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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

Home Country: Comfort Of A Small Town

on August 19, 2017 - 8:07am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It was Thursday again. Mabel Adams asked at the desk to be sure.
 
“Thursday all day, Mabel,” the girl said. “Don’t forget to get your hair done today. Two o’clock … right?”
 
“Right,” Mabel said, locking the time away in her mind. “Two o’clock. On Thursday.” She took her purple walker and went half a block to the counter at the drug store. That nice Williams girl came over with a smile and a menu.
 
“Tuna on toast, Mrs. Adams?”
 
“Uh, sure. I like that.”
 
“Hot tea?”
 
“Yes please.”
 
After she ate, she started down the sidewalk toward the Curl

Smart Design With Suzette: Create Chic First Apartment

on August 19, 2017 - 8:05am
Chic apartment. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

So you’ve signed a lease and are getting ready to move into your first apartment—now what? Decorating several rooms of a new apartment in a way that will create a hip, comfortable living space may seem a bit daunting.

Making style the main priority, I’ve set out to prove that you can do it on a budget. Sticking with necessities, there are ways to save without sacrificing style. Having an apartment that’s chic and affordable is totally possible.

Color Scheme

I have discovered that a lot of people, when creating a space, first

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 18, 2017 - 5:10pm

World Futures: Efficiency (Part Four)

on August 18, 2017 - 6:44am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this efficiency series we defined efficiency as avoiding waste in doing something. Waste encompasses materials, energy, efforts, money and time. 

Looking at the sun-earth system, essentially the same amount of energy is delivered by the sun each day. Some of that energy is stored for future use and the rest must leave earth if a stable relationship is to be maintained.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My heart is heavy with sadness for the lives lost at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A helicopter patrolling during the violence crashed and killed the two state troopers on board.

Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal who showed up to peacefully protest. She was killed by a self-professed Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd, injuring many others. Some vile acts of violence can’t be anticipated by those with healthy minds.

Years ago I was a political activist.

Home Country: What Kind Of Dog?

on August 14, 2017 - 10:01am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
“I took Duckworth to the dog show up in the city last weekend,” Dud said. The other members of the Mule Barn truck stop’s world dilemma think tank and philosophy counter just looked at him.
 
Doc put it gently. “Dud, was this so he could get some inspiration on looking good?”
 
Duckworth was a medium-sized dog that found Dud while Dud was walking and thinking about the novel he’s writing. No one answered the ad he put in the Valley Weekly Miracle, so he was named Duckworth, for some reason Dud seemed to want to keep to himself.
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McQuiston: School Safety Saves Lives

on August 14, 2017 - 9:53am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
It’s back to school time and  I realized how important it is to use extra caution while driving now that school is in session.
 
This is the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians, and school buses. Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely.
 
Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National

How The Hen House Turns: Love From; Between Animals

on August 13, 2017 - 9:40am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos

The noun love takes up a full three inches in my beloved 1980 edition of Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary Unabridged. There are eight definitions with eight examples: “…a strong affection for or attachment or devotion to…” persons or things or interests or deity or “…in tennis, a score of zero.”

The question here, however, is do animals do it? We’ve talked about how Lucy goose “loved corn,” as did the other Hen House birds.

Home Country: When Pets Pass

on August 13, 2017 - 7:36am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Desdemona died sometime in the night. Aunt Ada had the cat since she was a tiny kitten, and she was naturally heartbroken. So was Boots, Desdemona’s partner in crime and play and food and everything else that makes life worthwhile for two old cats.
 
Through her tears, Aunt Ada wondered if she could’ve noticed something or had done something differently that would have given Desdemona back to her for a while longer, but there just wasn’t anything. The cat had looked good at bedtime, and was gone before the sun came up.
 
What if?

Fr. Glenn: Meeting Together

on August 13, 2017 - 7:29am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Hearty congratulations to the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, which on Monday, Aug. 14 celebrates their 70th anniversary! May God continue to bless you as you endeavor in your continued efforts to bring many to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to deepen the faith of those already in your congregation.

Pastor Granillo: Commitment Part 2

on August 13, 2017 - 7:08am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible. George Burns

As a pastor, I understand the importance of the economy of words; I think that most pastors do. We realize that we only have a limited amount of time to convey an infinitely important biblical message. (No pressure!) For most people, the adage is correct and the mind can only absorb what the seat can endure.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part Three)

on August 11, 2017 - 7:08am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column, the implied conclusion was that humanity should convert to solar power for everything it does, both mechanically and biologically. But what does this really mean and HOW (the really hard part) do we do it? Energy consumption for humanity is driven by humanity itself. Let’s consider what this means.

