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UNM-LA Welcomes New Ceramics Instructor

on August 20, 2018 - 4:24pm
Sharon Brush hand-builds her pieces with stoneware clay, using pinch, coil and slab construction methods. After construction they are sanded smooth, sprayed with layers of slip and terra-sigilatta, burnished, and fired in oxidation to 2200. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is offering two Introduction to Ceramics classes this fall, taught by professional ceramics artist Sharon Brush. ARTS 168: Introduction to Ceramics will meet Tuesdays, with one section meeting 9:30-11:59 a.m., and another section meeting 2-4:30 p.m.

Still Time To Register For Classes At UNM-LA

on August 20, 2018 - 3:52pm

UNM-LA News:

The fall semester at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) starts today, but don't worry! While some classes are filled, seats are available in many courses.

UNM-LA, a branch campus for The University of New Mexico, has an open admissions policy. With an enrollment of more than 1,100 students, UNM-LA student profiles range from high school students and traditional degree-seeking young adults to working adults, veterans and life-long learners.

For students seeking a degree or training for a career, UNM-LA offers 20 Associate Degrees and 10 Certificates.

Dine Like A Black Bear At Nature Center Friday

on August 20, 2018 - 3:35pm

Bear Buffet menu inspired by a black bear’s diet features salmon catered by Pig + Fig, stuffed mushrooms, salads, a variety of desserts and much more, 6 p.m. Friday at the nature center. Courtesy/PEEC

 

PEEC News:

 

Enjoy a meal fit for a black bear Friday at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

 

The Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation and Pajarito Environmental Education Center are hosting the second annual bear buffet as a part of Bear Week. The dinner is 6-8 p.m. and tickets are $40 for PEEC members and $50 for non-members. Only a few tickets remain, so reserve a seat soon at

Educators’ Pension Fund Investments Post Fiscal Year Gains Of More Than $1 Billion

on August 20, 2018 - 3:09pm
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted net investment gains of $1.02 billion for the 2018 fiscal year which ended June 30, 2018.
 
This represents a return of 8.3 percent for the fiscal year, net of investment manager fees. This exceeds the actuarially assumed rate of 7.25 percent. The asset value of the fund was $12.9 billion as of June 30.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management fees, the fund investments returned 7.6 percent over the last

NMHU President Discusses College Upswing

on August 20, 2018 - 12:12pm
Dr. Sam Minner
 
NMHU News:
 
LAS VEGAS, NM New Mexico Highlands is in a much better position moving forward than it was a year ago, said the university’s president.
 
“Things are so very different at the beginning of this academic year,” President Sam Minner told approximately 300 faculty and staff during a welcome back breakfast Aug. 16. “The state of Highlands, from my perspective, is positive overall.”
 
Minner said the biggest challenge Highlands met is achieving full reaccreditation status in July.
 
“Highlands is off of probation thanks to a strong campus wide effort

Neblett & McMahon Of Kokrobitey Institute Aug. 22

on August 20, 2018 - 5:29am
 Founder and Executive Director Renee Neblett of the Kokrobitey Institute
 
WISC News:
 
A WISC Fellows Presentation: Global Art and Philanthropy, sponsored by CCA Santa Fe is 5:30 p.m., Thursday Aug. 22 at CCA Gallery at 1050 Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
 
Women's International Study Center thanks CCA for their generous sponsorship and collaboration in producing this event with us. Register here.
 
For the month of August, the Women's International Study Center will host Renee Neblett and Elise McMahon as Fellows-in-Residence. Join us for a presentation about their work.
 
For over 25

Salon El Zaguán With Rick Hendricks Sept. 12

on August 19, 2018 - 9:10pm
John Gast, American Progress, 1872. Courtesy photo
 
Rick Hendricks
 
HSFF News:
 
Historic Santa Fe Foundation presents the September Salon El Zaguán monthly lecture series with Rick Hendricks on Mexican History in New Mexico.
 
The talk is scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the sala of HSFF offices located at 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe. There is no charge for admission for members and the non-members entry fee is $10. RSVP is required to 505.983.2567 or info@historicsantafe.org. Membership information on our Join & Give page.
 
