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Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2017 - 1:41pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It’s the middle of December and still no snow covering the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Despite cold nighttime temperatures that have caused ice to form on some of the lakes, precipitation has been meager and snowpacks for this time of year are running well below normal.
 
There are some that would just as well never have it snow, but the reality is we need snow. Water supply systems for irrigation and municipal water supply is based on a certain amount of spring runoff from the melting snowpack.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 21, 2017 - 1:34pm

McQuiston: Don’t Let Grinches Steal Your Christmas

on December 21, 2017 - 5:32am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
By the time you read this column, you may be done with your Christmas shopping, but the message can be used all year round.
 
Online shopping makes it easy to find a great selection of gifts and can be a big time-saver. Unfortunately, thieves are waiting to take advantage of you.
 
Here are some tips to protect yourself while shopping online:
  • Install the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus protection, and firewall security on your computer or phone.
  • Use secure websites and logoff when finished. Look for an “s” in the website URLs. “

Home Country: Education Can Be Ugly

on December 20, 2017 - 7:31am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“I can’t stand winter,” Herb Collins said, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup.
 
“There’s nothing to do.”
 
“Get out and enjoy it,” Doc suggested. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
 
“I don’t think your advice will take,” Dud said. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
 
We all looked at Dud.
 
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
 
We looked at him

How The Hen House Turns: Urban Deer

on December 20, 2017 - 7:02am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
While living beside the canyons of Los Alamos, one learns to get along with deer—or not. I would recommend it.
 
They are beautiful animals and don’t eat more apples than their share. A large buck was very careful to take no more than one bite out of the three huge green tomatoes that I had laboriously watered all summer in the only sunny spot in our front yard.
 
There was a chance that those tomatoes might have ripened. Maybe. It was late August. Maybe not.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi

on December 19, 2017 - 12:58pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”, the latest installment in the 40 year old Star Wars franchise, was released Dec. 15 to an eager audience.
 
As promised, the story picks up immediately where “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” ended, with our new heroine, Rey, approaching Luke Skywalker on a rocky island.
 
We wondered with the last movie, what will happen when Rey and Luke meet? Expectations for each new Star Wars film are always high; people get anxious about the fate of their favorite characters, making an audible buzz before the film opens.

Spencer: Tragedy In Aztec, Revisited

on December 19, 2017 - 7:58am
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Stephanie Nakhleh asks some good questions in her letter regarding the Aztec school shooting and reflects a lot of our mutual frustration with not being able to stop these things from happening. But she may have missed the article in the Albuquerque Journal that stated that the FBI had investigated the shooter and reported him to the local police. The FBI did not have adequate justification to equate William Atchison's obnoxious rants with a credible threat so they could not act on their information to arrest, interdict, or put the future shooter on a no-buy list.

Fr. Glenn: Laying The Foundation

on December 17, 2017 - 5:23am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Perusing local news, we see recent stories of brawling young lads at Smith’s … young lads walking quite unwisely across ice at Ashley Pond. I couldn't help but remember my own days of teenage male youthfulness—the testosterone-fueled drives of pride and combativeness in young males, which so easily turns to rage—something seen throughout the animal kingdom.

Young men typically have feelings of inadequacy due to yet-unproven manhood and the longing to remedy such perceived deficiency—mine own exacerbated by tales of

Pastor Raul: Put Christ Back Into Christmas

on December 17, 2017 - 5:01am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God's Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah: Look, I am sending my messenger before you. He will prepare your way, a voice shouting in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight." (Mark 1:1-3 CEB).
 
By now, most of us who celebrate Christmas have already set up our trees, hung the lights, purchased the gifts (or at least placed them into our virtual carts), and made plans for the holiday season.

McQuiston: Have Enough Homeowners Coverage?

on December 15, 2017 - 7:54am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


I came across an article in one of the publications I read and wanted to share my thoughts about it.

Soaring construction costs are giving victims of the recent California wildfires a nasty shock on top of their fire losses – their insurance may not cover all of the damage.

Many who lost homes in the Northern California wildfires may be forced to sell because they’re underinsured – thanks to the area’s skyrocketing construction costs.

Smart Design With Suzette: Answering Holiday Decorating Questions

on December 15, 2017 - 7:51am
Decorating outside with wreaths and greenery. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

December brings hot cocoa, blankets, movies and lets face it, lots of anxiety with the holidays. There is quite a lot going on trying to get everything done, keeping everyone happy, juggling your schedule with shopping, party hopping and decorating this time of year.

A few clients brought some of their decorating issues to me in hopes that I might help calm their anxiety and get it all done. Have you wondered how to hang wreaths on a brick fireplace?

Communication 2: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Machine Translation

on December 15, 2017 - 7:42am
By SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

Mechanical translators have many benefits, as shown in the previous column, but they are not flawless systems of translation. In a society of perpetually evolving technology, converting solely to mechanical translators seems like the logical thing to do, but the drawbacks of these translators prevent their sole use. This means that they have to work in conjunction with human translators in order for international translation to be as efficient as possible.

