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UNM-LA's Accelerate Program Helps Students Prepare for Future Careers

on June 9, 2012 - 8:23am

From left, Fatima Pino, Jeff Bold and Ivette Jimenez. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

The Accelerate Technical Training Program brings students a new approach to academic success. 

It offers ongoing coaching that quickly prepares people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in science technology engineering, mathematics (STEM), and business.

Accelerate provides a step toward obtaining jobs, as well as a flexible foundation for retraining as industries and employers innovate in the future.

The program is available at six regional colleges

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Rotary Club Concert to Feature Beene Memorial Music Competition Winners June 17 at Fuller Lodge

on June 9, 2012 - 7:14am

ROTARY News:

Monica Poston (First Prize 2012)

Fuller Lodge will resonate with music on June 17 when the Los Alamos Rotary Club presents a Fathers’ Day concert performed by 12 award winners of the annual Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free.

These popular annual concerts showcase the superb musical talents developed by young Los Alamos musicians, a number of whom pursue professional careers in music.

Dalton Smith (Second Prize 2012)

The June 17 concert will include performances by the three winners of the 2012 Beene Music

Portable Building Moves Smoothly Through Town

on June 8, 2012 - 10:46pm

A new portable building made its way up the truck route and through the town to Los Alamos Middle School today. Traffic interruptions were minimal due to the efficient planning and skill of the over size load crew and Los Alamos County Traffic Engineering personnel, police said. Photo by N.S. Mills

Crews guided the portable building up Diamond Drive and onto San Ildefonso Road as it headed toward the middle school. Los Alamos Public Schools will bring in about five more portable buildings throughout the summer. Photo by N.S. Mills

The portable moves up Hawk Drive, coming to rest in its new

Leadership Los Alamos Takes Working Hiatus

on June 8, 2012 - 11:46am

 

 

By Kirsten Laskey

The Leadership Los Alamos organization is taking the year off to update its program.

Leadership Los Alamos has operated for more than 10 years and things have changed, Chair-elect Mike Wismer said. The community, the economy has evolved, he said, and Leadership Los Alamos is looking at possibly retooling.

It’s something that has already begun. Under LLA Chair Wayne Torpy’s leadership, the recent graduating class was given homework assignments with regard to how leadership compares in today’s world – what worked and what did not.

“That was a good start and we need

Scout Camp Wraps up Today

on June 8, 2012 - 9:48am
Flags fly at the the Northern New Mexico District Day Camp held this week at the Sportsmen's Club Pavilion in Redija Canyon. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
The Scouts try their skill on the rope course under the watchful eye of adult volunteers. There were 137 Cub Scouts at the camp Wednesday. The camp runs through today and is an annual event held for about the last 25 years. The Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club lets the Scouts use the pavilion and archery range in Rendija Canyon for the event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Sandy Jennings provides the water supply during a

Kiwanis Club Presents Educational Scholarships

on June 7, 2012 - 12:01pm

The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduate Jin Park Tuesday. Park will attend Stanford University to pursue a degree in economics and computer science. He is joined by his mother Monica Park and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors with financial support for their commitment to the community. The Club meets Tuesday's at noon at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Sharon Stover

 

 

 

 

 

Watch NASA live with Transit of Venus

on June 5, 2012 - 6:49pm

View the live feed from NASA as they watch the Transit of Venus on a large screen.

http://venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/

Fuselier Shares Stories From Afghanistan

on June 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Students at a school in Afghanistan. Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Letter from Afghanistan by Bob Fuselier

The following story of my trip to Afghanistan is one of many to follow. For the security of those we leave in Kabul, names of places and people will often be avoided.

Even now, as I prepare to return to the U.S., my mind is still taking in Afghanistan.

The Afghan people and their code of hospitality have allowed my colleague, Blake Batten and I to feel welcomed and at home.

