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Letter to the Editor: Arrogance Or Necessity?

on February 1, 2015 - 12:29pm
Arrogance Or Necessity?
By LAPS Concerned Parents

Here is a letter we wish we could sign but can’t because we still have students attending Los Alamos High School and do not trust that they would not experience a blacklash from the administration. Other parents have shared directly with us how their children have been threatened and badly treated. If it were only our necks we were sticking out, we would proudly do it but we are unwilling to put our children in difficult and untrustworthy situations.

We whole heartedly agree with the recent letter regarding the duties and responsibilities

County Science And Engineering Fair Grand Winners And Regional Qualifiers Announced

on February 1, 2015 - 8:05am

The Grand Award winners pose with Kurt Steinhaus, center, of the LANL Community Programs Office. Winners from left, Senior Division Physical Sciences: Elise Anne Koskelo, LAHS 11th grade; Senior Division Life Sciences: Priyanka Velappan, LAHS 9th grade; Junior Division Physical Sciences: Lillian Petersen, LAMS 7th grade; and Junior Division Life Sciences: Rockwell Leikness, Aspen 6th grade. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair was held Saturday, Jan. 24 at Los Alamos High School.

There were 311 projects presented to more than 130 judges, competing


Register For Spring Break Trip To Washington, D.C.

on January 31, 2015 - 10:55am

Students visit Washington, D.C. in 2014. Courtesy photo



It’s not too late to register for the annual Spring Break Trip to the nation's capitol. The visit to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md., is open to all 8th grade students including home school students.

It is a private non-school sponsored trip.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • The White House;
  • International Spy Museum;
  • Walter Reed Medical Museum;
  • The Capitol tour;
  • Washington Monument;
  • Holocaust Museum;
  • Smithsonian Museums;
  • National Zoo;
  • Arlington Cemetery;
  • night tours of all Presidential Monuments;
  • Iwo Jima, Korean and

Classes Forming: Girls Circle / Council For Young Men

on January 31, 2015 - 7:26am
Trainees start the day dancing, Tony Stidham in the lead and George Marsden bringing up the rear, both men work at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Courtesy photo
Jason Sole, One Circle Foundation Trainer. Courtesy photo

“You could be that one person to make a difference in the life of a teen,” challenged Jason Sole, author of the book From Prison to PhD. Sole carries a heavy rap sheet from his past. A former drug dealer and gang banger, Sole put in years of hard work and found the courage and resilience to turn his life around.

Audience Questions School Board Candidates At Thursday's LAPS Foundation Forum

on January 30, 2015 - 6:30pm
Audience members write questions on cards for school board candidates, from left, Nan Holmes, Williams Hargraves, Andrea Cunningham and Jennifer McCumber. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Foundation President Elizabeth Martineau moderates Thursday's forum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The LAPS Foundation held a forum Thursday in which audience members spent 90 minutes questioning candidates running for the Los Alamos Board of Education.

About 40 people attended the event, which was moderated by LAPS Foundation President


Letter to the Editor: Arrogant, Ignorant, Or Incompetent School Board And Superintendent?

on January 30, 2015 - 4:00pm

Letter to the Editor: Vote Andrea Cunningham For School Board

on January 30, 2015 - 3:21pm
Los Alamos

We’re writing to ask that you take some time to participate in the Los Alamos Public School Board election. This coming Tuesday is Election Day and your last opportunity to vote.  There are three school board positions representing districts in the Town Site that are up for election, as well as two positions on the UNM LA Advisory Board.

This is a very important election for our community. Our school district is facing many issues that require strong leadership and careful oversight by the School Board.

Democracy At Work As 23 Voters Cast Ballots

on January 30, 2015 - 1:39pm

Democracy at work on this snowbound day! Poll worker Lynn Jones assists voter Elizabeth Bennett who along with 22 others, braved the snow to cast her vote in the school board election today at the Municipal Building. Polls will stay open until 3 p.m. today, County Clark Sharon Stover said. Beginning Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 3, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both White Rock at Fire Station 3 and Los Alamos at the Municipal Building. The results will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. on the County Clerk's webpage. Photo by Presiding Judge John Puckett

CANCELLED: Holmes Hosts Community Conversations

on January 30, 2015 - 10:02am


The community conversation about schools event scheduled 10 a.m. to noon today at Film Festival with School Board member/candidate Nan Holmes is cancelled due to weather.

Cunningham: Make Your Voice Heard

on January 30, 2015 - 8:13am


Los Alamos School Board District 3


For those of you who thought we were finished with election season after November, we are not done yet! We still have a very important election for School Board and the UNM-LA Advisory Board on Feb. 3.


As with any election, it is critical to participate in our democratic process and make your voice heard. With only 160 votes cast as of Thursday morning, over three different districts, the majority of the community still has yet to participate.  


School Board members are your elected representatives.

CANCELLED: Los Alamos Hilltalkers Host Bake Sale Friday

on January 30, 2015 - 8:12am

UPDATE: The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team bake sale scheduled for today has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team is holding a bake sale fundraiser 3-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.

The high school speech and debate team will accept donations in exchange for homemade treats including spanakopita, red bean paste buns, macaroons, caramels, brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.


on January 30, 2015 - 7:35am

News Alert:

UPDATE: All Los Alamos and White Rock schools are closed and all after school activities and events are canceled due to weather conditions.

UPDATE: Los Alamos National Laboratory also is closed today - employees are advised to NOT report for work.

UPDATE: Following a tour of street conditions around the community - Los Alamos County government is now on a two hour snow delay with start time at 10 a.m. for all County offices.

Nation Weather Service Has Issued A Winter Storm Warning


Letter to the Editor: Take Time To Vote

on January 30, 2015 - 6:29am
Los Alamos

I am writing to encourage everyone to get out and vote in the School Board election next Tuesday, Feb. 3.

