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Registration For 2015 Leadership Los Alamos Program Ends July 31

on July 25, 2014 - 1:49pm

LLA News:

Registration for the 2015 Leadership Los Alamos program is ending soon. Applications are being accepted through July 31. Any person having an interest in the objectives of Leadership Los Alamos, and who lives or works in Los Alamos County is eligible to participate.

Leadership Los Alamos is a unique opportunity for citizens of northern New Mexico who are committed to assuming roles of responsibility in civic, charitable and governmental organizations in the region.
Class participants will develop their skills to shape the future of the region.

According to Los Alamos County

American Legion Asks Community's Help With Back To School Program

on July 25, 2014 - 1:48pm

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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

Local Experts to Teach Wildflower ID Class

on July 22, 2014 - 7:07am

New Mexico wildflower. Photo by Terry Fox

PEEC News:

Do you enjoy the large variety of colorful wildflowers that pop up around Los Alamos, but wish you knew more about what you were looking at?

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will be holding a course beginning on July 30 and running Wednesday evenings for four weeks. in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers.

The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their

'Nature on Tap' July 24: Mountain Biking as a Stimulator for Local Economic Development

on July 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Steve Watts. Courtesy/LACM

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Blue Window Bistro.

Steve Watts, general manager of the Los Alamos Co+op, will lead a discussion on how a local mountain bicycling association is hoping to stimulate economic development in Los Alamos, all centered around fun on our single-track trails.

The “On Tap” series is a relatively new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on

Kids Become Engineers at 'Big Sky Learning Build It!'

on July 20, 2014 - 10:44am
The 7-8 year-old campers show off targets and marshmallow cannons of various types they built themselves. Big Sky Learning Build It! Summer Camps have been taking place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church for the past two weeks. A third session takes place next week. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
These campers created their own stereo boom boxes. Kids collaborate, brainstorm, design and build just like adult engineers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Five and 6-year-old campters created costumes and built light sabers at Jedi Training Camp. Photo by Bonnie J.

Missoula Children's Theatre July 21-26

on July 20, 2014 - 7:49am

SFI: Kim Vy-Tran on Galaxy Clusters July 22

on July 18, 2014 - 9:23am

Kim Vy-Tran

SFI News:

Kim Vy-Tran will speak on Galaxy Clusters at 3:30 p.m., July 22 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound systems in the universe and are extreme laboratories for studying the physics driving galaxy evolution as well as powerful tests of cosmology. Understanding how galaxies form and evolve in clusters continues to be a fundamental question in astronomy.

LAESF Announces Record $592,849 Raised For Scholarship Fund

on July 16, 2014 - 10:15am

Celebrating a record $592,849 raised for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), from left, Tony Fox, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Scholarship Program Officer; Debra Wersonick, Community Giving Specialist for LANL’s Community Programs Office; and Jeff Mousseau, LAESF campaign chair and LANL Director of Environmental Programs, at the beaker that tracked campaign results at the Los Alamos Post Office.

Chick Keller Leads Wildflower Walk July 18

on July 16, 2014 - 8:52am

Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will lead another Wildflower Walk at 5:15 p.m., Friday, July 18.

The Wildflower Walks occur monthly and are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

Participants will receive a plant list.

Make Pet Rock 'Siblings' at PEEC July 22

on July 16, 2014 - 7:34am
Make pet rocks like this one at PEEC's Summer Family Evening, July 22.

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a Summer Family Evening, 6:30-8 p.m., July 22 at which staff members from the YMCA will facilitate a fun activity helping kids make pet rock “siblings.”

Families are welcome to drop in any time throughout the program.

After going outside to search for a pair of rocks, kids and their parents will bring them back in to PEEC where they can use different art and craft supplies to make their very own pet rock “siblings.”

The child

Fourth Annual 'Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship' Recipients Announced

on July 15, 2014 - 8:47am
Markie Bee. Courtesy/JHMS
JHMS News:
The Julie’s Helpers Memorial Scholarship (JHMS) committee has announced the recipients of its 4th Annual JHMS awards.
The annual scholarships are given to Navajo women who desire to serve their people and need help funding a challenging academic course of study.
The recipient of this year’s $2,500 JHMS award is Markie Bee, a senior at New Mexico Tech, majoring in chemical engineering.

