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Home Country: Delbert McLain

on August 29, 2019 - 7:36am
Home Country
Delbert McLain dropped in at the Mule Barn yesterday for a quick cup. He was wearing his usual suit and tie, despite the heat.
Usually Delbert does his coffee drinking and socializing out at the country club where the business guys go. We’ve been there, and the chairs don’t fit as well.
For the past 10 years now, Delbert has run the local Chamber of Commerce. The capital letters are on purpose, because that’s how important it is to Delbert. We all have to admit he was a good choice.

Melanie Colgan On Candidacy For School Board

on August 28, 2019 - 5:29pm

By Melanie Colgan
LAPS School Board Candidate

My name is Melanie Colgan and I am running for the Los Alamos School Board in the 4th District, which includes Barranca and North Mesas.

I have lived in Los Alamos with my husband, James, and our five children, for 16 years.

During this time, my family and I have been fortunate to know and work with amazing teachers, coaches, parents and students. I want to continue to work with these outstanding people and improve our school district and community.

I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (Auburn University) and a Masters of Science in Nursing

Enter The Vortex: Taos Vortex Music Festival Review

on August 25, 2019 - 10:04am
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Scene from Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18 at Kit Carson Park. Photo by Becky Rutherford
Los Alamos

Taos Vortex, Meow Wolf’s interactive music festival, returned for its second year Aug. 16-18.

Glitter, tails, costumes, and whatever else people felt like wearing (or not wearing) made for a diverse and colorful crowd.

The vibe was chill, people were happy, and the

Fr. Glenn: The Spirit And The Flesh

on August 25, 2019 - 7:59am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

How ‘bout that stock market Friday, huh? Ouch. Like a submarine under attack, it was “dive, dive, dive!” And the ol’ pitiful portfolio looked … well … pitifull-er. Good thing that retirement is not around the corner—age 115 is starting to look do-able. If the ol’ jalopy will last that long…

And yet, what a great couple of days! … for me, at least. Received happy news from one of my old parish staff, and got to see members of not one, but two!, of my old Los Alamos parish families. Being single, a Catholic priest’s parish becomes his family, and so each time some of them

Posts From The Road: Loneliest Road In America

on August 25, 2019 - 6:18am

Nevada Highway 50 is known as‘The Loneliest Road in America’. The road spans just over 400 miles across the state but travelers pass through only six towns. Three of those towns are located near the California border leaving only three small towns between Fallon, Nev. and the eastern border of Nevada, a distance of over 300 miles. Drivers travel more than 17 mountain ranges on the drive making it fell like a roller coaster with miles of straight road between passes. The route of the road follows the same path as the Pony Express during in the 1860s.

Wiemann: Consolidating Accounts Leads To Clear Financial Strategy

on August 24, 2019 - 9:20am
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
None of us can completely control all the things that happen to us. Yet, when it comes to achieving your long-term financial goals, including a comfortable retirement, you do have a great deal of power – as long as you follow a clear, well-defined financial strategy. And one way to help build and maintain such a strategy is by consolidating your financial accounts. 
Over the course of their lives, many people pick up a variety of financial accounts from multiple sources.

Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Behavior And Behaviorology

on August 22, 2019 - 8:38am

A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

These columns comprise a journey, sometimes uncomfortable, often fun, always revealing. The journey explores some fascinating and recent (in the last 100 years) scientific discoveries, and the benefits we derive from them. These discoveries concern nature, human nature, the nature of human behavior and even consciousness and reality.

Additional topics also have direct and significant effects on human existence and experience, although at this point the names of many may surely sound overly technical.


McQuiston: Choosing Safe Cars For Teens

on August 22, 2019 - 7:55am

The Jemez Agency

My 3rd and last child is in the process of getting her driver’s license. Which means shopping for a car for her to drive. So what kind of car should I buy?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) say there is something parents can do to protect their teens — choose a safe vehicle.

Sounds simple, but consider the following:

Avoid vehicles that encourage reckless driving. Teen drivers not only lack experience, but may also lack maturity. As a result, speeding and reckless driving are common.

