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LANL Director Honored By His Alma Mater

on April 22, 2013 - 10:38am

Charles McMillan named Washington Adventist University’s Alumnus of the Year. Courtesy photo

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Charles McMillan, Ph.D., director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that operates the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration, was named alumnus of the year by his alma mater, Washington Adventist University during alumni homecoming weekend, April 12-14.

McMillan was the guest of honor at the annual alumni awards banquet held in Bethesda, Md., April 13.

In a brief address to the gathering,

LAHS Chess Team Garners National Trophy!

on April 22, 2013 - 9:49am

Chess champions Daniel Dunning, Jack Mockler and Michael Brown. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School was proudly represented recently by three players who went up against some of the best speed chess or “Blitz” players in the country in the K-12 Open section of the 2013 SuperNationals.

LAHS seniors Daniel Dunning, Jack Mockler and Michael Brown brought home the Blitz Trophy - the first such national team trophy in 20 years.

Blitz constrains each player to only five minutes to make all their moves or face losing on the lack of time. Many of the top high school teams brought


PEEC: Health Benefits of Dirt

on April 22, 2013 - 7:26am

A boy with mud and a stick: better than an iPad any day! Photo by Beth Cortright/PEEC

Health Benefits of Dirt

Growing up, many of us were discouraged from getting dirty. But some research suggests that we should all be happy to come in contact with outdoor dirt.

In addition to the many other benefits of being outdoors, could dirt itself provide health benefits?

A number of studies have suggested that children raised in very clean environments are more susceptible to allergies and asthma.


Community Packs PEEC's Earth Day Festival

on April 21, 2013 - 12:16pm

This small mountain of dirt was a particular favorite of the younger set attending Saturday's Earth Day Festival at PEEC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Environmentally friendly vendors occupied more than 20 booths at Saturday's Earth Day Festival. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Children learn about caring for small animals such as rabbits and goats. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff report:

Community members packed into Saturday's Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

The Earth Day Festival is PEEC's biggest

Y: Outdoor Exploration Creates Kids Who Care

on April 21, 2013 - 9:05am
Kids at iCARE summer camp share their animal tracking journals. Photo by Sylan Argo
Community Programs Director at The Family YMCA

The Family YMCA’s iCARE programs are about letting kids play outside and get dirty while helping them learn about and appreciate the great outdoors.

A few years ago, the Y adopted an internal philosophy of sustainability called “iCARE” - a philosophy that engaged youth to think about their impact on the earth. 

At the same time that the Y’s national iCARE philosophy was taking form, parents needed a Wednesday-only program here in Los Alamos.

Call For Students Interested in Military Service Academies

on April 21, 2013 - 8:50am

U.S. Military Academy's Washington Hall and Cadet Chapel. Courtesy/USMA


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Staff for members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation will hold information sessions for high school students interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall began holding Service Academies Nights in 2012 to give prospective applicants and their families the opportunity to speak to representatives from each military service academy and in-state ROTC programs.

Udall's Office will be joined this year by staff members for Sen.

Today is Earth Day! PEEC Thanks Sponsors

on April 20, 2013 - 9:12am

Celebrate Earth Day Today!

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) gratefully acknowledges our Earth Day sponsors, who make PEEC's Earth Day Festival possible and support the mission of PEEC:

Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos County Environmental Services, Neptune & Company, LLC, PAC-8, Los Alamos MainStreet, Select Solar, LLC, and Los Alamos National Bank.


The Earth Day Committee for PEEC

  • Terry Foxx, chair
  • Beth Cortright, staff
  • Emma Starrett, logo design
  • Rebecca Shankland, tabloid
  • Jennifer Macke, tabloid
  • Tom Nagawiecki, LAC
  • Nancy Arendt
  • Sylvan Argo
  • Katie Watson

UNM-LA Offers History of Homesteading Class

on April 20, 2013 - 8:24am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education is offering a two-day course on the history of Homesteading and the Homestead Act.

The class is 5:15-7:15 p.m. Friday, May 3 and 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 4. To register, call 505 662 0346 or register online at

Taught by Raffi Andonian, Museum Educator for the Los Alamos Historical Society, the class provides an opportunity to learn about the impact of homesteading on New Mexico and learn about the life of


PEEC Earth Day Series: White Rock Community Garden Gets Underway

on April 19, 2013 - 8:00pm

Preliminary design for the White Rock Community Garden. Courtesy/PEEC

White Rock Community Garden Gets Underway

Amid the howling winds that constitute a sign of spring in Los Alamos, a White Rock Community Garden is making progress toward reality.

The original site for the garden has been overtaken by the new public library that will be built in the next few years. But the garden has a new location - on N.M. 4 between Time Out Pizza and the arroyo.  It's right across from the new Visitors’ Center parking lot, a much better site.

This one has everything we need, plus great

PEEC Earth Day Series: Pajarito Plateau Field Science Is Happening Right Outside Your Door!

on April 19, 2013 - 5:51pm
Mountain students doing field studies at Fenton Lake. Photo by Angelique Harshman
Pajarito Plateau Field Science Is Happening Right Outside Your Door!
By ANGELIQUE HARSHMAN, PEEC Education Programs Director

It’s that time of year again--time to get outside and explore the world of nature out our back door. Last fall, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) completed its Pajarito Plateau Field Science (PPFS) curriculum (funded by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation and the Albert I.


LAPS Releases Open Letter to the Community

on April 19, 2013 - 6:43am

LAPS News:

On April 17, 2013, the Los Alamos School Board formed a budget committee consisting of LAPS school staff, members from the community, School Board members, and representatives from the County government and LANL.

The committee was charged with the responsibility of building a proposed 2013-14 operational budget for the school district that will be presented at an upcoming public community meeting. 

In late May, the budget will go to the School Board for approval prior to submission to the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Building next year’s budget will present a


School Board Announces Special Meeting

on April 19, 2013 - 6:28am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Pinon Elementary School.

Prior to the meeting, the School Board will meet in Executive Session to discuss litigation. The agenda for the Special School Board Meeting  includes the following:

  • Approval of Azazo Recycling Lease at L Wing
  • Adopt Math Curriculum for grades K-12

The Board has scheduled a Work Session for 6 p.m. following the Special School Board Meeting. The agenda will include:

  • Transportation Funding Update including potential budge timpact for 2013/2014

PEEC Earth Day Series: What’s That Big Building at Entrada?

on April 18, 2013 - 1:36pm

The New Mexico Consortium building and greenhouse are nearly completed at the Entrada site; their research will focus on renewable energy, food security, and climate change. Courtesy photo
What’s That Big Building at Entrada?

Located between the Los Alamos airport runway, the Holiday Inn, and the Food Coop is a new building for joint collaborative research in the plant sciences focusing on renewable energy systems, improving global food security, and documenting and addressing the challenges of global climate change.

As a result of a joint partnership between Los

PEEC Earth Day Series: Protecting the Wild Places for the Future

on April 18, 2013 - 1:10pm
Protecting the Wild Places for the Future
By the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

Founded by John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club has been“Digging Nature” for 121 years. Its goal? To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth.

Because of John Muir and his activists, we the people own many wild places including the grand, glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park.

Had it not been for people with foresight, many of America’s most beautiful and beloved spaces like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Zion might have been sacrificed for short-term economic gain.

Now it’s our turn


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