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Column: Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II

on December 27, 2012 - 7:41am
Deadly Weapons in the Hands of Loons, Part II
Or, Yes, Dorothy, We Do Have a Double Standard Here
By Khalil Spencer

Well, the Bushmaster .223 caliber civilian assault rifle (i.e, a military spec rifle designed to deliver high rates of automatic fire in battlefield conditions, slightly modified to only fire semi-automatic but still capable of several rounds per second and often equipped with high capacity magazines) used to execute 20 elementary school students and six of their teachers made the news again this week, and this time much closer to (my) childhood home.

As reported in the NY

Money IQ: Consider a Safe Deposit Box

on December 26, 2012 - 10:26am

Money IQ

By Fidel L. Gutierrez

 

Consider a Safe Deposit Box for Valuables and Digital Media Storage/Computer Back-up

 

As the old saying goes “you cannot put a price on peace of mind.” In today’s complex world, one of the oldest banking service that is often overlooked is the good old fashioned safe deposit box. 

 

I still remember as a kid going into the bank lobby with my mom and being in awe of the massive bank vault door. 

 

With the proliferation of on-line banking (virtual bank branch)  and “mini” branches (including grocery store branches), I find that many younger banking

Food on the Hill: Caesar Salad Dressing

on December 26, 2012 - 6:40am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Caesar Salad Dressing

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

ingredients

  • 1 cup mayo
  •  1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2(+) cup good grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of regular Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1to 1 1/2  tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes,crushed

directions

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
mix and chill
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com

notes

good as a dip for veggies or best on whole fresh

Column: Ending the Year Contemplating Growth

on December 23, 2012 - 8:27am
By Harry Hertz, Director
Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

I always like to end a year with an optimistic view of the future. This year, MESA became the sixth two-time winner of the Baldrige Award; all six winners having experienced growth between the times they received the award.

That fact led me to contemplate factors leading to the sustainability and growth of any business or enterprise.

In a brief research study that the Baldrige Program conducted last year, we realized that the then five two-time recipients of the Baldrige Award represented very different industries, company

Column: A World of Music

on December 23, 2012 - 6:06am
By Richard Hannamann
A World of Music
 
To recap (and slightly expand): sound is vibration traveling through a medium and music can be described as sound in a combinatory variety of frequency and rhythm produced by intent as an expression of sentient experience.
 
It's kind of a nifty definition because it is non-anthropomorphic – it applies just as well to Klingon opera as to Mozart. But it may be, as all definitions are, somewhat limited.
 
We speak of "songbirds" and "the songs of birds", or the "music of the stream", and other similar references to "music" which don't quite fit the

Column: Looming REAL ID Act Deadline

on December 20, 2012 - 10:36am
Column by Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative Elect, District 43

Over the past few weeks several community members have contacted me about the REAL ID Act and a looming Jan. 15 deadline.

The primary concern is that New Mexico is currently not in compliance with the REAL ID Act.

This means New Mexicans may not be able to use their drivers’ licenses to board commercial airlines after Jan. 15.

If this occurs, it could have alarming effects on our state and community. Public concern over this issue has been heightened by recent news stories and statements from public officials.

Money IQ: Small Business Loans

on December 19, 2012 - 10:49am
Money IQ
By Al Hernandez
 
Small Business Loans

The challenges of obtaining a small business loan continue to frustrate budding entrepreneurs and as well as established small business owners alike.

Small business loans are generally defined as those seeking credit of $1 million or less. Financial institutions are less likely to lend in today’s environment and the reasons are many - a still weak but slowly improving economy, tightened bank underwriting standards, ever changing bank regulations, and or increased fear or skepticism with lending to newer firms or start-up businesses.

Food on the Hill: Crab Benedict

on December 18, 2012 - 6:55am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
This week's recipe:
 
Crab Benedict
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
ingredients
 
Crab Benedict
(serves two)
4 poached eggs
Two English muffins, toasted
9 oz crab meat, drained ( I prefer lump crab meat, but can get pricy)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
5 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup cold butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces
 
directions
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Poach the 4 eggs and set aside.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
If they need reheated at the end before you put the Benedict together, you

Column: Smart Management!

on December 17, 2012 - 7:55am
Column by Elena Yang
Smart Management!

No, I am not joking. Besides, I really want to end 2012 with the last column on a high note. 

A few recent reports, from different media outlets, on “in-sourcing” and “octopus management” have highlighted some smart management practices:

Learning from octopus’ decentralized adaptive strategies, such as

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - What is Music?

on December 16, 2012 - 9:44am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
 
What is Music?
 
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
 
First off is the problem of "sound." Then there is the problem of "organized." And there is the problem of "meaningful."
 
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything - air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
 
While it could be said that music is a multiplicity of sounds at

Column: Align Personal Values with New Year's Resolutions

on December 15, 2012 - 6:51am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Every April in New Mexico, I observe hundreds of people walking many miles on Good Friday before Easter to El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine.

As I scan the crowd it is clear that for the majority of the crowd this trek is the farthest they will walk all year.

Impressed and confused by this annual spectacle I wondered why these people would undertake such a physical task one day each year.

As a wellness coach, I wanted to know their secret. If I could figure out what inspired them to move, maybe I could use the same power to propel my clients off the couch.

A similar

Money IQ: Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

on December 12, 2012 - 11:04am
Money IQ
By Dan Monte
 
Are Trusts Just for the Wealthy?

As an attorney who has practiced primarily in the areas of trusts and estates for the past 20 years, I frequently hear people say that they are simply not wealthy enough to have a trust.

There is a very common misconception that somehow the use of trusts in estate planning is only for the wealthy. The intended purpose of this short article is to dispel this misconception.

