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Goodwin: Educational Retirement Plan

on July 3, 2017 - 8:19am
By JAN GOODWIN, Executive Director
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board
Both of my parents are retired educators, so my family understands firsthand the importance of secure retirement benefits for educational employees.
The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) plays an important role in the lives of our 46,000 retirees and 60,000 active members. They and the Legislature have entrusted NMERB with providing secure retirement benefits to all of New Mexico’s public educational employees and their beneficiaries.
I consider this a sacred trust.

Amateur Naturalist: The Growth Of Ponderosa

on July 3, 2017 - 8:17am
One tall ponderosa tree with a square silhouette dominates over the other large but conical shaped trees. Photo by Robert Dryja
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa
Los Alamos
A 60-foot wide area was created behind the Aquatic Center when it was constructed in 1988. It therefore would be reasonable to expect to see similar sized ponderosa pine trees that are nearly 30 years old. Assumedly the trees would have started to grow throughout this level area after the construction was completed. 
Instead 81 small size ponderosa trees are growing.

Home Country: Standing As An American Citizen

on July 3, 2017 - 6:20am
Home Country
Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others.
He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.
Let’s see … he thought … I can circumlocute over to Mrs. Hennessey’s and see if her flower garden needs weeding. She’s got very close veins and the sugar diabeets, and getting around ain’t easy.
He headed in that direction when he came across two friends of his arguing over politics.

Fr. Glenn: Our Sacred Honor

on July 2, 2017 - 7:15am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Our Sacred Honor

Everyone be safe this holiday, especially with the fireworks. We’ve already had one major fire near us this year (Cajete); that’s more than enough! Watch those campfires, too!

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, it’s a time for reflection and thanksgiving. This year, of course, we have a new president—some say for good, some say for ill.

Pastor Granillo: The Gathering

on July 2, 2017 - 6:58am
La Vista Church
White Rock
Sportsmanship and easygoing methods are all right, but it is the prospect of a hot fight that brings out the crowds. –John McGraw
“We need to get there at least an hour before they open the doors.”
“I know,” I told my wife, “I’m hurrying.”
Although we were over an hour early, a line had already formed. Actually, it was more like a mob of people hovering around the entrance doors. Of the six sets of entry doors that lead to the venue, all but one were closed.
It was being used by staff to enter and exit and make last minute

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise Gratitude

on July 1, 2017 - 8:28am

Los Alamos

A few months ago I received an email from the UNM Mindful Center offering a day course entitled: Letting Go: A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat. It was to be led by Michelle DuVal, a remarkable and gifted meditation teacher.

I have a few issues (SURPRISE)—some of which are decades old—that continue to drag on my soul and dampen my spirit. These are issues that I think I have let go, and I think they are gone for good, and then one day… poof… they re-appear seemingly from nowhere and I am once again struggling to let go and move forward.

I envisioned Michelle

Smart Design With Suzette: Decorating For The Fourth

on July 1, 2017 - 6:52am
Fourth of July picnic. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool.

It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations. Follow these guidelines for a red, white and blue, patriotic celebration.

Red, White and Blue Refreshments
Think of cold beverages as

World Futures: Water Water Everywhere

on June 30, 2017 - 10:05pm

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

 “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797-1798. On Earth, 97 percent of the water is saline, in oceans, seas and saline ground water.

Per Wikipedia, “Fresh water is naturally occurring on the Earth’s surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as ground water in aquifers and underground streams.” Approximately 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water.

McQuiston: Are You Unsure About Uninsured Motorists Coverage?

on June 30, 2017 - 2:14pm
The Jemez Agency
I had a conversation this week with someone who wanted to delete his uninsured motorist coverage from his policy, so he could save some money. Not a good idea to do, but it gave me an idea for this week's column.
Since nearly every state in the United States requires some minimum level of liability insurance to operate a motor vehicle, you may be left wondering why you would need to purchase uninsured motorists coverage.
Unfortunately, we all know that just because the law says we’re supposed to do something, doesn’t mean that everyone will.

Tales Of Our Times: Old Mines Tell Candid Stories

on June 29, 2017 - 8:45am
Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

The story below is one I wrote in 1993 for New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water. In 1997, I submitted the article to Governor Gary Johnson as part of my technical credentials, from which he nominated me to serve five years as a public member of the New Mexico Mining Commission.
In 2015, a three million-gallon spill of waste water from the old Gold King Mine near Silverton in western Colorado made national news by coloring some 100 miles of the Animas River an eerie orange.

McQuiston: Precious Cargo - Keeping Your Children Safe

on June 27, 2017 - 7:07am
The Jemez Agency
I was driving over to Smith's the other day and saw a woman stopped behind me at the light with what appeared to be a toddler in the seat next to her. 
It kind of ticked me off, but then I thought, it's a small town, what's the harm. We never have accidents here, right? Every 33 seconds, a child is involved in a car crash. Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death of children in the United States.
An average of 11 children per week died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide between 2010 and 2014. Of these deaths, 43 percent were

Fr. Glenn: Where Your Treasure Lay

on June 25, 2017 - 6:30am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Another weekend. Where are those classifieds? 

