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Letter To The Editor: Vote For David Hampton, A New Voice And Vision For UNM-LA

on October 20, 2019 - 7:30am
Los Alamos

I ask the community to vote David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board, position 3. We need new and fresh voices at the table to move our community forward. 

I certainly appreciate his vision to push UNM-LA towards becoming a 4-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) university. We keep losing our brightest and best students to out-of-state colleges, and a local 4-year college par excellence could encourage them to stay.

There would be stubborn resistance from UNM Main Campus, of course, so this initiative would require strong community support

Letter To The Editor: Time To Improve Our More Than 50 Year Old White Rock Schools

on October 18, 2019 - 7:52am


Principal, Chamisa Elementary School

I have the pleasure of becoming  the next principal at Chamisa Elementary School.

It has been a truly amazing experience. The community culture is one of the best aspects of Chamisa. Our community is what makes Chamisa unique. Chamisa Elementary School’s culture is entwined with the community.

The culture of Chamisa has stood the test of time. It’s now time to enhance the culture of Chamisa with structural upgrades.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools have stood relatively unchanged for over 50 years.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Local Senior Center Programs

on October 18, 2019 - 7:32am
Executive Director
This week, I am very excited to yet again talk about the many programs of the local senior centers, open to the public.
Tuesday Oct. 22, out student intern, Fernando Trujillo, will make a presentation on his work with criminal justice reform. His presentation is 11-11:30 a.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. His talk will focus on the importance of relationships and giving people second chances.

McQuiston: Prep Your Property For Cold Weather

on October 17, 2019 - 4:43pm

The Jemez Agency

The thought of doing outdoor work in the cold weather isn’t overly appealing. With the fall season here and some cooler weather in store, it’s time to start thinking about that to-do list to make sure you don’t have any unexpected surprises when winter weather hits.

Fix Cracks in Concrete and Asphalt
Especially important because we  live in an area that has a lot of freezing and thawing in the months to come.  Sealing your driveway or fixing small cracks now can prevent you from ending up with larger ones come next year.

How The Hen House Turns: Horse Sense

on October 17, 2019 - 4:03pm
Formerly of Los Alamos
As a child I was afraid of horses. Now they intrigue me.
I’m fascinated by their eagerness for company, and I’m amazed at how they have put up with us humans for so long--pulling our chariots, then our milk wagons and plows, trusting us to sit on their backs, carrying us long distances, patnering with us in waging war, running races at their best speed…
Ancient remains suggest that they disappeared from the North American continent for thousands of years. Why? In my reading about their history, I haven’t yet found an explanation.

Fuselier: Rough And Tumble Play

on October 17, 2019 - 1:54pm

Los Alamos

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on the emotional system that influences our lighter side. It’s fun but, if we’re not careful, can also cause us some trouble.

Many mammals demonstrate behaviors known as rough and tumble (RAT) play. The behaviors and the stimuli that evoke the behaviors are so similar that it’s clear that we and other species share the same innate neural networks that control them. For clarity, I’ll refer to the neural network from which RAT play originates as the RAT Play emotional system.

Young rats will respond in apparent joy

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on October 17, 2019 - 1:46pm