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Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund Puts Us On The Right Path

on September 18, 2019 - 2:52pm
Majority Whip
New Mexico House of Representatives
Last year when the Governor included universal PreK in her moonshot for education, I jumped for joy.
Finally, New Mexico has a Governor who has big ideas and is willing to invest in programs that we know work. PreK and other early childhood programs work, I have seen it firsthand throughout my 25 years as a social worker.
Research tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs before age five and importantly, families who have access to high-quality early childhood services are

Gessing: No Need For New Permanent Fund

on September 16, 2019 - 9:17am
Rio Grande Foundation

Budget analysts in New Mexico expect the Legislature will have an incredible $907 million of so-called “new money” when they convene in January. A vast majority of that money comes from the boom in oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.

With nearly $8 billion available in 2020, the general fund budget will be up nearly 27 percent over just two years. Even fans of bigger government have to be concerned about the rapid rate of government expansion in such a short period of time.

What should be done to solve this very nice problem to have? 

DerbyCon 2019: Finish Line – ‘Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened’

on September 15, 2019 - 3:32pm
Opening ceremony at DerbyCon, the InfoSec conference Sept. 6-8 in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Becky Rutherford
DerbyCon panel on ‘DerbyCon Story Time’. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Los Alamos

I’ve been in cybersecurity for a little over a year, and I decided it was about time I went to an InfoSec conference.

Defcon/Black Hat in Vegas sounded intimidatingly huge; I wanted something less terrifying. A friend suggested DerbyCon.

Posts From The Road: Badlands National Park

on September 15, 2019 - 2:44pm
Overview: We entered the Badlands National Park at the eastern entrance, which is about 70 miles east of Rapid City, S.D. and just a short drive off of I-90. The Ben Reifel Visitors Center is near the entrance and is a good place to get park information and maps. Shown is a view near the visitors center as you begin the 39-mile loop drive through the park. Photo by Gary Warren/
Vivid Colors: In the late spring the grasses are still a lush green giving a pleasing contrast to the rugged rock pinnacles, buttes and mounds, which make up the park.

Fr. Glenn: Please … Affirm Me!

on September 15, 2019 - 10:14am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Was looking at Facebook this morning (yes, kids; old Fr. Glenn knows about Facebook), and noted that the number of “If you believe/agree with this, share!” or the guilt-attempting: “I bet I won’t get even 1 share!” posts. And, of course, who has not received myriad requests to “like” this or that, or to become “friends” with people of whose identity you have no clue—a “friend” of a friend of a friend of...” …in their attempt to “collect” as many “friends” as possible.

The trend is rather disturbing, actually—the persons posting such things seeming to be pleading: “Please

How The Hen House Turns: Communication Between Animals

on September 15, 2019 - 8:22am
Wild California turkeys ‘communicating’. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

We humans are so focused on our verbal ways of communicating, it is easy to overlook the more subtle methods used by plants and animals.

However, that topic has appeared in some excellent books (The Hidden Life Of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals: What They Feel by Peter Wohlben )

Communication between living beings, and between themselves and their environments, is not limited to sound. Smell and taste play large roles in animal and plant communication.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 15, 2019

on September 15, 2019 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

After a week of unseasonably warm weather for late August and early September the weather turned noticeably cooler today. It felt more like September.

The streamflows have held up well throughout the summer and the trout have come through  in good shape. Fall angling, with its cooler temperatures and beautiful colors, promises to be excellent.

One spot I would like to point anglers to is Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos. This little lake received a stocking Sept. 4 of 120 big rainbow trout that averaged 18.7 inches in size.

Fuselier: The Seeking Emotional System

on September 12, 2019 - 3:56pm
Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

Los Alamos

Some thoughts from science, life, and ancient religious texts

In an earlier essay, I touched on the choice that we share with all animals: either to go forward towards resources that sustain us or to draw away from that which can cause us harm. The emotional system that controls our forward motion has been labeled the Seeking emotional system by the noted neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp. While it’s needed for life, this emotional system can lead us into a lot of trouble.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 12, 2019 - 3:52pm

McQuiston: Does Your College Student Know What To Do If They Are Involved In A Car Accident?

on September 11, 2019 - 3:43pm

The Jemez Agency

Does your college student know what to do if they are involved in a car accident?

Going away to college is a big deal, and it comes with a lot more responsibility. One of them is being a responsible driver. What if they are in an accident or accused of hitting someone else’s car? Do they know what to do?

Here are a few tips that may be helpful:

  • Stay calm and don’t assume responsibility. If the police are called, they will make the determination.

Ben-Naim: Supporting Our Schools Is The Right Thing To Do...

on September 10, 2019 - 7:57am
Los Alamo School Board President

Early voting for the School Bond election begins Oct. 8.

I urge you to join me in supporting our community’s most important asset – our children by voting YES.

While your taxes will not increase, our students will benefit as White Rock schools are renovated and rebuilt and other sites across the district undergo additional improvements and maintenance.

First, supporting our students is the right thing to do.

Fr. Glenn: Being Set Free

on September 8, 2019 - 7:55am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, well, well … lookie here. President Trump is coming to town on the 16th. Well … to little ol’ New Mexico anyway. To the cynical observer that’ll be of endless entertainment value in the media for a week or two at least: the love pieces, the hate pieces, the “wish he’d go away!” pieces. Many of the state’s media moguls will be criticized for even mentioning the presence of “he who must not be named”, thereby accused of “promoting” him. But … would it be responsible journalism to neglect one of the biggest stories around, whether one is happy with it or not?

