Education

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

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 Read More

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

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 Read More

Los Alamos Middle School Design Wins EPA Award

 

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. You may also display the Read More

PEEC Offers Class on Small and Unusual Fruits

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 Read More

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

 

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 Read More

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

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 Read More

Find It @ Your Library

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 fiction
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Los Alamos High School Students Complete Construction of Hoop Shooting Robot

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 receives Read More

Teen Center and Nature Center Move to Phase 2

 
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. Burgess could then take
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UNM-LA Now Offering Microsoft IT Academy Courses

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 Read More

TEDxPajaritoLive is Coming to the Hive!

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 Read More

Local Students Build Hoop Shooting Robot

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.

From left, Ben Nelson, Xian Eutsler (behind Nelson), Don Davis (mentor), Cameron Tauxe, AJ Harrison and Ben Schilling. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Ben Schilling,

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Los Alamos Operated Espanola YMCA Teen Center Hums with Activities

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 Read More

Alternative Voting Measures

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

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

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. Aldo Leopold Read More

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

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 with Read More

UNM-LA Partners with Center for Legal Studies

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. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projections, the number of paralegal positions Read More

YMCA Red and Black Ball Rocks Back to the 1950s


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.

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Red and Black Ball Marks 12th Year


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

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