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LALT Hosts 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion Following 2 p.m. Performance Of ‘Dog Sees God’ Today

on January 22, 2017 - 10:08am

The cast of 'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead', perform at 2 p.m. today and will participate in panel discussion at 3:45 p.m. following today's performance. Photo by Larry Gibbons

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a panel discussion open to the community at 3:45 p.m. today, Jan. 22. The discussion will address suicide, violence, sexual identity and other issues teenagers face as evidenced in the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” and also as manifest in the local community.

The panel discussion will follow today's 2 p.m.

Hayley Schake On Hastings College Dean’s List

on January 22, 2017 - 8:35am

Hayley Schake at LAHS in 2014 signing to attend Hastings College on a track scholarship. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

EDUCATION News:

HASTINGS, Nebr. – Hastings College has announced the Dean’s List for its fall 2016 semester. Hayley Schake of Los Alamos is named to the list after she earned a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. Schake graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2014 and received a track scholarship from Hastings College.

For the semester, 359 students from 18 states were named to the Dean’s List, with 216 students achieving a 4.0 grade point.

New Mexico Celebrates School Choice Week

on January 22, 2017 - 8:33am

EDUCATION News:
  • The Land of Enchantment plays key role in National School Choice Week, Gov. Martinez issues proclamation.

SANTA FE –– National School Choice Week begins today in New Mexico and across the country. There are 190 events planned in the Land of Enchantment to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 21,392 events nationwide.

The events in New Mexico, which are independently planned and independently funded, include everything from information sessions and open houses at schools to rallies, policy discussions, and movie screenings organized by community groups.

The Big Outdoors Program Invites Adults To Help Children Enjoy Nature

on January 21, 2017 - 12:49pm
Helping children create fun experiences outside is a rewarding way to share the value of nature. PEEC staff lead backpacking trips for youth and families, one of many ways to get kids outside. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Want to help kids get outside? There will be an informational meeting about The Big Outdoors, a new program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. 
 
The Big Outdoors will give adults concerned about children’s disconnect from nature a chance

Letter To The Editor: Reply To Mr. Wiggins

on January 21, 2017 - 9:54am

By JIM HALL
President, LAPS School Board
Candidate for re-election

I was somewhat disappointed to read the recent letter by Mr. Wiggins (link). In reply, I support anything that (1) increases our ability to hire and retain excellent teachers, and (2) facilitates student success, regardless of who occupies Legislative or Executive positions. I believe all current Los Alamos Public School (LAPS) Board members and all LAPS Board candidates share these goals.

As anyone knows who has heard me speak on these matters during the past four years, I have serious concerns about some of our state’s

Video: UNM-LA Serving The Community ... Ballot Deadline 7 p.m. Tuesday

on January 21, 2017 - 9:36am

Watch the video: UNM-LA Serving Our Community https://youtu.be/FAiar9EwXJo and vote YES for the Mil Levy to support this valuable community asset. Ballots are due by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 so anyone who hasn't yet mailed in their ballot is encouraged to walk it in to the County Clerk's Office at the Municipal Building by the deadline. Courtesy photo

SFCC And AARP Offer Free Income Tax Help

on January 21, 2017 - 9:04am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College, in partnership with the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide, will host free income tax preparation assistance beginning Friday, Jan. 27.
 
The 12th annual free tax preparation service will be available in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
Beginning Jan. 27, Tax-Aide will be available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.
 
In addition, tax preparation assistance will be available starting Wednesday, Feb.

A Changing Climate Talk At Nature Center Jan. 31

on January 21, 2017 - 8:58am

PEEC News:

 

Rapid changes in the climate are affecting people and ecosystems in the Southwest and around the world, and there is a lot the public can do.
 
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium, Dr. Charles Keller will introduce climate science and lead a discussion about climate change and what the public can do.
 
Keller has spent about 25 years studying climate change and interacting with the leading scientists in the field.

LAHS Science And Engineering Fair Canceled!

on January 21, 2017 - 7:31am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Science and Engineering Fair scheduled for today at Los Alamos High School has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The new date for the fair will be announced Monday.

Projects can be picked up today until noon, projects not picked up will be stored until the rescheduled fair.
 
