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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

Letter to the Editor: Boot Camp a Valuable Experience

on November 30, 2012 - 3:17pm
New Councilors attend County Governance Boot Camp from left, Steven Girrens, Pete Sheehey, Kirsten Henderson and Rick Reiss. Courtesy photo
By Steven Girrens
Los Alamos Councilor-Elect

This past week our newest Councilor Rick Reiss and Councilors-Elect Kristin Henderson, Pete Sheehey and myself spent two-and-a-half days at a County Governance Boot Camp in Albuquerque.

Though no physical training, close order drills or snap inspections were involved, we were indoctrinated to several aspects of county commissioner service including roles and responsibilities, ethics and professionalism,

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