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TALES OF OUR TIMES: Imagine Sustainability

on May 27, 2016 - 7:01am

McQuiston: Understanding Rental Car Coverage

on May 27, 2016 - 6:42am
The Jemez Agency
It’s my experience that one of the most frequently asked questions policyholders have after being involved in an automobile accident is this one: “Does my insurance policy cover the cost for me to obtain a rental car while my car is being repaired in the shop?”
If you find yourself in a situation where you are asking this question, keep in mind that the answer will vary based on the coverage available to you on your personal auto policy, as well as the requirements of the rental car company you’ve selected.

Sanchez-Gagne: Why I Am Running To Be Your DA

on May 25, 2016 - 10:55am
Democratic Candidate
District Attorney

I am a native Santa Fean and life-long Democrat. I have worked as a career prosecutor for 20 years, having prosecuted hundreds of cases including violent crimes of child abuse, human trafficking and sexual assaults. I wrote New Mexico’s human trafficking law and prosecuted the first cases of human trafficking. Victims, regardless of their immigration status, are now able to receive benefits and resources to start a new life. I am responsible for the first state international extradition from Mexico.

Coaching Café’: Your Life Is Yours...

on May 25, 2016 - 10:33am
Los Alamos
The world is full of opportunities, but sometimes over-thinking life can get in the way.
Dismissing life can create stress. Shifting your life from Default to Design is about choosing a destination and taking one step at a time to get there. Shortcuts may not be an option if you are looking for sustainable change. Awareness to the process is a beautiful place to start, and inspired action is the next important step.
Here, then, are 10 tips to help you start designing your life:
Be Grateful for what you have. When you pause to remember what you

Griggs: Reflections From 2016 Uniendo America y Project Fair In Tegucigalpa, Honduras

on May 24, 2016 - 7:01am
Mayan Families is an NGO based in Panajachel, Guatemala. Mayan Families presented information on a wide range of their programs: Water filters; Onil fuel-efficient cook stoves; Microloans program; Well Mother, Well Baby Program; Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic; Student Sponsorship Program; Preschool Nutrition Centers; San Jorge Feeding Center Renovations; Mayan Families Diabetes Program. “What we do: Educate, Feed, Heal, Shelter”. Photo by Liam Bluer
Rotary E-Club of Lake Atitlán-Panajachel, Guatemala
The Rotary clubs in Central America are divided into two

Gessing: Accidental Criminals - Why New Mexico Needs 'Mens Rea' (Criminal Intent) Reform

on May 23, 2016 - 8:10am
By PAUL GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico could make significant improvements to its criminal justice system by embracing a common-law principle called mens rea.

A new Rio Grande Foundation paper describes in detail why the New Mexico Legislature should embrace the principle of “guilty conscience” in criminal justice. As described by Roscoe Pound, the dean of Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936: “Historically, our substantive criminal law is based upon a theory of punishing the vicious will.

Smart Design With Suzette: Design Envy

on May 22, 2016 - 12:36pm
Spiff up your home with a do it yourself project like painting furniture. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

As someone who looks at a great deal of photos of beautifully designed homes every day, I know how the pangs of design cravings have the potential to overwhelm.

Despite the fact that we may be wishing for something different at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t also learn to love our homes just as they are today. Hardly anyone escapes home design envy.

Over time I have developed an arsenal of strategies to help cope with any feelings of my home being “less than” how I want

Pastor Granillo: The Bride Of Christ

on May 22, 2016 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

The Bride of Christ.

The prophet Hosea had a unique situation; God commanded him to marry a woman who would be unfaithful to him. Hosea’s wife, Gomer, constantly left him in order to prostitute herself out to others; sometimes bearing their children. She showed no remorse for her actions, but Hosea persisted in trying to win her back.

In spite of humiliating circumstances, Hosea was faithful to his wife and tried to get her to be faithful to him as well. At one point, Hosea actually bought back his wife from another man that she has left him for.

Today, as

McQuiston: About Bodily Injury Liability Protection

on May 19, 2016 - 11:17am
The Jemez Agency

Do I need to buy more than the minimum bodily injury liability protection?

Not if you’re a billionaire and aren’t concerned about forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars if you injure others in a car accident.

