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World Futures: Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
In the last column we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi. 

Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity. Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying a gallon of gasoline, or is it a liter) and how we function interactively in society (like buying a gallon of gasoline).

The International System of Units (abbreviated SI) is

Inspirational People: A Cop And A Widower

on September 25, 2017 - 7:10am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Covering retirement events is a typical part of a community reporter’s job. Such occasions feature the boss commending the retiree, co-workers sharing memories and the inevitable jokester lightening the mood recounting comical moments on the job.

I’m a pushover for these gatherings … actually love to cover them. There are a couple that stand out as extra special. One involved a local police officer.

The story begins some five years before he retired. We met each Friday to go over his weekly arrest report.

Whiteside: Protecting Yourself, Community From Flu

on September 24, 2017 - 7:34am

By JOHN WHITESIDE
Los Alamos Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into the routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is “Making Communities Healthier”. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead.

Fr. Glenn: Time…Precious Time

on September 24, 2017 - 7:20am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Cute joke in the e-mail the other day: 

A priest waited in line to fill his car with gas just before a long holiday weekend, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, an attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. “Father," said the young man, “I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.” The priest chuckled, “I know what you mean. It's the same in my business.”

Ah, time, precious time.

Pastor Granillo: We Are Family!

on September 24, 2017 - 6:57am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
 
I have heard tales that occasionally, in a relationship, a person can suddenly find that they are the object of anger or frustration and not know why. You probably know exactly what I’m talking about. You walk in and you immediately sense the tension in the air.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go To The Dogs

on September 23, 2017 - 6:13am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I am always interested in reading, researching, and sharing ways to become healthier.

Sometimes, I even try to implement these healthy strategies into my own life, with varying degrees of success. When an email from Dr. Andrew Weil entitled “Dogs Can Help You Sleep” showed up in my inbox I was intrigued and skeptical. As a mom of three dogs I know they provide many benefits, however, contributing to a good night’s sleep is not one of them.

According to the study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, results showed that sleeping with a dog in the room did help some

Smart Design With Suzette: Fall Décor On A Budget

on September 23, 2017 - 6:02am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

I LOVE this time of year! Of all the seasons, fall is the easiest and least expensive to decorate. As the days get shorter and cooler, walk out your front door and you have found your inspiration and resources. From the exterior to the interior of your home, fall decor colors can be rich and robust or subtle and subdued. Here are some ideas to inspire you.


Bring Nature Inside
What better way to decorate then to snip some fall leaves and put them in a vase.
Red, yellows and oranges bring a beautiful pop of color to any room.

Use Your Fireplace To Showcase Seasonal

A Community Foundation For The ‘City Upon A Hill’

on September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, President
Los Alamos Community Foundation

We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.
John Winthrop, “City Upon a Hill”, 1630

A Community What?

Los Alamos residents donate to many worthwhile causes and many local organizations have been the recipients of this generosity.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 21, 2017 - 4:46pm

Home Country: Autumn Is Coming

on September 21, 2017 - 7:49am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It begins in early morning, when the early risers among us go out to do the chores.
 
Later on, the day may seem almost summer hot, but early in the morning, we can feel it. We can sense autumn. Our eyes that are so tired from the sun’s burning can look silently around at the slight turning of the leaves, and we’ll know. It’s coming. We can feel it.
 
Calendars be hanged. Autumn does not arrive on a certain day, like a Greyhound bus. The weather guessers among us are quite often fooled. You can’t tell it’s fall by reading the paper. Even this paper.
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Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 20

on September 20, 2017 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Catch of the Week” section of the State Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report has a story to tell. With the exception of a brown trout caught in the Chama River below El Vado Lake, the big fish that were caught were warmwater species such as bass and catfish. The warm weather we’ve been experiencing has kept the fall fishing season from taking off.

That should change soon. The temperatures in the higher elevations are already dropping into the 30’s and it was actually below freezing Sept. 18 in Angel Fire.

Jolley II: You’re Fired! How Do You Respond?

on September 18, 2017 - 9:01am
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos
 
No matter how it is said: Your services are no longer needed, You are taken off the schedule, Your performance remains unsatisfactory, We have given you so many chances to improve, You are laid off. It means you are being fired ... so how do you respond?
 
If you respond emotionally with crying, pleading, begging, for example: What do I do now? Or please please don’t fire me! Or you react by getting angry, threatening, insulting, for example: Take this job and… Or I will get you for this! It makes no difference you are still terminated. Why?
 
Any

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part One)

on September 18, 2017 - 5:51am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


This series of columns will have four parts. Part one will deal with definitions (needed for accuracy and precision) and an examination of Pi. Part two will look at our spherical universe and the fundamental units we have for measurements. Part three will consider how much is enough. And part four will look at how we measure ourselves as a community, both individually and collectively.

Accuracy and precision are tough terms to visualize or internalize.

Fr. Glenn: Acknowledging The Inconceivable

on September 17, 2017 - 6:59am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many no doubt saw the recent press release in which the Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe published the names of the members of Catholic clergy who have been accused of past sexual abuse of children. It’s no new news that those things happened, but if you’re like me, your reaction may have been: “Wow … so many.” At least know that they have all been permanently removed from ministry, if not now deceased.

