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Teens Learn About Mars Rover From Roger Wiens

on July 23, 2016 - 7:57am
Team Intergalactic checks out a Mars Rover exhibit at the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
YMCA News:

Members of Española YMCA Teen Center’s “Team Intergalactic” spent an afternoon with Dr. Roger Wiens, the ChemCam/SuperCam principal investigator of the Mars Rover, at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.

Dr. Wiens educated the group on the design and function of the Mars Rover, to include internal and external working parts. The teens enjoyed their time and wealth of information shared by Dr. Wiens, a YMCA representative said.

The team expressed its thanks to Dr.

McMillan: Workforce Turnover At Lab Bodes Well For Community

on July 22, 2016 - 6:01pm

Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan, right, Kim Davis Lebak, NNSA Los Alamos Field Office manager and Douglas Hintze, DOE/EM Los Alamos Field Office manager, listen to a comment from an audience member during Tuesday's Regional Community Leaders update. Courtesy/LANL

Brittany Baker, center, of Los Alamos' Business Systems Solution Center, along with Alex Ortiz, left, of the Plasma Theory and Applications group and Sam Biggs of the Weapons Test Engineering group, all spoke at Tuesday's Regional Community Leaders update. All three are Northern New Mexico area students. Courtesy/LANL



PEEC: Local Storytellers Tell Tales On The Trails July 30

on July 22, 2016 - 11:38am
PEEC News:

The community is invited to join storytellers Terry Foxx and Kimberly Gotches at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30 for a walk around the beautiful landscape of northern New Mexico.

The easy one-mile trek will stop at four different outdoor locations near the Los Alamos Nature Center and Kinnikinnik Park, and participants can enjoy stories and activities along the way. Adults and children are welcome to attend.

Meet in front of the Los Alamos Aquatic Center near the Kinnikinnik Park trailhead.

Jonathan Neal: My Top Ten Most Joyful Memories Of Teaching Elementary School In Los Alamos

on July 22, 2016 - 8:45am
Jonathan Neal and his third grade students memorized the Gettysburg Address. Courtesy photo


  • Jonathan Neal, a third-grade teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, just completed his fifth year teaching. In this feature he describes his ten most joyful moments he has experienced while teaching in Los Alamos.

Dear Los Alamos and Barranca Mesa Community,

The past five years serving as a teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary School have provided me with some of the most magical, memorable, sweet, and fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had.

I have decided to move on to the next

LAHS Class Of 1956 Returns To Los Alamos!

on July 22, 2016 - 8:14am
Members of the Los Alamos High School Class of 1956 were in Los Alamos the weekend of July 15-18 to celebrate their 60th Reunion. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Class President David McAGillivry and his wife Barbara (LAHS Class of 1957). The two were high school sweethearts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The LAHS Class of 1956 was back in town last weekend to celebrate their 60th Reunion. The class originally had 82 members and 25 of them were on hand for the reunion.

“We managed to locate all but five members of our class,” David

Learn About Wildland Fire Fighting Wednesday

on July 22, 2016 - 7:38am
Wildland fire truck.Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

What does it take to be a wildland fire fighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting? On Wednesday, July 27, bring the family to find the answer to these and lots of other fire-related questions! Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use their firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.

Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and

Planetarium Film: 'Black Holes' July 23-24

on July 22, 2016 - 7:36am
Poster for 'Black Holes.' Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Ever wonder what it would be like to voyage through the galaxies in search of black holes? Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) new planetarium film, Black Holes, explores a place where time stands still, universal order breaks down, and the the unimaginable becomes reality.

This family-friendly film will play in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetariumat 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24.

Black Holes will also play in the nature center planetarium at 2 p.m. July 30, Aug. 13, and Aug. 14.

Tickets may be

UNM-LA Provides Launch Pad For Craig One Feather

on July 22, 2016 - 7:26am
Craig One Feather examines a robot in the Robotics Lab at UNM-LA. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

At the UNM-Los Alamos commencement ceremony in May, Craig One Feather addressed the assembly with a moving testament to the importance of transitions.

