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Rotary District 5520 Honors Nate Delgado

on May 25, 2012 - 8:36am

Los Alamos Middle School student Nate Delgado was recently awarded third-place honors by Rotary District 5520 at its annual convention May 19 in Albuquerque. The eighth grader was recognized for his winning essay in the Four-Way Test Essay Competition, which is conducted annually throughout New Mexico and West Texas. The Four-Way Test is based on the principles of truth, fairness, good will, and friendship. Delgado is pictured with his parents, Patti and James Delgado and sisters Elise and Katie. Delgado is a student of Lorene Beckstead; the essay committee was led by Rotarian Linda King.

Learn to Manage Chronic Disease

on May 24, 2012 - 10:06am

Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service News:

Are you an adult with an ongoing health condition? Join a free 2-and-a-half hour "MyCD Workshop" sponsored by the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization, Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service and the Family Y. 

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, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. 

If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart

Letter to the Editor: LAPS Foundation Says Thanks

on May 24, 2012 - 8:37am

Good community citizens are not hard to come by in our small town. 

We have those who care for the elderly and those who care for the very young. 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation wishes to express its sincere thanks to the long-time proprietors of Central Avenue Grill, Min and Monica Park.

In a final act of kindness and with their eye on the many students and teacher in our fine public school system, the Parks invited everyone in the community for a delicious array of appetizers and beverages asking only that those in attendance donate $5 to the LAPS Foundation.  


Eclipse Shots From Overlook Park

on May 24, 2012 - 8:35am

The moon initially appears cloudy Sunday as the eclipse event gets underway at Overlook Park. Photo by Brian McCool

Brian McCool and his family purchased the optics in phases off eBay for less than $100. The rest of the telescope was built with parts from local hardware stores. It isn't much to look at, but that isn't important, he said.

The telescope used to take this group of shots of Sunday's eclipse from Overlook Park is a home-built 8-inch reflector on a Dobsonian mount. Photo by Brian McCool

A bit of cloud remains. The man at right looks through a pinhole camera.

PEEC’s Nature Playtimes Have Changed

on May 23, 2012 - 10:13pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center News

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center will have shorter hours for its popular, free Nature Playtimes starting in June, and will also have a new teacher for the preschool program. 


PEEC’s Nature Playtimes offer a chance for the youngest kids to get out and enjoy nature on the Pajarito Plateau. 

Each session offers time to explore outside, a craft or sensory activity, and stories and songs. 

The program is free and open to all, with no registration required. 

Nature Playtimes have been running from 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays

Prepare for Upcoming Transit of Venus with PEEC

on May 23, 2012 - 8:58pm


Paul Mutschlecner. Courtesy Photo

At 7 p.m., Thursday May 24, local scientist Paul Mutschlecner will give a talk at PEEC about the upcoming transit of Venus across the sun. 

The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. 

And starting at 4 p.m., Tuesday June 5, PEEC will have a telescope available at the Center, at 3540 Orange St., for anyone interested in watching the transit.

On June 5, there will be a rare "transit of Venus" when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its image can be

Los Alamos Public Schools Special Board Meeting

on May 23, 2012 - 7:41pm



Special Board Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater


1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Call to Order
3. Roll Call
4. Presentations and Recommendations of the Superintendent and Information for the Board
    4.1 2012/2013 Budget Approval
    4.2 Budget Adjustment Requests
    4.3 LAMS Construction Project
    4.4 LAHS Construction Change Order
5. Adjournment


Bilingual Montessori Students Given 'Undeniable Advantage'

on May 23, 2012 - 10:09am


By Kirsten Laskey

The Bilingual Montessori School is on a roll. Since opening its doors in 2008, enrollment has escalated, the location has changed and expanded and Owner Odalys González Fernández has earned a Success Client Award from the Small Business Development Center in 2008

Just what are the secrets behind the school’s success?

“We are known for having a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and nurturing environment," Fernández said. "What we give parents foremost is peace of mind. We work with parent's needs, wants, fears and desires. We operate very professionally.

