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Council Proclaims 2017-2018 Year Of Asset Building

on September 13, 2017 - 3:12am

From left, LACDC Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, LARSO Pauline Schneider, Councilor Rick Reiss, Bernadette and Chad Laurtizen of Champions of Youth Ambitions with a proclamation that declares 2017-2018 as a 'Year of Asset Building' and Sept. 8 as 'College Day/Military Day'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss presented a proclamation Sept. 5 that declares 2017-2018 as a "Year of Asset Building" as well recognizing Sept. 8 as "College Day/Military Day." 

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS: The Search Institute's 40 Developmental

Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program Ranked Best In Nation

on September 12, 2017 - 5:30pm

NNMC High School Equivalency Program staff Geri Irving, Robin Duran, Patrick Bendegue, Shari Jobe and Miquella Espinoza. Courtesy/NNMC 

NNMC News:

Española – Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has been ranked the best in the nation for 2016, according to a newly released report by the Department of Education.

Northern’s HEP achieved a 96 percent graduation rate, the highest among the 43 High School Equivalency Programs operating nation-wide. The national average for graduation from HEP is 68 percent.

The program also has excelled with 96 percent of

Scenes From Rotary Club Meeting Today

on September 12, 2017 - 4:32pm

Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Program Coordinator Lisa Zuhn speaks at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting today at Cottonwood on the Greens. Zuhn spoke of the services available for youth through JJAB with issues such as school struggles, emotional health, communication with parents, substance abuse and risky or impulsive behavior. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Rotary Club of Los Alamos members honored Ed Van Eeckhout at today's meeting. Van Eeckhout and his wife Mary are relocating to Minnesota.

State Auditor Uncovers Likely Fraud, Embezzlement

on September 12, 2017 - 3:19pm

State Auditor Tim Keller


  • Keller identifies hundreds of checks worth more than $475,000 written to vendors were cashed into a former employee’s personal bank account

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released the results of an investigation into La Promesa Early Learning Center, a state charter school in Albuquerque.

The Risk Review found about half a million dollars were diverted from the School into a former employee’s personal bank account between June 2010 and July 2016. Office of the State Auditor (OSA) subpoenas of bank records uncovered that the former

Sign Up Now For Knights Of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament Set For Friday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:28pm

K of C News:

The Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament is 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.  The funds raised from this tournament will be used to award numerous scholarships to Los Alamos High School graduating seniors.

For more than 18 years this tournament has attracted sponsors and golfers from Los Alamos and around Northern New Mexico and has awarded an estimated $138,000 in scholarship money.

Community Invited To Attend Local Tae Kwon Do Fall Belt Promotion Test At LAHS Gym Saturday

on September 12, 2017 - 2:15pm
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
Scene from local USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association class. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Have you ever considered taking martial arts lessons, but been unsure if you’re able to dedicate the time, or even have the energy for such an endeavor?

The USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association (USATMA) has local branches that meet 8-10 a.m.

Los Alamos Public Schools Introduces Assistant Superintendents Lisa Montoya And Kelly Taylor

on September 12, 2017 - 12:26pm

Lisa Montoya is assistant superintendent for Finance and Operations at Los Alamos Public Schools. Courtesy photo

Kelly Taylor is assistant superintendent for Learning and Accountability at Los Alamos Public Schools. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

LAPS Assistant Superintendents Lisa Montoya and Kelly Taylor have been on the job for less than three months and there is already improved support for students and staff. These new positions are part of a leaner school district office that is designed to streamline operations and improve communications.

In just a few months, there are higher ratings

Lunch With A Leader Sept. 19

on September 12, 2017 - 8:02am
LWV News:
The League of Women Voters presents their monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 19 in Mesa Library.
Their guest speakers will be Jennifer Sublett and Lynn Bjorkland from the US Forest Service. They will be discussing the Forest Service - its history, management, goals. budget, etc. This information will help the League with their study regarding the transfer of federal public land to NM.
Jennifer is currently a District Volunteer Coordinator in the recreation and trails program with the SF National Forest.

