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Crisis Underway At Cariños Charter School In Española

on August 31, 2014 - 11:26am

Fearing a lock out, teachers, staff and parents stage a sit in beginning Friday and running through the holiday weekend at Cariños Charter School in Española. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Teachers and supporters at Cariños Charter School in Española are fighting to keep their doors open. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Fearing they will be locked out over the holiday weekend, teachers and staff at Cariños Charter School in Española have staged a sit in, taking shifts to ensure an around the clock presence inside the school.

The school was "red-tagged' Tuesday

CIR Lecture: Disarming Syria's Chemical Weapons

on August 30, 2014 - 9:23am

Cheryl Rofer

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a world affairs lecture by Cheryl Rofer on disarming Syria’s chemical weapons Thursday, Sept. 4.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and light refreshments will be served followed by the lecture at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. The cost for CIR members is $15 and $20 for non-members; qualifying students may attend for free.

Rofer is CEO and founder of Nuclear Diner ( and contributes posts and discussion to that site.

More Than $20K Raised For Jean Nereson Book Memorial Fund

on August 29, 2014 - 9:17am

AAUW News:

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has announced that in June, it surpassed its $20,000 goal for the Jean Nereson Book Memorial Fund.

This fund was established in memory of long-time branch member Jean Nereson, who died two years ago. The fund is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and will provide $1,000 each year for four years to each elementary school library in the district for new printed resources. 

Nereson is fondly remembered for teaching 52 years in the Los Alamos elementary schools and her enthusiastic

Free Bridge Lessons At Pinon and LAMS

on August 29, 2014 - 6:41am
Cliff Rudy, left, and Bob Walker play bridge with Pinon Elementary students Cory Liechty, left, and a friend. Courtesy/LADBC


Volunteers from the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club are offering free bridge lessons, starting the first week of September, to students at Los Alamos Middle School and to students in grades 3-6 at Pinon Elementary School. 

Lessons will be offered at the Middle School during lunch hours on Tuesdays. Lessons will be offered at Pinon as part of the Before School program on Thursday mornings and during lunch hours on Fridays.

Los Alamos School Officials Take Bucket Challenge

on August 28, 2014 - 7:21pm

Taking the ALS ice bucket challenge after school today, from left, Los Alamos High School Teacher Joanne Ploeger, Principal Debbie Belew-Nyquist, Athletics director Ann Stewart, Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn. Members of the LAHS student council did the pouring. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Los Alamos Middle School Seeks Soil Donations

on August 28, 2014 - 7:14am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School is seeking the donation of bagged dirt, soil or compost for some large scale planting projects over the course of the next month.

Those willing to make donations can drop them off at the main office or call 505.663.3252 to request a pick up.


Certified Arborist Laural Hardin Discusses Beneficial Insects For Gardens

on August 28, 2014 - 7:11am

Laural Hardin

PEEC News:

Are all insects bad for your garden? Absolutely not! In fact, some are beneficial to it. Popular presenter and certified arborist Laural Hardin is returning to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 to talk about which insects are beneficial, and what you can do to cultivate their benefits.

Predacious beneficial insects are becoming the preferred method for treating problem insects in professional greenhouse production and in the backyard garden.

LAMS Morning Walk-Run Club Seeks Members

on August 28, 2014 - 6:45am

SFI Seminar: 'The Secret Life of Active Colloids'

on August 28, 2014 - 6:42am

Gabriel Redner

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the Collins Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road. Gabriel Redner, Brandeis University, will speak on "The Secret Life of Active Colloids.”


Active systems are composed of self-propelled units which interact to produce a wide range of complex behaviors. In this talk I will describe a minimalist active system comprised of self-propelled spheres immersed in a fluid and confined to two dimensions, interacting through hard-core repulsion alone.

School Board Discusses Superintendent Candidates In Special Closed Meeting Thursday

on August 27, 2014 - 3:32pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Conference Room A.

The agenda items for the Special Meeting include a motion to go into a closed Executive Session to discuss prospective candidates for the position of superintendent and their qualifications, per Section 10-15-1-(H)(2) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA 1978.

After the Executive Session, the meeting will adjourn.


New Mexico Electric Car Challenge Nov. 22

on August 27, 2014 - 6:58am

New Director of Interpretation Moves From Florida to Join PEEC Team

on August 25, 2014 - 12:12pm

Jonathan Creel

PEEC News:

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) operated as an all volunteer organization.

Last fall three new part-time staff members joined the team, more than doubling the staff, and last month a sixth part-time staff member came on board. Jonathan Creel moved from his home in Florida to join PEEC as the director of interpretation, a newly created role. 

As the director of interpretation, Creel will be in charge of designing the rotating exhibits at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, which will be opening next spring

School Board Mulls Future of Facilities

on August 24, 2014 - 11:25am
ARC's Sayre Gerhart presents preliminary report on LAPS Five Year Facilities Master Plan. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Public Schools is moving forward with planning for the future of its facilities.

Community members of the 20 Year Facility Committee were announced at Thursday's School Board Work Session including Grant Stewart, Scott Crocket, Kurt Steinhaus, Wayne Kohlrust and Larry Goen.

