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SFI Seminar 'Punches And Hugs' May 26

on May 22, 2015 - 7:36am
Christie Aschwanden SFI Journalism Fellow
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will be holding the seminar "Punches and Hugs: What Hate Mail Has Taught Me About How To Communicate Science With The Public" with Christie Aschwanden at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Noyce Conference Room.
Abstract: Even in our age of science, irrational thinking and science denialism remain rampant.

Momentum Grows For Renewable Electricity Standard

on May 22, 2015 - 7:30am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) received an important hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 
The bill, S. 1264, would create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution. In an effort to diversify the United States' energy sources and lead in clean energy production, the bill would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. 
The hearing was a key step

YCC Crew Holds Community Meeting Thursday

on May 22, 2015 - 7:27am
The Family YMCA’s YCC Garden Crew
meet with Co+op's Sandra West. The Co-Op has donated its small green house to the YCC Garden Crew. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Garden Crew is holding a community informational meeting 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at an educational garden site it is developing that is immediately next to the North Mesa tennis courts. 

The meeting will brief the community about crew activities, current garden design, and demonstration greenhouse choices.

Pajarito Greenhouse Open Memorial Day

on May 22, 2015 - 7:20am

Dave Fox of Pajarito Greenhouse taking time to smell the flowers. Courtesy photo


Pajarito Greenhouse will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial Day.

Pajarito Greenhouse is located at 238 Rio Bravo in Pajarito Acres.


Los Alamos Teachers Who Lost Their Lives To Cancer Will Be Honored At Bench Dedication Tuesday

on May 22, 2015 - 7:16am

Site of memorial bench to be decidated Tuesday. Courtesy photo.

LAHS News:

Two esteemed Los Alamos High School teachers, Marilyn Fabry and Dave Thurston, who lost their lives to cancer will be honored with a memorial bench dedication at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 26.

Former LAHS Principal Sandy Warnock headed the fundraising and effort to place the bench near a beautiful willow tree that sits between the IMC and the Speech Theater at LAHS. The cost of the bench and its installation were jointly paid for by donations raised and a gift from the LAPS Foundation.

Fabry’s and Thurston's family,

Los Alamos Creative District Fourth Friday Begins!

on May 22, 2015 - 7:06am
LACD News:
Beginning today, the Los Alamos Creative District is bringing Fourth Fridays to downtown Los Alamos. 
Fourth Fridays is an initiative for local businesses to offer extended hours, special programming or discounts to encourage people to visit and enjoy the downtown area. 
It is perfectly timed to happen right before the Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond! Special programming in downtown Los Alamos is offered at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center.
This month's Fourth Friday events include:

LAHS Students Rank Nationally In Le Grand Concours

on May 22, 2015 - 7:00am
Gold Medal winner Zoe Hemez is ranked second in the nation. Courtesy photo.

LAHS News:

Seven Los Alamos High School students have ranked nationally in the 80th annual Le Grand Concours, according to National Director Lisa Narug.

Students include:

  • Zoe Hemez (gold medal);
  • Opale Schappert (gold medal);
  • Theodore Warner (silver medal);
  • Elise Koskelo (silver medal);
  • Rebecca Cai (bronze medal);
  • Irene Kwon (bronze medal); and
  • Esperanza Tapia (bronze medal)

Le Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Luján Issues Statement On Short-Term Highway Bill

on May 22, 2015 - 6:55am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement on a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire at the end of the month.
“Republicans have had ten months to come up with a long-term highway funding solution to keep important road, bridge, and construction projects moving forward, yet all they have mustered is a two-month extension that continues the uncertainty and dysfunction that has become their trademark.
“It is long past time to give this

Learn About daVinci Surgery At Fuller Lodge June 4

on May 22, 2015 - 6:52am

E. E. Giorgi Art Reception At Rose Chocolatier Friday

on May 21, 2015 - 4:23pm
Courtesy image
ART News:
Rose Chocolatier is very pleased to showcase E. E. (Elena) Giorgi's works in photography and writing. Giorgi is the author of three science fiction thrillers and a new, young adult series titled The Mayake Chronicles, launching this month.
To celebrate the release of her first book in the series, she will be signing books 5-7 p.m., May 22 at Rose Chocolatier, 991 Central Ave.
All her books are on display at Rose Chocolatier and for sale and browsing. Along with her books, Giorgi's photographs will be on the art wall for viewing and sale.

Los Alamos Police Blotter May 14 - May 20, 2015

on May 21, 2015 - 4:09pm
LAPD News:
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.
May 14 at 7:14 a.m. / Police arrested Phillip Thomason, 22, of Jemez Springs, on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
May 20 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Neven Farquhar of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
May 14 at 9:32 a.m. / Police responded to the report of an unattended death.
May 17 at 1:39

Supercuts Opens In Los Alamos Wednesday

on May 21, 2015 - 3:45pm

Supercuts is officially opening its doors at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 in suite 203 at Smith's Marketplace. They have been gearing up and earlier today gave free haircuts to many customers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Supercuts is opening Wednesday, May 27 in Suite 203 at Smith's Marketplace. Manager Maria Quintana from Nambe said haircuts for men, women and children will cost $9.99 until the salon gets established.

