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Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 5

on August 27, 2012 - 4:43am

Editor's note: This is part 5 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of fin-footed mammals as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student John Mamula.


'Time Team America' Provides Hands-on Field School

on August 26, 2012 - 7:17pm

PBS News:

This week, 24 Zuni middle school students experience what it’s like to be an archaeologist through a hands-on field school connected to the PBS prime time archaeology television series Time Team America.

“We want to inspire the next generation of archaeologists and scientists,” says field school director Dr. Alexandra Jones, “especially populations underrepresented in the sciences.”

From Sunday through Wednesday the students meet at the University of New Mexico, Zuni Campus to learn the basics of archaeology and how to survey a site; how to use a metal detector and conserve metal

Udall Announces $1.2 Million Award for STEM Education

on August 26, 2012 - 8:15am
ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced Friday that the National Science Foundation has awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $1.2 million grant to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees throughout colleges in underserved communities in northern New Mexico.
“For years, our state has led the way in science and technology thanks to educational institutions like New Mexico Tech," Udall said.

PEEC Offers New Afterschool Nature Clubs

on August 26, 2012 - 7:11am

Members of PEEC's Critter Club. Courtesy Photo

PEEC News:

PEEC is offering two new clubs for kids in grades kindergarten through third:

  • Nature Detectives for grades K-1; and
  • Outdoor Explorers for grades 2-3. 

The clubs are 3:45-5:15 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 4 and run every Tuesday through Nov. 27. Angelique Harshman and Beth Cortright will teach the clubs.

PEEC’s Nature Clubs are a great way to help children connect with the outdoors. Members will investigate local animals and plants, and connect with the wild side of the Pajarito Plateau through a variety of activities. 


W.O.L.F. Comes to PEEC

on August 24, 2012 - 11:55pm

Photo by Elke Duerr

PEEC News:

Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation comes to PEEC for an interactive presentation about wolves in the southwest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

This presentation will be suitable for all ages, and will include hands-on activities and documentary film footage. The talk is free and open to the public.

Duerr will provide facts about wolves in New Mexico, and hands-on experiences from her “Wolf Trunk.”

The audience will be able to see wolf tracks and fur, and learn about how researchers radio collar a wolf to track its movements.

Participants will be

Will the Metric System Make a Comeback?

on August 24, 2012 - 10:18am

One of eight proposed logos under consideration by Linda Anderman. Courtesy


Los Alamos resident Linda Anderman has an ambitious plan: to produce an independent documentary about what happened to the metric system in the United States.

"As a product of the 1950s, I was taught that the metric system was an eventuality, but as a child, it didn't really occur to me that it never came to pass," Anderman said.

A discussion with a colleague near the end of last year prompted her to do some research about what had happened in the intervening years.  

"As a writer, I'm

County Libraries Promote Visual Literacy

on August 24, 2012 - 7:11am

Artist Jerry Joslin created the bronze sculpture whose subject celebrates reading entitled, “The Legacy." Courtesy/LAC 


Los Alamos County Libraries have many different collections: diverse genres of books, different book formats, books using new technologies for reading and listening, periodicals, music, movies, and much, much more. But did you know that the libraries also have art collections and galleries?

Permanent Art Collection

Los Alamos County Libraries have a permanent art collection of paintings, sculpture, weavings, pottery and works in other media.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Aug. 23, 2012

on August 23, 2012 - 11:28am

A cake walk is one of the events at the VFW Family Day fundraiser on Saturday. Courtesy photo

This week's preview is sponsored by

Wildflower Walk with PEEC Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m to carpool or caravan to the location. Free, no registration required

Author Speaks 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library
New Mexico Centennial Children’s author and Coretta Scott

Jane Johnson Guides Students Toward Class

on August 23, 2012 - 10:24am

Photo: Jane Johnson

By Mandy Marksteiner

Jane Johnson assists Los Alamos High School Administration with truancy intervention.

