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Column: Area Ponderosa Pine Trees Appear to be Dying; Should You be Concerned?

on July 18, 2012 - 12:48pm
Column by Carlos Valdez
Los Alamos Extension Horticulture Agent

The sudden appearance of drying needles, dead branches, or even dead Ponderosa Pine trees can alarm anyone, especially homeowners. 

Damage occurs throughout New Mexico where Ponderosa Pine is found growing, but is most severe in the urban setting, on the fringe of forested areas, and on shallow, rocky, or droughty soil types.

That describes Los Alamos to a tee. Trees growing near roads or in areas of soil disturbance or abundant competing vegetation are most frequently affected.

According to Danny Norlander, New Mexico

From Robotics to Preserves and Quilts ... Get Your Exhibits Ready for the County Fair and Rodeo

on July 18, 2012 - 10:09am

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION News:

It's County Fair Time 2012!
By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Attention gardeners, bakers, quilters and artists – you have two weeks to get your entries ready for the Los Alamos County Fair. 

If you are into robotics, here is an opportunity to exhibit your favorite robot as well as your home preserves, garden produce and those lovely quilts.

The County Fair and Rodeo runs Aug. 9-12.

Anyone living or working in Los Alamos County is eligible to enter. 

Exhibit categories include: 

  • Culinary (baked items),
  • Preserved

Pajarito Mountain Event Set For July 28

on July 17, 2012 - 6:30am

PEEC Teams with Historical Museum for Los Alamos Friday Night

on July 16, 2012 - 10:42am
PEEC News:
Master Storyteller Terry Foxx captivates a crowd gathered near Romero Cabin. Courtesy/PEEC
 
As part of the Friday night in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter, Rose Carlisi, will do some storytelling and singing at the Romero Cabin 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.

 

They call their program, "A Quilt of Stories." Stories, legends, myths, and songs come from all cultures.
 
As pieces of fabric can make a beautiful quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps us understand past and present.
 
Sitting in front of the historic Romero

LACA's Artistic Director Discusses New Season at Tuesday Rotary Club Meeting at Dixie Girl

on July 16, 2012 - 8:44am

ROTARY News:

Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin of the Los Alamos Concert Association is the featured speaker at the Rotary Club noon lunch meeting Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. 

McLaughlin will talk about the upcoming concert season, which begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium, with Rachel Barton Pine, violin with Matthew Hagle, piano.

David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano and Philip Setzer, violin perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Jeremy Denk, piano performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Calefax Reed Quintet performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Opening Night Crowd Fills Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery

on July 16, 2012 - 7:34am
Allie Thompson, left, and artist Sheridan Brown discuss the merits of her painting of parrots. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Artist Janice Muir and Meg Kremer discuss a piece in the show. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
A crowd of local artists and patrons of the art attended the opening show Friday night at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos artists Janice Muir and Secondino Sandoval discuss her work. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Artist Sheridan Brown with one of her pet portraits, most of which are

Elegance Fills Fuller Lodge for Sunday's Apprentice Singers Concert

on July 16, 2012 - 12:01am

The Los Alamos Opera Guild hosted a concert of Apprentice Singers at Fuller Lodge Sunday. Founded in 1957, The Los Alamos Opera Guild is the oldest guild of the Santa Fe Opera. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Board Member Anna Earlene Caspersen of the Los Alamos Opera Guild before the concert Sunday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Opera Guild hosted a concert of Apprentice Singers at Fuller Lodge Sunday. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Board Member Anna Earline Caspersen, left, and Dr.

Paul Drakos to Speak at Geological Society Tuesday

on July 15, 2012 - 4:17pm

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News:

Wheeler Geologic Area near Creede, Colo. Courtsy/LAGS

Dr. Paul G. Drakos, Senior Geologist and Vice President of Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. in Santa Fe is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, Los Alamos.

Drakos' talk is entitled, "Soil-stratigraphic framework, timing of recent eolian events, and preservation of archaeological sites on the Pajarito Plateau."

Stratigraphic relationships and soil characteristics provide a geomorphic framework for Coalition Period

Filippenko will deliver 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture

on July 15, 2012 - 9:28am

OPPENHEIMER MEMORIAL LECTURE News:

Award-winning UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.

Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space.

Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae, that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace.

The leaders of

Y Camp to Perfom “Back-To-The-Future” Thursday

on July 15, 2012 - 9:11am

A “Back-To-The-Future” performance extravaganz a featuring Y campers will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday July 19 at Barranca Elementary School. The public is welcome to attend this end-of-summer performance and ice cream social. Courtesy/YMCA

Los Alamos Boasts World's Newest Rotarians

on July 15, 2012 - 8:42am

Rotary President Linda Hull, left, looks on as School Board President Kevin Honnell and Christina Kraemer, who recently returned from a Group Study Exchange in South Africa, are inducted into the local club during a ceremony at Tuesday's Rotary Club lunch meeting at the Dixie Girl. Rotarian Skip King pronounces Honnell and Kraemer "the two newest Rotary Club members in the world." Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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TOTH's 'Pie in the Sky' Fundraiser Exceeds $500

on July 14, 2012 - 1:34pm

Lisa Rothrock and Bill Hamilton check out homemade pies in the silent auction during Thursday's "Pie in the Sky" fundraising dinner at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. The event was tied to the church's annual Vacation Bible School underway this week. The dinner consisted of homemade chicken and vegetable pot pies and salad, with ice cream for dessert. More than $500 was raised from the homemade pie-filled silent auction alone. The money will be used for TOTH's annual Mexico home-building project. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Shinyribs Brought Ashley Pond Crowd to its Feet Friday

on July 14, 2012 - 11:51am

The Shinyribs from Austin, Texas performed Friday night at Ashley Pond as part of Los Alamos County's Summer Concert Series with Concert Promoter Russ Gordon. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Andy Baumer and Shannon Flynn brave the rain to dance to the music of the Shinyribs at the Friday night Gordons Summer Concert. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Ducks glide across the pond as the Shinyribs band plays in the background. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Kev "Shinyribs" Russel. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Dia Winograd, center, and Keith Gray drove up from El