There will be three hairdressers for the first couple of weeks and then they will add more, Quintana said.


LAPS: Dean Obermeyer Earns CETL Designation

on May 21, 2015 - 12:29pm
LAPS News:

Dean Obermeyer, Technology Coordinator, Los Alamos Public Schools recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a rigorous certification exam.

The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Dean Obermeyer has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems. 

"Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools.

Letter To The Editor: CO2 And Global Warming

on May 21, 2015 - 12:28pm
Los Alamos
On Tuesday, Gov. Brown of California signed a pact with 11 other states and countries to slash greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.
The non-binding agreement pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 (click here). AUN summit on climate control will take place in Paris later this year.
I previously sent a letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post entitled: "Can Mankind Really Expect to Tame Earth's Climate and Remove It from Cosmic Control?" (click here). This letter provides an mended summary and

No Blue Bus Service On Memorial Day

on May 21, 2015 - 12:15pm
RTD News:
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 
Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, May 26.
The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday throughFriday to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Subway Development Agent Visits Los Alamos Store

on May 21, 2015 - 11:56am

Front left, Connie Gemignani, director of operations for development agent for Subway, arrived in town this morning to meet with Los Alamos Subway franchise owner Larry Singh, front right. Singh's wife Manny and brother-in-law Ricky Chhina are seated in back. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

A worker shines the windows this morning at the new Subway on Central Avenue in anticipation of the store's opening for business sometime next week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

An opening date for the local Subway is getting very close,

Luján Offers Amendment To Support STEM Education At Hispanic Serving Institutions

on May 21, 2015 - 8:50am


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke on the House floor today in support of a bipartisan amendment he offered with a number of his colleagues to establish a grant program at the National Science Foundation to support STEM education at Hispanic Serving Institutions. 

Below are Luján’s remarks on the amendment, which passed unanimously. Click here to watch his speech.

“Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of this amendment that I am proud to offer with my colleagues.

Book Group Round-Up Kicks Off Summer Reading

on May 21, 2015 - 8:43am

MPL News:

What’s a “book group round-up?” It’s a chance for people to get together and talk about books - whatever kinds of books they like. It’s a chance for people who would like to form or join a book discussion group to meet. It’s a chance for established book groups to find new members. It’s a chance for readers to break out of old patterns and read something different, based on personal recommendations from others in the group.

At 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

GOP Meeting At UNM-LA 7 P.M. Today

on May 21, 2015 - 8:33am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in UNM-LA Room 203. 

A brief business meeting will be followed by a planning and brain-storming session.

For more information, contact Bill McKerley at 505.331-3686.


Letter To The Editor: No Silver Bullets

on May 21, 2015 - 8:24am
Los Alamos

I am continually amazed at the vehemence and/or mildly condescending voice of those who reject change – e.g. banning plastic bags – rationalizing their position with the argument that since the change doesn't fix the ENTIRE problem and, according to them, only affects some small-to-infinitesimal portion of a problem, we should not make ANY change.  

Although I admit it took a bit of time to remember to take the reusable bags into the store, most of us ARE trainable.


PEEC Presents Talk On Life Of Wildlife 'Rehabber'

on May 21, 2015 - 8:17am

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, here talking about birds, will give a presentation May 26 at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it mean to be a wildlife “rehabber”, and what goes into this important work? Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center, will give a talk on the topic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

In her talk, Dr. Ramsay will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work is important to wildlife and to us all.

Northern New Mexico College Receives Accreditation Of Its Baccalaureate Business Programs

on May 21, 2015 - 7:56am
Associate Professor Karen Simpson instructs students in her accounting class at Northern. Photo by Stephanie J. Montoya
ESPANOLA  The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded Northern New Mexico College accreditation of its baccalaureate business programs.
"This decision shows that Northern's business program is of a quality equal to and as rigorous as those at other schools," College of Business Administration Dean Lori Baca said.

Strong Start For America’s Children Act Introduced

on May 21, 2015 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America’s Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country.
The Strong Start for America's Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5.
"Quality preschool can transform a child, helping them start kindergarten ready to learn and become more successful as they grow up.

Meet Katsina Carver At Millicent Rogers Museum

on May 21, 2015 - 7:37am
Katsina carvings by Elmer Yungotsuna. Courtesy/MRM
MRM News:
Come meet and watch renown Hopi katsina carver Elmer Yungotsuna at Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado.
Yungotsuna will be demonstrating katsina carving and talking to visitors in the museum's galleries 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23; Sunday, May 24 and Monday (Memorial Day).
Elmer Yungotsuna. Courtesy/MRM
He will make a more formal presentation at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
Call the store for more information at 575.758.4316
Yungotsuna was born on the Hopi

U.S. Leads Fifth International Review Meeting On Safety Of Spent Fuel And Radioactive Waste Management

on May 20, 2015 - 8:11pm
NNSA News:
VIENNA, Austria Representatives of the nations or Contracting Parties who are signatories to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention), began on Monday the Fifth Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties.
The Joint Convention is the first international instrument that deals with the safety of management and storage of radioactive waste and spent fuel in countries with and without nuclear programs.