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Yang: There Was (and hopefully is) Intelligence Out There In Management Land

on March 25, 2013 - 6:56am
There Was (and hopefully is) Intelligence Out There In Management Land
Column by ELENA YANG

After that bit of “rant” on “double bagging” last week, I really want to offer you a “good” story. 

I am sure there are quite a few out there, but since I haven’t heard from anyone, I dug up an old story to share in this space.

The story is short and succinct. Way back in the late 40s, a manager employed “emotional intelligence” principle (a good topic for next week) and helped launch a group of brilliant scientists that invented the transistor at what was then Bell Labs.

Of course, mine is 20/20

Underground of Enchantments Opens April 5

on March 25, 2013 - 6:53am
Lechuguilla Cave. Photo by David De Roest

MPL News:

Underground of Enchantment is a 3D photo exhibit featuring the beautiful, magical, microbial secrets of one of the most interesting caves in the world - Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico.

The exhibit opens from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery and 5-6:30 p.m. at PEEC and continues through May 29.

The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with and is traveled by Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft/486.9m) in

Einstein Shares Secrets of π at LAMS

on March 25, 2013 - 6:52am
Albert Einstein with Los Alamos School Board member Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, right, and former Board member Melanie McKinley. Courtesy photo
Staff report
March 14 is celebrated annually by students and staff at Los Alamos Middle School and this year’s theme was “π Round the World.”
The event is hosted by the math department under the direction of Clara Vigil. Albert Einstein was a special guest at the event. He shared with students that math is everywhere.
To amplify his point, he challenged students to use the sum of π to guess how many gum balls were in a jar.

Authors of 'Sun Sticks and Mud' Speak Thursday

on March 25, 2013 - 6:51am



Dirt gets a bum rap. When in contact with it, people seem more bent on erasing it than embracing the earthy material.

Until now ... with Fuller Lodge Art Center showcasing pottery in its newest show, “We Who Are Clay,” and Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak showcasing Bart Kaltenbach and Barbara Anschel, the authors of “Sun Sticks and Mud,” dirt is being seen in a whole new light.

The Authors Speak talk is 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

Bart Kaltenbach. Courtesy photo

In the book, Kaltenbach and Anschel along with photographer Steve Fitch chronicle


LALT Actors Do Well at AACT Competetion

on March 25, 2013 - 6:38am
Patricia Beck (Althea), left, and Gwen Lewis (Maddy) portray their characters from "Van Choc Straw," during a recent Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/
Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of Van Choc Straw, written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected over the weekend to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
In addition, Van Choc Straw cast members Patricia Beck and Gwen Lewis received special certificates recognizing

Salary Negotiation Workshop Builds Skills

on March 25, 2013 - 6:32am
Workshop Facilitator Shelley Rossbach leads a group of participants attending a recent '$tart $mart' salary negotiation workshop at UNM-LA. Photo by Ivette Jimenez
Staff report
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), UNM-Los Alamos Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and UNM-LA Student Government hosted a "$tart $mart" salary negotiation workshop March 1 at UNM-LA. 
"I learned a great deal about the importance of being able to negotiate wages," workshop participant Edith Danielson said. "The smart start is a great conference not only for people just getting out to the

USS Santa Fe Commander Visits NNM

on March 24, 2013 - 1:00pm

USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe, center, speaks with Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus of the Community Programs Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Michael Lucero of the Ysleta Pueblo Saturday at the San Ildefonso Pueblo home of Elmer and Deborah Torres. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Commander Timothy Poe shares a medal in the shape of New Mexico now ingraved with the USS Santa Fe submarine. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The USS Santa Fe's commanding officer Timothy Poe watches as Jerome Trujillo, 5, performs with fellow Red Turtle Dancers from the

Community Turns Out For 'We Who Are Clay' Reception

on March 24, 2013 - 11:41am

Artist Kari Rives with Herkimer the hippo at the March 15 opening reception of Who We Are In Clay. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Artist Darla Graff Thompson. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Staff report

Art patrons turned out for the Opening Reception of "We Who Are Clay' Friday, March 15 at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave.

