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Analysis Of VISA Credit Card Fees At Smith’s Stores

on June 13, 2019 - 4:49pm
Los Alamos

Kroger first banned VISA credit cards in 2018 at its Foods Co division in California. In expanding the ban to Smith’s, Kroger publicly claimed numerous offenses by VISA, the most emphasized of which is that VISA charges “excessive interchange and network fees.”

Contradicting Kroger’s public claims is tedious but straightforward.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater: June 13, 2019

on June 13, 2019 - 4:46pm

Allen McQuiston: How Crumple Zones Work

on June 13, 2019 - 7:24am

The Jemez Agency

This may be a hard concept to accept but, despite what your intuition tells you, you may want a car that crumples. In fact, statistics show that the risk of being killed in a personal motor vehicle on U.S. roads has decreased each year, with the exception of 2012, when fatality and injury rates increased slightly.

And much of that progress in car safety can be attributed to car design that has evolved from the invention of the crumple zone.

The Crumple Zone – How Physics Saves Lives
Early designs of car bodies were designed to be rigid without much regard

Weekly Fishing Report: June 12

on June 12, 2019 - 8:17am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
This year is turning out to be one for the record books. Streamflows remain very high and are not likely to come down very much for some time.
On the Rio Grande in Colorado, streamflows are so heavy that Mineral County and Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado have closed the Rio Grande to ALL water sports due to the dangerous conditions.
All that water is headed downstream to New Mexico. It would not be surprising if heavy streamflows continue into July this year.

Nakhleh: Exceptional Job By Parks & Recreation Dept.

on June 12, 2019 - 7:46am
From left, Aidan, his friend Wyatt and his friend Jon at Senior Appreciation Night 2019. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
I admit I was a little worried going into LAHS's graduation weekend: Not only did the Parks and Recreation Department have Big Head Todd and the Monsters coming into town for the Summer Concert Series, which was going to bring in a larger-than-average crowd, but the next day was Senior Appreciation Night.
It's a lot for one county department to be dealing with on a single weekend.

Lauritzen: ‘Life After 50’ In Los Alamos And White Rock

on June 10, 2019 - 1:59pm

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.662.8920. Courtesy/BESC photo

The White Rock Senior Center at 133 Longview Dr. is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.672.2034. Courtesy/WRSC


Executive Director

There are two great events for those 50 and over taking place in the near future and we hope that you will spread

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-For-Profit Part 4

on June 9, 2019 - 8:28pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous columns we looked at individual, profit, nonprofit, and government bubbles in a bubble model. All individual bubble, including marriages and families, want to make a profit – the means to satisfy needs as perceived by them.

Profit companies are in business to make a profit collectively, by the owner or shareholders, but not necessarily the employees. The government bubble likes profit making bubbles because they are a source of revenue, noting the individuals are also members of the government.

The legally nonprofit

Fr. Glenn: ‘Ordinary’ Time

on June 9, 2019 - 9:31am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Today (Sunday, June 9) we come to one of most important Christian days of the year and that which closes out the Easter season: Pentecost—commemorating an event described in the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2—an annual commemoration of what Christians hold to be the coming of the Holy Spirit of God upon Jesus’ apostles. At this event the apostles were imbued with wisdom, fortitude and courage with which they went out and taught of Jesus and His Word.

Pentecost is often called the “birthday” of the Christian Church, for the apostles quit hiding in fear and went forth to

Weekly Fishing Report: June 7

on June 7, 2019 - 6:30am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Here in Northern New Mexico we have been fortunate to avoid getting the powerful thunderstorms that were pounding Southeast New Mexico this past week.
These storms produced large hailstones that covered the ground between Roswell and Dexter and really hit the town of Hagerman.
This area of New Mexico can produce phenomenal quail hunting for scaled and bobwhite quail in good years. However, hail storms can absolutely devastate quail populations.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds In The High Forest?

on June 7, 2019 - 6:17am
The Steller jay is the most commonly seen and nests in the high forest habitat. Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
Los Alamos County can be divided into various kinds of ecological habitats. One approach has divided the county into habitats based on the predominant kinds of tree growing in them.
Different species of birds in turn prefer a particular kind of habitat for breeding. We had previously considered birds that breed in the juniper/pinon habitat toward the Rio Grande and other birds that prefer the ponderosa forest habitat further up the mountains.

Partridge: Help Support Susan G. Komen’s 3-Day Walk To End Breast Cancer

on June 6, 2019 - 4:26pm

Nancy Partridge of Los Alamos, third from left, participates in last year’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post

This is my 19th year walking to raise funds for breast cancer. My journey started when I found a lump in my left breast.

Since then I have lost my mother-in-law, my cousin and a dear friend to breast cancer.

Along the way I have walked with hundreds of survivors, and walked with thousands who lost mothers, sisters, wives, husbands, fathers, brothers and friends.

I keep walking because the funds we raise are supporting researchers

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on June 6, 2019 - 4:15pm

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Squash Blossom And Green Chile Frittata

on June 6, 2019 - 9:46am
Squash blossom. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley
All varieties of squash grow aggressively in northern New Mexico and are one of those staples in our diets that have an unusually long history in the region.
Part of the “three sisters” (corn, beans and squash), local pueblos have been cultivating squash in northern New Mexico for thousands of years.
They are well adapted to our climate and have long growing seasons. Heirloom varieties are especially hearty and are tolerant of our bouts with drought conditions.

McQuiston: How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

on June 6, 2019 - 8:50am

The Jemez Agency

You should know exactly how to use a fire extinguisher in the event a fire develops and you feel you are safely able to fight it.

Before you are faced with the need to use one, be sure you have the right type of fire extinguisher on hand. It is recommended that only those trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers consider using them when appropriate.

