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Home Country: It Just Happened

on June 24, 2019 - 9:44am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It just happened, you know? One of those serendipitous coincidences that occur when planets line up or you foolishly store oily rags together. It just … happened.
 
Ardis Richardson was looking through the Soup ‘R Market for an egg beater for her mom. Not the electric kind. The turn-the-handle kind. She picked one up and tried it out, causing the friendly little metallic whir that good egg beaters make.
 
What was serendipitous, however, was Anita Campbell not six feet away in the next row thumping pumpkins.

How The Hen House Turns: Shared Emotion

on June 24, 2019 - 9:41am
Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
In his Great Course on animals, Donald Moore gives us this definition of animal: “a multicellular organism that eats other animals.”
 
Of course that includes us humans. His first session begins by noting shared characteristics in animals, then different methods of reproduction, then various ways animals have devised in order to raise their offspring safely.
 
Most go to great lengths--like fish who use their own mouths to protect their young. Others retain the fetus until it is quite alert.

Human Rights Day Camp For Kids July 1-19

on June 24, 2019 - 9:30am

Moving Arts Española News:

ESPAÑOLA––Kids and youth from across the Española Valley will converge for a Human Rights Day Camp at La Tierra Montessori School this summer to learn about their own human rights.

“Less than 1 percent of juveniles throughout the world know anything about their human rights and neither public nor private schools are doing much to rectify the situation. This is a major reason current human rights abuses against children have reached an all-time high.” –Kids for Global Peace

In a move toward promoting self-advocacy and empowering the youth of Española Valley,

Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Appoints New State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

on June 24, 2019 - 9:21am
NMALTS News:
 
SANTA FE Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Alice Liu McCoy has announced the appointment of Linnea Forsythe as New Mexico’s state long-term care ombudsman.
 
“A strong ombudsman program is critical to protecting the health, safety and rights of New Mexico’s most vulnerable population—residents of nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other long-term care facilities,” said McCoy, announcing Forsythe’s appointment during Older Americans Month.
 
“This department is establishing a high bar for the quality of care provided by nursing homes and all long-term care

Taste Of Knowledge Offers Two Opportunities This Year

on June 24, 2019 - 8:28am
Scenes from the 2018 Taste of Knowledge event. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
Scenes from the 2018 Taste of Knowledge event. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
LAPSF News:
 
Once again the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and Pig + Fig Café have partnered to present the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Taste of Knowledge.
 
The fundraiser is Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Pig + Fig Café in White Rock. This year there will be two events: “An Afternoon in Provence” 2-4 p.m., and “An Evening in Paris” 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $60 and $95, respectively. To purchase tickets, visit

Luján Announces $400 Million For Women’s Health

on June 24, 2019 - 8:25am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has announced that the House will consider his effort to invest $400 million in the Title X family planning programs that support the health needs of women and families.
 
More than 190 House Democrats signed onto Luján’s push for the Title X funds, which have been systematically cut by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration. In New Mexico, there are 67 health care clinics that receive Title X funding.
 
Title X offers health care and support to women

Los Alamos Early College And Career Academy Receives ECHS Designation Certificate From PED

on June 24, 2019 - 8:14am
Louise Williams, of PED's College and Career Readiness Bureau, presents Coordinator Brent Collom with LAECCA’s Early College High School certification. Courtesy photo
 
Mentors met with students in the LAECCA program to offer support and networking opportunities. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) recently received its official Early College High School certification from the College and Career Readiness Bureau of New Mexico’s Public Education Department.
 
This certification is the culmination of 13 months of work to obtain this

Attorney General Hector Balderas Urges Congress To Take Action To Protect Integrity Of America’s Elections

on June 24, 2019 - 7:45am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — In expressing his “significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,” Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 21 attorneys general around the country to urge Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America’s elections.
 
In a letter addressed to key U.S.

