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McQuiston: Tips To Stop A Stovetop Fire

on January 31, 2019 - 9:36am

The Jemez Agency

Fires of any severity can be destructive and devastating. Within seconds, all possessions could be damaged or destroyed – but in an apartment fire, the effects can go beyond a single family. Apartment complexes house many families, provide income for the landlord, and have a widespread effect if the fire is not controlled quickly.

If you have ever lived in an apartment, you may have noticed that almost all apartments’ stoves come equipped with a stove top fire extinguisher.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 29

on January 29, 2019 - 12:19pm

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The New Mexico Big Game Hunting Rules and Information for the 2019-2020 season is now available online. In it are instructions for how to apply for a big-game license in the annual drawing.

Big-game licenses in New Mexico are distributed through an annual drawing. New Mexico has some of the best big-game hunting in the United States with numerous trophy-class animals taken annually by hunters. Visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website:

The deadline to send in your application for the

‘Tesla Bill’ Offers NM Motorists New Choice

on January 27, 2019 - 12:40pm
Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino
By Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino
Sponsor of Senate Bill 243
The sale and service of vehicles is not a very exciting topic but it is an important one.
Many motorists have bought a car from a dealership. There are more than 110 new-car dealerships in New Mexico that employ some 7,000 people. Some dealerships have occupied the corners of your towns for decades, and while there has been a consolidation in car dealerships resulting in out-of-state ownerships, many will continue to thrive for decades to come.
I have introduced Senate Bill 243, Motor Vehicle

Finance New Mexico: WESST Helps Businesses Find Online Marketing Success

on January 27, 2019 - 9:38am
Finance New Mexico
The social media community is a lot like a real-world neighborhood where people ask their friends for referrals to a hair stylist or mechanic or roofer. But businesses can use social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram proactively to market products and services in dynamic, interactive ways to the people who want them.
In that sense, social media is more potent than a website where people can learn about a business but can’t interact with the owners or other customers. Websites are a lot like online brochures, and they’re just as static.

Adult Mentors Sought For Y Reach & Rise Program

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
The Family YMCA is looking for mentors for its Reach and Rise® program. Courtesy photo
Reach and Rise® Director
The Family YMCA

According to the website,, nationally, approximately one in five youth live in poverty and are at-risk of being negatively impacted by crime, drugs and violence that keep them from reaching a productive adulthood. Los Alamos is not immune to these problems, and many youth in our community also fall into these risk categories. 

Poverty is not the only risk factor for youth achieving their potential.

Fr. Glenn: Growing Pains

on January 27, 2019 - 8:51am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Writing this column this evening, I couldn’t help but recall recordings of old radio shows:  “Ladies and gentlemen … your intrepid reporter here, coming to you from the wilds of (wherever).” Looking out over nighttime Albuquerque with its city lights … well, we’re not in Los Alamos anymore, Toto. 

Rather than the slow gentle traffic of Central Avenue, now is the Indianapolis I-40. People here, too, honk and wave, but the honking a bit more urgent … (“Well, pass me then, you young whippersnapper!”). 

Alas … gone is the basking in the love and joy of beloved parishioners,

Home Security Technology: Keep Ahead Of Burglars

on January 26, 2019 - 12:54pm

The Jemez Agency

Back in the early days of home security “systems,” around the end of World War I, it was common for homeowners to hire “door shakers”—night watchmen who would literally walk around and check doors to make sure they were locked.

The most advanced product at the time, according to the Electronic Security Association, was an alarm system that used electromagnetic contacts on doors and windows and rang a bell if disturbed.

Things are just a little bit different now, thanks to expanding technology and decreasing costs.

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof Part 4

on January 26, 2019 - 12:14pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the last column we finished with the question “Are we capitalists or socialists?” This question was posed after we (at least I) concluded we are all liberals and we all want progress. We use the words capital, social, liberal, conservative, progressive and others with the “ism” attached.

Rewriting the words gives us capitalism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, progressivism, and, if we want, communism.
The first recorded use of the suffix was in 1680. By the mid-1800s in the United States, “isms” had become derogatory terms, at

EMS Division Chief Ben Stone: Dangers Of Opioids

on January 25, 2019 - 1:31pm
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

The rate at which Americans are dying from overdoses involving opioids is staggering. The U.S. Center for Disease Control has deemed the opioid crisis as a national epidemic.

Decades of over-prescription, along with wide-spread misconceptions about drug addiction, have led to an astounding rise in overdose deaths. The devastation is pervasive, leaving families of every type and communities of every size grieving and searching for answers in the wake.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 25, 2019 - 8:54am

Tales Of Our Times: Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial

on January 25, 2019 - 8:15am

Tales of Our Times
By John Bartlit
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial

Climate change has been a powerful issue in our country for decades. The 116th Congress now proposes to expand the struggle. Over the decades, the issue has been muddled in the public arena, which talks less about the science than about kinds of people who pervert the science. This new normal for public discourse has clouded the “climate of science” in our democracy.
More broadly, our nation’s continued success depends on a renewed public awareness of methods

Is There Anything Good About Polarization? You Betcha

on January 24, 2019 - 8:23am
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Texas populist Jim Hightower once famously said, “The only thing I see in the middle of the road is dead armadillos and a yellow stripe.”

Joking aside, American politics has tended to view centrist politics as the rational norm to which we should strive. I’d like to explore another view.

Remember way back to my first few columns? I introduced Uncle Steve, the zealot for ideas with which we don’t agree. Uncle Steve was an example of how not to talk to political opponents, but his fervor wasn’t really the problem.

Weekly Fishing Report

on January 23, 2019 - 7:09am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports And Outdoors
The most recent storm brought more snow to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains. This snowfall was heavy and wet, which is why despite being a much lower total in terms of inches than the previous heavy snowfall, it was enough to collapse the awning at the Sonic Drive In.
This heavy, wet snow is especially beneficial for our snowpack because it holds more water than the dry, fluffy snow so dearly loved by deep powder skiers.

Home Country: Academy Awards

on January 22, 2019 - 11:31am
Home Country
Doc hadn’t even finished loading his coffee with fake sugar before Steve piped up.
“I think it’s disgusting and weird and unnatural and it should be outlawed!” the tall cowboy said, coming to rest at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
“Aw Steve,” Doc said, “the coffee isn’t that bad.”
“Coffee? Nay, I say unto you, Doc. It ain’t the coffee … it’s them Academy Awards on the television. You see them? All them good-looking women Scotch-taping themselves into those dresses so they almost stay on? Those weird guys they’re with who only

Ringside Seat: Keep An Open Capitol

on January 19, 2019 - 11:48am
The east entrance to the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
One of several statues and sculptures on the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Local government liaison David Trujillo, right, looks over the rotunda Tuesday at the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
What a spectacular place the New Mexico Capitol is.
Millions of dollars of artworks line the walls.

Make A Difference On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

on January 18, 2019 - 6:37pm
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
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

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
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

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
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
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
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!