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Pastor Granillo: Commitment Part 1

on August 6, 2017 - 6:12am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock
If you claim to be a follower of Christ, I encourage you to consider your present commitment to a local church. – David Platt.
Have you considered how important, and biblical, is our commitment to a local church? The local church is the place where the individual Christian has the opportunity find resources such as support, accountability, encouragement, and fellowship.
The local church is where we grow in Christ and are equipped to go out and reflect His love back into the world.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part Two)

on August 4, 2017 - 6:06am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we looked at the world (earth) and concluded that it is best to maintain its temperature as a “constant” for the sake of humanity. At the same time it was noted that the release of earth’s stored energy from coal, gas, oil, etc., increases the “free” energy available.  

While this may be useful in the short run, the efficiency in maintaining the earth’s average temperature is affected by the chemicals and compounds released during energy extraction (e.g., greenhouse gases). It is better

Enchanted Island Populated By Amazing Singers And Actors

on August 4, 2017 - 6:03am
Ensemble Cast. Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
Anna Christy (Morgana) and Alek Shrader (Oronte). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

Los Alamos

Handel’s “'Alcina' is one of his “magic” operas which is based on an ancient epic poem. Handel’s traditional operatic style is a mixture of recitatives and da capo areas (the opening A section is repeated after an intervening B section). The arias may express amorous intention, sorrow, pity, despair or determination. In the repeated A section, feelings are usually intensified.

What is most appealing about

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Take Your Time

on August 4, 2017 - 6:02am

Los Alamos

Last September I embarked on a rigorous 30-day plan to get healthy and simplify my life. A best-selling book explained the step-by-step process in great detail. It was simple, all I had to do was follow each step as described and in less than a month my chaotic, demanding life would be chiseled down to a joy-filled, meaningful existence, and I would be living my full potential.


It has been nearly year and I can report I have progressed to day nine of the thirty-day plan. Except for the days when I slide back to day five.

Birth Announcement: Madison Rose Linnell

on August 3, 2017 - 7:58am

Madison Rose Linnell was born July 21 at Los Alamos Medical Center. Proud parents are Scott and Brenda Linnell of White Rock. Madison weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and was 20 inches long. Courtesy photo

This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 3, 2017 - 6:29am

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: All Those Ponderosa Seeds

on August 2, 2017 - 10:08am
Pairs of seeds about to flutter out of a pine cone. Photo by Nancy Castillo
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
A number of cones are lying on the ground beneath the dominant Ponderosa pine tree growing  behind the Aquatic Center. 
A very patient seed counter found that ponderosa trees may produce from 7,000 to 11,500 viable seeds for a year. This is before birds and squirrels begin to eat them. The seeds are enclosed in a wing and so may flutter away from the parent tree. Birds and squirrels also may carry away and store some seeds without eating them.    
As an

Home Country By Slim Randles: Space Blanket

on August 2, 2017 - 8:10am
Home Country
This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car.
There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
He couldn’t get Anita to go with him, because she just didn’t have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it’s kinda scientific in a way, you know.
The tarp was kinda pricey, but it was worth it.

Heinrich Viewpoint: New Mexico Must Build Homegrown Tech Workforce ... Here's One Way To Do It

on August 2, 2017 - 8:06am
By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
D-New Mexico

New Mexico has long been at the center of technology innovation. Research and development at our national laboratories, universities and military installations has led to major breakthroughs in computing, energy, health care and national security.
The technology industry is a driving force in creating jobs and expanding economic growth. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 7 million workers and added more than 100,000 new jobs.

McQuiston: May We Have Your Attention Please?

on August 1, 2017 - 10:03am
The Jemez Agency
When driving home from work this week, I came face to face with a distracted driver. The driver was looking down, eyes off the road, texting, and nearly hitting me.
Recent studies have shown drivers are more distracted, which accounted for 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries in 2014. It is even estimated that 1 in 4 car crashes involved cell phone use.
Take a look at a recent survey that was posted in USA Today. The percentage of drivers who reported speeding, red light running or texting while driving in the past 30 days:
  • 16-18 year olds  69

Morse: Walleye And Bass At Abiquiu Lake

on July 31, 2017 - 11:06am
Setting sun shines on Abiquiu Lake. Photo by George Morse/​
Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu serves green chile cheeseburgers and other items. Photo by George Morse/
Outdoors and Sports
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sunday morning a hunch that I had was confirmed. I’d been noticing that one of our hummingbird feeders that I usually end up refilling every day was not getting drained out as quickly. I suspected that a little rufous hummingbird had staked this feeder out and was chasing all others away.
Sure enough, Sunday I spotted the little

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Atomic Blonde’

on July 31, 2017 - 8:54am
Los Alamos
“Atomic Blonde” may not have a totally coherent plot at its core, but the movie is basically entertaining.
Based on a graphic novel entitled “The Coldest City”, the film wants to be a cult classic, an effort that fails. Instead it offers a kickass MI-6 spy named Lorraine Broughton, played by Charlize Theron, who gets to wear great outfits, smoke like a chimney, and take down a lot of bad guys.
The framework of the film is Lorraine, reporting to her “superiors” (played by Toby Jones, John Goodman and James Faulkner) the story of what went

Fr. Glenn: Farewell and Godspeed, Trev

on July 30, 2017 - 9:08am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

As you know, we lost 19-year-old Trevor Matuszak last Sunday to a tragic accident. Some found a bit of comfort in the homily (sermon) at his funeral Mass, so it is offered here:

To all of you friends and family of Trevor know our heartfelt condolences are with you as you endure this sorrow of his very untimely death. Trevor having died by a tragic accident reminds us that we never know our time upon this earth, or when we go to God. 

