Skip directly to content


LAHS Hosts Financial Aid/FAFSA Night Tuesday

on October 24, 2016 - 4:29pm
LAHS News:
Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid/FAFSA Information Night beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend.
Cindy Black, guidance counselor at LAHS and Jenny Duran, Financial Aid Officer at UNM-LA, will provide information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Profile, Scholarships, Grants, Work Study programs and loan programs.
“This is an important first step for seniors and parents in planning how to pay for college,” Mrs. Black said.

Playing This Weekend In Nature Center Planetarium

on October 24, 2016 - 4:27pm
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will kick off the weekend with a fascinating fractal show at 7 p.m., Friday.
The captivating film Mysteries of the Unseen World is playing at 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit or call 505.662.0460.

Letter To The Editor: Watchout For Hidden Property Tax Increase In January

on October 24, 2016 - 4:21pm
Los Alamos
Back in August 2013, UNM-LA tried, and FAILED, to stick the property owners of Los Alamos with an increase to their property taxes to pay for whatever the University wanted to spend it on. 
Now they want to try again by including a Mil Levy on the Los Alamos Public School Bond ballot in January, with the blessing of the Los Alamos Public School board.
UNM-LA wants the property owners of Los Alamos to foot the bill for their operation, maintenance, AND capital improvements through a Mil Levy.

Coffee Conversations At Smith’s Starbucks Wednesday

on October 24, 2016 - 11:14am


The community is invited to join a weekly conversation about education in Los Alamos 4-5:15 p.m., Wednesday at Starbucks inside Smith's Marketplace on Trinity Drive.

This week's meeting topic is: Students Making the Right Choices.

Find more information at: http://odysseylosalamos. or email

Bringing ‘Purple Pinkie Day’ To Local Schools Today

on October 24, 2016 - 10:49am
ROTARY CLub of Los Alamos

What is Purple Pinkie Day? It is an effort by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to support Rotary International Foundations Polio Plus Program for the eradication of Polio worldwide.

For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. Therefore, in an effort to raise awareness and encourage participation, our local Rotary Club is asking for your support at a “Purple Pinkie” Day that is aimed at the students of our community. 

Why Purple Pinkie?

Daily Postcard: Rock Reflects Support For Teachers

on October 24, 2016 - 7:24am

Daily Postcard: Teachers are going through a particularly rough time due to increased state regulations and someone is hoping to lift their spirits with the message, ‘We Love Our Teachers’ spotted Saturday night written on the White Rock rock at the corner of N.M. 4 and Rover Boulevard. The teacher evaluation process and recently imposed attendance policy will be discussed at Thursday's School Board Work Session at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAFSE To Problem Solve With School Board Thursday

on October 23, 2016 - 6:50pm

Former teacher Mary Van Eeckhout expresses her frustration saying, 'When I taught we felt so supported ... I don't know what happened to the olden days but I want them back.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard spoke with the teachers and board at the Oct.11 LAPS Board Meeting saying, “I am here to commit my support to work with the board and Dr. Steinhaus on the ‘Leave Me Alone Bill’ to get us some exemptions like the charter schools” and thanked the board for their support of the local teachers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left,

Report: New Mexico Among States Still Funding K-12 Below Pre-Recession Levels

on October 23, 2016 - 10:03am


ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico’s investment in K-12 education—which is crucial for communities to thrive and the state economy to offer broad opportunity—has declined dramatically in recent years. New Mexico cut its general school funding by nearly 14 percent between 2008 and 2014, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C.

Although spending has been increased in more recent years, the report shows that New Mexico’s per-pupil spending is still 7 percent lower in fiscal year 2017

Status Hearing On AFTNM-ATF Lawsuit Monday

on October 23, 2016 - 7:01am

Scenes From LAHS Choir Pumpkin Patch

on October 23, 2016 - 6:41am
Just my size! A young shopper chooses a pumpkin Saturday at the LAHS Choir's Pumpkin Patch.
The Patch is at 1100 4th St., in the Canyon School parking lot where Trinity Drive, East Road and Central Avenue meet. The Patch is open 3:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LAHS Choir members and supporters sell their wares Saturday at the Pumpkin Patch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pumpkins waiting for owners at the Pumpkin Patch.
Photo by Bonnie J.

AFT President Weingarten To Appear At Public Events Supporting Hillary Clinton And Local Candidates

on October 22, 2016 - 10:18am

AFT President Randi Weingarten


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly announces the visit by AFT President Randi Weingarten to New Mexico in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton and local endorsed candidates.

President Weingarten is committed to working across the United States to elect pro-public education and pro-labor candidates, including Secretary Hillary Clinton for President.

President Weingarten will be making brief comments in support of Secretary Clinton’s campaign for President as well as speaking to campaign volunteers

LAHS Natural Helpers On Weekend Retreat

on October 22, 2016 - 9:09am
The Los Alamos High School Natural Helpers, lead by Physiology Teacher Lynn Ovaska left this morning for their annual weekend training retreat. To learn more about Natural Helpers, visit:

Letter To The Editor: School Bond Support Important

on October 22, 2016 - 8:47am

LAMS PTO Vice President

Strong public schools are one of the corner stones of a successful community. The Los Alamos Public Schools are seeking approval for general obligation bonds valued at about $11 million. It is important to note that the LA school district has relied upon us the Los Alamos community for school renovation funding since 2009.

