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Letter To The Editor: House Bill 145 Is Flawed

on September 30, 2016 - 11:45am

By MARIE CHIRAVALLE
Los Alamos

As a registered Republican one of the main reasons I am supporting Democratic Candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Representative District 43 is because of her positions on education and in particular her opposition to House Bill 145.

House Bill 145 Adjunct Secondary Instructions Act permits the hiring of adjunct teachers for grades 7-12 and enables them to teach up to one half of a full year teacher’s workload at the bottom of the pay scale. Yes it would lower the cost of education but at the expense of your child’s education.

I am a 43-year retired

Stover: Let’s Rise Above Partisanship To Do What’s Best For New Mexico Students

on September 30, 2016 - 8:15am
By Sharon Stover
Republican Candidate for House Dist. 43 Representative

The issue of adjunct teachers should not be partisan or divisive. I am disappointed by the recent acrimony surrounding this straightforward idea.

Earlier this year, I listened to Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) superintendent, speak about the adjunct teacher proposal that was offered during the 2016 Legislative Session. Dr.

DOE Awards $1.5 Million Grant To UML

on September 30, 2016 - 7:54am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a grant to the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) for “National Research Institute: Collaborative Research: Cooperative Control of Humanoid Robots for Remote Operations in Nuclear Environments.”
 
The cooperative agreement will focus on evaluating the technological readiness of the dexterous robot hands of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) humanoid robot Valkyrie to replace human hands for safe and risk averse operations in existing gloveboxes in nuclear facilities.

U.S. Department Of Education Awards Three NM Schools With National Recognition

on September 30, 2016 - 7:36am
STATE EDUCATION News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded three schools in New Mexico with national recognition for closing achievement gaps.
 
The Blue Ribbon School award is one of nation’s highest honors for excellent academic achievement or academic improvement in schools.
 
The three schools are:
  • New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe;
  • Mesa Elementary School in Clovis; and
  • Cloudcroft Middle School.
“I am so proud of our students, teachers, and school staff.

Special Session Alert: Educators Are Petitioning For Students To Be Protected From Budget Cuts

on September 29, 2016 - 8:35am

NEA-New Mexico News:

Education employees throughout New Mexico are collecting petition signatures ahead of the Special Session of the Legislature and Friday morning NEA-New Mexico will present those petition signatures to the Governor and Chairman Larry Larranaga of the House Finance Committee and Chairman John Smith of the Senate Finance Committee.  

The petition reads as follows:

AS YOU WORK TO RESOLVE THE STATE BUDGET CRISIS, make no more cuts to public schools and higher education. As educators, we are all committed to the success of every student.

Letter To The Editor: School Tours Begin Friday

on September 29, 2016 - 7:55am
By MORRIE PONGRATZ
Former LAPS School Board Member

With apologies to Dr. Seuss “Oh, the schools you’ll see!”

Thanks to the voters of Los Alamos and their approval of recent Los Alamos Public Schools bond elections we have three “new” schools for you to visit! The bond approvals made the funds available from property taxes and the schools partnered with the State of New Mexico for matching funds. Combined with excellent construction oversight this resulted in a maximum “bang for the buck” whereas some existing facilities were maintained and some completely new facilities were constructed.

A Teacher’s Simple Plea To Legislators, Parents, Students And My Community

on September 28, 2016 - 4:57pm
By HEIDI SCHEMBRI
Los Alamos

My name is Heidi Schembri, and I have been teaching for 15 years in Los Alamos Public Schools. I love my profession and have had the honor to work with many wonderful children, parents, school employees and community members.

Over the last several years, there has been much controversy over the new teacher evaluation system. Our current New Mexico teacher evaluation system rates teachers on the following criteria: “Each category is weighted according to the amount of student achievement data available for the teacher.

