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Home Country: Yard Salin'

on July 16, 2018 - 11:40am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
The hassled, red-faced man cruising the neighborhood Saturday morning in the pickup truck is good ol’ Bert, of course. It’s a warm Saturday, which means only one thing in our part of the country – yard sales. That’s why the charming lady riding next to him, his wife, Maizie, was wearing a big grin.
 
“There’s one Bert,” she said. “On the right. Pull over and park.”
 
It took Maizie almost 20 minutes to work her way up the driveway. There were three boxes of paperback books to go through first, then a shelf full of various knobs.
 
“I’ll ask them what

Wiemann: Help Protect Vulnerable Family Members From Scam Artists

on July 15, 2018 - 8:46am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
If you have older family members whose cognitive functions or decision-making abilities have declined, or who are lonely or recently widowed, you might need to help protect them against financial scams. What steps should you take?
 
First of all, try to gain a good sense of their overall financial activity. Look for red flags, such as a reluctance to discuss money matters, consistently unpaid bills, unexplained withdrawals, mysterious wire transfers or a sudden need to purchase large quantities of gift cards.

Fr. Glenn: Honor And Integrity

on July 15, 2018 - 7:03am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Sigh. A recent headline: “University Fires a Dean Over Falsified M.B.A. Rankings Data”.  Another: “New Mexico Secretary of State…Pleads Guilty to Fraud”. And another: “Scientist Falsified Data for Cancer Research”. These and similar headlines often dominate the news cycles these days; one can’t help but wonder how much goes unreported, and even undiscovered.

Honor and integrity are foundational virtues, and yet seem much diminished in our day. We see this in many modern arenas.

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Save Money On Bathroom Remodels

on July 13, 2018 - 7:30am

A before and after shot of a renovated bathroom. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

As some of you may know, besides having my design business, I have become a Realtor. I am working with Paula Glover on her team at Re/Max First of Los Alamos. I feel it’s a perfect compliment to design – to help buyers imagine what a home could be to reflect their needs and desires – to help see the potential.

With that being said, many buyers are shocked at the condition of some of our homes here. However, homebuyers and homeowners should stay open-minded about remodeling.

Korkos: Behind The Scenes At The Library

on July 12, 2018 - 8:52am
During a recent meeting, from left, Doris Logan, technical services librarian; Eva Jacobson, circulation librarian; Liza Rivera-Hudders, reference librarian; Veronica Encinas, White Rock Branch librarian and Eileen Sullivan, library manager. Not shown is Angie Manfredi, youth services librarian. Photo by Katy Korkos

Tatiana Klimov will host an opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. today for her exhibit at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy image

 

By KATY KORKOS
Los Alamos County Library System
Program Assistant

The Los Alamos Public Library is a great place to work and an inspiring place to

McQuiston: Is Your Nonprofit Mission Protected?

on July 12, 2018 - 8:13am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I normally don’t do articles on commercial insurance, but I was talking with one of the nonprofits I insure and it got me thinking.

Los Alamos has a lot of civic minded people who work for or volunteer for our many nonprofit businesses. These businesses, their employees and volunteers have some insurance exposures that may not be getting addressed. So I did a little reading and came across an article from Travelers Insurance that I want to share with you.

Nonprofit leaders today face many of the same critical management resIs Your Nonprofit Mission

Munson: Retiring With A CAP, DCP, 403(b)? Yikes!

on July 12, 2018 - 7:50am

By LEE MUNSON
CFA, CFP®, Founder and CIO of Portfolio Wealth Advisors

If you have been at LANL for a few decades, I feel your pain. By that I mean the labyrinth of different pension, retirement and one-off compensation schemes.

Just think about how your typical defense contractor feels every five years when their entire retirement plan gets changed. Let’s break down the typical set up for those who worked in the UC days. Keep in mind this is a fast summary, so if you have any detailed questions, just email me.

Back in 2002 and 2003 there was a budget crisis that created a ‘disappointing’

World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part Four

on July 12, 2018 - 7:28am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

In the previous column (Part Three) we ended with a question about statistics and its uses – investing, making money, providing governance, managing the budget, making choices, or something else.

As an example, consider baseball, professional baseball. For the vast majority of us, baseball is a form of entertainment as well as a sometimes highly emotional activity (are you a Yankees or a Red Sox fan?) without any real consequence other than bragging rights, unless, of course, you are betting on the outcome.

