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‘The Pain Behind The Badge’ Awards Scholarship To Autumn Sanchez For Outstanding Community Service

on November 21, 2017 - 7:10am

Autumn Sanchez, daughter of Joy Sanchez and the late Mark Sanchez, was the recipient of a scholarship presented by an organization called 'The Pain Behind the Badge' in recognition of her outstanding community service and in memory of her father's law enforcement career before his death in May 2011. Autumn graduated from New Mexico Virtual Academy as an honor student in May of 2017 with a 4.0 GPA. She is a student at Northern New Mexico College, seeking a degree in Biology to be able to go on to Veterinary School in Colorado.

LAESF: Need $1,000 For School?

on November 21, 2017 - 6:54am


Are you (or someone you know) enrolled in a two-year degree or certificate program at a regional college? Are you a resident of the seven-county area of Northern New Mexico? (Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe or Taos)? Have you returned to school after a 1+ year break? Can you use $1,000 to help pay for school costs?

If you answered YES - you may qualify for the Regional College/Returning Student (RC/RS) scholarship through the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF).

Visit the LANL Foundation website to read more details about the program and

Thanksgiving Art From Barranca Elementary Hallway

on November 20, 2017 - 4:12pm

Artwork from the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Artwork from the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Artwork from the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Artwork from the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Artwork from the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Artwork from the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

PAC 8 Is Awarded Rotary Grant And Now Offers Free Media Classes To Middle School Students

on November 20, 2017 - 4:11pm
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PAC 8 News:
PAC 8 Community Media Center will be holding free classes for middle school students Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
Students will learn how to operate cameras, edit with Adobe Premiere software, and use special effects. They will produce a Public Service Announcement for a local non-profit organization which will play at the Reel Deal Theater. 
Classes are 3:30–5 p.m. beginnng Thursday Nov. 16 and up to 10 students will be able to participate. Classes will be taught by PAC 8 CIC intern and LAHS student Peter Watson.
PAC 8 was awarded a

Steinhaus: A Message Of Gratitude For Our Students, Staff, Parents And Community

on November 20, 2017 - 7:50am
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

To the LAPS Community,

During this time of Thanksgiving, I share my gratitude to you for being such an important part of our children’s lives and for truly caring about each other. Gratitude comes from the heart and mind. I am moved and inspired by what I see in our schools and celebrate the amazing support from our parents. Our community members make Los Alamos Schools a stronger district and I am extremely grateful for our growing partnerships.

One of the things I am most grateful for is the power of our schools to

Los Alamos High School 2015 Graduate Qualifies As Navy Surface Warfare Specialist

on November 20, 2017 - 6:31am

Los Alamos High School 2015 graduate U.S. Navy GSM3 Jared Rodriguez, right, has qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He received his insignia Friday on board the USS Donald Cook from CWO2 Walters. The USS Donald Cook is a guided missile destroyer based at Naval Air Station Rota in Cadiz, Spain. Rodriguez is the son of Lloyd and Pam Rodriguez. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference At UNM-Los Alamos Nov. 17-20

on November 20, 2017 - 5:36am

Scene from the Trauma Trail Challenge Practicum during the three-day Fire & Ice In the Jemez Mountains Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from Fire & Ice Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference Nov. 17-20 at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

A training exercise during Fire & Ice used real patients moulaged to represent aspects of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies that providers may encounter at any given multiple casualty incident. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Fire & Ice multiple casualty incident

LAPS Launches Employee Spotlight Today

on November 19, 2017 - 3:08pm



Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

As part of our shared work to increase communication throughout the district, we are launching today the new Employee Spotlight. This is to highlight one staff member per week.

Our school district is made up of incredible employees who care about students; whether it is a teacher, a secretary, or a bus driver, each has an important role at LAPS. Those selected for the Employee Spotlight will be chosen at random by each LAPS site.

The Employee Spotlight is a collection of short stories celebrating LAPS

Shin: If Sanctuary School, Then Kiss $8M Goodbye!

on November 19, 2017 - 2:44pm
Los Alamos

On Aug. 29, 2017, our County Council unanimously passed a proclamation honoring the contributions of immigrants. Compared to the earlier version in April, specific language was removed, its tone was softened, and a more strident “resolution” was changed to a “proclamation,” which did not require a vote.

Although Counci Vice Chair Susan O'Leary called it a “milquetoast,” “weak half measure of timid support,” Councilor Antonio Maggiore recognized “that the original was a little inflammatory, a little reactionary to what just transpired on the national scene.” ...

Chamisa Elementary School Celebrates America Recycles Day Recycle Art Show 2017

on November 19, 2017 - 7:24am

Fashionistas with emcee Joyce Haven at the Chamisa Recycle Art Show Nov. 15 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Caroline Khan models a shopping bag dress. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga

Maison Griffin models an outfit using a recycled t-shirt and yarn. Photo by Renee Mitsunaga


The Chamisa Recycle Art Show was held Nov. 15 in celebration of America Recycles Day. Students created artwork made from recycled materials to display around the school.

The evening began with everyone participating in make & take art projects using trash items.

Meet LAHS Math Teacher Stephanie Abney

on November 18, 2017 - 7:36am
Los Alamos High School math teacher Stephanie Abney at her desk. Photo by Serenity Maestas/
Sudent Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post

While Los Alamos High School is full of wonderful teachers, one of their most loved staff is math teacher Stephanie Abney.

Abney went to Los Alamos for her four years of high school, graduating in 2010. Abney attended Colorado State University to earn her degree and got a job in Colorado. But later she wanted to come back to her hometown to fulfill her goal of becoming a softball and volleyball coach.

