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Catch Of The Week: Small Business Cyber Updates

on November 13, 2019 - 7:11am
Los Alamos
Cisco Small Business Router Vulnerabilities
Security researchers at SEC Consult/IoT Inspector found numerous security issues for the Cisco RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN router series.
Issues included hardcoded password hashes and static X.509 certificates with corresponding public/private key pairs and one static Secure Shell (SSH) host key.
Cisco stated that this was an oversight by their developers, and the certificates and keys were never intended to be shipped with the products.

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 13

on November 13, 2019 - 5:51am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has turned sharply colder, especially in Eastern New Mexico. Anglers should be aware that several waters in the northeast are now closed to angling for the winter.
Maxwell Lake 13, the Charette Lakes and Clayton Lake are closed to protect migrating waterfowl.
Birdwatchers will enjoy these locations. Waterfowl are not the only birds that may be viewed. Raptors, including bald eagles, follow these flocks of waterfowl as they migrate south.
A nice road trip or perhaps overnight stay this time of year is a

Home Country: Life Is Good

on November 12, 2019 - 6:57am
Home Country
The first cold nights sent Billy indoors. Aunt Ada always had room on the couch for Billy. It was different now, of course, since Desdemona passed away. She was good, for a cat. Now there was just Billy and the other cat, Boots, to share the couch.
Billy was no dummy. In the past three years or so, since he became the official town dog, he not only knew his duties, but his options as well.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 … Honoring Our Veterans

on November 11, 2019 - 7:09am
The NJROTC color guard from Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LARSO
Gathered to honor the memory of their friend, local veteran James Griffin, from left, Mark Hinrichs, Pat Archer, Ron Christman and Bob Hiromoto at his memorial service the BESC. Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director

Recently the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) hosted a memorial service for former member and local veteran James Griffin.

Griffin passed away in September without family and the centers felt the need to highlight his life and service to country, at the Betty Ehart

Fr. Glenn: We Will Serve

on November 10, 2019 - 7:15am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A happy Veterans Day weekend to all of you veterans out there! … most especially to you who have been ordered to, and have endured, the trials and tribulations of combat zones. And, even more especially, to all of you who have physical and/or mental scars attesting to your courage and sacrifice more than any badge or medal or parade ever could. Thank you so much for your service to our nation and, ultimately, to her people.

And … it’s a doubly special day for Marines every year.

Posts From The Road: Luckenbach, Texas Where Everybody’s Somebody...

on November 10, 2019 - 7:10am

Post Office: The post office, general store, and bar were all located in this building when Luckenbach was established in the 1800s. The post office was decommissioned in 1971 but the building retains the post office sign today. The general store and bar are still very active. Photo by Gary Warren/

Hats and Hondo: A display of hats for sale in the general store  is centered around a painting of Hondo Crouch who purchased Luckenbach and lived there from 1970 until his death in 1976. Much of the folklore and vibe of the town can be attributed to Hondo Crouch.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 7, 2019 - 4:14pm

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Pumpkin Piñon Empanadas

on November 7, 2019 - 8:14am
A plate of freshly baked pumpkin piñon empanadas. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

We have talked about empanadas before. In my January 2019 column we reminisced about their humble beginnings in Spain or, more accurately, the Iberian Peninsula during medieval Moorish invasions and the fact that these small packages made eating on the go possible and delicious. Some of the first cookbooks published in Spain in the early 1500s included empanadas filled with seafood, but the pumpkin empanada, while its roots are firmly planted in Europe, is a new world variation.

McQuiston: Best Reasons To Consider Purchasing Umbrella Insurance Policy

on November 7, 2019 - 8:07am
The Jemez Agency

1. Consider umbrella insurance if …  you have assets – like a home, car or savings – you want to protect.

You probably already have insurance for some of your assets, like your house or car, but don’t forget your other investments, as well as checking, savings and retirement accounts. Are they protected in the event of a liability suit? Your existing insurance policies, like your car insurance or home insurance, include liability coverage, but generally that coverage is limited.

