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Inspirational People: Choosing To Be Kind

on September 4, 2017 - 10:03am
Los Alamos Daily Post

It seems the world is brimming with mean-spirited people vociferously spewing venom across social media – leaving hurt and anger in their wake. But there is a counter-balance to that senseless endeavor. I have seen it unfold right here in Los Alamos ... incredibly inspiring people walking magnanimously among us.

Working as a newspaper reporter in this community for 15 years, I have met many of these thoughtful people and witnessed many kind and noble acts.

I recently spotted an entire family displaying very compassionate

Cinema Cindy Reviews: All Saints

on September 4, 2017 - 7:35am
Los Alamos

“All Saints” tells the true story of a small, dying congregation in Tennessee that grew by working with a refugee community to farm the church’s land.

John Corbett stars as the newly minted Reverend Michael Spurlock, sent to serve the people of a dying parish in Smyrna, Tenn., and to close it down. His wife Aimee and son Atticus have left everything, too, to go with him.

What they find is a small but hearty band of people unhappy about having their church sold out from under them.

Armbruster: The Meaning Of Labor Day

on September 4, 2017 - 6:47am
Union member since 1970, negotiating team member 1995-2009
LAFSE president of 2002-2008, LAMS teacher17 years 

Labor Day is not just a day off. It represents the lives hundreds of workers put on the line to make America great.

Our Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE), a part of AFL-CIO has helped make working conditions in Los Alamos Public Schools where more than 60 percent of teachers belong even better.

LAFSE is responsible for leave days, the sick leave bank, for speech and language therapists, nurses and counselors earning the same pay as teachers

Fr. Glenn: The Best Policy

on September 3, 2017 - 6:29am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

When I was in the Marines, one trait that was pounded into our “brain housing groups” was the virtue of integrity.

Integrity…honesty…truthfulness…trustworthiness; these are essential especially in combat situations because lives are on the line, and so these virtues were insisted upon also in training and daily life. Even in training situations, if someone tries to cover a fault or failure by lying, it could cascade quickly into losing Marines.

Los Alamos Museum of Art Introduces Collection

on September 3, 2017 - 6:18am

‘Devil Dancers’ bronze sculptures by Michael Naranjo from the collection of Robert Wells. Courtesy/LAMOA



The Los Alamos Museum of Art would like to introduce some of our fabulous collections including “Devil Dancers” bronze sculptures by Santa Clara Pueblo artist Michael Naranjo from the collection of Robert Wells.

Touch is the tool that Naranjo uses to create his sculptures. Their smooth rounded forms invite one to feel the strength and contours of their poses.

Pastor Granillo: Talented Servers

on September 3, 2017 - 6:00am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock

All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded. (Exodus 35:10 NIV)

I received a gift this week from a local artisan. I was looking for a functional and elegant communion goblet; something nice that also said “New Mexico” with a hint of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The cottonwood goblet that he made was absolutely perfect. Upon seeing it, it became quite obvious to me that this person had a gift that many of us do not have.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 2

on September 2, 2017 - 1:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

Before I start the fishing report, I want to remind outdoorsman that the hunting seasons for blue grouse, dove, band-tailed pigeons and squirrels began Friday in Northern New Mexico. It’s also the beginning of the first archery season for elk. Blue grouse are one of my favorite species because they are good-sized birds that are delicious eating.

You can also do some foraging for edible mushrooms. Shaggy mane mushrooms are especially common this time of year. Just be 100-percent sure of what species you are picking.

The Mighty Bighorn ... Help Keep Them Strong

on September 2, 2017 - 7:05am
U.S. Forest Service
I stood motionless, afraid to even blink let alone breathe. His bulbous eye focused on the off-colored rock sitting before him. His 220-pound frame was sleek and well-defined but nothing compared to what it would be in a few months when he bulked up to begin defending his right to breed.
The Rocky Mountain bighorn ram standing before me was already a fine specimen, he was soon going to be a fierce competitor as well.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Hitman’s Bodyguard'

on September 2, 2017 - 6:36am
Los Alamos
The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a funny, but violent movie, an unlikely “bromance” between Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. Watching this film, you will not be bored.
But, movie lovers beware: common, vulgar epithets are overused throughout the film; many cars are hot-wired; many automatic weapons are discharged; every bullet that hits its target produces blood; the bodies, in the end, are too many to number; Interpol gets a very bad rap in this story; maverick guys with security training are the heroes.

Tips To Keep Bears Away From Your Property

on September 1, 2017 - 6:07am
Black bear. Courtesy/NMDG&F
Two bears climb a tree recently on Villa Street near Aspen School. Photo by Nancy Johnson
Corporal - Albuquerque Supervisory District
N.M. Department of Game and Fish

“I have a bear visiting my property and getting into my trash and birdfeeders.” This is how most phone calls regarding bear activity start. And believe me, there have been plenty of them in recent weeks and I anticipate many more in the weeks to come. 

I have heard many residents say they have seen more bears this summer in town than in recent years.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 31, 2017 - 4:58pm

World Futures: Cyber (Part Two)

on August 31, 2017 - 10:07am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we started by recalling the power outage in White Rock, noting that it was an inconvenience. But what if it had lasted longer, significantly longer? What if the affected area was much larger, perhaps the entire county of Los Alamos? What other inconveniences would you have suffered? The grocery store would have been closed. But it could have opened with candle light.

Of course, you would have to pay with cash or check since the credit/debit card machines would not run.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Appreciate Your Mother

on August 31, 2017 - 8:50am

Los Alamos

I loved the solar eclipse! We drove north to Idaho to experience the once-in-lifetime event in totality.

We stayed in a palatial home on the edge of a creek at the base of Mount Baldy in Sun Valley. Wholly enthralled with the surrounding beauty we dubbed the experience “Hoity-Toy-tality” and .the party commenced.