Council Corner: The ‘How’ Of Code Enforcement

on September 16, 2017 - 10:26am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos
  • Part 2 of a 3-part series
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  • In Part 1 of my editorial on code enforcement, I covered the “why” behind the program. Today, I would like to address in some detail the “how” of code enforcement, a process which is managed within the Community Development Department (CDD) by two full-time Code Enforcement Officers. My hope is that by explaining a little more about the process, I can help clear up confusion and concern in our community.

Let’s begin with clarifying two terms that seem to be interchangeable when the public discusses this sensitive topic, but are very

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 15, 2017 - 5:03pm

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Watch Your Carbs — I Mean, Crabs

on September 15, 2017 - 6:23am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

This is a story I wrote a several years ago when we had a home on the beach in Kino Bay, Mexico. Tis crab season, so I thought I would share it with you…

Lately I have noticed there are crabs all over the beach. So I decided it’s a good time to make crab cakes. I bet you think you know where this story is going; but you’re wrong. I did not go running down the beach with a net trying to catch crabs. Crabs have pincers, pincers that can sever a finger (I saw that on Animal Planet). I jump in my mini-van and drive down to the pier.

When I pull up to the pier a

‘Communicating Doors’ Is Zany, Horrifying, Touching

on September 14, 2017 - 2:39pm
The three heroines try to explain things to a dubious Harold. Photo by Larry Gibbons
 
Poopay (Trisha Werner) fends off the murderous Julian (Ian Foti-Landis). Photo by Larry Gibbons

 

Review By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Great comic acting makes it all work in Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Communicating Doors”.

The 1994 play by Alan Ayckbourn takes three women, separated in time by 20 years, on a time traveling adventure in murder and mishap.

The action starts in the present with Poopay (Trisha Werner), a dominatrix, is called in to

How The Hen House Turns: Sharing Ailments

on September 14, 2017 - 7:30am
Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Sharing Ailments - Zoobiquity
 
During our 40 plus years with the Hen House domestic birds and dogs, I’ve found eight out of 11 diseases or characteristics we’ve shared, similar to those that the authors describe in their book Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing.
 
Barbara Matterson-Horowitz and Kathrytn Bowers conclude their delightful book of observations and animal stories by saying that we humans are not alone in how we suffer and how our ailments should be

Home Country: Disappointments

on September 13, 2017 - 3:07am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
It’s fair time again. Time for dreams to come true and for disappointments to temporarily sweep through our lives. But the disappointments can’t really get much of a purchase, because there’s too much fun going on.
 
Last year’s surprise winner of the quilting competition, Windy Wilson, didn’t win this year, but he was ‘honorably mentioned,’ which is pretty good for an old cowboy and camp cook. Windy was having a deep-fried turkey leg later.

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 12

on September 12, 2017 - 3:35pm
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is much to appreciate along the roadsides of Northern New Mexico this time of year. Because we’ve had some good rainfall, there is an abundance of wild flowers blooming along the road.

On a recent drive to Tres Piedras the roadside was filled with beautiful purple asters and colorful Gaillardia, also known as blanket flowers. The chamisa is blooming and the combination of purples, reds and yellows make for a dazzling display along the roadside.

The aspen trees haven’t started to change color.

McQuiston: The Family Shuttle Service

on September 12, 2017 - 7:18am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
For parents, the end of summer can be bittersweet. While many of us are glad school is back in session, the countless extra-curricular activities that go hand-in-hand with the start of another school year are in full gear too.
 
From football practice to French Club, each day brings new opportunities for parents everywhere to become—the family shuttle service operator. And if your family is like my family, you’re probably shuttling not just your own kids but your kids’ friends as well.
 
While we’re mostly concerned with just getting our kids and
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Inspirational People: Deciding To Help Perfect Strangers

on September 11, 2017 - 9:31am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Often in Los Alamos people are spotted going out of their way to help others. This column highlights those people. Their gestures of kindness both great and small are inspirational and strengthen one’s faith in humanity.

I recall one such incident that occurred a couple of years ago in which a teenage boy went way out of his way to help me. This memorable day started out like any other with me walking my dog behind a local church. We walk in that secluded area because my dog weighs just 5 lbs.

Fr. Glenn: The Mystery Of Suffering

on September 10, 2017 - 6:48am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

If the forecast on Friday was correct, and if you’re reading this on Sunday, at this very moment hurricane Irma will be grinding its way through Florida and perhaps up the East Coast. And José is swirling around the eastern Caribbean, building up steam for yet another possible assault. All affected by such storms are in our prayers, and we urge all to charity to help victims rebuild.

We wonder why disasters occur—natural, manmade, and even personal accidents and illness. These are the common lot of all mankind.

Pastor Granillo: Employee Of The Month

on September 10, 2017 - 6:30am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

If I could make a livin' out of lovin' you,
I'd be a millionaire in a week or two.
I'd be doin' what I love and lovin' what I do;
If I could make a livin' out of lovin' you.
– Allen Jackson (Sung by Clay Walker).

I must confess that I recently realized my relationship with God had changed. When I first began a personal relationship with Him, it was as a scared child. God was a real comfort to me during some really troubling times. He brought me peace and gave me strength in every situation.

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