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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Girl on the Train’

on October 21, 2016 - 5:45pm

Los Alamos

“The Girl on the Train” is a new thriller based on a popular British novel by Paula Hawkins.

The book, published in January 2015, quickly hit the New York Times Bestseller List, gaining the notice of those who look for stories to bring to the screen. The film opened Oct. 7 nationwide.

Admittedly, I had not read the book, so I went to the film with no preconceived notions. What I found was a story at first convoluted by “the girl” and her memory lapses – due to her alcoholic binges.

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing A Green Lifestyle

on October 21, 2016 - 5:02pm
Solar panels. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Whether we want to admit it or not, the Earth is currently facing some serious challenges. Fires and droughts are becoming more common and ice caps are melting. If climate change is going to be managed, it’s going to require participation from everyone in society. Below are a few ways you can live green and design your home to help the environment.

Use a Smart Thermostat
In the summer, homes consume a lot of energy for air conditioning. During the winter, heating is the biggest energy expense.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 21, 2016 - 3:56pm

Girrens: What’s So Fun

on October 20, 2016 - 8:57am
GOP Candidate For Re-election

During the past months I’ve been asked, why are you running again Girrens? Haven’t you had enough? What’s so fun about being a Councilor anyway?

Believe me there have been several times when I asked myself the “what’s so fun” question, particularly while driving home to White Rock after a Council meeting around 10 p.m. on a cold, snowy winter night. 

I played back the tapes of Council events over the past three years and 9 months asking myself what was fun.

Special highlights rose to the top:

  • the Teen Center dedication;
  • agreement on

Dispennette: Merging Of My Backgrounds Needed For Probate Judge

on October 20, 2016 - 8:55am
GOP Candidate
Probate Judge

I am asking for your vote to be Los Alamos’ next Probate Judge because I believe who I am and my professional experience make me uniquely qualified for this position.

As an Army Chaplain I spent years helping families through some of the most intense moments many of us could imagine. With two combat tours myself to Iraq and Afghanistan, I became an expert in family crisis management as well as helping my soldiers deal with PTSD.

McQuiston: What You Need To Know About Your Auto Liability Insurance

on October 20, 2016 - 8:52am
The Jemez Agency

If you drive a car, you likely have auto insurance. Your insurance policy provides coverage against the many exposures of owning a vehicle. One of the most important perils it covers is your liability associated with operating a vehicle.

If you are involved in an accident and are found to be liable (negligent) for the accident, you could be held responsible for any bodily injury or property damage resulting from the operation of the vehicle.

Let's take a look at your insurance policy.


McDonald: My Plans On Council

on October 20, 2016 - 8:16am
GOP Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

I am a lifetime resident of Los Alamos. Both of my parents were employed with the Los Alamos schools for 29 years.

My dad, Jan McDonald, was Los Alamos High School band director and still continues to teach students privately.

My mother, Sheryl Parsons, was an elementary school teacher, who taught at each of the elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock. My wife, Jen, and I live in White Rock with our two rescue German Shepherds.

I am a proud member of Rotary and feel very strongly about giving back to the community.

Roger This: Turning Off The Gridlock Key

on October 19, 2016 - 12:39pm

From left. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director Viki Harrison and public interest attorney and author Bruce Berlin participate in a discussion on campaign finance reform Oct. 13 at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Rebecca Mercer is one of the most powerful women in politics, according to Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben Schreckinger in a story in Politico Magazine ((9/7/16). She is the daughter of billionaire Robert Mercer, who grew up in New Mexico and graduated from the

How The U.S. Failed In Excess Weapons Plutonium Disposition ... A Nuclear Sputnik Moment?

on October 17, 2016 - 10:48pm
Los Alamos

Putin’s withdrawal from the U.S./Russia agreement for each nation to destroy 34 tons of excess weapons plutonium, (W-Pu) enough for 17,000 nuclear weapons, is more the consequence of U.S. technical failure than the deterioration of an international relationship. Both nations agreed that the plutonium be either destroyed by fission or converted to a plutonium isotopic form that was not useful for weapons. Russia chose to build a fast-spectrum nuclear reactor in hopes of launching a new breeder technology. The U. S.

