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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Reach Out

on January 12, 2017 - 7:28am
Los Alamos

As I continue my journey to improve overall well-being and the well-being of those around me, in the last few weeks I have committed to reducing the amount of sugar I consume to less than 24 grams and drinking two to three liters of water per day.

I did not have a problem meeting either goal as I was slayed by a nasty virus for a full week that left me unable to do much but lay on the couch watching PBS period dramas and sipping water all day.

As I started to feel better all I felt like eating was a bowl of cereal.

Review: Annual Report Of DOE National Laboratories

on January 11, 2017 - 6:46pm
Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy. Courtesy/Idaho National Laboratory
Los Alamos Daily Post

As the change of presidential administrations approaches, the Department of Energy has summed up the current status of its disparate operations

and research arms, also known as the DOE National Laboratories. The annual state of the laboratories report (ASLR) was released Tuesday during a press conference with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The report reviews the effectiveness of the 17 labs located around the country, although its target audience is mostly located on

Pastor Raul: Mac And Cheese Theology

on January 8, 2017 - 5:36am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
I have always been a fan of fresh meat. There is just something amazing about opening a package of 2” thick tenderloins from a steer that I knew had been spoiled on grass.
After having four kids, my wife and I decided that not only was fresh meat a healthier choice, but it was also a much more affordable one. What we learned, however, was that young children do not typically appreciate a good steak as much as we do. I was mortified to find out that my babies were more content with mac and cheese than a rib-eye! What to do?
I know that my

Amateur Naturalist: Two Streams Of The Valles Caldera

on January 7, 2017 - 6:16am
Streams form meanders when they cross the broad level valleys of the Valles Caldera. Photo by Robert Dryja
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Two streams of the Valles Caldera
By Robert Dryja
The streams of the Valles Caldera share similar characteristics but also have their differences. The East Fork of the Jemez River and the Rito de los Indios (Rito) are two examples of similarities and differences. The East Fork is the major stream for the southern side of the Valles Caldera, flowing across the Valle Grande. The San Antonio is the major stream for the northern side of the Valles Caldera.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 6, 2017 - 12:18pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews … Passengers

on January 5, 2017 - 3:20pm
Los Alamos
“Passengers” is compelling science fiction, complete with ethical dilemmas, cool looking technology and true romance.
It stars Chris Pratt (Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss in Hunger Games) as two of the 5,000 passengers and 278 crew on board a huge, colony-bound space ship.
We learn that Jim (Pratt), a mechanical engineer, got a discounted trip since he has a skill set needed on the planet.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Drink More Water

on January 5, 2017 - 9:18am
Los Alamos

As I mentioned last week my new year endeavor is to adopt one new behavior each week that brings me, my family, and the planet a little closer to better health.

Last week I committed to eating less than six teaspoons of sugar each day. I thought this would be a relatively easy way to reduce calories and eliminate an unhealthy food from my diet. Good lord I did not know what I was getting into!

First there is just the math of converting grams to teaspoons (who invented teaspoons and tablespoons anyway?) To make it easier I switched to metric and instead of

This Year ... Bring On The Moisture

on January 5, 2017 - 9:02am
This Year ... Bring On The Moisture
By June English, LE and Jennifer Linder M.D.
One of the most important attributes for skin is hydration, no matter what time of year.
During the colder, drier winter months it becomes more of a challenge to achieve this. However, it can be done by understanding how the skin functions, as well as adopting therapies to introduce and lock moisture into the skin. Anyone can achieve balanced, hydrated skin throughout the seasons.
Where moisture is concerned, the Stratum Corneum (SC) plays an important role in the function, health, and maintenance of

Wadt: On Supporting The School Bond

on January 4, 2017 - 7:01am
Los Alamos
The ballots for the 2017 school bond were mailed out Jan. 3. There are many good reasons to vote yes. I want to focus on two of them.
For nearly 20 years, I have been involved in the school bond process as a community member. During that time what has impressed me the most is how seriously school leaders have taken their obligation to taxpayers and to students on getting the most out of every school bond dollar. The decisions to integrate new construction and renovation have maximized attractive classroom space for the available funding.

