Skip directly to content


Khalsa Reviews 'Flight'

on December 11, 2012 - 6:05am
Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.

Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film ... this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers

Column: I Am Flummoxed!

on December 10, 2012 - 12:41pm
Column by Elena Yang
I Am Flummoxed!

I just wanted to find a way to use “flummoxed.” One story and one news item put me in this state.

Here is the story: Lynn Harrell, an internationally renowned cellist, found himself banned by Delta Airlines for violating their Frequent Flyer Program terms.

Travel is always a tricky venture for musicians who play large instruments, especially by plane. How many of us would trust the airlines these days to check in our luggage that contains our livelihood?

So, Mr.

Column: I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course

on December 9, 2012 - 10:39am
I’m Thankful I’m Still on the Course. Par 4, No Bogeys ... Life with Cancer
By Kay Kerbyson

What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?

When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?”

Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything.

Column: Building Better Schools ... Building Brighter Futures

on December 6, 2012 - 11:41am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt, superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools                   

On Jan. 29, 2013, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that would not raise the tax rate.

The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.

The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools.

Money IQ: Thinking Ahead for 2013

on December 5, 2012 - 11:01am
Money IQ
By Eric Loucks

Thinking Ahead for 2013

Hard to believe, but 2012 is almost behind us and 2013 is just around the corner.

The time between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day presents a wonderful opportunity to assess the financial positives and negatives of the past year and to plan for improvements in the New Year.

Before we head into 2013, there’s still time to make last minute adjustments for 2012. With taxes potentially rising for the next year, it is a good time to consider a few tax saving ideas:

  • Capital Gains rates are scheduled to rise.

Food on the Hill: Eggnog

on December 4, 2012 - 8:50am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Photo by Sue York/
*** Takes 12 hours to make**** (makes ¼ gallon)
  • Need blender or a fast whisk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 small pkg of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 pkg(qt size)non-fat dried milk powder (1- 1/2 cup)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon rum (opt)
Photo by Sue York/
Blend 2 1/4 cups milk and 1 (qt size) pkg of non-fat dried milk powder for 30 seconds.
Add 6 egg yolks, blend until very well blended.

Photo by Sue

Column: I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

on December 3, 2012 - 10:12am
Column by Elena Yang
I Am A Different Person In Different Contexts … So Are You!

In the previous post on diversity/multiculturalism, I focused mostly on the differences between groups, such as males and females, or white and African Americans. 

Equally important, if not more so, are our conversations across the differences within a group. 

For instance, many of us have more “issues” with our family members than with someone of different racial background or religious background.  

Similarly, within a racial group, there can be painful dealings with members’ differences. 

Just look at

Column: School Board Election Slated for Feb. 6, 2013

on November 30, 2012 - 10:01am
By Dr. Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

It is not too soon to begin thinking about the School Board election slated for Feb. 5, 2013.

Two White Rock positions will be up for election. 

Current Pinon Elementary School Board representative Dawn Venhaus and Chamisa Elementary School Board representative Melanie McKinley announced that they would not seek re-election.

The school district and community is grateful for their years of service on the Board.

To help inform the public about these open Board positions, a special information night is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec.

Baldrige in Education: Roots and Reasons for Hope

on November 29, 2012 - 10:19am

By Christine Schaefer

How did a quality awards program originally aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers become more competitive evolve to help school districts and other education institutions improve their performance, too?

Long story, and it starts before 1999, when Congress expanded the eligibility of the Baldrige Awards to health care and education organizations.

In fact, the Baldrige Program began preparing for that expansion in the mid-1990s.

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Cordova

on November 29, 2012 - 6:20am
Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey
Journey By Random Selection

When my sister and I were kids, we would spin a plastic globe, close our eyes and halt the sphere with our index fingers.

Wherever our fingers landed was where we would travel when we were older.

I can not remember any of the far-flung spots my fingers touched upon but I do know I never got around to seeing any of them. Until now.

Last week I did not spin a globe but used a similar method, a random Internet search, to determine which New Mexico town I should visit next.

Dragonfly painting on Cundiyo art gallery wall. Photo by

Money IQ: What is FDIC Insurance?

on November 28, 2012 - 1:10pm
Money IQ
By Karl Hjelvik

What is FDIC Insurance?

This week’s Money IQ examines Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance, its background, coverage and who pays for it.

During the 1930’s, the financial markets experienced a lot of turmoil and it was common to have runs on a bank because there was no insurance on customers’ deposits.

As a result, the FDIC was created as part of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. Since then, the FDIC has provided deposit insurance to guarantee the safety of deposits at any member bank.

Credit Unions are not covered by the FDIC, however, they

Food on the Hill: Pear Bread

on November 27, 2012 - 6:01am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Pear Bread
Photo by Sue York/
Note: This recipe makes just one loaf of Pear Bread. Also, Pear Bread will not raise much.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cups nuts
  • 3 chopped pears


Photo by Sue York/
Mix sugar, oil, vanilla, sour cream, eggs. Add pears gently to wet mix, set aside.
Photo by Sue York/
In another bowl mix together the

'Breaking Dawn-Part 2' Offers Sweet Parting

on November 24, 2012 - 8:58am

Bella played by Kristen Stewart. Courtesy photo

Movie Review by Kirsten Laskey

It’s tough to say goodbye to a story that you love. But unlike Bella and Edward, the heroine and hero of the “Twilight” story, it was not love at first sight for me and the Twilight series.

Reading the synopsis of the first book, I thought “Twilight” was juvenile and silly. When my sister lent me her paperback copy of the first book, I grudgingly opened its cover.

Then I tore through the rest book, and then the next one, the one after that and the one after that.

It can’t stand up to the classics of

Money IQ: ‘Tis the Season

on November 21, 2012 - 10:21am
Money IQ
By Melissa Romero

‘Tis the Season

We all know that the holiday season is a time for giving but for many thieves and criminals, it’s a time for taking and it’s your money that they’re after.

Every year, more and more people fall victim to identity theft, fraud and phishing schemes.

This week’s edition of Money IQ will help you better understand what you can do to ensure that you and your money are safe.

During the holidays we tend to get so busy with our preparations we sometimes let our guard down, especially financially.

Not closely monitoring our accounts, making large

Food on the Hill: Pumpkin Mousse in a Chocolate Cup

on November 20, 2012 - 7:35am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Pumpkin Mousse in a Chocolate Cup
Photo by Sue York/
  • 1 Container of melting candy chocolate (I got mine from Hobby Lobby)
  • Paper muffin cups
  • 1 brush to paint chocolate
  • 1 (15oz) pumpkin
  • 1 pkg. (6oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups cool whip

Photo by Sue York/
Melt chocolate according to directions. “Paint” a layer of chocolate on the inside of the paper cup. I used a little fancier cups, but plain ones work just as well.
When you are done with the first layer of chocolate, put each cup

Column: If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…

on November 19, 2012 - 7:44am
If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…
Column by Elena Yang

At least, let’s glean some lessons from the political and business news of this week. 

I am struck, yet again, by the cosmic distance between the top management and the rest of the working crowd. 

And as usual, a good portion of this distance is caused by the monstrous ego of the manager/leader. 

But ego cannot flourish without the implicit or explicit consent of its audience. 

(I did plan to continue sharing more thoughts on diversity/multiculturalism. However, sometimes, current news demands immediate attention.

And lessons


on November 18, 2012 - 7:53am
By David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilor

(Started Sept. 9, 2005)


We were looking at pictures of Adam’s first steps a few years ago, when Terry pointed to me in the picture.

“David, you still have that sweater in the closet. Let me tell you something only a friend would say: After 14 years in the closet, that argyle sweater has got to go.”

'You are not my friend, honey, you are my wife.' As you might imagine, the conversation went south from there.

To say that I have a love affair with clothes is not quite accurate.


Money IQ: Security: Two-Factor Authentication

on November 14, 2012 - 4:32pm
Money IQ
By Michael Carson

Security: Two-Factor Authentication

The risk of having an online account breached is increasing every day as cybercriminals continue to evolve and refine their methods.