LAF&SF Features Bob Fuselier 6 P.M. Wednesday

on June 24, 2019 - 7:41am

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos will speak on ‘Neuroscience and Emotions’ this Wednesday at the LAF&SF at the Unitarian Church. Courtesy/LAF&SF

LAF&SF News:

Los Alamos scientist Nels Hoffman spoke to a full house Wednesday at the Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum’s Summer Series (LAF&SF).

The theme of the summer series is “Are You a Robot? Brain, Mind and Soul” and Hoffman spoke on the topic of “Neuroplasticity: How the Mind Changes the Brain”.

Bob Fuselier of Los Alamos will speak this Wednesday on “Neuroscience and Emotions”.

Fuselier’s abstract states: In his landmark publication

Udall Statement On Reports That Iran Will Exceed Uranium Enrichment Limits From 2015 Nuclear Deal

on June 24, 2019 - 7:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Iran announced it would exceed uranium enrichment levels previously agreed to under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
 
The news comes just over one year after the Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and started its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, including the restarting of crippling economic sanctions that had been reversed in exchange for nuclear program

Construction Underway At Century Bank In Los Alamos

on June 24, 2019 - 7:20am

Rendering of Century Bank’s Los Alamos branch expected to open in late summer at 751 Trinity Dr. Suite 301 in the Smith’s Marketplace Shopping Center. Courtesy image

Century Bank News:

Century Bank recently began construction on its first Los Alamos branch. The branch, at 751 Trinity Dr. Suite 301 in the Smith’s Marketplace Shopping Center, is expected to open in late summer.

The office will have an urban, modern feeling to it and feature Universal Bankers for personalized client needs.

NWF: Migration Connectivity Legislation Would Help Wildlife Thrive In Modern Landscapes

on June 24, 2019 - 6:54am
NWF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia recently lays out an innovative strategy to address the ongoing fragmentation of wildlife habitat from man-made barriers.
 
The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act would create a national program for maintaining wildlife migrations, movements, and wildlife corridors to ensure that wildlife will face fewer struggles to reach food, water, shelter and breeding sites.
 
“Americans overwhelmingly want to see wildlife thrive on our cherished public lands, but more than one third of

NIST: Unidentified Museum Objects V

on June 24, 2019 - 6:53am
Three unexplained technological oddities for your examination. Courtesy/NIST Museum
 
NIST News:
 
In celebration of National Inventors Month 2019 (yes, it’s a thing), we’re highlighting some curious inventions currently cooling their heels in the NIST museum’s basement storage area.
 
These innovations, created some decades ago, have been safely preserved and protected by the stalwart staff of the NIST museum. Trouble is, we’re not entirely sure why these particular inventions were … invented.
 
Welcome back to Unidentified Museum Objects, our sporadically recurring series that

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Welcome

on June 24, 2019 - 6:52am
By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute
 
Welcome to the first of many columns exploring some of the mysteries of life and living, especially some behavior–related mysteries.
 
Each column will include where to find more information. And each column provides some basics of a scientific account for its mystery.
 
Behaviorology, the little known 100-year-old natural science of behavior, supplies the informing science.

Carved & Cast: 20th Century NM Sculpture, On View At New Mexico Museum Of Art Through July 28

on June 24, 2019 - 6:51am
Raymond Lopez, Carreta de la Muerte, May 1999, ash, pine and basswood with paint, fiber and a ribbon, 17 × 11 3/8 × 24 3/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of James and Margie Krebs, 2005 (2004.2.8). Photo by Blair Clark © Raymond Lopez
 
NMMA News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Museum of Art’s (NMMoA) 20th-century sculpture exhibition, Carved & Cast: 20th Century New Mexican Sculpture, will extend its run through the summer until July 28.
 
The exhibition takes a look at regional sculpture styles specific to the Southwest, centering the medium in its own conversation

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 12 To June 15, 2019

on June 24, 2019 - 5:53am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

GEOFFRY MARQUEZ

June 12 at 12: 21 a.m. / Police arrested Geoffrey Marquez, 22, of Los Alamos in Santa Fe on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

DIANNA M. OLIVAS

June 12 at 11:47 p.m. / Police arrested Dianna M.

