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Posts From The Road: Smokey Bear Historical Park

Smokey Bear Historical Park: The Smokey Bear Historical Park on a two acre site in central Capitan features educational displays and videos, which tell the story of Smokey and fire prevention. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Smokey Bear: A wooden carved sculpture of Smokey Bear stands in the Smokey Bear Historical Park. The sculpture features Smokey in his familiar Ranger hat and blue jeans. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Fallen Firefighters: A new memorial was added to the park in May 2019. This sculpture honors Wildland Firefighters and fire support personnel from New Mexico


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Fr. Glenn: ‘Take The Wheel!’

By Fr. Glenn Jones

What a world. Is this politician/celebrity/person being truthful or not? Or rather … is he simply seeking to further his own interests at the expense of others? It’s anyone’s guess. After all, we are deluged daily by the deceitful—scamming phone calls (“Let that warranty run out already!”), e-mails (“Boy, those foreign princes sure are generous!”), faked pictures and documents on unsocial media, etc. Sigh.

Now, we Catholics remember John the Baptist especially this weekend as we close the Christmas season on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Gospels tells us that John


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Theophany Blessing Of Ashley Pond 2020 Jan. 19

Scene from Blessing of the Water at Ashley Pond Theophany 2015. Courtesy photo

Theophany. Courtesy photo 

Saint Job of Pochaiv News:

This year Theophany lands on Sunday, the 19th of January. Theophany, the feast and commemoration of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, used to coincide with the celebration of the Nativity (Christmas).

But over the centuries separate celebrations developed.

When Jesus went to the Jordan, where John was preaching and baptizing, the people were gathering for repentance and the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus, being perfect and sinless, had


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Freedom Church Begins Love Los Alamos Series Today

Freedom Church News:

Freedom Church of Los Alamos launches its “Love Los Alamos” series at 10:30 a.m. today in the Aspen Elementary School Gymnasium at 2182 33rd St.

“Come be a part of a movement! God is doing something big in Los Alamos through Freedom Church and we can’t wait to see all that he wants to do in you and through you in 2020!” Freedom Church Pastor Mike Brake said.

At this event, Pastor Brake intends to share powerful keys to living 2020 to its fullest potential and how to experience the change in one’s life that people are longing for.

“God loves everyone in Los Alamos … we love everyone


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State Police Begin Traffic Safety Operations On Interstate 25 And I-40 In Bernalillo County Monday

New Mexico State Police reminds motorist to buckle up, drive safely, avoid distractions and never drink and drive. Courtesy photo

NMSP News:

ALBUQUERQUE — In response to the Albuquerque Police Department’s request for assistance with traffic enforcement on the interstate, the New Mexico State Police will start conducting targeted operations on Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 in Bernalillo County.

Monday, Jan. 13, officers will be visible on the highways during peak traffic hours and will take proactive measures to reduce crashes, aggressive driving and driver inattention.


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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living … Dogs And Neighbors

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

 

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

Have you ever heard, or said, “Is there no end to the bothersome behaviors of others?” Since examples abound, we will let a short list stand for them all. For instance, does your mate fail to treat the toothpaste tube the way you prefer? Does a neighbor’s lawn left unattended for weeks or months


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Affordable Housing Projects On DP Road Slated To Begin This Month

A rendering of the affordable apartment complex planned for development on DP Road. Courtesy/LAC

 

Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus

 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

This coming year will see a lot of building activity on DP Road. The two affordable housing projects – Canyon Walk and The Bluffs apartment complexes – are slated to begin construction.

Los Alamos County Community Development Director Paul Andrus told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that grading work by Bethel Developments, Inc. on the Canyon Walk apartment


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Military Plane Conducts Training At Los Alamos Airport

A HC 130J Combat King military plane begins its descent this morning onto the runway at Los Alamos County Airport. The plane, which flew from Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, conducted a training session at the local airport, County Airport Manager Cameron Humphres said. He explained that Los Alamos Airport was selected for the training because of its high altitude and short runway. The plane conducted two landings and two takeoffs at the airport. Military aircraft are a somewhat familiar sight at the airport; Humphres said typically the airport sees one to two military flights a month


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McQuiston: Tips To Check Tire Tread For Safety

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Tire problems are thought to be a factor in one out of 11 vehicle crashes. Blowouts, tread separation, under inflation, and worn treads—the grooves in your tires that offer stability and traction—are some of the tire problems associated with these crashes.