The US invasion, occupation, and

Robotics Night At Bradbury Science Museum Welcomes Back Sumo Bots 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24

on August 19, 2018 - 8:41pm

BSMA News:

Local robotics groups will demonstrate their robots to the public 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 during Robotics Night at the Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Ave.

This free event is brought to you by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and generously supported by New Mexico Bank & Trust. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the robots used by organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Police Department and the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos.

LAPD School Resource Officers Prepare For New Year

on August 19, 2018 - 6:17pm

Los Alamos High School staff participate in Safety Academy Monday afternoon in the Black Box Theater at LAHS. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross introduces new LAHS School Resource Officer Cpl. Jay Eakins to school staff Monday afternoon. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Community Liaison Sgt.

Public Education Department: School Grades For 2018

on August 19, 2018 - 7:10am

LAPS News:

The Public Education Department (PED) has released the 2018 grades for schools across New Mexico.

The grading system is primarily based upon PED-defined growth in math and reading standardized test scores.

“Overall, we’re pleased with how our schools are doing. This is a reflection of our quality teaching and strong parental support for student success,” said Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. “LAPS also is pleased to see that Los Alamos Middle School increased its score by two letter grades: from a D in 2017 to a B in 2018.”

Grades are primarily based on

Santa Fe Community College Hosts Public Listening Sessions For Presidential Search Sept. 6-7

on August 19, 2018 - 6:35am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College’s Governing Board announces that it will begin the process of seeking a permanent president with a series of free listening sessions open to the public Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 in the SFCC Board Room 223 on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The public is invited to attend one of the following listening sessions:
  • Thursday, Sept. 6: noon to 1 p.m., 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.; and,
  • Friday, Sept. 7: 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m.
 
Governing Board member Martha Romero announced at SFCC’s recent Convocation welcome address to faculty and students that the

House Democrats Urge UNM To Come To The Table Before Making Final Sports Cuts Decision

on August 19, 2018 - 6:32am
Rep. Javier Martínez, Mayor Tim Keller and other community leaders Thursday at UNM. Courtesy photo
 
NMDP News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Rep. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) joined Mayor Tim Keller and other community leaders Thursday to urge UNM to bring to the Legislature alternate solutions for the proposed sports cuts before making any final decisions.
 

 

“I represent people in this district, in this community, and people across this state for whom soccer and athletics have become a pathway out of poverty, a pathway into jobs, and a pathway to alleviate some of the social ills we deal with

New Mexico State Police Arrest High School Teacher For Illegal Relations With Female Students

on August 18, 2018 - 8:56am
James Dee Coulter
 
NMSP News:
 
AZTEC New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted in June by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to investigate evidence resulting from a licensure investigation, which indicated that an Aztec High School teacher had an illegal sexual relationship with at least one female high school student.
 
The evidence and statements turned over by PED indicated that high school math and philosophy teacher James Dee Coulter, 31, of Aztec had an illicit sexual relationship with at least one 17-year-old female student.
 
The New Mexico

Upcoming Events At New Mexico Historic Sites

on August 18, 2018 - 5:50am
Front of Fort Stanton Hospital built in 1936. Courtesy photo
 
NMHS News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Historic Sites offer a place to experience history where it happened. The following events are planned at the sites during the remainder of 2018.
 
Dig Giusewa 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 6
Jemez Historic Site, 18160 N.M. 4, Jemez Springs
 
Explore the ruins of Giusewa Pueblo with archaeologists from New Mexico Historic Sites and Native American tribal members from Jemez Pueblo.

Science On Tap: Sensor Diagnosis Of Infectious Diseases – The Need For Speed Aug. 20

on August 18, 2018 - 5:26am
Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland
 
SCIENCE ON TAP:
 
The next Science On Tap, “Sensor Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: The Need for Speed” is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 at UnQuarked - The Wine at 145 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
 
Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recognizing the global health threat from drug-resistant bacterial infections, have developed a rapid diagnostic tool that promises to revolutionize the way hospitals test for infection.
 
