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Smart Design With Suzette: Pantone Unveils 2017 Color Of The Year

on December 17, 2016 - 7:33am

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By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the 2017 Color of the Year. Greenery, a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, illustrates the lushness of the great outdoors.

“Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 15, 2016 - 11:36pm

O'Leary: Recreation Bond Project Series Part 3; Managing Spinning Plates

on December 15, 2016 - 4:50pm
By SUSAN O’LEARY
Vice Chair, Los Alamos County Council

Caveat: Information included in all of these articles are my own views as an individual Council member and does not represent a formal opinion of the County Council.

When I worked in the corporate world, a particularly good boss used to compare the job of a senior manager to the ancient art of plate spinning. To do a good job, you need to have the right number of plates and you need to keep them all spinning at healthy speeds.

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Playing Through Dec. 24

on December 15, 2016 - 9:33am
Talia Pura and Vaughn Irving in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Photo by Lynn Roylance
 
By CARRIE CLASSON
Los Alamos
 
For Los Alamos residents looking for entertaining and engaging holiday theater, I strongly recommend a trip to the charming and historic Santa Fe Playhouse to see Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.  
 
In this heartfelt and heartwarming riff on A Christmas Carol (which originated at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago), Marley is in hell and his visit to Scrooge has more to do with saving his own soul than the redemption of Scrooge.
 
The audience is privy to a “backstage”

McQuiston: Distracted Driving

on December 15, 2016 - 9:18am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

You’ve seen them on the roads; you might even know a few of them.

And you could be one yourself.

Distracted drivers come in all shapes, sizes, ages and experience levels. Even if you’re not one today, you could become one at any moment — in the time it takes you to answer your cell phone or check the kids in the back seat when you’re driving.

If you or someone else you know thinks you can drive just fine while talking on your phone, think about this: In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Massengale: How Education Has Shaped This Town

on December 12, 2016 - 2:44pm
By KATE MASSENGALE Ph.D
Retired Associate Professor of English
Retired Dean of Instruction

It will come as no surprise that I support the increase of one mil for UNM-LA this January, as I began teaching there in 1993 and retired as Dean of Instruction in 2013. But my commitment to education began a long time ago. Despite having no children of our own, my husband Bill and I have always voted to support K-12 education wherever we lived. And we have given to our alma maters Texas A & M and Rice University. But in recent years, we have focused our giving to UNM-LA because of its great need. 

Snyder: What Awaits In The New History Museum?

on December 12, 2016 - 10:10am

Old Royal Typewriter from the 1930s visitors will see at the Dec. 30 Grand Re-Opening of the Los Alamos History Museum. Courtesy photo

 

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos
 
  • The first in a series previewing artifacts you’ll see at the Dec. 30 Grand Re-Opening of the Los Alamos History Museum

What makes an old, everyday object historic? On display in the new Museum Shop will be an Old Royal Typewriter from the 1930s.

O’Leary: Citizens Identify Recreation Projects As Priority For Today

on December 11, 2016 - 9:24am
By SUSAN O’LEARY
Vice Chair, County Council

Caveat: Information included in all of these columns are my own views as an individual Council member and does not represent a formal opinion of the County Council.

On Dec. 20, the County Council will make a final determination on which recreation projects to recommend to the voters for completion through proceeds of a May 2017 bond election; with the plan to supplement the bond proceeds with existing capital improvements funds if the bond passes.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Unexpected Love

on December 11, 2016 - 5:58am

By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO
Los Alamos  

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

Have you ever considered all the ways that we try to let people know something about us? For instance, a person might wear a wedding ring so that others will know that they are married. A person might wear a team logo so that others will know that they are a fan. Some might wear a uniform so that others will know that they are law enforcement. Some place political bumper stickers on their vehicle so that others will know which party they support.

In countless ways,

McQuiston: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

on December 10, 2016 - 9:01am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
December is here and along with it comes the familiar reminders that winter is quickly approaching.
 
Turn on the radio and Christmas music is blaring, go to the store and see decorations and lights lining the shelves. It’s also that time of year again when you have to prepare your home for freezing temperatures. Here are a few items that you can start with to help winterize your home this season.
 
Cover patio furniture—patio furniture wears easily in climate change. If possible, I recommend storing patio furniture in a shed or garage.

Smart Design With Suzette: Holidays - Stress Free

on December 9, 2016 - 8:25am
Relaxing at home during the holidays. Courtesy photo
 
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, complete with family gatherings, meaningful traditions, delicious food, and gifts. It is precisely these things that can lead to stress and overwhelm us.

Keeping the holidays simple can reduce stress and chaos. Consider the following ways to simplify your holidays this year. Taking time to reflect on what you do want this holiday season — and what you don’t — can help you keep your celebrations simple and heartfelt.

UnDecorate
Perhaps the thought of

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 8, 2016 - 9:50pm

Demons Destroy Toppers While JV Defeats Them

on December 8, 2016 - 7:35am
Becca Green (55) battles for the ball against Santa Fe. Photo by Niccolo Snyder/ladailypost.com
 
By NICCOLO SNYDER
Student Intern
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The Toppers Varsity played a 32-minute game without once taking the lead over the Santa Fe Demons Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium in Los Alamos.
 
Unfortunately, the Toppers couldn’t get the edge in their game and suffered a 13-point loss to Santa Fe. During the game the Toppers showed hustle and spirit but couldn’t get their shots off.

