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Hike Kitchen Mesa At Ghost Ranch Saturday

on October 15, 2018 - 12:40pm

Hike Kitchen Mesa Trail at Ghost Ranch with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers. Meet the group at 8 a.m., Saturday at the nature center to carpool to Ghost Ranch. Courtesy photo


PEEC News:


Hike Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 20 with Bill Priedhorsky of the Los Alamos Mountaineers.


The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is partnering with the Mountaineers to offer this outing. Kitchen Mesa is a beautiful gypsum-capped high point that stands above the headquarters of Ghost Ranch. Space is limited for this hike and registration is required.


FBI: Founder/Former Administrator Of Public Charter Schools In Albuquerque Sentenced To 60 Months For Theft, Fraud And False Statements Charges

on October 15, 2018 - 11:51am

FBI News:
  • David Scott Glasrud also Ordered to Pay $3 Million in Restitution

ALBUQUERQUE – Senior U.S. District Judge James A. Parker today sentenced David Scott Glasrud, 51, the former administrator of Southwest Learning Centers in Albuquerque to 60 months of imprisonment for his conviction on federal theft, fraud and false statement charges arising out of a nearly 15-year scheme to defraud the public charter schools he founded out of millions of dollars.

Glasrud was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

Free Film Sponsored By Los Alamos Chapter Of Hadassah: Challah Rising In The Desert

on October 15, 2018 - 8:55am

Challah Rising in the Desert film poster. Courtesy/Hadassah


Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico celebrates the history and people of New Mexico’s unique Jewish community. A special screening of this feature documentary will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Reel Deal Theater. 

The screening is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah. The movie is free to attend, but donations for medical research at Hadassah Hospital in Israel are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the film.

In the new feature documentary, braided Challah bread

AAUW Hosts Panel Discussion Led By Kristy Nadler On Violence Against Women On Campus

on October 15, 2018 - 7:28am
AAUW News:
The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites the community to attend a panel discussion led by Kristy Nadler on Violence Against Women on Campus.
The discussion is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Jeannette Wallace Hall, Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos.

LAPS Issues Information On Delayed Start, School Cancellation And Early Dismissal Due To Snow

on October 14, 2018 - 6:21pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent's Desk:

This message contains information about delayed start, school cancellation, or early dismissal due to snow or ice for the Los Alamos Public Schools.

With today's winter storm warning, LAPS has tuned-up all snow removal equipment and we have a crew reporting early Monday morning.  

Announcements, usually by 5:30 a.m., will be sent via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger, and information lines.

  • Aspen Elementary 663-2277
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary 663-2732
  • Chamisa Elementary 663-2472
  • Mountain

Barranca Elementary School Construction Update

on October 14, 2018 - 6:33am

Construction and remodeling is well under way, on time and on budget at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Joyce Haven

Rendering of how Barranca Mesa Elementary School will look in 2020. Photo by Joyce Haven

LAPS News:

The construction and remodeling of Barranca Mesa Elementary School is well under way, on budget and on schedule.

This project is managed by Los Alamos Public Schools, and the main construction contractor is Bradbury Stamm, who has been in business for more than 90 years.

Los Alamos Public Schools has allocated $10 million in bond funds for reconstruction at


Santa Fe Community College Closes For Employee Professional Development Conference Oct. 19

on October 14, 2018 - 5:12am

SFCC News:

No college services or classes available

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College will not offer any services or classes Friday, Oct. 19, while faculty and staff participate in a campus-wide Professional Development Conference.

The conference is one of the initiatives of the college to continue to provide ways to support SFCC students in achieving their educational goals. Kids Campus, La Familia and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will remain open.

Throughout the year, SFCC offers a number of ways to stay notified about weather- and holiday-related delays, cancellations,


Meeting The Needs Of The Whole Student

on October 14, 2018 - 4:59am

Barranca 6th graders in small groups on a field trip Oct. 3 to the Youth Activity Center. Courtesy photo

Barranca 6th grade students participate in small groups on an Oct. 3 field trip to provide an intensive, half-day bonding experience at the Youth Activity Center. 


Barranca Mesa Elementary School teachers Mrs. McGrane and Mrs. Juliani, have been working for the last six years to address the needs of the whole student in 5th and 6th grade. 

