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Letter To The Editor: The 1940’s Radio Hour --- A Great Veterans Day Weekend Activity

on November 7, 2016 - 5:48pm
Los Alamos

I was genuinely disturbed and disappointed by Bonnie Gordon’s review of the Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of the 1940’s Radio Hour on November 5, 2016. I attended the same opening performance and it was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by every single person in the house with the obvious exception of Bonnie. I agree with Bonnie that she was not the ideal person to review the play and go further in saying she should have recused herself.

Yes, the characters were stereotypes but so what?

Pastor Granillo: A Theology Of Salt

on November 6, 2016 - 7:49am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos

A Theology of Salt.

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” (Matthew 5:13 NIV)  

I heard the most profound observation concerning salt in this passage. It was so profound I could no longer look at the rest of this passage, or of anything else that Jesus had said, in the same way. Dr. Ron Benefiel shared with a small group that salt is…Are you ready? Salt is…salty.

I find myself, very often, trying to find the deep

Yang: A Pictorial Memory Journey

on November 4, 2016 - 8:31am
Gladiolus by Elena Yang. Photo by Elena Yang
Story, Art and Photography by
Los Alamos

In this penultimate post…at least till spring of 2017, I want to share with you some of my photographic memories of this part of the world.

Photo by Elena Yang

I am not a morning person by nature, and so whenever I catch spectacular sunrises, they’re all the more special to me.
The dramatic sky in the southwest desert is almost a weekly event, sometimes daily. I must have accumulated hundreds of shots in my files.

Photo by Elena Yang

And the clouds. The Clouds!

Letter To The Editor: Pick Stover - She Really Knows Los Alamos

on November 3, 2016 - 7:21pm
Los Alamos County Council
I believe Sharon Stover is our best choice for State Representative. If years of involvement in our community and the northern New Mexico region is any measure, the best representative is Ms. Stover.  
Ms. Stover has been a part of the very fabric of our community and region for over 30 years.

Cinema Cindy: Keeping Up With The Joneses

on November 3, 2016 - 6:42pm
Los Alamos
“Keeping up with the Joneses” is an entertaining, lightweight spy movie. It may be too lightweight for those with affection for great action flicks. But it is lighthearted fun for anyone with a sense of humor about Suburbia and therapeutic intervention.
Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) are fairly ordinary, upper middle class parents living on a cul de sac. Their boys go off to camp for the summer, allowing us to get to know Jeff and Karen as individuals and a couple.
The house next door has just sold and quickly the new

McQuiston: Mold Is A Four Letter Word In Insurance

on November 3, 2016 - 6:35pm

The Jemez Agency

I was talking with a home owner the other day when the topic of mold came up.
Mold strikes fear into the hearts of those who’ve heard horror stories about toxic mold, expensive mold remediation, and denied home owners insurance claims. Yet mold can be found anywhere, including in most homes. It’s usually harmless. Mold needs warmth and moisture to thrive.

Problems can arise for home owners when the presence of persistent moisture goes undetected or unresolved, leading to widespread mold growth.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 3, 2016 - 6:29pm

Yesterday ... Remembering Don Liska

on November 3, 2016 - 1:38pm
Formerly of Los Alamos                       

To know Don Liska was to know the huge fervor he had for life.

On the anniversary of his birthday, I recall many fond memories. I met Don in 1953 at the University Of Wisconsin while rock climbing with the Hoofers at Devil’s Lake near Madison.

We married and after a few years in Culver City where Don and I worked at Hughes Aircraft, we started on our first big trip joining an American Youth Hostel trip in Russia. It was the first year of Russia's Intourist.

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Guests

on November 3, 2016 - 1:25pm
Guest bedroom with luggage rack is ready to welcome visitors. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Now that it’s November, the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for guests with affordable ideas to refresh and organize your home.

Identify And Anticipate Needs
The only way identify what your guests might need is to stay in your guest room overnight. You might find you need an extra blanket, pillow, clock, radio, or reading materials.

