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Fr. Glenn: Light From Light

By Fr. Glenn Jones

 A beautiful full moon rising above the mountains east of Albuquerque in a cloudless sky this evening … something I used to enjoy even more immensely looking east from the cliffs of Los Alamos as it bathed the Rio Grande valley in the softness of its light. Truly beautiful. Thank you, Lord.

Now, the more analytical among us could, of course, expound on the fact that the moon is really just a cold dark mass of rock and dust, devoid of both life and light, and that it simply reflects light from another source—that massive ball of hydrogen hidden from view which roils with constant


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Catch Of The Week: Church And Synagogue Scams

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

 

Scams targeting churches have been around for quite some time; scammers finally realized they could target synagogues, too. 

The scam echoes the same components of the scams that have been targeting churches for years; an email spoofing a religious leader, requesting gift card purchase as a “favor” to help a congregant “in need”. 

This scam has been reported across the country, from the Bay Area to Philadelphia; over 20 synagogues across the country have reported being affected by this scam. The scam starts with an email sent from an address that looks very

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes With Apricots

Blue corn piñon pancakes. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my first experiences in Los Alamos. My first memory on the Hill is a Saturday morning in the early 1970s, I was about 5 years old. My mother worked as a housekeeper for Mr. & Mrs. Atkins and would sometimes bring my sister and me with her on a Saturday when she made a special trip to do Mrs. Atkins’ hair.

While she was busy with the hair do, my sister and I hung out in the kitchen with Mr. Atkins. He was a master at making dollar-sized pancakes, the only item on the menu when we came to


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Catch Of The Week: Coronavirus Email Scams

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

 

So if you’ve seen the brilliant movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray lives out the same brutal day over and over, basically this is the cybersecurity situation today.  Another day, another phishing scam.

The World Health Organization has just classified the coronavirus outbreak as a global emergency. In addition to having to worry about it spreading across the world, we also have to worry about it infecting our inboxes.

Yes, scammers are spamming everyone with phishing emails about coronavirus. Consumer advocates across the country are warning people

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 2

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

The temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-50’s in the Espanola Valley and should be mild all across the state this weekend.

An excellent time to get out and enjoy some mid-winter fishing. Even ice-fishing can be pleasant if there’s not too much wind and a warm sun. The surface of the ice can get wet and slushy, while streambanks can get slippery and muddy. Be sure to have on some good, waterproof footwear.

The ice fishing continues to be good at a number of lakes here in Northern New Mexico.

Eagle Nest Lake has been good for rainbow trout and

Fr. Glenn: Undo Influence

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Oh, I can hear some now: “What a doof! It’s “unDUE” influence!!” Well … just keep readin’.

Who can deny that there is loads of unDUE influence in our world today—probably always has been. Some celebrity says something, and devotees swallow it hook, line and sinker … and much of the media capitalize on opportunity. Popularity sells, after all. The latest fad—whether it be apparel, trend or politics—tends to take a life of its own and explode throughout society—especially in these days of instant communication and social media. 

Yet, as is often bemoaned by the grounded, WHY should


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Wiemann: Avoid These Estate Planning Mistakes

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN, CFP®
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

You save and invest to meet a variety of goals during your lifetime: college for your children, long vacations, a comfortable retirement, and so on. But you probably also want to leave something behind – to your loved ones and, possibly, to the charitable organizations you support. To do so, you’ll need to develop a comprehensive estate plan, but to make that plan work, you must avoid some common mistakes.

Here are a few of these pitfalls you’ll want to avoid:

Not writing a will – If you were to die “intestate” – without a last will and testament

Posts From The Road: Prada Marfa

The Prada Marfa is a permanent art installation about 26 miles north of Marfa, Texas. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

The Prada Marfa displays Prada handbags and shoes. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos

Prada Marfa is a permanent art installation located about 26 miles north of Marfa, Texas. The structure is 25 feet wide and 15 feet deep. 

The freestanding building was built solely for this art project and was completed in 2005.

You could say that the project is located in the middle of nowhere as it sits alongside U.S. Highway 90 and

Benson: Gus, The Glow-In-The-Dark Gopher

By JODY BENSON
Chair, Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

Sunday, Feb. 2, demarcates the point in the calendar halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

In simpler times, (prior to anthropogenic green-house gases causing climate change with the resulting predictability of drought, fires, floods, and species extinction, but the rarely predictable weather) on this day—Groundhog Day—it would be up to the groundhog to partner with his shadow to determine the weather for the next six weeks.

Here in New Mexico, as many of you already know, we do not have groundhogs. Rather we have gophers.