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What the Community Read the Week of March 6-12

on March 13, 2012 - 4:35pm
Otowi Station Bookstore Bestsellers:
  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer and and Amy B. Middleman
  3. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  4. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  5. Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! Stephen McCranie*
  6. The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, Philip Taubman
  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  8. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  9. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  10. True Brit: Beatrice - 1940, Rosemary Zibart
*local or regional author
 

Go-Green-Go!

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Plants begin to sprout during an educational project getting underway at the Espanola YMCA. Courtesy Photo

Spring is on its way and that means the Espanola YMCA Teen Center, operated by the Los Alamos Family YMCA, is preparing to begin its annual Go-Green-Go! environmental project.

Youth will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture and the importance of preserving natural resources.

The teens also will gain hands-on experience through growing their choice of vegetation during the summer months.

At the end of the cycle, the novice farmers harvest their vegetation to give to a friend,

School Board Holding Several Meetings This Week

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos Public Schools News:

The Los Alamos School Board is set to meet three times this coming week:

  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater to discuss district construction, a preventative maintenance plan an Excellence for Student Achievement Award nominee, Trinity Renovations, Quality of Education Survey questions, the School Board’s meeting schedule and the donation of Los Alamos Middle School Garden Shed and agreement with the Family YMCA on the Garden Shed.
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Local Hoop Shooting Robot Now Locked in Bag

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Staff Report

Steve Aumack and Nate Phillips work on the robot operator control panel as the team gets ready for the competition in Salt Lake City March 15. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

A team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up the project Feb 21.

The group is competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition involves short games played by robots. The students build and program their robots, which are remotely controlled during the competition.

Each team receives a kit

Dr. John C. Hopkins to Lecture on 'The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective'

on March 8, 2012 - 12:00am

Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater Baker nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946. Photo taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles away. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:
 

Dr. John C. Hopkins will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge on “The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society's 2011-2012 lecture series.

John Hopkins

“Nuclear weapons, and hence Los Alamos, played a major role during the Cold War.

Immediately after World War II, the task at Los Alamos was to rebuild the staff

FSN Offering Programs for Teens, Tweens and Parents with Workshops that take out the 'Squirm Factor'

on March 8, 2012 - 12:00am

Family Strengths Network News:

Youth Volunteer Natalie Smith spends time helping a local child get creative during a Gingerbread House Building event at the Family Strength's Network. Courtesy/FSN

Adolescence is a critical developmental time for every family.

While young people are learning to use their emerging independence to discover their strengths, parents look for opportunities to balance their child’s need for freedom with guidance and direction.

Proactive families know that while children don’t come with a handbook, there are local resources to facilitate a positive experience for

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PEEC Offers Class on Small and Unusual Fruits

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

Gooseberries. Courtesy/PEEC

 

Join popular gardening instructor Martha Davis for a class on Small and Unusual Fruits for Los Alamos.

The class will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. The class is $20 or $18 for PEEC members - and advance registration is requested.

Participants in the class will discover small and unusual fruits such as gooseberries, currants, Cornelian cherries, and quinces.

Learn how to grow these in your Los Alamos or White Rock yard, and what to do with them once you’ve grown them.

Davis will share strategies to deal with an unfamiliar

FREE My CD (Manage Your Chronic Disease) Workshop at The Family YMCA

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

 

Are you an adult with an on-going health condition?

The Family YMCA is offering a FREE MyCD (Manage Your Chronic Disease) Workshop.

If you have diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or other chronic health condition, a MyCD Workshop can help you take charge of your life.

You’ll get the support you need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health, set your own goals and make a

Los Alamos Middle School Design Wins EPA Award

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

 

By Carol A. Clark

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the design of the Los Alamos Middle School's upcoming addition/renovation project for achieving the ENERGY STAR ® award — a rating 75 or greater.

