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Pastor Granillo: The Gathering

on July 2, 2017 - 6:58am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Sportsmanship and easygoing methods are all right, but it is the prospect of a hot fight that brings out the crowds. –John McGraw
 
“We need to get there at least an hour before they open the doors.”
 
“I know,” I told my wife, “I’m hurrying.”
 
Although we were over an hour early, a line had already formed. Actually, it was more like a mob of people hovering around the entrance doors. Of the six sets of entry doors that lead to the venue, all but one were closed.
 
It was being used by staff to enter and exit and make last minute

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Exercise Gratitude

on July 1, 2017 - 8:28am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

A few months ago I received an email from the UNM Mindful Center offering a day course entitled: Letting Go: A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat. It was to be led by Michelle DuVal, a remarkable and gifted meditation teacher.

I have a few issues (SURPRISE)—some of which are decades old—that continue to drag on my soul and dampen my spirit. These are issues that I think I have let go, and I think they are gone for good, and then one day… poof… they re-appear seemingly from nowhere and I am once again struggling to let go and move forward.

I envisioned Michelle

Smart Design With Suzette: Decorating For The Fourth

on July 1, 2017 - 6:52am
Fourth of July picnic. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool.

It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations. Follow these guidelines for a red, white and blue, patriotic celebration.

Red, White and Blue Refreshments
Think of cold beverages as

World Futures: Water Water Everywhere

on June 30, 2017 - 10:05pm

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

 “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797-1798. On Earth, 97 percent of the water is saline, in oceans, seas and saline ground water.

Per Wikipedia, “Fresh water is naturally occurring on the Earth’s surface in ice sheets, ice caps, glaciers, icebergs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams, and underground as ground water in aquifers and underground streams.” Approximately 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water.

McQuiston: Are You Unsure About Uninsured Motorists Coverage?

on June 30, 2017 - 2:14pm
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I had a conversation this week with someone who wanted to delete his uninsured motorist coverage from his policy, so he could save some money. Not a good idea to do, but it gave me an idea for this week's column.
 
Since nearly every state in the United States requires some minimum level of liability insurance to operate a motor vehicle, you may be left wondering why you would need to purchase uninsured motorists coverage.
 
Unfortunately, we all know that just because the law says we’re supposed to do something, doesn’t mean that everyone will.
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Tales Of Our Times: Old Mines Tell Candid Stories

on June 29, 2017 - 8:45am
Tales of Our Times

By JOHN BARTLIT
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water


Preface
 
The story below is one I wrote in 1993 for New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water. In 1997, I submitted the article to Governor Gary Johnson as part of my technical credentials, from which he nominated me to serve five years as a public member of the New Mexico Mining Commission.
 
In 2015, a three million-gallon spill of waste water from the old Gold King Mine near Silverton in western Colorado made national news by coloring some 100 miles of the Animas River an eerie orange.

McQuiston: Precious Cargo - Keeping Your Children Safe

on June 27, 2017 - 7:07am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
I was driving over to Smith's the other day and saw a woman stopped behind me at the light with what appeared to be a toddler in the seat next to her. 
 
It kind of ticked me off, but then I thought, it's a small town, what's the harm. We never have accidents here, right? Every 33 seconds, a child is involved in a car crash. Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death of children in the United States.
 
An average of 11 children per week died in motor vehicle accidents nationwide between 2010 and 2014. Of these deaths, 43 percent were

Fr. Glenn: Where Your Treasure Lay

on June 25, 2017 - 6:30am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Another weekend. Where are those classifieds? 

One thing I like to do on weekends is to haunt the garage/yard/estate sales. I usually don’t do much more than take up space, because I’m too cheap to buy much (I think my highest purchase to date is $20). Seems like there’s always some little thing that we need here at the church or at the rectory that I can get for 10 percent of full price (or less) at those sales.

