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Newton: Encore Of Blakeley’s Gem Is A Wonderful Gift

on July 10, 2019 - 3:57pm

Ilker Arcayürek (Nadir) and Corinne Winters (Leïla) with the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Curtis Brown/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Corinne Winters (Leïla). Photo by Curtis Brown/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Los Alamos

The late British born Lee Blakeley was fortunate to have outstanding mentors like Sir David McVicar. His Santa Fe Opera debut was the 2010 production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.

He had made a much deserved following by introducing European audiences to the works of Stephen Sondheim.

He followed his SFO debut with productions of “The Pearl Fishers,” “The Grand Duchesse

Weekly Fishing Report: July 10

on July 10, 2019 - 9:16am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The good news is streamflows in Northern New Mexico are coming down and nearly all the streams and rivers now have good fishing.
This includes the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake, where the flow was 453 cubic-feet-per-second Monday. The water clarity was very good. This is a great section of river to fish.
One access point is the outlet of Heron Dam. It requires a long walk down to the river. This spot is where some special regulations apply that anglers need to be aware of.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... So Many Events This Week

on July 10, 2019 - 8:11am

Lauren Sherwood is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

Jane Mackenzie McConnell is co-presenting the 8-week program, Paint Strokes Through Grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Thursday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo


Executive Director

This month is flying by already, and so many great new things are happening locally, that I thought I would share a few.

On Wednesday, the White Rock Senior Center will host a presentation by Kendra Henning, on

Fr. Glenn: The Best Presents

on July 7, 2019 - 8:06am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Hmmm … in the news this weekend is that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce is finalized. Since MacKenzie will no doubt get a large chunk of the Bezos fortune, that’ll likely drop ol’ Jeff down the “richest men” category a few notches. But … I doubt that he’ll have trouble finding a date nonetheless. MacKenzie, either. Too bad, though; it’s always a sadness to see a couple lose the love with which they began. 

Such news highlights the truth of the old adage: “The best things in life are free.” Jeff and MacKenzie’s earlier mutual love cost nothing, and yet one might

Posts From The Road: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument Near Questa

on July 7, 2019 - 7:53am
Confluence: The confluence of the Red River on the left as it spills into the Rio Grande as seen from La Juanta Overlook. The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Upper Gorge area is west of Questa just a short drive from Los Alamos. Photo by Gary Warren/
Chawalauna Overlook: A long stretch of the Rio Grande can be seen from the Chawalauna Overlook at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/
Sheep Crossing Overlook: The Sheep Crossing Overlook affords a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Gorge in Rio Grande Grande del Norte National

A Letter From Edith Warner To Robert Oppenheimer

on July 6, 2019 - 7:46am

Edith Warner

Los Alamos Historical Society

Edith Warner and Robert Oppenheimer began their friendship several years before World War II, which explains the comfort level in a letter written just weeks after the end of the war.

Oppenheimer had stopped at Edith’s home at Otowi Bridge in 1937 on a pack trip from his ranch near Cowles, NM, to the Jemez. He referred to that encounter as his “first unforgettable meeting.” Not long after that, he brought his wife, Kitty, to meet Edith and enjoy slices of the chocolate cake for which she became famous.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Piñon Flan

on July 5, 2019 - 6:34pm

Piñon Flan. Photo by Liddie Martinez
Espanola Valley

There must be at least a small Roman gene in my genetic makeup because, like the Romans, I am crazy about chickens! Chickens were domesticated by the ancient Romans and kept for laying eggs. And, as any cook with a flock of chickens will tell you, you get very inventive on uses for the little gems that tend to be highly prolific and in short form will take over your kitchen. I love their versatility and the fact that they are low in calories and high in protein.

Allen McQuiston: Three Insurance Misconceptions

on July 4, 2019 - 9:49am
The Jemez Agency
Los Alamos

Misconception 1: “I have an umbrella policy, so I’m covered for everything.”

