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Letter To The Editor: We See First-hand The Value Of Investing In Los Alamos Public Schools

on December 3, 2016 - 10:14am
By MELINDA and JOAQUIN GUTIERREZ
Los Alamos

In Los Alamos, we invest in the things that matter. Our time, our talents, our treasure. Whether we spend hours volunteering to judge a Science Fair, buying dinner at the spaghetti fundraiser, or participating in the Cross Country Run-a-Thon at Sullivan Field, we invest in our kids and in their education. When January rolls around in less than a month, we have the opportunity to choose to invest in something that affects all of us at so many levels – our children, our families, our community, and our economy: the LAPS School Bond.

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New Mexico’s Bees – Abundant, Beautiful, And Overlooked – Nature Center Talk Dec. 6

on December 3, 2016 - 8:46am
Dr. Olivia Carril
 
PEEC News:
 
Few people know that close to 4,000 species of bees can be found in North America, and that is only one intriguing aspect of these diverse insects.
 
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Dr. Olivia Carril will reveal the complexities of bees, how to attract them, and ways to identify these small, fascinating insects. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Bees provide an essential ecosystem service in their role as pollinators, yet few know that that there are roughly 1,000 species of bees in New Mexico.

Advocacy Group Develops Resources For Mental Health

on December 2, 2016 - 1:46pm

From left, Stephanie Koch, MA, LMHC; LANL Medical Director Dr. Sara Pasqualoni; LAMC’s Lori Coffelt; LAPS Clinical Psychologist Dr. Christine Hazard, LAPS Clinical Psychologist Kristine Coblentz; LAPS Healthy Schools Program Director Tina Goldsmith; JJAB Program Coordinator/Clinical Psychologist Andrea Cunningham; Patrice Goodkind, LISW, LCSW and UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega. Photo by  Mary Beth Maassen/LAMC

UWNNM News:

The United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) Group is working to provide resources, raise awareness and normalize behavioral and mental

Letter To The Editor: Keep Being Good Place To Live

on December 2, 2016 - 10:38am
By JUDITH MCKENZIE
Los Alamos
 
Los Alamos has made its way to the top of several lists of the best places to live! That is great! 
 
Let's stay up there by voting to support the bond for Los Alamos Public Schools. It will definitely be of benefit to our students, our teachers and our schools, to make our schools top notch! 

The bond also is a boost to our community, by making it more appealing to possible future residents. In the long term, it will increase all of our property values, too. Everyone wins, when you vote YES. 

You will receive your ballot in the mail, in January.

PEEC's Top 10 List Continues: #5

on December 2, 2016 - 9:01am

Kids are so important, they also are the focus of this week's reason to support PEEC. The number 5 reason why people support PEEC is to help kids have fun exploring science at the nature center. Support PEEC and make PEEC's free programs possible. Courtesy photo

Savvy Caregiver Seven Session Course Jan. 10

on December 2, 2016 - 8:57am
ALZHEIMER'S News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, seven-week education course in Santa Fe offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. The course will be offered as both an afternoon and evening course.
 
“The Savvy Caregiver” a FREE seven-session course presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter. The afternoon course option is 1-3 p.m., once a week, beginning each Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Feb. 21. This afternoon option will be held at Brookdale Santa Fe Assisted Living located at 640 Alta Vista in Santa Fe.
 
The

2016 Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-LA

on December 1, 2016 - 10:53pm

Presenter Jenna White MD speaks to first responders Nov. 19 at the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Management and Critical Care Conferance at UNM-LA.. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from the conferance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

First responders from across the Southwest convened Nov. 18-20 for the 2016 Fire and Ice Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Conference at UNM-Los Alamos.

Speakers from across the region presented talks on various aspects of emergency and critical care to 75 first responders.

Among the many

Quality Of Education Survey Reflects High Confidence In Los Alamos Schools

on December 1, 2016 - 9:44am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools 2015-2016 Quality of Education Survey results reflect high levels of confidence in key areas that impact student learning and student well being.

For the last five years, the top three survey questions were consistently at the top of the list. The area of highest satisfaction, schools holding high expectations for academic achievement, focuses on student learning has been #1 for the previous four years.

