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Home Country: Dining Room Fashions

on February 9, 2019 - 6:47am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“Well,” said Steve, polishing off the last of his coffee, “what should we discuss this fine morning?”
 
“I’m awful glad you asked, ol’ pard,” came the cheerful voice of Windy Wilson, emerging through the swinging doors that came from the kitchen of the Mule Barn truck stop. “Yessir. Awful glad.”
 
Steve and the other members of the world dilemma think tank looked in amazement as this old camp cook and cowboy came over with the coffee pot and topped off their coffee mugs. Windy had found a dish towel and wrapped it around his waist, too.
 
“Windy?” said

Ringside Seat: A Rags Or Riches Debate Wages On

on February 8, 2019 - 8:05am
By MILAN SIMONICH
 
Except for the numbers, nothing changes in the angry debates about raising the minimum wage.
 
Santa Fe was the nation's most ferocious battleground on this issue 16 years ago. What happened then should provide some perspective on today's furor across New Mexico.
 
Most city councilors believed Santa Fe's lowest-paid workers needed a raise. Hometown business owners, most notably restaurateurs, warned the councilors that government dictates on wages would endanger companies and their employees.
 
The councilors forged ahead.

World Futures: The Distribution Of Stuff – Part One

on February 8, 2019 - 7:07am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
People in the world today are dependent on stuff. If one looks at the evolution of humankind, one sees the creation of communities or societies for mutual support in continued existence.
 
Then one sees societies interacting to trade for needed and desired stuff. Today we have a human society of 7,680,256,619 people, almost 8 billion, organized in various nation-states, needing as well as producing stuff. It is stuff we really need as well as stuff we think we need, absolutely essential through frivolous. And if you go to

McQuiston: Buyer Beware Of Online Insurance Shopping

on February 7, 2019 - 1:33pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

 
There is no disputing that the internet has changed our lives in the past 15-20 years. It has altered how we live, shop, and interact with each other. Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple have become household names.

But technology has also brought the expectation that everything should be quick and easy.

To meet this demand, some technology companies have tried their hand in the insurance space which can be problematic for the consumer.

While being able to access a quote online is a convenient and viable option for the consumer, there is

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on February 7, 2019 - 12:02pm

Paulette Atencio Presents Cuentos In Chautauqua Performance At Fuller Lodge Feb. 12

on February 7, 2019 - 9:02am

Bilingual storyteller Paulette Atencio

By SHARON SNYDER
Los Alamos Historical Society

Cuentos, traditional stories of northern New Mexico, will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in Fuller Lodge by Paulette Atencio, a professional bilingual storyteller who has traveled internationally to share her cultural traditions.

Her stories will focus on traditions, what it means to be of Hispanic descent, and universal humor and lessons.

This Chautaqua presentation is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Historical Society and the New Mexico Humanities Council as part of the 2018-2019 Anniversary Lecture

Dr. Cook: It’s Heart Month! Give Your Heart The Attention It Deserves To Stay Healthy All Year Long

on February 7, 2019 - 8:57am

By Glendon Cook, MD
Los Alamos Medical Center

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, hearts seem to be everywhere you look this time of year.

That’s why it is especially fitting that February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of heart disease and how we can help prevent it.

 It’s also the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves to take good care of our hearts year-round.

There are a number of things you can do to show your heart how much you care, including eating a healthy diet, taking part in regular physical activity and working to reduce the amount of stress in

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexico Dishes: Chocolate Chimayo Red Soufflé

on February 7, 2019 - 8:25am
Chocolate Chimayo Red Soufflé. Photo by Liddie Martinez
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley
 
A few years ago my husband was invited to participate in a dune buggy adventure in Mexico.
 
Had the invitation had been extended to me, which it was not; a long weekend covered in sand would not have been my idea of an awesome vacation.
 
Luckily, I was able to tag along with him to San Diego to meet up with his buddies and arranged my own private weekend to take in uninterrupted jaunts in Balboa Park museums, strolls along manicured gardens, lengthy coastal drives to old Spanish

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof – Last Part

on February 6, 2019 - 7:56am
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the previous column we asked how do we pay for capitalism and socialism. To delve into this question it is good to start, again, with what is the difference between them. Is it about the individual and his or her existence or is it about a collective body of people, a community, a business, a government entity or the entire world?

