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PEEC Earth Day Series: Hungry for Nature? How About a Mud Pie?

on April 18, 2013 - 12:54pm

A tasty mud pie is on the menu at PEEC’s mud kitchen. Photo by Beth Cortright

Hungry for Nature? How About a Mud Pie?

PEEC Executive Director

“This dirt pile is awesome!” “Oh, no! My pancakes are burning!” “In our country, prettiness is being covered with mud!” -overheard from kids in the PEEC mud kitchen

Children love dirt. Add water, and they love it even more. Kids seem to instinctively know what adults must re-learn—not only is playing outside in the dirt a ton of fun; it’s essential to children’s healthy development in many ways.

“Play is the highest form of


Splash a Teacher and Shade Chamisa's Playground

on April 18, 2013 - 10:05am
Physics Lesson: Former 6th grade teacher, now Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith demonstrates the laws of physics in 2012 and history will repeat itself 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday as Chamisa raises money with a carnival. Students can have four hours of fun for just $7 and parents can, too, for just $3. The funds being raised will purchase shade structures for the playground at Chamisa. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Mrs. Jiron awaits the inevitable. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Pegasus Staff Holds Swap Meet at LAHS

on April 18, 2013 - 8:27am

LAHS News:

Pegasus, Los Alamos High School's art and literary magazine will host its third annual swap meet beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20  in the high school parking lot.

Spaces are still available for a donation of $20, which may be paid at the LAHS bookkeeping office or on the morning of the event. 

Vendors must supply their own table and/or shade if needed.

Donations of items the students can sell may be dropped off at the LAHS main office or at 7:45 a.m. Saturday at the event.

In the event of rain or snow, the sale will be rescheduled for April 27.

Community's Help Urgently Needed to Fill 180 Judge Slots!

on April 17, 2013 - 8:54am


If so, The Th   The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association [NCFCA] needs the community's help to fill 180 judges’ slots.

WHAT: NCFCA Region III Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

WHEN: Thursday, May 2–Saturday, May 4

WHERE: Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos

Speech Events:

Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Open Interpretation, Original Interpretation, Persuasive, Illustrated Oratory, Biographical Narrative, Apologetics, Impromptu and Extemporaneous.

Debate Events:

Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas.

Register to judge a

PEEC Earth Day Series: Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier

on April 17, 2013 - 8:51am

Visit Bandelier during National Park Week and hope to see a rainbow over Tyuonyi pueblo ruin. Photo by Sally King


Celebrate National Park Week at Bandelier

Almost 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to protect unique and special places. 

Come celebrate your National Parks during National Park Week April 20-28, 2013. 

Each year, the president sets aside a week to explore and enjoy almost 400 National Park Service sites. 

This year’s National Park Week theme is “Did you know...”

Did you know that during your trip to

LAHS Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition

on April 17, 2013 - 8:13am

LAHS Year Book staff from left, Andrew Li, Lauren Burr, Darby Knoll, Toni Batha and Ben Nguyen. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

  • Kaboom!: La Loma Yearbook pages featured in 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book

Los Alamos High School’s yearbook, Kaboom!: La Loma Yearbook, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2013 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 11 celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage.

Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling


PEEC Asks Earth Day Festival Visitors to Park at Sullivan Field

on April 17, 2013 - 8:11am

PEEC News Alert:

One thing will be different at PEEC's Earth Day Festival this Saturday — Earth Day visitors will need to park at Sullivan Field and ride the free Atomic City Transit shuttle bus that will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — because of three events happening at Los Alamos High School and filling that parking lot,

Of course PEEC welcomes festival-goers who arrive on foot, stroller, bike, or skateboard.

PEEC's Earth Day Festival run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PEEC Earth Day Series: Registration Opens for Summer Outdoor Adventures

on April 17, 2013 - 7:50am

Registration Opens for PEEC’s Summer Outdoor Adventures Programs
  • What are PEEC’s summer outdoor adventures all about?

They are times of great explorations and discoveries, imagination and wonder, challenges and accomplishments. One participant, Karin Ebey, sums up the experience even better:  “Every single day I come home dirty and happy!”

Nature Odyssey:  Rio Grande (June 10-14)

Each day of the Rio Grande week the group spends the hot summer afternoons near water. Sometimes children are capturing and identifying invertebrates and amphibians; other times they are exploring and playing.

LAHS Sophomore Parent Night April 29

on April 17, 2013 - 7:41am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School sophomores are invited to attend Sophomore Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the Speech Theater.

