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Fr. Glenn: Being A Candle In Darkness

on May 19, 2019 - 6:48am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Begging your attention a moment: consider the division sign: ÷

It could rather symbolize two persons divided by a fence, couldn’t it? Perhaps that was the intent of its original design of its symbolism of division. But, the sadness is … though both dots/persons are identical, one is lower than the other … that barrier of division between them preventing communication or, perhaps, even unification.

Not so unlike us humans, wouldn’t you say?

Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

on May 18, 2019 - 10:35am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves.

Snyder: An Old Wooden Bridge - A History Lesson With Mysteries

on May 17, 2019 - 3:40pm

The Glen Woody Bridge as it looked on a spring afternoon in 2006 when rafts could have passed underneath. Photo by Sharon Snyder.

The high water level from this year’s snowmelt and runoff makes it easy to see why the nickname 'Decap Bridge' is popular with rafters, who sometimes must portage their rafts around this obstacle. Photo by Sharon Snyder.

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

The Glen Woody Bridge never fails to catch the eye of travelers driving north on NM 68 along the Rio Grande toward Taos.

EMS Chief Ben Stone On Bicycle Safety

on May 17, 2019 - 11:51am
A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event held last year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
In recognition of this year’s National Bike to Work Week, which is May 13-17, here is some information on Bicycle Safety for Los Alamos County.
In 2017, the United States had 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes (NHTSA, 2018). Crashes that involve bicyclists are often much more dangerous to the rider versus a motorist.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 16, 2019 - 12:08pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘The Mustang’

on May 16, 2019 - 7:08am
Los Alamos
“The Mustang” pairs a violent prison inmate with a raging mustang caught in the wild. The director of this film subtly juxtaposes the spirit of the horse against that of the man, so we are moved by the parallels. Few could tame (or “break”) this horse, much less communicate with it in a meaningful way. Both have known wild times as well as fear. Both are captives.
This is the first feature length film by French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnere.

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-for-Profit – Part 1

on May 16, 2019 - 6:55am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Inferring from the title, one might anticipate this series is about businesses. It is and it is not.
It is in that as humanity developed, trade became essential. It is not because humanity has a need to survive and that requires working together in an “organized” manner. Perhaps this is better visualized with the bubble model I am fond of.

Checking today, there are 7.7 billion living people on the world. These are individual bubbles bouncing around with dependence on other bubbles and the “fluid” they are in.

Home Country: The Duke Of Earl

on May 16, 2019 - 6:15am
Home Country
It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup ‘R’ Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it.
As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot’s new baby, we get into discussions of trivia. Annette was sliding broccoli and corn flakes over the glass-window dinger machine, and we were just chatting about … I think it was bears this time. You know…
“I read,” said Annette, “that a bear can run 45 miles an hour, faster than a race horse.”
To which I added,

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys, Tame And Wild

on May 15, 2019 - 7:53am
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos
Twice, during our 46 years in Los Alamos, we adopted a turkey chick. Luckily, they were female. (Books on identifying baby chicks don’t even try to provide instructions for sexing turkeys.)
One turkey imprinted on us, and we enjoyed her as a beloved pet. The second was not imprinted, being raised by a loving hen. She tolerated me in the Hen House yard but let me know with raised tail and feathers that I was not welcome.
Turkeys here in California are wild, but they are used to seeing us pass by as we

Weekly Fishing Report: May 15

on May 15, 2019 - 6:32am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

Driving down to Albuquerque last weekend, it was impossible not to notice just how green the landscape was. After 50 years in New Mexico, it was hard to remember when, if ever, it had been this way. Parts of the landscape were a shimmering emerald where last year they were a dusty brown.

On the return trip from Albuquerque the skies opened up and there was a big, beautiful double rainbow around Santa Domingo Pueblo. The landscape turned a beautiful color as the light from the setting sun took on a golden glow.

Catch Of The Week: Phone Scams ... What To Know!

on May 13, 2019 - 7:21am
Los Alamos
Your cell phone is ringing, shouldn’t you answer that? Or maybe not … phone scams get trickier every week.
Here are several that have been active across the U.S. recently:
  • The “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam: your phone will ring once or twice, and then the caller hangs up and doesn’t leave a message. These calls are always from an international number; you can tell because there will be a “+” symbol displayed in front of the area code and caller ID will usually display the country.

Amateur Naturalist: What's Happening To The Birds?

on May 13, 2019 - 6:39am

The Acorn woodpecker has a white ring around its eye and also is among the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker

The Lesser goldfinch is the most commonly seen species in the lower forest habitat.  
Photo by Bob Walker

Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

We previously considered bird species that are generalists for breeding throughout the various habitats in Los Alamos County. The annual counts give the impression that these species as a group have been increasing in number over the years.

However there is one dominant species, the Evening grosbeak, which is increasing in numbers.

Fr. Glenn: Filial Duty

on May 12, 2019 - 7:28am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A very happy Mother’s Day to all of you lovely sources of new human life out there! ... those precious little images of God ... God’s little lambs. We wish you all happiness and contentment basking in the love of your children and grandchildren.