For the rest of us, the answer is almost always yes.

Bodily injury protection can be what stands between you and bankruptcy. By paying it, you can lean on your insurance company to cover you in case you get in a wreck that seriously injures one or more people NOT IN YOUR CAR.

Cinema Cindy: Elvis And Nixon

on May 18, 2016 - 8:34am
Los Alamos
“Elvis and Nixon” is a quirky film telling the “untold true story” behind the most requested photo in the National Archives—President Nixon shaking hands with
Elvis Presley.
The story centers around one day, Dec. 21, 1970. For history buffs and trivia chasers, the details behind that photo will tickle your funny bone.
Elvis (Michael Shannon) is distraught watching the televised riots and rampant drug use among the youth of the nation. He wants the President to deputize him as a special agent to help stem the tide of anarchy. President Richard M.

Pastor Granillo: Religiosity

on May 15, 2016 - 8:21am
Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

God tells the prophet, Isaiah, that the Hebrew people “seem” to be eager to know God’s ways. He tells Isaiah that they act like a nation that is doing what is right. They ask God to make just decisions for them, and they “seem” to “be eager for God to come close to them” (Isaiah 58:1-2).

The problem is that they only “seem” to be that way. In every religious aspect they appear to be the people of God.  

“'Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?'”

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you

Scenes From Annual Kiwanis Kentucky Derby

on May 13, 2016 - 10:13am

Cheryl Pongratz, right, wins the Derby hat contest at Saturday's annual Kiwanis Kentucky Derby fundraiser at Cottonwood on the Greens. Pongratz named her hat Run Away From The Roses. Sharon Stover comes in second with her hat, which she named Sheila after her sister who loved sunflowers. The event grossed $4,585. The proceeds benefit Project Eliminate, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to combat maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) across the globe. Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have immunized nearly 100 million women and have eliminated the disease in 38 countries.

McQuiston: Protect Your Assets And Future With An Umbrella Policy

on May 10, 2016 - 9:14am
The Jemez Agency

The likelihood of being sued probably seems—and is—very low for most of us. But in the unlikely event that you are sued or held responsible for an accident or injury, your entire financial future could be at risk.

If you have homeowners, auto, or boat insurance, you already have some level of liability insurance. The cost of property damage, injuries to others, and/or lawsuits can quickly and easily exceed the limits of your home and auto policies.

Smart Design With Suzette: Deck Design Ideas

on May 8, 2016 - 10:23am
Tiered deck. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

You may think of your deck as just a bland wooden platform jutting out to your backyard, but with a little planning and good design, that space can become a fabulous alfresco family room and entertainment center.

Plan for the Way You Live

Start with general ideas of what the deck can do to enhance your life. What will you use the deck for? Maybe you want to emphasize intimate gathering and dining areas. If you love to grill, design an outdoor kitchen.

Pastor Granillo: Preemptive Peace

on May 8, 2016 - 8:26am
Los Alamos

As I sat down to write this, my house shook from the shockwave of a nearby explosion. Thursdays are when the National Lab performs explosive test here in Los Alamos; or so I have been told. (I don’t have clearance, so have to take everyone at their word.) Thursdays are often a surreal reminder of our distrust for others and the extremes that we will go to in order to protect our way of life. As a husband and a father, it scares the hell out me.

According their website, in 2015 there were 10,827 people employed working at Los Alamos National Labs.

Yang: Wishful Thinking; Magical Thinking; Idealism; Reality: We seem to lose our ability to distinguish these categories

on May 6, 2016 - 6:56pm

Los Alamos

I try. I’ve really tried, and I truly want to hold onto appreciative mode of thinking (link). But these days reality frequently bites me with reminders of why so many people in our society, or for that matter, in the rest of the world, have become cynical.  

Last week, Ted Cruz chose Carly Fiorina as his VP running mate in the GOP presidential campaign.  

Professor Jeff Pfeffer, of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, once described Fiorina succinctly. “[even] people who have presided over catastrophes suffer no negative consequences.