Rotary Youth Exchange Student's Program

on September 28, 2016 - 10:48am

Ida Mattila, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos's Youth Exchange student 2016-17, presents a trade banner from her hometown, Hamina, Finland, to Club President Rob Metcalf during her program Sept. 13. Metcalf reciprocates with a Los Alamos banner for her to give the Finnish club upon Mattila's return next summer. Mattila is studying at Los Alamos high school and hosted by Kim Selvage and family. Photo by Laura Loy

Orale! Lowrider Poetry Slam At NMHM Oct. 16

on September 28, 2016 - 10:36am
Levi Romero, assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UNM. Courtesy photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE  In conjunction with the exhibit, Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico, lowriter, poet and University of New Mexico professor Levi Romero invites poets Jessica Helen Lopez and Damien Flores to share the stage in a reading and presentation that celebrates New Mexico cultura, traditions, and down-and-low groovy lowcura at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the New Mexico History Museum, free to the public.
 
Take a little trip ... on a Sunday afternoon

SFCC Recognized For Green Practices

on September 28, 2016 - 10:21am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College has been awarded an honorable mention in Second Nature’s Higher Education Climate Leaders Competition.
 
The award is a partnership between Second Nature and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It recognizes higher education institutions that create a sustainable environment and incorporate green practices on their campuses and in the curriculum.
 
A leader in clean energy and sustainability, in 2007, SFCC became a Charter Signatory to the Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the American College &

NNMC President Elect's Letter To Community

on September 28, 2016 - 8:43am
Dr. Richard J. Baily, Jr.
 
By Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.
President-elect, Northern New Mexico College

When I say to people how “humbled and honored” I am to be serving the students, faculty, and staff as Northern New Mexico College’s next president, I promise they are not just words.

After 24 years in service to the United States Air Force, there is nowhere on the planet my wife Diana and I would rather be. We have been excited about moving to New Mexico for as long as I can remember, so the opportunity to serve Northern is truly a blessing.

My family has a strong personal

Living Well Los Alamos: The 4 H’s―Head, Heart, Hands And Health

on September 27, 2016 - 3:36pm
By HELEN IDZOREK
Los Alamos
 
The green four-leaf clover with the white H’s may conjure images of raising rabbits or baking a cake.
 
But 4-H is this and so much more. Youth from large cities to rural areas can and do participate in 4-H. For instance, youth in Los Alamos participate in archery, .22 pistol and shotgun projects as well as competing in the District competition in Raton. New Mexico State University 4H offers a variety of programs including Robotics, Karate, Vegetable Gardening, Fashion Design, even a Clowning project, to name just a few.
 
4-H has a long history of

AAUW Holds Voter Registration At UNM-LA In Honor Of National Voter Registration Day Tuesday

on September 26, 2016 - 9:41am

AAUW News:

AAUW Los Alamos will hold a voter registration event at UNM-Los Alamos Tuesday in honor of National Voter Registration Day.

Voter registration for US citizens residing in New Mexico is 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus. Those registering need to be 18 years of age or older on or before Election Day, Nov. 8. 

A social security number is necessary to complete the registration. Changes of name and address for those already registered also will be handled. 

AAUW Los Alamos also has scheduled a followup voter registration event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey Shows Good News For Los Alamos And Areas For Continued Work

on September 26, 2016 - 8:09am

LAPS News:

The YRRS results for grades 9-12 have been released. Middle school data from the New Mexico Department of Health is expected next week. The report shows good news for Los Alamos and specific areas for continued work.

Community members are invited to attend the NM-YRRS Roadshow Presentation 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Los Alamos County Council Chambers. Attendees are invited to register at www.youthrisk.org.

The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle

GOP Honors 2016 Constitution Day Essay Winners

on September 25, 2016 - 4:20pm

From left, LAFRW President Bethany Tierney, Secretary of State candidate/ Dist. 59 Rep. Nora Espinoza, essay contest winners Julie Nolan, Brooklyn Scott, Anna Clark and Jack Ammermand and District Attorney candidate Yvonne Chicoine. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women held its annual Constitution Day Essay Contest and invited the winners to recite their essay at Saturday's Constitution Day Dinner, hosted by the Republican Party of Los Alamos at the Los Alamos Church of Christ at 2323 Diamond Dr.

The local FRW organization sponsors

Seeking Tutors For Middle School AVID Program

on September 24, 2016 - 3:38pm

Udall, Heinrich: We Must Do More To Provide Debt Relief And Support to Students, Veterans Suffering From Impacts Of ITT Tech Closure

on September 24, 2016 - 3:27pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter commending the U.S. Department of Education for its decision to stop additional federal student aid from flowing to ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT Tech).
 
