Skip directly to content


Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Next?

on December 30, 2016 - 4:05pm
Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Residential construction leaders have begun predicting green building trends for 2017.

Most homebuyers aren’t looking for a LEED label on a new home, but they are looking for high performance and comfort.

That’s the consensus from builders and other industry professionals who have participated in the Excellence & Building Conference in Texas.

Here’s an overview of insights and trends shared by building professionals.


Energy/Water Efficiency
When homebuyers were surveyed, the tops “must haves” in a home were energy and water efficiency.

Tales Of Our Times: Different Words Tell Similar Things

on December 30, 2016 - 8:20am

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

Different Words Tell Similar Things

All our tilling here once a month has earned a winter break from the work of green concerns and the weight of varied prospects. For the holiday, I offer a poem by Peggy Pond Church.

Peggy Pond came to the Pajarito Plateau in 1914 as the daughter of Ashley Pond Jr., the eventual founder of the Los Alamos Ranch School. In 1924, she married Fermor Church, an engineering graduate of Harvard, who had come to teach at the fledgling school.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 29, 2016 - 2:01pm

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Reduce Sugar

on December 29, 2016 - 9:06am
Los Alamos

I have exciting news to start off 2017 on a good note! I finally won the Powerball!  Of course I had been hoping to win the $54 million jackpot, and I only won $6, but it is a start. I had prayed to win, but I guess I was not specific enough, so my bad. It looks like once again the responsibility for my happiness lies within me and not with winning the Powerball. I am not surprised.

I am approaching 2017 with great anticipation of fresh starts and new successes to be had.

McQuiston: Can Your Smart Phone Help Lower Your Insurance Premiums?

on December 29, 2016 - 8:01am
The Jemez Agency
As we end the holiday season and look forward to the new year, I took a few days off to relax and some spend time with my family. 
It also allowed me some time to watch a little TV. Man are there a lot of ads running around the holidays. But one of the ads caught my attention. You might have seen it. A bad guy rings the doorbell and through the product advertised and a smart phone, the homeowner was able to "verbally" answer the door and thwart the bad guy.

Snyder: Maria And The New History Museum

on December 28, 2016 - 7:42am

Curator Don Cavness with the pottery pitcher made by Maria Martinez for the Los Alamos Ranch School, circa 1915–1920. Courtesy photo

The eagle dancer disc embedded in the fireplace of the Ranch School Guest House, now a part of the Los Alamos History Museum campus. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos History Museum

Would any history museum in this area of New Mexico be complete without a piece of pottery by Maria Martinez, the famed Potter of San Ildefonso? For me, the answer is “no.”

The Los Alamos History Museum is fortunate to display two unique pieces.

A polychrome

Wismer: The Mil Levy IS Important For UNM-LA And For Los Alamos County

on December 28, 2016 - 7:41am
Director, Business Operations
UNM-Los Alamos

Many individuals considering the upcoming special school election are asking UNM-LA what happened after the failed mil election in 2013. What financial impacts did the campus sustain and how did it respond? Providing that information may help frame the challenge UNM-LA is facing moving forward as it continues to serve the Los Alamos community.

After the 2013 election, UNM-LA was faced with difficult decisions to determine which programs and services were essential to UNM-LA and which ones could continue to be supported by the

Classical Music World: Concert Hall Tours

on December 26, 2016 - 10:00am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I don’t really have a bucket list, but I’d like to hear as many of the world’s great orchestras in their home halls as I can before my expiration date rolls around. My husband Bill and I try to take in concerts when we travel and enjoy guided tours of the halls as well.

On two visits to Amsterdam in the last couple of years, we have attended performances in the storied Royal Concertgebouw, a hall famed for its fine acoustic qualities.

Griggs: Dateline - Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala

on December 26, 2016 - 7:37am
By DAVID H. GRIGGS, Chaosopher
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Come South for Gold and Glory!”

What a tantalizing call to action: “Come south of the border and ride with Pancho Villa, the Liberator of Mexico!”

I was ready for a change. The brutal campaign season just ended in the States. The Wall was going up. My meager Social Security pension fund was about to be looted. And on top of that, winter was thrusting its cold shoulder onto the stage.

“Enlistments Taken in Juarez, Mexico.” Perfect – I was on my way across the Rio Grande, anyway, to build a house in Ciudad Juarez

Home Country: Impromptu Party

on December 25, 2016 - 8:24am


It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.

It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight.

Then there were Christmas lights on the stores, and that little bunch of Girl Scouts out raising money in front of the Read Me Now bookstore.

Pastor Granillo: The Twelve Days Of Christmas

on December 25, 2016 - 8:09am
Courtesy image
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos 

It should be of no surprise that the “true love” we have is our Creator who “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).

There is no concrete evidence that Biblical symbolism was the intention of the writer of this song, but it does follow the 12 days of Christmas that are celebrated until the Day of Kings on January 6th, and it does allow us

Smart Design With Suzette: The Year In Review

on December 24, 2016 - 10:55am
Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Happy Holidays everyone!

As we slide into the remaining week of 2016, it’s time for pause and reflection.

For many this has been a really tough year. No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks, too.

The idea is to create a road map for the year ahead—an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve in the next year. I complete this process in bits and pieces over several days because it helps me to think about it slowly.

While a lot of people want

Pegg: Holiday Eating

on December 23, 2016 - 9:34am
Los Alamos Fitness Center

Beware! It’s holiday eating time. And that means more candy, stuffing, pies, cookies and other high calorie foods and drinks.