Pajarito Astronomers Hold Dark Night July 19

on July 14, 2014 - 10:51am

PA News:

The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-sponsored Dark Night starting at 8:30 p.m. (sunset), Saturday, July 19 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Saturn and Neptune will be visible. There will be a tour of the Summer constellations, and telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight. Call Steve Becker at 505.662.3252 for information.

SFI Community Lecture: Lloyd to Speak on Possibility of Time Travel July 16

on July 13, 2014 - 8:13am

Prof. Seth Lloyd

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will host a lecture by Seth Lloyd at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerillos Road in Santa Fe.

Lloyd is a science board and external professor at SFI and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His talk is entitled, "Is Time Travel Possible? Testing the 'Grandfather Paradox.'" Lloyd's research area is the interplay of information with complex systems, especially quantum systems.

Time travel is a science fiction staple, inspiring the plots of countless

SFI Seminar: 'The Primordial Origins of Cellular Homeostasis and Balanced Growth'

on July 13, 2014 - 7:19am

Sanjay Jain, External Professor, SFI

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m., July 14, in the Collins Conference Room, SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The featured speaker is Sanjay Jain, SFI University External Professor.

Abstract: A self-reproducing cell in an exponential phase steady state culture must double the population of each of its component molecular species between birth and division.

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Lauren TenCate

on July 11, 2014 - 10:22am

From left, Acting Kiwanis President Lisa Wismer, Lauren and her mom Deborah Summa. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Lauren TenCate with a scholarship this past Tuesday. Lauren was recognized for her participation in community activities such as the Cafe Scientifique Youth Leadership Team, UNM-LA Kids College, Empty Bowls, and the Bradbury Science Museum High Tech Halloween.

At LAHS, she also participated in the first robotics team, German Club and Natural Helpers. Lauren will be attending MIT and studying Mechanical Engineering.

Kiwanis was

SFI Seminar: Werner-Washburne to Discuss Mentoring for Life

on July 11, 2014 - 7:59am

Margaret Werner-Washburn

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m., today, July 11, by Margaret Werner-Washburn, University of New Mexico, speaking on the topic, “Mentoring for Life: Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary,” in the Collins Conference Room at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The host for the evening will be Ginger Richardson.

The Santa Fe Institute is a nonprofit research center in Santa Fe. Its scientists collaborate across disciplines to understand the complex systems that underlie critical questions for science and humanity.

Kiwanis Club Presents Hannah Dye and Jeremy Goettee With Scholarships

on July 10, 2014 - 7:57am

From left, Kiwanis President Karen Kendall, Jeremy Goette, his mom Connie Goette, Hannah Dye, her mom Catherine Dye and her dad Robert Dye. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Hannah Dye and Jeremy Goettee with scholarships at a recent Tuesday meeting.

Both Hannah and Jeremy were very active in Key Club by participating in Breakfast with Santa, Pancake Breakfasts and offering support in many other community activities such as the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

PEEC to Host Exclusive 'Take Wing' Tour of Smart House for Capital Campaign Donors

on July 9, 2014 - 8:59am

Energy-efficient 'Smart House.' Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has lined up several exclusive small-group "Take Wing" tours of the Smart House, as a "thank you" to donors for their gifts of $150 or more to its capital campaign.

The first tour is scheduled for 4-5 p.m., Friday, July 11. Eligible donors can sign up at PEEC’s website or by calling PEEC. Space is limited to 15.

The capital campaign is raising funds for the exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature center, slated to open in Spring, 2015. PEEC has reached roughly 85

AGU: Martian Salts Must Touch Ice to Make Liquid Water

on July 9, 2014 - 8:31am

Mars Atmospheric Chamber at the Space Research Building, University of Michigan. Courtesy/AGU

AGU News:

Researchers from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), partnering with the University of Michigan, have shown in chambers that mimic Mars’ conditions, that small amounts of liquid water could form on the planet despite its below-freezing temperatures.

Liquid water is an essential ingredient for life as we know it.

Free Class on Medical Emergency Preparedness with Essential Oils July 15

on July 9, 2014 - 8:22am


A class on essential oils will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Coaching Café, Community Bank Building, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 210 in downtown Los Alamos.

Those experienced with essential oils and those new to the product are invited to attend. Participants will learn how to use essential oils for medical emergencies in the outdoors and for other uses. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, visit

Essential oils were originally used by ancient cultures.