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Anticipating Annular Eclipse of the Sun May 20

on May 13, 2012 - 10:40am

Observing Blog by Kelly Beatty

The May 20 solar eclipse will be the best such event visible from the U.S. in decades — with a stunning annular ring observable from California to Texas.
Eclipse-lovers haven't experienced a "central" solar eclipse from U.S. soil in nearly two decades (1994 be exact.)
But those of you out west will soon have a good chance of seeing one on May 20, 2012, when the path of an annular eclipse covers a wide swath from northern California to the Texas Panhandle.

May's event is called an annular or "ring" eclipse because the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun but

AAUW Hosting Spring Membership Tea

on May 13, 2012 - 10:30am

The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host its Spring Membership Tea from 4-6 p.m., Friday May 18 at the Hearth Room at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

Sharon Snyder is the featured speaker. She is the author of a new book, “At Home on the Slopes of Mountains” about the life of Peggy Pond Church.

Help celebrate Peggy Church’s era by dressing in 1940’s or 1950’s style hats, gloves and pearls, if desired. 

Membership dues will be collected and new board members installed during the meeting.


Los Alamos Daily Post Launches History Nut Series

on May 12, 2012 - 8:52am

The Los Alamos Daily Post is launching a continuing series of columns concerning Pajarito Plateau history written by Dorothy Hoard, Judy Machen, Heather McClenahan, Janie O’Rourke, Georgia Strickfaden and Sharon Snyder - collectively known as the "History Nuts."

To be labeled a “nut” is not generally a compliment, but these six local historians take pride in being affectionately called nuts because in this case the term carries respect for their research and publishing efforts related to Los Alamos.

The group came together informally in 2003 to meet and share research.

Wildflower Neophytes Walk with Chick Keller

on May 12, 2012 - 8:15am

Chick Keller expounds on the inter-relationships between plants and insects during the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's (PEEC) Wildflower Walk Thursday evening. Sixteen neophytes learned how to identify wildflowers now blooming in Los Alamos. The group met at PEEC on Orange Street for an introductory lecture and received a handout of species to watch for during their walk. PEEC's monthly Wildflower Walks continue through September. Specific dates for the walks and to learn what's blooming around town now, visit Photo by TK Thompson/


UNM-LA holds 31st Annual Graduation Convocation

on May 11, 2012 - 5:03pm

UNM-Los Alamos graduates recite the Pledge of Allegiance during Thursday's 31st annual graduation convocation at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

UNM-Los Alamos celebrated its 31st annual Graduation Convocation on May 10, 2012. Five students received bachelor’s degrees, 39 received associate degrees, 5 received academic certificates and 8 students received General Educational Development Diplomas.

Convocation Speaker Dr. Chaouki T. Abdallah is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico.


Don Davis is 2012 Teacher of the Year!

on May 11, 2012 - 11:51am

Donald Davis of Los Alamos High School is Los Alamos Public Schools 2012 Teacher of the Year. Davis was honored at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge Thursday evening. He has taught in the district for five years as Teacher/Robotics and Engineering Design. Davis will go on to compete for New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year include from left, Lorri McInroy, Alyssa Romero and Amy Vierra and unable to attend were Jennifer Schmiere, Cheryl Smith Ecke and Michelle Young. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Young Life Golf Tournament Helps Teens Go to Camp

on May 11, 2012 - 10:33am

By Carol A. Clark

Young Life Los Alamos is hosting its second annual golf tournament May19 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

It’s a Four Man Scramble Format golf tournament in which participants can create their own 4-some or be placed on a team.

All monies raised will go to benefit kids going to camp this summer.

This charitable event includes dinner, a raffle and prizes for the cost of $85 per golfer.

“It costs about $500 to send a teenager to summer camp for a week,” said Young Life Area Director Ryan Gilbert.

Espanola YMCA Teen Center

on May 10, 2012 - 8:45pm


The Espanola YMCA Teen Center (EYTC) hosted the second annual Born-2-Cruise Model car & Custom Bicycle Show Saturday, April 14.

This event was a great success and was flooded with more than 200 visitors and more than 50 participants.

Low-rider enthusiasts from all around the community and outward attended and showed off their custom creativity.

