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Hannemann's Music Corner: Living Things

on May 2, 2013 - 8:28am
Hannemann's Music Corner: Living Things
I have a rather lovely piece of turquoise on the head of my guitar. It was a gift from a friend in Bisbee and it came with a bit of cautionary advice.
When I first met Bear there was the general, "and what do you do?" line of conversation. I told him I was a musician. He asked, "what do you play?" and I responded: I mostly play guitar and mandolin, though I can also play (to varying degrees) clarinet, harmonica, melodica, and somewhat on the piano. 
The music is folk, country, classical, spanish, light jazz and blues.

United Church Thrift Shop Now Open First Saturday of Month

on May 2, 2013 - 8:19am


The Thrift Shop at the United Church of Los Alamos will open 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday May 4 and plans to be open the first Saturday of each month after that.

The United Church of Los Alamos is at 2525 Canyon Road.

Stop by and check out the selection.

White Rock Little League Needs Umpires

on May 2, 2013 - 8:09am

WRLL League News:


If you love baseball and softball and are looking for a way to become involved in youth sports but don't have the time to commit to coaching a team, umpiring may be the perfect way to volunteer for White Rock Little League.


Every Minor A, Major, Junior and Senior game requires two umpires, so there are plenty of opportunities to call a game.

The typical time commitment for an umpire is 30 minutes prior to the game time until approximately 10 minutes after game time. (Average game time is two hours.) You can call as many or as few games as you like.




New Bill on Horizon to End Doping of Racehorses

on May 2, 2013 - 8:06am
Sen. Tom Udall

Ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ken., and Joe Pitts, R-Penn., revealed draft legislation they intend to introduce to end doping in horseracing and kick cheaters out of the sport.
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to cleanup the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.  
USADA is a non-governmental organization that is designated as the official anti-doping agency for the U.S.

Republican Women Meet May 9

on May 2, 2013 - 8:00am


The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its May meeting at noon Thursday, May 9 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr.

Guest speaker will be Elaine Miller, president of New Mexico Federated Republican Women. She will speak on the topic, "Why Be Federated?" 

Following this meeting, members may join Miller for lunch at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Reservations are required. Contact Donna MacDonald at 662-4001.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations.


School Board to Meet Saturday

on May 2, 2013 - 7:56am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Town Hall in White Rock to discuss certified and classified negotiations of the collective bargaining agreements per Section 10-15-1-H(5) of the Open Meetings Act.

Following that meeting, the Board will hold a retreat at 9 a.m for the purpose of discussing Board goals and aligning the budget to the Strategic Plan.


Go Climb a Wall at the Y

on May 2, 2013 - 7:54am
YMCA News:
Climbing is a whole body workout that results in an exhilarating accomplishment and the Climbing Wall at The Family YMCA has some new classes, programs and prices to get you introduced, get you in, and get you climbing for less.
Adult Climb Time for any level of climber - beginner to advanced ages 18+. 9 to 11 a.m. Friday mornings during YMCA Child Watch. $20 per month (plus Child Watch fee if needed) / $10 for Y members with Child Watch free as always. Bring your own gear or use ours.
Little Geckos – ages 3-5 with parent. $30 per month / $20 for Y members.

Arts and Crafts Fair Just in Time for Mother's Day

on May 2, 2013 - 7:34am
'Fall Aspens' by Stephen Grundy. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years.

While this year’s arts and craft's fair will feature the staples, including nearly 100 booths featuring everything from paintings and photography to jewelry and sculptures, as well as live entertainment by Sol y Luna and the Lads of Enchantment, there are a few new additions to the event.

Everyone can walk away with something from the fair, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

The First Baptist

PTK Inducts Largest Membership Group in its History

on May 2, 2013 - 7:20am
 Twenty-nine new members were inducted March 22 into Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Zeta Chi Chapter at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo  

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Zeta Chi Chapter recently welcomed 29 new members - the largest group of new members in its history.

