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on June 15, 2017 - 7:11am

Fishing Report June 15

on June 15, 2017 - 6:57am
The Cimarron River below Eagle Nest Dam was stocked with more than 2,400 rainbow trout last week and the fishing is good. Courtesy photo
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
I’m always telling anglers to check on the streamflows below El Vado Dam and Abiquiu Dam on the Chama River.
 
The flow below El Vado Dam Monday was 198 cubic feet per second. This is a great time to fish in this location with the flows being much lower than before. Already a couple of 20 - inchers have been caught here.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Choose Thoughtfully

on June 15, 2017 - 6:49am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My mother prepared three meals a day. It was almost always bacon and eggs in the morning, sandwiches at lunch, and a meat and potatoes dinner complete with an iceberg lettuce salad, and homemade baking soda biscuits. She made this every night. Then the family sat around the table and ate.

Breakfast cereal was seldom seen in her house until long after I graduated from high school. The same with soda. She never had soda in the house unless it was there as a special treat or a guest brought it.

Smart Design With Suzette: Backyard Theater

on June 15, 2017 - 6:41am
Outdoor home theater. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Although around 350 still exist across the United States, the drive-in survives on a smaller scale thanks to a growing number of people who have taken the concept to the backyard.

Can it be done without spending a fortune? Not only is it possible, it is an amazing amount of fun as long as you follow some common sense rules.

Don’t be That Neighbor…
Depending on where you live, the concept of a backyard home theater may be a non-starter due to noise restrictions, safety regulations, or because you live in an apartment and it is

World Futures: The List Of 18

on June 15, 2017 - 6:32am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 19 columns, each item in the List of 18 has been presented with, hopefully, enough background to better define each item and hint at the challenges in each area. Before moving on, a summary of the list is useful for contemplating the interaction between each item in affecting the future of earth and humanity. 

In scanning the list, keep in mind Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and that the lowest or basic level includes air, water, food, clothing, shelter and reproduction.

How The Hen House Turns: What Do Heron’s Taste?

on June 14, 2017 - 7:18am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week, during our morning walk, we saw something that kept us fascinated for 20 minutes.
 
Instead of circling the campus, we had turned down toward the Windy Hill Open Space Reserve parking lot. There, near the fence bordering a huge meadow of
wild grass, we saw a heron.
 
He (or she) stood at least 4 feet tall, its long beak clamped tightly on a ball of brown fur. A quick dip of the bird’s head, and the gopher slipped down into his neck. What we were seeing was real, not a Nature program on TV.
 
The gopher ball was

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 11 And Final

on June 13, 2017 - 12:42pm

Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea with his gold medal and the Van Cliburn trophy. Courtesy photo

Americans Daniel Hsu (bronze medalist) and Kenneth Broberg (silver medalist) share their excitement with gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. Courtesy photo

Gold medalist Yekown Sunwoo hugs his host mom. Courtesy photo

 

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Fort Worth, proudly known as Cow Town, has been Piano Town for three weeks. The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition came to a close there Saturday and what a close it was!

Bass Performance Hall was sold out

Fr. Glenn: Letting Go

on June 11, 2017 - 6:41am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Letting go” … a phrase that has many contexts. “Letting go” may be literal, such as “Let go of the rope” or “He was arrested, but let go”, but very often we use it in one of many analogous senses. Negatively, we sometimes hear “He let himself go”, meaning a loss of care of one’s appearance. Certainly you may be able to think of more, but one of the most common uses of the term is, of course, the release of an obsession or grudge.

That ol’ forgiveness—that wonderful and magnanimous movement of kindness and love which

Pastor Granillo: Tapout

on June 11, 2017 - 6:24am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. (NIV Galatians 6:15)

In 1997 Charles Lewis Jr. and Gary Fields founded Tapout, a mixed martial arts (MMA) focused sportswear company. By 2007, Tapout was the largest distributer of MMA merchandise in the world.

I wasn’t very surprised to learn this since, around that time, I recall seeing a lot of people wearing shirts or hats with “Tapout” written across them.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 9

on June 9, 2017 - 5:45pm
Yekwan Sunwoo of South Korea and the Brentano String Quartet play as one. Courtesy photo
American Kenneth Broberg enjoys the final moment of his performance with the Brentano String Quartet. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

The “plays-well-with-others” round of the Cliburn Competition has begun.

First, Cliburn competitors are required to choose one of five piano quintets to play with the Brentano String Quartet.

Smart Design With Suzette - Outdoor Living

on June 9, 2017 - 7:44am
Outdoor kitchen. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s my favorite time of year to be outdoors – it’s not too hot, the evenings are cool and lets face it, our sunsets are the very best in the United States. Why not create a relaxing, stylish outdoor living space? It will greatly increase the appeal and value of your home while providing an oasis for friends and family to enjoy.

Purpose. How are you going to use your outdoor space? You most likely will need an entertainment area, cooking area and dining area.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Turn On The Light

on June 9, 2017 - 7:24am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Father’s Day is just around the corner. This year we celebrate the occasion Sunday, June 18.

There are a wide variety of gifts that make every Dad feel loved and cherished. This would include anything having to do with fire- grills, smokers, and endless selection of accoutrements; anything sharp or pointy such as knives and tools; and anything powered by electricity or batteries that would ideally shoot flames while cutting.

