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Local Scientist Competing in 3,000-Mile Race

on January 9, 2013 - 9:54am

Lisa Dougherty participating last November in the 24 Hour World Time Trial Championships in Coachella Valley, Calif., finished 2nd among the women, one 16-mile loop behind six-time Race Across AMerica (RAAM) winner Seana Hogan. Courtesy photo

By Carol A. Clark

Local athlete Lisa Dougherty is a Ph.D. materials scientist, Project Management Professional and Certified Quality Engineer working full-time as an engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL.)

In November, she qualified to participate in the 3,000 mile non-stop Race Across AMerica - RAAM. She will start in Oceanside, Calif.,

Spaghetti For Everyone 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday!

on January 9, 2013 - 9:52am


The community is invited to attend the Los Alamos High School Swim Team's Annual Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner.

The dinner is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $5 a person - children 8 & under are $3/plate. The dinner includes spaghetti (both a meat sauce and a non-meat sauce will be available), salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from any high school swimmer or at the door.


PEEC: Learn About Conservation Canines Jan. 17

on January 9, 2013 - 9:13am

PEEC News:

The community is invited to PEEC to hear a presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 about restoration work in the Jemez Mountains.

Anne Bradley, Forest Conservation Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, will give the talk about the Conservancy’s current projects in the area, which include the Conservation Canines.

The Nature Conservancy has recently partnered with several organizations to provide information about climate change and tools to aid in forest conservation and restoration. 

One of the most interesting collaborations is the study of the rare and

Workshop to Educate Baby Boomers on Social Security

on January 8, 2013 - 6:47am


A New Generation of Retirees Prepares to Collect Benefits

Portfolio LLC will present an educational workshop titled "Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income" has been scheduled for noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

After being told for years that Social Security is "going broke," baby boomers are realizing that it will soon be their turn to collect.

Taos School of Music Holds Auditions for 2013

on January 8, 2013 - 6:14am

TSM News:

Taos School of Music Executive Director Kathleen Anderson Knox announced auditions for Young Artist positions in the prestigious summer chamber music program.

Approximately 125 of the most accomplished young classically trained musicians will audition for the coveted 19 slots.

Robert McDonald will conduct piano interviews in person only in New York City Jan. 19-20; Borromeo String Quartet hears string auditions in New York City Jan. 21-22 and Boston Jan. 24.

This year’s season will run June 16-Aug. 4 and showcase the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle.

Guest Artists

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

on January 6, 2013 - 10:47am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

The nice thing about being out-of-doors is that the unexpected can be seen. A group of students were exploring a stream in the Valles Caldera during a Nature Odyssey program for example. 

One student spotted a blue colored rock and waded into the stream to pick it up. Surprise! The rock began to move away from the student.

On closer observation, we realized the rock was actually a crayfish. It was able to escape in spite of several students attempting to catch it.

A blue crayfish is an oddity.

Community Invited to LAHS Open House and Tea

on January 5, 2013 - 5:49am

LAPS News:

Los Alamos residents are invited to attend an Open House to tour the new construction at Los Alamos High School from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13.

The theme is a tea to see the project supported by the 2009 bond and learn more about the projects proposed for the 2013 bond.

This is a mail out ballot that will go out in January. This bond will continue the current tax rate (no increase in taxes) to allow the District to complete construction at Los Alamos Middle School and renovate Aspen Elementary School along with a number of smaller projects at other schools.

Those attending the