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NM Association Of Museums Names ‘Penstemon Whisperer’ Larry Deaven Volunteer Of The Year

on October 20, 2019 - 8:35am

Larry Deaven, center, is honored as Volunteer of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Museums for his work in the penstemon gardens at the Los Alamos Nature Center. PEEC staff gathered Sept. 24 at the awards event with Deaven, from left, Marketing Manager Rachel Landman, Executive Director Katie Bruell, Deaven, Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel and Adventure Programs Manager Beth Cortright. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC volunteer Larry Deaven, a.k.a. ‘The Penstemon Whisperer’, has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years and began gardening in 2015 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Letter To The Editor: Vote For David Hampton, A New Voice And Vision For UNM-LA

on October 20, 2019 - 7:30am
Los Alamos

I ask the community to vote David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board, position 3. We need new and fresh voices at the table to move our community forward. 

I certainly appreciate his vision to push UNM-LA towards becoming a 4-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) university. We keep losing our brightest and best students to out-of-state colleges, and a local 4-year college par excellence could encourage them to stay.

There would be stubborn resistance from UNM Main Campus, of course, so this initiative would require strong community support

American Federation Of Teachers Congratulates University Of New Mexico Faculty On Vote To Unionize

on October 19, 2019 - 10:47am
AFT News:
ALBUQUERQUE — A decisive majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico voted for a union this week in a historic election victory overseen by the UNM Labor Management Relations Board, with votes counted this afternoon.
Two UNM bargaining units consisting of more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty across five campuses—UNM’s main campus, in Albuquerque; UNM-Gallup; UNM-Los Alamos; UNM-Taos; and UNM-Valencia—voted by a 70 percent margin to join the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.
The victory marks the

LANL Waste Management Services Group Leader Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Monday Oct. 28

on October 19, 2019 - 9:42am

VOLA News:


Voices of Los Alamos is hosting its next meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

Guest Speaker Steven Singledecker will present a talk on Los Alamos National Laboratory waste shipments to offsite disposal facilities.

Singledecker is the Waste Management Services Group Leader at LANL and has more than 29 years of experience in the waste management industry. He also worked at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Los Alamos Public Safety Association Awards Scholarships To UNM-LA Students Giron And Talachy

on October 19, 2019 - 8:57am

The Los Alamos Public Safety Association presented $500 scholarship awards to Eric Giron and Heaven Talachy Thursday at the Los Alamos Fire Administration Building on Central Avenue. Chosen from a pool of seven applicants, Giron is studying Fire Science and Talachy is studying Public Safety at UNM-LA. Giron receives a challenge coin and $500 scholarship from Deputy Chief and LAPSA President Steve Dewald, one of his teachers in the Fire Science Program at UNM-LA. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ 

LAFD Deputy Chief and LAPSA President Steve Dawald presents a challenge coin and $500

2019 Girls Discovery Workshop At UNM-LA Nov. 2

on October 19, 2019 - 7:42am
UNM-LA News:
Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in a day of empowerment and inspiration 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at UNM-LA.
This year’s free workshop will include interactive sessions on topics such as self-defense, healthy relationships, Roller Derby, non-traditional sports, expressing culture/diversity through art, being a good social media citizen, dance, and so much more. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, along with giveaways and the chance to win prizes.
Additional information and online registration are available at

UWNNM And LACF Invite Nonprofits To Learn How To Become Part Of Biggest Giving Day Of The Year

on October 19, 2019 - 7:34am
LACF News:
Last year more than 140 New Mexico nonprofits participated in #GivingTuesdayNM and leveraged the power of collaboration to raise more than $2 million for their organizations. This year the biggest giving day of the year is Dec. 3.
United Way of Northern New Mexico and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are sponsoring an information session for local nonprofits with GTNM Coordinator Morgan O'Donnell.
The event is 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Wallace Hall (Room 505) in Building 5 at UNM-LA. Nonprofits are invited to attend and learn how to become part of

Chamisa ‘Best Of State’ In Scholastic Reading Challenge

on October 18, 2019 - 5:08pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, back row left, with staff and members of the Los Alamos Masonic Lodge celebrate the top readers in the 2019 Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge who each received bicycles from the Masonic Lodge. Courtesy photo 

Chamisa Elementary School students and staff with their 2019 ‘Best of State’ Scholastic ad-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge banner. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock is the “Best of State” winner of the Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge.