On the contrary,

An Open Book: Sixteen Years Later

on May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm
Los Alamos

The old adage that time heals all wounds is a cruel falsehood. For the most painful wounds, those of the heart and of the mind, they often remain beneath the surface, to be covered, if we are fortunate, by warmer experiences that add distance and perspective. And it is also part of life that sometimes it is even more painful experiences that later clarify for us that those wounds that seemed so piercing at the time, were not the ones that hurt the most.

I didn't feel like writing about the Cerro Grande Fire at any of its anniversaries until this evening.

McQuiston: Home Values Have Dropped. Should I Decrease My Insurance Coverage?

on May 4, 2016 - 9:32am
Los Alamos

The recession and housing market crash have taken a toll on homeowners. Many of us have seen the value of our home drop, with no recovery in sight. You might think that you should at least be able to save some money by decreasing the amount of your homeowners insurance. After all, if the home is worth less, shouldn’t I be able to insure it for less? Think again.

Homeowners insurance and the market value of a home are unrelated. In fact, while the value of your home may have decreased, the amount you need to insure it for may have actually increased.


Pegg: Breaking Plateaus

on May 4, 2016 - 8:33am
Los Alamos

If you’ve been working out for a long time, there’s no doubt you’ve experienced a plateau from time to time. A plateau occurs when you are continuing your regular workout regimen but you’ve stopped making progress and gains.

While plateaus can be frustrating and even cause a person to abandon their workout routine, they can be overcome by temporarily changing your workout routine to trick your body into responding again.

There are several methods that can be used to break free from a plateau.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3 – What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?

on May 3, 2016 - 4:08pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Part 3―What Is Happening To The Birds Of Northern New Mexico?
Los Alamos
We have been considering the results of the Christmas Bird Count for Los Alamos and other areas in northern New Mexico.
Previously we had considered those species that had been unique to Los Alamos and each of the other five areas in the count. We now consider the 44 species that are common across all six areas. The presence of a species in all six areas indicates that it is flexible for its type of habitat.

Law Day Op-Ed By Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniels

on May 2, 2016 - 12:26pm
By Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels
New Mexico Supreme Court
As we celebrate national Law Day on May 1 and Juror Appreciation Week in New Mexico, I would like to recognize the vital role each citizen plays in preserving the rule of law by serving on juries in our state courts.
New Mexico courts each year summon about 10 percent of the state’s adult population to participate in jury service. Along with the ballot box, the jury box is one of the two most direct forms of citizen participation in our system of self-government.
The New Mexico and United States constitutions guarantee the right to a

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys As Persons

on May 1, 2016 - 8:10am

Talking turkey. Courtesy photo

By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

I had fun yesterday, hearing and watching the Reservoir Hill turkeys—big brown ones—gobble when they saw me coming up the road. They disappeared down the hill in the grass. I hurried back down and was delighted to find them crossing the road. If they saw me, they didn't care, for I was 30 yards away, slowed to a leisurely walk.

They took their time climbing the left bank and moving through an old barbed wire fence.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 1, 2016 - 8:01am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday, we are continuing with The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Midnight Special, and The Jungle Book. We will open Mother’s Day just in time for that holiday and bring in the requested Miracles from Heaven. Captain America: Civil War will open for an early show Thursday, May 5.

We have some more great movies coming up in the near future. Money Monster, Neighbors 2, Nice Guys, Alice in Wonderland, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Independence Day, The BFG and Finding Dory are all among our hopeful coming attractions. 

JUNGLE BOOK: Raised by a

Pastor Granillo: Swing Big!

on May 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Los Alamos

Swing Big!

“One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.” — Nolan Ryan

The boys that I coach often hear two phrases from me: “Hustle!” and “Swing Big!” These are common phrases for any little league coach, and any parent can expect to hear them at their child’s baseball game. However, I think it’s worth asking ourselves why we say them. Like many things we do and say, the purpose matters.

Anywhere kids are on a team, you will

Living Well Los Alamos: Pressure Canner Care And Maintenance

on April 30, 2016 - 7:34am
Los Alamos
Well maintained equipment is key to a successful canning season. This is especially true for 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. New gaskets can be purchased from the manufacturer or at our local hardware store. With metal-to-metal canners this is not a concern. Check that all vents and parts are working properly.
Tighten any loose handles if necessary.