During the induction ceremony March 22, new members recited the PTK Oath of Membership and accepted a white rose and membership in the prestigious organization that was established in 1918. Inductees must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above to join and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to


Correction to Pajarito Reads Column on the Books of Carolyn Neeper

on May 2, 2013 - 6:20am

The term "self-published" is not a correct description of Los Alamos science fiction writer Carolyn Neeper’s publishing process. The books are published by Penscript, an independent publisher. Here is a link to the story, which has been corrected to reflect the proper information.

The second book in the series, The Webs of Varok, recently won the Nautilus Book Awards Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction.

The reviewer, Bonnie J. Gordon, apologizes for this error.


Council Passes Open Meetings Resolution for 2013

on May 1, 2013 - 12:21pm


At Tuesday night's County Council meeting, the Council took action to pass a new Open Meetings Resolution, based on changes that came from actions made at the State level.

The updated resolution now includes a provision that requires a minimum of 72 hours notice for regular meetings, not only for Council, but for all Boards and Commissions as well.

This Resolution also complies with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; specifically, it requires that information helpful to individuals with disabilities be included in the notice of public meetings.



Friday's Ribeye Steak Dinner at VFW Supports Veterans

on May 1, 2013 - 11:49am


Alex Kirk Invited to Tryout for USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team

on May 1, 2013 - 11:38am

Alex Kirk


UNM junior center Alex Kirk of Los Alamos has been invited to tryout for the the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games team that will compete July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Tryouts start June 24 in Colorado Springs.

UNM senior guard Kendall Williams also received an invitation to tryout for the team.

Davidson head coach Bob McKillop coaches the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games team.

Guard/small forward DeShawn Delaney of Vincennes University junior college in Indiana will make an official recruiting visit to UNM next week.


Exploring Mars with Curiosity Subject of Next LANL Frontiers in Science Lectures

on May 1, 2013 - 11:19am

LANL scientist Roger Wiens. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, its journey to Mars and some of its discoveries on the Red Planet thus far in a series of Frontiers in Science presentations beginning May 7 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School.

Wiens repeats his talk:

  • May 9 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., Albuquerque
  • May 14 in the James A. Little Theater of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe
  • May 16 in the

Brass Octet Performs at Noon Today

on May 1, 2013 - 11:02am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council presents a free Brown Bag Brass Octet concert at noon today at Fuller Lodge.

Two brass quintets play regularly in town: High Mesa and Brave New Brass. They decided to combine forces and play some large ensemble music. The Octet has four players from one quintet and three from the other, plus one agreeable sub. 

With this number of performers, the Octet could choose from a vast collection of Gabrieli double-choirs and other large-group pieces.


New Guide Details Steps for Preserving Biological Evidence

on May 1, 2013 - 10:59am

A forensic technician collects biological material from a pipe bomb. Courtesy/Forensic Science Program, PSU

NIST News:

A new handbook by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) provides forensic laboratories, law enforcement agencies and the judicial system with state-of-the-art guidelines and recommended best practices for preserving biological evidence so that it is available at any time to solve “cold cases,” confirm the guilt of criminals or exonerate the innocent.

Biological evidence refers to two

Local Swimmers Make Waves

on May 1, 2013 - 10:44am

Los Alamos Charger Aquatics swimmers from left, Maria Venneri, Missy Franklin and Sarah Lott. Courtesy photo


Swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos team competed this past weekend (April 26-28) in the 2013 Colorado TOPS Spring Open meet at the University of Denver. 

This was their first long-course meet for the upcoming summer season. The swimmers had some good swims, but the highlight of the trip was getting to meet 2012 Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, whose club team also was participating in the competition.

Charger swimmers also made a splash at


Letter to the Editor: Do Great Conversations Matter? 'You betcha!'

on May 1, 2013 - 10:12am
Los Alamos

Do great conversations matter? How about civility? Does having the best possible local schools matter? I say, “You betcha!”