Like a pair of sneakers that get more slippery with use, your tires lose their ability to grip the road as their treads wear down. Checking your tire treads can help keep you safer on the road. It only takes a few minutes, and some spare change.

Putting the Brakes on an Age-Old Debate About When to Replace Tires


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United Church Memorial Service: Jan Sander Jan. 18

MEMORIAL SERVICE News:

The Memorial Service for Jan Sander is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to one’s favorite charity or to the Compass Housing Alliance, which was Jan’s favorite charity.


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Home Country: See You Next Year

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“The highlight of the week before New Year’s,” said Steve, semi solemnly, “is to be able to tell your pals ‘See you next year’.
 
“Really?” said Dud. “That’s it? How about now that we’re hip deep … almost … in the new year? What do you do now that is encouraging?”
 
“Well,” Steve said, sipping his coffee and sending a jealous eye to Doc’s sweet roll, “one of my New Year’s resolutions is to figure out what to look forward to the first week of January. I mean … now we have to start worrying about taxes and scoopin’ up all those receipts so the IRS can tell us we can’t

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Trinity, Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration Events

CCNS News:
 
Planning is ongoing to commemorate the 75 years since the U.S. atomic bombings at the Trinity Site in July 1945, and over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
 
The opening event is the 11th Annual “Witness for the People” at noon Friday, Jan. 31 in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Archbishop John C. Wester;
  • Lt. Gov. Howie Morales;
  • Rep. Angelica Rubio;
  • Marian Naranjo, of Honor Our Pueblo Existence;
  • Tina Cordova, of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, also known as the Trinity Downwinders; and
  • Ken Mayers of Veterans

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Fr. Glenn: Intentional Mediocrity

By Fr. Glenn Jones

“If the minimum wasn’t good enough, it wouldn’t be the minimum.”

I vividly remember that statement from an acquaintance years ago … and not fondly. He was quite happy to perform the very least required of him and, as you can imagine, eventually the minimum wasn’t good enough and, while still in the same profession, his peers have risen in the ranks around him while he remains mired at the lowest level.

The result? Complaints of being treated unfairly; after all, hasn’t he been working there much longer than the others? “Don’t I do what is [minimally] required?” One can’t help but


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Posts From The Road: Scenes Of 2019 Campsites

January Sunset: After several days of desert camping last January at Quartzsite, Ariz., we were gifted this beautiful sunset on our last evening before moving to a new area. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
 
 
By GARY WARREN
Photographer
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
Well 2019 is history and the new year is off and running.
 
Last week I reviewed some of the roads we traveled during the year. After traveling and living on the road for almost half of 2019, I have chosen to share this week scenes of a few of the campsites we called home. 
 
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos

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Life After 50: … Life

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
My husband’s girlfriend passed away just before Christmas. It was a sad day for the whole family, for the whole neighborhood really. I’ll explain that more in just a bit, but my goal here is to demonstrate it is the little things that matter in life. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 or 98.
 
We’ve lost a lot of people this holiday season. I can’t write about everyone I know, but this time of reflection is impactful. It was magnified in a different way when I viewed it across the generations. I’ll explain two of them, to share the experience.
 

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Afterparty: An Interactive Book Talk At ProjectY Jan. 18

 
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Styx Chyx present an interactive book talk with Peter Callan, author of the Amazon best-selling book “Prepare to Die! And Other Stuff Nobody Told You”, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at projectY cowork Los Alamos, 150 Central Park Square.
 
This event is FREE and open to the public.
 
Register online to confirm your attendance: https://bit.ly/TheStyxChyxinLA
 
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
 
What to expect:
  • The basics of end-of-life planning, demystified;
  • Information regarding your

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