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CIR: Former US Ambassador To Ukraine Delivers Final Fall Lecture Thursday Nov. 6

on October 31, 2014 - 4:15pm

John E. Herbst

CIF News:

Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst will deliver our fourth and final Fall lecture on the crisis in that beleaguered country at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

The venue is The Santa Fe Women's Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. A full house is anticipated for this presentation, so interested parties should reserve their tickets as soon as possible. They may do so on line at or by calling 505.982.4931. Tickets are priced at $15 for members and $20 for non-members and guests. Full-time students 25 and under are admitted free with proper ID.

Veterans And Families Resource Day Nov. 3

on October 31, 2014 - 1:54pm


SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services will host Veterans and Families Resource Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in the Jemez Rooms on the SFCC campus at 6401 Richards Ave.

Representatives from federal, state and local veterans’ service organizations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to veterans, active-duty personnel and their families about the types of assistance, resources and programs are available to them in northern New Mexico.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m.

Students Asked To Submit Idea For Volunteer Project With Meaningful Impact Abroad

on October 31, 2014 - 12:33pm

  • Winning student will get to put their vision into action on a free, two-week program abroad

New York—AFS-USA, a global leader in intercultural student exchange programming, is asking American 8th-12th graders: What is one problem in the world that you would like to solve, and what type of volunteer project would you design to help solve it?”

Students are asked to submit a short essay or video outlining their idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad.

Los Alamos Senior Class Photos Dating Back To 1950's To Be Electronically Stored For Easy Access

on October 31, 2014 - 10:03am
Senior class photos dating back to the 1950s being moved into storage at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School senior class photos dating back to the 1950s that used to hang on the walls of old A-wing have been moved into storage at the high school. 

Eventually these photos will be stored electronically by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, to allow past graduates to view them in an electronic format/kiosk on campus.


Leadership Class Completes Community Programs Session

on October 30, 2014 - 12:45pm

Leadership Los Alamos participants listens to a panel discussion Oct. 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Leadership Los Alamos participants visit the Bandelier table during the Oct. 17 'non-profit' fair at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo

Another scene from the LLA 'non-profit' fair. Courtesy photo

Executive Director Heather McClenahan, right, of the Los Alamos Historical Society speaks with members of the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos class. Courtesy photo

LLA News:

  • Session included assisting the Senior Center, the Library and Historical Society

The Leadership Los Alamos Class

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Green Gentian, A Curious Geometric Flower

on October 30, 2014 - 6:56am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Green Gentian, a Curious Geometric Flower

A remarkable plant can be seen blooming in the open pine forest and meadows of the high country on the way to the Valles Caldera and in Canada Bonita.

Its popular name is green gentian but it is also called deer’s ears, monument plant, or elk weed. Its scientific name is Frasera speciosa.

Green gentian grows as a set of leaves on a single stem that is low to the ground. The soft, fuzzy leaves resemble the ear of a deer, as the popular name suggests.

Special School Board Meeting Focuses On Superintendent Search

on October 29, 2014 - 4:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at the School Board Room at the Administration Building.

The meeting will focus on the search for a new superintendent.

The public is invited to attend.


New Mexico Pianist Gavin Laur Is A Division Finalist In MTNA Senior Piano Competition

on October 29, 2014 - 6:38am

Gavin Laur

MTNA News:

Gavin Laur, a Santa Fe native, will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif. in January to compete as a Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Piano Competition.

Laur, the son of Ruth and Paul Laur, earned this opportunity after winning the Senior Division of the M1NA Statewide Piano Competition. A Junior at the New Mexico School for the Arts, Laur has been studying piano for 10 years and is currently a student of Stein way Artist Jacquelyn Helin.

Laur has been awarded top placement in several competitions beginning in 2006 when he won

Aspen Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nov. 17

on October 28, 2014 - 4:15pm


Aspen Elementary School will celebrate the completion of its newly built and renovated school by hosting an open house/ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 17.

