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Make A Difference On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 6:37pm
By ROB WILKINSON
The Family YMCA, CEO
 
The New Year often brings feelings of positive improvement and change – a new year, a time to focus on living a better life and providing support for those around us. As we make our way through the month of January, it’s important to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pioneer in the world of positive improvement and change, with the celebration of the MLK Day of Service Monday.
 
For over 20 years, the MLK Day of Service has encouraged individuals to volunteer their time to improve their communities.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 17, 2019 - 3:25pm

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof Part 2

on January 17, 2019 - 3:20pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column, differences between capitalism and socialism were discussed, both viewed as formal economics. The perception of both is how to operate the state or nation and the balance between economic freedom, personal choice and economic growth or social freedom and reduced business fluctuations.

In 1776, Adam Smith viewed the world as various nation-states competing economically with one another. As a member of a nation-state, the better one’s country does, the better one’s personal existence is. But is that true?

Fresh Year, Fresh Start: Give Your Health A Jumpstart In 2019

on January 17, 2019 - 10:40am

By GLENDON COOK, MD
Los Alamos Family Care

Ask anyone what their New Year’s resolution is and chances are they’ll mention a determination to eat healthier.

While many of us may consider a renewed focus on healthy eating as a way to make up for the rich indulgences of the holiday season or as a pathway to fit more comfortably into that favorite pair of jeans, healthy eating comes with even greater rewards.

It can reduce our risk of illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer; and it can help boost our energy, sharpen our memories and stabilize our mood, leading to a noticeable

Open Book: Road Trip

on January 17, 2019 - 8:00am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Although we have made the road trip from Los Alamos to St. Louis and back dozens of times, we still begin preparing for the two-day drive in advance, piling on the spare bed items we rarely use except on this trip: a GPS, a flashlight, an emergency kit, yerba mate gourd so we can sip the traditional South American energy drink. Then we head out East, retracing the steps of the Santa Fe Trail pioneers. Except that those pioneers didn’t have a garage whose door may, or may not, have been left open.

McQuiston: Don’t Be Fooled By Latest Phishing Scams

on January 16, 2019 - 5:54pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


If you’re like me, you get more junk emails than you do legitimate ones and more phone calls from numbers you don’t recognize than from people you actually know.

If that’s the case, it should come as no surprise that nearly 55 percent of all emails are scam and over 10 billion phone calls made in 2017 were a scam. A phishing scam is an attempt to fraudulently obtain someone’s personal information by pretending to be someone else in order to steal their money, identity, or gain access to their computer.

Vishing scams are phishing scams done over the phone.

How The Hen House Turns: Trouble With Crows

on January 16, 2019 - 8:09am
Crow in Pistachio Tree. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
I suspect that crows have developed--over a very long time--a cultural aversion to human beings. Only rarely do they get welcoming treatment from us bipeds, unlike the local turkeys and deer in Los Alamos and here in California, where they often pass close by with no more than a curious glance.
 
In our 46 years on Walnut Street we saw crows take over the backyard Ponderosas from a number of ravens. I’ll never forget the last raven I saw.

Home Country: Now And Then

on January 15, 2019 - 4:50am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It’s Tuesday afternoon at two, which means Clarice Devon is on her way to the Curl Up ‘N Dye beauty salon. It’s like the sun coming up or the price of bread increasing. Tuesday. Two. Clarice.
 
“Clarice!” yells Fran. “Ready to be beautiful?”
 
“Sure,” she said. “I like attempting the impossible.”
 
Clarice Devon is one of our angels. She’s one of the few people in town who will tolerate old people and shut ins, and she not only takes care of them, but seems to relish it as well.
 
During the rinse, Fran asks her if she’s the one taking care of Mr.

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack There Of Part 1

on January 14, 2019 - 6:50am
By ANDY ANDREWS
World Futures Institute
 
Welcome to 2019 and another year on planet Earth. It is the annual time period when we look forward to either new opportunities or suffer the pessimism of not seeing any.
 
Where are we going as a planet (our life supporting environment) or as humanity (the order of our existence and how we work together)? For example, I believe that we all need energy to lead our lives and sustain humanity. But from where does it come? This question has led to many heated (flaming?) debates influenced by individual perspective – where you are and what you need.

Fr. Glenn: Leaving Los Alamos

on January 13, 2019 - 7:27am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

You know … as is often said, we never know how much we value something—whether it be persons, places or things—until we lose them. And as I am on the verge of departing LA, I am finding the bite of the “sweet sorrow” of good-bye much more bitter than sweet … especially as I am bound for bureaucratic wilds of the Archdiocesan chancery—to become an “admin pogue”, as we Marine combat arms types derisively termed the administration folks (and yet ran to them whenever we had a paperwork problem!

Winter Safety Tips From LAFD

on January 12, 2019 - 8:44am
By BENJAMIN STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

Winter storms can cause a community to see an increase in car accidents, falls, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion. Storms bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. As we recently experienced, winter storms can last for several days, cause havoc on heat, power and communication services, but they also place our community members at higher risk.

Here are some tips to remember:

Prepare now!

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms.

McQuiston: The Cold Hard Facts About Ice Dams

on January 12, 2019 - 7:48am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency


The winter months are here and the potential for claims resulting from ice dams are on the rise. While most of the damage caused by a winter storm is immediate, ice dams losses usually don’t occur until several days after.

