Opinion & Columns

Simonich: Ringside Seat

By MILAN SIMONICH
The New Mexican

House Speaker Brian Egolf should know better than to mix standup comedy with his weekly news conference.

Legislators are funny enough without ad-libbing a punchline or making sport of a colleague. But Egolf, D-Santa Fe, couldn’t resist temptation.

He and all the regulars at the state Capitol have been buzzing about Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, ejecting reporter Rachel Knapp from a public meeting of the Senate Conservation Committee.

Knapp, of television station KRQE, walked into Egolf’s news briefing Tuesday with the controversy


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Catch Of The Week: Romance Scams

Online imposters break hearts and bank accounts. Courtesy/FBI

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

It’s almost Valentine’s Day; don’t get your heart (and wallet) broken by an online romance scam. 

According to news reports out of Portland, Ore., a romance scammer recently robbed an 80-year-old widower out of $200,000. The man was swindled by an unknown scammer who stole a Florida woman’s identity, then befriended the man through an online dating site. 

The scammer then convinced him to invest money in a “business opportunity”. The scammer convinced the man they were in a long-distance relationship,


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Catch Of The Week: Ransomware On The Rise

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

 

It can cripple global businesses, governments, schools, hospitals, and more; ransomware attacks are on the rise. Read on to learn more about this cyber threat and how you can protect yourself.

According to a recent study by Emsisoft, a security firm that helps companies hit by ransomware, in 2019, there were 205,280 organizations they assisted with recovery from ransomware infections. This is a 41% increase from the year before. Average payments to recover from ransomware (for businesses, not consumers) jumped up to $84,116- more than double what it


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Fr. Glenn: Light From Light

By Fr. Glenn Jones

 A beautiful full moon rising above the mountains east of Albuquerque in a cloudless sky this evening … something I used to enjoy even more immensely looking east from the cliffs of Los Alamos as it bathed the Rio Grande valley in the softness of its light. Truly beautiful. Thank you, Lord.

Now, the more analytical among us could, of course, expound on the fact that the moon is really just a cold dark mass of rock and dust, devoid of both life and light, and that it simply reflects light from another source—that massive ball of hydrogen hidden from view which roils with constant


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Posts From The Road: NM Museum Of Space History

Museum and Hall of Fame: The entire campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History sits high on a hillside on the eastern side of Alamogordo overlooking the city below. Shown is the facility which houses the museum and International Space Hall of  Fame. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Space History Exhibit: Shown is a display in the space history section of the museum. Hundreds of items used in the space program as well as hardware used are displayed throughout the museum. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Space Station 2001: A mock up display of Space Station 2001 is included in the

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Letter To The Editor: Wake Up Before It’s too late!

By PAM PRICHARD
Los Alamos

New Mexico seems about to legalize marijuana, but first we should take some advice from other states where it is already legal.

John Hickenlooper, who was governor of Colorado when it was legalized there in 2012, says it was a “bad idea”.
It is still illegal federally (in fact Congress banned it in D.C. even though voters there were in favor of it).
There are no federal regulations or restrictions regarding the potency of various marijuana “products”. The concentration of THC in marijuana has increased exponentially since the 60s, it has led to an increase in crime as well

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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes With Apricots

Blue corn piñon pancakes. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my first experiences in Los Alamos. My first memory on the Hill is a Saturday morning in the early 1970s, I was about 5 years old. My mother worked as a housekeeper for Mr. & Mrs. Atkins and would sometimes bring my sister and me with her on a Saturday when she made a special trip to do Mrs. Atkins’ hair.

While she was busy with the hair do, my sister and I hung out in the kitchen with Mr. Atkins. He was a master at making dollar-sized pancakes, the only item on the menu when we came to


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