 Is it about equality of opportunity and freedom of the individual or is it about equality of existence among people? Note that equality of existence may or may not include freedom.
According to Merriam

Smart Design With Suzette: 2019 Color Of The Year

on February 6, 2019 - 7:52am

A door painted in Pantone's color of the year, Living Coral. Courtesy image

This is an example of how to incorporate Sherwin William's color of the year, Cavern Clay, into your home. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

It’s always exciting when a brand announces its Color of The Year, but let’s be honest, sometimes, we’re unsure of the best way to incorporate it into our own design scheme.  After reading this article, you will begin to recognize these colors everywhere you go in clothing, makeup and home décor.

Why would you care about any Colors of the Year?

Wiemann: Insurance Can Protect Your Aspirations

on February 6, 2019 - 7:51am
Shelly A. Wiemann
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
 
You probably already know that life insurance can protect your family if something were to happen to you. But you might not realize the many ways in which insurance can help you preserve your plans for the future – whether for yourself, the next generation, or those charitable groups you support.
 
Specifically, life insurance can potentially help you address several areas, including the following:
Help in covering final expenses – The proceeds of a life insurance policy can provide immediate funds at the time of your death to pay for your

Home Country: Winter Boredom

on February 4, 2019 - 3:43pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“I can’t stand winter,” Herb Collins said, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.”
 
“Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
 
“I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
 
We all looked at Dud.
 
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
 
We looked at him some

Fr. Glenn: ‘MY Kingdom Come’

on February 3, 2019 - 7:17am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Anyone who has ever worked in just about any organization has encountered those persons for whom cooperation for the betterment of that organization takes rather a back seat to the protection of their own “territory”—their “kingdoms”. Some of those tendencies seem to be protection/accumulation of authority, and not having to be subject to wishes or desires of others—even when beneficial to the whole … or possibly insecurity about perceived encroachments against their authority—whether those “encroachments” are legitimate or not. 

But, on the (sort of) flip side, there are

Perfect Pi Day Celebration In Los Alamos March 14

on February 1, 2019 - 8:23am

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Youth Activity Centers, a program of Los Alamos Family Council, will host the first ever communitywide Perfect Pi Day Celebration.

The March 14 event is 5-6 p.m. at the Ashley Pond Park Pavilion in Los Alamos.

The Pi and Pie event includes a silent auction to bid on pies from local restaurants and bakeries, and the sale of raffle tickets for the chance to pie local celebrities.

Youth Activity Center members will host free pi friendly activities throughout the afternoon and receive one free raffle ticket for the celebrity pie activity.

To volunteer your face

McQuiston: Tips To Stop A Stovetop Fire

on January 31, 2019 - 9:36am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 

Fires of any severity can be destructive and devastating. Within seconds, all possessions could be damaged or destroyed – but in an apartment fire, the effects can go beyond a single family. Apartment complexes house many families, provide income for the landlord, and have a widespread effect if the fire is not controlled quickly.

If you have ever lived in an apartment, you may have noticed that almost all apartments’ stoves come equipped with a stove top fire extinguisher.

Weekly Fishing Report: Jan. 29

on January 29, 2019 - 12:19pm

By GEORGE MORSE
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The New Mexico Big Game Hunting Rules and Information for the 2019-2020 season is now available online. In it are instructions for how to apply for a big-game license in the annual drawing.

Big-game licenses in New Mexico are distributed through an annual drawing. New Mexico has some of the best big-game hunting in the United States with numerous trophy-class animals taken annually by hunters. Visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website: www.wildlife.state.nm.us

The deadline to send in your application for the

‘Tesla Bill’ Offers NM Motorists New Choice

on January 27, 2019 - 12:40pm
Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino
 
By Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino
Sponsor of Senate Bill 243
 
The sale and service of vehicles is not a very exciting topic but it is an important one.
 
