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Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 20

on February 20, 2018 - 10:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The warm weather last week opened up more fishing locations for anglers in Northern New Mexico.
Many lakes that had been closed to fishing because of unsafe ice conditions now have open water that allows for bank fishing and it has been good.
Hopefully, anglers called ahead and took advantage of these conditions, which are unusual for February. During this time of year, the fishing is often better during the middle of day when the sun has warmed the water a little bit.

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Awareness

on February 20, 2018 - 6:22am
Lucy and Bobby. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
After our forty years raising domestic birds and dogs, including them in our family, I can’t resist celebrating the wonderful studies done lately on animal sentience.
There are many books recently published, some on best-seller lists—several on octopuses, their inventiveness, and their interest in relating to humans. Many books describe enlightening interactions between humans and other animals. Some of the most poignant stories describe how to relate with domestic herding animals and horses.
The article

Unexpected Encounter Leads To Interview With Manhattan Project Veteran Reid Cameron

on February 20, 2018 - 5:43am
Reid Cameron and his Manhattan Project service patch. Photo by Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society
Sometimes a chance encounter can result in something unexpected. That was the case last August when I visited Mesa Verde National Park. I was wearing my Los Alamos Ranch School shirt with the embroidered logo when I met a volunteer ranger in the park.
We were enjoying a nice conversation when she noticed the logo and said, excitedly, “My husband’s uncle was at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project!”
I immediately asked, “Is he still living?”

McQuiston: The ABCs Of D&O

on February 18, 2018 - 7:02am
The Jemez Agency
Many of us have been asked to serve on a nonprofit board for organizations such as the local church, a museum, library or civic group.
What if, while a member of that board, you make a decision and one or several of the members do not like the outcome or allege you breached your duty as a director or officer? A legal suit is filed against you and the board. What happens now? Who will pay for your defense attorney? Did you know your personal assets may be exposed by participating as a board member for a nonprofit organization?

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Black Panther’

on February 18, 2018 - 6:59am
Los Alamos
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is a visually rich and creative film. Like all Marvel movies, Black Panther is an action adventure flick—your typical, fast moving plot, where Good fights Evil, but with a definite underlying message.
Black Panther movie poster. Courtesy image
This time, we are taken to an idyllic yet isolated land, intentionally hidden from the rest of the world. The nation of Wakanda hides under a vast, East African, jungle canopy.

Fr. Glenn: To Serve And Not To Be Served

on February 18, 2018 - 6:48am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos
Of course, the news was filled the whole latter part of last week with the various reports of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, touching off yet again the guns vs no-guns debate. But … the root cause(s) of the problem? That is the question. Is it guns themselves? They simply seem to be tools manifesting a larger problem. Societal division? Video games and violence-promoting music? Drugs? “Toxic” masculinity? One or more of the host of other theories that have been forwarded?

The list goes on endlessly in

McQuiston: Working At Home? Get Home Business Insurance

on February 17, 2018 - 5:24pm
The Jemez Agency
I was talking with a client recently about how well her business was doing selling widgets on Amazon. She gets an order, boxes it up and sends it on its way. Simple. Until I had to deliver some news she was unaware of.
If her inventory catches fire in the garage, forget about it. Unless you have home insurance that specifically covers your home-based business, you’re on your own.
If you run a small business from your spare bedroom, chances are your homeowners insurance policy won’t cover a claim if your customer comes to your home to pick up

Smart Design With Suzette: A Design Trend That’s Ruining Your Sleep Quality

on February 16, 2018 - 10:28am
Surveys have found that people with blue-painted bedrooms get the most sleep. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for health. In fact, just as important as eating right and exercising.

Your bedroom should be a healthy environment for getting rest. You might think that just having comfortable bedding is enough, but there are other factors in bedroom design that influence how well you’re able to sleep at night.

One design trend that’s incredibly popular, but a big problem for sleep, is light and bright bedrooms.

Chandler: My Gig At The Legislature

on February 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Los Alamos

I have been privileged to work for the New Mexico Legislature over the last several sessions. I was a legislative analyst for the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Los Alamos’ Sen. Richard Martinez.

This committee comprises some of the most experienced Senators and is known for its critical consideration of bills based on sound policy, consistency with existing statutes, and constitutionality.

What does an analyst do? Not all are attorneys, some are subject matter experts.

World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing: Part 3

on February 15, 2018 - 9:14am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Cheating refers to gaining an unfair advantage in a competitive situation. Generally it refers to an individual, keeping in mind that a company is usually viewed as an individual entity.

Cheating is an act consciously taken to gain the unfair advantage. Wikipedia, defines three classes of cheating:

  • academic;
  • sports, video and gambling; and
  • business.

Accordingly, one can conclude that the government(s) does not cheat. Or does it?

Starting with academic cheating, if more than 50 percent of high school students do it, should we be concerned?

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go For Your Gold

on February 15, 2018 - 8:47am

Los Alamos

Meeting day-to-day expectations can be challenging. The sense of accomplishment in doing what needs to be done to successfully manage home and work and family is demanding enough for most of us. And then, there are the Olympians.