World Futures Institute: Education – Part One

on November 6, 2019 - 4:50pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In 2016, I created a list of 18 areas that I believed needed to be addressed concerning the future of earth and humanity.
Number 11 on the list was “what do we teach people – adapting machines to IQ levels.”
When making a presentation, I shortened it to “what do we teach people” and, quite unexpectedly, was verbally “assaulted” about it. The input presented stated that in addition to “what,” we had to include “how.”
Since I had been personally involved in some pioneering work with distance learning and computer-based training,

Wiemann: What Can Investors Learn From Veterans?

on November 5, 2019 - 8:09am
Edward Jones
Financial Advisor
Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country.
But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives? For example, consider the following traits and how they might apply to your actions as an investor:
  • Perseverance – Even veterans who have not served in armed combat have had to persevere in challenging situations.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Celebrating 90!

on November 4, 2019 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a celebration for its members 90 and older. Courtesy/LARSO
LA Historical Society will join Betty Ehart Senior Center Thursday for ‘Remember When ... .’ Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
Some days we are lucky enough to see history unfold before our eyes.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization held a special celebration last week, for our members 90 and older. The event is an occasion seniors are eager to reach, as they become part of a new club.
That club entitles them to a special

Fr. Glenn: ‘Must We?’

on November 3, 2019 - 6:33am


By Fr. Glenn Jones

If you read about (or have experienced) Armed Forces boot camp/basic training, you recognize that arrivals to that training are in that arrival simply breaking the shell, as it were, as “hatchlings” in the service. Basic training is an apt analogy for anyone beginning in a new field of study or profession … and certainly for the budding Christian. One isn’t a “good” soldier, sailor, airman or Marine right off the bat; to become proficient in any field takes time—even a lifetime.

Posts From The Road: Custer State Park

on November 3, 2019 - 6:32am

Sylvan Lake: Sylvan Lake is located in the northern part of the park. This lake features several rock formations in and around the lake and is very popular with water sport enthusiasts as well as picnicking, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. A lodge and campground are located nearby for overnight stays. Photo by Gary Warren/
Needles Eye Tunnel: One of the tunnels on the Needles Highway is the Needles Eye Tunnel. This tunnel is just over eight feet wide making it a tight space for many vehicles. Photo by Gary Warren/
Needles Eye: The Needles Eye

Richard Nebel: Impeachment...

on November 1, 2019 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos

“In a lonely grave, forgotten and unknown, lies ‘the man who saved a president,’ and as a result may well have preserved for ourselves and our posterity constitutional government in the United States…”. These words were written in 1956 by Senator John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer Prize winning book “Profiles in  Courage”. That forgotten man is Edmund G. Ross and that lonely grave is in the Fairview Cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Edmund Ross was an abolitionist and a Senator from Kansas.

Gessing: Santa Fe Spending Binge Kicks Into High Gear

on November 1, 2019 - 6:50am
Rio Grande Foundation
The Legislative Finance Committee recently reported the requests of New Mexico government agencies for FY 2021.
Last year the Legislature increased general fund spending by a robust 12 percent, but with oil production growing rapidly and prices per-barrel holding stable, New Mexico government is planning for another year of massive growth.
In fact, (not including funding requests for public school support and from higher education institutions) agencies are looking to further increase their budgets in Fiscal Year 2021 by a shocking 17

McQuiston: It MAY Have Been Covered ... But HOW?

on October 31, 2019 - 8:49am
The Jemez Agency

If you’ve watched any college football over the past several years, you’ve probably seen multiple commercials from a certain insurance company that likes to show an imaginary college professor walking an individual through a building containing exhibits that represent different claim situations.

The commercials show what happened while the professor narrates, then at the end of the story he states, “we covered it”.

