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Tales Of Our Times: To Govern Is To Apportion Subsidies

on July 28, 2017 - 9:29am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
To Govern Is To Apportion Subsidies 
 
Do you favor government subsidies? Does the political party you support favor or oppose subsidies? Now cover a subsidy in different packaging: try the name “handout,” then try “incentive.” See how different the subsidy looks.     
    
Lumping together the styles of regard, a large fraction of politics amounts to wrangles to get or prevent government subsidies for this interest or that one. And party labels tell us nothing about who likes or dislikes subsidies.

Letter To The Editor: Scams In Today’s Digital Age

on July 28, 2017 - 6:34am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Los Alamos
 
Today’s digital age comes with many opportunities never before seen or imagined. One can connect with friends and family across the world, have instantaneous access to a plethora of knowledge, and complete all shopping from the convenience of a handheld device.
 
Unfortunately, these modern conveniences can render users into victims of scams, thievery, and hackings without users even leaving their house or physically interacting with their perpetrator.
 
Gone are the days when a thief has to make a slit in your coin purse as you walk down the street in

Local Businesses And Organizations Share Stories About Los Alamos Ranch School Boys

on July 27, 2017 - 5:04pm

Sandra West, left, and Elizabeth Turner hold a profile of Luna Leopold, an earth scientist and hydrologist. The profile is on display at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is one of more than 30 panels about Los Alamos Ranch School students now on display around town. Photo by Aimee Slaughter

 

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society

Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Los Alamos Ranch School, local businesses and organizations have teamed with the Los Alamos Historical Society to share stories about some of the

Sampling Steve Jobs Stirs Emotions For 90 Minutes

on July 27, 2017 - 5:03pm
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Jessica Jones (Chrisann Brennan). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Wei Wu (Kṑbun Chino Otogawa). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

Composer Mason Bates sampled many sources of sounds in constructing his electronica based score. His goal was to create sound worlds for each character – sonic IDs. For Jobs he describes it as a quicksilver blend of orchestra and electronica incorporating Mac computer sounds.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part One)

on July 27, 2017 - 4:56pm

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Efficiency is a measure of avoiding waste while doing things well and successfully. Let’s consider it from two perspectives:  the world (part 1) and humanity (parts two, three and four).

The world exists with essentially one energy source – the sun. You can argue that there also is coal, natural gas, oil, wind, ocean currents, and on and on.  But without the daily supply of energy from the sun, these other sources would rapidly run out.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 27, 2017 - 8:11am

Mesa Public Library Screens 'Roxanne'

on July 26, 2017 - 5:14pm
By KELLY DOLEJSI
Los Alamos

There was Pinoccio. There was Cyrano de Bergerac. And then, there was Steve Martin in “Roxanne” (1987, rated PG), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.  3, at Mesa Public Library.

Martin, as screenwriter and lead actor, and director Fred Schepisi take the story of the plentiful proboscis to its romantic and comedic extreme in this retelling of de Bergerac’s classic tale.

C.D. Bates (Martin) runs a small-town fire department staffed by well-intentioned men who can neither save an altitude-wary cat nor snuff a fire.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 26

on July 26, 2017 - 9:50am
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The best stream fishing right now is in the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake.
 
The streamflows are holding up well so far this summer and have been above normal. About the only real drawback right now is that sometimes afternoon thunderstorms can muddy the water. The Chama River below El Vado Dam has also been fishing well and streamflows there have been at a very fishable 300 cubic-feet- per-second during the week. The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is still very murky and the fishing has been slow.
 
The streamflows

Johnson: Guarding The Guardians

on July 26, 2017 - 4:29am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Los Alamos
 
Guarding the Guardians: The Challenge of Protecting the Incapacitated 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.

Keith: Keeping Los Alamos National Laboratory Strong Through Transition And Beyond

on July 25, 2017 - 9:26pm
Kathy Keith
 
By KATHY KEITH, Director
Community Partnerships Office

As the process for choosing a new M&O contractor begins, the Lab's mission and support for community partners continues.

Northern New Mexico community leaders may have seen that on July 13 the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) released a draft request for proposals (RFP) for the next management and operations (M&O) contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This draft RFP is a key step in the process the U.S.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Dunkirk'

on July 25, 2017 - 7:22am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Dunkirk” is the somber retelling of the attempted evacuation of 400,000 primarily British troops from the beach at Dunkerque, France, between May 26 and June 4 of 1940.
 
Surrounded by the Nazis, they are waiting on the beach, lined up in their battalions. Distracted by their preparations to take Paris, the Nazis pay scant attention, except to send the Luftwaffe and U-Boats to frustrate the evacuation.
 
Students of history will appreciate being a virtual witness to the “Miracle of Dunkirk”, a story little known here: in fact, the Battle of Dunkirk

Fr. Glenn: Keeping Perspective

on July 23, 2017 - 7:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Perspective. We’re always in danger of losing perspective when we become too focused upon ourselves and our own little worlds/kingdoms, imagining that things that concern ourselves have much greater import than they actually have in the broader scheme of things.

We all fall into this at times because of our innate propensity toward self-interest and self-absorption.

Pastor Granillo: Perfect Love Part 1

on July 23, 2017 - 7:01am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Christian perfection is that love of God and our neighbor… –John Wesley
 
Growing up, I was always under the impression that being a Christian was for the sake of going to heaven rather than hell. This was, and still is, a sad simplification. This “Jesus, to get to heaven” mentality has caused many to miss out on the fullness of the gospel, and others to simply reject it. It may even keep many of us from obeying the will of God. Let me explain.
 
