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Home Country: Elbows

on October 5, 2019 - 7:24am
Home Country
Well sir, I ast ol’ Slim if mebbe I could contribulate to his Home Country columns if I ever had something important to renounce. And he said he wanted to go hunting, anyway, so why not now.
So howdy. This here’s Windy Wilson, you know. I’m the guy on the Home Country with Slim Randles radio show what edumacates folks to stuff they ain’t heard the straight of before.
I timed ‘er just right the other day. Strolled on into the Mule Barn when I knew Doc and the guys would be there.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on October 4, 2019 - 10:34am

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Sopapillas

on October 3, 2019 - 1:57pm
Sopapillas. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley
After the summer has faded from memory and the harvest has been gathered, processed and tucked away for the winter, I begin unpacking the quilts, finding my sweaters, covering up the BBQ grill and bringing the cooking back indoors. Sopapillas are one of those delicacies that I do not attempt to make during the summer; it is just too hot to stand in front of a hot pan of oil for any length of time, but with cooler temperatures setting in, it is one of the first things I want to make.
Origins of Sopapillas can be

An Open Book: Day Of Remembrance

on October 3, 2019 - 8:57am
Los Alamos

The anniversary of my father’s passing, or Yahrzeit in Yiddish, is a date that I have to track carefully on the Jewish calendar. On this modified lunar calendar, the observance of June 6, 2009 changes a few days forward or backward each year, and I have to look it up regularly.

But for my mother’s Yahrzeit, there is no tracking required.

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 2, 2019

on October 2, 2019 - 11:09am

Pinion trees spotted Sunday in the Tres Piedras area are loaded with nuts. Photo by George Morse/

Pinion nuts gathered Sunday in the Tres Piedras area. Photo by George Morse/


Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

One of the more unique experiences that you can do during the fall in New Mexico is gathering of pinion nuts.

These were a staple food of the Native Americans and Puebloan peoples that inhabited this area. The name comes from the Spanish word pinionero, that was the name for the nuts of the stone pine.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Baked Goods With Members

on October 1, 2019 - 9:51am

Baked goods from Pig & Fig Cafe. Courtesy image
Executive Director
When I arrived at the local seniors centers, I began a one-hour monthly stint, at each center. I call it, Baked Goods with Bernadette, which finally gave me the ability to bake once a month, and spend time with our members.
I recall wanting to be a member about 12 years ago when I attended meetings at the White Rock Center, and saw they had people that also loved to bake.
We discuss any topic, compliment or complaint and suggestions for programming they would like to see.

Posts From The Road: Split Rock Lighthouse

on September 30, 2019 - 9:25pm
A view from Highway 61 gives visitors a nice view of the Split Rock Lighthouse, which sits high on a cliff overlooking Lake superior. Photo by Gary Warren/
The lighthouse stands 54 feet high. The building to the left is the Fog Signal Building, which is equipped with two huge fog horns. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
The North Shore Scenic Drive, or Minnesota Highway 61, is a scenic route that starts in Duluth, MN running in a northeasterly direction along the shores of Lake Superior for more than 150 mile to the

Pongratz: Fair’s Fair

on September 30, 2019 - 1:07pm
LAPS Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)

During my first term on the school board we formed a committee to assess the condition of the LAPS properties. 

The Facilities Strategic Planning Committee consisted of local and LANL experts including Steve Girrens, Larry Goen and Grant Stewart, among others. They recommended seeking bond funds to upgrade school properties.

Subsequent voter approval of this suggestion led to improvements at LAHS, LAMS, Aspen, and Barranca schools. Promises made, promises kept! 

Now it is White Rock’s turn, time to improve the White Rock

World Futures: Data, Information, Knowledge – Part 1

on September 30, 2019 - 7:29am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Data, information and knowledge are obviously related. A simple statement and one could stop at this point.
Today, however, we are inundated with all three and it is useful to examine them more closely and explore their implications in our everyday lives and decision making about the future. Let us begin with data.