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Udall Joins Democratic Senators Calling Attention To Education Secretary-designate DeVos’ Stonewalling Of Information On Campaign Finance Violations

on January 20, 2017 - 7:26am
Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) denounced Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos for stonewalling their request for information about the millions of dollars in unpaid campaign finance violation fines owed by her political action committee, "All Children Matter".
 
As the senators noted, DeVos has failed to ensure payment of the record $5.3 million fine for illegal campaign finance activities by her

Letter To The Editor: Unanswered Questions

on January 19, 2017 - 8:16pm

BY GERRY WIGGINS
Los Alamos

I appreciate the recent posts by school board member and candidate Mr. Jim Hall. It was a pleasure to read about his march for civil rights and management skills. However, I feel that Mr. Hall has left some very important questions unanswered.

I feel that schools are the heart of our community. An organization made up of teachers, children, parents, staff members, volunteers, all of us; all of us, with our diverse backgrounds, skill sets, abilities, working together to bestow the best upon the next generation. 

Unfortunately, I have found myself questioning the

SGR Named State House Education Committee Chair

on January 19, 2017 - 5:08pm
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard congratulates Rep. Brian Egolf  on being chosen Speaker of the House. Rep. William Rehm looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Newly elected Speaker of the House Brian Egolf has appointed Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos to chair of the House Education Committee.
In this capacity, Garcia Richard will lead the committee in setting education policy and budgeting throughout the state. She is the first representative from Los Alamos to chair a legislative committee.

Garcia Richard has been

What Ifs: Santa Fe And Southwestern Archaeology Feb. 23

on January 19, 2017 - 4:28pm
Archaeologist Steven Lekson. Courtesy photo
 
SARL News:
 
SANTA FE  The School for Advanced Research lecture series, Crossing Global Frontiers, continues 6:30–7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf.
 
Archaeologist Steven Lekson asks What Ifs: Santa Fe and Southwestern Archaeology. What if: instead of Santa Fe, Southwestern archaeology centered in Tucson? Or developed out of Ciudad Chihuahua? Or if Southwestern archaeology identified as history, rather than as a laboratory of anthropology?
 
For over a century,

UNM-LA Serves Broad Community Interests

on January 19, 2017 - 4:22pm

By Sonja Velazques
Los Alamos High School Junior

The following story based on a series of interviews done by Sonya Velasquez, a junior at Los Alamos High School. She was a part of the Community Internship Collaboration (CIC), a UNM-Los Alamos  program in which UNM-Los Alamos undergraduates and LAHS juniors and seniors take part in project-based mentored internships while also taking a class that covers topics such as business communication, problem solving, and time management. Velasquez’s internship was based on promoting several programs at UNM-LA that positively impact the community.

American Federation Of Teachers NM Members Hold Statewide Events Supporting Public Education & Schools

on January 19, 2017 - 4:02pm

AFT NM President Stephanie Ly

AFT NM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement about upcoming statewide events in support of public education and schools:

“New Mexico educators are proud to have taken part in the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools’ national day of action.

LAPS Board: Why I am Running For Re-election

on January 19, 2017 - 8:47am
By JIM HALL
School Board President

This is NOT the Bond Election - It is an In-Person Election: PLEASE VOTE

I am running for re-election to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education because I believe I am the best qualified candidate. This is the first of three columns: the past, the present, and the future of our schools.

First, a few basic facts about LAPS and the Board.

Topper Revue 2017 Jan. 26-28

on January 19, 2017 - 7:30am

TOPPER REVUE News:

Do you like singing, dancing and bad jokes? Then do we have the show for you.

Come to the Topper Revue experience of a lifetime. Watch as dozens of acts from all across the land perform Topper Revue 2017 at the Duane Smith Auditorium Jan. 26-18.

Performances begin with a preview at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, performances at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 27 and Saturday Jan. 28 and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday Jan. 28.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Student tickets for the matinee and all tickets for the preview are $5.

The Olions Thespian Club was created

LAHS's Bethany Click Awarded PLU Scholarship

on January 18, 2017 - 5:47pm

LAHS Senior Bethany Click

EDUCATION News:

PARKLAND, Wash.— Los Alamos High School senior Bethany Click has been awarded a prestigious Pacific Lutheran University President’s Scholarship worth $26,000 a year—along with the opportunity to earn more.