There were nine of us, and the morning of the celestial event we lined our chairs up along the balcony to wait for the eclipse.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Wind River’

on August 31, 2017 - 7:15am

Los Alamos

“Wind River” is a murder mystery with hauntingly beautiful cinematography and a melancholy spirit. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, writer of the 2016 film “Hell or High Water” and the 2015 film “Sicario”, Wind River opened Aug. 18and is already garnering high praise from film critics. (Can you hear the “Oscar buzz”?)

In perhaps his best role to date, actor Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) plays Corey Lambert, a Fish and Game tracker around the Wind River reservation.

Home Country: Horse Races

on August 31, 2017 - 7:04am
Home Country
A bunch of us went to the races up in the city the other day.
Windy won a little, but the rest of us just kinda broke even, and we got to yell and cheer, so I guess that can cost two bucks without hamstringing the entire regiment. It was fun. And we ran into Brock Bullingham there, too, who had a horse entered in a maiden race.
Brock’s place is about 20 miles north of the city, and he runs horses and cattle on a huge acreage. He told us proudly what the horse was called so we could cheer for him, and off they went.

Shin: County Council's Immigration Proclamation ... An Undercurrent Of Obstructionism

on August 28, 2017 - 8:01am

Los Alamos

The Los Alamos County Council will consider an immigration proclamation this coming Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. This is a toned-down version from the April resolution, to which Councilor Antonio Maggiore stated, “could have easily been deemed as geared toward Donald Trump”.

While this resolution does not change how we treat immigrants, its local advocates are aligned with Indivisible, a grassroots movement formed to resist the Trump agenda. Nationwide, these activists protect sanctuary cities, and speak out for the rights of “undocumented” immigrants.

This proclamation

McQuiston: Driving Text Free - There’s An App For That!

on August 28, 2017 - 7:41am
The Jemez Agency
I’m on the road pretty much every day for work and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t see a distracted driver texting away as they are driving down a busy highway.
The statistics about distracted driving are alarming. The number of deaths due to distracted driving is expected to exceed those from alcohol-related accidents by 2014. Yet no matter how many awful statistics we hear, it just doesn’t seem to help solve the problem.
Whether you’re a concerned parent or a business owner with a fleet of vehicles, you want to keep your family

Spencer: War And Other Historical Memorials Aren’t Created Equal

on August 27, 2017 - 10:23am

Memorial in Frank Ortiz Park. The camp was at what is now the Casa Solana residential area. Courtesy/N. Mesa Mutts 

Los Alamos

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.

Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.

Two years, ten years, and the passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.

Grass, by Carl Sandburg

There is quite a bit of uproar over the de-emphasis of United States Civil War

Fr. Glenn: Guilty!

on August 27, 2017 - 8:04am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

You know … guilt gets quite the bad rap. And “sin”? Hooo-boy! ... don’t even bring THAT one up. That’ll make you persona non grata even in many Christian circles these days. But what IS sin? ... that bugaboo word that even Christians in our day often disdain to utter? It is a short sharp word often ridiculed … yet certainly not by Jesus and the apostles, who spoke of sin often. 

For us Christians, sin can be simply defined primarily as the purposeful departure from the will and teaching of God, and therefore from the

Enjoying Our History Museum Visitors And Celebrating Our Uniqueness

on August 27, 2017 - 8:04am

Museum Shop Manager

While closing the museum a few weeks ago, after one of our late monsoon rains, I noticed a finely dressed mature couple approaching me. Soaking wet and smiling with excitement, one of them blurted out, “You have the most interesting and unique little city here!”

That is a statement I’ve heard many times before, but on that day I heard it a little differently. Unique. Yes, in so many different ways. The fact that Los Alamos is not a city nor a town is unique. We are a county and a unique county at that. Then there is our colorful history.

Pastor Granillo: Healing Hatred

on August 27, 2017 - 7:19am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

All my friends are heathens, take it slow

Wait for them to ask you who you know

Please don't make any sudden moves

You don't know the half of the abuse – 21 Pilots, “Heathen”

Every person in this world has a narrative. We all have a story about who we are, where we came from, and what we have gone through to get to where we are. Each person would be rightfully hurt if another were to presume what their story was, or presume where they come from or what they have been through.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 25, 2017 - 12:40pm

World Futures: Cyber (Part One)

on August 25, 2017 - 11:56am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the recent past, White Rock and parts of the Los Alamos National Laboratory lost electrical power for about six hours.

The power loss was caused by a lightning strike that essentially destroyed a pole supporting power lines delivering electrical energy to the affected area, causing an array of circuit breakers in the Norton Substation to be tripped. It was an inconvenience.

But what if the outage had lasted longer? In Part One, let’s visit a bit of history and the intellectual development of warfare.


Just One Thing To Do This Week: Save Some Ice Cream

on August 25, 2017 - 11:19am

Los Alamos

My husband thinks I am cleaning the garage. Well, I am IN the garage. I am actually sitting in my car with the air conditioning on because it is so hot this afternoon. And, instead of cleaning the garage I am eating an ice cream bar I found hidden in the extra freezer. When I try to hide food from myself it usually doesn’t work. Certainly not this time.

As I sit in the car I ponder the piles of crap I have stacked around the perimeter of the space.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Play Pond Tonight

on August 25, 2017 - 8:00am
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys play Ashley Pond Park at 7 p.m. today. Courtesy photo
Concert Producer

The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is winding down for 2017. Our last three acts are Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys playing this Friday at Ashley Pond Park, Aug. 25 followed by the ‘80s and ‘90s rock band, The Paladins, Sept. 1 and we finish up the year Sept. 8 with Metales M5 - The Mexican Brass.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys were formed in an Anaheim, Calif.