Data is the plural of datum, at least it was in the 20th century. Today the English language has evolved and we use “data” for both the singular and the plural.

Fr. Glenn: Caring For Lazarus

on September 29, 2019 - 7:47am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

First responders might find it interesting (hopefully edifying) to know that today (September 29) is the annual Catholic day for the commemoration of the archangels mentioned in scripture:  Michael, Gabriel and (in the Catholic and Orthodox scriptures) Raphael. Michael, of course, figures prominently in the book of Revelation as leader of angels in the depiction of the defeat of “the dragon” (Satan). Gabriel is in the Gospel of Luke and the prophet Daniel. And, finally, Raphael is a primary character in the book of Tobit.

Home Country: Dinkahuahua

on September 28, 2019 - 9:09am
Home Country
“Labradoodles? Some lady in the city has Labradoodles,” Doc said, putting down the paper.
“Hope it isn’t catching,” Dud said.
We knew without being told what a Labradoodle was, of course. It meant that a good retriever got too close to one of those tippy-toe prancing fluffs and now there are puppies that need good homes. We’d been broken in to this world by cockapoos and peekapoos, so a genuine Labradoodle wasn’t that much of a stretch.
At least it gave us something to talk about over coffee.
“You know,” Doc said, “if you were to cross Lassie

Burnside: Why I Recommend Morrie Pongratz

on September 28, 2019 - 8:31am
New Mexico State University
I am honored to recommend Morrie Pongratz to be on the (Los Alamos) School Board.
I had the opportunity and privilege of working with Morrie for several years, and was constantly inspired by his enthusiasm to serve the community.
Although I likely met Morrie at Breakfast with Santa when I was a young child, I really began to get to know him when I became involved with Key Club and the United Way Youth Team while attending Los Alamos High School.

Fuselier: Mimetic Desire And The Ten Commandments

on September 27, 2019 - 11:55am

Los Alamos

This is the third of a 3-part series on the Seeking emotional system. The previous two columns introduced the science behind Jaak Panksepp’s Seeking emotional system and the role that mimetic desire plays in societies and religions. Today Dr. Fuselier will present, through the perspective of mimetic desire, a religious decree of which we’re all familiar.

From what I understand today, the first and last of ancient Hebrew teachings are tied together.


Tales Of Our Times: Know-How In Waste Handling Attained Sudden Importance

on September 27, 2019 - 8:18am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Know-How In Waste Handling Attained Sudden Importance
New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water has lobbied to have the Manhattan Project National Historical Park include environmental history. This task began before the park existed.
History will always be debated. If history is kept in accurate context and a breadth of aspects, the debate may be one of substance.

Ray: An Unfair Chase...

on September 27, 2019 - 7:43am
Rio Grande Chapter Sierra Club
It may still come as a surprise that today, in 2019, it is still actually legal in New Mexico to set a steel-jawed leg-hold trap or strangling wire snare in order to catch any one of 16 kinds of native wild animal that includes bobcats, foxes and badgers, for fun and profit.
Trapping is legal nearly statewide with the approval of the State Game Commission by purchasing a $20 license.
In recent years, dozens of hikers' dogs have been caught in traps hidden on land open to the public, including my own.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on September 26, 2019 - 12:33pm

Hotel-Conference Center LEDA: Evaluating The Facts

on September 26, 2019 - 11:02am

County Council will again discuss at its regular meeting Oct. 1 possibly donating 3 acres of land on 20th Street to TNJ to build a 86-room hotel and conference center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos County Council
Vice Chair

