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Morrie Pongratz Shares Corn Harvest Experience

on November 27, 2016 - 9:36am
Morrie Pongratz of Los Alamos discusses his annual trip each fall to help harvest corn on his family's Nebraska farm. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Kiwanis

Morrie Pongratz told his Kiwanis friends that he was "glad to be home after two weeks of driving a tractor" on his family's Nebraska farm.

However, when he spoke formally before Kiwanis several days later, sharing his experiences with the corn harvest and modern-day agriculture in general, it was obvious that, as he put it in his very first slide, "You can take the boy out of the farm, but not the farm out of the


Republican Women Host Holiday Luncheon Dec. 8

on November 27, 2016 - 8:49am

Warning: Grinches About

on November 27, 2016 - 8:35am
Los Alamos

We want to pass on a warning to our neighbors that Grinches are about.

Within a few hours of putting out a Star Shower Laser Light projector, a Grinch stole it right out of our front yard.

Twenty-third Annual Crèche Show Dec. 2-3

on November 27, 2016 - 8:09am

An elegant manger scene from the 22nd annual Crèche show in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The 23rd Annual “Crèches from Around the World” exhibit is Dec. 2-3 at the Los Alamos chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1967 18th St.

Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

On display will be more than 200 crèches from around the world, representing different cultures and nationalities.

Christmas Arts And Crafts Fair At IHM Dec. 10

on November 27, 2016 - 8:08am

Holiday Safety Tips For Pet Owners

on November 27, 2016 - 7:46am
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Holiday safety tips for pet owners:
  • Get ready for begging! The smell of a home cooked holiday meal can be extremely overpowering and even the most behaved dog will be at the table hoping for a bite. Provide your dog with a distraction while you're eating to ensure that he stays on his bed or in his crate. A dog toy stuffed with peanut butter is the perfect tasty treat to keep your dog consumed for several minutes so you can enjoy your holiday meal.
  • Not all scraps are good scraps. The food is the best part of the holidays!

NIST: Ignoring Cybersecurity Is Risky Business

on November 27, 2016 - 7:43am
Ignoring Cybersecurity Is Risky Business. Courtesy photo
NIST News:
They say opposites attract. While my husband and I have many important things in common, we are complete opposites in one area. He’s a “risk taker,” and me … well, not so much. Rather than being labeled as “risk adverse,” I prefer the term “caution giver.”
I’m a federal employee. I come from a long line of public servants. I bet that my ancestors probably worked in the service of the king or queen, or at least the local earl or baron, before they came to the U.S. My husband is different story.

Los Alamos NJROTC Defeats Lafayette AJROTC

on November 27, 2016 - 7:42am
Los Alamos NJROTC defeated Lafayette AJROTC 1502 to 1445 last week in the National Air Rifle League.
Los Alamos NJROTC finishes the regular season in second place in their Division with a 6-1 record. Los Alamos NJROTC was led by Samantha Miller who shot a 386. The remaining contributing members were Holly Hayes, Stephanie Nielsen and Jacob Torrez. Los Alamos NJROTC is coached by Wes Shumaker.

Los Alamos NJROTC's season will continue next week in the Post-Season tournament.

Two Southern New Mexico Communities Receive Housing Improvement Grants

on November 27, 2016 - 7:35am
USDA News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced a grant of $50,000 to Tierra del Sol Housing, Inc. to make improvements to six homes in Columbus and Anthony in southern New Mexico.
The funds were made available through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant Program, which provides financial support in the form of a grant to help non-profits and public entities make repairs to existing housing for low income residents in rural communities.
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner commented on the recent award, “Making

Presentation With Photographer Moath Alofi Nov. 30

on November 27, 2016 - 7:30am
Photographer Moath Alofi presents a slide presentation and talk Nov. 30 in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
CIR News:
"The Old City of Al Madinah: A Photographer's Studio & Open Museum"slide presentation and talk followed by a reception with the artist Moath Alofi at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the New Mexico History Museum 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

This event is free to the public, but advance registration is required so that the caterer may prepare accordingly. Click here for more information and to register online.

Camera in hand, Alofi has been documenting the cultural and

DPNM Welcomes New Legislative Leadership Team

on November 27, 2016 - 7:23am
DPNM News:

Democratic Party of New Mexico welcomes the news that the Democrats in the legislature selected their leadership teams.

These announcements come after the New Mexico House moved from Republican majority to a Democratic majority and Democrats gained two seats in the New Mexico Senate.
N.M. Senate Democrats elected Sen. Peter Wirth to lead the New Mexico Senate as Majority Leader and Rep. Brian Egolf to lead the New Mexico House as Speaker; his nomination will go to a vote in January during the legislative session.
“After a hard fought election, we’re pleased to have strong

2,000 Petitions Turned In Demanding Healthier, Cleaner New Mexico

on November 27, 2016 - 7:16am
CVNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Immigrant Latin community members and leaders came together with Juntos: Our Air Our Water to turn in over 2,400 signed petitions to Gov. Susana Martínez and the Environmental Department in Santa Fe demanding the state transition to clean, renewable energy that will create a healthier today and tomorrow for Latino communities in New Mexico.
When we elect public officials, we trust them to make sure our public resources work for us by protecting our interests now and for our future - and Latino families came together to remind our leaders to put New Mexicans

Los Alamos Resident Presents New Book Nov. 29

on November 27, 2016 - 7:07am
Don Willerton of Los Alamos will present Ghosts of the San Juan Nov. 29. Courtesy image
Tuesday, Nov. 29, Los Alamos resident Don Willerton will present Ghosts of the San Juan, his new book published by Terra Nova Books of Santa Fe.
It is a mystery novel for middle grade students, approximately ages 11 to 14, and is the first book of a middle grade mystery series to be published over the next two years.