We’ve seen this often with recent unexpected deaths in our parish, and now … Trevor

Pastor Granillo: Perfect Love Part 2

on July 30, 2017 - 7:14am
La Vista Church
White Rock

Christian perfection is that love of God and our neighbour, which implies deliverance from all sin. – John Wesley

Christian perfection is simply the love of God and neighbor that proceeds from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This consuming love is the true evidence of sanctification, or baptism by the Holy Spirit. God’s will for us is not that we would be content with being saved from the fires of hell, but includes sanctifying us entirely so that we can properly receive His love and respond accordingly.

I will sprinkle clean water on

Tales Of Our Times: To Govern Is To Apportion Subsidies

on July 28, 2017 - 9:29am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
To Govern Is To Apportion Subsidies 
Do you favor government subsidies? Does the political party you support favor or oppose subsidies? Now cover a subsidy in different packaging: try the name “handout,” then try “incentive.” See how different the subsidy looks.     
Lumping together the styles of regard, a large fraction of politics amounts to wrangles to get or prevent government subsidies for this interest or that one. And party labels tell us nothing about who likes or dislikes subsidies.

Letter To The Editor: Scams In Today’s Digital Age

on July 28, 2017 - 6:34am
Los Alamos
Today’s digital age comes with many opportunities never before seen or imagined. One can connect with friends and family across the world, have instantaneous access to a plethora of knowledge, and complete all shopping from the convenience of a handheld device.
Unfortunately, these modern conveniences can render users into victims of scams, thievery, and hackings without users even leaving their house or physically interacting with their perpetrator.
Gone are the days when a thief has to make a slit in your coin purse as you walk down the street in

Local Businesses And Organizations Share Stories About Los Alamos Ranch School Boys

on July 27, 2017 - 5:04pm

Sandra West, left, and Elizabeth Turner hold a profile of Luna Leopold, an earth scientist and hydrologist. The profile is on display at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is one of more than 30 panels about Los Alamos Ranch School students now on display around town. Photo by Aimee Slaughter


Los Alamos Historical Society

Marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Los Alamos Ranch School, local businesses and organizations have teamed with the Los Alamos Historical Society to share stories about some of the

Sampling Steve Jobs Stirs Emotions For 90 Minutes

on July 27, 2017 - 5:03pm
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Jessica Jones (Chrisann Brennan). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
Edward Parks (Steve Jobs) and Wei Wu (Kṑbun Chino Otogawa). Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017

Los Alamos

Composer Mason Bates sampled many sources of sounds in constructing his electronica based score. His goal was to create sound worlds for each character – sonic IDs. For Jobs he describes it as a quicksilver blend of orchestra and electronica incorporating Mac computer sounds.

World Futures: Efficiency (Part One)

on July 27, 2017 - 4:56pm

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Efficiency is a measure of avoiding waste while doing things well and successfully. Let’s consider it from two perspectives:  the world (part 1) and humanity (parts two, three and four).

The world exists with essentially one energy source – the sun. You can argue that there also is coal, natural gas, oil, wind, ocean currents, and on and on.  But without the daily supply of energy from the sun, these other sources would rapidly run out.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 27, 2017 - 8:11am

Mesa Public Library Screens 'Roxanne'

on July 26, 2017 - 5:14pm
Los Alamos

There was Pinoccio. There was Cyrano de Bergerac. And then, there was Steve Martin in “Roxanne” (1987, rated PG), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.  3, at Mesa Public Library.

Martin, as screenwriter and lead actor, and director Fred Schepisi take the story of the plentiful proboscis to its romantic and comedic extreme in this retelling of de Bergerac’s classic tale.

C.D. Bates (Martin) runs a small-town fire department staffed by well-intentioned men who can neither save an altitude-wary cat nor snuff a fire.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 26

on July 26, 2017 - 9:50am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The best stream fishing right now is in the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake.
The streamflows are holding up well so far this summer and have been above normal. About the only real drawback right now is that sometimes afternoon thunderstorms can muddy the water. The Chama River below El Vado Dam has also been fishing well and streamflows there have been at a very fishable 300 cubic-feet- per-second during the week. The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is still very murky and the fishing has been slow.
The streamflows

Johnson: Guarding The Guardians

on July 26, 2017 - 4:29am
Los Alamos
Guarding the Guardians: The Challenge of Protecting the Incapacitated New Mexico’s Guardianship System provides the statutory framework for guardianship and care to be provided to incapacitated adults deemed to not possess the mental ability to care for themselves and their assets any longer.
Due to the expense of Guardianship proceedings these adults must have sufficient financial resources in order to afford the court proceedings necessary for the appointment of a guardian.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Dunkirk'

on July 25, 2017 - 7:22am
Los Alamos
“Dunkirk” is the somber retelling of the attempted evacuation of 400,000 primarily British troops from the beach at Dunkerque, France, between May 26 and June 4 of 1940.
Surrounded by the Nazis, they are waiting on the beach, lined up in their battalions. Distracted by their preparations to take Paris, the Nazis pay scant attention, except to send the Luftwaffe and U-Boats to frustrate the evacuation.
Students of history will appreciate being a virtual witness to the “Miracle of Dunkirk”, a story little known here: in fact, the Battle of Dunkirk

Fr. Glenn: Keeping Perspective

on July 23, 2017 - 7:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Perspective. We’re always in danger of losing perspective when we become too focused upon ourselves and our own little worlds/kingdoms, imagining that things that concern ourselves have much greater import than they actually have in the broader scheme of things.

We all fall into this at times because of our innate propensity toward self-interest and self-absorption.