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This Week at the Reel Deal

on April 23, 2014 - 8:08am
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening The Other Woman. We will hold Captain America, Transcendence and Rio 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel will end this Thursday so don’t miss it. It is quirky and funny.  

'The Other Woman' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

In The Other Woman, after discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he's been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend.

Fitness Column: Summer Shape Up

on April 23, 2014 - 8:03am
Fitness Column: Summer Shape Up

Winter is over. Spring break has come and gone. That means summer is just around the corner. In the next few weeks the days will get longer and warmer and that means we’ll be wearing more shorts, tank tops and swimsuits.

Many of you may have gained a few pounds over the winter, and if you’re going to look the way you want this summer, now is the time to get your body in shape. The first thing you’re going to need to do to change your body for the summer is to begin exercising more.

How the Hen House Turns: Wild Neighbors (Number One)

on April 23, 2014 - 7:47am
How the Hen House Turns:
Wild Neighbors (Number One)
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

On the other side of the yard from the Hen House—on the west side—sits the covered front porch. It is enclosed by a wooden fence topped with a two-by-four railing. On that railing and on the various shaped blocks that decorate the fencing, go unsalted peanuts in the shell, for the jays.

A feeder tray sits atop the west side of the railing, next to a plastic bowl of water.

Letter to the Editor: Wonderful Opportunity For Los Alamos to Reexamine its Government

on April 22, 2014 - 10:24am
Los Alamos

I would like to express my thanks to Mr. Wiggins for his letter submitted April 16, 2014 in response to the editorial submitted April 13, 2014 by Mr. Chiravalle. These gentlemen present a wonderful opportunity to the community of Los Alamos to reexamine the purpose and significance of our government.

Mr. Chiravalle exhorted our state government to "get out of the way of job creators." Mr. Wiggins quickly rebuked Mr.


Food on the Hill: Asparagus Salad

on April 22, 2014 - 8:17am
This Week's Recipe: Asparagus Salad
Photo by Sue York/
1 ½ pounds asparagus
½ cup olive oil
Ziploc bag
1 clove of garlic, pressed
Salt and cracked pepper
½ of a red pepper sliced and chopped into 1 inch pieces
½ cup of red onions sliced thin and chopped to 1 inch pieces
1 jalapeño chili, seeded and sliced thin and chopped into 1.2 inch pieces
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
Fresh lime juice to taste
Bend the asparagus and where it breaks off, use the top and throw away the bottom.
Photo by Sue

Letter to the Editor: Creating Jobs: Is It Really Business vs. Government?

on April 21, 2014 - 5:18pm
Los Alamos
43rd District GOP candidate Vincent Chiravalle and others, one here have recently batted back and forth the idea of job creation and whether Government is involved in a constructive or negative way. I think both sides miss the point a little, or perhaps their letters are not long enough to elaborate.

First off, its rather hilarious to think that in little Los Alamos County, government does not create jobs. Without that 900 pound Federal gorilla in town redistributing other people's tax dollars (Vince and I both work there), "...the woman who does your nails,

Yang: Practice, Practice, Practice … Are 10,000 Hours Really The Key?

on April 21, 2014 - 10:55am
Practice, Practice, Practice … Are 10,000 Hours Really The Key?

Drawing for 10,000 hours would not automatically make a person into the next Da Vinci. One needs both the quantity of hours of doing and quality of thinking.

What’s more, the keys to quality practice lie in making mistakes and getting informative feedback. Otherwise, the monotonous practice is at best, rote learning.

It’s ironic that in the age of stressful lives, jam-packed schedules, and perpetual shortcuts, there has been this buzz about practicing 10,000 hours to reach excellence and expertise.