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Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders Part 8 – A Big Problem Or Huge Opportunity?

on June 29, 2016 - 9:02am
Catabolic vs. Anabolic Leaders Part 8 – The Big Problem or A Huge Opportunity?
A company once sent two shoe salespeople to an area in Africa where they had never sold any shoes. One was of their senior, most experienced salesperson, Tonya, and they expected big things of her. The other was an optimistic rookie named Cynthia. She didn’t have much experience, but she had a lot of enthusiasm. They figured she might be able to sell a few pair of shoes.
Shortly after their arrival in Africa, Tonya, the experienced salesperson wrote the home office saying, “You might as

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Love & Friendship

on June 27, 2016 - 7:08am
Los Alamos

“Love and Friendship” is based on an unpublished 1790 novella called “Lady Susan” and written by Jane Austen (later author of Pride and Prejudice) when she was 18 years old.

Austen composed the story through a series of letters; in the movie the texts of these letters serve as the basis for long conversational expositions, thanks to screenwriter Whit Stillman. The action of the film takes place around 1790.

Movie poster for 'Love and Friendship. Courtesy photo

The lovely Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan Vernon, a youngish widow with a debutante-aged

Pastor Raul Granillo: Seeking God

on June 26, 2016 - 8:14am
Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

Seeking God.

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1 NIV).

When was the last time you earnestly sought something? For some it may have been a certain person that they found themselves attracted to. For others, it may have been that desperately needed new job. Maybe you just sought after a friendship. Or perhaps you simply find yourself earnestly seeking happiness in your life.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Central Intelligence'

on June 25, 2016 - 7:02am
Los Alamos

“Central Intelligence” is a light and humorous spy movie pairing regular guy Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) with hard-body CIA agent Bob Stone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). The movie is entertaining and often delightful, if also occasionally silly. This duo could make future buddy movies; they play off each other well.

Movie poster for 'Central Intelligence.' Courtesy photo

Calvin and his high school sweetheart, now wife, a smart lawyer named Maggie (Danielle Nicolet), live a comfortable lifestyle.

Councilor Column: About Our Incorporated County

on June 24, 2016 - 4:09pm

Los Alamos County Councilor

What aspect of Los Alamos County makes us different from the city of Santa Fe and the city of Albuquerque, yet similar to the cities of San Francisco, Nashville, Denver, Philadelphia and Anchorage?

The cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque reside on a portion of Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties, but San Francisco, and the rest of the list are combined city-counties, as is Los Alamos County.

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Time To Teach Civic Statistics

on June 24, 2016 - 12:34pm

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

Time To Teach Civic Statistics.

I've never been much for bumper-sticker slogans, because answers to anything are not five-words simple. Rule #1: Never say never. 

One fine day I found myself locked in Santa Fe traffic behind a bumper sticker as sage as Obi-Wan Kenobi of “Star Wars” fame. The wise sign said: Don’t Believe Everything You Think. ...First came a small twinkle. Then meanings came clear as stars at nightfall. A constellation or two took shape. And so this column.
Our expanding society is losing a sense

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 23, 2016 - 8:48pm

Chandler: Los Alamos’ Unique Form Of Government

on June 23, 2016 - 4:35pm
Los Alamos County Council Candidate
Former Charter Review Committee Member

People often refer to Los Alamos as unique. I sometimes think that the “uniqueness” adjective is overused. But there is one area where Los Alamos is truly unique – the structure under which we govern ourselves. The county is a H class, incorporated home rule county. By constitutional and statutory design there is no other community in the state like us.

Los Alamos County was created in 1949 from lands located in Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties.

Roger This: Andrew Jackson Goes To The Back Of The Bill

on June 19, 2016 - 1:28pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

In the past year Americans have engaged in a fascinating discussion about redesigning the images on our Federal Reserve notes, otherwise known as dollar bills or paper money. The discussion contains surprising relevance to ongoing current affairs.