Simply having a user ID and password as an authentication method is no longer enough to truly protect your account.

You need a form of two-factor authentication. What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication requires more information than something you know, such as a password.

It adds the additional criteria of something you must have.

Food on the Hill: Smoked Deviled Eggs

on November 13, 2012 - 7:15am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Smoked Deviled Eggs

Photo by Sue York/


10 hard boiled eggs, peeled
Soaked wood chips
Charcoal grill
1/3 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup finally chopped onions
¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon
1 to 1 ½ tablespoons red Sriracha Rooster Sauce or to taste


Photo by Sue York/

Soak the wood chips in water for about ½ hour and then drain. I do this in a plastic bag, I just find it easier. Cook the charcoal in the grill until they get a light coat of gray. Move all of the briquettes to one side of the grill.

Asterman's Movie Reviews: Wreck-It Ralph, Twilight V - Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall

on November 12, 2012 - 5:25pm


The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman
(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)
Wreck-It Ralph


Advisory – Since the film stars Sarah Silverman, obviously there are jokes geared for the parents, but parents need not worry, as each one is carefully crafted to miss the impressionable minds.

The kids will likely be far more scared of the insect monsters, but every good kid’s story has a few things to send the shivers.

It’s ­­­downright strange to think a Disney-video game crossover film tapped into my heart more deeply than Pixar’s Celtic phase.

Video game related movies have a worse

Column: Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

on November 12, 2012 - 7:23am
Column by Elena Yang
Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

Diversity or multiculturalism is not a goal; it’s a process. 

A process of working with differences; a process that has always existed although without a name until recently; a process that will continue to exist for the next millennium. 

Race and gender were some of the first-noted categories, but now more and more groups have been added to the list. 

Like research on leadership, research on diversity and multiculturalism has been abundant, and abundantly described in books, journal articles,

Column: Insecurity with LANL Security Project

on November 9, 2012 - 10:20am

By Greg Kendall
When news broke out a few months ago that an 80-year-old nun and two retiree peace activist had defeated our nation's highest level security systems at the Y-12 site in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and had spent a leisurely evening throwing blood on the walls of a building that houses nuclear weapon components, I was glad that it had not happened here in Los Alamos. 
Los Alamos security had to be better - much better than the apparent joke that is security at Y-12, I thought to myself. I have now had to re-evaluate that thought.
Would an octogenarian nun

Column: Analytical Failures in the 2012 Election Results with Implications for Other Topics of Importance

on November 9, 2012 - 7:19am
Thoughts from a – hopefully – Enlightened Skeptic
By Ralph E. Chapman

To listen to the pundits before the election you would think that anything could have happened last Tuesday when we all went to the polls.  

The mainstream media was emphasizing just how close the election was going to be and that Mr. Obama was potentially in grave danger of becoming a one-term president.

If you listened to the conservative pundits you were assured that good, as they define it, would win out over evil; some suggested it would be a rout with Gov. Romney getting over 300 electoral votes.

As an aside,

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - Practice

on November 8, 2012 - 7:53am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
Welcome – Practice

Welcome to a variety of columns on Music. Not entertainment, nor Happenings, nor Events, but Music. 

Some columns are answers to questions people ask, and I invite you to add fuel to the fire by firing off any questions you may have. 

Topics will cover the full spectrum: music history, music theory, music as a business, music performance, instrument playing tips.

Some will be short, some not so. Some will have notation (so early on will be some columns about reading notation.)

First up: Practice.

I am absurdly ADHD, which means

On the Mesa Facing North: A Big Night for Local Democrats

on November 7, 2012 - 2:22pm

Column by Greg Kendall
Los Alamos Democrats celebrated election results that were very much to their liking. A group of them were seen cheering the national, state and local wins at the new Pajarito Brewpub & Grill late Tuesday night.
With Obama taking the Presidency,  Martin Heinrich taking the former senate seat of Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Ben Ray Lujan returning to the House of Representatives, the national scene gave local Democrats something big to cheer about, and they did.
In Los Alamos, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, Heinrich (D) lost to Rep.