Many of us are enthralled by the Olympics. We watch the athletes twirl, skate, glide, and spin as they reach for Olympic gold. I come from a large family—meaning a family of very large people—and we consider the act of walking without falling to be an accomplishment. We are not coordinated.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 15, 2018 - 1:00am

Home Country: Clumsy Life

on February 12, 2018 - 6:33am
Home Country
Dewey reached up to straighten his tie and stuck a finger up a nostril by mistake. Here he was, on the most momentous evening of his life and he couldn’t do one little thing right. Tie a tie. Every 9-year-old boy getting ready for church could do it, but not Dewey.
He cussed his awkwardness and inability to do anything short of causing a disaster. How many guys are there who could actually put a black baldy cow in a treetop? Just him. No … Dewey, our pharaoh of fertilizer because he could shovel it into a pickup without killing himself, was uniquely

Fr. Glenn: Dust And Ashes

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos


While visiting my old parish briefly last week, I was informed that cancer—which she had valiantly defeated a few years ago—had returned in a wonderful 30-something young mother. But that ol’ cancer: no respecter of age or person, power or position is it. Prince or pauper, pope or private … life-threatening misfortune can hit any of us at any time, whether it be by sickness, accident or some other calamity. This only highlights one of Jesus’ most obvious, and yet most poignant, statements: “Watch, for you know

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Find Another Way To Suck

on February 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Los Alamos

The other day I ran into my sister Laurie at Smith’s. As we are chatting I notice the clip display of flexible drinking straws. I reach over, grab a bag of straws, and drop them in my cart.

“No, no! We can’t use plastic straws,” my sister chided me. “It’s bad for marine life and birds and the environment. Over 500 million straws are thrown away every day.”

Sometimes my sister makes stuff up to get me do what she wants. Sometimes I make stuff up to get her to do what I want. We both know this. But this time, I knew she was right.

Community Playdate Draws 150 Children And Adults

on February 9, 2018 - 6:50pm

Enjoying the shredded paper pool. Courtesy photo


The Community Playdate event organized by Mesa Public Library and Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Saturday, Feb. 3, was an enormous success with an estimated 150 adults and children in attendance. 

This free, drop‐in event provided families the ability to peruse the Library’s new board book collection and sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library offered through JJAB.

Children also had the opportunity to sign up or check in for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program offered at the library.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 9, 2018 - 4:56pm

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 9

on February 9, 2018 - 8:21am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
We had some snow and very cold temperatures over the weekend. The snow was most welcome because snowpacks throughout New Mexico are well below normal. The recent storm helped but we need many more. Even with the 23 inches of snow they received at Wolf Creek Pass over the weekend, the snowpack there is well below normal. Most areas throughout the state where the snowpack is measured are reporting snow depths less than 50-percent of normal.
If you would like to check on snow depths here in New Mexico, the National Resource

Child: Fending Off Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

on February 8, 2018 - 2:54pm
Medical Director
LAMC Emergency Department
As the flu season kicks into full gear, braving airplanes and winter get togethers can provide germaphobes with a daunting onslaught of fearsome exposures.
So for those who understand that months of isolation can take its own toll, here are some tips for defense against upper respiratory infections.
Flu shots: while flu shots do not provide perfect protection against the flu, the trivalent vaccine for the average population and the quadrivalent vaccine for at- risk populations represent the best protection against

McQuiston: What You Need To Know About Your Auto Liability Insurance

on February 7, 2018 - 4:37am
The Jemez Agency
If you drive a car, you likely have auto insurance. Your insurance policy provides coverage against the many exposures of owning a vehicle. One of the most important perils it covers is your liability associated with operating a vehicle.
If you are found liable in an accident, it means  you could be held responsible for any property damage or bodily injury resulting from the operation of the vehicle.
So what is your auto liability limit?
Take a look at your insurance policy.

Jury Orders Zia Credit Union To Pay Former Employee $1.5 Million

on February 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Zia Credit Union will pay $1.5 million to a former 20-year employee under a verdict handed down by a Santa Fe jury in a case involving a 1.3-acre piece of property in Pojoaque.

The case was originally filed in 2015 by Edwin Ortiz against Zia alleging wrongful discharge and defamation. Ortiz was hired by Zia in 1990 and worked his way up to senior vice president. He inherited the Pojoaque property from his parents.

The lawsuit alleged that beginning in 2005, Zia management and board of directors considered expanding the field of membership into Pojoaque

Documents Detail Discrimination Suit Against County

on February 1, 2018 - 8:30am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Documents make public the specific allegations of a suit filed in October, in First Judicial District Court, against Los Alamos County by a procurement department employee under the Fair Pay for Women Act (FPWA).

The documents include the findings of the Human Rights Bureau (HRB) of the Department of Workforce Solutions Labor Solutions Division.

Lillie Martinez, a buyer/planner for the County, originally filed a charge of discrimination with the HRB in July 2016, alleging that she had been employed by the County for almost 16 years and had learned through a

Hall: Less Desirable Aspects Of Season May Be Surfacing

on February 1, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos

As we are coming into a long election season, less desirable aspects of the season may already be rearing their ugly heads. 

Having been in local and state politics since the late 1980’s (School Board, County Council, State Cabinet Secretary, and State Representative), I see that the tone of political campaigns since 2010 has changed. 

Campaigns, even at the local level, have become more partisan, strident, and occasionally vicious. 

Too often they are no longer about capabilities, experience, and effectiveness, but are litmus tests of party affiliation, slogans, and rigid

Community Invited To N3B Meet And Greet Monday

on January 31, 2018 - 10:30am
N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT – Los Alamos (N3B) the contractor awarded the new Los Alamos legacy cleanup contract is hosting a meet and greet event for the public to learn more about the company.

Community members may drop in at anytime between 4-7 p.m., Monday, at Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant, 4244 Diamond Dr. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Learn more at

Sheehey: Why I Joined Women’s March

on January 30, 2018 - 6:01am
Los Alamos County Councilor
Dist. 43 House Candidate

Why did I don a handmade pink hat and march alongside my wife, Naishing Key, and thousands of others on a freezing day at the 2018 Women’s March in Santa Fe?  Because I feel the same outrage that millions of people across the United States feel. No one, whether the President or a private citizen, should abuse women or other human beings, or treat them with disrespect.

Together we demand equality, justice, and respect.