On April 20, 2016, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew proclaimed that the lengthy dialogue would be resolved by putting a portrait of Harriet Tubman on one side of the $20 bill, opposite President Andrew Jackson, a General in the War of 1812, who became the two-term, seventh President of the United States.


Smart Design With Suzette: Hotel Style Bathrooms

on June 19, 2016 - 1:15pm
Make your bathroom feel like a luxury hotel. Courtey photo
Los Alamos

My master bath is extremely small. Unless I want to tear down walls and move the laundry to another location, which I don’t want to do, I have to find ways to make my master bathroom luxurious. I work really hard and I want my lovely, small bath to be a place that will be an aesthetically pleasing, welcoming retreat…like a luxury hotel.

The bathrooms of first-class hotels are defined by their luxury, style and quiet elegance.

What makes a great bathroom is a well-considered combination of fixtures,

Spencer: Terror Watch List And Gunz

on June 19, 2016 - 1:14pm

Los Alamos

Heinrich Backs Legislation To Prevent Suspected Terrorists From Purchasing Guns And Explosives, And Which Makes A Mockery Of Civil Liberties

In a political press release, Sen. Martin Heinrich tells us that he backs legislation to put people who are on the terror watch list (TWL) on a Federal no-buy list for explosives and guns.

Further, he quotes a GAO statement saying "known or suspected terrorists pass a background check to purchase a firearm or explosives 91 percent of the time."

First of all, that is a significant misreading of the GAO statement.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Looking To The Father

on June 19, 2016 - 7:23am
Los Alamos
Looking to the Father.

“Fatherhood is a vocation in God’s service, to be not held lightly or frivolously, but with the serious determination of serious men.” –Father Lawrence Lovasik

The first time I held my oldest child, I was absolutely overwhelmed. I suddenly realized that another human being would be directly affected by anything that I did. This precious little girl was completely dependent upon others to provide her with food, protection and love. I was determined to do just that.

Dabney: Scofflaws And Warrants ... Don’t Let A Ticket Land You In Jail

on June 16, 2016 - 4:01pm
By Attorney Philip J. Dabney
Reid Griffith Law Firm
Our small community has two newspapers, and both routinely report on local police activities. Each has a “police blotter” with the recent arrests by Los Alamos Police and other authorities. Many of you who look to see if your friends or enemies have been arrested and how badly their mugshots turned out may wonder what it means when someone is arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Most of the time, an outstanding warrant arises when that person failed to appear in court to respond to a minor traffic or other criminal charge.

Downwinders Compare Themselves To Hiroshima Victims

on June 15, 2016 - 8:49am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Downwinders in Tularosa are making their voices heard this week, during a time when the city of Hiroshima, Japan has been a staple of the news.
A traditional Hispanic town with a population of about 3,000, Tularosa is not far from the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb test took place July 16, 1945.
For several years the people in the south-central part of the state have become increasingly aware of the price their friends and neighbors, families and forebears have paid in the nation’s nuclear saga.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 14, 2016 - 9:25am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This week we will hold X-Men: Apocalypse, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. We opened Warcraft last Friday, and Now You See Me 2.

Free! Summer at the Movies: We are showing free movies at 10 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday through July 29. This Summer at the Movies event is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank. Thank them when you get a chance. The second movie, showing June 13 and 17 is Minions. Go early, as they do sell out.

Check out our online schedule before you come at and be sure and sign-up for

Engagement: Kelly Vosburgh And Zachary Hoyt

on June 14, 2016 - 8:25am

Zachary David Hoyt and Kelly Lynn Vosburgh plan to wed July 31. Courtesy photo


David and Linda Vosburgh of Los Alamos are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Lynn Vosburgh, to Zachary David Hoyt, son of David and Shari Hoyt of Allen, Texas.

Kelly is a 2009 graduate of Los Alamos High School. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University and this summer will complete a doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Zachary Hoyt graduated from the University of North


Pastor Raul Granillo: Questioning God

on June 12, 2016 - 6:24am
Los Alamos

Questioning God.

