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Join a 'Great Conversation' at Upcoming LAPS Foundation Fundraiser

on April 18, 2014 - 9:23am


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and conversations led by 12 interesting and knowledgeable leaders. All of the conversation leaders are locally or regionally known. 

The event raises funds for the projects of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

This is the first in a series of four about the planned conversations.

“The LAPS Foundation is pleased these fascinating speakers will join us this year to provide some lively conversations.” LAPSF Director Joanna

Public Invited to LAPS Budget Discussion Wednesday

on April 18, 2014 - 8:04am

LAPS CFO John Wolfe. File photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) invites the Los Alamos community to a discussion on the LAPS Fiscal Year 15 (FY15) budget at 5 p.m., April 23 in the Topper Theater at the Los Alamos High School. 

The discussion will address the FY15 NM Public Schools funding bill recently signed by the governor and requirements of the legislation to fund predetermined staff pay raise percentages, medical benefit premium increases, and retirement fund contribution increases; other known LAPS district cost increases not included in the legislation will be


14 Years in the Making, Nature Center Becomes a Reality: Public Invited to Groundbreaking April 22

on April 18, 2014 - 7:59am

Rendering of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center. The groundbreaking ceremony is 4 p.m., April 22. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has grown from humble beginnings, when a dozen citizens gathered around a dining room table to dream about ways to celebrate the natural world of Los Alamos.

PEEC’s inception took place on Earth Day in 2000 and since then, the people of Los Alamos have made PEEC a home for nature on the Pajarito Plateau.

Meet PEEC Volunteer Sue Watts

on April 18, 2014 - 7:20am
Sue Watts
PEEC Featured Volunteer

Sue Watts has spent a good part of her adult life working as a volunteer for organizations ranging from Girl Scouts of America to an urban community center in Birmingham, Ala., to Stephen Ministries.

In her work with the Girl Scouts, she helped girls and adults to develop their appreciation of nature, to look deeper and to see natural things that they might not otherwise see. In addition, she taught many leaders how to take troops camping and trekking on long trips.

When family brought her to Los Alamos, Sue was able to transfer her passion and experience

LAPS Prevention Office Works With MADD Against Underage Drinking

on April 18, 2014 - 7:00am

LAPS News:

This week, the Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office hosted Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for some community education opportunities with more planned for next week.

Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate and a program specialist for MADD-NM was on hand Tuesday and Wednesday with presentations for parents and hands on activities for youth.

Hardy shared her message about the program and trained school staff for an upcoming project to be done with local businesses. Ben Lewinger, the state executive director for MADD has been in the non-profit sector for 14

Luján Visits UNM-LA on STEM Tour

on April 17, 2014 - 1:19pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján toured the UNM-LA campus Tuesday as part of his STEM Tour of northern New Mexico. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, talks with robotics students about their projects at UNM-LA Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District visited UNM-Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Tour of northern New Mexico.

Luján met with students and educators and to discuss the need to encourage

Don’t Miss the Bobcat Bonanza Carnival at Barranca Mesa Elementary School April 25!

on April 16, 2014 - 11:06am

Join in the fun at the Bobcat Bonanza carnival 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Barranca School. Courtesy photo


Bring the family and come on down to the Bobcat Bonanza, a blowout carnival not to be missed. The event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 25 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar.

Win prizes at the April 25 Bobcat Bonanza. Courtesy photo

The Bobcat Bonanza will feature food, carnival games, a bouncy castle, face painting, and even a dunk tank with “celebrity” guests in the dunk seat.

LAPSF Telethon Raises Funds and Engages Students

on April 16, 2014 - 9:24am


Earlier this year, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation invited Los Alamos High School students to participate in a telethon to raise money for Los Alamos Public Schools. 

LAPS Foundation Executive Director Joanna Gillespie organized the telethon and trained the telethon volunteers.

The Foundation’s mission is to leverage time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in Los Alamos Public Schools. The foundation funds professional development for teachers, Great Ideas Grants submitted by teachers, teacher licensure and classroom materials requested by teachers. 



