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Milestones

  • Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies--VIDEO EXTRA

    With his long silver beard and uniform with braided trim, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

    His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women's groups and liberal politicians, who complained President Ronald Reagan selected Koop, a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian from Philadelphia, only because of his conservative views, especially his staunch opposition to abortion.

    Soon, though, he was a hero to AIDS activists, who chanted "Koop, Koop" at his appearances but booed other officials. And when he left his post in 1989, he left behind a landscape where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard, and access to abortion remained largely intact.

  • Births 02-10-13

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Jan. 17: A girl, Camdyn Kayce Wilcox, born to Dinah and Nicholas Wilcox
    • Jan. 23: A girl, Yarely Fierro Martinez, born to Cynthia Martinez and Jesus Fierro Villarreal
    • Jan. 22: A boy, Taseun Vigil, born to Linda Vigil

  • People In the News 02-10-13

    Adam Nekimken, a resident of Los Alamos, has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2012. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.
    Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students.

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    First National Bank of Santa Fe announces the promotion of Becky Farnham, senior mortgage loan originator, to vice president. Farnham has been a mortgage loan originator at First National Bank of Santa Fe for 11 years.
    She has lived and worked in Northern New Mexico for more than 37 years and has more than 24 years of financial and mortgage lending experience. She has designed, built and remodeled several homes over the past 18 years. Farnham is known for her customer service and responsiveness and works from application to closing.

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  • Sellers named to board

    The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, the state’s largest nonprofit serving girls, elected Los Alamos National Lab Deputy Laboratory Director Elizabeth (Beth) Sellers to serve on the Board of Directors.
    At its annual meeting, the members of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails also elected Karen Bergren from Taos and Stacey Niver, a junior at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque each to two-year terms.
    “The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and our members are fortunate to have so many selfless leaders who are willing to share their talents to strengthen our organization through their service on the Board of Directors,” said Peggy Sanchez Mills, CEO of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails.
    Sellers has been a resident of Los Alamos since 2011. Prior to coming to Los Alamos, she was responsible for strategic development and business development in Bethesda, Md.; and also worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
    Sellers has served on the board of directors for the Idaho Regional Medical Center and participated in several non-profit organizations including Women in Science and Engineering.
    Sellers joined the board because, “There are numerous needs in New Mexico and I believe Girl Scouts will enable girls to envision a new and different future by exposing them to new and different experiences.”

  • Milestones: People in the News 01-27-13

    Colorado Timberline Academy announces that James Coburn, son of Steven Coburn of Los Alamos and Martha C. Perkins of Santa Fe, has been named to the academic honor roll for blocs one and three. The honor roll distinction specifies that a student must have a 3.0 grade point average with nothing below a B, for an academic bloc, a period of four or five weeks. There are seven blocs in a school year.

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    Maria McTeigue, of Los Alamos, a student at Los Alamos High School, has been nominated to represent New Mexico as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.
    McTeigue has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. McTeigue was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.
    The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be July 7-July 12.

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  • People In the News 01-20-13

    The University of Minnesota Duluth has announced its dean’s list for fall semester 2012. Students on the dean’s list have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
    Los Alamos resident Stephanie Bronkhorst, is attending the College of Liberal Arts, seeking a bachelor’s degree in English. Bronkhorst was named to the dean’s list.

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    Emily Katherine Funsten, daughter of Herbert and Ann Funsten of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list during the fall 2012 term at Middlebury College. The dean’s list is the second highest recognition for academic achievement at the liberal arts institution in Vermont. Funsten is majoring in neuroscience.
    To be selected for the dean’s list, students must carry a full course load of four or more classes during the semester, achieve a grade point average of 3.3 or higher and earn no grade lower than a B-.

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    Michelle Boerigter, daughter of Dr. Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter of Los Alamos, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester of the 2012-13 school year at Hope College. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. 

  • Births 01-20-13

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Jan. 2: A girl, Ilianna Marie Huerta, born to Celina Trujillo and Paul Huerta
    • Jan. 4: A boy, Thomas Quinn Houlton, born to Paige and Andrew Houlton
    • Jan. 10: A boy, Dash Ilir Harris, born to Morgan and Joseph Harris

  • Ahrens receives award

    Daniel Ahrens displays the first-ever Hubba Bubba Junior Award. Ahrens responsibility and quick thinking has caused Los Alamos High School, in conjunction with Assets In Action, to recognize students nominated anonymously by LAHS staff for making the school a great place everyday.

  • People in the News 01-13-13

    The names of more than 1,440 candidates for degrees for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Kansas have been announced by the Office of the University Registrar, including Matthew DeVore, of Los Alamos.
    He received a doctorate in chemistry.
    Graduate and undergraduate degrees are conferred in December based on work completed during the fall semester.

    Jenny Lauren Tumas of Los Alamos has been named to the president’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2012 semester.
    Tumas is majoring in communication studies.
    To be named to the president’s List, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average. Ranked No. 25 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success.  

  • Births 01-06-13

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:

    • Dec. 2: A boy, Justin Lei, born to Yaping Huang and Zhou Lei
    • Dec. 7: A girl, Michaela Karaulanov, born to Budinka and Todor Karaulanov
    • Dec. 7: A boy, Brady Mason Grondin, born to Mindi Macias and Jeremy Grondin
    • Dec. 12: A boy, Frank Guo, born to Bei Yin and Zehua Guo
    • Dec. 21: A boy, Christopher David Rutherford, born to Becky and Perry Rutherford
    • Dec. 22: A boy, David Ignacio Caro, born to Eliza Ulibarri and Ignacio Chavez