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Fr. Glenn: Forgive Us Our Trespasses…

on November 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Huh … Charles Manson died about a week ago. For those too young to remember, Manson was leader of a cult (“the Manson family”), which engaged in torture and murder back in the late 1960’s, but he fortunately was captured, his cult broken up and he had been in prison ever since … dying after many decades of incarceration at the age of 83.

Predictably, some headlines were vengeful and gloating; for example: “Make Room, Satan; Charles Manson is Finally Going to Hell”, and editorial cartoons were rife with depictions of

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Coco

on November 26, 2017 - 7:46am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos

“Coco” is Disney Pixar’s latest, very colorful, animated film, full of love for family and the inspiration of music. The 3D version will be well worth your wait so that you see the full visual intent of the film. Marketed to the “PG” crowd, older folks may enjoy Coco for the beauty of the film and the values it holds dear. Parents, though, will want to know that the “thematic elements” to scare a child are animated skeletons.

Twelve year old Miguel (perfectly voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) wants to sing and play guitar more than anything in the world.

Tales Of Our Times: Truth Hides Out In Several Venues

on November 24, 2017 - 9:13am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Truth Hides Out In Several Venues

We humans have a distinct flair for seeing the glass as half full or half empty. Experience shows a large category of people sees the half full portion. Neither can we miss the multitude that routinely pictures the empty half. The trickier impulse is to see something as half full one time and half empty the next time, depending on the focus at the time. This turn of mind is so richly human it is easily overlooked in the crowd.
Of its own free will, this quirk plays large parts in every

McQuiston: Three Reasons For Auto Rate Increases

on November 24, 2017 - 8:40am
The Jemez Agency
As 2017 draws to a close, let’s reflect on some insurance-related items in the industry.
While storms and hurricanes certainly dominated the headlines for a while, one issue that has been consistent throughout the year is an increase in auto insurance rates. If you’ve seen a rate increase this year and have wondered why (especially if you have a clean driving record), this column is for you.
Why are rates going up? There are three primary reasons:
  • 1. Distracted Driving: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( reports

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value and Time Part 7

on November 23, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we explored the Federal Reserve System and how money is added to a country’s financial system through the granting of loans for doing or making something of value.

The money growth occurs because value is produced, or should be. As a result of effort expended, paid for with money, a product of value enters the market place and people consume it. In return, the consumers “earn” the product of value by producing something of value, be it a product or service.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Tell Your Story

on November 23, 2017 - 10:11am

Los Alamos

The story goes that in the early spring of 1929 a dark-eyed infant was left on the doorstep of a humble home in rural Arkansas.

The owner of the home managed food and other provisions for the nearby prison and he was one of very few in the area who had a steady job and regular income. The baby girl became the youngest in a family of six girls and one boy. She would be adored and loved by her new brother and sisters. Rumors and speculation regarding her origins would occasionally surface, but even as an adult, she would never speak of it.

This is my mother’s

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 23, 2017 - 10:10am


Garrison: 2017 Thanksgiving Thankful List

on November 23, 2017 - 9:08am
St. George, Utah

Each November I compose  a “Thanksgiving Thankful List” for the preceding year. My wife, Deb, and I enjoy our life in red rock southern Utah and have many things for which we are thankful. I hope sharing them brings a smile and acknowledgement that even the seldom thought of can be a source of thankfulness. Below is my 2017 list.

  1. I’m grateful for salad dressing. I’m an adult (sort of), I know veggies are good for me.

Inspirational people: Caring For A Dying Husband

on November 22, 2017 - 7:32am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Many people have died in this community in the years I have covered the news here. One death a couple of years ago stands out because I know quite well the man’s wife.

It was her behavior in the six months leading up to that death that took my breath away.

This woman’s serene reaction the day her husband’s brain cancer was diagnosed was the first indication that she would handle that tormenting road ahead with extraordinary grace.

Leading up to the diagnosis, she had expressed quiet concern with his personality changes and

Six Tips To Safely Frying A Turkey

on November 21, 2017 - 11:25am
Smith Publicity, Inc.
A few years ago my daughter’s in-laws from Brooklyn, NY came to Memphis for Thanksgiving.
To give them a taste of Southern cuisine, I decided to fry a turkey in addition to my conventionally roasted turkey. In effect, we had a taste panel where our 20 guests got to try both a roasted and fried turkey. There was no question that the fried turkey tasted better. It was more savory and had a richer flavor. It gave new meaning to the saying: “anything fried tastes better."
Fried turkeys are great, but frying the turkey is seriously

How The Hen House Turns: No Horses In The Backyard

on November 21, 2017 - 7:56am
Former Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper's four granddaughters on a horse ranch in Colorado. Courtesy photo
The residents of the Hen House during our forty years in Los Alamos taught us tovrespect their personhood. And now, in the last decade or two, academic studies confirm the notion that animals do have emotions and cognizance.
Sadly, we were stuck too long in Rene Descartes' 17th century idea that "nonhuman animals cannot reason or feel but are...machines made out of meat.”
Charles Darwin disagreed, and now we have lots of evidence, not only from personal

Home Country: Too Much Pumpkin Pie

on November 21, 2017 - 7:55am
Home Country
Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc’s and Mrs. Doc’s this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he’d never make it as a dinner host.
Very few Thanksgiving dinners achieve legendary status, but “Steve’s Thanksgiving” was certainly one of them. Some said it happened because he’s lived alone and cooked meals for himself for so many years. Some say he has worked alone for so long that he isn’t of a coordinating mind.