NJROTC Brings Home Honors From New Mexico State Military Skills Championships

on April 16, 2014 - 9:16am
NJROTC team members with their trophies at the New Mexico State Military Skills Championships. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School NJROTC competed at the New Mexico State Military Skills Championships April 12 at La Cueva High School.

The events at this competition include Armed and Unarmed Drill, Color Guard, Marksmanship, and Fitness. For the first time, Los Alamos High School finished in the top three with a third place behind the much larger high schools of La Cueva and Albuquerque.

The NJROTC had proven earlier in the year that they were the best “Navy” unit in the


LAHS Sophomore Parent Night April 21

on April 15, 2014 - 7:55am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School sophomores are invited to attend Sophomore Parent Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 21 in the Speech Theater.

Sophomore Parent Night gives parents an opportunity to learn what the counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the month of April, as well providing a review of this information for the students,” said Cindy Black, a guidance counselors at the high school. “The presentation focuses on what students and parents need to be doing at this stage to get ready for life after high school.


New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair

on April 15, 2014 - 7:39am


Los Aamos sent 27 6-12th graders to the 62nd New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair on the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro April 4-5.

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and is bound by the rules governing that organization. The fair also is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA). NMSEF is a non-profit program hosted by New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Financial support for the Fair comes from New Mexico Tech, the State of New Mexico,

LAHS Graduate Sydney Sivils Earns UNM’s Clauve Award

on April 14, 2014 - 3:24pm

LAHS graduate Sydney Sivils receives recipients of UNM’s Clauve Award. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School 2010 graduate Sydney Sivils was one of six recipients of UNM’s Clauve Award for outstanding seniors, presented April 4. The Clauve Award honors Lena C. Clauve, the university’s first dean of women.

The award is given for outstanding achievements in the areas of leadership, academics and campus involvement. To qualify, students must be nominated by staff or faculty who have witnessed the dedication of exceptional students. 

Sivils will graduate with honors in May


'Why I Am Pro Life' Essay Opens For Local Students

on April 14, 2014 - 3:07pm


Los Alamos Right to Life Committee, LARTLC, announces an essay contest for Los Alamos students in the Middle School and High School.

The essay title is “Why I Am Pro Life.” By submitting the essay, the contestant and parent agree to allow LARTLC to reprint the essay and that the essay is original, but not copyrighted. Essays will be more than 600 words and will be read and judged on originality, content and accuracy.

Each contestant will receive a certificate of participation and $200 will be awarded for the winning essay for grades 9-12, and $100 will be awarded for the


Meet New LAHS Principal 4:30-6 p.m. Today

on April 14, 2014 - 12:34pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will host a meet and greet 4:30-6 p.m. today with incoming Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist for students and parents in the lobby of the high school.

Dr. Belew-Nyquist, who officially begins her duties July 1, will be in Los Alamos through Wednesday. She will meet with staff and students several times during these days and with the Board of Education Tuesday evening. 

Dr. Belew-Nyquist of Silverdale, Wash., was selected for the principal position following an extensive national search.


View Rare Glimpse of Antarctica Through National Geographic Lens 7 p.m. Thursday at PEEC

on April 13, 2014 - 9:58am

Stephen Becker of Los Alamos stands in front of the National Geographic Explorer. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

It was the trip of a lifetime. Last November, Los Alamos local Stephen Becker embarked on the National Geographic Explorer ship to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica. 

During this voyage, National Geographic photographers produced a 50-minute video showing some of the trip highlights. Becker will show the video, and talk about the trip in a program at 7 a.m. at PEEC Thursday, April 17. Join Becker and PEEC for a rare glimpse of this remote region.

This event

Luján to Highlight Importance of STEM Education

on April 13, 2014 - 9:29am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District will highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education during a number of stops across northern New Mexico this week on a STEM Tour. 

