Workshop Focuses on New Mexico Trees and Shrubs

PEEC News:

A very special opportunity to work with Jack Carter in the classroom and field

The public is invited to attend a workshop conducted by Jack Carter on New Mexico trees and shrubs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22.
Only 15 spaces remain open for the workshop to be held at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
First, participants will key plants together in a classroom setting to get some real practice using the book.
Carter’s aim is to have participants become comfortable and confident in plant identification.

In the field

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Column: Homecoming Havoc

Photo: Annika Bronkhorst

By Sopahn Kellogg
LAHS Sophomore

With the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance just around the corner, the Homecoming Committee is putting on the final touches and working out some last minute kinks. The dance is Saturday, Sept. 22.

Annika Bronkhorst, a sophomore this year and part of the Homecoming Committee, talked to the Los Alamos Daily Post to provide insight on the happenings of the Homecoming setup.

When asked about what was the most difficult part of getting Homecoming off the ground, Bronkhorst said, “Definitely I would say the shopping. It’s really hard Read More

Downtown Buzzed with Activities Friday Before Today’s Next Big Idea Festival

Engineers from Proctor & Gamble give a preview of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette Friday evening as part of today‘s Next Big Idea festival. The Corvette will be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot during. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, right, got a tour under the hood of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover got to sit behind the wheel of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette and rev its engine. Photo by Sal Zapien/ Read More

Justin Black Chosen Teacher of the Year!

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith with physical education teacher Justin Black, the 2012 “Teacher of the Year” are surrounded by students this morning. Photo by Debra Snow

LAPS News:

Justin Black, who serves as Chamisa Elementary School physical education teacher, was chosen as the New Mexico Association for Health Physical Education and Dance Elementary Physical Education “Teacher of the Year” for 2012.

Black will receive the award at the Oct. 11 state conference. In accepting the award, Black said, “It’s very cool to represent Read More

Among the Nicest Gifts…

Delta Kappa Gamma member Eileen Trujillo and Los Alamos Medical Center Unit Supervisor Denise Martinez unpack the newest collection of children’s books given to the families welcoming a new member. Courtesy photo

Among the Nicest Gifts
By Judy Crocker

Down the street, the painting job went smoothly, and there were loads of boxes arriving. Family friends came last weekend for a baby shower, and the crib had arrived on time.

The local members of Delta Kappa Gamma – Rho Chapter were especially pleased to add a valuable gift to the baby’s new room – a specially-selected book for the start of the baby’s Read More

Los Alamos Public Schools Deals With Rocky Situation

DPU employees Stephen Abeyta and Joe Olivas turn the valve that releases gas to Los Alamos Middle School following a recent leak. LAPS’s Jeff Sargent wearing a vest and Michael Herrera to his left, coordinated the work. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Middle School construction project has had to hurdle over some obstacles including contractor conflicts and a gas line leak. Now, the project has encountered a rocky situation – literally.

David Wharram of Gerald Martin, which serves as the owner representative for the project, explained to the Los Alamos Public Read More

Los Alamos County Among 100 Best Communities for Young People

Chamisa students, teachers, administrators, County officials and community members gather for a group photo following today’s big announcement that County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAPS News:

  • Annual Competition Recognizes Communities that Prioritize Youth Education and Well-Being

Los Alamos County today was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING.

The national award was given to Los Alamos County to recognize its Read More

LAHS Students Among National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Los Alamos High School semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program include in front row from left, Kevin Gao, Janali Gustafson, Christina Moore and Laura Wendelberger. Back row from left, Aaron Bao, Cary Bronson, Nathaniel Hall, Jessie Zhao, Jack Mockler and Thomas Henderson. Not shown are Eric Begnaud, Caitlin Haynes and Orli Shlachter. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58 annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

These academically talented high Read More

Creating a Marketing Plan that Builds Community

SBDC News:

Many businesses and organizations struggle with creating a marketing plan.

Join Founder and CEO Rubina Cohen of Firefly Innovation Group to learn how to create and implement the various parts of a marketing plan that not only grows and sustains your business or organization, but one that gives back and builds community.

