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Fences And Walls: How About Our Wildlife?

on May 7, 2019 - 6:40am
Former State Representative
Board of Directors, New Mexico Voices for Children
Executive Committee, Rio Grande Chapter, Southern Group, Sierra Club
Recently, while traveling on a rural road in our state, the new wire fences lining both sides peaked my interest.
On one side of the road there was an old wooden post fence alongside the new metal fencing and there were man-made obstacles blocking the underpasses.
As these fences went on for miles, I began to question how wildlife is to travel across our land for survival with these barriers in place.

Local Non-Profit Overcomes Challenges Of Staying Competitive In Los Alamos

on May 6, 2019 - 5:31pm
For non-profits and small businesses, staying competitive and recruiting high-quality employees in a town like Los Alamos can be difficult.
Many people work for Los Alamos National Laboratory where potential employees expect benefits, like health insurance.
Before the Affordable Care Act kicked in, health insurance was a luxury that not every business could offer their employees, making it even harder for them to recruit the best. The good news for small businesses and non-profits is that now they can participate in beWellnm for Small Business.

Snyder: Serendipity Sometimes Takes Us To Places We Never Expected To Go

on May 6, 2019 - 10:05am

Philip Morrison talking with Emilio Segrè at the Nuclear Physics Conference held at Los Alamos in 1946. Courtesy photo

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

In my first years as a young science teacher not long out of college, I showed a film series titled, “Search for Solutions” to my students. The content featured scientists talking about the role that curiosity plays in discovery.

Manhattan Project scientist Philip Morrison appeared in the film, and I admired how easily he could get an abstract idea across to viewers.

In a memorable scene, he stood in a Bedouin’s tent and

Fr. Glenn: Disconnecting From The Data Stream

on May 5, 2019 - 6:59am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

You know … you think I would have learned by now.

When I lived on the east coast, I just knew I’d have plenty of time to visit all the sights—Revolutionary War, Civil War, the Blue Ridge, Cape  Cod, etc., … until I didn’t, and had to leave them all in the rear-view mirror. And then while in Los Alamos, I thought I’d have lots of time to visit all the wonderful panoramic vistas and trails … until called away unexpectedly. Oh, that accursed procrastination gene!

That came to mind this this weekend while driving between Las Vegas (NM) and Tucumcari, and the thought came to

World Futures: Integrity – Part Four

on May 5, 2019 - 6:34am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we examined deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the coding used to support all life on earth as we know it.
It controls the living organism, its functioning in the environment, and contains information about functioning.

Tales Of Our Times: ‘Wright Brothers’ Flight Boosts Smart Tools For Regulatory Tasks

on May 4, 2019 - 1:55pm

Tales of Our Times

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

‘Wright Brothers’ Flight Boosts Smart Tools For Regulatory Tasks

Testing out ideas is the ageless key to progress. For decades, the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University, with support from industry, has pursued ideas with environmental aims, which are tested in a formal contest held each spring in Las Cruces.

This year, the 29th Design Contest attracted 21 teams of contestants with their projects from 11 universities, and 25 judges.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on May 2, 2019 - 11:48am

Catch Of The Week: ‘CEO Fraud’ … Watch Out!

on May 2, 2019 - 11:06am
Indicators of Business Email Compromise. Courtesy image
Los Alamos

Imagine this - it’s a busy day at the office, almost time to go home. Your computer beeps with an email notification.

Jane - do you have a minute? Am tied up in a meeting, need your help. We have a pending invoice from our Vendor. I will highly appreciative if you can handle before close of business. Can’t take calls. Please email.

It’s from your boss, and it’s not like you can ignore him ... you reply and ask for the details so you can make the payment.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Rack Of Lamb

on May 2, 2019 - 8:00am
Rack of Lamb ready to serve. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley
I come from a very long line of shepherds who settled in the northern hills of El Rito and La Madera in the late 1500s. My mother’s generation of the Ortega and Gonzales families, who were in this line of business, was the last to live on that working farm up north.
When I was a kid, she and Grandma both shared lots of memories about those hard working days, their fun times at dances held at the SPMDTU, and the long periods of time (months) when the women were left alone to run the

Wiemann: Pension Buyout Offer – Annuity Or Lump Sum?

on May 1, 2019 - 7:47am
Edward Jones Financial Advisor 
If you participate in a pension plan at work, you might be offered a buyout at some point. This could happen if your employer wants to shrink its future pension obligations or if your company has been bought, and your new employer decides to terminate your existing pension plan.
In either case, you will likely have two main options: You can take your pension as a lump sum of your accrued benefits, or you can convert it to an annuity, which can be structured to provide you with a lifetime income stream. Which choice is best?
There’s no

McQuiston: Things To Consider When Starting A Home-Based Business

on April 29, 2019 - 9:17am

The Jemez Agency

Starting a home based business might sound appealing (working in your PJ’s, setting your own hours, no boss!!). However, you need to make sure that your business is properly insured.

Here are some questions to ask yourself about your endeavor:

  • Will merchandise be stored in your home?
  • Will you have office equipment?
  • Will there be customers on your property? What if a customer slipped on a wet floor or an icy sidewalk?
  • Are you selling a product? What if a customer is injured by your product?
  • Are you providing a service?

Fr. Glenn: Inevitable Change

on April 28, 2019 - 8:02am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Was scrolling through Facebook the other day and came across a post from one of my former parishioners announcing that yet another one of her young ones was learning to drive. Well, that darn ol’ teasing self came out and I couldn’t help but reply: “Okay, I’ll stay off the sidewalk.”

But, regardless of sarcasm, inside there truly WAS a tinge of surprise: “Is she old enough to drive … already?!”… for etched deep in cherished memory are the many times that “little one”—with brothers and sisters—virtually gang-tackled ol’ Fr. Glenn in group hug as they exited IHM on Sundays.