The New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) allows public-private partnerships that make possible community economic opportunities that would not otherwise happen, or would take much longer to get started.
LEDA support for a hotel-conference center on 20th Street, proposed at the Aug.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 26, 2019

on September 26, 2019 - 8:26am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Talk about a change in the weather.
Sunday morning was cold and the sky very clear. The temperature had dropped dramatically in parts of New Mexico with Angel Fire recording a temperature of 17 degrees!
Tuesday morning early the fog was thick down in the Espanola Valley thanks to the cold temperature and high humidity. The air likely reached the dew point where it is 100-percent saturated.
Later this week, a cold front is forecast to move into the Rocky Mountains bringing snow and cooler temperatures.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Salute To Volunteers

on September 26, 2019 - 8:04am
LARSO volunteers Marcella Lockhart, Romayne Betts and Jan Barber. Courtesy/LARSO
Members of more than 70 volunteers at a September gathering at the Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO
Executive Director
This week, the senior center once again salutes volunteers. This time, the spotlight shines on all LARSO volunteers, with a special salute for one.
About two weeks ago, we held our annual training for the volunteers who make the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center hum! Did you know there are about 70 overall?
If people did

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Downton Abbey (The Movie)

on September 25, 2019 - 8:00am
Los Alamos

“Downton Abbey” took the world by storm as a BBC television series running from 2010-2015. Its storyline ran from 1912 to 1926. Now, the next chapter is available to us as a recently released feature film. Fans of the show get to visit again with their favorite characters, returning for what is either the gift of an encore or the beginning of a series of film sequels.

Even those in the audience who are unfamiliar with the tangled story lines of the nine upstairs characters and their nine downstairs counterparts, will find the plot (and subplots) of the

Cinema Cindy Reviews: The Farewell

on September 24, 2019 - 9:03am
Los Alamos

“The Farewell” opens with these words written across the screen, “Based on an actual lie.”

Next, a grandmother in China talks on her cell phone while she waits for her sister to talk to the doctor. On the other end of the line is Billi (played by the comedian, Awkwafina), her beloved granddaughter in New York City. “Nai Nai”, the grandmother (played brilliantly by the popular Chinese actress Shuzhen Zhao), doesn’t tell Billi that she just had a CT scan and that her sister is asking for the results.

The “actual lie” begins when Nai Nai’s sister returns

Bernstein: Kudos To Our Amazing Music Teachers

on September 24, 2019 - 6:45am
Los Alamos School Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)

My son plays trumpet in the band at Los Alamos High School. Last year, at the end of the season, they had parent night. Each parent stood on the field with their student and followed them through their routine. This was an amazing thing to be a part of.

As I stood there next to and slightly behind my son, I was in awe of him. Here is my quiet, awkward child standing on the football field in total command of himself, completely aware of where he is in the moment and what he has to do.

I shadowed him around the

Fuselier: Seeking Emotional Sytem Part 2

on September 23, 2019 - 3:41pm
Los Alamos
Editor's note: Last week, Dr. Fuselier began the series on the Seeking emotional system by presenting a neuroscientific perspective of the emotional system we experience as desire. This week he’ll introduce the societal problems that can arise when we imitate the desires of others.
Mimetic Desire
The source of many of our societal woes is what Rene Girard called mimetic desire, which is the mimicking of someone else’s desire. While we rarely recognize this as a desire, mimetic desire permeates our relationships.

Amateur Naturalist: Finding History In A Forest, Part 2

on September 23, 2019 - 8:55am
Los Alamos

The Valles Caldera was known initially as the Baca Ranch, named after the original owners of it.

The Baca family had wanted it for sheepherding. Sheepherding grew in size after the 1880’s before declining in the 1940s. Up to 100,000 sheep were brought annually to the Valles Caldera to graze on its meadows.

What were the shepherds like who watched over the sheep? Assumedly most came from the small rural Hispanic villages in northern New Mexico. Their carvings on the aspen trees of the Valles Caldera provide some additional clues.

Posts From The Road: Beartooth Highway

on September 22, 2019 - 10:19pm

Climbing Up: As you leave Red Lodge, Mont., the road starts in a valley in which you start climbing up and up shortly after leaving town. The elevation at Red Lodge is about 6,400 ft. and the road tops at Beartooth Pass, which is 10,947 ft. Photo by Gary Warren/

Plateau: After a few miles of switch backs, the highway reaches a plateau which offers incredible views of the many peaks and pristine landscapes of the Beartooth Mountains. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos

The Beartooth Highway is a stretch of US Highway 212 that