Utilizing a brand new and easy method of marketing planning called the Firefly Method, which focuses on the needs of the business and the needs of the community, participants learn how to market and grow their business or organization for long term sustainability. Read More

SFI Seminar: On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior & What Lies on Either Side

Nicolas Perony
ETH Zurich, Chair of Systems Design

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents the talk, “On the Interface between Movement and Sociality in Animal Behavior, and What Lies on Either Side” by Nicolas Perony at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Scientists working on the study of animal groups are mainly divided between two schools: those who study social behaviour, and those who study spatial dynamics.

Whilst these two dimensions are intrinsically linked, traditionally there has been little Read More

The Y Encourages Families to Address Healthy Living During Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

The Family YMCA offers healthy eating and physical activity tips to help residents live healthier. Courtesy/FYMCA


September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The Family YMCA — a leader in youth development and healthy living — wants to help families understand the risks of childhood obesity and how to incorporate regular physical activity and healthy eating into their lives.

Childhood obesity rates have soared over the last few decades. Nationally, one in three children is obese or overweight, and in New Mexico 32.7 percent of children are affected by this Read More

Planting Bulbs this Fall Helps Students Next Spring

From left, Rotarians Alison Walters, Chris Sierk and Linda Hull sell flower bulbs for a Club fundraiser Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The Club will sell bulbs again from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in front of CB FOX on Central Avenue and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 27 and 28 and Oct. 5 at LANB. Flower bulb selections include mixed crocus, grape hyacinths, daffodils, red tulips and pink tulips. Proceeds benefit year-end Los Alamos High School student awards. Photo by Gil Butler Read More

Mountain’s Student Newspaper Project Part 15

Editor’s note: This is the final edition of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr’s gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the gorilla as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Riana Foley.

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Atomic City Children’s Theater Holds Auditions


Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school theater program, is holding auditions for its Elementary School Production of Disney The Little Mermaid, Jr., a two-act musical play based on the hit Broadway musical and full-length movie of the same name.

Auditions will be 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. the Barranca Mesa Elementary School gymnasium. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the auditions are open to 5th or 6th grade students in the Los Alamos area.

ACCT also offers students the chance to explore other Read More

Mountain’s Student Newspaper Project Part 14

Editor’s note: This is part 14 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr’s gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of honey bees as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Junseo Kim. Read More

PEEC Offers Second Hike in Fire Recovery Series

The Upper Crossing at Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Chick Keller will lead a “Frijoles Canyon Devastation and Recovery Interpretive Hike” Sunday, Sept. 16. The hike is free and open to the public, with no registration required. 

Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at Ponderosa Campground, near the intersection of N.M. 501 and N.M. 4. 

The hike will first go about 1.5 miles to the rim of Frijoles Canyon, through moderate burn damage and one badly flood-damaged site.  Participants who wish to continue will hike down into the canyon to Upper Crossing, and then bushwhack Read More

Mountain’s Student Newspaper Project Part 13

Editor’s note: This is part 13 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr’s gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the chimpanzee as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Lena Vinogradova.

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FSN Announces Programs for this Semester

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network is a private, non-profit organization serving families since 1989 through its Family Resource Center within the Pueblo Complex at 1900 Diamond Dr. The facility is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday through Friday with scheduled evening class times available.

This semester, FSN is offering a variety of programs:

“Prevent Suicide: Provide A.I.D.”

Date: Monday, Sept. 10 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Teen Center

Instructor: Elisa Enriquez, MSW, LISW

Cost: Free

Registration: Appreciated, but not required: Online at

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Community Invited to Public Tree Planting Event


PEEC News:

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 there will be a public tree planting day on Pajarito Mountain to reforest the burned areas.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center received a grant from REI, Inc. to support the reforestation project on the burned areas of Pajarito Mountain.

Nearly 2,000 tree seedlings (Englemann spruce, Douglas fir, limber pine and corkbark fir) have been ordered, mostly through the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s conservation seedling program. 

Firefighting backpack pumps were also purchased with grant funds to water the seedlings.
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Udall Recruits New Mexico Applicants for Internships

  • Positions Available in New Mexico and Washington Offices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for fall internships in his Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces offices.

To apply online or download an application, visit Udall’s website at

The deadline to apply for positions is flexible, but students interested in fall internships are encouraged to submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 7.

“While working in one of my offices, students Read More

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