Many motorists have bought a car from a dealership. There are more than 110 new-car dealerships in New Mexico that employ some 7,000 people. Some dealerships have occupied the corners of your towns for decades, and while there has been a consolidation in car dealerships resulting in out-of-state ownerships, many will continue to thrive for decades to come.
 
I have introduced Senate Bill 243, Motor Vehicle

Finance New Mexico: WESST Helps Businesses Find Online Marketing Success

on January 27, 2019 - 9:38am
By NIKOLE STANFIELD
Finance New Mexico
 
The social media community is a lot like a real-world neighborhood where people ask their friends for referrals to a hair stylist or mechanic or roofer. But businesses can use social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram proactively to market products and services in dynamic, interactive ways to the people who want them.
 
In that sense, social media is more potent than a website where people can learn about a business but can’t interact with the owners or other customers. Websites are a lot like online brochures, and they’re just as static.

Adult Mentors Sought For Y Reach & Rise Program

on January 27, 2019 - 9:08am
The Family YMCA is looking for mentors for its Reach and Rise® program. Courtesy photo
 
By DIANNA REICHELT
Reach and Rise® Director
The Family YMCA

According to the website, www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acsbr10-05, nationally, approximately one in five youth live in poverty and are at-risk of being negatively impacted by crime, drugs and violence that keep them from reaching a productive adulthood. Los Alamos is not immune to these problems, and many youth in our community also fall into these risk categories. 

Poverty is not the only risk factor for youth achieving their potential.

Fr. Glenn: Growing Pains

on January 27, 2019 - 8:51am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Writing this column this evening, I couldn’t help but recall recordings of old radio shows:  “Ladies and gentlemen … your intrepid reporter here, coming to you from the wilds of (wherever).” Looking out over nighttime Albuquerque with its city lights … well, we’re not in Los Alamos anymore, Toto. 

Rather than the slow gentle traffic of Central Avenue, now is the Indianapolis I-40. People here, too, honk and wave, but the honking a bit more urgent … (“Well, pass me then, you young whippersnapper!”). 

Alas … gone is the basking in the love and joy of beloved parishioners,

Home Security Technology: Keep Ahead Of Burglars

on January 26, 2019 - 12:54pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 

Back in the early days of home security “systems,” around the end of World War I, it was common for homeowners to hire “door shakers”—night watchmen who would literally walk around and check doors to make sure they were locked.

The most advanced product at the time, according to the Electronic Security Association, was an alarm system that used electromagnetic contacts on doors and windows and rang a bell if disturbed.

Things are just a little bit different now, thanks to expanding technology and decreasing costs.

World Futures: Some Definitions Or Lack Thereof Part 4

on January 26, 2019 - 12:14pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
In the last column we finished with the question “Are we capitalists or socialists?” This question was posed after we (at least I) concluded we are all liberals and we all want progress. We use the words capital, social, liberal, conservative, progressive and others with the “ism” attached.

Rewriting the words gives us capitalism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, progressivism, and, if we want, communism.
The first recorded use of the suffix was in 1680. By the mid-1800s in the United States, “isms” had become derogatory terms, at

EMS Division Chief Ben Stone: Dangers Of Opioids

on January 25, 2019 - 1:31pm
By BEN STONE
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Fire Department

The rate at which Americans are dying from overdoses involving opioids is staggering. The U.S. Center for Disease Control has deemed the opioid crisis as a national epidemic.

Decades of over-prescription, along with wide-spread misconceptions about drug addiction, have led to an astounding rise in overdose deaths. The devastation is pervasive, leaving families of every type and communities of every size grieving and searching for answers in the wake.

  • From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on January 25, 2019 - 8:54am

Tales Of Our Times: Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial

on January 25, 2019 - 8:15am

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


Look Beyond Politics Into Climate, Science, Inquiry By Trial


Climate change has been a powerful issue in our country for decades. The 116th Congress now proposes to expand the struggle. Over the decades, the issue has been muddled in the public arena, which talks less about the science than about kinds of people who pervert the science. This new normal for public discourse has clouded the “climate of science” in our democracy.
 
More broadly, our nation’s continued success depends on a renewed public awareness of methods

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