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This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 27, 2015 - 7:34am
Reel Deal Theater

Our summer schedule begins this Friday, May 29, which means early matinees everyday through the summer!

Los Alamos National Bank will again sponsor “Summer at the Movies” beginning in June. These kid friendly films are free to the public at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Films and dates to be announced.

This Friday we are opening Aloha starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Tomorrowland, Mad Max, and Pitch Perfect 2 are holding for another week. Avengers will end this Thursday. Ex Machina and Spy will open June 5.

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Solo Traveler: Technology Changes Culture

on May 26, 2015 - 7:31am
La Plaza del Chorro y Lavaderos Publicos in San Miguel de Allende. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Public wash basins used to wash clothing in earlier times. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler

Many years ago I attended a lecture by an anthropologist who had grown up in Cochiti Pueblo.

When he was a kid, his family lived in a traditional extended family home. Because the only heat in the small adobe house was a wood stove in the kitchen, the family gathered around the kitchen table in the evenings. The kids did their homework and his grandparents told stories.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Tomorrowland'

on May 26, 2015 - 7:03am
Los Alamos

“Tomorrowland”, which opened Friday, is part Baby Boomer nostalgia, part encouragement for teenage idealists, and part inspiration for even younger dreamers.

It is a simple enough story for older elementary kids to follow and visually intriguing enough for adults to be entertained. For some, the last scenes get a bit preachy, but the message is clear: keep dreaming and let hope be your guide.

George Clooney plays a grown up Frank Walker, a boy genius whose story opens the movie.

Proposed Los Alamos Bag Ban Bad For Environment And Freedom

on May 20, 2015 - 1:50pm
By PAUL J. GESSING, President
Rio Grande Foundation

The Los Alamos County Council is considering banning plastic grocery bags. More than 200 municipalities in the United States, including two in New Mexico – Santa Fe and Silver City – have banned the distribution of lightweight plastic shopping bags.

Proponents of bag bans, specifically the Sierra Club, claim they will reduce litter and protect the marine environment, diminish our consumption of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce waste, and save taxpayers’ money.

Unfortunately, the supposed environmental benefits of

Food On The Hill: Dino Kale Chips

on May 19, 2015 - 8:49am

Kale chips. Photo by Felicia Orth
Food On The Hill
Los Alamos

Dino Kale Chips

Kale chips are easy and inexpensive to make, and fun to eat. The kale that tastes best as a chip is Lacinato kale, also referred to as “Dino kale” or “Tuscan kale.” Lacinato kale was cultivated in Italy in the 18th century, and grown in Thomas Jefferson’s garden in 1777. 

To assure crisp, delicious chips, just observe a few pointers: make sure the kale leaves are dry before oiling. Use very little oil and salt and bake the leaves in a single layer on the baking pan.

Yang: Abundancy & Motivation 3.0

on May 18, 2015 - 9:24pm
Los Alamos

Abundancy & Motivation 3.0

When we enter the world, are we wired to be passive and inert? Or are we wired to be active and engaged?” I can’t imagine anyone with a functioning mind would answer the former. And as adults, wouldn’t we prefer to work in the latter mode, engaging our minds to be in charge?

One of the comparisons I learned from Mr. Dan Pink’s TED talk on motivation and his book, Drive, has become my favorite: In 1995, Microsoft began a monumental project to assemble the information needed for their “encyclopedia on CD-ROMs, and later online.” “On Oct.

How The Hen House Turns: Roosters In Danger

on May 18, 2015 - 7:07am
How the Hen House Turns
Roosters In Danger

After growing up well defended from crows, Peeper took on a masterful air that defied assault. He would watch with indifference as the crows landed within the chicken pen and took a few grains of leftover corn. They were nearly as tall as the hens, but were shaped more like bullets than pears, which made for a strange assortment of silhouettes strutting about the pen.

Eventually, the crows would sidle up to one of the hens and try a few quick swipes with their beaks before the master of the yard, now a handsome

Smart Design With Suzette – Classic Design

on May 17, 2015 - 9:06am

Classic kitchen with a wow factor. Courtesy photo

Smart Design With Suzette – Classic Design
Los Alamos

I’ve written about how to get started in a kitchen remodel, how to create a budget and touched on schematic design. Next, learn what’s timeless, classic so your remodel won’t look dated in five years.

Classic with a hint of AWESOME

When renovating, it's easy to overlook the details when there are so many decisions to be made. If you want a classic look with a “wow factor” – it’s definitely in the details.

