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An Open Book: Ex Libris, Part I

on February 3, 2017 - 7:26am

Los Alamos

Books are my touchstones. Opening a book I have already read takes me back in time; unread books sitting on my shelf beckon me to enter their world sometime soon. But this book world is not the story inside. A Kindle or a tablet may contain the same story as a tattered hardcover, but is it the physicality of the book that summons; touching the book again is what brings me back.

I have many stories about books that I would like to share with you.

World Futures: What Do We Need? STUFF - Energy Storage | Conversion | Distribution | System Efficiency

on February 3, 2017 - 7:16am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

At the most basic level, all life as we know it is dependent on energy. To function, a living entity must either acquire energy or use energy stored within itself or cease to exist as a living entity. In this description, a dormant entity is not living, rather is waiting activation.

As human beings our existence requires a continuing source of energy. Indeed the evolution and complexity of our diverse life support structure has increased our need for energy many fold.  But how do we measure it? In terms we can fathom?

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘La La Land’

on February 3, 2017 - 7:03am

Los Alamos

“La La Land” is a pejorative term for “Los Angeles” that is used only by people who don’t live there. I’m sure the name must refer to a supposedly carefree lifestyle, seemingly unending sunshine, and a Hollywood full of starry-eyed dreamers. Having grown up with a very different experience of Los Angeles, I have never resonated with the pejorative term. But one thing the title of this movie tells me is that the filmmakers are intent on a few inside jokes for Angelinos, like me.

Movie poster for 'La La Land'. Courtesy photo

Take the opening scene: a traffic

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 3, 2017 - 6:49am

Benson: Unlike Phil, Gus Is A Rodent's Rodent

on February 2, 2017 - 9:03am
Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

Thursday, Feb 2, demarcates the point in the calendar halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox. In simpler times, (prior to anthropogenic green-house gases causing climate change with the resulting unpredictability of atmospheric conditions) on this day—Groundhog Day—it would be up to the groundhog to partner with his shadow to determine the weather for the next six weeks.

Here in New Mexico, as many of you already know, we do not have groundhogs. Rather we have gophers.

Schiferl: Why I'm Running For UNM-LA Board

on February 1, 2017 - 4:12pm
Los Alamos

Why am I running for the UNM-LA board?  The challenges for UNM-LA revolve around careful allocation of resources and improving administrative procedures – numbers, details, budgeting. I've always been a numbers and detail person. I've been a theoretical physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working both in statistical methods and applied metallurgy. Even within the Lab, I was the "math/detail person," checking whether the results of both experiments and computations made physical sense.

Mesa Public Library Screens 'Before Sunset' Thursday

on January 31, 2017 - 6:10am

Movie poster for 'Before Sunset'. Courtesy image



Los Alamos


Those who love a good conversation, or more specifically, those who love analyzing the way a conversation moves its interlocutors from cautious to intimate, should check out “Before Sunset” (2004, rated R). It will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting room theater.


The award-winning film is part two of a trilogy shot over the span of nearly 20 years, beginning with 1995’s “Before Sunrise” and completing with 2013’s “Before Midnight.” Director/screenwriter Richard

Classical Music World: Sell-out Strategies

on January 31, 2017 - 5:50am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

In the run up to Joshua Bell’s performance here Feb. 3, the Los Alamos Concert Association is contending with a host of issues related to managing a sold-out house. Getting 944 people settled comfortably in the hall is a little trickier than you might imagine.

The most obvious issue is the limited parking adjacent to the Smith Auditorium. Scores of people will be coming from off the hill and many won’t have a clue about alternatives to the Smith lot.

Chapman: Thoughts On The First Lady…

on January 30, 2017 - 9:49am
Los Alamos
Original parts ©Ralph E. Chapman 2017

As part of a series of columns on our Society, including our responsibilities (duties) to it, (see the link to the starting column).

I wanted to start with a discussion in more detail of a very small part of the current political environment – a general discussion on The First Lady. In this, I am actually talking in generalities and not of the specific/current First Lady Melania Trump, although I will obviously discuss some things relevant to her.

I do this in the hopes of making a very small contribution to the

Gessing: Medicaid Reform Can Save New Mexico

on January 30, 2017 - 6:03am
Rio Grande Foundation

Recently, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham joined supporters of Obamacare in protesting the possibility that President Donald Trump will repeal or dramatically alter the law. She is not alone. Liberals are hoping to defend Obamacare, despite public-opinion polls, which continue to reflect majority opposition.

There are many (and often, conflicting) aspects to Obamacare, but if Lujan-Grisham truly represented the best interests of New Mexico, she’d be working as hard as possible to at very least reform the Medicaid portion of the law – which will

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Fences

on January 29, 2017 - 10:47am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Fences” is a late 2016 film just nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Directed by Denzel Washington, the film is based almost entirely on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name written by August Wilson. It tells about a period of about ten years in the life of a1950s, African-American, urban family, living in a row house.
Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson, a fifty-something sanitation worker living with his wife and teenage son. Stephen Henderson plays Troy’s best friend and co-worker, Jim Bono, Troy’s conscience and support system.

World Futures: What Do We Need?

on January 29, 2017 - 8:45am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

An Introduction

The Los Alamos World Futures Institute is a start-up, not-for-profit organization focused on identifying needs for Earth and Humanity. While time horizon is infinite, the practical horizon is much shorter, defined by where we are and where we are going. The identification of needs can contribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Los Alamos and other locales but, more importantly, can ensure a better future for ourselves and our posterity. Let us get started.

