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How The Hen House Turns: Crows And Squirrels

on March 16, 2019 - 10:23am
Formerly of Los Alamos
In Ponderosa country like Los Alamos it is probably wise to stay home during the day. Otherwise, the crows will move in and eat up all the expensive cracked corn you have bought for your chickens.
I’m afraid that the crows have taken over in Los Alamos. In our early years there, we enjoyed the visit of many ravens. They came to the tall tree stump behind our back deck, where they picked up our leftover meat scraps.
Then one day I realized why we didn’t see ravens very often.

World Futures: Electricity And Other Energy – Part Two

on March 16, 2019 - 10:14am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In part one of this series we identified, in broad terms, two forms of energy available to us: arriving energy and stored energy. The arriving energy comes from the sun and, if not stored, must be used right away. 

Of course, it must be transformed into a useful form of energy except, perhaps, for the warming it provides and assisting in our ability to see. One might argue that it causes winds and other atmospheric changes, but this too is conservation. So what are the forms of stored energy even if not readily to do work?
Beyond solar and

Inspirational People: When No One Is Looking…

on March 16, 2019 - 10:08am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sitting in my car in a parking lot returning phone calls a while ago, I noticed something that got me thinking about how people behave when no one is looking.

On this day and some 30 yards away, a woman sat alone on a small bench behind the Blue Window Bistro facing Deacon Street.

Her sudden movement caught my eye as she rose and walked a few feet to retrieve a small paper bag the breeze blew in her direction. She placed it in a nearby trash receptacle.

Apparently on a break from the restaurant, she returned to her bench.

Weekly Fishing Report March 16

on March 16, 2019 - 9:35am
By George Morse
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The wet winter weather continues this week here in New Mexico. Across the United States, this has been the wettest winter on record, with the state of Tennessee recording its wettest winter ever. This has been great for our state as we recover from years of drought and reservoirs at extremely low levels.
Measuring stations for the Natural Resource Conservation Service are all reading above average for snow water equivalent and total precipitation.
A rapid melting of the big snowpack and a heavy spring runoff could lead

McQuiston: The Next Catastrophic Flood Could Be Coming For You

on March 14, 2019 - 11:01am
The Jemez Agency
Rain, rain, go away! At least that is what most of us are thinking after a few months, or in some cases, years of heavier-than-normal rainfalls.

The U.S. has experienced flooding in areas that haven’t been affected for hundreds of years. If your home is next, are you covered? Probably not. Did you know the standard homeowner’s or renter’s policy does not provide coverage for flooding?

Some homeowners are required by their mortgage company to purchase a flood policy, usually because the home is in a designated flood plain.

Generally the only option for

I, CoBot -- Automation Offers Opportunities For New Mexico Businesses And Workers

on March 13, 2019 - 2:10pm
During the tour of Build With Robots at Albuquerque’s FUSE Makerspace on Manufacturing Day 2018. Photo by Jane Phillips
Special Projects Coordinator
New Mexico MEP
The way they see it at Albuquerque’s Build With Robots LLC (BWR), automation and human labor can exist side by side, even in small and medium-sized businesses, without the dystopian consequences imagined by many futurists and science fiction writers.
The New Mexico company works with manufacturers and other businesses to enhance their productivity and competitive advantage by incorporating

Zero Waste: From Farm To Trash (Not To Table)

on March 12, 2019 - 1:45pm


In America we love food. The Natural Resources Defense Council stated that 40 percent of all food produced in the United States (US) never gets eaten. Americans throw away $165 billion dollars’ worth of food every year or 20 pounds of food per person per month. That is enough food to fill 730 football stadiums each year.

Between producers, sellers, and consumers, Americans are tossing a third --or even more—of our food. That’s outrageous! Especially when in many cases it’s actually good enough to eat.

Chandler: Editorial Shows Short-Term Thinking

on March 11, 2019 - 4:43pm

By Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos)

As a freshman legislator, I surprised many people by asking to sit on the House Taxation and Revenue Committee. Few people think that such subjects are interesting, let alone desirable. I disagree. They are at the heart of how our state government functions.