“Sophomore Parent Night is about reinforcing what the counselors are doing in the classroom with the sophomores in the month of April,” explains Cindy Black, one of the guidance counselors at the high school. “It focuses on getting ready for life after high school. It is never too early for students to start learning about the college admission process, and other options available after high school.”

Topics to be covered at


Los Alamos Nursing PhD Student Takes Top Awards

on April 16, 2013 - 10:16am

Neil E. Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and has won top university awards. Courtesy photo

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Neil E. Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and the longtime nurse, PhD `14, knows how to make pathophysiology fun. He presides over nursing labs with aplomb.

It’s why he’s earned the University of Virginia School of Nursing's graduate teaching award again in 2013 and why he’s taken top prize in the all-University award in Math, Engineering and Nursing for 2013.

“Neil knows how to turn complex and dry concepts fun and translatable,” said Associate Dean Janie Heath, one

Students Descend on LANL for Supercomputing Challenge Expo

on April 16, 2013 - 9:59am

Melrose High School students react to being named as the winning team at a recent New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge awards ceremony. Their research project modeled behavior of wildfires. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Research by student teams to be showcased

More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) April 21-23 for the 23rd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.

More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are expected at the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High

PEEC Earth Day Series: Wild Plants Group Greets Dry Spring

on April 16, 2013 - 9:50am
PEEC Wild Plants Group Greets a Dry Spring

PEEC’s new Yahoo group, PEECWildPlants, is desperately trying to find the signs of spring that are eluding us after our feeble winter snows. 

Up until the end of March, there were practically no sightings of the usual suspects: Pasque flowers, golden smoke, verbena, though Craig Martin found a surprise Arabis (probably fendleri) in Upper Rendija Canyon with a single bloom.

Henbit is a new discovery for Los Alamos County. Photo by Terry Foxx

But despite the record-dry season, citizen science made a great new find on March:

Dr. Momchilo Vuyisich to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring High School Scholars

on April 16, 2013 - 9:46am

Dr. Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich
Dr. Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Banquet Honoring High School Scholars

On Sunday evening, April 28, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 57th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 255 members in Los Alamos County (1.5 percent of the county’s population.)

The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members and their guests, will be held at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos

PEEC Earth Day Series: Composting Returns to Los Alamos County

on April 16, 2013 - 9:38am
Composting Returns to Los Alamos County
Environmental Services Specialist for Los Alamos County

The new Los Alamos County composting facility at the old wastewater treatment plant in Bayo Canyon is set to be complete in fall 2013. 

The County composting program was discontinued in 2011 due to closure of the County landfill and odor issues. 

The County has been working over the past few years to find the best location and process to resume the composting program.

The new facility will enable the County to create higher quality compost in a cost-effective manner and

Earn $2,500 for LAHS Through 'Rally4Rewards'

on April 16, 2013 - 8:34am

LAHS News:

U.S Bank is a supporter of high school athletics/activities and has been a major sponsor of the NMAA for many years now.

In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the State Football, Basketball and Track Championships, U.S. Bank has also served as a large contributor to the NMAA Foundation.

Now, they are taking this even further with Monday's launch of the “Rally4Rewards" program.

Through this program, U.S. Bank will be donating $2,500 to six different NMAA member schools.

PEEC Earth Day Series: Kids Discover Spiders on the Pajarito Plateau

on April 15, 2013 - 11:29am

Aspen Elementary School 1st graders’ black widow spider. Photo by Angelique Harshman/
Kids Discover Spiders on the Pajarito Plateau
By ANGELIQUE HARSHMAN, PEEC Education Programs Director

The Aspen Elementary School students didn’t know what they would find on their outdoor excursion to the Homestead Trail, but they were all excited.

As part of PEEC’s Pajarito Plateau Field Science curriculum, the first graders were investigating spiders and insects, turning over rocks, looking closely at tree bark, and inspecting rotting logs.

We were finding lots of evidence of spiders old spider

Los Alamos Students Shine at Chemistry Olympiad

on April 15, 2013 - 9:52am

ACS News:

The Central New Mexico Section of the American Chemical Society has announced the names of four outstanding high school chemistry students in the 2013 New Mexico Chemistry Olympiad competition: 

  • Kevin Gao of Los Alamos High School                  
  • Alexander Wang of Los Alamos High School        
  • Aaron Geelon So of Albuquerque Academy          
  • Andrew Chen of Albuquerque Academy                

The students have been nominated to take a national exam that could qualify them to become members of the U.S.