CIR: Enforcing The Broken Border Sept. 18

on September 12, 2017 - 6:53am
Former NM Attorney General Gary King
CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at La Posada, 330 E. Palace Ave., in Santa Fe for an intimate conversation between two former Attorneys General, describing their work in enforcing the border against the Mexican drug cartels. 
Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
Terry Goddard (AZ) will talk about his work in, among other things, stopping the flow of laundered drug money into the U.S.; Gary King (NM) will discuss his work in training Mexican prosecutors to litigate the

LAPS Announces Second Session Of Healthy Schools Initiative Community Book Read

on September 11, 2017 - 4:24pm
LAPS News:
The LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative invites parents, teachers, and community members to join the second session of our Community Book Read sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, and Zia Credit Union.
The first session was held last Spring and provided a welcomed venue for exchanging ideas and building mutual support. More than fifty people participated and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
An LAPS parent offered this feedback, “I really enjoyed these conversations.

UNM-LA Faculty Wears College Day Shirts

on September 11, 2017 - 9:52am

UNM-Los Alamos faculty, staff and students sported college t-shirts for the annual College/Military Day last week in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

LAHS Freshman Parent Night Thursday

on September 11, 2017 - 9:43am
LAHS News:
Freshman Parent Night begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Topper Freshman Academy/Los Alamos High School in the Speech Theater.
“Freshman year is all about changes, which lead to a lot of questions,” explained Jill Gonzales, Topper Freshman Academy principal. “Freshman Parent Night is a great opportunity to get answers to any lingering questions parents may have about the transition to Topper Freshman Academy and high school.” 
Michelle Harrison, Topper Freshman Academy counselor, will also be on hand to offer more information.
Topics to be covered at Freshmen

AFT New Mexico Responds To Release Of PED’s Teacher Evaluation Ratings

on September 11, 2017 - 9:30am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“The New Mexico Public Education Department has released their annual teacher evaluation ratings, and already, educators are reporting inaccurate, incomplete, or missing data from their evaluations. Sadly, these errors on the part of the NM PED will continue to be used to blame New Mexico’s public educators for the shortcomings and failed promises of seven years of so-called PED ‘reforms’ under Hanna Skandera, and now, Christopher Ruszkowski.
“Let’s be clear – the

SFCC Tennis Tournament Sept. 22, 23, & 24

on September 11, 2017 - 7:21am
SFCC News:
SFCC Tennis Tournament, mens and womens singles, mens and womens doubles and mixed doubles first rounds will start at 5 p.m., Friday Sept. 22. at Santa Fe Community College’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center (FEC), 6401 Richards Ave.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, the rounds will start at 8:30 a.m. Participants must be at least 16 years of age with a 3.5 rating or lower.
Registration fees are $25 per person for individual events and $15 per person for doubles. Register at the FEC by Wed., Sept. 20.
For more information, call 505.428.1291.

BSMA Presents Lecture, Tour, Workshop Sept. 16

on September 11, 2017 - 6:53am

County-Sponsored Dark Night Saturday, Sept. 16

on September 11, 2017 - 6:47am

The Pajarito Astronomers is holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 7:15 p.m. (sunset) Saturday, Sept. 16 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park in White Rock.
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. Jupiter and its moons, Saturn with its rings and moons, Uranus and Neptune will potentially be visible during the evening.
There will be a tour of the summer and fall constellations, the Milky Way, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

‘Forming Fearless Women Of Faith’ Women’s Retreat At IHM Saturday, Oct. 14

on September 10, 2017 - 6:35am
Sonja Corbitt is the featured speaker at a special spiritual retreat designed just for women Saturday, Oct. 14 at IHM. Courtesy photo
IHM News:
Popular Catholic author and speaker Sonja Corbitt is the featured speaker at a special spiritual retreat designed just for women in Los Alamos. Centered on the timely topic of "Forming Fearless Women of Faith", the retreat 8-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall at 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
The retreat is limited to 100 women and tickets are $30 advance sale only.
Corbitt is the author of three

Monster The Bearded Dragon Has Passed On

on September 9, 2017 - 6:10am
Monster the bearded dragon, the beloved second grade class pet at Pinon Elementary School celebrates his birthday. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

It is with sincerest sorrow that we announce the passing of Pinon School’s beloved second grade class pet, Monster, the bearded dragon.

