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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Thank You For Your Service

on October 19, 2017 - 4:29pm
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

In Spring 2000 I went on a bit of a shopping spree at the Dillard’s 70 percent off end-of-season sale. I bought new North Face ski jackets for the whole family—two adults and three teenagers. I spent hundreds of dollars, but I saved over a thousand dollars and I thought it was a great deal -- and we would no longer have to sport our trendy ‘80s color-block ski gear we had been wearing for years (yeah!).

Giddy with excitement, I hid the new jackets in the back of the coat closet until I had an appropriate moment to share the joyous news of my tremendous

Cobb: United Way Community Action Fund – Cost-effective And Comprehensive Way To Help Our Neighbors In Northern New Mexico

on October 19, 2017 - 3:14pm
By DON COBB
Adjunct Board Member
United Way of Northern New Mexico

My involvement with the United Way of Northern New Mexico has evolved in stages. For many years I contributed as a lab employee because it was convenient through payroll deductions, and it seemed like the right thing to do. But I really didn’t understand where my money was going or how it was being distributed. Then one day in 2005, two colleagues who were on the United Way board invited me to attend a meeting. The hook was set.

I was invited to serve out the remaining term of a board member who was stepping down.

Inspirational People: Keeping Magic Intact For Teen

on October 19, 2017 - 6:48am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

With Christmas arriving month after next I am reminded of an incident I encountered last year in the checkout line at Smith’s.

A teenage boy whose eyes sparkled with that Christmas Eve magic was emptying his cart onto the conveyor belt. Gifts for the family, snacks and a holiday cake moved toward the checker. I remember thinking how excited and proud he appeared. I wondered if this was his first year working, making money to treat his parents and siblings to a Christmas celebration.

He beamed as he inserted his shiny new

Fishing Report: Oct. 18

on October 18, 2017 - 9:55am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The fall foliage is transitioning from the mountains to the valleys. The cottonwoods are starting to show off their golden glory.
 
We’ve had several frosts here in the Espanola Valley and the hummingbirds have quit coming to my feeders. I’m waiting to hear the first calls of migrating sandhill cranes as they fly down the Rio Grande Valley on their way to their wintering grounds at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro.
 
This year’s Festival of the Cranes will be held there Nov.

Home Country: Successful Business

on October 18, 2017 - 7:34am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Ran into Herb Collins the other day down by the school. He volunteers there, from time to time, helping kids with their math homework, and trying to recruit future members of The Great World of Business.
 
He loved business, back in the days when he lived in the city and ran the pawn shop. For years now, ever since he hung up his jeweler’s loupe, he’s told us that there was an excitement to making the right deal.
 
“It has to be right for the customer and for me, or it isn’t right at all,” Herb always says.

Benson: How Do We Express Our Profound Gratitude?

on October 16, 2017 - 4:50pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

As the fires destroy, devour, and incinerate whole communities in California, as the Reel Deal shows Only the Brave, the story about the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that saved the Valles Caldera Cabin District just weeks before they went off to die in Arizona I remember our own Los Alamos firefighters who were first on the line as they teamed with other crews from around the country to save our town during the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire.

When I was young I fought fire with the Forest Service out of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Fr. Glenn: Au Revoir, Little Dove

on October 15, 2017 - 7:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow ... I weep; my eyes flow with tears…” (Lamentations 1:12)

“A voice is heard … lamentation and bitter weeping. [She] is weeping for her child; she refused to be comforted for her child, because she is no more.”  (cf., Jeremiah 31:15)

Few scripture verses better capture the agony of parents who have lost a child to the scourge of death, which came Friday to a beautiful 27-day-old angel who stretched her wings and flew back to God … “the silver cord is snapped ... and

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