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Crowd Packs Party for PEEC Benefitting Nature Programs

Applause rang out for Pajarito Environmental Education Center Board President Becky Shankland, left, and Board Vice-president and Earth Day Chair Teralene Foxx during the PEEC Party to Benefit Nature Programs held Sunday evening at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The annual “Party for PEEC” benefit dinner supports the Nature Center at 3540 Orange St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Board President Becky Shankland and Patron Dave Schiferl chat with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Carol A. Claek.ladailypost.com

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LAHS Olions Thespian Club Presents ‘RAGS’

LAHS News:
 
Kicking up your heels in the big new city. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club proudly presents the musical “RAGS”opening 7-10 p.m. Wednesday at Duane Smith Auditorium.
 
The play about Jewish immigrants dealing with politics and the breaking of sweatshops in New York City at the turn of the century is directed by Jillian Clay Morse.
 
It’s a music machine! Every home should have one. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
The orchestra is conducted by Zane Meek, music direction by Greg

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LAHS Students Introduce Officials at Rededication Ceremony

Erin Kirk introduces Los Alamos School Board President  Dr. Kevin Honnell at Monday’s rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony at Griffith Gymnasium. Photo by Alan Kirk

Marlie Apperson introduces a speaker at the event. Photo by Alan Kirk

Jodi-Cull Host introduces military representatives at the ceremony. Photo by Alan Kirk

Nick Baker introduces Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. Photo by Alan Kirk


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Scenes From Tonight’s Ribbon Cutting and Rededication Ceremony of Griffith Gymnasium

LAPS News:

Officials cut the ribbon during this evening’s rededication of Griffith Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Alan Kirk

The Los Alamos High School Color Guard. Photo by Alan Kirk

Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms addresses the audience during the rededication ceremony. Photo by Alan Kirk

Military representatives light candles during the ceremony. From left, representing the Coast Guard: Capt. David Swingle, U.S. Navy (no CG servicemen available,) Air Force: Major Robert W. Hull, Navy: Petty Officer 2nd Class Roger Brewer, Marine Corps: Sgt.


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School Board Business Targets Bus Loop and Budget

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School for a work session immediately following a special school board meeting.

The agendas include an update from the LAHS Bus Loop Committee and discussion on the LAPS 2012-13 budget.

The meetings are open to the public.


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Participants Help Shape Next Five Years of LAPS’s Goal to Become a Top U.S. School

LAPS News:

Linda Anderman of LANL’s Community Programs Office facilitated Saturday’s Community Strategic Plan update meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School students, school staff, parents and community members attended a “Strategic Plan” update meeting Saturday morning in the high school Speech Theater. 

Strategic Plan Thrust Captains provided briefings on progress made of the work completed over the past seven months as well as updates on the path forward in five key areas:

  • Student Achievement
  • Effective Teachers
  • Aligned Resources and

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Public can Operate Robot at Open House

UNM-LA News:

Members of FIRST Robotics Team 4153 – Project Y. Courtesy Photo

The community is invited to join members of FIRST Robotics Team 4153 – Project Y at an open house where Los Alamos High School team members will demonstrate the robot they built, answer questions about FIRST robotics, and help the public try its hands at the controls.
 

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, April 24
 

Where: UNM-LA Bldg. 2 (4000 University Dr., Los Alamos)
 

Who: Open to the public

The robot built by members of FIRST Robotics Team 4153 – Project Y. Courtesy Photo

 


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Long Term Nutrition and Weight Management Tips

Column by Kent Pegg

With warmer weather approaching, now might be a good time to think about your nutrition plan and the role it plays in your life.

Daily, I address this issue with people who are looking to change the way they eat and who want to develop a nutrition plan that helps them achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Proper nutrition, combined with an exercise program consisting of muscle strengthening, cardiovascular endurance training, and increased flexibility, will help you reach your goals and enjoy a better life.

For the most part, your calories come from three sources: proteins,


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Perfect Weather, Large Crowd, Loads of Fun Surrounded PEEC’s Earth Day 2012

Community members of all ages soaked in the sunshine, activities and music at today’s Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Ever-Changing Land of Enchantment is this year’s Earth Day theme. PEEC’s Earth Day logo connects people to the land they live in and its changes over the past 100 years since New Mexico’s Centennial. It also reminds people that they must live gently on this beautiful and vulnerable land. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos National Bank


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Bandelier Offers National Park Week Activities in Los Alamos

BANDELIER News:

Perhaps the most distinctive furry resident at Bandelier is the Aberts Squirrel. Courtesy/Bandelier

National Park Week runs through April 29 and Bandelier National Monument is offering opportunities both in Los Alamos and at the park to celebrate National Park Week.

