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EMT-Basic Course Serves Students & Community Alike

on July 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Holly Erickson, a junior at Clemson University, took advantage of the UNM-LA EMT Basic class while back home in Los Alamos for the summer. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Life-sized manikins, piles of medical equipment, and extensive checklists filled the testing room during the last day of UNM-LA’s EMT-Basic class last week as students endeavored to diagnose and treat their “patients.”

They were taking practical and written tests to finish the 10-credit core course that enables them to sit for the National Registry Exam to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs.


Local School Supply Drive Underway

on July 29, 2015 - 9:52am


This Sunday, one youth from the Christian Church in Los Alamos is hoping you will donate some school supplies for those in need as the school year is about to begin.

Victoria Hypes is a Chamisa, LAMS and LAHS graduate attending Santa Fe Community College for a dual Associates' in biology and engineering.

She has been active in the church since from a young age and was inspired last year to take on this fundraising challenge after being inspired by a Christ in Youth conference attended by the youth of the Church of Christ in California.

“I loved being able to make a

Montessori Hosts Open House Aug. 1

on July 28, 2015 - 8:48am

Sage Cottage Montessori, 142 Meadow Lane. Courtesy photo

SCM News:

Sage Cottage Montessori will host an open house 3-5 p.m., Aug. 1 at the school at 142 Meadow Lane in white Rock.

The school has room for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Sage Cottage School's philosophy is to guide children in the development of a positive self-image through a unique combination of Montessori, Play-oriented, Science-based, and Self-directed programs.  This will help foster self-confidence, respect of life and environment, love of learning, and socially acceptable behavior.

LAHS's Chloe Keilers Represents New Mexico At National Youth Science Camp

on July 27, 2015 - 1:35pm
Cloe Keilers of Los Alamos in class at National Youth Science Camp. Courtesy/NYSC

CHARLESTON, W.V. – Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School represented New Mexico receently as a delegate to the 2015 National Youth Science Camp® (NYSC).

Keilers joined 100 other top high school graduates representing the United States and eight other countries at the prestigious three and a half week program.

The NYSC, in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, integrates scientific programming with opportunities for delegates to explore music, art, and the outdoors.


LAHS Grad Anne Chamberlin Siler Completes Residency

on July 27, 2015 - 11:20am

Anne Chamberlin Siler


Anne Chamberlin Siler, the daughter of Barbara Chamberlin of Santa Fe, and David D. Chamberlin of Los Alamos, recently completed her residency training at St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency in Grand Junction, Colo.

She was honored with the Capstone Scholarship Award, Pediatric Rotation Resident of the Year, and Resident Teacher of The Year.  

Chamberlin Siler is a graduate of Los Alamos High School and Lewis and Clark College. She received her M.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore.  

Chamberlin Siler will continue living

LAPS Elementary Summer School Earns An A+

on July 26, 2015 - 5:28pm

Team success at the final day of LAPS 2015 Summer School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools elementary summer school program has come to an end.

The last day was filled with field activities designed for fun and to further develop small and large motor skills. Students, parents, and teachers participated. 

School Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus attended and observed that everyone was safe and had a great time.  

“We extend thanks to all of the caring and skilled staff members that helped to make our 2015 summer school a great success,” he said.

This year’s summer


Final Week Of Summer Reading Challenge

on July 26, 2015 - 4:56pm

LAPS News:

On June 20, the Los Alamos School Board announced additional student incentives to help address the “summer slide” in reading skills.

This is the final week for participation.

The idea began at an Aspen Elementary School kickoff when Gov. Susana Martinez announced a statewide reading challenge encouraging students to read more books over the summer break. 

Reading is the foundation for learning and when students read well, they are better positioned to succeed academically, in the workplace, and in life. 

