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Fr. Glenn: The Class Of Humility

on July 21, 2019 - 9:05am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

An edifying article in the news this weekend: “Anonymous Donor Gives $25 Million To Children’s Hospital In Los Angeles”. Wow … 25 million smack-olas—not chump change by anyone’s reckoning. And, in what seemingly befits Christian teaching very well, the donor seeks no acclaim, just as Jesus Himself exhorted us: “…when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

McQuiston: Are You Taking Full Advantage Of Your Premium Discounts?

on July 19, 2019 - 7:43am

The Jemez Agency

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s hard to watch any sort of television program without seeing an insurance advertisement at some point. I also have already expressed my views on the commercials that attempt to be cute, so we won’t go there.

However, while some of the commercials bring up legitimate points regarding discounts that are available, I’ve yet to see one that really explores the breadth of available discounts that are available on homeowner insurance policies. So, let’s go there instead.

For starters, almost every insurance company offers a package

World Futures: Monopoly – Part One

on July 19, 2019 - 6:35am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Monopoly refers to a condition or circumstance when a specific person or entity is the only supplier of something that people need, require or want.
It deals with controlling something in a society defined as a group of people. And it is also a board game.

To get a better feel for what a monopoly is, consider a totally unrealistic example called drinking water and evaluate it in the context of U.S. currency (dollars) and the world population of 7.7 billion people.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater July 18

on July 18, 2019 - 10:04am

An Open Book: Science And Humanity

on July 18, 2019 - 9:17am
Los Alamos
Last Saturday was ScienceFest Discovery Day, and it was certainly a discovery Saturday for me. I missed the prior Friday night concert (more about that later), but I wanted to make sure to walk around on Saturday and get a feel for what this ever-improving Los Alamos signature event was all about. I saw loads of kids doing hands-on science experiments or safely peering through telescopes at the Sun.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 17

on July 17, 2019 - 5:49am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has entered what we like to call “monsoon season” here in the Southwest.
Mornings may start out warm and clear. In the afternoon, thunderstorms develop over the mountains due to the heating of the air, which causes it to rise. Once it cools down enough, the moisture in the clouds starts to condense and fall as rain (even sometimes hail).
These storms generate a lot of energy with frequent lightning strikes.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... The Incredible Ken Hendricks

on July 16, 2019 - 7:12am


Executive Director
This week, I will highlight another community partner. This time, I have selected Home Instead. When picking any type of provider, obviously you must pick the best for you, your family and your situation. My opinions today are based on a number of years of working with Home Instead, on community committees, as a recipient of services, as a viewer from afar, and now as a senior serving agency.
Caution, personal opinions just ahead! The reason Home Instead is successful, in our community is as simple as two words, Ken Hendricks.

Home Country: Ladder To Success

on July 15, 2019 - 6:53am
Home Country
You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods.
Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience.
They hadn’t gotten through old business when Windy stood, smiled, and spoke.

Posts From The Road: Tent Rocks Near Cochiti Pueblo

on July 14, 2019 - 7:31am

Cone-shaped rock formations at Kasha-Katuwe National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. Photo by Gary Warren/

A view from the trail in the slot canyon looking directly up through the rock formations as the sun hides behind the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos

Having lived in Los Alamos for 30 years, I had heard about the tent rocks near Cochiti Pueblo but had never been to see the rock formations.

Fr. Glenn: Dogged Determination

on July 14, 2019 - 7:30am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A happy La Fête Nationale for all you French folk out there, or “Bastille Day” for we non-French speakers. Americans have camaraderie with you in having our independence day so near your own, as we benefited the early assistance of the likes of the Marquis de Lafayette in our own struggle for independence. Viva la France! … y’all. Let Le Marseillaise ring all around.

In recalling these days of independence, one cannot help but admire that dogged determination and self-sacrifice offered by those who were in the midst of those landmark historical times and events.

How The Hen House Turns: Dogs Blur The Line

on July 13, 2019 - 6:48am
Willy the dog. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
Formerly of Los Alamos
“The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior” by veterinarian Bruce Fogle (New York, Howell Book House, 1990), given all the recent studies on animal behavior, I’m amazed at the insights this author made THIRTY years ago.
In his Introduction, he claims that we “draw a clear line” between ourselves and other animals, including cats, but “…we blur the line with dogs.”
Recent studies now challenge that clear line between humans and all other animals, but that will have to wait for another Hen House

Catch Of The Week: Tech Support Scams

on July 12, 2019 - 6:33pm
Los Alamos

Your phone rings, you pick up, and it’s “Microsoft” calling to let you know that you have “a virus” on your computer. What do you do?

  1. Pay whatever they are asking to have them remove it.
  2. Hang up.
  3. My computer has a virus?? OH NO!!! Kill it with fire!!!

Hopefully, you answered, “B. Hang up.”  Microsoft, Apple, Dell, etc. will NEVER ever call you to tell you there is a problem with your computer.  These scammers will try to get you to hand over remote access to your computer so they can “fix” it.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on July 11, 2019 - 2:36pm

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing & Statistics – Part Four

on July 11, 2019 - 7:27am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In part three of this series we looked at polling and voting generally about political contests and elections. We can look at the results and ignore them, get excited, and even get angry. Consider the 2016 presidential race and election. For the most part we as individuals are insulated from them. The polls and the voting are about someone else. But what if the data gathered are about us? What if data are being used to target us, our way of thinking, our choices, and our way of life?