Jesus often spoke of the importance of the Holy Spirit. But the Counselor, the Holy

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Three

on July 21, 2017 - 8:40am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous two columns we explored how we make collective decisions for saving earth and humanity. These decisions encompassed both the what and the how, with how being the creative or most difficult part. We looked at the Special Theory of Relativity, cold fusion, reporting on a survey, the U.S. Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, and the Paris Agreement. Now it is appropriate to explore implications for parts of the List of 18.
 
Energy: How do we make alternative energy affordable?

Home Country: Lots Of Love At Old Swimming Hole

on July 21, 2017 - 8:03am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.
 
The little kids were in the shallow wading area, some in underwear, some in none-derwear, and all of them squealing and splashing. The kids who had turned 13 or 14, however, waited their turns at the tire swing. One by one they swung out, flashing in the sun, arching and stretching and knifing into the water.

McQuiston: Lightning Strike Prevention

on July 21, 2017 - 8:00am
By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The summer storm season is upon us and with storms come one of the most fearful and unpredictable forces of nature: lightning. A single bolt of lightning can carry more than 100 million volts of electricity and create a significant amount of damage to your home and personal property.
 
More than $825 million in lighting damage claims was paid out in 2016 to more than 100,000 policyholders nationwide. There was a total of 109,049 lightning claims in 2016 and each claim averaged $7,571.90 in damages paid.
 
The top three states for reported lighting

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Throw A Party

on July 21, 2017 - 7:52am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I really love throwing a good party, and I have been organizing and hosting gatherings both personally and professionally for nearly 40 years. One of the first events I ever hosted was a housewarming party. My now ex-husband and I had bought a brand new tract home in a starter neighborhood.
We were thrilled to be homeowners. It was March in Phoenix and I was heavily pregnant. My daughter was two years old and my son was due in a few short weeks.

I had worked for days to get our new home clean and organized.

A Functional But Limited Sheriff’s Office For Los Alamos

on July 20, 2017 - 10:05am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
 
The County Council will consider the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos in a Special Session at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building.
 
The Council, not including myself, called an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, Los Alamos voted to keep an elected Sheriff. I believe a majority on Council now accepts that our citizens want a functional Sheriff’s Office. We need to agree on what the Sheriff’s functions will be.
 
I am proposing a Resolution: (

Sheriff Lucero: To The Citizens Of Los Alamos County … Regarding Resolution 17-08

on July 20, 2017 - 9:52am
By MARCO V. LUCERO  
Los Alamos County Sheriff

As your elected sheriff for the past six and a half years, I have done my best to provide services that hold true to my faith, the Office of the Sheriff and my passion to enhance public safety. With little or no resources provided by local government I have done my best to provide services. 

I know that life pits us with those who do not agree with what we try to do. I know that despite our good intentions, some people are going to smear us. I realize that is part of holding public office.

Smart Design By Suzette: Living A Simpler Life In A Modern World

on July 20, 2017 - 9:48am
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Today’s world has many luxuries that are supposed to make life easier.
 
At times they may, but other times, they make life more complicated. Yes, I need a kitchen remodel, yes a bathroom remodel too. But when I’m feeling stressed out by what I ‘think’ I need, I look inward at what is making me unhappy or anxious. It might not be the remodel at all. It might be a combination of life stressors - observing the effect it has on my family, my finances and my sanity.
 
To feel a sense of peace and happiness again, I try to think about how I can achieve

Slim Randles Home Country: Evidently Dreams Don’t Come With Calendars

on July 20, 2017 - 9:17am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
“You don’t mean it!”
 
“Sure as I’m sittin’ here, Doc,” Herb said, putting an extra swirl to his coffee and cream.
 
“Flying lessons?”
 
“Yessir. Said he wanted to do it before he got old. I know. I know. He’s already old, but still, he’s up about every weekend now, buzzing around.”
 
“That’s just nuts,” Doc said, “I know for a fact he won’t see 70 again.”
 
“True enough, Doc, but you know they aren’t letting him take the plane up by himself.”
 
“Thank goodness for that. But what in the world made him want to fly a plane?”
 
“When I asked him

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Baby Driver

on July 18, 2017 - 6:59am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Baby Driver” was released on June 28th and has been getting some great reviews ever since. The title may distract from the theme, but think of Paul Simon’s famous tune of the same name and you get the picture.

This is a combination heist flick and hot pursuit action film, directed by Edgar Wright. The soundtrack is a marvelous compilation of popular/rock mood and motivational tunes. The best thing about this film is the way it was edited so that the beat of Baby’s tunes punctuates and choreographs the action.

Fr. Glenn: The Curious Mind

on July 16, 2017 - 8:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Had a minor illness last week, and the ol’ brain started wondering: “Hmmm. How does the immune system fix this? Think I’ll look it up.” Or you might see some device and think: “Huh. I wonder how that works.” And then off to the Internet or to the library or to the toolbox you go … seeking explanation.

Intellectual curiosity—something not lacking in THIS town. Perhaps we with science and engineering backgrounds have this propensity more than most. “Wait! YOU have a science background?!” Yup; B.S.

Pastor Granillo: Time

on July 16, 2017 - 7:10am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
. —Pink Floyd “Time”
 
I love this lyric. It reminds me that I cannot pinpoint the moment when I realized that much of time had passed me by. I remember, when I was a child, that becoming a teenager seemed so far off. I remember, as a teen, thinking that 18 and 21 were so far off.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 14, 2017 - 1:08pm

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