McNiel: The Culmination

on November 1, 2016 - 11:20pm
Los Alamos

It all comes down to this game! The stage is set and the outcome is as big as the mountains in the back drop.

To quote Travis’s father Mark Gonzales, “This is how you want to play at the end of your senior year." 

In case you don’t know, it’s senior night, it’s a district championship, it’s potentially the last home game of the season, and that’s just the football game. For 10 young men it could be the last time they put on the topper uniform and run out of the helmet.

'Born Yesterday' At Library Thursday

on November 1, 2016 - 8:35pm
Movie poster for 'Born Yesterday'.
Los Alamos

If only real life were as satisfyingly ironic as the plot of “Born Yesterday” (1950) screening at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series.


In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” the film features an educated man “remaking” an unrefined woman. However, in this case, it is the woman’s patronizing though even less refined fiance who hires the handsome tutor.


The phrase “you have no one to blame but yourself” has never been more apt, as the loud, brash — but also

Pereyra: What Happened To Us?

on November 1, 2016 - 11:14am
By Ramiro A. Pereyra III (Trey)
Los Alamos
What Happened to us?
Since I was around 10 years old, my morning always started the same way. I would wake up, get ready, and then go down and watch the news. I remember at 10 or 11 watching the news and seeing some of the sad things in the world, but not as much as there is today.
It hurts me everyday to see so many people suffering and I continue to think “why?” Why do we hate each other so much? Why are acting so horribly to one another? What happened to the love we had for one another? What happened to us?
Over the last several

How The Hen House Turns: Walking Sadie Sue On The San Andreas Fault

on October 31, 2016 - 8:18am
Sadie Sue takes a walk with her owner. Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos

My friend Sadie Sue lives in our retirement center, built (apparently with blind faith) between two forks of the infamous San Andreas Fault in California. In the nearby Open Space Reserve, a hiking trail parallels the fault, which is a lovely ravine filled with huge, unsuspecting liveoak trees, a large duck pond, and colorful poison oak.

Sadie Sue is a Cuban Havanese dog. Her white wavy hair lies neatly all over a trim ten-pound body.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Accountant’

on October 31, 2016 - 8:14am

Los Alamos

“The Accountant” stars Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff, an autistic guy who happens to be a math savant. He works as a very private accountant for some of the world’s most notorious characters, un-cooking their books.

Now he’s laying low, has his own CPA firm and is helping people, like one farm couple trying to figure out their tax liability. And, oh, by the way, he is a sharpshooter and can whip any bad dude in seconds with his bare hands.

Christian takes on a supersize accounting mess with a corporation run by a brother and sister team (John Lithgow and Jean

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Trending In Baths

on October 31, 2016 - 8:13am
Bathroom with a barrier free shower with a linear drain. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos
In renovating my master bathroom, I’ve been looking into the latest trends and weighing the old with the new. One thing is for sure, linear drains are hot - here is why.

Previously, shower floors were fairly predictable – a round drain, centered, underfoot and highly visible. That’s changed over the past few years as sleek linear drains have quickly caught the attention of designers and homeowners thanks to their modern, streamlined appearance and installation flexibility.


Domestic Violence: Firearms

on October 30, 2016 - 10:50am
Los Alamos
In a politically charged climate, such as the one which envelops the country at the present time, any mention of “gun control” or “gun laws” is likely to evoke lively reactions, pro and con.
Nevertheless, in an era of ever increasing numbers of incidents of domestic violence, such discussions are essential to addressing the connections between domestic violence and firearms.

Pastor Granillo: Wet Christians

on October 30, 2016 - 8:34am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
Wet Christians. 

After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17 NASB)

The story of Jesus’ baptism marks the beginning of His ministry in all four of the gospels. Should it concern us that the common practice of the Christian Church today is to mark baptism as our crowing goal for an individual?