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Commerce and

SFI: An Exploration Of Beauty And Madness Aug. 5

on July 26, 2015 - 8:28am
SFI News:
A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer will unfold Aug. 5 in Santa Fe in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.
During the free event sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, guests will be treated to an exploration of beauty and madness at the intersections of drawing, reading, and counting by Santa Fe luminaries from the arts and sciences.
Krakauer, an evolutionary biologist, will converse with Drake, a visual artist most recently celebrated for his 1,242

2015 Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund Recipients Recognized At Special Event

on July 25, 2015 - 10:44am

A group shot of all the recipients who attended Thursday's Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awards reception at the LANL Foundation Office in Espanola. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

More than 100 people from several communities in the seven counties surrounding Los Alamos attended the Thursday evening event as students from Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos, Mora, Las Vegas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Pojoaque and elsewhere received scholarship awards. Photo by Eric Vasquez/

WR Presbyterian Hosts Rummage & Taco Sale July 25

on July 24, 2015 - 2:42pm
Courtesy photo
WRPC News:
The Service Ministry Committee of White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC) is hosting a rummage sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25. 
All proceeds from the sale benefit one of three missions selected by the Committee: Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund, Young Life Camp Scholarships and Operation Christmas Child.
Julie’s Helpers Navajo Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Navajo women who plan to return to their community after college to help their people.

New Mexico Teacher Of The Year Debra Minyard Participates In Annual Event In Washington, D.C.

on July 24, 2015 - 2:22pm

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock stops to pose with with a military band recently while in Washington, D.C. for the annual Education Commission of the States event. Photo by Joshua Minyard

New Mexico Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock poses with other 2015 Teachers of the Year from across the nation recently while in Washington, D.C. for the annual Education Commission of the States event. Photo by Joshua Minyard

Classic Air Medical Chopper Lands At Nature Center

on July 23, 2015 - 9:51am

The Classic Air Medical helicopter appears in the sky above the Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday evening as part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program. Photo by Garrett Rodgers



Classic Air Medical brought its rescue helicopter to the Los Alamos Nature Center early Wednesday evening as part of PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union.

The state of the art medical helicopter touched down in the nature center parking lot at 2600 Canyon Road.

Cindy Rooney Appointed Interim Executive Director At UNM-Los Alamos

on July 22, 2015 - 7:52pm

Cynthia Rooney

Cynthia Rooney has been appointed to serve as the full-time interim executive director of the UNM-Los Alamos campus announced by Provost Chaouki Abdallah.

Rooney, who is currently the dean of Instruction at UNM-Los Alamos, begins her new duties Aug. 1.

“Los Alamos is a campus of vital importance to UNM,” Abdallah said, “and will need strong leadership to pursue emerging opportunities for that campus. We believe Dr. Rooney’s unique set of skills, experience, and commitment will enable her to do just that.

Atomic City Children's Theater Workshop July 27-31

on July 22, 2015 - 5:39pm

Participants in the 2014 Summer Workshops show off their makeup. Courtes/ACCT

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater will offer their Summer Workshops this year from July 27-July 31. This year's workshops will be held in the Topper Theater and Duane Smith Auditorium.

ACCT’s Co-Directors, Daren Savage and Kelsey Cline were both happy be able to offer young people in Los Alamos the opportunity work on material from "Disney Lion King Experience" for this year's workshops.

Students Receive Jim Sims Engineering Scholarships

on July 22, 2015 - 5:00pm
Scholarship winners Kimberly Pestovich and Samuel Sherrill with Becky Sims, center, the widow of Jim Sims. Courtesy/Don Taylor Photography


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has awarded the Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduates Kimberly Pestovich and Samuel Sherrill. 

Scholarship winner Kimberly Pestovich will attend New Mexico State University to study chemical engineering and materials science. She is the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Dianne Pestovich.

Scholarship winner Samuel Sherrill will attend Brigham Young

Los Alamos High School 20th Reunion July 31-Aug. 2

on July 22, 2015 - 10:11am


Los Alamos High School Class of 1995 will celebrate its 20th reunion July 31- Aug. 2 in Los Alamos.

The class has several activities planned including a Beer Mixer Friday night at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, a tour of Los Alamos High School Saturday morning, golfing Saturday, dinner and dance at Buffalo Thunder Resort Saturday night, and lunch/hike Sunday at Pajarito ski hill.

It is not too late to register for any of the activities. Classmates can go to or on Facebook at Los Alamos High School Class of 1995.

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Heinrich Statement On 2015 KIDS COUNT Report

on July 22, 2015 - 9:15am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement Tuesday after the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranked New Mexico as 49th in the nation for child well-being.

The report ranked all 50 states on 16 indicators that fall into the categories of economic well-being, education, health, family and community.