Following these restrictions and serious concerns echoed by law enforcement agencies and ITT Tech's accreditor with regard to the company's "deceptive practices, dubious educational quality, and financial integrity," ITT Tech announced that it would halt operations and shutdown all of its campuses on September 6, 2016.
 
Approximately

County Council Notice Of Possible Quorum

on September 24, 2016 - 8:29am

COUNTY News:

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend a data presentation at the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency (NM-YRRS) Roadshow, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

A quorum of the council may be present, however no council action will be taken.

The NM-YRRS is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The NM-YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), but the survey results have

UNM-LA’s New Personal Care Attendant Course Begins In October

on September 23, 2016 - 5:47pm

Melanie Colgan

UNM-LA News:
 
UNM-LA is launching a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) course in October which is designed for individuals interested in working as paid care attendants, as well as for family members of patients who need in-home care. Whether for geriatric needs, long term illness, or surgery or injury recovery, there are times when family members find themselves in a position of needing to provide care for a loved one. With so many of our Los Alamos residents choosing to stay in their homes as they age, there is a burgeoning need for non-family care attendants as well.

HB 145 - A Department Chair Perspective

on September 23, 2016 - 1:52pm
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos

Statements in the local media have represented House Bill 145 as something that only union shills could vote against. However, anyone that has followed the use of adjunct faculty in education should understand that there are actually serious reasons why one might not vote for it, at least in its current form.

Prior to my retirement from a 15-year stint as a university department chair, I often hired adjunct instructors to meet our teaching needs, so I am quite familiar with “the good, the bad and the ugly” of this process.

Cafe Scientifique Presents Brain Hackers Tuesday

on September 23, 2016 - 8:08am

 

Café Scientifique News:

Free food, fun and an interesting topic are on the menu at Tuesday's Café Scientifique.

James Forsythe of the Brain Hackers Association will present Essential Brain Science: Twelve Basic Principles Everyone Should Know, in the Jeannette Wallace Hall, in Building 5 on the University of Los Alamos campus, 4000 University Dr.

Food is served at 6:45 p.m., the talk is 7-8:30 p.m. and open to area teens.

Presenter James Forsythe's Essay and Bio:

Every experience that we have is mediated by our brain.

PMPI Certification Training Begins In October

on September 23, 2016 - 6:52am
PMPI News:
 
Project Management Institute announces its latest set of classes of its Instructor-led Project Management Professional (PMP®) training course.
 
Workshop Dates
  • Class 1: Oct. 8 - Oct. 30 (8 Days)
  • Class 2: Oct. 15 - Nov. 6 (8 Days)
The Project Management Professional ( PMP® ) certification is the world’s most popular and sought-after credential for project managers, offered by the Project Management Institute.

WHY DO OUR PMP TRAINING COURSE?
  • 32 hours of instructor-led training
  • 29 hours of high quality e-learning content
  • 83 chapter-end quizzes
  • 6 industry-based case studies
  • 5 PMP®
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Political Fact Check: HB145 Causes House Race Controversy

on September 23, 2016 - 6:36am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is election season and as usual inboxes fill up quickly with political ads and press releases. Usually these pass without comment but one recent press release has become an issue in Los Alamos because it concerns the local race for state representative, but is based largely on inaccurate information.

A press release distributed Sept. 16 by the Republican Party of New Mexico claimed that State Rep.

Los Alamos Youth Shooting Sports Teams Forming

on September 23, 2016 - 6:26am

Kiwanis Club Of Los Alamos Funds Another Season Of Family Nights At The Nature Center

on September 22, 2016 - 9:05am
Melissa Mackey teaches kids how to roast marshmallows, make musical instruments, and share stories around the campfire the second Tuesday of the month. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, families can continue to enjoy free, monthly family nights with Melissa Mackey at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Family nights are 5:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of every month and feature games, songs, stories and more.
 
Linda Daly, head of the Boys’ and Girls’ Committee of the Kiwanis Club, says, “The Boys and Girls Committee of Kiwanis is

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