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Pastor Granillo: Perfect Love Part 1

on July 23, 2017 - 7:01am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Christian perfection is that love of God and our neighbor… –John Wesley
 
Growing up, I was always under the impression that being a Christian was for the sake of going to heaven rather than hell. This was, and still is, a sad simplification. This “Jesus, to get to heaven” mentality has caused many to miss out on the fullness of the gospel, and others to simply reject it. It may even keep many of us from obeying the will of God. Let me explain.
 
Jesus often spoke of the importance of the Holy Spirit. But the Counselor, the Holy

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Three

on July 21, 2017 - 8:40am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous two columns we explored how we make collective decisions for saving earth and humanity. These decisions encompassed both the what and the how, with how being the creative or most difficult part. We looked at the Special Theory of Relativity, cold fusion, reporting on a survey, the U.S. Constitution, the Communist Manifesto, and the Paris Agreement. Now it is appropriate to explore implications for parts of the List of 18.
 
Energy: How do we make alternative energy affordable?

Home Country: Lots Of Love At Old Swimming Hole

on July 21, 2017 - 8:03am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
Bert and Maizie were down at the swimming hole on Lewis Creek the other day. Saturday it was. The sun was bright hot and these two lovers had found a nice patch of shade near the tire swing tree where they could sip iced tea and watch the youngsters.
 
The little kids were in the shallow wading area, some in underwear, some in none-derwear, and all of them squealing and splashing. The kids who had turned 13 or 14, however, waited their turns at the tire swing. One by one they swung out, flashing in the sun, arching and stretching and knifing into the water.

McQuiston: Lightning Strike Prevention

on July 21, 2017 - 8:00am
By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
The summer storm season is upon us and with storms come one of the most fearful and unpredictable forces of nature: lightning. A single bolt of lightning can carry more than 100 million volts of electricity and create a significant amount of damage to your home and personal property.
 
More than $825 million in lighting damage claims was paid out in 2016 to more than 100,000 policyholders nationwide. There was a total of 109,049 lightning claims in 2016 and each claim averaged $7,571.90 in damages paid.
 
The top three states for reported lighting

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Throw A Party

on July 21, 2017 - 7:52am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
I really love throwing a good party, and I have been organizing and hosting gatherings both personally and professionally for nearly 40 years. One of the first events I ever hosted was a housewarming party. My now ex-husband and I had bought a brand new tract home in a starter neighborhood.
We were thrilled to be homeowners. It was March in Phoenix and I was heavily pregnant. My daughter was two years old and my son was due in a few short weeks.

I had worked for days to get our new home clean and organized.

A Functional But Limited Sheriff’s Office For Los Alamos

on July 20, 2017 - 10:05am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
 
The County Council will consider the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos in a Special Session at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at the Los Alamos Municipal Building.
 
The Council, not including myself, called an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, Los Alamos voted to keep an elected Sheriff. I believe a majority on Council now accepts that our citizens want a functional Sheriff’s Office. We need to agree on what the Sheriff’s functions will be.
 
I am proposing a Resolution: (

Sheriff Lucero: To The Citizens Of Los Alamos County … Regarding Resolution 17-08

on July 20, 2017 - 9:52am
By MARCO V. LUCERO  
Los Alamos County Sheriff

As your elected sheriff for the past six and a half years, I have done my best to provide services that hold true to my faith, the Office of the Sheriff and my passion to enhance public safety. With little or no resources provided by local government I have done my best to provide services. 

I know that life pits us with those who do not agree with what we try to do. I know that despite our good intentions, some people are going to smear us. I realize that is part of holding public office.

Smart Design By Suzette: Living A Simpler Life In A Modern World

on July 20, 2017 - 9:48am
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Today’s world has many luxuries that are supposed to make life easier.
 
At times they may, but other times, they make life more complicated. Yes, I need a kitchen remodel, yes a bathroom remodel too. But when I’m feeling stressed out by what I ‘think’ I need, I look inward at what is making me unhappy or anxious. It might not be the remodel at all. It might be a combination of life stressors - observing the effect it has on my family, my finances and my sanity.
 
