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Local Students Board Plane this Morning for Europe

on June 11, 2012 - 7:24pm

Eleven newly graduated seniors from Los Alamos gathered at the Sunport in Albuquerque this morning to fly to Europe on an educational trip with local teacher Lynn Ovaska. Courtesy photo

Students including Michelle Boerigter, Anna Grothaus, Katherine Joseph, Kayla Suazo, Erin Burr, Hannah Breshears, Megan Kelley, Anna Carroll, Taylor Mason, Chris Calhoun and Nick Padilla line up in the Sunport prepared to board the plane for their educational tour of Europe, which runs through June 22. Courtesy photo

Students Anna Carroll, Megan Kelley and Taylor Mason from Los Alamos prepare to board their
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‘Julie’s Helpers’ Hosts Scholarship Event with Navajo Frybread and Tacos at Ashley Pond Friday

on June 11, 2012 - 1:03pm

By Carol A. Clark

The community is invited to enjoy authentic Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos at the second annual Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo Taco Sale.

The event is set for 5-9 p.m., Friday June 15 at Ashley Pond in conjunction with the Gordon’s Summer Concert and kickoff of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship Navajo partners will prepare the Navajo frybread and Navajo tacos for the event. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

JULIE MEADOWS

Before her passing from a brain tumor in December of 2009, Julie Meadows and

Los Alamos Elks Lodge Invites Community to Special Flag Day Event at 6 p.m. Thursday

on June 11, 2012 - 9:18am

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge is hosting a Flag Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at the Elks Lodge on Trinity Drive next to Sonic. The event includes a talk on the history of the American flag, a flag folding demonstration and instruction on the proper way to dispose of a flag, with a flag burning ceremony to follow. The Los Alamos Elks Lodge will provide free hot dogs, chips and cookies to those who attend the event. For more information, contact the Elks at 662-5611.

 

LAPS Seeks School Bus Drivers

on June 11, 2012 - 9:04am

Los Alamos Public Schools hopes to attract bus driver applicants for the upcoming school year with this school bus parked on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
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School Board to Hold Executive Session at 5 p.m. Tuesday Followed Immediately by Regular Meeting

on June 11, 2012 - 8:38am

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session for 5 p.m., Tuesday June 12 at Los Alamos High School.

The stated purpose of the closed session is to discuss Superintendent Gene Schmidt's employment contract.

The board also is scheduled to discuss "limited personnel meetings involving recent personnel decisions."

Following the Executive Session, the board will meet at 5:30 p.m. in regular session in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

In this meeting, the board is schedued to discuss Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School construction projects, plans

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Elhanan Borenstein Presents Talk at SFI Tuesday

on June 10, 2012 - 8:43pm

SFI News:

Elhanan Borenstein will present the talk, "From Metagenomics to Ecosystomics: Modeling the Human Microbiome" at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday June 12 in the Medium Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute. 

Borenstein is a SFI External Professor and works at the University of Washington where the Borenstein lab focuses on computational research in Evolutionary Systems Biology - an emerging field that examines the interplay between the evolutionary process and the organization of complex biological systems. This is done primarily in the following research topics:

  1. Metabolic interactions,

Local Students Prepare to Travel Europe

on June 10, 2012 - 8:25am

Front row from left, Lynn Ovaska, Michelle Boerigter, Anna Grothaus, Katherine Joseph, Kayla Suazo and Erin Burr. Back row from left, Hannah Breshears, Megan Kelley, Anna Carroll, Taylor Mason, Chris Calhoun and Nick Padilla. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

Eleven newly graduated high school students from Los Alamos leave Monday on an educational tour of Europe.

Local psychology teacher Lynn Ovaska is leading the group with Tour Director Simon Jordon of EF Educational Tours.

The students will travel through three countries on the 12-day educational tour together with students from two

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PEEC Owls & Guaje Overlook Hike Today!

on June 10, 2012 - 6:15am

PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER News:

PEEC Offers Free Hike to Guaje Overlook

Guaje Overlook.  Courtesy photo by Stephen R. Lee

Today, June 10, Paul Arendt will lead a hike for PEEC to the Guaje Overlook. Hikers will meet at PEEC at 9 a.m. to carpool to the ski area for the hike of about 8 miles round-trip. 

Participants should bring a lunch and water, and dogs are welcome.

The Guaje Overlook hike goes through the beautiful Cañada Bonita area and beyond, offering views into the Valle De Los Posos, as well as pleasant, wooded trails.

The total elevation gain is around 500 feet.

UNM-LA's Accelerate Program Helps Students Prepare for Future Careers

on June 9, 2012 - 8:23am

From left, Fatima Pino, Jeff Bold and Ivette Jimenez. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

The Accelerate Technical Training Program brings students a new approach to academic success. 

It offers ongoing coaching that quickly prepares people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in science technology engineering, mathematics (STEM), and business.

Accelerate provides a step toward obtaining jobs, as well as a flexible foundation for retraining as industries and employers innovate in the future.

The program is available at six regional colleges

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Rotary Club Concert to Feature Beene Memorial Music Competition Winners June 17 at Fuller Lodge

on June 9, 2012 - 7:14am

ROTARY News:

Monica Poston (First Prize 2012)

Fuller Lodge will resonate with music on June 17 when the Los Alamos Rotary Club presents a Fathers’ Day concert performed by 12 award winners of the annual Deborah Beene Memorial Music Competitions.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free.

