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Column: If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…

on November 19, 2012 - 7:44am
If We Must Have Scandals And Dramas…
Column by Elena Yang

At least, let’s glean some lessons from the political and business news of this week. 

I am struck, yet again, by the cosmic distance between the top management and the rest of the working crowd. 

And as usual, a good portion of this distance is caused by the monstrous ego of the manager/leader. 

But ego cannot flourish without the implicit or explicit consent of its audience. 

(I did plan to continue sharing more thoughts on diversity/multiculturalism. However, sometimes, current news demands immediate attention.

And lessons


on November 18, 2012 - 7:53am
By David Izraelevitz
Los Alamos County Councilor

(Started Sept. 9, 2005)


We were looking at pictures of Adam’s first steps a few years ago, when Terry pointed to me in the picture.

“David, you still have that sweater in the closet. Let me tell you something only a friend would say: After 14 years in the closet, that argyle sweater has got to go.”

'You are not my friend, honey, you are my wife.' As you might imagine, the conversation went south from there.

To say that I have a love affair with clothes is not quite accurate.


Money IQ: Security: Two-Factor Authentication

on November 14, 2012 - 4:32pm
Money IQ
By Michael Carson

Security: Two-Factor Authentication

The risk of having an online account breached is increasing every day as cybercriminals continue to evolve and refine their methods.

Simply having a user ID and password as an authentication method is no longer enough to truly protect your account.

You need a form of two-factor authentication. What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication requires more information than something you know, such as a password.

It adds the additional criteria of something you must have.

Food on the Hill: Smoked Deviled Eggs

on November 13, 2012 - 7:15am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Smoked Deviled Eggs

Photo by Sue York/


10 hard boiled eggs, peeled
Soaked wood chips
Charcoal grill
1/3 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup finally chopped onions
¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon
1 to 1 ½ tablespoons red Sriracha Rooster Sauce or to taste


Photo by Sue York/

Soak the wood chips in water for about ½ hour and then drain. I do this in a plastic bag, I just find it easier. Cook the charcoal in the grill until they get a light coat of gray. Move all of the briquettes to one side of the grill.

Asterman's Movie Reviews: Wreck-It Ralph, Twilight V - Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall

on November 12, 2012 - 5:25pm


The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman
(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)
Wreck-It Ralph


Advisory – Since the film stars Sarah Silverman, obviously there are jokes geared for the parents, but parents need not worry, as each one is carefully crafted to miss the impressionable minds.

The kids will likely be far more scared of the insect monsters, but every good kid’s story has a few things to send the shivers.

It’s ­­­downright strange to think a Disney-video game crossover film tapped into my heart more deeply than Pixar’s Celtic phase.

Video game related movies have a worse

Column: Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

on November 12, 2012 - 7:23am
Column by Elena Yang
Diversity or Multiculturalism - It’s All About Working With Differences

Diversity or multiculturalism is not a goal; it’s a process. 

A process of working with differences; a process that has always existed although without a name until recently; a process that will continue to exist for the next millennium. 

Race and gender were some of the first-noted categories, but now more and more groups have been added to the list. 

Like research on leadership, research on diversity and multiculturalism has been abundant, and abundantly described in books, journal articles,

Column: Insecurity with LANL Security Project

on November 9, 2012 - 10:20am

By Greg Kendall
When news broke out a few months ago that an 80-year-old nun and two retiree peace activist had defeated our nation's highest level security systems at the Y-12 site in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and had spent a leisurely evening throwing blood on the walls of a building that houses nuclear weapon components, I was glad that it had not happened here in Los Alamos. 
Los Alamos security had to be better - much better than the apparent joke that is security at Y-12, I thought to myself. I have now had to re-evaluate that thought.
Would an octogenarian nun

Column: Analytical Failures in the 2012 Election Results with Implications for Other Topics of Importance

on November 9, 2012 - 7:19am
Thoughts from a – hopefully – Enlightened Skeptic
By Ralph E. Chapman

To listen to the pundits before the election you would think that anything could have happened last Tuesday when we all went to the polls.  

The mainstream media was emphasizing just how close the election was going to be and that Mr. Obama was potentially in grave danger of becoming a one-term president.

If you listened to the conservative pundits you were assured that good, as they define it, would win out over evil; some suggested it would be a rout with Gov. Romney getting over 300 electoral votes.

As an aside,

Column: Hannemann's Music Corner - Practice

on November 8, 2012 - 7:53am
Hannemann's Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
Welcome – Practice

Welcome to a variety of columns on Music. Not entertainment, nor Happenings, nor Events, but Music. 