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 22

on August 22, 2019 - 6:57am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
This time of the year fishing for trout slows down in most of our lakes and reservoirs as the water warms up.
The trout seek cooler water temperatures and move to deeper water. The exceptions to this are high mountain lakes where the temperature stays cooler. Even here, the best fishing is often found during low-light periods like evenings and early mornings when the surface of the water is cooler.
The Canjilon Lakes and Hopewell Lake are good examples of lakes at high elevations that will continue to be stocked with trout

World Futures Institute: Energy Part Two

on August 22, 2019 - 6:34am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Energy – Part One we looked at the energy consumption of humanity at both the individual and collective levels, noting the change in climate but finishing with a question of affordability.

This is a challenging question because it deals with a long time scale while most of us are concerned about buying food or paying the rent or mortgage next week. Yet we, collectively, are considering House Resolution 109, the Green New Deal, and Senate Bill 59 dealing with the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment.

Each of these proposed pieces

Griggs: Crossing The Atlantic

on August 21, 2019 - 8:09am
The Winged Bull of Sargon in the Assyrian collection at the British Museum. Photo by David Griggs
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
Greetings from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
What a trip! All three big Cunarders were in Southampton at the same time: Queen Mary II, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
This is a voyage I have wanted to make since I was a child.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... The Future

on August 19, 2019 - 11:28am
Executive Director

This week our nest is officially empty! The last baby bird arrived Friday at New Mexico State University.

Sunday, we took another to ENMU. We now have a UNM Lobo, ENMU Greyhound and NMSU Aggie.

We came home and celebrated with filet mignon, creme brulee and toasted with sparkling cider. NO, WE DIDN’T! One of us wept silently off and on, while hugging our dogs.

Don’t worry, it is what we raised our children to do and they will be wonderful.

McClenahan: Los Alamos University Provided Top-Notch Technical Education

on August 18, 2019 - 8:39am

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

With World War II over in mid-August 1945, uncertainty surrounded almost everything about Los Alamos, from what would happen to the laboratory to what would happen to the many young men who had been assigned there by the U.S. Army.

The Special Engineer Detachment brought in hundreds of GIs with scientific and technical backgrounds to work on all aspects of developing the atomic bombs.

Fr. Glenn: Lifting The Burden

on August 18, 2019 - 8:37am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

As anyone who has managed and supervised people will tell you, there are always those who require more attention and seem to consume an inordinate amount of the supervisor’s time. A common phrase in the military is: “You always have the ten percent”—the ten percent of the people who take up ninety percent of your time. Oddly enough, it most often IS about ten percent.

All of us have probably worked with such—the contrarian, the “less-than-motivated”, the narcissistic who requires everything be centered upon himself/herself, right now!

EENM: State Of Education In New Mexico

on August 18, 2019 - 6:46am
Educators Elevating New Mexico
As dedicated teachers in New Mexico's rural communities, we’ve often been discouraged by politicians wildly swinging the education pendulum at our students’ expense.
Talk to other teachers with over 10-years of experience, and they will tell stories of oft-switched policies that don’t fully consider the impact on classrooms.
This time around, we as teacher leaders begged for a smooth transition between administrations. The last nine months have been the most unstable of our careers.  
The uneasy feeling started in 2018 with

Support Local Business During Road Construction

on August 18, 2019 - 6:39am

By Ryn Herrmann
Los Alamos County Chamber of Commerce

Looking down the road, no pun intended, all of this road construction will be good for Los Alamos. Better roads will bring more customers. But short term, it can drive them away. Our challenge is to keep our local businesses in business until the projects end.

A big part of making sure our businesses succeed is communication. The Chamber of Commerce has helped by bringing together the affected businesses to make sure they are in the loop on upcoming projects. Los Alamos County has done a great job staying ahead of this curve as well.

