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Column: Money IQ for the College Bound Student and His or Her Parents

on August 15, 2012 - 12:30pm
Money IQ
By Karen Easton

How quickly the time has passed and now you are sending your child off to college.

You might be asking yourself, “What does my student know about money management and how can I prepare them for it?”

This week’s Money IQ introduces you and your college bound student to Student checking accounts and the tools available to help manage them.

Most financial institutions have accounts for students. The question is, “How do you determine which one is right for you and your student?”

Start by looking for Student accounts that have low or no minimum balance

LAPS Hosts Annual All Hands Breakfast and Meeting

on August 14, 2012 - 7:39am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, right, and Los Alamos Board of Education President Kevin Honnell welcome staff and teachers to the annual "All Hands Breakfast and Meeting" Monday morning at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Jim Ivanovich, newly hired principal at Mountain Elementary School greets staff and teachers arriving for breakfast at LAHS. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Tim O' Leary from the Los Alamos Site Office helps greet teachers and staff at the All Hands Meeting. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

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The Valles Caldera Deserves a Rim Trail

on August 14, 2012 - 7:35am

Yvonne Delamater of Los Alamos looks out over the Valles. Courtesy photo

LOS ALAMOS MOUNTAINEERS News:

The Valles Caldera deserves a trail around its rim. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Fuller Lodge, Historian Dorothy Hoard will tell of her 12-year still unfinished odyssey to make the dream a reality.

The resurgent dome of the Valles Caldera is, geologically speaking, very young. Its structure is largely intact. 

It is also a small caldera, a mere 13 to 15 miles in diameter, so it is easy the see its bowl-shape depression atop a mountain. 

These attributes led a small group of

UNM-LA Community Education Offers Unique New Classes

on August 14, 2012 - 7:33am

 

 

 

 

By Bonnie J. Gordon

This fall, the UNM-Los Alamos Community Education department kicks off the semester with an interesting set of new course offerings and ambitious plans for expanding the program even more in following semesters.

More than 20 new topics have been added to the schedule of classes, which includes new areas of focus such as:

  • “Local History and Culture”
  • “Contemporary Arts”
  • “Native American Culture”

Class series, in topics such as Science Fiction, will also be debuted in the fall.

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Betty the Bullfrog Attracts New Parents

on August 13, 2012 - 10:29am

ROTARY News:

Betty the bullfrog charmed members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos so much that the Club has adopted the portly beauty for an entire year beginning Nov. 1. Betty lives at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and is big and round, with a dark colored back and a creamy colored belly. She likes to hide underwater as well as float along the surface. Betty sometimes comes out of the water to bask under a warm lamp. She dines on earthworms, crickets and pinky mice. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Live animals are an important but costly part of the educational mission at

Los Alamos Coaches Gather at Griffith Gym

on August 11, 2012 - 6:33am

LAPS News:

More than 75 Los Alamos Public Schools coaches met Sunday, Aug. 5 at Griffith Gym to hear presentations by County Transportation Director Keith Rosenbaum; Los Alamos High School Principal Sandra Warnock, Athletic Secretary Kim Smith, Athletic Director Vicki Nelms and Wade Salem from Character Matters who presented Professional Development to the coaches on the Character Matters program. Courtesy/LAPS

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Kiwanis Presents Prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship Award to Michelle Boerigter

on August 10, 2012 - 1:47pm

KIWANIS News:

Tuesday, Aug. 7, Kiwanis awarded Michelle Boerigter the prestigious Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship award. Wallace was a longtime Kiwanian and former New Mexico State Representative for District 43. Michelle will be attending Hope College in Holland, MI and will study Bio Chemistry and Religion/Theology. From left, Key Club members Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis President Kristy Ortega and Don Casperson; Terry Wallace, son of Jeannette Wallace; Michelle Boerigter; and parents Cathy and Steve Boerigter. Photo by Sharon Stover

 

Rotary Club Breaks Ground for LAHS Memorial Garden

on August 10, 2012 - 12:58pm

From left, Dave Foster, Sandy Warnock, Dawn Venhaus, Travis Richins, Linda Hull, Kevin Honnell, Skip King, Eric Ferm and Robyn Ladino. Courtesy/LAPS

From left, Eric Ferm, Tony Ladino, Robyn Ladino, Candy Haskins and Rick Haskins. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

“These trees and this Memorial Garden allow future generations of students to reflect, relax and remember,” said School Board President Kevin Honnell at the official ground breaking ceremony of the new memorial garden planned for Los Alamos High School.

