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Transit of Venus Viewing Options for Tuesday

on June 3, 2012 - 9:32pm

From 4 to sunset, Tuesday June 5, Los Alamos will be treated to a rare "transit of Venus" when the planet comes so precisely between the sun and the earth that its image can be seen crossing the solar disk.

Venus is small enough that a telescope (equipped with a special filter to reduce brightness) will be needed. 

PEEC has such a telescope and will be showing the transit to anyone interested.

A transit of Venus happens only four times every 243 years. However,, the spacing between each occurrence is very uneven.

The last transit occurred in June 2004 - and after this June's event

Algorithms and Complexity for Quantum Computing

on June 3, 2012 - 8:54pm
SANTA FE INSTITUTE News
 
 
Joe Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute will present "Algorithms and Complexity for Quantum Computing" on Wednesday, June 6th at 12:15 p.m in the Medium Conference Room.
 
Abstract:  Are quantum computers more powerful than classical computers? To answer this question one must know the classical computational complexity.  What is it about the problems of quantum chemistry and quantum physics that enables us to get lower bounds on the classical complexity?

Fox and Mountain Lion Coming to PEEC!

on June 3, 2012 - 8:39pm

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News

On Tuesday, June 5th, PEEC’s Summer Family Evenings program will kick off with a Taxidermy Museum with animals from Yukon Wildlife Studio.  Visitors are welcome to drop in any time between 6:30 and 8:30.  The event is free for PEEC members, and just $5 per family for non-members at the door.

Yukon Wildlife Studio was given the body of the mountain lion that killed a local dog on Christmas Eve on North Mesa last year.

Alexander M. Kirkland Receives National Honor

on June 1, 2012 - 12:37am

THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS News:

A New Mexico Military Institute student is recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars.

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that New Mexico Military Institute student Alexander M. Kirkland from Los Alamos has been selected for membership.

The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved academic excellence.

The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the

Quantum Computers Will Be Able to Simulate Particle Collisions

on May 31, 2012 - 12:40pm

NIST News:

Stephen Jordan. Courtesy/NIST

Quantum computers are still years away, but a trio of theorists has already figured out at least one talent they may have.

According to the theorists, including one from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), physicists might one day use quantum computers to study the inner workings of the universe in ways that are far beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputers.

Quantum computers require technology that may not be perfected for decades, but they hold great promise for solving complex problems.

The

Los Alamos Man in Afghanistan Calls for Support

on May 31, 2012 - 7:19am

Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Editor's note: Local veterinarian Bob Fuselier, is in Afghanistan representing the Afghan Sister Villages education project. The project includes Los Alamos High School students communicating by computer with students in an Afghan school. Fuselier is seeking support to build a school in a second village. Fuselier's colleague, Dr.

Book Signing Tonight: Scott Ortman and "Winds from the North"

on May 30, 2012 - 6:14am

Mesa Verde rockshelter dwelling site. Photo by istockphoto.com

SFI News:

Despite a century of research, no consensus exists on how, or if, the abandonment of Mesa Verde and the formation of the Rio Grande Pueblos are related.

In "Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology" (University of Utah Press, February 2012), SFI Omidyar Fellow Scott Ortman proposes a compelling solution to this problem through and investigation of the genetic, linguistic, and cultural heritage of the Tewa Pueblo people of New Mexico.

Ortman will give a brief overview of "Winds from the North,"

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Libraries Offer Hands On Clinics for Downloadable Books

on May 29, 2012 - 9:38pm
MESA PUBLIC LIBRARAY News:
 
The libraries are doing hands on clinics to help patrons learn how to use the fabulous new service for downloadable audio books and eBooks.
 
The following dates and times are for Mesa Public Library and White Rock patrons are encouraged to call the WR Branch to schedule a convenient time.
 
Patrons should bring their own devices on which they plan to use the service with them for the most effective session.
 
Los Alamos County Libraries’ upcoming Overdrive clinics for May and June:
 
  • Tuesday May 29, 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday May 31, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday June 2, 10

Senior Appreciation Night Ends with French Toast & Prizes

on May 27, 2012 - 9:55pm

The Kiwanis crew made eggs, sausage and french toast for Saturday's graduating seniors to cap off Senior Appreciation Night early this morning. Photo by Karen Kendall

Senior Appreciation Night ended this morning with students heading to the Betty Ehart Senior Center for breakfast prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

County Recreation personnel drew names of seniors who attended all events of the evening.

The prizes won by those seniors included $500 cash, a lap top, Kindle Fire, TV/DVD player, docking audio system, Wii, $200 Best Buy gift card, $300 REI gift card, $200 REI gift

Senior Appreciation Night Packed with Fun

on May 27, 2012 - 8:49pm

Alicia Bowyer and Kurt Schramm duke it out in the bouncy ring during Senior Appreciation Night at the Family YMCA on Iris Street. Photo by Salvador Zapien

Students who graduated from los Alamos High School Saturday morning were invited along with their friends to celebrate begining at 6 p.m., the 30th year of Senior Appreciation Night (SAN.)

The event began with a BBQ at Fuller Lodge and ended Sunday morning with breakfast at the Senior Center.

The Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Family YMCA co-chair the annual celebration.

Chris Calhoun tackles the rock wall at the Family Y

Los Alamos High School Graduation Day

on May 26, 2012 - 8:07pm

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School held its annual Commencement Ceremony at Griffith Gymnasium. Following the ceremony, graduates gathered with friends and family outside the gym for congratulations and pictures.

Madalina "Ada" Ciuca and Aidan Bradbury-Aranda. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Jin Park with proud parents, Min and Monica. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

Happy graduates. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The field outside Griffith Gym was crowded with graduates, friends and family. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Photo by Greg

School Board Selects LAMS Project Contractor

on May 26, 2012 - 12:28pm

Los Alamos Middle School project rendering. Courtesy/Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

By Kirsten Laskey

The days of cold classrooms in 1960-era buildings are coming to an end at Los Alamos Middle School.

With the Board of Education's approval of a contractor during Thursday's special board meeting, LAMS $18.5 million makeover will begin this summer.

Eight contractors initially showed interest in the project and ultimately three returned proposals.

After holding interviews May 13, the evaluation committee decided on McCarthy, a builder out of Albuquerque with offices across the country.

Known

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National Honor Society President Advocates Community Service

on May 25, 2012 - 8:54am

By Bonnie Gordon

Paulina Majewska is the newly elected president of the Los Alamos High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) for the 2012-2013 school year.

Those invited to join NHS are chosen by a committee of teachers and staff at each school.

Although a high grade point average is a requirement, members are also selected for community service, school activities and leadership, Majewska said.

“Each member has the responsibility of doing a service project as a community volunteer,” Majewska said. “We meet once a month to discuss the service projects.”

In addition to

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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.  

Donations

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.
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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. 

Courtesy/PEEC

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

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

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

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS News


 

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

 

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

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Bilingual Montessori Students Given 'Undeniable Advantage'

on May 23, 2012 - 10:09am

Courtesy/Montessori

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

MOUNTAIN News:

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.
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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
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