Mountain's Green Team Are State Champs!

on May 22, 2012 - 3:58pm

The Green Team at Mountain Elementary School won the Aluminum Can Roundup State Competition. Photo by Karen Henderson


Schools across America recycled more than 4.5 million aluminum beverage cans in the second year of a national recycling competition sponsored by the U.S. can industry nearly doubling last year's effort.

The Great American Can Roundup raised $100,591 for school activities and local charities across the country.

More than 790 schools from all 50 states participated in the second annual contest, which runs each year from Nov.

Animal Advocates Gather at Coffee Booth

on May 22, 2012 - 10:11am

Representatives from the Animal Protection of New Mexico organization made a presentation at the Coffee Booth Saturday to a group of people interested in protecting and caring for animals. Board President Anne Coller, right, with Los Alamos animal advocate Amy Storey. Anne explained that because of the recent announcement by the National Institutes of Health to accept the results of an independent report requested by Sen. Tom Udall and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the use of chimpanzees in research will stop.

Chamisa Students Host Leadership Assembly

on May 22, 2012 - 9:47am

Chamisa Elementary School Student Leader Robyn Hollis passes out bracelets to students and adults gathered in Chamisa's Gymnasium for a leadership rally Monday spotlighting awareness that all students have amazing potential. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

By Karyl Ann Armbruster

Living Skills teacher Jennifer Keiltyka at Chamisa was given a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation to eradicate the "R" word.
With the help of the 6th grade leadership group composed of Sean Collins, Priyanka Velappan, Jenny Paige, Colin Hehlen, Youssef Amin and Robyn Hollis, the group

Authors Speak Series Presents Dr. Levine Thursday

on May 21, 2012 - 8:01am


Mesa Public Library's Authors Speak Series presents Frances Levine, PhD, Director of the New Mexico History Museum at 7 p.m., Thursday May 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

Coummunity members and their out of town guests are welcome to attend and hear Levine speak about an intriguing episode in colonial New Mexico’s history, "In Her Own Voice: Doña Teresa de Aguilera y Roche Takes on the Spanish Inquisition."

Among the many events lived in New Mexico’s Palace of the Governors, the administration of Governor Bernardo López de Mendizábal captures a time when

SFI: Seminar About Why Sex Ratios Vary

on May 21, 2012 - 8:01am

SFI News:

John Martin will present the talk, Sex Ratios at Birth Vary with Maternal Residence, Age, Parity and Their Interactions, at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday May 23 in the medium conference room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Martin is a Visiting Research Associate, School of Advanced Research; Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University.

Abstract: The ratio of male to female births [(m/f) x 100] is reported to vary from 100 or less among national populations in southern Africa to 105-6 among national populations in Europe, Asia, and in the United States.


Local Residents Shoot the Moon

on May 20, 2012 - 8:55pm

Taken from Overlook Park, this evening's beginning Moon during the eclipse. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

The full Moon. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

The ending Moon. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

This photo shot from Zuni and Los Pueblos in Los Alamos with a reflection in a Sony HDR-HC-7 movie camera. Photo by Joel M. Williams

The community fills Overlook Park in White Rock to watch tonight's eclipse. Photo by Norm Delamater

Various devices were utilized to view the eclipse visible from Overlook Park in White Rock this evening. Photo by Norm Delamater


Historic Fires Most Likely Occurred in Spring

on May 19, 2012 - 2:11pm

By Collin Haffey

The Ecology Group at Bandelier National Monument has been monitoring tree growth on a weekly basis for more than 20 years.

Several trees located in Bandelier are ringed with dendrometer bands or dendrobands, for short.

A dendroband is a small ribbon of metal wrapped around the trunk of the tree and connected to a spring slide that moves as the tree grows and is measured by a Vernier scale. It’s basically a fancy ruler.

This scale enables us to measure a tree’s circumference down to a tenth of a millimeter.

The banded trees are located in three clusters that span the

Pay Raises Approved for Local Teachers and Staff

on May 18, 2012 - 10:35pm

Board President Kevin Honnell and Secretary Melanie McKinley, seated, board member David Foster board member Judy Bjarke-McKinsey and board member Dawn Venhaus, not shown, unanamously approved a 3 percent pay hike for teachers and staff during Wednesday's school board meeting. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

Teachers and staff at Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) can expect bigger paychecks during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Board of Education unanimously approved a 3 percent pay increase totalling $850,000 during a Special Board Meeting Wednesday night.