The choice of backsplash, countertop, sink, soft-close hinges

Home Country By Slim Randles: Big Bang Theory?

on May 17, 2015 - 8:00am
Home Country

Instead of the philosophy counter, we were at the righteous round table yesterday, because Herb got there first and he picked. It’s a good venue at the Mule Barn truck stop when you’re expecting more than three or four members of the world dilemma think tank.

But we weren’t expecting Windy.

Here he came, Alphonse “Windy” Wilson, feed store philosopher extraordinaire, and parlayer of his own peculiar palaver.

Hi guys,” Windy said, “what a treat to discover you all here in togetherness this fine morning.”

“We’re here every morning, Windy, drag up a chair,”


Pastor Granillo: Monsters Under The Bed

on May 17, 2015 - 7:55am
Los Alamos

Having four kids of my own, I instantly know the cries of a child who has just had a nightmare. My response is instinctive—I don’t even have to think about it. I instantly jump out of bed and run to comfort my child. 

Each one of my kids has had that night when they swear there was a monster under the bed. That feeling of terror is one that I myself have not forgotten from my own childhood. I wonder if anyone can ever really forget what it’s like to be absolutely scared of something that may or may not exist.

Even as an adult, my monsters haven’t

NMED Secretary: A Safer New Mexico

on May 15, 2015 - 7:31am

A Safer New Mexico
By Cabinet Secretary Ryan Flynn
New Mexico Environment Department

A little more than a year ago, a drum of transuranic waste packed with incompatible materials ruptured after being transported 300 miles through New Mexico from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad. When the drum ruptured and released radiation into the atmosphere, Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration moved quickly and decisively.

Immediately after being notified of the release, the New Mexico Environment Department was on the ground in

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: The Human Ecology Of Ponderosa Trees

on May 14, 2015 - 7:38am

This is the perfect tree for climbing and taking turns going up. Mothers can climb it as well. Photo by Robert Dryja


PEEC Amateur Naturalist
The Human Ecology of Ponderosa Trees
We tend to think of the ecology of the natural world as separate from what people do or the way they live. This difference quickly disappears when children and parents together explore the forests around Los Alamos. A good observation point is between the new Nature Center and the Jewish Center, where an arroyo divides a small forest of ponderosa trees into two sections.
Remarkable things

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 13, 2015 - 11:12am
Real Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road. Avengers: Age of Ultron is holding for another week along with Hot Pursuit. The Water Diviner and Monkey Kingdom are ending this Thursday.

Movie poster for 'Pitch Perfect 2' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Pitch Perfect 2: Reprising the kind of musical performances, campus hi-jinks, stinging humor and sassy sisterhood put in place by its eminently likable predecessor; Pitch, Perfect 2 remixes the elements and comes up with something even slicker and sharper.

Pajarito Rambler: First Flowers On The High Perimeter Trail

on May 13, 2015 - 9:47am
The Pajarito Rambler
Los Alamos
First Flowers On The High Perimeter Trail

Last weekend’s rain and snow have provided the much-needed moisture for the first of the wildflowers on the high Perimeter Trail (northern section). 

This loop trail is one of this rambler’s very favorites with spectacular views of the entire Rio Grande valley. It provides a field trip on wildfire ecology and regrowth.

The Perimeter Trail was built by many volunteers immediately after the Cerro Grande Fire fifteen years ago this month and this hike covers only a 2-mile segment.

The loop that


Food On The Hill: Fresh Fruit Salad With Spearmint

on May 12, 2015 - 9:56am
Food on the Hill
Los Alamos
This week's recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad with Spearmint
Felicia Orth/

A few things I know about fresh fruit salad:

  • Everybody likes it. Really, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t.
  • It’s not tricky to prepare. Time-consuming if, like me, you are scrupulous about washing it all carefully and chopping everything into bite-size chunks, but not otherwise challenging.
  • It’s always colorful, even if you only pay a little attention to that sort of thing.
  • No recipe is needed.

Living Well Los Alamos: Whole Grains

on May 11, 2015 - 9:29am
Living Well Los Alamos
Los Alamos
Whole Grains

Health experts agree that half of our daily grain serving should come from whole grains. Whole grains may reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

People who regularly consume three daily servings of whole grains may also have lower rates of obesity and lower cholesterol. Whole grains contain valuable phytochemicals and antioxidants, as well as folic acid, vitamins B and E, iron, fiber, magnesium and selenium.

Grains are composed of the bran, germ and endosperm.

Yang: Can We Please Let Go Of Carrot-And-Stick Shtick?

on May 11, 2015 - 9:17am
Los Alamos

Can We Please Let Go Of Carrot-And-Stick Shtick?