Chamisa students read the most minutes

Mandi Torrez Of Bernalillo Public Schools Named 2020 New Mexico Teacher Of The Year

on October 18, 2019 - 10:30am

New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart surprises Mandi Torrez today in her classroom at Placitas Elementary in Bernalillo announcing she is the 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Courtesy photo


New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart makes surprise announcement at Placitas Elementary in Bernalillo

BERNALILLO—New Mexico Public Education Secretary-Designate Ryan Stewart announced today the selection of Mandi Torrez from Bernalillo Public Schools as the 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made during a

Los Alamos High School Alumni Challenges Have Raised More Than $16,000 To Date

on October 18, 2019 - 8:21am

Class of 1989 at their reunion in August. Courtesy/LAPSF


Class of 1969 at their reunion in September. Courtesy/LAPSF

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation News:

Members of the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) class of 1989 have started a new tradition, and they have issued a cordial fundraising challenge to other graduating classes.

During the 1989 reunion in August, besides the usual social events, the class undertook a fundraiser in which they raised more than $10,000 for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

Letter To The Editor: Time To Improve Our More Than 50 Year Old White Rock Schools

on October 18, 2019 - 7:52am


Principal, Chamisa Elementary School

I have the pleasure of becoming  the next principal at Chamisa Elementary School.

It has been a truly amazing experience. The community culture is one of the best aspects of Chamisa. Our community is what makes Chamisa unique. Chamisa Elementary School’s culture is entwined with the community.

The culture of Chamisa has stood the test of time. It’s now time to enhance the culture of Chamisa with structural upgrades.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools have stood relatively unchanged for over 50 years.

Rotary: Espanola Y Teen Center Director Sandoval

on October 18, 2019 - 7:40am

Ben Sandoval, director of the YMCA Teen Center in Espanola, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Team Intergalactic, the students from the YMCA who traveled to China in July to compete in the Entrepreneurial Challenge Category of the RoboRAVE International robotics competition. The project had to show an application for improving conditions in the world. Sandoval and three students of the eight-person team were able to travel to Guangdong with their project, a robotic, programmable solar-and-wind-powered irrigation system on a track, which had already won at regional levels.

In And Around Town: Oct. 18, 2019

on October 18, 2019 - 7:08am


 In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to

FRIDAY Oct. 18

Tour of the Milky Way Galaxy

Explore the mysterious and beautiful objects of the Milky Way Galaxy at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. Astronomer Dan Reisenfeld will take attendees on a tour of many unique objects in the Milky Way, show them the galaxy at wavelengths invisible to the eye and explore the ultimate fate of the Milky Way Galaxy at this talk.

LAHS Graduate And U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Aban Jebbanema Shares Experience With NJROTC Students

on October 17, 2019 - 3:32pm

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Aban Jebbanema spent four years in the NJROTC program at Los Alamos High School and graduated in 2004. He returned today to LAHS to speak to students enrolled in the NJROTC program, lead drills and share his experience. Following graduation in 2004, Chief Jebbanema spent two years studying at UNM in Albuquerque before entering the U.S. Navy where he has served for 12.5 years. He is preparing for his fourth deployment aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), which is the fourth Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier in the United States Navy.

University Of Arizona Astronomer Receives Packard Fellowship To Pursue Black Hole Research

on October 17, 2019 - 8:35am
Astronomer Peter Behroozi
UA News:
TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona astronomer Peter Behroozi was selected by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, which comes with a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue research.
This year’s class of fellows features 22 early-career scientists and engineers. The Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used.
Since 1988, the program has supported the blue-sky

