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Giant Chess Match Set for Saturday

on May 17, 2012 - 11:36am

From 4-7 p.m., Saturday May 19, Mario will take on the Ringling Brother’s Circus in an oversized chess match like no other. Students in the 2-d/3-d and ceramics/sculpture classes have created oversized chess pieces out of paper mache. These pieces range in size from 7-feet tall to 4-feet tall. The chessboard is 24-feet by 24-feet. The two chess matches played by the district chess clubs, will take place at the auxiliary gym at Los Alamos High School. Admission is $2 and concession will be sold. Proceeds benefit the clubs and LAHS Art Room. Courtesy/LAHS

Dance Arts Los Alamos to Feature Graduating Seniors

on May 17, 2012 - 12:28am


Erin Burr (Odile) and Megan Kelley (Odette) in DALA's production of Swan Lake. Photo and design by Paulo T. Photography.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is celebrating 20 years of bringing professional dance training and high quality performances to the community.

This weekend, three distinct programs will highlight the accomplishments of dancers ages 3 through adult as well as the talent and diversity of the DALA faculty.

Intermediate and advanced level ballet students will present an abridged version of Swan Lake at 7 p.m., May 18 and 19. All performances will take

A Neutron and Proton Go Into a Bar...

on May 16, 2012 - 9:48am

SFI News:

Alaina Levine will conduct a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 17 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract. What did the bartender say to the neutron? What’s the difference between an introverted and an extraverted scientist?

When you think about it, being a scientist is, well, kind of funny.

In this boring, monotonous, time-wasting lecture, science journalist and comedian Alaina Levine will explore humor in science, probe the most comedic aspects of the scientific profession, and relate real-life anecdotes from a science communicator and wannabe nerd who

Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

on May 16, 2012 - 9:34am

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.

Local Teens Heading to World Championships

on May 16, 2012 - 8:36am

Los Alamos teens Natalie Smith and Maria Jones are traveling to Wexford, Ireland to compete in the CRN World Open Championships June 2-3. The girls are students at the Belisama Irish Dance, founded in 2006 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Smith won the Regional Championships in the under-19 category this spring, and Jones was the 2010 North American Champion in the under-14 category. Both are Craobh Grad dancers, the highest level of dance in the CRN organization.

Practice Taiji at Ashley Pond

on May 14, 2012 - 10:01am

Join a local group practicing Taiji and Qigong three times a week at Ashley Pond.

There is no charge for the program and no previous experience is necessary.




When: June through October

  • Mondays 7-8 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m.-noon
  • Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon

Where: Ashley Pond

Who: Adults and children age 8 and older

  • No previous experience is necessary

What: Taiji

Follow along. Beginning with a walk around the pond, followed by simple stretching and the Taiji Qigong 18 Form routine. Go over the Yang-style 24 Form Taiji sequence twice, with limited instructions.

Leadership Los Alamos Celebrates Newest Graduates

on May 13, 2012 - 11:20am

Leadership Los Alamos Board Member Cheryl Sowder with Leadership Los Alamos Chair/Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy. Sowder models the chief's new hat presented to him in fun during the LLA graduation ceremony Friday at the Pajarito Ski Area Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

By Kirsten Laskey

Qualities in a leader could be courage, selflessness, integrity … but how about a sense of humor?

The ability to laugh, even in a top position, was practiced during the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) graduation held Friday night at the Pajarito Ski Area Lodge.

Leadership Los Alamos

Murray Gell-Mann Headlines SFI Science Series

on May 13, 2012 - 10:48am

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, a Trustee, Science Board and Distinguished Fellow of the Santa Fe Institute will present  a talk on "Groundhog Day" at 7 p.m., Thursday May 17 at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The "Science on Screen" series is a joint collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

During each event, visionaries from SFI present some of their favorite films, offering eye-opening perspectives from their own research and the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies.

Anticipating Annular Eclipse of the Sun May 20

on May 13, 2012 - 10:40am

Observing Blog by Kelly Beatty

The May 20 solar eclipse will be the best such event visible from the U.S. in decades — with a stunning annular ring observable from California to Texas.
Eclipse-lovers haven't experienced a "central" solar eclipse from U.S. soil in nearly two decades (1994 be exact.)
But those of you out west will soon have a good chance of seeing one on May 20, 2012, when the path of an annular eclipse covers a wide swath from northern California to the Texas Panhandle.

