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Community Garden Takes Root

on March 15, 2012 - 5:57pm

By Kirsten Laskey

An idea was planted in a Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) classroom and through the efforts of community organizations such as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), has sprouted into a full-fledged program – the Los Alamos Youth Food Project.

Photo: Sylvan Argo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The program continued to germinate during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting as members unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement to provide a piece of land on the middle school grounds for the program’s community garden.

In the general conditions of

Brownell's Closeout Sale Draws Mixed Feelings

on March 14, 2012 - 11:01am

Brownell's Hallmark Owner Steve Brownell, center, shares with customers the website that shows where he is moving to in Kansas once he closes the store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Brownell's Hallmark store's final days are marked with a store sale. 

With Steve Brownell's looming retirement, customers were pleased for the opportunity to purchase items marked down as much as 75 percent but expressed sadness to see a local treasure closing down. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Hallmark Manager Peggy Rustin rings up sales Tuesday and tells customers that the store will

Pinon's Chihuly Exhibit Reveals Student's Artistic Talents

on March 14, 2012 - 10:38am

The source of inspiration for the show and some of the pieces. TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Monday's Dale Chihuly Art Exhibit at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock revealed a wealth of talent within the local student community.

The event wasn't an exhibit of renowned artist Chihuly’s work, but he served as an inspiration to the students to create artworks resembling his style.

Students used a plastic sheet media that could be softened in warm water and bent into any desired shape, which was then painted/stained using special colored materials.

Pinon Art Teacher Stephanie Rittner, who

Early Los Alamos National Laboratory Video from the Hugh Bradner Collection

on March 14, 2012 - 10:20am

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has recently released a new ten minute portion of physicist Hugh Bradner's amazing "peak-at-life" home movie clips from early Laboratory days, filmed from 1943 to 1945.

Bradner, a physicist at Los Alamos, was granted informal permission to use his video camera inside the New Mexico town that didn't official exist. Bradner took home movies of some of the top secret work being conducted at Los Alamos. It was likely that Army Officials were unaware that Bradner was taking home movies of these laboratory experiments.

Town Hall on Future of LANL Set for Wednesday

on March 13, 2012 - 5:00pm

WHO: Heather WIlson, Candidate for U.S. Senate

WHAT: Heather Wilson Hosts Town Hall on the Future of Los Alamos National Laboratory

WHERE: Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, 400 Trinity Dr.

WHEN: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14

“The Obama Administration’s decision to eliminate nearly 800 jobs at Los Alamos Labs jeopardizes our national security and our economy. New Mexico needs someone who will fight for our laboratories —someone who understands our state’s unique contribution to national security.” -Heather Wilson, candidate for the U.S. Senate

Signs of Spring are Sprouting

on March 13, 2012 - 4:49pm

A rhubarb plant wakes up from a long winter nap in a garden in White Rock. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
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What the Community Read the Week of March 6-12

on March 13, 2012 - 4:35pm
Otowi Station Bookstore Bestsellers:
  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer and and Amy B. Middleman
  3. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  4. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  5. Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! Stephen McCranie*
  6. The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, Philip Taubman
  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  8. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant
  9. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  10. True Brit: Beatrice - 1940, Rosemary Zibart
*local or regional author
 

Los Alamos needs YOU

on March 13, 2012 - 8:12am

You undoubtedly have ideas for the future of our community and on how the county government should serve its citizens today. You have the opportunity to put those ideas into ACTION. 

Three county councilors and a county clerk will be elected next November. You could be one of them; the process starts now.

Roughly 14,000 adults call Los Alamos home and care about it. All are affected by county government. In this community of extraordinary people, there are hundreds with the knowledge and skills to help lead it. 

Are you one of the handful with the desire and courage?

The only legitimate

Brave New Brass Plays Saturday for Empty Bowls at Betty Ehart Center

on March 13, 2012 - 7:43am

Brave New Brass will perform at the Empty Bowls Fundraiser noon - 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17at the Betty Ehart Center. Members of the brass quintet include Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), James Beinke (French horn), Bruce Warren (trombone) and Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet). The musicians are members of the Los Alamos Community Winds, who will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday March 17 at Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy Photo

Betty Yearns for a Family

on March 13, 2012 - 7:37am

Los Alamos County Shelter News:

Betty the Cat. Courtesy Photo

Betty is a gentle, friendly, large female domestic medium hair cat with a soft purr.

Although just 2 years old, Betty has had weight problems and is on weight-control food.

The vet has assured the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter that Betty is otherwise healthy.

She likes adults, gentle children and toys – especially if a human shares playtime with her.

Betty is now energetic and playful in the cat room and is house trained.

Betty is spayed and up-to-date on all routine shots.