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 6, 2019 - 6:58am

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Pinto Beans

on September 5, 2019 - 8:39am

Pinto Beans with Green Chile. Photo by Liddie Martinez

Pinto Beans. Photo by Liddie Martinez


Espanola Valley

When the summer heat begins to fade and the light winds stir up the last of the blooming flowers, I remember the early autumn work that capped off my summer vacations as a kid.

Dr. Cook: Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

on September 5, 2019 - 8:35am

By Glendon Cook, MD,
Los Alamos Family Care, Los Alamos Medical Center

“Cholesterol” is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being.

And while the more one hears about something, the easier it can be to become desensitized to it, it’s important to stay aware of the critical effect that cholesterol can have on your overall health – and especially your heart.

While your body certainly needs cholesterol to make hormones and digest fatty foods, high levels of it become a case of “too much of a good

McQuiston: Personal Liability Coverage – Don’t Let It Be An Afterthought

on September 5, 2019 - 8:12am

The Jemez Agency

When discussing and rating homeowner insurance policies, personal liability coverage is often an afterthought.  

Insurance companies and insurance agents don’t always take the time to explain what it is and what it covers. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking personal liability coverage isn’t important. It most certainly is.

For starters, let’s look at the types of claims that are potentially covered by this part of the homeowner insurance policy: bodily injury claims and property damage liability claims.

World Futures Institute: Energy Part Four

on September 5, 2019 - 8:08am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In “Energy – Part Three” we looked at the distribution of stored energy in the form of gasoline and of “stuff” we need in our daily lives.
Related to this were the financial impacts on our personal budgets because of the costs of new forms of transportation and indirect costs of stuff because of increased distribution expenses.

For example, one gallon of gasoline weights about six pounds and it must be moved (distributed) from the refinery to the gas station. This is 3.217 kilograms in the metric system.

League Of Women Voters Of Los Alamos Board: How Individuals Can Address Climate Change

on September 4, 2019 - 7:52am

By League Of Women Voters Of Los Alamos Board

Many Los Alamos residents feel an urgency to tackle climate change and many are already doing what they can in their own lives. Some are adding insulation, planting trees, using LED light bulbs, switching to electric cars, and so on.

When trying to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, most people think of electricity generation. Of course, this is an important source of emissions and our Los Alamos County utility is addressing this.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... So Much To Do!

on September 3, 2019 - 9:15am
Executive Director

I have a face for radio and a heart for fundraising! When I was a young radio intern, I worked the overnight shift, until a new young student came in the door. I don’t recall his name, but he was an adorable, red-haired, freckle faced, high school student, who always said he had a face for radio, and it stuck with me ever since.

I do have a heart for fundraising, relationship building and promotion, too. There is never enough time in the day to talk about all of the good that takes place.

Solomon: Marvelous End To Terrific Chamber Festival

on August 30, 2019 - 5:47pm
Los Alamos

The final performance of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for this summer played to an almost full house at the Lensic Monday, Aug. 16.

The Dover Quartet (Joel Link and Brian Lee, violins, Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt, viola, and Camden Shaw, cello) was featured, splitting into two different duos for the first half, the three gentlemen looking elegantly comfortable in white sports jackets over open-collar black shirts and slacks, the lady a pale, flowing bouquet with ruffles at her sweetheart neckline.

The opening number was a delightful violin/viola

Allen McQuiston: How To Help Prevent House Fires

on August 30, 2019 - 10:43am

The Jemez Agency

Using some claims data from Travelers Insurance Company, they have developed a list of the most common causes of fire-related losses as well as some things you can do to help prevent them.

Tips to Help Prevent House Fires
Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires:

  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home’s electrical system. Do not overload your circuits.

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Behaviorology History

on August 30, 2019 - 10:27am

A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

Behaviorologists separated their natural–science discipline from psychology after psychologists in general repeatedly refused numerous attempts over 50 years to nudge the non–natural discipline of psychology toward natural–science.

Psychology had separated from philosophy in the 1800s. In simplified terms, which some folks might call grossly oversimplified, some philosophers back then had noticed the great strides of their physics, chemistry, and biology colleagues. This occurred in European universities.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 30, 2019 - 8:35am

Tales Of Our Times: Any Big, New Works Nearby Looms Large

on August 30, 2019 - 8:32am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Any Big, New Works Nearby Looms Large

List every environmental fear that people have. Now imagine a miracle occurs, so the order of concerns listed is exactly accurate. No doubt the worry that tops the list is having a big plant built within a straight shot of our own house. Being a boon for the environment makes no difference.

The plant will change the surroundings, even if the air and water stay exactly as they were, which is not likely. The bald truth of a big new plant is easy to see, and everyone sees it.

From there

Weekly Fishing Report Aug. 29, 2019

on August 29, 2019 - 8:59am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Despite the hot weather, hunting season is less than a week away. The archery seasons for elk and deer will open Sunday in many of northern New Mexico’s big-game hunting units.
The hot weather may make for tough hunting conditions. Hunters will have to make an extra effort to get the meat cooled down and packed out quickly to prevent spoilage should they be fortunate enough to harvest an animal.
It’s a bit early for the bull elk to be bugling a lot as they do during the rut.