New Mexico English Learners, Students With Disabilities Gain Ground

SANTA FE New Mexico students learning English and those with disabilities showed improvement in an otherwise flat report card issued Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the nation’s report card, was based on tests administered between January and March. Overall, New Mexico’s 2019 data show little variation from the previous NAEP assessment data from 2017.
2019 results show that:
  • 24 percent of 4th graders scored proficient or above in reading
  • 24 percent of 8th graders scored proficient


On The Job In Los Alamos: At High Mesa Dental Arts

On the job in Los Alamos is Dr. Reed Canon of High Mesa Dental Arts with his new high-tech dental device recently at his White Rock location. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram at

About High Mesa Dental Arts:

Dr. Reed Canon of High Mesa Dental Arts recently discussed the advantages of the new technology offered at both Los Alamos and White Rock locations.

High Mesa Dental Arts now provides CEREC®, a high-tech dental device that allows the patient to go from diagnosis to walking out of the office with their new crown in place, all in the same day.



CBC PAC Endorses Ben Ray Luján For US Senate

NAMBE The Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Wednesday endorsed Ben Ray Luján for the U.S. Senate:
“The Congressional Black Caucus is proud to support Ben Ray Luján to be the next Senator from New Mexico. A progressive champion for people of color, Ben Ray helped elect the most diverse Congress in history that is now legislating on priorities that will help uplift all Americans,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Gregory Meeks. “We know that with Ben Ray in the Senate, we’ll have a partner who champions health care, education,


Scenes From Enterprise Bank & Trust Special Event

From left, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Financial Services Corp. Jim Lally, Jay Johnson of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Enterprise Bank & Trust Regional President Liddie Martinez chat together at a special gathering of EB&T executives, directors, shareholders, New Mexico Advisory Board members and clients held Thursday evening, Oct. 24, at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann, EB&T President Scott Goodman and his wife Terri


McQuiston: It MAY Have Been Covered … But HOW?

The Jemez Agency

If you’ve watched any college football over the past several years, you’ve probably seen multiple commercials from a certain insurance company that likes to show an imaginary college professor walking an individual through a building containing exhibits that represent different claim situations.

The commercials show what happened while the professor narrates, then at the end of the story he states, “we covered it”.

Although many of these claim scenarios appear to be unusual, they would likely be covered by any personal


LAMC Imaging Staff Offers 3D Mammograms Nov. 7

From left, mammographers Maleea Medina, Loretta Rivera and Medical Imaging Director Susan Cazaux show off the new 3D imaging machine Monday at Los Alamos Medical Center. This state-of-the-art imaging machine will be available to the public starting Nov. 7. Photo by Carol A. Clark /
Los Alamos Daily Post

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the busiest time of the year for the Mammography Department of Los Alamos Medical Center, according to the mammography staff.

But this year, they expect to be even busier in the


Northern NM Kids Count Conference Nov. 5

NMVC News:
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Voices for Children’s 2nd annual Northern New Mexico Kids Count Conference is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Santa Fe Community College.
Tickets are $35 via and include continental breakfast and buffet lunch
This year’s theme is Childhood Well-Being in Northern New Mexico: Trauma & Resilience – From Symptoms to Systems Change.
Local speakers will include CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock. The keynote will be given by Dr. Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, who is the co-principal investigator


LAHS Athlete Natalie Gallegos Recognized By EXOS Among Top Tier Volleyball Players In West Region

Los Alamos High School athlete Natalie Gallegos shown here in December of 2018 when named 2018 Volleyball 1st team All-District and Player of the Year in District 2-4A. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School volleyball athlete Natalie Gallegos (Class of 2020) has been recognized by EXOS as one of the top tier volleyball players in the west region of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Gallegos is one of 50 athletes (maximum) attending the EXOS Select 50 instructional showcase Sunday, Nov. 3 in Phoenix, Ariz. Gallegos is a college prospect selected by EXOS because of


Udall, Kaine: Resolution To Reinforce U.S. Leadership In Peaceful Use Of Space & Technology Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution to maintain U.S. leadership in protecting satellites and spacecraft in Earth’s orbit from space debris and ensuring that all nations cooperate to promote the peaceful use of space for research and commercial purposes.
The resolution prioritizes the implementation of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space guidelines negotiated between the U.S. delegation to the United


Xi Nu Chapter Hosts 32nd Annual Craft Fair Saturday

This quilt created by Xi Nu lifetime member and professional quilter Alice Garcia will be raffled at the craft fair Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy photo


The Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will host its 32nd annual craft fair this weekend.