Domestic Violence: The Golden Rule

on October 29, 2016 - 9:34am
Los Alamos
One popular incarnation of the Golden Rule says, “Whoever has the gold makes the rules.” Control over the bank account may contribute in substantial ways to the existence of an abusive domestic relationship. As may be true with other forms of abuse, financial abuse may take place on a continuum, from decisions and actions masquerading as kindness or consideration, to virtual imprisonment in a relationship from which escape appears impossible.
Forms of financial abuse include:
  • Forbidding the victim to work;
  • Controlling employment opportunities;
  • Controlling

Tales Of Our Times: Pioneering Greens Report From Siberia

on October 28, 2016 - 10:04am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Pioneering Greens Report From Siberia
One day in the mid-1990s, my answering machine spoke from Pittsburgh. I heard: "Through my engineering business, I have a letter for you from a Russian friend who heads an environmental group." Thus came the letter to NMCCA&W from Mr. V. V. Bordunov, President of the ALiOM Club, a citizens group at work for clean air and water in Tomsk, which lies halfway between Moscow and Korea. 
Mr. Bordunov wrote in clear words about their effective citizen action.

Yang: A Fantasy Revisited - This One Involves Goats And Bureaucracy

on October 28, 2016 - 7:58am

Los Alamos

Author’s note: It’s time for me to draw to closure of my column for the LA Daily Post. I have a few fond memories to share. For this week, it’s one of my favorite fantasy pieces, first appeared about two years ago. And since this is a fantasy, let’s pretend that you don’t know where I live and what organization I refer to in this post.

A nearby community college recently purchased two goats, mother and kid, to handle the landscape maintenance on their 60+ acre campus. The groundskeeper could not keep up with the invasive trees, shrubs, and weeds.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on October 27, 2016 - 3:21pm

Nobile: Why Am I Running For Probate Judge?

on October 27, 2016 - 11:42am
By Anne Nobile
Candidate for Probate Judge

Last winter I became aware there would be an opportunity to continue being of service to Los Alamos County in a capacity I would enjoy. With the encouragement of longtime friends and fellow volunteers, I soon applied.

I was appointed by the County Council June 21 for a term lasting until Dec. 31.

My letter of interest reviewed my experience as a paralegal, applying government regulations, such as OSHA and ANSI, in my job at the Lab and volunteering as a Planning & Zoning Commissioner for six years.

Sheehey: What I Have To Offer

on October 27, 2016 - 11:41am
Democratic Candidate for Re-Election to County Council

What do I have to offer the citizens of Los Alamos, if re-elected to County Council? I have learned a lot in my first term on Council, and worked for the things residents told me they wanted when I knocked on their doors four years ago: to go ahead with the most important investments for our future, but don’t spend too much, and make sure we get good value for taxpayers’ dollars.

Izraelevitz: What Dinosaurs Taught Me About Parenting

on October 27, 2016 - 10:23am

Los Alamos
My wife and I were in Albuquerque one early Sunday morning, and she suggested we eat at the The Grove on Central Avenue, a very nice place featuring fresh ingredients, novel variations on breakfast items, and the location of a gruesome poisoning in the final season of Breaking Bad.
There were no poisonings while we were there, but as we lounged in the patio, I noticed a young family at a neighboring table featuring a toddler who had brought a toy dinosaur, and had accommodated his friend in the adjacent chair.
That scene brought back memories to

Chicoine: We Need A DA Who Will Enforce The Law

on October 27, 2016 - 9:04am
GOP Candidate for District Attorney

I am seeking election as your District Attorney because I believe the people of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe Counties deserve a District Attorney who is committed to restoring respect for the rule of law. 

We need change.  We need a District Attorney who makes clear that criminal conduct is unacceptable, and who is willing and unafraid to hold lawbreakers accountable.

Accountability means an end to revolving door justice. It means greater safety and security for all of us. Accountability makes second chances possible.