Though the intent of a personal umbrella policy is to provide an additional layer of liability protection on top of what your other personal insurance policies provide, there can still be coverage gaps.

Business activity is typically excluded from personal insurance policies, including umbrella. If an incident occurs while using your home for business purposes, you likely won’t receive any coverage.

Umbrella coverage is never your first line of defense.

Newton: Puccini’s Masterpiece Rivals Broadway’s Best Performances Opening Night At Santa Fe Opera

on July 4, 2019 - 9:47am

Mario Chang (Rodolfo), Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì), Gabriella Reyes (Muestta), Zachary Nelson (Marcello), Soloman Howard (Colline) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì), Mario Chang (Rodolfo) and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus. Photo by Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2019

Los Alamos

Charles MacKay grandly added to his legacy when he engaged Mary Birnbaum to direct a new production of La Boheme.

Her vision of focusing on the women characters, yet still having a “traditional” presentation, succeeded magnificently on opening night of

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus

on July 4, 2019 - 9:43am

Chief Nursing Officer
Los Alamos Medical Center

Summer offers plentiful opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends.

Whether it’s the Fourth of July, Labor Day, an afternoon on the lake or one last hurrah before school days beckon again, al fresco celebrations are the order of the day when the sun is out and the temps are warm. And most gatherings have one particular ingredient in common: food. Think grilled burgers and hot dogs, barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, and overflowing veggie and fruit trays.

While you’re enjoying your summer

Griggs: Dateline Olomouc In The Czech Republic

on July 4, 2019 - 8:41am
A streetcar on Pekarska Street in Olomouc in the eastern province of Moravia in the Czech Republic. Photo by David Griggs/
A thought provoking fountain in Olomouc. Photo by David Griggs/
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
I was originally scheduled to stay at The Poets’ Corner Hostel for seven nights in Olomouc, and I enjoyed it so much that I stayed four more.
I had been in Prague and was feeling overwhelmed by the number of tourists.

Tales Of Our Times: Recall Our Joshua Chamberlains In The Building Of Our Nation

on July 4, 2019 - 7:36am

Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Recall Our Joshua Chamberlains In The Building Of Our Nation

Every Fourth of July is a special day for recalling people of all walks who have moved our nation forward from the times of its origin to today.

The holiday known for its brass bands and fireworks is also time to weigh the grimmer work of patriotism. The words of our time grow less civil each year: Partisan vitriol smokes the air as would rifle shots at Gettysburg. History leaves clues.

The Civil War of 1861-1865 is rich with lessons for our time.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on July 3, 2019 - 5:12pm

Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Examples And Styles

on July 3, 2019 - 9:40am

A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

While some available books follow a reference–laced reporting of research results, these columns rely on a conceptual treatment of topics. This treatment includes numerous everyday examples, directly emphasizing meaningful understanding and appreciation of the fundamental principles, practices, and implications of the science that studies behavior.

As we reach and cover more complex, advanced topics, we will also employ our findings to explore and explain some of the conceptually intricate and intriguing

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Dennis & Patsy Casias

on July 3, 2019 - 7:53am
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
You might think that his name is Ray, but that’s because Dennis Casias and wife Patsy are two rays of sunshine at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The volunteer time they put into the center is vast and the truth is, it is their smiling faces that make each day a treat.
Dennis, is the greeter extraordinaire, that is glad to see you whether you are an old friend or a longtime member.

Weekly Fishing Report: July 3

on July 3, 2019 - 7:44am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
New Mexico anglers like to travel to Southern Colorado to fish some of the admittedly great rivers, lakes and streams there. Unfortunately, they are in for an unpleasant surprise this year.
The 2018 Colorado legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 18-143) that increases the cost of all fishing licenses, with particularly big increases to nonresident fees. In past seasons, the cost of a season, nonresident fishing license with a second-rod stamp was $61. This year, that same license would cost $104.
In addition, the cost of

Wiemann: Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day

on July 2, 2019 - 6:30am
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Once again, it’s time for fireworks, picnics and parades as the nation celebrates Independence Day.
Collectively, we enjoy many liberties, but some freedoms can be elusive – and financial freedom is one of them. What actions can you take to help yourself eventually declare your own financial independence?
For starters, you’ll want to determine what financial independence means to you. Is it the liberty to meet all your cash flow needs? The freedom to retire comfortably, at the age you choose?