“Bandelier partners with many organizations in Los Alamos. We’re very happy to be able to offer National Park Week activities in town where they are available to people who may not be able to get down to the park,” Park Superintendent Jason Lott said. “We hope to see lots of our neighbors this week.”


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Author Speaks: Nye and Barco Reveal What Happens When Books are Banned

By Kirsten Laskey

The written word packs a good punch. It sparks inspiration and sometimes exasperation even to the point where people want to ban it.

The desire to ban books can also pack quite a punch, particularly for public and school libraries.

During the upcoming Author Speaks lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, librarians Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco will reveal what has happened when people demand books be removed from public reading shelves.

Nye and Barco wrote “True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries,” a compilation of essays on how librarians around


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PEEC offers New Survival Skills Class for Kids

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER (PEEC) News:
 
Coutesy/PEEC

 

This summer, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer a primitive skills class in the Jemez for children entering grades 4-7. 

 
The class will meet on Saturdays (and two Sundays) in June and July from 1:30-3:30 p.m., and will be held at various locations in the Jemez area. 
 
Experienced educator Rourke McDermott will teach the class. 
 
The cost is $60 or $48 for PEEC members or a second sibling for the whole summer.
Each week students will be immersed in the outdoors,

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Cleanup at Los Alamos Middle School Garden Site

On Thursday evening students, Victoria Young, Gabriela Vallejos and Jamie Justice picked up trash from around the site of the Los Alamos Middle School Community Garden. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Youth Food Project’s [LAYFP] key goal is to develop a community garden adjacent to the Los Alamos Middle School near the new Solar Array and KRSN AM 1490 antenna.

The garden will be available to K-12 LA Public School students, to community organizations and to individuals.

Other garden locations may be developed as well, including a greenhouse at the Los Alamos Cooperative


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Schools Hosting Important Community Meeting Saturday

The students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday April 21 at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School. 

Strategic Plan Thrust Captains will provide a briefing on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.

Thrust Captains will also provide an update on the path forward in five key areas, including:

  •  Student Achievement
  •  Effective Teachers
  •  Aligned Resources and Support Systems
  •  Community Partnerships
  • System for Continuous Improvement

School and community


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Driver in Staged Crash Faces the Judge

A teenage driver faces Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados for sentencing following the “Every 15 Minutes” staged crash in which four youth were injured and another died at the scene created at Los Alamos High School Wednesday morning. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The student driver with his made up facial lacerations faces the judge during the courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

The teen driver’s parents also participated in the mock courtroom scene. Photo by Jenn Bartram

Careflight pilots arrive at Los Alamos High School to transport a “critically”


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Griffith Gymnasium Ribbon Cutting and Rededication is 6 p.m. Monday

LOS ALAMOS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT News

The community is invited to the Ribbon Cutting/Rededication of Griffith Gymnasium at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23.

Griffith Gym is named after 1st Lt. Thurston “Turk” Griffith, Jr., a 1958 graduate of Los Alamos High School.

“Turk” was awarded posthumously by General William Westmoreland the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

In December of 1964 “Turk” was assigned to the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam.

He served as an adviser to units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in Binh Tuy Province.

On Jan. 17, 1965


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New Scalable Green Protocols for Processing Carbon Nanotubes

NIST News:

Summary: The overall aim of this project is to develop and validate general methods and protocols for purification, size-separation and dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that will enable aqueous ‘biological’ applications. New NMR metrologies are also being developed and applied to characterize and compare the physio-chemical properties of various length/diameter sized separated CNTs in aqueous dispersions.

Description: Since the discovery of the C60 “buckyball” by the 1996 Nobel Prize laureates Robert F. Curl, Harold W. Kroto, and Richard


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The Muster Tradition Event Set for Hilltop House Hotel Saturday

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the annual Texas Aggie Muster will be held at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel to honor those Fallen Aggies.

Ron Selvage said that he is proud to organize this event.

The Muster Tradition:

Century-old roots provide the basis for Muster as Aggies know it today. It has changed, yet the Spirit in which it was established remains the same.

Since the founding of Texas A&M, every Aggie has lived and become a part of the Aggie Spirit.

“What we feel today is not just the camaraderie of fellow Aggies, it is the Spirit of hundreds of thousands of Aggies who have gone before us, and who


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Staged Crash at LAHS Drives Home Distracted Driving Dangers

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

An emotionally charged emergency-response exercise involving a staged crash in which five students were injured and a sixth student died at the scene took place this morning at Los Alamos High School.

The vehicular accident was staged in the faculty parking lot as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program.

“Every 15 minutes” is a national initiative that uses staged crashes, emergency-response scenarios, and discussion to educate and remind students and adults about the many dangers associated with driving while impaired


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