Skip directly to content


Money IQ: Easy Access to Your Money When Traveling

on October 3, 2012 - 6:43am
Money IQ
By Missy Galle

Easy Access to Your Money When Traveling

Whether you spend the day shopping, take a road trip, or travel around the world, you expect to have access to your money when you need it.

In this week’s edition of Money IQ, I will provide you with a few tips that will ensure that you can easily access your funds at any time.

If you are planning to withdraw cash at ATMs while on travel, you will need to know your PIN.

It’s a good idea to verify the PIN a couple of weeks before you depart, so your bank can have a new PIN or a PIN reminder sent to you if you don’t know

Column: Forums Are Important to Good Governance

on October 3, 2012 - 6:34am

By Carl Newton

After attending a Council candidates forum at the Betty Ehart Senior Center last week, I became aware of the extraordinary talents and dedication of the six who are on the ballot.

I also learned something more. When a candidate chooses to run without donations and mimics a good humor man, and seemingly enjoying his candidacy tremendously, that listening to his responses in a forum provides one of the best ways of judging him as a candidate.

I learned that he has outstanding credentials for being a councilor, as well as excellent judgment for decision making.

I know that each


Food on the Hill: Chicken Tenders in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

on October 2, 2012 - 9:19am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Chicken Tenders in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Photo by Sue York/
1 ½ lbs chicken tenders
1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon basal
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 cup flour
Salt and pepper
Olive oil and 3 tablespoons butter (spilt)
1/3 cup dry white wine
¾ cup roasted red peppers (see picture)
2 plum tomatoes- peeled (see directions)
3 cloves of fresh garlic- pressed
1 shallot-sliced thin
2 tablespoons capers
1 cup provolone cheese
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Column: K-12 Education

on October 2, 2012 - 9:11am
Column by Rep. Jim Hall
House Dist. 43-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties

During the last 20 years, I spent eight years on the Los Alamos School Board. I continue to listen to many school board members and to students, administrators at every level, parents, teachers (including my wife and brother), and union officials. 

I spent many hours working with educators on implementing classroom technology. I spend many more hours reading articles and books.

I have tremendous respect and admiration for teachers who, day after day and year after year, are able to impart their love of learning


Column: Managers Are Not Leaders – Conclusion ... For Now

on October 1, 2012 - 6:34am

Column by Elena Yang

How do you spot a “true” leader? By observing and assessing the followers’ opinions and behaviors. 

Robert Townsend put it poignantly, “…the true leader can be recognized because, somehow or other, his people consistently turn in superior performances.” 

If people only talk about how wonderful their leader is, that’s suspect. Such a leader may be charismatic, but like a stellar supernova, its brilliance is limited.

We often confuse charisma with ability to accomplish, especially in an organization, and even more so when the organization is in turmoil.  



COLUMN: Vote NO on All 4 Charter Amendments

on September 28, 2012 - 9:06am
Coulmn By Richard “Skip” Dunn
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI)

Our community has seen a lot of press recently about the 4 charter amendment ballot questions. 

Citizens should vote NO on all four for three reasons: they embody logrolling, further disenfranchisement of voters and more petition exclusions.

REASON 1: LOGROLLING. The county has bundled 21 ordinances into 4 ballot questions, arguing that 1) there wasn’t space on the ballot to list them separately, and 2) they were all related within each question, such that none could stand on its own without affecting all the


Money IQ: Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

on September 26, 2012 - 11:18am
Money IQ
By Corrie Hanavan

Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams

As technology becomes more advanced, so does the importance of protecting your personal information. With the downturn in the economy, identity theft and fraudulent activity has increased significantly. 

There are many ways that scammers try to obtain the information necessary to either steal your identity or your account information.

One technique is by phishing, pronounced “fishing,” through emails. This column will help you learn ways to identify phishing scams and what to do if you are subjected to a scam.

Phishing is

Food on the Hill: Smoked Vegetables and Pasta

on September 25, 2012 - 10:50am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Smoked Vegetables and Pasta
Photo by Sue York/
This is a very powerful dish with a lot of smoky taste, but it is still low calorie dish. It can be eaten warm or at room temperature. I use a charcoal grill and smoking chips that have been soaked in water for about ½ hour.
Veggies for smoking
Pasta noodles for 4 servings
1 ½ tablespoons butter
1 ½ tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups low salt chicken broth
Photo by Sue York/
Cut all of your vegetables for the size you want to put on

Column: Managers Are Not Leaders

on September 24, 2012 - 7:28am

Coulumn by Elena Yang

I contend that by first denying managers can be leaders, we may actually begin to explore some links between these two roles.

There must be thousands of research articles on leadership alone, and only slightly fewer on comparing leaders and managers. 

Leadership was one of my least favorite topics when I was taking courses for my PhD. It’s interesting to talk about, but mind-boggling to read through.

To me, leadership is one of those moving targets whose full nature you can never really pin down. As for equating managers with leaders?

Letter to the Editor: Ashley Pond Park Really Should Go Forward

on September 23, 2012 - 12:27am

By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council

Since I am running for a seat on the County Council, I would like to clarify my position about projects that have already gone through the community vetting process and been approved by Council, as my attendance at a recent Ashley Pond project meeting was noted in a recent front page article in the Monitor.

I am in favor of moving forward with projects that have already had public input and then are approved by Council. That includes this one.

The meeting I attended was about the Ashley Pond project, which includes improving ADA

Letter to the Editor: Approve Trinity Site Lease Agreement

on September 21, 2012 - 2:54pm
By Kristin Henderson
Candidate for Los Alamos County Council
I am writing in regard to the Trinity Site Redevelopment project. I am strongly in favor of our County Council agreeing to the assignment of the lease from NADG to Smith's.
And as opposed to Mr. (Robert) Gibson's opinion published in Thursday's Los Alamos Daily Post, I do not think this is the time to, once again, re-think this project. Fifteen years is enough and it's time to keep moving forward.
First, the fundamentals of this project have not changed since the lease with NADG was signed.
We still voted twice as a

Money IQ: Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

on September 19, 2012 - 6:15am
Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez
Sellers Beware of Cashier’s Check Fraud

The old adage of “Buyer Beware” is becoming “Seller Beware” in more and more transactions especially those involving the Internet.

Cashier’s check fraud is increasing and crooks are being more creative when it comes to stealing your money.

Simply put, cashier’s check fraud is when someone gives you or sends you a “very official” looking cashier’s check and you in turn give them the item you are selling.

You then deposit the cashier’s check and at a later date, the cashier’s check is returned to your bank and your

Letter to the Editor: NEDO: Good Investment But More is Needed...

on September 19, 2012 - 6:14am

NEDO: A Good Investment in our Future But We Need to do More to Make it Pay Off

By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for NM House District 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties

Yesterday Los Alamos County hosted a significant event that many consider New Mexico's entrance into the future of energy production for the nation.

That event was a ribbon cutting for the "smart house" demonstration project integrating photo voltaic energy production, battery storage, and computer controlled distribution and use.

The project team included a consortium of Japanese

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Counting Butterflies

on September 19, 2012 - 6:12am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

A butterfly count has been conducted each year here in Los Alamos for the past 20 years.

 A group of butterfly counters spend a Saturday at Burnt Mesa, the Valle Canyon and Camp May. 

They spread out at each location, carefully looking for butterflies to catch with their nets.

Each of the locations has a different environment.   

Is there a better way to explore Nature than on a sunny Saturday in July?

Intrepid Butterfly Counters. Courtesy photo

The Burnt Mesa had a forest fire pass through thirty five years ago in 1977. Its


Letter to the Editor: From Weapons to Power Plant Fuel

on September 19, 2012 - 6:09am
From Weapons to Power Plant Fuel
By James (Jim) W. Hall
District 43 State Representative and Republican candidate
Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties

For several weeks, citizens in New Mexico have had the opportunity to comment on a Department of Energy plan that would take plutonium from decommissioned U.S. nuclear weapons and convert it to material that would generate electricity in nuclear reactors.

A key element of this plan would take place at the world’s most capable and secure facility for plutonium, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Scientists at Los Alamos have been

Food on the Hill: Honey Almond Brittle

on September 18, 2012 - 12:53pm
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Honey Almond Brittle
Photo by Sue York/
2 Cups of brown sugar (you can use white sugar if you wish, it will just be lighter)
¾ cup honey
¾ cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 ½ cups slivered toasted almonds (crumbled)
***Be careful cooking candy on the stove- it can be like molten lava if you spill it.***
Place slivered almonds on a baking tray and toast then in the oven at 350 degrees until golden in color. Watch them very carefully, they can burn quick. Cool and crumble by

Children Have Laser-Sharp Perception: We Should Learn From Them Sometimes, if Not all the Time.

on September 17, 2012 - 6:49am

Column by Elena Yang

When Maurice Sendak passed away last spring, I had some thoughts about learning from children.

I learned from Sendak’s interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air,, why he stopped offering autographs and visiting classrooms: because he ended up frightening children and making them miserable. 

How so?


What Needs to Happen After You're Gone

on September 16, 2012 - 5:38am

By Paula Roybal Sánchez
Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Home Economist

Settling an estate can be difficult and time-consuming. If you have ever been in the position of trying to find all the papers and information needed at the time of death and for estate settlement, you know how much time and frustration can be involved. 

"After I’m Gone – Things to think about your Estate" is a program intended to provide you with information to make the process much easier. 

Don Davidson will present the program at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at the White Rock Town Hall.


Column: Homecoming Havoc

on September 16, 2012 - 5:04am

Photo: Annika Bronkhorst
By Sopahn Kellogg
LAHS Sophomore

With the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Dance just around the corner, the Homecoming Committee is putting on the final touches and working out some last minute kinks. The dance is Saturday, Sept. 22.

Annika Bronkhorst, a sophomore this year and part of the Homecoming Committee, talked to the Los Alamos Daily Post to provide insight on the happenings of the Homecoming setup.

When asked about what was the most difficult part of getting Homecoming off the ground, Bronkhorst said, “Definitely I would say the shopping.

Money IQ: Why Do I Need a New Appraisal?

on September 12, 2012 - 12:16pm

Money IQ
By Karl Hjelvik

Why Do I Need a New Appraisal? 

It’s easy to feel like refinancing is a hassle and the benefit of a lower interest rate and monthly payment might be negated by the closing costs incurred.

Admittedly, refinancing doesn’t always make sense but with historically low mortgage rates it’s certainly worth a look.

This week’s Money IQ examines one of the closing costs you are likely to incur in refinancing – the $500 or more for a new appraisal.

So you have finally decided to take the refinance plunge and see how much you can save.

You knew there would be closing

Day Journeys to the Middle of Nowhere: Pecos

on September 11, 2012 - 7:38am

Travel Column by Kirsten Laskey

Pecos reveals its story...

Between two relatively large, well-known New Mexico cities – Las Vegas and Santa Fe, there is a town off I-25 that may not attract as much attention.

In fact, if you are in a hurry to get to Highlands University in Las Vegas or the plaza in Santa Fe, you might miss this off-the-beaten-path community.

It would be a pity because Pecos offers something special to its visitors. For an outsider, finding that special quality took a few turns.

Chain stores and gas stations adorn both sides of the main street going into town.



Food on the Hill: Onion Rings

on September 11, 2012 - 7:35am
"Food on the Hill" by Sue York
This week's recipe:
Onion Rings
Photo by Sue York/
** You will need at least 1 onion per person, REALLY – they disappear quickly!
3 onions
1 ½ cup flour
1 tablespoon mesquite seasoning
1 tablespoon no-salt Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pre-heat deep fryer to 375 degrees. Mix flour and seasonings in a plastic food bag.
Photo by Sue York/
Slice onion a little larger than 1/8 inch thick. Slice only enough onion to fry in one batch.
Do not pre-slice your onions in advance, they will

How Do You Motivate People? By structuring the organizational environment!

on September 10, 2012 - 11:39am

Column by Elena Yang

The first point that resonated with me in Dan Pink’s TED presentation on motivation,, is that there is a gap between science findings and business practices. 

This is the same point made in Pfeffer & Sutton’s book on “Evidence-Based Management,” which I will review in the future, as well as Ghoshal’s critical assessment of business schools in his essay on “Bad Management Theories,” which was the focus on my first post.

So, the notion isn’t new, but it still hasn’t caught the full attention of the public, and definitely not


Archuleta Responds to Hate Mail

on September 10, 2012 - 11:36am

Editor's note: New Mexico businessman Phil Archuleta reports that he has been receiving hate mail since speaking at the Republican National Convention last month. Here is his response to a letter from a small business owner:

By Phil Archuleta

I’m writing regarding your letter dated Aug. 31, 2012.

First of all, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to write to me, communicating your disappointment about my comments in my speech given during Tuesday night at the convention.

You stated that stories about people who genuinely make it on their own without the backing of government are very

Cornering Moonshine Market Drives 'Lawless'

on September 6, 2012 - 11:10am

Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in Lawless. Photo By Weinstein Company

Movie Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa,DOM, L.Ac.

Lawless takes place in 1931, Franklin County, Va, when bootlegging, moonshine and prohibition are going strong. (Prohibition ended in 1933.)

Taken from a true story and the book, “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant, grandson of the main character, three brothers are going about their business of making their living bootlegging and selling moonshine in a pastorally green Garden of Eden when a nasty businessman/mobster (Guy Pearce) appears from the big city of