Amateur Naturalist: The Forests Of The Cerros Del Abrigo

on December 5, 2016 - 11:51am
Grasses growing among burnt tree trunks at the start of the Cerro Del Abrigo trail. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: The forests of the Cerros Del Abrigo
By Robert Dryja
 
Clear cut logging in the early 1970’s left a large area of the Cerros Del Abrigo a blank slate for plant regeneration.
 
From this starting point different trees and grasses started to regrow. Three variables affecting the regeneration were: (1) the steepness of a slope; (2) more or less moisture; and (3) more or less soil available for growth.

Ronald Reagan: Christmas According To Marx & Lenin

on December 5, 2016 - 6:35am
President Ronald Reagan
 
LIBERTY COUNSEL News:
 
ORLANDO, Fla.  Between his campaign against President Gerald Ford in 1975-76 and his race against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan delivered more than 1,000 radio broadcasts.
 
In fact, Reagan wrote most of those three-minute broadcasts himself. In one broadcast during the Christmas season, Reagan shared a story about Christmas in the Ukraine before and after communism.

In an effort to resist Christians, communist leaders secularized a favorite Ukrainian Christmas carol, “Nova Radist Stala” (Joyous News Has Come to Us).
 
The original

Pastor Raul: Fearless Hope

on December 4, 2016 - 8:14am
Fearless Hope
By Pastor Raul Granillo
 
I’ve been a Cubs fan since I was about 3-years-old. When people would ask why I liked the Cubs, I would tell them that it taught humility.
 
After all, every year, the Cubs seemed to get my hopes up and then crush them like a recycled soda can. Honestly, I had come to expect nothing less from them—that is, until they went and won the World Series causing me to question everything I knew!
 
There are some things that we hope for and expect that one day they will come to pass, like graduating school, or getting a job.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 3, 2016 - 8:25am

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

on December 2, 2016 - 8:43am
Dining room decorated for Hanukkah. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s that time of year…we excitedly stand out in the cold to watch the holiday light parade, marvel at the performance of the Nutcracker ballet and look forward to time spent with family and friends celebrating the holiday season.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you will enjoy reading this as I share some ideas that might inspire you this season.

We often see holiday decorating ideas that are perfect for the living room and even the tabletop, but what if you’re one of those particularly dedicated folks

McQuiston: I Thought Jewelry Was Covered By My Homeowners Policy

on December 1, 2016 - 8:54am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I was visiting with a customer the other day when we started reviewing his homeowners policy for gaps in coverage. While we were talking about his personal property coverage, he stated how he had just purchased an expensive anniversary ring for his wife. He was happy to see he had a high limit of coverage for his property and wouldn’t have to worry about the ring being stolen. A logical but inaccurate belief.

Homeowners policies are designed to insure your property against theft.

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How The Hen House Turns: Master Smellers

on December 1, 2016 - 8:28am
Cary and Don Neeper and their dogs. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
An article in Science News, Oct.1, 2016 reports that the left side of a dog's brain is activated by the words "good boy." 
 
The right side responds to human voice intonation, according to Science Magazine, Dec. 2.
 
Human brains are no different: words' meanings are processed in the left side of the brain; the words' intonation is interpreted on the right side. It's another example of how closely related we are to some other mammals.
 
A University of Budapest neuroscientist says, "Dogs pay

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

on November 29, 2016 - 8:02am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a new film based on the book by J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series. As in those stories, there are in this one magic people, wizards, witches and the like, and then there are the rest of us. We’re called “Muggles” in England, but in the U.S. (this story takes place in New York City), it turns out we are just called “non-maj” for non-magical. 
 
Arriving in New York on a ship from England in 1924 is a magical person by the name of Newt Scamander.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

on November 28, 2016 - 8:52am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a new film based on the book by J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series. As in those stories, there are in this one magic people, wizards, witches and the like, and then there are the rest of us. We’re called “Muggles” in England, but in the U.S. (this story takes place in New York City), it turns out we are just called “non-maj” for non-magical. 

Movie poster for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.

Arriving in New York on a ship from England in 1924 is a magical person by the name of Newt

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Moana'

on November 28, 2016 - 8:28am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Moana” is a visual and auditory delight for adults, with a fun plot line for kids. It is an animated story of an adventurous daughter of a Polynesian chief in the pre-contact Pacific region. She defies her cautious parents and takes a large oceangoing, double canoe to find the demi-god Maui to right a wrong and rebalance nature.

Movie poster for 'Moana'. Courtesy image

Visually, the film portrays good detail of daily life in a traditional Polynesian village; the people wear fine mat clothing and live in the same styles of thatched homes that are known to

Pastor Granillo: Second Fiddle

on November 27, 2016 - 6:14am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
 
“The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle.” —Leonard Bernstein
 
I played the tenor sax in the school band during 6th and 7th grade. It was there that I learned about “chair” position. A friend of mine, Casey, also played the tenor sax, and I remember constantly competing against him for first chair. Casey held that position for the vast majority of my short lived musical career. On the bright side, I like to think I rocked my second chair position!
 
What didn’t occur to me at the time was that Casey, although first

Dabney: Celebrate Without Legal Trouble ... Don't Drink And Drive

on November 26, 2016 - 10:41am

By Attorney PHILIP J. DABNEY
Reid Griffith Law Firm

The holiday season brings many causes for celebration. Celebration often includes partaking in alcohol. While most will drink responsibly, even light drinkers need to take all possible measures to avoid operating a vehicle after drinking. 

When my Grandpa Dabney was young, he got drunk one night and drove his car into a tree. He wrecked the car but somehow avoided injury or arrest. Being a smart man, though, he realized the dangers of drinking and drivIng. So he quit driving. Permanently. Seriously! 

I'm not advocating such drastic action.

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