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Gibson: County Council Puts Government Before Citizens

on February 8, 2016 - 8:31am
By ROBERT GIBSON
Former County Councilor

Our County Council last week again demonstrated that it works more for the county government than the citizens it is elected to represent.

At its regular meeting, Council adopted its Federal Legislative Agenda to guide is delegation in discussions in Washington this week and throughout the year. The very first item is “a for-profit institution must be given priority for managing LANL.”

The majority of the county government’s revenue comes from gross receipts taxes (GRT) on the for-profit LANS. A non-profit manager would pay no GRT.   

There was

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Brooklyn'

on February 8, 2016 - 7:35am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Brooklyn” is a lovely film, satisfyingly sweet and kind to its audience. Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín, this Irish film tells the story of the conflicting values of duty and love, faced by a young woman emigrant to America.

Movie Poster for 'Brooklyn'

In 1951, Eilis Lacey’s older sister, Rose, arranges for her to leave Ireland to find opportunities much lacking at home. Rose (Fiona Glascott, Indian Summers) will stay with their widowed mother so Eilis can start a new life across the ocean.

This is Eilis’ story: the nerve it

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 8, 2016 - 7:28am
By MARY ANNE BEARD
Reel Deal Theater

As promised, this Friday we are opening the Oscar Best Picture nominees, Brooklyn and Room. They will likely play for only one week, so make sure you get to see them. Also, we will open The Choice. We will hold Kung Fu Panda 3 for another week.   

This is Super Bowl Sunday, so if you are not a football fan, this makes for a great opportunity to see any of these movies without a crowd. Check out our on-line schedule before you come at www.reeldealtheater.com and be sure and sign-up for our newsletter at the top of the page.

Since the Oscars are quickly

An Option To Aging Skin: Clinical Skin Care Makeup

on February 7, 2016 - 7:26am

By JUNE ENGLISH
Los Alamos

Professional quality mineral makeup is a wonderful way to help clients look years younger.

Mineral makeup is the preferred cosmetic recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and skin care professionals. Doctors even use these minerals to camouflage surgical procedures.

As an Esthetician I like to offer my clients, cosmetics after performing procedures such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials. There are virtually no contraindications for wearing this type of makeup.

Minerals are well suited for aging clients.

Pastor Granillo: Rules, Rules, Rules

on February 7, 2016 - 7:19am
By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos

When we were kids, my mom had rules that we had to follow. They were nothing out of the ordinary: be in by 6 p.m. on a school night, always let her know where we were, no dessert unless we ate all our vegetables, do our chores and homework before going out to play, etc.

Like I said, there was nothing really out of the ordinary about them, but my siblings and I sure hated having rules. I couldn’t wait until I was an adult and I would be free from the oppressive rule of my parents.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: A Winter Snapshot Of Birds

on February 4, 2016 - 12:35pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
By ROBERT DRYJA

 

A Winter Snapshot of Birds
 
The Audubon Society has been conducting a nationwide bird count at various locations every year for 116 years.
 
This count is called the Christmas Bird Count since it is conducted in December. Learn about participating here.
 
Nationwide, approximately 22,000,000 birds have been counted in 875 areas for 2015 and data still is being submitted. Sixty four people counted 4,770 birds representing 76 species throughout the Los Alamos area this year.
 
The Los Alamos area was divided in 53 sections and the people counted birds in 35 of

Lujan Grisham On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

on February 3, 2016 - 9:06am
By U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins, or aunts shouldn’t have to wait any longer for equal pay.
 
Wage discrimination based on gender has been a priority of mine in Congress since the moment I took office, because we have a responsibility to ensure economic security for millions of women in this country. But I am frustrated that we still haven't done enough to make sure women in this country have equal pay for equal work.
 
Today marks the seventh year anniversary of The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an incredible step forward that empowered women to fight

Yang: Follow-up On Introvert-Extrovert

on January 31, 2016 - 9:57pm
By ELANA YANG
Los Alamos

Follow-up On Introvert-Extrovert

Introverts aren’t automatically shy; shy people aren’t always introverts. And there are shy extroverts, truly.   

My columns on introversion-extraversion seemed to have struck a nerve with many readers, particularly the introverts. Not a surprise, since by definition, introverts generally wouldn’t be compelled to speak up themselves.

However, from various comments and conversations, I feel the need to clarify and distinguish between introversion and shyness.

