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Los Alamos County Council to Vote on Resolution Supporting Mil Levy Campaign

on July 26, 2013 - 6:58am

UNM-LA News:

The Los Alamos County Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution during today's Council meeting supporting the upcoming mil levy election being put before Los Alamos
County voters Sept. 17.

The money generated by the 2-mil increase will be used to fund programs at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). If passed, this would mean the first operational increase since the branch campus was formed in 1980.

According to the resolution, Council recognizes the importance education has played in the long-term success of the Los Alamos community and the achievements of

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Erin Kirk

on July 25, 2013 - 7:55am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Erin Kirk with a scholarship recently. Erin will be attending the University of New Mexico and will study communication or education. From left, Her father Alan Kirk, mother Pat Kirk, Erin Kirk and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Erin was selected because of her contribution to the community through Los Alamos Youth Leadership for the past four years and her leadership in spearheading the "Dig In Pink" as a fundraiser for a volleyball coach who had developed cancer. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall.

New Option Available For LAHS Registration

on July 25, 2013 - 7:36am

LAHS News:

Registration for Los Alamos High School is rapidly approaching. Registration will take place Aug. 5-8. 

This year Los Alamos High School is excited to announce a new option to pay online that will be a timesaver for students and their parents. 

Aug. 1, students’ schedules for the 2013-14 school year will be available on PowerSchool, which is accessible on the Los Alamos Schools website at  Prior to registration, parents can go onto PowerSchool and get their student’s schedule.


Michelangelo Lobato Leaving Teen Center

on July 23, 2013 - 3:43pm

Director Michelangelo Lobato of the Los Alamos Teen Center is leaving to become a school counselor at Chamisa Elementary School. Lobato is credited with doing an outstanding job leading the Teen Center and mentoring the youth. A search for his replacement is underway. Courtesy photo

Position Summary:
The person selected for this position will be responsible for the overall development and administration of the Teen Center programs and activities.
Essential Functions and jub duties include:

  • Enforce set standards for qualified staff and safe programs
  • Hire, train, supervise, evaluate and provide

Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarships Awarded

on July 22, 2013 - 6:39am
Valentina Dawn Chee, left, and Celine Yazzie Olson are the recipients of Julie's Helpers Memorial Scholarships for 2013. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Before her passing from a brain tumor in December of 2009, Julie Meadows and her family got all kinds of practical help from friends, the community and fellow church members, organized as "Julie’s Helpers."  

Launched in May 2011, the annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Fund seeks to provide the kind of practical help that Julie would have been proud of.

Kiwanis Awards Christina Moore the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship

on July 22, 2013 - 6:30am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Christina Moore with the Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship in memory of longtime Kiwanian and State Rep. Jeannette Wallace. Christina will be attending Maclester College in St. Paul, NM and will study International Studies. From left, Christina's mother Tammy Moore, her father David Moore, Christina Moore, Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace and Kiwanis President Don Casperson. Christina was selected because of her strong leadership in Key Club, a Kiwanis program for students, Natural Helpers and her work with her church.

Unleash Your Inner Cowboy on Wild West Weekend

on July 22, 2013 - 6:23am

A young buckaroo gets up close and personal with a lasso. Photo by Cheron Bayna Ryan

NMHM News:

SANTA FE—Immerse yourself in cowboy culture Aug. 9-11 at the New Mexico History Museum’s Wild West Weekend, a special event celebrating the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined.

Cowboy musicians and poets join trick ropers, saddle makers, silversmiths and more to provide three days of hands-on fun for the whole family. The events are free; the exhibition is by regular admission (Sundays free to New Mexico residents, Friday evenings free to everyone, children 16 and under free daily.)


SFI Lecture Tackles What Tomorrow's University Must Be

on July 21, 2013 - 7:53am

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University. Courtesy photo

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a Community Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the James A. Little Theatre on the campus of the NM School For The Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

The lecture, by Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, is titled, “New Problems, New Partnerships: What Tomorrow’s University Must Be.” SFI Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

In a relatively brief 150 years, human demands on natural systems have, perhaps irrevocably, brought us


SFI Presents a Talk on Cities Through the Ages

on July 20, 2013 - 8:45am

Michael E. Smith

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will present a colloquium with Michael E. Smith of Arizona State University titled Cities through the Ages: One Thing or Many?

The colloquium will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith writes in his abstract to his talk, “I address the question of whether the urban scaling laws identified for modern cities by Bettencourt, West and others should apply to premodern cities.

County Employees Earn Certified Public Servant Designations

on July 18, 2013 - 11:07am

The NM EDGE Certified Public Manager and County College programs graduates who received designations during the New Mexico Association of Counties' annual conference in Clovis are, front row from left, Carol Bowman-Muskett, McKinley County commissioner; Chris Tenski, Otero County probate judge; Adrianna Ortiz, Los Alamos County senior deputy clerk; Susan Flores, Otero County commissioner; Nick Archuleta, Harding County commissioner; Lucas Fresquez, Los Alamos County chief appraiser; and Susan Trujillo, Taos County treasurer.

Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. for Wild Flower Walk

on July 18, 2013 - 9:06am

A James penstemon flower growing in Los Alamos. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join PEEC's Jemez Mountains Herbarium Curator Chick Keller today for an easy walk to identify some local wild flowers.

Meet at PEEC on Orange Street at 5:30 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Weather permitting, the group will drive to the ski hill and strole up the maintenance road to the east. There are really nice flowers including the fairly rare Delphinium sapellonis and five nerved sunflower. 

If it is bad weather up there at 5:30 p.m., the group will walk up Pajarito Canyon. 

