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New Mexico History Museum Launches Apollo Exhibit With Moon Rocks And Schmitt Flight Suit

on July 23, 2019 - 8:53am

On display at the NMHM is the Mercury Space Capsule 12B, created as a backup for the Mercury missions and on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Courtesy/NASA

Mercury Space Capsule 12B. Courtesy/NASA

NMHM  News:

SANTA FE – Northern New Mexico residents have a rare opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing with a temporary exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum (NMHM) in Santa Fe through Oct. 20.

NMHM hosts “A Walk on the Moon: The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing” as part of the worldwide celebration of our

LANL Employees Donate $372,491 For Scholarships

on July 23, 2019 - 8:52am
LANLF News:
 
During the recent Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) campaign, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) employees pledged $372,491 to support scholarships for Northern New Mexico students.
 
The annual drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to funds that award scholarships to qualified students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or professional certification in any area of study or in pursuit of a trade.
 
“These life-changing scholarships would not be possible without the generous support of the LANL

UA: Alien Moons ... Vacations Of The Future?

on July 23, 2019 - 6:17am
UA News:
 
TUCSON, Ariz. — Humans first explored the Earth’s moon 50 years ago, an impressive feat for sure. But if you are interested in venturing a little off the beaten path, here are some other extraordinary moons humans may be able to visit in the future.
Pit Stop on Phobos 
 
Your guide: Alfred McEwen, UA Regents' Professor of Planetary Sciences and principal investigator of HiRISE, the sharpest camera ever sent to another planet.
 
As you pack up your spaceship in preparation for decades of travel, you’re sure to feel like you’re forgetting something. Don’t worry!

Meet Rainforest Creatures At Nature Center Wednesday

on July 22, 2019 - 4:40pm

Rainforest species from Albuquerque’s Exotics of the Rainforest will be on display Wednesdat at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This program starts at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center Wednesday, July 24 for Summer Family Evening and meet 25 different rainforest species.

Albuquerque’s Exotics of the Rainforest will be bringing free-flight Macaws and other rainforest creatures for participants to see up-close at this event.

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Science Camp Empowers New Mexican Young Women

on July 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Laboratory researcher Adrianna Reyes-Newell, right, shows students how laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy works. The ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover uses this technology to investigate the composition of Martian rocks. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Two-week program from Los Alamos National Laboratory aims to inspire and increase diversity in STEM fields

The third annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Summer Physics Camp for Young Women recently concluded in Pojoaque, giving the 22 students from Northern New Mexico communities a grounding in science, technology, engineering and

2019 Santa Fe Children’s Museum Gala Sept. 14

on July 22, 2019 - 8:07am

La Vista Church: It's Almost Quizzing Season!

on July 21, 2019 - 8:27am
La Vista Church News:
 
It's almost Quizzing season! Quizzing is a fun and in-depth Bible Study Program that guides students in kindergarten through 12th grade in intentional study and memorization of God's Word.
 
There also is an optional competition aspect that will take students to Quizzing meets around the state one Saturday per month, with the possibility of making it to a regional competition in San Diego, Calif.
 
Quizzing practices begin with the school year in mid-August at La Vista Church of the Nazarene, 15 Grand Canyon Dr. in White Rock. The first meet is in October with

Lana Martin Discusses Her Attempt To Climb Mount Elbrus During Mountaineers Meeting Tuesday

on July 20, 2019 - 11:19am
Lana Martin dicusses her attempt at climbing Mount Elbrus at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. The talk is free to attend. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Hear about Lana Martin’s attempt at climbing Mount Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe, at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 23.
 
This talk will start at about 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Mountaineers’ meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings. The event is free to attend and is open to the public.
 
