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How The Hen House Turns: Dog Psychology

on April 13, 2019 - 8:31pm
DeeDee and Scooter. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
All the doges we adopted were more or less normal. They liked people--made eye-contact from their shelter domain and got along reasonably well with other dogs in our various neighborhoods.
Here in California we’ve been dog-sitting for our neighbor down the hall, while they attend a family reunion in England.

Andrews: Integrity – Part One

on April 12, 2019 - 7:40am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
When starting the World Futures Institute, I created a list of 18 areas that need to be addressed for the future of earth and humanity.
If you examine the list it is clear that every area is undergoing change and evolution. Item 16 on the list is “in transformation, how do we maintain integrity?” But it, integrity, will be evolving as well as systems, policies, and how we get along both individually and collectively.
So what is integrity?

The word “integrity” is related to the word “integer” meaning whole.

McQuiston: Four Things To Consider When Purchasing A Fixer-Upper

on April 12, 2019 - 7:33am

The Jemez Agency

Thanks to HGTV, many of us are feeling more empowered than ever when it comes to home improvement and considering purchasing fixer-uppers to convert into our dream home.

The possibilities are endless. Older homes have become a target for this trend, allowing us to hold onto some of the charm and character they offer while adding modern flair.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering purchasing an older home or any home you’re planning to renovate:

1. Type of Electrical Wiring
Knob & tube and fuses are two types of electrical wiring that


This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on April 12, 2019 - 6:53am

Weekly Fishing Report: April 11

on April 11, 2019 - 7:56am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather Tuesday was as nice a spring day as you could ask for here in Northern New Mexico, with highs in the 70’s and the wind not blowing too hard.
The forecast is for colder weather to make a return by the weekend and for highs to be only in the 40’s with strong winds and possibly snow. Heavy snow could happen at higher elevations. Welcome to springtime in the Rockies.
The snowpack is still very impressive in the mountains.

When Springtime Allergies Strike: What To Do When You Can’t Stop And Smell The Roses

on April 11, 2019 - 7:41am

By Sharon Radcliffe, CNO
Los Alamos Medical Center

April showers might bring May flowers, but many of us are well aware that they can also bring tree and grass pollen and other allergens that can cause us to wheeze, sneeze and sniffle our way through spring.

At Los Alamos Medical Center, our mission is Making Communities Healthier®, and that includes helping you manage seasonal allergies.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), springtime allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to an environmental side effect of seasonal plant pollination.

McQuiston: Springing Into Strong Winds And Storms

on April 7, 2019 - 9:57am

The Jemez Agency

If the wind was strong enough to pick up Dorothy and Toto and pull her entire house into a tornado and send them to the magical Land of Oz, there is no telling what it could do to your property. Our spring wind season is just around the corner, so instead of getting your magical shoes ready, follow these simple steps to minimize the wind damage to your home.

Maintain trees and branches.
Trim any lose tree limbs and branches, and dispose of them. You will be thankful you did this when you see a tree limb on your neighbor’s roof or your own.

Secure loose

Fr. Glenn: Long Odds

on April 7, 2019 - 9:24am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

This evening … a dead body lies in the street just below. To one side the blue compact car—a Honda, I think—its hood laying several feet away. A little farther up … a mangled motorcycle, almost unrecognizable … bits of mechanical and fiberglass detritus strewn about for yards around. Lomas Boulevard is blocked and taped off … police milling about, apparently waiting for investigators. Coroners. Official vehicles come and go. To the south a church … the normally-scheduled Mass being celebrated within.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Torta de Huevo

on April 4, 2019 - 1:12pm
Torta de Hueva. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley
Growing up in a very traditional Catholic Hispanic family, lent was always a thoughtful time of reflection, contemplation, prayer and fasting.
Preparation for Easter Sunday was a serious undertaking and while it always began with a solemn note; it was a great time for learning in the kitchen followed by a fantastic feast and celebration with family. The traditional pilgrimage on Good Friday to the Santuario de Chimayo always began in silence.

