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Udall Works To Include Technology Transfer Provisions In Premiere Science And Innovation Bill To Boost R&D

on July 1, 2016 - 12:12pm
WASHINGTON, D.C.  This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in finalizing a major science and innovation bill and welcomed the inclusion of provisions that he pushed for to boost technology transfer initiatives. Udall is a champion for tech transfer to jumpstart business and job creation in New Mexico and elsewhere.
The latest measures were included in the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (an update of the America COMPETES Act), which was finalized by the Commerce Committee on Thursday.

Los Alamos Nature Center Closed Monday July 4

on July 1, 2016 - 10:25am
Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Patrick Coulie
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Monday, July 4, which is a great time to use Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike.
Take a Passport to the Pajarito Plateau along, find the rubbing plates and get even closer to the next prize. There are different prizes for hiking two, five, eight, and 12 trails in the passport booklet. It is fun for the whole family.
The Los Alamos Nature Center will resume regular hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday. For more information about the Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by the

Santa Fe Botanical Garden Announces Access Program For Low-Income Families

on July 1, 2016 - 7:22am
SFBG News:
SANTA FE — Santa Fe Botanical Garden announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
The program will enable low-income families to visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at no cost per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Families can also visit any participating museum year-round for a minimal fee.

Renee Mitsunaga Teaches Perseverance Creatively

on July 1, 2016 - 6:29am
Teacher Renee Mitsunaga with a Daruma such as her students created during art class. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Teachers are always looking for ways to encourage students to go after their goals and dreams. Renee Mitsunaga, the art teacher at Chamisa and the district’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, found a unique and authentic way to teach a lesson on perseverance.  

During art classes, her students created their own Darumas. A Daruma is a Japanese toy modeled after Bodhidarma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. Modern Darumas can be painted to look like the person who owns it, or an animal.  

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Sends Letter To Topper Band

on June 30, 2016 - 12:01pm

Workshop: Make Your Money Last In Retirement

on June 30, 2016 - 9:47am

Peter Murphy, American Prosperity Group

UNM-LA News:

Invest three hours of your and learn how to plan for retirement. Peter D. Murphy will teach “Retirement Income: Make Your Money Last” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7 through UNM-Los Alamos Community Education.

Murphy will teach students to: 

  • Make the most of retirement income streams;
  • Tap into retirement accumulations;
  • Understand retirement plan distribution rules;
  • Invest for stability, income, and growth potential;
  • Utilize financial vehicles that could last a lifetime;
  • Protect income and assets from the unexpected; and
  • Prepare for a

Planetarium Film: We Are Stars July 5

on June 30, 2016 - 8:21am


PEEC News:

The community is invited to watch the film, We are Stars, 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

From the makers of We are Astronomers, comes this exciting film that explores the secrets of the cosmic chemistry, and explosive origins.

We are Stars, narrated by Andy Serkis, connects life on earth to the evolution of the universe by following the formation of hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of carbon, and the molecules for life. Watch the trailer.

Because there are just 50 seats in the planetarium, visitors

NJROTC Cadets Meet U.S Naval Academy Midshipmen At LANL

on June 30, 2016 - 8:13am

Planetarium Feature Film: Exoplanets July 2

on June 30, 2016 - 7:25am


PEEC News:

The Feature Film: Exoplanets, is showing at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

This film opens by describing how scientists and astronomers find exoplanets and then takes the audience past the solar system to see which exoplanets may harbor life. This is an exciting time when it is no longer a question of if there is life on other planets, but a question of where and when life on other planets, exoplanets, is found. Watch the Exoplanets Trailer.

This full-dome film was developed by Casper Planetarium.

Mud Bath Melee Breaks Out At Little Forest Play School

on June 29, 2016 - 2:45pm
Staff at Little Forest Play School had a rackus good time today during a mud bath brawl on the play ground. Photo by Chris Clark/
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Seventeenth Annual Knights Of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament

on June 29, 2016 - 10:43am

Ahhhhh ... a day on the links at Los Alamos Golf Course. Courtesy photo

K of C News:

Over seventeen years the annual Knights of Columbus Scholarship Golf Tournament has attracted sponsors and golfers from Los Alamos and around Northern New Mexico.

Funds raised from the event provide scholarships to graduating Los Alamos High School seniors. All graduating LAHS students can apply for the scholarship.

During the 17-year period of the tournament, the Knights have awarded an estimated $130,000 inscholarship money to graduating high school seniors.

NJROTC Staff Complete Leadership Academy

on June 29, 2016 - 9:07am
LAHS NJROTC Leadership Academy graduates, Steffie Nielsen, Holly Hayes, Thomas Kwei, Austin Estrada and Jacob Torrez. Courtesy photo
Five of the top staff members of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC traveled to Phoenix to attend the Area 11 Leadership Academy at Moon Valley High School.
Arriving Sunday, June 6, and greeted by the warm Phoenix temperatures of 116, the five members were split into three groups with other cadets from neighboring schools.

Scenes From Habitat For Humanity House Building

on June 29, 2016 - 8:43am
Craig One Feather and Debray Bailey survey the work from across the street. Photo by Nancy Coombs, UNM-LA
HFH News:
The Habitat for Humanity house build in Los Alamos Saturday, June 18 was supported by UNM-Los Alamos.
The house, on Questa Road, will provide a home for Ivette Jimenez and her son Ruben. Volunteers are welcome any Saturday.
For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at 505.747.2690.
Ivette Jimenez tests out paint colors on the front of the house. Bill Gilson stands behind her, while Craig One Feather looks on laughing. Photo by Nancy Coombs, UNM-LA

NJROTC Precision Team Travels To Cleveland

on June 29, 2016 - 8:40am


Los Alamos High School NJROTC Precision team members Samantha Miller, Stephanie Nielsen, Holly Hayes, Jacob Torrez, Jonathon Chavez and Commander Wesley Shumaker travel to Cleveland, Ohio. June 27-July 2.