Shin: If Sanctuary School, Then Kiss $8M Goodbye!

on November 19, 2017 - 2:44pm
Los Alamos

On Aug. 29, 2017, our County Council unanimously passed a proclamation honoring the contributions of immigrants. Compared to the earlier version in April, specific language was removed, its tone was softened, and a more strident “resolution” was changed to a “proclamation,” which did not require a vote.

Although Counci Vice Chair Susan O'Leary called it a “milquetoast,” “weak half measure of timid support,” Councilor Antonio Maggiore recognized “that the original was a little inflammatory, a little reactionary to what just transpired on the national scene.” ...

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Justice League

on November 19, 2017 - 8:48am
Los Alamos

“Justice League” is the latest DC Comics’ film, uniting Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. The only one missing is Superman. In fact, since the death of Superman (in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), a door has opened for evil; the world has become more chaotic. Criminals are bolder, good people no longer believe in themselves, working for “law and order” seems a losing battle. Early scenes in the movie depict the chaos: poignantly, a homeless man is shown sitting against a building holding a hand-written sign that says, simply, “I tried.”

Fr. Glenn: Respect To Whom Respect Is Due

on November 19, 2017 - 6:15am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

It seems we can scarcely open a news website or newspaper each day—sometimes each hour—without reading that yet another celebrity, politician, or eminent person has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse.

Sexuality, of course, is one of our most basic drives—probably only just below survival itself … and sometimes even survival loses out.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part Six)

on November 19, 2017 - 5:50am
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we looked at the banking system in the United States and the emergence of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) and its 12 Federal Reserve Banks. At the end of the article, we examined a current dollar bill (paper), noting that it says “Federal Reserve Note.” In the United States, this is legal tender, meaning that it is valid for meeting a financial obligation.

Smart Design With Suzette: Are You Ready For Holiday Guests?

on November 18, 2017 - 7:26am

Los Alamos

Now that it’s November, the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests.

Recently, I’ve read that 40 percent of Americans—including millennials (59 percent), people with kids (57 percent), Gen X-ers (41 percent), and a quarter of Baby Boomers have avoided hosting the holiday because of their clutter. Not only are most people concerned about cleaning and organizing their home for company, there’s also pressure to make it festive, too.

If you’re feeling less-than-enthusiastic about the idea of hosting the holidays in your home, you’re not alone.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make Memories

on November 18, 2017 - 7:21am

Los Alamos

Prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, my first childhood memories are random bits and pieces—snippets, really.

Mostly, of me being stranded in a tree. I am guessing this has something to do with my brother who is seven years older than me. When I went outside to play with him my mother would securely strap a football helmet on to my little toddler head. Good call on her part. I remember being stuck in a dark green citrus tree, trying to pluck an orange.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 17, 2017 - 7:30am

Keller: What Weeds Really Are

on November 16, 2017 - 8:48am
Jemez Mountains Herbarium
In response to a resent letter to the editor (link) with questions about weeds and what to do about them, here are some answers:

First – a weed to me is any group of plants growing where you don’t want them, or crowding out other more desirable plants.

Second – not all weeds are invaders from other places. Most are natives.

Third – these are very important plants for restoring disturbed areas. I call them nature’s “first responders”. They are almost all annuals (must grow from seeds each year as last year’s die and don’t come back).

Their job is

O’Leary: Council Approves MOU With NCRTD

on November 16, 2017 - 5:58am

By Vice Chair Susan O’Leary

Los Alamos County Council

In our consent agenda during Tuesday's Council meeting, we approved a request to provide North Central Regional Transit District with $350,000. This transit district serves a number of counties in Northern New Mexico and this funding is in addition to county funding for the county's Atomic City Bus service.

The Council agreed to this specific action in April as part of our budget process and tonight’s action was merely fulfilling that agreement. Reading tonight’s agenda documents, I was reminded that Los Alamos County has provided $7

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2017 - 11:03am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
As I suspected, the kokanee salmon snagging at Heron Lake, which opened Nov. 11 has been slow. I believe the low water levels we’ve been experiencing at Heron Lake the last several years has had a detrimental effect on the kokanee salmon fishery there.
Snagging kokanee in previous years had literally become a social event, with lots of anglers participating and lots of salmon being caught. It would be interesting to see if they can start storing more water at Heron if the salmon fishery improves with higher water levels.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Murder On The Orient Express

on November 15, 2017 - 11:01am
Los Alamos
“Murder on the Orient Express” is a star-studded remake of the 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery which first came to the big screen in 1974. Kenneth Branagh directs the film and stars as Hercule Poirot, by his own admission, “the greatest detective in the world.” (Poirot’s mustache alone is worth the price of admission.)
After solving a very public case in Jerusalem, Poirot boards a steamboat for Istanbul where he will catch the famous cross-continental train, the Orient Express, and head to England for his next case.

Bouman: President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan

on November 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
Alpine Financial Partners

Several times over the past few weeks I have been asked if I knew anything about “President Reagan’s Retirement Plan” and a 702(j)-retirement plan. I had never heard of such a thing, so I decided to investigate it. Here’s the deal folks. There is no such thing. This concept goes by many names. The 770 account, the 702(j), the 7702, The Presidents Secret Account, Invisible account, etc. It resurfaces every few years with a new name and new marketing approach from salesmen in the insurance business.

A 702(j) is not actually a retirement savings plan

Renfro: It Starts With Me!

on November 13, 2017 - 11:47am
2017 Campaign Chair
Member, United Way of Northern New Mexico Board

Community Member,

It Starts With Me and, because of that I am honored to serve our community through the United Way of Northern New Mexico, as one of the 2017 Campaign Chairs. I serve in this capacity because I sincerely believe in our United Way of Northern New Mexico and the critical services they help make possible in our community. In addition, I also volunteer my time as a member of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board.

Growing up in the Four Corners I always admired Los Alamos and Rio