“There are a number of reasons that students have unexcused absences,” Johnson said. “Some students, in the beginning, think they can get by with ditching and no one will notice or care, or they just don’t feel like going to class that day. Some students will ditch a class when they have a test coming up that they don’t feel prepared to take. They sometimes skip one class and use that time to prepare for the next class.

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 4

on August 23, 2012 - 5:22am

Editor's note: This is part 4 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the ant as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Tristan Semelsberger.


'Hilltoppers Give Back' Work Party Set for Saturday

on August 22, 2012 - 9:44am

Work Party needed to help tidy up Los Alamos High School grounds Saturday. Courtesy/LAPSF


The LAPS Foundation invites Los Alamos High School alumni, current students, friends and parents of current and past students to help spruce up Los Alamos High School at a work party from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25.

Using bond funds, the community and the schools have completed a wonderful new building, but there is still some work to be done.

In order to improve the appearance of the high school grounds, alumni and the community are invited to contribute some "sweat equity" during

Atomic City Children's Theater Preps for Busy Year

on August 22, 2012 - 8:37am

Courtesy/Atomic City Children’s Theater

By Kirsten Laskey

For the last five years, Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) has given local students an in-depth theater education and the organization shows no signs of slowing down during the 2012-2013 school year.

In fact, this year the program is expanding to include a field trip planned for January to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga., and a new program for third and fourth graders called Act II.

Director Daren Savage said ACCT has provided productions for fifth through eighth grade students but it was decided to extend to the

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 3

on August 22, 2012 - 7:56am

Editor's note: This is part 3 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the ant as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Martin Naud.



Fuller Lodge Art Center Releases Fall Class Schedule

on August 22, 2012 - 7:29am

Fuller Lodge Art Center at 2132 Central Ave., announces fall class schedule for teens and adults. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Staff report

Have you always wanted to make your friends look like flesh-eating Zombies or create a stained glass snowflake? Fuller Lodge Art Center has just the class for you.

The Art Center has released its fall class schedule for teens and adults. 

Classes include: Walking Dead Workshop, Stain Glass Snowflake, Beginning Oil Painting, Beginning Ceramics, Media Exploration, Stained Glass Basics, 3D Stained Glass, Ceramics, Latex, Masks, Sculpture

Mountain's Student Newspaper Project Part 2

on August 21, 2012 - 7:07am

Editor's note: This is part 2 of a 15-part series featuring newspapers created by sixth grade students in teacher Michele Altherr's gifted class at Mountain Elementary School.

This newspaper features the intelligent attributes of the African Grey Parrot as reported and published by Mountain Elementary School student Emily Krepps.


SFI Seminar - Models.Behaving.Badly: On Theories, Models, Intuition and Finance

on August 21, 2012 - 7:05am

SFI News:

Models.Behaving.Badly: On Theories, Models, Intuition and Finance

By Emanuel Derman
Columbia University

Thursday, Aug. 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

Abstract: Models are metaphors that explain the world we don’t understand in terms of worlds we do.

They are merely analogies, provide partial insight, stand on someone else's feet.

Theories stand on their own feet, and rely on no analogies.

Models tell you what something is more or less like; theories try to tell you what something is.

Financial models are not theories; they are analogies, idealizations that always

Northern New Mexico's First-Ever Regional Encyclopedia

on August 21, 2012 - 7:04am

Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Courtesy

A book signing for the Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, written by Mark H. Cross is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Otowi Station in Los Alamos.

Cross also will be interviewed at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on KRSN 1490 AM.

The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is a catalog of the people, places, arts, cultures and colloquialisms unique to the City Different and the Land of Enchantment.

The publication contains:

  • 1,000+ alphabetical entries, fully indexed
  • 180 illustrations -- photographs, maps and charts

Public Invited to Tour Six Special Gardens Saturday!

on August 21, 2012 - 7:03am
August brings harvest time to gardeners and a time to enjoy their labors. Join the Los Alamos Master Gardeners' Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and learn some secrets to success in vegetable and flower gardening.
Six very beautiful and very different gardens illustrate how personal style and family needs influence design.
The tour is free; brochures are available at the library or at the extension office or
Be sure to visit the stable gardens where three master

Diabetes Support Group Organizing

on August 20, 2012 - 11:04pm


By Paula Roybal Sánchez, Extension Home Economist

Come be a part of a Support Group for people affected by Diabetes. The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service is organizing and sponsoring a free Diabetes Support Group. 