In celebration of her fiftieth birthday,

First Woman On The Moon From New Mexico

on July 20, 2019 - 10:32am
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene and Kason Henry. Courtesy/NMMSH
 
NMMSH News:
 
ALAMOGORDO Rocketeer Academy cadets Ariel Greene of Alamogordo and Kason Henry of Las Cruces inspect the lunar surface during a re-enactment of the Apollo 11 moonwalk July 17 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
 
Greene and Henry communicated with fellow cadets who acted as mission control inside

Letter To The Editor: Supporting Polaris Charter School

on July 20, 2019 - 10:17am
By CHRISTINE BERSTEIN
Candidate
Los Alamos School Board

Prior to announcing my run for LAPS School Board, I had been involved interested in the initial planning of the proposed charter school Polaris.

Because I cannot serve on both the Polaris governing board and the LAPS School Board, I have made the choice to step away from any work with Polaris, but I would like to explain why I find value in the proposed school and share with this community a conversation I recently had with Los Alamos School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim.

Last week, Ellen and I had a great conversation about the

Little Forest Playschool Students Gather At Bus Stop

on July 20, 2019 - 9:48am
A group of students and adults from Little Forest Playschool waits Thursday morning at a bus stop on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

PEEC: Climbing, Fishing, Butterfly Counting July 27-28

on July 20, 2019 - 6:21am
PEEC is hosting a variety of adventures July 27-28 including climbing one of Northern New Mexico’s iconic peaks. Visit peecnature.org/events to find out what events are coming up and to register for these programs. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC is hosting the annual Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count July 27 around the Pajarito Plateau. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC is partnering with the NMDG&F to host a fishing adventure July 28 at Fenton Lake State Park. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Get outside with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center July 27-28 with a variety of outdoor programs in Los Alamos

Letter To The Editor: Offering An Olive Branch To The Polaris Charter School Governing Board

on July 19, 2019 - 4:25pm
By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Congratulations on working together to complete your 338-page application. It is clear that you have worked very hard on what may seem like a dissertation without the associated degree. 
 
Your grassroots work is to be commended. In reading the proposed Polaris plan, I can see many good ideas and educational approaches. I resonate with the idea of using formative assessments to develop a growth mindset for student learning.

This letter is to send an open invitation to meet and work together.

Bradbury Science Museum Brings Summer Science On Wheels To Espanola Public Schools July 23-24

on July 19, 2019 - 4:16pm
LANL News:
 
The Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking its Summer Science on Wheels program to several Espanola Public Schools to help students keep up with science education learning and inspire the youth toward future STEM careers.
 
Mel Strong, an educator with the museum, will engage students using a fun and creative hands-on activity on sound.
 
Students will build an instrument with straws and use tuning forks to listen to vibrations and understand how sound is created.
 
The classes are 12:30-2 p.m., July 23 at James H.

PEC Hears Pitch For Local Polaris Charter School

on July 18, 2019 - 9:13pm
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus gives his presentation on the concerns about the proposed charter school at Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Polaris team answers questions posed by the Public Education Commission at the Community Input Meeting Tuesday at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposed new charter school for Los Alamos, Polaris Charter School, was the subject of a Community Input Meeting conducted by the New Mexico Public Education

LANL: Machine-learning Competition Boosts Earthquake Prediction Capabilities

on July 18, 2019 - 10:29am

Competitors in an online Kaggle competition developed a variety of methods for predicting the timing of earthquakes generated in a laboratory. The work could someday help to improve earthquake hazard assessments that could save lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Courtesy/LANL

 

LANL News:

  • Competitors’ success predicting quake timing in the online Kaggle competition could help save lives, infrastructure

Three teams who applied novel machine learning methods to successfully predict the timing of earthquakes from historic seismic data are splitting $50,000 in prize money from an

Letter To The Editor: Polaris Charter School Application

on July 18, 2019 - 10:22am
By ADALAIDE JACOBSON
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos Public Schools and the proponents of the Polaris Charter School (Grades 6-8) regrettably, in my opinion, have failed the citizenry of Los Alamos concerning the Polaris application currently pending before the Public Education Commission.

Prior to the submission of the charter school application by Polaris, it would have been nice to have had a public forum in which the charter school proponents and the school district presented information about the positive and negative effects if any, that the charter school would have on various aspects of

LAHS Graduate Jody Merritt Promoted To Brigadier General Of United States Air Force Reserve

on July 18, 2019 - 10:07am
Los Alamos High School graduate Jody Merritt is promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve during a special ceremony May 1 in California. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Jody (Guthals) Merritt, a 1985 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has had a career in the U.S. Air Force that spans 30 years.
 
