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Tales Of Our Times: For This Holiday Season

on December 24, 2017 - 7:21am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tales of Our Times For This Holiday Season

The years roll on. From the past, I bring local sketches from distinguished writers who passed this way before:

Peggy Pond, the fledgling poet and author, wrote in 1914:
There was the enormous and unbelievably vivid blueness of the sky; the wide horizon that stretched in every direction as we drove down to the Pueblo from our steep plateau; the arid landscape, all sun-baked gullied hill, the pinkish earth dotted with juniper and pinion like cloves stuck into a roasting ham;

Fr. Glenn: Blessed Are The Meek

on December 24, 2017 - 7:20am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Ah, ‘tis the Christmas season—a time of joy for the billions of Christians throughout the world as we celebrate the birth of Jesus over two millennia ago. The nativity of Jesus (obviously) necessarily precedes in time and gets more press, but many non-Christians may not realize that Christmas is NOT the biggest Christian celebration of the year.

Nebel: LANL Bidders Please Respond To Questions

on December 23, 2017 - 9:24am
Los Alamos

The last time the lab management contract was put out on bid I remember thinking: “Oh great. Now we are going to have a whole new level of worthless managers sidling up to the trough to skim money out of the lab. Where am I going to find the money to cover the inevitable increase in the overhead?”

The money I was bringing in wasn’t weapons program money and there was no way that my customers were going to cover that increase.

So, what happened? My understanding is that right now a Phd Full Time Equivalent (FTE) costs about $600,000/year at LANL.

Communication 3: Possibility Of Miscommunication

on December 22, 2017 - 6:38am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

In the last column we explored the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical translation. One of the major disadvantages is that a mechanical translator does not account for the connotation of words, but rather the denotation.

This leaves a lot of room for error. As stated in the last article, it makes it difficult for mechanical translators to keep up with the perpetually evolving nature of languages.

Along with this, not accounting for the connotation of words can lead to misinterpretation and thus ineffective

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Give

on December 22, 2017 - 5:44am

Los Alamos

My neighbor Al Miller is a world-class shopper.

His eye for style and design, whether it is fine art, textiles, or every day home goods, is remarkable. His shopping prowess is so impressive that he and his partner, Richard LaBelle, opened an antique and home décor store in their hometown in Wisconsin to repurpose and resell Al’s purchases. It was hugely successful.

Al and Richard, both retired art teachers, eventually sold their store and now live comfortably in El Rancho. Al continues to shop and shop. He never shops online.

Pongratz: A Bit Of Nit Picking

on December 21, 2017 - 1:54pm
Former Los Alamos County Councilor
I think that the term “windfall” is not appropriate to describe the gross receipts taxes paid by LANL contractors. Merriam-Webster defines “windfall” as:
1: something (such as a tree or fruit) blown down by the wind;
2: an unexpected, unearned, or sudden gain or advantage.
The term is not correct for two reasons: first, the term refers to a “one-time” event. Once all the apples are off the tree you can expect no more apples to fall.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 21

on December 21, 2017 - 1:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
It’s the middle of December and still no snow covering the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. Despite cold nighttime temperatures that have caused ice to form on some of the lakes, precipitation has been meager and snowpacks for this time of year are running well below normal.
There are some that would just as well never have it snow, but the reality is we need snow. Water supply systems for irrigation and municipal water supply is based on a certain amount of spring runoff from the melting snowpack.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 21, 2017 - 1:34pm

McQuiston: Don’t Let Grinches Steal Your Christmas

on December 21, 2017 - 5:32am
The Jemez Agency
By the time you read this column, you may be done with your Christmas shopping, but the message can be used all year round.
Online shopping makes it easy to find a great selection of gifts and can be a big time-saver. Unfortunately, thieves are waiting to take advantage of you.
Here are some tips to protect yourself while shopping online:
  • Install the most recent updates for spam filters, anti-virus protection, and firewall security on your computer or phone.
  • Use secure websites and logoff when finished. Look for an “s” in the website URLs. “

Home Country: Education Can Be Ugly

on December 20, 2017 - 7:31am
Home Country
“I can’t stand winter,” Herb Collins said, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup.
“There’s nothing to do.”
“Get out and enjoy it,” Doc suggested. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
“I don’t think your advice will take,” Dud said. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
We all looked at Dud.
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
We looked at him

How The Hen House Turns: Urban Deer

on December 20, 2017 - 7:02am
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
While living beside the canyons of Los Alamos, one learns to get along with deer—or not. I would recommend it.
They are beautiful animals and don’t eat more apples than their share. A large buck was very careful to take no more than one bite out of the three huge green tomatoes that I had laboriously watered all summer in the only sunny spot in our front yard.
There was a chance that those tomatoes might have ripened. Maybe. It was late August. Maybe not.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi

on December 19, 2017 - 12:58pm
Los Alamos
“Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”, the latest installment in the 40 year old Star Wars franchise, was released Dec. 15 to an eager audience.
As promised, the story picks up immediately where “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” ended, with our new heroine, Rey, approaching Luke Skywalker on a rocky island.
We wondered with the last movie, what will happen when Rey and Luke meet? Expectations for each new Star Wars film are always high; people get anxious about the fate of their favorite characters, making an audible buzz before the film opens.