Participation in the annual survey also is at an all time high. Last spring 929 surveys were submitted across all schools.

School Delays, Cancellation, Early Dismissals

on December 1, 2016 - 8:57am
LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools has issued the following message to help prepare for the winter of 2016-17:
 
Communications
  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.;
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, the school district’s information line (505.663.2223), and each individual school line;
  • LAPS will be coordinating with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancellation or early dismissal;
  • In general, if the Lab is on a delay, school opening will be

New Mexico School For The Arts Open House Dec. 3

on December 1, 2016 - 8:15am
NMSA News:
 
Come and explore New Mexico School for the Arts during its fall open house at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. 
 
Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn about the tuition free arts focused high school offering programs in Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. 
 
An affordable residential program is available for students who live outside a reasonable, daily commuting distance to NMSA. At NMSA, the focus is on both academic and artistic excellence.

SUN PATH Legislative Luncheon/Program Update Dec. 5 At The Capitol

on November 30, 2016 - 10:46am
SFCC News:
 
New Mexico Skill up Network: Pathway Acceleration in Technology & Healthcare (SUN PATH) will provide statewide program updates on performance outcomes and successes in the first two years of implementation to legislators and stakeholders in a scheduled luncheon next week for legislators, participants and press.                            
 
Who: SUN PATH Consortium, funded by a $15,000,000 grant received from US Department of Labor to fund a statewide collaboration to develop and expand healthcare career pathways.

Letter To The Editor: An Effortless Way To Help Education...

on November 30, 2016 - 9:14am
By JENNY MCCUMBER
Los Alamos School Board

Take the time to vote for the public schools bond in January. It’s easy and almost effortless. If your house is anything like mine, there’s a stack of papers on the counter where important things may get lost or overlooked. Apparently, every college in the country feels the need to send a glossy publication to my home because a high school senior lives here. When I get my ballot in January, though, I will open it immediately and check the yes boxes, sign and seal it, place a stamp on the envelope and put it in the mailbox right away.

UNM-LA Offering FAFSA Workshop Sunday

on November 29, 2016 - 2:57pm

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is offering a workshop to assist students (and their families) in completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

The process and the deadlines of completing the FAFSA have changed and UNM-LA has planned this event to provide assistance. The workshop will be held in a computer lab in Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus, 4000 University Dr. Any community member who plans to file a FAFSA is welcome.

The priority deadline for FAFSA 2017-2018 is Jan. 6 for all UNM campuses.

PED Releases District Report Card

on November 29, 2016 - 2:41pm

LAPS News:

The Pubic Education Department (PED) today released the District Report Card for last school year. The 2015-16 report summarizes student achievement, school board qualifications, educator quality, demographics, expenditures and parent satisfaction. Highlights for Los Alamos Public Schools include:

  • High graduation rates and proficiency in reading and math that consistently outperform state averages;
  • Enrollment growth and increased demographic diversity; and
  • High levels of parent satisfaction on the Quality of Education Survey.

School Board President Jim Hall noted that the lowest

Playing In Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 29, 2016 - 12:02pm
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will feature a fascinating talk by astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace along with a showing of the planetarium film Exploding Universe, at 7 p.m. this Friday.
 
At 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, We are Astronomers will play on the full planetarium dome. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 
 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature. org/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.

Three Eagle Scouts From IHM Parish Honored

on November 29, 2016 - 8:38am

Newly invested Eagle Scouts from Troop 122 in Los Alamos, from left, George Margevicius, Nate Stephens and Ignacio Rougier. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos

Three young men from Troop 122 of the Boy Scouts of America in Los Alamos reached the highest rank in scouting Nov. 16 when they were invested as Eagle Scouts. George Margevicius, Ignacio Rougier and Nathaniel Stephens were surrounded by family, friends and fellow scouts at their National Eagle Court of Honor, which was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.

The Eagle Scout award requires advanced standards of

History On Tap At Unquarked Dec. 1 Features Discussion Of New Los Alamos History Museum Campus

on November 29, 2016 - 8:13am

MUSEUM News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap for an engaging discussion about the new History Museum campus led by Museum Educator Aimee Slaughter.