As a youngster, Monster will be remembered for amazing students with his escape artist skills, climbing the walls and ceiling, observing students work from the ceiling fan and dive bombing onto visitors.

In his more mature years, he is remembered for being a patient and encouraging audience for student readers, for

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Sept. 12

on September 8, 2017 - 4:32pm
Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is Sept. 12. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Tuesday, Sept. 12, is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center! Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.
Mark your calendars; the second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. Next month’s Family Night is Oct. 10.
For more information about

Catholicism Invites You…

on September 8, 2017 - 4:30pm

IHM News:

Ever considered seriously of becoming Catholic, or simply learning more about what Catholics believe and profess in their mission/desire to follow Jesus Christ? Weekly classes begin on Sunday, Sept. 10 at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road. Entering the faith is a personal, life-changing decision, and these classes help you discern your readiness in making this life’s commitment.

These RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions are held each Sunday morning from 10:45 to 12:15; other arrangements may be made if necessary.

Los Alamos Historical Society Celebrates Ranch School’s 100th Birthday

on September 8, 2017 - 7:59am
Courtesy of the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives, Carson Collection.


If Fuller Lodge, the stunning upright log building that served as the Los Alamos Ranch School dining hall, had not been here, you probably wouldn’t be reading this now in a news outlet called the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Had the Ranch School not had infrastructure like running water, electricity, and housing for incoming scientists, your family may never have come up to this high plateau, much less settled here.

We know that most of our community is here because of the Manhattan Project and the

Key Club Curb Painting Fundraiser Saturday

on September 8, 2017 - 7:27am
This Saturday, Sept. 9, the Los Alamos High School Key Club will be holding a curb-painting fundraiser. Members will go door to door asking for donations and painting the address of each house on the curb. Donations are not required, but the suggested donation is $10 and the highly recommended donation is $20. The money collected from the fundraiser will go towards sending members of Key Club to leadership conferences and will provide money for future service projects. If anyone would like their curb painted, we suggest they email us at with their address so that we

PEEC’s Geology Program For Kids Continues This Year

on September 8, 2017 - 7:25am
PEEC News:
Youth ages 6 to 10 will love exploring geology at the Los Alamos Nature Center in the Pebble Pups program, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
This program helps kids embark on a journey to learn about rocks, fossils, and local geology through active games and activities with Patrick Rowe of the Los Alamos Geological Society Denise Matthews, an experienced Pajarito Environmental Center (PEEC) Educator. The Pebble Pups school-year program meets one Tuesday a month and is perfect for new or returning Pebble Pups members.
Pebble Pups program

$9 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Education Department For 232 Violations Of IPRA Law

on September 8, 2017 - 7:20am
RGB News:
Los Ranchos book publisher, Barbe Awalt, Senior Partner of LPD Press/Rio Grande Books (RGB), has filed a third lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department and NMPED Custodian of Records, Beverly Friedman, for $9,427,800.
The lawsuit, filed in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, asserts that New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and Beverly Friedman, violated the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) in 199 "3-day" letters by putting the wrong wording on the letters and 33 letters that were completely missing.
The wording is very

Final Painting Class With Artist Lisa Coddington Sept. 21

on September 8, 2017 - 7:10am
Hummingbird and Wild Four O'clocks by Lisa Coddington. 
PEEC News:
Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on painting colorful, fall leaves at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels. The workshop runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life art.
Participants will explore watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals.