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A New Nature Center – A Natural Fit for Los Alamos

on May 6, 2012 - 9:40am

Column by Michele Altherr

As Los Alamos considers the merits and possibility of building a municipal nature center, it is worth considering the genesis of the idea and the value that it adds to our community.  

Back in 1999 a large group of citizens gathered in Fuller Lodge to express their interest in a Los Alamos Nature Center. When asked for help in turning the idea into reality, a core group of deeply committed people volunteered.  We began to meet in various homes, some of which were lost months later to the Cerro Grande Fire.  

We were geologists, physicists, artists, managers, and

Andrew Zhao Named 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar

on May 4, 2012 - 10:08pm

LAHS News:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Los Alamos High School senior Andrew Zhao as a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Zhao is one of 141 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.

The U. S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., June 16–19.

“Honoring Presidential Scholars is an important celebration of students showing the dedication, creativity and

LAHS Parent Orientation Set For May 14

on May 4, 2012 - 9:38pm

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YMCA Receives Service-Learning Grant

on May 4, 2012 - 9:24pm

FAMILY YMCA News

  • Delle Foundation underwrites summer program for youth ages 11 to 17

Youth in the Y’s Earth Service Corps program visit the Romero Farm in Española. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA's Earth Service Corps YESC program started in 2001 following the Cerro Grande fire with the goal of providing an opportunity for youth to assist in repairing trails.

The Delle Foundation is a Los Alamos-based foundation started by Helen and George Cowan.

Helen Cowan, who passed away in 2011, was an avid hiker and was a devotee of local trails.

Some issues of damage from last year’s Las Conchas

Los Alamos Students Win First at State National History Day Competition

on May 4, 2012 - 9:04pm

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY News

Ruby Selvage and Kathryn McClenahan accepting a special award from the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum for the best project on agriculture and rural life (with staff from the museum). Photo by Kim Selvage

A pair of Piñon Elementary 6th graders won first place at the statewide National History Day competition on April 27 in Albuquerque.

Kathryn McClenahan and Ruby Selvage will be part of the New Mexico delegation at the national NHD competition in College Park, MD, June 10-14. Their project, a performance entitled “Land Where Our Children Die: The Reactions and

18 Volunteers Sought for Senior Appreciation Night

on May 4, 2012 - 8:38pm
By Diana L. Martinez
Senior Program Director
The Family YMCA
 
Volunteers are needed for the community-sponsored graduation celebration event known as Senior Appreciation Night (SAN), including someone to wear a monkey suit.
 
Numerous parents have volunteered, but 18 volunteers are still needed to fill two or three-hour shifts from 6 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., Saturday May 26.
 
A henna tattoo artist also is needed.
 
SAN is an all-night, safe, supervised downtown graduation celebration sponsored by several business and community organization.
 
 
The alcohol and drug free event

Barbara Calef Honored by League of Women Voters

on May 2, 2012 - 11:54pm

A tribute on behalf of all the members of the League of Women Voters was presented to President Barbara Calef, left, for her leadership and inspiration by Becky Shankland, second vice president during the group's annual meeting April 14. The League is a non-partisan group of men and women who do civic events for the community and research topics on which they want to take a position. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

The speaker for the event was Steve Laurent who gave a "fascinating speech and answered tough questions from the audience." Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

 

 

 

Learn Local Wildflowers with PEEC

on May 2, 2012 - 11:15pm

PEEC News:

PEEC’s popular evening wildflower walks with Chick Keller are starting again. The first walk with be 5:30 p.m., Thursday May 10. Participants can meet at PEEC, 3540 Orange St., to carpool to the trailhead. The walks are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

Flax (Linum Puberulum). Photo by Jennifer Macke

PEEC will offer wildflower walks once a month from May to September.  Participants on these easy walks on local trails learn the names of whichever flowers are blooming that month. 

A plant list is always provided, so that participants can remember which

An 11-Year-Old Protagonist in a Little Known Chapter in American History

on May 2, 2012 - 10:51pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News

Barbara Wright, author of the critically acclaimed novel for middle readers, Crow, will sign her book Friday, May 4, at 5:30 at Otowi Station Bookstore. She will visit Mountain and Barranca Elementary Schools and Los Alamos Middle School earlier that day.

