Education

Local YCC Transforms Canon de Valle

After indoor safety trainings, members of The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corp trained on repairing a trail in Canon de Valle, focusing on a trail completely destroyed by last summer’s Las Conchas Fire and subsequent watershed issues. Courtesy/YMCA

Family YMCA News:

The status report sent to the State of New Mexico for The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corp program details tremendous accomplishments achieved by the local organization, which employs 24 youth during the summer.

Trainer Zach Close and Educator Craig Martin discuss Canyon de Valle trail work progress as members Read More

Authors Speak Series Features Married Mystery Writers June 28

By Kirsten Laskey

Writing is a solitary task. Typically, it’s just a writer and a computer. There are always exceptions to the rules, however, and Aimee and David Thurlo are one of them.

For the past 30 years, the husband and wife have joined forces to create several mystery series including the Ella Clah series, romantic mysteries and supernatural thrillers centered on a Navajo vampire.

Their collaboration has earned the Thurlos spots on best-seller lists and starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.

Their novels are sold in 18 countries and Hollywood has taken an interest in their vampire books. Read More

Summer Giving Effort Provides $20 Million in Grants for Youth

Youngsters from the Family Learning Center are among those who recently enjoyed a nutritious meal at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Courtesy/EYTC

Family YMCA News:

Walmart and six of its nonprofit partners serve up a smarter, healthier summer for 180,000 kids in 350 communities nationwide, including Los Alamos.

The Walmart Foundation announced more than $20 million in grants to six nonprofit organizations nationwide that will create opportunities for children to enjoy smarter, healthier and more productive summers.

The grants will help expand nutrition, learning and employment programs Read More

Rotary Club Thanks Community

Members of the Rotary Group Study Exchange from Capetown, South Africa visited Los Alamos recently including from left, Matt Haywood, Simisha Pather-Elias, Tabiso Mokwena, Robin Gilfillan and Viennie McShane. Photo by Gil Butler

By President-elect Linda Hull

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos would like to thank everyone in the community who so warmly welcomed our Group Study Exchange (GSE) visitors from Capetown, South Africa of Rotary District 9350 during their brief stay here last month.

The GSE program offers opportunities for four young professionals, ages 25-40, to travel to a Rotary Read More

“Meet the PEEC Critters” Summer Family Evening

PEEC News:

Foxxy the Hognose Snake is a friendly favorite of kids visiting PEEC. Courtesy photo

What is a turtle’s favorite food? Does a snake feel smooth or rough? Join animal-care expert Jennifer Macke at 6:30 p.m. at PEEC, (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) Tuesday June 19 for an informative presentation about the live animals on exhibit.

Macke will discuss what each animal eats and tell some amazing facts about each one. The program will answer many questions about local reptiles and amphibians, including questions you never knew you had.

Kids of all ages will get to touch and feed Read More

Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop Offered Wednesday at The Hive

Business Skills for Artists & Art Organizations Workshop is set for 1-4 p.m., Wednesday June 20 at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

This workshop will offer artists, art businesses, and art organizations training on essential business skills.

Participants will learn how to create a successful business concept, address customer first impressions, navigate the “7 P’s” for successful marketing, address a variety of selling scenarios, connect with customers, and techniques for effective business management. 

The speaker will be Bette Bradbury, WESST.

To register, call 505-661-4803 Read More

Why Afghanistan?

Dr. Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos with friend Blake Batten, Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti and graduating students in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

Column by Dr. Bob Fuselier

The main purpose of our Afghanistan trip last month was to visit the graduation ceremonies for Green Village Schools’ Advanced Education Center (GVS-AEC) in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province.

My organization (the Afghan Sister Village Project) and Blake’s organization (Project PeacePal founded by Sarah Wilkinson of Albuquerque) acted as support players for Green Village Schools, the organization that runs the Read More

Los Alamos Students Visit Versailles

Los Alamos students touring Europe are now visiting Versailles. Versailles is a city in France renowned for its chateau, the Palace of Versailles and the Garden of Versailles. Founded by the will of King Louis XIV, it was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for more than a century, from 1682 to 1789, before becoming the cradle of the French Revolution. Photo by Lynn Ovaska Read More

Los Alamos Students Move on to Paris!

Los Alamos students made the most of a delay in their trip this week visiting countries in Europe. Teacher Lynn Ovaska wrote: “Our bus getting back to the hotel was delayed when another school missed the meeting time. Instead of being upset, we all went back over to the Eiffel Tower and laid underneath it when the lights sparkled. I will forever remember this moment together and this amazing group of kids who entertained each other With charades, dancing, and jokes until the bus arrived. Only five hours of sleep tonight before we are off to tour Paris and Versailles with a local guide tomorrow Read More

Middle School Project Moves Forward

Los Alamos Middle School construction is slated for completion August 2013. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

The construction project at Los Alamos Middle School hit a snag, but is now moving forward.

The Los Alamos Public School Board learned Tuesday night that the project was put on ice last week after contractor Bradbury Stamms filed a protest.

