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LAPS Names New Financial Team

on October 1, 2014 - 5:13pm

New LAPS Financial Team members, from left, Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya and Comptroller Teresa Gatewood. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya Comptroller and Teresa Gatewood were recently named as the new LAPS Financial Team. The two take over for John Wolfe and Alex Salazar, who took positions outside the district.

Montoya, who served in the district’s financial department five years ago as the comptroller, returns to the district in her new capacity as chief financial officer.


LAHS Choir's Pumpkin Patch Runs Oct. 6-29

on October 1, 2014 - 12:25pm
LAHS News:
The Los Alamos High School Choir is hosting a Pumpkin Patch Oct. 6-29 in the Canyon School parking lot where Trinity Drive, East Road and Central Avenue meet.

Enjoy seeking the perfect pumpkin, Selfie Patch, Story Times, Coloring Corner, Trick or Treat on MainStreet activities, Halloweekend Portraits and much more.

Pumpkin Patch Hours:
  • Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.;
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
  • Columbus Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ACCT's Car Wash And Bake Sale Saturday

on October 1, 2014 - 11:55am
The actors and actresses of Atomic City Children's Theater are ready to wash cars and hand out tasty treats to customers Saturday. Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

The Atomic City Children's Theater announces a fundraising car wash and bake sale 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot.  

These talented and award winning local actors and actresses are hosting the event to raise money for their upcoming field trip to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga., in January.

NMSA Offers Free Dance Performances

on October 1, 2014 - 9:21am
NMSA dancers rehearse for SHED. Photo by Paulo T. Photography

NMSA News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) Dance Department announces that it will present the premiere of SHED, a piece choreographed and performed by NMSA dancers, in October, as part of its annual Inside/Out series.

The four performances of SHED are free to the public at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 at Water History Park and Museum, 1209 Upper Canyon Road. Tickets are limited, and may be obtained at

SHED was created by 26 NMSA dance students.

Ten LAHS Seniors Named 'Commended Students' In 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

on October 1, 2014 - 8:01am

Los Alamos High School Principal Dr. Deborah Belew-Nyquist presented Letters of Commendation recognizing LAHS Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program to from front row left, Eleanor Devlin, Helen Lu, Aletta Marciano and James Sinnis Back row from left, Samuel Wolfe, Sudeep Dasari, Gerald Collom and Jacob Holesinger. Not pictured, Megan Kuzmack and Wesley Skidmore. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:


Parents Raising Teens Group Delayed To Oct. 8

on October 1, 2014 - 6:19am

School Board Holds Executive Session Thursday

on October 1, 2014 - 6:18am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the School Board Meeting Room to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of the Superintendent. 

There will be a motion to go into a closed Executive Session to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation, per Section 10-15-1-(H)(2) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA 1978. Afterwards, the meeting will ajourn.


Teddy Bear Clinic Shows Kindergarteners How LAMC Works

on September 30, 2014 - 2:41pm
Some 200 Los Alamos kindergarten students toured Los Alamos Medical Center Monday to learn how the hospital and emergency services do their jobs. Kindergarten students from all of the local elementary schools except Mountain took part in Teddy Bear Clinic.
Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dr. Barbara Van Eeckhout shows the kindergarten students how emergency room staff take the pulse of incoming patients. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A nurse shows the students how the emergency room staff would treat Teddy, who has come into the emergency room with respiratory

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $15 Million For New Mexico Community Colleges

on September 30, 2014 - 8:53am

U. S. SENATE News: 
  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to receive $579,961

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 11 community colleges in New Mexico will receive $14,999,863 in federal funding to provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help New Mexican adults advance into high-wage careers.

The funding, provided under Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, will allow these community colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver

Hilltalkers Win At Eldorado High School Speech & Debate Tournament In Albuquerque

on September 30, 2014 - 6:45am

Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers had an outstanding beginning to their Speech and Debate year Sept. 26-27 at the Eldorado High School Invitational. 

Eighteen New Mexico schools competed and the Hilltalkers earned first place in overall team standings at the competition. 

The Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers also had a strong showing at the tournament. Both teams had numerous students competing in semi-final and final rounds.

The following students from LAHS took home trophies:

Varsity Public Forum Debate
  • Sincheng

PEEC Group Visits Sulphur Springs

on September 30, 2014 - 6:39am
The pond and landscape that greets visitors to Sulpher Springs. Photo by Felicia Orth
The PEEC visiters explore the Sulphur Springs site. Photo by Felicia Orth
PEEC News:

Fraser and Cathy Goff, both geologists, led a trip Sept. 20 to Sulphur Springs on the far side of the Valle Caldera.

Sulphur Springs was once a resort where people bathed in acid waters and mudpots to cure skin ailments. The original structures, built in the 1930s, burned in the 1960s, and the property was then used by those seeking communal living and free love.

UNM-LA/JJAB Parenting Series Continues With Healthy Habits Class

on September 29, 2014 - 7:13pm


UNM-LA News:

Any parent or caregiver of an elementary school aged child will tell you that instilling good healthy habits can be a tricky task. This week’s installment of Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents, is calledHealthy Habits, will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

The six-class parenting series is a joint effort between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

The goal for the series is to help parents address those challenging aspects of raising a child by bringing together a group of

Aspen Prepares To Move Into New Building Nov. 12

on September 29, 2014 - 2:32pm
At Thursday's school board work session, Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom outlined plans for moving students and staff into their new building on Nov. 12. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

At Thursday's School Board Work Session at Pinon Elementary School, Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and LAPS Chief Operations Officer Joan Ahlers outlined plans for moving students into the newly renovated Aspen Elementary School.

