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TALES OF OUR TIMES: Muster More Joshua Chamberlains And General Gordons

on July 3, 2015 - 7:43am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Muster More Joshua Chamberlains And General Gordons
On this July 4th, our nation remains in a civil war of issue advocacy.

The words fired grow less civil each year. Partisan vitriol splits the news as did rifle shots at Gettysburg.

The Civil War of 1861-1865 is rich with lessons for our time. Much can be learned from the leadership of army volunteer Joshua L. Chamberlain of Maine, who rose to the rank of general in the Union Army.

Chamberlain, like President Lincoln, had a sharp sense of larger things.

Letter To The Editor: Two Historic Buildings On Tour

on July 3, 2015 - 7:07am
Los Alamos
On March 25, 1943, I arrived at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe to start work at Los Alamos. The House was not finished yet in Los Alamos, so I spent a week at Rancho del Monte in Tesuque and then another week or so on the screened-in porch of the Big House.
Finally, the first dormitory was built and I moved in. The floor plan was rather simple. Two floors had a series of two bedroom units sharing a shower, sink and toilet. At the south end of the dorm was a day room with a fireplace and a small kitchen. 
Each bedroom had a small built-in desk and book

Living Well Los Alamos: Tis The Season For Canning

on July 2, 2015 - 7:17am
Living Well Los Alamos
Los Alamos

Pressure Canner Care and Maintenance

Tis the season for canning! Whether you are planning to can homemade applesauce, salsa from garden tomatoes or apricots from your fruit trees, well maintained equipment is one key to successful food preservation. This is especially true of pressure canners. 

To begin, check any rubber gaskets for cracks. Rubber that has dried out, cracked or broken can result in a loose seal and not being able to reach the appropriate pressure.

Letter To The Editor: Fed Up With Inaction, Landowners File Suit To Resolve Nasty Road Dispute

on July 1, 2015 - 8:29am
By Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, Inc.

Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, Inc.(NNMPLWR), filed a lawsuit Monday, June 29, in federal district court naming Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Raymond Fry, Superintendent of the Northern Pueblos Agency of the BIA as plaintiffs in a suit alleging that federal government has illegally clouded title to private property within the exterior bounds of the San Ildefonso Pueblo

Home Country By Slim Randles: An American Thing

on July 1, 2015 - 7:28am

Home Country


We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats – some rather reluctantly – on leashes.

For some of us, the Fourth of July parade is a chance to see just how much the local kids have grown over the past year. For others, it’s a chance to see something that is really ours.


Mr. Pierotti And The Anniversary

on June 30, 2015 - 11:53am

Stainless steel cream and sugar set 7-year-old Kim Smith purchased at Pierotti's Flower and Gift Shop. Courtesy photo


Redwood City, Calif.
(Formerly of Los Alamos)

I had forgotten the anniversary. As I lay in bed the night before, I heard my parents wish each other a “Happy Anniversary” from the other room, and my heart dropped.

Even at 7 years old, weren't you supposed to do something for the people who mostly just made your life work?

Snodgrass: Great Opera Is Coming To Your Neighborhood ... Some Thoughts On What To Expect

on June 28, 2015 - 7:48am

BEYOND TAILGATING As a part of a major new upgrade that has transformed much of the area around the main entrance to the Santa Fe Opera, a new patio behind the box office will offer picnic suppers with tables for diners. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


By Roger Snodgrass
Los Alamos Daily Post

With less than a week to go to opening night Friday, July 3, you can almost feel the joy wriggling in the first lively notes of the overture to Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. Next, Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto lights up the stage on Saturday.

So, it’s about