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Superintendent to Address Policy and Curriculum Concerning Harassment in Schools at AAUW Meeting

on April 15, 2012 - 9:02pm

The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr., to hear about Los Alamos Public Schools policy and curriculum concerning harassment in schools.

Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt of the Los Alamos Public Schools will speak about the current school district policy on bullying and sexual harassment.

Schmidt has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Washington State University and more than 30 year’s experience in the field of education, including 12 years in the classroom. 


Consortium Partners with LANL's Academy

on April 15, 2012 - 7:24am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy aims to enhance professional development of K-12 math and science teachers in underserved rural school districts.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA). 

The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools. 

Partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into New

True Stories of Library Censorship Battles

on April 14, 2012 - 11:18pm


At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, Kathy Barco and Valerie Nye will present True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries as part of the Authors Speak Series.

April is a special month in the literary and library worlds, honoring both poetry (National Poetry Month)  and libraries (National Library Week is April 8-14). In recognition of the role libraries play in providing free and open access to information, the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents a timely book on challenges to what is included

Key Club Sponsors UNICEF Benefit

on April 14, 2012 - 9:56pm

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post by Katelyn Littleton, Concert Chair

Los Alamos High School Key Club is organizing a benefit concert for UNICEF's Project Eliminate. In collaboration with Kiwanis and the rest of K-Family (including Key Club), UNICEF is hoping to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the world through this project.

The money raised through the concert will go directly to purchasing vaccines and the distribution of preventative health information.

"A vaccination for this type of tetanus will protect a mother and all of her future children from the terminal

Summer Interns Wanted at the DPU!

on April 13, 2012 - 3:18pm

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities News:

Multiple positions are available this summer for engineering student interns who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in an accredited engineering program at the university level.

Interns will work as part of a team supporting the engineering department, operations staff and administrative functions as a contributing member of the staff.

The diversity of the DPU’s services offers a unique opportunity for an engineering student to gain hands-on experience in a functioning utility.

Examples of possible duties to be performed:

Area Leaders Contemplate Local Support of Teen Center

on April 13, 2012 - 12:41pm

YMCA News:

State Rep. Nick Salazar spoke of the difficulty to secure funding from the state for community programs in these economic times. Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly. standing, and Rep. Debbie Rodella listen at right. Courtesy/YMCA

ESPAÑOLA–Business leaders, YMCA board members, and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, met at the Española YMCA Teen Center Wednesday, April 4, to discuss sustaining the center’s $155,100/year budget.  

“When I was last here, I visited with a group of teens and I asked them what they would be doing if the Center was not here,”

Look Who’s Having a Great Conversation

on April 12, 2012 - 11:04pm

Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. The 3rd Annual Great Conversations will take place April 22 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Los Alamos High School in the new building. Tickets are $50 per person and can be obtained by filling out a registration form available at

Look who’s talking:

Morrie Pongratz. Courtesy Photo

What’s your spark? According to Los Alamos, Morrie Pongratz is both a Living Treasure and the Voice of the Hilltoppers. 

Let’s discuss “why vetting is

Scholarships Available for Summer Art Camp

on April 12, 2012 - 10:31pm

Courtesy/Fuller Lodge Art Center

Fuller Lodge Art Center has an opportunity to provide several students with scholarships for its Summer Art Camp program.

Youth between ages 4 and 18 who have a financial need and an interest in art are eligible to apply.

For more information, call 662-1635 or email

Youth Co-op Conversation - Build Your Own Mini Greenhouse!

on April 12, 2012 - 12:38pm

(Free Series) 

Do you want to grow your own food?

Do you want to make your own mini greenhouse?

Come by the Co-op Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m and join the Los Alamos Youth Food Project (LAYFP), the JJAB and The Family YMCA by creating a miniature greenhouse. Kids of all ages can stop by the Co-op and learn about the LAYFP, sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, and receive free supplies and instructions to get them going and growing. We can all help create a Healthy Community and Healthy Youth!