Students will see their new classrooms Wednesday, Nov. 5 and the planned move will begin that afternoon.


Pinon Students Showcase Projects At School Board Work Session

on September 29, 2014 - 1:36pm
Girl Scouts from Pinon and Chamisa have founded Link Arms in Los Alamos, an anti-bullying group that encourages students to show support for kids being bullied by linking arms with them, either literally or figuratively. The girls have produced t-shirts, posters and a video. They are planning to expand to other schools. One initiative is to invite boys involved in anti-bullying efforts at the high school and middle school to talk with boys at the elementary schools.

Register Now For LAHS Choir Program Golf Tournament

on September 29, 2014 - 12:45pm

Scenes From 'Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action'

on September 29, 2014 - 10:27am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard welcome more than 40 Los Alamos Public School teachers and volunteers to Saturday's Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action. The event kicked off in the Los Alamos Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square with breakfast before the teachers and volunteers headed out to knock on more than 2,600 doors in one day. Luján and Garcia Richard also attended the Los Alamos Health Fair and the Piecemakers Quilt Market Saturday. Courtesy photo

Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster jokes with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray

2015 Leadership Los Alamos Class Kicks Off At Bandelier

on September 25, 2014 - 10:23am

Members of the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos Class during orientation at Bandelier last weekend. Courtesy/LLA

Team building exercises include lifting class members over 'electric wires' as part of the Leadership Los Alamos orientation weekend. Courtesy/LLA

LLA News:

The 2015 Leadership Los Alamos Class kicked off its orientation weekend Friday evening with dinner on the trail catered by Blue Window Bistro accompanied by Native American music.

Leadership training activities were led by Phil Bryson, president, On The Edge Productions, Ltd. Bryson's study and expertise is in developing high

New Nature Center Construction Shifts Inside

on September 25, 2014 - 8:43am
Construction is taking shape at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center on Canyon Road. Courtesy/PEEC
A rendering shows some of the exhibits slated for the new nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past the construction site of the new nature center at 2600 Canyon Road lately, you have probably noticed that things are moving right along.

The exterior is being finished with an Exterior Finishing and Insulation System (EFIS), to make it look like stucco, but be more durable and waterproof.

LAMC Hosts Annual Teddy Bear Clinic Monday

on September 25, 2014 - 8:00am


LAMC News:

Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) will host its Annual Teddy Bear Clinic Monday, Sept. 29.

Approximately 200 kindergartners, their teachers and parent chaperones will tour LAMC in order to learn about the hospital and the various departments, all while gaining a comfort level within a healthcare setting. 

With the help of Classic Aeromedical helicopter and crew, and the Los Alamos County Police and Fire Departments, the students also will have the opportunity to tour a medi-evac helicopter, police cars, a fire truck and an ambulance, all of which are key factors

Raising Teens Group Begins Oct. 1

on September 25, 2014 - 7:05am

UNM-LA/JJAB Parenting Class Encourages School Success

on September 24, 2014 - 3:49pm


UNM-LA News:

Encouraging School Success is the topic of the second session of Raising Children in a Challenging World: A Series for Parents Thursday, Sept. 25.

University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) are hosting the six-class series.

Thursday night’s session will provide parents and caregivers with valuable information on technology, how to communicate with your child’s teachers, how to advocate for your child, how to encourage good study habits, and dealing with test anxiety.

Barranca Natural Helpers Walk To Raise Awareness About Depression And Suicide

on September 24, 2014 - 9:28am

Barranca Natural Helpers participate in 'Out of the Darkness Community Walk' to raise awareness about depression and suicide. Courtesy photo

BNH News:

The Barranca Natural Helpers supported the “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” Sept. 20. Natural Helpers, Barranca staff, and families showed up to support the walk’s mission of raising awareness about depression and suicide. 

These are not adult issues and this group knows that all to well. Their peers deal with these issues regularly either personally or indirectly through effected family members and friends.

LAHS Teen Says 'Sport Purple For Platelets' Friday

on September 24, 2014 - 7:42am

Jennifer Necker runs her dog Lorna last weekend in the Sandia Dog Obedience Club agility trial in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


Most of us take for granted the bumps and bruises and scrapes we get from doing some of our favorite sports or activities; but for people suffering from ITP, immune thrombocytopenia purpura, the bumps and bruises cannot be taken lightly.

About 200,000 in the United States suffer from ITP, an autoimmune disorder that results in dangerously low platelet levels in the blood.

PTO Steps Up To Help Los Alamos Middle School

on September 24, 2014 - 7:03am
The LAMS PTO recently purchased hand sanitizer for Los Alamos Middle School classrooms. Courtesy photo


When the Los Alamos Middle School PTO identifies a need in their school community, they try to help fill the gap. Whether the need is books for the library, new pads for the gym or teacher appreciation events, they lend a hand, the funds and most importantly the coordination to see it through.

“It's amazing how much personal money our teachers and staff use to supply items that I feel either we, as an organization or parents, can and should help provide,” LAMS PTO


Voter Registration At LAHS This Week

on September 23, 2014 - 4:43pm

LAFRW President Mary Wilhoit, left, and Treasurer Crystal Dufresne register students today at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Federated Republican Women are available 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Los Alamos High School to register students who will be 18 years old before Nov. 4.

Students will need to know their Social Security Number in order to register. Registration will allow them to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election.