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Consortium Partners with LANL's Academy

on April 15, 2012 - 7:24am

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy aims to enhance professional development of K-12 math and science teachers in underserved rural school districts.

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA). 

The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools. 

Partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into New

True Stories of Library Censorship Battles

on April 14, 2012 - 11:18pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, Kathy Barco and Valerie Nye will present True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries as part of the Authors Speak Series.

April is a special month in the literary and library worlds, honoring both poetry (National Poetry Month)  and libraries (National Library Week is April 8-14). In recognition of the role libraries play in providing free and open access to information, the Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents a timely book on challenges to what is included

Kiwanis Tuesday Speakers Schedule

on April 14, 2012 - 11:01pm
KIWANIS News:
 
 
Kiwanis meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Temple on Sage Street near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon.Road. Speakers and topics are occasionally subject to change because of illness, conflicts or weather.
 
Programs:

April 17- Gloria Maestas from the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office will discuss local changes to the June 5 Primary Election Day voting process and the new "Voter Convenience Centers."

April 24-Committee Meetings.

May 1-Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club and the Lunch Buddy Program.

May 8-Democrats running for Los Alamos
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Tom Rheam Trio Plays Blue Window Bistro April 21

on April 14, 2012 - 10:36pm

BLUE WINDOW News

The Blue Window Bistro in Los Alamos will host a Jazz Night featuring the Tom Rheam Trio Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required. 

The Trio will perform 7-9 p.m. Tom Rheam plays trumpet and piano, Dick Hogle plays drums and sings and David Moir is on bass.

Rheam has played on the road with Ray Charles, played backup to Frank Sinatra on recordings, toured with the Glenn Miller Band and many other well-known professional singers and musicians.

Hogle has worked in the Catskills in New York state as a show drummer, played on

Key Club Sponsors UNICEF Benefit

on April 14, 2012 - 9:56pm

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post by Katelyn Littleton, Concert Chair

Los Alamos High School Key Club is organizing a benefit concert for UNICEF's Project Eliminate. In collaboration with Kiwanis and the rest of K-Family (including Key Club), UNICEF is hoping to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the world through this project.

The money raised through the concert will go directly to purchasing vaccines and the distribution of preventative health information.

"A vaccination for this type of tetanus will protect a mother and all of her future children from the terminal

New Mexico WW2 Internment Camps Symposium: Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire

on April 14, 2012 - 9:22pm

The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors will hold a symposium on New Mexico World War II internment camps. Learn more about the experiences of Japanese people held in New Mexico's internment camps during World War II at an April 21 and 22 symposium. “From Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire: New Mexico’s Multicul­tural World War II Internment Stories,” will be in the History Museum auditorium, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

Organized by the Committee to Preserve New Mexico’s Internment History, the symposium commemorates the 10th
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Russ Gordon Performs with DK & the Affordables

on April 14, 2012 - 10:39am

Last night, Russ Gordon held a fundraiser concert at the Hilltop House to raise funds for the summer concert series. DK & the Affordables performance was followed by Eddy & the Nomads. The Los Alamos Concert Series is presented by the County of Los Alamos and coordinated / managed by Russ Gordon.

Russ Gordon delighted the crowd when he joined DK & the Affordables during the fundraiser concert. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

From Gordon's website:

This series of Friday evening concerts-in-the-park spans the summer from late May into early September and is held at various locations

Local Volunteers Build Homes South of the Border

on April 14, 2012 - 8:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos High School youth and other volunteers spent Spring Break building homes for families in need in Mexico. Courtesy Photo

A contingent of 50 Los Alamos High School youth and several adults and four volunteers from Colorado, traveled to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico over Spring Break on a mission - to build homes for two families in need.

This was the 27th annual Spring Break Mexico Mission trip for high school youth sponsored by The United Church of Los Alamos.

"Since 1986, we have built the equivalent of 131 single houses," said Laura Erickson who

2012 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games Are Underway

on April 13, 2012 - 11:24pm
From left, Abel Castillo (55-59), David Bullock (50-54), Cy Jakubowski (65-69) are all local qualifiers for the State Senior Olympic Games in Frisbee Accuracy. Courtesy Photo
 
The 2012 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games began Friday at the Family YMCA with competition in basketball free-throw and the recreational event: Frisbee accuracy.
 
