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Local Couple Establishes Community Endowment Fund For UNM-Los Alamos

on March 15, 2018 - 8:35am

UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney, Community Endowment for UNM-LA donors Pat Soran and Ann Hayes, and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Steve Boerigter met Friday in Dr. Cindy Rooney’s office at UNM-LA to discuss the new Community Endowment for UNM-LA. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA

Pat Soran and Ann Hayes established an endowed donor designated fund, the Community Endowment for UNM-LA, through the Los Alamos Community Foundation. They signed the papers Friday to make it official. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA
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Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For Washington Office

on March 15, 2018 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C., office. 

For more information and to apply for an internship,  visit During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer internship sessions: May 29 to June 29 and July 2 to Aug.

Community Learns About Polaris Charter School

on March 14, 2018 - 6:56pm
LAPS Teachers Scott Johnson, center, and Amy Bartlett-Gaunt, right, discuss the Polaris Charter School with community members Saturday at a local residence. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 
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Retired LAPS teacher Sharon Allen opened her home Saturday afternoon to the community and committee members developing the Polaris Charter School.
The purpose of the informal meeting was to help attendees better understand the proposed charter school and answer their questions.
Committee members who attended the

UNM-LA Invites Public To Screening Of PBS Point Of View Film On Diversity In The U.S. Monday

on March 14, 2018 - 6:14pm

UNM-LA News: 

  • UNM-LA Begins Documentary Film Festival on Ethnic Diversity in the U.S.

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell will screen the PBS film “All the Difference” at noon Monday, March 19.

In conjunction with her class AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity, Mitchell is screening three different PBS Point of View films; each provides an in-depth look at the lives of people outside of the stereotypical American norm. Local community members are invited to attend the screenings and are welcome to stay for class discussions after the films

“All the Difference”

LAHS Shows Solidarity To Florida High School

on March 14, 2018 - 5:02pm

Students and staff, Los Alamos Public School administrators, community members and organizations such as the League of Women Voters participated in a school walkout this morning at Los Alamos High School. The walkout was to show solidarity to the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and to voice support for ending violence in schools.

Aspen Elementary School Spring Fling Carnival Friday

on March 14, 2018 - 10:51am
The community is invited to Aspen Elementary School's Annual Spring Fling Carnival, which is slated for 4:30-7:30 p.m., Friday.
​An exciting evening is planned, full of fun and food as well as the famous Spring Fling cake walk and silent auction.
​Items for the silent auction include: the chance to have DK & the Affordables play for your private party, a private wine tasting from Total WIne & More for you and your friends or someone to come and clean your house. There will be more than 100 items or certificates for you to bid on.
​Pyramid Cafe will have

Superintendent Accepts One-Year Contract Extension

on March 14, 2018 - 9:28am

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus accepts a one-year extension to his contract at Tuesday evening's regular school board meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




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Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus accepted a contract extension of a year Tuesday evening during the school board’s regular meeting.

The extension grants Steinhaus the maximum allowed by law, which is three years and approved an increase in compensation at the same percentage given to other staff.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Stands In Solidarity With Students Calling For Action On Gun Violence

on March 14, 2018 - 8:36am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this morning in support of students calling for action on gun violence:

“Like so many Americans, I have been deeply moved by the high school students and young people across the nation who have spoken out after losing classmates and friends to gun violence and are demanding that lawmakers take action to prevent future tragedies.

“It’s unacceptable that students and teachers are afraid to go to class each morning after the terrifying

LAPS Foundation Board Member Observes Piñon Teachers Collaborating To Improve Student Outcomes

on March 14, 2018 - 7:43am
Members of the Piñon book group, from left, Whitney Holland, Marianne Wallin, Barbara Kress, Kati Steinberg, Karen Forsyth, Mandy Ferran and Jo Mazuranich. Not pictured is Andrea Weems. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
Teachers collaborating together has been shown to improve student outcomes and teacher happiness.
The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation helps facilitate this important work by providing book grants to LAPS teachers twice annually. One such grant was awarded recently to a group of teachers from Piñon Elementary.

Digital Bookmobile To Visit Los Alamos Tuesday

on March 14, 2018 - 7:12am

The OverDrive's Digital Bookmobile will arrive March 20 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo



The virtual library meets the actual library in Los Alamos Tuesday when OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile pulls into the parking lot to set up shop.

The innovative mobile exhibit provides an interactive experience for readers of all ages to explore eBooks and audiobooks available through the Los Alamos County Library System.