"It's unacceptable that nearly a third of New Mexico children are living in poverty.

GOP Announces 2015 Constitution Day Essay Contest

on July 22, 2015 - 8:36am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women and the Republican Party of Los Alamos are proud to announce the 2015 Constitution Day Essay Contest for students in grades 4-12 who live in or attend school in Los Alamos County.

The contest runs thrugh Sept. 4 and students have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and receive their prizes at the Sept. 17 Constitution Day Dinner.

Prizes are: $300-high school  $200-middle school  $100-grades 4-6

The Constitution Day Essay Contest is designed to challenge students to learn more about the Constitution and the men who signed it and

Rave Reviews Pour In Following Week One Of Summer Program For Youth At UNM-LA

on July 22, 2015 - 8:18am

A young participant in the UNM-LA Summer Program for Youth prepares to launch a rocket he built during one of his classes. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

“Best Summer Camp Ever!!! Wish it lasted longer,” wrote one young participant on a survey after the UNM-LA Summer Program for Youth wrapped up last week.

Offering five days of afternoon classes on Chemistry in the Kitchen, Robotics and University Explorations, the Youth College program geared toward kids entering grades 4-6 boasted 51 participants who had a blast and gained some knowledge while they were at it.

Record Amount Raised For LANL Scholarships

on July 21, 2015 - 9:41am

From left, Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship fundraising campaign champion Steven Girrens (LANL Associate Director for Engineering Sciences) and LANL Foundation scholarship program officer Tony Fox celebrate a record-breaking total. Since 1999 more than 1,000 students have been awarded $5 million in scholarships, funded by LANS, LANL employees, contractors and retirees, and the general public. Photo by Ed Vigil/LANL


ESPAÑOLA — The LANL Foundation reports that the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) once again broke fundraising records during the annual giving

Report: New Mexico Stuck At 49th In Child Well-being

on July 21, 2015 - 9:22am


Some areas see improvement, others see decline

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico has seen small improvements in some areas of child well-being over the last few years, but those gains are counteracted by declines in other areas.

For 2015, the state’s national KIDS COUNT® ranking stays at 49th—unmoved since last year—in the new edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book, which was released today.

The national KIDS COUNT Data Book, released annually by the Annie E.

Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering Receives State Merit Award For Excellence In Nursing

on July 20, 2015 - 5:23pm

Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering, RN, receives the Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing. Courtesy/LAPS

National Association of School Nurses President Elezabeth Mattey, left, presents Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering, RN, with the Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The New Mexico School Nurse Association presented Los Alamos High School Nurse Kate Kettering, RN, with the Merit Award for Excellence in Nursing July 15 at the annual conference.

Kettering is a PED-licensed professional school nurse and member of the National Association of

UNM Student Earns Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship

on July 20, 2015 - 10:52am
Tinisha Spencer. Courtesy photo


The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Committee announces the recipient of the fifth annual scholarship, given since 2011 to Navajo women who desire to serve their people and need help funding a challenging academic course of study.

The recipient of this year’s $2,500 Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship is University of New Mexico sophomore Tinisha Spencer from Mentmore, N.M.

Spencer is majoring in athletic training and minoring in dance and was named to the Dean’s List for both semesters of her freshman year.


World Politics Of A Changing Energy Landscape July 22

on July 20, 2015 - 10:46am
CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) is hosting a discussion on “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” with speaker James Clad―senior advisor to the Center for Naval Analysis and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense―at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at Tipton Hall, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's Dr. 
Cost is $15 for CIR members, and $20 for non-members and guests.
Clad will discuss how recent energy trends have upset the world oil market and transformed the geopolitical landscape.
Asian energy demand is surging, Russian

LAPS Selects New Barranca Elementary Principal And Los Alamos High School Assistant Principal

on July 19, 2015 - 12:50pm

Renee Dunwoody, new assistant principal at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to announce that Gina Terrazas has been selected as the next principal of Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Renee Dunwoody has been selected as Assistant Principal at Los Alamos High School. 

Terrazas and Dunwoody begin their new positions Monday, July 20.

Terrazas has spent the last nine years as an administrator with the Mesa Vista School District in Ojo Caliente both at the elementary and high school levels. She began her career in education 17 years ago.