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Weekly Fishing Report Oct. 24

on October 24, 2017 - 2:52pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rio Chama below Heron Dam was my destination last week. The fishing conditions were noticeably different from the last time I had been there a month ago. The streamflow was much lower and they were no longer releasing water from beneath Heron Dam. Surprisingly, there were other anglers on the water.

I hiked downstream a ways from the dam. The fishing was kind of slow, so I went a little farther downstream than usual. Still, no fish.

A pool behind a large boulder in the middle of the river looked promising and there were some

Home Country: Hunting Season

on October 24, 2017 - 1:50pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Old Jasper Blankenship bought a deer license again this year, just as he’s done every year since Eisenhower was President. He sticks nickels and dimes in a jar all year long and smiles each time he contributes. By Fall, he’s saved up enough for a deer tag.
 
Jasper lives full-time out at the diggin’s with his dog, Arthur, of course, so he has only to walk about 100 feet from the cabin to do his hunting. That’s one of the marvels of it.
 
If he sees a nice buck, he might shoot it. Hey, he enjoys venison like everyone else, of course.

Shin: If Sanctuary Schools, Then Why Citizenship?

on October 24, 2017 - 7:09am
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Oct. 13, 2017, the Los Alamos Public School Board passed an immigration resolution, under which the immigration status of students would not be recorded or reported to federal immigration officials. The resolution would be the first step in creating a policy aimed at supporting our students.

I applaud efforts to welcome and not alienate, those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. When I was in grade school, there were no such efforts to protect me from the ridicule of classmates or the mockery of a teacher.

How The Hen House Turns: Some Thoughts On The Anthropocene

on October 23, 2017 - 4:52am
DeeDee and Scooter. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns
By CARY NEEPER
 
Have we arrived in the new Anthropocene Age for Mother Earth? Have we humans left an indelible mark on our planet, one that has changed the planet for all time?
 
I think of the huge rafts of plastic waste on Earth’s oceans, the threat to giraffes and so many other beings close to extinction. Then I read about New Mexico’s former Gov. Bill Richardson and his work with The Humane society to “…end all experiments on chimps … to outlaw cockfighting, and to end all horse slaughter in North America.”
 

Fr. Glenn: Finding Strength Within

on October 22, 2017 - 5:56am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A belated (and certainly inadequate) nod of thanks and admiration goes to our first responders. Friday the 13th was truly a hard and trying day for them as they responded to the death of an infant in that early morning. Thank you, brave lads and lasses, for your service to that family, and daily to our community.  Only Heaven can count the sorrows that each of you have alleviated or prevented over the years of your service.

Such careers as first responder (police, firefighter, EMT, etc.) … military, nurse, doctor,

McQuiston: Importance Of Equipment Breakdown Coverage

on October 22, 2017 - 5:48am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
One insurance coverage that is extremely important to property owners – and is sometimes overlooked – is Equipment Breakdown Coverage.
 
Equipment Breakdown insurance has been available for commercial property owners for quite a while, but it is now commonly available as an endorsement to homeowner and rental dwelling policies.
 
This valuable line of protection typically covers three types of losses:
  • Electrical breakdown
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Rupture, bursting, bulging, implosion, or steam explosion
And this definition leads to a couple of commonly

Pastor Raul: Pastor Appreciation

on October 22, 2017 - 5:29am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
 
I'd rather have ten people that want God than 10,000 people who want to play church. –Leonard Ravenhill
 
October has been celebrated as Pastor Appreciation Month since 1992. During that time, churches and congregants will show their appreciation for their clergy through cards, gifts, and assortments of Kit Kats and Dr. Pepper. For more traditional churches, there will be the ever-famous pot-luck. (In New Mexico, this can easily be turned into a green chili themed cook-off! Praise God!)
 
