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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.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Not My Church

on January 22, 2017 - 8:24am

By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos  

For most of my life, I thought that the most important activity for a Christian was to attend church or mass on Sundays. I’m not sure if I was just ignorant of what everyone else knew, or if this was the common mentality. To be honest, I kind of thought that going to church was both the beginning and end of being a Christian.

I’m afraid that, even if we don’t admit it, for too many Christians, attending service on Sunday allows us to feel as if we have attained the highest achievement possible in our lives.

Smart Design With Suzette: Insights From Kitchen & Bath Show 2017

on January 20, 2017 - 7:14am
Thompson Traders copper sinks. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Design trends, professional growth, product launches, networking, industry speakers, innovation, inspiration, learning opportunities, kitchens and baths…that’s what I experienced last week in Orlando at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) International Builders Show and Design and Construction week.

Held at the Orange County Convention Center, I went everywhere – from the West Hall to the South Hall (and back and forth more than I want to remember) to the Outdoor

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Sleep Better

on January 19, 2017 - 9:07am
Los Alamos

I can think of very few things that are more rewarding than a deep, undisturbed, restful night’s sleep. The kind of profound slumber where you lay your head on the pillow, fall instantly to sleep and wake up eight hours later filled with energy and ready for the day.

There is nothing worse than tossing and turning all night, looking at the alarm clock every 10 minutes, counting down the amount of sleep you are NOT getting and wondering how you are going to make it through the day.

Research, as well as our own life experience, tells us that inadequate sleep

McQuiston: Baby It's Cold Outside, And Inside Too!

on January 16, 2017 - 10:12am
The Jemez Agency
You know that household heating and cooling systems can stop working at any time. And it's always at a bad time and it's never cheap to fix.
Although you might take them for granted, you probably depend on several major equipment systems to keep your home comfortable. You might assume that your homeowners policy would cover the cost of repairs to these systems should they break down. But the fact is that mechanical breakdown is not a covered cause of loss under most traditional homeowners policies.
Is there anything you can do to adequately

Classical Music World: Return Of The Violin

on January 15, 2017 - 10:22am
The Return of the Violin poster. Courtesy image
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Since the announcement that violin super-star Joshua Bell will be performing here Feb. 3, I have been asked many times how we managed to entice him to come to Los Alamos. This is an artist who definitely does not need to land a gig in the Duane Smith Auditorium to make ends meet. He can play anywhere in the world he wants and does.

The idea to bring Bell here was planted about 3 years ago when I was bowled over by an Israeli documentary about his violin.

Smart Design With Suzette: Organization

on January 15, 2017 - 7:27am
Organized closet. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body. Taking the time to organize your home can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

But let’s face it, getting organized can be difficult and time consuming. One of the toughest part is getting starting and knowing the process. Here are some tips to help you.

Clear Out Some Clutter

The first step is to get rid of things you don’t need.

Pastor Raul Granillo: Getting Eaten By Zombies

on January 15, 2017 - 7:03am

Los Alamos  

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 (NIV)

Every parent who has more than one child and a video game console has heard phrases like, “Turn around and push X,” or “You’re going the wrong way, the zombies are going to eat you!” Don’t forget the infamous, “Here, let me do it for you!”

It’s funny (or not), but as I listened to my oldest son get frustrated at my youngest daughter, I couldn’t help but reminisce about my brothers and me playing Contra and doing the same thing.

Peanuts Gang Grows Up Hard In First Rate Production Of 'Dog Sees God' At LALT's Performing Arts Center

on January 14, 2017 - 3:38pm

The friends party hard in 'Dog Sees God'. Photo by Larry Gibbons

CB (Stuart Rupprecht) ponders the death of his beloved Beagle. Photo by Larry Gibbons


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" opened Friday at the Performing Arts Center. The play, written by Bert V. Royal presents the Peanuts gang from the comic strip during their teenage years. Sex, drugs and rock and roll have hit them hard and they aren’t ready. CB (guess who?) is at the center of the story.

Royal’s reimagining of these familiar

Pereyra: Governor, I Implore You To Find Alternatives To Cuts In Education

on January 14, 2017 - 9:00am
Los Alamos
Today, I began to hear more and more about the proposed cuts to education and state employees.
It breaks my heart to think that so many will be effected by these cuts and many of those individuals are those educating the future of America. I have worked in the public schools for two years now and the pay is not the best.
Individuals in the education profession do not educate for the money, but because we are passionate.

American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico React To Governor Martinez’s Budget Proposal

on January 13, 2017 - 4:14pm
By STEPHANIE LY, President
American Federation of Teachers New Mexico
Yesterday, Gov. Martinez released her proposed budget to address the projected historic $69 million gap in our State finances, and in typical fashion, she peppered citizens with neatly-packaged sound bites whilst ignoring the serious realities facing our State. She continues to believe it is more important cut jobs and give tax cuts than for the ability of the citizens she governs to put food on the table and a roof over their head.
Blaming others for the shortfall instead of taking accountability for her actions,

McQuiston: What To Consider Before You Commit To Non-Profit Board

on January 13, 2017 - 4:09pm
The Jemez Agency
I was having a conversation with one of my clients about serving on a newly formed non-profit. 
He was all excited about helping out this wonderful new endeavor. But I told him there are risks involved anytime you try be a good guy. I did some research and found an article I tailored to reflect my views.
Community involvement can be a rewarding experience. It offers a unique opportunity to make a difference in the community where you live and work.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 12, 2017 - 3:49pm

Hall: UNM-LA Is A True Treasure In Our Community

on January 12, 2017 - 7:30am
UNM-LA Advisory Board

When the last time you paid 50 cents for a loaf of bread? For most of us, it was around 1980, the same year that our community voted for a 1 mil levy to launch our local college, UNM-LA. Today that same loaf of bread costs somewhere between $2-$5 depending on how fancy you get, but most people keep buying bread, because warm, fresh bread is nourishing of the body and fulfilling of our mind’s pleasure sensors.