May's event is called an annular or "ring" eclipse because the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun but

AAUW Hosting Spring Membership Tea

on May 13, 2012 - 10:30am

The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host its Spring Membership Tea from 4-6 p.m., Friday May 18 at the Hearth Room at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage St.

Sharon Snyder is the featured speaker. She is the author of a new book, “At Home on the Slopes of Mountains” about the life of Peggy Pond Church.

Help celebrate Peggy Church’s era by dressing in 1940’s or 1950’s style hats, gloves and pearls, if desired. 

Membership dues will be collected and new board members installed during the meeting.


Los Alamos Daily Post Launches History Nut Series

on May 12, 2012 - 8:52am

The Los Alamos Daily Post is launching a continuing series of columns concerning Pajarito Plateau history written by Dorothy Hoard, Judy Machen, Heather McClenahan, Janie O’Rourke, Georgia Strickfaden and Sharon Snyder - collectively known as the "History Nuts."

To be labeled a “nut” is not generally a compliment, but these six local historians take pride in being affectionately called nuts because in this case the term carries respect for their research and publishing efforts related to Los Alamos.

The group came together informally in 2003 to meet and share research.

Wildflower Neophytes Walk with Chick Keller

on May 12, 2012 - 8:15am

Chick Keller expounds on the inter-relationships between plants and insects during the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's (PEEC) Wildflower Walk Thursday evening. Sixteen neophytes learned how to identify wildflowers now blooming in Los Alamos. The group met at PEEC on Orange Street for an introductory lecture and received a handout of species to watch for during their walk. PEEC's monthly Wildflower Walks continue through September. Specific dates for the walks and to learn what's blooming around town now, visit Photo by TK Thompson/


UNM-LA holds 31st Annual Graduation Convocation

on May 11, 2012 - 5:03pm

UNM-Los Alamos graduates recite the Pledge of Allegiance during Thursday's 31st annual graduation convocation at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

UNM-Los Alamos celebrated its 31st annual Graduation Convocation on May 10, 2012. Five students received bachelor’s degrees, 39 received associate degrees, 5 received academic certificates and 8 students received General Educational Development Diplomas.

Convocation Speaker Dr. Chaouki T. Abdallah is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Mexico.


Don Davis is 2012 Teacher of the Year!

on May 11, 2012 - 11:51am

Donald Davis of Los Alamos High School is Los Alamos Public Schools 2012 Teacher of the Year. Davis was honored at a ceremony at Fuller Lodge Thursday evening. He has taught in the district for five years as Teacher/Robotics and Engineering Design. Davis will go on to compete for New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Teachers nominated for Teacher of the Year include from left, Lorri McInroy, Alyssa Romero and Amy Vierra and unable to attend were Jennifer Schmiere, Cheryl Smith Ecke and Michelle Young. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Young Life Golf Tournament Helps Teens Go to Camp

on May 11, 2012 - 10:33am

By Carol A. Clark

Young Life Los Alamos is hosting its second annual golf tournament May19 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

It’s a Four Man Scramble Format golf tournament in which participants can create their own 4-some or be placed on a team.

All monies raised will go to benefit kids going to camp this summer.

This charitable event includes dinner, a raffle and prizes for the cost of $85 per golfer.

“It costs about $500 to send a teenager to summer camp for a week,” said Young Life Area Director Ryan Gilbert.

Espanola YMCA Teen Center

on May 10, 2012 - 8:45pm


The Espanola YMCA Teen Center (EYTC) hosted the second annual Born-2-Cruise Model car & Custom Bicycle Show Saturday, April 14.

This event was a great success and was flooded with more than 200 visitors and more than 50 participants.

Low-rider enthusiasts from all around the community and outward attended and showed off their custom creativity.

Courtesy Photo


"The Espanola youth were given a chance to shine and that is what we (EYTC) are all about," EYTC Program Co-Director Dion Gabriel said.