When my wife and I owned and operated an art and

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behavior And Contingencies

on July 10, 2019 - 6:10pm

A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

Since the causes of behavior are cast in terms of “contingencies,” the time has come to make some sense of the term “contingency.”

This term stands in generically for the range of “causes” of behavior the way other terms cannot, such as “stars” in astrology, or “selves” in psychology.

In a contingency, as an if-then relationship, if one variable happens, then the other variable happens. Each contingent relationship involves a dependency between variables.

Newton: Encore Of Blakeley’s Gem Is A Wonderful Gift

on July 10, 2019 - 3:57pm

Ilker Arcayürek (Nadir) and Corinne Winters (Leïla) with the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Curtis Brown/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Corinne Winters (Leïla). Photo by Curtis Brown/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Los Alamos

The late British born Lee Blakeley was fortunate to have outstanding mentors like Sir David McVicar. His Santa Fe Opera debut was the 2010 production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.

He had made a much deserved following by introducing European audiences to the works of Stephen Sondheim.

He followed his SFO debut with productions of “The Pearl Fishers,” “The Grand Duchesse

Weekly Fishing Report: July 10

on July 10, 2019 - 9:16am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The good news is streamflows in Northern New Mexico are coming down and nearly all the streams and rivers now have good fishing.
This includes the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake, where the flow was 453 cubic-feet-per-second Monday. The water clarity was very good. This is a great section of river to fish.
One access point is the outlet of Heron Dam. It requires a long walk down to the river. This spot is where some special regulations apply that anglers need to be aware of.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... So Many Events This Week

on July 10, 2019 - 8:11am

Lauren Sherwood is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Jane Mackenzie McConnell is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo


Executive Director

This month is flying by already, and so many great new things are happening locally, that I thought I would share a few.

On Wednesday, the White Rock Senior Center will host a presentation by Kendra Henning, on

Fr. Glenn: The Best Presents

on July 7, 2019 - 8:06am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Hmmm … in the news this weekend is that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce is finalized. Since MacKenzie will no doubt get a large chunk of the Bezos fortune, that’ll likely drop ol’ Jeff down the “richest men” category a few notches. But … I doubt that he’ll have trouble finding a date nonetheless. MacKenzie, either. Too bad, though; it’s always a sadness to see a couple lose the love with which they began. 

Such news highlights the truth of the old adage: “The best things in life are free.” Jeff and MacKenzie’s earlier mutual love cost nothing, and yet one might

Posts From The Road: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument Near Questa

on July 7, 2019 - 7:53am
Confluence: The confluence of the Red River on the left as it spills into the Rio Grande as seen from La Juanta Overlook. The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Upper Gorge area is west of Questa just a short drive from Los Alamos. Photo by Gary Warren/
Chawalauna Overlook: A long stretch of the Rio Grande can be seen from the Chawalauna Overlook at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/
Sheep Crossing Overlook: The Sheep Crossing Overlook affords a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Gorge in Rio Grande Grande del Norte National

A Letter From Edith Warner To Robert Oppenheimer

on July 6, 2019 - 7:46am

Edith Warner

Los Alamos Historical Society

Edith Warner and Robert Oppenheimer began their friendship several years before World War II, which explains the comfort level in a letter written just weeks after the end of the war.

Oppenheimer had stopped at Edith’s home at Otowi Bridge in 1937 on a pack trip from his ranch near Cowles, NM, to the Jemez. He referred to that encounter as his “first unforgettable meeting.” Not long after that, he brought his wife, Kitty, to meet Edith and enjoy slices of the chocolate cake for which she became famous.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Piñon Flan

on July 5, 2019 - 6:34pm

Piñon Flan. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

There must be at least a small Roman gene in my genetic makeup because, like the Romans, I am crazy about chickens! Chickens were domesticated by the ancient Romans and kept for laying eggs. And, as any cook with a flock of chickens will tell you, you get very inventive on uses for the little gems that tend to be highly prolific and in short form will take over your kitchen. I love their versatility and the fact that they are low in calories and high in protein.

Allen McQuiston: Three Insurance Misconceptions

on July 4, 2019 - 9:49am
The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

Misconception 1: “I have an umbrella policy, so I’m covered for everything.”

Though the intent of a personal umbrella policy is to provide an additional layer of liability protection on top of what your other personal insurance policies provide, there can still be coverage gaps.

Business activity is typically excluded from personal insurance policies, including umbrella. If an incident occurs while using your home for business purposes, you likely won’t receive any coverage.

Umbrella coverage is never your first line of defense.

Newton: Puccini’s Masterpiece Rivals Broadway’s Best Performances Opening Night At Santa Fe Opera

on July 4, 2019 - 9:47am

Mario Chang (Rodolfo), Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì), Gabriella Reyes (Muestta), Zachary Nelson (Marcello), Soloman Howard (Colline) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì), Mario Chang (Rodolfo) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Los Alamos

Charles MacKay grandly added to his legacy when he engaged Mary Birnbaum to direct a new production of La Boheme.

Her vision of focusing on the women characters, yet still having a “traditional” presentation, succeeded magnificently on opening night of

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus

on July 4, 2019 - 9:43am

Chief Nursing Officer
Los Alamos Medical Center

Summer offers plentiful opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends.

Whether it’s the Fourth of July, Labor Day, an afternoon on the lake or one last hurrah before school days beckon again, al fresco celebrations are the order of the day when the sun is out and the temps are warm. And most gatherings have one particular ingredient in common: food. Think grilled burgers and hot dogs, barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, and overflowing veggie and fruit trays.

While you’re enjoying your summer