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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Dream On...

on October 7, 2017 - 2:54am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I was going to write a light-hearted column this week. However, between the natural and unnatural disasters that have recently occurred, my head is filled with such sadness that I find very little humor in anything.

Every time I sit down to write, my feelings of helplessness and heartache fill the page. Not very entertaining I am afraid. But let me share my thoughts on how we can make a difference and contribute to improving the situation.

Regarding hurricanes and flooding - send money.

Home Country: Florencio And His Slicker

on October 4, 2017 - 8:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
When Florencio Ortiz sent off for that new slicker, everyone in town and out at the ranch knew about it.
 
He described in detail how waterproof it was and how a cowboy just couldn't possibly get wet with this slicker on. Then it came, and Florencio tied it behind the cantle of his saddle each day. And Florencio looked to the sky for any sign of a cloud, and then patted that slicker affectionately.
 
"If it rains today," he'd say, "I'm ready. Did you know this slicker keeps the saddle dry, too?"
 
Finally, during the gather, Florencio and the other
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Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 4

on October 4, 2017 - 8:21am

The Conejos River Valley. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

Cumbres Pass scenery. Photo by George Morse/ladailypost.com

 

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The recent rainfall has muddied rivers and raised water levels in lakes and reservoirs. Once the water clears, the fishing should be good. The rain also benefits the vegetation, as perennial plants, grasses and trees that are starting to go dormant now will have a moist and favorable environment for their roots. Surprisingly, we have not had a frost yet here in the Espanola Valley.

It’s time to start

Cinema Cindy Reviews American Made

on October 1, 2017 - 8:06am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“American Made” is the latest movie in which Tom Cruise plays a cheeky character caught up in shady deals. While a fun action film, American Made has a serious side to it; the film gives us a look into the morally questionable lengths to which the U.S. went in order to attempt the overthrow of leftist regimes in Central America. “Is all this legal,” asks Tom Cruise’s character? “It is when the good guys do it,” is the reply.

Cruise plays Barry Seal, a real life pilot who flew surveillance planes in Central America, then ran guns to the Contras—the insurgent group

Fr. Glenn: Seeking The Good

on October 1, 2017 - 6:58am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

You may remember the movie “Letters from Iwo Jima” that came out about 10 years ago. “Letters” is fairly unique (in American cinema, at least) in telling the story of that World War II battle from a Japanese point of view.

Amateur Naturalist: Growth Of Ponderosa Trees

on September 29, 2017 - 3:44pm
A mature ponderosa stops growing upward but its horizontal branches continue to grow, becoming twisted and thicker. Photo by Robert Dryja 
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Growth of Ponderosa Trees
By Robert Dryja
 
The Aquatic Center was constructed 30 years ago. The construction involved landscaping that extended about one hundred feet out from the building. 
 
There may have been only one large ponderosa tree that was not cut down as part of the clearing of land behind the Aquatic Center. It now is a mature tree. It has a flat top since it has stopped growing upwards.

Tales Of Our Times: Essential Truth Requires Assembly

on September 29, 2017 - 3:35pm

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


Essential Truth Requires Assembly

The sharpest picture we have of how humans relate to others is the familiar parable of the six blind men and the elephant.

Generations of us learned from the imagery of the blind men. The meanings of it remain vivid today. One blind man touched a side and said an elephant is like a wall. One felt the tail and said an elephant is a rope. One felt a tusk and said an elephant is a spear. A leg made one say an elephant is a pillar.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 29, 2017 - 10:17am

Cinema Cindy Reviews Kingsman: The Golden Circle

on September 29, 2017 - 9:21am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the second in what promises to be a fun franchise, loosely based on a UK-made series of spy action-comedy comic books that were first published by Marvel’s “Icon” Comics in 2012.

A sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), The Golden Circle features some of the same central characters; but the threat of world domination is posed by a very different villain. Support for the good British guys comes from a new quarter, an American underground spy service.

Taron Egerton’s central character, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, who went through

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Honor Your Bette

on September 29, 2017 - 8:09am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

For many, many years Bette was my best friend. We were together during a particularly drama-filled era of our lives.

We were going through angst-filled ups and downs, as both of our marriages fell to pieces while we were trying to meet the never-ending demands of raising children. We took turns holding each other up and holding each other together when necessary. On the day Bette’s divorce was final she found out she had advanced-stage breast cancer.

I was at home with her when the doctor’s office called wanting her to come in so they could discuss her biopsy

World Futures: Accuracy And Precision (Part Three)

on September 29, 2017 - 6:30am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


In the last column, we looked at national and international measurement systems and another brief observation of randomness, ending again with the question how accurate and precise things need to be? 

If you examine a 12 ounce can of soda, it probably says 12 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) and 355 milliliters (ml). If you convert 12 fl. oz. to ml, it actually is 354.882744 ml. Probably good enough to wash down the hotdog at the barbeque. In a similar manner, one U.S. pint equals 472.176473 ml.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 28

on September 28, 2017 - 9:19am
By George Morse
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
It’s definitely beginning to feel like fall. I’ve had reports of bull elk bugling and the leaves on the aspen trees are beginning to turn. Time to be outdoors and experience the beauty of fall here in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
 
Before getting started on the fishing report, I’d like to make a comment on something that has been bugging me for a long time.