But what about the teams

Weekly Fishing Report: July 11

on July 11, 2018 - 6:40am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
 
Anglers have some good news to celebrate this week. Santa Fe National Forest lifted its closure July 9 and all outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and camping are now permitted again on Santa Fe National Forest lands. The closure had been enacted June 1 because of the extreme fire conditions due to the hot and dry weather. Recent rainfall and the start of the summer monsoon season prompted the reopening of Santa Fe National Forest.
 
Carson National Forest, which had closed its lands June 27 due to the extreme fire danger,

Home Country: Mrs. Forrest

on July 10, 2018 - 3:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Mrs. Forrest has always been a compulsive feeder. Before she retired, she was cooking for the Mule Barn truck stop’s customers, and is singularly responsible for about three flabby tons of avoirdupois on this nation’s truck drivers, and may have been marginally responsible, third-hand, for a cardiac event or two.
 
But now she’s retired, and a widow, and her kids all have kids and are scattered like a covey of quail. Local bachelors of a certain age know if they should just happen to be chatting with Mrs.

A Path Forward On Net Neutrality

on July 10, 2018 - 3:49am
By PATRICIA FORD
York Dispatch Contributor
 
Of the many unmistakable and powerful messages coming from voters after the Parkland massacre, one is the notion that Americans are tired of leaders putting politics ahead of the nation’s business. Members of Congress, for their own good, should see this canary in the coal mine, not just on gun safety but just about everything else as well.
 
And while protecting the open internet may not, rightfully, stir the same passions as protecting our children from semi-automatic weapons, the devolving debate about internet freedom illustrates just how

Amateur Naturalist: Scenes 3 & 4 – The High Country Of Cerro Grande Peak

on July 8, 2018 - 8:12am
Many trees survived on the eastern flank in the low intensity burn of 2000. There also had been more time for plant growth compared to the burn in 2011. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Scene 1 of the play, “A Hike to the Top” began at the base of Cerro Grande peak where logging and an intense forest fire burn occurred. Scene 2 presented the less fire damaged conifer and aspen forest on the way to the top of Cerro Grande peak. Scene 2 came to a close when the conifer and aspen forest reached the grassy meadowlands.

Fr. Glenn: Pride Of Service

on July 8, 2018 - 7:52am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

I have a headache.

No, it's not a particular difficult person or problem. Actually, I’m quite lucky; I might get a headache twice a year, and even then they’re not bad, and don’t last long. I always felt sorry for the chronic migraine folks. 

But … I wonder if this one is not sourced in the constant barrage of politics and vitriol in the news and in the (anti-) social media. “This woman is the devil!” … or “That guy is evil incarnate!” Okie dokey.

New Mom On The Block: Car Activities For Youngsters

on July 7, 2018 - 4:28pm

The author’s neice, Avery Jones, gets ready for a car trip. Courtesy photo

Katharine Coggeshall
Los Alamos

The idea of taking a car trip with your kids can feel like the perfect remedy for isolated mountain life. That is, until you hear the dreaded words, “He looked out my window!”, “She touched me!”, or “I didn’t need to go when we left but now I have to emergency potty!”

Car travel with kids can be a serious test of patience. But with a bit of planning you can smooth out some of the common bumps in the road. Car activities will keep your kids occupied throughout the long journey.

Izraelevitz: The Honor And Blessing Of Becoming An American Citizen

on July 5, 2018 - 7:28am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos County Council Chair

When the Publisher of this newspaper asked if I would write a column celebrating the Fourth of July, I couldn’t help but look back to the previous July 4th at the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center, where I was invited to speak at a new citizenship ceremony. I shared with them my feelings about the honor and blessing of becoming an American citizen as an adult. I hope you will enjoy an abbreviated version of my talk.

July 4, 2017

Thank you very much for your invitation to speak here today.

Liddie’s Traditional NM Dishes: Green Adovada

on July 5, 2018 - 7:23am
Green Adovada by Liddie Martinez. Courtesy photo
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

Carne Adovada plays an essential part in northern New Mexican cuisine, a braised red chile pork dish that we all crave, especially close to the holiday season. But, have you ever heard of green adovada? I’m sure it likely existed somewhere out there in the last century or so, but I’ve never encountered a recipe for it nor have I seen it on a restaurant menu.

