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World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Final Part

on November 5, 2018 - 7:53am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.”
While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear. In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of becoming a fully licensed medical doctor.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The birds?

on November 4, 2018 - 4:48am

Redwing blackbirds gather at the top of tree in the autumn. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

The transition for fall to winter is a good time to consider what is happening to birds from a variety of viewpoints. The seasonal movement of various bird species is closing. Redwing blackbirds have been appearing in groups of 20 to 50 in trees. They suddenly fly as a group from one tree to another, making a constant raucous. White-winged have been in small groups of about five to eight birds that walk quietly about on the ground.

Fr. Glenn: Good Examples

on November 4, 2018 - 4:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well, y’all … midterms this week. Batten down the hatches; it may be a rough ride.

Now you may have seen on the signboard in front of the Catholic church last week a notice about the celebration of All Saints Day, and perchance mused, “Now what are those crazy Catholics up to now?” The misinformed may have thought (with an eye-roll): “There they go … worshipping saints again.”

Au contraire, my good reader!

Smart Design With Suzette: Simple Steps To Prep For Holiday Guests

on November 3, 2018 - 5:27pm

Pamper guests with special touches such as fresh flowers, bottled water and chapstick. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Now that it’s November the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests. Hosting has its shares of anxieties, especially if you’re striving to make your home welcoming.

I’ve read that 40 percent of Americans—including millennials, people with kids, Gen X-ers, and a quarter of Baby Boomers have avoided hosting the holiday because of their clutter.

Taylor MD: NM's Better Approach To Medical Costs

on November 3, 2018 - 4:56pm
Los Alamos
U.S. healthcare costs have been rising faster than consumer inflation for decades.
Cost slow-downs, like after the 2008 financial meltdown, or when HMOs rationed care in the ‘90s, have been brief. Mainstream “fixes” keep failing. Today, in spite of the vast amount we spend, America's health system still doesn't cover one out of 10 citizens.
Frustrated with Federal inaction, several states, including Maryland and California, have been trying to find an affordable way forward, while also assuring that all their residents have good medical coverage.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 2, 2018 - 8:06am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

on November 1, 2018 - 12:19pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
At the end of the last column I stated that this week we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential for science fiction such as RUR – Russumovi Univerzaini Roboti or “Rossum’s Universal Robots.” But what is AI in reality? Let’s start with artificial.
Going to the cell phone that tries to control me, I looked up “artificial.” From Google,

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Garbanzo Soup

on November 1, 2018 - 12:18pm
Garbanzo soup. Courtesy photo
Espanola Valley
When the crisp fall air sets in and work in the garden has slowed to a snail’s pace, I turn my full attention to my kitchen and the comforting aromas rising from my stove top hearkening voices of old.
My grandma loved garbanzos (chick peas) and made a wonderful stew that combined the richness of roast beef and the acidity of freshly crushed tomatoes to bring out the creamy texture of the legume.

Head To Head: Hateful Words And Violent Acts

on November 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

In light of the tragic murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs mailed to 14 people and a media outlet (CNN) who President Trump has called out as his enemies, I’m going to postpone the discussion of tribal politics and talk about the capacity of speech to inspire violence.

Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a decade, according to a report in May by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

Chandler: Let’s Work Together

on November 1, 2018 - 9:19am
Democratic Candidate
House Dist. 43

It’s amazing what you learn about your neighbors after knocking on thousands of doors throughout Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Rio Arriba. You find that most families are more affected by local leaders’ decisions than what is happening nationally and are looking for solutions right here in New Mexico to end the vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.  

Our state has continued to have among the highest unemployment rates and has participated little in the national recovery from the 2008 recession.

Luchini: Sheriff Office A Position Of Trust

on November 1, 2018 - 8:32am

Libertarian Candidate For Sheriff

The Sheriff’s office in Los Alamos is an Administrative office. It is a position of trust on behalf of important administrative functions that require timely and competent processing.

One mandate of the office is to maintain the Sex Offender Registry, interacting with these offenders in a professional manner.  Another requires interacting with people who are being served paperwork related to lawsuits, divorce and child custody conflicts. Tuesday is the chance for voters to say who we are confident is worthy of this trust.

The Sheriff we

McQuiston: Don’t Scoot Yourself Out Of Insurance

on November 1, 2018 - 8:27am

The Jemez Agency

 I was in San Francisco this summer and came across these electrical scooter you can rent in one spot and drop off in another.  Of course that got my insurance mind off and running … to find an article to address this new trend.

Fleets of dockless electric scooters made by companies such as Bird and Lime have sprouted up in a number of urban areas throughout the country. Bird advertises on their website that they now offer their service in over 100 cities and universities, while Lime offers similar services in over 70 cities.

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 1

on November 1, 2018 - 7:59am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The weather forecast for Wednesday was for significant snowfall at higher elevations. This means places like the Canjilon Lakes, Hopewell Lake and the Trout Lakes may get snowfall.
The snow is predicted to be heaviest on the Eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristos. The drive to Eagle Nest Lake may be snow-packed over Palo Flechado Pass.
Lake Maloya near Raton may receive heavy snowfall and Interstate 25 between Pecos and Raton could see bad driving conditions. Las Vegas and Cimarron may also see accumulating snow.

