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Finance New Mexico: Impact Analysis First Step In Business Disaster Planning

on December 26, 2018 - 7:28am
Finance New Mexico
The deadly November wildfires in California, which killed at least 88 people and wiped an entire town from the map, demonstrate how suddenly and shockingly disaster can strike and how long it can take for individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods—including in New Mexico, where wildfire is an ever-present risk.
While individuals often take time to process their loss and rebuild their lives, business owners must react quickly to salvage customers and retain employees.
Rapid recovery is the only way to minimize damage to

Tales Of Our Times: Earthrise - 1968, Looking Back 50 Years

on December 24, 2018 - 9:17am
Courtesy/John Bartlit
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens 
for Clean Air & Water
Earthrise - 1968, Looking Back 50 Years
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit Dec. 24, 1968, Christmas Eve 50 years ago. It was halfway through the Cold War.
That evening, the astronauts—Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders—held a live broadcast from lunar orbit. They showed their pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft.
The photograph above, taken by Anders,

Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘Ws’ – Part 3

on December 24, 2018 - 9:07am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In Part Two we explored the who, what, when, why and where of education and training: the five “Ws.”
Clearly some of the Ws are very much debatable. For example, one can argue when someone graduates from high school at the age of 18, he or she should be fully capable of functioning as a voting citizen. He or she should be able to fully analyze a ballot petition and exercise judgment in casting a vote.

What is really required to do this? And what about those people that failed to graduate from the 12th grade?

How The Hen House Turns: Goodwill Between Animals

on December 24, 2018 - 7:55am
A turkey named Little Bear. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
In this season of good will to all, I remember how the Hen House birds often roamed their half-acre together without argument or bullying. They also had no problem raising each other. Turkeys raised baby chicks. Chickens raised they young turkeys. Ducks also raised chicks without complaining.
This year TV programs have featured animal relationships across species.

Fr. Glenn: Imperfection

on December 23, 2018 - 7:22am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

All of you “trekkies” out there will recall the episode “Changeling” in the original Star Trek series: Nomad, the altered deep space probe would destroy whole planets and civilizations because it would find inevitable “imperfections” in the “biological units”. “Must sterilize!” was its corrupted programming mantra and directive.

So … all of you impeccable people—you perfect biological units—please stand up, for we can see all of you from here. All none of you!

It seems that no one is safe from the slings and arrows

Wiemann: Put This Year's Investment Performance In Perspective

on December 22, 2018 - 7:58am
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
How can you assess your investment portfolio’s performance in 2018? The year was full of wild swings in the financial markets, so your own results may well have bounced around quite a bit, too. But you can still get a clear picture of how you did if you keep your investments’ returns in the proper perspective – by making sure your expectations are relevant, realistic and reviewed.
Let’s look at how these terms can apply to a meaningful evaluation of your investment progress:
Relevant – Many investors compare their portfolio

Weekly Fishing Report Dec. 20

on December 20, 2018 - 3:18pm
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
New Mexico seems to be out of the major storm track for now and temperatures are hovering to near or a little above normal. It would be great if we could get some more snow to help build the snowpack.
Although several lakes are now ice-covered, none are reporting ice that is thick enough to allow for safe conditions for ice fishing.
This is the time of the winter to build a good base for the snowpack.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on December 20, 2018 - 3:05pm

McQuiston: Keep Gifts Under Wraps And Away From Holiday Thieves

on December 20, 2018 - 11:11am

The Jemez Agency

With Christmas just around the corner, many have already started shopping a lot, which also means spending a lot.

The malls are more crowded with folks buying last minute gifts for family and friends. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but unfortunately, it’s also the season when thieves are on the lookout for cars full of Christmas gifts.

It’s not a surprise that the season brings an increase in the number of thefts from vehicles. Most shoppers don’t stop after one store, (although some of us wish that were the case) and thieves are certainly aware of this.