According to the County Clerk's announcement, you can vote 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Municipal Building and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Election Day) at the Municipal Building and White Rock Fire Station #3 Vote Centers.

All three Los Alamos townsite districts, Districts 3, 4 and 5, are up for election and for the first time in many years there are contested races, so you have choices.

As a resident of District 5, I support Jenny McCumber.

Williams: It's School Budget Time Again

on January 29, 2015 - 2:56pm
Los Alamos Board of Education

Well it's that time to begin preparing for the 2015-2016 budget. The Budget Steering committee is beginning to meet in preparations to brief the Board at the February meeting.

So what does this mean to all of you? Two things that I will discuss here, the first is what the process may look like and how you might be involved; the second is a more informative narrative about what this process really is (hint - it's not a budget!).

So what do you as a community member probably want to know right now?

League Releases Position Statement On Education

on January 29, 2015 - 2:54pm

Susan O'Leary


Los Alamos Daily Post

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos has just released its position statement on education. 

Recently elected County Councilor Susan O'Leary was the lead on the project. 

"It was a nine month project with about 12 League members participating," O'Leary said. "We looked at communication between the school board (elected body) and citizens. The bulk of our research was looking at other school districts around the country and identifying good examples of communication between the two groups.


Workshop On Mentoring Programs Serving At-Risk Youth Streams Live At Los Alamos Justice Center

on January 29, 2015 - 2:27pm

JJAB News:

Los Alamos JJAB will stream a youth mentoring workshop: "Effective Program Practices in Mentoring Programs Serving At-Risk Youth" provided by the Office of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The event is 9:30-11 a.m., Friday at the Los Alamos Justice Center, after which the group will debrief together. 

The public is invited to learn about and discuss this important topic.

School Officials Meet With State Lawmakers

on January 29, 2015 - 1:01pm


Learn To Identify Birds And Participate In Great Backyard Bird Count

on January 29, 2015 - 11:06am
Can you identify this raptor? If not, birder Dave Yeamans can help. The upcoming PEEC presentation 'What is that Bird?' will help you learn to identify local birds. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, "What is that bird? Can anybody help me figure out what I'm seeing?" Avid birder Dave Yeamans will give it a try in a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St.

The cost to attend is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. Advance registration is not required.

The program, which has been very popular in the past, will last about an

Meet School Board Candidate Sheryl Nichols

on January 29, 2015 - 7:58am
Los Alamos School Board District 3

I was born and raised in Los Alamos, and after successfully navigating through the Los Alamos school system moved away until 1990. Upon returning home was hired by Los Alamos County and worked in the County Clerks Office until August - 2014, when I retired.

While working for the county I observed various interactions between the LA School Board and Administration, and Los Alamos County such as: budget issues; coordination of physical building allocations in the development of Trinity Site and Airport Basin; and of course

Tech Trek Summer Camp Returns To New Mexico

on January 29, 2015 - 7:39am

Tech Trek summer camp July 12-18 at New Mexico Highlands University. Courtesy/NMHU

NMHU News:

Tech Trek, a week-long summer camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for girls going into eighth grade, is returning July 12-18 for the second year to the campus of New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Ratzlaff is the camp director. The Tech Trek summer camp is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), both nationally and in New Mexico. Tech Trek builds on AAUW’s research report Why So Few?

NMPW: ‘The Power Of Storytelling’

on January 29, 2015 - 7:34am

NWPW News: 
  • Annual Conference April 24-26 at Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

New Mexico Press Women will present its annual conference, “The Power of Storytelling,” April 24-26 at the Ghost Ranch Retreat Center in Abiquiu.

It is geared for all journalism, marketing and media professionals.

“This conference in the unique setting of Ghost Ranch promises to be one of the most interesting and fun,” 2015 Conference Chair Sherri Burr said.

Conference attendees can stay at Ghost Ranch with room rates ranging from $40 to $92 a night.

The weekend will kick off Friday, April 24, with a dinner, included

Letter to the Editor: Find Out About School Board Candidates At LAPS Foundation's Forum Thursday

on January 28, 2015 - 10:07pm
Los Alamos

Only 160 folks have voted in the school board election. 

If you need more information about the school board candidates, come to the high school speech theater at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 29 for the LAPS Foundation's School Board Candidate Forum.

Future Topper Night Feb. 5

on January 28, 2015 - 9:03pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will be hosting Future Topper Night for all 8th graders and their parents 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5. 

This event will start in the Duane Smith Auditorium with presentations by Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Public Schools administration, Freshman Academy staff and representatives of a variety of LAHS clubs and activities. Following the presentations, parents and students will meet Freshman Academy teachers, tour the campus and have an opportunity to talk with club and activity representatives.

Students will receive a 2015-2016 LAHS Course


LAHS Students Compete In North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Thursday

on January 28, 2015 - 12:08pm

LAHS News:

Several students from the newly formed Los Alamos High School Linguistics Club will compete Thursday in the first round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

Each student will complete a paper-based test, which consists of several complex linguistics problem sets. Students who pass this Open Round will have the opportunity to advance to the Invitational Round with the chance of being selected to participate in the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Professionals in the field of linguistics created the NACLO to engage high school students in current

Letter to the Editor: Support For Holmes

on January 28, 2015 - 11:45am

Elementary teacher
Ponderosa Montessori School
Scoutmaster Troop 122

As a resident of White Rock, I am not eligible to vote in the upcoming School Board election. Nevertheless, I would like to express my support for the candidacy of Nan Holmes in District 3.

I have worked closely with Nan in a variety of volunteer organizations for the past five years and still marvel at the depth of her commitment to the children of this community.

She is not only an advocate for children, she works tirelessly to provide opportunities for our children, both in and out of school, as well