State Three-Position Air Rifle Junior Olympic Championships are shoulder-to-shoulder matches held on the local level. Participation in these matches can earn athletes the opportunity to compete at the National 3PAR Championships.

The National 3PAR Championship is a combined event with the National 3PAR Junior Olympic Championship and the CMP National Championship.

YMCA Hosts Wilderness Teen Leadership Program

on June 29, 2016 - 8:38am
Participants in the YMCA's outdoor leadership program. Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

All northern New Mexico youth are welcome to join an outdoor leadership program that features overnight backpacking trips.

The Family YMCA’s Boys/Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD/GOLD), a wilderness-based teen leadership program is hosting several 4-night, 5-day backpacking trips in Bandelier’s backcountry. Registration forms are available at the Espanola and Los Alamos YMCA teen centers, but must be turned in to the Los Alamos Teen Center, 475 20th St.

The first trip, a GOLD

Fuehne And Whitacre Receive Eagle Scout Awards

on June 29, 2016 - 8:25am
Duncan Fuehne and Jack Whitacre are recognized with a special ceremony highlighting their journey through Scouting and their dedication of service on their path to Eagle. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
As many students focus on end of the year exams, two LAHS students also focused on receiving their Eagle Scout awards. Duncan Fuehne and Jack Whitacre were recognized May 21 with a special ceremony highlighting their journey through Scouting and dedication of service on their path to Eagle.

Photo by Chad Lauritzen

During the ceremony, other Boy Scout members paid tribute to

Remembering When: A Fire And Fall Prevention Program For Older Adults 12:30 p.m. Friday

on June 29, 2016 - 7:58am


Are you an older adult? Have you fallen recently? Do you have parents who are older adults you are concerned about? Than this presentation is for you!

The Los Alamos Fall Prevention Coalition will present: “Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults” at 12:30 p.m., Friday, July 1 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Everyone is welcome!

This program is especially important as falls are the leading cause of accidental injury death among adults 65 years of age and older in the U.S. and New Mexico.

During 2010-2014 Los Alamos residents 65 years and older

July Night Sky Show At Nature Center Planetarium

on June 28, 2016 - 7:48pm

The Milky Way. Photo by Elena Giorgi

PEEC News:

Visit moons, planets, stars and other celestial objects and learn more about what is visible in the night sky this month during a night sky show, 7-7:45 p.m. Friday, July 1 in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This program is ideal for stargazers who want to learn more. View star clusters, nebulae, double stars and other objects with binoculars this month.

Because there are just 50 seats in the planetarium, visitors are asked to purchase tickets at the Los Alamos Nature Center or call to reserve a seat.

Gardeners Take Over Nature Center Tuesday

on June 27, 2016 - 1:16pm

Visit the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday to learn valuable tips on gardening. Photo by Siobhan Niklasson


Green-thumbed gardeners will be taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Master Gardeners, Los Alamos Garden Club and Summit Garden Club will all gather at the nature center to share valuable information and answer questions related to gardening. This event is free and open to the public.

This fun evening will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required.

History Adventures On Fuller Lodge Lawn Tuesday

on June 27, 2016 - 9:05am

Tuesday morning's History Adventures is a presentation from the Bradbury Science Museum. Explore local rocks and discover how the geology of the local region is connected to local history and culture. The activity is aimed at children in grades K–3 and offered at 10 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Gather on the lawn of Fuller Lodge for this free program. Courtesy image

Scholarship Winners Have Remarkable Records Of Community Involvement And Public Service

on June 26, 2016 - 8:58am
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

The nine students chosen to receive Kiwanis scholarships this year are all scholastically outstanding—but Kiwanis looks at more than just grades. All of those chosen have remarkable and extremely varied records of community involvement and public service.

Sharon Stover, chairwoman of the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee has arranged for each of the nine to speak to Kiwanis, but here, in alphabetical order, is a peek at what makes each of these students special.

A Starry Night At PEEC Honors Sen. Martin Heinrich

on June 26, 2016 - 8:50am
'A Starry Night in Seville' includes an auction with items ranging from sculptures and paintings to a weekend in a cabin and a hike to see petroglyphs. This road runner sculpture is on its way to the auction. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Everyone who’s in town July 2 is in for a treat. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is partnering with Pig + Fig and Pajarito Brewpub to create a special dinner 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday July 2 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.


UNM-LA SBDC Continues To Provide Services

on June 26, 2016 - 8:44am

UNM-LA News:

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNM-Los Alamos continues to serve individuals interested in starting a business as well as existing businesses in the community.

Ted Lopez, who had served as director for the past three years, passed away earlier this month. Anne Lantrip is the contact person at the SBDC Los Alamos until a new director is hired.

Lantrip rejoined the SBDC at UNM-LA in April 2016 as a business advisor after returning to Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: Parent's Perspective On Teacher

on June 26, 2016 - 8:38am
By A Los Alamos Parent:
I don't have any first hand experience with Mr. Daniel's (former LAHS drama teacher) facebook post or his comments at the XQ assembly that created controversy. I can only comment on what I have experienced as a parent of a student in his class. And suggest that perhaps the reason Mr Daniel's contract was not renewed was because he did not follow school guidelines for publishing grades and was not a good teacher.
My daughter had Mr Daniel for Theatrical Design. I became concerned when about halfway through the semester Mr.