I still remain alert on ventures beyond the multi-layered security of our hotel, but the

June 4-8 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week

on June 5, 2012 - 7:58am
Lee Bussolini, RN demonstrating CPR training at a presentation for CPR/AED Awareness Week in 2009. Courtesy photo
 
LOS ALAMOS HEART COUNCIL/FAMILY YMCA News:
 
As part of National CPR/AED Awareness Week, Leeanne Sanchez and Melanie Chapman will present the latest information related to learning to use CPR and an AED.
 
Sanchez is a longtime trainer with the American Red Cross and Chapman is the Wellness Director at the Family YMCA.
 
This informative review of what people need to know in order to assist someone experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other heart-related emergencies is at 1 p.m.

The Y Fights Child Hunger This Summer with Help from the Walmart Foundation

on June 3, 2012 - 10:23pm

The Family YMCA joins national effort to provide 7 million meals to children this summer, as part of Walmart’s Summer Giving Campaign

Courtesy Photo

When the school year ends, so does free meals for the millions of children in low-income households who depend on them most. This summer the Española YMCA Teen Center is providing free nutritious meals to youth of all ages beginning Monday, June 4. The Center is able to do this thanks to a $7,500 grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Walmart Foundation, and in partnership with the national Summer Food Service Program.

Summer Art Classes for Teens Ages 12+

on June 3, 2012 - 9:50pm

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News

The following summer art classes are available for teens ages twelve and older.  For more information contact: Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Avenue or 505-662-1635.

Casey Greenling: Portraits in Clay 
2 week class: June 11-15 and June 18-22 ($220)  
 
June 25-29 Casey Greenling: Mural Paintings ($110) 
 
July 9-13  Casey Greenling: Painting in Oils  ($110) 
 
July 16-20 Katherine Gutkovskaya - Painting Techniques for the Beginner ($110) 
 
July 23-27 Katherine Gutkovskaya - Drawing  ($110)

Transit of Venus Viewing Options for Tuesday

on June 3, 2012 - 9:32pm

From 4 to sunset, Tuesday June 5, Los Alamos will be treated to a rare "transit of Venus" when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its image can be seen crossing the solar disk.

Venus is small enough that a telescope (equipped with a special filter to reduce brightness) will be needed. 

PEEC has such a telescope and will be showing the transit to anyone interested.

A transit of Venus happens only four times every 243 years. However,, the spacing between each occurrence is very uneven.

The last transit occurred in June 2004 - and after this June's event

Algorithms and Complexity for Quantum Computing

on June 3, 2012 - 8:54pm
SANTA FE INSTITUTE News
 
 
Joe Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute will present "Algorithms and Complexity for Quantum Computing" on Wednesday, June 6th at 12:15 p.m in the Medium Conference Room.
 
Abstract:  Are quantum computers more powerful than classical computers? To answer this question one must know the classical computational complexity.  What is it about the problems of quantum chemistry and quantum physics that enables us to get lower bounds on the classical complexity?

Fox and Mountain Lion Coming to PEEC!

on June 3, 2012 - 8:39pm

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News

On Tuesday, June 5th, PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program will kick off with a Taxidermy Museum with animals from Yukon Wildlife Studio.  Visitors are welcome to drop in any time between 6:30 and 8:30.  The event is free for PEEC members, and just $5 per family for non-members at the door.

Yukon Wildlife Studio was given the body of the mountain lion that killed a local dog on Christmas Eve on North Mesa last year.

Alexander M. Kirkland Receives National Honor

on June 1, 2012 - 12:37am

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS News:

A New Mexico Military Institute student is recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that New Mexico Military Institute student Alexander M. Kirkland from Los Alamos has been selected for membership.

The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the

Quantum Computers Will Be Able to Simulate Particle Collisions

on May 31, 2012 - 12:40pm

NIST News:

Stephen Jordan. Courtesy/NIST

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have.

According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study the inner workings of the universe in ways that are far beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

Quantum computers require technology that may not be perfected for decades, but they hold great promise for solving complex problems.

The

Los Alamos Man in Afghanistan Calls for Support

on May 31, 2012 - 7:19am

Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Editor's note: Local veterinarian Bob Fuselier, is in Afghanistan representing the Afghan Sister Villages education project. The project includes Los Alamos High School students communicating by computer with students in an Afghan school. Fuselier is seeking support to build a school in a second village. Fuselier's colleague, Dr.

