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The Mighty Bighorn ... Help Keep Them Strong

on September 2, 2017 - 7:05am
By DARYL RATAJCZAK
U.S. Forest Service
 
I stood motionless, afraid to even blink let alone breathe. His bulbous eye focused on the off-colored rock sitting before him. His 220-pound frame was sleek and well-defined but nothing compared to what it would be in a few months when he bulked up to begin defending his right to breed.
 
The Rocky Mountain bighorn ram standing before me was already a fine specimen, he was soon going to be a fierce competitor as well.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Hitman’s Bodyguard'

on September 2, 2017 - 6:36am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a funny, but violent movie, an unlikely “bromance” between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. Watching this film, you will not be bored.
 
But, movie lovers beware: common, vulgar epithets are overused throughout the film; many cars are hot-wired; many automatic weapons are discharged; every bullet that hits its target produces blood; the bodies, in the end, are too many to number; Interpol gets a very bad rap in this story; maverick guys with security training are the heroes.

Tips To Keep Bears Away From Your Property

on September 1, 2017 - 6:07am
Black bear. Courtesy/NMDG&F
 
Two bears climb a tree recently on Villa Street near Aspen School. Photo by Nancy Johnson
 
By AMOS SMITH
Corporal - Albuquerque Supervisory District
N.M. Department of Game and Fish

“I have a bear visiting my property and getting into my trash and birdfeeders.” This is how most phone calls regarding bear activity start. And believe me, there have been plenty of them in recent weeks and I anticipate many more in the weeks to come. 

I have heard many residents say they have seen more bears this summer in town than in recent years.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 31, 2017 - 4:58pm

World Futures: Cyber (Part Two)

on August 31, 2017 - 10:07am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we started by recalling the power outage in White Rock, noting that it was an inconvenience. But what if it had lasted longer, significantly longer? What if the affected area was much larger, perhaps the entire county of Los Alamos? What other inconveniences would you have suffered? The grocery store would have been closed. But it could have opened with candle light.

Of course, you would have to pay with cash or check since the credit/debit card machines would not run.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Appreciate Your Mother

on August 31, 2017 - 8:50am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I loved the solar eclipse! We drove north to Idaho to experience the once-in-lifetime event in totality.

We stayed in a palatial home on the edge of a creek at the base of Mount Baldy in Sun Valley. Wholly enthralled with the surrounding beauty we dubbed the experience “Hoity-Toy-tality” and .the party commenced.

There were nine of us, and the morning of the celestial event we lined our chairs up along the balcony to wait for the eclipse.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Wind River’

on August 31, 2017 - 7:15am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Wind River” is a murder mystery with hauntingly beautiful cinematography and a melancholy spirit. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, writer of the 2016 film “Hell or High Water” and the 2015 film “Sicario”, Wind River opened Aug. 18and is already garnering high praise from film critics. (Can you hear the “Oscar buzz”?)

In perhaps his best role to date, actor Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) plays Corey Lambert, a Fish and Game tracker around the Wind River reservation.

Home Country: Horse Races

on August 31, 2017 - 7:04am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
A bunch of us went to the races up in the city the other day.
 
Windy won a little, but the rest of us just kinda broke even, and we got to yell and cheer, so I guess that can cost two bucks without hamstringing the entire regiment. It was fun. And we ran into Brock Bullingham there, too, who had a horse entered in a maiden race.
 
Brock’s place is about 20 miles north of the city, and he runs horses and cattle on a huge acreage. He told us proudly what the horse was called so we could cheer for him, and off they went.
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Shin: County Council's Immigration Proclamation ... An Undercurrent Of Obstructionism

on August 28, 2017 - 8:01am

By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council will consider an immigration proclamation this coming Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. This is a toned-down version from the April resolution, to which Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated, “could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump”.

While this resolution does not change how we treat immigrants, its local advocates are aligned with Indivisible, a grassroots movement formed to resist the Trump agenda. Nationwide, these activists protect sanctuary cities, and speak out for the rights of “undocumented” immigrants.

This proclamation

McQuiston: Driving Text Free - There’s An App For That!

on August 28, 2017 - 7:41am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I’m on the road pretty much every day for work and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see a distracted driver texting away as they are driving down a busy highway.
 
The statistics about distracted driving are alarming. The number of deaths due to distracted driving is expected to exceed those from alcohol-related accidents by 2014. Yet no matter how many awful statistics we hear, it just doesn’t seem to help solve the problem.
 
Whether you’re a concerned parent or a business owner with a fleet of vehicles, you want to keep your family

Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

Fr. Glenn: Guilty!

on August 27, 2017 - 8:04am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

You know … guilt gets quite the bad rap. And “sin”? Hooo-boy! ... don’t even bring THAT one up. That’ll make you persona non grata even in many Christian circles these days. But what IS sin? ... that bugaboo word that even Christians in our day often disdain to utter? It is a short sharp word often ridiculed … yet certainly not by Jesus and the apostles, who spoke of sin often. 

For us Christians, sin can be simply defined primarily as the purposeful departure from the will and teaching of God, and therefore from the

Enjoying Our History Museum Visitors And Celebrating Our Uniqueness

on August 27, 2017 - 8:04am

By TODD NICKOLS
Museum Shop Manager

While closing the museum a few weeks ago, after one of our late monsoon rains, I noticed a finely dressed mature couple approaching me. Soaking wet and smiling with excitement, one of them blurted out, “You have the most interesting and unique little city here!”

