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Innovation Burns Bright at Next Big Idea Festival

on September 16, 2012 - 9:30am

Einstein (Katy Korkos) checks out the exhibits at the Bradbury Science Museum with Alison Kaehn Saturday during the Next Big Idea festival in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Kirsten Laskey

Great ideas can burn bright but at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Next Big Idea Festival, innovative thoughts were on fire.

The igniting of creativity covered everything from technology and science to the arts and history.

It also touched on education.

Workshop Focuses on New Mexico Trees and Shrubs

on September 16, 2012 - 6:15am

PEEC News:

A very special opportunity to work with Jack Carter in the classroom and field...

The public is invited to attend a workshop conducted by Jack Carter on New Mexico trees and shrubs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22.
Only 15 spaces remain open for the workshop to be held at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.
First, participants will key plants together in a classroom setting to get some real practice using the book.
Carter's aim is to have participants become comfortable and confident in plant identification.

In the field portion of the

Column: Homecoming Havoc

on September 16, 2012 - 5:04am

Photo: Annika Bronkhorst
By Sopahn Kellogg
LAHS Sophomore

With the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance just around the corner, the Homecoming Committee is putting on the final touches and working out some last minute kinks. The dance is Saturday, Sept. 22.

Annika Bronkhorst, a sophomore this year and part of the Homecoming Committee, talked to the Los Alamos Daily Post to provide insight on the happenings of the Homecoming setup.

When asked about what was the most difficult part of getting Homecoming off the ground, Bronkhorst said, “Definitely I would say the shopping.

Downtown Buzzed with Activities Friday Before Today's Next Big Idea Festival

on September 15, 2012 - 8:01am

Engineers from Proctor & Gamble give a preview of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette Friday evening as part of today's Next Big Idea festival. The Corvette will be on display 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library parking lot during. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Council candidate Steve Girrens, right, got a tour under the hood of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette. Photo by Sal Zapien/
Los Alamos County Councilor Sharon Stover got to sit behind the wheel of the CHeAPARRAL 2J-2 Corvette and rev its engine. Photo by Sal Zapien/
A crowd gathers

Justin Black Chosen Teacher of the Year!

on September 14, 2012 - 11:56am

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith with physical education teacher Justin Black, the 2012 "Teacher of the Year" are surrounded by students this morning. Photo by Debra Snow

LAPS News:

Justin Black, who serves as Chamisa Elementary School physical education teacher, was chosen as the New Mexico Association for Health Physical Education and Dance Elementary Physical Education "Teacher of the Year" for 2012.

Black will receive the award at the Oct. 11 state conference.


Among the Nicest Gifts...

on September 14, 2012 - 10:27am

Delta Kappa Gamma member Eileen Trujillo and Los Alamos Medical Center Unit Supervisor Denise Martinez unpack the newest collection of children’s books given to the families welcoming a new member. Courtesy photo

Among the Nicest Gifts
By Judy Crocker

Down the street, the painting job went smoothly, and there were loads of boxes arriving. Family friends came last weekend for a baby shower, and the crib had arrived on time.

The local members of Delta Kappa Gamma – Rho Chapter were especially pleased to add a valuable gift to the baby’s new room – a specially-selected book for the start of

Los Alamos Public Schools Deals With Rocky Situation

on September 13, 2012 - 11:27am

DPU employees Stephen Abeyta and Joe Olivas turn the valve that releases gas to Los Alamos Middle School following a recent leak. LAPS's Jeff Sargent wearing a vest and Michael Herrera to his left, coordinated the work. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

The Los Alamos Middle School construction project has had to hurdle over some obstacles including contractor conflicts and a gas line leak. Now, the project has encountered a rocky situation - literally.

David Wharram of Gerald Martin, which serves as the owner representative for the project, explained to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board