Director Jean Lupinacci of ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Markets for the EPA wrote a letter to project architects Dekker/Perich/Sabatini saying, "Your firm will be listed on the ENERGY STAR website for submitting building designs that achieve superior energy performance.

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Historical Society’s Community Tea Focused on Breathing New Life into Oppenheimer House

on February 27, 2012 - 5:00pm

Sunday’s Los Alamos Historical Society Community Tea and Interpretive Planning Session examined how to enhance and celebrate a world-renowned legacy.

 

Some 70 preservationists, scholars, museum experts and community members spent 3.5 hours Sunday afternoon brainstorming the ways to use J. Robert Oppenheimer’s famous Bathtub Row residence to tell his story “in his own words.”

“Historic houses throughout the country are closing down … I don’t want this to be a velvet rope museum where a guide takes people through and they hear the same thing every time … I want it to be a dynamic, living,

Find It @ Your Library

on February 24, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library have books in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and more … Visit the library’s foreign language collections, in print and online.

Whether you are learning a new language, keeping up with new releases in your native language or just enjoy honing your foreign language skills, Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library aim to please.

The libraries provide all patrons, including local readers, listeners and viewers, with materials in languages from around the world.

  • The foreign language book collection has hundreds of titles in both

Los Alamos High School Students Complete Construction of Hoop Shooting Robot

on February 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Xian Eutsler welds on the frame for the robot in the UNM-LA shop. She did all the welding on the Los Alamos FIRST Robotics project. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

 

By Bonnie Gordon

In six short weeks, a team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up the project Feb 21.

The group is competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition involves short games played by robots. The students build and program their robots, which are remotely controlled during the competition.

Each team

Teen Center and Nature Center Move to Phase 2

on February 23, 2012 - 5:00pm
 
The County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee held a public hearing Thursday in Council Chambers for those applicants who have indicated that they are ready to move from Phase 1 (Study) to Phase 2 (Design/Construction). The committee passed unanimously Phase 2 applications for both the Teen Center and the Nature Center for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
 
The CIP Committee’s recommendations for approval will be forwarded to County Administrator Harry Burgess.

UNM-LA Now Offering Microsoft IT Academy Courses

on February 22, 2012 - 12:00am

By Bonnie Gordon

UNM-Los Alamos announces a new series of courses as a member of the Microsoft IT Academy Program. UNM-LA is the only organization in northern New Mexico that offers Microsoft Official Curriculum Courses.

“UNM-LA offers these courses at extremely competitive pricing along with many extras,” Program Coordinator Gary Garrett said. “See the website for details about our courses.”

Visit the program website at http://mitaunmla.unm.edu/

Course 6292A: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client will be offered beginning Wednesday, March 7. This four-day instructor-led course is

TEDxPajaritoLive is Coming to the Hive!

on February 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Kevin Holsapple

Experience a stimulating day of presentations between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 29, at the Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock.

TEDx PajaritoLive is a live simulcast of sessions being presented at TED2012 in Long Beach, Calif.

The overall theme of TED2012 is “Full Spectrum.” From the TED2012 conference program: “From dazzling technology and leading-edge science to the richest veins of human creativity and interconnection, we are assembling our most diverse group of speakers ever for TED2012, with just this in common: they have something remarkable

Local Students Build Hoop Shooting Robot

on February 20, 2012 - 12:00am

Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

A team of 14 Los Alamos High School students are spending their spare time creating a robot that can shoot a basketball.

The three girls and 11 boys are working with 10 adult mentors in facilities at UNM-Los Alamos.

The team intends to enter their robot in the “Rebound Rumble” at the “FIRST Robotics Competition” in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Check back for the full story on this exciting project.

