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Roger This: Separating Fact From Fiction In The Clean-Up Plan

on September 29, 2016 - 4:33pm
TRU wastes from 1979 to 1987 is contained in 33 lined shafts in the eastern portion of Area G. Radiation in these shafts is significant, requiring remote handling, but the total volume of waste amounts to only a few cubic meters. From the 2016 Clean Up Lifecycle Estimate Summary. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
The schedule for the legacy cleanup of radioactive waste and contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory headed into extended overtime last week.
Department of Energy managers now project a completion date that would stretch into another

SGR: How Are The Children?

on September 29, 2016 - 9:47am
Dist.43: Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba
How Are The Children?

As a mother, I am heart broken by the senseless tragedies plaguing our state. As a Legislator, I am outraged by the repeated lack of action that has now led to the deaths of two young children and multiple police officers.

Within the next few days, Governor Martinez will call a special session to deal with the projected $500 million budget deficit and a few 'tough on crime' pieces of legislation.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Cañada Bonita – Autumn Comes To The High Country

on September 29, 2016 - 8:21am

Aspen leaves are close at hand and glow in the sun along the trail less traveled. Photo by Bob Dryja

PEEC Amateur Naturalist
By Robert Dryja
Cañada Bonita Autumn Comes to the High Country
The Cañada Bonita trail diverges into two trails in a wood, much as is expressed by Robert Frost in his poem.
One trail is much more traveled and wider. The other trail is more of a narrow grassy path. Autumn is arriving in the high country. The less traveled trail can bring a person closer to this autumnal world while the other leads to grandeur.
Both trails merge for a while when approaching

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'The Magnificent Seven'

on September 29, 2016 - 7:45am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“The Magnificent Seven”, a classic western from 1960, has been remade for modern audiences.
As remakes go, this one is well done, respecting the genre and adding just enough humor to balance with the final, inevitable bloodbath. The plot, copied in the 1960 version from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 movie, Seven Samurai, remains.
The setting, however, is a small town called Rose Creek in the late 1800s West, settled by homesteaders, now taken over by a robber baron in the business of mining gold.
Peter Saarsgaard plays the truly evil mine owner,

Henderson: Vote To Abolish Office Of Sheriff

on September 27, 2016 - 6:39pm
Los Alamos County Council
I am voting FOR County Question #1, to eliminate the Office of Sheriff in Los Alamos. I encourage everyone who believes in good government, strong public safety, and reduction of unnecessary risk to do the same.
Typically, a Sheriff provides law enforcement in County, or rural, areas. The Sheriff position in Los Alamos has no law enforcement duties, and Los Alamos has no County-only, or rural, land. All of the county land in Los Alamos is incorporated into the municipality of Los Alamos.

Living Well Los Alamos: The 4 H’s―Head, Heart, Hands And Health

on September 27, 2016 - 3:36pm
Los Alamos
The green four-leaf clover with the white H’s may conjure images of raising rabbits or baking a cake.
But 4-H is this and so much more. Youth from large cities to rural areas can and do participate in 4-H. For instance, youth in Los Alamos participate in archery, .22 pistol and shotgun projects as well as competing in the District competition in Raton. New Mexico State University 4H offers a variety of programs including Robotics, Karate, Vegetable Gardening, Fashion Design, even a Clowning project, to name just a few.
4-H has a long history of

Brunner: Don’t Forget Small Business Contributions To Job Creation

on September 27, 2016 - 8:26am
USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner
State Director
USDA Rural Development
We’ve witnessed meager economic growth and rising unemployment in New Mexico since the Great Recession. So it comes as no surprise that New Mexicans are very excited about the new Facebook facility coming to Los Lunas.
For all the attention garnered by that high-profile victory, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that a comprehensive economic recovery strategy for our state must also give strong consideration to our largest job creators in New Mexico: small businesses.

Pastor Granillo: Mighty Warrior

on September 25, 2016 - 7:53am
Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

Mighty Warrior.

Most everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. How a small boy with a big heart took down the enemy’s prize warrior, who was a giant compared to most people. From there, David only became more famous in Israel. He led the king’s armies to many victories. He was revered for his courage and faith under great pressure and against great adversaries. 1 Chronicles 11 tells us that David was made king and then began fortifying the kingdom and building cities.