Spencer: Tragedy In Aztec, Revisited

on December 19, 2017 - 7:58am
Los Alamos

Stephanie Nakhleh asks some good questions in her letter regarding the Aztec school shooting and reflects a lot of our mutual frustration with not being able to stop these things from happening. But she may have missed the article in the Albuquerque Journal that stated that the FBI had investigated the shooter and reported him to the local police. The FBI did not have adequate justification to equate William Atchison's obnoxious rants with a credible threat so they could not act on their information to arrest, interdict, or put the future shooter on a no-buy list.

Fr. Glenn: Laying The Foundation

on December 17, 2017 - 5:23am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Perusing local news, we see recent stories of brawling young lads at Smith’s … young lads walking quite unwisely across ice at Ashley Pond. I couldn't help but remember my own days of teenage male youthfulness—the testosterone-fueled drives of pride and combativeness in young males, which so easily turns to rage—something seen throughout the animal kingdom.

Young men typically have feelings of inadequacy due to yet-unproven manhood and the longing to remedy such perceived deficiency—mine own exacerbated by tales of

Pastor Raul: Put Christ Back Into Christmas

on December 17, 2017 - 5:01am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God's Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah: Look, I am sending my messenger before you. He will prepare your way, a voice shouting in the wilderness: "Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight." (Mark 1:1-3 CEB).
By now, most of us who celebrate Christmas have already set up our trees, hung the lights, purchased the gifts (or at least placed them into our virtual carts), and made plans for the holiday season.

McQuiston: Have Enough Homeowners Coverage?

on December 15, 2017 - 7:54am

The Jemez Agency

I came across an article in one of the publications I read and wanted to share my thoughts about it.

Soaring construction costs are giving victims of the recent California wildfires a nasty shock on top of their fire losses – their insurance may not cover all of the damage.

Many who lost homes in the Northern California wildfires may be forced to sell because they’re underinsured – thanks to the area’s skyrocketing construction costs.

Smart Design With Suzette: Answering Holiday Decorating Questions

on December 15, 2017 - 7:51am
Decorating outside with wreaths and greenery. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

December brings hot cocoa, blankets, movies and lets face it, lots of anxiety with the holidays. There is quite a lot going on trying to get everything done, keeping everyone happy, juggling your schedule with shopping, party hopping and decorating this time of year.

A few clients brought some of their decorating issues to me in hopes that I might help calm their anxiety and get it all done. Have you wondered how to hang wreaths on a brick fireplace?

Communication 2: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Machine Translation

on December 15, 2017 - 7:42am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

Mechanical translators have many benefits, as shown in the previous column, but they are not flawless systems of translation. In a society of perpetually evolving technology, converting solely to mechanical translators seems like the logical thing to do, but the drawbacks of these translators prevent their sole use. This means that they have to work in conjunction with human translators in order for international translation to be as efficient as possible.

The main factor inhibiting the efficiency of machine translation is

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 15, 2017 - 7:27am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make A Miracle Happen

on December 15, 2017 - 7:26am
Los Alamos

‘Tis time for the story of the Christmas miracle. This is my Christmas miracle, and it happened just last year, so this is the first time I have told the story. I am quite certain after you hear the remarkable details you will want to include this tale in your own Christmas story repertoire. Please feel free.

It is early Christmas morning and I am using a new sweet potato recipe in preparation for our holiday dinner. I am very excited about this recipe because I usually find sweet potato casseroles to be too sugary, but this one sounds delicious.

The recipe

Olions ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’ Resonates Now More Than Ever

on December 14, 2017 - 7:32am
The cast of 'It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play' on stage Dec. 8. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

George Bailey Donald Poston) and Mary Bailey (Rebekah Harkey). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Foleys (sound effects people) make some noise. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

As winter closes in, the Los Alamos High School Olions production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” is sure to warm your heart. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know the story.

Jolley II: Never Say NO To Your Boss

on December 13, 2017 - 10:30am
Los Alamos
When I was a Union Steward the story circulated of a Network Center supervisor who asked a technician to take down a major telecommunications circuit.
The Technician said NO, that would take hundreds of customers out of telephone service. The supervisor told the technician she was ordering him to shut down the circuit. Again the technician refused because hundreds of people would be without service.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 13

on December 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
With the cold evening and early morning temperatures in Northeast New Mexico and the Moreno Valley, lakes in this part of the state have seen ice form along the edges. Temperatures have been dropping into the teens and single digits here.
Eagle Nest Lake has seen this happening. Some of the ice melts off during the day and there is some bank fishing for rainbow trout. It won’t be long before the bank fishing is done as more ice forms.

RCLC: Op-Ed On Upcoming LANL M&O Contract

on December 13, 2017 - 9:22am
RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero
By RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero, and
RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

NNM Communities United on Issues Regarding Next LANL Contractor

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) persists as the largest job supplier in Northern New Mexico, generating the greatest economic impact throughout the region.

RCLC Administrative Manager Scarlet Rendleman

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), has been closely following the process and progress on naming the next LANL manager and operator (M&O), overseeing 10-12,000 jobs and a

Home Country: Reasons For Christmas Season

on December 13, 2017 - 6:58am
Home Country
For years now, Herb Collins has been helping Santa by donning the red and the beard and the tassels and waving to passing cars on Christmas Eve out at the Old Fort Road crossing.
He takes a bag of candy along, in case anyone cares to stop, and he also takes his daughter Cindy along, because she’s always been his head elf. Cindy’s grown now and has helpers of her own, but this has been a daddy/daughter event for a long time and neither sees any reason to quit.
He had done it a few years and was wondering why he was doing it when one special Christmas