Pastor Granillo: Uncommon Peace

on January 1, 2017 - 5:56am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos
“It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” (Acts 26:14 NIV)
I woke up Friday morning to find my 7-year- old little girl curled up next to me. I looked at the clock and thought, “I really need to start the day,” but I couldn’t bring myself to do anything but lay beside this sweet little girl.
She looked so peaceful with her head on my arm holding my hand. I laid there, next to her, and enjoyed the sensation of absolute peace for another hour before I was rudely disturbed by the alarm clock. Let the chaos begin!
Everyone, regardless of

Review: Frank Harlow’s Adventures In Physics And Pueblo Pottery

on December 31, 2016 - 10:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Francis H. “Frank” Harlow was a unique human being with a boundless curiosity and a lifetime of devotion to some very serious interests. A one-of-a-kind physicist, he also was a passionate naturalist and artist. Along with his scientific breakthroughs in the field of fluid dynamics, he may be best known for his role as a collector, connoisseur and authority on Pueblo pottery.

His breadth of interests is only partly captured in the title of his autobiography, “Adventures in Physics and Pueblo Pottery: Memoirs of a Los Alamos Scientist.

McQuiston: Fireplace Maintenance And Safety

on December 31, 2016 - 7:22am
The Jemez Agency
The wood is stacked, the flue is open and the match is in hand. You’re about to enjoy a wonderful winter evening by the fire. Just know this first: Heat sources ignite more than 50,000 home fires in the U.S. each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
We’re not trying to put a damper on the mood. We just want your fire to be as safe as it is warm, so here are five fireplace safety tips to remember:
  • Maintain your fireplace, chimney and the surrounding area: Each year, ideally before your first fire of the season, bring in a certified

Smart Design With Suzette: What’s Next?

on December 30, 2016 - 4:05pm
Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Residential construction leaders have begun predicting green building trends for 2017.

Most homebuyers aren’t looking for a LEED label on a new home, but they are looking for high performance and comfort.

That’s the consensus from builders and other industry professionals who have participated in the Excellence & Building Conference in Texas.

Here’s an overview of insights and trends shared by building professionals.


Energy/Water Efficiency
When homebuyers were surveyed, the tops “must haves” in a home were energy and water efficiency.

Tales Of Our Times: Different Words Tell Similar Things

on December 30, 2016 - 8:20am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Different Words Tell Similar Things

All our tilling here once a month has earned a winter break from the work of green concerns and the weight of varied prospects. For the holiday, I offer a poem by Peggy Pond Church.

Peggy Pond came to the Pajarito Plateau in 1914 as the daughter of Ashley Pond Jr., the eventual founder of the Los Alamos Ranch School. In 1924, she married Fermor Church, an engineering graduate of Harvard, who had come to teach at the fledgling school.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 29, 2016 - 2:01pm

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Reduce Sugar

on December 29, 2016 - 9:06am
Los Alamos

I have exciting news to start off 2017 on a good note! I finally won the Powerball!  Of course I had been hoping to win the $54 million jackpot, and I only won $6, but it is a start. I had prayed to win, but I guess I was not specific enough, so my bad. It looks like once again the responsibility for my happiness lies within me and not with winning the Powerball. I am not surprised.

I am approaching 2017 with great anticipation of fresh starts and new successes to be had.

McQuiston: Can Your Smart Phone Help Lower Your Insurance Premiums?

on December 29, 2016 - 8:01am
The Jemez Agency
As we end the holiday season and look forward to the new year, I took a few days off to relax and some spend time with my family. 
It also allowed me some time to watch a little TV. Man are there a lot of ads running around the holidays. But one of the ads caught my attention. You might have seen it. A bad guy rings the doorbell and through the product advertised and a smart phone, the homeowner was able to "verbally" answer the door and thwart the bad guy.

