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Randall Ryti: Communication

on October 18, 2018 - 6:16am
By RANDALL RYTI
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council
 
The thing I have most enjoyed about my first campaign for public office is getting to meet citizens and hear firsthand their concerns about County government as well as areas where they think the County excels. I have talked to most people at their homes while walking the neighborhoods, but I have also met some folks for coffee and had a chance for longer conversations.
 
A conversation on an issue is a good way to more fully understand the problem and to have a dialogue on possible solutions.

Smart Design With Suzette: How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

on October 18, 2018 - 5:07am
Insulate attic. Courtesy photo
 
Insulate water heater. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
As a Realtor® and Interior Designer, I love working with first time homebuyers. Their excitement for this new phase in their life is contagious. However guidance is needed in what to do to maintain it. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.
 
Tune up your heating system. Consider having your heating system inspected and maintained.

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part Three

on October 17, 2018 - 8:22pm
By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
We take money for granted, not making or earning money but the physical item itself. Money represents an IOU from the issuing party. We have to go to the issuer and receive something of value in exchange for the physical stuff we call money. It is, in essence, a tangible substance we can carry in our pocket.
Credit and debit cards are not really money but merely a synthetic representation (some electronic ones and zeros) of money.
 
In today’s world money usually represents an IOU from the government and demands your confidence in the

Bliss: Response To Mr. Nesmith

on October 17, 2018 - 2:53pm
By JOHN BLISS, Chairman
Republican Party of Los Alamos County

I appreciate Mr. Nesmith’s concern for the credibility of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County (RPLA), and he is of course entitled to his opinions (link). But in his attack on the RPLA he misses two key points.

First, political parties do not pick their candidates. Candidates volunteer, go through the primary process, and if they win are placed on the ballot for the general election.

Secondly, I share his concern over the tactics being employed in the political campaigns for NM House District 43 - this year and in the

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 17

on October 17, 2018 - 8:32am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
 
The weather turned sharply cooler this past weekend and there was some good precipitation in the form of rain at lower elevations and snow higher up in the mountains.
 
This should improve the fishing conditions in our lakes and trout should be actively cruising the shallows looking to feed heavily in preparation for winter. The moisture also will benefit the trout in our rivers and streams, raising streamflow levels and lowering water temperatures.
 
A good example would be the Pecos River from the town of Pecos upstream to

Home Country: Clean Your Boots

on October 16, 2018 - 8:08am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Our resident cowboy, Steve, brought us the shocking news: cowpuncher Three-Chord Cortez, that bunkhouse balladeer, plans to study opera, in hopes an aria or three will make him even more attractive to girls during a serenade.
 
Apparently, singing La Donna Mobile might be more effective than “You don’t know whatlonesome is ‘til you start herding co-o-o-ows” … especially if she doesn’t speak European.
 
I thought I’d jot down a few opera-watching truths for ol’ T.C. just to help him out.
 
1. Take off your hat. You can keep jujubes in it if you want.
 

Nesmith: When Will True Republicans Take A Stand?

on October 15, 2018 - 8:30am
By JAMES L. NESMITH
Los Alamos

I fail to understand why the Republican Party of Los Alamos has not repudiated and disavowed Lisa Shin’s candidacy for State House District 43. Her campaign employs some of the most vitriolic, hateful, unethical, shameful, misleading, disgraceful and immoral tactics that I’ve seen in my 72 years. 

Her false statements, her misleading and phony “Los Alamos Post” newspaper mailer as well as her most recent mailer (a nearly classic example of morally contaminated and corrupt political chicanery), her lack of knowledge of veteran affairs, her total lack of

Fr. Glenn: What Must I Do?

on October 14, 2018 - 4:58am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

A beautiful Gospel reading in the Catholic Mass this weekend—one of the most poignant encounters in the scriptures. A rich man in fine clothes throws himself at the feet of a wandering preacher and his dusty band, obviously having heard of, or witnessed, Jesus’ teaching and miracles. Full of enthusiasm, he calls out: “Good teacher!”… but Jesus replies: “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.”

Jesus doesn’t want the man to get caught up in desperate hero-worship, as many do with charismatic leaders.

