Teen Pulse

  • Suicide is not the solution

    Why a teenager with their whole life ahead of them would commit suicide is a question that haunts communities all over the country — Los Alamos is no exception.
    And though, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, Los Alamos County has one of the lowest suicide rates in the state, residents still experience grief every time a young person decides to take his or her own life. 
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide not only affects the family of the deceased, but it also affects the health of others in the community, causing shock, anger, guilt and depression. 
    There is no single cause of suicide, but the most common are depression, mental illness, alcohol, or drug abuse, a history of previous suicide attempts, a family history of suicides, or a stressful life event or loss.
    It’s the third-leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds in the United States and the second cause of death among this young age group in New Mexico. 
    Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. In addition, females are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys. 

  • Cartoon by Tommy Stepan and Ethan Aulwes
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 09-15-13

    Monday: Foam art
    Tuesday: Sunflower spitting contest
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Relay games
    Friday: Wii Friday

    The centers are open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders. 

  • Help save some shelter pets

    The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Friends of the Shelter is in serious need of foster homes for their overflow of animals.
    The Friends of the Shelter organization was founded as a no-kill shelter, but with their recent conditions, they have discussed having to euthanize animals.
    Here are some ways you could help:
    • Foster an animal if possible.
    • Notify pet lovers about fostering an animal.
    • Urge friends or family about fostering a animal or volunteering at the shelter.
    • Walk a Friends of the Shelter animal and think about fostering or adopting 

  • Explaining the strike on Syria

    With all the talk about strikes against Syria flooding the news airwaves, it’s only natural that one would be curious about what’s going on. To help clear the air, Katey Green and Angela Workman came up with a series of questions and answers about Syria.

    Q: What’s happening in Syria?
    A: Syria is at civil war right now and the use of chemical weapons (gases and toxins that are illegal throughout the world) has been proven to be in use.

    Q: Why is the USA getting involved in this?
    A: Syria called for an intervention (a plea for protection to prevent another chemical attack)
    Q: What are some of the other nations doing about this?
    A: France, Great Britain, and Russia have all stepped in and are trying to solve this crisis, but Bashar al-Assad (the president of Syria) has threatened that anyone who steps in will “pay a steep price”

    Q: What chemical weapon is in use?
    A: Sarin (a man made chemical that is considered the most toxic and powerful of its kind. It kills quickly by damaging the lungs and nervous system.)

    Q: How many people have been killed by this gas?
    A: 1,400 people, 400 of those being children

  • Word on the Street 09-15-13

    Teen Pulse staff members asked LAMS students, “Who’s your favorite football team?”

  • Meet the 'Beak' Staff

    Editor’s note: As part of a collaborative effort between the Teen Pulse staff and the Los Alamos Middle School ‘Beak’ staff, LAMS journalism students in Sherri Bublitz’s class will contribute material for the Teen Pulse page every other week.

  • Word on the Street 09-08-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury Aranda asked students, “How do you feel about ‘Breaking Bad’ coming to an end?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 09-08-13
  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 09-08-13

    Monday: Fuse beads
    Tuesday: Kickaball
    Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    Thursday: Pool tournament
    Friday: Staff choice

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565. The centers are open from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Memberships are free and open to all third through eighth graders.