PEEC: Uncover Secrets Of Milky Way Friday Oct. 18

on October 17, 2019 - 7:46am
Uncover the secrets of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 with Dan Reisenfeld. Then, watch the new full-dome film Superpower Dogsat 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct.19. Courtesy/PEEC
Watch the new full-dome film Superpower Dogsat 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, brought to Los Alamos by local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Explore the mysterious and beautiful objects of the Milky Way Galaxy at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.
Astronomer Dan Reisenfeld will take attendees on

LAHS Student Leaders Target Teen Suicide

on October 17, 2019 - 6:42am
The LAHS RAPS Leadership Team. Courtesy photo
Members of LAHS Natural Helpers and RAPS Leadership team Oct. 3 presenting to the Community Health Council. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos High School Risk and Resiliency Assessment Project for Students (RAPS) Team Leaders and Natural Helpers led a Community Conversation to address the signs of sadness, self-harm and suicide in youth, Sept. 24 at UNM-Los Alamos and gave a presentation Oct. 3 to the Los Alamos Community Health Council.

“The Community Conversation was designed to

Letter To The Editor: SGR Endorses Christine Bernstein

on October 17, 2019 - 6:32am
Commissioner of Public Lands
I voted today!
But unfortunately, because of my district, I didn’t get to vote for one of my favorite candidates for school board. However, if you live in District 3, you have the chance to vote for Christine Bernstein for LAPS School Board.
I first met Christine when we were both teachers at Pojoaque Schools. She is an innovative, committed and passionate high school teacher and I know she will bring just as much energy to the school board as she does to the classroom.

Local Union Endorses Board Candidates And Supports Los Alamos Public Schools Bond

on October 16, 2019 - 3:26pm


The Los Alamos Federation of School Employee’s Committee on Political Education voted unanimously to endorse Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert for the Los Alamos School Board.

This group of union volunteers voted to endorse Christine Bernstein in the District 3 race. Bernstein has been an educator for more than 20 years and is a teacher in Pojoaque. She is dedicated to helping school staff feel supported in trying new ideas to help our students be the best they can be, and would bring the perspective of a teacher who is currently serving in the classroom.


Topper Marching Band Practices At Sullivan Field

on October 16, 2019 - 9:11am

Los Alamos High School Marching Band Tuesday at Sullivan Field practicing for a New Mexico wide competition, namely the Zia Marching Band Fiesta, which will take place Saturday at UNM Stadium in Albuquerque. Photo by Ken Hanson

Percussion section. Photo by Ken Hanson

Brass section on the move. Photo by Ken Hanson

Guard flags. Photo by Ken Hanson

Final cord. Photo by Ken Hanson

Post-practice review. Photo by Ken Hanson

Pongratz: After-School Programs Are Next Education Push

on October 16, 2019 - 9:03am
Los Alamos School Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)

Kudos to New Mexico’s Lt. Gov. Howie Morales! In an Op Ed in last Sunday’s Albuquerque Journal (link) he wrote of the benefits of Out-of-School Time informal education.

He wrote, “Across our state, many thousands of kids are alone and unsupervised – or engaging in risky behaviors – between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. while parents are still at work.

Bellevue University Joins SF Higher Education Center

on October 15, 2019 - 4:37pm
SFCC News:
SANTA FE Santa Fe Higher Education Center announces the partnership with Bellevue University to provide new pathways to higher education for residents of northern New Mexico.
To celebrate the new partnership, Bellevue University’s local Relationship Manager Mark Wood will host a grand opening and information session at 10 a.m. until noon Oct. 17 in the Campus Center at the Santa Fe Community College campus, 6401 Richards Avenue.
Students who attend the grand opening event can enter to win one of two $1,000 grants, which can be applied to a degree at Bellevue

Northern New Mexico Youth Summit 2019 Wednesday Oct. 23

on October 15, 2019 - 4:31pm

SFCC Halloween Extravaganza Oct. 31

on October 15, 2019 - 3:34pm
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College is hosting a Halloween Extravaganza 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at SFCC in the Main Hallway of the campus at 6401 Richards Ave.
This is a safe Trick or Treating event for the entire community.
This event also is alcohol and smoke-free event, no weapons are allowed, real or fake and no masks are allowed at this free event, sponsored by SFCC’s Office of Student Development.
Call 505.428.1686 for information.