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Letter To The Editor: Why Christine Chandler Is Excellent Choice To Represent Us In House Dist. 43

on March 31, 2018 - 7:30am
By T. DOUGLAS REILLY 
Los Alamos
 
Christine Chandler is an excellent candidate to represent District 43, including Los Alamos, in our state House of Representatives.
 
I first met Christine in the early 1990's when I was at DOE in Washington. She came from LANL for three months to help our safeguards section. I learned Christine had an especially good education* and that she was sharp, pleasant and a very hard worker.
 
I have followed her career in the lab's legal department and her many efforts to support the community of Los Alamos.

Tales Of Our Times: Rely On The Value And Vices Of Democracy’s Watchdogs

on March 30, 2018 - 10:46am

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

Rely on the Value and Vices of Democracy’s Watchdogs

Our nation is founded on the enterprise of watchdogs. It is why we have three branches of government. It is why the first amendment guarantees freedom of barking, er... speech.

Furry watchdogs, too, are very valuable. They guard a home better than police, alarm boxes, barred windows and gates with passcodes. Furry watchdogs never get distracted, fall behind in their work, or quit working if the electricity goes off.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Easter Eggs

on March 30, 2018 - 9:52am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

From my personal experience, I much prefer the Easter holiday rituals to the Christmas traditions. Christmas comes with high expectations, expense and stress. Easter is about relaxing and enjoying family.

The thrill of Christmas is over in a blur of gift wrap. The Easter egg hunt can last all day long. As long as there is someone to hide the eggs, there will be children eager to find them.

There is a lot of time, money and energy spent on the planning and preparing of the traditional Christmas Dinner. Easter Brunch is easy-breezy.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 30, 2018 - 9:45am

Smart Design With Suzette: Stylish Breakfast Nooks

on March 30, 2018 - 8:02am
Beautiful breakfast nook. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

I am obsessed with breakfast nooks. There’s something so inviting about them. You can turn an open space near the kitchen into a cozy spot to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea with a friend and create a special place for casual meals that brings the family together at mealtime. Whether you have room for a banquette that seats a dozen or just a comfortable spot for two, you can create a charming nook.

Here are a few tips and some beautiful photos for your inspiration.

Match your table to the shape of your space

Education, Training, Learning, Knowledge: Part 4

on March 30, 2018 - 7:41am

By ANDY ANDEWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In last week’s column, we ended by saying that education and training involves knowledge, information and beliefs. Albert Einstein said (or wrote) that “the value of education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.” Allegedly, he also said “Never memorize what you can look up in books.”

Knowledge is continually debated by philosophers in the field of epistemology. According to a classical definition, statement is considered knowledge if it is justified, true, and believed. But it is still debated.

Menicucci: Two Landowners, Two Philosophies Equal One Giant Wildfire Risk Problem

on March 28, 2018 - 10:52am
Where a beautiful cabin stood prior to the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, one of the many that burned in the area of Dave Menicucci’s ranch just south of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy photo
 
By DAVE MENICUCCI
Jemez landowner and retired national lab researcher
 
“Look, I am from Nebraska and I bought this vacation place for the trees. If it burns down, I will take my insurance money and buy another place in the trees.” This is what a homeowner in La Cueva said about the dog-haired tinderbox where his well-oiled, all-wood cabin rests.
 
Next to him live full-time residents,

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