The event is 4:30-6 p.m. with opening remarks beginning at 4:30 p.m. Aspen’s Tiger Choir will perform. Following the ribbon cutting, guests will take self-guided tours. Staff members will be available to answer guests’ questions. Cake will be served in the new Dining Hall near the end of the event.  

Aspen thanks the community for their support of the bond, which made construction a reality.

New Mexico Pianist Presley Gao Is A Division Finalist In MTNA Junior Piano Competition

on October 28, 2014 - 1:12pm

Presley Gao, a Los Alamos native, is a Division Finalist in the MTNA Junior Piano Competition. Courtesy/MTNA

MTNA News:

Presley Gao, a Los Alamos native, will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., in January to compete as a Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Junior Piano Competition.

Gao, the son of Jun Gao and Hongzhao Tian, earned this opportunity after winning the Junior Division of the MTNA Statewide Piano Competition.

LAMS Walk Run Club Issues Marathon Challenge

on October 28, 2014 - 12:28pm

LAMS Walk Run Club. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School Walk Run Club invites all 7th and 8th grade students and staff to participate in the Marathon Challenge until the end of the school year.

It’s Easy:

  • Walk or run the LAMS track and document the number of laps on the sign-in sheet.

And / Or

  • Accumulate miles on your own, and submit to toward an end of year goal of 26.2 miles (105 laps around the track)

In May, the Walk Run Club will have an ice cream party to celebrate the Marathon Challenge accomplishment!

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt Issues Open Letter To Staff And Community

on October 28, 2014 - 12:13pm
Open Letter to Staff and Community:
By Superintendent Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Public Schools

An article in the Sunday Edition of Los Alamos Monitor (DeRoma, 2014), posed the question of illegal drug use in our community. The drug awareness event, which was held in Smith Auditorium, presented an opportunity for community members to voice concerns on illegal drug use.

As Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools, I would be naïve to say that drugs have not made their way into our schools and our community.

UNM-LA Parenting Series Begins Second Run

on October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Cyber Safety and Technology will kick off the six-class series on parenting Oct. 30. Courtesy/Bigstock

UNM-LA News:

The popular parenting class Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is returning for it’s second run this Thursday, Oct. 30. The six-class series is a collaboration between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The series begins with Cyber Safety and Technology and will explore topics related to apps and social media, online safety, cyberbullying, tools and guidelines for using the Internet, and

MADD New Mexico Partners Locally During Red Ribbon Week To Prevent Underage Drinking

on October 28, 2014 - 11:28am

MADD News:

New Pledge Campaign, #ProtectUrSelfie invites teens to say no to alcohol

Teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 each year, more than all illegal drugs combined. In connection with Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) New Mexico is launching a new social media pledge campaign that asks teens to #ProtectUrSelfie by staying alcohol-free until 21 and never getting in the car with a drinking driver.

This takes the place of the traditional pen and paper pledge and asks teens to grab a couple of friends and invite other peers to take a “selfie” with their

Explore Small Canyons In White Rock With PEEC

on October 28, 2014 - 9:02am

One of the small canyons in White Rock. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News: 

While most of us are familiar with the Red and Blue Dot Trails in White Rock Canyon, there are a number of smaller, lesser-known canyons in the area that are worth exploring.

Experienced hiker Paul Arendt will lead a PEEC hike at 9 a.m., Nov. 1 to discover the wonders of some of these canyons. Arendt will lead a small group on a looping hike, which will include several smaller canyons south of White Rock and east of N.M. 4.

The hike will proceed (roughly) adjacent to N.M.

Highlights From School Board Work Session

on October 28, 2014 - 6:03am
The Los Alamos School Board listens as parents express concerns about drug use among local students. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Several parents spoke out about drug problems at the Los Alamos Public Schools during Public Comment at Thursday’s School Board Work Session at Los Alamos Middle School.

One parent said other parents are in denial about drug use in the high school.