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing With Pets In Mind

on September 24, 2016 - 7:17am

Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

All this while, I’ve been writing and posting about how to make your home beautiful and make it a more beautiful place for YOU to live in. Have you ever thought about your pets?

Pets — they’re our pals, our TV-watching sofa buddies and our motivation to get outside and take a walk. There’s no denying that dogs (or cats) are man’s best friend, but they’re not always easy to live with.

Maybe you find yourself repeatedly tripping over the water dish, endlessly searching for the leash, or dealing with an undesirable litter box stench.

An Open Book: The Law Of Common Sense

on September 23, 2016 - 5:59pm

Los Alamos

I don’t know if this is a common occurrence, but the relatively leisurely birth of our first son, led Terry and I to take an accordingly leisurely reaction when labor pains started for our second one. Although we lived a 40-minute drive from the hospital, the contractions were mild and irregular, so we went about our business with the confidence of experienced parents. However, Jacob suddenly decided that he had had enough in a cramped space, and off we were, flying down U.S. Route 3 in the middle of the night toward Boston Beth Israel Hospital.

HB 145 - A Department Chair Perspective

on September 23, 2016 - 1:52pm
Los Alamos

Statements in the local media have represented House Bill 145 as something that only union shills could vote against. However, anyone that has followed the use of adjunct faculty in education should understand that there are actually serious reasons why one might not vote for it, at least in its current form.

Prior to my retirement from a 15-year stint as a university department chair, I often hired adjunct instructors to meet our teaching needs, so I am quite familiar with “the good, the bad and the ugly” of this process.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 23, 2016 - 6:46am

Roger This: Stand, Tread Or Fidget

on September 23, 2016 - 6:28am
Standing desk. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
In recent years, concerns have grown around the country about the widespread health risks associated with our sedentary work lives. Two researchers from the Endocrine Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic looked into the question of “How Much Do We Really Sit?”
Writing in the journal Obesity in 2009, they expressed what may seem like an obvious fact: “Work days are associated with more sitting and less walking/standing time than leisure days.” One of many piece-meal studies that has left open lot of questions from

How The Hen House Turns: Whistles Work

on September 21, 2016 - 7:33am
How The Hen House Turns
Formerly of Los Alamos
There is an ongoing disagreement about birdfeeders—a balancing act between the joy that people have in watching the birds, and the birds' need to know how to find wild food.
We have enjoyed the company of Los Alamos's scrub jays over the years. One took peanuts from our hands, one fluffed on the porch rail when he saw us eating breakfast, one made it quite clear that he wanted his peanut on the porch rail, nowhere else.
This spring, when the squirrels took over our bird feeder, emptying it at every sitting, we decided

McQuiston: Things You Need To Know About Rental Cars And Insurance

on September 20, 2016 - 8:21am
The Jemez Agency
Things You Need to Know About Rental Cars and Insurance
Despite the growing popularity of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, demand for rental cars continues to increase. Although there are many different situations in which you may need to rent a vehicle, the two most common are as a replacement for your primary vehicle after an accident or as a means of transportation when you’re traveling.
Understanding how your insurance applies in each of these situations can prepare you for the unexpected and help you to maintain your peace of

‘Not Quite Right’ Takes A Warm-hearted, Realistic Look At Dueling Expectations

on September 19, 2016 - 9:39am
Marty (Eric Bjorklund) and Carol (Dana Kline) share a warm moment. Photo by Larry Gibbons
Tom (Thomas Farrish) resists Sally’s (Gwen Lewis) attempts to cheer him up. Photo by Larry Gibbons

Review By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

This is the second time I’ve reviewed “Not Quite Right,” a cross generational dramady by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin and co-author  Elaine Jarvik. I first saw the play last February at Teatro Paraguqas. This more recent version opened Friday at Los Alamos Little Theatre.

Benjamin describes the play as “an upbeat comedic family drama.” 

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Decorate A Large, Blank Wall

on September 19, 2016 - 9:33am
3-D wall panels. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

We lean art against them and drill curtain rods into them, scuff them with chairs and sometimes ignore them completely.

