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Local Athletes Travel to Competitive Swim Camp

on July 16, 2012 - 6:58am
Swimmers have fun in the aquarium at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Leweston, Maine from left, Connor Shcultz, Sarah Lott, Radhika Iyer and Isabelle Runde. Courtesy photo
 
By Wendy Lott

Eight swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos swim team attended a unique competitive swim camp June 16-24 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Swimmers include Maria Venneri, 15, Connor Schultz, 16, Sam Harris, 15, Sarah Lott, 14, Isabelle Runde, 14, Kaan Unal, 13, Radhika Iyer, 12 and Sara Shiina, 12.  

The camp offered the swimmers the latest information in training, stroke technique, core

SFI Lecture: Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer

on July 16, 2012 - 6:51am

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Community Lecture, "The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn't" is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday July 25 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher, Microsoft; author,"Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer;" former SFI External Professor

Abstract: Relying on "common sense" is the sensible thing to do, right? Not always. Although common sense can be useful for dealing with everyday problems, it can suffer from systematic failures when applied to complex problems in government, business, and marketing.

Casting Call for Over 50 Local Students

on July 16, 2012 - 6:47am

Courtesy/Los Alamos Arts Council

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering grades 1 through 12 for the Missoula Children’s Theatre "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast."

The casting call is 9:30 a.m., Monday July 23 at Crossroads Bible Church, N.M. 502 on the south side of road between the Hilltop House Hotel and Los Alamos County Airport

Parent or guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., for the week

Comparing Federal Funding of New Mexico Schools: How Does LAPS Stack Up?

on July 15, 2012 - 9:29pm

By Morris B. Pongratz

Because the Los Alamos Public Schools system depends heavily on the “DOE $8 million,” a headline on page C1 of the Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Albuquerque Journal caught my eye. 

The headline “Federal Funds Key for Schools” was for a column written by Jenny Kane of the Farmington Daily News

The article was based on a recently released United States Census Bureau report entitled “Public Education Finances: 2010” (http://www.census.gov/govs/school/) written by Mark Dixon. 

The report contains Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data from the 2010 census for

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Paul Drakos to Speak at Geological Society Tuesday

on July 15, 2012 - 4:17pm

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News:

Wheeler Geologic Area near Creede, Colo. Courtsy/LAGS

Dr. Paul G. Drakos, Senior Geologist and Vice President of Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. in Santa Fe is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, Los Alamos.

Drakos' talk is entitled, "Soil-stratigraphic framework, timing of recent eolian events, and preservation of archaeological sites on the Pajarito Plateau."

Stratigraphic relationships and soil characteristics provide a geomorphic framework for Coalition Period

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series Presents New Mexico's Centennial Story Teller Joe Hayes

on July 15, 2012 - 3:58pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of fun and tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m., Thursday July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, weather permitting, inside if not, presented by Mesa Public Library.

Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this beloved, official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools.

As Hayes notes, “I'll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico's diverse cultures.

LAHS's Holly Erickson Earns $60K at International Science Fair

on July 15, 2012 - 9:23am

Los Alamos High School student Holly Erickson at the International Science Fair in Pittsburgh in May. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos High School student Holly Erickson and her science project, “Intelligent Self-Assembling System using Robotic Cells” started out on a local stage but ended up on an international one.

Erickson, who will be a senior this year, participated in the International Science Fair held May 13-18 in Pittsburgh.

She competed in the electrical and mechanical engineering division and received a $60,000 scholarship to go to Florida Technical College.

“It

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