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Los Alamos Schools Earn High Marks From State

on July 24, 2014 - 1:11pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools received high marks from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Three schools were awarded “A” grades and four schools earned “B” grades for 2014. 

Just released report cards by the NMPED reflected the high quality of instruction by Los Alamos schools. Schools receiving “A” grades included Los Alamos High School, Barranca Mesa Elementary and Mountain Elementary. Aspen, Chamisa, Pinon and Los Alamos Middle School received “B” grades.

All seven school principals were pleased with their school grades.

It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How!

on July 24, 2014 - 1:09pm
Courtesy/YMCA
 
Courtesy/YMCA
 
YMCA News:
 
Last night, families, friends and community members gathered at Barranca Elementary in anticipation of the YMCA Camp end-of-summer performance.
 
The Y Camp program is offered every summer for kids in grades K-7 and it’s a great place for kids to let loose and enjoy the summer with others their own age. At the end of each summer, the campers participate in a performance organized by the camp Drama Director.
 
This year’s theme was Dr. Seuss, in an effort to encourage reading, learning, creativity, and of course, fun!

Construction Progresses on New Nature Center; Engraved Bricks & Pavers to Display Donors’ Messages

on July 24, 2014 - 12:49pm

The front view of the Los Alamos County Nature Center under construction on Canyon Road. On the right are the staff offices and towering above is the planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If you’ve driven past 2600 Canyon Road lately, you’ve probably noticed a lot of progress being made on the construction of the new Los Alamos County Nature Center.

The land has been cleared, the slab has been poured, and the building is starting to take structure.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Chairs Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee Meeting In Los Alamos

on July 24, 2014 - 11:46am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chairs Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Committee Chair Sen. Peter Wirth, second from left, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Wednesday's Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee meeting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

New Mexico senators and representatives traveled to Los Alamos Wednesday to hold a public hearing on the Radioactive & Hazardous Materials Committee.

Los Alamos' Rep.

LANL Sponsors 18th Annual Hazmat Challenge

on July 24, 2014 - 10:56am

A hazardous materials team from Edmond, Okla., competing in the Hazmat Challenge at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Competition tests skills of hazardous materials response teams from four states

Fourteen hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 18th annual Hazmat Challenge July 29 through Aug. 1 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies, and learn new techniques through realistic

In and Around Town: July 24

on July 24, 2014 - 9:27am
Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published on the front page of the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible at any time by clicking the red button at the top right of the page.
 
Ongoing Exhibits
 
Paintings by Richard Wasilewski
Wasilewski’s work can be viewed through Aug. 5 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, open during regular library hours.
 
'Eureka!' and 'Eclecticity' at Fuller Lodge Art Center
FLAC displays “Eureka!” In the Portal Gallery is “Eclecticity,” work by Katherine Brittin and Charryl Greenwood Berger.

O’Neill Reintroducing Bill Protecting Homeless From Hate Crimes

on July 24, 2014 - 9:21am

Sen. Bill O’Neill

STATE News:

Sen. Bill O’Neill, D-Bernalillo, is planning to once again introduce a bill that was unanimously endorsed by the bi-partisan Courts Corrections and Justice Committee in the 2013 regular legislative session that protects homeless individuals from being targeted for harm.

Senate Bill 124 from our 2013 session enjoyed strong bi-partisan support, and made it to the Senate Floor. But time ran out before it could be moved into the House for further consideration,” O’Neill said.

Los Alamos Library System Acquires National Geographic Virtual Library

on July 24, 2014 - 9:00am

Courtesy/NGM

LIBRARY News:

Los Alamos County Library System has acquired the online resource National Geographic Virtual Library, which brings the world to your computer. You can now explore the world, for free, from the comfort of home.

The National Geographic Magazine offers photographs and articles, ethnographic and cultural information, superb maps and serious scholarship. The complete archive of National Geographic Magazine since 1888 is available now. The Magazine itself, however, is just a part of what comes to you through this resource.

This collection includes the iconic National

LALO Presents 'Broadway on the Hill'

on July 24, 2014 - 8:44am

LALO News:

Los Alamos Light Opera presents a special benefit performance, with all of your favorite singers, songs and a raffle! 