Kiwanis Honors Anna Carroll with Jay Wechsler Scholarship

on July 14, 2012 - 9:39am

The Kiwanis Club presents Los Alamos High School graduate Anna Carroll with the Jay Wechsler Scholarship Award. From left, Kiwanians Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson, Becky Oertel (daughter of Jay Wechsler), Carroll, Deborah Wechsler (daughter of Jay Wechsler) and Carroll's parents David and Janice Carroll. Jay Wechsler was a lifetime Kiwanian who passed away last year. Carroll served as a member of Key Club International and was the Division Lieutenant Governor, was active in Girls Scouts and Teen Court and plans to attend Smith College in the fall to study neuroscience.

YMCA Soccer Season Registration Now Open!

on July 13, 2012 - 9:05am

Registration is open for this year's Los Alamos Family YMCA Soccer programs.

UK Soccer Camp for ages 4-16 is July 30-Aug. 3.

The six-week season for Fall YMCA KinderKick Soccer for ages 3-4 and 5-6 starts Aug 27.

The 4 on 4 Indoor Soccer Tournament for youth (10-14), high school and adult divisions runs July 21-22.

For more information, visit www.laymca.org.

Large Sunflower Blooms in White Rock

on July 12, 2012 - 9:53am

This large sunflower was seen shining brightly in a White Rock neighborhood Wednesday. The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head). The sunflower is named for its ability to follow the sun in the course of a day. The sunflower has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The heads consist of many individual flowers, which mature into seeds, often in the hundreds, on a receptacle base.
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PEEC Shares Bug Zoo with Community

on July 12, 2012 - 6:50am
 

Families packed into the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Tuesday to see a fascinating program about arthropods “bugs" including spiders, scorpions, beetles and more. It was given by The Harrell House of Natural Oddities, a traveling educational program, which local resident Linda Hull, at left, read about and then suggested to PEEC's Becky Shankland. PEEC was able to arrange for their visit. Photo by Beth Cortright

The Harrell House of Natural Oddities visited PEEC Tuesday and shared an array of interesting creatures with community members of all ages. Photo by Beth Cortright

Kiwanis Club Recognizes Megan Kelley

on July 12, 2012 - 6:47am

Kiwanis Club members from left, Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz present Los Alamos High School graduating senior Megan Kelley with an educational scholarship check. Kelley's parents Lori and Craig are at right. Kelley performed in many local ballets with Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA), was a Key Club member and is planning to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara in the fall to study physics. Photo by Sharon Stover

Public Invited to Meet Raptors at PEEC Tuesday

on July 12, 2012 - 6:23am

PEEC News:

Angel, a Mississippi Kite from the Raptor Center.Courtesy/SFRC

The Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring beautiful birds of prey to PEEC at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17, as part of the Summer Family Evenings series of programs. 

Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, and this evening is just $5 per non-member family, which will be donated to the Raptor Center. 

Laura Swartz will bring variety of raptors to PEEC, including the Raptor Center’s newest educational bird, Angel.  

Angel is a Mississippi Kite.

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Ben Schilling

on July 11, 2012 - 8:10pm

The Kiwanis Club recently recognized Los Alamos High School graduating senior Ben Schilling pictured here with from left, his mother Lori , father Scott and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. Schilling is attending New Mexico Tech in Socorro this fall to study mechanical engineering. He said that he had a great school experience at LAHS and when asked to name one positive item, he stated the students and teachers. When asked to name one issue he would like to see changed or improved at LAHS, Schilling stated that there should be more hands-on learning.

Northern New Mexico Cultural Exchange Nannies Keep Up Safety Education at Los Alamos Pool

on July 9, 2012 - 6:57pm

Cultural Care Au Pair News:

Northern New Mexico Au Pairs. Courtesy photo

Au pairs from France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and Australia met at the Aquatic Center for continuing safety education.

Scientists from around the world are not the only international residents in northern New Mexico.

There is also a vibrant group of young people from around the world who have come here to work, study and live with a U.S. family for a year – these young people are au pairs.

As part of their year-long program, they participate in mandatory safety training sessions, including a summer water-safety

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Katelyn Littleton

on July 7, 2012 - 7:22am

The Kiwanis Club presented an educational scholarship check recently to Los Alamos High School graduate Katelyn Littleton who will attend Texas Tech University to study animal science in the fall. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors for their commitment to the community with financial support. Littleton, center, is the 2012 Los Alamos County Rodeo Queen joined by her father, Paul Littleton, and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. The Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Sharon Stover 

Local Author Launches New Book About Heroic Dog

on July 7, 2012 - 7:19am

Staff Report

"Mason, A New Mexico Hero," describes the life of a dog, originally a homeless and unwanted puppy, running away, finding himself caught and taken to a shelter, from where he is adopted through the local annual Dog Jog into a loving family.

Caroline Mason is the author of this short story. The book is written in the first person by the dog, so the reader gets the dog’s perspective on the importance of food and regular baths and on his adaption to living in a multi-animal home.

However, Mason amply repays his owner’s trust in him by his heroic behavior in helping his mistress

House Committee to Vote July 11 on Manhattan Project Park

on July 6, 2012 - 3:36pm

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. Courtesy/Atomic Heritage Foundation

 

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-WA, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, announced July 6 that his committee will vote on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act Wednesday, July 11.

 

Hastings said"I expect the Committee will vote to favorably advance the bill to the full House for consideration.

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