Along with the pay increase, the


SFI Presents Evolution on 'Realistic' Landscapes Tuesday

on May 18, 2012 - 10:09am

SFI News:

Peter Schuster of the University of Vienna and Santa Fe Institute external professor will present the talk, Evolution on "Realistic" Landscapes at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Ever since Sewall Wrights publication of the landscape metaphor in 1932 evolutionary optimization is visualized as hill climbing on a rugged landscape.

Public invited to PEEC/Pajarito Astronomers Annular Eclipse Event Sunday at Overlook

on May 18, 2012 - 8:50am

PEEC News:

One projecting telescope, four viewing telescopes with solar filters and 100 eclipse-viewing glasses will be available at Sunday's big Annular Eclipse Event at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The Pajarito Astronomers and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are sponsoring the event and will assist people who choose to make simple pinhole viewers at the park. People who have their own telescopes with solar filters are welcome to bring them to view the eclipse.

Thanks to a generous donor, solar viewing glasses will be distributed to the first 100 people who would like

15th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival Begins Friday

on May 17, 2012 - 11:44am


Giant Chess Match Set for Saturday

on May 17, 2012 - 11:36am

From 4-7 p.m., Saturday May 19, Mario will take on the Ringling Brother’s Circus in an oversized chess match like no other. Students in the 2-d/3-d and ceramics/sculpture classes have created oversized chess pieces out of paper mache. These pieces range in size from 7-feet tall to 4-feet tall. The chessboard is 24-feet by 24-feet. The two chess matches played by the district chess clubs, will take place at the auxiliary gym at Los Alamos High School. Admission is $2 and concession will be sold. Proceeds benefit the clubs and LAHS Art Room. Courtesy/LAHS

Dance Arts Los Alamos to Feature Graduating Seniors

on May 17, 2012 - 12:28am


Erin Burr (Odile) and Megan Kelley (Odette) in DALA's production of Swan Lake. Photo and design by Paulo T. Photography.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is celebrating 20 years of bringing professional dance training and high quality performances to the community.

This weekend, three distinct programs will highlight the accomplishments of dancers ages 3 through adult as well as the talent and diversity of the DALA faculty.

Intermediate and advanced level ballet students will present an abridged version of Swan Lake at 7 p.m., May 18 and 19. All performances will take

A Neutron and Proton Go Into a Bar...

on May 16, 2012 - 9:48am

SFI News:

Alaina Levine will conduct a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 17 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract. What did the bartender say to the neutron? What’s the difference between an introverted and an extraverted scientist?

When you think about it, being a scientist is, well, kind of funny.

In this boring, monotonous, time-wasting lecture, science journalist and comedian Alaina Levine will explore humor in science, probe the most comedic aspects of the scientific profession, and relate real-life anecdotes from a science communicator and wannabe nerd who

Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

on May 16, 2012 - 9:34am

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.

Local Teens Heading to World Championships

on May 16, 2012 - 8:36am

Los Alamos teens Natalie Smith and Maria Jones are traveling to Wexford, Ireland to compete in the CRN World Open Championships June 2-3. The girls are students at the Belisama Irish Dance, founded in 2006 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Smith won the Regional Championships in the under-19 category this spring, and Jones was the 2010 North American Champion in the under-14 category. Both are Craobh Grad dancers, the highest level of dance in the CRN organization.

Practice Taiji at Ashley Pond

on May 14, 2012 - 10:01am

Join a local group practicing Taiji and Qigong three times a week at Ashley Pond.

There is no charge for the program and no previous experience is necessary.




When: June through October

  • Mondays 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon
  • Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Ashley Pond

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older

  • No previous experience is necessary

What: Taiji

Follow along. Beginning with a walk around the pond, followed by simple stretching and the Taiji Qigong 18 Form routine. Go over the Yang-style 24 Form Taiji sequence twice, with limited instructions.