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PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

on August 7, 2012 - 6:19pm

Editor's Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe's presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).

 

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented "Focus on ... Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?" to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Howe began his

Community Called to Count Butterflies Saturday

on August 7, 2012 - 6:58am

Monarch butterfly. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

Did you know that the Monarch butterfly migrates? This small creature, with its delicate orange-and-black wings will traverse the North American continent from Mexico to Canada.

It’s a journey that spans many generations of this particular species of butterflies.

The natural world that lies just beyond your doorstep is full of fascinating facts and stories, if you just take the opportunity to step out into it.

And the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a chance on Saturday, Aug. 11.

PEEC’s Butterfly Count will

Once a Year Breakfast for School Retirees is Aug. 15

on August 7, 2012 - 6:43am

SCHOOL RETIREES News:

With the many cars, buses and pedestrians headed to the Los Alamos Public Schools by 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, a large group of school retirees will be just getting ready for their "First Day of School."

Since the 1970s, school retirees have celebrated the start of each new school year with a delightful breakfast and much camaraderie at the single yearly meeting of that organization.

Retirees will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

A catered breakfast featuring individual green chile quiche, fruit and juice,

Thursday Talk Features Dinosaur Expert Ralph Chapman at The Hive in White Rock

on August 6, 2012 - 3:18pm

Photo: Paleontologist Ralph Chapman at a recent event at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAEN News:

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by paleontologist Ralph Chapman titled, Virtualizing Dinosaurs: Problems, Strategies and Solutions, (from dinosaur bones to images and models.

The talk is hosted Jointly by LAEN  (Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network) and The Hive (community hacker space.)

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9
  • Where: The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock (just east of the Metzger’s gas station.)

Chapman is an owner/partner

Summer Family Evening Features Duck Buddies

on August 5, 2012 - 8:36pm

PEEC News

Live ducks are coming 6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 7 to PEEC!

Sallye Sibbitt of the Duck Buddies comes to PEEC to talk about ducks: what they eat, how their anatomy helps them swim, their lifespan, their place in the environment and more. She'll also tell all about the ducks that live at Ashley Pond, and she'll have hands-on items and projects, and live ducks, too.

Free to member families, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families.

Watch NASA TV Live

on August 5, 2012 - 10:45am

Live NASA Television coverage of the Curiosity Rover Mars Mission. Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 11:31PM MST.:

Watch the landing coverage at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.  Click here for details.

Local Actors Perform in Missoula Children’s Theatre Production

on August 4, 2012 - 11:58am
Members of a cast of local actors performed in a dress rehearsal July 25 for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast held July 28 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Missoula Children’s Theatre is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council and is funded in part by Los Alamos County.
The theater group comes to town with the set, lights, costumes, props and make-up—everything it takes to put on a play. The team holds open auditions and casts 50–60 local students, who rehearse throughout the week and present a public performance. Housing was provided by

LAHS Cheerleaders Offer Car Wash Today

on August 4, 2012 - 11:20am

Los Alamos High School cheerleaders wash a Los Alamos County fire truck this morning. The cheerleading squad will be washing cars until 2 p.m. today (Aug. 4) at the Shell Gas Station at Oppenheimer and Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School cheerleaders are washing cars for a $5 donation until 2 p.m. today at the Shell Gas Station at Oppenheimer and Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

 

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Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 2, 2012

on August 2, 2012 - 10:58am

 

Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Photo by Karen Kendall

The week's preview is sponsored by www.fyila.com.

Fort Building 3:305 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at PEEC  
Come to PEEC and get building!  On the first Friday of every month, join other kids who like building forts (and their parents) to build, play, and hang out in your new place you created!   Parents must stay and supervise their children. Free. No registration required.

Enchanted Parks Photographic Exhibit at Mesa Public Library
Exhibit runs until Aug 7. Local photographer Leslie Bucklin

High School Bus Loop and Landscape Project Update

on August 2, 2012 - 10:41am

LAPS News:

Several construction workers are building forms for the new high school sidewalk. Courtesy/LAPS

Work on the Los Alamos High School bus loop and landscape project is moving forward at a quickening pace.

New sidewalks are being installed along Smith Auditorium and P-wing. A new drainage system will be installed in the parking lot corner of P-wing and Smith.

In addition, the entire parking lot will be seal coated and re-striped. Building forms for the new high school sidewalk are being formed.

Landscaping of the high school is also underway.

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Michelle Hall Receives 2012 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award

on August 1, 2012 - 11:32am

By Carol A. Clark

Local scientist Michelle Hall has received the 2012 American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award.

The American Geophysical Union Excellence in Geophysical Education Award is the AGU’s top prize recognizing career accomplishment in education.

This award recognizes and honors Hall for her "sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education. She is an educator who has had a major impact on geophysical education and has made a long-lasting, positive impact on geophysical education through her professional service.

Bradbury Science Museum Gets Martian Fever

on August 1, 2012 - 8:24am

Artist's conception of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Public invited to Curiosity rover landing party Sunday night at new Mars exhibit

Curious about Curiosity, the SUV-sized rover scheduled to touch down on Mars on Sunday? Then come to an opening party for a new exhibit this Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos.

The public is invited to the special opening reception at 10 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 to celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies aboard the six-wheeled mobile science laboratory.

