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How The Hen House Turns: The Love Of Pigs

on November 16, 2018 - 7:23am
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
There seems to be an outbeak of pig stories lately at least on my reading list. Sy Montgomery’s story of her “Good Good Pig” (New York, Balantine Books, 2006) is a very fun read, while providing wonderfilled evidence that convinces us that pigs are real people.
And here in our small California town “pickles the Pig” has gone viral on Instagram and Facebook and now has 65,000 worldwide fame.
Both pigs were treated with respect as the aware beings they were, and the authors let them be themselves, while teaching them

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 15, 2018 - 3:30pm

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Preventing A Silent Killer

on November 15, 2018 - 8:55am

The Jemez Agency

According to the National Safety Council, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year.

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because it’s odorless, colorless, tasteless, and can easily go undetected. When the cold temperatures start to hit, what’s the first thing we do? We turn on our furnaces to heat our home and tightly seal our windows. If your furnace is emitting poisonous gases, you are trapping them in your house.

Here are a few things you do to help prevent this silent and deadly killer.

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2018 - 8:30am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather turned sharply colder last week and heavy snows in the mountains have probably shut down the fishing in the high country for the rest of the fall and winter. It looks like we will have a winter this year.
The moisture we are receiving now will help the plants, trees and grasses go into the winter in good shape and be able to grow well in the early spring. It will help ease the wildfire danger as well.

Smart Design With Suzette: Eight Ideas To Brighten A Home In Winter

on November 15, 2018 - 7:05am

Install glass doors to let natural light into the house. Courtesy image

Add twinkle lights inside your home. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Fall and winter start cozy — who hasn’t used the colder temperatures as an excuse to binge-watch Netflix while sipping on hot chocolate (or a glass of wine) under a throw blanket? But come January, staying indoors can feel less like a treat and more like you’re living in a cave.

Here’s how to make your house lighter, brighter, and cheerier with more natural light indoors.

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Home Country: Isn't That Pretty?

on November 13, 2018 - 12:35pm
Home Country
I think there must be autumnal reasons for Halloween being hued in orange and black. It’s a fun time, a magic evening if you’re a kid, and if you’re a grandpa-type guy, like me, who gets to hand out the goodies.
But the colors of this sweet evening celebration are orange and black, and so is October. In another week or so, our deciduous trees will stand like skeletons against the gray skies of winter, but now we have the orange and black of fall.
It happens right about sunset each day.

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part Two

on November 13, 2018 - 5:14am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the last column we looked at the “human” machine in exploring intelligence and established that it takes roughly 18 years to program the machine to function in humanity and that learning by the complex computer called the brain never ceases until the machine fails completely.
It is worthwhile to note that the earliest members of the genus homo, of which we are a part, dates back over two million years and fossils of anatomically modern humans are about 200,000 years old. It took us a long, long time to get to where we are today.

Fr. Glenn: To Serve…

on November 11, 2018 - 7:34am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

We wish this week a blessed Veterans Day to all who have served our nation in its Armed Forces. It’s been a hundred years since the end of the “War to End All Wars” … on that 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918; too bad that title did not prove true.

So many things for which to give thanks—the service of others, peaceful elections, and so much more.

Are You Covered? Health Insurance Marketplace Now Open Through Dec. 15

on November 9, 2018 - 9:55am

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Since debuting in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace has provided access to low-cost healthcare coverage for millions who would otherwise be without health insurance or who are interested in taking advantage of more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage.

“Having health insurance is an important step to achieving and maintaining good health, and the Health Insurance Marketplace has made access to comprehensive coverage a

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 9

on November 9, 2018 - 7:59am
Los Alamos Daily Post
Sports and Outdoors
Judging by the number of fishing areas that have not been reported on, fishing pressure has dropped off noticeably recently. That’s pretty normal for this time of year. A lot of anglers turn their attention to hunting and the colder weather keeps a lot of fair-weather anglers indoors watching football on the weekends.
The emphasis on stocking shifts to Southern New Mexico this time of year and will continue through the winter.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 8, 2018 - 5:09pm

Pssst … ‘Rumors’ Is In Town

on November 8, 2018 - 5:01pm
From left, Paul Lewis, Thomas Graves, Holly Robinson and Trisha Werner in 'Rumors'.
Los Alamos Daily Post

‘Rumors’ is the great Neil Simon’s only farce. This play is just for laughs, having no other message, as you should be able to ascertain from the plot, which goes like this.

Four couples are attending an anniversary party for their unseen host, a New York deputy mayor and his wife.

The first couple arrives to discover that the host has shot himself in the ear and his wife has disappeared.

World Futures: Artificial Intelligence – Part One

on November 8, 2018 - 10:56am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

At the end of the last column I stated that this week we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential for science fiction such as RUR – Russumovi Univerzaini Roboti or “Rossum’s Universal Robots.” But what is AI in reality? Let’s start with artificial.