Families and friends of students who died while in high school attended the ceremony

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Paleontologist Ralph Chapman Virtualizes Dinosaurs

on August 10, 2012 - 7:27am

Entrepreneurs John Battles, left, and Chuck Mansfield join audience members gathered Thursday evening at The Hive in White Rock to listen to Paleontologist Ralph Chapman present a talk about virtualizing dinosaurs. Chapman is an owner/partner of New Mexico Virtualization, a Los Alamos-based company that specializes in the 3-D scanning of objects, especially for museums and educational institutions. The company’s latest project was for Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and included the scanning of the whole skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton sometimes referred to as SUE.

Tools for School Ready for Delivery

on August 9, 2012 - 10:31pm

The Unitarian Church youth group that helped unload the truck with the Tools for School supplies: Back row: George Hrbek, Bobby Hrbek, Ryan Van Cleave and Grayson Venhaus. Middle row: Kai Coblentz, Devon Cantua, Rowan Cantua and Theodore Petersen. Front row: Michelle Alexander, Elannah Venhaus, De Anna Hoyle (Youth Director), Amaya Coblentz and Caleb Schultz (not pictured Sophia Galvez.) Courtesy photo

SELF HELP INC. News:

Self Help Inc. has been the sponsor of Tools for School for 15 years and once again another successful program has been completed.

With money from United Way, other

Summer Art Camp Ensures Artistry Never Stops

on August 9, 2012 - 9:57pm

Fuller Lodge Art Center calls its Summer Art Camp "The Best Six Weeks of Summer" for children from Los Alamos, surrounding communities and even foreign countries. Courtesy photo

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News:

This summer 80 to 100 students age 4 through 6 grade filled the classrooms at Fuller Lodge Art Center on Central Avenue each week, while teens met for classes at Village Arts on DP Road.

Whether painting, drawing, sculpting, dying yarn and knitting or creating things from recycled materials, these young artists were exploring their creativity with enthusiasm and laughter.

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Los Alamos School Board Aug 14 Agenda

on August 9, 2012 - 9:56pm

Los Alamos School Board News

Courtesy Photo. Los Alamos School Board

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its Regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug 14, 2012 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

AGENDA

1. Pledge of Allegiance

2. Call to Order

3. Roll Call

4. Recognition by the Board
Dossier Teachers: Julia Agnew Bell, Barb Chigbrow, Dana Kline, Jaclyn LaFon, Molly Lithgow, Stephanie Mitchell, Melanie Mueller, Sarah O’Brian, John Pawlak, John Pyle, Elizabeth  Richardson, Dorene Salazar, Kati Steinberg and Sandy Tobin.

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Council Recognizes Individuals Completing Boys and Girls State

on August 7, 2012 - 8:30pm

From left, Ben Mitsunaga, Cory Geyer and Kyle Partin accept Council's recognition of individuals completing the American Legion's New Mexico Boys' State and Girls' State program. The trio spoke about their experience and growth while participating in the program. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle presents special pins to Boys' State participants  from left, Kyle Partin, Cory Geyer and Ben Mitsunaga. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Council Proclaims August 'Assets Building Month'

on August 7, 2012 - 8:27pm

Council proclaims the month of August 2012 as "Assets Building Month" in Los Alamos County and presents the proclamation to Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen as her son passes out cookies to Councilors and staff. The 40 Developmental Assets Program, a program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, identifies 40 building blocks that help youth grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The assets are grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention.

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe Talks Natural Gas

on August 7, 2012 - 6:19pm

Editor's Note:  The Los Alamos Daily Post has received Commissioner Howe's presentation slides. You may view them by clicking here (google docs).

 

PRC Commissioner Doug Howe discusses Natural Gas At Mesa Public Library Wednesday evening. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Greg Kendall

District 3 PRC Commissioner Doug Howe presented "Focus on ... Unconventional Natural Gas: Boon or Bust?" to a full Mesa Public Library conference room audience Wednesday evening.

The talk was sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Howe began his

Community Called to Count Butterflies Saturday

on August 7, 2012 - 6:58am

Monarch butterfly. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

Did you know that the Monarch butterfly migrates? This small creature, with its delicate orange-and-black wings will traverse the North American continent from Mexico to Canada.