Family Fun Day Rocks Mountain Gym

on May 10, 2012 - 9:45am
Don Pollock, the Hillstompers cymbal player, watches as Mountain Elementary School Principal Gerry Washburn recognizes teachers and staff during Wednesday's "Family Fun Day." Photo by TK Thompson/

The white line running horizontally through the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium is a paper chain comprised of 3-inch links made by students. Each link represents five "green slips" a student accumulates from doing good deeds. The chain stretches two-and-a-half times the length of the gym. There have been a whole lot of good deeds happening at Mountain Elementary School.

UNM-Los Alamos Honors Rep. Jeannette Wallace

on May 9, 2012 - 11:49am

By Carol A. Clark

The Building 5 Lecture Hall on the UNM-Los Alamos campus is being named the "Jeannette O. Wallace" Lecture Hall in memory of longtime New Mexico State Representative Jeannette Wallace.

"We are just delighted to be able to honor Representative Wallace in this way,” said UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page during an interview Tuesday. "We'll host a formal dedication ceremony here at the campus in late August or early September and invite the family, community leaders and the public to join us in dedicating the Lecture Hall in her name with a special plaque."


Co-op Rocks!

on May 8, 2012 - 10:45pm


Co-opRocks! is brought to you by the Los Alamos Co-op as part of their outreach program to young adults (high school and college age). The program is intended to provide young adults a venue to express their interests (music, art, theater, etc.) in a fun and safe atmosphere. General Manager, Steve Watts said, "We strive to share our cooperative values through this venue by sourcing local talent and encouraging young adults and the community to come support each other at Co-opRocks!"

The 5 hours will be filled with a variety of activities, which reflect

Special School Board Meeting Scheduled

on May 8, 2012 - 9:40pm


The School Board has scheduled a work session on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9 am at UNMLA Building 1, basement classroom for ESL to meet with GED students regarding their high school experience. 

The School Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The only agenda item will be the 2012/2013 Budget.


Thayers Travel to Africa

on May 8, 2012 - 8:08am

Longtime Los Alamos residents Nina and Gary Thayer pose outside their accomodations while traveling in Africa last year. The couple spent Oct. 22 to Nov. 7 on their Serengiti Safari to Tanzania and presented photographs and a talk about their adventures to the Rotary Club last Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo from the Thayer Collection

Rotarian Nina Thayer shares details of the couple's trip last fall to Tanzania wth the Los Alamos Rotary Club as her husband Gary Thayer operates a computerized slide show of the adventure. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chamber FAN Club Features DALA Dancers

on May 7, 2012 - 8:19pm

Dancers perform during the Chamber of Commerce FAN Club at Dance Arts Los Alamos Wednesday evening in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce monthly after hours Food & Networking (FAN Club) event showcased the world-class training underway for students enrolled at Dance Arts Los Alamos.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting dance in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico by providing safe, professional instruction and quality performances.

Dance Arts Los Alamos is now in its 20th year and

Lunch with a Leader Set for Thursday

on May 7, 2012 - 1:46am

The League of Women Voter's monthly Lunch with a Leader is set for 11:45 a.m., Thursday May 10 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Orange Street.

Carol A. Clark of the Los Alamos Daily Post is the featured leader. Clark has covered local news in Los Alamos for nearly a decade.

She also produces and hosts the science program, Behind the White Coat, which airs on PAC 8 and UCTV and has hosted the radio program, Safety and Security Matters broadcast on KRSN AM 1490 since 2003. Clark studied journalism with a specialization in print media at UCLA.

Bold Knights and Ladies Fair Celebrate the Middle Ages in Los Alamos

on May 6, 2012 - 12:58pm

Fighters in armor at North Mesa Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie Gordon

On April 28, 2012, the banner of the Shire of Bryngolau (Shining Hill in Welsh) was raised for the first time when local members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) gathered for a day of fighting, feasting, music and dance in the style of the Middle Ages.

It was the Shire’s first official event.

SCA is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. It isn’t just about research far from it.

Members of SCA live the part at their

Officials Conduct 'Every 15 Minutes' Debriefing

on May 6, 2012 - 11:41am

Los Alamos Fire and Police Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon leads a debriefing session Friday at police headquarters following last month's "Every 15 Minutes" distracted driving exercise at Los Alamos High School. Fire Chief Troy Hughes, at left, and Police Sgt. Jordan Redmond and others took part in Friday's debriefing.