One of our primary jobs as legislators is to ensure that the state can provide the services and infrastructure – education, roads and highways, public safety, and more – that are needed and relied upon by our businesses, families, and communities.

Ringside Seat: Welcome To The Real March Madness

on March 11, 2019 - 10:33am
In civilized America, nothing is quite so frenetic as the last week of a 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature.
Hundreds of bills -- some critical, some so stupid they appear to have been introduced as a joke -- are still in play. Even some of the worst ones have a chance to receive approval before the session ends at noon Saturday.
The 42 senators and 70 members of the House of Representatives are sleep deprived and under pressure. Some are irritable. A few appear enraged.
What's it like to be a freshman in this storm of

Grant: Depression - How To Sit With Someone Who’s Suffering

on March 11, 2019 - 9:57am
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

It is socially acceptable to be physically ill; it happens to everyone and there’s no real reason to hide your sniffles from others.

Depression on the other hand holds a stigma that can cause people to hide their suffering. This hiding can energize pain and exacerbate depressive symptoms.

If you’re close to someone who’s suffering with depression, there are several ways that you can help transform their depression into an illness of connection rather than an illness of isolation.

First of all, one must understand depression

Home Country: Anchorage To Nome

on March 11, 2019 - 9:24am
Home Country
This coming Saturday, I’ll probably be right here in New Mexico. Well, most of me will. But my heart and my wishes and part of my soul will be many miles from here, up in Anchorage, Alaska.
Anchorage. First Saturday in March. Dog trucks with freight sleds lashed to the top of the dog boxes.
For 46 years now, this has meant only one thing to me: the start of the Iditarod Dogsled Race. A thousand miles. Anchorage to Nome. There will be screaming dogs, lunging into their harnesses at the start line.

Fr. Glenn: The Worker

on March 10, 2019 - 6:13am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

I’m judgmental. I admit it. Guilty as charged.

Having grown up in the west Texas “pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps” culture of several decades ago, we were simply expected to work. Many summer days were out hoeing cotton, fixing fences, hauling hay, cutting wood, plowing, cultivating/harvesting the field garden (if I never have to shell peas again, I’ll be grateful), etc. In winter, it was breaking ice for cattle, feeding, calving … and atop all that, schoolwork.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds?

on March 10, 2019 - 6:01am
A Bushtit is among the declining species. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist: What is Happening to the Birds?
We are considering what is happening to the birds of Los Alamos. This has involved reviewing the different kinds of habitats throughout the county.
Annual data for individual species as well as groupsof species is available from 1989 to the present, or 30 years.
We had considered species of birds t in a prior article that are generalists when it comes to preferred habitats for nesting. Most bird species nest primarily in one kind of habitat.

Shin: SB 11 Is Foolish And Self-Defeating

on March 8, 2019 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

Predictably, our Governor signed Senate Bill 11, which would require a nonprofit entity with 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS to pay state gross receipts taxes (GRTs) and specifically targets our National Laboratory. Say what? I am deeply concerned about this issue, because as I have written before, “Our Legislature should advocate for policies that bring more job creators to our state, not drive them away.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 7

on March 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Despite a cold snap over the weekend in Eastern New Mexico, ice conditions at several lakes have deteriorated and they have been closed to ice fishing.
Eagle Nest Lake has been closed to fishing as the ice is breaking up. Call 575.377.1594 for an update on conditons.
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton have been closed to ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Call 575.445.5607 for conditions.
Heron Lake and El Vado Lake are both closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

Sara Scott: We’re Seeking Community Input

on March 7, 2019 - 8:01am
County Council Chair

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Over the last year I’ve appreciated hearing from many of you about your goals for the future of Los Alamos and the issues you feel should be addressed.

Recently – working with the rest of the Council team and incorporating broader input from the public and County staff – we’ve developed a set of seven strategic priorities.

This doesn’t mean that the County will work only on these priorities but having them will maintain a focus on some hard challenges among ongoing County efforts and initiatives.

