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Los Alamos Man and His Brother Experience Life and Death in Botswana

on October 31, 2013 - 9:49am
Bill Gattis, Adrian Chishimba and Tom Gattis. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: Two brothers, Tom Gattis of Los Alamos and Bill Gattis of Gunnison, Colo., had an eye-opening experience in the third world when their mother, who lived in Botswana, became terminally ill. This is their story.

By BILL GATTIS

Our mother, Mary Lindsey (Gattis) had been spending her retirement in Africa, specifically Zambia, and later in the small, dusty town of Maun, Botswana.

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

on October 28, 2013 - 4:55pm

Interior Designer Suzette Fox at the Smart House in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost

Designer Suzette Fox’s Green Passion

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Interior Designer Suzette Fox created the modern ambiance that greets tourists visiting the renowned Smart House in Los Alamos.

“It was so much fun to work with Julie Williams-Hill on the Smart House project,” Fox said. “Julie is the public relations manager of the Department of Public Utilities. She was open to the contemporary design I had in mind for the furniture and accessories at the Smart House.”

Fox began

Bandelier Volunteer George Best Gives Back

on October 28, 2013 - 6:24am

George Best. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

George Best may be retired but he still has a job. Every Monday, he dons a uniform and heads to Bandelier National Monument to work as a volunteer.

Best, 93, provides assistance to the staff at the visitor center, which includes answering questions and greeting visitors as they disembark the shuttle buses. Additionally, Best said he walks the trails to answer questions as well as point out archeological features. He added he also keeps an eye out for anyone who needs help.

Best has a lot of history with Bandelier; he first traveled to

Modern Cataract Surgery: A Photo Essay

on August 16, 2013 - 8:16am

PHOTO ESSAY

Leland Lehman underwent cataract surgery at Eye Associates of Northern New Meixo recently. These days, cataract surgery is a  two-hour "out-patient" surgery with only 10 or 15 minutes of actual operation being performed. This is a photo essay of Lehman's surgery. Lehman said not only was the operation "way cool,"  the best part is now he can see again!

 

Surgeon Dr. Kristin Reidy prepares for the operation. Courtesy photo
 
Leland Lehman in pre-op as the medical professionals prepare him for surgery.
Courtesy photo
 
 
The anaesthesiologist gets ready to administer the

Going Wild at Yellow Hills Ranch

on May 27, 2013 - 12:01pm
Wild mustangs run free at Yellow Hills Ranch. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A sheep is sheared using traditional methods at the Tierra Wools Spring Fesitval
. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

I recently spent the day in the Chama River Valley on a day-long adventure that took me to the Tierra Wools Spring Festival in the village of Los Ojos and then to Yellow Hills Ranch. I was part of a Yellow Hills Ranch Eco-Tour led by Deborah Stephens.

I joined a small group of fellow adventurers for the 1.5 hour drive, which landed

Pajarito Reads: Robert Fuselier Explores How Survival Strategies Rooted Deep in the Brain Control our Behavior

on February 25, 2013 - 11:13am
Column by BONNIE GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Robert (Bob) Fuselier may be the ideal person to tackle the subject of his new book, “From Violence to Freedom.”

Fuselier is a veterinarian, which of course gives him a lot of insight into animal behavior and a background in medicine and biology.

Bob Fuselier

He’s also a world traveler, having done volunteer work in Honduras and more recently, in Afghanistan, where he saw how different cultures cope with human behavior.

Pajarito Reads: Visit the Worlds of T. Jackson King

on February 19, 2013 - 7:15am
Column by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

This column will explore books that have something to do with Los Alamos and its surroundings, whether because the book is by someone who lives here, or lived here, or worked here or because of the subject matter.

Author T. Jackson "Tom" King

The sci-fi novels of T. Jackson King are a great place to start, because I met him signing books in, of all places, Smith’s Food and Drug Center in White Rock.

It doesn’t get much more local than that. It also just goes to show that interesting writers can turn up anywhere.

How did King end up in

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