These popular annual concerts showcase the superb musical talents developed by young Los Alamos musicians, a number of whom pursue professional careers in music.

Dalton Smith (Second Prize 2012)

The June 17 concert will include performances by the three winners of the 2012 Beene Music

Portable Building Moves Smoothly Through Town

on June 8, 2012 - 10:46pm

A new portable building made its way up the truck route and through the town to Los Alamos Middle School today. Traffic interruptions were minimal due to the efficient planning and skill of the over size load crew and Los Alamos County Traffic Engineering personnel, police said. Photo by N.S. Mills

Crews guided the portable building up Diamond Drive and onto San Ildefonso Road as it headed toward the middle school. Los Alamos Public Schools will bring in about five more portable buildings throughout the summer. Photo by N.S. Mills

The portable moves up Hawk Drive, coming to rest in its new

Leadership Los Alamos Takes Working Hiatus

on June 8, 2012 - 11:46am

 

 

By Kirsten Laskey

The Leadership Los Alamos organization is taking the year off to update its program.

Leadership Los Alamos has operated for more than 10 years and things have changed, Chair-elect Mike Wismer said. The community, the economy has evolved, he said, and Leadership Los Alamos is looking at possibly retooling.

It’s something that has already begun. Under LLA Chair Wayne Torpy’s leadership, the recent graduating class was given homework assignments with regard to how leadership compares in today’s world – what worked and what did not.

“That was a good start and we need

Scout Camp Wraps up Today

on June 8, 2012 - 9:48am
Flags fly at the the Northern New Mexico District Day Camp held this week at the Sportsmen's Club Pavilion in Redija Canyon. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
The Scouts try their skill on the rope course under the watchful eye of adult volunteers. There were 137 Cub Scouts at the camp Wednesday. The camp runs through today and is an annual event held for about the last 25 years. The Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club lets the Scouts use the pavilion and archery range in Rendija Canyon for the event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Sandy Jennings provides the water supply during a

Kiwanis Club Presents Educational Scholarships

on June 7, 2012 - 12:01pm

The Kiwanis Club presented a scholarship to Los Alamos High School graduate Jin Park Tuesday. Park will attend Stanford University to pursue a degree in economics and computer science. He is joined by his mother Monica Park and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. The Kiwanis Club recognizes graduating seniors with financial support for their commitment to the community. The Club meets Tuesday's at noon at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Sharon Stover

 

 

 

 

 

Watch NASA live with Transit of Venus

on June 5, 2012 - 6:49pm

View the live feed from NASA as they watch the Transit of Venus on a large screen.

http://venustransit.nasa.gov/transitofvenus/

Fuselier Shares Stories From Afghanistan

on June 5, 2012 - 9:09am

Students at a school in Afghanistan. Photo by Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti

Letter from Afghanistan by Bob Fuselier

The following story of my trip to Afghanistan is one of many to follow. For the security of those we leave in Kabul, names of places and people will often be avoided.

Even now, as I prepare to return to the U.S., my mind is still taking in Afghanistan.

The Afghan people and their code of hospitality have allowed my colleague, Blake Batten and I to feel welcomed and at home.

I still remain alert on ventures beyond the multi-layered security of our hotel, but the

June 4-8 is National CPR/AED Awareness Week

on June 5, 2012 - 7:58am
Lee Bussolini, RN demonstrating CPR training at a presentation for CPR/AED Awareness Week in 2009. Courtesy photo
 
LOS ALAMOS HEART COUNCIL/FAMILY YMCA News:
 
As part of National CPR/AED Awareness Week, Leeanne Sanchez and Melanie Chapman will present the latest information related to learning to use CPR and an AED.
 
Sanchez is a longtime trainer with the American Red Cross and Chapman is the Wellness Director at the Family YMCA.
 
This informative review of what people need to know in order to assist someone experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other heart-related emergencies is at 1 p.m.

The Y Fights Child Hunger This Summer with Help from the Walmart Foundation

on June 3, 2012 - 10:23pm

The Family YMCA joins national effort to provide 7 million meals to children this summer, as part of Walmart’s Summer Giving Campaign

Courtesy Photo

When the school year ends, so does free meals for the millions of children in low-income households who depend on them most. This summer the Española YMCA Teen Center is providing free nutritious meals to youth of all ages beginning Monday, June 4. The Center is able to do this thanks to a $7,500 grant from YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Walmart Foundation, and in partnership with the national Summer Food Service Program.

Summer Art Classes for Teens Ages 12+

on June 3, 2012 - 9:50pm

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News

The following summer art classes are available for teens ages twelve and older.  For more information contact: Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Avenue or 505-662-1635.

Casey Greenling: Portraits in Clay 
2 week class: June 11-15 and June 18-22 ($220)  
 
June 25-29 Casey Greenling: Mural Paintings ($110) 
 
July 9-13  Casey Greenling: Painting in Oils  ($110) 
 
July 16-20 Katherine Gutkovskaya - Painting Techniques for the Beginner ($110) 
 
July 23-27 Katherine Gutkovskaya - Drawing  ($110)

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.

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