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LAPS: Calling All Volunteers!

on January 22, 2018 - 6:09pm

LAPS Volunteer Program Coordinator Samantha Lippard. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is launching the LAPS Volunteer Program with the help of Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Lippard. The goal is to connect members of the community with opportunities in the schools where they can share their expertise, lend a helping hand in the classroom or mentor students.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Lippard to find the perfect volunteer opportunity and she will coordinate with teachers and staff to find the best placement for the benefit of students.

Winter Films And Beer At Reel Deal Thursday

on January 22, 2018 - 4:24pm

‘Below 0’ is one of eight films in this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival. Courtesy/PEEC


PEEC News:


There is still time to purchase tickets to the Backcountry Film Festival, which is screening 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Reel Deal Theater. This is the only evening these films are coming to a theater in New Mexico. Tickets are available at the Reel Deal Theater.


The Pajarito Brewpub will be selling beer and wine before the show and at intermission.

NewMexicoKidsCAN Begins Education Advocacy

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
NMKC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Founder and Executive Director Amanda Aragon has announced the launch of NewMexicoKidsCAN: The New Mexico Campaign for Achievement Now, a locally led grassroots education advocacy nonprofit organization that will advocate for an equitable, high-quality education for all New Mexico students. 

NewMexicoKidsCAN will focus on policy-making in support of its mission to provide every child with access to a quality education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

New National Board Certified Teachers: 5,470

on January 22, 2018 - 9:21am
LAPS National Board Certified Teacher Allison Washburn
NBCT News:
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrates 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and another 3,957 Board-certified teachers who successfully renewed their certification.
These teachers join a growing community of Board-certified teachers, now more than 118,000 strong across all 50 states.

Governor Appoints Chris Ortega Of White Rock To Northern New Mexico College Board Of Regents

on January 22, 2018 - 7:23am

Chris Ortega of White Rock during a public meeting at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Gov. Susan Martinez has appointed Chris Ortega of White Rock to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents.

Ortega retired as utilities manager for the Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities and serves on The Family YMCA Board of Directors in Los Alamos.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

SFCC Visual Arts Gallery Presents La Familias Barela y Salazar Opening Reception Feb. 8

on January 22, 2018 - 5:31am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery presents Las Familias Barela y Salazar: Traditions in Taos Woodcarving, a group exhibition of work by descendants and artistic heirs of notable Taos woodcarver Patrociño Barela.
Carlos Barela, brother Luis, his son Daniel, daughters Antonia and Jessica, Pat Barela Rael and husband Dan all carve and continue in the family tradition.
Also included are works from the family of Leo G. Salazar, another well-known Taos carver who knew and was inspired by Patrociño’s carvings.

SFCC: Information Sessions On PRO-TEC Program

on January 21, 2018 - 7:14am
SFCC News:
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College in partnership with Santa Fe County and the Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board announces a series of free information sessions  Jan. 22, Jan. 24, Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 about the Professional Readiness for Technical Careers (PRO-TEC) program, which begins Feb. 26 at the college.
PRO-TEC offers preparatory training for entry-level employment in a variety of industries and is designed for individuals who are currently unemployed, underemployed or looking to increase their hire-ability in Santa Fe County.

SBDC Helps Secure More Than $1.5 Million In Financial Assistance For Area Businesses

on January 21, 2018 - 7:06am
SBDC Business Advisor Anne Lantrip and UNM-LA SBDC Director Joseph Montes assist small businesses from the northern New Mexico area. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos helped secure more than $1.5 million in financial assistance to several of its clients through conventional and alternative commercial lenders in recent months. These clients are seeking to expand and modernize their respective product lines.

SBDC Director at UNM-LA Joseph Montes explained that there is significant commercial activity throughout northern

Annual DNCU Scholarship Application Cycle Opens

on January 21, 2018 - 6:56am
DNCU News:
SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative has just opened the 2018-2019 DNCU Scholarship Program.
For the past eight consecutive years, Del Norte Credit Union has helped over 60 deserving local area students with a combined $64,000 in scholarship funds. This year, Del Norte Credit Union is awarding 10 exemplary students with $1,000 scholarships.
DNCU established a scholarship program to assist credit union members who are high school seniors, equivalent home school seniors, or a recipient of a GED and plan to

Global Kids Game Jam At Los Alamos Makers

on January 20, 2018 - 7:06am

Los Alamos Makers draws a crowd of all ages for its weekly community coding and Raspberry Pi club. Courtesy/Prisca Tiassé Yoder

Los Alamos Makers News:

The Global Kids Game Jam is coming to Los Alamos for the very first time! The Kids Game Jam is a free worldwide annual video game creation challenge among teams of children and teens.

The event is sponsored by the CoderDojo foundationan Ireland-based "global network of free informal clubs for young people aged 7-17 to learn how to code and create with technology". In order to help engage more children in coding activities, the CoderDojo

UNM-LA Honors Three Faculty Initiative Awardees

on January 20, 2018 - 5:34am

Dean of Instruction Dr. Sharon Hurley, left, and CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney, right, honor the most recent recipients of the UNM-LA Faculty Initiative Award, Dr. Kristy Nadler, Dr. Dennis Davies-Wilson and Dr. Irina Alvestad. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

At the UNM-LA Faculty Spring Semester meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9, Dennis Davies-Wilson, Dr. Irina Alvestad and Dr. Kristy Nadler were recognized as the most recent recipients of the UNM-LA Faculty Initiative Award.

