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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Seeks To Increase Quality Classroom Time For Students

on February 11, 2018 - 1:11am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


SANTA FE – A memorial to increase quality classroom time for students Saturday passed the New Mexico House.

HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

“Quality time in the classroom is so important, and this memorial prioritizes that time.

House Approves Rep. Nate Gentry’s Innovative Plan To Boost New Mexico Student Performance

on February 11, 2018 - 1:08am

Rep. Nate Gentry




SANTA FE—By a vote of 64 to 3, the House of Representatives endorsed House Bill 332, a plan advocated by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) to notify parents via text message if their child has an upcoming required assessment or if their child’s grade point average falls below 2.0.   


Rep. Gentry offered this idea as a low-cost way to improve student outcomes.

Rep. Nathan Small Promotes College Success

on February 11, 2018 - 1:04am

Rep. Nathan Small


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House Saturday passed Rep. Nathan Small’s (D-Las Cruces) Memorial to promote college readiness.

House Memorial 46 convenes a task force between the Higher Education Department and the Public Education Department to recommend a strategy to bolster New Mexico’s dual credit program.

“Students from across the state are engaged in this program and are getting ahead because of the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school.

Educating Girls: Power And Purpose In Congo And Santa Fe Feb. 24

on February 10, 2018 - 4:33pm


AFTNM Respond To Tabling House Bill 310

on February 10, 2018 - 4:24pm




SANTA FE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“This morning, majority House Education members made the right call in rejecting House Bill 310, which sought to raise the Level I minimum teacher salary without an appropriation, and also contained an additional – and unfunded – $5 million to so-called recruitment initiatives, which do not adequately address New Mexico’s challenges in retaining our educators.

“While the idea of an extra $2,000 for beginning educators is important and appealing, the reality is

Attorney General Hector Balderas Expands Investigation Of UNM, Other Organizations

on February 8, 2018 - 3:39pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas 

From the Office of the AG:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement this afternoon:

“We will never tolerate a university culture that denies students their basic rights through illegal discrimination or retaliation against those who report sexual misconduct.

“Our criminal and civil investigation into the University of New Mexico includes the handling of these issues and we are reviewing the actions of officials from top to bottom and any other organizations involved.”

LAPS Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

on February 8, 2018 - 1:24pm

Fifth grade students at Chamisa Elementary School hold up books that were given to the school as part of a Great Ideas Grant last fall. Courtesy/LAPSF


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced that its spring grant cycle is now open, and it will be accepting applications through Feb. 28.

The LAPS Foundation grants fall into three categories: Great Ideas Grants, Professional Development Grants, and Professional Book Group Grants.

Any licensed LAPS teacher may apply.

Santa Fe Auto Park Ride & Drive At Smiths Friday & Saturday Supports LAHS Robotics Team

on February 8, 2018 - 1:20pm
The Los Alamos High School Robotics Team competes last year in Flagstaff, Ariz. Courtesy photo

The Auto Park is hosting a Ride and Drive event 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 9-10 in the Smith’s Marketplace parking lot. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post
The Los Alamos High School Robotics Team is preparing for the regional robotics competition March 21-24 in Denver. The competition comes with a hefty price tag but the Santa Fe Auto Park is offering some financial assistance.
The Auto Park is hosting a Ride and

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Debra Snow

on February 8, 2018 - 8:28am

Acting Speaker Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard's HJR1 Early Childhood Education Bill Passes House

on February 7, 2018 - 5:45am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, top left, serving as Acting Speaker during passage of HJR1. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representative voted 36-33 Tuesday to pass House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR 1) the Land Grant Permanent Fund Constitutional Amendment to fund early childhood education.

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, one of the primary sponsors of HJR1 and acting Speaker during its passage, issued the following statement:

"The stock market may crash, oil may run out, but the investment we make in our kids will last forever.

UNM-LA Now Offers Branded Clothing And Gifts

on February 7, 2018 - 4:57am

UNM-LA students Michael Narum, Selena Archuleta, Lydia Gurule and Kevin Jenkins model hats with the UNM-Los Alamos logo. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) now offers custom-branded clothing and gifts, featuring the UNM-LA logo, the UNM Lobo or the UNM Lobo paw print, in partnership with their online bookstore, MBS Direct.

Many of the UNM-LA items feature the new UNM-LA logo, adopted last summer, which incorporates the interlocking letters “UNM.” There are t-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, hats and a few gift items available to order,

House Committee Endorses Bill To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children Of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty

on February 7, 2018 - 4:36am
Rep. Tim Lewis
SANTA FE — The House Education Committee unanimously approved Jan. 30 House Bill 55, legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) to increase scholarship benefits for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. 
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque). 
HB 55 expands the benefits currently available to eligible survivors to include room and board support for students as well as assistance paying for books and supplies.

SFCC Hosts Feedback Screenings Of Civil War Documentary Feb. 9 & 16

on February 7, 2018 - 4:28am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will host public informational work-in-progress film screenings of a documentary that tells the story of the New Mexico's role in the Battle of Glorieta during the American Civil War.
Screenings will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and historian Stephen C. Martinez, Ph.D. who will lead the discussions. Screenings of the film are from noon to 1:30 p.m., Fridays Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 in Room 563, located in the film program editing suites at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.
Participants in the Professional Readiness and

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site

on February 7, 2018 - 3:48am
The 100-foot steel tower from which "the gadget" was detonated. Courtesy photo
LAHS News:
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 6-7 for the spring opening.
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.