Pastor Granillo: Difference Between Ham And Eggs

on October 16, 2016 - 7:44am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

The Difference Between Ham and Eggs.

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” Martina Navratilova

I wonder how many Christians today are involved rather than committed to obedience to God’s commands. How many Christians get involved with loving God and loving their neighbor instead of being committed to loving God and loving their neighbor? I wonder how many people have really considered the difference.

Asa, the great-great-grandson of king David, was also a king of Judah.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 15, 2016 - 7:43am


Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas

on October 13, 2016 - 4:45pm
Tiny graveyard. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Halloween’s just around the corner. If you like to decorate for Halloween, it’s not too late to enhance your haunted house, add a touch of fright to party decor, or prepare for trick-or-treaters. Here are a few of my favorites…

Tiny Ghost Town
I saw this last year in a magazine and it turned out terrific. Matte black spray paint or dark gray craft paint will turn craft store birdhouses into an eerie mini landscape. To bump up the creep factor, add oversized spiders to your scene.

Billowing Ghosts
The two ghosts pictured are about 25

Chandler: Sustaining Our Character

on October 13, 2016 - 2:04pm
County Council Candidate

Over the course of my campaign for county council, I have worked hard to talk to as many residents as possible. As of today, I personally have knocked on over 1,600 doors, walked in every neighborhood, spoken to hundreds of residents. 

The people with whom I spoke spanned a wide range of demographics – long term residents, people relatively new to town, home owners and renters; parents, grandparents and singles; young and older folks, some from other cultures and countries.

Woods: Why I'm Running For County Clerk

on October 13, 2016 - 2:03pm
County Clerk Candidate

I’m Amy Woods and I am running for Los Alamos County Clerk. I grew up here in Los Alamos. Our family came to Los Alamos when it was a closed military town and everyone had to have a badge or an escort. Clearly, things have changed a lot, however, I have inherited Carlotta and BB McInteer’s commitment to contribute to the community. 

I returned to Los Alamos after living in a variety of places.

McQuiston: Drinking And Driving

on October 13, 2016 - 2:03pm
The local driver of this vehicle hit earlier this month by a drunken driver fortunately walked away. Courtesy photo
The Jemez Agency

So a week and a half ago I got a call at 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning from one of our clients. He was badly shaken up from an accident the night before. He was driving on a four lane highway just outside of Santa Fe when out of nowhere a drunk driver hit him. His car did two 360's, rolled and ended up on the concrete median wall. 

By the grace of God, wearing a seat belt and driving a well-built car, he walked away. Shaken, but alive.

Sheriff Duties Can Be Handled By Police Department

on October 13, 2016 - 1:45pm

This is a graph showing the processes of service requests for the first seven months of this year for the Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office. Courresy image

Los Alamos

If you are concerned about the ability and capacity of the Police Department to handle the work done by the Sheriff’s department, please consider the actual statistics and volume of work performed by the Sheriff department.

The Sheriff was formerly required to provide service of process for the courts.

How The Hen House Turns—Horse Mysteries

on October 11, 2016 - 3:27pm
How the Hen House Turns—Horse Mysteries
By Cary Neeper
Horses have always puzzled me. As a child, for no good reason, I was afraid of the horse who grazed in the fields on the other side of the hill across the stream.
During our 46 years in Los Alamos, I was cautious when taking the children, then grandchildren, to visit the friendly horses on North Mesa. I was delighted when our Indianapolis granddaughters had a chance to care for a horse during their camp experiences. The mystery deepened recently when I watched the Olympic display of intricate footwork-- Dressage.
How could

