person on the UNM-LA campus.

There are nearly 60 classes being offered ranging from Art Studio to Statistics with everything in between including Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics.


Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night June 13

on May 27, 2015 - 3:32pm
PA News:
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

New Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

on May 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.
The presence of sea salt on Europa's surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seaflooran important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.
The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, and is available online.
“We have many

School Board Meets At Central Office Thursday

on May 27, 2015 - 3:16pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session and Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, School Board Room, 2101 Trinity Dr.

The special School Board Meeting will consist of an Executive Session to discuss limited personnel items - Superintendent’s progress report; and the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property, specifically a discussion with the Department of Transportation.

After the closed Executive Session is over, School Board President Jim Hall will reconvene the Special School Board meeting.


UNM-LA Community Ed Classes For Adults Begin June 1

on May 27, 2015 - 11:09am


UNM-LA News:

Summer is finally starting to show itself and it’s not too late to get your mind and body in shape for the activities that lie ahead.

UNM-LA summer classes for adults begin June 1 and continue through July. Registration is now open.

UNM-LA offers Yoga for both beginner and intermediate levels. Yoga is the perfect way to build strength and flexibility, which will help you enjoy any summertime activity such as hiking or biking. Yoga will help you relax, too.

Planning on taking a trip to a Spanish speaking country soon?

Community Invited To Farewell Party For LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn At TOTH Today!

on May 27, 2015 - 10:10am

LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn delivers a goodie bag to head custodian Alfredo Tena in appreciation for his monumental effort to keep the school clean every day. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen



The community is invited to say farewell to Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn and his wife Dawn.

Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will host the farewell event 3:30-6:30 p.m. today. LAMS staff is working to provide light appetizers for the three hour festivities and anyone who would like to bring a dish is welcome to share.

Kilburn accepted a position in

Finals Week Destress Fest For Grades 7-12 May 27

on May 26, 2015 - 4:40pm
LAYG News:
Los Alamos Middle School and High School students are invited to Destress Fest the Wednesday of Finals Week.
Los Alamos teens work hard in school and deserve some time to unwind during this stressful time of year. Research has shown that brief mental breaks improve performance on prolonged tasks, and what better mental break than Inflatable Sumo Wrestling, Jousting and an Obstacle Course?!
This Hawaiian-themed bash also will include food, desserts (which is "stressed" spelled backwards), prizes and a photo booth.

LAHS Junior EliseAnne Koskelo Receives Prestigious Awards For Work In Art, Design And Science

on May 26, 2015 - 7:40am

LAHS student EliseAnne Koskelo wearing the medal she received from the YoungArts Foundation. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

EliseAnne Koskelo, a junior at Los Alamos High School, is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science. 

In December of 2014, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work. Koskelo's portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.

As one of 700 winners of this award, she travelled to New York City earlier this month to attend master classes in her

Los Alamos Hilltalkers Host Bake Sale Friday

on May 26, 2015 - 7:22am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 29 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.

The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.

The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas, Texas this June.

MANA del Norte Seeks Scholarship Applicants

on May 25, 2015 - 2:23pm


MANA del Norte is seeking scholarship applicants.


The purpose of the MANA del Norte Scholarship is to assist Latinas from northern New Mexico in continuing and/or completing their post-secondary education. Scholarships are awarded based on strength of personal statement, academic ability, financial need and letters of recommendation.

MANA del Norte is a non-profit 501c3 organization serving as a voice and resource for Latinas in northern New Mexico and supporting programs and legislative initiatives that foster a better quality of life for all.

Application Eligibility 


National History Day Club Hosts Bake Sale Tuesday

on May 25, 2015 - 12:02pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National History Day Club is hosting a bake sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at Los Alamos National Bank.

NHD or National History Day is an educational club at the highschool designed to promote the study of history. Students create project based on a theme, this years theme was Leadership and Legacy, and then compete with the projects at regional, state, and national levels.

LAHS NHD students, Kaylen Pocaterra, Kim Pestovich, Daniel Wang, Miriam Wallstrom, Katie Delgado, Nate Delgado and Kathryn McClenahan all placed at the State Competition in


Mike Johnson Selected As New LAMS Principal

on May 25, 2015 - 11:16am

Mike Johnson

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus announced this morning that Mike Johnson has been selected as the incoming principal of Los Alamos Middle School. 

Johnson comes with a wealth of experience including more than nine years of administration at the secondary level. His latest achievement is the establishment and implementation of the Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy. This program is creating new and innovative opportunities for our students.  

Johnson said he is looking forward to his new leadership opportunity at LAMS.


Officials Share Memorial Day Tributes

on May 25, 2015 - 9:43am

Today marks Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Courtesy photo


President Barack Obama:

This weekend is Memorial Day—a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who’ve ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security. This year, the holiday is especially meaningful. It’s the first Memorial Day since our war ended in Afghanistan. 

On Monday, at Arlington Cemetery, I’ll join our

Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding To Support Health-Tech Expansion at Arrowhead Park

on May 24, 2015 - 12:07pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park.

The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving health care for New Mexicans and diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

"Arrowhead Park is