This is a FREE opportunity for members and non-members alike (no

School Board Adopts $5 Million Bond

on April 12, 2012 - 11:10am

LAHS student Holly Erickson, right, Northern New Mexico International Science and Engineering Fair Qualifier with alternate LAHS Freshman David Murphy, won an all expense paid trip for herself and her sponsor to the International Fair May 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA. Erickson will compete against 1,500 students from across the globe for $2.5 million in prizes and awards. Photo by Art Brown

By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education adopted a $5 million bond, the final installment of the school district’s $40 million designated bank qualified bonds for construction

Breastfeeding 101

on April 11, 2012 - 7:51pm
Breastfeeding 101, led by board certified lactation consultants affiliated with La Leche League of Los Alamos, will discuss latch and positioning, baby cueing, what to expect the first few days of breastfeeding, and dad's role in the breastfeeding relationship, Saturday, April 14, 1-4pm, at Family Strengths Network, 1990 Diamond Dr.  The class is $30 and includes a copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.  La Leche League is a separate nonprofit organization, not affiliated with Family Strengths Network or its programs. Call 661-7102 or email for more information

LAPS Creates Asset Manager Position

on April 10, 2012 - 9:01pm

Joan Ahlers introduced herself to the Los Alamos County Council explaining that she was just hired to the newly created position of Asset Manager for Los Alamos Public Schools. More details to follow. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Tonight's County Council Presentations Feature Youth

on April 10, 2012 - 7:58pm

County News:

Los Alamos High School student Alexander Castille is presenting a distracted driving survey to the County Council that he and members of the Los Alamos Youth Leadership team conducted through spending time on strategic intersections around towncounting the motorists who were chatting on their cells, applying make-up, smoking and exhibiting other distracted behaviors. Most drivers were doing something other than just driving. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos High School students Alexandra Berl, speaking, and Olivia Snyder, Tessa Snyder and teacher Nora

LAHS Robotics Team to 'show its stuff'

on April 10, 2012 - 8:22am

The Los Alamos High School Robotics Team will ‘”show its stuff” — 120-lb. basketball-throwing robot and all — at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday April 24 in the UNM-Los Alamos Student Center. Kenny’s BBQ will be open during this event. Photo by TK Thompson/

Party for PEEC Will Benefit Nature Programs

on April 9, 2012 - 8:46pm

A smorgasbord of traditional Native American dishes served at previous annual benefit parties for PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

The annual benefit party for the Pajarito Environmental Educational Center, the nature center in Los Alamos, is being held at the Hilltop House Hotel from 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday April 22.

This is the 13th year for PEEC’s involvement in the community-wide Earth Day Festival with its fund-raising effort.

For the last three years, Felicia Orth has been the chef extraordinaire at the Party for PEEC.  

In 2010, she prepared food of the Native American period of our history. 


Associate Degree Students Inducted into Honor Society

on April 9, 2012 - 7:10pm

UNM-LA News:

Jeff Bold is inducted into Phi Theta Kapp as PTK Advisor Dr. Zandree Stridham and UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page offer congratulations. Courtesy/UNM-LA

Nine new members were inducted into Beta Zeta Chi, the UNM-Los Alamos chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), on Friday, April 6.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society of the two-year college that recognizes and encourages scholarship among associate degree students.

It provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for scholarly


Liam Johnson Takes Second Place in Patriot Pen Essay Contest

on April 8, 2012 - 10:05pm

Liam Johnson with award. Courtesy Photo

Liam Johnson, 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School won 2nd place and $350 in the VFW Patriot's Pen essay contest for the state of New Mexico.  Liam was honored at the LAMS Student of the Term Breakfast on Wed. March 28th. Ms. Gina Smith of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will present the award and also 12 other certificates of participation to other 7th graders.

Mrs. Gina Smith of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary said, "The VFW promotes patriotism in the youth of our communities and Liam has demonstrated through his essay that he is an outstanding example of a


Scholarship Honors Memory of Jennifer Marie Fleming

on April 8, 2012 - 12:00am

A one time award of $1,000 is being offered by the Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund to a graduating senior of LAHS Class of 2012. This scholarship is in memory of Jennifer Marie Fleming, a student at Los Alamos High School from 1985-87. Her enthusiasm for life, her concern for other people, and her desire to promote a drug and alcohol free environment for students are the inspiration for this award. Jennifer was killed by a drunk driver on  New Year’s Eve 1987 when she had helped plan and produce an alcohol free event for LAHS students.