Head2Head: Limousine Liberals, Political Dynasties And Revenge Of The Wonks

on December 20, 2018 - 10:41am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Bill Clinton’s legacy has been tarnished by scandal, but low deficits and a good economy cause some to remember him fondly.

A Southern governor with a working class background, who also was a Rhodes Scholar, seemed like a perfect bet for the Democrats in 1992. Clinton was genuinely concerned with improving the lot of working-class Americans but he was in no way a populist.

His policies reflect a neoliberal framework that had been embraced by both sides.

The Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), of which Clinton was a charter

Fr. Glenn: Teaching To Fish

on December 16, 2018 - 7:20am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Adulting” classes. I heard about these on the internet the other day and that they are becoming increasingly popular for the younger generation—classes on how to cook, budgeting, balancing a checkbook, and the simple daily tasks that most of us old, ummm … “folks”… take for granted. What are these things but taking responsibility for oneself? Self-reliance.

Those of us raised in a farm/ranch setting learn “adulting” skills pretty early, being even as children responsible for the welfare of animals (and thus

Smart Design With Suzette: 7 Tips For A Stress Free Holiday Season

on December 14, 2018 - 8:50am

Don’t stress! Ask for help this holiday season. Courtesy image

Learn how to feel balanced, happy and stress-free this holiday season. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

It’s the holiday season and with the holidays comes to stress. Each year we feel a mix of joy and anxiety. It’s no secret that things can get overwhelming. According to a survey by Healthline, 62 percent of people said their stress level increases during the holiday season.

We experience a combination of stressors related to financial costs of the holidays, family coming to stay and the conflicts it may bring, and the

Schweitzer: 10 Rules Of Holiday Gifting Etiquette

on December 14, 2018 - 7:50am
Access To Culture
Buying all those gifts for everyone on your list can get expensive and overwhelming. How much do you spend? Do you have to buy for absolutely everyone? Is it alright to re-gift? What if you don’t know what to get them?
Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author and founder of Access to Culture, offers these 10 rules of holiday gift giving etiquette:
1. Avoid Asking “What do you want?”
If you don’t know what to get, try and figure it out. Consider their hobbies or what’s important in their lives.

Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘W’s’ Part 2

on December 14, 2018 - 7:18am
World Futures Institute
In the previous column, we looked at the rapid growth of knowledge and the growing challenge of staying current in a knowledge hyper-expansion. The five “Ws,” or who, what when, why and where were not even mentioned, except collectively in the title. I believe exploring these areas is essential to the continued existence of humanity, individually, collectively and societally. So let’s get started.
WHO needs education and training considering the individual, or is it whom should we educate or train? The simple answer is everyone.

Head2Head: The Reagan-Bush Years

on December 13, 2018 - 8:31am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Okay, I fibbed about finishing up with history this time. I’m writing extra columns this month to get past that log-jam. A lot happened in the 1980s, once I started thinking about it.

The Nixon’s fall in the wake of Watergate led to disillusionment with politics and Washington on all sides.

A mild-mannered former Democratic governor of Georgia seemed like the antidote.

McQuiston: Not Texting Is A Start But There’s More To Safe Driving

on December 12, 2018 - 4:35pm

The Jemez Agency

Many people have a limited definition of “distracted driving”: They think it only means texting behind the wheel.

There’s good reason for that, because texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention - the same attention required for safe driving.

But although texting is perhaps the most dangerous distraction, there are many others that can impact how you drive, whether you realize it or not. And they can be just as deadly.

How deadly? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S.

Who Will Lead New Mexico’s Public Education Dept.?

on December 12, 2018 - 8:34am
Possible choices to head the New Mexico Publication Department under governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, clockwise from top left, Cynthia Nava, Gabriella Blakey, Veronica Garcia, Stan Rounds and Ellen Bernstein. Courtesy/SNM
Searchlight New Mexico
In the coming days, governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the first major step to fulfill her sweeping campaign promises on education – appointing a secretary to lead New Mexico’s troubled Public Education Department.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 12

on December 12, 2018 - 8:05am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
The cold temperatures have kept anglers indoors and fishing pressure is very light in most areas of Northern New Mexico.
Many lakes are now covered with a thin layer of ice that is unsafe for ice fishing and are closed. Streamflows are low this time of year.
The current weather forecasts indicate that New Mexico is out of the major storm track for the coming week. Expect cold nighttime and morning temperatures with some warming by the afternoon.