Student Photographer Captures Ribbon Cutting Excitement

on February 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Los Alamos High School student photographer Hannah Purtymun captures the excitement generated by the high school's recent ribbon cutting event.
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Los Alamos Operated Espanola YMCA Teen Center Hums with Activities

on February 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Car modeling class. Courtesy/Espanola YMCA Teen Center

Teen News

Car Modeling Class

Volunteer instructors Lorenzo Martinez and Fabian Valdez of Espanola are volunteering their time and expertise to teach students at the Espanola YMCA Teen Center (EYTC)  how to build “show-worthy” model cars.

 Every Wednesday through March, students are meeting to bring their creative spirits to life by building, designing and painting their unique car models.

“We are excited to be working with this creative duo this year and are looking forward to what our students will create,” Co-Director Dion Gabriel

PEEC’s Earth Day to Reflect New Mexico’s 100 Years of Statehood

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

By Terry Foxx

New Mexico became a state 100 years ago, Jan. 6, 1912, after 60 years as a Territory. In those 100 years and before, the land that encompasses the Jemez Mountains and Pajarito Plateau has undergone many changes from open and lightly inhabited  lands, to grazing land for thousands of livestock, to population development and urbanization. But even without these changes, the ecosystem is constantly changing in response to both natural and human impacts.

Over the past 100 years, many people have been dedicated to helping us understand our land and our influence.

Alternative Voting Measures

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef introduces speakers Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman at Mesa Public Library Thursday evening. The League sponsored the talk, “How are we represented?” that looked at alternative voting methods used in New Mexico, the U.S. and other countries. Photo by Carol A Clark/ladailypost.com

 

UNM-LA Fairy Tale Thursdays Featuring La Belle et la Bete

on February 17, 2012 - 12:00am

UNM-LA News 

UNM-Los Alamos is hosting the free film series, “Fairy Tale Thursdays” at 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday through May in the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall.

The series will explore the rich tradition of fairy tales in film.

On Feb. 23, host, Dr. Mickey Marsee, will show the 1946 Jean Cocteau cult classic, “La Belle et la Bete” (Beauty and the Beast, NR/ 97 min) in the Building 5 Lecture Hall. Marsee hosted the popular Monster Film Series in 2010.

Deemed one of the best dramatic presentations of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, Cocteau’s direction mixes fantasy

UNM-LA Partners with Center for Legal Studies

on February 15, 2012 - 12:00am

UNM-LA News:

Area residents interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning March 5, by UNM-Los Alamos in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.

The 14-week Paralegal Certificate Course© prepares students for careers in the growing field of paralegalism. According to the U.S.

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PEEC Officials Meet with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Representative

on February 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

Michelle Jaquez-Ortiz, right foreground, from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's Office met with officials at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street Thursday to learn how best the senator can support PEEC's efforts. From left, Board President Becky Shankland, PEEC Member Karyl Ann Armbruster, Program Director Katie Watson, Board Member Dave Yeamans, Facility Director Chick Keller and Board Member Siobhan Niklasson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Upcoming PEEC events:

A Nature Center for Los Alamos? Public meeting before the CIP committee at 5:15 p.m., Feb.

Red and Black Ball Marks 12th Year

on February 11, 2012 - 5:00pm


Preparing audio equipment for the Ball Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider and wife Cori. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com.

Kate O'Donnell, left, and Karen Kendall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 

Greg Kendall, left, and Jim O'Donnell. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 


Fire Chief Troy Hughes and wife Jodi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Attorney Chris Chandler and County Council Chair Sharon Stover. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Police and Fire Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon.

YMCA Red and Black Ball Rocks Back to the 1950s

on February 11, 2012 - 5:00pm


A sold out crowd attended a fundraiser for The Family YMCA 2012 "Strong Kids"
campaign at the Hill Top House Hotel Saturday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Jim Steritz, Jacqui Carroll, Sarah Wellborn and husband Rick toast the successful 2012
Red and Black Ball. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 


YMCA Board Member Sharon Stover with husband Steven Girrens.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


YMCA Supporters and Board Members gather for a group photo.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Michaelangelo Lobato, left, and Roger Waterman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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