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Home Country: Catching Dry

on May 22, 2018 - 8:59am
Home Country
It was just one of those things. It didn’t really mean Marvin Pincus had lost his mind. Consider this yourself for a minute. Marvin had opened the mail that morning and in it was the Fenwick glass fly rod he’d ordered. Oh, it was used, of course. But there’s a feel to a Fenwick that only a man dedicated to a life of using dry flies can appreciate.
The weather was gorgeous. The fish were biting on Lewis Creek. But there was a hitch. Marvin had broken his ankle the previous week and was temporarily in a wheelchair.

McQuiston: Extinguish The Chance Of A House Fire

on May 21, 2018 - 8:46am
The Jemez Agency
If you had the opportunity to take a few seconds out of your busy day to keep your home, your loved ones, and your most valuable possessions safe, would you do it? Of course. Why take the chance of something disastrous happening, like a house fire, if those few seconds were able to provide the peace of mind that everything is protected?
Throughout my many years of working in insurance, I’ve handled many fire claims and while this may go without saying, a house fire can be one of the most stressful things someone could ever experience.

Hutchinson-Bass: Grades Strengthen Accountability In Education Preparation Programs

on May 20, 2018 - 2:44pm
By Jill Hutchinson-Bass
Santa Fe Teacher
I am a proud Aggie and Lobo! I graduated from New Mexico State University in 1991, the same university my paternal grandparents graduated from as teachers in the 1920’s. After I got my BA in education, I earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico. Still, I struggled as a new teacher, starting out with so little time in the field.
There were things I wished I knew how to do better, such as valuing the cultural context of English Language Learners and building better relationships with students and

Shin: No Need For Financial Pain To Expand Pre-K

on May 20, 2018 - 1:31pm
GOP Candidate
NM House Dist. 43
Expanding pre-K access is a positive step forward for New Mexico's children. Research shows the benefits of early education, especially for "high risk" kids living with poverty, abuse, and neglect. Chris Chandler says that “there may be financial pain” (link) involved with raiding our Land Grant Permanent Fund or raising taxes to fund more public pre-K.  In the 2019 legislative session, there will undoubtedly be another push for a constitutional amendment to do just that, with the end goal of a “universal pre-K” pipe dream.

There's a better

Fr. Glenn: The Leap Of Faith

on May 20, 2018 - 7:13am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many thanks to Terry Goldman for his comments about last week’s column. He mentions a “quibble”, there’s really no quibble at all because we’re in full agreement concerning the realm of physical sciences. My point was that, absent tangible and verifiable evidence, we use that which we have to determine the likely existence (or not) of an entity.

For instance, in the dark matter example, even if no further evidence could be found either to the affirmation or contrary, science would likely still hypothesize its

Local Expert Chick Keller Leads Wildflower Walk

on May 18, 2018 - 7:58am

Wildflower expert Chick Keller is leading a wildflower walk for PEEC at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21. Attendees will meet at the nature center and carpool to the trailhead. Photo by Thomas Graves

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium Curator Chick Keller is leading his second Wildflower Walk of the season at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21.

These monthly outings are easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller picks a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time.

Wiemann: You Can Still Gain Tax Benefits From Charitable Donations

on May 18, 2018 - 7:20am

Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

Like most people, you probably know several organizations worthy of your philanthropy, and you may well have contributed to them, perhaps on an annual basis. In the past, when you’ve made charitable donations, it’s been a win-win: You were able to provide support to a worthy organization and you received some valuable tax benefits. But with the passage of the new tax laws, things may have changed considerably for many people. Are there still tax benefits to making a charitable donation?

Here’s some background: Previously, you may have been able

McQuiston: When The In-Laws Move In ... Are They Covered?

on May 17, 2018 - 3:11pm

The Jemez Agency

As the Baby Boomer generation continues to grow older, it’s not uncommon to see aging parents move in with their grown children. Regardless of the reason, this situation is becoming more widespread and could potentially create insurance ramifications.

Let’s look at the language in a standard  homeowners form. Please keep in mind these forms and their language can differ from insurance company to insurance company. The policy defines “insured” to include you and residents of your household who are your relatives.