Amateur Naturalist: Finding History In A Forest Part 1

on August 17, 2019 - 7:05am

A shepherd, burros and sheep in the Valles Caldera.  Photo by T. Harmon Parkhurst

By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

One way to consider tree species is to place them in ecological habitats. For example, Ponderosa pine can be considered part of a lower elevation habitat at 7,000 feet elevation while alpine meadows can be considered as part of a high elevation habitat at 10,000 feet.  Aspen groves represent an intermediate habitat occurring between 7,500 to 9,000 feet.

Aspen groves alternatively can be considered as a kind of history book.

World Futures Institute: Energy – Part One

on August 17, 2019 - 6:53am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
Many columns ago a list of 18 areas was identified affecting the future of humanity and the earth. Among the sublevels identified were energy storage (especially long term), energy conversion, energy system efficiency and energy distribution. As human beings we use energy.

At the simplest of levels we use the energy contained in food to operate ourselves. The food energy comes from plants and other animals also fueled by plants. And the plant energy is created, for the most part, from solar energy that drives chemical actions.


This Week At The Reel Deal

on August 16, 2019 - 2:10pm

Catch Of The Week: Update Windows 10 Now

on August 16, 2019 - 7:56am
Los Alamos

Running Windows 10 on your home PC? Make sure that you apply this month’s “Patch Tuesday” update release ASAP.

Why are users of Win 10 being urged to upgrade now? The updates include patches for four severe, “wormable” security exploits (CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-122) that can let attackers spread malware with zero user interaction. These flaws are similar to the critical BlueKeep and WannaCry vulnerabilities that forced Microsoft to release rare, out of support patches for older versions of Windows.

These vulnerabilities are

Meow Wolf Taos Vortex Music Festival Aug. 16-18

on August 15, 2019 - 10:33am

Los Alamos

 TAOS ― Meow Wolf is bringing their popular Taos Vortex music festival back to Taos this weekend for the second year. Be warned … the inter-dimensional festival rift will only be open Friday, Aug. 16, and will close Sunday, Aug. 18, so get your passes now. 

Headliners include Lykke Li, Claude VonStroke, George Clinton Parliament-Funkadelic, Flying Lotus 3D, Zhu, Calexico, Iron & Wine, and many other amazing artists.  Music genres include EDM, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, house, electronica, soul, and more.

McQuiston: School Is Back In Session So Drive Safely

on August 14, 2019 - 3:58pm

The Jemez Agency

It’s back to school time and for many children, school is already in session.

This is the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians, and school buses. Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely. Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National Safety Council:

Be extra vigilant in school zones and

Solomon: ‘La Boheme’ Rather Good Despite Flaws

on August 14, 2019 - 12:39pm
Center Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì). From left Mario Chang (Rodolfo), Soloman Howard (Colline), Will Liverman (Schaunard), and Zachary Nelson (Marcello). Photo by  Ken Howard for The Santa Fe Opera
For the Los Alamos Daily Post

This year’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme at the Santa Fe Opera is largely rather good, with two fundamental problems.

Mimi (Vanessa Vasquez) is glorious, delicious to listen to and obviously a rising star in the American lyric soprano constellation.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Day Out

on August 14, 2019 - 8:02am
Executive Director
As we head back to school this week for the kiddos, maybe you have an adult who could use some friends, fun and fellowship, too!
Do you have to come to work on the hill, leaving a spouse or parent at home alone? Have they been surrounded by youth all summer and this week or next and things are about to get lonely? Perhaps they could use some fun, a hot breakfast or lunch prepared by a chef and something to hold their attention.
The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) runs two centers, one in Los Alamos and one in White

Weekly Fishing Report: Aug. 14, 2019

on August 14, 2019 - 7:42am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

Abiquiu Lake has been closed to fishing by the Army Corps of Engineers due to a toxic blue-green algae bloom. The toxin can cause health issues in humans and be fatal to pets.

Thanks to some vigorous stocking by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, there are two areas in Northern New Mexico that look like they’ll be hotspots this week.

The first is the Canjilon Lakes. There are plenty of good-sized trout swimming around here. The Department stocked 1,061 rainbow trout Aug. 7 that averaged 13.4 inches in size.