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The Stumbing Critic: Anime 101

on August 21, 2014 - 7:15am
The Stumbing Critic: Anime 101

Movies became a primary focus of my reviews because film is an easy medium to criticize. A small part of my day can be spent in a theater and a few hours of content are easily encapsulated. One might assume that movies are my passion, but watching anime supersedes film for me. Despite the global popularity of anime, most folks I encounter don’t watch it for a plethora of reasons.

As a style of animation, anime can turn people away with incredible proficiency.

How the Hen House Turns: The Human Factor (One)

on August 21, 2014 - 6:23am
How the Hen House Turns
The Human Factor (One)
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I have worried about leaving Gwendolyn, the chicken I raised in the house during a spring too cold for hen-less chicks. (No one in the Hen House gang had set. Domestic birds don’t take chicks if they haven’t set eggs the required three or four full weeks.

Gwen, I thought, was a normal adult, independent hen until she lost her “littermate” Americia. Then she began to come to me when I sat on the bench by the stock tank. She would tuck her head under my arm and stay there.

Letter to the Editor: Support Much Appreciated For 'Drive For Matches' Golf Tournament

on August 20, 2014 - 10:41am
Los Alamos/Rio Regional Director

To Our Wonderful Communities,

On behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Alamos/Rio Arriba Regional Board, I would like to thank our communities for the unending and incredible support of our 3rd Annual Drive for Matches Golf Tournament.

The tournament was held July 26 at the Los Alamos Golf Course with a record 97 golfers in attendance.

A special thank you goes out to our community members, volunteers, Big’s & Little’s, businesses and organizations that helped to make this tournament the success that it was.

More than $16,000 was


This Week at the Reel Deal

on August 20, 2014 - 9:39am
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The Giver, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy will hold for another week. Into the Storm will end this Thursday.

I did see Into the Storm, and despite poor reviews I enjoyed the film. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

We got foiled again this week by the studios. We were confirmed to open The Hundred-Foot Journey, but Paramount would not let us come off Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because it was number one nationally. Consequently, we had to push back The

Letter to the Editor: Weber Family Welcomes Anyone To Their Home Who Knew Trent Johnson

on August 20, 2014 - 9:03am
By PAM and JERRY WEBER and family
Los Alamos

Thank you for the kind article about Trent. Thank you also to Steve Wells who so accurately described Trent.

We know just a little more than anyone about what happened. We are in shock, pain and sporadic denial, but I want to welcome anyone who knew Trent or our family to stop buy our home (944 Cheyenne St.).

I can promise you a hug and someone to talk with not just today but when you can or want to talk.


Letter to the Editor: Spikers' Letter On Judge Parker Foretells Murky Future

on August 19, 2014 - 4:49pm
Los Alamos
A recent letter written by Dean and Linda Spiker forebodingly states, “With every ungodly law that has been instituted there have been consequences from heaven that have come upon our nation.” At first, I was hesitant to agree with this prediction of American misery. I refused to believe.
Until I woke from my afternoon nap.
My eyes opened, and immediately I noticed my hair was very dirty. I had washed it just this morning, and it degraded into a jellyfish-like mass in less than seven hours! I thought to myself that I must have taken my shower in a dream.

Letter to the Editor: Shocked at Judge Parker's Decision to Remove Mural

on August 19, 2014 - 3:05pm
Aztec, N.M.
Regarding: Court decision concerning the 10 Commandments in Bloomfield, New Mexico.
Honorable Judge Parker:
After reading the decision that you returned concerning the 10 Commandments monument in Bloomfield, N.M., I was shocked.
There were several reasons that I was shocked. One being that since you were appointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan I thought you were a more conservative judge who would have known the history of the United States. The other concern was that the 10 Commandments mural was on the wall in the District Court itself.