Opinion & Columns

Emotional Healing: Grief – Bridge For Stepping Into Present

By Dr. TED WIARD
Golden Willow Retreat

This last week has constantly flooded us with enormous stressors that have potential for anxiety as many of the environmental stressors are atmospherically sitting in the unknown.

The pandemic, the elections and their outcomes, finances, school, and an unknown feeling of where to take action to change the internal and external discomfort.

As time moves forward many of these environmental stressors will be become clear and people will be able to move out of levels of ambiguity due to having information.

Lack of information increases fear, as there is more


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Amateur Naturalist: Tracking Through Snow

‘A’ points to a hoof mark and ‘B’ and ‘C’ point to grooves in opposite directions from hoof marks. Photo by Bob Walker

A male house finch all puffed up to keep warm. Photo by Bob Walker

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

Snow has fallen quietly and straight down during the night. Trees have lines of snow along the upper sides of their branches in the morning. Pine trees have cups of snow in the clusters of their pine needles. The branches and needles absorb just enough heat from the sunlight to become warmer.

Snow melts. It falls to the ground throughout the morning, joining snow that already covers the ground.


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Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 10

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors

Los Alamos Daily Post

Now that the weather has turned cooler and the days shorter, the State Game and Fish Department has begun stocking catchable-size rainbow trout in the lakes and streams of Southern New Mexico as part of their “Winter Trout Program”.

Trout are stocked in these waters when water temperatures are cool enough to allow the trout to survive. During the summer, water temperatures become too warm for trout to survive in these waters.

Most of the stocking is with triploid rainbow trout of catchable-size between 9-12 inches in length. Occasionally,


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Father Theophan: Hold Today Lightly

Courtesy/Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Firing a kiln, at least my old kiln, can be nerve wracking. New kilns are often computer controlled, complex tools that can be programmed to raise, hold, and lower temperatures at will, in almost infinite

variety. My kiln has exactly one switch with four settings, one of which is “off”.

In a bisque firing, the first firing, mechanically and chemically combined water are driven off and clay that can be slaked down, becomes the more permanent ceramic. The bisque firing also burns off

any organic matter that


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Home Country: Jasper The Hunter

Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES

Old Jasper Blankenship went out to hunt deer the other day, the same way he’s done for decades now.

Deer season has changed a lot for Jasper over the many years he’s been at it. As a kid, he couldn’t wait until he was old enough to get a license, because he wanted to bring a buck home to show his family. Not just any buck, either, but a big one.

As a young man, he wanted to see how many hunting seasons he could have in one year: duck, goose, quail, pheasant, deer, about anything that moved.

As a middle-aged man, he turned to the technology of hunting and wanted to learn about the newest


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Fr. Glenn: A Universally-Accepted Virtue

Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, the election’s (finally!) over and—as with every presidential election for the last several cycles—the results are being contested and accusations of shenanigans are a’flyin … both ways. Yet, wherever power is to be had, we know all too well that temptation to corruption is an ever-present specter, no matter the person or position. For we who are a bit older, the Watergate scandal is perhaps the most memorable—the image of a president resigning because of it … boarding Marine One for that one final flight in disgrace.  Since then … hanging chads, collusion accusations,


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Catch Of The Week: FBI Warns Of Ransomware Targeting Healthcare

By BECKY RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos

As of Wednesday of this week, the U.S. has been reporting 100,000+ new COVID-19 cases a day.

According to New Mexico health officials, we can expect more than a dozen deaths a day for weeks as infections continue. Hospitals are filling up, and healthcare staff is running thin. The state has been warning the public about this for weeks. New Mexico is expecting to run out of ICU beds within a week.

With the healthcare system already strained by the pandemic, cyber-criminals are targeting the healthcare sector. This week the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security


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