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Los Alamos Big Band New Year’s Dance Saturday

 
Los Alamos Big Band performs 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the Parish Hall at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road. Courtesy/LABB
 
By JOYCE ANN GUZIK
Los Alamos Big Band
 
Celebrate the New Year by dancing to tunes of the Los Alamos Big Band, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4.
 
The dance will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, and is a fund-raiser for the IHM Youth program.
 
Admission is $20 per person and $10 for high-school students. Admission is free for middle-school children and younger with a paying adult. Tickets are

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Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Creating Something Different This Year

By MICHELLE HARKEY-WILDE
Los Alamos

Each year this day rolls around. Some people are still recovering from the excesses of their New Year celebration, but some of you are awake and contemplating the Big Decision: should I make New Year’s Resolutions?

Past experience, if you’re like most of us, says that a new set of yearly expectations only leads to a new set of “failures” sometime in January.

I really don’t enjoy repeated failure. That’s why I changed how I do this resolution thing.

Instead of a great big push to totally change life at the beginning of the year, I opt for small sustained changes which


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Los Alamos Residents At Tournament Of Roses Parade

Longtime Los Alamos residents Linda Deck, left, and Libby Carlsten are volunteers who helped put flowers on floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade Wednesday morning in Pasadena, Calif., where the temperature was a balmy 61. Deck is director of the Bradbury Science Museum and Carlsten recently retired from Los Alamos County. Courtesy photo

A float from Dole Foods for which Los Alamos residents Linda Deck and Libby Carlsten prepped the ‘orange crush’ roses displayed on the float bed. Photo by Linda Deck

A float celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Photo by Linda


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AG Balderas To Convene Faith Leaders To Discuss Violence Against Religious Communities, Anti-Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime Initiatives

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter Tuesday to faith leaders in all religious communities in New Mexico, urging them to come together with the Office of the Attorney General to discuss hate motivated violence against religious communities.

The call to action comes in the wake of multiple violent incidents across the United States that targeted people based on their faith and in their places of worship.

“There is no place for violence in New Mexico, let alone violence perpetrated against


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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Chile Pasado

Chile Pasado. Photo by Liddie Martinez

 

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley

This week I have been applying lotion to my very dry skin and longing for the humid beaches of Hawaii. Our cold and dry New Mexico winters are very hard on our skin but living in the high desert does have its advantages.

Before refrigeration, the indigenous tribes of Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley took advantage of the hot, dry climate to preserve food by drying what they had gathered or hunted. Later, when they began cultivating corn, beans and chile they used the same techniques until refrigeration became widely


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Former LANL Director Siegfried Hecker To Speak At Annual Alice And Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Siegfried Hecker

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Dr. Siegfried Hecker will return to Los Alamos to present this year’s annual Alice and Lawry Mann Lecture Saturday, Jan. 11.

The talk is open to the public and will start at 7 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967 18th St.

Titled, “North Korea and Iran: Looking back and looking ahead,” the talk will assess the current issues in two of the world’s major hotspots.

Hecker said that “the signs are ominous for what will happen in North Korea and in Iran in 2020 and beyond.” He also will “look


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CDC Tips For Staying Safe Inside And Out This Winter

Tips for staying warm during a winter storm. Courtesy photo
 

CDC News:

Winter storms are dangerous. They can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services and icy roads.

This can make being outside dangerous, so you should limit your time outside. Although staying indoors as much as possible can help reduce the risk of car crashes and falls on the ice, you may also face hazards inside your home.

Stay Safe Indoors:

Protect yourself and your loved ones during a winter storm. Take extra steps to make sure you heat your home safely, and follow the tips below.

Heat your


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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living – A Fun Fictitious Cause

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.

As described in a previous column, being able to spot fictional explanations for behavior provides a skill that prevents analysis errors when trying to understand the causes of behaviors, including problem behaviors, from local to global. Here we consider another type of explanatory fiction.


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Prepare For Winter Storms; Extremely Cold Weather

Winter storm. Courtesy/CDC

CDC News:

During extremely cold weather or winter storms, staying warm and safe can be a challenge. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads.

To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should know how to prepare your home and your car before a winter storm hits.

According to FEMA , more than 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

Your Plan

  • Find phone numbers for your physician,

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Life After 50: Grateful For Our Student Volunteers

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
We have some young people to thank, for helping our local senior centers stay on an even keel. Los Alamos High School students have been helpful in so many ways throughout the holiday season. It is time we stop and say thank you to them all.
 
NJROTC cadets helped the senior center once again, when they returned for the annual fall spruce up. While the pay was in doughnuts, the cadets and their adults worked hard for hours, to make the facility shine.
 
The work means a lot to many folks who 20 years ago did all of the work and still continue

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Cowboy Breakfast At Posse Lodge Sunday Jan. 5

COWBOY BREAKFAST: Ththe community is invited to enjoy breakfast 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Roadnear the stables. Proceeds from this month’s breakfast benefit the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse nonprofit. Breakfast includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and a seasonal surprise pancake; sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 adults; $4 children 10 and under. Visit www.lasheriffsposse.com. Courtesy/LASPL


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SafeWise: New Mexico Ranks #5 In The Nation For Impaired Driving Deaths On New Year’s Eve

SafeWise News:

Next to Mardi Gras, people consume the most drinks on average during the New Year’s holiday, with an average of 43.5percent of the population binge drinking.

SafeWise wants to help people ring in the New Year with class and grace, helping them get home safe. SafeWise  is giving away $10 Lyft vouchers to the first 100 people who register for the Safe Rides Home campaign.

Even those who don’t qualify for the voucher can still save the $6,500 or more they’d spend on a DUI by instead hailing a ride from companies like Lyft, taking public transport, or asking a friend to be the designated


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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/ladailypost.com
 
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/ladailypost.com

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


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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


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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


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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

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NMDOT Supports Car Seat Inspections Year Round

NMDOT News:
 
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,

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

 
LARSO News:
 
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

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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


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