Students at this level begin to feel immense stress and pressure to achieve and succeed.

LAPS Board Meeting Summary For Oct. 9

on October 13, 2018 - 9:36am

During the Oct 9 school board meeting, LAPS Foundation Executive Director Laura Loy recognizes teachers Ted Adkins and Eric Beckstead for completing their dossiers and advancement to level 2 licensure. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education met for a regular school board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Brief summary of what was discussed:

Board President Jenny McCumber began the meeting by welcoming the new student liaisons who will serve for the 2018-19 school year.

Girls Discovery Workshop Grades 6-9 Oct. 20

on October 12, 2018 - 5:58am

Jemez Historic Site Star Party Features Talk About Ancient Pueblo Connection Oct. 13

on October 12, 2018 - 5:55am
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Village of Jemez Springs is continuing its efforts to be known as a Dark Sky destination by co-hosting a Star Party for the first time with Jemez Historic Site, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, courtesy of The Albuquerque Astronomy Society (TAAS).
An instructional coordinator from Jemez Pueblo will share stories of ancient beliefs about astronomical objects and the Pueblo’s connection to the land.
The talk is 7:30 p.m., and repeated at 9 p.m.
“This is Jemez Springs’ second Star Party and the first for the Jemez Historic Site, so we are

New Position For Engineering Faculty At UNM-LA

on October 11, 2018 - 4:13pm

Aerial view of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is recruiting for a new faculty position in engineering. The ideal candidate would be interested in instructing and inspiring the next generation of engineers and available for a half-time position.

Most students are interested in either mechanical or electrical engineering as they pursue their Pre-Engineering degree requirements.


YACs Host Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

on October 11, 2018 - 8:04am

YAC News:

The Los Alamos and White Rock Youth Activity Centers (YAC) are hosting a poster contest for Red Ribbon Week.

‘Life is your journey, travel drug free’, is the theme for 2018. 

Posters can be dropped off at either center for a chance to win gift cards. Questions can be directed to 505.662.9412.

Los Alamos High School Students And Staff ‘Stand For The Banned And The Freedom To Read’

on October 11, 2018 - 7:24am

Topper Librarian Shannon Seitz and LAHS Student Placement Specialist Susan Segler came up with the idea of the reading marathon. They were inspired by the virtual read-out proposed on the American Library Association website. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

“Stand for the Banned and the Freedom to Read” was the motto last week in the Los Alamos High School Topper Library as students, staff and administration read books that have been challenged nationwide.

According to Topper Librarian Shannon Seitz, “There were 250 participants who together logged 93 hours and 45 minutes of time reading


Science On Tap: Honey, Have You Seen My CubeSat?

on October 10, 2018 - 3:51pm

Rebecca Holmes

projectY cowork News:

Join the next Science On Tap, presented by the Los Alamos Creative District and the Bradbury Science Museum, Monday, Oct., 15 for a discussion with Rebecca Holmes on CubeSats.

The On Tap series starts at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room and is free and open to the public.

Originally designed in 1999 by professors at Stanford and Cal Poly, CubeSats are miniature, short-lived satellites traditionally launched into low Earth orbit. This summer a pair was deployed on a mission to Mars aboard the stationary lander, InSight.

CubeSats initial purpose was to

Bring A Friend To PEEC-nic Sunday

on October 10, 2018 - 3:36pm

The Los Alamos Nature Center hosts PEEC-nic 1-3 p.m. Sunday. This annual membership appreciation picnic is open to the public and includes a variety of special activities. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center celebrates the community with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s annual membership appreciation event, “PEEC-nic”, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

This event is open to the public and a great opportunity to learn more about PEEC and membership benefits, enjoy a variety of fun activities and dine on delicious desserts made by PEEC’s board members.

Bring a

Help Improve Quemazon Trail Oct. 20

on October 9, 2018 - 1:45pm

Join PEEC and SFNF for a fall trail workday Saturday, Oct. 20 on Quemazon Trail. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Improve our public lands by joining a team of volunteers, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Santa Fe National Forest for a fall trail workday Saturday, Oct. 20. Volunteers will help fix erosion issues, clear brush and check dams on Quemazon Trail. Pre-registration is required to volunteer for this project.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center to carpool to the trailhead and return by 2 p.m.