That is a statement I’ve heard many times before, but on that day I heard it a little differently. Unique. Yes, in so many different ways. The fact that Los Alamos is not a city nor a town is unique. We are a county and a unique county at that. Then there is our colorful history.

Pastor Granillo: Healing Hatred

on August 27, 2017 - 7:19am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

All my friends are heathens, take it slow

Wait for them to ask you who you know

Please don't make any sudden moves

You don't know the half of the abuse – 21 Pilots, “Heathen”

Every person in this world has a narrative. We all have a story about who we are, where we came from, and what we have gone through to get to where we are. Each person would be rightfully hurt if another were to presume what their story was, or presume where they come from or what they have been through.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 25, 2017 - 12:40pm

World Futures: Cyber (Part One)

on August 25, 2017 - 11:56am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the recent past, White Rock and parts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory lost electrical power for about six hours.

The power loss was caused by a lightning strike that essentially destroyed a pole supporting power lines delivering electrical energy to the affected area, causing an array of circuit breakers in the Norton Substation to be tripped. It was an inconvenience.

But what if the outage had lasted longer? In Part One, let’s visit a bit of history and the intellectual development of warfare.

If

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Save Some Ice Cream

on August 25, 2017 - 11:19am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My husband thinks I am cleaning the garage. Well, I am IN the garage. I am actually sitting in my car with the air conditioning on because it is so hot this afternoon. And, instead of cleaning the garage I am eating an ice cream bar I found hidden in the extra freezer. When I try to hide food from myself it usually doesn’t work. Certainly not this time.

As I sit in the car I ponder the piles of crap I have stacked around the perimeter of the space.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Play Pond Tonight

on August 25, 2017 - 8:00am
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys play Ashley Pond Park at 7 p.m. today. Courtesy photo
 
By RUSS GORDON
Concert Producer

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is winding down for 2017. Our last three acts are Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys playing this Friday at Ashley Pond Park, Aug. 25 followed by the ‘80s and ‘90s rock band, The Paladins, Sept. 1 and we finish up the year Sept. 8 with Metales M5 - The Mexican Brass.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys were formed in an Anaheim, Calif.

Tales Of Our Times: Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

on August 25, 2017 - 7:50am
Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
Foes Find There Is No Free Lunch

Should we worry about the national debt? Should we cut down a mountainside full of trees to meet current needs? The questions together are a curious pair.
 
Or more to the point, how curious is it never to hear the questions asked together? They are but two forms of the same question: How do we husband assets so as to maintain capabilities for those who come later? The puzzle is posed.

Wadt: A Guide To School Grades ... Real Or Noise?

on August 23, 2017 - 3:38pm
By BILL WADT
Los Alamos

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) just released the grades for all of the schools in the State. Gov. Susana Martinez advocated for a simple grading system, similar to the one used in Florida, to improve communication with parents and other community members as to how well your local school is doing with a focus on student proficiency in reading and math. That was a very good idea. 

The next question is how do you measure student proficiency in a way that allows you to compare performance from school to school, district to district, and state to state?

Fishing Report: Fawn Lakes Offer Plentiful Fish

on August 22, 2017 - 2:02pm
By GEORGE MORSE
​Los Alamos Daily Post

 

While checking out last week’s stocking reports, I found that there were a lot of fish stocked at the Fawn Lakes.

 

There were two stockings, each of 632 catchable rainbows (10 inches). There was also a stocking of 68 rainbow trout averaging 13.5 inches and another stocking of 68 rainbow trout averaging a hefty 16 inches in size. That’s a lot of fish.

Since the Fawn Lakes are not covered in the conditions report and I wasn’t familiar with them, I did a little research.

Ally Mackey Watches Solar Eclipse

on August 21, 2017 - 10:33pm

Ally Mackey of Los Alamos seems fascinated by this morning's eclipse of the sun. Courtesy photo

McQuiston: The ABCs Of Fire Extinguishers

on August 21, 2017 - 6:33am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The ABCs Of Fire Extinguishers – What You Need To Know
 
It might seem hard to believe, but there are some people that feel fire extinguishers are not a valuable fire protection method.
 
The fact is, most people have limited knowledge of fire extinguishers and their intended use. A fire extinguisher can certainly be a lifesaver.
 
There are numerous factors to consider when selecting the proper fire extinguisher. Selection, location, servicing, and training are the key elements of utilizing fire extinguishers to their full capacity.
 
The

Fr. Glenn: One People Under God

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This last week we were treated to yet another example of the truth of scripture—that “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) The wall-to-wall coverage about the Charlottesville and subsequent protests and counter-protests reminded of the riots of the 60’s and 70’s. Sigh. Perhaps the birthing pains of eventually moving toward a more civilized society, we can only hope.

Predictably, there were myriad reactions over the Charlottesville protests and events.

Pastor Granillo: Confusing Laws

on August 20, 2017 - 5:29am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law. - Jeremy Bentham
 
Imagine a person from a country outside of America. This person began sharing why he believed America was not what it claimed. This person would say that, in America, it is illegal to sell a firearm to American citizens and references 18 U.S.C. 922(d)(1) as proof. Imagine this person also saying that according to 18 U.S.C. 922(g), American citizens are not even allowed to be in possession of firearms.
 
He goes on to say that even the states contradict the

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