When I read my previous column's suggested article, How Successful People Overcome Toxic Bosses (link), I felt more depressed than hopeful. Evidently, there are a lot of horrible bosses out there, requiring us to develop strategies to keep them at bay. What a waste of energy and time, both of which are such precious resources for our work and life. 

A different perspective that places more responsibilities on bosses (link) evokes in me a slightly more positive reaction.

Observations Of A Fly On The Wall At The Merry Roundhouse

on May 10, 2015 - 11:49am
Los Alamos

I served many of my eight years on the Los Alamos County Council as a member of its state legislative committee. In that role, I frequently visited with elected legislators (in both House and Senate), lobbyists, and staff. It was a close-up view of the legislature from the “outside.”

This year I had the opportunity to view the legislature from the “inside” as a staff member, an analyst for the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee (HRPAC). It was illuminating, although there were few surprises.

The basic job of legislative analysts is to study bills and

Pastor Granillo: Mom Was Right!

on May 10, 2015 - 10:57am
Los Alamos

Who are you? Who do you most resemble? Your mom? Your dad? Your best friend? Who influences your life?

I remember rolling my eyes when my mom would try to tell me that “so and so” was a bad influence. I couldn’t understand why she had so little faith in my own judgement and character that she thought I could be influenced. Chalk that up to another one of those things mom was right about—that column on my chalkboard is getting full!

Most parents today realize that their kids are influenced by others, and that who they hang out with really matters.

Smart Design With Suzette: Plan Your Kitchen Like A Pro

on May 10, 2015 - 7:08am
Design drawing for a kitchen remodel. Courtesy/Suzette Fox 
Smart Design With Suzette
Plan Your Kitchen Like a Pro

A kitchen can be filled with beautiful materials and finishes, but if the layout and space doesn't work well, it's not a successful design. A good space plan and flow are critical. Anyone who has tried working in a poorly designed kitchen knows this.

Kitchens have become the main gathering area of the house. We want more from our kitchens—we want them to really work for us and, at the same time, be beautiful.

I recommend working with a kitchen designer to

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Water Diviner'

on May 9, 2015 - 7:59am


The Water Diviner presents Russell Crowe as an early 20th century Outback farmer named Joshua Connor, skilled at divining to find water for his livestock—thus the title. This is Crowe’s directorial debut and another example of his fine acting.

Movie poster for 'The Water Diviner.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Connor’s idyllic farming life is disrupted when his three rambunctious and loyal sons enlist to fight in World War One. All three were shipped off to Gallipoli where we know Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops suffered a 60 percent casualty rate.

Home Matters With Sarah: You Found The Perfect House ... What Do You Do Next?

on May 7, 2015 - 8:06am
Home Matters
Mortgage Loan Specialist
You have decided to buy a house.
You met with your mortgage lender to make sure you would qualify for a mortgage loan and get an idea of how much you could afford. You met with your realtor and started looking at houses that were in your price range. You found the perfect house! What do you do next?
The Offer:
You and your realtor will begin drafting an offer to purchase that will be submitted to the sellers.

Council Corner: By Council Chair Kristin Henderson

on May 6, 2015 - 1:06pm
Los Alamos County Council Chair

Why does Los Alamos Need a Brand?

As the Chair of the County Council, one of the biggest concerns I hear – and am also concerned with – is the idea of expanding beyond being a “one-horse town.”

As a local government, there are several ways to try to encourage that, some harder than others.

The first is to have policies that support the local businesses here now; this is a high priority for this Council, and the Staff knows and is working on that.

Another is to have policies that encourage Lab spinoffs; this has a lot of

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 6, 2015 - 11:30am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The Water Diviner and Hot Pursuit. Avengers: Age of Ultron is holding for another week along with Monkey Kingdom. I saw Monkey Kingdom last night and it had me laughing within the first minute. The monkeys are adorable, the cinematography is amazing like, “how do they get that footage?” Well it took three years of filming in Sri Lanka. The plot is easy to follow and one that will be familiar to kids (bad guys vs, good guys and family and love.

Food On The Hill: Apple Currant Coriander Granola

on May 5, 2015 - 10:13am
Dorothy Hoard on Beanfield Mesa Oct. 27, 2012. Photo by Felicia Orth
Los Alamos

Dorothy Hoard was, from the beginning, a steady and popular leader of many of the outdoor adventures offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

She led many, many hikes over the years: to teach about plant identification, to preserve dendroglyphs, to explore Bandelier and the Valles Caldera, to visit homesteader sites, to protect cultural sites in White Rock Canyon and historic roads, and to check on ecological recovery following catastrophic fires.

The last time I hiked