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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.

World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing: Part One

on January 30, 2018 - 5:08am

Los Alamos World Futures

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” on July 5, 1960, I was sworn in as a cadet at the United States Military Academy and accepted the Cadet Honor Code. The opening quotation above is from the Star Wars opening crawl. If asserted as true for my case, would be a lie. While I might argue that July 5, 1960 was a long, long time ago, the last time I checked, West Point is in New York, USA, planet Earth, in this galaxy.

In 1960, the Cadet Honor Code, as I remember it, was that a cadet will not lie, cheat or steal.

LACA Concert An Experience To Remember

on January 29, 2018 - 12:49pm
István Várdai. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Bringing back István Várdai for the Jan. 21 Los Alamos Concert Association's  cello concert with pianist Shai Wosner provided the audience with a thrilling afternoon. Their choice of works gave us the opportunity to hear wonderful compostitions that are rarely heard. Works by Eastern European composers, Kodály’s Sonatina and Janácek’s Pohadka, are pieces that we have probably not heard before.

My earliest memory of an outstanding cellist in performance is Antonio Janigro with the band that he created in Zagreb, I Solisti di

Amateur Naturalist: Winter Greenery Of Ranch School Trail

on January 29, 2018 - 10:16am
Mountain lover growing in the snow and shade. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
Conifers stand out in the winter because they remain green. Deciduous trees such as gambol oak shed their leaves. However some of the plants underfoot along the Ranch School trail remain green all winter. Others will remain green well into the start of winter.
Mountain lover is a plant that remains green all winter. The name reflects its preferred habitat in the mountains. It can be seen toward the bottom of the Ranch School trail, deep in the shade of the spruce and fir trees.

Fr. Glenn: Gray Hair

on January 28, 2018 - 8:11am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Another day, another gray hair … at least of the hair that still clings ever so tenuously upon my pate. Sigh. And still can’t get the barber to charge me half-price for the reduction of his labor.  Oh, the humanity!  :)

One of my favorite lines in scripture, having increasing poignancy as I get older, is “The glory of young men is their strength, but the beauty of old men is their gray hair [wisdom] (Proverbs 20:29) Ah … the truth of it.

Pastor Raul: Incidental Idolatry

on January 28, 2018 - 7:27am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man's hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath at all in their mouths. (NASB Psalms 135:15-17).
The modern practice of idolatry may have less to do with raising something above God and more to do with lowering God below other things. This is more common than we may care to believe.
When it comes to idolatry, almost all Christians have been taught

Tales Of Our Times: Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy

on January 26, 2018 - 6:20am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Paths To ‘Sustainable’ Are Craggy
What does a “sustainable” world look like? As time rolls on, people wrestle with this puzzle. Yet a question less often asked is how do we get from here to there? That is, how do we work the hard part, the transition?

Being sustainable, whatever it means, is infinitely easier than becoming sustainable. The path, not the destination, is the snarl that needs more of the bright light. I offer no swift map, but I can point out the starting line.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 26

on January 26, 2018 - 6:13am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
We had some snow and very cold temperatures last 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, 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 Conservation Service (link)

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 26, 2018 - 6:12am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Generate A Little Goodness

on January 25, 2018 - 6:32am

Los Alamos
I am so disappointed I will not be able to attend the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Their wedding date is Saturday, May 19, and that is the only weekend this entire year where I have an unbreakable commitment. So, sadly, I can’t be there.
Of course, my absence does not matter to the bride and groom, since I am not on the invitation list.

Home Country: Winter Hoax Revisited

on January 22, 2018 - 10:22am
Home Country
When Steve and Dud got up to go get a paper, it left just Doc and Bert sitting at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
Bert turned his head and smirked a little, being careful not to let Doc see him. Doc also didn’t see Dud outside, punching in a number on his cell phone while Steve stood by as a cheerleader.
“Doc,” said Loretta, filling the coffee cups, “phone call for you, Hon.”
“Here? Okay…” Doc walked over to the cash register and picked up the phone.
“This here Doc?” said the caller. “The Doc what lost his squirrel?”

McQuiston: Smart Tips For Parents Of Teen Drivers

on January 22, 2018 - 10:21am
The Jemez Agency
Adding a young driver to an auto insurance policy can cause sticker shock for a parent. According to, a rate comparison site, adding a single teenager to a policy caused annual premiums to increase an average of 78 percent, or $671.
The good news is that teen driver rates have been decreasing since 2013 when the average increase was 85 percent. 
Why do insurance companies charge more for young drivers?
Teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: The Shape Of Water

on January 22, 2018 - 5:39am
Los Alamos

In his new movie, “The Shape of Water”, director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) creates a fable that seamlessly moves among several genres. He has created a horror-movie-inspired monster, brought as a captive into the cold war austerity of a government laboratory; Russians spies provide film noir style intrigue; an escape caper is planned; fantasy, sci-fi, romance, movie nostalgia, and dry humor are mixed in. Yet, it all hangs together as a lovely piece of directorial art.

Fr. Glenn: The Prescience Of Rodney King

on January 21, 2018 - 7:12am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well … this weekend the government “shut down”—the perennial threat tactic when the two major parties can’t agree (Can’t agree?! Gee, what a surprise). The news thereafter becomes a blame game shouting match … accusations a’flyin’… and weariness for all of us on the receiving end of the news. It seems that whatever one party proposes, the other party feels duty-bound to oppose, lest the first party get the least particle of political benefit.

Morocco: Beacon Of Hope For Christianity In Middle East

on January 21, 2018 - 6:56am
The Franciscan Church in Essaouira, Morocco was once a lively center of faith and community. Today, it is crumbling and not accessible to the public. Courtesy/High Atlas Foundation 
High Atlas Foundation
Throughout history, Christianity has played a central role in the Middle East and North Africa. Distinct sites from both the ancient and modern times demonstrate Christianity’s unique and vast place in the region. Tragically, Christianity’s cultural and contemporary position in the region is persistently under attack.  
According to the World Watchlist Report (2017), the