The LA Schools recently held open houses for the community members to see the current state of our schools.

Daily Postcard: Scarecrow Makes Community Plea

on October 22, 2016 - 8:18am

Daily Postcard: This scarecrow is appealing to the community to come out and shop at the Los Alamos High School Choir's Pumpkin Patch. The choir really needs your support so please show them you care by purchasing a pumpkin this weekend!’ The Patch is at 1100 4th St., in the Canyon School parking lot where Trinity Drive, East Road and Central Avenue meet. The Patch is open 3:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays/Tuesdays/ Thursdays/Fridays, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Come out and meet the choir students and buy a pumpkin to help their group.

Chamisa Elementary Recognized As Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship

on October 21, 2016 - 6:15pm

Beverly Nelson is helping Chamisa first grade student Asiah Martinez learn the new Common Sense Education educational resources. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPD News:

Common Sense Education, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, recognized Beverly Nelson, the teacher-librarian at Chamisa Elementary, for her efforts to certify Chamisa as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.

"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Nelson.

Letter To The Editor: Stover's Negative Campaign Mailer

on October 21, 2016 - 5:30pm
Los Alamos

I'm writing to ask Sharon Stover to stop playing politics with our local schools.

We recently received a piece of very negative campaign literature in the mail. This mailer came, not from a PAC over which the Stover campaign has no control, but rather from the Stover campaign itself (Deborah Reiss, Treasurer), which presumably means that Ms. Stover approves the message.

The mailer has one of those ugly black and white photos of a frowning Stephanie Garcia Richard, and the headline that Garcia Richard voted to take $47 million away from NM schools.

PEEC Daytrip Explores Nacimiento Mine Oct. 29

on October 21, 2016 - 7:06am

Exploring the tailings of Nacimiento Copper Mine is fun for all ages. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine Oct. 29 near Cuba.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

In addition to the petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite, trip

2016 Model International Criminal Court Mock Trials

on October 21, 2016 - 5:44am

Los Alamos Makers Launches CoderDojo For Teens

on October 21, 2016 - 5:37am
From left, Prisca Tiassé, Akkana Peck, Neale Pickett and Caroline Boyle. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Makers is organizing a CoderDojo branch for teens. CoderDojo is a free global network of volunteer-led computer programming clubs.
At CoderDojo, teens are welcome to come and learn how to code, build websites, create apps and games, and learn programming languages in a social setting.
Starting Oct. 25, teens ages 13 and up, can participate 6-7 p.m., Tuesday nights at Los Alamos Makers, 3540 Orange St. Suite LV1 in Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: What Is The State Doing To Its Teachers?

on October 20, 2016 - 2:58pm
Los Alamos
What is the State doing to its teachers?
The New Mexico State Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera, has ideas in dealing with educators that go from bad to worst. Her latest announcement, “retroactive to July 1, any teacher taking more than a three day leave will be penalized a point a day,” is a poorly conceived approach for an attendance policy.
Instead of demoralizing the teachers with punishment for taking more than a three day leave, to which there are legitimate reasons for doing so, Ms.

Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Now Accepting Applications For 2017 Awards

on October 20, 2016 - 2:21pm
Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2017 awards.
The largest scholarship pool in Northern New Mexico, LAESF supports students from Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties pursuing higher education in all fields of study.
High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree may apply for awards ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. Application deadline is Jan. 17, 2017.

Pterosaurs: Flight In Age Of Dinosaurs Lands At Fort Collins Museum Of Discovery

on October 20, 2016 - 9:07am
Cretaceous-Sea-Diorama. Courtesy photo
FCMD News:
For as long as dinosaurs walked the Earth, flying animals called pterosaurs ruled the skies.
They ranged from the size of a sparrow to that of a two-seater plane. Close relatives of dinosaurs, these extraordinary winged reptiles—the first back-boned animals to evolve powered flight, and the only vertebrates to develop this ability besides birds and bats—are the focus of the intriguing exhibition opening at 10 a.m., Nov. 17.
The largest exhibition about these flying reptiles ever mounted in the United States, Pterosaurs

Educators Gather For Economic Development Summit

on October 20, 2016 - 7:38am

From left, Gary Tripp, Strategic Planning and Engagement Officer for Rio Rancho Public Schools, Dr. Kathy Trujillo of New Mexico State University, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Dr. Joaquin Vila, Dean of Education for Northern New Mexico College. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Hundreds of community leaders from throughout northern New Mexico gathered Sept. 28 at the Ohkay Owingeh Conference Center to discuss strategies for growing the regional economy at the Fourth Annual Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) State of the Region conference.

The REDI initiative, which is a formal

LAHS Students Sample Options At Today's Career Fair

on October 19, 2016 - 3:36pm

Members of the business community including the Los Alamos Daily Post participate in today's Career Fair at Los Alamos High school. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/

Students check out career options today at the Career Fair at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/

PEEC: Youth Beginning Photography Class Oct. 22

on October 19, 2016 - 2:14pm
A female Black-throated Gray Warbler chooses an awkward perch. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach a beginning photography class for 2nd and 3rd graders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This beginning photography class will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided.