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Fr. Glenn: The End is Near! (…maybe)

on November 17, 2019 - 5:13am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well … it’s been a little while since I’ve seen a doomsayer prediction in the news … “The end is coming! ... at X o’clock on [insert specific date here … rinse and repeat]” type. One can’t help but wonder why some who ascribe to the inerrancy of Biblical scriptures seem to forget Jesus: “Heaven and earth will pass away…But of that day and hour NO ONE knows…” (Matthew 24:35-36) Yet, despite such assurances from Jesus Himself, such predictions linger. Hopefully the doomsayer in his sincerity will be so kind as to discontinue the collection/tithing that week.

McQuiston: It’s The Fall Season – Oh Deer

on November 16, 2019 - 9:23am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

The temperatures have gotten cooler, and the leaves are falling from the trees. Fall also means animal-related car accidents are likely to rise.

Between October and December, the annual deer breeding season (known as the rut) occurs.

Deer can be very active and unpredictable during this time, and many find their way to our roadways.

Five recommended safety tips:

  • Be alert!
    • More deer are on the road around dusk and dawn;
    • Deer crossing signs are posted where deer are likely to cross;
    • Large deer populations are located near wooded areas;
    • Deer are herd animals –

World Futures: Education – Part One

on November 16, 2019 - 9:00am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In 2016, I created a list of 18 areas that I believed needed to be addressed concerning the future of earth and humanity.
 
Number 11 on the list was “what do we teach people – adapting machines to IQ levels.” When making a presentation, I shortened it to simply what do we teach people and, quite unexpectedly, was verbally “assaulted” about it.
 
The input presented stated that in addition to “what,” we had to include “how.” Since I had been personally involved in some pioneering work with distance learning and computer-based training, how

Home Country: Flat Story

on November 16, 2019 - 7:54am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“Did you read the paper from the city today?” Steve asked. The rest of us shook our heads no. Most everything pertaining to us occurs on the pages of the Valley Weekly Miracle or is deliberately excluded for the same reason.
 
“I’ve been following that flat story, you know,” Steve said, nodding yes to Mavis for a coffee refill. “Haven’t heard how that went yet.”
 
“Flat story?” Doc asked.
 
“Yeah. You know them guys who think the earth is flat and went to Antarctica to prove it?”
 
“You’re kidding.”
 
“No. Really.

Marco Serna Releases Health Care Position Paper

on November 15, 2019 - 7:30am
Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has released his position statement on Health Care.
 
While highlighting the fact that the country has come a long way since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea of national health insurance, and in 2010 Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, Serna said, “I believe everyone can agree that much still has to be done to ensure health care is provided to all Americans”.
 
“If for no other reason, we have allowed our country to be put at an

Fuselier: Mike’s Love

on November 14, 2019 - 4:32pm

Mike Fuselier

By ROBERT FUSELIER
Los Alamos

Susie, Jenny, Bobby, and I would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, pictures, stories, food and visits that you’ve shared with us over the last few weeks as we’ve tried to deal with the loss of Mike, our son/brother.

Until I’m ready to write again for this column, I thought I’d steal a few essays written by Mike. Here’s one from August 8, 2016.

THINGS I LEARNED WHILE FALLING IN LOVE

1. It is always worth it, even if it ends. The myriad feelings that envelop you while you are in love teach you immensely about yourself.

Snyder: The Manhattan Project And The Los Alamos School In Taos

on November 14, 2019 - 3:57pm

Students and a master enjoy leisure time in the main room of the Sagebrush Inn c. 1945, a room that doesn’t look so very different today. Courtesy photo

The Sagebrush Inn of Taos as it looked in the 1940s. Courtesy photo

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

The history of the Los Alamos Ranch School (LARS) is well documented. Two books have been written about the school, and the centennial of its founding was celebrated in 2017.

People in our community are reminded of the LARS years when they see the log and stone buildings along Bathtub Row or attend an event in beautiful Fuller

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 14, 2019 - 12:35pm

Catch Of The Week: Small Business Cyber Updates

on November 13, 2019 - 7:11am
By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
Cisco Small Business Router Vulnerabilities
 
Security researchers at SEC Consult/IoT Inspector found numerous security issues for the Cisco RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN router series.
 
Issues included hardcoded password hashes and static X.509 certificates with corresponding public/private key pairs and one static Secure Shell (SSH) host key.
 
Cisco stated that this was an oversight by their developers, and the certificates and keys were never intended to be shipped with the products.

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 13

on November 13, 2019 - 5:51am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has turned sharply colder, especially in Eastern New Mexico. Anglers should be aware that several waters in the northeast are now closed to angling for the winter.
 
Maxwell Lake 13, the Charette Lakes and Clayton Lake are closed to protect migrating waterfowl.
 
Birdwatchers will enjoy these locations. Waterfowl are not the only birds that may be viewed. Raptors, including bald eagles, follow these flocks of waterfowl as they migrate south.
 
A nice road trip or perhaps overnight stay this time of year is a

Home Country: Life Is Good

on November 12, 2019 - 6:57am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
The first cold nights sent Billy indoors. Aunt Ada always had room on the couch for Billy. It was different now, of course, since Desdemona passed away. She was good, for a cat. Now there was just Billy and the other cat, Boots, to share the couch.
 
Billy was no dummy. In the past three years or so, since he became the official town dog, he not only knew his duties, but his options as well.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Honoring Our Veterans

on November 11, 2019 - 7:09am
The NJROTC color guard from Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LARSO
 
Gathered to honor the memory of their friend, local veteran James Griffin, from left, Mark Hinrichs, Pat Archer, Ron Christman and Bob Hiromoto at his memorial service the BESC. Courtesy/LARSO
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

Recently the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) hosted a memorial service for former member and local veteran James Griffin.

Griffin passed away in September without family and the centers felt the need to highlight his life and service to country, at the Betty Ehart

Fr. Glenn: We Will Serve

on November 10, 2019 - 7:15am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A happy Veterans Day weekend to all of you veterans out there! … most especially to you who have been ordered to, and have endured, the trials and tribulations of combat zones. And, even more especially, to all of you who have physical and/or mental scars attesting to your courage and sacrifice more than any badge or medal or parade ever could. Thank you so much for your service to our nation and, ultimately, to her people.

And … it’s a doubly special day for Marines every year.

Posts From The Road: Luckenbach, Texas Where Everybody’s Somebody...

on November 10, 2019 - 7:10am

Post Office: The post office, general store, and bar were all located in this building when Luckenbach was established in the 1800s. The post office was decommissioned in 1971 but the building retains the post office sign today. The general store and bar are still very active. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Hats and Hondo: A display of hats for sale in the general store  is centered around a painting of Hondo Crouch who purchased Luckenbach and lived there from 1970 until his death in 1976. Much of the folklore and vibe of the town can be attributed to Hondo Crouch.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 7, 2019 - 4:14pm

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Pumpkin Piñon Empanadas

on November 7, 2019 - 8:14am
A plate of freshly baked pumpkin piñon empanadas. Photo by Liddie Martinez
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley

We have talked about empanadas before. In my January 2019 column we reminisced about their humble beginnings in Spain or, more accurately, the Iberian Peninsula during medieval Moorish invasions and the fact that these small packages made eating on the go possible and delicious. Some of the first cookbooks published in Spain in the early 1500s included empanadas filled with seafood, but the pumpkin empanada, while its roots are firmly planted in Europe, is a new world variation.

McQuiston: Best Reasons To Consider Purchasing Umbrella Insurance Policy

on November 7, 2019 - 8:07am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

1. Consider umbrella insurance if …  you have assets – like a home, car or savings – you want to protect.

You probably already have insurance for some of your assets, like your house or car, but don’t forget your other investments, as well as checking, savings and retirement accounts. Are they protected in the event of a liability suit? Your existing insurance policies, like your car insurance or home insurance, include liability coverage, but generally that coverage is limited.

World Futures Institute: Education – Part One

on November 6, 2019 - 4:50pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In 2016, I created a list of 18 areas that I believed needed to be addressed concerning the future of earth and humanity.
 
Number 11 on the list was “what do we teach people – adapting machines to IQ levels.”
 
When making a presentation, I shortened it to “what do we teach people” and, quite unexpectedly, was verbally “assaulted” about it. The input presented stated that in addition to “what,” we had to include “how.”
 
Since I had been personally involved in some pioneering work with distance learning and computer-based training,

Wiemann: What Can Investors Learn From Veterans?

on November 5, 2019 - 8:09am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Edward Jones
Financial Advisor
 
Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country.
 
But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives? For example, consider the following traits and how they might apply to your actions as an investor:
  • Perseverance – Even veterans who have not served in armed combat have had to persevere in challenging situations.
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Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Celebrating 90!

on November 4, 2019 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a celebration for its members 90 and older. Courtesy/LARSO
 
LA Historical Society will join Betty Ehart Senior Center Thursday for ‘Remember When ... .’ Courtesy/LARSO
 
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
Some days we are lucky enough to see history unfold before our eyes.
 
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a special celebration last week, for our members 90 and older. The event is an occasion seniors are eager to reach, as they become part of a new club.
 
That club entitles them to a special

Fr. Glenn: ‘Must We?’

on November 3, 2019 - 6:33am

 

By Fr. Glenn Jones

If you read about (or have experienced) Armed Forces boot camp/basic training, you recognize that arrivals to that training are in that arrival simply breaking the shell, as it were, as “hatchlings” in the service. Basic training is an apt analogy for anyone beginning in a new field of study or profession … and certainly for the budding Christian. One isn’t a “good” soldier, sailor, airman or Marine right off the bat; to become proficient in any field takes time—even a lifetime.

Posts From The Road: Custer State Park

on November 3, 2019 - 6:32am

Sylvan Lake: Sylvan Lake is located in the northern part of the park. This lake features several rock formations in and around the lake and is very popular with water sport enthusiasts as well as picnicking, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. A lodge and campground are located nearby for overnight stays. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Needles Eye Tunnel: One of the tunnels on the Needles Highway is the Needles Eye Tunnel. This tunnel is just over eight feet wide making it a tight space for many vehicles. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
Needles Eye: The Needles Eye

Richard Nebel: Impeachment...

on November 1, 2019 - 5:09pm
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

“In a lonely grave, forgotten and unknown, lies ‘the man who saved a president,’ and as a result may well have preserved for ourselves and our posterity constitutional government in the United States…”. These words were written in 1956 by Senator John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer Prize winning book “Profiles in  Courage”. That forgotten man is Edmund G. Ross and that lonely grave is in the Fairview Cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Edmund Ross was an abolitionist and a Senator from Kansas.

Gessing: Santa Fe Spending Binge Kicks Into High Gear

on November 1, 2019 - 6:50am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
The Legislative Finance Committee recently reported the requests of New Mexico government agencies for FY 2021.
 
Last year the Legislature increased general fund spending by a robust 12 percent, but with oil production growing rapidly and prices per-barrel holding stable, New Mexico government is planning for another year of massive growth.
 
In fact, (not including funding requests for public school support and from higher education institutions) agencies are looking to further increase their budgets in Fiscal Year 2021 by a shocking 17

McQuiston: It MAY Have Been Covered ... But HOW?

on October 31, 2019 - 8:49am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

If you’ve watched any college football over the past several years, you’ve probably seen multiple commercials from a certain insurance company that likes to show an imaginary college professor walking an individual through a building containing exhibits that represent different claim situations.

The commercials show what happened while the professor narrates, then at the end of the story he states, “we covered it”.

Although many of these claim scenarios appear to be unusual, they would likely be covered by any personal

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