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Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 6

on August 28, 2012 - 7:46am

Editor's note: This is part 6 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the dolphin as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Sarah R.


Know Your Metabolism

on August 28, 2012 - 7:45am

Column by Kent Pegg

One of the key factors to weight loss and weight management is your metabolism. Metabolism is a term that refers to how your body transforms the calories in the food you eat into energy.

The food is broken down into sugars and amino acids that the body then has available for use as energy. The energy is then either used or it is stored as muscle or fat.

If you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, one important thing to do is to know your metabolic rate. Your metabolic rate is the number of calories your body burns in the course of a day.

To accurately


Taos School of Music Breaks Attendance Records

on August 28, 2012 - 7:44am

TSM News: 

Opus 50, the Taos School of Music’s special concert season to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the prestigious summer music school brought internationally-known ensembles to Taos including the Shanghai, Jupiter and American String Quartets, plus the Borromeo and Brentano String Quartets.

Music world luminaries Michael Tree, founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Christopher Constanza, Thomas Sauer and Robert McDonald also performed and served as faculty.

In addition, 19 young artists, graduates and students of the nation’s leading music conservatories, played an

LANL Responds to Radiological Incident at LANSCE

on August 27, 2012 - 10:56pm
  • Multiple tests indicate no health risks to public or employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory is investigating the inadvertent spread of Technetium 99 by employees and contractors at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), a multidisciplinary accelerator facility used for both civilian and national security research.

The Laboratory has determined that about a dozen people came into contact with the material, and some tracked small amounts of Technetium 99 off-site.

The contamination poses no danger to the public.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2012

on August 27, 2012 - 4:44am

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

Aug. 16 at 7:45 a.m. / Los Alamos Public Schools reported that someone damaged school property with graffiti at Los Alamos High School. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

Aug. 17 at 2:54 p.m. / Police received a report of someone shoplifting from a business in the 500 block of Central Avenue. The estimated loss is more than $250. The matter is under investigation.



Acting on Knowledge: Why is it so hard? Part 1

on August 27, 2012 - 4:43am

Column by Elena Yang

Jeffrey Pfeffer & Robert Sutton’s “The Knowing-Doing Gap: How smart companies turn knowledge into action” is an easy-to-read book, like many of their other collaborative works.

This is not a conventional book review but rather my attempt to capture some important points and use them to launch some stories and reflections.

In today’s space, I will delineate three difficulties in acting on knowledge. I will finish the remaining two more obstacles and a few recommendations next week.

As Pfeffer & Sutton point out, given the plethora of business books published every


Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 5

on August 27, 2012 - 4:43am

Editor's note: This is part 5 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of fin-footed mammals as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student John Mamula.


The PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Photographing Hummingbirds

on August 27, 2012 - 4:33am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja, with special thanks to Bob Walker





Male hummingbirds from left, a Black-Chinned, Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds. Photo by Bob Walker

Forty-eight species of hummingbirds have been identified on the North American continent. Of these, at least 17 species have been reported in New Mexico.

Another 28 species are identified as living in Mexico, but New Mexico is adjacent to it. Could some illegal alien species occasionally fly north to Los Alamos?


Rotary Club Speakers Through September

on August 27, 2012 - 4:30am


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave. Guests are always welcome.

September speakers include:

Sept 4: Greg Fisher, the County’s Economic Vitality Administrator, will share his observations, as well as his ideas, to address the challenges facing the community.

Sept. 11: Gillian Sutton of KRSN AM 1490 will present a view of local news through the perspective of radio.

Sept. 18: Sue York, national test kitchen consultant and Los Alamos Daily Post food columnist, will speak about her culinary background


Feldman Hosts Campaign Event for Stephanie Richard

on August 27, 2012 - 4:03am

Sen. Dede Feldman held an event at her retreat in the Jemez for House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo

 House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard speaks with guests during a campaign event hosted for her by Sen. Dede Feldman. Courtesy Photo  

Peak of Growing Season Underway for Farmers Market

on August 27, 2012 - 4:01am

Produce from Salvador Corona’s family farm in Española can be found each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market. Courtesy photo

A wide variety of produce, dairy products, meats and more are available for purchase each Thursday through October at the Los Alamos Farmers Market in the Mesa Public Library parking lot on Central Avenue. Courtesy photo

Espanola YMCA Teen Center Issues Call for Help

on August 27, 2012 - 4:01am

Members of the Espanola YMCA Teen Center sold water to raise much needed funds for the nonprofit organization. Courtesy/EYTC
By Ben Sandoval, director
Española YMCA Teen Center

On Saturday Aug. 4, the Espanola YMCA Teen Center participated in what some are calling the largest cultural display of Northern New Mexico: The inaugural Mainstreet Showdown Lowrider and Custom Bicycle show.

This event was powered by Cultura Promotions, The City of Española and the community therein.

We (EYTC) were asked to participate in the event as a way to help boost funds to our already struggling program.


'Time Team America' Provides Hands-on Field School

on August 26, 2012 - 7:17pm

PBS News:

This week, 24 Zuni middle school students experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist through a hands-on field school connected to the PBS prime time archaeology television series Time Team America.

“We want to inspire the next generation of archaeologists and scientists,” says field school director Dr. Alexandra Jones, “especially populations underrepresented in the sciences.”

From Sunday through Wednesday the students meet at the University of New Mexico, Zuni Campus to learn the basics of archaeology and how to survey a site; how to use a metal detector and conserve metal

Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise Statewide

on August 26, 2012 - 11:23am


Staff report

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH.) Anyone can get whooping cough, and in fact, increases in disease are occurring in all age groups. But babies who get pertussis are the group at greatest risk of complications, including pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. It is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe.

