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Home Country: Too Much Pumpkin Pie

on November 21, 2017 - 7:55am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc’s and Mrs. Doc’s this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he’d never make it as a dinner host.
 
Very few Thanksgiving dinners achieve legendary status, but “Steve’s Thanksgiving” was certainly one of them. Some said it happened because he’s lived alone and cooked meals for himself for so many years. Some say he has worked alone for so long that he isn’t of a coordinating mind.

Shin: If Sanctuary School, Then Kiss $8M Goodbye!

on November 19, 2017 - 2:44pm
By LISA SHIN
Los Alamos

On Aug. 29, 2017, our County Council unanimously passed a proclamation honoring the contributions of immigrants. Compared to the earlier version in April, specific language was removed, its tone was softened, and a more strident “resolution” was changed to a “proclamation,” which did not require a vote.

Although Counci Vice Chair Susan O'Leary called it a “milquetoast,” “weak half measure of timid support,” Councilor Antonio Maggiore recognized “that the original was a little inflammatory, a little reactionary to what just transpired on the national scene.” ...

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Justice League

on November 19, 2017 - 8:48am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Justice League” is the latest DC Comics’ film, uniting Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. The only one missing is Superman. In fact, since the death of Superman (in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), a door has opened for evil; the world has become more chaotic. Criminals are bolder, good people no longer believe in themselves, working for “law and order” seems a losing battle. Early scenes in the movie depict the chaos: poignantly, a homeless man is shown sitting against a building holding a hand-written sign that says, simply, “I tried.”

Fr. Glenn: Respect To Whom Respect Is Due

on November 19, 2017 - 6:15am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

It seems we can scarcely open a news website or newspaper each day—sometimes each hour—without reading that yet another celebrity, politician, or eminent person has been accused of sexual harassment or abuse.

Sexuality, of course, is one of our most basic drives—probably only just below survival itself … and sometimes even survival loses out.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time (Part Six)

on November 19, 2017 - 5:50am
ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute

Last week we looked at the banking system in the United States and the emergence of the Federal Reserve System (The Fed) and its 12 Federal Reserve Banks. At the end of the article, we examined a current dollar bill (paper), noting that it says “Federal Reserve Note.” In the United States, this is legal tender, meaning that it is valid for meeting a financial obligation.

Smart Design With Suzette: Are You Ready For Holiday Guests?

on November 18, 2017 - 7:26am

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Now that it’s November, the holidays are upon us, and with them, holiday guests.

Recently, I’ve read that 40 percent of Americans—including millennials (59 percent), people with kids (57 percent), Gen X-ers (41 percent), and a quarter of Baby Boomers have avoided hosting the holiday because of their clutter. Not only are most people concerned about cleaning and organizing their home for company, there’s also pressure to make it festive, too.

If you’re feeling less-than-enthusiastic about the idea of hosting the holidays in your home, you’re not alone.

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Make Memories

on November 18, 2017 - 7:21am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, my first childhood memories are random bits and pieces—snippets, really.

Mostly, of me being stranded in a tree. I am guessing this has something to do with my brother who is seven years older than me. When I went outside to play with him my mother would securely strap a football helmet on to my little toddler head. Good call on her part. I remember being stuck in a dark green citrus tree, trying to pluck an orange.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 17, 2017 - 7:30am

Keller: What Weeds Really Are

on November 16, 2017 - 8:48am
By CHICK KELLER, Curator
Jemez Mountains Herbarium
 
In response to a resent letter to the editor (link) with questions about weeds and what to do about them, here are some answers:

First – a weed to me is any group of plants growing where you don’t want them, or crowding out other more desirable plants.

Second – not all weeds are invaders from other places. Most are natives.

Third – these are very important plants for restoring disturbed areas. I call them nature’s “first responders”. They are almost all annuals (must grow from seeds each year as last year’s die and don’t come back).