Courtesy Photo


"The Espanola youth were given a chance to shine and that is what we (EYTC) are all about," EYTC Program Co-Director Dion Gabriel said.

Family Fun Day Rocks Mountain Gym

on May 10, 2012 - 9:45am
Don Pollock, the Hillstompers cymbal player, watches as Mountain Elementary School Principal Gerry Washburn recognizes teachers and staff during Wednesday's "Family Fun Day." Photo by TK Thompson/

The white line running horizontally through the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium is a paper chain comprised of 3-inch links made by students. Each link represents five "green slips" a student accumulates from doing good deeds. The chain stretches two-and-a-half times the length of the gym. There have been a whole lot of good deeds happening at Mountain Elementary School.

UNM-Los Alamos Honors Rep. Jeannette Wallace

on May 9, 2012 - 11:49am

By Carol A. Clark

The Building 5 Lecture Hall on the UNM-Los Alamos campus is being named the "Jeannette O. Wallace" Lecture Hall in memory of longtime New Mexico State Representative Jeannette Wallace.

"We are just delighted to be able to honor Representative Wallace in this way,” said UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page during an interview Tuesday. "We'll host a formal dedication ceremony here at the campus in late August or early September and invite the family, community leaders and the public to join us in dedicating the Lecture Hall in her name with a special plaque."


Co-op Rocks!

on May 8, 2012 - 10:45pm


Co-opRocks! is brought to you by the Los Alamos Co-op as part of their outreach program to young adults (high school and college age). The program is intended to provide young adults a venue to express their interests (music, art, theater, etc.) in a fun and safe atmosphere. General Manager, Steve Watts said, "We strive to share our cooperative values through this venue by sourcing local talent and encouraging young adults and the community to come support each other at Co-opRocks!"

The 5 hours will be filled with a variety of activities, which reflect

Special School Board Meeting Scheduled

on May 8, 2012 - 9:40pm


The School Board has scheduled a work session on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9 am at UNMLA Building 1, basement classroom for ESL to meet with GED students regarding their high school experience. 

The School Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The only agenda item will be the 2012/2013 Budget.


Thayers Travel to Africa

on May 8, 2012 - 8:08am

Longtime Los Alamos residents Nina and Gary Thayer pose outside their accomodations while traveling in Africa last year. The couple spent Oct. 22 to Nov. 7 on their Serengiti Safari to Tanzania and presented photographs and a talk about their adventures to the Rotary Club last Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo from the Thayer Collection

Rotarian Nina Thayer shares details of the couple's trip last fall to Tanzania wth the Los Alamos Rotary Club as her husband Gary Thayer operates a computerized slide show of the adventure. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chamber FAN Club Features DALA Dancers

on May 7, 2012 - 8:19pm

Dancers perform during the Chamber of Commerce FAN Club at Dance Arts Los Alamos Wednesday evening in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce monthly after hours Food & Networking (FAN Club) event showcased the world-class training underway for students enrolled at Dance Arts Los Alamos.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting dance in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico by providing safe, professional instruction and quality performances.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is now in its 20th year and

Lunch with a Leader Set for Thursday

on May 7, 2012 - 1:46am

The League of Women Voter's monthly Lunch with a Leader is set for 11:45 a.m., Thursday May 10 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Orange Street.

Carol A. Clark of the Los Alamos Daily Post is the featured leader. Clark has covered local news in Los Alamos for nearly a decade.

She also produces and hosts the science program, Behind the White Coat, which airs on PAC 8 and UCTV and has hosted the radio program, Safety and Security Matters broadcast on KRSN AM 1490 since 2003. Clark studied journalism with a specialization in print media at UCLA.

Bold Knights and Ladies Fair Celebrate the Middle Ages in Los Alamos

on May 6, 2012 - 12:58pm

Fighters in armor at North Mesa Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie Gordon

On April 28, 2012, the banner of the Shire of Bryngolau (Shining Hill in Welsh) was raised for the first time when local members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) gathered for a day of fighting, feasting, music and dance in the style of the Middle Ages.

It was the Shire’s first official event.

SCA is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It isn’t just about research far from it.