Paleontologists Converge On Albuquerque On National Fossil Day With Keynote Speaker Steve Brusatte

on October 9, 2018 - 6:51am
Bisti Beast (Bistahieversor sealeyi) Skull. Courtesy/NMMNHS
Miocene Gomphotherium skull being prepared. Courtesy/NMMNHS
ALBUQUERQUE A world-class repository for fossils, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s latest exhibition Back to Bones: New Mexico’s Links to the Pastfeaturing rarely seen specimens from the permanent collection is on display to greet the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Oct. 17-20, in Albuquerque.
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is an international organization of scientists and other

LAHS Choirs Pumpkin Patch Returns Through Oct. 31

on October 8, 2018 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos High School Choir students from left, Adalee Witt, Natalia DeBardeleben and Haley Capon stand ready to assist customers Sunday afternoon at the annual Fall Pumpkin Patch in the parking lot at 1100 4th St., where Trinity, East Road and Central meet. The Patch runs through Oct. 31 and is typically open 3:30 p.m. until dark Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. until dark and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit the LAHS Choir Program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Scene from the annual LAHS Choirs Fall Pumpkin Patch Sunday

SFCC Announces Commencement Ceremony For EPA Grant Job-Training Program Participants

on October 8, 2018 - 6:29pm
 SFCC News:
A graduation ceremony for EPA grant job-training program participants is 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 12, at Biowall atrium area in the Health and Sciences Building, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
A video of the Spill Drill Exercise will be presented by Kody Productions. The program will have 18 graduates: Four women (22 percent), 14 men (78 percent). Regional dignitaries have been invited to attend.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Of Note: Graduates will receive certifications in the following: Forklift Operator, Solid

Capt. Billy Cooper Of Los Alamos Awarded His Wings

on October 8, 2018 - 5:18pm

LAHS graduate Billy Cooper was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings at a ceremony Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Courtesy photo

Capt. Billy Cooper with his 5th grade teacher at Barranca Mesa, Tammy Hinckley and her spouse Rick, who attended his ceremony. Courtesy photo


Billy Cooper, a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School, was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings in a special ceremony Friday, Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He also has been selected for the rank of Captain.

Cooper’s 5th grade teacher at Barranca Mesa Tammy Hinckley and her

Scenes From A Taste Of Knowledge

on October 8, 2018 - 7:55am

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation held its annual major fundraiser ‘A Taste of Knowledge’ Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Pig + Fig Café in White Rock. This year’s event broke all previous records and Executive Director Laura Loy shared her appreciation to all who attended. ‘On behalf of the Board of Directors of the LAPS Foundation, I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for supporting our Taste of Knowledge,’ Loy said. ‘Thanks to you and your incredible generosity, the Foundation raised $42,000 for our schools!

UNM-LA Hosts Youth Piano Competition Oct. 13-14

on October 7, 2018 - 8:11am
Youngest Level Entrants from 2017, Emily Xu (left), John Kang, Naoki Li, Taykua Li, Matthea Fung and Tate Plohr. Courtesy photo
Astrid Groth
UNM-LA News:
The UNM-LA campus will host a significant New Mexico youth piano competition 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, when 15 regional New Mexico contestants ranging in age from seven to 14 years old descend on the campus from Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Las Vegas.
The Los Alamos public is cordially invited to attend both the competition and to hear the winners of the competition when they present a Winner’s Recital at 2 p.m.,

Learning Takes Flight At Barranca Elementary

on October 6, 2018 - 4:50am

Learning takes flight: Students in Ms. Waidler’s 5th grade Science and Social Studies class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School have been learning about water, weather and the science behind balloon flight. After quickly taking attendance, Ms. Waidler handed students their carefully constructed tissue paper hot air balloons. Students held them gently as they made their way down to the grassy field. There Ms. Waidler set up the burner device and selected the first balloon. With the help of parent volunteers, the balloon inflated and took flight. The students cheered and ran after the balloon.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Oct. 12 & 26

on October 6, 2018 - 4:41am
JJAB News:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training-openings available to the community!
The Los Alamos JJAB has space available in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training taking place Friday, Oct. 12 or Friday, Oct. 26.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, nationally recognized and accredited course that teaches adults who work with youth how to identify symptoms of different types of mental illness. As with any first aid class, there is an action plan to help a youth in crisis.