Their job is

O’Leary: Council Approves MOU With NCRTD

on November 16, 2017 - 5:58am

By Vice Chair Susan O’Leary

Los Alamos County Council

In our consent agenda during Tuesday's Council meeting, we approved a request to provide North Central Regional Transit District with $350,000. This transit district serves a number of counties in Northern New Mexico and this funding is in addition to county funding for the county's Atomic City Bus service.

The Council agreed to this specific action in April as part of our budget process and tonight’s action was merely fulfilling that agreement. Reading tonight’s agenda documents, I was reminded that Los Alamos County has provided $7

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2017 - 11:03am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
As I suspected, the kokanee salmon snagging at Heron Lake, which opened Nov. 11 has been slow. I believe the low water levels we’ve been experiencing at Heron Lake the last several years has had a detrimental effect on the kokanee salmon fishery there.
 
Snagging kokanee in previous years had literally become a social event, with lots of anglers participating and lots of salmon being caught. It would be interesting to see if they can start storing more water at Heron if the salmon fishery improves with higher water levels.
 
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Cinema Cindy Reviews Murder On The Orient Express

on November 15, 2017 - 11:01am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Murder on the Orient Express” is a star-studded remake of the 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery which first came to the big screen in 1974. Kenneth Branagh directs the film and stars as Hercule Poirot, by his own admission, “the greatest detective in the world.” (Poirot’s mustache alone is worth the price of admission.)
 
After solving a very public case in Jerusalem, Poirot boards a steamboat for Istanbul where he will catch the famous cross-continental train, the Orient Express, and head to England for his next case.
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Bouman: President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan

on November 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

Several times over the past few weeks I have been asked if I knew anything about “President Reagan’s Retirement Plan” and a 702(j)-retirement plan. I had never heard of such a thing, so I decided to investigate it. Here’s the deal folks. There is no such thing. This concept goes by many names. The 770 account, the 702(j), the 7702, The Presidents Secret Account, Invisible account, etc. It resurfaces every few years with a new name and new marketing approach from salesmen in the insurance business.

A 702(j) is not actually a retirement savings plan

Renfro: It Starts With Me!

on November 13, 2017 - 11:47am
By STEVEN RENFRO
2017 Campaign Chair
Member, United Way of Northern New Mexico Board

Community Member,

It Starts With Me and, because of that I am honored to serve our community through the United Way of Northern New Mexico, as one of the 2017 Campaign Chairs. I serve in this capacity because I sincerely believe in our United Way of Northern New Mexico and the critical services they help make possible in our community. In addition, I also volunteer my time as a member of the United Way of Northern New Mexico Board.

Growing up in the Four Corners I always admired Los Alamos and Rio

Message From New UNM President Garnett Stokes

on November 13, 2017 - 7:44am
By GARNETT S. STOKES
UNM President

A week ago my life changed when I was selected by The University of New Mexico to be its 22nd president and newest Lobo.
 
Let me say that since that time, I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm I have received from so many of you, as well as members of the New Mexico community. I am truly honored and excited to join you officially in March, when my husband, Jeff, and I make the Land of Enchantment our new home.

Throughout my career in public higher education as a student, educator, researcher and administrator - I have learned the

Fr. Glenn: The Mystery Of Evil

on November 12, 2017 - 7:00am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

We often wonder why God allows certain things. The Sutherland Springs church shooting last Sunday is certainly one of those, and we could as easily recall Las Vegas, Orlando, or any other such event or tragedy, natural or manmade. Why did God allow those who love and worship Him—young and old—to die in the very midst of that worship?

And yet … needless violence has always been with us.

Luján: Thank Them For All They Do

on November 11, 2017 - 4:30pm

By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

Today, we honor the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, who stood guard for our nation at home and abroad, and who fought to protect our freedom and uphold our democracy. 

On Veterans Day, we thank them. We show gratitude to those who put the good of others ahead of their own. They risked life and limb to protect our country, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted and they all rest upon one fundamental truth: the ultimate price was paid innumerable times for our benefit. 