The thought-provoking novel and its memorable cast present an unflinching and fresh take on race relations, injustice, and a fascinating, little-known chapter in American history, the race riots of 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina,through the eyes of the 11-year-old narrator, Moses, a likeable, credible young

LAYL Students Mentor the Younger Set

on May 2, 2012 - 3:59pm

Older and younger students share a fun-filled day together through the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL), a longtime program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, sponsored an event for elementary age students last Saturday, April 28 at Los Alamos High School.

LAYL members were the "big brother and sisters" to local elementary school students.

The students played tag games, made art projects and seed planters, ate, decorated with sidewalk chalk, interacted with police officers and played with the Los Alamos

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LAPSF: Thank You Letter for Great Conversations Support

on May 2, 2012 - 1:26pm

LAPSF News:

To the Community of Los Alamos,

The Los Alamos Public School Foundation exists to raise funds to promote innovative learning in each of the seven public schools in Los Alamos.

We believe that our children are our future and that a quality education is critical to prepare them for an increasingly complex workplace and world.

The Foundation supports and invests in a successful future for all LAPS students through grants and programs.

Great Conversations, our signature fundraiser event held April 22 at LAHS, was a huge success.

The fabulous food and the terrific speakers

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NM Search and Rescue Annual Conference at Buffalo Thunder Resort

on May 2, 2012 - 8:56am

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) will be hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers on May 4-6 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque, NM.  Over 200 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, will be attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.

Los Alamos Youth Food Project - Flash Mob Practice

on May 1, 2012 - 5:08pm

Watch as the Los Alamos Middle School Green Team practices an original song they plan to perform as a "flash mob."  When and where will the flash mob occur? So far it's a big surprise.

See the Los Alamos Daily Post "Focus - Los Alamos Youth Food Project" special section for more information on the Project and it's goals.

Summer Video Editing Classes at PAC 8

on May 1, 2012 - 3:03pm

This summer, PAC 8 is offering 20 sessions of video education classes. Classes will be for students in grades 2- 6 and additional classes will be held for middle school students. The classes are lots of fun - students make music videos, news shows, documentaries, commercials and comedies. This year we’re also offering animation classes.

There are four levels to choose from:

Beginning Classes – basic camera techniques, audio, editing with I Movie, interviewing, studio production.

Intermediate Classes – digital cameras, editing with Final Cut Pro, blue screen, special effects.

Advanced

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Gwynn Cunningham is Rotary Student of the Month

on May 1, 2012 - 9:01am

Rotarian James Nesmith with Los Alamos High School senior Gwynn Cunningham as she is recognized as "Student of the Month" by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian James Nesmith, left, with the Rotary's "Student of the Month" Gwynn Cunningham, her parents Andrea and Greg Cunningham and mentor Diane Toups whom she credited greatly for her success development. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Rotary Club honored Gwynneth Cunningham as April’s Student of the Month at Fuller Lodge April 24. Gwynn is the

Students Earn $1,000 for LAHS Science Department

on April 30, 2012 - 2:39pm

Washington D.C. – Underscoring the Obama Administration’s investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensuring educational opportunities are available to students across the nation, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Lexington High School from Lexington, Mass., and Hopkins Junior High School from Fremont, Calif. won the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl today at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos High School ranked among the top 16 high schools at the event.

Nearly 14,000 students have competed in

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Los Alamos High School Advances to "Sweet 16" in the National Science Bowl

on April 29, 2012 - 10:11pm

A team of students from Los Alamos High School is competing this week in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl (NSB) in Washington, D.C. and has advanced to the "sweet sixteen" from an original field of 69 high school teams from across the country.
 

Members of the Los Alamos High School team, Los Alamos, NM concentrate on the answer to a question at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington DC on April 29, 2012. Photograph by Dennis Brack, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science/Courtesy
 
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition

DOE Launches National Science Bowl Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Race

on April 28, 2012 - 10:30pm
 
Middle School Regional Champions From Around the Country to Compete
 
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 44 middle school teams from across the nation will race against one another in the Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Challenge as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl Competition.
 
The middle school teams designed and built their model cars from everyday household materials and brought them to D.C. to compete.
 
The teams will be judged on two criteria – time trials and car design.
 
The three middle school teams with the fastest cars and the

LAPS Party for Retiring Teachers & Staff is May 10

on April 28, 2012 - 9:37pm

LAPS News:

Nineteen teachers and staff will be honored for their years of service to Los Alamos Public Schools at a retirement ceremony next month.

The 2011-2012 LAPS retirees goodbye party is set for 4-6 p.m., Thursday May 10 at Fuller Lodge.

Those retiring include Luis Aguilar, Michael Baxter, Anell Crews, Ann Daley, Shirley Graziano, Margaret Guthrie, Loretta Hupke, Jose Martinez, Lynette McLean, Suzanne Melton, Kay Nease, Dana Salmond, Phillip Sena, Kathryn Thomas, Diane Toups, Fernando Trujillo, Judith Uhrich, Amy Vierra and Jane M. Ziehmn.

 

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Jr. Hilltopper Basketball Academy Summer Camps Announced

on April 28, 2012 - 1:33pm

Language Access Specialist Certificate Program Earns Creative Award for U.S. Copyright

on April 28, 2012 - 9:10am

From left, Lisa Kuuttila President and CEO of STC.UNM; Paula Couselo, Director of NMCLA; Dr. Cedric Page, Executive Director of UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

PaulCouselo, director of the New Mexico Center for Language Access (NMCLA) was the recipient of a 2012 Creative Award for U.S. Copyright from the University of New Mexico, for the innovative Language Access Specialist Certificate Program.

The award was presented to Couselo at the 2012 Annual Creative Awards Reception hosted by STC.UNM Wednesday April 25.

The mission of STC is to support UNM and its

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LAPS Hires Assets Manager to Find Cost Savings

on April 27, 2012 - 9:11am

LAPS Assets Manager Joan Ahlers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Public Schools has created an “assets manager” position in an effort to find cost savings opportunities for the district.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has hired Joan Ahlers in the new post.

Ahlers was instrumental in negotiating contracts beneficial to the district during her four-year tenure on the Los Alamos Board of Education from 2007-2011.

“The need for this position is something that has been talked about for at least six years,” Schmidt said.

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PEEC‘s Summer Adventure Program Offers Financial Aid

on April 26, 2012 - 5:50pm

PEEC News:

A birdwatching trip. Courtesy/PEEC

This summer parents can enroll their fourth through sixth graders on an outdoor adventure with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Nature Center.

Youth can explore the Rio Grande, June 4-8 or the Valles Caldera June 11-15.

PEEC has established two scholarship programs for children of families with incomes that might limit their ability to participate:

  • Income-based Full Scholarship
  • Public Service Partial Scholarship for the children of policemen, firefighters and public school employees

For details, visit

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Next Big Idea Coming Downtown Sept. 14-15

on April 26, 2012 - 5:24pm

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

A useful robot showed its stuff during last year's Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo

What is it that differentiates Los Alamos from other communities?

It is a place of big, world changing ideas.The Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention, and Innovation is an annual signature event that highlights Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage while providing an opportunity for inspiring young people from throughout the state about possible futures in science, technology,engineering, math, and innovation.

The Next Big Idea is brought to you by Los Alamos MainStreet.

Annual 8th Grade Athletic Night Set For May 22

on April 26, 2012 - 4:16pm

The Los Alamos Athletic Department is holdong its 8th grade Athletic Night at 6 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Smith Auditorium. 

The LAHS Athletic Department asks anyone with a son or daughter who will be in the 9th grade as of the 2012-13 school year to attend the meeting.  

The meeting will begin with general information and then each of the coaches of the LAHS sports teams will have a table in the high school lobby for parents to visit. 

The coaches will answer questions about the upcoming school year, summer questions, etc. 

Refer to the LAHS website for additional information:

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