Selections include:

  • Wicked
  • Les Miserables
  • Guys & Dolls • Cabaret • Follies
  • Avenue Q
  • Company • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Spamalot
  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • South Pacific 
  • West Side Story
  • Sweet Charity
  • Oliver
  • The Phantom of the Opera

Event Schedule:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday Aug.15
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. General admission is $15 or $10 for students and seniors.

Special Encore Performance:

  • 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug.

Unitarian Church Hosts Free Screening of 'Frozen'

on July 24, 2014 - 8:39am
Movie poster. Courtesy/UCLA
 
UNITARIAN News:
 
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos continues its free summer movie series with a viewing of the 2013 Disney hit, Frozen at 7 p.m., Saturday in Robinson Hall at the church. Admission is free.
 
At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 27, Rev. John Cullinan will present a sermon for all ages based on themes from the film. This  is a multi-generational service. All are welcome for worship, followed by coffee and conversation.
 
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is at 1738 N. Sage St. For more information, visit www.uulosalamos.org or call the church office

Luján Amendment to Examine New Broadcasting Markets Passes House

on July 24, 2014 - 8:33am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, highlighted the passage of legislation July 23 that included an amendment he offered as part of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) reauthorization. 

Luján's amendment explores how new broadcasting markets could be created if they are based upon the potential of current and future technologies instead of the limitations of aging broadcasting antennas.

Annual Butterfly Count Honors Dorothy Hoard

on July 24, 2014 - 8:29am
Photo of local butterfly. Courtesy/PEEC
 
Local butterfly lands on a flower. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

This year marks the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count in Los Alamos County, but this year the count carries a special meaning.

This is the first count since the passing of Living Treasure Dorothy Hoard, who initiated the Los Alamos County annual butterfly counts more than 20 years ago. As such, the annual butterfly count will from now on be known as the “Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count.”

New Mexico butterfly guru Steve Cary will lead this year's count 9 a.m. to roughly 3:30 p.m.

Taos Fall Arts Festival Celebrates 40 Years

on July 24, 2014 - 8:13am
Projection installation of featured artist Markus Dorninger Courtesy/http://www.paseotaos.org

TAOS ARTS News:

The oldest art festival in Taos, Taos Fall Arts Festival, is celebrating its 40th year by expanding and enhancing the festival, adding new features such as The Paseo on opening night. The 2014 festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-Oct. 5 with an opening reception 4-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

“We chose to create a community focus group and listen to local artists to find out how we could better serve the arts community going forward and local businesses," spokesman Paul Figueroa said.

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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Jersey Boys’

on July 24, 2014 - 8:06am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Jersey Boys” is Clint Eastwood’s effort to put the hugely successful Broadway musical of the same name on the big screen.

It is the story of Frankie Valli and the original N.J., through their trying to survive in the big time. The music of the Four Seasons plays throughout the film, making it more than worth the price of admission.

The story is told by each of the four band members, cutting away at times to talk straight to the camera.

Movie poster for 'Jersey Boys.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Tommy DeVito’s (Vincent Piazza) version of the story comes

NMpreps.com's Elite Combine Showcases State's Top High School Football Players

on July 24, 2014 - 8:00am

SPORTS News:

The seventh annual NMpreps.com's Elite Combine powered by Defined Fitness is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and will showcase more than 200 of New Mexico's best high school athletes.

The event is at the Cleveland High School Football Stadium, 4800 Laban Road, NE in Rio Rancho. Admission is free.

Each high school athlete will be tested in five core events:

  • Bench Press;
  • 40-Time;
  • Vertical Jump;
  • Standing Broad Jump; and
  • Shuttle Run.

The 2014 premier event will showcase the athletic talent of top New Mexico high school football players.

PEEC’s Summer Family Evening Explores Night Sky

on July 24, 2014 - 7:53am
View the summer night sky at PEEC’s Star Party July 29. Photo by Josip Loncaric

PEEC News:

Look up on a summer night in Los Alamos, and there is so much to explore. That’s exactly why the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) decided to host a star party Tuesday, July 29 for its final Summer Family Evening of 2014.

Those wishing to attend should meet at PEEC by 8:30 p.m. to drive to the viewing site.

The star party will have learning opportunities for both kids and their parents, with instruction and stories by Chick Keller.