“I came back to give

Family Strengths Network Small Business Walkabout Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on November 17, 2017 - 4:07pm
The Family Strengths Network Small Business Walkabout visited the Los Alamos Daily Post Newsroom Friday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

UNM-LA Community Education Welcomes Mike Katko

on November 17, 2017 - 10:49am

Mike Katko, new program coordinator for Community Education at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos announces Mike Katko as its new program coordinator for Community Education. In this position, Katko will arrange the Community Education schedule, including recruiting instructors for a variety of classes.

Katko is an educator and businessman with many years of experience. He has served at all levels of education in New Mexico public schools, from elementary and secondary level teacher to principal and principal mentor.

Los Alamos Public Schools Earns Accreditation

on November 17, 2017 - 9:01am

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus briefs the AdvancED External Review Team. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School District recently underwent an extensive accreditation review through an organization called AdvancED, and the preliminary findings were positive and informative.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus received verbal confirmation that LAPS will indeed be accredited for the next five years.

AdvancED is an accreditation organization that conducts rigorous on-site reviews of educational systems to ensure all students realize their full potential.


PEEC Receives Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award From EEANM

on November 17, 2017 - 8:48am
PEEC is one of five award recipients at this year’s Environmental Literacy Summit, and received the only award given to an organization. PEEC educators Denise Matthews and Siobhan Niklasson are fifth and sixth from the left. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) bestowed its first Outstanding Environmental Education Organization Award on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) of Los Alamos.
Siobhan Niklasson, PEEC’s Director of Education, accepted the award last Thursday, Nov.

UC Board Of Regents Votes To Bid On LANL Contract

on November 17, 2017 - 8:03am

University of California News:


The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to authorize a bid for the $2.2 billion Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operations contract, which begins in October 2018.

The 10-campus UC has been involved with the Lab since the 1940s and since 2006, has been part of the LANS, LLC consortium, which holds the M&O contract.

A statement, issued by UC Regent Ellen Tauscher and UC Vice President for National Laboratories Kimberly Budil following the vote, said UC is committed to assembling a proposal that upholds LANL’s “long

La Fonda Del Bosque Restaurant Now Open At National Hispanic Cultural Center In Albuquerque

on November 17, 2017 - 7:52am
La Fonda del Bosque serves a menu featuring New Mexican comfort foods. Courtesy photo
NHCC News:
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) has announced that La Fonda del Bosque restaurant is now open 9-11:30 a.m. for pastries and coffee and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, Tuesday through Saturday in the NHCC History and Literary Arts Building at 1701 4th Street SW in Albuquerque.
The restaurant is owned and operated by Stefani Mangrum, chef and owner of City Treats Catering & Parties.
La Fonda del Bosque serves a menu featuring New Mexican comfort foods with a

Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Nov. 21

on November 17, 2017 - 7:26am
MOWW News:
This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Nov. 21. The speaker is Commander Brian Gauck, the new commander of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC unit. He will provide an overview of his research on friendships formed by USAFA graduates.
The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is west of the fire station.
Parking is available east of the fire station (accessible from the southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building

New Mexico Makes Substantial Strides In Engaging Parents About Their Child’s Early Reading

on November 16, 2017 - 7:38am
SANTA FE  More parents and families than ever before are being notified of their students’ early reading progress. Two years ago, only 8 percent of families were notified mid-year when their child was reading below grade level. This past year, that number jumped to 57 percent.
Although more families were informed, only a fraction of them were given the option at the end of the year to provide their children with an additional year of instruction.

NEA-NM Statement On PED Early Literacy Report

on November 15, 2017 - 2:08pm
Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President
NEA-NM News:
Responding to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Statements Regarding to Retention of NM students, Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President, issued the following statement:
As educators deeply committed to student success, our members and the districts they work for are providing reading interventions including extra reading classes to improve these skills. If a student is really trying and can’t achieve at their grade level, then testing to find problem areas is more successful than retention.
Many students were

LAHS Key Club Family Fun Night Friday

on November 15, 2017 - 10:54am

UNM-LA Presents Gift To Pat Soran

on November 15, 2017 - 7:25am

At the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meeting Nov. 13, UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney presented Advisory Board member Pat Soran with a ceramic vase created by instructor Barb Yarnell in appreciation for the ceremonial mace, which Soran provided to the college for the May 2017 graduation. Soran created the mace, incorporating a unique UNM-LA symbol provided by instructor Skip Canfield. The mace, a traditional symbol of university scholarship and integrity, is used by higher education institutions for graduation and other special ceremonies. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gravitational Waves And Dark Matter At Planetarium

on November 15, 2017 - 5:46am
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium has a special gravitational wave planetarium show planned for at 7 p.m. Nov. 17, and the full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery is screening at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19.
These shows are organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC), and the Friday show is expected to sell out.
During the special November 17th show, astrophysicist Dr.

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales Speaks At UNM-LA Wednesday

on November 14, 2017 - 3:16pm

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales. Courtesy/Derek Gonzales

UNM-LA News:

The public is invited to hear San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales speak at 10 a.m., Wednesday in the library at UNM-Los Alamos.

Gonzales, the great-granddaughter of Maria Martinez, is known for intricately carved red, black and polychrome bowls, inlaid coral and turquoise and her “good luck spider” motif.

She will talk about the historical aspects of her pottery, the ancestral lands on which Los Alamos is located and her life experiences. She also plans to demonstrate how she builds a pot.

Superintendent Serves Thanksgiving Meals At Aspen

on November 14, 2017 - 3:04pm

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus serves Thanksgiving meals today at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo