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Three Aspiring Nurses In Los Alamos Awarded Stoddard Nursing Scholarship

on June 6, 2017 - 3:34pm

From left, Divine Fellers, Shannon Irwin and Melina Burnside, recipients of the Stoddard Nursing Scholarship. Courtesy/Jessica Booton Photography,



Each year Los Alamos resident Barbara Stoddard generously sponsors up to three scholarships for aspiring teachers and nurses who are graduating from high school in Los Alamos. This year it was three students planning to pursue nursing degrees who received the award: Melina Burnside, Divine Fellers and Shannon Irwin.

The Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Education were the result of Steve

Scenes From 2017 Los Alamos High School Graduation

on June 6, 2017 - 11:00am

Scene from the 2017 Los Alamos High School Graduation in Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Lelo Lehman/

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Photo by Lelo Lehman/

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Scenes From Civil Air Patrol Promotion Ceremony

on June 6, 2017 - 6:22am

Civil Air Patrol Seniors and Cadets attend the promotion ceremony Monday evening at the Los Alamos County Airport. Cadets Zach Lang and John Fox received the Mitchell Award. Achieving this award means they are now promoted to Cadet Second Lieutenant and eligible for advanced placement to the grade of Airman First Class if they choose to join the US Air Force. They also are eligible for advanced placement in AFROTC, various CAP scholarships and CAP special activity opportunities. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

CAP Cadet Zach Lang with his parents, Andrew and Rachel Lang, and Col.

Asteroids And Cosmic Origins At Planetarium

on June 5, 2017 - 2:07pm
PEEC News:
What are the chances that an asteroid will hit Earth? Friday, June 9, Dr. Galen Gisler will prelude the new film Incoming! with a discussion about the cosmic risks associated with asteroids. This special show takes place at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
Incoming!, a film that traces the paths of comets and asteroids, will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11. The film takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending!
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be

LANL: Girls In STEM Aims To Boost Interest In Science Careers

on June 5, 2017 - 10:42am

Girls from a Northern New Mexico school look on as Amanda Madden, of LANL’s Space Science & Applications group, demonstrates how to build a spectrometer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • LANL Foundation-funded summer series kicks off today at Abiquiu Elementary

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Elizabeth Coronado and Kelsey Neal, with support from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, recently launched a project called Girls in STEM, which aims to improve girls’ attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“Our hope is that as attitudes improve, girls will be more

George And Joan Bjarke Honored By Scholarship Granted To Three LAHS Students

on June 5, 2017 - 8:58am

From left, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Liam Johnson, Jaime Justice and Gary Bjarke (not pictured, April Lopez). Courtesy/Jessica Booton Photography



A scholarship honoring long time Los Alamos residents George and Joan Bjarke was awarded May 30 to graduating Los Alamos High School seniors Liam Johnson, Jaime Justice and April Lopez. In his or her application, each student demonstrated good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete his or her selected degree or program.

George and Joan Bjarke moved to Los Alamos in 1954 and raised six

Scenes From 2017 LAHS Graduation Day

on June 5, 2017 - 8:39am

Miroslav Betts celebrates with his parents Becca and Stephen Betts after the graduation ceremony Saturday at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

Kristine and David Coblentz with their son Kai Coblentz following his graduation Saturday at LAHS. Courtesy photo

Jessica Hall, left, and Jennifer Lee look happy to be graduates! Courtesy photo

LAHS graduate Danekah Olguin shows off her diploma. Courtesy photo

Ellie Hayward stands proud with her high school diploma. Courtesy photo

Drake Terrill and Jono Coons chilling after the graduation ceremony Saturday at LAHS. Courtesy photo

Rotary Distinguished Student Of Service: Radhika Iyer

on June 5, 2017 - 8:28am

Rotary Distinguished Student of Service Radhika Iyer, second from right, is joined by, from left, LAHS teacher Kathleen Boerigter and parents Rashia and Srinivas Iyer. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg



Los Alamos High School junior Radhika Iyer was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Iyer is the daughter of Rashia and Srinivas Iyer.

Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo


Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Scenes From LAHS Graduation Celebration

on June 4, 2017 - 12:38pm

About 200 Los Alamos High School students and staff gathered Wednesday, May 31 to celebrate graduation. Courtesy photo

Scene from the May 31 LAHS graduation celebration. Courtesy photo

Scene from the May 31 LAHS graduation celebration. Courtesy photo

Scene from the May 31 LAHS graduation celebration. Courtesy photo

National History Day Begins June 11

on June 4, 2017 - 7:33am
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This summer, the brightest young historians in the world will take a stand in history to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships at the National History Day® Contest.
The winners of 57 affiliate level contests will present their projects June 11-15 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Affiliates include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, China, Korea and South Asia.

Summer Family Evenings At Nature Center Wednesday

on June 4, 2017 - 6:48am

​Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center June 7 to learn more about the Santa Fe Animal Shelter from Tom Alexander. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, join the Santa Fe Animal Shelter for a tail-wagging presentation hosted by the Los Alamos Nature Center. Don’t miss the chance to play with furry friends and get tips on how to care for them. This event is part of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Summer Family Evenings program.

This week’s Summer Family Evening event is a great way to get involved with an animal-friendly organization.

Free Cyber-Puzzles Workshop For Young Women At UNM-Los Alamos Saturday, June 17

on June 3, 2017 - 6:58am

UNM-LA News:

Young women entering grades 7-11 in fall 2017 are invited to participate in a no-cost, day-long computer security learning event at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). The event, called Queen Of The Hill (QOTH) will meet 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

QOTH is organized by Neale Pickett, a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Author Janie Chodosh Speaks At Nature Center

on June 3, 2017 - 6:34am

Janie Chodosh's new book, Wild Lives, shares stories of hope for the future of important ecosystems across the globe. Photo by Anne Staveley

PEEC News:

Though our rapidly changing climate is challenging many animal species, there is still hope—people across the globe are working to keep our ecosystems in balance for future generations. Author Janie Chodosh will share stories during her talk 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Her new book, Wild Lives, which contains exclusive interviews of 20 conservationists, will also be available for purchase at the nature center.

Wild Lives

On The Job In Los Alamos: At UNM-LA

on June 3, 2017 - 6:00am
On the job in Los Alamos: UNM-LA Enrollment Services Coordinator Barbara Cohen with Student Workers Lydia Gurule, left, and Selena Archuleta. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

UNM-Los Alamos Summer Classes Begin June 5

on June 2, 2017 - 8:52am

The Introduction to Astronomy class conducts outdoor labs to view the wonders of the night sky. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Summer classes at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will begin Monday, June 5. Registration is open and there are still openings in many face-to-face and online classes. Course schedules are available at many locations around Los Alamos or on the UNM-LA website.

Students who have just finished high school, college students who are home for the summer, and summer employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory will find UNM-LA offers many core curriculum

Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets June 8

on June 2, 2017 - 8:37am

LAGA News:

The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library. 

Henrietta Christmas and Paul Rhetts will present a program about (and from) their recent book, "The Basic Genealogy Checklist".

The traditional no-host social dinner will convene at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon prior to the meeting.


LAPS Transportation Department Celebrates End Of School Year

on June 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos Public Schools Transportation Department celebrates the end of the school year Wednesday. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

The Los Alamos Public Schools Transportation staff honor retiring LAPS bus drivers John Stam, second from left, and Dianna Doughty Wednesday at LAPS Transportation. Also pictured are Chris Smith and Keith Rosenbaum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Ernie Evans, left, and Jeff Sandoval play darts during Wednesday's LAPS Transportation potluck. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ 

From left: Norma Smith and Becky Scott enjoy the potluck at LAPS

Los Alamos National Bank Helps Hundreds Of Students Tour Bradbury Science Museum

on June 1, 2017 - 8:47am

LANB Market President Liddie Martinez engages with Pojoaque Valley students as they participate in a scavenger hunt around the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Pojoaque Valley students explore the many exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

Two Pojoaque Valley students look closely at the Energy-Saving Projects exhibit during their field trip to the museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford

BSMA News:

In a combined effort, Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) provided bus transportation for some 1,200 students to have a

History On Tap: The Soviet Side Of The Cold War Tonight!

on June 1, 2017 - 8:44am

Los Alamos History Museum News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

How did the other side live during the Cold War? This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television.

PEEC Receives Funding To Get People Outside

on June 1, 2017 - 7:06am

New Belgium Brewing has donated millions to communities where they brew and/or serve their beer, a list that includes Los Alamos.​ Courtesy Image

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), operators of the Los Alamos Nature Center, recently received two grants to help get people outside. One funder, New Belgium Brewery, makers of Fat Tire Ale, is a long-time supporter of the nature center, while the second, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, is a new supporter of the center.

Clif Bar Family Foundation will support PEEC’s popular Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

Splash Into Summer Party Noon To 3 p.m. Friday

on May 31, 2017 - 2:05pm

Los Alamos High School Class Of 2007 Says Thanks!

on May 31, 2017 - 2:00pm
The Los Alamos High School Class of 2007 would like to send a big THANK YOU to the following local businesses that helped make our weekend so wonderful! Skip Wecksung, Kirk Webber, Aspen Copies, Fine Line Vinyl, Holiday Inn Express, NM Wine Tours LLC, El Parasol, Blue Window, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Pajarito Brewpub and VFW. Courtesy photo

New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Awards Scholarships

on May 31, 2017 - 1:35pm

Four Los Alamos High School graduating seniors have received scholarships of $525 from the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association. The students are from left, Melina Burnside, Jaime Justice, Kenidee Hatler and Madeline Beck. They were presented with their scholarships Tuesday evening at the Los Alamos High School Honors Convocation by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. Lucero thanked the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse, the Fraternal Order of Police and local residents for contributing to the scholarships. Morrie Pongratz at far left emceed the event. Courtesy photo.