Sunday marked the 4th Annual Great Conversations fundraiser hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation; a delicious afternoon of sharing ideas with a diverse group of Los Alamos-ites, who enjoy critical thinking, problem-solving, listening intently with an open mind to new ideas and worldly experiences of some neighbors we hadn’t had a chance to know until Sunday’s “meeting of the minds.” 

I loved every minute of our

Martin Gursky Memorial May 26

on May 1, 2013 - 9:44am


There will be a public memorial and celebration of the life and times of Martin L. Gursky at 3 p.m.,  May 26 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage St.

Martin passed away earlier this year. The family invites his former colleagues and acquaintances to join his family and friends in remembering and reminiscing his life.

A reception will follow the memorial and the family looks forward to personally thanking the many who sent condolences and well wishes since Martin’s passing.


Community Engages in Sunday's 'Great Conversations'

on May 1, 2013 - 9:30am
The Los Alamos Public School Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, 'Great Conversations' Sunday. A packed house dined while engaging in conversation with 14 experts in a wide variety of subjects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Auctioneer/LAPSF Board President Kurt Steinhaus and LAPSF Executive Director Joanna Gillespie show off a tasty treat auctioned at 'Great Conversations' Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Table Six chats with Fashion Maven Alexandra Hehien, left, at 'Great Conversations.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

'Stones in His Pockets' Opens Friday!

on May 1, 2013 - 9:23am
LALT News:
The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones, as its May production.
A deceptively serene rural Irish town is suddenly overrun with Hollywood moviemakers out to make the next great Irish blockbuster film. Meet the varied citizenry as they navigate the ins and outs of movie stars and extras, a proper "Irish feel" fit for film versus the grittiness of real life, teen angst and the pride that only comes with age.
Fifteen characters are played by two actors, Christina Martos and John Cullinan, with a minimum of costume changes.

'Science on Screen' Shows 'Sneakers' with Commentary by Simon DeDeo

on May 1, 2013 - 9:15am
Simon DeDeo. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
The popular Science On Screen series returns to Santa Fe  at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 with Simon DeDeo and the 1992 cult hacker film Sneakers.
The event will be held at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
Science On Screen is a collaboration of Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe. During each showing, an SFI scientist presents a favorite film, offering personal perspectives and insights from the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies.
Robert Redford, Sidney

Kids Create Journals at PEEC May 18

on May 1, 2013 - 9:06am

Journaling has become a favorite way to reflect and remember special events and experiences. Photo by Katy Korkos

PEEC News:

Kids, like adults, can enjoy creating journals about memorable experiences with nature or travel. 

This workshop for kids aged 8 through 12 gives them the chance to make one journal for the day’s activities and one to take home to use on a summer vacation or an adventure trip in the woods. 

Taught by long-time creative artists Katy Korkos and Terry Foxx, the workshop will meet from 9 a.m.

Faculty Share Passions at 'UNM-LA on Display'

on May 1, 2013 - 9:01am
Biology Lecturer Susan Schauer presented 'How Do You Teach Biology Labs Online?' explaining how she presents material traditionally delivered in a lab to an online audience. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Instructor Jody Shepard showes off examples of green sculpture created in her class. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

UNM-Los Alamos faculty shared their research and projects Thursday, April 25 at ‘UNM-LA on Display.” From the paintings of Patrick Harris and the ceramics of Barb Yarnell to the environmental research and


The Pain Free Athlete: Improve Your Posture Through Better Muscle Function

on May 1, 2013 - 8:47am

Jessica Kisiel
The Pain Free Athlete
Improve Your Posture Through Better Muscle Function

Have you noticed changes in your skeletal structure when looking in the mirror or viewing pictures of yourself?

Rounded shoulders? Increased or decreased arch in the lower back? One hip or shoulder higher than the other?

These postural changes may be due to loss of function in your muscles. Remember mom's words, “sit up straight!” Go ahead – adjust your body into a better position now. What changes did you make to achieve this enhanced posture?

Did you increase the