“We will hold true to the values we have learned while attending UNM-LA, where a hard work ethic, being prepared every day and asking for help from others are qualities that will guide us further on our new journey,” One Feather said.

As a non-traditional student, One Feather is certainly embracing tremendous change.


Record Amount Pledged During 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Drive

on July 22, 2016 - 7:23am
From left: Katherine Wang of Los Alamos High School, Solomon Sindelar of New Mexico Military Institute and Arasely Rodriguez of Taos High School, 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Gold-level scholarship recipients. Courtesy photo

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $393,419 during the recently completed 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive.

The drive encourages Laboratory employees, retirees and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students.

Three More Weeks Of Media Classes Available At PAC 8 Community Media Center

on July 21, 2016 - 9:47pm

Students enolled in the PAC 8 media classes. PAC 8 still has a few openings in some of its remaining classes. Courtesy/PAC 8

Students enolled in the PAC 8 media classes. Courtesy/PAC 8

Students enolled in the PAC 8 media classes. Courtesy/PAC 8

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 still has a few openings in some of its remaining media classes. Plus, PAC 8 is newly air-conditioned! Editing in Adobe Premiere - students get to have fun and be really creative while they film and edit a movie.

Back by popular demand, GoPro + Drone Flying class.

Learn Search Engine Optimization This August

on July 20, 2016 - 10:10am
Mandy Marksteiner and Patrick Brenner team up to instruct a four-part course on the secrets of optimizing your website for search engines. Courtesy photo
EDJ News:
One of the best ways to grow your business is to make it easier for customers to find you online, just by typing in a word or phrase.
Search Engine Optimization increases the odds of potential customers finding your website, by bringing your site to the top of search results.

Big Cat Tennis Lessons All Summer

on July 20, 2016 - 9:53am

Lessons will continue to take place throughout the summer until the upcoming school season. Courtesy image

A Mountaineer’s Story: Wild, Edible Plants July 26

on July 20, 2016 - 9:52am
Jesse and Johanna Boudreau at PEEC’s Earth Day Festival. Listen to their edible wild plants talk Tuesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Ever wonder which wild plants are safe to eat? Come to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting Tuesday, July 26 to find out which wild plants are edible and which ones are poisonous.
Permaculture experts Jesse and Johanna Boudreau will be leading the talk at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.

PEEC: Fourth Friday Fractals Show July 22

on July 19, 2016 - 2:46pm
Fractal. Image from Wikimedia Commons, created by Wolfgang Beyer
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s dynamic fractal show is back for one evening this month at 7 p.m., Friday, July 22 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
This show incorporates math, science, art, and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.
This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Bradbury Science Museum Association Shares De-Coding And DNA Fun At ScienceFest 2016

on July 19, 2016 - 10:35am

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) engages visitors of all ages at its first public activity during Los Alamos ScienceFest Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by KayLInda Crawford/

It's a busy day at the BSMA ScienceFest booth as Los Alamos High School student volunteers, from left, Jenny Wang, Maia Menefee, Serena Birenbaum, Prestley Gao and Tom Maggiore demonstrate the Enigma machine coding system used by the Germans in WWII. In addition to learning about deciphering codes, participants also had a chance to separate out wheat germ DNA – another kind of code.

Oppenheimer Lecture: National Academy Of Sciences President Examines Question Of Climate Intervention

on July 18, 2016 - 7:20pm

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt will deliver the 46th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer lecture Wednesday night in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

A few years back, the American geophysicist Marcia McNutt was one of three distinguished scientists who were asked by a British publication -- if they could go to any time in the past, which event would they most like to see. At that time she was executive director of the U.S.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Thanks Los Alamos Native For Work During Washington, D.C., Internship

on July 18, 2016 - 7:16pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanks Gillian Hsieh Ratliff of Los Alamos for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked Los Alamos native Gillian Hsieh Ratliff for her work as an intern in his Washington, D.C., office this summer. During her seven weeks on Capitol Hill, Hsieh Ratliff worked primarily on health related issues.