The main factor inhibiting the efficiency of machine translation is

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 15, 2017 - 7:27am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make A Miracle Happen

on December 15, 2017 - 7:26am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

‘Tis time for the story of the Christmas miracle. This is my Christmas miracle, and it happened just last year, so this is the first time I have told the story. I am quite certain after you hear the remarkable details you will want to include this tale in your own Christmas story repertoire. Please feel free.

It is early Christmas morning and I am using a new sweet potato recipe in preparation for our holiday dinner. I am very excited about this recipe because I usually find sweet potato casseroles to be too sugary, but this one sounds delicious.

The recipe

Olions ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’ Resonates Now More Than Ever

on December 14, 2017 - 7:32am
The cast of 'It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play' on stage Dec. 8. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

George Bailey Donald Poston) and Mary Bailey (Rebekah Harkey). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Foleys (sound effects people) make some noise. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

As winter closes in, the Los Alamos High School Olions production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” is sure to warm your heart. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know the story.

Jolley II: Never Say NO To Your Boss

on December 13, 2017 - 10:30am
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos
 
When I was a Union Steward the story circulated of a Network Center supervisor who asked a technician to take down a major telecommunications circuit.
 
The Technician said NO, that would take hundreds of customers out of telephone service. The supervisor told the technician she was ordering him to shut down the circuit. Again the technician refused because hundreds of people would be without service.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 13

on December 13, 2017 - 10:00am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
With the cold evening and early morning temperatures in Northeast New Mexico and the Moreno Valley, lakes in this part of the state have seen ice form along the edges. Temperatures have been dropping into the teens and single digits here.
 
Eagle Nest Lake has seen this happening. Some of the ice melts off during the day and there is some bank fishing for rainbow trout. It won’t be long before the bank fishing is done as more ice forms.

RCLC: Op-Ed On Upcoming LANL M&O Contract

on December 13, 2017 - 9:22am
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
 
By RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, and
RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

NNM Communities United on Issues Regarding Next LANL Contractor

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) persists as the largest job supplier in Northern New Mexico, generating the greatest economic impact throughout the region.

RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), has been closely following the process and progress on naming the next LANL manager and operator (M&O), overseeing 10-12,000 jobs and a

Home Country: Reasons For Christmas Season

on December 13, 2017 - 6:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.
 
He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she’s always been his head elf. Cindy’s grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.
 
He had done it a few years and was wondering why he was doing it when one special Christmas

Amateur Naturalist: Observing Birds Long Term

on December 12, 2017 - 10:58am
White-winged doves are increasing both in numbers and occupied areas. Photo by Bob Walker

 

By ROBERT DRYJA

Los Alamos
 
Citizen science refers to individuals collecting and submitting data to an organization that then collates the data from many people. The Ornithology Department of Cornell University has been collecting bird sightings for thirty years for the United States and Canada. The program is called “Project FeederWatch”. Participants provide weekly counts of the different species of birds that they see at their bird feeders during the winter months.

Montaño: Hilltopper Hoops Roundup

on December 12, 2017 - 6:47am
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
rjmontano@ladailypost.com

Boys’ Basketball

BELEN – The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys’ basketball team finished in third place at the Hub City Tournament at Belen High School. The ‘Toppers beat Mission Achievement and Success Charter out of Albuquerque in the first round by a 69-23 score to advance to the winners bracket.

The ‘Toppers ran into a strong 6-A Manzano team, also out of Albuquerque, losing a very tight contest 71-65. The Monarchs ended up winning the Hub City Tournament over host Belen.

In the third place game, Los Alamos faced another 6-A team in

Home Country: It Must Have Been The Weather

on December 11, 2017 - 9:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.
 
It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight.
 
Then there were Christmas lights on the stores, and that little bunch of Girl Scouts out raising money in front of the Read Me Now bookstore.
 
Jasper Blankenship was inside going through the books to fortify his cabin’s library for winter and sat, listening with a smile to the girls as they laughed and

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘The Star’

on December 11, 2017 - 8:43am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“The Star” is an animated feature film telling the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of animals. It is a lovely film with compelling animal characters and an uplifting message. For those who would enjoy a new perspective on the first chapter of “the greatest story ever told”, this is a film for you.
 
The film is co-produced by Affirm Films, Sony Pictures’ arm for movies that tell wholesome stories, often on faith topics.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Wonder

on December 10, 2017 - 3:18pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Wonder” can be a chosen attitude toward life. It is also the name of a new movie about a 5th grader in New York City who is going to school for the first time.

The 5th grader is August Pullman who was born with a genetic defect called “Treacher Collins Syndrome” resulting in his having a disfigured face. He has been home schooled for years, but now, his parents feel, it is time he went to school with other kids and learned to deal with the real world.

Auggie realizes that kids will recoil at the sight of his face. Yet he hopes for better.

Fr. Glenn: Lessons From A Coyote

on December 10, 2017 - 7:09am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Walking across our frigid parking lot last Thursday morning, as I often do I saw a coyote trotting along the edge in that characteristic coyote lope … returning from her journey to who-knows-where (likely scavenging around the high school … gnawing on tender freshmen now and again?) But this isn’t just any ol’ coyote; she’s the same one I’ve seen skulking about since early spring—easily recognized by an apparent malady reducing her fur to a minimum.

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