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Rotarians Learn About UNM-LA Accelerate Program

on November 7, 2012 - 2:21pm

Gabrielle Fresquez and Derek Vigil are enrolled in the Accelerate Program at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

At a lunch meeting Tuesday Nov. 6, Los Alamos Rotarians learned about the Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement Program, available at six Northern New Mexico colleges, including UNM-Los Alamos.

The program is funded through a grant from the Department of Energy.

Accelerate is a program that trains and retrains people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in technology related fields while balancing academics

Letter to the Editor: Vaccines - Elected Officials Should Not Feed Fear and Misinformation

on November 4, 2012 - 12:35pm
By Dr. Tom Csanadi, MD

As a health care professional who has dedicated my life to the health, well being and safety of children, I am deeply disturbed by a recent story published in the Los Alamos Daily Post and the comments made by (Rep.) Jim Hall concerning childhood vaccinations.

Hall said, “I’m concerned with this intensive business of hitting young children with these medicines in their formative years without fully understanding the consequences.”

As someone who has lived through the devastation of polio, measles, haemophilus, diphtheria, whooping cough and mumps it is stunning that he is

LAPS Choir Boosters Hold Harmony Workshop

on November 3, 2012 - 8:06am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Choir Boosters are presenting a harmony workshop featuring 540 Express from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive.

540 Express is an all-male a cappella group comprised of singers and educators from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The workshop will cover musical literacy, harmony, and tone quality and is open to all students in grades six through 12. Students will perform two pieces with 540 Express at a concert at 7 p.m. at the same location.

Entry fee for the workshop is $20 per student and students will need to

Jan McDonald Plays for LAHS Marching Band Fundraising Dinner

on November 2, 2012 - 8:16am
Los Alamos High School Marching Band. Photo by Greg Kendall/


Nationally recognized trumpeter Jan McDonald will join Los Alamos High School Marching Band Boosters for a fundraiser Italian dinner Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Trinity on the Hill Church's Kelly Hall.

The fundraiser will benefit the LAHS Marching Band.

"Jan McDonald continues to support the Topper Band, which he directed for almost 30 years," event organizer Karen Mehlin said. "We are so excited that he will play for this event."

McDonald received his BA and MA degrees in music education and pursued

Los Alamos Schools Recommended for AdvancEd Accreditation

on November 1, 2012 - 1:11pm


LAPS News:

AdvancEd, which is the global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organization effectiveness and accreditation, completed its review of Los Alamos Public Schools with a recommendation for AdvancEdSystem Accreditation.

If the review team’s recommendation is accepted by AdvancEd, the district will be internationally benchmarked through an official announcement made by AdvancEd in January 2013.

Five positive themes emerged from the accreditation review. Based on information provided, the district has:

Meaningful, intentional


Del Norte Hosting Health & Fitness Seminar

on October 31, 2012 - 10:20pm

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union is hosting the Health & Financial Fitness Seminar: A Focus on Women.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

Where: University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (4000 University Dr., Building 5)

Cost: This seminar is our gift to the women in our community

Registration: Contact Valerie Martinez (505) 455-5302 or Limited space available - please RSVP

Agenda Topics:

  • Take Control of Your Credit Report - Karyne Archuleta, Business Consultant, KLA Enterprizes
  • Everything You Want to Know about Menopause but are Afraid to Ask - Linda Taylor,

History Nuts Column: What Makes Our Historic District a Special Place?

on October 31, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Janie O'Rourke

History is an integral part of the landscape that surrounds us. The lives and actions of those who have come before us have created, layer upon layer, the places in which we live. 

Historic districts are special areas set aside to protect pieces of these layers: historic and archaeological sites, historic buildings, and even viewsheds or cultural landscapes without manmade structures.  

Here in Los Alamos we are fortunate to have a historic district located in our downtown.

If you have attended a lecture or concert at Fuller Lodge or strolled across the Fuller

Exploring The World: Travel And Nature Journals

on October 31, 2012 - 8:10am

Journals from an avid traveler. Photo by Katy Korkos

PEEC News:

Tuesday, Nov. 6, PEEC will offer the first in a series of three classes on travel and nature journaling taught by Terry Foxx, Katy Korkos and Fairley Barnes. 