Businesses Participate In UNM-LA Job Fair April 3

on March 13, 2018 - 3:56pm
Businesses have the opportunity to meet and interview potential employees at the UNM-LA Job Fair. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) invites regional businesses to participate in the annual UNM-LA Job Fair 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, Businesses have the opportunity to meet and interview potential applicants for current and upcoming job openings at this event, as well as to distribute information about other employment opportunities such as seasonal work or internships.
UNM-LA students, local high school students, and the

LAPS Hosts Community Forum On School Safety

on March 13, 2018 - 11:30am

LAHS students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The community is invited to a student-led community forum 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The purpose of this meeting is to give students the chance to be heard and for the community to be involved in the discussion about school safety.

All interested students, parents and community members are invited to join the round table discussions to engage in dialogue about what the district is currently doing and what can be done moving forward to make a difference in the safety of the Los Alamos Public Schools

Heinrich Calls For Stronger Investment In Student Health And Safety

on March 13, 2018 - 10:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the face of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and gun violence that is endangering the health and wellbeing of America’s youth, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for stronger federal investments that enhance student health and safety.
Across the country and in New Mexico, schools are increasingly at the forefront in the response to these crises.
In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership, Heinrich joined over two-dozen Senators in requesting the highest possible

Los Alamos Students Deliver Stellar Performance At State Speech And Debate State Tournament

on March 13, 2018 - 7:37am

Los Alamos Hilltalkers and Hawktalkers Speech and Debate Teams shine at the State Speech and Debate Tournament. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Hilltalkers and Hawktalkers Speech and Debate Teams earned top marks at the State Speech and Debate Tournament that was held at V Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

Twenty seven schools competed from New Mexico, and although the competition was tough this year, both the high school and middle school Speech and Debate teams came out on top.

Hilltalkers Coach Margo Batha credited the team’s outstanding results to not only each

LAFD Hosts Arson Investigators Conference

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) officials at their conference in Los Alamos Feb. 28- March 2, from right, Los Alamos Fire Department Senior Life & Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, IAAI Director Jim Kanavy and New Mexico IAAI President Clay Bailey. Rinaldi is also a board member of the New Mexico Chapter. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference members view the results of an explosion inside a small structure for demonstration purposes during IAAI conference activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49 area. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Fire Department

Daytime High School Equivalency Class At UNM-LA

on March 13, 2018 - 7:17am

UNM-LA News:


A new daytime High School Equivalency (HSE) class started Monday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus.


Classes will run from 1 to 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays and will be held in Building 7, Room B11 through June 14. Claudia Ress will be teaching the class.


There is no cost to students for the class which is sponsored by state and federal funds.

Students may join the class at any time during the 14 weeks.


UNM-LA decided to introduce a new daytime class because they had several students who had expressed interest in their night-time class, but

PEEC: Equinox, Rebirth And The Sun March 16

on March 12, 2018 - 3:52pm
PEEC News:
Want to see images of stellar nurseries in our galaxy, learn about the life cycle of stars, and see films about the Sun?
At 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, join Dr. Erica Fogerty to explore the equinox’s astrophysical origin and how this celestial alignment is connected to the coming of spring. The full-dome films SunStruck and Solar Quest will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 17. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
The vernal equinox

Café Scientifique New Mexico Partners With Los Alamos National Laboratory For Special Events

on March 12, 2018 - 10:22am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Café Scientifique New Mexico is partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory to host three special events for high school students in northern New Mexico to go behind the scenes and learn about the latest technology in emergency management careers.

This program is open to high school students in Los Alamos, Española, Pojoaque and Taos.

The Los Alamos event is March 13, the Española-Pojoaque event is March 21 and the Taos event is March 27.

Emergency response to major disasters requires the most advanced technology to protect the

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Rosa Schmitz

on March 12, 2018 - 8:19am

SFCC Closed For Spring Break March 19-25

on March 12, 2018 - 8:16am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will close the week of March 19-25 for Spring Break.
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available. All campus facilities will be closed, including the college’s child care center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center. The AARP’s Tax-Aide Santa Fe will not provide free tax preparation during this week. The campus will reopen Monday, March 26. The Santa Fe Higher Education Center, which partners with a variety of area colleges, will remain open.
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Consumer Protection Weeks FACTS: 'C' Is For Cars

on March 12, 2018 - 6:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas wants New Mexicans to get the FACTS when it comes to Cars. 
Purchasing a car is the largest purchase many New Mexicans undertake, so it’s crucial that consumers make informed decisions during their car shopping process.
“The most important tool for car shopping is to know what you can afford,” Balderas said. “Know your finance options and your overall family budget before you begin to shop.

Udall, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Critical School Safety Legislation

on March 11, 2018 - 9:46am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, legislation that invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens — including providing key resources to strengthen school safety in Native communities. 
The STOP School Violence Act authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states and Tribal