And yet … one of the things that always strikes me—especially at larger estate sales—is the ephemeral

Is Video Surveillance Keeping Us Secure?

on June 23, 2017 - 7:45am
Yoni Levoritz
 
SECURITY News:
 
Americans are being spied on all the time – whether they think about it or not.
 
Pump gas? A camera is watching. Go to the ATM? The transaction is captured on video. Run a red light? A camera may record the violation and a ticket may follow.
 
Sometimes this video vigilance works nicely. When law enforcement agencies investigated the Boston Marathon bombing, surveillance cameras from businesses up and down the street helped them zero in on the perpetrators.
 
But that extra security comes with a tradeoff in privacy.
 
“It’s great for law

Don’t Let Your Investments Go On A ‘Vacation’

on June 23, 2017 - 7:40am

Provided by SHELLY WEIMANN
Edward Jones Investments

It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways.

Smart Design With Suzette: Everything Old Is New Again

on June 23, 2017 - 7:39am
Wallpaper is back! Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Home design trends are all about creating lush spaces by taking traditional designs and making them modern with unique color texture and material choices. As the saying goes “everything old is new again” rings true, especially in décor. The 1980’s and 1990’s are back again — this time with a 21st-century spin.

Floral wallpaper
The patterns may have changed, but it’s safe to say that wallpaper is experiencing a major renaissance in design.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Tell Your Story

on June 23, 2017 - 7:21am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Okay, okay, okay. I will tell you about my date with Kenny Loggins. It was a long time ago. He was recently divorced from his first wife and not yet had his naked wedding to his therapist.

These were my pre-Los Alamos days and I had not yet met my now husband. Kenny and I were just two foot-loose (ha-ha) and fun-loving singles enjoying a few days in Sedona, Ariz.

We spent the weekend at a beautiful resort nestled in the red rocks, we browsed interesting shops, enjoyed amazing food, and the highlight was a spectacular outdoor benefit concert where Kenny

World Futures: Feeding Humanity

on June 23, 2017 - 6:58am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

During the past 20 columns, 18 areas worthy of study regarding future needs were considered, generally independently. It is appropriate now to consider a few questions related to multiple items on the list. Let’s get started.

In 1798, The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus, in “An Essay on the Principle of Population”, examined population growth and growth of the available food supply. He believed that population growth is exponential while growth of the food supply is arithmetic.

LAMC: AHCA And The Negative Impact It Will Have On Our Community

on June 22, 2017 - 4:13pm

LAMC News:

Our country’s healthcare system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue to provide the high-quality care that we know each of you have come to expect from our physicians, nurses and staff.

As you may be aware, politicians in Washington, D.C.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on June 22, 2017 - 3:56pm

Neeper: What Drives A Culture Insane?

on June 22, 2017 - 8:11am
By DON NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif.
Former Los Alamos resident
 
In the Los Alamos Daily Post of June 20, V. B. Price asks whether a national culture can go insane. Price sees recent mass shootings as evidence of a developing mad culture within a fear-laden population that could tip into a disguised civil war or dictatorship. I suggest that Nazi Germany of 1939 and ISIS of 2017 provide examples of insane cultures that answer Price's question. However, I also suggest that the crucial question is not whether a culture can go insane, but rather what drives it crazy.

Price cites studies on

JOLLEY II: How To Succeed At A Job Interview Part II

on June 22, 2017 - 5:04am
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos
 
Now that you had time to think over how to answer the three questions the hiring manager is trying to find out about you through Direct questions, let’s explore SBO questions.
 
In Situation, Behavior, and Outcome questions, you will be asked questions like: Tell about a time you did not get along with a boss or co-worker.

Jolley II: How To Succeed At A Job Interview Part I

on June 21, 2017 - 7:54am
By JOHN DAVID JOLLEY II
Los Alamos
 
You applied for a Job and were called to come in for an interview, what do you do now?
 
