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Local Voting Puts LAHS In #1 Spot In New Mexico!

on October 22, 2014 - 10:14am

STATE FARM News:

Great news Los Alamos, your voting has shot Los Alamos High School into the #1 position in New Mexico and we are quickly approaching the top 100 in the Nation!

These last few days are the most important in voting because as other communities get complacent in their top spots we can vote Los Alamos to the top. 

Just three more days of committing!

Meet PEEC Volunteer Karla Sartor

on October 22, 2014 - 6:35am

Ecologist Karla Sartor serves on the PEEC Board. Photo by Liz Rank

PEEC News:

Ecologist and PEEC Board member Karla Sartor is fresh off the lines of a two-week, bilingual training in the Santa Fe National Forest focused on prescribed burning for forest health. We sat down with Karla to learn more about this fascinating topic, how she ended up in Los Alamos, and what she does as a volunteer for PEEC.

PEEC: We’re looking forward to your discussion at Nature on Tap this Thursday about prescribed burning. Why did you suggest that topic, and what do you plan to talk about?
K.S.: With proper

Longest Serving Under Secretary Of State Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky Presents Major Lecture Oct. 28

on October 21, 2014 - 9:38am

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky

CIR News:

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky's Oct. 28 appearance before The Council on International Relations (CIR) represents the third Fall 2014 lecture in a series of four focusing on the crisis in Ukraine and its ramifications for Europe, NATO and the United States.

Dr.

Report: NM’s Per-Pupil K-12 Funding Remains Much Lower

on October 20, 2014 - 2:38pm

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico is still spending 8 percent less per pupil on K-12 education than before the recession.

That translates to $633 less being spent per student than funding levels in 2008, when adjusted for inflation. That’s according to a report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

“A well-educated workforce fosters economic growth,” said Executive Director Veronica C. García of New Mexico Voices for Children, which works closely with CBPP.

School Board Will Hold Work Session Thursday

on October 20, 2014 - 10:56am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Los Alamos Middle School in the West Commons, Room 165.

The agenda includes

  • Summer School Report
  • Food Service RFP
  • Committee Reports
  • Employee Assistance Program status
  • Policy Review
  • Middle School Report

 

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Artist Lisa Coddington Returns To PEEC To Teach Drawing Animals Workshop

on October 19, 2014 - 10:49am

A drawing by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is very fortunate to welcome back talented artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.

The class is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at PEEC and includes a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.

Take up your pencils and paper, and join Coddington to explore pencil techniques that portray animals in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait.

PEEC’s Take Wing Week Culminates In PEECnic Today!

on October 19, 2014 - 9:03am
The Craig Martin Experience plays this afternoon at the annual PEECnic at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
PEEC’s Take Wing Week culminates today in its annual PEECnic, a fun and free afternoon of activities for all ages.
 
The community is invited to this year’s event from 2-4 p.m., which is special because it is the last one at PEEC’s current location at 3540 Orange St. Next year’s PEECnic will take place at the new nature center under construction on Canyon Road.
 
This year, there will be a dessert buffet, activities for kids, photo opportunities, and live music by the

New Mexico Consortium Laboratory Open To Public

on October 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
Laboratory setup. Courtesy/NMC
Algae samples. Courtesy/NMC
 
By VICTORIA ERHART
 
Interested in using pond scum to power a jet? What to create your own multi-colored, glow in the dark, grow anywhere tomato plant? Need to study the effects of climate change from the molecular to the ultrascale level?
 
Then visit the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos on the fourth Saturday of each month when the lab offers public tours of its facilities.
 
The New Mexico Consortium Laboratory is a cooperative venture bringing together scientists and researchers from Los Alamos national Laboratory, UNM, NM

Canyoncito Montessori Students Busy With Community Projects

on October 18, 2014 - 2:27pm

Students from Canyoncito Montessori package the cookies they baked to raise money for charities helping those in need. Photo by Caroline Boyle

Students from Canyoncito Montessori create a scarecrow they call 'Unknown.' Photo by Caroline Boyle

Barranca's Lynne Higdon Named 2014 NM Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

on October 16, 2014 - 10:55am

Lynne Higdon holding her awards for New Mexico Elementary PE Teacher of the Year. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Lynne Higdon, the physical education teacher at Barranca Elementary School, was named the 2014 New Mexico Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made at the State PE Conference in Albuquerque.

