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Home Country: Winter Boredom

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“I can’t stand winter,” Herb Collins said, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.”
 
“Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
 
“I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
 
We all looked at Dud.
 
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
 
We looked

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Unquarked Vandalized Friday Night Or Early Saturday

Unquarked was vandalized, late Friday night or early Saturday morning at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. There is a police investigation open and anyone with information regarding the incident or the two people seen in a silver Prius on surveillance video, should contact the police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Recognize this silver Prius? Call police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook

Recognize this silver Prius? Call police at 505.662.8222. Courtesy/Facebook


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Minimum Wage Hike Advances Despite Restaurant Industry’s Fight

Bill McCamley, secretary-designate of the Department of Workforce Solutions, speaks in favor of House Bill 31 during a committee hearing Friday. The legislation would raise the statewide minimum wage to $10 an hour in July and increase it annually up to $12 an hour in 2021. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
Democrats campaigned last year on a promise to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage, which has remained at $7.50 an hour for a decade.
 
How high it will go, exactly, is a question that quickly has become wrapped in a battle

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Fr. Glenn: ‘MY Kingdom Come’

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Anyone who has ever worked in just about any organization has encountered those persons for whom cooperation for the betterment of that organization takes rather a back seat to the protection of their own “territory”—their “kingdoms”. Some of those tendencies seem to be protection/accumulation of authority, and not having to be subject to wishes or desires of others—even when beneficial to the whole … or possibly insecurity about perceived encroachments against their authority—whether those “encroachments” are legitimate or not. 

But, on the (sort of) flip side,


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NCRTD Earns Third Distinguished Budget Presentation Award From Government Finance Officers Association

RTD News:
 
For the third consecutive year, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its Fiscal Year 2019 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.
 
According to a statement by the GFOA, “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized

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Diamond Drive Striping Project Starts Thursday

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will begin striping Diamond Drive at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The crew will only be striping the center white line and certain areas with yellow pain, commencing at the Omega Bridge and working toward the round-a-bout at San Ildefonso Road, then heading back to the Omega Bridge.

Note: The paint will take longer to dry with the colder weather temperature. Motorists are advised to try not to cross on the fresh striping as paint will be disrupted and may get on vehicles and mark up other sections of the road.

Also, motorists


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Memorial Service For Diane Davis At IHM Feb. 2

Diane Davis
 
Memorial Service:
 
The family of Diane Davis (12-04-79 – 01-09-19), will be holding a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 2 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, followed by a celebration of Diane’s life at the Los Alamos Elks Club. 
 
The memorial is open to the public. 

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Fr. Glenn: Growing Pains

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Writing this column this evening, I couldn’t help but recall recordings of old radio shows:  “Ladies and gentlemen … your intrepid reporter here, coming to you from the wilds of (wherever).” Looking out over nighttime Albuquerque with its city lights … well, we’re not in Los Alamos anymore, Toto. 

Rather than the slow gentle traffic of Central Avenue, now is the Indianapolis I-40. People here, too, honk and wave, but the honking a bit more urgent … (“Well, pass me then, you young whippersnapper!”). 

Alas … gone is the basking in the love and joy of beloved parishioners,


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Erickson Discusses County Snow And Ice Control Plan

Traffic and Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com
 
Snowstorms like the one that occurred New Year’s Day used to be the norm, Traffic and Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson remembers. But things changed. He said it’s been about 30 years since Los Alamos received four feet of snow.
 
So when Los Alamos was hit with a massive storm Jan. 1, it generated a huge reaction among residents. A good deal of that attention turned to the roads.
 
Erickson explained the County’s

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LANL: Jocelyn Buckley In Control Of Her Own Plane

LANL’s Jocelyn Buckley poses with her single-engine Piper Cherokee after flying to Taos. Courtesy/LANL

Jocelyn Buckley pilots her plane home after a day of work at the Lab. This photo was taken before a hail storm that resulted in her plane receiving a new design and paint colors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Jocelyn Buckley, of Waste Management Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, finishes her preflight checklist and communicates via headset with Los Alamos County Airport traffic. Before Buckley’s takeoff, she looks over at the windsocks, located on both ends of the runway, to


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2019 K Of C Free Throw Competition Sunday

All competitors who placed 1st-3rd. Courtesy photo
 
Elizario Rivera, left, Lukas Ulibarri (Los Alamos), Abraham Sanchez (Los Alamos), Ryan Aldaz (Los Alamos), Deondro Lopez, K of C State Deputy Patrick Mason. Courtesy photo
 
KOC News:
 
All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.
 
The local competition is 13 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, at Los Alamos High School Griffith Gymnasium. Registration is free of charge and will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m., on the

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Scenes From Annual Blessing Of Ashley Pond

Rev. Theophan Mackey and the people of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church in Los Alamos march from the church on Trinity Drive last Sunday to celebrate the Great Blessing of Waters 2019 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy photo

Rev. Theophan Mackey and the people of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church celebrate the Great Blessing of Waters 2019 at Ashley Pond. The Orthodox Church celebrates Theophany according to the Julian Calendar. Theophany celebrates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River by Saint John the Baptist. Courtesy photo

Rev. Theophan Mackey and the people of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox


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Explore Gender Identity And Geek Culture Friday

Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
One Los Alamos and FLAP/Friends of Los Alamos Pride present Movie Night: TransGeek 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.
 
The documentary explores the intersection of gender identity and geek culture, and will be followed by a Q&A with producer/director Kevin McCarthy and a panel from the local trans/tech community.
 
McCarthy, director and co-producer of TransGeek, answered a few questions in a recent interview.
 
“I am very much looking forward to visiting Los Alamos, and

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Home Country: Academy Awards

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Doc hadn’t even finished loading his coffee with fake sugar before Steve piped up.
 
“I think it’s disgusting and weird and unnatural and it should be outlawed!” the tall cowboy said, coming to rest at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
 
“Aw Steve,” Doc said, “the coffee isn’t that bad.”
 
“Coffee? Nay, I say unto you, Doc. It ain’t the coffee … it’s them Academy Awards on the television. You see them? All them good-looking women Scotch-taping themselves into those dresses so they almost stay on? Those weird guys they’re with who

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Letter To The Editor: Public Transit Provides Economic, Environmental, Convenience And Health Benefits

By DENNIS SEGURA
Engineering Project Manager
Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities
 
For the past 4 1/2 years, I have been a regular user of public transit, as I live near Glorieta and work in Los Alamos. I utilize the NMDOT Park and Ride, Atomic City Transit and occasionally the Rail Runner from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. I choose to take public transit for a variety of reasons, among them economics, environmental impact, convenience and health.
 
My daily commute is 100 miles round trip. With a vehicle that only gets 14 miles per gallon (at an estimated $2.40 per gallon), I would

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Fr. John C. Daniel Is New Pastor At IHM

Fr. John C. Daniel

IHM News:

Fr. John C. Daniel is the new pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at 3700 Canyon Road.

Fr. John is the third child of four children born to Charles and Shelia Daniel. He was blessed to grow up in a Catholic home with parents who actively practiced their faith. His grandmother took the family to Stations of the Cross during Lent and his mother attended daily mass during Lent.

He grew up in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque, attending Our Lady of Fatima and graduating from St. Pius X High School in 1984.

Fr. John knew at an early age that he had a calling to become


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