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Fr. Glenn: Lost And Found

on March 31, 2019 - 8:07am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

“I need more material.”

No … that’s not me speaking about this column, but rather something the world seems to say perpetually … as in “materialism”. “I need more stuff!” … regardless of the fact that the desire for more “stuff” never seems to satisfy, but rather feeds the desire ever more … rather a vicious circle.

It takes a strong and wise person to realize the negative effects of unbridled material desires. That hit home again this weekend in the Catholic Mass as we read the parable of the Prodigal Son … alternately called “The Loving Father”. 

Most people know that

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Four

on March 30, 2019 - 11:23am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In part three of this series we finished by implying that solar power would be insufficient to meet the energy needs and that nuclear is an alternative in the quest to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels.

If this is an unacceptable approach, then the lifestyle and organization of humanity will require significant changes. A good question is why?

Using the United States as an example, the country has a total of 2.3 billion acres of land.

Tales Of Our Times: The Maze Of Dilemmas Is An Endless Pursuit

on March 29, 2019 - 7:48am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

The Maze of Dilemmas is an Endless Pursuit


Political slogans are a war of internal conflicts. A prettier term for “internal war” is the word “dilemma.” A frequent example in plain view is the passing car with dueling bumper stickers. One sign says to “Free Tibet” and the other sign wants “No War.” Both are excellent ideas. But marching towards both is not possible. They are in opposite directions: Tibet can be freed only by war.

Turning to clean air and water, every effort to write a rule meets with an inherent

Wiemann: Who Can You Trust To Reduce Stress Of Estate Planning?

on March 28, 2019 - 8:50am
Edward Jones Financial Advisor
When it’s time to do your estate planning – and it’s actually never too soon to begin – you may find the process, at first, to be somewhat bewildering. You’ll have many questions: What sort of arrangements should I make? Who should get what? And when? How can you address these and other issues?
You’ll need to get some help. In drawing up your estate plan, you will need to work with an attorney.

Fr. Glenn: Elusive Truth

on March 24, 2019 - 7:47am

Fr. Glenn Jones

One of the more unpleasant aspects of my new job for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is being the referee of sorts between differing parties—trying to liberate truth from the shackles of the two adversarial positions. For the casual observer that may sound fairly simply, but the initiated can assure you that it is not.

One of the complicating aspects which worms its way into the proceedings is nefarious pride—not pride such as a parent might have at the success of a child, but rather the self-interested and defensive pride which obscures truth, preventing reconciliation and the

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2019 - 7:52am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Spring officially began March 20 and the weather has turned warmer recently. Temperatures in Northern New Mexico are in the 50’s and 60’s.
There are still some lakes that are closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions, but it shouldn’t be long before most of the lakes are free of ice and open to fishing. Some of the higher small lakes above 9,000 feet will remain frozen until April and even into May.
The cold winter we just had has delayed the blooming of fruit trees here in the Espanola Valley.

McQuiston: Our Spring Winds May Require Additional Coverage

on March 21, 2019 - 12:35pm

The Jemez Agency

Last week’s wind prompted me to re-publish a story about what happens when that big beautiful tree in your yard comes crashing down.

Did you know that most homeowner’s policies only cover trees that hit a covered structure? There’s also a limit to how much insurance will pay to remove the tree debris, once the tree has hit the ground. While most of us worry about having adequate insurance coverage for our homes and cars, how often do we think about trees? If your home or property is surrounded by trees, keep reading.

Most standard homeowner’s policies cover

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part 3

on March 21, 2019 - 7:39am
World Futures Institute
Human beings need energy to exist in some manner, either just get by or live a more rewarding life.
As humanity we need energy to collectively choose our paths. Historically we found a great source of energy in the chemical bond of various forms of matter and evolved. We saw the internal combustion engine emerge as a highly useful tool to do work. It has been around longer than all of the living human beings of today.
With it, however, we began emitting large quantities of C)2, especially as our ingenuity was applied and our population grew –

Authors Speak Features Walt Whitman Thursday

on March 18, 2019 - 6:13pm

Walt Whitman. Courtesy/The Whitman Archive

Library News:

Walt Whitman’s America is the topic for Thursday’s Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library.