To feel a sense of peace and happiness again, I try to think about how I can achieve

Slim Randles Home Country: Evidently Dreams Don’t Come With Calendars

on July 20, 2017 - 9:17am
By SLIM RANDLES
Home Country
 
“You don’t mean it!”
 
“Sure as I’m sittin’ here, Doc,” Herb said, putting an extra swirl to his coffee and cream.
 
“Flying lessons?”
 
“Yessir. Said he wanted to do it before he got old. I know. I know. He’s already old, but still, he’s up about every weekend now, buzzing around.”
 
“That’s just nuts,” Doc said, “I know for a fact he won’t see 70 again.”
 
“True enough, Doc, but you know they aren’t letting him take the plane up by himself.”
 
“Thank goodness for that. But what in the world made him want to fly a plane?”
 
“When I asked him

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Baby Driver

on July 18, 2017 - 6:59am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Baby Driver” was released on June 28th and has been getting some great reviews ever since. The title may distract from the theme, but think of Paul Simon’s famous tune of the same name and you get the picture.

This is a combination heist flick and hot pursuit action film, directed by Edgar Wright. The soundtrack is a marvelous compilation of popular/rock mood and motivational tunes. The best thing about this film is the way it was edited so that the beat of Baby’s tunes punctuates and choreographs the action.

Fr. Glenn: The Curious Mind

on July 16, 2017 - 8:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Had a minor illness last week, and the ol’ brain started wondering: “Hmmm. How does the immune system fix this? Think I’ll look it up.” Or you might see some device and think: “Huh. I wonder how that works.” And then off to the Internet or to the library or to the toolbox you go … seeking explanation.

Intellectual curiosity—something not lacking in THIS town. Perhaps we with science and engineering backgrounds have this propensity more than most. “Wait! YOU have a science background?!” Yup; B.S.

Pastor Granillo: Time

on July 16, 2017 - 7:10am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
. —Pink Floyd “Time”
 
I love this lyric. It reminds me that I cannot pinpoint the moment when I realized that much of time had passed me by. I remember, when I was a child, that becoming a teenager seemed so far off. I remember, as a teen, thinking that 18 and 21 were so far off.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on July 14, 2017 - 1:08pm

How The Hen House Turns: Don’t Mess With Parrots

on July 14, 2017 - 7:58am
Miranda sitting with toy bird. Courtesy photo
 
How the Hen House Turns—Don’t Mess With Parrots
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Last week I was asked to care for three parrots, while their adoptive ”parents” traveled to Paris.
 
The job seemed simple enough—rotate the three food and water dishes to the outside of each bird’s cage, clean them and add ¼ cup of water to one, kibbles to a second, and chopped vegetables to the third.
 
I prepared the chopped vegetables on arrival and stored them in the refrigerator. Okay. So far so good.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Value Of Interior Design – Why Hire A Designer?

on July 14, 2017 - 4:53am
Working with an interior designer. Courtesy photo
 

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Lately I’ve been pondering how to communicate the value of interior design. Defining one’s personal value is more than what service we offer, of course, but it’s good to communicate a lifetime’s wealth of knowledge in order to help others.

One of the most common myths about working with an interior designer is that it will cost too much. While it is true that some designers command high fees, many charge rates that are quite reasonable and affordable.

Santa Fe Opera: Lucia’s Ecstasy, Agony, Brokenness And Transcendence

on July 14, 2017 - 4:46am
Lucia (Brenda Rae) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 
Enrico Ashton (Zachary Nelson) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus.  Photo by Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
 

By CARL NEWTON
Los Alamos

The opening weekend of the Santa Fe Opera followed the ridiculous Die Fledermaus on Saturday night with the sublime bel canto seria Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti directed by Ron Daniels. Daniels had never seen Lucia before the task of directing it was presented to him. He proved more than worthy of the challenge.

Daniels’ modus operandi is to study the

McQuiston: What Is Additional Living Expense Coverage?

on July 14, 2017 - 4:44am

By ALLEN McQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Not many people sit and think about what they would do if a devastating tornado or fire completely demolished their home and left them “homeless.” When the unthinkable happens, Additional Living Expense, an often overlooked coverage that is typically part of a homeowners policy, may prove to be a financial and emotional lifesaver.