If all the items on the wish list have been fulfilled, then there is always the option of alcohol…which will just make every other gift

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 8, 2017 - 4:28pm

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 8

on June 8, 2017 - 2:30pm

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

Los Alamos Concert Association Board member and friend Dorothy Amsden asked me what happens to the competitors in the Cliburn Competition who are eliminated at the end of each round. “Do they remain for the rest of the competition or do they return home, tail between the legs, poor things?” she wondered.

While there must certainly be some tremendous disappointment, these pianists are not neophytes.

Jimenez: Ripple Effects Of President’s Budget Cuts

on June 8, 2017 - 7:13am
By JAMES JIMENEZ 
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Our communities do best when everyone contributes. We are strengthened when our children fulfill their potential and become the entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists they were born to be.
 
And because no one reaches their potential without a little help, our nation provides opportunities to those who would otherwise be unable to access them. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because these are investments that will pay off for all of us with a better quality of life, a stronger
economy,

Exploring The White Place Near Abiquiu

on June 7, 2017 - 2:23pm
Scene from the White Place near Abiquiu. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com
 
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
All throughout Northern New Mexico are hidden natural wonders that will reward someone willing to seek them out and expend a little shoe leather.
 
In the beautiful landscape surrounding the small village of Abiquiu lie many of these little pockets of unique formations sculpted over the eons by the relentless effects of wind and water.
 
Abiquiu is known around the world as the home of the late artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 7

on June 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Cliburn finalists, standing, from left, Americans Daniel Hsu and Kenneth Broberg, South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, Russian Yuri Favorin, and seated: Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong and Georgy Tchaidze of Russia. Courtesy Photo 

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 
It was a long and busy last day in the Cliburn Competition semi-final round.
 

Kenneth Broberg of the U.S. shot up in my estimation after a magisterial performance of the Liszt B-minor sonata.  Italian Leonardo Pierdomenico sank just a little after a nice but not stellar recital.

Amateur Naturalist: Springs And Crusty Lichen

on June 7, 2017 - 7:34am
Iron bacteria growing in a small drainage pool. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
 
The natural and urban worlds exist in close proximity to one another in Los Alamos. Finger-shaped mesa tops are separated by canyons. Urban Los Alamos is built on the mesa tops. The canyons in contrast are filled largely with forest toward their mountain origins. The canyons would be considered to be large parks or preserves in other parts of the country.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 6

on June 6, 2017 - 10:01am

Russian competitor Georgy Tchaidze enjoys a standing ovation with Fort Worth Symphony conductor Nicholas McGegan. Courtesy Photo 

Rachel Cheung of Hong Kong, the only woman still in the Cliburn contention. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association
 

At this point in the Cliburn Competition, the jury has heard more than 52 hours of music and there are many hours to go. Committing to serve on a Cliburn jury is a major commitment for people who already have busy performing and teaching schedules.

The 10-member jury headed by Chairman and

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Wonder Woman'

on June 6, 2017 - 5:54am
By CYNTHIA Z. BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Wonder Woman”, the much anticipated DC comics movie, has arrived to cheering audiences. The film provides a backstory for Diana Prince, princess of the Amazons, later nicknamed “Wonder Woman” as she joins the DC pantheon of superheroes.
 
Gal Gadot, the sensually super-buff Israeli actress, debuted as Wonder Woman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie just last year, starting a noisy buzz about Gadot getting her own movie.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 5

on June 5, 2017 - 10:34am

South Korean Yekwan Sunwoo impressed with a beautiful performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 6 in the Cliburn semi-final round. Courtesy photo

Canadian Tony Yike Yang, 18, is the youngest Cliburn competitor. Courtesy photo

Italian competitor Leonardo Pierdomenico acknowledges a standing ovation after his performance with the Fort Worth Symphony under the direction of Nicholas McGehan. Courtesy photo
 
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

The audience during the Cliburn Competition has been admirably silent.

Smart Design With Suzette: Remodeling A Living Room – Storage, Design And Who To Hire

on June 5, 2017 - 8:08am
Cozy living room. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Here we are in the fourth and final article of remodeling a living room.

We‘ve discussed determining your needs; identifying your style; budgets; floor plans and layout; lighting, flooring and architectural details. Now we will conclude with storage, design and who to hire.

Storage and Organization

Depending on the age of your house and its layout, you may or may not have storage in the living room.

If you do find yourself with a closet here, count your lucky stars.

World Futures: SOCIETY – Integrity: It’s Now In Transformation, How Do We Maintain It?

on June 5, 2017 - 8:03am

World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Integrity is a property or state of being and can refer to both people and things. In respect to people, it describes a quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. When referring to things it describes a state of wholeness, correctness and unity.

While it is worthwhile to explore the intricacies and subtleties of integrity in detail, a more pointed, though general, consideration should be given to the changing environment of Earth and humanity.

As the clock of change moves forward at an ever

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo

 

By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Fr. Glenn: Bon Voyage

on June 4, 2017 - 7:34am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

‘Tis the season of spring … of leafing, of flowering, of hatchlings spreading newly-fledged wings to eagerly, yet nervously, fly the nest … under watchful and anxious eyes of parents fluttering above, squawking: “Careful not to fall; it’s a long way down!” “Watch out for predators!” “Be wary of eating things that bite back!”

“Dude … what’s with your parents?”, squeaks the little chick from a neighboring nest. “They’re always that way,” is the response. “They don’t know crickets from crawdads, and always on our case!

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