Opinion & Columns

Catch Of The Week: Post-Holiday Phishing Scams

By REBECCA RUTHERFORD
Los Alamos
 
The holidays are over; you’ve probably put your tree away, taken down the lights, but … scammers aren’t ready to call it quits just yet.
 
If you are anything like most American shoppers, you probably spent a lot of money on gifts over the holidays, and likely earned reward points through your retailer for shopping.
 
According to a warning issued from the BBB (Better Business Bureau) crooks are sending phony emails and texts that look similar to messages from big retailers urging you to redeem reward points accrued from all that holiday

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Life After 50: … Life

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO
 
My husband’s girlfriend passed away just before Christmas. It was a sad day for the whole family, for the whole neighborhood really. I’ll explain that more in just a bit, but my goal here is to demonstrate it is the little things that matter in life. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 or 98.
 
We’ve lost a lot of people this holiday season. I can’t write about everyone I know, but this time of reflection is impactful. It was magnified in a different way when I viewed it across the generations. I’ll explain two of them, to share the experience.
 

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Looking Forward In 2020: A Message For The New Year

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Editor’s note: LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the below message to staff this afternoon:

Here are five timely topics facing students and staff in the Los Alamos Public Schools for 2020. With this message, I am reaching out to seek your ideas about how to plan for the future and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive.

Introduction

Your comments about these pressing issues will be used in updating our LAPS strategic plan and school-level DASH Plans. In addition, your thoughts will help with the ongoing process


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Wiemann: Look For Changes In Retirement Plans

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor 
Edward Jones
 
It might not have made the headlines, but a recently passed piece of legislation could affect the IRAs and 401(k)s of millions of Americans beginning in 2020. So, if you have either of these accounts, or if you run a business, you’ll want to learn more.
 
The new laws, collectively called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, include these noteworthy changes:
  • Higher age for RMDs – Under current law, you must start taking withdrawals – known as required minimum distributions, or RMDs – from

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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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Chandler: 2019 – The Year We Began To Turn New Mexico Around

By Rep. Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties

As my first year as your New Mexico State Representative ends, I welcome this opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments, activities and on-going challenges. 

The 2019 legislative session was noteworthy for its exceptional productivity and results. After a decade of inertia, the legislature with a cadre of new representatives and our new Governor committed to positive change. 

A focused and strategic legislative effort achieved much: a public education moonshot marked


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