Members of SCA live the part at their

Officials Conduct 'Every 15 Minutes' Debriefing

on May 6, 2012 - 11:41am

Los Alamos Fire and Police Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon leads a debriefing session Friday at police headquarters following last month's "Every 15 Minutes" distracted driving exercise at Los Alamos High School. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, at left, and Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond and others took part in Friday's debriefing.

LAHS Varsity Science Bowl Team Make New Mexico History

on May 6, 2012 - 9:51am

Congratulations to the Los Alamos High School Varsity Science Bowl team who made New Mexico history in the epic campaign to win National Science Bowl. Facing the best and the brightest that America has to offer, the team made up of Scott Carlsten, Micha Ben-Naim, Lorenzo Venneri, Kevin Gao, and Alexandr Wang, placed 9th in the nation. This was the first time a New Mexico team has broken round robin play and made double elimination. The students would like to thank their coaches: Paolo Venneri, Barbara Jo Mullis, and Kathy Boerigter.Courtesy/LAPS

A New Nature Center – A Natural Fit for Los Alamos

on May 6, 2012 - 9:40am

Column by Michele Altherr

As Los Alamos considers the merits and possibility of building a municipal nature center, it is worth considering the genesis of the idea and the value that it adds to our community.  

Back in 1999 a large group of citizens gathered in Fuller Lodge to express their interest in a Los Alamos Nature Center. When asked for help in turning the idea into reality, a core group of deeply committed people volunteered.  We began to meet in various homes, some of which were lost months later to the Cerro Grande Fire.  

We were geologists, physicists, artists, managers, and

Andrew Zhao Named 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar

on May 4, 2012 - 10:08pm

LAHS News:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Los Alamos High School senior Andrew Zhao as a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Zhao is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.

The U. S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., June 16–19.

“Honoring Presidential Scholars is an important celebration of students showing the dedication, creativity and

LAHS Parent Orientation Set For May 14

on May 4, 2012 - 9:38pm


YMCA Receives Service-Learning Grant

on May 4, 2012 - 9:24pm


  • Delle Foundation underwrites summer program for youth ages 11 to 17

Youth in the Y’s Earth Service Corps program visit the Romero Farm in Española. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA's Earth Service Corps YESC program started in 2001 following the Cerro Grande fire with the goal of providing an opportunity for youth to assist in repairing trails.

The Delle Foundation is a Los Alamos-based foundation started by Helen and George Cowan.

Helen Cowan, who passed away in 2011, was an avid hiker and was a devotee of local trails.

Some issues of damage from last year’s Las Conchas

Los Alamos Students Win First at State National History Day Competition

on May 4, 2012 - 9:04pm


Ruby Selvage and Kathryn McClenahan accepting a special award from the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum for the best project on agriculture and rural life (with staff from the museum). Photo by Kim Selvage

A pair of Piñon Elementary 6th graders won first place at the statewide National History Day competition on April 27 in Albuquerque.

Kathryn McClenahan and Ruby Selvage will be part of the New Mexico delegation at the national NHD competition in College Park, MD, June 10-14. Their project, a performance entitled “Land Where Our Children Die: The Reactions and

18 Volunteers Sought for Senior Appreciation Night

on May 4, 2012 - 8:38pm
By Diana L. Martinez
Senior Program Director
The Family YMCA
Volunteers are needed for the community-sponsored graduation celebration event known as Senior Appreciation Night (SAN), including someone to wear a monkey suit.
Numerous parents have volunteered, but 18 volunteers are still needed to fill two or three-hour shifts from 6 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., Saturday May 26.
A henna tattoo artist also is needed.
SAN is an all-night, safe, supervised downtown graduation celebration sponsored by several business and community organization.
The alcohol and drug free event

Barbara Calef Honored by League of Women Voters

on May 2, 2012 - 11:54pm

A tribute on behalf of all the members of the League of Women Voters was presented to President Barbara Calef, left, for her leadership and inspiration by Becky Shankland, second vice president during the group's annual meeting April 14. The League is a non-partisan group of men and women who do civic events for the community and research topics on which they want to take a position. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

The speaker for the event was Steve Laurent who gave a "fascinating speech and answered tough questions from the audience." Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster