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McQuiston: Proactive Steps To Simplify Property Claims

on January 15, 2018 - 8:02am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
No one likes to experience home damage – it can be traumatic and costly, and it can even disrupt your entire life. But, when you do, isn’t it nice to know you have home insurance to help with the covered expenses and repairs.
 
Now, when it comes to taking advantage of your insurance benefits and filing a home insurance claim, are there certain things you can do to help things go more smoothly? There certainly are. Here are my five suggested dos and don’ts for filing a homeowners insurance claim:
 
Do call your insurance agent or insurance carrier

Classical Music World: It’s A Strad!

on January 14, 2018 - 6:26am
István Várdai and his Stradivarius cello. Courtesy/LACA

Classical Music World
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director

Every so often, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents an instrument that has more name recognition than the musician playing it.

István Várdai, who is scheduled to perform here Jan. 21, is not a household name in this country (he’s Hungarian and a big deal there) but his cello is named for three famous people. 

The first famous name is Antonio Stradivari who is so universally known as a maker of fine string instruments that just saying “It’s a Strad” is enough to convey that

Fr. Glenn: Missing Class

on January 14, 2018 - 6:21am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This week’s uproar over the president’s reputed profanity (which he denies) in a private meeting simply highlights what seems to be an increasingly rapid downward spiral in societal propriety, courtesy and … well, just plain ol’ class.

Whether the president did say what is reputed, he would not be the first politician to use such crude language, and—sad to say—will likely not be the last.  Obama, Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Cheney, Biden … all have had vulgar comments recorded, and doubtless the list could go on.

Fr. Theophan Mackey: Transcendence Of Mountains

on January 14, 2018 - 6:15am
By Fr. Theophan Mackey 
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church

While driving the road off of the mountain, the vista of the Sangre de Christo Mountains opens before you. It is a spectacular view in every season. Right now they are capped with snow that has somehow avoided us here in Los Alamos.

However well we know the sight of them, they are very far off. Even if we look at maps or fly over them on our way in or out, they remain distant. Even our own mountain remains transcendent, unknown.

Pastor Raul: The Light Of The World Part 2

on January 14, 2018 - 6:06am
By Pastor Raul Granillo
La Vista Church of the Nazarene
White Rock

A man named John was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light. The true light that shines on all people was coming into the world. (CEB, John 1:6-9).

These words speak a very powerful truth that is somewhat taboo in our culture today. This truth affects us all as it speaks of reality and addresses the figments of our imaginations.

Light is important to us, because it

Suburban Slugfest: ‘God Of Carnage’ Opens At LALT

on January 13, 2018 - 8:19am
Veronica (Tami Martinson) and Michael (Larry Gibbons) clean up a messy situation. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Annete (Katrina Koehler), left, and Veronica (Tami Martinson) share a laugh at their husbands' expense. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Tony award winning “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza opened Friday night at the Los Alamos Little Theater.

“God of Carnage” presents us with four dislikable protagonists behaving badly.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘The Post’

on January 13, 2018 - 8:01am

‘The Post’, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is now showing at the Reel Deal. Courtesy/Everett

 

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“The Post” is Stephen Spielberg’s latest film, in limited release late in 2017, then opening nationwide Jan. 12. It recounts the dramatic story of The Washington Post newspaper’s publication of what came to be called “The Pentagon Papers”. The film received six Golden Globe nominations and stands to be nominated for several Oscars later this month.

Outstanding among a very fine cast are Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post, and Tom Hanks as

Nephesh: Nonprofits Are Not Loopholes

on January 12, 2018 - 9:47am
By Tsiporah Nephesh
Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives
 
Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.
 
Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate.

Communication Six: Identity Theft

on January 12, 2018 - 6:46am
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

Unauthorized access to information is one problem that arises with the expansion of electronic communication, but what other vulnerabilities arise from this modern form of information transfer? As well as hacking and other methods of obtaining information impermissibly, identity theft allows an individual to communicate as another person extremely detrimentally.

When a stolen identity is used to apply for additional lines of credit, the victim can spend years trying to resolve bad debt run up by thieves in their names.

Some

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Work To Inspire

on January 11, 2018 - 7:23am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
His name is Liberato Garcia, and he was my contact for a recent excursion to Ghost Ranch.
 
I have been to Ghost Ranch many times, usually for workshops or meetings. This time I was making the visit accompanied by a bride-to-be, for a site tour. We are looking for the ideal wedding and reception location. With the dramatic red cliffs as a backdrop, Ghost Ranch is high on the list.
 
Liberato, or Libby, as he introduces himself, is a multi-generational Abiquiu native.
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This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 11, 2018 - 7:02am

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 10

on January 10, 2018 - 12:22pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Once again, the hottest fishing spot for local anglers is the Chama River below El Vado Dam.
 
With streamflows measuring a measly 102 cubic-feet- per-second, the Chama has been excellent for anglers using everything from flies to Power Bait. The State Game and Fish Department has stocked a lot of rainbow trout in this area, including 495 trout stocked Jan. 3 that averaged over 11 inches in size.

Home Country: The Price Of Art

on January 8, 2018 - 10:24am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
A new year. A new start. Who said I can’t finish this book?
 
Dud Campbell walked the frozen sidewalk and blew steamy breath out through his parka hood. All I need, really, are a few ideas.
 
Dud’s been working on his novel, “Murder in the Soggy Bottoms,” for several years now, and it has taken on different blends of seasoning, largely depending on what things were happening here in our little valley.
 
For example, the bizarre romantic connection between Dewey and Emily led to a rewrite of the part where the book flashed back many years to when the

Cinema Cindy: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

on January 8, 2018 - 10:17am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri” is a movie about a billboard rental by a woman whose daughter was murdered seven months earlier. The three billboards stand within sight of each other, making for the perfect “Burma Shave”-style staggered message. The message the woman posts asks why the Ebbing police chief has not made any arrests in the horrific rape and murder of her daughter.
 
Frances McDormand (Fargo) plays the rage-filled mother, Mildred Hayes, a character you aren’t soon to forget.

McQuiston: Are You Covered For The Havoc Old Man Winter Can Wreak?

on January 7, 2018 - 6:47am
ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
With the huge winter storm hitting the east coast, I thought I would do this week's column on some of the common claims we see this time of year.
 
You prepare for cold weather and preventing some of the damage that comes with it. But what if, despite your best efforts to reduce your risk, you end up suffering damage from winter weather? Are you covered? Let’s walk through some very likely scenarios and determine what coverage you might have under a basic, unendorsed homeowner’s policy.
 
Scenario #1: You’ve experienced several days of single-digit
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Fr. Glenn: Looking Ahead To The Past

on January 7, 2018 - 6:40am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Entropy: a measure of the amount of disorder within a system; lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.” Such is an amalgam of some definitions found on the ‘net. More on that later.

Well … I recently caught myself doing … “it”: reminiscing in the past … the “When I was growing up…” syndrome. All that was missing was a few “whipper-snappers” thrown in.

Smart Design With Suzette: Color Forecasting

on January 6, 2018 - 11:19am
Bar at the home of designer Suzette Fox. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
Happy New Year to you and your family! I’m writing this column thinking about trends for 2018.
 
These trends let the public know which colors will be fashionable, favored and just plain hot in a given year. We hear so much about trend colors and hot hues. But have you ever wondered how these forecasts are made?
 
You may be surprised to learn that the main focus no longer points solely to the fashion runways in Paris and Milan.

Communication 5: Unauthorized Access To Information

on January 5, 2018 - 6:39am
SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Student Intern

As stated in the last column, with the increased use of technology comes an increased vulnerability of having one’s privacy breached. Computers (including smart phones) have become an integral part of our everyday existence.

Computer networking technologies - intranet, extranet, and internet - have advanced to the point where information can be stored, transmitted, and available to people accessing and conducting their business anytime and from anywhere.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 4, 2018 - 2:27pm

Cinema Cindy: ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’

on January 4, 2018 - 10:32am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” provides us with a next chapter for the magical video game we first met in 1995. It is entertaining good fun offering a compelling concept and a romp with some of our currently favorite comedic actors.
 
As with the first film (which starred the late Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst), a board game is discovered, dusted off, then magically absorbs those who decide to risk playing it. In this film, the board game first has to magically create it own game cartridge to compete for attention in the age of video games.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Watch For Tracks

on January 4, 2018 - 8:50am
By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos
 
Happy New Year!
 
This greeting among friends is frequently followed by a discussion about New Year resolutions. This is the time when we reflect on the past year, and it’s a time when we contemplate what we can improve on in the coming year. And this year, like every year, I have resolutions and the best of intentions. I am not sure where this will get me.
 
I have been thinking a lot lately about getting back on track, and of course, this is the optimal week to do so.

Sheehey: Fiscally Responsible vs. ‘Fiscally Conservative’

on January 4, 2018 - 8:36am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

The recent letter “Save for the Lean Years” (link) is full of inaccuracies that demand a response. Of course during years of plenty, we should keep some funds in reserve. That is why I have always supported our county policy to maintain over $10 million (15 to 20 percent of general fund revenues) in an uncommitted reserve, above and beyond the 8 percent (for us ~$4.5 million) required of all counties. In my five years on County Council, when more funds have been available, I have worked to invest those funds in growing our local economy.

New or

Amateur Naturalist: The Shape Of Acid Canyon

on January 3, 2018 - 11:02am
Cracks in cooling lava. Courtesy Photo
 
Amateur Naturalist: The Shape of Acid Canyon
By ROBERT DRYJA
 
Acid Canyon is approximately 0.8 of a mile in length. The north side of Acid Canyon is relatively steep for its entire length. It has a nearly vertical drop of twenty feet at its start. The drop increases to nearly 200 feet at its end where it merges with Pueblo Canyon.
 
The south side follows a different pattern. The slope leading to the canyon bottom is relatively gentle for the initial half mile. It is an easy hike down the south slope to the bottom.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 3

on January 3, 2018 - 8:56am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite the frigid temperatures that cover much of the United States and that have spilled into parts of Eastern New Mexico, there remains open-water fishing on many of our lakes.
 
That includes Eagle Nest Lake, which would normally be New Mexico’s prime ice-fishing destination.
 
Warm temperatures created areas of open water and the fishing was fair for rainbow trout. There are still areas of thin ice around the lake and those areas are closed to fishing.

Wiemann: Time For New Year’s Financial Resolutions

on January 3, 2018 - 8:28am
By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
We’ve reached the end of another year – which means it’s just about time for some New Year’s resolutions. Would you like to study a new language, take up a musical instrument or visit the gym more often? All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions? 
 
Here are some ideas to think about:
 
Increase contributions to your employer-sponsored retirement plan.
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