When thoughtfully considered, these often overlooked features form the foundation of any decorating scheme and impart a finished look. Walls can dramatically transform a space, lending historical reference or sleek sophistication, eye-catching architectural detail or whimsical fun.

I’ve rounded up several inspiring treatments to help you think outside of the plain-white box and reinvent the walls that surround

Pastor Granillo: Encouraged

on September 18, 2016 - 6:11am
Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

I remember being discouraged when I was a kid because we were “poor”. It didn’t help when my older brother would tell me about how great his life was back when him and mom lived in Chicago. He would brag about her great job and how his toys were so absolutely amazing. I would look at mine and think, “This is just not fair. I’ll never have what he had.”

As an adult, I think it’s still easy for me to look around at the world and think, “I am so far behind successful people that I could never catch up.” It can be discouraging for anyone when we

Cinema Cindy Reviews… Sully

on September 16, 2016 - 9:16am
Cinema Cindy Reviews… Sully
“Sully” retells the story of the “Miracle on the Hudson”, the survival of 155 souls on board a flight forced to land in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The film is based on the book “Highest Duty” written by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot of that plane.
Sully’s story is fraught with complications.

O'Leary: A Single Excellent Police Department Is The Right Approach For Los Alamos

on September 15, 2016 - 12:20pm
By SUSAN O'LEARY, Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council
When Los Alamos County was incorporated as a special and unique type of small, one-community County, a conscious decision was made to have a single well-trained, well-funded professional law enforcement agency, the Los Alamos Police Department. At that time there was discussion about just having no Sheriff at all. Some say it was a close call, but the position of Sheriff was maintained as a largely ceremonial post with a nominal salary and a few administrative duties; probably as some kind of compromise decision.

The law of the County

Chandler: It’s Important To Preserve Home Rule

on September 15, 2016 - 12:11pm
Los Alamos County Council Candidate
Former Charter Review Committee Member

I had previously written about Los Alamos County’s unique status as an H class, incorporated county.  (LA Daily Post, June 21, 2016). I now address our County’s status as a home rule, incorporated county.

As an incorporated county, we benefitfrom the flexibility afforded home rule municipalities. Under common law, cities are limited in their authorities, and are allowed to exercise only those authorities grantedto them by the state legislature.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Mushrooms Along La Jara Trail

on September 15, 2016 - 9:13am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Mushrooms Along The La Jara Trail
It is late summertime and rain has been falling regularly for several weeks in the Valle Grande. Varieties of mushrooms are emerging from the ground or are growing on the sides of trees. 
The trail around the Cerro La Jara dome in the Valle Grande provides a visually pleasing setting in which to look for mushrooms. The Valle Grande is seen in any direction as the trail circles the dome. The dome was created as lava below pushed the level floor of the Valle Grande upwards.

Yang: Capital Isn’t Just About Money Or Equipment - Ignore Relationships At Your Peril

on September 15, 2016 - 9:07am
Los Alamos

When we hear “capital,” images immediately pop into our heads of money (in large amounts) or buildings or equipment. Of course, we realize and understand that people’s knowledge, skills and experiences are equally important, more in some businesses than in others. These less tangible assets are termed “human capital.” But in organizations, per Kenwyn Smith’s definition, it is the relations among parts, and the relations among relations, that really matter.

Senator Padilla: When Is The Special Session?

on September 15, 2016 - 9:03am
Majority Whip
New Mexico is facing a budget crisis of historic proportions, one that must be dealt with now, not later. The state budget crisis requires responsible cuts and reliable revenue sources.
For reasons that are difficult to fathom, the Governor and her Republican allies in the House of Representatives have been downplaying the seriousness of the budget crisis. Both the Governor and the Legislature have an obligation to fix the problem, not to pretend it doesn’t exist.
Now is the time for democrats and republicans to come together to solve this

McNiel: Homecoming 2016!

on September 12, 2016 - 9:34am
Los Alamos

What is Homecoming? Homecoming is a tradition started in 1911 by the University of Missouri in which schools welcomed students and alumni back to class for the new school year! It’s a party, a parade, a football game, a dance, and an election of court! It’s a celebration of the year to come!

But ... What does it mean to you?!?!?!

I started by asking a few alumni what homecoming meant to them.