Abel Castillo (55-59 age division) qualified for the New Mexico State Games with a score of 10 out of 15 free-throws.
 
He also qualified in the 3-point shot competition.
 
His score was tops in the Frisbee Accuracy Throw earning 10 out of 12 possible
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Retirement and Exercise

on April 13, 2012 - 11:13pm

Column by Kent Pegg

If you are one of those who have decided that now is the time to begin a new phase of your life by retiring, more hours have suddenly become available for other activities. And now is the time to reserve some of those hours to take care of your health through a program of regular exercise.

If you can allot a few hours per week of the extra time you have available to exercise at the onset of your retirement, it will become a regular part of your new life.

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Atomic Tumblers Finish Strong at State Championships

on April 13, 2012 - 10:27pm

Atomic Tumblers Ramya Stevens, Jenna Weatherbie, Katya Skurikhin, Elyse Phillips and Elizabeth Lockhart, foreground, cheer on their teammates at the State Championships. Courtesy/LASG

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ three optional gymnasts gave a solid finish to their season at the New Mexico State Championships March 17, held at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque.

Forty-one of New Mexico's top Level 7 gymnasts competed in the morning session. 

LASG Level 8 gymnast Annika Bronkhorst finishes up a tumbling pass with a full twist layout, while coach Loui Janecky looks on.
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Democratic Party of Los Alamos Meets Thursday

on April 13, 2012 - 6:06pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 19 at Mesa Library.

The agenda includes discussion of the upcoming dinner event on June 2 honoring a special Los Alamos Democrat, plans for July 4, the County Fair, and other events between now and the November election.

Looking forward, the May 17 meeting will be to attend the League of Women Voters forum at Fuller Lodge to listen to both Democrats and Republicans who have primary opponents.

Local GOP Meets Thursday

on April 13, 2012 - 5:29pm

The monthly Los Alamos County GOP meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 in the third floor conference room of the Hill Top House Hotel.

The topics of the meeting will be the new Los Alamos County polling places, Voter Registration training and meeting the GOP candidates running for local offices.

All registered Republicans are invited to attend.

Steve Laurent to Speak at League of Women Voter’s Annual Meeting

on April 13, 2012 - 5:21pm

The League of Women Voter’s is holding its Annual Meeting Saturday, April 14 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Rd:

9:30 a.m. Members Meeting

11:45 a.m. Public Potluck Lunch and Talk by Steve Laurent: Anatomy of a Real Estate/Construction Deal
 
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Hilltopper Softball Team beats Bernalillo 9-0!

on April 13, 2012 - 3:39pm

Kristin Christensen trys to avoid tag by leaping over catcher. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr safe at third. Photo by Alan Kirk

Micala Christensen gets hit by pitch. Photo by Alan Kirk

 

Ari Larkin hits a double. Photo by Alan Kirk

 

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Summer Interns Wanted at the DPU!

on April 13, 2012 - 3:18pm

Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities News:

Multiple positions are available this summer for engineering student interns who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in an accredited engineering program at the university level.

Interns will work as part of a team supporting the engineering department, operations staff and administrative functions as a contributing member of the staff.

The diversity of the DPU’s services offers a unique opportunity for an engineering student to gain hands-on experience in a functioning utility.

Examples of possible duties to be performed:

Business Workshops to Gain that Edge

on April 13, 2012 - 3:01pm

HR Basics for Small Business Owners
4/17/12 Thursday 1-3:30 p.m.
Small Business Center Fee: $25
When you hire that first employee, it takes your business to a whole different level. Hiring, training, managing, and firing employees can keep you up at night wondering if you are putting yourself and your business at risk. This workshop can help you figure out what you need to know and when you should ask for help. Come prepared with your own questions—there will be lots of time for answers!
The workshop will include:
•Keeping personnel records that meet compliance requirements
•Setting up and

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Area Leaders Contemplate Local Support of Teen Center

on April 13, 2012 - 12:41pm

YMCA News:

State Rep. Nick Salazar spoke of the difficulty to secure funding from the state for community programs in these economic times. Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly. standing, and Rep. Debbie Rodella listen at right. Courtesy/YMCA

ESPAÑOLA–Business leaders, YMCA board members, and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, met at the Española YMCA Teen Center Wednesday, April 4, to discuss sustaining the center’s $155,100/year budget.  