The class is on three consecutive Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m., and costs $40 for PEEC members and $50 for all others.

This price includes all supplies and materials for the three sessions.

Many of us are looking for ways to connect with our world through travel or simply through observing nature around us.  

Traveling, we pack our suit case with a notebook intended to be

Sopahn Kellogg Wins Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Northeast I District Competition

on October 30, 2012 - 9:26am

Sopahn Kellogg is the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico vocal winner in Northeast I District competition.

Next, she will compete at the PMTNM State Conference Nov. 3 in Santa Fe with an Italian aria and a Schubert lied.

She is in 10th grade at Los Alamos High School. Her teacher and accompanist is Juanita Madland. Courtesy photo

National Skunk Expert Jerry Dragoo Giving Local Talk

on October 30, 2012 - 9:06am

PEEC News:

National skunk expert Dr. Jerry W. Dragoo is scheduled to present a talk at the Nature Center from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. 

This family talk is free to Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) members and $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members. 

Dragoo will talk about his years of skunk research, and give a behind the scenes look at the PBS Nature episode, “Is That Skunk,” on which he was featured.

The skunk is one of the most recognized mammals in North America and, due to its unusual use of extremely well developed scent glands as a defense mechanism, it


AdvancED Accreditation Team Visits Los Alamos

on October 30, 2012 - 8:42am

Educational reviewers visiting Los Alamos from left, Dr. Clete Lipetzky, Karen Dondelinger - Assistant Lead, Claudia Coughran - Lead, Teresa Rowlison and Ron Williams. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

A five-member team of educators from New Mexico, California and Minnesota are visiting the district to conduct an educational review of Los Alamos Public Schools.

The purpose of the visit is to provide an external and objective validation of the quality of Los Alamos’ educational system.

Over the next three days, the team will meet with School Board members, staff, students and parents to discuss


Heart Smart Poster Contest Winners Named

on October 30, 2012 - 8:10am


The Family YMCA and Los Alamos Heart Council co-sponsored a Heart Smart Poster Contest for children in grades K-6th

Posters were judged on originality and healthy message depicted and winning posters were displayed at the Los Alamos Health Fair. 

The following students won prizes for their posters:

K-3rd grade

1st Place-Heidi and Wendy Sheppard

2nd Place-Sarah Taylor

3rd Place-Ryan Worley

4th Place-John Worley

4th-6th grade

1st place- Sarah Worley

2nd place-Eliana Rodriguez

3rd place-Paulina Burnside

4th place- Maarla Duffield



A Moment in Time: The Odyssey of the Segesser Hides

on October 29, 2012 - 6:18am

Segesser II, depicting a 1720s expedition to root out French raiders. Photo by Blair Clark, NM/DCA.


Historian Thomas E. Chávez speaks about and signs copies of his new book, A Moment in Time: The Odyssey of New Mexico's Segesser Hide Paintings (Rio Grande Books, 2012), an anthology that includes 14 articles by prominent scholars, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium in Santa Fe.

The event is free with admission; Sundays free to New Mexico residents.

Contributors to A Moment in Time include Fray Angélico Chávez; Joe S.

Superintendent Unveils Draft Strategic Plan

on October 28, 2012 - 11:55pm

County Chief Financial Officer Steve Lynne provides an update to school board members on the Trinity Site project. He explained since the Kroger Company received the lease for the development from the North American Development Group, they have been very active in the project. The Kroger Company has met to do pre-planning and has begun geo-tech and survey work. The next big step, Lynne said, is to submit a site plan for approval: "So they are plowing straight ahead."  Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

“The future of Los Alamos is very bright,” Los Alamos Public

Hilltoppers Crush Espanola Valley 56-6

on October 27, 2012 - 3:59pm

The Los Alamos High School boys varsity football team was victorious over Espanola Valley 56-6, Friday Oct. 26 in Espanola.