It’s a journey that spans many generations of this particular species of butterflies.

The natural world that lies just beyond your doorstep is full of fascinating facts and stories, if you just take the opportunity to step out into it.

And the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a chance on Saturday, Aug. 11.

PEEC’s Butterfly Count will

Once a Year Breakfast for School Retirees is Aug. 15

on August 7, 2012 - 6:43am

SCHOOL RETIREES News:

With the many cars, buses and pedestrians headed to the Los Alamos Public Schools by 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, a large group of school retirees will be just getting ready for their "First Day of School."

Since the 1970s, school retirees have celebrated the start of each new school year with a delightful breakfast and much camaraderie at the single yearly meeting of that organization.

Retirees will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.

A catered breakfast featuring individual green chile quiche, fruit and juice,

Thursday Talk Features Dinosaur Expert Ralph Chapman at The Hive in White Rock

on August 6, 2012 - 3:18pm

Photo: Paleontologist Ralph Chapman at a recent event at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LAEN News:

The public is invited to attend a free presentation by paleontologist Ralph Chapman titled, Virtualizing Dinosaurs: Problems, Strategies and Solutions, (from dinosaur bones to images and models.

The talk is hosted Jointly by LAEN  (Los Alamos Entrepreneurs’ Network) and The Hive (community hacker space.)

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9
  • Where: The Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock (just east of the Metzger’s gas station.)

Chapman is an owner/partner

Summer Family Evening Features Duck Buddies

on August 5, 2012 - 8:36pm

PEEC News

Live ducks are coming 6:30 p.m. Tuesday August 7 to PEEC!

Sallye Sibbitt of the Duck Buddies comes to PEEC to talk about ducks: what they eat, how their anatomy helps them swim, their lifespan, their place in the environment and more. She'll also tell all about the ducks that live at Ashley Pond, and she'll have hands-on items and projects, and live ducks, too.

Free to member families, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families.

Watch NASA TV Live

on August 5, 2012 - 10:45am

Live NASA Television coverage of the Curiosity Rover Mars Mission. Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 11:31PM MST.:

Watch the landing coverage at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.  Click here for details.

Local Actors Perform in Missoula Children’s Theatre Production

on August 4, 2012 - 11:58am
Members of a cast of local actors performed in a dress rehearsal July 25 for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast held July 28 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Missoula Children’s Theatre is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council and is funded in part by Los Alamos County.
The theater group comes to town with the set, lights, costumes, props and make-up—everything it takes to put on a play. The team holds open auditions and casts 50–60 local students, who rehearse throughout the week and present a public performance. Housing was provided by

LAHS Cheerleaders Offer Car Wash Today

on August 4, 2012 - 11:20am

Los Alamos High School cheerleaders wash a Los Alamos County fire truck this morning. The cheerleading squad will be washing cars until 2 p.m. today (Aug. 4) at the Shell Gas Station at Oppenheimer and Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School cheerleaders are washing cars for a $5 donation until 2 p.m. today at the Shell Gas Station at Oppenheimer and Trinity Drive. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

 

 

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Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 2, 2012

on August 2, 2012 - 10:58am

 

Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark and Webmaster/Reporter Greg Kendall. Photo by Karen Kendall

The week's preview is sponsored by www.fyila.com.

Fort Building 3:305 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at PEEC  
Come to PEEC and get building!  On the first Friday of every month, join other kids who like building forts (and their parents) to build, play, and hang out in your new place you created!   Parents must stay and supervise their children. Free. No registration required.

Enchanted Parks Photographic Exhibit at Mesa Public Library
Exhibit runs until Aug 7. Local photographer Leslie Bucklin

High School Bus Loop and Landscape Project Update

on August 2, 2012 - 10:41am

LAPS News:

Several construction workers are building forms for the new high school sidewalk. Courtesy/LAPS

Work on the Los Alamos High School bus loop and landscape project is moving forward at a quickening pace.

New sidewalks are being installed along Smith Auditorium and P-wing. A new drainage system will be installed in the parking lot corner of P-wing and Smith.

In addition, the entire parking lot will be seal coated and re-striped. Building forms for the new high school sidewalk are being formed.

Landscaping of the high school is also underway.

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