Izraelevitz: Proud Of Service Among The Best People

on October 30, 2018 - 4:40pm
Los Alamos County Council Chair
Candidate for reelection

What makes for good government? Is it being responsive to local needs and expectations? Is it being fiscally responsible and a good steward of tax dollars? Or strategic planning that moves a community forward? Yes, all these things, but as the campaign season ends and my continued service is in the hands of you, the voters of Los Alamos, I want to talk about the most important component of government, and one that I have been most proud to serve with. We have some of the best people working for the County.


Robinson: Thank You For Being Engage In The Issues

on October 30, 2018 - 7:58am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

It is hard to believe that we are down to the last week of this election cycle, and I want to thank everyone for their patience during this long campaign.

Elections seem to come earlier and earlier, but the people of Los Alamos have been fantastic in inviting me, and my fellow candidates to speak to as many different groups as we possibly could.

For me, it seems like yesterday that me and my fellow candidates were all crammed in the municipal building after declaring our candidacies, patiently waiting for our ballot position

Shin: An Extreme Ideologue Who Will Hurt Public Schools?

on October 29, 2018 - 3:59pm
Republican candidate for House Dist. 43
I am responding to Councilor Chandler's mailer that calls me an "extreme ideologue who will hurt public schools." First of all, as a Mom, I am thrilled to have a daughter who is thriving in our public school system. Yesterday, I learned that she excels in math, testing 2 grade levels above her peers. Teachers reported she is also well-rounded, gets along well with others, and has a sense of humor. Why would I want to hurt a system that is working so well for her?
Secondly, my 21+ experience as a small business owner and health care

Fr. Glenn: Blessed Are The Meek

on October 28, 2018 - 8:35am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A quick shoutout to the U.S. Marine Corps’ newest second lieutenant, whose commissioning many of us were privileged to attend Saturday. A good steady young man; he’ll make us proud.  Semper Fi, lad ... and good luck.

On another subject … I was perusing the ‘net recently and came across a story of the actress Jennifer Garner attending church services with her kids. That in itself was not terribly unusual; many celebrities do so.

Justice Chávez: Constitutional Amendment No. 1 Could Streamline Appeal, Save Money

on October 27, 2018 - 9:03am

By Retired Supreme Court Justice Edward Chávez

New Mexico voters can lay the groundwork for the speedier resolution of certain legal matters and save taxpayer money by adopting Constitutional Amendment No. 1 on the general election ballot.

The proposed amendment would authorize the Legislature to adjust or streamline the appeals process by enacting a statute – passing a bill and having it signed by the governor -- rather than changing the state constitution.

By itself, approval of the constitutional amendment will not alter which court hears an appeal.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on October 26, 2018 - 2:30am

Tales Of Our Times: Partisan Discourse Forges The Hobbles It Wears

on October 26, 2018 - 2:23am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Partisan Discourse Forges The Hobbles It Wears
A year before the 2016 election, this column remarked on news about the hard physical evidence that shows barriers are hardwired into partisan thinking. Since then, political discourse has shown more such evidence. A natural quirk in our brains minimizes the exchange of ideas, the essential mulch that a democratic republic needs to survive and be fruitful. Nature is not an easy friend.

In partisan issues, and other issues made partisan to stir voters, the mind judges “our

McQuiston: States With Legal Marijuana See Rise In Car Crashes As Much As 6 Percent

on October 25, 2018 - 12:35pm

The Jemez Agency

I came across this article that I thought was interesting and not surprising.
Car crashes were up as much as 6 percent in states where the recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, said two studies.

According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, the frequency of collision claims filed to insurers were higher in four states where marijuana is legal: Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The studies were presented Thursday at the Combating Alcohol- and Drug-Impaired Driving summit.


Granville: Let’s Clearly Define Sheriff’s Duties

on October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm

Democratic Candidate for Sheriff

Hello friends and neighbors,

I am a first time candidate running for the office of Los Alamos County Sheriff. With just under two weeks of voting left I am continuing to engage people in the community, listening to the many things folks have to say about the Sheriff’s office.

The range of comments and opinions I’ve heard relating to the relationship between the Council and the Sheriff represents the informed and diverse makeup of our unique community.  

I have heard what you the people have to say.

Munson: Life Insurance For Retirement - Cons And Professional Advice

on October 25, 2018 - 11:16am

CFA, CFP®, Founder and CIO of Portfolio Wealth Advisors

Yes, I did just imply the major cons in life insurance is usually the salesperson selling you expensive, products you don’t need. The pros never change: hedging an unlikely event that could ruin your financial plans. We all understand (don’t we?) why young people starting off with a new family need it.

Covering a big mortgage, college expenses, and the lack of income from a deceased spouse. What happens when we get older and are ready for a life of adventure after LANS?

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part Four

on October 25, 2018 - 8:40am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.” While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear.
In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of becoming a fully licensed medical doctor.

Weekly Fishing: Report Oct. 25

on October 25, 2018 - 8:24am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The river valleys are especially beautiful this time of the year with the golden cottonwoods along their banks ablaze with color. The recent moisture that we’ve been getting is most welcome and we will need a lot more if we are to recover from the drought conditions we experienced earlier in the year. Seeing a cap of white snow on the Sangre de Cristos is certainly encouraging.
Reservoir water levels remain low throughout the state.
New Mexico is not alone when it comes to low water levels in our reservoirs.