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Liddie's Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Mincemeat Empanaditas

on January 3, 2019 - 9:17am
Mincemeat Empanaditas. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley
Holidays for my family were more about looking back and embracing tradition; a time to bring the family together.
Since my Grandmother was the matriarch and lived with us when I was a kid, generations of relatives started arriving the week of Thanksgiving and came and left with such irregularity, you never knew who might come to dinner.

Smart Design With Suzette: Year In Review – Designing Your Life

on January 3, 2019 - 9:02am

Take stock of 2018 and prepare for the new year. Courtesy image

Don’t underestimate the inviting power of great curb appeal. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Happy New Year! No doubt, some wonderful things have happened in your life in the past year. And, you’ve likely had your fair share of struggles and setbacks too. The idea is to design your life — an overall outline of what matters and what you hope to achieve – professionally and personally. The process set forth below has helped me make 2018 a truly transformative year. Start with:

What Worked
This question is a keeper from

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on January 3, 2019 - 9:01am
An American robin prepares to drink some water. Photo by Bob Walker
A Broad tailed hummingbird shows why it received its name. Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
There are three sources of information about the bird populations of Los Alamos county.
Each has its own approach to gathering data. One approach considers where and what kinds of birds were breeding throughout the county. This involves dividing the county in to 60 blocks and visiting the blocks over four years.
A second approach involves people reporting the numbers and kinds of birds that come to

Head2Head: Trumped!

on January 3, 2019 - 8:42am

Los Alamos Daily Post

Hopefully, those who’ve been on this trip from 1950 to 2016 with me will have seen that we didn’t just wake up post-election day 2016 and find ourselves polarized.

We’ve been going there for more than 60 years. While Republican Donald Trump pulled off a surprising (for most) upset in beating Democrat Hillary Clinton, he failed to win the majority of the popular vote. We’re clearly a divided country.

There has been endless speculation about how and why Trump won.

Home Country: Still Here In The Spring

on January 2, 2019 - 7:26am
Home Country
The last of the geese went by the other day. The late ones. The big dark geese. Headed south noisily.
I used to envy them, somehow. They go down there to the warm coastal areas where the jacks swim and the nights are chilly but livable this time of year. If they’re especially sensitive geese, they’ll keep going until there are mangoes and palm trees and the language of the people is Spanish.
But they cross over here in their long, languorous vees, and all we can do is look up and wonder what our lives would be like if we could go along.

County Requests Patience, Help With Snow Clearing Activities; Bike Lanes Now Closed To Aid Snow Removal

on December 31, 2018 - 3:41pm


With the frequency of snow storms and amount of snow anticipated to exceed over at least 12 inches heading into New Years’ Eve and New Year’s Day, officials with the Public Works department cautioned residents today to manage expectations for snow removal for the next few days.

Beginning this afternoon and in anticipation of tonight’s approaching storm, crews will not be able to remove snow from the bike lanes on Diamond and Canyon.

“We need to wait until the snow can be hauled away from the lanes in order to open up the streets and sidewalks,” Public Works Director Philo

Fr. Glenn: Wholly Family

on December 30, 2018 - 6:36am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

As we begin coming off of the holidays, many/most of us have had the comfort of the presence of family—either they coming here, or we going there. But, once together, where “here” or “there” may be becomes secondary to the joys, thrills, and even at times aggravations, of their presence itself. This is family.

The weekend after Christmas we Catholics celebrate as the feast of the Holy Family, the “wholiest” family of all—that of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

IFPTE: Government Shutdown Places Unnecessary Burden On Highly-Skilled Professionals

on December 28, 2018 - 9:15am
IFPTE President
Our union, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) represents thousands of highly-skilled professionals employed by the federal government who work in a wide range of occupations including Immigration Judges at the Department of Justice and rocket scientists at NASA.
The professionals just mentioned are among the 800,000 federal employees whose lives have been placed on hold by the shutdown of the government.
Ninety-five percent of the workers at NASA, for example, are locked out of their offices and

McQuiston: Steps To Prevent/Unfreeze Frozen Pipes

on December 27, 2018 - 3:48pm

The Jemez Agency

You wake up on a cold winter morning, head into the bathroom or kitchen, turn the faucet and … a trickle. Or, nothing at all.

You have a frozen pipe. What do you do now? Better yet, how do you avoid this messy, potentially expensive situation in the first place?

Here are some ideas to help keep the water flowing inside, even as the freeze sets in outside:
Before It Gets Cold
  • Drain water supply lines to your sprinkler. Don’t put antifreeze in the lines, as spills or leaks can threaten pets, wildlife and landscaping.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses before

World Futures: Education, Training And The Five ‘Ws’ – Part Four

on December 27, 2018 - 3:31pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the first three articles of this series, we explored education and training and what people need to know or master when they emerge into society. We also examined the five “Ws” of education and training to include the accelerating expansion of knowledge and even increasing demand for mental facility and skills needed to successfully assimilate into society. And then we considered the cost to become “qualified” for something that allows the individual to lead a satisfying, controlled and rewarding life.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on December 27, 2018 - 3:29pm

Head To Head: Got Hope?

on December 27, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Nov. 4, 2008, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Obama was the first African American to be elected president. He was born to an American mother and a Kenyan father in Hawaii.

Although he would graduate from Harvard Law School, Obama had a background in community organizing in Chicago. He became a state senator in 1996 and earned a reputation for working well with Republicans as well as his own party. In 2004, he moved on to the U.S. Senate.

Weekly Fishing Report: Dec. 26

on December 26, 2018 - 8:44pm
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors

The weather forecast was for snow and very cold temperatures to move into New Mexico this week and it looks like they were right on the money. We had about three inches of snow here in Espanola and the drive to Santa Fe was an adventure with traffic backups. Very cold temperatures are forecast for at least the next four days and lows in some of the mountain valleys will likely fall below zero.

Very cold temperatures are not unexpected for this time of year.

Home Country: New Years Resolutions

on December 26, 2018 - 7:46am
Home Country
It was Herb who kicked things off at the world dilemma think tank at the philosophy counter in the Mule Barn truck stop. Herb is like Nature itself. He abhors a vacuum, too.
“Well,” Herb said, “it’s about that time again.”
Three heads swiveled to look at him.
“New Year’s resolutions … you know.”
Three nods.
“So Herb, what are your new resolves for the next year?”
“Glad you asked, Dud. I thought I might lose 15 pounds, take sailing lessons and come up with a good recipe for beef kidneys. How about you, Dud?”
Dud took a sip of coffee.

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