Smart Design With Suzette: Highlights Of 2016 International Builders Show

on January 31, 2016 - 8:49am
White kitchen with wood accents. Courtesy photo
 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 

The last column I wrote indicated design trends for 2016. Let’s continue the conversation and take a look at some residential design trends that judges of the Best in American Living Awards (BASA) at last week’s International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, predicted would be this year's most prominent.

High on the list were intimate outdoor spaces, intricate stairwells, and Mid-Century Modern detailing.

Pastor Granillo: A Jealous God

on January 31, 2016 - 8:13am
By Pastor RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos

He that is not jealous is not in love. —St. Augustine

Being called jealous is not typically a compliment. When people are considered to be jealous, they are thought to be in a state of mind that is ugly, selfish, insecure, and even harmful. These are things that are in direct contrast to what we think of when we think of love; so it can be very difficult for us to reconcile jealousy with love. But does that really mean they are in opposition?

What jealousy implies, or reveals about us, is likely the reason we don’t think very highly of it.

Classical Music World: Easy Start To Knowing More

on January 29, 2016 - 10:13am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 
I will say it again: You don’t need to know anything about classical music to enjoy it.
 
But what if you really would like to know more about the art form without making too big a project out of it? 
 

Here are some suggestions for ways to get started that are easy and fun:

  • Listen to Performance Today on KUNM 89.5FM. It is broadcast for two hours beginning at 9 a.m. every weekday. Host Fred Child introduces live performances recorded in concert halls around the nation and the world featuring great orchestras, chamber ensembles

TALES OF OUR TIMES: Prosperity Builds On Regulation

on January 29, 2016 - 7:46am

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

Prosperity Builds On Regulation

A popular sound bite says “kill regulation” so prosperity will rise. Regulation is likened to a stalking horse brought out to snatch away property rights. Yet in history, property rights are created by regulation. Why do these stories sound so conflicting?

As usual, the message heard depends on which scraps of the whole story are told. Huge amounts are left out in boosting policy preferences.        

The pride of our nation is the rule of law. “Rule” means regulation.

Williams: School Funding And Taxes

on January 28, 2016 - 10:17pm
By MATT WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

As vice president of the LAPS School Board I would like to present some of my very simple ideas about our taxes and how they fund our schools. If there are any errors in this writeup there are mine and mine alone, I also do not speak for the School Board. I hope the readers find this information useful.

I typically think of these taxes in three main categories:

  • Operational;
  • House Bill 33 (Referendum); and
  • Capital Reinvestment.

There are other peripheral categories, but these are the main ones. Here is a general description of these three categories:

Operational:

An Open Book: Have I Got A Rumor For You!

on January 28, 2016 - 4:18pm
An Open Book
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
 
Have I Got A Rumor For You!

One of the surprising facts I have learned as a county councilor is how quickly a rumor can take on a life of its own, especially if it involves the ever conspiratorial local government. I have decided to take the bull by the horns and start a rumor of my own, which I document below. The county has nothing to do with it, but then, that is what we would say anyway, wouldn't it?

CHILIWORKS AND STARBUCKS IN JOINT VENTURE

After months of negotiations, Chiliworks has agreed to partner with Starbucks on a new project that will

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Yang: NUMMI - When The Giant Stumbles...

on January 28, 2016 - 8:01am
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos
 
It hurts everyone in its path.
 
Is it possible that all those working at NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated) were happy team players? Of course not, that’d be against reality, and so not American.
 
However, since the dissenters were few, there was little chance of upsetting production. Ultimately, the question was: If NUMMI was such a success, wouldn’t GM want the rest of the company’s plants, or at least the majority of them, to learn (not copy) from it?
 
As I have explained before, changes are personal (link here). When people perceive changes as
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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Big Short'

on January 28, 2016 - 7:32am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Big Short” could be the most important film of 2015. It exposes the risky financial under-girdings of our capitalist system where the key players, big banks, are expected to play by the rules and don’t.
 
Greed is the central motivator and some level of gambling is inherent. Yet our nation is dependent on this corrupt system.
 
The film dramatizes the 2005-2007 events leading up to the burst of the housing bubble. We lived through the foreclosures and the bank losses, the market failures and government bailouts.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Revenant'

on January 27, 2016 - 7:29am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Revenant”, at 2 hours and 36 minutes in length, is a test of endurance for the moviegoer. But compared to the story of endurance told in the film, that is nothing.
 