An Open Book: A Lucky Day

on September 28, 2017 - 7:23am

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

The house had sold, most things were packed, and we had a place to live in faraway Los Alamos. Remaining on our to-do list was to finally visit those tourist sites we had always postponed for some time later. On our list was the Lowell National Historical Park, so we packed up the kids, 4, 6, and 8 years old on a beautiful fall morning in New England, and made the short drive to the shores of the Merrimack River, where some of the earliest textile mill buildings of the American Industrial Revolution had been restored.

My first exposure to a National Historical

McQuiston: 8 Ways To Save On Home Insurance

on September 26, 2017 - 7:04am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
If you feel like you’re paying more for homeowners insurance than you used to, you might be right. Homeowners insurance rates have been rising and with the recent hurricanes, forest fires out west and other natural disasters, expect rates to continue to rise.
 
You want to make sure your home is protected, but you don’t want to pay more than you have to, either. Here are eight things you can do to make sure you get the best deal on homeowners insurance:
 
  • Shop around. Rates can vary dramatically from one company to another - and there are hundreds,

World Futures: Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

on September 25, 2017 - 7:12am
World Futures: What Do We Need?
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
In the last column we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi. 

Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity. Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying a gallon of gasoline, or is it a liter) and how we function interactively in society (like buying a gallon of gasoline).

The International System of Units (abbreviated SI) is

Inspirational People: A Cop And A Widower

on September 25, 2017 - 7:10am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Covering retirement events is a typical part of a community reporter’s job. Such occasions feature the boss commending the retiree, co-workers sharing memories and the inevitable jokester lightening the mood recounting comical moments on the job.

I’m a pushover for these gatherings … actually love to cover them. There are a couple that stand out as extra special. One involved a local police officer.

The story begins some five years before he retired. We met each Friday to go over his weekly arrest report.

Whiteside: Protecting Yourself, Community From Flu

on September 24, 2017 - 7:34am

By JOHN WHITESIDE
Los Alamos Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

For many of us, September is a time for getting back into the routines and looking forward to the cooler weather just around the corner. Unfortunately, September also means that flu season is right around the corner.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is “Making Communities Healthier”. That means we want to ensure that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of this serious illness and help you stay healthy for the busy months ahead.

Fr. Glenn: Time…Precious Time

on September 24, 2017 - 7:20am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Cute joke in the e-mail the other day: 

A priest waited in line to fill his car with gas just before a long holiday weekend, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, an attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. “Father," said the young man, “I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.” The priest chuckled, “I know what you mean. It's the same in my business.”

Ah, time, precious time.

Pastor Granillo: We Are Family!

on September 24, 2017 - 6:57am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
 
I have heard tales that occasionally, in a relationship, a person can suddenly find that they are the object of anger or frustration and not know why. You probably know exactly what I’m talking about. You walk in and you immediately sense the tension in the air.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Go To The Dogs

on September 23, 2017 - 6:13am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I am always interested in reading, researching, and sharing ways to become healthier.

Sometimes, I even try to implement these healthy strategies into my own life, with varying degrees of success. When an email from Dr. Andrew Weil entitled “Dogs Can Help You Sleep” showed up in my inbox I was intrigued and skeptical. As a mom of three dogs I know they provide many benefits, however, contributing to a good night’s sleep is not one of them.

According to the study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, results showed that sleeping with a dog in the room did help some

Smart Design With Suzette: Fall Décor On A Budget

on September 23, 2017 - 6:02am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

I LOVE this time of year! Of all the seasons, fall is the easiest and least expensive to decorate. As the days get shorter and cooler, walk out your front door and you have found your inspiration and resources. From the exterior to the interior of your home, fall decor colors can be rich and robust or subtle and subdued. Here are some ideas to inspire you.


Bring Nature Inside
What better way to decorate then to snip some fall leaves and put them in a vase.
Red, yellows and oranges bring a beautiful pop of color to any room.

Use Your Fireplace To Showcase Seasonal

A Community Foundation For The ‘City Upon A Hill’

on September 22, 2017 - 2:00pm

By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, President
Los Alamos Community Foundation

We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.
John Winthrop, “City Upon a Hill”, 1630

A Community What?

Los Alamos residents donate to many worthwhile causes and many local organizations have been the recipients of this generosity.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 21, 2017 - 4:46pm

Home Country: Autumn Is Coming

on September 21, 2017 - 7:49am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It begins in early morning, when the early risers among us go out to do the chores.
 
Later on, the day may seem almost summer hot, but early in the morning, we can feel it. We can sense autumn. Our eyes that are so tired from the sun’s burning can look silently around at the slight turning of the leaves, and we’ll know. It’s coming. We can feel it.
 
Calendars be hanged. Autumn does not arrive on a certain day, like a Greyhound bus. The weather guessers among us are quite often fooled. You can’t tell it’s fall by reading the paper. Even this paper.
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Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 20

on September 20, 2017 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The “Catch of the Week” section of the State Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report has a story to tell. With the exception of a brown trout caught in the Chama River below El Vado Lake, the big fish that were caught were warmwater species such as bass and catfish. The warm weather we’ve been experiencing has kept the fall fishing season from taking off.

That should change soon. The temperatures in the higher elevations are already dropping into the 30’s and it was actually below freezing Sept. 18 in Angel Fire.

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