Some columns are answers to questions people ask, and I invite you to add fuel to the fire by firing off any questions you may have. 

Topics will cover the full spectrum: music history, music theory, music as a business, music performance, instrument playing tips.

Some will be short, some not so. Some will have notation (so early on will be some columns about reading notation.)

First up: Practice.

I am absurdly ADHD, which means

On the Mesa Facing North: A Big Night for Local Democrats

on November 7, 2012 - 2:22pm

Column by Greg Kendall
Los Alamos Democrats celebrated election results that were very much to their liking. A group of them were seen cheering the national, state and local wins at the new Pajarito Brewpub & Grill late Tuesday night.
With Obama taking the Presidency,  Martin Heinrich taking the former senate seat of Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Ben Ray Lujan returning to the House of Representatives, the national scene gave local Democrats something big to cheer about, and they did.
In Los Alamos, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, Heinrich (D) lost to Rep.

Money IQ: Avoid Holiday Shopping Surprises – Know Your Debit Card Daily Purchase Limit

on November 7, 2012 - 2:22pm
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez

Avoid Holiday Shopping Surprises – Know Your Debit Card Daily Purchase Limit

During the holiday season, it is not uncommon to spend more on a daily basis than usual.

If you are planning on using your debit card to pay for purchases, it is a good idea to be familiar with your financial institutions daily debit card purchase transaction limit.

You have probably witnessed (or have experienced it yourself), a shopper’s debit card being declined at the check-out stand.

The shopper insists that they have money in their checking account but the cashier is unable

Column: Pain Relief Through Posture Alignment

on November 7, 2012 - 2:14pm

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Do you have joint or muscle pain? It may be your posture. According to the Egoscue Method® of posture alignment the “design posture” of the human body is to have the load-bearing joints of the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles at 90-degree angles to each other from the front and side views.

Stand up and take a look – are your shoulders level, hips square and feet pointed straight ahead?

Deviation from this “design posture” can lead to pain as a result of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and compensations.

Dysfunctions are when the body's musculoskeletal system loses


Letter to the Editor: Otowi Station, This Town Will Miss You!

on November 6, 2012 - 8:06am
By Colleen Olinger
Former Owner of Otowi Station Bookstore

Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop closed its doors a few days ago having served Los Alamos/White Rock residents and visitors for almost 20 years.

Before that, its parent store, Ojo de Dios Bookstore, served our community many more years.

Bart and I purchased Ojo de Dios in 1990 from Harold Burnett and expanded it to our brand new Otowi Station site in 1993.

We owned Otowi until late 2005, when Peggy Durbin and Michele Vochosky took over - encountering a very rough business climate.

The store is enveloped in

Food on the Hill: Scallop Coquille

on November 6, 2012 - 8:05am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Scallop Coquille
Photo by Sue York/
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Scallops
  • Total 7 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • salt/ pepper
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
Photo by Sue York/

Sauté shallot in 2 tablespoons butter, until soft.

Photo by Sue York/

Add scallops, bay leaf, thyme, wine and poach for 3 minutes.

Column: A Positive Portrayal - Level-5 Leadership

on November 5, 2012 - 8:44am
A Positive Portrayal: Level-5 Leadership
Column By Elena Yang

Is it precisely because one does not regard oneself as a leader, or even a potential leader, that one has the real possibility to become a leader?  

If true, this is the paradox of true leadership. I am not going back to discuss leaders or managers, but instead discuss the powers which a manager applies to build and sustain an organization. Besides, I owe you some positive examples, don’t I?

The funny thing is that pinpointing the specific achievements of really effective leaders, the achievements that make a lasting impression

Column: Vote For Survival

on November 3, 2012 - 6:54pm
Column By Tom King
White Rock

If you want fewer jobs in the state and the nation, vote Republican. If you want national policies that favor Wall Street over Main Street, vote Republican.

If you want college to be less affordable for you and your grown children, vote Republican.

If you want more wars and less peace, vote Republican. If you want Medicare to be hollowed out and collapse by way of a voucher system, vote Republican.

If you want Social Security to be turned into a Wall Street stocks and bonds casino operation, vote Republican.

If you want the super-rich to get richer with


'Bless Me Ultima' Tests Family Bond

on November 3, 2012 - 8:06am

Courtesy photo

Movie Review By Kirsten Laskey

“Bless Me Ultima,” which is based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, can not simply be viewed and then carelessly forgotten once the credits start rolling down the movie screen.

To truly appreciate and understand this film by Carl Franklin, you have to really sink your teeth into it, chew on its themes and digest its meanings.