“When I was last here, I visited with a group of teens and I asked them what they would be doing if the Center was not here,”

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

on April 13, 2012 - 11:47am

Wildfire 2012 - Tomorrow!

Don't forget to drop by the Community Building on 20th Street to check out all of the information tables - lots of information about creating defensible space around your home, and much more! It's open from 1 to 5 p.m. and hosted by LAFD. There will not be a panel discussion but the public can ask lots of questions of the officials in attendance. Read the list of exhibits and learn more here: http://www.losalamosnm.us/news/Pages/Wildfire2012SaturdayApril14.aspx

It's Spring! Must be time for Budget Season, too!

The County Council will begin holding budget

Los Alamos Ranked Among Nation's Top Hunting and Fishing Spots

on April 13, 2012 - 11:10am

Courtesy/outdoorlife.com

Los Alamos is ranked 28 among the "35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the U.S.," according to OutdoorLife magazine.

The publication says about Los Alamos: "Stay close to home for walleyes, catfish, bass and trout, in waters like Abiqui Lake, Rio Chama and Rio Grande. The nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve runs a lottery program for monster elk."

Now in its fifth year, the annual “Best Towns for Sportsmen” feature is an OotdoorLife institution: "Readers love to argue the merits of their burgs based on our rankings; local newspapers crow about the inclusion

New Developments in Glass Recycling

on April 13, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Tom Nagawiecki

During the question and answer session of every presentation given over the last two years, I have been asked why Los Alamos does not recycle glass. Up to this point my answer has always been the same; there are no local markets, thus making glass recycling a high cost and high environmental impact activity. 

In a recent visit to the Village of Angel Fire, New Mexico County staff was exposed to a local glass recycling system that is successfully diverting glass from the landfill in a financially and environmentally responsible manner. 

In Angel Fire, they are

Underground Line Fault Causes Power Outage in Canyon St. Neighborhood

on April 13, 2012 - 9:55am

An underground line fault Thursday morning resulted in a power outage for 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers on Canyon Street, Quartz and Rim Road.

The outage began at 5:45 a.m. and electric linemen isolated the fault and restored power at 6:30 a.m. to 21 homes and 9:10 a.m. to the remaining 54 homes.

The fault occurred in an area that DPU has scheduled for electric line replacement this summer.
 
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities.
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DPU Meets Thursday - May Award Smart House Construction Contract

on April 13, 2012 - 9:52am

Department of Public Utilities News:

The Board of Public Utilities will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

Agenda:

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comment

III Chair’s Report

IV. Board Member Reports

V. Manager’s Report

VI. County Administrator’s Report

VII. Council Liaison’s Report

VIII. Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

IX. New Business

A. Review of Draft Resolution to Endorse the 2030 Challenge for Planning, Adopting, Building and Transportation Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Standards

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Environmental Sustainability Board Meets April 19

on April 13, 2012 - 8:50am

County News:

The Environmental Sustainability Board is meeting at 7 a.m. April 19 at the Eco Station Administration Building on East Jemez Road. 

AGENDA
Regular Meeting

I. Call to Order/Roll Call
II. Public Comment
III. Approval of Minutes
IV. Committee/Subcommittee Reports
1. Chair Report
2. Liaison Reports
(1). Utility Board – Steve Tenbrink
(2). Planning and Zoning – Walter Tuzel, Deb Gill
(3). Transportation – Larry Warner, Skip Dunn
(4). Parks and Recreation – Brooke Davis, Mary Barr
(5). County Council – Fran Berting
3. Subcommittee Reports
(1). Holistic downtown parking – Mark Jones, Deb Gill,

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'HATS ON' in support of the Los Alamos Creative District!

on April 13, 2012 - 7:38am
Kelly Stewart, Marlane Hamilton and Ken Nebel encourage you to support adoption of the Creative District Plan to be considered by the Los Alamos County Council April 24. Learn more about this initiative on the web at www.creativenm.org. You too can support the Creative District. Send in a photo of you or your family and friends wearing your creative hats to lacreative.nm@gmail.com, and we'll publish it in an upcoming edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post! Courtesy Photo
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