Dr. Bruce Noll as Whitman. Courtesy/New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities

Whitman scholar Dr. Bruce Noll, an education professor at UNM, will present his Chautauqua performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa. The program is sponsored by the New Mexico Council for the Humanities and the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.



on March 17, 2019 - 8:03am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Have you noticed these days that, in a meeting or gathering, people will often not let a speaker finish his thought before interjecting with some objection or observation? It’s quite rude ... to the point that, if in charge of the meeting, I find it necessary to begin by requesting people to wait to be recognized before speaking—sort of an impromptu partial imposition of “Robert’s Rules of Order”.

One of the noticeable benefits of such order is that meetings are shorter.

How The Hen House Turns: Crows And Squirrels

on March 16, 2019 - 10:23am
Formerly of Los Alamos
In Ponderosa country like Los Alamos it is probably wise to stay home during the day. Otherwise, the crows will move in and eat up all the expensive cracked corn you have bought for your chickens.
I’m afraid that the crows have taken over in Los Alamos. In our early years there, we enjoyed the visit of many ravens. They came to the tall tree stump behind our back deck, where they picked up our leftover meat scraps.
Then one day I realized why we didn’t see ravens very often.

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Two

on March 16, 2019 - 10:14am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series we identified, in broad terms, two forms of energy available to us: arriving energy and stored energy. The arriving energy comes from the sun and, if not stored, must be used right away. 

Of course, it must be transformed into a useful form of energy except, perhaps, for the warming it provides and assisting in our ability to see. One might argue that it causes winds and other atmospheric changes, but this too is conservation. So what are the forms of stored energy even if not readily to do work?
Beyond solar and

Inspirational People: When No One Is Looking…

on March 16, 2019 - 10:08am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sitting in my car in a parking lot returning phone calls a while ago, I noticed something that got me thinking about how people behave when no one is looking.

On this day and some 30 yards away, a woman sat alone on a small bench behind the Blue Window Bistro facing Deacon Street.

Her sudden movement caught my eye as she rose and walked a few feet to retrieve a small paper bag the breeze blew in her direction. She placed it in a nearby trash receptacle.

Apparently on a break from the restaurant, she returned to her bench.

Weekly Fishing Report March 16

on March 16, 2019 - 9:35am
By George Morse
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The wet winter weather continues this week here in New Mexico. Across the United States, this has been the wettest winter on record, with the state of Tennessee recording its wettest winter ever. This has been great for our state as we recover from years of drought and reservoirs at extremely low levels.
Measuring stations for the Natural Resource Conservation Service are all reading above average for snow water equivalent and total precipitation.
A rapid melting of the big snowpack and a heavy spring runoff could lead

McQuiston: The Next Catastrophic Flood Could Be Coming For You

on March 14, 2019 - 11:01am
The Jemez Agency
Rain, rain, go away! At least that is what most of us are thinking after a few months, or in some cases, years of heavier-than-normal rainfalls.

The U.S. has experienced flooding in areas that haven’t been affected for hundreds of years. If your home is next, are you covered? Probably not. Did you know the standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy does not provide coverage for flooding?

Some homeowners are required by their mortgage company to purchase a flood policy, usually because the home is in a designated flood plain.

Generally the only option for

I, CoBot -- Automation Offers Opportunities For New Mexico Businesses And Workers

on March 13, 2019 - 2:10pm
During the tour of Build With Robots at Albuquerque’s FUSE Makerspace on Manufacturing Day 2018. Photo by Jane Phillips
Special Projects Coordinator
New Mexico MEP
The way they see it at Albuquerque’s Build With Robots LLC (BWR), automation and human labor can exist side by side, even in small and medium-sized businesses, without the dystopian consequences imagined by many futurists and science fiction writers.
The New Mexico company works with manufacturers and other businesses to enhance their productivity and competitive advantage by incorporating

Zero Waste: From Farm To Trash (Not To Table)

on March 12, 2019 - 1:45pm


In America we love food. The Natural Resources Defense Council stated that 40 percent of all food produced in the United States (US) never gets eaten. Americans throw away $165 billion dollars’ worth of food every year or 20 pounds of food per person per month. That is enough food to fill 730 football stadiums each year.

