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Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Fr. Glenn: Au Revoir, Little Dove

on October 15, 2017 - 7:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow ... I weep; my eyes flow with tears…” (Lamentations 1:12)

“A voice is heard … lamentation and bitter weeping. [She] is weeping for her child; she refused to be comforted for her child, because she is no more.”  (cf., Jeremiah 31:15)

Few scripture verses better capture the agony of parents who have lost a child to the scourge of death, which came Friday to a beautiful 27-day-old angel who stretched her wings and flew back to God … “the silver cord is snapped ... and

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part 1)

on October 13, 2017 - 8:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
This series of articles examines money as a means of facilitating trade, the impact of value perception, and the compacting of perceived time. To do this, it is best to examine the historical perspective and understand the needs of the evolving system of humanity together with the impact of technology on how we do business.

In 3,000 B.C., the estimated population of the world was 14 million people.

Smart Design With Suzette: Fireplace Design

on October 13, 2017 - 7:43am
Fireplace with a glass wall. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

While each person has his own vision of the perfect home, there are certain design elements that leave everyone equally stunned. If I had to choose an item that suits every home and is always welcomed by people with various interests that would certainly be a fireplace!

Fireplace design ideas aren’t easy to find. Many of my clients need help with their fireplace whether updating it, redesigning it or adding one to suit their taste, wants and needs.  

Why are fireplace designs so special?

Just One More Thing To Do This Week: Look Around The Room

on October 12, 2017 - 7:44am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I think I have an addiction. I have tried avoiding the temptations, weaning myself, and even going cold turkey, but nothing seems to help.
 
Eventually I am once again, back on the couch, falling victim to another HGTV home renovation show. I love these shows, and I love home renovation. I have lived with ongoing remodeling project chaos for years at a time. As long as there is the slightest bit of improvement, I can wait it out. As soon as one effort is complete, I am jonesing for another, usually bigger, project.
 
My husband, not so much.

Inspirational People: Elected Official Shows Compassion Toward Constituent Whose World Turned Upside Down

on October 12, 2017 - 7:04am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

That shattered look is all too familiar to us in the newsroom at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Since being designated the Official Newspaper of Record by Los Alamos County in January, we’ve seen an influx of widows and widowers, parents and adult children in need of assistance in getting required legal notifications published.

There's an unwritten rule in our newsroom when we see that look: Drop everything and give our undivided attention. So, it touched us all when a particularly devastated man entered our office recently.

Weekly Fishing Report Oct. 10

on October 10, 2017 - 3:24pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The heavy rains we had last week dramatically raised streamflows across Northern New Mexico. In some streams, the flow is two-to-three times what they would normally be at this time of year.

This is great news for the fish, which will benefit from the heavier flows and murkier water. They will be more difficult to catch and will have a lot more food to feed on.

McQuiston: Common Misconceptions About Personal Umbrella Policy

on October 10, 2017 - 6:14am
ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
One thing I’ve learned over the years is there are several common misconceptions regarding personal umbrella insurance policies.
 
And I can certainly empathize with these folks since the term “umbrella” can be interpreted a number of ways. An umbrella policy is actually excess liability insurance. Here are some of the more common misconceptions and the truth behind them.
 
Misconception #1: “I have an umbrella policy. I don't need to worry about insuring my jewelry or fine art.”
 
Unfortunately, it does not.
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Home Country: Gates Of Heaven

on October 9, 2017 - 9:08am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
The food’s awfully good down at the Gates of Heaven Chinese Restaurant. The valley’s other Delbert, Delbert Chin, has been putting on a decent feed there since he came to this country many years ago.
 
We like that lunch buffet. All you can eat, of course, and he makes this pink sauce that’s out of this world. You can put it on everything. And you want to. He asked me once why I used so much of it, and I told him if I had enough of that sauce, I could live on cardboard boxes and bedding straw.
 
But there’s something else about Delbert, too.

Garcia Richard: Science Under Threat

on October 8, 2017 - 11:18am
By Rep. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe

I represent Los Alamos; where we take science seriously. And here we know two things: we know that we want our students to be taught real science. So why should we teach any other student in New Mexico anything less than that? And we know that if our students are taught anything less than rigorous, demanding scientific theory, then they will be left out.

You may have seen the NM Public Education Department’s version of the science standards described by a national magazine with the headline: “New Mexico doesn’t

Fr. Glenn: Free To Be Whom We Will To Be

on October 8, 2017 - 8:16am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

The Las Vegas shooting, of course, dominated the news this week, as tragedies often do. Remembering that massacre, it’s timely that the Gospel that we read at our Catholic Mass this weekend is the parable of the vineyard owner and the rebellious tenants (Matthew 21:33-43). One very poignant verse in that Gospel passage comes when the owner had finished preparing his vineyard, and “…he leased it to tenants and went on a journey”—a seemingly almost offhand remark, but it speaks volumes about our world.

As we think about

Pastor Granillo: Generational Gap

on October 8, 2017 - 6:40am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age — I missed it coming and going.  – J.B. Priestly
 
I am definitely a Generation X’er. I grew up as a latchkey kid, with divorced parents, who watched actual music videos on MTV, and knew how to tweak the TV enough to watch Showtime after dark. My mother is part of the Silent Generation. She is a firm believer in “waste not, want not,” simple living, and traditional values.
 