Book Signing Tonight: Scott Ortman and "Winds from the North"

on May 30, 2012 - 6:14am

Mesa Verde rockshelter dwelling site. Photo by istockphoto.com

SFI News:

Despite a century of research, no consensus exists on how, or if, the abandonment of Mesa Verde and the formation of the Rio Grande Pueblos are related.

In "Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology" (University of Utah Press, February 2012), SFI Omidyar Fellow Scott Ortman proposes a compelling solution to this problem through and investigation of the genetic, linguistic, and cultural heritage of the Tewa Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Ortman will give a brief overview of "Winds from the North,"

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Libraries Offer Hands On Clinics for Downloadable Books

on May 29, 2012 - 9:38pm
MESA PUBLIC LIBRARAY News:
 
The libraries are doing hands on clinics to help patrons learn how to use the fabulous new service for downloadable audio books and eBooks.
 
The following dates and times are for Mesa Public Library and White Rock patrons are encouraged to call the WR Branch to schedule a convenient time.
 
Patrons should bring their own devices on which they plan to use the service with them for the most effective session.
 
Los Alamos County Libraries’ upcoming Overdrive clinics for May and June:
 
  • Tuesday May 29, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday May 31, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday June 2, 10

Senior Appreciation Night Ends with French Toast & Prizes

on May 27, 2012 - 9:55pm

The Kiwanis crew made eggs, sausage and french toast for Saturday's graduating seniors to cap off Senior Appreciation Night early this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall

Senior Appreciation Night ended this morning with students heading to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for breakfast prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

County Recreation personnel drew names of seniors who attended all events of the evening.

The prizes won by those seniors included $500 cash, a lap top, Kindle Fire, TV/DVD player, docking audio system, Wii, $200 Best Buy gift card, $300 REI gift card, $200 REI gift

Senior Appreciation Night Packed with Fun

on May 27, 2012 - 8:49pm

Alicia Bowyer and Kurt Schramm duke it out in the bouncy ring during Senior Appreciation Night at the Family YMCA on Iris Street. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Students who graduated from los Alamos High School Saturday morning were invited along with their friends to celebrate begining at 6 p.m., the 30th year of Senior Appreciation Night (SAN.)

The event began with a BBQ at Fuller Lodge and ended Sunday morning with breakfast at the Senior Center.

The Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Family YMCA co-chair the annual celebration.

Chris Calhoun tackles the rock wall at the Family Y

Los Alamos High School Graduation Day

on May 26, 2012 - 8:07pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School held its annual Commencement Ceremony at Griffith Gymnasium. Following the ceremony, graduates gathered with friends and family outside the gym for congratulations and pictures.

Madalina "Ada" Ciuca and Aidan Bradbury-Aranda. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Jin Park with proud parents, Min and Monica. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

Happy graduates. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The field outside Griffith Gym was crowded with graduates, friends and family. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Photo by Greg

School Board Selects LAMS Project Contractor

on May 26, 2012 - 12:28pm

Los Alamos Middle School project rendering. Courtesy/Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

By Kirsten Laskey

The days of cold classrooms in 1960-era buildings are coming to an end at Los Alamos Middle School.

With the Board of Education's approval of a contractor during Thursday's special board meeting, LAMS $18.5 million makeover will begin this summer.

Eight contractors initially showed interest in the project and ultimately three returned proposals.

After holding interviews May 13, the evaluation committee decided on McCarthy, a builder out of Albuquerque with offices across the country.

Known

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National Honor Society President Advocates Community Service

on May 25, 2012 - 8:54am

By Bonnie Gordon

Paulina Majewska is the newly elected president of the Los Alamos High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) for the 2012-2013 school year.

Those invited to join NHS are chosen by a committee of teachers and staff at each school.

Although a high grade point average is a requirement, members are also selected for community service, school activities and leadership, Majewska said.

“Each member has the responsibility of doing a service project as a community volunteer,” Majewska said. “We meet once a month to discuss the service projects.”

In addition to

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