PLU offers a number of merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement, leadership and service, as well as the promise of continued success in these areas as a PLU student. The Presidential Scholarships are renewable for three additional years of undergraduate study.

More than 500 incoming first year students apply for Presidential Scholarships

Fractal Show And Exploding Universe This Weekend At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on January 18, 2017 - 8:33am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium will kick off the weekend with a fascinating fractal show at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20.
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the film Exploding Universe will take attendees on a voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. 
 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.or g/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.
 

Letter To The Editor: Education Mil Levies Merit Support

on January 17, 2017 - 8:50am
By ROBERT GIBSON
Los Alamos

Tax proposals deserve very critical scrutiny. A tax should be for a legitimate valuable public purpose and should truly be for that purpose. There should be reasonable expectation the funds will be used well. And there should be no other reasonable alternative to further burdening citizens. Few tax proposals meet all those criteria.

The present proposals for a continued mil levy (property tax) to support LA Public Schools reconstruction bonds and an increase for operations at UNM-LA are rare instances that do satisfy those standards.

This community is based on

PEEC Thanks Rotary For Generous Donation

on January 17, 2017 - 8:37am

Rotary Club President Rob Metcalf and PEEC Education Programs Director Siobhan Niklasson. Courtesy photo

 

By KATHERINE BRUELL
PEEC Executive Director

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center would like to thank the Rotary Club of Los Alamos for their generous donation toward our Nature Play Area. PEEC is embarking on a major project to revamp and upgrade our nature play area for the littlest children, and the Rotary Club’s donation will get us started on this exciting venture. 

We hope to add a water play feature, a sensory play area, an obstacle course, an amphitheater area for

Explore Your Universe: Astrophysics For Everyone

on January 17, 2017 - 8:27am

The destructive bombardment of a planet. Courtesy image

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will again offer “Explore Your Universe: Modern Astrophysics for Everyone.” The class meets 2:35-3:30 p.m., Tuesdays beginning Jan. 17 and running through May 9.

 

In this class, students will explore modern, unsolved research problems in astrophysics, guided by mentors who work as astrophysicists at Los Alamos National Laboratory spanning a wide range of expertise.

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Mil Levy - An Investment Now And For The Future

on January 17, 2017 - 7:45am
By Dr. Sheila Schiferl
Los Alamos

We moved here in 1977, and I took FORTRAN at the UNM branch. Later, our college poetry class included the town library director, a dean of instruction, several lab scientists and tech writers, and some retired community members. It also included a few "traditional" teenage college students, each with a spark that the rest of us tried to help grow.

What an amazing idea. Here is a school that has been integrating itself into the community, and vice versa, for decades. In the late 1990’s, X-Division encouraged its scientists to teach classes at UNM-LA.

Letter To The Editor: One Los Alamos Launches Diversity Week Drawing Contest

on January 16, 2017 - 8:09pm

By ONE LOS ALAMOS

Dear LAPS Teachers and Students,

Jan. 10, 2017, the Los Alamos Council declared the week of Jan. 15-21 Diversity Week. This event was sponsored by One Los Alamos, a group of people interested in promoting thoughtful, civil dialogue around our diversity of backgrounds, beliefs and identities in order to champion shared values and interests that can strengthen our community.

To kick-off the first year of celebrating Diversity Week, One Los Alamos is launching a drawing contest for all Los Alamos students grades K-12. We are having three age categories (grades K-4, 5-8, and

Mountain Elementary School Students Explore Big Questions For Science Fair 2017

on January 15, 2017 - 9:17am

Sixth grade students, from left, Yunseo Kim, Violet Henderson and Taylor Kanzleiter hold up the welcome sign at Thursday's Science Fair. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Mountain Elementary 6th grader Marina Naranjo wondered if fingerprints are genetic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Fourth grader Natalie Crawford asked whether guinea pigs could successfully navigate a maze by sense of smell and memory. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

Fifth grader Ryan Sood explored his interest in football by asking whether wearing a glove helps players throw the football
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