The movie focuses on a young boy, Antonio, and his coming-of-age story in 1940s New Mexico.

This story has many, many layers to it.


Conscious Aging: Are You Ready for an 'Encore' Career?

on November 2, 2012 - 8:21am

Column By Ann Shafer

Are you ready for an encore career? You ask, “What in the world is an encore career?” 

An encore career is employment after you retire from a major job such as from the Lab. 

The term “encore” comes from the book, “Encore” by Marc Freedman with the subtitle, “Finding work that matters in the second half of life.”

What happens when you retire and feel like your life is going in a downward spiral? 

You are definitely not ready to become a senior citizen.


Asterman's Movie Reviews for Pitch Perfect, Seven Psychopaths and Paranormal Activity 4

on October 31, 2012 - 10:11am

The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman

(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)

Pitch Perfect


Advisory – Gleefully vulgar. The whole time I was watching the film, I was convinced of two things: how unbelievable I felt actually enjoying the movie, how obvious it was the film was just barely pared down from an R-Rating. Any kid mature enough to watch the original Austin Powers movie should be fine with Pitch Perfect, but it still remains a judgment call for the parents.

The greatest positive of writing movie reviews is when, against all odds, the film you’d instinctively avoid otherwise

Food on the Hill: Chicken Tetrazzini

on October 30, 2012 - 8:42am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Chicken Tetrazzini

Photo by Sue York/
  • 4-6 chicken breasts, cut up and fried in 5 garlic cloves that have been pressed and 1 ½ tablespoons butter & 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. After frying set aside, reserve any liquid
  • 8 Tablespoons flour
  • 8 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups chicken broth or 2 cans of progressive starters (garlic flavor)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small jar pimentos, drained
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 of a 16 oz box of thin spaghetti, cook and drained
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Photo by Sue

Column: Management of Power - The Slytherins Have Won

on October 29, 2012 - 6:27am

Column By Elena Yang

Management of Power: the Slytherins have won

In the last entry, I noted that those who craved extreme power seemed to be one dimensional in their evilness and their use of power was inevitably unidirectional. 

This doesn’t happen very often in real life – thank goodness – and probably even less likely in organizations, one hopes. 

However, in modern organizations, most managers with a lot of power rather resemble those described for the Slytherin House members in Harry Potter books; by that I mean most managers, especially at the top levels, make their way

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Hoodoos for Halloween?

on October 28, 2012 - 11:00pm
PEEC Amateur Naturalist

Column by Robert Dryja

How many of us remember when we had to evacuate Los Alamos due to the Cerro Grande forest fire? 

Many drove down the forest road through Rendija Canyon that passes by the Sportsmen’s Club as part of evacuating Los Alamos and remember this part of the evacuation very well.

But how many of us recall the tall, silent hoodoo rock formations that stood beside the road as we drove by? 

About six of these sentinels stand near the road, one of them almost 20 feet tall.


Money IQ: Transfer of Assets After Death

on October 24, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ:
By Dan Monte

Transfer of Assets After Death

Tom and Sarah were both 84 and had been married for 62 years. They had five children, only one of whom lived nearby.

Tom and Sarah owned their home, cars, bank accounts and investment accounts as joint tenants.

All of their retirement assets and life insurance policies named each other as the primary beneficiary.

Several years ago, they hired an attorney who prepared last wills and testament for each of them.

Simply, each will directed the transfer of all assets to the surviving spouse and then to the kids in equal shares.

Sarah died

Food on the Hill: Wine Poached Stuffed Pears

on October 23, 2012 - 6:30am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Wine Poached Stuffed Pears
Photo by Sue York/
4 pears, all about the same size and stands well. They need to be ripe, but still firm
1 cup white sugar
2 cups sweet red wine
2 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup of well chopped walnuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
Photo by Sue York/
Cut off the cap of each pear. Using a round core cutter and a 1/4 teaspoon measure spoon and a thin sharp knife remove the core of each pear very carefully. Do not cut the pear all the way through the bottom. Very

Column: Following The Hogwarts’ Path On Power - Part III

on October 22, 2012 - 8:46am

Column by Elena Yang
Following the Hogwarts’ Path On Power
Part III
Now, about followers.

When leaders are absent, there are those amongst the followers who would and could step in and become leaders. 

When the trio, Harry, Hermonie and Ron, returned to Hogwarts to find the final Horcrux, they found Longbottom and Ginny Weasley had lead the students in various rebellious acts against the Dark Lord’s cadre of teachers and rules. 

When Harry had to pretend to be dead in Hagrid’s arms, it was Longbottom who came charging at Voldemort.