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Home Country: Hunting Season

on October 24, 2017 - 1:50pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Old Jasper Blankenship bought a deer license again this year, just as he’s done every year since Eisenhower was President. He sticks nickels and dimes in a jar all year long and smiles each time he contributes. By Fall, he’s saved up enough for a deer tag.
 
Jasper lives full-time out at the diggin’s with his dog, Arthur, of course, so he has only to walk about 100 feet from the cabin to do his hunting. That’s one of the marvels of it.
 
If he sees a nice buck, he might shoot it. Hey, he enjoys venison like everyone else, of course.

Shin: If Sanctuary Schools, Then Why Citizenship?

on October 24, 2017 - 7:09am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Los Alamos Public School Board passed an immigration resolution, under which the immigration status of students would not be recorded or reported to federal immigration officials. The resolution would be the first step in creating a policy aimed at supporting our students.

I applaud efforts to welcome and not alienate, those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. When I was in grade school, there were no such efforts to protect me from the ridicule of classmates or the mockery of a teacher.

How The Hen House Turns: Some Thoughts On The Anthropocene

on October 23, 2017 - 4:52am
DeeDee and Scooter. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns
By CARY NEEPER
 
Have we arrived in the new Anthropocene Age for Mother Earth? Have we humans left an indelible mark on our planet, one that has changed the planet for all time?
 
I think of the huge rafts of plastic waste on Earth’s oceans, the threat to giraffes and so many other beings close to extinction. Then I read about New Mexico’s former Gov. Bill Richardson and his work with The Humane society to “…end all experiments on chimps … to outlaw cockfighting, and to end all horse slaughter in North America.”
 

Fr. Glenn: Finding Strength Within

on October 22, 2017 - 5:56am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A belated (and certainly inadequate) nod of thanks and admiration goes to our first responders. Friday the 13th was truly a hard and trying day for them as they responded to the death of an infant in that early morning. Thank you, brave lads and lasses, for your service to that family, and daily to our community.  Only Heaven can count the sorrows that each of you have alleviated or prevented over the years of your service.

Such careers as first responder (police, firefighter, EMT, etc.) … military, nurse, doctor,

McQuiston: Importance Of Equipment Breakdown Coverage

on October 22, 2017 - 5:48am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
One insurance coverage that is extremely important to property owners – and is sometimes overlooked – is Equipment Breakdown Coverage.
 
Equipment Breakdown insurance has been available for commercial property owners for quite a while, but it is now commonly available as an endorsement to homeowner and rental dwelling policies.
 
This valuable line of protection typically covers three types of losses:
  • Electrical breakdown
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Rupture, bursting, bulging, implosion, or steam explosion
And this definition leads to a couple of commonly

Pastor Raul: Pastor Appreciation

on October 22, 2017 - 5:29am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
I'd rather have ten people that want God than 10,000 people who want to play church. –Leonard Ravenhill
 
October has been celebrated as Pastor Appreciation Month since 1992. During that time, churches and congregants will show their appreciation for their clergy through cards, gifts, and assortments of Kit Kats and Dr. Pepper. For more traditional churches, there will be the ever-famous pot-luck. (In New Mexico, this can easily be turned into a green chili themed cook-off! Praise God!)
 
The idea comes from passages such as

Guarding The Guardians: The Challenge Of Protecting The Incapacitated

on October 21, 2017 - 9:17am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern
 
New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
 
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

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