One thing I like to do on weekends is to haunt the garage/yard/estate sales. I usually don’t do much more than take up space, because I’m too cheap to buy much (I think my highest purchase to date is $20). Seems like there’s always some little thing that we need here at the church or at the rectory that I can get for 10 percent of full price (or less) at those sales.

And yet … one of the things that always strikes me—especially at larger estate sales—is the ephemeral

Is Video Surveillance Keeping Us Secure?

on June 23, 2017 - 7:45am
Yoni Levoritz
Americans are being spied on all the time – whether they think about it or not.
Pump gas? A camera is watching. Go to the ATM? The transaction is captured on video. Run a red light? A camera may record the violation and a ticket may follow.
Sometimes this video vigilance works nicely. When law enforcement agencies investigated the Boston Marathon bombing, surveillance cameras from businesses up and down the street helped them zero in on the perpetrators.
But that extra security comes with a tradeoff in privacy.
“It’s great for law

Don’t Let Your Investments Go On A ‘Vacation’

on June 23, 2017 - 7:40am

Edward Jones Investments

It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways.

Smart Design With Suzette: Everything Old Is New Again

on June 23, 2017 - 7:39am
Wallpaper is back! Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Home design trends are all about creating lush spaces by taking traditional designs and making them modern with unique color texture and material choices. As the saying goes “everything old is new again” rings true, especially in décor. The 1980’s and 1990’s are back again — this time with a 21st-century spin.

Floral wallpaper
The patterns may have changed, but it’s safe to say that wallpaper is experiencing a major renaissance in design.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Tell Your Story

on June 23, 2017 - 7:21am

Los Alamos

Okay, okay, okay. I will tell you about my date with Kenny Loggins. It was a long time ago. He was recently divorced from his first wife and not yet had his naked wedding to his therapist.

These were my pre-Los Alamos days and I had not yet met my now husband. Kenny and I were just two foot-loose (ha-ha) and fun-loving singles enjoying a few days in Sedona, Ariz.

We spent the weekend at a beautiful resort nestled in the red rocks, we browsed interesting shops, enjoyed amazing food, and the highlight was a spectacular outdoor benefit concert where Kenny

World Futures: Feeding Humanity

on June 23, 2017 - 6:58am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 20 columns, 18 areas worthy of study regarding future needs were considered, generally independently. It is appropriate now to consider a few questions related to multiple items on the list. Let’s get started.

In 1798, The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus, in “An Essay on the Principle of Population”, examined population growth and growth of the available food supply. He believed that population growth is exponential while growth of the food supply is arithmetic.

LAMC: AHCA And The Negative Impact It Will Have On Our Community

on June 22, 2017 - 4:13pm

LAMC News:

Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue to provide the high-quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from our physicians, nurses and staff.

As you may be aware, politicians in Washington, D.C.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 22, 2017 - 3:56pm

Neeper: What Drives A Culture Insane?

on June 22, 2017 - 8:11am
Portola Valley, Calif.
Former Los Alamos resident
In the Los Alamos Daily Post of June 20, V. B. Price asks whether a national culture can go insane. Price sees recent mass shootings as evidence of a developing mad culture within a fear-laden population that could tip into a disguised civil war or dictatorship. I suggest that Nazi Germany of 1939 and ISIS of 2017 provide examples of insane cultures that answer Price's question. However, I also suggest that the crucial question is not whether a culture can go insane, but rather what drives it crazy.

Price cites studies on

JOLLEY II: How To Succeed At A Job Interview Part II

on June 22, 2017 - 5:04am
Los Alamos
Now that you had time to think over how to answer the three questions the hiring manager is trying to find out about you through Direct questions, let’s explore SBO questions.
In Situation, Behavior, and Outcome questions, you will be asked questions like: Tell about a time you did not get along with a boss or co-worker.

Jolley II: How To Succeed At A Job Interview Part I

on June 21, 2017 - 7:54am
Los Alamos
You applied for a Job and were called to come in for an interview, what do you do now?
Relax, as an experienced hiring manager, I can help you get through this and leave a good impression about yourself. First, the hiring manager will tell you about their company and the job they are trying to fill. Take mental notes to answer questions geared to what they mention in this part of the interview. Second, you need to know that the hiring manager(s) is trying to answer three questions they will never ask you directly.
  • Can you do the job?

Highly Anticipated 2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Los Alamos Ranch School

on June 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun.
This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.
The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to, over 196 mass shootings have

McQuiston: When – And Why – You May Need Umbrella Insurance

on June 20, 2017 - 7:17am
The Jemez Agency
Living in a busy world, our lives constantly intersect with the people around us, and some interactions can have surprising consequences.
It is increasingly important to make careful insurance choices to protect yourself from the unexpected. Because, even if you carry excellent coverage with high limits, situations can still arise that leave you liable for costly damages exceeding what any single policy can cover.
This is where an umbrella  insurance policy protects you, by sitting over other policies, such as home insurance, auto, boat, etc.,