Often men and women collectively have attempted to project

Home Country: Mrs. Doc

on January 29, 2017 - 8:02am
The problem was Mrs. Doc, you see. Oh, don’t misunderstand. She’s a perfectly wonderful lady and we all think the world of her, and as far as we know she has yet to burn down a house or start a war or anything.
The problem is, we don’t know her first name.
If you just come out and flat ask her, she’ll smile and say, “Well, don’t you think Mrs. Doc is a nice name? I’ve had it for a long time now.” But I guess there’s something deep inside us that hates a vacuum … a vacuum of knowledge, that is.

Pastor Raul: Pure Religion

on January 29, 2017 - 7:57am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
Pure Religion
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 (NIV)
I remember despising the Christian religion. I thought myself a Christian, but I wanted nothing to do with religion. As a child, I found comfort in the written words of Jesus and in speaking to Him in prayer.
This comfort was real and it made a real impact in my life. It should be of no surprise that I was confused and angry when I failed to find any such comfort with the people who openly proclaimed to be Christ-like.

Doomsday Clock Slips Toward The Brink – An Analysis

on January 28, 2017 - 11:26pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A vital tradition with global significance transpired this week, when a new time was posted for the Doomsday Clock under the guidance of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine of science and public affairs founded by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945.

The timekeeping ritual began in

Pig+Fig Featured Winemaker Matthew Rorick And The Trouble With Chardonnay

on January 27, 2017 - 1:26pm
Owner/chef Laura Crucet Hamilton with winemaker Matthew Rorick. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
Los Alamos
Owner/chef Laura Crucet Hamilton hosted a winemaker’s dinner Jan. 21, at her Pig + Fig Café in White Rock that featured Matthew Rorick, the winemaker from Forlorn Hope Winery.
The menu included unique dishes like “Wild red snapper in thai red curry consommé”, “Blueberry sea salt scone, lavender sabayon, stone fruit compote, edible violet”, and “Sea scallops, micro watercress, agave lime beurre blanc.”
The wines from Forlorn Hope were a perfect match.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 26, 2017 - 4:44pm

Hall: Why I Am Running For Re-election

on January 26, 2017 - 4:22pm

Los Alamos

This is the second of three articles explaining why I am running for Re-election to the LAPS Board. My first article provided some basic information about LAPS as an institution, the duties of the Board, and some major accomplishments of the current Board and administration. This column will focus on current issues.

The biggest current issue is operational funding. In New Mexico, 90 percent of school operational funds are allocated to school districts based on a complex formula  (see http:/

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Share Your Story

on January 26, 2017 - 4:14pm

Los Alamos

I recently attended one of the Los Alamos County Brand Action Plan presentations.

Los Alamos - Where Discoveries Are Made was a great presentation and I think holds a lot of promise for moving our community forward. One of the participants mentioned the difficult stigma the community of Los Alamos has with some people. I certainly understood this because once upon a time I was one of those “some people.”

I met my now-husband, then a geologist with LANL, 26 years ago at the Midsummer Music Festival in Telluride.

Boerigter: Why I’m Running For LAPS Board

on January 26, 2017 - 3:55pm

Los Alamos

I am excited about to the opportunity to serve my community on the Los Alamos Public School Board for District 2. Our schools in Los Alamos are a strong attractor for new Laboratory employees, retirees and others who come to Los Alamos. We value education in Los Alamos and we want to continue strengthening our schools.

I believe that I’m well-qualified to serve on the LAPS Board. I have a long history of Board leadership for non-profit institutions and other organizations.

Seeking Data And Artifacts To Help Influence Legislator’s Votes To Fix Flawed Teacher Evaluation System

on January 25, 2017 - 11:05am
Barranca Mesa Elementary

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the parents, grandparents and community members who wrote letters of support for my appeal on the New Mexico Teacher evaluation. We are continuing to collect artifacts for this appeal process.

The 2017 New Mexico legislation session began Jan. 17 and concludes in February. During this session, legislators will review, create and vote on many educational bills. Chantielle Hansen (a Barranca parent) is working closely with Rep.

Rooney: Thank You To The Voters Of Los Alamos

on January 24, 2017 - 10:52pm
Thank you banners are placed across UNM-LA Mil Levy election signs throughout Los Alamos and White Rock following tonight's vote by Los Aamos residents to pass the MIl Levy. Courtesy photo

Thank you to everyone in the Los Alamos community who with their votes and various actions have demonstrated their support for UNM-Los Alamos. We are grateful for the election results supporting the mil levy request.

McQuiston: 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Auto Insurance

on January 24, 2017 - 10:07am
The Jemez Agency
Today, you can make money by driving people around. You can save money by showing your insurance carrier how you drive. And, you can rely on your smartphone to keep your insurance ID cards at the ready.
Technology is changing the way we use our cars, and it’s changing our auto insurance policies. Let’s take a closer look:
Ridesharing Insurance
Yes, it’s a great way to make some extra cash, but ridesharing has spawned an insurance dilemma for many drivers.

Cinema Cindy: Hidden Figures

on January 22, 2017 - 9:13am
Los Alamos
“Hidden Figures” is currently my choice for the best picture of 2016. The film was just released to the public Jan. 6 and surprised everyone by immediately jumping to the top of the charts. The popularity of the film is well deserved!
This is a period piece about the American space program in 1961 and about the people behind the scenes whose dedication to the effort made space flight possible for our nation.

Tales Of Our Times: Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

on January 22, 2017 - 8:30am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Tie Smart Tools To New Pipelines

Politics leads the nation in constant fights for and against new pipelines. So why do so few partisans on either side sing out for smart tools on pipelines? No matter how you view pipelines, President Trump has timely chances to change the old ways.
“Smart tools” is a broad term for the steady stream of 21st century devices with computer chips that continuously inspect, analyze and report on the state of health of almost everything.