“Gillian has worked on a number of important health policy issues this summer and has been of great help in my Washington, D.C. office,” Udall said.

Faith & Science Summer Series: 'What Makes Us Human?' At TOTH Wednesday

on July 18, 2016 - 5:37pm
Bob Reinovsky’s lecture at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday addresses 'The Quest for Human Uniqueness.' Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Faith & Science Forum continues its summer series on the topic “What Makes Us Human?”, Wednesday, July 20 at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
Bob Reinovsky’s lecture will address “The Quest for Human Uniqueness." In this talk he will attempt to simplify the topic by looking at the implication of theory of mind – and what some call the secondary theory of mind – in the formation, and transmission of culture. 
Dinner will be

AFT-New Mexico And Albuquerque Teachers Federation React To LESC Study On Educator Pay

on July 18, 2016 - 12:43pm
AFT News:
American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statements:

“Yesterday’s Legislative Education Study Committee report on New Mexico’s lagging educator pay is a reminder of the work that needs to be done to help curb the persistent educator shortage in our state,” Ly said.
“New Mexico’s average educator salary is 43rd in the nation -- this is not acceptable when it comes to our ability to maintain the number of qualified educators needed to serve our students.

PEEC: Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 23

on July 18, 2016 - 11:12am
Local butterfly citizen science project leg by Steve Cary takes place Saturday, July 23. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count is set for Saturday and beginners, experts and everyone in between are invited to participate.
Participants will honor the memory of local environmentalist Dorothy Hoard by gathering for the count in three locations around the Pajarito Plateau:
  • Atop a mesa;
  • At a high altitude; and
  • Along a stream.
New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be present to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.
The first

Coffee Conversations Wednesday At Smith's Starbucks

on July 18, 2016 - 8:25am


The community is invited to join a weekly conversation about education in Los Alamos.

Meetings are 4-5:15 p.m., Wednesdays at Smith's Starbucks.

This week's meeting topic: Setting the stage for cooperative small group learning.

For more information, visit

Metzger's Announces $1,000 Shopping Giveaway Winner

on July 17, 2016 - 2:47pm

White Rock Store Manager Charlie Hofhine receives a thank you banner Friday afternoon from Sandra Sorenson, center, director of Sage Cottage Montessori at 142 Meadow Lane in White Rock. Sorenson won Metzger's Do It Best $1,000 Shopping Giveaway this spring. Photo by David Creamer

Friday at Metzger's in White Rock, Sandra Sorenson of Sage Cottage Montessori is surrounded by the items she purchased for the children at her school on Rover Boulevard with her winnings from the Metzger's Do It Best $1,000 Shopping Giveaway. The store at 128 N.M.

DECA To Hold Bake Sale Fundraiser July 21

on July 17, 2016 - 8:34am

LAHS News:
The DECA Chapter at Los Alamos High School is holding fundraiser to benefit the upcoming school year.
DECA is hosting a bake sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday July 21 at Los Alamos National Bank.

Los Alamos Celebrates ScienceFest 2016

on July 16, 2016 - 10:24pm
Visitors to ScienceFest gather today at Ashley Pond Park. Bonnie J. Gordon/
A robot launches a ball. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Operating the ball-launching robot. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Watching the drones perform. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Drone aloft. Bonnie J. Gordon/
3D chalk drawing. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Chalk Walk drawing. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Chalk Walk artist. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Michele and Andy Fox with their Atomic City T-shirts. Bonnie J.

Mysteries Of The Unseen World Saturday & Sunday

on July 16, 2016 - 9:26am
PEEC News:
Embark on a journey into unseen worlds and hidden dimensions at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, in the Los Alamos Nature Center. Mysteries Of The Unseen World, a full-dome, original production by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, lets us see nature from a new perspective.
Mysteries of the Unseen World uses innovative high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology to transport audiences to an enthralling secret world of nature, events, and breathtaking phenomena not visible to the naked eye.