Children's Christmas Bazaar At TOTH Dec. 3

on November 27, 2016 - 7:06am

Pastor Granillo: Second Fiddle

on November 27, 2016 - 6:14am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
“The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle.” —Leonard Bernstein
I played the tenor sax in the school band during 6th and 7th grade. It was there that I learned about “chair” position. A friend of mine, Casey, also played the tenor sax, and I remember constantly competing against him for first chair. Casey held that position for the vast majority of my short lived musical career. On the bright side, I like to think I rocked my second chair position!
What didn’t occur to me at the time was that Casey, although first

Los Alamos Makers Is Expanding

on November 26, 2016 - 10:54am
Los Alamos

Los Alamos Makers just expanded their makerspace by 1,000 square feet - doubling the amount of room that their members can use for personal projects.

Anyone curious about what goes on at a makerpace, and interested to see if is might be able of use is invited to stop by the Los Alamos Makers until 5 p.m. today during Small Business Saturday. There will be another open house 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Stop by to tour the facility, see all of the equipment that is available for members and visitors to use and get set up with a punch card at a

Dabney: Celebrate Without Legal Trouble ... Don't Drink And Drive

on November 26, 2016 - 10:41am

Reid Griffith Law Firm

The holiday season brings many causes for celebration. Celebration often includes partaking in alcohol. While most will drink responsibly, even light drinkers need to take all possible measures to avoid operating a vehicle after drinking. 

When my Grandpa Dabney was young, he got drunk one night and drove his car into a tree. He wrecked the car but somehow avoided injury or arrest. Being a smart man, though, he realized the dangers of drinking and drivIng. So he quit driving. Permanently. Seriously! 

I'm not advocating such drastic action.

Shoppers Invited To Meet Local Businesses Gathered In Pro2Serve Building In Downtown Los Alamos

on November 26, 2016 - 10:20am

The Los Alamos Daily Post and a variety of other local small businesses are gathered right now at a business kiosk inside the Pro2Serve Building next to Metzger's at 1615 Central Ave., and all have special offerings for Small Business Saturday. Visit all the local businesses and stop by the Los Alamos Daily Post table to pick up a cookie and water and sign up to win free advertising! The Post also has crayons and coloring pages for kids while their parents shop in the kiosk. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/

Nature Center Talk: The Southwest’s First Urban Refuge

on November 26, 2016 - 10:08am

Jennifer Owen-White manages the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Urban green spaces offer people a reprieve from concrete and asphalt, but they also benefit wildlife. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is bringing Jennifer Owen-White, manager of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, to speak at no charge to the public at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Owen-White will share the refuge’s history and future plans.

As the first urban wildlife refuge in the Southwest, Valle de

Tales Of Our Times: A Novel Method Lets Out More Truth

on November 26, 2016 - 9:51am
John Bartlit, center, receives the Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award painting from Friends of Bandelier President Craig Martin with Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. Courtesy photo
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

A Novel Method Lets Out More Truth
Many thoughts crowded my head after the news came last month that I was to receive the 2016 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award from the Friends of Bandelier. The blend of thoughts brings to mind the many faces of progress. 
Any such award does honor to the associated groups and

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In December In Counties Across New Mexico

on November 26, 2016 - 9:37am
NMSP News:
SANTA FE State Police are conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December 2016.
They are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into friends and families.

Heinrich Calls On President To Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

on November 26, 2016 - 9:22am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued Thanksgiving Day the following statement on the Dakota Access pipeline:

“Today is Thanksgiving and I cannot help but reflect on our history in these United States and how often it has not lived up to the rosy picture of Pilgrims and Indians sharing a meal in friendly company that I saw in textbooks as a child.

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing Perfect Pantries

on November 26, 2016 - 8:57am
Walk-in pantry. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

Ask your friends what they dislike about their pantry and you’ll likely get “it’s too small” or “I can’t find anything!”  I hear these complaints often. Clearly, a pantry takes careful planning.

Whether you’re building a new kitchen or remodeling, you need to consider what makes a pantry work and which kind is best for your situation. There are three main types of pantries: cabinets, reach-ins and walk-ins. There is also a hybrid pantry/mudroom/laundry room that the homeowner walks through as they enter the house.

Keep a few

Clean Clothes Are Just A ‘Local’ Click Away

on November 26, 2016 - 8:54am

Ahhh the scent of freshly laundered towels. Courtesy photo


How do you get clean clothes in Los Alamos and White Rock?

Easy. Just visit

Los Alamos 24-Hour Laundry Service is a local company that picks up your laundry, washes it, folds it and returns it to your door. Now, when you visit their new website, you can order your laundry online.

The services listed on the website include one load of laundry for $20, five loads for $100 (which earns you one free load), and ten loads for $200 (which earns you three free loads). You can also get

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 26, 2016 - 8:24am