A human being is, energy-wise, the equivalent of a 100 watt light bulb.

An Open Book: The Statue of Liberty

on August 10, 2017 - 4:29pm

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Although I grew up just outside of New York City, it was only when I returned many years later with my wife and children that we made a special pilgrimage to visit the Statue of Liberty. An immigrant myself, my port of entry was JFK Airport, not Ellis Island, but nevertheless, my call upon that symbol of welcome to America was important to me. So the recent proposed changes to national immigration policy, and a certain TV conversation about the Statue of Liberty and what it might or might not symbolize, made me reminisce about that visit.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Be Fearless

on August 10, 2017 - 4:26pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I really love the piano bar at Vanessie of Santa Fe.

The musicians are lively and entertaining, the ambiance is well-designed and comfortable, and staff is welcoming and accommodating. It is a great place to take out-of-town visitors and it is a pleasant way to end a busy day in Santa Fe. Patrons are usually friendly and quick to banter. The last time I was there I had an interesting conversation with a woman named Edith.

Edith and her husband are Americans — he is a geophysicist and she is an economist--but they had just returned to the United States after

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 10, 2017 - 4:24pm

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 8

on August 8, 2017 - 10:31pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

It seems like that with a few exceptions, the fishing has hit the summer doldrums at many of the lakes in Northern New Mexico. Slow-to-fair fishing has been reported from popular destinations like Fenton Lake in the Jemez Mountains, Hopewell Lake near Tres Piedras, Morphy Lake near Las Vegas and Eagle Nest Lake.

All of these lakes experience heavy weed growth in the summer and that makes the popular technique of fishing on the bottom with Power Bait or salmon eggs difficult.

Chapman: Quick Notes On The Sheriff/Police Question

on August 8, 2017 - 6:30am
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

Things have become amazingly convoluted in the letters to The Daily Post with all the odd twists and turns related to the question of what the Sheriff’s duties should be, if anything. I will not wade heavily into this area but have some observations.

For a time when I lived back East, a nearby County had both professional and volunteer fire departments whose coverage would, at times, apparently overlap. What a surprise that they often did not get along and, sometimes, would both show up at a fire scene.

Fr. Glenn: The Good And Faithful Servant

on August 6, 2017 - 6:49am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Another insult, another “apology”. Have you noticed how often nowadays we see an insult or criticism thrown wildly about by well-known persons, soon followed by an “apology” when they get roundly hammered by social media, commentators, sponsors, etc.? One would like to believe that they had an epiphany of remorse at their poor behavior, but who cannot wonder whether it’s just crocodile tears and an effort to stem the bleeding … especially when advertisers and sponsors (and therefore $$$) are on the line?

The best

Pastor Granillo: Commitment Part 1

on August 6, 2017 - 6:12am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
If you claim to be a follower of Christ, I encourage you to consider your present commitment to a local church. – David Platt.
 
Have you considered how important, and biblical, is our commitment to a local church? The local church is the place where the individual Christian has the opportunity find resources such as support, accountability, encouragement, and fellowship.
 
The local church is where we grow in Christ and are equipped to go out and reflect His love back into the world.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part Two)

on August 4, 2017 - 6:06am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we looked at the world (earth) and concluded that it is best to maintain its temperature as a “constant” for the sake of humanity. At the same time it was noted that the release of earth’s stored energy from coal, gas, oil, etc., increases the “free” energy available.  

While this may be useful in the short run, the efficiency in maintaining the earth’s average temperature is affected by the chemicals and compounds released during energy extraction (e.g., greenhouse gases). It is better

Enchanted Island Populated By Amazing Singers And Actors

on August 4, 2017 - 6:03am
Ensemble Cast. Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 
Anna Christy (Morgana) and Alek Shrader (Oronte). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

Handel’s “'Alcina' is one of his “magic” operas which is based on an ancient epic poem. Handel’s traditional operatic style is a mixture of recitatives and da capo areas (the opening A section is repeated after an intervening B section). The arias may express amorous intention, sorrow, pity, despair or determination. In the repeated A section, feelings are usually intensified.

What is most appealing about

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