Contact the Animal Shelter at 662-8179 for more

Get Funky with the Craig Martin Experience

on March 12, 2012 - 11:00pm

The Craig Martin Experience. Photo by Minesh Bacrania Photography

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s swingin’ on Arizona Street in Los Alamos every Thursday night when the Craig Martin Experience (CME) gets together to jam. The seven-piece jazz combo has been together since December 2010. CME is Craig Martin on tenor saxophone, Quinn Marksteiner on alto saxophone, Carl Hagelberg on trumpet, Mike Rogers on guitar, Aaron Anderson on keyboards, John Frary on drums and Rob Heineman on bass.

The group emphasizes a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can develop their skills and have a great time doing it.

Two Forums Packed with Information and Resources for LANL Employees Eligible for Voluntary Separation Set for Thursday

on March 12, 2012 - 5:03pm

UNM-LA SBDC News:

The UNM- Los Alamos Small Business Development Center is hosting two community forums this week to provide LANL employees eligible for voluntary separation with information about opportunities and resources available to them. 

Both forums take place on Thursday, March 15:

  • The first forum will is noon–1 p.m., in conference room #202A at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 West Jemez Road.
  • The second forum is 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock.

The forums will include representatives from organizations with resources available to help scientists and

Curves 14th Annual Food Drive Now Underway

on March 12, 2012 - 4:52pm

Curves News:

Recognizing that the need for donations is greater than ever at local food banks across the nation, Curves International is kicking off the 2012 Curves Food Drive with a challenge to all Curves Clubs to meet or exceed last year’s donations.

Each club, including Curves of Los Alamos at 967 Central Ave., is asking its members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash throughout the month of March to support their local community food bank.

In addition, Curves of Los Alamos will waive the membership fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to

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The Los Alamos Community Winds Presents 'Toys and Stories' March 17

on March 11, 2012 - 8:27am

By Bonnie Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds presents a fun family concert, “Toys and Stories,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. 

Like all Winds concerts, it is offered free of charge to the community.

“The music is particularly geared to the young and the young at heart,” Musical Director T. Edward (Ted) Vives said. “This is a concert for every member of the family, including the very young.”

The concert will feature special guest, Melissa Mackey, as the narrator in a performance of Serge Prokofieff’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Mackey presents story

Choral Music Fit for Kings Fills the House at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday Night

on March 11, 2012 - 1:58am

Review by Bonnie Gordon

 

The King's Singers drew a full house at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night. Patrons lined up in the lobby to purchase the ensamble's latest CD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The world-famous ensemble, The King’s Singers, enchanted a full house at the Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night in a concert that was both sophisticated and fun.

The six man ensemble charmed the audience from the start with their engaging “Brit wit” and went on to enthrall them with an evening of incredible choral music.

The special night began with compositions by modern

Japan's Olympic Hopefuls Train in Los Alamos

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Members of the Japan National Swim Team workout three days a week at LA Fitness. The team is in Los Alamos training at the Larry Walkup Aquatics Center for the upcoming Olympics. Photo by Kent Pegg

LANL Schedules Three Community Forums

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is hosting three Northern New Mexico community forums about the Lab’s voluntary workforce separation program now under way.

The public is invited to ask questions and get answers about Lab workforce action starting Monday, March 12.

Employees, spouses and the general public are welcome to attend.

Lab officials will be on hand to answer questions:

  • March 12 in Pojoaque, 6-7:30 p.m., Cities of Gold Conference Center
  • March 13 in Española, 6-7:30 p.m., Nick L. Salazar Center for the Arts, Northern New Mexico College
  • March 14 in Los Alamos, 6-7:30

Beautiful Bowls Available at the March 17 Empty Bowl Event

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

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.

Go-Green-Go!

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Plants begin to sprout during an educational project getting underway at the Espanola YMCA. Courtesy Photo

Spring is on its way and that means the Espanola YMCA Teen Center, operated by the Los Alamos Family YMCA, is preparing to begin its annual Go-Green-Go! environmental project.

Youth will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture and the importance of preserving natural resources.

The teens also will gain hands-on experience through growing their choice of vegetation during the summer months.

At the end of the cycle, the novice farmers harvest their vegetation to give to a friend,

A Sneak Peak @ PEEC’s Upcoming Events

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

PEEC News:

 

Planetary Alignment Viewing

March 12, 7:30 p.m. @ PEEC. A rare close conjunction of two very bright planets, Jupiter and Venus, is occuring. Chick Keller and Steve Becker will have telescopes at PEEC to view the planets and discuss what is happening. Public is invited, admission is free.

YOUR Sustainable Home, Sustainable Los Alamos Series

March 14, 7 p.m. @ PEEC. so you’ve heard from the experts about how to make your home more sustainable. Now we want to hear from you!

Tribute Concert March 18

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Los Alamos Democrats Attend Pre-Primary Convention Today

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

 

Today's New Mexico Democratic Pre-Primary Convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center with members of the Los Alamos Delegation including David Izraelevitz, Chris Chandler, Pete Sheehy, Cathy Chapman and Karen Kendall. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

Local Hoop Shooting Robot Now Locked in Bag

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

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

Skylar Wants to be Adopted

on March 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

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

Dr. John C. Hopkins to Lecture on 'The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective'

on March 8, 2012 - 12:00am

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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