No registration is required and

Class of '93 Returns to Los Alamos High School

on July 18, 2013 - 7:42am
The Los Alamos High School Class of 1993 was in town for their 20th High School Reunion the weekend of July 4. The group visited the newly renovated Los Alamos High School. Back row from the left, Amy Harrison, Shannon Sorem, Sarah Piltch, Mrs. Nikimken, Sarah Morris Moulton, Katie Lacey Olso, Dan Jarmer, Jennifer Trapp White, Julia Justus Rael-Blanco, Brian Sierk, Eric Rush, Milissa Starkovich Soto, Melissa Macdonell Laeser, Ann Kirkpatrick Crider and Tina Pan Wu.

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Amy Neal

on July 17, 2013 - 9:16am

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club recently presented Amy Neal with a scholarship. Amy will attend the University of Tennessee to study engineering. From left, Amy's father Ben Neal, Kiwanis President Don Casperson, Amy Neal and her mom Ruth Ann Neal. Amy was selected because of her vast contribution to the community and youth through Youth United Way, Mexico Mission and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity of the HIll Church in Kelly Hall. Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects.

Critter Cam Class at PEEC July 25

on July 17, 2013 - 8:10am
A bobcat at Warbler Pond, located in a back yard on Barranca Mesa in Los Alamos. Photo by Hari Viswanathan

PEEC News:

Are you interested in getting started with your very own trail camera or perhaps you’re looking to take your hobby up a notch? 

Well, here’s your chance - critter cam experts will share their tips and techniques during a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at PEEC.

Let’s face it. Wildlife is elusive to say the least.

Missoula Children's Theatre Casting Call: 'The Tortoise Versus The Hare'

on July 16, 2013 - 11:28am

LAAC News:

Missoula Children's Theatre is holding a casting call at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 at Crossroads Bible Church for The Tortoise Versus The Hare.

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering first through twelfth grades. A parent/guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar for the week of July 22-26, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all day and evening Saturday, July 27. Audition is free.

Still Time to Enter Summer Reading Challenge

on July 15, 2013 - 11:13am


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez is reminding students on summer vacation that all forms related to the Summer Reading Challenges need to be in by Aug. 1.

There’s still time to download the forms and enter the competition.

“We are just three weeks away from the deadline for the Summer Reading Challenges,” Martinez said. “I urge all students to make sure they submit the paperwork for all of the books they read this summer by Aug. 1. It’s also not too late for students to get involved in the reading challenges. Information on how to participate is available online.”

In May, the

Visitors Experience Bradbury Science Museum

on July 14, 2013 - 11:58am

Anna Cosimini checks out an exhibit Friday night at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. Cosimini is studying at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and interning this summer at Santa Fe Clay. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Visitors file into the Bradbury Science Museum Friday night to attend the Pinocchio 2.0 demonstration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Visitors of all ages experience hands-on exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Ping Pong Balls Simulate Neutrons in Chain Reaction at Bradbury Science Museum

on July 13, 2013 - 12:21pm

During 'Downtown Friday Nights' at the Bradbury Science Musesum Friday, Ian Aeby demonstrates his Pinocchio 2.0, a complex network of sensors and mechanics that uses ping pong balls to simulate what happens to neutrons in a chain reaction. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Audience member Aidan Monteith, 12, agrees to assist Aeby during the demonstration. Museum marketing coordinator Jessica Privitte, center, looks on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Audience members viewed “Pinocchio Reanimated!” during the Downtown Friday Night event at the Bradbury Science

Sumo Robots Rumble at the Hive Saturday

on July 12, 2013 - 3:18pm

Staff Report

The Hive is holding its first ever Mini-Sumo Robot Rumble starting at noon Saturday, July 13 and continuing until there is a winner.  The public is invited to visit the Hive and watch the competition. The Hive is at 134 N.M. 4, in White Rock just east of Metzger's Do it Best Hardware. 

Mini-Sumo Robots are electronic gadgets that are fun to build and program without extensive technical knowledge. The Hive plans to offer more Mini-Sumo Robot building classes along with Arduino Microprocessor instruction.

Governor Announces 2013 A-F School Grades

on July 11, 2013 - 3:21pm

The 2013 statewide A-F school grading results. Courtesy illustration




Gov. Susana Martinez Announces 2013 A-F School Grades

  • High schools show strongest grade improvements, driven by higher graduation rates, increased reading proficiency and greater participation in career/college readiness programs


ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced this year’s letter grades for New Mexico’s 839 elementary, middle, and high schools. 


More than 70 percent of New Mexico schools maintained or improved their school grade, with high schools across the state showing the

LANL Picnic Draws Over 1,000 Students

on July 11, 2013 - 2:02pm

More than 1,000 Los Alamos National Laboratory summer students attended the annual picnic in Urban Park today. Photo by Katy Korkos

One Day Archaeology Exhibit and Talk at Mesa Public Library

on July 11, 2013 - 7:49am


Project Director for the Museum of New Mexico Chuck Hannaford. Courtesy photo

Back by popular demand for his third visit to Mesa Public Library, Chuck Hannaford, Project Director for the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies, returns with this popular and award winning hands-on archaeology outreach program so fitting for this year’s summer reading theme of “Dig In to Reading!”

Hannaford will set up his array of archaeological artifacts from early New Mexico history, all touchable, for visitors to explore in the Mesa Public Library lobby.

Everything from

PEEC Captures Bear On Camera!

on July 11, 2013 - 7:45am
Critter Cam at PEEC: We got the bear! It looks like (s)he has visited almost every night in the past four days. To recap, our bee hive was trashed around July 6. The bear first walked in front of our critter camera at 1 a.m. July 8, then it snapped photos at 2 a.m. 3 a.m.and 11 p.m. July 9. The last sighting was around 4 a.m. July 10. After almost every bear visit, a coyote followed, most likely picking up any scraps left by the bear. Certainly some excitement going on after hours at PEEC! Courtesy/PEEC