Sheehey: Setting Infrastructure Priorities -- Community Needs And Wants

on April 4, 2019 - 1:05pm

Los Alamos County Councilor

I will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with Councilors Katrina Schmidt and James Robinson 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in Council Chambers.

We want to discuss with the community two of the seven priorities in the 2019 Strategic Leadership Plan:

  • Protecting, maintaining and improving our open spaces, recreational, and cultural amenities.
  • Investing in infrastructure.

Most of us would consider it a basic community need that our county utilities, roads, and facilities will be functional and well maintained.

Chandler: New Mexico Legislature 2019 ‘The Most Productive Session In Years’

on April 4, 2019 - 9:31am
New Mexico House Dist. 43

Now that the 2019 legislative session has come to an end, I wanted first to thank District 43 for the honor of serving you. I was proud to represent our district alongside hardworking staff, legislators, and advocates for the betterment of New Mexico. With a new energetic governor, the state legislature had one of the most productive sessions in years, ushering in transformative policy towards a brighter future.

Together, we passed education reforms including allocating more monies for schools and higher teacher pay, expanding trade

Weekly Fishing Report: April 4

on April 4, 2019 - 8:41am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The new license year began April 1 and you will need to purchase a 2019-2020 fishing license or fishing and game hunting license now. They are available from license vendors across the state, State Game and Fish Department offices and online.
Winter made a brief but strong return over the weekend, with the weather Sunday (3/31) being particularly nasty with strong winds, snow and cold temperatures. This coming week is supposed to be relatively warm and the fishing should improve as the water warms up.

McQuiston: Spring Home Maintenance Tips

on April 1, 2019 - 9:20am

The Jemez Agency

The milder days of spring are a perfect time to do a thorough spring cleaning and perform home maintenance. After a long winter, it is a good idea to spend time on preventive measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year.

Tasks such as cleaning out your gutters, checking for dead trees and branches and cleaning and inspecting home mechanical systems, such as heating and air conditioning equipment, can make spring a season of safety.Cleaning and maintenance of your home should be done inside and out.

Weekly Fishing Report: April 1

on April 1, 2019 - 8:45am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
With apricot trees blooming all over the Espanola Valley, spring is definitely here. People with allergies are starting to suffer as juniper pollen fills the air. The spring winds are starting to blow and the snow is starting to melt. The lower elevation snowpack is disappearing rapidly. A lot of snow still remains at high elevations thanks to our wet winter. Rivers are beginning to rise and soon some spring flowers like daffodils and tulips will begin to bloom if they haven’t already.
We may still get some more spring

Grant: Stop The Madness Of Negative Self-Talk

on April 1, 2019 - 8:00am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” –Mahatma Ghandi

If you had a friend that said you’re not smart enough, good enough or lovable, would you keep this friend? I would hope not, and yet people often give themselves free reign to routinely employ such negative self-talk.

Thoughts and beliefs are the operating systems that navigate our lives. If we don’t monitor these thoughts and beliefs, we can unconsciously create undesirable life consequences. 

Negative self-talk makes us tentative and

Fr. Glenn: Lost And Found

on March 31, 2019 - 8:07am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

“I need more material.”

No … that’s not me speaking about this column, but rather something the world seems to say perpetually … as in “materialism”. “I need more stuff!” … regardless of the fact that the desire for more “stuff” never seems to satisfy, but rather feeds the desire ever more … rather a vicious circle.

It takes a strong and wise person to realize the negative effects of unbridled material desires. That hit home again this weekend in the Catholic Mass as we read the parable of the Prodigal Son … alternately called “The Loving Father”. 

Most people know that

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Four

on March 30, 2019 - 11:23am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In part three of this series we finished by implying that solar power would be insufficient to meet the energy needs and that nuclear is an alternative in the quest to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels.

If this is an unacceptable approach, then the lifestyle and organization of humanity will require significant changes. A good question is why?

Using the United States as an example, the country has a total of 2.3 billion acres of land.

