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Manufacturing Make-Over Reaps Rewards

on May 25, 2019 - 5:24am
Special Projects Coordinator
New Mexico MEP
C. Aaron Velasquez knew it was time to modernize the equipment and processes his family’s metal-plating business had used for four decades, but he wasn’t sure where to start.
An industry contact introduced him to New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM MEP), a nonprofit that trains manufacturers in lean principles, value-stream mapping and other methodologies that help businesses increase profitability and competitiveness.
Theta Plate, a second-generation, family-owned Albuquerque-based business,

Home Country: Town Dog

on May 25, 2019 - 5:00am
Home Country
Billy’s been a busy guy ever since he became the official town dog here. Sally had been the town dog until she passed away on Doc’s porch, and then Billy’s owner died just two weeks after that, so it was something of a natural progression. Sometimes offices are filled without an election.
The high school wood shop boys built Billy a dog house next to the school crossing, but Billy preferred Aunt Ada’s couch in the cold months and a nice dog depression under an oak tree when it’s warm.
Billy was making the rounds this morning.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 23, 2019 - 4:33pm

Sheehey: County Encouraging Housing Options

on May 23, 2019 - 7:54am
By Vice Chair Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Council

One of the County Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2019 is: “Increasing the amount and types of housing options … for all segments of the community, from affordable, entry level, and live-work housing to new options for those interested in downsizing or moving closer to central areas of the community.”

How is the County working to increase our housing options?

The County and Los Alamos Public Schools each own vacant land available for housing.

Weekly Fishing Report: May 23

on May 23, 2019 - 7:27am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Winter simply doesn’t want to let go this year. It has turned cold and it could even freeze this late in the spring. That would be a bummer because it looks like a bumper crop of fruit this year.
The weather should warm back up quickly The rivers are still swollen with runoff and with snow still falling at high elevations, it looks like we could be well into June before they start dropping. It’s been on heck of a year with the weather and it’s still not over.
The prime fishing seems to be in the smaller lakes, as nearly

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-For-Profit Part 2

on May 23, 2019 - 7:07am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Previously we looked at individual bubbles in a bubble model with the definitive statements that they want and need to make a profit.

They need compensation, usually money, so that they can acquire other things for survival and ride the elevator of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

They want to avoid pain while seeking pleasure. Profit, as used here, means making a living or money by producing or buying or selling goods and services.

An individual selling his or her labor (getting a job) is in the business of him or herself, with most of the

McQuiston: Multi-Factor Authentication ... What It Is And Why You Should Use It

on May 22, 2019 - 9:49pm

The Jemez Agency

Have you noticed that many websites and apps are starting to require more than just a password to login to your account? Do you get annoyed and frustrated and wish you didn’t have to do it?

The fact is, more and more websites are requiring this additional level of security and that means more and more questions have surfaced in regards to what it is and why it’s necessary.

When a website or app requires at least one additional piece of information besides a password in order to login, it’s called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Each piece of

Fr. Glenn: Being A Candle In Darkness

on May 19, 2019 - 6:48am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Begging your attention a moment: consider the division sign: ÷

It could rather symbolize two persons divided by a fence, couldn’t it? Perhaps that was the intent of its original design of its symbolism of division. But, the sadness is … though both dots/persons are identical, one is lower than the other … that barrier of division between them preventing communication or, perhaps, even unification.

Not so unlike us humans, wouldn’t you say?

Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

on May 18, 2019 - 10:35am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves.

Snyder: An Old Wooden Bridge - A History Lesson With Mysteries

on May 17, 2019 - 3:40pm

The Glen Woody Bridge as it looked on a spring afternoon in 2006 when rafts could have passed underneath. Photo by Sharon Snyder.

The high water level from this year’s snowmelt and runoff makes it easy to see why the nickname 'Decap Bridge' is popular with rafters, who sometimes must portage their rafts around this obstacle. Photo by Sharon Snyder.

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

The Glen Woody Bridge never fails to catch the eye of travelers driving north on NM 68 along the Rio Grande toward Taos.

EMS Chief Ben Stone On Bicycle Safety

on May 17, 2019 - 11:51am
A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event held last year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
In recognition of this year’s National Bike to Work Week, which is May 13-17, here is some information on Bicycle Safety for Los Alamos County.
In 2017, the United States had 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes (NHTSA, 2018). Crashes that involve bicyclists are often much more dangerous to the rider versus a motorist.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 16, 2019 - 12:08pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews: ‘The Mustang’

on May 16, 2019 - 7:08am
Los Alamos
“The Mustang” pairs a violent prison inmate with a raging mustang caught in the wild. The director of this film subtly juxtaposes the spirit of the horse against that of the man, so we are moved by the parallels. Few could tame (or “break”) this horse, much less communicate with it in a meaningful way. Both have known wild times as well as fear. Both are captives.
This is the first feature length film by French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnere.

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-for-Profit – Part 1

on May 16, 2019 - 6:55am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Inferring from the title, one might anticipate this series is about businesses. It is and it is not.
It is in that as humanity developed, trade became essential. It is not because humanity has a need to survive and that requires working together in an “organized” manner. Perhaps this is better visualized with the bubble model I am fond of.