How The Hen House Turns: Animal News

on May 17, 2018 - 7:29am
Formerly of Los Alamos
We are learning so much about animals lately … however, I’m not sure I should recommend the book I just finished reading—Ten Million Aliens by Simon Barnes, New York, Marble Arch Press, 2014.
It’s a fun read—overloaded with side-comments, personal critiques (not always irreverent) and fascinating anecdotes, as well as hard core lists of vertebrates and invertebrates (in alternating chapters) with their surprising talents.
“It’s by disagreeing that scientists find things out.” is an example of the author’s side comments.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 16

on May 16, 2018 - 10:47am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The State Game and Fish Department continued to stock more bigger-than-average rainbow trout last week in selected waters around Northern New Mexico. Because streamflows remain very low for this time of year and the water temperatures in lakes are at an optimum point for both trout and warmwater species, now is a great time to go fishing.
Lots of nice trout and increasing numbers of bass and walleye are being landed by anglers.
The fishing for smallmouth bass at Abiquiu Lake was good and the bass are cruising in shallow

Mick Rich: Building New Mexico’s Energy Future

on May 15, 2018 - 7:32am
Republican Candidate for US Senate
I strongly advocate a full spectrum energy policy for New Mexico, tapping all our natural and intellectual resources. Here’s why.
New Mexico has abundant energy: New Mexico is the seventh-largest supplier of energy to America. Our oil production grew 17 percent in 2016 alone, making New Mexico America’s third-largest oil producer. We provide four percent our nation’s natural gas, and two percent of its coal. Although we have no nuclear power plants, we have the second-largest uranium reserves in the nation.
New Mexico produces more

Izraelevitz: Strategic Priorities For Los Alamos

on May 13, 2018 - 11:51am
Los Alamos County Council Chair
Candidate For Re-election

As I walk door-to-door on my campaign, I am often asked what my priorities for Los Alamos are. Like many other governmental issues, my priorities necessarily revolve around economics.

Los Alamos is and always will be a feeder community for LANL. It is absolutely true that if LANL were to close tomorrow, the town would also close, because structurally, and for the foreseeable future, there is no reason for our town to be here unless it is a bedroom community for the Lab.

The existential question is not whether

Fr. Glenn: The Problem With Self-Esteem

on May 13, 2018 - 7:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

I was watching a news video the other day of an interview of a person with some counter-cultural views, and as one might notice in many such things and in today’s public discussion, the interviewer constantly interrupted the person with sweeping negative generalizations, and for the whole interview would not allow the guest to lay out any argument toward making his points. Why, I wondered, did the interviewer have to be so rude and defensive?

Why, indeed?

Weekly Fishing Report: May 13

on May 13, 2018 - 7:30am
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The State Game and Fish Department has resumed its stockings of bigger-than-average rainbow trout throughout Northern New Mexico. These fish will average more than 15 inches in size and provide anglers with a chance to catch a big trout they would not otherwise have.

This program began back in 2014 when trout normally raised and stocked at the Red River Fish Hatchery for stocking in the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal had to be planted elsewhere because drought had degraded the  water quality at the Shuree Ponds to a point where

Pig + Fig Cafe Opens In New Space Saturday!

on May 11, 2018 - 10:38pm

Pig + Fig Café co-owners Fernando Crucet, second from left, and Laura Crucet, third from left, gather with their crew during this evening's soft opening of the popular eatery in its new space at 11 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. The restaurant officially opens for business at 6 a.m. Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Anna and Roland Caspersen, at rear right, chat with friends this evening in the newly renovated dining room during the soft opening of Pig + Fig Café at 11 Sherwood Blvd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The newly renovated exterior of the Pig + Fig Café

This Week At The Reel Deal

on May 10, 2018 - 2:11pm

World Futures Institute: Risks, Rewards And Responsibilities Part 2

on May 10, 2018 - 2:01pm

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Last week we examined risk as a function of probability and explored the concept of expected value to be received if it goes our way. This is a great way to determine if a risk is worthwhile and promises a positive return for your investment. Return on investment implies that the decision is economic but most decisions are not overtly so. What you receive is a reward defined at as “money or another kind of compensation payment that is given for something that has been done or that is offered that might be

McQuiston: Personal Liability Coverage – Don’t Let It Be An Afterthought

on May 10, 2018 - 1:56pm

The Jemez Agency

When discussing homeowner insurance policies, personal liability coverage is often an afterthought with lots of folks. 