The committee will examine all school facilities and make recommendations for rebuilding and renovations, prioritizing them for


Hilltopper Marching Band Music Fills Sullivan Field

on August 23, 2014 - 4:03am

The Los Alamos High School HilltopperMarching Band is playing and marching Thursday at Sullivan Field on the UNM-LA campus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

'Nature on Tap’ Tackles Bears and Trash Issue Aug. 28

on August 22, 2014 - 7:10am

A bear roams in Los Alamos. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule, for the next “Nature on Tap.”

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host this installation of “Nature on Tap,” which is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District. The talk is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Blue Window Bistro.

There have been a number of bears sighted around town this summer, searching for trash in bins and dumpsters, and many citizens are concerned for their own safety as well as

Applicants Sought For School Board Position 3

on August 21, 2014 - 11:54am

From left, LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, former school board member Dave Foster and School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie presenting Foster with an appreciation plaque for his four years of service on the board. Foster represented School Board Position 3, which is now in need of a representative. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

With the recent resignation of Los Alamos Board of Education member Dave Foster School Board, school board position 3 is in need of a representative.

To fill this position, an applicant must be a registered voter and resident living within School Board Boundary


Beta Sigma Phi Hosts Ice Cream Social Saturday

on August 21, 2014 - 8:35am


The local council of Beta Sigma Phi sorority will hold its annual Ice Cream Social 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at East Park in Los Alamos, under the pavilion near the swings.

The Ice Cream Social is hosted by the Preceptor Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and is open to all members and any prospective members. Come to the social to learn more about the sorority. Members are invited to come and renew friendships, as well as catch up with sorority sisters and their summer activities.

Beta Sigma Phi is an international group of women who care about each other, their

This Year's First Café Scientifique Sept. 25

on August 21, 2014 - 6:39am

Poster designed by a Café Youth Leadership Team member. Courtesy/CS

Café Scientifique News:

This year's first Café Scientifique in Los Alamos is set for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the second floor conference room of the Los Alamos Research Park.

Theoretical physicist Vincenzo Cirigliano will discuss the macro-cosmos of stars and galaxies and the micro-cosmos of subatomic particles, which are intimately connected, more than you might think!
The story of this interconnection is full of twists and mysteries, and it seems that the more we learn, the more we are puzzled.

Bandelier Birding Interns Discuss Biological and Cultural Diversity in their Home Country of Mexico

on August 21, 2014 - 6:37am
Fernando Mayani and Jessica Thompson, both from Mexico, and currently working as interns in Bandelier's bird banding program. Courtesy/PEEC


Mexico is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse countries in the world. These two categories, culture and nature have gone hand-in-hand throughout history in Mexico, nature being fundamental to Mexican cultural development and vice versa.

In a free presentation at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

Atomic City Children’s Theater Holds Auditions For Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.

on August 20, 2014 - 11:10am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school theater program, is excited to announce auditions for its elementary school production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr., a two-act musical play based on Dahl's children's book and full-length movie.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and auditions are 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium. The auditions are open to any 5th or 6th grade students in the Los Alamos area.

ACCT also is looking for students interested in participating as student directors/choreographers

Girl Scout Troop 116 Ramps Up For RocketDay

on August 20, 2014 - 8:35am

Girl Scout Troop 116 at Aspen Elementary School Aug. 12 distributing model rocket kits. Courtesy photo


Girl Scout Troop 116 is made up of 12 seventh grade girls from Los Alamos and White Rock who are working toward earning their Girl Scout Silver Award.

The project they have undertaken is RocketDay, which is the kick-off event for the Los Alamos ScienceFest. RocketDay celebrates the rockets launched into space that carried instruments built by Los Alamos National Laboratory over the years.

Senate Majority Whip Requests Audit Results On PED Scoring

on August 20, 2014 - 8:27am

Tim Keller

ALBUQUERQUE – Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo, sent a letter last week to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teacher evaluation scoring.

Keller’s request comes as the new school year begins for most New Mexican children and following significant public debate surrounding the models for scoring.

“The scores we use to gauge the effectiveness of our teachers and our schools have significant impact over the distribution of education funding and therefore quality of the

LANL Foundation Hosts Annual First Born® Conference Featuring Dr. Bruce Perry Sept. 23

on August 19, 2014 - 10:06am

Dr. Bruce Perry


How do we foster brain development and create safe and healthy environments for children to thrive?

Dr. Bruce Perry, a nationally known psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in the Columbine school shootings and other traumatic events, will present on “The Power of Early Childhood” at the annual First Born® Conference 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo.

Perry is Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg

Los Alamos School Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on August 19, 2014 - 7:52am

Image of a commemorative plaque to be installed at Aspen Elementary Schools. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the School Board Room at the Administration Offices, 2075 Trinity Dr.

Architectural Research Services will present a preliminary report of its 5-Year Facilities Master Plan of Los Alamos Public Schools.


Rotary Exchange Students Spend School Year With Los Alamos Families

on August 18, 2014 - 11:39am

Inbound exchange students, from left, Frederiek Gerretschen of the Netherlands and Markus Essl of Austria and outbound student Faith Koh of Los Alamos who is spending a year with a Rotarian family in France, attended Tuesday's Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting at the Manhattan Project. The inbound students will live with a variety of Rotary families throughout the 2014-15 school year before returning home next June. For more information about Rotary Exchange, email Photo by Carol A. Clark/