The

LAHS Memorial Garden Groundbreaking is Aug. 8

on July 31, 2012 - 10:35pm

LOS ALAMOS HIGH SCHOOL News:

SAVE THE DATE ... The Los Alamos High School Memorial Garden groundbreaking ceremony is set for noon Wednesday, Aug. 8 in front of the Los Alamos High School IMC. Courtesy/LAPS
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Mountain Lion Expert Comes to PEEC

on July 31, 2012 - 9:37pm
PEEC News:

Ken Logan. Courtesy/PEEC
Internationally recognized cougar expert Ken Logan of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division will talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at PEEC about his years of research on these beautiful and elusive animals. The talk is free and open to the public.

The focus of Logan’s career has been on the science of the cougar, and on putting that scientific information into a format that will inform decision makers and citizens as they consider mountain lion management and conservation. 

Logan was the lead researcher for a 10-year, $1.4 million study of mountain lions

School Board Holding Special Meeting at Coffee Booth

on July 30, 2012 - 10:12pm

 

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Coffee Booth to review school board policies. 

The meeting is open to the public.

 

 

 

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Gadbois Selected to Create Mural at UNM-Los Alamos

on July 30, 2012 - 4:20pm

A mural created by Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has commissioned Santa Fe artist Nick Gadbois to create a work of art for the UNM-LA campus.

The Local Selection Committee at UNM-LA sought to commission a work that would connect the campus and the Los Alamos community as well as conceptually relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Finalists were selected in March and a final selection was made earlier this July.

UNM-LA's 'University Experience' Provides Active Opportunity for Students

on July 30, 2012 - 11:57am

UNM-LA News:

Students entering fourth through twelveth grade were on the UNM-LA campus during the week of July 23-27 for "University Experience," a science and technology program that gave students the opportunity to learn about robotics, rocketry, forensics, biology, alternative energy, game design and cyber-security. Students participated in hands-on activities designed to introduce them to these fields of study. (Students' names intentionally withheld.) Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/UNM-LA

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Teachers Union Delegates at National Convention Nix High Stakes Testing

on July 30, 2012 - 8:52am

AFT News:

DETROIT — The American Federation of Teachers 2012 National Convention in Detroit drew more than 3,000 delegates from across the country.

The delegates represented 1.5 million members including preK-12 teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; early childhood educators; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The delegates passed a series of resolutions Saturday that reinforce the union's commitment to solution-driven unionism and to increased educational and

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Robot Dazzles Crowd Friday Night @ the Bradbury

on July 28, 2012 - 7:35am

BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM News:

Curious spectators gathered at the Bradbury Science Museum, Central Avenue and 15th Street, Friday evening to watch a robot lob basketballs during a robotics demonstration as part of Friday Night @ the Bradbury Science Museum. The museum hosted special family programs until 9 p.m. each Friday night in June and July. July 27 was the last Friday Night @ the Museum for this summer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Erin Burr

on July 27, 2012 - 7:22am

KIWANIS News:

Kiwanis awarded an educational scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduate Erin Burr Tuesday. From left, Thomas Burr, Lynn Finnegan, Burr, and Kiwanis Second Vice President Karen Kendall. Burr will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins this fall to study dance and health with a focus on exercise science. She participated in Dance Arts Los Alamos from the age of 3 and has performed in several local Nutcracker performances. Burr also served on the United Way Youth Team and Los Alamos Youth Leadership. Photo by Sharon Stover
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Turf Goes Down 'Behind the Fence' at LAMS

on July 26, 2012 - 8:58am

This photo taken "behind the fence" at the Los Alamos Middle School shows the school's turf project is now in full swing. About three-fourths of the turf is down on the field and work is starting on the running track. The project is on schedule for completion before the start of school Aug. 15. Courtesy/LAPS
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Steven Guldan Talks to Rotary about Sustainable Agricultural Science

on July 25, 2012 - 1:49pm

ROTARY News:

Steven Guldan, right, professor and superintendent of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at UNM selects a ticket from Rotarian Kevin Honnell for the Club's weekly free lunch drawing Tuesday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Guldan spoke to the group about the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The NMSU Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center staff in cooperation with the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to attend its Field Day Program at Alcalde Wednesday, Aug. 15:

Take an Easy Walk to Learn to ID Wildflower

on July 25, 2012 - 9:45am

PEEC News:

Courtesy/PEEC

Join Curator Chick Keller of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's (PEEC) Jemez Mountain Herbarium for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers.  

A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see.  

Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 to carpool or caravan to the trailhead.
 
Free, no registration required.
 

Get A Good Scrubbing for a Good Cause!

on July 25, 2012 - 9:36am

LOS ALAMOS PONY CLUB News:

There's a fundraiser car wash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Del Norte Credit Union.

The event is being held to benefit the youth leadership and athletics program of Los
Alamos Pony Club.

Bring cars, trucks and even horse trailers for a good scrubbing for a good cause!

Mountain School Seeks New Principal

on July 25, 2012 - 7:58am
By Carol A. Clark
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the Aug. 15 start of the new school year draws near, a hiring committee has narrowed down a pool of applicants vying to replace Mountain Elementary School Principal Gerry Washburn.

"We had internal and external candidates apply and we're hoping to bring this search to a close well before school starts," Washburn said Tuesday.

Washburn is a non-voting member of the hiring committee who helped coordinate the process.

He left Mountain June 19 after serving three years as principal to become Coordinator of Human Resources for Los Alamos Public

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