NWS: Today’s High Near 76, Tonight’s Low Around 53

on June 24, 2019 - 5:47am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Cactus Blooms On Bandeliers Frey Trail

on June 24, 2019 - 5:33am

Daily Postcard: A prickly pear cactus blooms along the Frey Trail in Bandelier. The trail begins at Juniper Campground and makes its way to the edge of the canyon where it switchbacks down to the canyon floor (>550' elevation change), and provides excellent bird's eye views of Tyuonyi as well as a foot route from the campground to the visitor center. The Frey Trail was resurfaced in 2018 from where it enters Frijoles Canyon, to where it joins the Main Loop Trail.

Posts From The Road: City Of Rocks State Park

on June 23, 2019 - 8:19am

‘Posts from the Road’ is a new feature that beginning today will appear in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he will share scenes they encounter while on the road. Today’s submission features the City of Rocks State Park in southwestern New Mexico between Deming and Silver City.

State Pays Down $100 Million In Film Credit Backlog

on June 23, 2019 - 8:16am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE By the end of last week, the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department had paid out nearly $100 million in backlogged film credits for about 100 film and television shows produced in the state over the past several years that were allowed to build up by the prior state administration.
 
Another $95 million is available to be paid out over the coming fiscal year to productions that have completed filming as part of the new administration’s efforts to clear the backlog and ensure sound footing for the film and television industry in the state into the future.
 

Air Force Research Laboratory Prepares DSX Spacecraft For Launch On Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket

on June 23, 2019 - 6:52am
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in the final preparation stages before shipment to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for launch on a Space X Falcon Heavy Rocket. Courtesy photo
 
KAFB News:
 
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have completed the final assembly and integration of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) spacecraft in preparation for its placement on the first-ever Department of Defense SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.
 
The DOD Space Test Program (STP-2) mission, managed by the Air

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... It Takes A Village

on June 23, 2019 - 6:33am
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
According to, www.sheknows.com , the saying, “It takes a village,” is a portion of an old African proverb. They also say that may be up for debate, too. Many times it does take a village to get things accomplished and I am thankful for my village.
 
This week, I wanted to focus on one of our many project partners at the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization. The community partner I have selected is Los Alamos County. Now, I realize that thanking a funder publicly may come across as being grossly obsequious, according to Bing.com. Come on,

Ashley Pond And His Profound Effect On Our Destiny

on June 23, 2019 - 6:25am

Ashley Pond Jr. in Pajarito Canyon, ca. 1915. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

Ashley Pond and Fuller Lodge, ca. 1930s. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

On Friday evenings this spring, people have gathered at Ashley Pond to sit on the grass and enjoy the concerts. I wonder how many of those people listening to the music and occasionally looking out over the pond know the history related to that small body of water.

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Fr. Glenn: ‘…a Most Desirable Friend…’

on June 23, 2019 - 6:24am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

While reading a text from one of the saints this weekend, a certain phrase rather leapt from the page: “…you are a most desirable friend”—the saint (Paulinus of Nola) thanking the recipient for a great favor done for a kinsman.

Would that we all comport ourselves in relationships so as to deserve such tribute! But … as we all have no doubt experienced—and might be ashamed to admit of ourselves—we often fall far short of such admiration … likely being viewed by—or, to our discredit, viewing—others as vehicles to selfish gain. 

One of the most poignant compliments in all

New Mexico Game & Fish: Conservation Officers Graduate From Law Enforcement Academy

on June 23, 2019 - 6:22am
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officer graduates Kayla Brauer, Travis Bessett and Montana Tidwell. Courtesy/NMG&F
 
NMG&F News:

SANTA FE Three New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officers graduated June 14 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Farmington.

The department’s graduates of the 20-week law enforcement training academy:

  • Kayla Brauer;
  • Travis Bessett; and
  • Montana Tidwell.

Notably, Brauer earned the title of class valedictorian and the exemplary performance award in a class of 30.

In addition to attending the law enforcement academy,

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