Join Jessica Kubicek-Sutherland, with the Lab’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, for a discussion about

Explore Cub’s Life As Bear Week Kicks Off Aug. 21

on August 18, 2018 - 5:21am
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn about the life of black bear cubs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak will give this free presentation about the trials and tribulations of a young black bear’s life to kick off Bear Week at the nature center.
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation are hosting a series of events throughout the week, culminating with Bear Festival Saturday, Aug. 25.
 
In this talk, called “A Cub’s Life,” Ratajczak will give an overview of a black bear

LAHS Announces Athletic Hall Of Fame 2018 Inductees

on August 17, 2018 - 8:53am
LAHS News:
 
Individuals who will be inducted into the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame include:
  • Elisa Bonner;
  • Jim Higgins;
  • Eric Boland;
  • Steve Kraemer;
  • Mark Morris; and,
  • Alex Kirk.
 
The induction will be included in the Homecoming weekend festivities Sept. 28-29.

LAPS: First Day Of School Update

on August 17, 2018 - 7:57am
By KURT STEINHAUS
LAPS Superintendent
 
On the first day of school, we welcomed 3,737 students to the 2018-2019 school year for the Los Alamos Public Schools.
 
Enrollment is on an upward trend. We are fortunate to have a highly-qualified teacher in all classrooms. In addition, every school has at least one guidance counselor, nurse and resource specialist.
 
Safety University was held last week to help prepare for the start of school.

Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Aug. 24-26

on August 17, 2018 - 6:53am
Courtesy/NHCC
 
Courtesy/NHCC
 
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center is again partnering with Guanábana Productions on Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival 2018, an unforgettable weekend of instruction, workshops, lectures, films and dancing under the stars.
 
This year, the festival returns to its roots with the theme "Home Is Where the Art Is!," highlighting all that New Mexico has, all that it does, and all that it is.
 
Events at the Center are scheduled Aug. 24-26; for tickets to the main Saturday night concert Aug.

PEEC: Explore Dark Matter At Planetarium Friday

on August 16, 2018 - 10:38pm
Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Unearth the mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy this weekend at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. At 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17 Galen Gisler will give a talk called “The Dark Side of the Universe” that will explore these phenomena. The following day, the nature center will show the full-dome film “Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter” to dive further into this fascinating subject.
 
Astrophysicists and cosmologists attempt to understand the universe by studying the radiation that comes to us from outer space.

UNM-LA: Study Classics With Dr. Hans-Peder Hanson

on August 16, 2018 - 4:08pm

Dr. Hans-Peder Hanson at the Coliseum in Rome. Hanson will teach Roman Civilization and Greek Mythology at UNM-LA during the fall semester. Courtesy/Hans Hanson

UNM-LA News:

UNM-LA is pleased to welcome Dr. Hans-Peder Hanson a core faculty member in Classics and as the Program Coordinator in General Studies. Hanson earned his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Washington, with a focus on ancient Greek and Latin literature. He also teaches Latin at Los Alamos High School.

Hanson enjoys providing classroom instruction, and encouraging the students to consider things from different

Scenes From First Day Of School This Morning

on August 16, 2018 - 9:47am

A bus deposits students for their first day of school this morning at Los Alamos High School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School Principal Carter Pane welcomes students this morning on their first day of the 2018-19 school year. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Students check the schedule on their first day of school this morning at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

A students checks her schedule on the first day of school this morning at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee Honors 2018 Scholarship Winners

on August 16, 2018 - 8:30am
Front row. from left, Emily TenCate, mentor; Lawrence Mirabal and Ashlyn Vigil, scholarship winners; Samantha Jones, keynote speaker. Back row from left, Tenisha Williams, mentor; Junseo Kim and Matilde Jacobson, scholarship winners; Benigno Sandoval and Ayobami Shoyinka, mentors; Matthew Quintana, scholarship winner. Not pictured, David Gao, Zoe Hemez, Phillip Martin, Benjamin Rees, Priyanka Velappan. Photo by Chris Hazard
 
JROMC News:
 
The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) honored its 2018 scholarship winners and their parents Aug.

McQuiston: School Safety Saves Lives

on August 15, 2018 - 3:07pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

It’s back to school time. For many of us parents, we say, thank God.

This is also the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians and school buses.

Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely. Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential

School Safety Forum Aug. 30

on August 15, 2018 - 8:43am

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