We, as a nation, are

Hall: The Power of Government

on November 9, 2017 - 4:02pm
By MICHAEL L. HALL
Los Alamos

Government has a monopoly on force, transferred to it by the citizens. I don’t seek revenge on a murderer, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t incarcerate those who break laws to harm me, I rely on government to do it in my stead. I don’t retrieve my stolen goods, I rely on government to do it in my stead. Government uses force to carry out the will of the people, and can potentially remove life, liberty, or property from its citizens.

This transferred force is a sacred power, and should not be used lightly.

Governmental force should only be

On The Job In Los Alamos: Leadership Los Alamos Board Strategizes At Monthly Meeting

on November 9, 2017 - 2:58pm

On the job in Los Alamos are members of the Leadership Los Alamos Board during a monthly meeting this morning in the conferance room at TechSource inside the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building. From left, Board Chairman Brian D’Andrea, Jorge Maldonado, Debbie Hawes, Board Treasurer Debbie Reiss, Craig Martin, Chair-Elect Martha Katko, associate Graig Newell, Devon Durrer, Monica Hernandez-Lara, Libby Carlsten, Board Secretary Kate Thwaits, associate Kirsten Bell, Debbie Huling and Cheryl Sowder. Board members not pictured, Gabe Baca, Debby Bailey-Holgerson, Carol A. Clark (taking photo), Wendy

Amateur Naturalist: How Young Is Young And How Old Is Old?

on November 9, 2017 - 7:29am
The dark color of one tree and brownish-orange of the other suggests that one is young while the other is mature. However both trees have similar diameters and both have their branches emerging further up their trunks. Are they different or similar in their maturity? Photo by Robert Dryja

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

A ponderosa tree may live for as long as 700 years. This is 10 times longer than a person. This means there are some ponderosa trees that were already approaching 200 years old when Columbus discovered the Americas.

World Futures: Money, Trade, Value And Time Part 5

on November 9, 2017 - 7:01am

World Futures: What Do We Need?

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

We finished last week’s article by observing the creation of the Bank of England in 1694 to raise money for its war against France. Note that war does not produce tradable things of value but does consume things of value.

This is not intended to debate warfare because it may be essential for a country to maintain itself or its diplomatic bargaining position. But there is a cost, there is a consumption of value. And this affects the exchange of goods and services – trade.

In France, under Louis XIV

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 9, 2017 - 6:49am

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Use Resources

on November 9, 2017 - 6:25am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

Do you know about Petfinder.com? It is like eHarmony or Tinder, only it matches a human up with a pet. The website includes fish, reptiles, barnyard animals, and rodents as well as cats and dogs. I am a dog person so when I browse the website I look at the dogs.

In my head I match up my friends and family with their next ideal dog-love. Sometimes I will send an email with an enticing photo of the lonely pup.

So far, no one has actually taken advantage of the leads I offer.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Battle Of The Sexes

on November 9, 2017 - 6:14am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Battle of the Sexes” was released at the end of September, but only recently came to our local theater, thus this late review… The film tells the story of the public battle for equal pay and recognition for female athletes, championed by tennis great Billie Jean King, and culminating in what was deemed “the Battle of the Sexes”, the September 1973 tennis match between the 29 year old women’s tennis great King and the 55-year-old former men’s champ, Bobby Riggs.

Significant steps along the way are covered in the film, but not in much detail.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Thor: Ragnarok

on November 8, 2017 - 7:29am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Thor: Ragnarok” is the third Marvel Comics movie to come out in recent years featuring Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Throughout the series Thor is played by the studly Aussie actor, Chris Hemsworth, who truly is “easy on the eyes”.
 
All three Thor films depend on Marvel plotlines and Norse characters, but these lines do get blurred. So don’t expect the plot to make perfect sense; instead, you may find that the film will delight, surprise and entertain you if you don’t take it too seriously.
 
Working alongside Thor (most of the time) in this film

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