In 1823, Hugh Glass was serving as a scout on an American fur-trapping expedition through the upper Missouri River watershed, in Montana and North Dakota. While out hunting food for the party, Glass unknowingly gets between a grizzly and her two cubs. He is severely mauled and left for dead by the bear.
 
His own company, after attempting to carry him on a wooden pallet for many

How The Hen House Turns: Whispering Works

on January 25, 2016 - 3:25pm
How The Hen House Turns:
Whispering Works
By CAROLYN A. NEEPER, Ph.D
Los Alamos
 
I know little about horses, but I understand horse whispering. Horses simply need to know that you are a reliable leader of the herd. They like attention from human hands.
 
It’s very much like the neck nibbling they do to establish close relations. Whispering works with most animals, even chickens. But you have to listen carefully.
 
Chickens respond with quiet murmurs when you say, “Good morning.” It was easier to hear Lucy Goose. Her “good morning” was a very distinctive “honk honk.”
 
Dogs have a very special way of

Pastor Granillo: Handling Manna

on January 24, 2016 - 7:41am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

Handling Manna.

“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?” ― John Wesley

There is a story in the Bible about how God provided food for the recently freed Israelites.

YANG: NUMMI – The Giant Moved One Foot Forward

on January 23, 2016 - 8:49pm
By ELENA YANG
Los Alamos

In the Joint Venture (JV) negotiation between GM and Toyota for the NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated, (link), the labor union had to concede many of their usual taken-for-granted rights, such as seniority.

Recalling the bad-to-worse workforce at the Fremont site, it would be insane for GM to rehire that same lot after closing down the plant. Yet, the UAW western region boss, Bruce Lee, felt compelled to give the same crew another chance because he believed that their poor behavior was the product of the system.

For Chronic Pain Relief, Consider Physical Therapy

on January 23, 2016 - 6:52am

By JESSE KNIGHT MD
AND STEVEN LAUER NP

Millions of people wake up in pain every day. Some major culprits include backache, arthritis, and chronic pain in the knees or shoulders. Pain can stem from illness; inactivity; injury; or repetitive movements, such as typing.

Easing chronic pain often starts with medicine and therapy. If you suffer from chronic pain, the first stop should be your doctor’s office. Your physician may refer you to a physical therapist (PT). PTs use a hands-on approach to help relieve pain.

During Your Therapy Visit

During the first session, the PT will ask you to

Renewing Our Existing Neighborhoods; Supporting Public Employees

on January 21, 2016 - 4:13pm

By Susan O’Leary, Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

In the coming weeks, the Los Alamos County Council will be considering both Capital Improvement spending and Economic Development spending.

There’s typically some interplay between these two programs. In the past, the County has devoted considerable resources to developing new housing subdivisions as a way to improve our housing stock and attract more residents.

Rigel Baron: All It Takes Is All You Got

on January 19, 2016 - 9:03am
By RIGEL BARON
LAHS Graduate/Marine

All it takes is all you got. This is the motto of the United States Reconnaissance Marine.

My name is Rigel Baron, born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I graduated Los Alamos High School at the end of May, (2015) and left for Marine Corps boot camp two days after my graduation. Three months later I was a United States Marine -- however this was not the end of my story, merely the beginning.

After boot camp came a short break to spend with family and friends, then more training. Sept.

Griggs: Ringside Table On Life In The Marrakech Medina

on January 18, 2016 - 7:10am

House buntings cheerfully clean up the floor in a restaurant on top of a fondouk where in days gone by visiting merchants would unload their camels and store their goods to sell in the souks. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post foreign correspondent David Griggs having dinner at La Porte du Monde, deep in the ancient Marrakech Medina. In the background, the narrow Rue Riad Zitoun Djdid passes through an old arch. Courtesy photo

 

By DAVID GRIGGS
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

Recently I had the pleasure of spending two months in Morocco, on the northwest coast of Africa.

Smart Design With Suzette: Organizing Your Kitchen

on January 17, 2016 - 10:53am
Store lids with containers. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Although January is nearing its close and many a New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside, I’ve decided to let my neat-freak flag fly and get down ‘n dirty with home organization.

If you’ve been bitten by a similar clean-up bug and are looking to organize your own home—I’ve got you covered in the kitchen! These tips, tricks, and techniques will have you in the organizing groove well into the new year!

The kitchen is an area of your home that gets used more often than most other areas.

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