Higdon demonstrates rope turning in Double Dutch. Courtesy/LAPS

Higdon has served as the PE teacher at Barranca for the past 10 years.

Robotics Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Oct. 23

on October 16, 2014 - 7:46am

League of Women Voters Education Meeting Oct. 22

on October 16, 2014 - 7:34am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters' Los Alamos Education Study Committee has been researching the issue of communication between the Los Alamos School Board and citizens. 

The focus is on high district-wide concerns such as the budget and the strategic plan as well as the distribution of information. 

The public is invited to an open meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at UNM/LA, Building 2, Room 230 to learn how the study is progressing.

Mountain Elementary's Annual Halloween Carnival Oct. 17

on October 15, 2014 - 2:49pm

From left, PTA President Abe Dispennette, Treasurer Kristin Kucko, Secretary Julia Baker and Vice President James Chrobocinski invite the community to come out for Mountain Elementary School's annual Carnival at 4:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17. There will be lots of fun and games for kids and parents to play and all funds raised go to the Mountain School PTA. People are able to donate on www.laschools.net/mountain if they wish as well. Courtesy photo

Testicular Cancer Seminar With Dr. Eric D. Bernstein Oct. 23

on October 15, 2014 - 2:37pm

Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH

LACC News

Testicular Cancer is the Most Common and Most Treatable Cancer in Young Men

Curing Testicular Cancer is a free community seminar scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos. 

Dr. Eric D. Bernstein, MD, MPH, will be speaking. The seminar, being sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer (LACC), begins with a free light supper 5:15-6 p.m. followed immediately by the seminar. Included in the presentation will be a question and answer session.

Dr.

Take Wing Week Continues At PEEC Thursday With Special Screening Of A Birder’s Guide To Everything

on October 15, 2014 - 7:51am
PEEC News:
 
Thursday PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater will present a special screening of A Birder’s Guide to Everything, as part of PEEC’s Take Wing Week.
 
This is a touching film for all ages, about a 15-year-old birding fanatic who thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
 
There will be a special introduction by local birder Hari Viswanathan, who will briefly recount his own birding discovery of a lifetime.
 
The movie is 6:30

White Rock Fall Festival 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. Saturday

on October 15, 2014 - 7:44am

COMMUNITY News:

The community is cordially invited to the White Rock Fall Festival; this is two great events in one location.

Stop by the pumpkin patch sponsored by Pinon Elementary’s PTO for all the usual pumpkin patch festivities. There will be face painting, a hay maze, carnival games, food vendors and more. Be sure to stop by the bake sale or try to win a baked good at the cakewalk. Then, head to the Chamisa Elementary Arts and Crafts fair inside the Pinon gymnasium. Get a head start on holiday shopping and for $15, have a picture taken with Santa.

This truly is fun for the whole

Troop 10507 Paints 'The Rock' For Pinon Pumpkin Patch and Chamisa Craft Fair Saturday

on October 14, 2014 - 3:26pm
Troop 10507 painted 'The Rock' Monday for the Pinon Pumpkin Patch and Chamisa Craft Fair in White Rock. The Troop 10507 painting crew includes Lindsay, Sabrina, Becca, Shelby, Malaya, Esperanza, Jadie, Lizzie and Solenne. The Troop also cleaned up trash and weeds along the Red Sidewalk for their fall service project while waiting for the white paint to dry. The Pinon Pumpkin Patch and Chamisa Christmas Craft Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at Pinon Elementary School.

Special Needs Focus Of This Week’s UNM-LA/JJAB Parenting Series

on October 14, 2014 - 2:48pm

Courtesy/Bigstock

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-LA/JJAB parenting series Raising a Child in a Challenging World, continues Thursday, Oct. 16 with the discussion of Supporting Children With Special Needs.

This class is designed to help parents and caregivers of children with special needs navigate the IEP process, locate community resources and make time for self care.

This week’s session will feature three experienced panelists; Dr.