I doubt anyone has not had at least one moment when they have questioned God. After all, we are human, and this world is full of things and pains that we just don’t understand. It has been that way since the fall. That is probably why the Bible is full of instances when man questions God, or struggles with what God is doing (Ps. 10,44,74,77; Hab. 1:2; Jdg. 6:36-40). It should be emphasized that there is nothing Biblically wrong with asking hard questions and putting them to the test. In fact, Paul writes,

“Test everything.

Sheehey: Why I’m Running For Re-Election To Council

on June 6, 2016 - 10:42am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

When I knocked on doors four years ago and asked people what they wanted from county government, they told me to go ahead with the most important investments for our future, but don’t spend too much, and make sure we get good value for taxpayers’ dollars. That’s what I have worked for.

I am focused as a Councilor on working toward a better future for this town, based upon listening to the community.

How The Hen House Turns: Living Peacefully With Others

on June 6, 2016 - 6:49am
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D
Longtime Los Alamos Resident
Now residing in California

As a metaphor for our relationship with animals, the Hen House is Turning, in significant in several ways. We housed and loved many animals in our 46 years in Los Alamos. They added more than one dimension to our lives.

We humans have been both friends and users of our fellow creatures over many thousands of years.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Power Of Paint

on June 5, 2016 - 11:57am
Adirondack chairs go pow with a new coat of paint. Photo by Suzette Fox
Curb appeal! Color it up with paint. Photo by Suzette Fox
Los Alamos

Recently, I decided to tackle some home projects that I have meaning to do for a while. I have to say the projects that make the biggest transformation have to do with paint.

The power of paint is undeniable. For about $30 a gallon, paint can do wonders.

Here are some before and after photos of my very own projects, at my house, that say just that.

The right color adds depth and texture to a room. Photo by Suzette Fox

McQuiston: Tips To Burglarproof Your Home In Summer

on June 5, 2016 - 11:09am
The Jemez Agency

Summer has finally arrived! Between record snow storms, flooding, and hail, I thought it would never get here.

Thankfully, vacation season is upon us but that means burglaries will inherently increase. Each year, there are more than 2 million burglaries, over 65 percent of which are residential break-ins, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August. Furthermore, nine out of 10 home break-ins could be prevented if homeowners would take simple steps to burglarproof their homes.

Here are some tips that can help you protect

Henderson: Why I Am Running For Re-election

on June 5, 2016 - 7:49am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council
Tuesday is Primary Day in New Mexico, and of course in Los Alamos. I encourage everyone to get out and vote.
As a current County Councilor, I am running for re-election.

Pastor Raul Granillo: God Of The Storm

on June 5, 2016 - 7:23am
Los Alamos

God of the Storm.

No sooner had my mother thought that she could pay all of the bills for the month when I came in to tell her that I had accidently broke the neighbors window with my baseball.

I couldn’t understand why her eyes teared up as she called my dad to ask for an advance on the child support. I was 11 years old, and I already realized that life was about surviving one storm only to be beaten by another. It doesn’t take long to learn this lesson.

As an adult, I struggled with my own storms in life.

Chandler: It’s About Neighborhoods

on June 2, 2016 - 7:42am
Los Alamos County Council

At the League of Women Voters Forum recently I expressed my commitment to improving Los Alamos while preserving its essential character. 

In particular, I believe the health and personality of the community are rooted in its neighborhoods. Robust neighborhoods and strong relationships among neighbors make for a vibrant and healthy community.

The Comprehensive Plan should express the aspirations of the community as a whole and should be designed to foster the strong neighborhood concept.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Looking For Butterflies

on June 2, 2016 - 7:41am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Looking for Butterflies
Dorothy Hoard is known for several books that she wrote about the out-of-doors of Los Alamos. She also began an annual summer butterfly count in 1993. It has continued annually ever since, well nearly. 
A forest fire or summer thunderstorm occasionally has prevented a survey. (The following charts have gaps for some years as a result.) The surveys have been conducted at the Burnt Mesa, Valley Canyon and Camp May areas. The data therefore is for areas of increasing elevation.