She was promoted to Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve during a special ceremony May 1 in California.
 
Merritt works as a mobilization assistant to the commander at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space

Senior Center Hosts De-cluttering Session Friday

on July 18, 2019 - 8:42am
Kendra Henning

Betty Ehart Senior Center News:

Santa Fe Realtor, Kendra Henning will present a session on de-cluttering, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

All community adults are welcome to learn how to de-clutter, downsize or prepare for a move to a smaller home. A recent presentation at the White Rock Senior Center used the fun, interactive opportunity to ask questions, and share decluttering and downsizing challenges.

Henning says while most are not considering a move, many adults already express a desire to declutter and simplify now, in order to avoid

Los Alamos MainStreet Thanks Community And Visitors For Successful ScienceFest 2019!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:36am
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo
 
Scene from Los Alamos ScienceFest 2019. Courtesy photo
 

 

Los Alamos MainStreet News:
 
The 12th annual Los Alamos ScienceFest attracted attendees from near and far throughout the 6-day festival that took place July 9-14. 
 
Attendees came to share their love of science in the town, “Where Discoveries Are Made.” More than 70 exhibitors and vendors provided unique and interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) related activities during the July 13 Discovery Day at Ashley Pond Park and Fuller Lodge Lawn. 

UA Scientists Move From Mapping Moon To Worlds Beyond With A Few Mouse Clicks Over Lunch

on July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
UA News:
 
TUCSON — In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch.
 
Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below.
 
"See that little antenna sticking out there? That was the first planetary radar on a spacecraft, and while it went around the moon, it pinged the surface," she said.

Who WIll Stump PEEC Astronomers Friday!

on July 18, 2019 - 8:26am
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers 7 p.m. Friday, July 19. The nature center also will play the full-dome film 'Incoming!' 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
See who can stump PEEC’s team of astronomers this Friday, July 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at another round of “Stump the Astronomers.”
 
The fun starts at 7 p.m. and features local astronomers Galen Gisler, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Steve Becker and Peter Polko. Guests should bring their toughest astronomy-related questions and see if they can stump the experts.
 
This event is free to

AFT Joins National Campaign To Tax Rich

on July 17, 2019 - 6:08pm
From the Albuquerque Teachers Federation:

ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque Teachers Federation released today the following message:

We owe billions to students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

For more than 40 years, Title 1 and IDEA have been underfunded. In just the last decade, they have been underfunded by more than $580 billion. It’s time to pay our debt! It’s time to Fund our Future! It’s time the rich paid their fair share.

As part of The American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) campaign to Fund our Future, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF) is

LAPSF: 2019 George And Joan Bjarke Scholarship Recipients Israel Gellis, Morgan Jones, Emmeline Segler

on July 17, 2019 - 11:55am

2019 George and Joan Bjarke Scholarship winners Israel Gellis, left, and Morgan Jones. Scholarship recipient Emmeline Segler is not pictured. Courtesy/www.jessicabootonphotography.com/

LAPSF News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and the Bjarke family have announced the winners of the 2019 George and Joan Bjarke scholarship.

The winners of a $2,000 scholarship each are Israel Gellis, Morgan Jones and Emmeline Segler.

The scholarship is awarded annually to students who demonstrate good citizenship and the ability to successfully complete their selected degree or program. 

George

Free Hot Lunches At Aspen Elementary Through Aug. 2

on July 17, 2019 - 7:17am

The Summer Food Service Program at Aspen Elementary School provides children under the age of 18 with a free hot lunch and healthy snack 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Aspen Elementary School is still the home of free food for children under the age of 18 through Aug. 2.

The Summer Food Service Program is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides a free hot lunch and healthy snack. This free lunch is extended to any youth visiting the community during the summer.

Meals are served Monday through Friday, with an option for parents to purchase a meal for

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