The next few days are the most difficult time of the year for those who are trying to maintain their weight. Most people will gain at least a few pounds and many will gain more. It’s best not to try to deny yourself all of the holiday food pleasures. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal or an occasional treat. But do it in moderation.

Try eating especially well when you’re at home and when you’re on your own.

Cinema Cindy: Rogue One - A Star Wars Story

on December 23, 2016 - 8:29am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Rogue One” squeezes into the Star Wars narrative chronology just before the story portrayed in the first film, Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977).
Billed as a standalone story, it answers questions about what was going on in the Rebellion against The Empire when Princess Leia messaged Obi-Wan Kenobi, “You’re our only hope!”
Rogue One features a cast of new characters. Jyn Erso is only about six years old when she loses her parents.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Arrival

on December 23, 2016 - 8:08am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Arrival” is the latest truly science fiction movie to hit the screens. Loosely based on a short story by Ted Chiang entitled “Story of Your Life”, the film puts flesh on the story’s bones.
Chiang’s framework sets up the deeper discoveries made by the characters, but most everything else in the film, including character names and contexts are different. In my opinion, the visual story works better as a whole, giving us more time to delve into the experience of space aliens visiting our planet.
Amy Adams plays Louise Banks, a professor of

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 23, 2016 - 7:49am

County Council Takes Action On Recreation Projects

on December 22, 2016 - 12:24pm
A crowd packs Los Alamos County Council Chambers Tuesday evening, many weighing in on the discussion of a recreation project list up for consideration by Los Alamos County voters in a May 2017 bond election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
By County Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary, and
County Councilor James Chrobocinski

We’re pleased to share that the County Council voted Tuesday to finalize a list of recreation projects for consideration by Los Alamos County voters in a May 2017 bond election.

End-Of-Year Newsletter From Our Family To Yours

on December 22, 2016 - 12:03pm
Los Alamos
Dear Friends and Family,
I hope that this end-of- year update letter from our family will find you all in good health, and ready to embark on the adventures that the New Year will bring. We have been very busy here in our little mountain town of Los Alamos. It is so nice to look back on the year and to reminisce about so many wonderful events.
I can’t believe we have lived in Los Alamos over 20 years! We still love it here, and are continually amazed by the beautiful surroundings.

James Robinson Discusses His Bid For A Seat On UNM-LA's Advisory Board

on December 22, 2016 - 10:00am
Candidate for UNM-LA Advisory Board
My name is James Robinson, and I am once again seeking your support to serve on the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos Advisory Board.
As many of you know, UNM-LA holds a special place in my heart. After graduating from Los Alamos High School back in 2007, I knew that I did not want to go straight into college. So I packed up and headed to the golden coast of California. However, it was soon apparent that higher education was the only way to get the life I wanted.
I returned home only to realize that I could not afford the

Letter To The Editor: Obama’s Last Chance To Protect Grand Canyon

on December 22, 2016 - 9:51am
By Hannah Perkins and Dan McGuinness
Environment New Mexico, Golden Dawn Gallery
While climbing into ancient cavates and hiking through the beautiful wilderness of Bandelier National Monument a few weeks ago, I was struck by the thought, what if we hadn’t protected this?
What would have happened to sites of the ancestral pueblo culture and the miles of natural wonders if this hadn’t been designated as a national monument one hundred years ago?

Bandelier National Monument doesn’t just preserve history, culture, and nature.

LANL’s Short Animation On Asteroid Ocean Impacts Takes A First Prize

on December 21, 2016 - 3:03pm
Asteroid visualization team. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post
For the second year in a row, a Los Alamos data visualization team won the Best Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City last month.
The content of their 4-minute video illustrates varying degrees of threats from different types and sizes of asteroids landing in the ocean.
There’s a lot of traffic bustling about in the vicinity of Earth, not only the objects that orbit the planet, but also asteroids that orbit the Sun, which brings the objects

McQuiston: Those Flashing Lights ...

on December 21, 2016 - 9:24am
The Jemez Agency
Our holiday driving tips are the same as always: buckle up, use caution, stick to the rules of the road, and don’t drink and drive. 
So instead of giving you a long, boring lecture on those tips, I thought I would share with you some tips I came across if you happen to be naughty this holiday season while driving to grandma's house. You know, if you see those flashing lights in your rear view mirror.
Take a deep breath. Remain calm.

How The Hen House Turns: Dogs At Christmas Time

on December 19, 2016 - 7:26am
DeeDee and Scooter in a woodshed in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos

In our family, Christmas included dogs. It started when my brother and I were told to "pull gently" on a long string the Christmas morning when I had just turned three years old. In waddled a black and gold ball of fluff paddling along on four stubby white legs. We called her Boots.

Every Christmas, until I was a junior in high school, she enjoyed the package opening, curious to see what the wrapping hid, and delighted when it was obviously something for her.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Undeserved Joy

on December 18, 2016 - 7:40am

Los Alamos  

When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways. Acts 3:26

There have been times in my life when I felt as if some of the things that I had done were so horrible that even God could not forgive me. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has felt this way.

I’m sure of this because I have heard others express the same sentiment—that some actions even God cannot forgive.

Roger This: Time To Give Deterrence A Rethink

on December 17, 2016 - 8:01am
Los Alamos Daily Post

There is a big difference between a nuclear deterrent and nuclear deterrence theory. The nuclear deterrent refers to the weapons, programs and systems capable of exacting an unacceptable toll on the country or party committing an initial strike.

Deterrence theory describes how one country or party prevents another from using weapons of mass destruction by threatening to use the deterrent if attacked. We say “party” these days because factions of a country or organizations without a country might get their hands on nuclear weapons sooner or later.