Just what is an ice dam? As the heat from inside your house rises and melts the snow on your roof, the water will flow down the slope until it reaches a portion of your roof where the temperature is freezing. The water will refreeze and a ridge of ice will form.

Water collects behind the ice dam until it finds openings in your roof where it

Head2Head: The Currents Of Populism And Pluralism

on January 11, 2019 - 7:03pm
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The term “populism” is a vague and contested term that has been used in reference to a diverse variety of things. Populism can generally be defined as opposition of “the people” to a social elite.

The term originated with the People’s Party, active in the 19th century American Midwest. Its platform included calling for the nationalization of railways, the banning of strikebreakers, support for small farmers and so on.

The party gained representation in several state legislatures during the 1890s but was not powerful

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 10, 2019 - 11:00am

Weekly Fishing Report Jan. 9

on January 9, 2019 - 9:05am
By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports And Outdoors
 
After three back-to-back winter storms that brought cold temperatures and significant snowfall to the mountains and watersheds of Northern New Mexico last week, the numbers for our snowpack are looking good.
 
The numbers look particularly good when compared to this time last year during which precipitation was well below normal. Last year at this time, the overall precipitation across the state was just 22-percent of normal. This year, they are 104-percent of normal.
 
As good as this sounds, we will need a lot more snow to

Home Country: Just Doc And Old Tom

on January 8, 2019 - 2:41pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.
 
Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.
 
Somehow that made it worse for Doc than just having death bring a pleasant new start for someone in pain and agony. Doc hadn’t been able to patch him up this time.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Green Book’

on January 8, 2019 - 2:07pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Green Book” is truly one of the best films of last year. Performances by Viggo Mortenson (who gained weight for this role) and (a very elegant) Mahershala Ali are clearly worthy of nominations for the Oscar.

In fact, both men were nominated for Golden Globes; Ali won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. At the Golden Globes, the screenplay for Green Book took top honors, and the film itself was awarded Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

The movie is based on a true story.

Finance New Mexico: Predictive Analytics Isn’t Just For The Big Guys

on January 7, 2019 - 8:00pm

Courtesy/FNM
 
By SANDY NELSON
Finance New Mexico

Predicting consumer behavior can be an obsession for businesses, no matter what their size. Big corporations dedicate entire departments to divining what people will want next so they can be first to offer it, and they invest massive amounts of money into predictive analytics—the mining of massive sets of data for patterns and trends in hopes of giving businesses a competitive edge by helping them predict the future.

Smaller businesses typically don’t have the means or need to invest in the sophisticated types of data crunching that their

Fr. Glenn: Given An Epiphany

on January 6, 2019 - 5:40am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

How ‘bout that New Year snowfall, huh? Skiers are certainly happy. Being an old Texan where we don’t normally get such a volume, it was (and continues to be) an “interesting” experience. Just trying not to slip and bust a couple of ribs; been there, done that … hopefully for the last time (the ol’ ribs have had a hard life). Prayers go up for all of YOUR safety, too. 

But snow has an interesting effect: it covers all.

Weekly Fishing Report Jan. 6

on January 6, 2019 - 4:57am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The weather has been the big newsmaker here in New Mexico. Since Christmas our state has been slammed with a series of storms, the latest of which dumped more than two feet of snow in Los Alamos and ushered in bone-chilling temperatures that fell below zero and didn’t rise above freezing during the day.
 
The snow is great news for our state.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 4, 2019 - 8:58am

Liddie's Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Mincemeat Empanaditas

on January 3, 2019 - 9:17am
Mincemeat Empanaditas. Photo by Liddie Martinez
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley
 
Holidays for my family were more about looking back and embracing tradition; a time to bring the family together.
 
Since my Grandmother was the matriarch and lived with us when I was a kid, generations of relatives started arriving the week of Thanksgiving and came and left with such irregularity, you never knew who might come to dinner.

Smart Design With Suzette: Year In Review – Designing Your Life

on January 3, 2019 - 9:02am

Take stock of 2018 and prepare for the new year. Courtesy image

Don’t underestimate the inviting power of great curb appeal. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Happy New Year! No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life in the past year. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks too. The idea is to design your life — an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve – professionally and personally. The process set forth below has helped me make 2018 a truly transformative year. Start with:

What Worked
This question is a keeper from

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on January 3, 2019 - 9:01am
An American robin prepares to drink some water. Photo by Bob Walker
 
A Broad tailed hummingbird shows why it received its name. Photo by Bob Walker
 
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
There are three sources of information about the bird populations of Los Alamos county.
 
Each has its own approach to gathering data. One approach considers where and what kinds of birds were breeding throughout the county. This involves dividing the county in to 60 blocks and visiting the blocks over four years.
 
A second approach involves people reporting the numbers and kinds of birds that come to

Head2Head: Trumped!

on January 3, 2019 - 8:42am

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Hopefully, those who’ve been on this trip from 1950 to 2016 with me will have seen that we didn’t just wake up post-election day 2016 and find ourselves polarized.

We’ve been going there for more than 60 years. While Republican Donald Trump pulled off a surprising (for most) upset in beating Democrat Hillary Clinton, he failed to win the majority of the popular vote. We’re clearly a divided country.

There has been endless speculation about how and why Trump won.

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