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Wiemann: 2nd Qtr GDP Reflects Early Pandemic Response

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN CFP®
Founder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLC
Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services

The latest GDP figures show the worst single-quarter U.S. economic contraction in over 70 years.

The U.S. economy contracted 9.5% through the second quarter, the worst single-quarter decline in gross domestic product (GDP) since the Commerce Department started tracking it in 1947.

It was expected the report would show a dip, but it’s important to recognize what that dip represents. It does not indicate the economy’s current trajectory, just the most stringent period


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McQuiston: Save Money With Auto Premium Discounts

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

Many of us are well aware that owning a car can be expensive (especially a new car).

According to a AAA study, the average cost of owning and operating a new car was $773.50 a month in 2019. Expenses like fuel, maintenance, and insurance can add up.

The average cost of car insurance (including collision, comprehensive and liability) was $1,062 per year in 2016, according to a National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ report.

While you can’t control every expense associated with owning a car, you can take advantage of discounts to help lower


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County Council Chair Sara Scott Issues Information Update

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

Today I’ll provide some information on a few topics of current interest: an update regarding COVID-19 response, a high-level summary of the upcoming decision and public meetings regarding the Carbon Free Power Project, and information regarding two upcoming workshops that are part of the engagement process for the Downtown planning initiative.

I hope this note finds you and families and friends well; I hear from many folks who want us to keep working hard as a community to help our businesses and schools by staying home and always wearing our masks


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Liddie’s Traditional New Mexico Dishes: Squash Blossom Soup

Squash Blossom Soup. Photo by Liddie Martinez

A short video on making Squash Blossom Soup. Courtesy/Liddie Martinez
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley

Squash has been around for a very long time. Experts say that it is at least 10,000 years old and has been cultivated for more than 8,000 years with the earliest farmers traced back to Mexico.

It is no wonder given its quick germination, abundant and early blossoms, fast growing vines and easily stored seeds. It is why they were so abundant in indigenous diets and they are oh, so good for you! Rich in vitamin A, B and C it also is an excellent source of


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Snyder: Archiving Pandemic With Community Help

In the early days of the pandemic, empty shelves at Smith’s meant doing without some items. Photo by Sharon Snyder

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States, it was natural to make comparisons to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. However, when news reporters in California contacted museum archives and the state historical society for information, only a few records and one photograph turned up!

Apparently, no one had recorded circumstances or first hand stories of the people who lived through that 1918 event. I encountered the same


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Hall: Speaking From Experience With Code Enforcer

By JIM HALL
Business Owner
Los Alamos

The Post recently published an article by Councilor (Randall) Ryti, titled UnQuarked Board Of Appeals Decision (link).

In the article, a reported accusation against Mr. Michael Arellano, the County Chief Building Official, was that he was “arbitrary, capricious, or not in accordance with the law”. As a citizen who had numerous interactions with Mr. Arellano during the past two years, this characterization is completely at odds with the County employee that I know and respect.

I have found Mr. Arellano to be extremely knowledgeable about building codes


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Life After 50: Honoring Triple Digits…

Today is George Best day! he turns 100 today! This is the first round of morale boosting bags given this morning in George’s name go to Behive Homes in White Rock in honor of his birthday. Courtesy/LARSO

George Best

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

One year ago, I was approached at the Betty Ehart Senior Center by Ruth Lier.

“Someone is turning 99 tomorrow,” she said.

She told me it was George Best, my first 99! I ran home baked some cookies and piped little 99’s on them. I asked the chef if I could serve lunch and he said yes.

As George approached, I said, “A little bird tells me, that today


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Emotional Healing: Chronic Change Leads To Grief Fatigue

By Dr. Ted Wiard

Editors Note: This is part of an ongoing series of columns by grief specialist Dr. Ted Wiard, dedicated to helping educate the community about emotional healing.

As we move into the next 6 months of a world that was hijacked by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing more and more dysregulated emotions and reactions locally, nationally, and globally.

Over these pandemic months, we have witnessed the collective grief phases as well as individual grief as what was the norm of everyday living was taken away, and there was, and is a demand to change and redefine a new status-quo to navigate


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Williams: The Case For An Office Ban

By SEAN WILLIAMS
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

The county has a double-edged relationship with the lab: on one hand, it is our principal employer, and a significant institution for scientific research; on the other, it puts tremendous pressure on the meager land available to the residents, businesses, and government of Los Alamos County. 

Everyone is aware of the housing crunch, and the bidding wars and price inflation that have followed, but these cost pressures have been at least as damaging to the business community.

Kelly Beierschmitt, LANL deputy director for operations,


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Posts From The Road: South Park City Museum

Alma Queen: A recreation of the Alma Queen Mine can be seen at the South Park City Museum in Colorado. The museum was formed in the 1950s as a way of saving buildings and artifacts from the area’s mining history. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Museum View: The museum consist of about 40 structures from the boom days of the 1800s. Seven of the structures are in their original location while others have been moved from nearby communities and reconstructed on the museum site. The structures are arranged in a way that a town of the 1800s would have appeared. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

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