Of course, we Judeo-Christians cannot help but recall on this day, as well as on Father’s Day, that commandment of God: “Honor thy father and thy mother”, remembering St. Paul’s expanding admonition: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money

on May 11, 2019 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE U.S. Rep. and Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued an op-ed Friday explaining the reasons his campaign for senate will not accept corporate PAC contributions.
Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

At the start of the last Congress, one of the first votes House Republicans took was on a bill designed to unravel protections for workers exposed to chemicals like beryllium. Beryllium is one of the chemicals that poisoned my father’s lungs and caused his cancer.

Watching House Republicans vote against the

Home Country: Salt Everywhere

on May 10, 2019 - 8:05am
Home Country
It was a bright morning, and we had finished off the coffee and conversation at the Mule Barn truck stop, and we couldn’t think of anything much to do because we were still full from breakfast and it was too early for lunch, and the political problems and Hollywood gossip tanks had been thoroughly topped off.
So we went over to Doc’s house to look at his mare in the back yard. She had, he said, a quarter crack in a front hoof.
So there we were, in a half circle around the little mare, staring at that slight crack as though focusing would bring a

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

Weekly Fishing Report: May 9

on May 9, 2019 - 7:33am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Streamflows in Northern New Mexico remain very high and fishing is difficult in the major rivers.
The streamflows in the smaller tributaries is high but appears to be dropping slightly. Some snow is forecast for later this week at very high elevations above 10,000 feet, so places like Hopewell Lake and the Canjilon Lakes will likely still be hard to reach and possibly still iced over. Streamflows are likely to stay high for at least another two weeks, but some of the smaller streams are offering good fishing now.

McQuiston: Tips For Handling A Tire Blowout

on May 8, 2019 - 2:42pm

The Jemez Agency

For many drivers, there is nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout at almost any speed.

While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since 2008, when all new vehicles were required to have automatic tire pressure monitoring systems, these numbers still remain high. The stats do not lie, as tire blowouts and flats contribute to nearly 11,000 collisions and 700 fatalities each year.

With all the advances in safety standards and technology, why are tire blowouts still such a significant safety issue?

Fences And Walls: How About Our Wildlife?

on May 7, 2019 - 6:40am
Former State Representative
Board of Directors, New Mexico Voices for Children
Executive Committee, Rio Grande Chapter, Southern Group, Sierra Club
Recently, while traveling on a rural road in our state, the new wire fences lining both sides peaked my interest.
On one side of the road there was an old wooden post fence alongside the new metal fencing and there were man-made obstacles blocking the underpasses.
As these fences went on for miles, I began to question how wildlife is to travel across our land for survival with these barriers in place.

Local Non-Profit Overcomes Challenges Of Staying Competitive In Los Alamos

on May 6, 2019 - 5:31pm
For non-profits and small businesses, staying competitive and recruiting high-quality employees in a town like Los Alamos can be difficult.
Many people work for Los Alamos National Laboratory where potential employees expect benefits, like health insurance.
Before the Affordable Care Act kicked in, health insurance was a luxury that not every business could offer their employees, making it even harder for them to recruit the best. The good news for small businesses and non-profits is that now they can participate in beWellnm for Small Business.

Snyder: Serendipity Sometimes Takes Us To Places We Never Expected To Go

on May 6, 2019 - 10:05am

Philip Morrison talking with Emilio Segrè at the Nuclear Physics Conference held at Los Alamos in 1946. Courtesy photo

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In my first years as a young science teacher not long out of college, I showed a film series titled, “Search for Solutions” to my students. The content featured scientists talking about the role that curiosity plays in discovery.

Manhattan Project scientist Philip Morrison appeared in the film, and I admired how easily he could get an abstract idea across to viewers.

In a memorable scene, he stood in a Bedouin’s tent and

Fr. Glenn: Disconnecting From The Data Stream

on May 5, 2019 - 6:59am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

You know … you think I would have learned by now.

When I lived on the east coast, I just knew I’d have plenty of time to visit all the sights—Revolutionary War, Civil War, the Blue Ridge, Cape  Cod, etc., … until I didn’t, and had to leave them all in the rear-view mirror. And then while in Los Alamos, I thought I’d have lots of time to visit all the wonderful panoramic vistas and trails … until called away unexpectedly. Oh, that accursed procrastination gene!

That came to mind this this weekend while driving between Las Vegas (NM) and Tucumcari, and the thought came to

World Futures: Integrity – Part Four

on May 5, 2019 - 6:34am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we examined deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the coding used to support all life on earth as we know it.
It controls the living organism, its functioning in the environment, and contains information about functioning.

Tales Of Our Times: ‘Wright Brothers’ Flight Boosts Smart Tools For Regulatory Tasks

on May 4, 2019 - 1:55pm

Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

‘Wright Brothers’ Flight Boosts Smart Tools For Regulatory Tasks

Testing out ideas is the ageless key to progress. For decades, the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, with support from industry, has pursued ideas with environmental aims, which are tested in a formal contest held each spring in Las Cruces.

This year, the 29th Design Contest attracted 21 teams of contestants with their projects from 11 universities, and 25 judges.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 2, 2019 - 11:48am