Learn the inside story of how museums create new exhibits and get a sneak peek into what you’ll experience in our renovated History Museum. We will talk about all the questions you’ve been wondering about since the renovations began more than a year ago.

History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

Tour Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Dec. 3

on November 29, 2016 - 8:12am
Canadian Geese spend time in the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge during their migration. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to offer a guided tour of the Southwest's first urban refuge at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.  This day trip offers a unique perspective on connecting with nature in urban environments.
 
Valle de Oro offers a unique environmental education and recreation opportunity in a highly populated area while promoting a wildlife conservation message.

Community Invited To Inauguration Of Dr. Richard J. Bailey As 21st President Of Northern New Mexico College

on November 28, 2016 - 6:57pm

NNMC News:

Española – The Board of Regents of Northern New Mexico College is proud to announce the inauguration of Dr. Richard J. Bailey, Jr. as the 21st president of the College.

The community is invited to the inauguration event at 11 a.m.,  Dec. 1, in the Nick Salazar Center for the Arts at 921 Paseo de Oñate in Española.

Northern New Mexico College cordially invites the community to the Inaugural Ceremony and the celebration immediately following.

LALT Offers Class In Laban Method For Actors

on November 28, 2016 - 8:45am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will offer a workshop and master class for actors Sunday, Dec. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St., Los Alamos.

The workshop and class will focus on the Laban Method for Actors, based on the work of Rudolph Laban, described as a visionary, humanist, teacher,  choreographer and theoretician whose revolutionary ideas bridged the gap between the performing arts and science.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. and the master class from 2-4:30 p.m. The cost of participation is $30, payable the day of the workshop.

Registration is due Nov. 28. A

Presentation With Photographer Moath Alofi Nov. 30

on November 27, 2016 - 7:30am
Photographer Moath Alofi presents a slide presentation and talk Nov. 30 in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
 
CIR News:
 
"The Old City of Al Madinah: A Photographer's Studio & Open Museum"slide presentation and talk followed by a reception with the artist Moath Alofi at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the New Mexico History Museum 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

This event is free to the public, but advance registration is required so that the caterer may prepare accordingly. Click here for more information and to register online.

Camera in hand, Alofi has been documenting the cultural and

Nature Center Talk: The Southwest’s First Urban Refuge

on November 26, 2016 - 10:08am

Jennifer Owen-White manages the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Urban green spaces offer people a reprieve from concrete and asphalt, but they also benefit wildlife. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing Jennifer Owen-White, manager of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, to speak at no charge to the public at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Owen-White will share the refuge’s history and future plans.

As the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest, Valle de

Mountain School First-Grader Makes Quantum History

on November 24, 2016 - 7:06am
Quantum history-maker: Sophia Pakin, in the first grade at Mountain School, was the first person in the world to program a quantum computer before she learned how to program a classic computer. Courtesy photo
 

Quantum Dad: Scott Pakin, a computer scientist at LANL, is the scientific and technical point of contact for the laboratory’s new D-Wave quantum computer system. He thought of a problem for his daughter Sophia to solve in the quantum world. Courtesy photo

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

According to Scott Pakin, his daughter Sophia is the first person in the world who

Athlete Of The Week: Senior Nick Quartieri

on November 24, 2016 - 6:55am
Athlete of the Week LAHS Senior Nick Quartieri. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

What do you hope to get out of playing football in high school?   

I hope to learn what its like to be a man and be a part of a big great family. Also I want to become the best athlete I can and do great things.

What is your favorite subject in school?    
My favorite subject in school is Fine Arts because I love creating art.

Where do you hope to attend college and what do you want to study?  
I hope to attend Fort Lewis or some other D2 school, as long as I am playing football.

Small Business Profile: PEEC Gift Shop At Nature Center Has Hidden Benefits

on November 23, 2016 - 9:19am

PEEC Gift Shop Manager Kate Barrere in front of the gift shop at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Sandra West

Staff Report

A major, undeniable benefit to life in Los Alamos is the outstanding scenery and unspoiled flora and fauna surrounding the community. For more than 10 years, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has strived to educate, celebrate, preserve and explore these natural wonders.

PEEC Marketing Manager Sandra West explained that the organization was founded in 2000 “by a group of dedicated citizens who had a vision of bringing a nature center to Los

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