Rotary Selects Marcus Gutierrez Student of the Month

on October 25, 2012 - 7:47am

During Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, Rotarian Alison Walters reads the accomplishments of Los Alamos High School senior Marcus Gutierrez, selected as Student of the Month for October. Gutierrez is joined at the podium by his father Joaquin Gutierrez, right, and mother Melinda Gutierrez, not shown, and LAHS social studies teacher Jonathan Frost. Gutierrez selected Frost as his most influential teacher. Photo by Hal Davis

LAHS Olions Put On Entertaining, Fast-Paced Show

on October 23, 2012 - 6:22am

LAHS Olions from left, Daniel Hill kneeling, Dimitry Bronszi, Mirelle Naud and Haley Henson in "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" at Topper Theater. Courtesy photo

Review By Maire O'neill

The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club opened their season this weekend with a "whodunit" called "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" by John Bishop.

Directed by Rachel Peck, the show is a funny thriller with one twist coming after another. You have a German maid, an Irish tenor, an uncover cop and no one is really what they seem.

This is the first full production the Olions have put on in the

College Bound? Attend Financial Aid Info Night

on October 20, 2012 - 11:05am

LAHS News:

Attention Los Alamos High School seniors: Do you need money for college? LAHS will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Speech Theater.

All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend.

New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation Representative Ruben Reyes will provide information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Scholarships, Grants, Work Study programs and loan programs.

A LAHS Guidance Counselor also will be available to answer questions.

For more information about the Financial Aid Information Night,


Fundraiser Benefits UNM-LA Scholarship Students

on October 18, 2012 - 10:52am

Artists Paul and Melissa Torres share their experiences as students at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The sold-out UNM-Los Alamos Scholarship Fundraiser held Oct. 12 in the UNM-LA Student Center, raised more than $10,000 for student scholarships.

The event included a silent auction and a live auction with auctioneer Jody Shepard. More than 150 pieces were auctioned to benefit UNM-LA scholarship students.

“These funds will help support our neediest students,” said event organizer Patricia Boyer, director of Student Services at UNM-LA.

“We have many students who

Council Candidates Address Education at UNM-LA Forum

on October 17, 2012 - 3:22pm

From left, student government representative Santana Garcia-Chang serving as moderator, Republican Marc Clay, Republican Steven Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Michael Redondo and Democrat Pete Sheehey. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Education was the topic of a forum for Los Alamos County Council Candidates sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Candidates Marc Clay, Steven Girrens, Kristin Henderson, Michael Redondo and Peter Sheehey attended the forum. Candidate Vincent Chiravalle was unable to attend. 

Student Government

Final Day to Buy Rotary Bulbs for Education is Saturday!

on October 17, 2012 - 12:27pm


Mark your calendars! The Rotary Club of Los Alamos will host its final day of flower bulb sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 20.

The final bulb sale is being held in conjunction with Fuller Lodge Art Center’s annual “Arts and Crafts Fair” at Crossroads Bible Church.

Rotary members will be outside the church doors selling a selection of red tulips, pink angelique tulips and daffodils for fall planting.

The bulbs have been shipped directly from Holland through Dutch Mill Co.

This sale is one of Rotary’s main fundraisers of the year and provides financial awards

Art Show Opening at Los Alamos Co-op Market

on October 17, 2012 - 9:11am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host the opening of a photography exhibition from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

The show, dubbed "Camino de Paz y Cooperación," is a collaborative effort between the Co-op and local photographer Minesh Bacrania and depicts the close connection between Camino de Paz, the Montessori-based school and farm located in Santa Cruz, N.M. and the Los Alamos Co-op.

Bacrania was contracted to deliver in a photo-journalistic style the story of how the 7th-9th graders at the school produce food and other products.

LAHS Marching Band Color Guard Awarded Outstanding Auxiliary

on October 16, 2012 - 9:09am

Los Alamos High School Marching Band Color Guard received the award for Outstanding Auxiliary at the Valencia Classic last weekend.
Back row from left, Coach Kim Kissane, Rebecca Flavin, Gabby Conley-Lopez, Annie Romero, Kyanna Martinez, Kim Pestovich and Coach Edwin Parker. Front row from left, Angelique Castillo and Amanda Milligan. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School Marching Band Color Guard earned the Outstanding Auxiliary Award Saturday at the Second Annual Valencia Classic in Los Lunas.