Mary Beugelsdijk, a certified diabetes educator, and Paula Roybal Sánchez, the Extension Home Economist will provide leadership to the group. 

Meetings are scheduled 5:30-7 p.m., the second Monday of the month beginning Sep. 10 in the training room in the Los Alamos Community Building. The support group is free.


BREAKING NEWS: Gas Leak Sparks Middle School Evacuation / Causes 2-Hour Delay Tuesday for LAMS Only!

on August 20, 2012 - 4:41pm

Students and staff are evacuated from Los Alamos Middle School today after a contractor punctured a gas line. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Students and staff were evacuated from Los Alamos Middle School today after a contractor operating a backhoe nicked a gas line.

"The call about the gas leak came in at 1:17 p.m. and LAFD and LAPD were on scene within four minutes," said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider. "The contractor did shut off the gas prior to our arrival. Everybody was evacuated from the school in a safe and secure manner per protocol."

The gas

Mountain Students Create 15 Newspapers Through Project-Based Learning

on August 20, 2012 - 11:44am

Members of the Mountain Elementary School newspaper project include front row from left, Martin Naud, Ethan Aulwes, Junseo Kim and Eben Bold. Second row from left, Lucas Manzanares, Tristan Semelsberger, Emily Krepps, Sarah Russell and Marja Graham. Third row from left, Noah Sanchez, Henry Williams, John Mamula, teacher Michele Altherr, Nate Stephens, Riana Foley and not pictured is Lena Vinogradova. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

Last spring, gifted students in teacher Michele Altherr's sixth grade class at Mountain Elementary School participated in a very


Becker and Bradley Speak Tuesday at Geological Society Meeting

on August 20, 2012 - 2:10am


The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
The featured speakers are Dr Steve Becker and Dr. Paul Bradley. Their talk is entitled, "A travelogue of New Zealand’s North and South Islands."

The September field trip will be to Shark’s Tooth Ridge between San Ysidro and Cuba.

To participate in this trip, meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Sullivan Field.

Plan on bringing a camera, sunscreen, extra clothing, water, lunch and snacks.

Contact Paul Bradley at

School Board Work Session Scheduled for Aug. 23

on August 18, 2012 - 9:51pm


The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a work session for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The agenda items include an update on Title IX, a presentation on Human Resources and a report on test results data by each school site.

The meeting is open to the public.



Local Organizations and Businesses Partner to Help Students

on August 18, 2012 - 9:20am


Local organizations and businesses join together to help students. First row from left, Joyce Nickols (Self Help, Inc.), Ellen Ben-Naim (Otowi Station Bookstore) and Alison Walters (Rotary.) Second row from left, Rick Garland (Masonic Temple), Judy Goldie (Rotary) and Jane Phillips (Rotary.) Third row from left, Lewis Muir (Rotary), Mary Burns (Rotary), Linda Anderson (Rotary) Steve Ciddio (Rotary) and Linda Hull (Rotary.) Not pictured: Brian Newnam (Rotary) and a representative of REMAX of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
The Self Help, Inc.

Advancing Lives: Our Journey to Excellence

on August 17, 2012 - 3:01pm

Los Alamos Board of Education President Kevin Honnell welcomes staff back to school Monday. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell welcomed the staff back to school Monday morning, Aug. 13. The annual event includes a “Back to School” breakfast for staff and opening remarks from Superintendent Gene Schmidt.

In his remarks, Honnell praised staff for the high quality and important work that they do.

“Los Alamos is a recognized leader in education,” he said.

“What makes a school excellent?” Honnell asked before answering his own question, “iPads,