SFCC’s Innovation Center Announces Grand Opening Of Fab Lab Santa Fe Feb. 12

on February 7, 2018 - 3:47am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Innovation Center announces the grand opening celebration 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 of Fab Lab Santa Fe.
The public can tour Fab Lab Santa Fe and join in the festive opening ceremony in the lobby of the Trades and Advanced Technology Center at the college, 6401 Richards Ave.
Fab Lab Santa Fe is a part of the international digital FABrication LABoratory network based at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms [CBA] in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Secret City Kitchen Expands Operations At UNM-LA

on February 6, 2018 - 10:39pm

Sanaa Ahmed and J.D. Beddo cover the counter and cook at the Secret City Kitchen on the UNM-LA campus. Photograph by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Since the Secret City Kitchen opened a café in the UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Student Center in November 2016, students, UNM-LA employees and community members have been enjoying the convenience of having a restaurant on campus.

Owner Jeremy Varela’s menu of breakfast and lunch items has a regular following of customers, and draws new customers every day.

PEEC: Youth Beginning Photography Classes Feb. 19

on February 6, 2018 - 1:46pm

Acorn Woodpecker at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Mrs. Magelssen

PEEC News:

Retired school teacher Mrs. Magelssen will teach two beginning photography classes for 1st through 6th graders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

These beginning photography classes will encourage children to discover the basics of composing good photographs through hands-on experience. Camera equipment will be provided.

Photovoltaics Class Takes Readings On Campus

on February 1, 2018 - 6:40am

Ryder Devenhall marks the shadows as seen in the pyranometer while Jesse Hesch and Mitch Frank look on at UNM-LA. Students in Don Davis’s Photovoltaics class at the college use a pyranometer to do solar site analysis on campus. By taking readings at various locations, they can measure solar obstructions and chart the overall available solar resource. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Proposal To Bolster New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Passes House Education Committee

on February 1, 2018 - 6:30am

SANTA FE — The House Education Committee voted 11 to 2 Wednesday to approve House Bill 147. This legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park) will bolster New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program. 

HB 147 gives the New Mexico Lottery Authority (NMLA) the freedom to encourage sales through larger prize payouts by removing the requirement that the NMLA transfer 30 percent of its gross revenues to the tuition fund. 

It protects students by establishing a $38 million floor for the tuition fund annually.

AP Night At Los Alamos High School Thursday, Feb. 1

on January 31, 2018 - 7:50am
LAHS News:

Students and parents are invited to attend AP Night at Los Alamos High School, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, in the IMC (school library). 

Attendees will be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about specific AP and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs offered at the high school. 

In addition, representatives from UNM-LA, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College will be available to discuss dual credit and other college level courses.

Note: AP Night attendees are asked to park in the Sullivan field lot since Future Topper Night

Victoria Honnell Of Los Alamos Among Twenty Young People In Class of 2018 Making A Difference In Memphis

on January 30, 2018 - 6:06pm

Victoria Honnell of Los Alamos is among the best and brightest from Class of 2018. Photo by Justin Fox Burks


Every year, the Flyer in Memphis devotes an issue to honoring the best and brightest Memphians under 30. This year, readers nominated more than 50 exceptional young people from all walks of life, including Victoria Honnell of Los Alamos.

Whittling the list down to 20 was a difficult — and inspiring — job. There is so much talent here. As always, 20<30 is about what these young people are doing, but it’s mostly about the future.

University Regent Reform Passes Key Committee

on January 30, 2018 - 4:57pm
SANTA FE  In a major stride forward in the reform of New Mexico’s higher education university leadership system, the Senate Rules committee Monday unanimously approved Senate Resolution 1.
Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed constitutional amendment, calls for the creation of “nominating committees” for our universities that would interview and recommend the best candidates to be considered for appointment by the Governor for serving as a regent.
If passed by the voters on the November ballot, nominating committees would be set up for each of the schools included

LANL: Nearly $1.9 Million Grant Benefits Students, Communities

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56pm
Peñasco High School graduate Charlyna Gonzales is a 2017 scholarship recipient from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. She’s studying biomedical engineering and physics at Colby College in Maine. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Students, small businesses and other community members and groups in Northern New Mexico will benefit this year from a recent, nearly $1.9 million grant from Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which is the managing and operating contractor for Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The LANS Board of Governors approved the funding through October 1 to

LAMS: Student Of The Semester Celebration

on January 30, 2018 - 4:54pm
Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo
LAMS News:
This past week, Los Alamos Middle School was packed full of proud parents and families who shared breakfast with their students at “Student of the Semester,” an event honoring outstanding 7th and 8th students.
Student of the Semester is a way for teachers and staff to recognize students who not only excel academically, but also show honorable integrity and character.  
Students are nominated by their grade level teams.

PEEC: Night Skies And Black Holes Feb. 2-3

on January 30, 2018 - 5:22am



PEEC News:
At 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, Paul Arendt will introduce celestial objects in the February night sky along with some recent discoveries in astronomy. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, the full-dome film Black Holes will play in the planetarium. Both of these shows take place in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
During the night sky show, images of celestial objects will be projected onto the planetarium dome. Bring questions and curiosity to this astronomy show.
Ever wonder what it would be like to voyage through the galaxies in search of black holes?