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Message From New UNM President Garnett Stokes

on November 13, 2017 - 7:44am
UNM President

A week ago my life changed when I was selected by The University of New Mexico to be its 22nd president and newest Lobo.
Let me say that since that time, I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm I have received from so many of you, as well as members of the New Mexico community. I am truly honored and excited to join you officially in March, when my husband, Jeff, and I make the Land of Enchantment our new home.

Throughout my career in public higher education as a student, educator, researcher and administrator - I have learned the

Fr. Glenn: The Mystery Of Evil

on November 12, 2017 - 7:00am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

We often wonder why God allows certain things. The Sutherland Springs church shooting last Sunday is certainly one of those, and we could as easily recall Las Vegas, Orlando, or any other such event or tragedy, natural or manmade. Why did God allow those who love and worship Him—young and old—to die in the very midst of that worship?

And yet … needless violence has always been with us.

Luján: Thank Them For All They Do

on November 11, 2017 - 4:30pm

By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, who stood guard for our nation at home and abroad, and who fought to protect our freedom and uphold our democracy. 

On Veterans Day, we thank them. We show gratitude to those who put the good of others ahead of their own. They risked life and limb to protect our country, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted and they all rest upon one fundamental truth: the ultimate price was paid innumerable times for our benefit. 

We, as a nation, are

Hall: The Power of Government

on November 9, 2017 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos

Government has a monopoly on force, transferred to it by the citizens. I don’t seek revenge on a murderer, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t incarcerate those who break laws to harm me, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t retrieve my stolen goods, I rely on government to do it in my stead. Government uses force to carry out the will of the people, and can potentially remove life, liberty, or property from its citizens.

This transferred force is a sacred power, and should not be used lightly.

Governmental force should only be

On The Job In Los Alamos: Leadership Los Alamos Board Strategizes At Monthly Meeting

on November 9, 2017 - 2:58pm

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Leadership Los Alamos Board during a monthly meeting this morning in the conferance room at TechSource inside the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building. From left, Board Chairman Brian D’Andrea, Jorge Maldonado, Debbie Hawes, Board Treasurer Debbie Reiss, Craig Martin, Chair-Elect Martha Katko, associate Graig Newell, Devon Durrer, Monica Hernandez-Lara, Libby Carlsten, Board Secretary Kate Thwaits, associate Kirsten Bell, Debbie Huling and Cheryl Sowder. Board members not pictured, Gabe Baca, Debby Bailey-Holgerson, Carol A. Clark (taking photo), Wendy

Amateur Naturalist: How Young Is Young And How Old Is Old?

on November 9, 2017 - 7:29am
The dark color of one tree and brownish-orange of the other suggests that one is young while the other is mature. However both trees have similar diameters and both have their branches emerging further up their trunks. Are they different or similar in their maturity? Photo by Robert Dryja

Los Alamos

A ponderosa tree may live for as long as 700 years. This is 10 times longer than a person. This means there are some ponderosa trees that were already approaching 200 years old when Columbus discovered the Americas.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 9, 2017 - 6:49am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Use Resources

on November 9, 2017 - 6:25am

Los Alamos

Do you know about It is like eHarmony or Tinder, only it matches a human up with a pet. The website includes fish, reptiles, barnyard animals, and rodents as well as cats and dogs. I am a dog person so when I browse the website I look at the dogs.

In my head I match up my friends and family with their next ideal dog-love. Sometimes I will send an email with an enticing photo of the lonely pup.

So far, no one has actually taken advantage of the leads I offer.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Battle Of The Sexes

on November 9, 2017 - 6:14am
Los Alamos

“Battle of the Sexes” was released at the end of September, but only recently came to our local theater, thus this late review… The film tells the story of the public battle for equal pay and recognition for female athletes, championed by tennis great Billie Jean King, and culminating in what was deemed “the Battle of the Sexes”, the September 1973 tennis match between the 29 year old women’s tennis great King and the 55-year-old former men’s champ, Bobby Riggs.

Significant steps along the way are covered in the film, but not in much detail.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Thor: Ragnarok

on November 8, 2017 - 7:29am
Los Alamos
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third Marvel Comics movie to come out in recent years featuring Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Throughout the series Thor is played by the studly Aussie actor, Chris Hemsworth, who truly is “easy on the eyes”.
All three Thor films depend on Marvel plotlines and Norse characters, but these lines do get blurred. So don’t expect the plot to make perfect sense; instead, you may find that the film will delight, surprise and entertain you if you don’t take it too seriously.
Working alongside Thor (most of the time) in this film

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 7

on November 7, 2017 - 3:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There have been a lot of birds of prey migrating down the Rio Grande recently. I’ve seen several large raptors like red-tailed hawks and northern harriers circling the bosque. A sharp-shinned hawk actually killed a bird in our back yard. Eagles should start to show up around Abiquiu Lake soon and thre are usually some that spend the winter along the Rio Grande. Keep an eye out for them.

Last week I took a cue from one of our readers and fished the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The fishing was excellent.

Inspirational People: Former Postdoc Honors Mentor

on November 7, 2017 - 5:31am
Los Alamos Daily Post

The profound impact one individual has on another is truly inspiring. A strong example of this was evident in a recent exchange between two men having lunch at a restaurant on Trinity Drive. One appeared to be a scientist in middle age and the other perhaps in his 90s.

