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Co-op Rocks!

LOS ALAMOS COOPERATIVE MARKET News

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


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Special School Board Meeting Scheduled

SCHOOL BOARD News

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.


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Thayers Travel to Africa

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/ladailypost.com


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Chamber FAN Club Features DALA Dancers

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

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


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Lunch with a Leader Set for Thursday

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. She has lived in Los Alamos for


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

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

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 events. Members dress


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Officials Conduct ‘Every 15 Minutes’ Debriefing

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. Students, parents, teachers, police firefighters, hospital personnel, judicial officials, chaplains from around the region, a mortuary, the Office of the Medical Investigator, a LifeCare helicopter and other emergency personnel participated


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LAHS Varsity Science Bowl Team Make New Mexico History

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


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A New Nature Center – A Natural Fit for Los Alamos

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,


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Andrew Zhao Named 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar

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


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YMCA Receives Service-Learning Grant

FAMILY YMCA News

  • 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 Fire


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Los Alamos Students Win First at State National History Day Competition

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY News

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 Reforms


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18 Volunteers Sought for Senior Appreciation Night

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

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Barbara Calef Honored by League of Women Voters

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

 

 


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Learn Local Wildflowers with PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC’s popular evening wildflower walks with Chick Keller are starting again. The first walk with be 5:30 p.m., Thursday May 10. Participants can meet at PEEC, 3540 Orange St., to carpool to the trailhead. The walks are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

Flax (Linum Puberulum). Photo by Jennifer Macke

PEEC will offer wildflower walks once a month from May to September.  Participants on these easy walks on local trails learn the names of whichever flowers are blooming that month. 

A plant list is always provided, so that participants can remember


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An 11-Year-Old Protagonist in a Little Known Chapter in American History

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News

Barbara Wright, author of the critically acclaimed novel for middle readers, Crow, will sign her book Friday, May 4, at 5:30 at Otowi Station Bookstore. She will visit Mountain and Barranca Elementary Schools and Los Alamos Middle School earlier that day.

The thought-provoking novel and its memorable cast present an unflinching and fresh take on race relations, injustice, and a fascinating, little-known chapter in American history, the race riots of 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina,through the eyes of the 11-year-old narrator, Moses, a likeable, credible


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LAYL Students Mentor the Younger Set

Older and younger students share a fun-filled day together through the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL), a longtime program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, sponsored an event for elementary age students last Saturday, April 28 at Los Alamos High School.

LAYL members were the “big brother and sisters” to local elementary school students.

The students played tag games, made art projects and seed planters, ate, decorated with sidewalk chalk, interacted with police officers and played with


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LAPSF: Thank You Letter for Great Conversations Support

LAPSF News:

To the Community of Los Alamos,

The Los Alamos Public School Foundation exists to raise funds to promote innovative learning in each of the seven public schools in Los Alamos.

We believe that our children are our future and that a quality education is critical to prepare them for an increasingly complex workplace and world.

The Foundation supports and invests in a successful future for all LAPS students through grants and programs.

Great Conversations, our signature fundraiser event held April 22 at LAHS, was a huge success.

The fabulous food and the terrific speakers make this annual


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NM Search and Rescue Annual Conference at Buffalo Thunder Resort

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) will be hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers on May 4-6 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque, NM.  Over 200 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, will be attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.  The three-day conference also has a trade show, featuring the latest in search and rescue


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