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Los Alamos Elks Lodge Invites Community to Special Flag Day Event at 6 p.m. Thursday

on June 11, 2012 - 9:18am

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge is hosting a Flag Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive next to Sonic. The event includes a talk on the history of the American flag, a flag folding demonstration and instruction on the proper way to dispose of a flag, with a flag burning ceremony to follow. The Los Alamos Elks Lodge will provide free hot dogs, chips and cookies to those who attend the event. For more information, contact the Elks at 662-5611.

 

LAPS Seeks School Bus Drivers

on June 11, 2012 - 9:04am

Los Alamos Public Schools hopes to attract bus driver applicants for the upcoming school year with this school bus parked on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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School Board to Hold Executive Session at 5 p.m. Tuesday Followed Immediately by Regular Meeting

on June 11, 2012 - 8:38am

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session for 5 p.m., Tuesday June 12 at Los Alamos High School.

The stated purpose of the closed session is to discuss Superintendent Gene Schmidt's employment contract.

The board also is scheduled to discuss "limited personnel meetings involving recent personnel decisions."

Following the Executive Session, the board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in regular session in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

In this meeting, the board is schedued to discuss Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School construction projects, plans

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Deer Saunter Through Los Alamos Neighborhood

on June 11, 2012 - 8:24am

Looking out her kitchen window this morning, a Los Alamos resident saw these six deer stroll calmly across her street near Los Arboles and Loma Vista. Photo by Judith Stauber
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Coop Market Launched Inagural Bike Swap Sunday

on June 11, 2012 - 8:03am

Photo by Karen Kendall

By Karen Kendall

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market hosted its inagural Bike Swap Sunday to provide the opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used and new bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club sponsored the event.

A portion of each sale (10 percent) went to LASA.

LASA President Scott Weiss said the proceeds will be used to work with Pajarito Ski Hill to build bike trails at Pajarito.

"We want to expand the trail system to include beginner

Elhanan Borenstein Presents Talk at SFI Tuesday

on June 10, 2012 - 8:43pm

SFI News:

Elhanan Borenstein will present the talk, "From Metagenomics to Ecosystomics: Modeling the Human Microbiome" at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday June 12 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute. 

Borenstein is a SFI External Professor and works at the University of Washington where the Borenstein lab focuses on computational research in Evolutionary Systems Biology - an emerging field that examines the interplay between the evolutionary process and the organization of complex biological systems. This is done primarily in the following research topics:

  1. Metabolic interactions,

Trinity on the Hill Hosts Contemporary Service

on June 10, 2012 - 8:16pm

During its contemporary service today, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, led by Pastor Colin Kelly, singing at center, hosted a talk on the mystery of Christ. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Scenes from Saturday's 'Bagpipes in the Park Concert'

on June 10, 2012 - 12:31pm

The Order of the Thistle Pipes and Drums performed in Santa Fe Saturday at the annual "Bagpipes in the Park Concert" on the lawn of the Federal Court House in Santa Fe. The band is sponsored by the Scottish Rite of Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

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Submitted by Joel M. Williams

In honor of the bagpipers' pride, I offer:
 
"The Bagpiper's Tale; a Personal Testimony*

As a bagpiper, I’m often called upon to play at weddings, military events, and funerals.
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Flag Day Celebrated at Bataan Memorial Saturday

on June 10, 2012 - 12:24pm

The 17th annual Flag Day celebration was held Saturday at the Bataan Memorial in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

Military officials spoke to the crowd gathered at Saturday's Flag Day event in Santa Fe. Photo by N.S. Mills

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Golf Course Dedication Ceremony Honors Ed Griggs

on June 10, 2012 - 11:40am
All the carts are loaded and ready to go at the start of the tournament. At the go signal everyone goes dashing off to their assigned tee - the official start is called a "shotgun" start, which is now a horn blast. The Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic held at the Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday honors noted golfer Ed Griggs who passed away last year. He played his final round of golf in the Strong Kids Classic tournament last year. It is the second major fundraiser of the year for the Los Alamos Family YMCA. There were 28 foursome teams entered in the best ball scramble tournament.

KRSN Owners Named 2012 Broadcasters of the Year

on June 10, 2012 - 11:06am

David Sutton, co-owner of KRSN holds the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year trophy he and wife Gillian Sutton, won Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards in Albuquerque. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

KRSN Owners David and Gillian Sutton won the 2012 Broadcasters of the Year award Friday night during the New Mexico Broadcasters Excellence in Broadcasting Awards Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Albuquerque.

"Only in America can a florist and an auto mechanic buy a radio station and run with it," David Sutton said of the

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Annual ChamberFest Packs Downtown Los Alamos

on June 10, 2012 - 11:04am

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with his wife Janet McMillan strolled throughout the downtown area taking in the sights as Eddie and the Nomads performed during ChamberFest Saturday. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Eddie and the Nomads play their brand of Rock and Roll at ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Barbara Casados dances with "Jack the Dog" (Brittany Valdez) to the music of Eddie and the Nomads during ChamberFest. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Los Alamos ChamberFest includes the annual Classic Cars and Corvettes car show. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Ken Uher of White

Caldera Work Party Helps Calves Stay with Herd

on June 10, 2012 - 9:26am

A work party coming from the visitor center and another from the highway are separated by elk herd as Saturday's fence tear-down endeavor got underway at the Valle Caldera National Preserve. Forty people from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque with organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Sierra Club, Wild Earth Guardians and the New Mexico Environment Department joined Caldera Chief Scientist Bob Parmenter to remove fences built for sheep in the 1930s. These fences have hindered elk movement.