Nearly a dozen community organizations teamed up to present this unique exhibit.

Two months of activities focused on the material that has shaped the history and culture of New Mexico.

This large and diverse exhibit contains everything from bowls to statuary and displays


Los Alamos Athletes Shine at Albuquerque Meet

on March 24, 2013 - 10:42am

Orion Staples, Mike Walker and Daniel Romero went 1-2-3 in the 3200, with Orion setting the pace at 10:25 on a cold, very windy day at Saturday's Albuquerque Public Schools meet at Milne Stadium. Photo by Blake Wood

Laura Wendelberger won the high jump and set a personal record with her jump of 5'5". Photo by Blake Wood

Skyler McCall won the high jump with a height of 5'10'. Photo by Blake Wood

Sean Reardon won the 800 m in a state qualifying 2:01. Photo by Blake Wood

Full results can be found at




Thoughts From the Big Chair: TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis Part II

on March 24, 2013 - 9:38am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis
By RALPH E. CHAPMAN (Twitter @RalphEChapman) ©2013, Ralph E. Chapman
Part II – Analyzing the data with Lots of Comments

It’s time to finish off the late night talk show discussion started in Last Week’s Column

But first a Newsflash!!

Before I get down to the analytical part, a few things have come up since last week’s column was submitted.

The Big News that’s Developing!

A few weeks ago, it was strongly rumored

Ribbon Cut on New Multi-Use Covered Arena

on March 24, 2013 - 9:24am

Molly Blair enjoys a cookie at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new multipurpose arena Friday. Molly's miniature horse Bella hopes for a bite of Molly's cookie. Photo by Greg Kendall/
County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Los Alamos Pony Club Leader Lisa Reader prepare to cut the ribbon for the new arena. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post

A crowd gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, March 22 for the newly completed multi-use covered arena in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos.

Designed as a place to ride

Applications Now Open for Leadership Los Alamos

on March 24, 2013 - 9:01am

LLA News:

The Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the class of 2013-14.

They cordially invite you to apply and become a part of their vision:

“Leadership Los Alamos identifies, enlightens and encourages leaders of diverse backgrounds, occupations and cultures for the purpose of broadening the understanding of our community and enhancing the quality of leadership,” Board Chair Mike Wismer said.

LLA was founded in 2003 with the recognition that the future of Los Alamos is directly dependent upon the quality and contributions of its leaders.



Mesa Del Norte Apartments Get A Facelift

on March 24, 2013 - 8:53am
Mesa Del Norte affordable housing apartments on North Mesa are undergoing a much needed facelift. Photo by Greg Kendall/

LANB and FHLB News:

Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) have announced that they have awarded a $252,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to YES Housing, Inc. to assist with the rehabilitation of a dated apartment community on North Mesa in Los Alamos.

The grant funds are part of a $6.2 million project that will revitalize the property into a new and vibrant affordable housing community.

Mesa Del

Construction Continues at Los Alamos Middle School

on March 24, 2013 - 8:26am

Exterior walls take shape as construction continues on a new building at Los Alamos Middle School Friday on Hawk Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/

County Democratic Convention 7 p.m. Wednesday

on March 24, 2013 - 8:22am


The Democratic County Convention is 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Fuller Lodge. Refreshments will be provided.


Important elections will be held at the County Convention, including  Party Chair and Vice-Chair, and Ward Leadership as well as County Central Committee and State Central Committee members.
The County Central Committee votes on actions that are taken as a County Party including, yearly budget and proposed activities.
"If you want a say in how we run our County Party, it is important for you to get involved and be a member of our County Central

Monday: Udall to Host Río Grande del Norte White House Proclamation Celebration in Taos

on March 23, 2013 - 9:42am
TAOS - While President Barack Obama signs the Río Grande del Norte National Monument proclamation in the Oval Office Monday, March 25, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will celebrate the historic designation with the local community at a gathering in Taos.
“The National Monument proclamation for the Río Grande del Norte was achieved through strong community support and the tireless efforts of many,” Udall said.