Checking today, there are 7.7 billion living people on the world. These are individual bubbles bouncing around with dependence on other bubbles and the “fluid” they are in.

Home Country: The Duke Of Earl

on May 16, 2019 - 6:15am
Home Country
It happened in the checkout lane down at the Soup ‘R’ Market last week. We discussed it thoroughly, of course, and no one knows yet what to make of it.
As sometimes happens, when we are glancing at the tabloids to see who fathered Bigfoot’s new baby, we get into discussions of trivia. Annette was sliding broccoli and corn flakes over the glass-window dinger machine, and we were just chatting about … I think it was bears this time. You know…
“I read,” said Annette, “that a bear can run 45 miles an hour, faster than a race horse.”
To which I added,

How The Hen House Turns: Turkeys, Tame And Wild

on May 15, 2019 - 7:53am
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo


Formerly of Los Alamos
Twice, during our 46 years in Los Alamos, we adopted a turkey chick. Luckily, they were female. (Books on identifying baby chicks don’t even try to provide instructions for sexing turkeys.)
One turkey imprinted on us, and we enjoyed her as a beloved pet. The second was not imprinted, being raised by a loving hen. She tolerated me in the Hen House yard but let me know with raised tail and feathers that I was not welcome.
Turkeys here in California are wild, but they are used to seeing us pass by as we

Weekly Fishing Report: May 15

on May 15, 2019 - 6:32am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

Driving down to Albuquerque last weekend, it was impossible not to notice just how green the landscape was. After 50 years in New Mexico, it was hard to remember when, if ever, it had been this way. Parts of the landscape were a shimmering emerald where last year they were a dusty brown.

On the return trip from Albuquerque the skies opened up and there was a big, beautiful double rainbow around Santa Domingo Pueblo. The landscape turned a beautiful color as the light from the setting sun took on a golden glow.

Catch Of The Week: Phone Scams ... What To Know!

on May 13, 2019 - 7:21am
Los Alamos
Your cell phone is ringing, shouldn’t you answer that? Or maybe not … phone scams get trickier every week.
Here are several that have been active across the U.S. recently:
  • The “One Ring” or “Wangiri” scam: your phone will ring once or twice, and then the caller hangs up and doesn’t leave a message. These calls are always from an international number; you can tell because there will be a “+” symbol displayed in front of the area code and caller ID will usually display the country.

Amateur Naturalist: What's Happening To The Birds?

on May 13, 2019 - 6:39am

The Acorn woodpecker has a white ring around its eye and also is among the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker

The Lesser goldfinch is the most commonly seen species in the lower forest habitat.  
Photo by Bob Walker

Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

We previously considered bird species that are generalists for breeding throughout the various habitats in Los Alamos County. The annual counts give the impression that these species as a group have been increasing in number over the years.

However there is one dominant species, the Evening grosbeak, which is increasing in numbers.

Fr. Glenn: Filial Duty

on May 12, 2019 - 7:28am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A very happy Mother’s Day to all of you lovely sources of new human life out there! ... those precious little images of God ... God’s little lambs. We wish you all happiness and contentment basking in the love of your children and grandchildren.

Of course, we Judeo-Christians cannot help but recall on this day, as well as on Father’s Day, that commandment of God: “Honor thy father and thy mother”, remembering St. Paul’s expanding admonition: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money

on May 11, 2019 - 11:04am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NAMBE U.S. Rep. and Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued an op-ed Friday explaining the reasons his campaign for senate will not accept corporate PAC contributions.
Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans
By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

At the start of the last Congress, one of the first votes House Republicans took was on a bill designed to unravel protections for workers exposed to chemicals like beryllium. Beryllium is one of the chemicals that poisoned my father’s lungs and caused his cancer.

Watching House Republicans vote against the

Home Country: Salt Everywhere

on May 10, 2019 - 8:05am
Home Country
It was a bright morning, and we had finished off the coffee and conversation at the Mule Barn truck stop, and we couldn’t think of anything much to do because we were still full from breakfast and it was too early for lunch, and the political problems and Hollywood gossip tanks had been thoroughly topped off.
So we went over to Doc’s house to look at his mare in the back yard. She had, he said, a quarter crack in a front hoof.
So there we were, in a half circle around the little mare, staring at that slight crack as though focusing would bring a

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 9, 2019 - 2:05pm

Weekly Fishing Report: May 9

on May 9, 2019 - 7:33am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Streamflows in Northern New Mexico remain very high and fishing is difficult in the major rivers.
The streamflows in the smaller tributaries is high but appears to be dropping slightly. Some snow is forecast for later this week at very high elevations above 10,000 feet, so places like Hopewell Lake and the Canjilon Lakes will likely still be hard to reach and possibly still iced over. Streamflows are likely to stay high for at least another two weeks, but some of the smaller streams are offering good fishing now.

McQuiston: Tips For Handling A Tire Blowout

on May 8, 2019 - 2:42pm

The Jemez Agency

For many drivers, there is nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout at almost any speed.

While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since 2008, when all new vehicles were required to have automatic tire pressure monitoring systems, these numbers still remain high. The stats do not lie, as tire blowouts and flats contribute to nearly 11,000 collisions and 700 fatalities each year.

With all the advances in safety standards and technology, why are tire blowouts still such a significant safety issue?