Exploring Mysteries Of Living: Behavior And Science

on July 1, 2019 - 8:56am

A Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute

The focus of this column, the natural science of human nature and human behavior that we now call behaviorology, is actually, the science of the behavior of all animals. Later columns consider not only many of the contingency relations that determine behavior, but also the contingency engineering available to help humanity solve its problems.

“Contingencies” refer to functional relations between variables, and soon get covered in their own column.


Fr. Glenn: Our Feast Day

on June 30, 2019 - 8:10am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

(Sigh)….57 years old and still reading the comics. But … it brings a little levity early in the day, and helps set a good mood. Maybe all of us sneak a peek at our old favorites now and again. I mean … how can you not like “Dilbert”?! And then there’s the golden oldies like Dennis the Menace, Peanuts, and even ol’ Garfield is getting a little long in the tooth. I can’t help but marvel at times at the cleverness of some of the writers. They are pretty good observers of the human scene.

A good one on Saturday with “Curtis”, centering on a couple of young brothers.

Posts From The Road: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

on June 30, 2019 - 8:08am

‘Posts from the Road’ is a new feature appearing in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he is sharing scenes they encounter while on the road. Today’s submission features Poppy Fields: Colorful orange poppies blanket the hills earlier this spring at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, Calif. A wet winter and spring created abundant flowers and colorful blooms throughout the southwest this year. Photo by Gary Warren/

Poppy Hillside:

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing & Statistics – Part Three

on June 30, 2019 - 8:02am

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

The words of the title of this series all imply gathering and analyzing data of peoples’ opinions. Surveying might be about hard data such as age, height and weight, but it might be about opinions.

Do you prefer red or blue? What is your “view or judgment about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge?” (posted from Google). You do not have to provide evidence to support your opinion even though you might have it.

In polling a sample of a large population, supposedly random data, is gathered, but is affected by the process.

McQuiston: What Car Drivers Need To Know About Motorcycles

on June 30, 2019 - 7:55am

The Jemez Agency

Warm weather is here, which means you’ll likely see more motorcycles on the road. And the key word here is “see”.

People driving cars and trucks often fail to notice the motorcyclists around them, partly because they’re not accustomed to looking for them.

It’s obvious yet bears repeating: Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than car and truck drivers and passengers. Not only are there many more cars and trucks on the road, but there’s no such thing as a “fender bender” for a motorcyclist.

Even a low-speed collision can seriously injure a rider, not to

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on June 28, 2019 - 8:44pm

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... Paint Strokes Through Grief

on June 27, 2019 - 7:28am
Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
One thing I have noticed over the course of the last six weeks is the continuous need for grief therapy in the community.
There are a variety of types of grief support needed not just related to the death of a loved one. The Betty Ehart Senior Center will host a free program beginning July 11, for those 50 and over. Paint Strokes Through Grief, just might be the program that meets the need for many in the community.
Lauren Sherwood and Jane McConnell are two students from Southwestern College, studying art therapy

Catch Of The Week: Software Vulnerabilities - Stay Up To Date

on June 25, 2019 - 6:44pm
Los Alamos

Two significant vulnerabilities have recently caused headaches for users; an issue with Dell’s SupportAssist and a Windows vulnerability known as BlueKeep.

It’s essential to check your operating system (OS) and software regularly and make sure they are up to date. New flaws and “patches,” software fixes for the flaws, are released all the time. Be sure you are always running the most up to date versions of your OS and other software to protect yourself.   

Dell SupportAssist Vulnerability

Own a Dell PC running Windows 10? Your computer probably came with