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Take Wing Week Continues At PEEC Wednesday With Talk On Dragonflies And Damselflies

on October 14, 2014 - 8:43am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Take Wing Week continues at PEEC Wednesday, with an informational and free program all about dragonflies and damselflies.
 
Relf Price will present “Silver-Winged Acrobats of the Sky” at 7 p.m. at PEEC. Price will give a non-technical talk on the amazing lifestyles of dragonflies and damselflies. He will share dramatic photographs and fun tidbits about the life cycle and reproductive process of these wonderful creatures, and he will demonstrate how to catch dragonflies without a net.
 
This program is free to attend, and no advance registration is

Bring The Band Perry To Los Alamos!

on October 13, 2014 - 10:59am

The Perry Band. Courtesy photo

STATE FARM News:

Local State Farm Agents Abe Dispennette and Lou Santoro have partnered together with Los Alamos High School to help raise awareness for safe teen driving.

First, the not-so-good news: More teens die from car crashes than any other cause. And the first year of driving is the most dangerous.

The good news: There’s something we all can do about it. And it involves a celebration!

That’s what Celebrate My Drive is about – celebrating this big, new life of freedom that comes with a driver’s license.

UNM-LA CEO Urges Los Alamos To Vote For Bond C

on October 13, 2014 - 9:29am
By WYNN GOERING, CEO
UNM-Los Alamos

A colleague of mine at UNM recently told me that the upcoming election was “the most uninteresting” he could remember in all his years of observing New Mexico politics. It may be, if the polls are to be believed. But the University of New Mexico and its campus in Los Alamos will have a great deal at stake when voters cast their ballots between now and Nov. 4.

“Bond Question C,” of the state “2014 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act,” asks voters to accept or reject $141 million worth of funding for capital improvements to colleges and

Learn To Dance Starting Tuesday At LAHS

on October 13, 2014 - 9:18am

Los Alamos High School Dance Program, Ballroom Dance students. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Ever dreamed about learning how to dance? Never had time? Now it’s your chance to learn how to TANGO!

As a part of fundraising efforts for the Los Alamos High School Dance Program, Ballroom Dance students and their teacher Natasha Barkhudarova are offering four weekly sessions of TANGO dance classes for Beginners, starting Tuesday.

Classes are 7-8 p.m., each Tuesday - Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4 - at the Topper Theater at LAHS. No partner is required. Everybody is welcome to join the class.

The cost

Take Wing Week has begun at PEEC: Tuesday Local Beekeeper Demonstrates Simpler Way Of Raising Bees

on October 13, 2014 - 8:53am

Local beekeeper Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees during a program Tuesday at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Take Wing Week has begun at PEEC - a week of programing all about things that fly. 

At 7 pm. Tuesday at PEEC, local beekeeper Donald Enemark will demonstrate a simpler way of raising bees. Traditionally, raising bees has been quite an involved process. In this program, Enemark will talk about the Top Bar method of keeping bees, which is used widely in countries such as Kenya. The hive can be easily made from scrap wood and at very little cost.

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LAMS Students Create Wall of Awesomeness

on October 11, 2014 - 1:32pm

LAMS Wall of Awesomeness was assembled by student volunteers Tuesday. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School created a Wall of Awesomeness as one of its suicide prevention activities during Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.

Tuesday, the 7th grade and 8th grade Student Council and some WEB Crew members assisted with putting the wall together and the staff added their answers Wednesday to the same questions.

Students were asked:

  • What makes you awesome?
  • What makes life awesome?

Many youth answered that family makes their life awesome.

 

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Send Care Packages To College Students And Support Educational Travel For Los Alamos Teens

on October 11, 2014 - 12:57pm

Courtesy/eftours.com

COMMUNITY News:

To raise funds for their summer tour, Los Alamos students participating in the Europe 2015 travel are putting together personalized packages filled with gifts for happy college students.

Parents of college students may send their college student a College Care Package from Los Alamos and support educational travel for these 2015 high school seniors.

For $30, Europe 2015 travelers will fill a College Care Package with treats such as homemade cookies, crackers, candy, hot chocolate and tea; school supplies including sticky notes, pens and pencils;

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