Snyder: Maria And The New History Museum

on December 28, 2016 - 7:42am

Curator Don Cavness with the pottery pitcher made by Maria Martinez for the Los Alamos Ranch School, circa 1915–1920. Courtesy photo

The eagle dancer disc embedded in the fireplace of the Ranch School Guest House, now a part of the Los Alamos History Museum campus. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos History Museum

Would any history museum in this area of New Mexico be complete without a piece of pottery by Maria Martinez, the famed Potter of San Ildefonso? For me, the answer is “no.”

The Los Alamos History Museum is fortunate to display two unique pieces.

A polychrome

Wismer: The Mil Levy IS Important For UNM-LA And For Los Alamos County

on December 28, 2016 - 7:41am
Director, Business Operations
UNM-Los Alamos

Many individuals considering the upcoming special school election are asking UNM-LA what happened after the failed mil election in 2013. What financial impacts did the campus sustain and how did it respond? Providing that information may help frame the challenge UNM-LA is facing moving forward as it continues to serve the Los Alamos community.

After the 2013 election, UNM-LA was faced with difficult decisions to determine which programs and services were essential to UNM-LA and which ones could continue to be supported by the

Classical Music World: Concert Hall Tours

on December 26, 2016 - 10:00am
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I don’t really have a bucket list, but I’d like to hear as many of the world’s great orchestras in their home halls as I can before my expiration date rolls around. My husband Bill and I try to take in concerts when we travel and enjoy guided tours of the halls as well.

On two visits to Amsterdam in the last couple of years, we have attended performances in the storied Royal Concertgebouw, a hall famed for its fine acoustic qualities.

Griggs: Dateline - Villa Tangara, Panajachel, Guatemala

on December 26, 2016 - 7:37am
By DAVID H. GRIGGS, Chaosopher
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Come South for Gold and Glory!”

What a tantalizing call to action: “Come south of the border and ride with Pancho Villa, the Liberator of Mexico!”

I was ready for a change. The brutal campaign season just ended in the States. The Wall was going up. My meager Social Security pension fund was about to be looted. And on top of that, winter was thrusting its cold shoulder onto the stage.

“Enlistments Taken in Juarez, Mexico.” Perfect – I was on my way across the Rio Grande, anyway, to build a house in Ciudad Juarez

Home Country: Impromptu Party

on December 25, 2016 - 8:24am


It began the way most miracles do: by accident or the hand of God, take your pick.

It might have been the weather, at least partly. For December, the day had been almost balmy and warm. You know, sweaters instead of heavy coats. No mittens in sight.

Then there were Christmas lights on the stores, and that little bunch of Girl Scouts out raising money in front of the Read Me Now bookstore.

Pastor Granillo: The Twelve Days Of Christmas

on December 25, 2016 - 8:09am
Courtesy image
By Pastor Raul Granillo
Los Alamos 

It should be of no surprise that the “true love” we have is our Creator who “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).

There is no concrete evidence that Biblical symbolism was the intention of the writer of this song, but it does follow the 12 days of Christmas that are celebrated until the Day of Kings on January 6th, and it does allow us

Smart Design With Suzette: The Year In Review

on December 24, 2016 - 10:55am
Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Happy Holidays everyone!

As we slide into the remaining week of 2016, it’s time for pause and reflection.

For many this has been a really tough year. No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks, too.

The idea is to create a road map for the year ahead—an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve in the next year. I complete this process in bits and pieces over several days because it helps me to think about it slowly.

While a lot of people want

Pegg: Holiday Eating

on December 23, 2016 - 9:34am
Los Alamos Fitness Center

Beware! It’s holiday eating time. And that means more candy, stuffing, pies, cookies and other high calorie foods and drinks.

The next few days are the most difficult time of the year for those who are trying to maintain their weight. Most people will gain at least a few pounds and many will gain more. It’s best not to try to deny yourself all of the holiday food pleasures. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal or an occasional treat. But do it in moderation.

Try eating especially well when you’re at home and when you’re on your own.