A Bomb in Plain Sight

on April 5, 2012 - 10:05am

Thomas C. Reed, former Secretary of the Air Force under presidents Ford and Carter, and co-author with Danny Reed of The Nuclear Express, returns to Los Alamos to sign his first novel,The Tehran Triangle.

Thomas C. Reed

The author will be at Otowi Station Bookstore at 6 p.m., Wednesday April 11 to sign and share refreshments and conversation with readers.

While taking a trip through New Mexico three years ago, Reed noticed the Santa Fe railroad ran past the first nuclear test site, Trinity.

“How logical, I thought, for the Iranians to simply build another Hiroshima-type A-bomb in El

Last Week's Top Book Picks @ Otowi Station

on April 5, 2012 - 9:06am
Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore the week of March 27-April 2:
  1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  2. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  3. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  4. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Sijie Dai
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  6. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  7. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  8. Property, Valerie Martin
  9. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  10. Mockingjay, Suzanne CollinsTop Book Picks

LAPS Fourth Graders Choose LA County Species

on April 5, 2012 - 12:05am

PEEC News:

Woodhouse's Toad has been nominated by some fourth graders to be the Los Alamos County amphibian. This one lives at PEEC.  Photo by Jennifer Macke

The Los Alamos Public Schools elementary librarians and fourth graders, with help from PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) have been working on a project to research and choose their favorite species for Los Alamos County.

Librarians Beverly Baker, Marilyn Branton, Julie Goen, and Jeffrey Lloyd have guided their fourth grade students in small groups in researching local mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and birds.

LAHS JROTC Navy Team Places 4th at Championships

on April 4, 2012 - 7:56am

The Los Alamos Precision Rifle team comprised of Los Alamos High School studentscompeted in the All-Service JROTC Championships March 24-25 in Anniston, Ala. This championship brought together the top five teams representing the Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force teams from the entire country. As current Navy champion team, the Los Alamos Navy JROTC Team, from left, John Gibson, Tessa Snyder, Jodi Cull-Host and Cory Aslin. They continued as the top Navy team and finished fourth overall in the competition.

Three School Board Meetings Scheduled Next Week

on April 4, 2012 - 7:29am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for 11 a.m. Monday, April 9 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V to hear a presentation by Dr. Peter Goldschmidt from the Public Education Department on the A-F school grading system.

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The Los Alamos School Board also is meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Coffee Booth to review board policies.

These meetings are open to the public.


College Advisory Board to Review GO Bond

on April 4, 2012 - 7:25am

UNM-LA News:

UNM- Los Alamos Advisory Board is set to meet at 5:30 p.m., April 9 in the college lecture hall.

The board is scheduled to discuss the General Obligation (GO) Bond Election for November as well as UNM-LA student housing.

Presentations are scheduled for Paul Terp and Myron Koop on the ETEBA Scholarship.

The board will recognize the Robotics Team #4153 “Project-Y” for its recent competition in Utah.

Staff presentations include the UNM-LA Budget for FY13.

This meeting is open to the public.


2012 New Mexico Press Women Conference Open to Public

on April 3, 2012 - 12:27pm

The 2012 New Mexico Press Women Conference is May 4-5 at the  Marriott Courtyard 3347 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe

Program highlights:

  • Narrative Nonfiction: Truth in Storytelling.With biographer James McGrath Morris
  •  Real or Fake: Indian Arts at the Crossroads A news-making  discussion with  Indian jewelers and an expert from the Southwestern Association on Indian Arts
  •  Zia Awards Luncheon to acknowledge New Mexico's top women non-fiction authors
  • Social Media:  Are You Part of the Conversation?  Learns tips and trends from three experts
  • Re-inventing yourself for fun and profit with two women