Local Students Prepare to Travel Europe

on June 10, 2012 - 8:25am

Front row from left, Lynn Ovaska, Michelle Boerigter, Anna Grothaus, Katherine Joseph, Kayla Suazo and Erin Burr. Back row from left, Hannah Breshears, Megan Kelley, Anna Carroll, Taylor Mason, Chris Calhoun and Nick Padilla. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

Eleven newly graduated high school students from Los Alamos leave Monday on an educational tour of Europe.

Local psychology teacher Lynn Ovaska is leading the group with Tour Director Simon Jordon of EF Educational Tours.

The students will travel through three countries on the 12-day educational tour together with students from two

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N.M. 4 Paving Work Moves North

on June 10, 2012 - 8:03am

Paving was underway on the north side of N.M. 4 last week as the roadway project begins to wind down. Photo by TK Thompson

Colorado Peak and Bear Springs Fires Holding Despite Red Flag Conditions

on June 10, 2012 - 8:01am

Both the Colorado Peak and Bear Springs fires held Friday despite red flag conditions - hot, dry and windy weather.

Firefighters continue mop-up operations. Mop-up operations consist of putting out or removing burning material that’s near containment lines, cutting down standing dead trees and creating cup trenches to prevent debris from rolling onto unburned vegetation.

Colorado Peak: 246 acres, 95 percent contained. The Colorado Peak Fire is located on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest; approximately 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport.

Bear Springs: 622

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PEEC Owls & Guaje Overlook Hike Today!

on June 10, 2012 - 6:15am

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

PEEC Offers Free Hike to Guaje Overlook

Guaje Overlook.  Courtesy photo by Stephen R. Lee

Today, June 10, Paul Arendt will lead a hike for PEEC to the Guaje Overlook. Hikers will meet at PEEC at 9 a.m. to carpool to the ski area for the hike of about 8 miles round-trip. 

Participants should bring a lunch and water, and dogs are welcome.

The Guaje Overlook hike goes through the beautiful Cañada Bonita area and beyond, offering views into the Valle De Los Posos, as well as pleasant, wooded trails.

The total elevation gain is around 500 feet.

Downtown Concert Kicks Off ChamberFest

on June 10, 2012 - 6:01am

Greg Abate (saxophone) and the Pete Amahl Trio play jazz for Los Alamos County's Gordons Concert Series Friday night in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Concert goers listen to the bebop of Greg Abate and the Pete Amahl Trio. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Andrew Justus and Ronnie Bell take in the smooth sounds of Greg Abate and the Pete Amahl Trio. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Greg Abate takes a brief pause from playing his saxophone. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Denise Lane, owner of Dixie Girl, passes out sample menus to concert goers from the window sill of her restaurant.

UNM-LA's Accelerate Program Helps Students Prepare for Future Careers

on June 9, 2012 - 8:23am

From left, Fatima Pino, Jeff Bold and Ivette Jimenez. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

The Accelerate Technical Training Program brings students a new approach to academic success. 

It offers ongoing coaching that quickly prepares people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in science technology engineering, mathematics (STEM), and business.

Accelerate provides a step toward obtaining jobs, as well as a flexible foundation for retraining as industries and employers innovate in the future.

The program is available at six regional colleges

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‘Dixie Girl’ Restaurant Targets June 19 Opening

on June 9, 2012 - 7:58am

Chef Greg Hoch, owner Denise Lane, and General Manager Susanne Meredith pose for a group photo during the Greg Abate and Peter Amahl Trio concert. The three were greeting residents and handing out menus. They hope to open the Dixie Girl June 19. Photo by Salvador Zapien

The nearly completed main bar will provide 24 feet of seating for the Dixie Girl. Photo by Salvador Zapien

The main dining room waits to be filled with chairs and tables. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Chef Greg Hoch and Sous Chef Leví Guarello in their kitchen. Photo by Salvador Zapien
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Rotary Club Concert to Feature Beene Memorial Music Competition Winners June 17 at Fuller Lodge

on June 9, 2012 - 7:14am

ROTARY News:

Monica Poston (First Prize 2012)

Fuller Lodge will resonate with music on June 17 when the Los Alamos Rotary Club presents a Fathers’ Day concert performed by 12 award winners of the annual Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free.

These popular annual concerts showcase the superb musical talents developed by young Los Alamos musicians, a number of whom pursue professional careers in music.

Dalton Smith (Second Prize 2012)

The June 17 concert will include performances by the three winners of the 2012 Beene Music

I = IR + SE Innovation Results from Intelligent Risk Taking and a Supportive Environment

on June 9, 2012 - 6:13am

Column by Dr. Harry Hertz 

Like many people in many companies and organizations, I have been thinking a lot about innovation lately.

In my case, the effort has been a prelude to thinking about upcoming revisions to the Baldrige Program’s 2013–2014 Criteria for Performance Excellence.

I consulted works by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gergersen, as well as numerous articles and blogs.

And my conclusion was that innovation (I) is the result of intelligent risk taking (IR) and a supportive environment (SE): I =IR + SE.

In this column, I will explore each

Portable Building Moves Smoothly Through Town

on June 8, 2012 - 10:46pm

A new portable building made its way up the truck route and through the town to Los Alamos Middle School today. Traffic interruptions were minimal due to the efficient planning and skill of the over size load crew and Los Alamos County Traffic Engineering personnel, police said. Photo by N.S. Mills

Crews guided the portable building up Diamond Drive and onto San Ildefonso Road as it headed toward the middle school. Los Alamos Public Schools will bring in about five more portable buildings throughout the summer. Photo by N.S. Mills

The portable moves up Hawk Drive, coming to rest in its new

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