Four of the local Beta Sigma Phi chapters will be represented at the event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

The event includes more than 35 vendors with their wares on display. There are new and returning vendors with art and crafters displaying jewelry, quilts, sewing, woodworking items,


New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage Of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates Wednesday to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon.
Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act


UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board Meeting Nov. 4

UNM-LA News:
The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meets 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr. 
Agenda items include annual approval of the UNM-Los Alamos By-Laws; a report on Academic Program Initiatives and administrative reports on ongoing UNM-LA operations.
The meeting is open to the public.


Scenes From Hilltopper Girls Cross Country Meet

Toppers Norissa Valdez, Sophie Chadwick and Lidia Appell position themselves in the lead pack early in the race against Pojoaque Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Photo by Blake Wood

Toppers Norissa Valdez and Sophie Chadwick lead a long line of runners a half mile into the race. Photo by Blake Wood

Freshman Jasmine Hornberger leads teammate Hannah Gartz a half mile from the finish. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Norissa Valdez and freshman Sophie Chadwick ran most of the race together, leading the Hilltoppers in 2nd and 3rd places overall. Photo by Blake Wood


Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 31, 2019

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has turned sharply colder and it won’t be long until the small, higher elevation lakes in Northern New Mexico will begin to freeze over.
A local angler recently reported ice forming on Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras. The ice would melt off during the day. The Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and others will soon be frozen.
The fishing can be quite good at this time before the lakes become unfishable. The larger reservoirs and lakes take longer to start to freeze and many


Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Would Be Wonderful Addition To School Board

Miriam Wallstrom and Sydne Ashford attend the Espanola Foster Children’s Christmas party, a Key Club event sponsored by Kiwanis. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Morrie Pongratz would be a wonderful addition to the Los Alamos School Board. I was honored to have the opportunity to work with Morrie for four years during my time in the Los Alamos High School Key Club. 

As a timid first-year member, I felt more welcome in the club after interacting with Morrie’s warm and spirited personality. Each meeting, I noticed him in the back of the room, taking scrupulous notes and


Call For Letters Of Interest: Replacement For Unexpired Term Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros Deadline Nov. 7


The Los Alamos County Council is seeking Letters of Interest from those interested in filling the unexpired term of State Senator Carlos Cisneros, who passed away recently.

The Council, together with the Commissions of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos Counties, has the responsibility of providing the Governor with the name of a recommended individual for the position.

They plan to take action on this matter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at their Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. Letters of interest should include the individual’s name, address, job/organization


LAHS Key Club Celebrates 70 Years

Los Alamos High School Key Club Oct. 24 celebrating the 70th anniversary of the club’s founding, from left, Dimitri Lopez, Andrew Watson, Audrey Nolen, Victoria Nisoli, Isaac Ronning, Shena Han and Noah Lyons. Photo by Don Casperson

LAHS Key Club President

On Oct. 24, the Los Alamos High School Key Club celebrated the 70th anniversary of the club’s founding.

The members gathered together to eat cake and share the impact the club has on their lives:

“To me, Key Club means being part of an amazing whole whose benevolence improves not only the community, but the nation as


Letter To The Editor: Janecky Endorses Baker

Los Alamos

District 4 Voters,

I am writing this letter to ask that you first and foremost vote in the current election.

I am also writing to ask that you support Julia Baker for our LAPS District School board seat. She is the candidate most able to serve you well.

I held this seat and served as your school board member (secretary, vice president and president) in the past. I know how much work it takes to be an effective school board member. School board members attend multiple meetings a month (not just school board meetings and work sessions, but they also attend joint meetings


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