My father, on the other hand, is a bit harder

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part Four)

on October 7, 2017 - 3:59am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
In this series we have looked at accuracy and precision with a continuing question of how much do we need. We started with some definitions and explored randomness and the value of Pi, the ratio of a circle to its diameter.

Then we looked at standardiztion of how we measure physical things, primarily in the scientific-engineering domains but also relating to commerce, and again explored randomness.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 7, 2017 - 3:54am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Dream On...

on October 7, 2017 - 2:54am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I was going to write a light-hearted column this week. However, between the natural and unnatural disasters that have recently occurred, my head is filled with such sadness that I find very little humor in anything.

Every time I sit down to write, my feelings of helplessness and heartache fill the page. Not very entertaining I am afraid. But let me share my thoughts on how we can make a difference and contribute to improving the situation.

Regarding hurricanes and flooding - send money.

Home Country: Florencio And His Slicker

on October 4, 2017 - 8:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Florencio Ortiz sent off for that new slicker, everyone in town and out at the ranch knew about it.
 
He described in detail how waterproof it was and how a cowboy just couldn't possibly get wet with this slicker on. Then it came, and Florencio tied it behind the cantle of his saddle each day. And Florencio looked to the sky for any sign of a cloud, and then patted that slicker affectionately.
 
"If it rains today," he'd say, "I'm ready. Did you know this slicker keeps the saddle dry, too?"
 
Finally, during the gather, Florencio and the other
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Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 4

on October 4, 2017 - 8:21am

The Conejos River Valley. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

Cumbres Pass scenery. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

 

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The recent rainfall has muddied rivers and raised water levels in lakes and reservoirs. Once the water clears, the fishing should be good. The rain also benefits the vegetation, as perennial plants, grasses and trees that are starting to go dormant now will have a moist and favorable environment for their roots. Surprisingly, we have not had a frost yet here in the Espanola Valley.

It’s time to start

Cinema Cindy Reviews American Made

on October 1, 2017 - 8:06am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“American Made” is the latest movie in which Tom Cruise plays a cheeky character caught up in shady deals. While a fun action film, American Made has a serious side to it; the film gives us a look into the morally questionable lengths to which the U.S. went in order to attempt the overthrow of leftist regimes in Central America. “Is all this legal,” asks Tom Cruise’s character? “It is when the good guys do it,” is the reply.

Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real life pilot who flew surveillance planes in Central America, then ran guns to the Contras—the insurgent group

Fr. Glenn: Seeking The Good

on October 1, 2017 - 6:58am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

You may remember the movie “Letters from Iwo Jima” that came out about 10 years ago. “Letters” is fairly unique (in American cinema, at least) in telling the story of that World War II battle from a Japanese point of view.

Amateur Naturalist: Growth Of Ponderosa Trees

on September 29, 2017 - 3:44pm
A mature ponderosa stops growing upward but its horizontal branches continue to grow, becoming twisted and thicker. Photo by Robert Dryja 
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa Trees
By Robert Dryja
 
The Aquatic Center was constructed 30 years ago. The construction involved landscaping that extended about one hundred feet out from the building. 
 
There may have been only one large ponderosa tree that was not cut down as part of the clearing of land behind the Aquatic Center. It now is a mature tree. It has a flat top since it has stopped growing upwards.

Tales Of Our Times: Essential Truth Requires Assembly

on September 29, 2017 - 3:35pm

Tales of Our Times
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water


Essential Truth Requires Assembly

The sharpest picture we have of how humans relate to others is the familiar parable of the six blind men and the elephant.

Generations of us learned from the imagery of the blind men. The meanings of it remain vivid today. One blind man touched a side and said an elephant is like a wall. One felt the tail and said an elephant is a rope. One felt a tusk and said an elephant is a spear. A leg made one say an elephant is a pillar.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 29, 2017 - 10:17am

Cinema Cindy Reviews Kingsman: The Golden Circle

on September 29, 2017 - 9:21am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the second in what promises to be a fun franchise, loosely based on a UK-made series of spy action-comedy comic books that were first published by Marvel’s “Icon” Comics in 2012.

A sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), The Golden Circle features some of the same central characters; but the threat of world domination is posed by a very different villain. Support for the good British guys comes from a new quarter, an American underground spy service.

Taron Egerton’s central character, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, who went through

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Honor Your Bette

on September 29, 2017 - 8:09am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

For many, many years Bette was my best friend. We were together during a particularly drama-filled era of our lives.

We were going through angst-filled ups and downs, as both of our marriages fell to pieces while we were trying to meet the never-ending demands of raising children. We took turns holding each other up and holding each other together when necessary. On the day Bette’s divorce was final she found out she had advanced-stage breast cancer.

I was at home with her when the doctor’s office called wanting her to come in so they could discuss her biopsy

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part Three)

on September 29, 2017 - 6:30am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


In the last column, we looked at national and international measurement systems and another brief observation of randomness, ending again with the question how accurate and precise things need to be? 

If you examine a 12 ounce can of soda, it probably says 12 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) and 355 milliliters (ml). If you convert 12 fl. oz. to ml, it actually is 354.882744 ml. Probably good enough to wash down the hotdog at the barbeque. In a similar manner, one U.S. pint equals 472.176473 ml.

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