Although many of these claim scenarios appear to be unusual, they would likely be covered by any personal

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 31, 2019

on October 31, 2019 - 6:32am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has turned sharply colder and it won’t be long until the small, higher elevation lakes in Northern New Mexico will begin to freeze over.
A local angler recently reported ice forming on Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras. The ice would melt off during the day. The Canjilon Lakes, Trout Lakes, Lagunitas Lakes and others will soon be frozen.
The fishing can be quite good at this time before the lakes become unfishable.

Hampton On Sombrillo & Aspen Ridge Sustainability

on October 30, 2019 - 8:40am
Board Member
Los Alamos Retirement Community

I have recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC), which comprises the Sombrillo and Aspen Ridge facilities in Los Alamos.

Our management company informed us at our September meeting that annual liability insurance costs rose 77 percent in July, and the corresponding deductibles rose 900 percent, and that these increases are unsustainable. 

These increases seem to be attributable to the high degree of litigation occurring in New Mexico.

Catch Of The Week: Alexa & Google Voice In The House

on October 27, 2019 - 10:32am
Los Alamos

“My son asked why I speak so softly in the house … I said I was afraid Mark Zuckerberg was listening. He laughed. I laughed. Alexa laughed. Siri laughed.”

So runs a popular internet meme about privacy, or the lack thereof, in today’s connected world. Funny, right?

Amazon Echo and other voice assistant devices (like Google Home) are great and can make life easier but at the cost of privacy. As of January 2019, Amazon had sold more than 100 million Alexa enabled devices.

World Futures: Data, Information, Knowledge – Part 4

on October 27, 2019 - 10:15am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous three columns we looked at data, information and knowledge, noting data and information is the stuff that is “out there” and knowledge is th stuff that we have internalized be it in our brains or encoded in our bodies.
Last time I concluded that it incorporates the who, what, when, why and where of right and wrong and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make.

Fr. Glenn: Examples To Imitate

on October 27, 2019 - 8:08am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

You may see Catholic churches in your area posting notices about the celebration of “All Saints Day” on November 1. This is our annual celebration in which we honor our brothers and sisters in Christ who have, as St. Paul himself wrote: “…have fought the good fight… have finished the race… have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). …even unto death—deaths very often by martyrdom.

Some still erroneously believe: “There they are … worshipping saints again.” But, as CB’ers used to say: “Negatory, good buddy.” Whenever we Catholics/Orthodox hear others mistakenly accuse us of

Mail Censorship ... A (Mostly) Serious Business In Los Alamos During World War II

on October 27, 2019 - 8:08am

This letter was received by Sgt. K. Patterson, a member of the Women’s Army Corps in Los Alamos. At one time, she feared she might lose her job because her brother, who was stationed overseas, sent letters to her claiming that he knew inside secrets about Los Alamos. When her commanding officer found out about the incident, she didn’t write to her brother for the duration of the war, and she received no further mail from him. Later she learned her brother was friends with a soldier who had lived in the Los Alamos area prior to the war! Courtesy/Debra Krikorian


By Heather McClenahan

Posts From The Road: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

on October 27, 2019 - 7:14am
Grasslands and Badlands: A view from the scenic drive loop in the southern unit shows a combination of grasslands and badlands found throughout the park. Photo by Gary Warren/
Bison: A bison grazes in the southern unit of the park. Elk, bighorn sheep, deer and other wild animals can be seen at the park. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the Badlands of North Dakota, which are found in the southwest portion of the state.
The park is divided into three separate

Serna Releases Position Statement On Rural America

on October 25, 2019 - 9:38am
CD3 Candidate Marco Serna
From the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:
ESPANOLA 3rd Congressional District Candidate Marco Serna believes that voters need to know where their elected officials stand on the important issues and is releasing his position statement that addresses the issues facing our rural communities.
Serna highlights that his extensive travels through every one of the 16 counties of the 3rd Congressional District leaves a deep impression of the size and diversity of the district he hopes to represent.
He focuses on several issues facing rural New Mexico,