Home Country: Christmas Treasures

on December 11, 2018 - 5:18am
Home Country
Mabel Adams was sitting in the day room at the Rest of Your Life retirement home when the children came in. She smiled and so did all the others in the room except for two who didn’t know what was going on.
The old-timers in the home knew the kids were coming and had put up Christmas decorations around in the day room and on the doors of their own small apartments and on themselves.
Mabel had been reminded several times by the staff that morning that the kids were coming over, this being necessary as Mabel’s memory isn’t what it used to be.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds Of Los Alamos?

on December 10, 2018 - 12:09pm

House finches are among the most commonly seen birds in Los Alamos. But will they continue to be abundant? Will another species become more common, or will all species decrease or increase in numbers? Photo by Robert Dryja
By Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

Bird populations in Los Alamos have been studied in different ways. One way has involved monitoring birds in a piñon/juniper habitat over a 10-year time period from 2003 to 2013. The goal has been to evaluate what has happened to the total number of birds and the number of species.

Fr. Glenn: ‘Tis the Season

on December 9, 2018 - 8:34am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Many thanks for all those in the community who helped us at IHM with our Angel Tree drive this year—that annual drive for gifts for underprivileged children. We had a LOT of requests, but each year the parish and the community demonstrate their generosity of heart. My worry is always that, on Christmas morning, a glistened-eyed mother might have to report: “Johnny, here’s your present. But, I’m sorry, Mary, Santa ran out of toys.” And hearts break and tears flow.

Andrews: Education, Training & The Five ‘Ws’ – Part 1

on December 6, 2018 - 9:30am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In 1956, I started high school and among the first courses I took was world history. Being more interested in math and science, it did not receive my devoted attention and, besides, my half-brother was dating my history teacher. Then, one day, my father asked me a question about Socrates and Greek history. Much to my embarrassment, I could not answer the question. I did not even know who Socrates was. My dad answered with a questioning complaint about the history curriculum and the lack of attention to Greek history. I had to respond quickly.

Head To Head: A Brief Look At 1950-1979

on December 6, 2018 - 9:14am

Los Alamos Daily Post

As promised, we’re going to take a fairly shallow dive into the history of the current “tribal” politics that seems to have taken over the stage recently.

Of course political divisions are not new. We did fight a civil war after all, but many of the roots of the current conflict between the two major political parties have their roots in the period beginning post World War II.

This period was followed by the 1950s and the McCarthy Era.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Bizcochitos

on December 6, 2018 - 7:35am

A plate of bizcochitos. Photo by Liddie Martinez

Espanola Valley

I remember the last time I baked bizcochitos with my Grandmother: I was a young bride in college and stopped in to check on her after class.  

She was in the kitchen she sometimes shared with my mother; it was my mother’s house, but it was Grandma’s kitchen. She was at the kitchen table in front of a large ceramic bowl that was wide and deep and allowed her the movement and leverage she needed to whip the lard, sugar and eggs into a cloudy puff.  

The memory of the perfect consistency she obtained in that

McQuiston: Identity Theft This Holiday Season

on December 5, 2018 - 3:25pm

The Jemez Agency

The holidays are about so much more than exchanging presents. Family and friends gather around tables or in front of the fireplace laughing, remembering, and cherishing time together.

This holiday season, while you eat, drink, and be merry, make sure you protect what matters most:

  • Your identity—you’ve spent a lifetime building your financial credit and professional reputation, but identity thieves can take that away in an instant.
  • Elderly relatives—Scammers often target the elderly–especially around the holidays.