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Library Head of Youth Services Wins National Award

on April 17, 2013 - 8:09am
Los Alamos Library Systems Head of Youth Services Angie Manfredi. Courtesy photo

MPL News:

At the Los Alamos County Library System, there is no doubt who rocks with kids of all ages. It is Head of Youth Services Angie Manfredi.

From newborns to teens, Manfredi knows just exactly the right book for parents, kids and teens and she finds the most fun ways of letting them know, too.

From bestowing book magic with her wand while wearing a tutu at the local Farmer’s Market to finding the best, cool techie tools and websites for teens, Manfredi has limitless enthusiasm for transforming kids into

PEEC Earth Day Series: Registration Opens for Summer Outdoor Adventures

on April 17, 2013 - 7:50am

Registration Opens for PEEC’s Summer Outdoor Adventures Programs
  • What are PEEC’s summer outdoor adventures all about?

They are times of great explorations and discoveries, imagination and wonder, challenges and accomplishments. One participant, Karin Ebey, sums up the experience even better:  “Every single day I come home dirty and happy!”

Nature Odyssey:  Rio Grande (June 10-14)

Each day of the Rio Grande week the group spends the hot summer afternoons near water. Sometimes children are capturing and identifying invertebrates and amphibians; other times they are exploring and playing.

Vice Chair Linda Deck Briefs Council on Los Alamos Creative District Advisory Committee Activities

on April 16, 2013 - 7:22pm

Vice Chair Linda Deck of the Los Alamos Creative District Advisory Committee briefed County Council during the public comment segment of this evening's meeting in Council Chambers. Deck reported that the LACDAC first met in December of 2012 and has held five meetings since that time. After identifying local needs, the Advisory Committee has instituted four working subcommittees, which have created coordinated priorities and action plans for the remainder of FY13  and into and through FY14. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Nursing PhD Student Takes Top Awards

on April 16, 2013 - 10:16am

Neil E. Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and has won top university awards. Courtesy photo

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Neil E. Peterson grew up in Los Alamos and the longtime nurse, PhD `14, knows how to make pathophysiology fun. He presides over nursing labs with aplomb.

It’s why he’s earned the University of Virginia School of Nursing's graduate teaching award again in 2013 and why he’s taken top prize in the all-University award in Math, Engineering and Nursing for 2013.

“Neil knows how to turn complex and dry concepts fun and translatable,” said Associate Dean Janie Heath, one

PEEC Earth Day Series: Wild Plants Group Greets Dry Spring

on April 16, 2013 - 9:50am
PEEC Wild Plants Group Greets a Dry Spring

PEEC’s new Yahoo group, PEECWildPlants, is desperately trying to find the signs of spring that are eluding us after our feeble winter snows. 

Up until the end of March, there were practically no sightings of the usual suspects: Pasque flowers, golden smoke, verbena, though Craig Martin found a surprise Arabis (probably fendleri) in Upper Rendija Canyon with a single bloom.

Henbit is a new discovery for Los Alamos County. Photo by Terry Foxx

But despite the record-dry season, citizen science made a great new find on March:

PEEC Earth Day Series: Composting Returns to Los Alamos County

on April 16, 2013 - 9:38am
Composting Returns to Los Alamos County
Environmental Services Specialist for Los Alamos County

The new Los Alamos County composting facility at the old wastewater treatment plant in Bayo Canyon is set to be complete in fall 2013. 

The County composting program was discontinued in 2011 due to closure of the County landfill and odor issues. 

The County has been working over the past few years to find the best location and process to resume the composting program.

The new facility will enable the County to create higher quality compost in a cost-effective manner and

Morrie Pongratz Nominated for 'Salute to Senior' Service Award

on April 16, 2013 - 9:18am

Morrie Pongratz has volunteered in Los Alamos for more than 25 years. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Home Instead Senior Care network sponsors an annual contest to recognize seniors for the impact they make in their communities by volunteering their time and talents.

Joy Beery of Los Alamos Family Council has nominated Morrie Pongratz for the Salute to Senior Service award.

Voting occurs online. For more information or to vote for Pongratz, click HERE

In Beery’s nomination, she described Pongratz' many contributions to Los Alamos:

Morris (Morrie) Pongratz is highly regarded in the Los