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  • The number of budding scientists rose to the nth power on Saturday as the Los Alamos Public School District held the County Science Fair.

    Two hundred twelve students entered individual, team and classroom projects. Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School doubled their number of entrants compared to the 2008 event.

    Curriculum Coordinator Dawn Jalbert and her assistant Dawn Brown led a team of staff and volunteers to pull off the weekend event.

  • This year, Los Alamos County marks the 60th anniversary of becoming a county.

    Claiming status as a county sounds like such a simple thing, but, in truth, there was nothing simple about it.

    Many of the “rights” that today’s independent-minded Los Alamos County citizens consider basic – voting in elections, owning a home with dependable utilities, having a County Council with real power – came agonizingly slowly, in a long, complex series of crises and decisions that reached to the very top of American government.

  • Since opening Bilingual Montessori School in June, Odalys González Fernádez has experienced many accomplishments in less than a year. Not only did she fulfill her dream of operating a school, but enrollment has climbed up to 30 families.

    Today, González Fernádez is heading to the Capitol Building to be recognized for a new accomplishment.

    She is one of 20 Small Business Development Center clients to earn a 2008 success client award.

  • With a little help from a group of patrons in Los Alamos, an internationally known Korean artist was able to make an encore recently in northern New Mexico.

    Soun Hong, the Korean painter whose installation drew praise at the recent Site Santa Fe’s Biennial, “Lucky Number 7,” came back to participate in a unique educational outreach program in the Santa Fe schools.

    Phil Hertzman, a physician who practices in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, said he was very glad to be involved in a group effort to enable Hong’s return from Korea earlier this month.

  • It’s been 10 years since Dr. Yushu Cheng first opened the doors to the Acupuncture Clinic and with an anniversary and a new year underway, Cheng is taking the opportunity to thank Los Alamos residents and wish them a Happy New Year.

    It’s been a busy 10 years for Cheng. “Every year we treat lots of different cases,” she said. “Mostly they are pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint pain (and) many different kinds of pain. Also we treat traumatology problems, internal medical disease, dermatology disease, genecology problems.”

  • The new exhibit at the Los Alamos Historical Museum focuses on a subject that affected the entire nation, but for the local community, it especially hit close to home.

    In fact, not only does the exhibit feature displays from the Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers, Ark., but the local museum was able to incorporate a few materials from its own collection.

    The exhibit, “The Life Atomic: Growing Up in the Shadow of the A-Bomb,” addresses the height of the Cold War.

  • This week we look at Asset #38, Self-Esteem. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they have high self-esteem.” Nationally, only 52 percent of youth feel like they have this Asset in their lives.

    The funny thing is when we mention the words self-esteem, there’s almost an audible groan. There’s nothing wrong with having self-esteem, but when you don’t have it, a lot seems to go wrong.

  • When fires ravaged through southern California last year, many members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos understood the fire victims’ situation because they had experienced a similar situation themselves.

    Sherry Hardage of the Unitarian Church explained about seven people in the congregation had lost their homes during the Cerro Grande Fire so they felt compelled to extend help to California.

  • Two big names will be featured in the program for the Los Alamos Choral Society and Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) concert. The concert, “A Winter Feast of Bach and Brahms” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  

  • A lot can happen in just a few minutes. Laughter, tears and drama can be produced in just a short amount of time.

    This will be particularly true in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Bench Warmers Short Play Festival. Eight 10-minute plays will capture life’s spontaneity. The festival begins today and runs through Feb. 15. Among the plays that will be featured during this time will be “Stuck,” which was written by local playwrights Robert Benjamin and Elaine Jarvik.  

  • This year’s ‘Topper Revue has six teenagers trapped in a DVD. In addition to this dilemma, these teens get chased by a tap dancing ghost, scramble to find clues for who put them in their present predicament, but still manage to see a great deal of talent along the way.

  • Of all the arts, I think storytelling is the most powerful; it can transport you to far away destinations and introduce characters that feature a wide range of personalities.

    But best of all are the emotions that a great story produces.

    My favorite storyteller is my grandfather. He is hands-down the best in my family.

  • A lot can happen in just a few minutes. Laughter, tears and drama can be produced in just a short amount of time.

    This will be particularly true in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Bench Warmers Short Play Festival. Eight 10-minute plays will capture life’s spontaneity. The festival begins today and runs through Feb. 15. Among the plays that will be featured during this time will be “Stuck,” which was written by local playwrights Robert Benjamin and Elaine Jarvik.  

  • The Newcomers and Neighbors, a social network for Los Alamos residents, is opening up its doors to the community through conversation and coffee.

    An open house will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Coffee House Café.

    The purpose of the event, President Melanie Colgan said, is to show people the activities Newcomers and Neighbors offers and attract new members.

    Newcomers and Neighbors, she explained, is a social organization that has served Los Alamos and White Rock for the past couple of years.

  • Boy Scout Troop 129 conducted an Eagle Court of Honor for Dylan Stupka of Los Alamos on     Jan. 6 at White Rock United Methodist Church.  

    Stupka was born in Colorado on Aug. 11, 1991.  He joined Cub Scouts at age 6 and finished by earning all Webelos pins and the Arrow of Light in 2001.

  • Chamisa Elementary School hosted the annual county spelling bee Thursday, with Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas helping pronounce words at the microphone.  

    The Los Alamos Monitor and Sue Hofmann State Farm were the event sponsors for the evening, which also included several noteworthy names at the judge’s table.

    Morrie Pongratz, Los Alamos Police Department’s Corporal Oliver Morris and Sue Hofmann were the panel of judges, while Megan Kelley served as an assistant and fifth-grade teacher Pat Roberts was the timekeeper.

  • There are many people throughout the community who have talent beyond imagination.

    There are also those who couldn’t match their own socks without assistance. The good news is that if you reside anywhere on that spectrum, then there is a project for you.

    Self Help Inc., and its major fundraiser, The Empty Bowls Project, was in jeopardy of ending with the 2008 event, until Gillian Sutton of KRSN, AM 1490, stepped up to the ladle and the paintbrush to volunteer.

  • Science has a big presence in Los Alamos so what could be a better fit for local readers than bringing in a science fiction writer to participate in the Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series?

    S.M. Stirling will be featured in the series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the rotunda. Work that he is currently writing and what he plans to write next are a few of the topics Stirling will address during the lecture.

  • On Tuesday, The United Church of Los Alamos is hosting a celebration of youth ministry in the community.

    Two organizations will be acknowledged for their long-term impact on the youth of Los Alamos. Ryan Gilbert will represent Young Life Los Alamos and Winston and Mary Marugg will be there to represent Sonlight Christian Camp.

  • It seems when it comes to art, there is always something to learn and the Art Center at Fuller Lodge employees provide a wealth of knowledge through their classes.

    Executive director John Werenko said the center provides classes year round, in the fall, spring and summer.

    The fall and spring classes are mainly geared toward adults, however, there are classes offered Wednesday for students who are dismissed early from school.