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History Of Acequias And Future Of Taos Sept. 12

on August 30, 2015 - 9:27am

Courtesy image

TCHS News:

Acequias are hand dug, gravity-fed irrigation canals that divert stream water to sustain the agro-pastoral economy Spanish colonial settlers established in the upper Rio Grande valley in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries.

Acequia agriculture extended riparian habitats, transformed regional ecology, and created the cultivated New Mexican landscape we see today. Ditches divert, divide, and deliver water to crops and livestock. They form borders and pathways. They connect and define communities of irrigators who manage water as a commons.

They sustain

LAHS Freshmen Parent Night Monday

on August 29, 2015 - 2:47pm

LAHS News:

Attention all parents of current Los Alamos High School freshmen: You and your student are invited to attend Freshmen Parent Night on Monday, Aug. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater.

“This is our second year hosting a Freshmen Parent Night,” says Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It gives us one more opportunity to answer any lingering questions parents and students may have about the first year of high school.”

Topics to be covered at Freshmen Parent Night will include Freshmen Academy, credit requirements, the new Academic Support

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New Griffith Gym Mural Unveiled Sept. 1

on August 29, 2015 - 8:59am

New 'Hilltopper' mural in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

LAPSF News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation announces the completion of a new mural in Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. 

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the gym. 

Many student artists answered the call for original art work to adorn the east wall of Griffith Gym.

September Is National Attendance Awareness Month

on August 29, 2015 - 8:35am
Attendance awareness poster. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
LAPS Prevention Specialist

Beginning Sept. 1, everyone in the Los Alamos Public Schools will celebrate National Attendance Awareness Month.

Outstanding attendance will be a focus area throughout the school year. In a small town like Los Alamos, community members play an important role in keeping kids fully engaged in school.

“Good attendance is the most reliable predictor of graduation from high school,” LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said.

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NMSA Students Perform At Railyard Parking Garage

on August 28, 2015 - 7:25am
Students rehearse for 'BLIND SPOT.' Courtesy photo

NMSA News:

BLIND SPOT will be performed at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 in the Santa Fe Railyard Garage, 503 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe.

The performance, sponsored by the Santa Fe Parking Division, will take place in the lowest level of the parking garage. Audience can access the performance by stairs or elevator across from the Violet Crown Cinema.

As part of the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, this event is free, ADA-accessible and open to the public.

Performed and created by 27 New Mexico School for

Program Members Help Park, Learn Skills At Bandelier

on August 27, 2015 - 5:16pm
Members of the Bandelier Preservation Corps working on the Ancestral Pueblo walls at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Mnument. Courtesy/NPS
 
Members of the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, with visiting U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich. Courtesy/NPS

Bandelier News:

 

This summer, two programs at Bandelier National Monument, the Bandelier Conservation Corps and the Bandelier Preservation Corps, provided local young people the opportunity to learn skills and help improve and maintain the park. 
 
Funding came from project money, the

Nature Center's Fourth Friday Fractal Show Cancelled

on August 27, 2015 - 11:01am
PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center's Fourth Friday Fractal show scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28 has been cancelled.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will start monthly fractal shows beginning Sept. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center's Planetarium.

LAMS Students & Staff Invited To Join Walk Run Club

on August 27, 2015 - 10:27am

LAMS runners and walkers are invited to hit the track before school. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle Schhol sudents and staff are invitted to bring their friends and come out to the LAMS track 7:30-7:50 a.m. before school and walk or run the track.

It is a fun activity guaranteed to improve your mood and fitness level. The LAMS Walk Run Program kicks off Sept. 2. The program is provided by a Los Alamos Heart Council Grant.

For more information, contact Mrs. Watson at e.watson@laschools.net.

Hilltopper Baseball Golf Fundraiser Sept. 26

on August 26, 2015 - 2:22pm

LAPS Review Of Employee Background Checks; Safety Procedures For Volunteers And School Visitors

on August 26, 2015 - 10:02am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools has conducted a review of hiring practices within the Human Resources Department and safety procedures for volunteers and visitors. 

Here is a summary of the findings:

Hiring Practices

  • As part of the application process, everyone interested in working for the Los Alamos Public Schools is required to sign under the following statement: I authorize Los Alamos Public Schools to conduct a reference and criminal background check and investigate all statements and information provided on the application.

Governor Orders Immediate School Personnel Background Check Policy & District Compliance Review For All 89 School Districts

on August 25, 2015 - 4:43pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering compliance investigators with the State Public Education Department and individuals from the Department of Public Safety to conduct an immediate review of background check policies for each school district in the state and undertake a thorough compliance review to ensure school districts are requiring personnel to receive timely criminal background checks.

“Jason Martinez should have never been hired at Albuquerque Public Schools; he has no business being around children.

UNM-LA Digital Photography Class Starts Sept. 15

on August 25, 2015 - 8:46am

Students will learn the skills necessary for creating better images of their favorite subject matter. Courtesy/iStock

UNM-LA News:

Digital photography can be daunting at times, but a popular UNM-LA Community Education class in digital photography will teach beginning students the keys to successful image capture and post processing.

Beginning Digital Photography will run Sept. 15 through Nov. 17 and meets 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evenings at UNM-LA. The cost for the class is $140.

Professional photographer Jim Caffrey, who has taught digital photography at community colleges in the area for many

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New Youth Resource Advocates At LAMS And LAHS

on August 24, 2015 - 10:15pm

Rob Ward will primarily work with LAHS students and families. Courtesy/JJAB

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) has recently hired two new youth resource advocates, Rob Ward and Santina Shije, to serve at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle High School.

