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McQuiston: Baby It's Cold Outside, And Inside Too!

on January 16, 2017 - 10:12am
The Jemez Agency
You know that household heating and cooling systems can stop working at any time. And it's always at a bad time and it's never cheap to fix.
Although you might take them for granted, you probably depend on several major equipment systems to keep your home comfortable. You might assume that your homeowners policy would cover the cost of repairs to these systems should they break down. But the fact is that mechanical breakdown is not a covered cause of loss under most traditional homeowners policies.
Is there anything you can do to adequately

Classical Music World: Return Of The Violin

on January 15, 2017 - 10:22am
The Return of the Violin poster. Courtesy image
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Since the announcement that violin super-star Joshua Bell will be performing here Feb. 3, I have been asked many times how we managed to entice him to come to Los Alamos. This is an artist who definitely does not need to land a gig in the Duane Smith Auditorium to make ends meet. He can play anywhere in the world he wants and does.

The idea to bring Bell here was planted about 3 years ago when I was bowled over by an Israeli documentary about his violin.

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 15, 2017 - 7:27am
Organized closet. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Getting Eaten By Zombies

on January 15, 2017 - 7:03am

Los Alamos  

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 (NIV)

Every parent who has more than one child and a video game console has heard phrases like, “Turn around and push X,” or “You’re going the wrong way, the zombies are going to eat you!” Don’t forget the infamous, “Here, let me do it for you!”

It’s funny (or not), but as I listened to my oldest son get frustrated at my youngest daughter, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my brothers and me playing Contra and doing the same thing.

Peanuts Gang Grows Up Hard In First Rate Production Of 'Dog Sees God' At LALT's Performing Arts Center

on January 14, 2017 - 3:38pm

The friends party hard in 'Dog Sees God'. Photo by Larry Gibbons

CB (Stuart Rupprecht) ponders the death of his beloved Beagle. Photo by Larry Gibbons


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" opened Friday at the Performing Arts Center. The play, written by Bert V. Royal presents the Peanuts gang from the comic strip during their teenage years. Sex, drugs and rock and roll have hit them hard and they aren’t ready. CB (guess who?) is at the center of the story.

Royal’s reimagining of these familiar

Pereyra: Governor, I Implore You To Find Alternatives To Cuts In Education

on January 14, 2017 - 9:00am
Los Alamos
Today, I began to hear more and more about the proposed cuts to education and state employees.
It breaks my heart to think that so many will be effected by these cuts and many of those individuals are those educating the future of America. I have worked in the public schools for two years now and the pay is not the best.
Individuals in the education profession do not educate for the money, but because we are passionate.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico React To Governor Martinez’s Budget Proposal

on January 13, 2017 - 4:14pm
By STEPHANIE LY, President
American Federation of Teachers New Mexico
Yesterday, Gov. Martinez released her proposed budget to address the projected historic $69 million gap in our State finances, and in typical fashion, she peppered citizens with neatly-packaged sound bites whilst ignoring the serious realities facing our State. She continues to believe it is more important cut jobs and give tax cuts than for the ability of the citizens she governs to put food on the table and a roof over their head.
Blaming others for the shortfall instead of taking accountability for her actions,

McQuiston: What To Consider Before You Commit To Non-Profit Board

on January 13, 2017 - 4:09pm
The Jemez Agency
I was having a conversation with one of my clients about serving on a newly formed non-profit. 
He was all excited about helping out this wonderful new endeavor. But I told him there are risks involved anytime you try be a good guy. I did some research and found an article I tailored to reflect my views.
Community involvement can be a rewarding experience. It offers a unique opportunity to make a difference in the community where you live and work.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 12, 2017 - 3:49pm

Hall: UNM-LA Is A True Treasure In Our Community

on January 12, 2017 - 7:30am
UNM-LA Advisory Board

When the last time you paid 50 cents for a loaf of bread? For most of us, it was around 1980, the same year that our community voted for a 1 mil levy to launch our local college, UNM-LA. Today that same loaf of bread costs somewhere between $2-$5 depending on how fancy you get, but most people keep buying bread, because warm, fresh bread is nourishing of the body and fulfilling of our mind’s pleasure sensors.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Reach Out

on January 12, 2017 - 7:28am
Los Alamos

As I continue my journey to improve overall well-being and the well-being of those around me, in the last few weeks I have committed to reducing the amount of sugar I consume to less than 24 grams and drinking two to three liters of water per day.

I did not have a problem meeting either goal as I was slayed by a nasty virus for a full week that left me unable to do much but lay on the couch watching PBS period dramas and sipping water all day.

As I started to feel better all I felt like eating was a bowl of cereal.

Review: Annual Report Of DOE National Laboratories

on January 11, 2017 - 6:46pm
Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy. Courtesy/Idaho National Laboratory
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the change of presidential administrations approaches, the Department of Energy has summed up the current status of its disparate operations

and research arms, also known as the DOE National Laboratories. The annual state of the laboratories report (ASLR) was released Tuesday during a press conference with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The report reviews the effectiveness of the 17 labs located around the country, although its target audience is mostly located on

Pastor Raul: Mac And Cheese Theology

on January 8, 2017 - 5:36am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
I have always been a fan of fresh meat. There is just something amazing about opening a package of 2” thick tenderloins from a steer that I knew had been spoiled on grass.
After having four kids, my wife and I decided that not only was fresh meat a healthier choice, but it was also a much more affordable one. What we learned, however, was that young children do not typically appreciate a good steak as much as we do. I was mortified to find out that my babies were more content with mac and cheese than a rib-eye! What to do?
I know that my

