Posts From The Road: 2019 Year In Review

Straight Ahead: A view of a beautiful thunderstorm brewing ahead of us a we approach International Falls, Minn. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/
Curves: We enjoy traveling the back roads especially the two lane back roads that take you through small towns across the country. These roads lead to the most beautiful and scenic locations anywhere but many of these roads were not constructed for a fast travel. Seen is a very curvy road we traveled in Door County, Wisc. in July. Photo by Gary Warren/

Roller Coaster: Two lane roads were often constructed to the lay


Fr. Glenn: Wholly Family, Too

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahh … another Christmas filled with joy. Lights and shopping. Carols, cards and creches. Squeals of happy children ripping wrappers. Bellies burgeoning with biscochitos and—for many of us here in New Mexico—with those steaming Christmas tamales. Mmmmmm.

Now … hustle and bustle over, a new year approacheth. Is it a new decade, though? If we began a new year-measuring standard, we wouldn’t cite the date as January 1, 0. Hmmmm. Well … if that’s the biggest conundrum we have this year, we’ll be doing well!

Alas … I fear it will be a year fraught with conundrums—especially the quadrennially-occurring


Scenes From Freedom Church Candlelight Service

Pastor Mike Brake from Freedom Church in Los Alamos gives a message of hope to more than 100 people gathered for the candlelight service Christmas Eve at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Families light candles and sing Christmas carols at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/Freedom Church

Freedom Church News:

The snow storm that came through Los Alamos on Christmas Eve made for some special and unforgettable moments for those in attendance of the candlelight service hosted by Freedom Church Los Alamos.

More than 100 community members and their families came out to celebrate Christmas Eve at Ashley


NMSP Announces Sobriety Checkpoints In January

State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2020. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of January 2020.
NMSP is bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention


NMDOT Supports Car Seat Inspections Year Round

SANTA FE The New Year brings a new schedule for car and booster seat inspections. The New Mexico Department of Transportation and Safer New Mexico Now will host car seat inspection clinics and fitting stations statewide in 2020.
This free educational event provides parents and caregivers the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction from nationally-certified child passenger safety technicians. Technicians will educate parents on the proper selection, installation and use of car seats and booster seats.
Technicians can also determine if a seat is recalled,


County Offers New Year’s Eve Buzz Bus Dec. 31

If you need a safe ride on New Year’s Eve, Los Alamos County, the DWI-Planning Council and Atomic City Transit are here to help.
The “Buzz Bus,” will be operating to encourage people not to drink and drive, allow residents not to weather the roads, and to put their safety first. The skilled drivers of the ACT program will transport anyone safely throughout the community.
The bus will operate at 6 p.m. from Tues. Dec. 31 and continue through 12:30 a.m., Jan. 1. The Dial-A-Ride program can be reached at 661-RIDE or 505.661.7433.
The staff will pick you up


NWS: Today’s High Near 36; Tonight’s Low Around 23

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 36 and an 80 percent chance of snow showers before noon, then rain and snow showers with new snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 23 and a 60 percent chance of snow showers likely with new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS


An Open Book: Ex Libris, The Gate To The Garden

Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that have made a difference in my life. Hope you enjoy it.

A garden gate is normally in one of three positions. A gate that is locked and secure guards what is behind it, and one may assume that we should not enter. A gate that is wide open is inviting, but because there is no transition and no effort is needed to enter, we may not notice our passage. However, a gate that is closed but not secure, is one whose garden is available to us, but only if we make the effort to unlatch the lock. It


How The Hen House Turns: Birds In A Mixed Flock

Bobbi the Chinese goose, left, being mothered by Lucy the Embden goose. Photo by Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
One of our most poignant memories of Los Alamos is the vision of Lucy Goose sitting outside the Hen House yard, watching two chicken chicks play over and around their adoptive mother, Turkey 2.
We called her “Little Bear” because she survived a bear attack on the bomb proof nest boxes Don built.
It was the spring of 2014 when Turkey’s vigil ended. In just a few weeks the chicks had grown up enough to run around exploring the Hen House yard by themselves.


Christmas Tree Skirt Creators In Washington, D.C.

Zena Thomas, left, and Micki Taylor of Los Alamos traveled to Washington, D.C. to see the Christmas Tree Skirt, that they created with Roberta Day Idzorek, for the USDA Building. Thomas is holding a copy of the Los Alamos Daily Post with the story of their Christmas Tree Skirt making adventure (link). Thomas and Taylor attended a special reception and lighting of the tree Dec. 4, also attended by Smokey Bear celebrating his 75th birthday, Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran, Singer Chevel Sheperd from Farmington who sang two songs, Arroyo Seco 4th grader Asher Dean who won the 2019 U.S.


WRUMC Invites Community To Christmas Eve Service

The community is invited to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the White Rock United Methodist Church. Courtesy photo
The White Rock United Methodist Church at 580 Meadow Lane. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

If you are looking for a church this holiday season, the motto of the White Rock United Methodist Church (WRUMC) at 580 Meadow Lane is, “We welcome you with open hearts, open minds and open doors”.

Pastor Jeanie Williams begins Sunday Worship at 9 a.m., followed by a fellowship time of coffee and goodies to get acquainted and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school


Fr. Glenn: In, But Not Of

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahhh … ‘tis the season. 

Yes … we see riots here, protests there, strife everywhere. Impeachments. Invectives. Insults. Anti-social media. Even people getting beaten over chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets (really!? Over chicken … or, rather, a chicken-like substance?) Fragmentation. Chaos.

But then … a relative calm descends … at least for a few days. Is it the weather? The solstice? Everybody going on holiday? Or, just maybe … the feeling of the season permeates hearts a teensy bit. We can only hope … and pray. After all, Jesus is called “Prince of Peace.


Posts From The Road: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument In The Sonoran Desert Of Arizona

Last Light: The last light of day covers the desert mountains while cacti and other plants fall into the shadow in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Photo by Gary Warren/
Afternoon Light: Beautiful late afternoon light colors the hillsides in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sits in southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert.
The park is more than 500 square miles and


NMDOT Tips To Stay Safe On Roads Over Holiday

SANTA FE The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates as many as 278 people may be killed in crashes between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Last year at Christmas, 37 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol. That number rose to 39 percent on New Year’s Eve.
In addition, this year during Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined, more than 30,000 people could be seriously injured in crashes, according to the NSC.
To make the holiday travel safer, NMDOT recommends:
  • Buckling up;
  • Designating a sober driver;
  • Avoiding distracted driving, including hands-free;


December: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the country throughout the month of December, which has been recognized as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month for the 39th consecutive year.

During this month in 2018, 839 people died in alcohol-related crashes, representing 29 percent of all traffic deaths, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve were especially dangerous, when drunk driving crashes claimed 108 lives in just two days, accounting for nearly