The Youth Resource Advocate provides wrap around case management and assistance to youth and their families in accessing comprehensive services at LAHS and LAMS. The Youth Resource Advocate coordinates services and offers resources to youth in need of intervention.

LAHS Grads Honored For Natural History Day Project

on August 24, 2015 - 10:53am
Daniel Wang, Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and NHD Advisor Allen Andraski, a teacher at LAHS, at Frederick Douglass House in Washington D.C. Courtesy photo
 
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and Daniel Wang, all graduates of Los Alamos High School and past club members of National History Day (NHD), an academic competition focusing on history, recently won an accomplishment award from Honorable Gov. Susana Martinez for their achievement at the National Competition.
 
On top of this honor, they won two awards.

Seed Harvesting Hikes Begin Friday

on August 24, 2015 - 9:46am

Seed collection volunteers. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Since the Las Conchas Fire, many areas of the Pajarito Plateau are in stream channel stabilization and floodplain restoration. To help in this effort, join Chick Keller to collect grass seeds and look at other interesting native plants.

These seeds will be used next spring in the post-fire restoration project along Frijoles Creek near the Visitor Center in Bandelier National Monument.

Learn About Hidden Treasures Of Mesa Prieta Tuesday

on August 24, 2015 - 9:32am

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Which site has 50,000 volunteer-logged petroglyphs? What is the largest petroglyph site in North America? The answer to both of these questions is Mesa Prieta, an amazing archaeological treasure just in our own backyard.

To learn more about this fascinating area and unique nonprofit, come hear Katherine Wells, founder of Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, discuss her work at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

Wells will show petroglyphs from the Archaic,

Celebrate College And Military Day Sept. 4

on August 24, 2015 - 8:51am

Los Alamos County Recognized By School Board

on August 23, 2015 - 9:35pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education expressed its appreciation to the Los Alamos County Council through the following statements:

  • The Los Alamos County Council has provided support for School Resource Officers (SROs). SROs are an example of the important partnership between the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS). LAPD has school SROs assigned to both the middle school and the high school, as well as a Juvenile Officer. LAPD has also expanded the outreach of the SROs and has begun working in the elementary schools.

Moving Right Along: The Exemplary Progress Of Sheri Lopez

on August 22, 2015 - 1:38pm
Sheri Lopez intends to get her PhD in aerospace engineering. Courtesy/LANL
 
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

An early version of Sheri Lopez grew up and graduated from high school in Pojoaque. Back when she was 18, she was starting college at Eastern New Mexico University and running on the track team. She wanted to be a writer and figured she would be out of school by age 21 with a teaching degree.

But then, as she says, “Life happened.”

She dropped out of school after her first semester, moved to California, worked in retail for 10 years until the Great Recession caught up

Basketball Star Alex Kirk Discusses Importance Of Having Goals And Working Hard

on August 22, 2015 - 12:17pm
Basketball star Alex Kirk at Pinon Thursday discusses the importance of having goals and working hard in school. Photo by Natalie Sinnis
 
Basketball star Alex Kirk signs autographs Thursday at Pinon Elementary School. Photo by Natalie Sinnis
 
By Natalie Sinnis
Pinon Elementary School
 
Basketball star and Los Alamos native Alex Kirk visited Pinon Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

Kirk spoke with 6th graders in Ms. Sinnis’, Ms. Martinez’s, and Ms. Nolen's class to discuss the importance of having goals and working hard in school.

Los Alamos Rotary Exchange Student Nicholas Criscuolo Spending Year In Holland

on August 22, 2015 - 8:04am

Rotary Club of Los Alamos outbound student Nick Criscuolo, bottom row third from left, with other exchange students spending this school year in Holland. For more information on hosting or being an exchange student, contact Lisa Harris or Rob Metcalf at losalamosrye@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

SFI: 'Extinction Of Established Populations... Aug. 25

on August 22, 2015 - 7:37am
Baruch Meerson, Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents "Extinction of Established Populations: A Physics View" with Baruch Meerson at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Collins Conference Room.
 
Abstract: Extinction of a long-lived self-regulating population is a dramatic effect. It can result from a rare large fluctuation coming from the discreteness of individuals and stochasticity of their births, deaths and interactions.
 
It also epitomizes the importance of rare events.

NNMC Men's & Women's Basketball Teams Spending 10 Months In Los Alamos

on August 21, 2015 - 1:56pm

Front row from left, Coach Ryan Cordova, DaeShawn Baker, Jermaine Wilkins, Larry Morinia, Demetria Clichee, Shania Harry, Rachelle Blackgoat, Shayna Porter, Monica Trujillo, Coach Mario Caetano. Back row from left, Seddrick Robinson, Joseph Brooks, Elijah Neumann, James Mulheron, AJ Peralta, LaKeshia Padilla, Francine Clark, Coach Tony Gallegos, PPM Property Manager Mike Lippiatt. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Plateau Property Management and CAP investors in Los Alamos are housing the Northern New Mexico College men's and women's

YMCA Offers Belay Class Aug. 22-23

on August 21, 2015 - 8:13am

IRS: Check Out Back-To-School College Tax Benefits

on August 21, 2015 - 8:03am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  With another school year just around the corner, the Internal Revenue Service  reminds parents and students that now is a good time to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits or other education-related tax benefits when they file their 2015 federal income tax returns.
 
In general, the American Opportunity Tax Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit (http://www.irs.gov/) is available to taxpayers who pay qualifying expenses for an eligible student.
 
Eligible students include the taxpayer, spouse and dependents.

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