We’ve also discussed our strong

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Lentil Soup

on March 7, 2019 - 7:59am
Lentil soup. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Española Valley
When the chill of winter hurts my bones and snow makes its appearance, I find myself seeking comfort in a bowl of lentil soup. The unusual volume of snow this year has brought this soup to mind more in the last few weeks than all the past five winters combined.
Lentil soup is my favorite; it reminds me of my Grandma. Anytime I am missing my Grandma, I put on my apron and make a pot of lentil soup. It was one of her favorite dishes and one she and I often made together.

Seet: Renewable Energy Options For Los Alamos

on March 6, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Kit Carson Electric Co-op in Taos. Courtesy/Nic Seet
Renewable Los Alamos

Turning on the light is such a trivial event that we barely consider how the energy must travel great distances from where powerful turbines – spun by the steam of boiling water, heated by burning coal – generate the power we need to live a comfortable, modern life.  

While this convenience has existed since the industrial revolution, the bill is finally coming due as our  global climate warms.

There was a meeting March 3 in Taos about the energy decisions the communities in the Kit Carson Electric Co-op

Naphesh: $300 Mil Pays The Bill

on March 4, 2019 - 6:54am
Executive Director
New Mexico Thrives
When you finish eating at a restaurant, you get a bill, and you pay for it. Simple, right? But what if you just left, without paying the tab? What if you “dined and dashed”?
Most would say, that’s not right. But that’s how state government has been run for eight years. Schools have been in session. Cars have traveled our roads. New Mexicans have gotten the flu or broken an arm and have needed medical services. But state government has dined and dashed. The schools have been starved. The roads have been crumbling.

Fr. Glenn: Bent On Lent

on March 3, 2019 - 6:34am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, now that we’re in March, we Christians are about to come into the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday this week—pretty late this year, as it’s more often around mid to latter February. How is the beginning of Lent calculated? In the larger part of western Christianity (the Eastern Churches calculates it differently), it is forty days before Easter (not counting the Sundays)—Easter itself calculated by being 1) the first Sunday 2) after the first full moon 3) after the spring equinox. Got that?

Wiemann: Women May Need To Make Extra Financial Moves

on February 28, 2019 - 1:41pm

By Shelly A. Wiemann
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

International Women’s Day will be observed on March 8. Around the world, special events will celebrate the cultural, social, political and economic achievements of women. However, this last area – economic progress – is one that still causes concern, and rightfully so, because women still face gender-related challenges. How can you deal with them?

To begin with, you need to recognize the nature of these challenges. While many factors are actually responsible for women facing more economic pressure than men, two stand out in particular:

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on February 28, 2019 - 1:41pm

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 28

on February 28, 2019 - 1:40pm
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
One of the signs of spring is the sound of flocks of sandhill cranes as they circle high in the sky above the Espanola Valley.
That sound was heard last week as flocks of cranes that had spent the winter at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande south of Socorro began their migration north to their breeding grounds north of the Arctic Circle in North America and Siberia. They will stop on the way along the North Platte River in Nebraska, where they gather by the thousands.

Smart Design With Suzette: Front Door Curb Appeal

on February 28, 2019 - 1:40pm

Update your welcome mat annually. Courtesy image

Adding greenery can soften a home’s entrance. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Whether you are selling your home or want a fresh look, your front door needs to be inviting. A buyer will judge whether they want to buy a home within 15 seconds of walking in the door.

If the curb appeal doesn’t get them in the front door – your house will not sell and you’ll hurt your property value.

Taking on the entire curb appeal of your home including the lawn, landscaping and design could take up to a month or more to undertake.

Adding pizzazz

McQuiston: When Things Go (Really) Wrong, Your Umbrella Has You Covered

on February 28, 2019 - 1:39pm

The Jemez Agency

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the same discussion with two sets of friends about the importance of umbrella policies and what they actually cover.

Surprisingly, neither couple really understood the purpose of an umbrella policy nor what this type of policy was meant to cover. With that in mind, do you know what an umbrella policy covers? If not, keep reading; and even if you do, keep reading for a refresher.

During  my conversations, one of the couples mentioned that they didn’t take out as much property coverage on their homeowner policy because they