Attack the Fire Using the PASS Method:

  • Pull the pin – by pulling the pin, the operating lever should unlock and allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
  • Aim low – point the extinguisher hose/nozzle at

State Tourism Department Announces Recipients Of New Mexico Clean & Beautiful Grant Program For FY20

on June 6, 2019 - 7:33am
NMTD News:
SANTA FE Los Alamos County is among the FY20 New Mexico Clean & Beautiful Partners announced Wednesday by the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD).
Overall, local governments throughout New Mexico are set to leverage nearly $650,000 to develop and sustain programs that curb litter, reduce blight, and support beautification, recycling and education initiatives.
“We’re incredibly grateful for all of our forests, trails, public lands, parks and open spaces here in New Mexico, and we take great pride in preserving those resources,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul

Be Cool: Tips To Help Beat The Heat And Have A Safe And Healthy Summer

on June 5, 2019 - 3:28pm

Sharon Radcliffe

LAMC News:

With summer in full swing, many of us are taking full advantage of this fun time of year, whether it’s hitting the road for a family vacation, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or taking an early evening neighborhood stroll.

However you choose to enjoy this season, following some key safety tips can help you ensure that this summer is a safe and healthy one.

Heat Safety

Did you know that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.?

“It’s essential that we stay heat smart,” said Los Alamos Medical Center Chief

Home Country: Ladder To Success

on June 4, 2019 - 7:17am
Home Country
You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his own unique methods.
Well, what got him fired up the other day was a meeting of the ladies of the garden club down at the nursery. Windy’s been helping Dewey with his manure business on the one day a week he spends helping others. Today wasn’t a helper day, but he couldn’t pass up the audience.
They hadn’t gotten through old business when Windy stood, smiled, and spoke.

McQuiston: Car Safety Technologies That May Save Your Life

on June 3, 2019 - 4:38pm

The Jemez Agency

We take it for granted, the automatic way we take the wheel and set out to drive from Point A to Point B expecting to have a smooth, uneventful ride.

Since the introduction of the automobile, driving has been a convenience that has transformed our lives. But driving comes with no guarantees of avoiding mishaps, and unseen, unpredictable safety challenges can occur.

Fortunately, in the many decades in which driving has become a given, a number of innovative technologies have been introduced to help make driving a safer experience every time.

It may not

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-For-Profit Part 3

on June 3, 2019 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous article we explored profit making businesses as bubbles in society and concluded that they possibly could be non-profit organizations if they lose money.
If that is the case, they usually do not have to pay taxes, at least not on profits. But used in this sense the term “non-profit” is a misleading adjective in the legal sense. The use of the term has a governmental connotation, obviously making it ambiguous.

A non-profit, as commonly used, is a non-business activity or a not-for-profit organization or institution.

Griggs: World Water Summit 11 In Hamburg, Germany

on June 3, 2019 - 8:39am
Handwerkskammer. Courtesy/Wikipedia
Global Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
After months of silence, your bearded correspondent finally surfaces in Hamburg, Germany. Today I attended World Water Summit 11, organized by the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group.
WASRAG was formed in 2007 by a group of Rotarians. Since then it has facilitated many hundreds of projects – helping clubs find partners, ensuring sustainability, stressing the importance of a needs-driven approach, and developing best practices.
They encourage a holistic, integrated approach in which water

Fr. Glenn: Being True

on June 2, 2019 - 7:10am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Last week this column spoke of encouraging youth (and everyone, really) to make those often weighty (and constant) decisions of choosing between the good and the easy … between what is popular yet lacking, and that which is virtuous yet difficult ... though it possibly be even ostracizing.

This is the perpetual struggle for the Christian because the truth of Jesus’ words is often quite manifest: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

Tales Of Our Times: Synergism Raises Questions And Has Some Answers Too

on May 31, 2019 - 12:29pm
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Synergism Raises Questions And Has Some Answers Too
“Synergism” has a history that stretches from the Church of 150 AD to news about pollutants. The word comes from the Greek “synergos,” or “working together.” “Synergistic” describes medicines that do more good together than the sum of their separate effects.

Like most things, words keep evolving. Today, “synergism” describes how some pollutants do more harm mixed together than the sum of their harms alone.

Pajarito Conservation Alliance: Answering Call From Global Covenant of Mayors

on May 26, 2019 - 7:16am

Photo by Craig Martin

By Pajarito Conservation Alliance

In September 2014, all the cities of the world were invited to commit to a more sustainable and resilient future by joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. 9,000 cities across the globe have answered this invitation. Houston, Austin, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Nev., Denver and Tempe, Ariz. have answered the invitation.
Eagle Nest (population 290), and Santa Fe have answered the invitation. But Los Alamos has not.
The vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities and urban centers, where most

Fr. Glenn: Decide!

on May 26, 2019 - 7:15am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Lately the Archbishop and several of the priests (including moi) of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe have been going around celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation, in which our belief is that God’s Spirit imbues the young people being “confirmed” with a special grace and a spiritual seal enabling them to more effectively go out and spread the Gospel of Jesus by their words and actions … to be more of the “light of the world” that Jesus calls His disciples to be. (Matthew 5:14). This sacrament is largely based on Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17, but has other bases as well.


Catch Of The Week: Real Estate Scams

on May 26, 2019 - 7:12am
Los Alamos

Summer is a busy time for all of us, especially scammers. Students are looking for summer apartments, vacationers are looking for vacation rentals, and many people move into new homes over the summer months. Each of these scenarios can leave you vulnerable to various scams.

Here are some of the most common scams to watch out for:

Real Estate Wire Fraud

In this scenario, you are about to close on your dream home when you get an email from your title company or real estate agent.