The idea comes from passages such as

Guarding The Guardians: The Challenge Of Protecting The Incapacitated

on October 21, 2017 - 9:17am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern
 
New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
 
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

Bail Reform: Overdue And More To Do

on October 20, 2017 - 4:36pm
Leo M. Romero
 
SUPREME COURT News:
 
Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press. They became effective just three months ago, on July 1. 
 
Before the reforms, dangerous defendants could buy their way out of jail by paying a bondsman.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 2

on October 20, 2017 - 8:30am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute


In last week’s column, we looked at Uruk 5,000 years ago and saw the emergence of cuneiform, a system of writing, apparently used to document trades and inventory.  

Flash forward to 1394 A.D. and Prato, Italy. Francesco di Marco Datini ordered wool from Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain about 1,342 km away.  

Remember, the order had to be written and delivered before any product fulfillment could be achieved and there was no airmail or Internet.

Modern Conveniences Can Render Users Into Victims Of Scams, Thievery And Hackings

on October 20, 2017 - 8:29am
By LAUREN JOHNSON
Dabney and Griffith Law Office
Community Internship Collaboration Intern

Today’s digital age comes with many opportunities never before seen or imagined. One can connect with friends and family across the world, have instantaneous access to a plethora of knowledge, and complete all shopping from the convenience of a handheld device.

 
Unfortunately, these modern conveniences can render users into victims of scams, thievery, and hackings without users even leaving their house or physically interacting with their perpetrator.
 
Gone are the days when a thief has to make a

Wiemann: Put Retirement Week Lessons To Work

on October 20, 2017 - 8:06am
Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones

To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?

First of all, save early – and save often. Too many people put off saving for retirement until they are in their late 40s – and even their 50s.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 19, 2017 - 4:41pm

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

Weekly 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

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part 1)

on October 13, 2017 - 8:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

    
This series of articles examines money as a means of facilitating trade, the impact of value perception, and the compacting of perceived time. To do this, it is best to examine the historical perspective and understand the needs of the evolving system of humanity together with the impact of technology on how we do business.

In 3,000 B.C., the estimated population of the world was 14 million people.

Smart Design With Suzette: Fireplace Design

on October 13, 2017 - 7:43am
Fireplace with a glass wall. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

While each person has his own vision of the perfect home, there are certain design elements that leave everyone equally stunned. If I had to choose an item that suits every home and is always welcomed by people with various interests that would certainly be a fireplace!

Fireplace design ideas aren’t easy to find. Many of my clients need help with their fireplace whether updating it, redesigning it or adding one to suit their taste, wants and needs.  

Why are fireplace designs so special?

Just One More Thing To Do This Week: Look Around The Room

on October 12, 2017 - 7:44am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I think I have an addiction. I have tried avoiding the temptations, weaning myself, and even going cold turkey, but nothing seems to help.
 
Eventually I am once again, back on the couch, falling victim to another HGTV home renovation show. I love these shows, and I love home renovation. I have lived with ongoing remodeling project chaos for years at a time. As long as there is the slightest bit of improvement, I can wait it out. As soon as one effort is complete, I am jonesing for another, usually bigger, project.
 
My husband, not so much.

Inspirational People: Elected Official Shows Compassion Toward Constituent Whose World Turned Upside Down

on October 12, 2017 - 7:04am
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

That shattered look is all too familiar to us in the newsroom at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Since being designated the Official Newspaper of Record by Los Alamos County in January, we’ve seen an influx of widows and widowers, parents and adult children in need of assistance in getting required legal notifications published.

There's an unwritten rule in our newsroom when we see that look: Drop everything and give our undivided attention. So, it touched us all when a particularly devastated man entered our office recently.

Weekly Fishing Report Oct. 10

on October 10, 2017 - 3:24pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The heavy rains we had last week dramatically raised streamflows across Northern New Mexico. In some streams, the flow is two-to-three times what they would normally be at this time of year.

This is great news for the fish, which will benefit from the heavier flows and murkier water. They will be more difficult to catch and will have a lot more food to feed on.

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