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Santa Fe Community Foundation Funds Healthy Choices For Teens

on November 21, 2014 - 11:01am
Teens engage in a giant game of chess during a field trip. Courtesy photo
Teens from the Espanola YMCA Teen Center participate in a robotics competition last spring in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

ESPAÑOLA – The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  

According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.

“Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable

Friday Final Day To Fill Out Superintendent Survey

on November 20, 2014 - 7:43pm

LAPS News:

A website has been set up at to update residents on the Los Alamos Public School's superintendent search.

An online survey in English and Spanish is available there for residents to fill out on what they consider to be the most important attributes of the new superintendent. Friday is the final day to fill out the survey and provide input on the qualifications one prefers in a new school superintendent.


Chamisa Staff Gets Creative For A Good Cause: Empty Bowls Project

on November 20, 2014 - 12:39pm

Empty Bowls Project Coordinator Deborah Gill receives a finished bowl from fifth grade teacher David Parsons. Courtesy photo

Chamisa teachers had so many colors to choose from. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary staff gathered Wednesday in the art room to participate in the Empty Bowls Project with coordinator Deborah Gill. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga will hold a second event Dec. 3 for parents. 

"We would like to provide our parents an opportunity to show off their creativity for a good cause," Mitsunaga said.

This service project benefits Self Help, Inc., an

LAPS Receives $250,000 Scholarship In Memory Of Irene U. Boone

on November 20, 2014 - 12:04pm

James Dinkel, personal representative of the Zenas and Irene U. Boone Estate, presents a $250,000 check to LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya. Attorney Reid Griffith assisted in the presentation of the scholarship. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Zenas Boone bequeathed a needs-based scholarship in the memory of of his wife Dr. Irene U. Boone, a long time pediatrician in Los Alamos.

The memorial scholarship will provide financial assistance for future Los Alamos graduates to attend post high school studies.


Learn To Capture Autumn Plants And Pods At PEEC's Art Workshop Series

on November 20, 2014 - 11:05am

A drawing and watercolor by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is pleased to welcome back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn.

Coddington will lead a drawing workshop Thursday, Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop Dec. 11. Both classes run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.

Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art.

LANL, Sandia, Other Major Employers Commit To STEM Education In New Mexico

on November 20, 2014 - 9:04am

Placing their signatures on a proclamation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and other major employers commit to STEM education in New Mexico. Courtesy/LANL

High School Students Warm Up The Holidays With Clothing And Food Drive

on November 19, 2014 - 3:31pm
LAHS students Aaron Salaz, LeAnn Quintana, Stephanie Kuzmack, Talor Collins, Mykayla Hanawalt and Paz Mas show off items they have collected for their mitten drive. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Ashtyn Lopez is one of several Los Alamos High School students hoping to make things a little brighter for the youth of Los Alamos.

Lopez and her Child Development class, under the direction of Louise Majorey, at Los Alamos High School, are hosting a snack and mitten drive throughout the community through Nov.

ACCT Presents Willy Wonka Jr. Nov. 21-22

on November 19, 2014 - 9:47am


ACCT News:

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket, from Mr. Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you!

For now, I do invite you to come to the stage of Smith Auditorium before the show and be my guest for one chocolate bar—you and all others who are lucky enough to find my Golden Tickets. You will be conducted around my chocolate factory, and be shown everything that there is to see.

But this is by no means the most exciting thing that will happen on the day of your visit.

Los Alamos Teachers Earn National Board Certification

on November 19, 2014 - 9:18am

Los Alamos High School teachers, from left, Margo Batha, John Pawlak, Rachel Cowen, Kathleen Boerighter and Louise Foliot-Gentile join the ranks of National Board Certified Teachers this year. Photo by Salvador Zapien/



New Mexico School for the Arts Hosts Open House for Prospective Students

on November 19, 2014 - 7:42am

NMSA News:

New Mexico School for the Arts will hold an Open House for prospective students to the school 1-3 p.m., Dec. 6.  

Eighth, 9th and 10th graders interested in learning more about NMSA are encouraged to attend, as well as all current applicants. The event is at New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda Street in Santa Fe.

NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.

Town Hall Meetings Underway For LAPS Superintendent Search

on November 19, 2014 - 7:38am

LAPS News:

Stanley Paz of recruitment firm Ray and Associates Tucson office is in Los Alamos this week to gather community input for the search for a new superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt will be leaving the district in July.

In addition to meeting with members of the six search advisory committees and the LAPS Board, Paz will conduct a series of Town Hall meetings at which citizens may express their ideas about the qualifications and other attributes they would like to see in a new superintendent. This is also an opportunity to ask questions.


Los Alamos Early College And Career Academy Accepting Applications From Local High School Students

on November 18, 2014 - 10:50am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) is accepting applications from Los Alamos High School students for its program. 

The LAECCA is a program that is designed to give high school students early access to post secondary career and technical education opportunities while attending high school. There are multiple career and academic pathways a high school student may choose from if accepted into the LAECCA.


Did You Hear What The Bear Said To The Dragonfly?

on November 18, 2014 - 8:13am

PEEC News:

The bear and the dragonfly couldn't have said it any better! Your donation to PEEC's Annual Fund by Dec. 31 keeps the doors open, the hikes trekking, the classes and talks on the calendar, and thousands of school children engaged and challenged on field trips all year long at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Thanks to the Matching Machine (aka: two anonymous donors), each gift to the Annual Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000, for exhibits and gardens at the new nature center.