Tales Of Our Times: The Maze Of Dilemmas Is An Endless Pursuit

on March 29, 2019 - 7:48am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

The Maze of Dilemmas is an Endless Pursuit


Political slogans are a war of internal conflicts. A prettier term for “internal war” is the word “dilemma.” A frequent example in plain view is the passing car with dueling bumper stickers. One sign says to “Free Tibet” and the other sign wants “No War.” Both are excellent ideas. But marching towards both is not possible. They are in opposite directions: Tibet can be freed only by war.

Turning to clean air and water, every effort to write a rule meets with an inherent

Wiemann: Who Can You Trust To Reduce Stress Of Estate Planning?

on March 28, 2019 - 8:50am
Edward Jones Financial Advisor
When it’s time to do your estate planning – and it’s actually never too soon to begin – you may find the process, at first, to be somewhat bewildering. You’ll have many questions: What sort of arrangements should I make? Who should get what? And when? How can you address these and other issues?
You’ll need to get some help. In drawing up your estate plan, you will need to work with an attorney.

Fr. Glenn: Elusive Truth

on March 24, 2019 - 7:47am

Fr. Glenn Jones

One of the more unpleasant aspects of my new job for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is being the referee of sorts between differing parties—trying to liberate truth from the shackles of the two adversarial positions. For the casual observer that may sound fairly simply, but the initiated can assure you that it is not.

One of the complicating aspects which worms its way into the proceedings is nefarious pride—not pride such as a parent might have at the success of a child, but rather the self-interested and defensive pride which obscures truth, preventing reconciliation and the

Weekly Fishing Report: March 22

on March 22, 2019 - 7:52am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Spring officially began March 20 and the weather has turned warmer recently. Temperatures in Northern New Mexico are in the 50’s and 60’s.
There are still some lakes that are closed to fishing due to unsafe ice conditions, but it shouldn’t be long before most of the lakes are free of ice and open to fishing. Some of the higher small lakes above 9,000 feet will remain frozen until April and even into May.
The cold winter we just had has delayed the blooming of fruit trees here in the Espanola Valley.

McQuiston: Our Spring Winds May Require Additional Coverage

on March 21, 2019 - 12:35pm

The Jemez Agency

Last week’s wind prompted me to re-publish a story about what happens when that big beautiful tree in your yard comes crashing down.

Did you know that most homeowner’s policies only cover trees that hit a covered structure? There’s also a limit to how much insurance will pay to remove the tree debris, once the tree has hit the ground. While most of us worry about having adequate insurance coverage for our homes and cars, how often do we think about trees? If your home or property is surrounded by trees, keep reading.

Most standard homeowner’s policies cover

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part 3

on March 21, 2019 - 7:39am
World Futures Institute
Human beings need energy to exist in some manner, either just get by or live a more rewarding life.
As humanity we need energy to collectively choose our paths. Historically we found a great source of energy in the chemical bond of various forms of matter and evolved. We saw the internal combustion engine emerge as a highly useful tool to do work. It has been around longer than all of the living human beings of today.
With it, however, we began emitting large quantities of C)2, especially as our ingenuity was applied and our population grew –

Authors Speak Features Walt Whitman Thursday

on March 18, 2019 - 6:13pm

Walt Whitman. Courtesy/The Whitman Archive

Library News:

Walt Whitman’s America is the topic for Thursday’s Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library.

Dr. Bruce Noll as Whitman. Courtesy/New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities

Whitman scholar Dr. Bruce Noll, an education professor at UNM, will present his Chautauqua performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa. The program is sponsored by the New Mexico Council for the Humanities and the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.



on March 17, 2019 - 8:03am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Have you noticed these days that, in a meeting or gathering, people will often not let a speaker finish his thought before interjecting with some objection or observation? It’s quite rude ... to the point that, if in charge of the meeting, I find it necessary to begin by requesting people to wait to be recognized before speaking—sort of an impromptu partial imposition of “Robert’s Rules of Order”.

One of the noticeable benefits of such order is that meetings are shorter.