Homeowners insurance is an intangible asset that can be difficult to understand – until you really need it! Yet it provides peace of mind should a catastrophe occur.

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part Two

on July 14, 2017 - 4:39am

World Futures:  What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series, three documents were listed for suggested for reading. In your busy schedule, did you have the time? Let’s consider the challenge.

There is a card in circulation titled “100 Days of Summer Get Out. Get Active” One of the check boxes is “Read 100 Books.” What does this really mean?  According to www.reading soft.com, the average person reads 200 words per minute with 65 percent comprehension. Checking Wikipedia, novels range from 100,000 to 175,000 words.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Carry Someone To Shore

on July 13, 2017 - 6:20am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Did you read this inspiring story? It has been all over the news and social media:

On Saturday in Panama City, Florida, a group of swimmers were pulled out to sea by a powerful rip current. Rescue attempts had been made by various individuals, all of whom became stranded in the riptide themselves.

Jessica Simmons and her husband Derek were taking a walk when flashing emergency lights alerted them to a group of a dozen stranded swimmers shouting for help. Jessica and husband, both strong swimmers, rallied and organized the crowd into a human chain.

Chapman: On Volunteers In Today’s World

on July 13, 2017 - 5:30am
BY RALPH E. CHAPMAN
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

Our current system of integrating volunteer help with that from paid employees within businesses and/or organizations just sort of formed by spontaneous generation through the years. It seems that every organization/business handles volunteers differently and the experience for the volunteer varies widely from place to place.

If you think about it, however, there really should be a basic set of understandings that underlies the relationship with volunteers for the businesses and organizations that use them.

Morse: The Brown Trout In New Mexico

on July 11, 2017 - 10:09am
Brown trout, like this 25-incher from the Rio Chama, thrive and reproduce naturally in many of New Mexico’s rivers and streams. Photo by George Morse
 
By GEORGE MORSE 
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After nearly 50 years of angling in New Mexico, I have seen a lot of changes in the fishing regulations concerning the number of fish an angler could keep (the daily limit). The first year I moved here (1968) the daily limit was a very liberal 12 fish-per-day for trout.
 
A few years later, there was an interesting change in the bag limit.

Fr. Glenn: Making A Joyful Noise

on July 9, 2017 - 6:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Dour”: a word meaning sullen or gloomy ... severe or stern. Synonyms: bleak, dismal, dreary, forbidding, sour, surly. Ugly. Hmmm … sounds charming.

It seems that one can encounter a lot of dour people. Not sure why. After all, as the old saying goes: What fun it that? Certainly there can be involuntary dourness due to psychological conditions; I don’t mean those. But some simply don’t like to have to deal with other people. Some introverted may use dourness as a “shields up!” defense.

Pastor Granillo: Your Voice

on July 9, 2017 - 6:37am
By PASTOR RAUL GRANILLO 
La Vista Church
White Rock
 
If you don’t know when and how to speak, you lose your voice before you reach the floor. – Rev Dr. Deirdre Brower-Latz (Principle, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester)
 
Every one of us has a voice. That is, we each have a unique story or experience that can be shared with others. We may have an experience that will give wisdom to a decision, or perception that can bring clarity to a dialogue. Whatever it is, each person on this planet has a voice with the ability to encourage and edify the rest of humanity.

World Futures: Who Do You Trust – Or Is It Whom? Part One

on July 7, 2017 - 8:41am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the winter or spring of 1973, I attended a required lecture by Walter Cronkite, the anchor of CBS Evening News and “the most trusted man in America.” At the end of each broadcast he said “And that’s the way it is.” I was 31years old and I believed him. Again, it was a required lecture. I was lucky attendance was required.

During the lecture Mr.

Smart Design With Suzette: Welcome To My (Smart) House

on July 7, 2017 - 8:30am

Perfect Bake Pro. Courtesy photo

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

If there one thing that’s hotter than ever right now, it’s a Smart home. Once a year I write about the hottest technology in a wired home, but this list is quite interesting – especially if you like to cook, bake, clean, or like to live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are a few of the best smart home devices of 2017.

COOKING

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef Technology $200


When it comes to smoking ribs or other meats in the backyard, you’ve typically got two choices, charcoal or gas, and neither is perfect.

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