As each one of us has a unique personality, each one of us has a unique set of circumstances which will dictate the form of our estate plan.

Contrary to

Food on the Hill: Rice & Mushrooms

on December 11, 2012 - 6:07am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

 

Rice & Mushrooms
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 can beef consomme
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • 2 small cans of mushrooms (juice from 1can, drain the other can)
  • 1 stick of butter
 
directions:
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Dump everything in an 8x8 baking pan, stir one time and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
This is a wonderful side dish to take to parties and it is quick to make (1-1/2 minutes to put together) and it tastes great!
 
Rice & Mushrooms
 
Photo

Khalsa Reviews 'Flight'

on December 11, 2012 - 6:05am
Courtesy/movies.yahoo.com
 
Flight
Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.

Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film ... this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers

Column: I Am Flummoxed!

on December 10, 2012 - 12:41pm
Column by Elena Yang
I Am Flummoxed!

I just wanted to find a way to use “flummoxed.” One story and one news item put me in this state.

Here is the story: Lynn Harrell, an internationally renowned cellist, found himself banned by Delta Airlines for violating their Frequent Flyer Program terms.

Travel is always a tricky venture for musicians who play large instruments, especially by plane. How many of us would trust the airlines these days to check in our luggage that contains our livelihood?

So, Mr.

Column: I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course

on December 9, 2012 - 10:39am
I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course. Par 4, No Bogeys ... Life with Cancer
By Kay Kerbyson

What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?

When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?”

Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything.

Column: Building Better Schools ... Building Brighter Futures

on December 6, 2012 - 11:41am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt, superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools                   

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that would not raise the tax rate.

The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.

Money IQ: Thinking Ahead for 2013

on December 5, 2012 - 11:01am
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

Thinking Ahead for 2013

Hard to believe, but 2012 is almost behind us and 2013 is just around the corner.

The time between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to assess the financial positives and negatives of the past year and to plan for improvements in the New Year.

Before we head into 2013, there’s still time to make last minute adjustments for 2012. With taxes potentially rising for the next year, it is a good time to consider a few tax saving ideas:

  • Capital Gains rates are scheduled to rise.

Food on the Hill: Eggnog

on December 4, 2012 - 8:50am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
This week's recipe:
 
Eggnog
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
*** Takes 12 hours to make**** (makes ¼ gallon)
 
Ingredients
  • Need blender or a fast whisk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small pkg of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 pkg(qt size)non-fat dried milk powder (1- 1/2 cup)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon rum (opt)
Directions
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Blend 2 1/4 cups milk and 1 (qt size) pkg of non-fat dried milk powder for 30 seconds.
Add 6 egg yolks, blend until very well blended.
 

Photo by Sue

Column: I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

on December 3, 2012 - 10:12am
Column by Elena Yang
I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

In the previous post on diversity/multiculturalism, I focused mostly on the differences between groups, such as males and females, or white and African Americans. 

Equally important, if not more so, are our conversations across the differences within a group. 

For instance, many of us have more “issues” with our family members than with someone of different racial background or religious background.  

Similarly, within a racial group, there can be painful dealings with members’ differences. 

Just look at

Column: School Board Election Slated for Feb. 6, 2013

on November 30, 2012 - 10:01am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

It is not too soon to begin thinking about the School Board election slated for Feb. 5, 2013.

Two White Rock positions will be up for election. 

Current Pinon Elementary School Board representative Dawn Venhaus and Chamisa Elementary School Board representative Melanie McKinley announced that they would not seek re-election.

The school district and community is grateful for their years of service on the Board.

To help inform the public about these open Board positions, a special information night is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec.

Baldrige in Education: Roots and Reasons for Hope

on November 29, 2012 - 10:19am

By Christine Schaefer

How did a quality awards program originally aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers become more competitive evolve to help school districts and other education institutions improve their performance, too?

Long story, and it starts before 1999, when Congress expanded the eligibility of the Baldrige Awards to health care and education organizations.

In fact, the Baldrige Program began preparing for that expansion in the mid-1990s.

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Cordova

on November 29, 2012 - 6:20am
Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey
Journey By Random Selection

When my sister and I were kids, we would spin a plastic globe, close our eyes and halt the sphere with our index fingers.

Wherever our fingers landed was where we would travel when we were older.

I can not remember any of the far-flung spots my fingers touched upon but I do know I never got around to seeing any of them. Until now.

Last week I did not spin a globe but used a similar method, a random Internet search, to determine which New Mexico town I should visit next.

Dragonfly painting on Cundiyo art gallery wall. Photo by

Money IQ: What is FDIC Insurance?

on November 28, 2012 - 1:10pm
Money IQ
By Karl Hjelvik

What is FDIC Insurance?

This week’s Money IQ examines Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance, its background, coverage and who pays for it.

During the 1930’s, the financial markets experienced a lot of turmoil and it was common to have runs on a bank because there was no insurance on customers’ deposits.

As a result, the FDIC was created as part of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. Since then, the FDIC has provided deposit insurance to guarantee the safety of deposits at any member bank.

Credit Unions are not covered by the FDIC, however, they

Food on the Hill: Pear Bread

on November 27, 2012 - 6:01am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
 
 
This week's recipe:
 
Pear Bread
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
Note: This recipe makes just one loaf of Pear Bread. Also, Pear Bread will not raise much.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cups nuts
  • 3 chopped pears

directions

Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
Mix sugar, oil, vanilla, sour cream, eggs. Add pears gently to wet mix, set aside.
 
Photo by Sue York/ladailypost.com
 
In another bowl mix together the

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