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Santa Fe New Mexican: Ringside Seat

Sen. Bill Tallman

By MILAN SIMONICH
The New Mexican

Talk about reversal of fortune. After 10 years of defeats, proponents of spending part of a $19.7 billion state endowment for early childhood education saw their proposal rescued Monday from the legislative graveyard.

The Senate Rules Committee cut in half the amount of money the program would receive. But the committee also gave the revamped proposal life as the legislative session heads into its final three days.

Two Democrats who had previously opposed the measure — Sens. Bill Tallman of Albuquerque and Clemente Sanchez of Grants — saved


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Fr. Glenn: In Good Times And In Bad…

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Ahhh … a belated Valentine’s Day to you all. Flowers, chocolates, hearts, cards, muchas smooches. Luuuuvvv. Hopefully good romances and kindnesses renewed. And, for you husbands who forgot about it … I hope that couch is comfy. 😉

One of the greatest joys of priests and ministers is the blessing of marriages … brides coming down the aisle embodying scripture, “She was radiant with perfect beauty…” (Esther 15:5), and the congregation musing approvingly of the insight of the groom: “Do not deprive yourself of a wise and good wife, for her charm is worth more than gold.” (Sirach 7:19)


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Amateur Naturalist: Finding History In A Forest, Part 3: Sheep Herding And Crypto Judaism

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

The sheepherders in the Valles Caldera carved a variety images on aspen trees in addition to carving letters.

One type of image involved stars. The five-pointed star can be found as shown in Picture 1. The carving of stars can become more complex. Picture 2 shows a star with eight points and curves. It is a more artistic compared to the five straight lines of the traditional star.

Picture 3 gives a hint going back to Spanish colonialism and religious intolerance. The Spanish king in 1492 required all Spanish people to be Catholic or face the Inquisition. 

People of the Jewish


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Posts From The Road: The Other Side Of Hatch

Muffler Man & RV: The statue that started it all in Hatch still stands tall in front of the RV dealership owned by Teako and Josie Nunn. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Dinosaur and Hot Dog: Next to the RV dealership, a dinosaur and giant hot dog easily catch your attention. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Sparky’s: Sparky’s opened in 2008 and is now like a museum for giant statues. The interior of the building features more unique Americana art work and decor. Note: Sparky’s green chile cheese burgers are the best! Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

By GARY WARREN
Photographer


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Roadside Art: Canoes Spotted On Rocky Hillside

Row, row, row your boat … wait, where’s the water? Three canoes have been placed on a rocky hillside just outside of Terlingua, Texas. I do not know who placed them or why they are there but they make me smile every time I see them. The closest water is the Rio Grande, which is several miles to the south of the canoes. (Photographer Gary Warren travels the country and shares photos of unusual roadside art with the Los Alamos Daily Post.) Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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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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