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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

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
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.

McQuiston: School Safety Saves Lives

on August 14, 2017 - 9:53am
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
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
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?

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

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

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
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?

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

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

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Take Your Time

on August 4, 2017 - 6:02am

Los Alamos

Last September I embarked on a rigorous 30-day plan to get healthy and simplify my life. A best-selling book explained the step-by-step process in great detail. It was simple, all I had to do was follow each step as described and in less than a month my chaotic, demanding life would be chiseled down to a joy-filled, meaningful existence, and I would be living my full potential.


It has been nearly year and I can report I have progressed to day nine of the thirty-day plan. Except for the days when I slide back to day five.

Birth Announcement: Madison Rose Linnell

on August 3, 2017 - 7:58am

Madison Rose Linnell was born July 21 at Los Alamos Medical Center. Proud parents are Scott and Brenda Linnell of White Rock. Madison weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 20 inches long. Courtesy photo

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 3, 2017 - 6:29am

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: All Those Ponderosa Seeds

on August 2, 2017 - 10:08am
Pairs of seeds about to flutter out of a pine cone. Photo by Nancy Castillo
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
A number of cones are lying on the ground beneath the dominant Ponderosa pine tree growing  behind the Aquatic Center. 
A very patient seed counter found that ponderosa trees may produce from 7,000 to 11,500 viable seeds for a year. This is before birds and squirrels begin to eat them. The seeds are enclosed in a wing and so may flutter away from the parent tree. Birds and squirrels also may carry away and store some seeds without eating them.    
As an

Home Country By Slim Randles: Space Blanket

on August 2, 2017 - 8:10am
Home Country
This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car.
There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
He couldn’t get Anita to go with him, because she just didn’t have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it’s kinda scientific in a way, you know.
The tarp was kinda pricey, but it was worth it.

Heinrich Viewpoint: New Mexico Must Build Homegrown Tech Workforce ... Here's One Way To Do It

on August 2, 2017 - 8:06am
By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
D-New Mexico

New Mexico has long been at the center of technology innovation. Research and development at our national laboratories, universities and military installations has led to major breakthroughs in computing, energy, health care and national security.
The technology industry is a driving force in creating jobs and expanding economic growth. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 7 million workers and added more than 100,000 new jobs.

McQuiston: May We Have Your Attention Please?

on August 1, 2017 - 10:03am
The Jemez Agency
When driving home from work this week, I came face to face with a distracted driver. The driver was looking down, eyes off the road, texting, and nearly hitting me.
Recent studies have shown drivers are more distracted, which accounted for 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries in 2014. It is even estimated that 1 in 4 car crashes involved cell phone use.
Take a look at a recent survey that was posted in USA Today. The percentage of drivers who reported speeding, red light running or texting while driving in the past 30 days:
  • 16-18 year olds  69

Morse: Walleye And Bass At Abiquiu Lake

on July 31, 2017 - 11:06am
Setting sun shines on Abiquiu Lake. Photo by George Morse/​
Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu serves green chile cheeseburgers and other items. Photo by George Morse/
Outdoors and Sports
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sunday morning a hunch that I had was confirmed. I’d been noticing that one of our hummingbird feeders that I usually end up refilling every day was not getting drained out as quickly. I suspected that a little rufous hummingbird had staked this feeder out and was chasing all others away.
Sure enough, Sunday I spotted the little