Going to the cell phone that tries to control me, I looked up “artificial.” From Google,

Thank You Los Alamos! Thank You District 43!

on November 8, 2018 - 9:50am
By Rep.-Elect Christine Chandler
House Dist. 43
In the 11 months since I announced my candidacy for the New Mexico House of Representatives, I have been privileged to meet many extraordinary people from across the district: people with busy lives raising and educating children, caring for parents and working hard to make a living.

Meet & Greets, rodeo parades, fiestas, community clean-up days and breakfasts gave me a window into the lives of people who will soon be my constituents.

I also learned through thousands of phone calls and door knocks that many of us care about the same

Sheehey: In Support Of NM Health Security Act

on November 7, 2018 - 2:56pm

Los Alamos County Councilor

The Health Security Act (“HSA”, is a legislative proposal that has been developed over many years to ensure that all New Mexicans will have comprehensive, affordable and quality health coverage. LANL employees and retirees enjoy good health care insurance, but many in Los Alamos still struggle with the cost of health care.

Continually increasing costs are a serious problem that impacts our state and local government budgets as well as family finances.

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Final Part

on November 5, 2018 - 7:53am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the late 1980s, my group at LANL held a distance learning conference and engaged some of the distinguished attendees in a discussion of “distance medicine.”
While it was totally imaginary, at least at that time, the response was very, very clear. In a remote community, an individual was studying medicine in pursuit of becoming a fully licensed medical doctor.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The birds?

on November 4, 2018 - 4:48am

Redwing blackbirds gather at the top of tree in the autumn. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos

The transition for fall to winter is a good time to consider what is happening to birds from a variety of viewpoints. The seasonal movement of various bird species is closing. Redwing blackbirds have been appearing in groups of 20 to 50 in trees. They suddenly fly as a group from one tree to another, making a constant raucous. White-winged have been in small groups of about five to eight birds that walk quietly about on the ground.

Fr. Glenn: Good Examples

on November 4, 2018 - 4:47am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Well, y’all … midterms this week. Batten down the hatches; it may be a rough ride.

Now you may have seen on the signboard in front of the Catholic church last week a notice about the celebration of All Saints Day, and perchance mused, “Now what are those crazy Catholics up to now?” The misinformed may have thought (with an eye-roll): “There they go … worshipping saints again.”

Au contraire, my good reader!

Smart Design With Suzette: Simple Steps To Prep For Holiday Guests

on November 3, 2018 - 5:27pm

Pamper guests with special touches such as fresh flowers, bottled water and chapstick. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Now that it’s November the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests. Hosting has its shares of anxieties, especially if you’re striving to make your home welcoming.

I’ve read that 40 percent of Americans—including millennials, people with kids, Gen X-ers, and a quarter of Baby Boomers have avoided hosting the holiday because of their clutter.

Taylor MD: NM's Better Approach To Medical Costs

on November 3, 2018 - 4:56pm
Los Alamos
U.S. healthcare costs have been rising faster than consumer inflation for decades.
Cost slow-downs, like after the 2008 financial meltdown, or when HMOs rationed care in the ‘90s, have been brief. Mainstream “fixes” keep failing. Today, in spite of the vast amount we spend, America's health system still doesn't cover one out of 10 citizens.
Frustrated with Federal inaction, several states, including Maryland and California, have been trying to find an affordable way forward, while also assuring that all their residents have good medical coverage.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on November 2, 2018 - 8:06am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

on November 1, 2018 - 12:19pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
At the end of the last column I stated that this week we would begin looking at artificial intelligence or AI. It was my belief that writing a bit (or byte) about AI would be easy, after all the term is used everywhere in advertising, it tells me what I like to watch on Netflix, and it is essential for science fiction such as RUR – Russumovi Univerzaini Roboti or “Rossum’s Universal Robots.” But what is AI in reality? Let’s start with artificial.
Going to the cell phone that tries to control me, I looked up “artificial.” From Google,

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Garbanzo Soup

on November 1, 2018 - 12:18pm
Garbanzo soup. Courtesy photo
Espanola Valley
When the crisp fall air sets in and work in the garden has slowed to a snail’s pace, I turn my full attention to my kitchen and the comforting aromas rising from my stove top hearkening voices of old.
My grandma loved garbanzos (chick peas) and made a wonderful stew that combined the richness of roast beef and the acidity of freshly crushed tomatoes to bring out the creamy texture of the legume.

Head To Head: Hateful Words And Violent Acts

on November 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

In light of the tragic murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the bombs mailed to 14 people and a media outlet (CNN) who President Trump has called out as his enemies, I’m going to postpone the discussion of tribal politics and talk about the capacity of speech to inspire violence.

Hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities increased by 12 percent last year, reaching the highest level in more than a decade, according to a report in May by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism

Chandler: Let’s Work Together

on November 1, 2018 - 9:19am
Democratic Candidate
House Dist. 43

It’s amazing what you learn about your neighbors after knocking on thousands of doors throughout Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Rio Arriba. You find that most families are more affected by local leaders’ decisions than what is happening nationally and are looking for solutions right here in New Mexico to end the vicious cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.  

Our state has continued to have among the highest unemployment rates and has participated little in the national recovery from the 2008 recession.