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Winter Safety Tips From LAFD

on January 12, 2019 - 8:44am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

Winter storms can cause a community to see an increase in car accidents, falls, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attacks from overexertion. Storms bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. As we recently experienced, winter storms can last for several days, cause havoc on heat, power and communication services, but they also place our community members at higher risk.

Here are some tips to remember:

Prepare now!

  • Know your area’s risk for winter storms.

McQuiston: The Cold Hard Facts About Ice Dams

on January 12, 2019 - 7:48am

The Jemez Agency

The winter months are here and the potential for claims resulting from ice dams are on the rise. While most of the damage caused by a winter storm is immediate, ice dams losses usually don’t occur until several days after.

Just what is an ice dam? As the heat from inside your house rises and melts the snow on your roof, the water will flow down the slope until it reaches a portion of your roof where the temperature is freezing. The water will refreeze and a ridge of ice will form.

Water collects behind the ice dam until it finds openings in your roof where it

Head2Head: The Currents Of Populism And Pluralism

on January 11, 2019 - 7:03pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

The term “populism” is a vague and contested term that has been used in reference to a diverse variety of things. Populism can generally be defined as opposition of “the people” to a social elite.

The term originated with the People’s Party, active in the 19th century American Midwest. Its platform included calling for the nationalization of railways, the banning of strikebreakers, support for small farmers and so on.

The party gained representation in several state legislatures during the 1890s but was not powerful

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 10, 2019 - 11:00am

Weekly Fishing Report Jan. 9

on January 9, 2019 - 9:05am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports And Outdoors
After three back-to-back winter storms that brought cold temperatures and significant snowfall to the mountains and watersheds of Northern New Mexico last week, the numbers for our snowpack are looking good.
The numbers look particularly good when compared to this time last year during which precipitation was well below normal. Last year at this time, the overall precipitation across the state was just 22-percent of normal. This year, they are 104-percent of normal.
As good as this sounds, we will need a lot more snow to

Home Country: Just Doc And Old Tom

on January 8, 2019 - 2:41pm
Home Country
It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.
Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.
Somehow that made it worse for Doc than just having death bring a pleasant new start for someone in pain and agony. Doc hadn’t been able to patch him up this time.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Green Book’

on January 8, 2019 - 2:07pm
Los Alamos

“Green Book” is truly one of the best films of last year. Performances by Viggo Mortenson (who gained weight for this role) and (a very elegant) Mahershala Ali are clearly worthy of nominations for the Oscar.

In fact, both men were nominated for Golden Globes; Ali won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. At the Golden Globes, the screenplay for Green Book took top honors, and the film itself was awarded Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

The movie is based on a true story.

Finance New Mexico: Predictive Analytics Isn’t Just For The Big Guys

on January 7, 2019 - 8:00pm

Finance New Mexico

Predicting consumer behavior can be an obsession for businesses, no matter what their size. Big corporations dedicate entire departments to divining what people will want next so they can be first to offer it, and they invest massive amounts of money into predictive analytics—the mining of massive sets of data for patterns and trends in hopes of giving businesses a competitive edge by helping them predict the future.

Smaller businesses typically don’t have the means or need to invest in the sophisticated types of data crunching that their

Fr. Glenn: Given An Epiphany

on January 6, 2019 - 5:40am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

How ‘bout that New Year snowfall, huh? Skiers are certainly happy. Being an old Texan where we don’t normally get such a volume, it was (and continues to be) an “interesting” experience. Just trying not to slip and bust a couple of ribs; been there, done that … hopefully for the last time (the ol’ ribs have had a hard life). Prayers go up for all of YOUR safety, too. 

But snow has an interesting effect: it covers all.

Weekly Fishing Report Jan. 6

on January 6, 2019 - 4:57am
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather has been the big newsmaker here in New Mexico. Since Christmas our state has been slammed with a series of storms, the latest of which dumped more than two feet of snow in Los Alamos and ushered in bone-chilling temperatures that fell below zero and didn’t rise above freezing during the day.
The snow is great news for our state.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 4, 2019 - 8:58am

Liddie's Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Mincemeat Empanaditas

on January 3, 2019 - 9:17am
Mincemeat Empanaditas. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley
Holidays for my family were more about looking back and embracing tradition; a time to bring the family together.
Since my Grandmother was the matriarch and lived with us when I was a kid, generations of relatives started arriving the week of Thanksgiving and came and left with such irregularity, you never knew who might come to dinner.

Smart Design With Suzette: Year In Review – Designing Your Life

on January 3, 2019 - 9:02am

Take stock of 2018 and prepare for the new year. Courtesy image

Don’t underestimate the inviting power of great curb appeal. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Happy New Year! No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life in the past year. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks too. The idea is to design your life — an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve – professionally and personally. The process set forth below has helped me make 2018 a truly transformative year. Start with:

What Worked
This question is a keeper from

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on January 3, 2019 - 9:01am
An American robin prepares to drink some water. Photo by Bob Walker
A Broad tailed hummingbird shows why it received its name. Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
There are three sources of information about the bird populations of Los Alamos county.
Each has its own approach to gathering data. One approach considers where and what kinds of birds were breeding throughout the county. This involves dividing the county in to 60 blocks and visiting the blocks over four years.
A second approach involves people reporting the numbers and kinds of birds that come to

Head2Head: Trumped!

on January 3, 2019 - 8:42am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Hopefully, those who’ve been on this trip from 1950 to 2016 with me will have seen that we didn’t just wake up post-election day 2016 and find ourselves polarized.

We’ve been going there for more than 60 years. While Republican Donald Trump pulled off a surprising (for most) upset in beating Democrat Hillary Clinton, he failed to win the majority of the popular vote. We’re clearly a divided country.

There has been endless speculation about how and why Trump won.

Home Country: Still Here In The Spring

on January 2, 2019 - 7:26am
Home Country
The last of the geese went by the other day. The late ones. The big dark geese. Headed south noisily.
I used to envy them, somehow. They go down there to the warm coastal areas where the jacks swim and the nights are chilly but livable this time of year. If they’re especially sensitive geese, they’ll keep going until there are mangoes and palm trees and the language of the people is Spanish.
But they cross over here in their long, languorous vees, and all we can do is look up and wonder what our lives would be like if we could go along.

County Requests Patience, Help With Snow Clearing Activities; Bike Lanes Now Closed To Aid Snow Removal

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm


With the frequency of snow storms and amount of snow anticipated to exceed over at least 12 inches heading into New Years’ Eve and New Year’s Day, officials with the Public Works department cautioned residents today to manage expectations for snow removal for the next few days.

Beginning this afternoon and in anticipation of tonight’s approaching storm, crews will not be able to remove snow from the bike lanes on Diamond and Canyon.

“We need to wait until the snow can be hauled away from the lanes in order to open up the streets and sidewalks,” Public Works Director Philo

Fr. Glenn: Wholly Family

on December 30, 2018 - 6:36am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

As we begin coming off of the holidays, many/most of us have had the comfort of the presence of family—either they coming here, or we going there. But, once together, where “here” or “there” may be becomes secondary to the joys, thrills, and even at times aggravations, of their presence itself. This is family.

The weekend after Christmas we Catholics celebrate as the feast of the Holy Family, the “wholiest” family of all—that of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

IFPTE: Government Shutdown Places Unnecessary Burden On Highly-Skilled Professionals

on December 28, 2018 - 9:15am
IFPTE President
Our union, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) represents thousands of highly-skilled professionals employed by the federal government who work in a wide range of occupations including Immigration Judges at the Department of Justice and rocket scientists at NASA.
The professionals just mentioned are among the 800,000 federal employees whose lives have been placed on hold by the shutdown of the government.
Ninety-five percent of the workers at NASA, for example, are locked out of their offices and

McQuiston: Steps To Prevent/Unfreeze Frozen Pipes

on December 27, 2018 - 3:48pm

The Jemez Agency

You wake up on a cold winter morning, head into the bathroom or kitchen, turn the faucet and … a trickle. Or, nothing at all.

You have a frozen pipe. What do you do now? Better yet, how do you avoid this messy, potentially expensive situation in the first place?

Here are some ideas to help keep the water flowing inside, even as the freeze sets in outside:
Before It Gets Cold
  • Drain water supply lines to your sprinkler. Don’t put antifreeze in the lines, as spills or leaks can threaten pets, wildlife and landscaping.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses before

World Futures: Education, Training And The Five ‘Ws’ – Part Four

on December 27, 2018 - 3:31pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the first three articles of this series, we explored education and training and what people need to know or master when they emerge into society. We also examined the five “Ws” of education and training to include the accelerating expansion of knowledge and even increasing demand for mental facility and skills needed to successfully assimilate into society. And then we considered the cost to become “qualified” for something that allows the individual to lead a satisfying, controlled and rewarding life.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on December 27, 2018 - 3:29pm

Head To Head: Got Hope?

on December 27, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Nov. 4, 2008, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Obama was the first African American to be elected president. He was born to an American mother and a Kenyan father in Hawaii.

Although he would graduate from Harvard Law School, Obama had a background in community organizing in Chicago. He became a state senator in 1996 and earned a reputation for working well with Republicans as well as his own party. In 2004, he moved on to the U.S. Senate.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 26

on December 26, 2018 - 8:44pm
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The weather forecast was for snow and very cold temperatures to move into New Mexico this week and it looks like they were right on the money. We had about three inches of snow here in Espanola and the drive to Santa Fe was an adventure with traffic backups. Very cold temperatures are forecast for at least the next four days and lows in some of the mountain valleys will likely fall below zero.

Very cold temperatures are not unexpected for this time of year.

Home Country: New Years Resolutions

on December 26, 2018 - 7:46am
Home Country
It was Herb who kicked things off at the world dilemma think tank at the philosophy counter in the Mule Barn truck stop. Herb is like Nature itself. He abhors a vacuum, too.
“Well,” Herb said, “it’s about that time again.”
Three heads swiveled to look at him.
“New Year’s resolutions … you know.”
Three nods.
“So Herb, what are your new resolves for the next year?”
“Glad you asked, Dud. I thought I might lose 15 pounds, take sailing lessons and come up with a good recipe for beef kidneys. How about you, Dud?”
Dud took a sip of coffee.