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School Board Holding Several Meetings This Week

Los Alamos Public Schools News:

The Los Alamos School Board is set to meet three times this coming week:

  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater to discuss district construction, a preventative maintenance plan an Excellence for Student Achievement Award nominee, Trinity Renovations, Quality of Education Survey questions, the School Board’s meeting schedule and the donation of Los Alamos Middle School Garden Shed and agreement with the Family YMCA on the Garden Shed. Also on the agenda is the superintendent’s Professional Development Plan, the superintendent’s

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Local Hoop Shooting Robot Now Locked in Bag

Staff Report

Steve Aumack and Nate Phillips work on the robot operator control panel as the team gets ready for the competition in Salt Lake City March 15. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

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 a kit of parts


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Beautiful Bowls Available at the March 17 Empty Bowl Event

KRSN 1490 News:

The annual Empty Bowls event draws volunteers from across the community who create colorful bowls for sale to raise money for Self Help, Inc. Courtesy/KRSN

The 18th annual Empty Bowl event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

For a donation of $10 or more, community members can choose a hand painted bowl and enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch with live entertainment. 

All of the money raised during the Empty Bowl event goes directly to support the work of Self Help, Inc.

Self Help, Inc. assists Northern New Mexico families in need of immediate


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Skylar Wants to be Adopted

Los Alamos County Animal Shelter News:

Skylar is hoping for a good home. Courtesy Photo

Skylar is about 14 months old and a terrier/lab mix waiting for a good home to call his own.

He is residing at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter and is reportedly good with adults, gentle children, cats and dogs.

Skylar is submissive and likes the safety of a nearby crate while he figures out what is expected.

He is housebroken and leash trained and enjoys attention and going for walks with shelter volunteers.

Skylar is neutered and up-to-date with his routine shots.

His primary color is black with a short coat


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NNSA Initiates International Nuclear Forensics Training with the IAEA

NNSA News:

Anne Harrington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announces the successful completion of the “International Workshop on Nuclear Forensics Methodologies,” held at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, and conducted in partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Office of Nuclear Security. The technical workshop brought together 24 participants from 12 countries — Argentina, Brazil, China, Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey,


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Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery to Represent Ceramic Artist Marc Hudson

By Mandy Marksteiner

 

Artist Marc Hudson at work in his studio. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

When I first visited Hudson’s garage studio he immediately plopped a six-pound lump of clay onto his wheel and leaned into the amorphous blob with his whole body until it took shape. First it became a tall cylinder, and as he coaxed the walls to expand, it became what he called a “rumptious round.”

As Hudson described it, “The clay doesn’t have any opinions about its final destiny. It’s the byproduct of erosion and it doesn’t mind that. When people see clay (or a blank sheet of paper or an empty canvas) they


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Congressional Candidate Blasts Opponent, Calls on Congress to Halt LANL Layoffs

Candidate Rick Newton News:

Rick Newton, Taos Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in District 3, blasted opponent Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM, in a news release, charging him with endangering national security and for having an uncaring attitude toward the nearly 800 people losing their jobs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Newton ripped incumbent Lujan saying, “Once again, Lujan has chosen the narrow partisan interests of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico. Lujan actually said ‘LANL is not immune from these cuts in the President’s budget,’


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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


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Local Youth Help Team Win State Championship Meets

Charger Aquatics News:

Top row from left, Sara Shiina, Sarah Lott, Kaan Unal, Radhika Iyer.
Bottom row from left, Presley Gao, Katherine Elton, Takuma Shiina, Injie Mourad and not in picture Maria Venneri. Courtesy Photo

The 14 & Under under New Mexico State Short Course Swim Meet was held Feb. 24-26 at West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque.

Eighteen teams from across New Mexico participated in the 3-day event and 112 different events were raced.

Nine swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos (CAQ-LA) team helped cinch the win that brought the 14 & Under state banner back to Los


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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


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Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network Elects Officers

Newly elected board of the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network from left Vice President Richard Sayres, President Andy Andrews and Secretary Bill Sellers at the Hive in White Rock Thursday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The first election of officers for the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network (LAEN) concluded this evening with the following results:

  • President – Andy Andrews
  • Vice President – Richard Sayre
  • Secretary – Bill Sellers

LAEN adopted its by-laws Feb. 23 and appointed a nomination committee including David Jones and Jung Hong to


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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


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Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Building ‘The Sanctuary’ and Moving to Canyon Road

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service News

This week the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service put down earnest money on a piece of property overlooking the canyon adjacent to Canyon Road.

The  nonprofit organization is on its way to achieving a goal it has been working toward for a number of years.

The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service intends to build “The Sanctuary,” a small Hospice House where care can be provided for family respite, crisis management and end of life care.

The Sanctuary will provide additional services within the community and will partner


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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


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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


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Smart Meters: What’s the Buzz?

DPU News

While many smart meter advocates are enthused by the cost savings that smart meters can bring to electric customers, opponents are often concerned about protecting the privacy of their electric usage data.

“There is irony in the privacy issue,” said Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith. “If a smart meter eliminates the monthly need for a utilities meter reader to be stepping around your property, that could be viewed as an enhancement to privacy. It depends on the individual’s definition. “The Board of Public Utilities and our 311 Customer Care


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