The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is our

Letter to the Editor: Taken Aback By Pricey Fruit Salad

on July 24, 2014 - 7:47am
By REAGAN HALL
Los Alamos

Me and my friends were at the grand opening of the new Smith's recently. We waited in line for only about 30 minutes, and we were pleasantly surprised by the grandeur of the new shopping center.

Every improvement that could've been made over the old Smith's had been made. We spent the better of three hours there just looking at all the new items they had in stock when my eyes fell upon the most beautiful fruit salad I had ever seen. All sorts of goodies (apples. grapes, peaches, etc.) tucked inside of a nutritious but delicious melon bowl.

I was ready to buy

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Visits Los Alamos

on July 23, 2014 - 10:13pm

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was spotted around Los Alamos today including Smith's Marketplace and here at Overlook Park as part of National Hot Dog Day. Photo by David Martinez
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UC President Janet Napolitano Expresses Strong Support For Los Alamos National Laboratory

on July 23, 2014 - 2:41pm
UC President Janet Napolitano speaks at a gathering of LANL employees Monday at the NSSB. Courtesy/LANL
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

During a private half hour talk with employees gathered in an auditorium at the National Security Sciences Building Monday, University of California President Janet Napolitano spoke of her commitment to Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We are proud of our relationship with Los Alamos and we remain unwavering in our support," Napolitano said.

Letter to the Editor: Smith's and Locals

on July 23, 2014 - 1:08pm
By RICHARD HANNEMANN
Los Alamos
 
Back in 07 we had need to fill a prescription. Of course, we went to Mr. Anderson. There was a problem with the prescription though -- the medication asked for was written by brand name available only at Smith's. This was the doing of the doctor. When asked, the doctor replied, "well, that's where everyone gets their medications." I don't think I've ever seen Mr. Anderson so steamed.
 
Smith's seems to have tried to be very careful with the new Marketplace in providing mostly those products which are otherwise not being offered here, suggesting they don't want to
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Tickets Available For Guitarist Genevieve Leitner's Performance at Bethe House Thursday

on July 23, 2014 - 12:51pm

Genevieve Leitner

PEEC News:

A few tickets remain for the benefit concert the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold at 7p.m. Thursday, July 24.

Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform for the intimate audience, at the beautifully renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they also will be sold at the door for $40.

The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private

OBITUARY: Emily Mares-Lang – July 21, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 12:04pm

EMILY MARES-LANG July 21, 2014

My beloved Wife, Emily Mares-Lang, 73, a native of Taos, NM, went to be with the Lord on July 21, 2014.

She died at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico of a head trauma after a reckless driver hit her while she was walking.

Emily grew up on La Loma in Taos surrounded by her three sisters, Mom and Dad and neighbors who were all called Tio and Tia. As a young woman Emily was a talented seamstress who taught herself ine tecnniques of making her own cloths.

Family and friends knew her as a person who was totally generous, kind, thoughtful, and

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Show Your Passion For Innovation With A Creative Talk

on July 23, 2014 - 11:47am

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LANL News:

  • Presentations sought for TechRev Day at Los Alamos ScienceFest

Organizers of Los Alamos ScienceFest, a weeklong celebration of science, are seeking innovative presentations from passionate people with a love of innovation.

“TechRev Day, a ScienceFest event, will showcase a series of 15-minute presentations from students, educators, scientists, engineers, bloggers, inventors and other creative types who are just bursting at the seams to share their contagious enthusiasm about innovation or innovation-related topics,” said Shandra Clow of Los Alamos

Curiosity's Rock-Zapping Laser Sparks New Interest

on July 23, 2014 - 11:29am

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LANL News:

Last week the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the arm of NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover captured a series of images that showed the rover's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) rock-zapping laser in action.

Although the ChemCam laser has fired more than 150,000 times on Mars, this marks the first time the plasma plume created by the laser has been captured on film.

Each time the laser hits a target, the plasma light is captured by the system’s 4.3-inch aperture telescope, which sends the light down an optical fiber to a spectrometer located in the body of the rover.

Hiking, Biking, Beer & Music July 26

on July 23, 2014 - 11:14am

LABC News:

The Second Annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is Saturday, July 26 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run every ½ hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sullivan Field.

As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support their community and fellow cooperative.

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