Back in the day, before families had freezers in their homes, Norteños dried a variety of fruits and vegetables on screens to preserve and store

Home Country: It Was Hot...

on July 4, 2018 - 7:42am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“Hot? Did you say hot?”
 
“Sure did, Windy, have a seat and join us,” Doc said. We were huddled up in the coolth of the air conditioner blast in that certain part of the dining room at the Mule Barn truck stop. Yes. It was hot.
 
“Ain’t like Death Valley, howsomever,” Windy said. “Now boys, that there’s HOT!”
 
“You been to Death Valley, Windy?”
 
“Shore did, Steve. Wellsir, it was a long time back, ‘bout the time of when I ferget who was president. One of them guys who ain’t president any more.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 4

on July 4, 2018 - 7:29am

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The closure of Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest remains in effect this week due to the extreme fire danger. All recreational activities, including fishing, are prohibited on National Forest lands. Lakes, rivers and streams on National Forest lands are closed to fishing.

While New Mexico has seen its share of wildfires so far this season, the neighboring state of Colorado is getting hammered by wildfires right now.

For weeks the 416 Fire has been burning north of Durango and has burned 52,778 acres.

Benson: The 75th Anniversary Celebration

on July 2, 2018 - 8:29am
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

I lean against the logs of the east wall of Fuller Lodge with my paper-plated piece of anniversary cake and watch the so-many-people who are there for the celebration of the Lab’s 75th anniversary.

Next to me, also leaning, is a life-sized cardboard WAC smiling sort-of shyly in her army uniform with that weird little hat that looks like a folded napkin that we ARCOA girls refused to wear with our Red Cross uniforms in Korea and Vietnam.

She’s young, this WAC, and she might never in the rest of her life participate in such a world-changing event as what she is

Fr. Glenn: Do Unto Others…

on July 1, 2018 - 8:16am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Everyone be safe this week; most of LA county is in “exceptional” drought condition and we sure don’t need any fires to mar the holiday (or at any time, for that matter!). Save the little poppy and sparky things for the New Year, or at least ‘til we get a good rain. We’re heading into the monsoon season, so hopefully we’ll get a bit before long. Keep on a’prayin’!

Well, we celebrate Independence Day this week, and it’s always a time for reflection and thanksgiving.

Home Country: A Private American Moment

on July 1, 2018 - 7:30am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
We all watched as the flag came by. It was the first thing in the parade, of course. Great big one, carried by two of the kids from the ROTC at the high school. The bands followed, along with the mounted patrol, the ski patrol in their summer-weight jackets, the float with the princesses on it, and the local kids leading dogs and cats – some rather reluctantly – on leashes.
 
For some of us, the Fourth of July parade is a chance to see just how much the local kids have grown over the past year. For others, it’s a chance to see something that is really ours.
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Tales Of Our Times: A Crab’s Trip From Tampa Is A Curious Lesson

on June 29, 2018 - 8:18am
Tales of Our Times
 
By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
 
One way to appraise an experiment is the value that it has in retrospect. The family experiment told here was run in 2008.
 
Whether you think animals are cute, scary or dumb, they have one noble feature. They function free of dogma and devoid of ego.
 
For a special event, dozens of our family members, of all ages, met in Florida. There was time to spend on the beach at Tampa Bay. Shells begged to be found.

Robinson: Third Generation Labbie

on June 28, 2018 - 8:50am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

We all know the tale, in 1943 scientists and military officials came to the Pajarito Plateau to work on the Manhattan Project and bring the atomic bomb to life. Then, in the deserts of southern New Mexico, their work brought the world into the atomic age. Seventy-five years later, Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to bring new discoveries and technology to the world.

Not only has this laboratory had a profound effect on the world, but also on my life.

Smart Design With Suzette – July 4 Decorations

on June 28, 2018 - 8:14am

4th of July inspired lanterns add flair to the table setting. Courtesy photo

Add July 4th flair to your chairs with cloth napkin slipcovers. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool. It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations.

World Futures: Statistics (And Probability) – Part Two

on June 28, 2018 - 7:51am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

In the previous column we looked at nuclear cross sections as the probability of a nuclear interaction and noted that the cross section is a statistic derived through experimentation. If the statistic was measured incorrectly, the nuclear reactor would fizzle and a mess would result. But what if the measurement dealt with people and was “sort” of wrong? What if the test was usually right, but sometimes could give a false result? And what if the test was applied to an entire population or a representative sample to draw an inference?

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