It's a win-win: your donation supports another year of the PEEC

Scenes From Thursday's FIRST Robotics Open House

on November 16, 2014 - 2:11pm

Community members had the opportunity to explore the FIRST Robotics new location at 3450 Orange St., next to the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center during Thursday’s open house. FIRST Robotics has programs in at Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School and at the local elementary schools. During the open house, information was disseminated on how to become involved in the program as a student, mentor or sponsor. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris

UNM-LA Spring 2015 Class Schedules Now Available

on November 16, 2014 - 11:31am

UNM-LA News:

Class schedules for the Spring 2015 semester at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) are now available on the UNM-LA campus and in stands around Los Alamos and White Rock.

Schedules also will be arriving in all area mailboxes soon.

The Spring 2015 semester will offer 173 classes with 42 of those being online classes. An online version of the schedule is available by visiting Click on the Spring 2015 tab.

Registration opens Monday and classes begin Jan.


Anne Davis Of Los Alamos Profiled At Connecticut College

on November 16, 2014 - 6:22am

Anne Kimball Davis of Los Alamos teaches graduate classes in biblical studies at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque. Courtesy/Connecticut College

Connecticut College News:

Anne Kimball Davis ’62 remembers arriving at Connecticut College and being told that a liberal arts education gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want in life.

And she should remember. The former teacher, politician, publisher, real estate broker and current Bible scholar is living proof.

“I took those words to heart and, by golly, it’s worked,” says Davis.

Though technically retired, Davis teaches

LAPD Detectives Share Investigation Techniques With Chamisa Elementary School Students

on November 15, 2014 - 1:24pm

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris shares with Chamisa’s third and fourth graders how Los Alamos police conduct investigations. Photo by Kateri Morris

Cpl. Adele Girmendonk. Photo by Kateri Morris


Members of the Los Alamos Police Department Detective Division headed by Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris were out in full force Nov. 7 at Chamisa Elementary School. Fortunately, the detectives were not securing a crime scene at the school.

In keeping with Chamisa’s theme this academic year, “Chamisa Investigations Academy”, the detectives were sharing with Chamisa’s third and fourth graders how Los

Councilor To Discuss Los Alamos Community Foundation Proposal Monday

on November 15, 2014 - 1:14pm

UNM-LA News:

County Councilor David Izraelevitz will discuss the Los Alamos Community Foundation proposal at the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17 in the Student Center Conference Room (Building 2) at UNM-LA.

Reports from various staff members also are on the agenda.

A closed Executive Session will follow the regular meeting to discuss legal and personnel matters.


Town Hall Meetings Set To Obtain Citizen Input For Superintendent Search

on November 15, 2014 - 12:19pm

LAPS News:

Stanley Paz of recruitment firm Ray and Associates Tucson office will be in town next week to gather community input for the search for a new superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt will be leaving the district in July.

In addition to meeting with members of the six search advisory committees and the LAPS Board, Paz will conduct a series of Town Hall meetings at which citizens may express their ideas about the qualifications and other attributes they would like to see in a new superintendent. This is also an opportunity to ask questions.


LANL Foundation Scholarships Available for Nontraditional Students

on November 15, 2014 - 9:09am


The LANL Foundation, through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, awards Regional College/Returning Student Scholarships of $1,000 to motivated nontraditional students seeking new opportunities or career directions after focusing on work, the military, parenting or other pursuits.

Applications are now accepted online at with a Dec.1 deadline for January awards. Selection preference is shown toward applicants who have been away from formal education for a period of two years or more.

Ribbon Cutting For New Aspen Elementary Monday

on November 15, 2014 - 8:58am
The new entrance to Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The faculty, staff and students of Aspen Elementary School welcome the community to join them in the celebration of the completion of the newly built and renovated school. 

Aspen Elementary will host an open house/ribbon cutting ceremony 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17 with opening remarks beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the school at 2182 33rd St. in Los Alamos.

Aspen’s Tiger Choir will be performing. Following the ribbon cutting, cake will be served and time for self-guided tours will be given.


JMTR’s Donation To PEEC Supports Ongoing Classes, Programs And Hikes

on November 15, 2014 - 8:06am
Runners start the half marathon Saturday in the 2014 Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Photo by John Sarracino

PEEC News:

When the organizers of the JMTR (Jemez Mountain Trail Run) approached the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) last spring about volunteering to manage the Pipeline Road aid station, PEEC staff and volunteers jumped at the chance to help out such a worthwhile cause.

The JMTR is a non-profit organization, with race proceeds donated each year to other local organizations.

New Mexico School For The Arts Partners With Whole Foods For Community Support Day

on November 15, 2014 - 6:48am

NMSA News:

Thursday, Nov. 20, shoppers at both Whole Foods locations in Santa Fe on Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Road will be directly helping to support New Mexico School for the Arts.

NMSA has been selected to participate in the Whole Foods Market Santa Fe Community Support Day, also known as 5 percent day. Nov. 20, 5 percent of all sales in Santa Fe Whole Foods stores will go to support NMSA’s arts and residence program.  

NM School for the Arts will staff tables at both locations throughout the day, with information to share with shoppers about the high school and its dual

Aspen Tiger Welcomes Students To New School

on November 14, 2014 - 6:09am

Aspen Tiger does a great job Thursday to make students feel welcome to their new school. Photo by Lisa Oluvas