Nominees Sought for 2013 Citizens Medal

on March 23, 2013 - 9:31am


Who deserves the Citizens Medal?

Each year President Obama honors a handful of extraordinary Americans with the Citizens Medal, one of our nation's highest civilian honors.

The Citizens Medal recognizes Americans for exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs -- people who feed the needy, who take care of our veterans, or who support our children.

Is there someone in your life who deserves to be recognized by President Obama?

There are nine days left before we close nominations on the 2013 Citizens Medal.


A View from the Stacks: Your Librarian – the Original Natural Language Search Engine

on March 23, 2013 - 9:21am
Head of Reference, Mesa Public Library

Long, long ago, before the World Wide Web had matured and long before the miraculous search algorithm of Google was invented, finding the answer to your questions often involved consulting an encyclopedia - as well as a call or visit to your local library.

On one of those long ago days, a reference librarian was asked, “What are those little stringy things on the inside of banana peels called?


The Ark Holds Open House

on March 23, 2013 - 9:20am

Learn about Worms at PEEC

on March 23, 2013 - 9:13am

PEEC News:

They squirm, they slime, and they’re numbering in the hundreds at PEEC.

Learn all about the composting worms, feel them wiggle in your hand, and collect data on worm behavior 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at PEEC.

Did you know that just one acre of land can contain as many as one million earthworms? The actions of these worms affect almost every aspect of the outdoor world, including decomposition, soil nutrients, plant growth, the food chain, and more.

Think about it: every bit of earth we tread has passed through the intestines of worms.

It’s no surprise that the popularity

Students Host Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner

on March 23, 2013 - 9:08am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is hosting a Renaissance Spaghetti Dinner 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on North Road.

Funds raised will support the NAHS scholarship. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 13 and younger and may be purchased at the door or from NAHS members.

For more information, email Mickey at


OBITUARY: Horris M. Crane Sept. 1937 – March 20, 2013

on March 23, 2013 - 8:52am
HORRIS M. CRANE  Sept. 1937 – March 20, 2013
Horris M. Crane passed away at home March 20, 2013, as a result of myelodysplastic syndrome and severe pressure sores.
Horris was well-loved by family and friends, a finish cabinetmaker, a talented artist and a hero to many.
He was born in September 1937, at the home of his parents Henry Doil and Gladys Crane, near Lamesa, Texas. Five minutes later, his twin brother arrived, to his parents' surprise.
The family moved to California early in WW II, and then back to a farm near San Angelo, Texas afterward. In 1946 they moved to Hobbs, New Mexico.

Hike Burnt Mesa Pueblo with Dorothy Hoard

on March 23, 2013 - 8:34am
Hikers explore Burnt Mesa. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC on a historical hike of Burnt Mesa Pueblo led by Los Alamos Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard.

Hoard will lead this popular hike to spectacular viewpoints starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

In the 1290s, the ancestral Pueblo people built several villages across the Pajarito Plateau of a special design that archaeologists came to call "plaza sites.” 

Room blocks were built in a tight square around a plaza with only one narrow entrance.

School Board Schedules Three Meetings

on March 23, 2013 - 8:30am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Mountain Elementary School.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss personally identifiable information about an individual student per Section 10-15-1-H(4) of the Open Meetings Act and collective bargaining negotiations per per Section 10-15-1-H(5) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board also has scheduled a work session at Mountain Elementary School  at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The agenda items include a discussion of Board meeting schedules and protocol and a presentation on

Much Anticipated Mud Kitchen Coming to PEEC!

on March 23, 2013 - 8:19am
Young engineers construct a fort at the PEEC Nature Play area. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The weather is warming up and that means it’s time to build more forts at PEEC where fort-building area now includes a mud pie kitchen, complete with mud muffin tins, shovels and spatulas.

Whether you are an architect or mud chef, plan to be at PEEC from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 5 for First Friday Forts.

PEEC’s Nature Play area is fun for kids of all ages.