When they first entered the restaurant, and made their way slowly across the crowded dining room, I noticed the older man was connected to a small oxygen tank, which when seated he parked next to his chair.

Being a typical reporter, I found myself listening in


Fr. Glenn: ‘What Is Truth?’

on November 5, 2017 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

One thing very all too evident in our day is the impatience and incivility manifested in so much of our public (and likely, private) discussion. I often lament to hear of persons walking out on talks, lectures, sermons/homilies etc., simply because some (even perhaps all) of the speaker’s points do not coincide with the “walker’s” own ideas.

One wonders how the walker will understand accurately the speaker’s views and ideas if exiting the moment he hears something “offensive” or not in accord with his own?

Pastor Raul: The Liturgy Of Life

on November 5, 2017 - 5:45am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. Exodus 12:17
One of my tasks, as a parent, is to help my kids develop good habits. My wife and I realized, early on, that children will typically develop poor habits if good habits are not encouraged.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 4

on November 3, 2017 - 7:33am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous articles of this series we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the creation of tokens used for correspondence counting as well as making impressions in clay tablets. It was related to trade. A city of 50 to 80 thousand people, the inhabitants did different things and had to exchange goods – trade. 

Then we jumped forward to 1394 A.D. and saw banks and the exchange of goods and services over much greater distances.

BOUMAN: What To Do About My Old 401(K)?

on November 2, 2017 - 8:49pm

Alpine Financial Partners

Changing jobs can be a tumultuous experience. Even under the best of circumstances, making a career move requires a series of tough decisions, not the least of which is what to do with the funds in your old employer-sponsored retirement plan.

Some people choose to roll over these funds into an Individual Retirement Account, and for good reason. About 42 percent of all retirement assets in the U.S. are held in IRAs, and 85 percent of traditional IRA owners funded all or part of their IRAs with a rollover.

Generally, you have four choices when it comes

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 2, 2017 - 5:06pm

County Manager Shares Code Enforcement Data

on November 2, 2017 - 8:52am
Los Alamos County Manager

The Los Alamos County Council has scheduled a discussion regarding the current nuisance code for its Nov. 7 work session. In preparation for that discussion, Council requested that County staff provide detailed information regarding its efforts during the past several months - in order that the conversation next week can be based on the best data.

During the past two Council meetings I have presented such information, and since there has been active conversation regarding the nuisance code within the community, the County Council requested that I

McQuiston: What’s Mine Is Yours ... For A Fee

on November 1, 2017 - 11:25am
The Jemez Agency
The sharing economy is a term that describes the peer-to-peer economic model in which individuals can rent or borrow assets (goods and services) owned by someone else.
Other names include the gig economy and access economy. While the practice is not new, due to the rise of internet commerce, it has rapidly expanded in the last decade and is estimated to grow to a $335 billion business by 2025. Such rapid growth is understandable considering anyone with reliable internet access can partake.
Companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are leading

Home Country: Dud All Grins

on November 1, 2017 - 11:06am
Home Country
Dud came in the Mule Barn truck stop all grins. Aha! thought the other members of the world dilemma think tank, Dud’s been up the road in deer camp three days now.
We know what that happy look means. Or maybe not …
“You fellas have GOT to come out to the camp with me and see what I’ve got!” Dud said. “You won’t believe it!”
“Got a nice buck did you, Dud?” Doc said.
“You just have to see for yourself,” he said.
So after another round of refills, the guys went out and got in two cars and headed off to camp.

Martinez: Honored To Serve Community Through United Way Of Northern New Mexico

on October 31, 2017 - 5:17pm
2017 Campaign Chair
Member, United Way of Northern New Mexico Board

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 and this year had the privilege of serving as the Site Visit Chair.

Tales Of Our Times: Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

on October 31, 2017 - 1:42pm

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Could Parties Craft A CCC Program?

By all accounts, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a splendidly successful government program launched amid the dire straits of the 1930s. A look back shows the CCC met many needs of the kinds being argued over in today’s different times.

Think of populations that are short of schooling and the skills to do needed work. Think of family units that are fractured by the need to find productive work. Think of lacking healthcare and basic food enough to work steadily.

Fr. Glenn: I Have Sinned

on October 29, 2017 - 8:36am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

As most know, we Catholics have the sacramental rite of penance, or “confession”, of sins, asking God for the forgiveness of sins through the mediation of priests. The rite begins with the words, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…”

And so … bless me, my brothers and sisters, for I have sinned...

Well … now that I have your attention! Isn’t it strange how we are drawn to scandal and controversy so strongly?

Ledoux: The Best Of Agatha Christie In Film

on October 27, 2017 - 9:49am
​Los Alamos
Mystery author Dame Agatha Christie published her first novel in 1920. The first film adaptation of her fiction appeared eight years later, with the silent movie, “The Passing of Mr. Quin.” The movie is based on the first short story featuring Christie’s recurring character, Harley Quin— not to be confused with the Batman villain of the same name. Since then there have been countless adaptations of her work from all over the world, in many different languages.
The most recent English-speaking Agatha Christie movie to hit the silver screen was one of the