Luján will meet with students, educators and other stakeholders to discuss the need to encourage students to pursue an education in STEM at a young age and the opportunities available in STEM fields.

Nature Center Groundbreaking Ceremony 4 p.m. April 22

on April 13, 2014 - 9:17am

Conceptual design of the Nature Center to be built on Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC


The Los Alamos County Council will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nature Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the project site, 2600 Canyon Road, north of the Aquatic Center.

The public is invited to attend this event, which will be jointly hosted with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). PEEC has been selected as the contractor who will operate the Nature Center and provide programs to the public.

The Nature Center is planned to be approximately 6,000 square feet and

Chamisa School Street Resurfaced Saturday

on April 13, 2014 - 8:08am

The drive through area in front of Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock is resurfaced Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Sudeep Dasari Honored as Rotary Student of the Month

on April 12, 2014 - 8:47am
Sudeep Dessari with his mother Anjali Dassari. Sudeep, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month in March. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Sudeep Dasari, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Dasari is the son of Venkat and Anjali Dasari and brother of Shaunak.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.

Los Alamos High School Named to 2014 America’s Most Challenging High Schools List

on April 11, 2014 - 11:57am
Principal Sandy Warnock holds a posting that highlights LAHS as one of the America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) has been named one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools for 2014 by the Washington Post.

LAHS is one of only four high schools in New Mexico to make the list, receiving a ranking of 705 of the 2,050 schools. LAHS Principal Sandy Warnock praised students and staff Thursday for this notable accomplishment.

“The Los Alamos community should feel very proud that our high school was named to the Washington Post list of


Professor Doug Dunston of NM Tech to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring LAHS Scholars

on April 11, 2014 - 10:50am

Dr. Doug Dunston is the featured speaker at the April 27 Phi Beta Kappa Banquet. Courtesy/PBK

By JOYCE ANN GUZIK, president
Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Board

On Sunday evening, April 27, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 58th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 255 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population). 

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa members and their guests, will be held at Fuller Lodge in

NanoDays Underway at Bradbury Science Museum

on April 11, 2014 - 9:16am
Bradbury Science Museum educator Gordon McDonough leads a demonstration of liquid metal during NanoDays Wednesday evening at the museum. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Aspiring scientists take part in a hands-on demonstration of surface tension Wednesday at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Staff Report

The Bradbury Science Museum is celebrating NanoDays 2014 through April 13. At NanoDays, a range of exciting programs is underway that demonstrate the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale.

LAHS Science and Engineering Fair Winners Awarded Coveted Spots on State Delegation

on April 11, 2014 - 7:41am

LAHS Science and Engineering Fair winners from left, William Sidley-Parker, Jovan Zhang, Coleman Kendrick, Sven Januar and Esteban Abeyta. Not pictured, Ashvini Vaidya. Photo by Brian Kendrick

LAHS News:

Two Los Alamos High School science and engineering fair exhibits were chosen from among the best of the best at the 62nd annual New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair last weekend at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

Coleman Kendrick and team Jovan Zhang, William Sidley-Parker and Sven Jandura were awarded coveted spots on the New Mexico state delegation.


School Board Meets 5 p.m. Tuesday

on April 10, 2014 - 10:01am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Regular School Board meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building,  2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V. 

The agenda includes:

  • Closure of meeting to enter into an Executive Session;
  • Reconvening of Regular School Board meeting;
  • Recognition by the Board;
  • Student Council Report;
  • Public comment;
  • Routine business;
  • Presentations and recommendations of the superintendent and information for the Board;
  • Unfinished business;
  • Board requested discussion or action;
  • Future business; and
  • Adjournment.

Udall Opens Application Process for Military Service Academy Nominations

on April 10, 2014 - 8:32am

Sen. Tom Udall


ALBUQUERQUE. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is now accepting applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Staff for Udall will also host several information sessions throughout the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying. In northern New Mexico, the session is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Santa Fe High School at 2100 Yucca St.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S.