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Tales Of Our Times: A 500-Year Flood Apportions Risk

on August 26, 2016 - 11:50am
Tales of Our Times 
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
A 500-Year Flood Apportions Risk
Good sense keeps working best when we notice it least. A case in point is the 500-year flood. The term seems to tell the last time and the next time such a bad flood will hit. In reality, the term is a beautiful tool that describes and manages flood risk.
The special term works in major ways to measure and divide the risk of flooding among government, citizens and the free market. Dividing up risk is a central reason societies organize.
Technically, a 500-year flood is the

Decorating A Kid’s Bedroom

on August 26, 2016 - 8:34am
Beautiful nursery. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I love to write about interior design, but often forget to cover one important group – kids! Most parents will agree that providing their children with a wonderful living space in which they can thrive, learn and play is of paramount importance.

For a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It is a place to do schoolwork, listen to music, play games, sprawl on the floor, rough-house, read, build models, daydream, visit with friends and keep innumerable possessions.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

on August 26, 2016 - 8:33am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb 
Los Alamos
“Florence Foster Jenkins” is a BBC/Pathé Pictures release starring Meryl Streep as the 20th century heiress and performer who only thought she could sing. Her mostly true story is both funny and sad, but beautifully presented in this film. Lavish costumes and sets reflect the Victorian era in which Florence grew up—she was born in 1868—as a counterpoint to 1944, the year the story takes place.
By 1944 Florence Foster Jenkins was 76 and had been a New York socialite all her adult life.

Yang: On ‘Doubt’…This Time, Doubt Was Addressed With Evidence

on August 25, 2016 - 4:34pm

Los Alamos

The second crime story of the “Anatomy of Doubt” of This American Life took place in Colorado in 2011, two years after the crime against Marie of Lynwood, a suburb of Seattle (see previous article).  

In Colorado, there was a series of three rapes, which took place in three locations in close proximity.  The lead detectives of at least two of the three cases were female and a crime analyst providing one piece of key (in retrospect) information was also a female.  

I highlight the female part because I think it’s relevant in rape cases.

Burgess: Summing Up Summer

on August 25, 2016 - 10:08am
Los Alamos County Manager

(Part 1 of a 2-part series: Now you see us…now you don’t.)

Part 1. Now you see us…

With the County Fair & Rodeo behind us, regular afternoon rain showers bringing us cooler weather, and students returning to school, it begins to feel like autumn might be just around the corner. For those of us working in local government, however, the shift in seasonal work won’t happen for a few more months.

McQuiston: Am I Covered Driving A Friend's Car?

on August 25, 2016 - 10:05am
The Jemez Agency

I’m borrowing my friend’s car … am I covered?

Most people have an idea of what’s covered and not covered under their various insurance policies. But at The Jemez Agency we get a lot of questions about borrowing or loaning a car.

Now that summer is in full swing and you might be looking to borrow your neighbor’s truck for a home-improvement project or a trip to the local landfill, we thought it was a great time to provide a little more information.

Generally, insurance coverage follows the vehicle rather than the driver.

Kerr: Why Don’t People Go To Church Anymore?

on August 25, 2016 - 10:04am

Los Alamos

A Good Question: Why Don’t People Go To Church Anymore?

One answer: I don’t need to go to church and I need that time to get ready for the coming week. I am a very busy person and I need that time to relax and take care of projects around the house.

Another answer: Church people are hypocritical and don’t live up to their standards. I can teach my own children about morals and right and wrong. As I find time.

And another answer: What’s the sense if GOD is all knowing, all seeing and all powerful why does he allow mayhem, sickness, poverty and war?