PEEC Earth Day Series: Shop Locally—Reduce Your Environmental Impact

on April 15, 2013 - 8:41am
Shop Locally—Reduce Your Environmental Impact
By TERRY FOXX and Friends

We have all been guilty of saying that Los Alamos does not have any shopping. I have grieved the loss of the book store, Hallmark store, and kitchen store, as well as restaurants.

But if we persistently don’t shop Los Alamos, how can we expect there to be businesses? Imagine a town with 100 percent boarded up stores. Only we can prevent this from happening.

I was recently bemoaning the loss of businesses and discovered that some local businesses have picked up the slack for losses in the closing of other stores. 


Authors Speak Series Presents David Grant Noble

on April 14, 2013 - 9:00am

David Grant Noble

MPL News:

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents David Grant Noble, Author, Archaeologist, Photographer of the Southwest, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda.

In Noble’s most recent book, In the Places of the Spirits, he combines eloquent text and equally eloquent images, photographs of the earth and humanity’s places on it, a moving record of the Southwest.

Rendered with grace and capturing the ineffable spirit of the landscape, petroglyphs and archaeological sites of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, Noble brings together all of his gifts as

Los Alamos Nets 19 State Science and Engineering Fair Awards

on April 13, 2013 - 10:45am

LAPS News:

This year, 22 Los Alamos projects qualified for the 2013 New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair held April 4-5 at the New Mexico Tech Campus in Socorro.

Of those 22 projects, 19 received state awards - a tremendous accomplishment as the students competed against 300 students from across the state.

In addition to the category and special awards, Los Alamos Public School students took home three of the eight Grand Awards in the Junior and Senior Divisions.

Los Alamos Grand Award winners include los Alamos Middle School student Colin Hehlen and Los Alamos High School students Cole


Pikas and Pixels on PEEC's Tuesday Agenda!

on April 13, 2013 - 9:42am

Pikas harvest vegetation in the summer to survive the winter in mountain rock piles. Photo by Sally King

PEEC News:

Pikas, pixels, pine-planting: these are all aspects of citizen science that you can learn about from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at PEEC.

Representatives from Bandelier and Santa Fe National Forest will talk about their work and how you can get involved.

Bandelier rangers Claudia Brookshire and Sally King will discuss upcoming events and citizen science projects at the monument.  

King will discuss the pika monitoring project and how these little critters can help us study

'UNM-LA on Display' Highlights Faculty Innovations

on April 13, 2013 - 8:24am

Dr. Kate Massengale will give her 'last lecture' at UNM-LA on Display. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos is inviting the community to attend "UNM-LA on Display," which will highlight its faculty.

Approximately 15 faculty members will share their academic projects and innovations currently being used at UNM-LA.

"UNM-LA on Display" takes place 4-6:30 p.m .Thursday, April 25 in the Building 2 Lecture Hall and café area at UNM-LA and refreshments will be provided.

At 5:45 pm, the evening will end with retiring Dean of Instruction, Kate Massengale giving


PEEC Amateutur Naturalist: Turkey Vultures Return to Los Alamos Ice Rink

on April 11, 2013 - 7:34am
PEEC Amateutur Naturalist
By Robert Dryja

The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is known for swallows returning each year.

There even is a website dedicated to this event. 

Turkey Vultures are one of Los Alamos’s earliest returning birds, but they’re not quite as endearing as the swallows.

Turkey Vulture. Photo by Bob Dryja

Four Turkey Vultures were seen migrating through the area or returning to their roost high in a tree near the Los Alamos Canyon ice rink on March 16, 2013. 

The road by the ice rink forms a loop and heads up the north side of the canyon.

Roger Wiens, Elizabeth MacDonald Join Great Conversations!

on April 11, 2013 - 7:28am

Roger Wiens will guide a Great Conversation April 28. Courtesy photo


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. 

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

It will take place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. 

This is the fifth in a series about the conversations that will take place.

Roger Wiens: Satisfy your “Curiosity” about Mars!

Roger Wiens is the principal investigator of the ChemCam instrument on

Toppers Band Marches in Disneyland Parade

on April 9, 2013 - 9:48am

Los Alamos High School Toppers Band marching at Disneyland. Courtesy photo


It's Spring Break and the Los Alamos High School Toppers Band is out and about marching in the Disneyland Parade.

They also got a chance to work with one of Disney’s directors in their recording studios laying down three tracks, one of which was the classic “When You Wish Upon a Star.“

Besides their adventures at Disney, they are touring museums, movies studios, going to the beach and taking in a performance of West Side Story.

Plaque presented to the Los Alamos High School Toppers Band.