Insurance companies and insurance agents don’t always take the time to explain what it is and what it covers. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking personal liability coverage isn’t important. It most certainly is!

For starters, let’s look at the types of claims that are potentially covered by this part of the homeowner insurance policy: bodily injury claims and property damage liability claims.

It is quite common to see personal injury

Best Local Hikes In Los Alamos For Children

on May 10, 2018 - 7:59am

Katherine Coggeshall’s children on the Canyon Rim Trail. Courtesy photo

By Katharine Coggeshall
Los Alamos

Hello, sun! It’s finally the season for hiking, and as the new mom on the block I’ve been hunting for the best local hikes for kids.

I’ve discovered quite a few in and around Los Alamos that range from stroller-friendly to toddler-schlepping. (Think of all the calorie burning that will justify the leftover mac-n-cheese you ate.)

Of the many local hikes available, these are my favorites so far.

Kid-Friendly Hikes

Acid Canyon Loop: According to the numbers recorded at the PEEC nature

Iconic Objects Represent Many People And Their Stories

on May 10, 2018 - 7:43am

Visitors check out the exhibits at the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

An exhibit at the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

An exhibit at the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

By Heather McClenahan
Executive Director
Los Alamos Historical Society

A wrought iron gate, a smudged letter, and an old drum might rarely have intrinsic value. Rather, at least in the case of a museum, their value is in the stories behind them—what they represent—that gives them meaning.

Such is the case at the Los Alamos History Museum.

One of the most prominent objects on display at the

Home Country: Slow Down

on May 7, 2018 - 9:09am
Home Country
When Dewey and Emily walked into the Mule Barn the other day, they were greeted with applause and whistles. Emily blushed and Dewey took a bow, almost hitting the coffee pot Loretta was carrying.
“I hear you two really fell for each other,” Doc said. “And the way I hear it, many times.”
“That’s right, Doc, I finally cornered him and we’re planning a wedding,” Emily said.
Emily is a brave soul, taking for a husband the most accident prone human being since Wrong Way Corrigan.
The think tank was at the round table this morning, and the fellows

Benson: You Cannot Vote In The Primary IF…

on May 7, 2018 - 8:14am
Los Alamos

Many first-time voters registered either Independent or Declined to State. But dear Libertarians, Independents, Declined-to-States, Greens, Communist, Unity, American Delta Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and any of the other parties of New Mexico—please be aware that New Mexico has a Closed Primary, which means you can only vote in the party in which you are registered.

Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians have candidates in the Primary.

Wiemann: Here’s A Checklist For Changing Jobs

on May 7, 2018 - 8:06am

Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

A few generations ago, it was not uncommon for workers to stick with a single job for their whole careers. But for many of us today, frequent job changes are a fact of life: The average employee tenure is just over four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, assuming you’re going to switch jobs a few times, you’ll want to be prepared. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to smooth these transitions and help your financial situation:

Build an emergency fund.

Pull Up A Chair For LALT’s ‘The Dining Room’

on May 7, 2018 - 7:50am
A scene from Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of ‘The Dining Room'. Photo by Larry Gibbons
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre is serving up “The Dining Room” by A. R. Gurney this weekend and the following one.

The play is set in an upper-middle class dining room and made up of a series of scenes of family life, which take place in a variety of time periods around 1930 to the 1980s. The scenes are not chronological and the characters are different in every scene.

Andrews: Risks, Rewards And Responsibilities Part 1

on May 6, 2018 - 8:13am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Every day we take risks to get rewards but usually ignore our responsibilities, taking them as a given. For example, in the morning we make (or don’t make) decisions about what we are going to do. “Or don’t make” because there are things we must do such as go to work.

At some point in the past we made a decision to accept a job and spend some of our labor capital to receive money capital for it – get paid. But we also accepted a responsibility to show up for work.