Between producers, sellers, and consumers, Americans are tossing a third --or even more—of our food. That’s outrageous! Especially when in many cases it’s actually good enough to eat.

Chandler: Editorial Shows Short-Term Thinking

on March 11, 2019 - 4:43pm

By Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos)

As a freshman legislator, I surprised many people by asking to sit on the House Taxation and Revenue Committee. Few people think that such subjects are interesting, let alone desirable. I disagree. They are at the heart of how our state government functions.

One of our primary jobs as legislators is to ensure that the state can provide the services and infrastructure – education, roads and highways, public safety, and more – that are needed and relied upon by our businesses, families, and communities.

Ringside Seat: Welcome To The Real March Madness

on March 11, 2019 - 10:33am
In civilized America, nothing is quite so frenetic as the last week of a 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature.
Hundreds of bills -- some critical, some so stupid they appear to have been introduced as a joke -- are still in play. Even some of the worst ones have a chance to receive approval before the session ends at noon Saturday.
The 42 senators and 70 members of the House of Representatives are sleep deprived and under pressure. Some are irritable. A few appear enraged.
What's it like to be a freshman in this storm of

Depression: How To Sit With Someone Who’s Suffering

on March 11, 2019 - 9:57am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

It is socially acceptable to be physically ill; it happens to everyone and there’s no real reason to hide your sniffles from others.

Depression on the other hand holds a stigma that can cause people to hide their suffering. This hiding can energize pain and exacerbate depressive symptoms.

If you’re close to someone who’s suffering with depression, there are several ways that you can help transform their depression into an illness of connection rather than an illness of isolation.

First of all, one must understand depression

Home Country: Anchorage To Nome

on March 11, 2019 - 9:24am
Home Country
This coming Saturday, I’ll probably be right here in New Mexico. Well, most of me will. But my heart and my wishes and part of my soul will be many miles from here, up in Anchorage, Alaska.
Anchorage. First Saturday in March. Dog trucks with freight sleds lashed to the top of the dog boxes.
For 46 years now, this has meant only one thing to me: the start of the Iditarod Dogsled Race. A thousand miles. Anchorage to Nome. There will be screaming dogs, lunging into their harnesses at the start line.

Fr. Glenn: The Worker

on March 10, 2019 - 6:13am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

I’m judgmental. I admit it. Guilty as charged.

Having grown up in the west Texas “pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps” culture of several decades ago, we were simply expected to work. Many summer days were out hoeing cotton, fixing fences, hauling hay, cutting wood, plowing, cultivating/harvesting the field garden (if I never have to shell peas again, I’ll be grateful), etc. In winter, it was breaking ice for cattle, feeding, calving … and atop all that, schoolwork.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on March 10, 2019 - 6:01am
A Bushtit is among the declining species. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist: What is Happening to the Birds?
We are considering what is happening to the birds of Los Alamos. This has involved reviewing the different kinds of habitats throughout the county.
Annual data for individual species as well as groupsof species is available from 1989 to the present, or 30 years.
We had considered species of birds t in a prior article that are generalists when it comes to preferred habitats for nesting. Most bird species nest primarily in one kind of habitat.

Shin: SB 11 Is Foolish And Self-Defeating

on March 8, 2019 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

Predictably, our Governor signed Senate Bill 11, which would require a nonprofit entity with 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS to pay state gross receipts taxes (GRTs) and specifically targets our National Laboratory. Say what? I am deeply concerned about this issue, because as I have written before, “Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 7

on March 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Despite a cold snap over the weekend in Eastern New Mexico, ice conditions at several lakes have deteriorated and they have been closed to ice fishing.
Eagle Nest Lake has been closed to fishing as the ice is breaking up. Call 575.377.1594 for an update on conditons.
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton have been closed to ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Call 575.445.5607 for conditions.
Heron Lake and El Vado Lake are both closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.