The Faculty Initiative Award was established in 2005, when a retired UNM-LA instructor started an endowment to encourage


New Mexico Women In Film PSA Screening With Tewa Women United Today

on January 20, 2018 - 5:27am
NNMC News:
Northern New Mexico College will host New Mexico Women in Film (NMWIF) as they screen their 2017 Public Service Announcement on behalf of Tewa Women United from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Center for the Arts.
Every year NMWIF works with a non-profit organization to produce a PSA, and in 2017 the group worked with Tewa Women United on a film that explores the “correlation between violence against women and violence against mother Earth,” as was the vision of NMWIF board member Leslie Fleming-Mitchell.
The event will feature the premiere screening of the NMWIF

UNM-LA Community Ed Classes For Lifelong Learners

on January 20, 2018 - 5:18am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education classes are starting this month, targeting a broad range of interests. From Health and Wellness to Language, from Home, Garden and Fine Arts to Professional and Personal Development, there are many classes to feed the spirit of lifelong learners.

UNM-LA Community Education Program Coordinator Mike Katko invites the public to, “Come join us!”

New and short-term classes begin each month, and the Community Education department is always interested in adding new subjects. Registration continues throughout the spring.

Some of the new

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Ronda Harmon

on January 19, 2018 - 9:40am

Fall Risk Screening & Assessment Feb. 10

on January 19, 2018 - 7:36am

AFT New Mexico On State Of The State Address

on January 18, 2018 - 10:40am
AFT News:
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“The Governor’s farewell ‘State of the State’ address was an attempt to issue a parting shot at public educators – and their unions – for rejecting her so-called reforms which would have weakened the profession of education, hurt students, and erode hard-earned rights in their places of work.
“By doubling down on discredited reform policies – which other states are already moving away from, she does a disservice to not only our students, public educators, but

Los Alamos High School Student Miriam Wallstrom Selected For United States Senate Youth Program

on January 18, 2018 - 9:42am

Miriam Elizabeth Wallstrom. Photo by Don Taylor


Washington, D.C. — The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that Los Alamos High School student Miriam Elizabeth Wallstrom will join Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Martin Heinrich in representing New Mexico in the nation’s capital, March 3-10, during the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week.

Wallstrom was selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who also will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

School Choices Fair Saturday At FSN

on January 18, 2018 - 9:27am

SBDC Legal Workshop Monday Jan. 22

on January 18, 2018 - 9:26am
projectY cowork News:
Don't miss out on the first workshop “Bring On Your Legal Questions! It is coming up 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Project Y Cowork at 150 Central Park Square in Los Alamos.
For more information, call 505.661.4691 or 505.662.0337.

Closing Briefs Filed In Landmark Education Lawsuit Against State Of New Mexico

on January 18, 2018 - 6:55am
SANTA FE  Attorneys from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (the Center) have filed closing briefs for their consolidated lawsuit (Martinez v. State of New Mexico and Yazzie v. State of New Mexico) against the State of New Mexico for its failure to provide all public school students a sufficient education as mandated by the New Mexico Constitution.
The consolidated lawsuits claim the state’s arbitrary and inadequate funding of public schools, and lack of necessary monitoring and oversight deprives

Annual 8th Grade Washington, D.C Spring Break Trip

on January 18, 2018 - 6:53am
Last year Demitrius Sisneros showed kindness to his classmate Kent Teshima. After days of vigorous walking in DC, Kent's legs were really hurting. They wanted no part of a wheelchair so his buddy Demitrius carried him all over DC for the next two days, including up and down the stairs of the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials! Courtesy photo
LAMS News:
There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, DC. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip.

Scenes From Pinon Elementary School Science Fair

on January 17, 2018 - 4:14pm

Pinon Elementary School held its annual Science Fair this morning in the gymnasium at the school in White Rock. The exhibits represented a great deal of research and many will be shown 1-2 p.m., Saturday at the County Science Fair at Los Alamos Middle School. Photo by John McHale/

Lots of excitement as students wander through the science fair exhibits this morning at Pinon School. Photo by John McHale/

Instructional Assistant Angela Smelt checks out a toy car exhibit. Photo by John McHale/


SFCC Bond Election Early Voting Starts Today

on January 17, 2018 - 7:59am
SFCC News:
Santa Fe Community College Bond Election SFCC seeks $17 million in bond funding to:
  • Build a new automotive technology center
  • Renovate the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center
  • Upgrade technology, improve Wi-Fi
  • Improve arts, fashion design and film classrooms 
  • Make critical facility and infrastructure improvements.
The SFCC bond will benefit the entire community without raising tax rates and will enhance learning and career opportunities for good-paying, in-demand jobs. Vote at SFCC, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 17-Feb. 3. Jan. 12-Feb. 2: Absentee Voting. Feb.

Dementia Caregiving Course Offered To Families

on January 17, 2018 - 6:55am
Alzheimer's Association News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free, education course in Pojoaque offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
“Skills for Dementia Caregiving 101” (aka The Savvy Caregiver Program) is a FREE seven-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, NM Chapter.
The course will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. once a week, Tuesdays, from Feb.

Hayley Schake Makes Hastings College Dean’s List

on January 16, 2018 - 3:26pm
HASTINGS, Neb.  Hastings Collegein Nebraska has announced the Dean’s List for its fall 2017 semester including Hayley Schake of Los Alamos.
For the semester, 397 students from 24 states and three countries were named to the Dean’s List, with 246 students achieving a 4.0 grade point average.
To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 to 4.0 scale and be registered for full-time coursework.