Board member Dawn Venhaus explained to the Los Alamos Daily Post that during a bid process, bidders are allowed to protest if they feel something is unfair.

She said Bradbury Stamms was concerned over the “extra-points” that the New Mexico Taxation Read More

Los Alamos Students Tour England

Eleven students from Los Alamos continue their educational tour of Europe with a vist to Tower Bridge in London. Completed in 1894, Tower Bridge was instantly hailed as a London icon and one of the great engineering marvels of its age. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

The recent high school graduates spend time at the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster, popularly known as Westminster Abbey in the City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom. The church opened in 1090, is 225 feet tall and visited by more than one million people each year. Courtesy photo

The students travel to Circus Piccadilly Circus Read More

Los Alamos Students Land in London!

Los Alamos students prepare to ride the tube during their tour of Europe this week. The London Underground is a rapid transit system in the United Kingdom, serving a large part of Greater London and some parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The tube has 63 stations, which are step-free from street to platform. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Los Alamos students near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. Photo by Lynn Ovaska

Los Alamos students and teachers near the platform made famous by the Read More

Take Dad to See the Birds

PEEC News:

On Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, PEEC will be offering a free Birdscape Tour of White Rock. 

This is a chance to visit four homes that have optimized their yards for attracting birds. 

The yards will be open for visitors 1-5 p.m. This is a self-guided tour, and no registration is required.

The four yards on display this year will be at the Dunns, 107 Sierra Vista Dr.; the Walkers, 305 Donna Ave.; the Foxes, 238 Rio Bravo Dr.; and the Arendts, at 608 La Bajada. 

A map and directions are available at PEEC’s website, www.PajaritoEEC.org, and participants may visit the yards Read More

Fuselier Provides Introduction to Afghan Culture

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos, right, and friend Blake Batten arrive at the Lashkar Airport last month. The parking lot behind them is the baggage claim area … if it’s raining, someone may pitch a tent. Photo by Ayub Kharoti

By Dr. Bob Fuselier

Afghanistan is home to numerous ethnic groups. Up until the last few years, many were locked in long-standing conflicts with each other.

While underlying tensions still exist, the peace that is now more of a way of life than a dream of yesterday provides a framework through which Afghans can coexist.

Today the streets of Kabul reflect the spectrum of ethnicity Read More

Los Alamos Geological Society Meets at 6 p.m. June 19

In the facinating world of geology, one never knows what lurks under the next rock or just inside an abandoned silver mine. Geologist Javier Garcia-Guinea put his head inside an opening of an old silver mine in Almeria, Andalusia, Spain in June 2000 and found a gigantic geode, covered with large crystals of gypsum of exceptional transparency. The chamber measured eight meters long, 1.8 wide and 1.7 high. Courtesy/unique-almeria.com

The Los Alamos Geological Society meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday June 19 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.

 

This meeting will be a potluck and silent Read More

Los Alamos Day at NM History Museum Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, June 16, the New Mexico History Museum and its Los Compadres del Palacio support group will host a visit to the Museum for all Los Alamos County residents.  

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m., with an informal reception at the Museum.

At  2:15 p.m., Los Alamos visitors are invited to participate in a tour of the St. Johns Bible exhibition led by Tom Leech, head of the Palace Press.

They can also visit other exhibits in the Museum, including those in the Palace of the Governors. Museum admission will be free 1-5 p.m. for Los Alamos visitors.

During the afternoon there Read More

Local Students Board Plane this Morning for Europe

Eleven newly graduated seniors from Los Alamos gathered at the Sunport in Albuquerque this morning to fly to Europe on an educational trip with local teacher Lynn Ovaska. Courtesy photo

Students including Michelle Boerigter, Anna Grothaus, Katherine Joseph, Kayla Suazo, Erin Burr, Hannah Breshears, Megan Kelley, Anna Carroll, Taylor Mason, Chris Calhoun and Nick Padilla line up in the Sunport prepared to board the plane for their educational tour of Europe, which runs through June 22. Courtesy photo

Students Anna Carroll, Megan Kelley and Taylor Mason from Los Alamos prepare to board their Read More

‘Julie’s Helpers’ Hosts Scholarship Event with Navajo Frybread and Tacos at Ashley Pond Friday

By Carol A. Clark

The community is invited to enjoy authentic Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos at the second annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo Taco Sale.

The event is set for 5-9 p.m., Friday June 15 at Ashley Pond in conjunction with the Gordon’s Summer Concert and kickoff of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo partners will prepare the Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos for the event. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

JULIE MEADOWS

Before her passing from a brain tumor in December of 2009, Julie Meadows and Read More

Los Alamos Elks Lodge Invites Community to Special Flag Day Event at 6 p.m. Thursday

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge is hosting a Flag Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive next to Sonic. The event includes a talk on the history of the American flag, a flag folding demonstration and instruction on the proper way to dispose of a flag, with a flag burning ceremony to follow. The Los Alamos Elks Lodge will provide free hot dogs, chips and cookies to those who attend the event. For more information, contact the Elks at 662-5611.

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