Down Payment Dilemma: How To Know How Much To Put Down On A Home

on April 26, 2019 - 5:48am
Exit Real Estate
For many prospective home buyers, the down payment is the most daunting hurdle in the race to buy a home. Even for people with decent credit and a healthy paycheck, the down payment can be the great homeownership killer.
The big question for all prospective buyers is: how much should my down payment be? Most lenders will tell you that 20 percent is the standard, but is that really necessary?
The short answer is no, but of course there are some caveats.
"It's a myth that all homebuyers must have a 20 percent down payment to buy a home,"

World Futures Institute: Integrity – Part Three

on April 26, 2019 - 5:44am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In Part Two of this series we ended by asking what are our moral and ethical principles that constitute our integrity and where do we get them.

If humanity was constant, the answer might be constant. But we are involved in a world of accelerating evolution. While some of the evolving “things” are easy to comprehend and embrace, others are not. Others are not!

For example, James Watson and Francis Crick first identified the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953, almost 200,000 years after anatomically modern humans.

In 1990, 37

Weekly Fishing Report: April 24

on April 24, 2019 - 1:06pm
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Although the weather was cool and wet Tuesday, most of the preceding week was warm and dry.
The spring runoff has started to pick up and the streamflows throughout Northern New Mexico have significantly increased. Rivers and streams are running high and will continue to rise well into May.
Fishing streams and rivers during this time can be difficult due to the strong flows and murky conditions, but some big trout can be caught at this time.
This is a great time to fish the larger lakes from the bank, as the trout and

Catch Of The Week: Phishing For Donations – How To Avoid The Impersonators

on April 22, 2019 - 11:28am
Los Alamos

If you donate to your church or another institution regularly, you need to use caution due to a new phishing scam making the rounds online- the scammer impersonates your church leader or another leader by email and tries to solicit a “donation.” Many people have given money for apparent good causes that end up going entirely to the impersonator.

Victims of this scam have received emails or text messages claiming to be from their church leader requesting they purchase gift cards for needy parishioners or special projects.

Weekly Fishing Report: April 22

on April 22, 2019 - 8:59am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather last week went from warm to terrible in a hurry. A week ago Tuesday was warm and like spring. The next day, Wednesday, the wind was howling and it was miserable.
Thursday the wind let up just a little, but the cold temperatures that moved in stung your face if you were a spectator at a softball game.
Snow showers moved in and out all day, letting you know winter was not quite ready to let go. Friday was still pretty chilly with lingering rain and snow showers.
Saturday the weather was cool but clearing

Fr. Glenn: Notre Dame

on April 21, 2019 - 7:39am

By Fr. Glenn

A very holy and blessed Easter season to all! May God keep all of you near His heart in this sacred Christian season.

One click to the news last week was one of those “heart sinking into the stomach” moments as we witnessed flames leaping from the Paris cathedral of Notre Dame. As a historic center of Catholic Christian worship for the nation of France, Europe and the world, and as one of the jewels of Christian artistry, it was like watching history itself go up in flames.

But then, as calls resounded for the rebuilding of that great gem of the faith, there were

Robinson: A Glimpse Behind The Fence...

on April 20, 2019 - 9:36am
Los Alamos County Councilor
If Robert Oppenheimer suddenly appeared at your home or college campus and asked you to go work on a project that he could not tell you about in a place that he could not elaborate, would you?
Recently, that question was asked of myself, Councilor Sara Scott, Councilor Randall Ryti and other fellow tourist as we had the wonderful opportunity to peek into some of the wonderful attractions that are part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, or MPNHP for short.
Our tour began at the Bradbury Science Museum.

Andrews: Integrity – Part Two

on April 20, 2019 - 7:53am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Part One of this series, we ended with a question of when life begins. It can be argued that the answer affects moral and ethical principles of not just the individual, but the collective organization called society.

Buried in this perspective is another ill-defined term – a society. Is it private or public, is it a large or small group, or is it some interwoven amalgamation of an integral entity? For this part, let us view it as a governmental entity recognizing that all citizens in the entity are part of the government.

The population

McQuiston: How Does Your Homeowner Policy Respond To Total Losses?

on April 19, 2019 - 11:17am

The Jemez Agency

While homeowner insurance covers individuals and families for many day-to-day claims involving water damage, roof damage, and the like, it is potentially there for you when the unthinkable happens and your house is completely destroyed.

Dozens of questions arise whenever a catastrophic circumstance occurs; however, there is one question you should ask yourself prior to such a situation: how will my homeowner insurance policy respond to the loss of my home?

Traditional homeowner policies have specific limits of insurance for the dwelling, detached

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on April 18, 2019 - 3:47pm

Why Recent Improvements To New Mexico Tax Code Didn’t Change This Year’s Tax Return

on April 16, 2019 - 4:35pm
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
When we think about all the public amenities that our tax payments support – like roads and highways, schools and education, internet access, parks, public safety, health care, and more – it’s a wonder we don’t celebrate Tax Day.
These amenities are, in fact, what make our modern economy and quality of life possible.

Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann Of Edward Jones Receives Certified Financial Planner (TM) Certification

on April 16, 2019 - 11:20am
Shelly Wiemann
Financial Advisor Shelly Wiemann of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Los Alamos has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification mark CFP®.
Wiemann successfully completed the CFP Board's initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination.
Individuals who hold CFP® certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold the CFP Board's Code of Ethics and

Fr. Glenn: Ah, Javert…

on April 14, 2019 - 6:21am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

A favorite movie of the 1990s was that version of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” starring Liam Neeson and Uma Thurman, with Geoffrey Rush as the very severe police inspector Javert.