After fits of many coughs,

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

on August 26, 2012 - 10:48am

Astronaut Neil Armstrong in April 1969, while training for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Photo by Bettmann/Corbis

Staff report

American astronaut Neil Armstrong died Saturday Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82 following complications from recent heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family.

On July 20, 1969, Armstrong stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle, and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, Armstrong spoke these words to more than a billion people listening at home: "That's one small step for man, one giant


CONE ZONE: Road Construction Week of Aug. 27

on August 26, 2012 - 10:00am


Public Works Projects: For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at

Pavement Preservation – Fog Sealing on Barranca Mesa and North Community starts Aug. 28

Fog sealing operations will occur Tuesday and Wednesday on Chamisa, El Gancho, Andanada, Barranca Road from Chamisa to Barranca Road, Tunyo, Paseo Peñasco and El Corto. Expect lane closures and slight delays at intersections as the fog seal material dries.

On Wednesday and Thursday, fog sealing will occur on Canyon Glen and


Kiwanis Club Speaker Schedule for September

on August 26, 2012 - 9:35am
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge on Sage Street, near the intersection of 15th Street and Canyon Road. Guests are always welcome.

Sept. 4: Young people from Los Alamos County who recently visited the Sister City Sarov (Russia) will talk about their trip.

Sept. 11: Tom Nagawieki, an environmental services specialist with Los Alamos County, will speak about the County's plans for a new glass recycling program. Nagawieki will be accompanied by Sandra West from the Co-op Store.

Sept. 18: Los Alamos Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega


Heinrich Meets Oz

on August 26, 2012 - 9:31am

On Thursday, Democratic Senatorial candidate Rep. Martin Heinrich met Oz Einstein Armbruster, the dog attacked by another dog while campaigning door-to-door for Heinrich with his owner Karyl Ann Armbruster a few weeks ago. Heinrich heard about Oz's misfortune and called to check on his condition. After visiting Los Alamos National Laboratory contractors Thursday, Heinrich attended the opening of his Pojoaque Campaign Office. He told the crowd that as an engineer, he considered LANL vital to the health of Northern New Mexico.

SBDC Offers Bookkeeping, Tax and Marketing Workshops

on August 26, 2012 - 8:52am

SBDC News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Small Business Development Center is providing the following workshops:

Basic Bookkeeping
08/28/12 Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
08/30/12 Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Small Business Center Fee: $50.
The Basic Bookkeeping Workshop will be a two-part series for small business owners and managers looking for a basic course in bookkeeping essentials. It will meet over a two day period, with three hour sessions per day.


SFI Colloquium: 'Ulam's Demons' Set for Thursday

on August 26, 2012 - 8:34am

SFI Colloquium: "Ulam's Demons" is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 30 in Noyce Conference Room.


George Dyson
Author and Historian of Technology

Abstract: Stanislaw Ulam (1909-1984), one of the inspirations for SFI, performed useful work, without the visible expenditure of energy, by letting good ideas in and keeping bad ideas out.

Four of the twentieth century’s most imaginative inventions — the Monte Carlo method, the hydrogen bomb, self-reproducing cellular automata, and nuclear pulse propulsion — originated with help from Stan.

Monte Carlo was the realization of what Maxwell had

Udall Announces $1.2 Million Award for STEM Education

on August 26, 2012 - 8:15am
ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced Friday that the National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees throughout colleges in underserved communities in northern New Mexico.
“For years, our state has led the way in science and technology thanks to educational institutions like New Mexico Tech," Udall said.

PEEC Offers New Afterschool Nature Clubs

on August 26, 2012 - 7:11am

Members of PEEC's Critter Club. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

PEEC is offering two new clubs for kids in grades kindergarten through third:

  • Nature Detectives for grades K-1; and
  • Outdoor Explorers for grades 2-3. 

The clubs are 3:45-5:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 4 and run every Tuesday through Nov. 27. Angelique Harshman and Beth Cortright will teach the clubs.

PEEC’s Nature Clubs are a great way to help children connect with the outdoors. Members will investigate local animals and plants, and connect with the wild side of the Pajarito Plateau through a variety of activities. 

Because the

Bridge Work Begins Sunday on N.M. 84/285

on August 25, 2012 - 5:29pm

NMDOT Traffic Advisory:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will start work on a bridge maintenance project on N.M. 84/285 north of Santa Fe Sunday, Aug. 26.

The work will take place in the northbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 174.9 near Camel Rock Casino. 

The work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will be completed in two to three weeks, weather permitting.  

There will be single lane closures as crews work to stabilize the soil under the roadway and lift bridge approach slabs.

Drivers are asked to proceed through the work zone with caution, watch for

‘Trashy’ Fashions That Help Save The Environment

on August 25, 2012 - 2:21pm

The Envrionmental Steward-ess: Made from the leather of discarded Delta Airlines seat cushions, safety cards, pretzel bags, airline tickets, Sky Magazines and an old pilowcase. Courtesy/

By Kirsten Laskey

Flipping through fashion magazines or glancing at those recorded fashion shows in department stores can reveal some pretty wacky-looking clothes.

And while magazine articles and broadcasters will hail these creations as art, they sometimes seem more frivolous than artistic.

One designer, however, takes her unusual creations to the catwalk with a very serious


White Rock's Artist & Artisans Market Set for Sunday

on August 25, 2012 - 2:21pm

The Los Alamos Creative District will host its second outdoor Artist & Artisans Market 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 in the outdoor space at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.

The event is open to the public at no charge. Stop by to help support the efforts of local artists Jennifer Moss, Therese Lynston, Debra Steinman and several others. 

This is a start-up market and there is room for more artists and artisans. Call Melanie at 505-661-4807, for more information.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District.