“Teachers are seeing students wasted in class. Teachers need education on the symptoms of drug use. The high school is a safe haven for drug use,” he said.


PEEC Offers Nature-Themed Activities Halloween Afternoon

on October 27, 2014 - 11:39am

PEEC News:

School's out for conferences, the kids are at home, and it's Halloween. What to do before Trick-o-Treat begins? Drop-in at PEEC anytime 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, for some not-too-spooky, nature-themed activities for kids of all ages.

Costumes are optional, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost to participate is $5 per child, and no advance registration is required. For more information, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of

Second Annual Career Fair At LAHS Nov. 3

on October 27, 2014 - 10:26am

LAPS News:

The Guidance Department of Los Alamos High School will host the 2nd Annual Career Fair 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in A-wing at which more than 25 career options will be represented by local employers and employees. 

“It’s a great opportunity for students to meet with members of the community who represent the careers they may be interested in pursuing, and learning about what it takes to get there,” LAHS Guidance Counselor Cindy Black said.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Career Fair, contact Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center at

Los Alamos High School NJROTC Cadets Place First Overall At Golden Anchor Drill Meet

on October 25, 2014 - 9:30am
Cadets competed in the unarmed drill-down at the Golden Anchor Drill Meet. Courtesy/NJROTC
Cadet Lauren Partin goes through her inspection at the Golden Anchor Drill Meet. Courtesy/NJROTC
Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets placed first overall at the Golden Anchor Drill Meet Oct. 18 in Santa Fe. The meet was the first of the year for the cadets.
The drill teams placed second in Armed Regulation and third in Unarmed Exhibition. The Male Color Guard and Female Color Guard team both placed third. 
In the Armed Drill-Down event, Michael Purdy placed second, Rigel Baron

Los Alamos Medical Center Hosts Women’s Healthy Life Symposium And Celebration 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Saturday

on October 24, 2014 - 12:34pm

LAMC News:

The first-ever Women’s Healthy Life Symposium and Celebration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Los Alamos Medical Center.

Bring a friend, a sister, a neighbor, a mother, or a daughter with you! From breastfeeding and belly dancing to menopause management and yoga, the healthcare providers at LAMC have something to offer every woman.

One of the most-exciting aspects of this first-ever event, is the fact that 17 different physicians and healthcare providers are presenting information, live and in-person.

Strange Attachments On Roof Of New Nature Center Explained

on October 24, 2014 - 9:34am

Solar panel attachments can be seen on the roof of the new nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Driving past the construction site of the new nature center at 2600 Canyon Road, you might think to yourself, “What are those strange things on the roof?”

In fact, they are attachments for photovoltaic (solar) panels. While the funds may not be available to install the panels before the building opens next spring, having the attachments in place will ensure that it is easy to add them when funds become available.

In the meantime, the interior drywall is almost complete, and most of the

GO Bond C Will Provide $500,000 For UNM-LA EMT Classroom Upgrades

on October 24, 2014 - 7:43am

UNM-LA News:

This fall voters in Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to invest in the state’s public colleges and universities without any increase to their property taxes.

General Obligation Bond C (also referred to as GO Bond C) proposes a total of $141,000,000 for New Mexico’s public colleges and universities, of which $500,000 will be allocated to UNM-LA. UNM-LA will add another $250,000 for a total capital investment of $750,000.

These funds will be used to renovate classroom lab space for the EMS training degree program.

Get A Pumpkin At LAHS Choir's Pumpkin Patch!

on October 23, 2014 - 9:19pm

Don't forget to stop by and get a perfect pumpkin. The Los Alamos High School Choir's October Pumpkin Patch will be open 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday and again on Sunday. Courtesy/LAHS Choir

UNM-PNM Announce Statewide High School Mathematics Contest

on October 23, 2014 - 7:54am

UNM News:

The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2014-2015 school year.

The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills, and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in New Mexico.

The contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 as well as students in lower grades who are taking a high school level math class.