Amateur Naturalist: Two Streams Of The Valles Caldera

on January 7, 2017 - 6:16am
Streams form meanders when they cross the broad level valleys of the Valles Caldera. Photo by Robert Dryja
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Two streams of the Valles Caldera
By Robert Dryja
The streams of the Valles Caldera share similar characteristics but also have their differences. The East Fork of the Jemez River and the Rito de los Indios (Rito) are two examples of similarities and differences. The East Fork is the major stream for the southern side of the Valles Caldera, flowing across the Valle Grande. The San Antonio is the major stream for the northern side of the Valles Caldera.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 6, 2017 - 12:18pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews … Passengers

on January 5, 2017 - 3:20pm
Los Alamos
“Passengers” is compelling science fiction, complete with ethical dilemmas, cool looking technology and true romance.
It stars Chris Pratt (Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss in Hunger Games) as two of the 5,000 passengers and 278 crew on board a huge, colony-bound space ship.
We learn that Jim (Pratt), a mechanical engineer, got a discounted trip since he has a skill set needed on the planet.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Drink More Water

on January 5, 2017 - 9:18am
Los Alamos

As I mentioned last week my new year endeavor is to adopt one new behavior each week that brings me, my family, and the planet a little closer to better health.

Last week I committed to eating less than six teaspoons of sugar each day. I thought this would be a relatively easy way to reduce calories and eliminate an unhealthy food from my diet. Good lord I did not know what I was getting into!

First there is just the math of converting grams to teaspoons (who invented teaspoons and tablespoons anyway?) To make it easier I switched to metric and instead of

This Year ... Bring On The Moisture

on January 5, 2017 - 9:02am
This Year ... Bring On The Moisture
By June English, LE and Jennifer Linder M.D.
One of the most important attributes for skin is hydration, no matter what time of year.
During the colder, drier winter months it becomes more of a challenge to achieve this. However, it can be done by understanding how the skin functions, as well as adopting therapies to introduce and lock moisture into the skin. Anyone can achieve balanced, hydrated skin throughout the seasons.
Where moisture is concerned, the Stratum Corneum (SC) plays an important role in the function, health, and maintenance of

Wadt: On Supporting The School Bond

on January 4, 2017 - 7:01am
Los Alamos
The ballots for the 2017 school bond were mailed out Jan. 3. There are many good reasons to vote yes. I want to focus on two of them.
For nearly 20 years, I have been involved in the school bond process as a community member. During that time what has impressed me the most is how seriously school leaders have taken their obligation to taxpayers and to students on getting the most out of every school bond dollar. The decisions to integrate new construction and renovation have maximized attractive classroom space for the available funding.

Pastor Granillo: Uncommon Peace

on January 1, 2017 - 5:56am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
“It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” (Acts 26:14 NIV)
I woke up Friday morning to find my 7-year- old little girl curled up next to me. I looked at the clock and thought, “I really need to start the day,” but I couldn’t bring myself to do anything but lay beside this sweet little girl.
She looked so peaceful with her head on my arm holding my hand. I laid there, next to her, and enjoyed the sensation of absolute peace for another hour before I was rudely disturbed by the alarm clock. Let the chaos begin!
Everyone, regardless of

Review: Frank Harlow’s Adventures In Physics And Pueblo Pottery

on December 31, 2016 - 10:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Francis H. “Frank” Harlow was a unique human being with a boundless curiosity and a lifetime of devotion to some very serious interests. A one-of-a-kind physicist, he also was a passionate naturalist and artist. Along with his scientific breakthroughs in the field of fluid dynamics, he may be best known for his role as a collector, connoisseur and authority on Pueblo pottery.

His breadth of interests is only partly captured in the title of his autobiography, “Adventures in Physics and Pueblo Pottery: Memoirs of a Los Alamos Scientist.

McQuiston: Fireplace Maintenance And Safety

on December 31, 2016 - 7:22am
The Jemez Agency
The wood is stacked, the flue is open and the match is in hand. You’re about to enjoy a wonderful winter evening by the fire. Just know this first: Heat sources ignite more than 50,000 home fires in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
We’re not trying to put a damper on the mood. We just want your fire to be as safe as it is warm, so here are five fireplace safety tips to remember:
  • Maintain your fireplace, chimney and the surrounding area: Each year, ideally before your first fire of the season, bring in a certified

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Next?

on December 30, 2016 - 4:05pm
Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Residential construction leaders have begun predicting green building trends for 2017.

Most homebuyers aren’t looking for a LEED label on a new home, but they are looking for high performance and comfort.

That’s the consensus from builders and other industry professionals who have participated in the Excellence & Building Conference in Texas.

Here’s an overview of insights and trends shared by building professionals.


Energy/Water Efficiency
When homebuyers were surveyed, the tops “must haves” in a home were energy and water efficiency.

Tales Of Our Times: Different Words Tell Similar Things

on December 30, 2016 - 8:20am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Different Words Tell Similar Things

All our tilling here once a month has earned a winter break from the work of green concerns and the weight of varied prospects. For the holiday, I offer a poem by Peggy Pond Church.

Peggy Pond came to the Pajarito Plateau in 1914 as the daughter of Ashley Pond Jr., the eventual founder of the Los Alamos Ranch School. In 1924, she married Fermor Church, an engineering graduate of Harvard, who had come to teach at the fledgling school.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 29, 2016 - 2:01pm