Relax, as an experienced hiring manager, I can help you get through this and leave a good impression about yourself. First, the hiring manager will tell you about their company and the job they are trying to fill. Take mental notes to answer questions geared to what they mention in this part of the interview. Second, you need to know that the hiring manager(s) is trying to answer three questions they will never ask you directly.
 
  • Can you do the job?

Highly Anticipated 2017 ScienceFest Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Los Alamos Ranch School

on June 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
SCIENCEFEST News:
 
The highly anticipated annual event, Los Alamos ScienceFest returns this year from July 13–16 and features events packed full of science, adventure, learning, and fun.
 
This year’s theme celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Los Alamos Ranch School and features special events that allow participants to step back into the past and experience the fun of old-fashioned Ranch School days and summer camps, as well as informative tours and events for the entire family.
 
The Los Alamos Ranch School started in 1917 as a boys’ school that combined academic studies and

V.B. Price: Can A National Culture Go Insane?

on June 20, 2017 - 10:32am

Image by Christopher Dombres
 
By V.B. PRICE
Albuquerque
vbprice.com

In the wake of last Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia at a Republican workout for the bipartisan Congressional Baseball Charity game, the murder of four UPS workers in San Francisco on the same day, and now a mass killing of five people in Northern New Mexico around Tres Piedras and Abiquiu, many of us are left with the deeply disturbing feeling that we’re experiencing once again another tremor in the spasmodic unraveling of America’s cultural sanity.

According to massshootingtracker.com, over 196 mass shootings have

McQuiston: When – And Why – You May Need Umbrella Insurance

on June 20, 2017 - 7:17am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
Living in a busy world, our lives constantly intersect with the people around us, and some interactions can have surprising consequences.
 
It is increasingly important to make careful insurance choices to protect yourself from the unexpected. Because, even if you carry excellent coverage with high limits, situations can still arise that leave you liable for costly damages exceeding what any single policy can cover.
 
This is where an umbrella  insurance policy protects you, by sitting over other policies, such as home insurance, auto, boat, etc.,

Summer Road Rage Risk Reduction Check-List

on June 19, 2017 - 7:31am

Photo by Nabeel Syed

 

By STEVE KARDIAN, Instructor
Certified FBI Defensive Tactics
 
If you drive on our nation’s roadways on a regular basis, your chances of being involved in a road rage incident are very high.
 
Road rage can be triggered through a gesture, such as being flipped off, by being cut off or through tailgating. It can lead to serious physical injury and even death. Most of the minor events go unreported.
 
There is something about being behind the wheel of a car that can prompt rage or aggression in even the mildest mannered people.

Fr. Glenn: A Fiery Fathers’ Day

on June 18, 2017 - 7:45am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Dang … another fire. At the time of this writing, the El Cajete Fire is still going strong; hopefully it will be under control by the time you read this. As you know, one of the greatest tragedies of most wildfires is that they are so often caused simply by persons careless in watching and/or dousing campfires.

Perhaps it is because people in our modern culture have so little experience with open fires in general that keeps such things happening so frequently—the unintended consequences of neglect.

Pastor Granillo: My First Beer

on June 18, 2017 - 6:46am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
“Who did you drink your first beer with?”

I was caught off guard when someone asked me this the other day.
The truth was that there was never a time when alcohol was not a part of my childhood experience. My father was an alcoholic, as were many of his relatives and friends.  My brothers and I would make a game out of seeing who could get dad to give them the most sips of his beer.
 
I was around 12 when I convinced him to let me have my own.

McQuiston: What’s Driving My Personal Auto Insurance Rates?

on June 15, 2017 - 7:39am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I have been getting quite a few calls lately about car insurance rates on the rise. Why are rates going up, even if I am not having accidents?

To start with , you need to understand the function of insurance is to accept the risk from many people to pay for the losses of the few. Personal auto insurance protects car owners from having to personally pay for all the damages they are responsible for, resulting from an auto accident.

Consider this recent claim for one of my clients.  We began insuring him and his family about 2 years ago.

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