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Dangerous Bull Mastiff On Pipeline Road

on October 13, 2015 - 5:50pm
Peter Heimdahl
Los Alamos

Last Sunday I was hiking up Pipeline Road and a mountain biker coming down stopped to talk. He said he was just attacked by a large and very aggressive dog, probably a Bull Mastiff. The owner was unable to control the dog (the dog only had a leather collar, not a pinch collar) and the dog broke away from the owner's grip and pursued the biker, who fortunately was able to out pedal the dog. The biker was quite frightened and warned me not to go up the road.

I waited and soon I could see in the distance a man and dog making their way down the road.

The Pajarito Rambler: Wildflower Paradise

on October 13, 2015 - 6:24am
The Pajarito Rambler
Los Alamos

Wildflower Paradise: Dot Grant Trail in Late Summer

This is truly Wildflower Paradise. The walk this rambler will share is near the Guaje Pines Cemetery, joins the Dot Grant Trail (See Craig Martin, Los Alamos Trails, 2nd ed., #20.) and returns by an unnamed trail. 

There are a whole complex of trails in this area and the one described is about a mile around an interesting loop with two rather different microenvironments. This rambler identified more than two-dozen species on this particular day, and experts will see and know twice as many.

How The Hen House Turns: Dogs, Cats and Wildness

on October 12, 2015 - 6:17am
Themba (Hope in Zulu) the Cheetah is one of the educational animals used by Wildcat Education and Conservation Fund to promote conservation of wild cats. The fastest of all land animals, cheetahs can run up to 70 miles per hour in pursuit of their prey. A cheetah's maximum stride length is around 22 feet, with almost half of that distance traveled fully airborne. Once found throughout Africa and Asia, the cheetah has been sharply reduced through hunting and habitat destruction to sub-Saharan Africa with a small population in Iran.

Pastor Granillo: Do We Love?

on October 11, 2015 - 9:13am
Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV).

The idea of love is about as vague today as it was when Paul wrote this. For some, it is the most powerful emotion; for others it is a source of vulnerability that is destined to hurt.

There are some who think that love is all we need to bring this world together; and there are some who think that love is a once in a lifetime thing that people need to watch for so that they do not miss their opportunity at a happily-ever-after life.

Cinema Cindy Reviews … Pan

on October 10, 2015 - 8:47am
Cinema Cindy Reviews… Pan
By Cynthia Biddlecomb

“Pan,” the new Disney movie creating a backstory for the beloved Peter Pan, is visually satisfying. In it, Peter (Levi Miller) is 12 years old, living in an orphanage in London under the blitz of World War II and wondering who his parents might have been.

The nuns in Lambeth Home for Boys, on whose front steps Peter was left as a baby, are stereotypical—the mean and greedy Mother Barnabas and her underlings: most are strict with the boys; only one shows any tenderness.

Peter wears the pan flute pendant his mother left on him as a baby.

Barbee: Doing The RIGHT Thing When No One Is Looking

on October 10, 2015 - 8:11am
Business Ethics
By Julianna Barbee
Director of Americas Small Business Development Center NM NNMC

Ethical business practices bring their own rewards by raising the performance and reputation of those who practice them. Businesses that set ethical guidelines and promote ethical behavior are demonstrating that honesty, respect and safety aren’t expendable when times are tough.

Businesses that are willing to go beyond the minimum legal requirements of the market and to hold themselves and their employees to a high standard of moral behavior are bright spots in today’s economy.

While hard

Cinema Cindy Reviews … The Martian

on October 9, 2015 - 8:16am