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Deepwater Horizon'

on October 10, 2016 - 11:45am
Los Alamos
“Deepwater Horizon” is the latest disaster flick to hit the theaters. It tells the seat-gripping story of events that led to that oil exploration rig erupting on April 20, 2010.
Eleven men lost their lives that day, and the oil and sludge continued to gush into the Gulf of Mexico for another 87 days.
‘Deepwater Horizon’ movie poster. Courtesy image
This would prove to be America’s largest environmental disaster, polluting the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast.
This is not a film about the environmental ramifications of the Deepwater

The Elephant In The Room: ‘Meet & Greet’ GOP CD-3, County Council, County Clerk Candidates Thursday

on October 10, 2016 - 10:15am
The Elephant in the Room
By The Republican Party of Los Alamos
The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a “Meet and Greet” for GOP candidates running for County Clerk, County Council, and U.S. House of Representatives at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at UNM-Los Alamos.
Republican candidates sheduled to attend the GOP “Meet and Greet” and participate in the League of Women Voter’s Forum, which follows at 7 p.m .at UNM-LA include:
  • Michael Romero – U.S. House of Representatives, CD-3;
  • Naomi Maestas – Los Alamos County Clerk;
  • Incumbent Steven Girrens – Los Alamos County Council;

Pastor Granillo: A House Of Hope

on October 9, 2016 - 7:00am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

A House of Hope.

In 1 Chronicles, chapter 17, we read that David is grateful for all of the things that God has done for him. In response to his love for God, David decided that he wanted to build God a permanent house. David wanted to build the temple. When he finally heard back from the prophet Nathan concerning this, instead of giving him His blessing, God tells David “No, you will not build me a house. Instead, I will build one for you.”

God had blessed David, protected David, brought victories to David, and peace to Israel through David’s

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

on October 7, 2016 - 8:49am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is appropriate entertainment for older teens and adults, young and old, during this pre-Halloween season. Tim Burton directed this adventure-fantasy, based on a popular young adult novel by Ransom Riggs. Though the film is not especially scary, there are creatures in the film that do come close. But some of these may just tickle your funny bone.
The story may surprise you, traveling in time as it does between two eras in history (1943 and 2016), two points on a well-studied map (suburban Florida and an

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 7, 2016 - 7:24am

DNCU To Unveil New Branch In Santa Fe

on October 6, 2016 - 2:53pm

DNCU to open new branch in 2017 at 604 West San Mateo in Santa Fe. Courtesy/DNCU

 DNCU News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), voted Santa Fe’s Best Credit Union in 2016 by the readers of The Santa Fe Reporter, has made significant progress on a top‐to‐bottom renovation of a pre‐existing structure at 604 West San Mateo in Santa Fe.

This location in Santa Fe near the St. Michael’s corridor will serve members in the busy mid Santa Fe area, near many businesses and offices. It is anticipated that the new DNCU branch will be open for business in summer 2017.

The architecture of the

Smart Design With Suzette: Photography

on October 6, 2016 - 2:26pm
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Recently my youngest daughter had the opportunity to experience a photo session with local photographer, Paulina Gwaltney. From the moment we stepped into Paulina’s boutique studio, we could tell she had a great devotion for creating portraits. Her artful display of photographs was very impressive. As a professional that wants to help educate others, Paulina would like to share her knowledge with you, so you too, can artistically display your portraits at home. Paulina…

Beautiful photographs are something everyone likes to have.

Charter Schools In New Mexico: Virtual Charters - Pros and Cons

on October 6, 2016 - 2:23pm

Part 3

Charter schools are the hot topic in education nationally.

Virtual charters, of which there are three in the state, took center stage during a three-day session of the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) at the state capitol last week.

Lawmakers recognized the need to develop rules to oversee these growing online schools, especially since some are of the opinion that the schools’ connections to for-profit companies flies in the face of state statute.

Legislators said virtual schools are something they have been talking about since 2014, but