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part One

on October 14, 2018 - 4:52am

By ANDY ANDREWS

World Futures Institute

People have been studying and debating ethics for a long time, at least relative to our perception of humanity. During this time period there has been an acceleration of the growth of technology. On Sept. 8, 1966, the first Star Trek episode aired. In the Star Trek episodes a device called a communicator was used to allow voice communication between an individual on a planet or elsewhere and the Starship Enterprise.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on October 12, 2018 - 6:13am

Parents Beware ... Digital Dangers Lurk For Kids Online

on October 11, 2018 - 8:21am

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Parents can’t always keep an eye on their children’s digital lives. Some adults aren’t digital natives, and still others simply don’t have time to monitor their kids’ activities. To complicate matters, the risks posed by cyber criminals changes all the time. Hackers and cyber crooks don’t stand still; they continually adapt, changing their attack methods to find new victims.
 
More than 1 million children—or 1.48 percent of minors—were victims of identity theft or fraud in 2017. Two-thirds of those victims were age 7 or younger.

Head2Head: Common Ground – Or Not

on October 11, 2018 - 7:08am
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The questions I ask first when strategizing about anything are:

  1. What outcome do I want to achieve?
  2. How will I get there?
  3. What are the advantages and/or the downsides of this plan of action?

These questions also work for clarifying what separates you and the person you’re talking with on a policy issue.

Suppose the person you’re talking with is from the opposite political party and they say access to quality health care is the most important issue to them.

Roberts: Public Transit Increases Independence, Access To Community

on October 10, 2018 - 8:50am
By DORIS ROBERTS
Executive Director
All Individuals First

As a caretaker for individuals with developmental disabilities and the executive director of All Individuals First, I see firsthand how public transit not only improves the quality of life, but also creates opportunities for empowerment, independence and joy.

Public transit for people with no other means of transportation gives them the same options as everyone—shopping, volunteering, going to the post office, going to work, or taking a fun outing – without relying on someone else to get them there.

All Individuals First works

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 10

on October 10, 2018 - 6:45am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After looking over the stocking report, it’s pretty easy to pick this week’s hotspot.
 
Oct. 3, the State Game and Fish Department stocked Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos with 575 rainbow trout that averaged 20 inches in size and over three pounds in weight. Those are some big fish. They were raised at the nearby Los Ojos Fish Hatchery.
 
Laguna de Campo is a small lake that is open to anglers 14 years of age or younger, 65 years of age or older and to those anglers with disabilities.

Burke: Vote NO On ‘Re-authorization’

on October 7, 2018 - 9:42am
By BRADY BURKE
Republican Candidate
Los Alamos County Council
 
I recently read Council Chair, David Izraelevitz’, support of the re-authorization for the NCRTD tax. It was a lovely piece that described the benefits of the service and potential risks associated with not supporting the re-authorization of the GRT tax for those services.
 
Like all the other proponents of the measure, his focus is on the bus service and not the ballot, itself.
 
Here are some items missing from the article but require consideration:
 
The use of the term ‘re-authorization’ just confuses the issue.

Fr. Glenn: Old Friends Long Gone

on October 7, 2018 - 8:00am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Received a text this morning about the passing of a good friend in my former parish. She was the deacon’s wife … always very kind and pleasant and generous … not to even mention that she made the best dang chile rellenos in the state! ... along with just about anything else that graced the palates of her charges. Few failed to make a beeline to her cooking at parish functions, and many were the expressions of lamentation and woe when people recalled the closing of their restaurant years before.

She and the deacon

Wiemann: Can You Count On A Bountiful Investment ‘Harvest’?

on October 6, 2018 - 4:53am

By SHELLY A. WIEMANN
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

We’re officially in autumn – the season when we bring in what we planted in the spring. But the concept of planting and gathering isn’t confined to agriculture. In fact, it can be used in many walks of life, including investing.

So what can you do to help work toward a successful investment “harvest”?

Here is (not quite) a bushel of ideas:

Plant the right “seeds.” When farmers plant specific crops, they know about what to expect – how long it will take for them to grow, how much yield they’ll produce, and so on.

World Futures: Ethics, Technology & Time – Part One

on October 6, 2018 - 4:53am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Ethics involves the concepts of right and wrong. When considering the future of humanity, human beings collectively, we make an implicit assumption that humanity is good and that it should continue forever.

This further implies that we should be concerned about our descendants a hundred million years from now even though human beings as we know them have only been around for about 200,000 years. Obviously we cannot fashion the hundred year future, but we can avoid making damaging mistakes. It is our ethical duty to try.

During the period of

McQuiston: Roadside Assistance

on October 4, 2018 - 4:10pm

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

With a strong economy and moderate fuel prices, drivers like you are hitting the road like never before.

As the garage door opens and you climb behind the wheel, admit it—somewhere in the back of your mind lurks an uncomfortable question: What will I do if I have trouble with my car? Lack of fuel, a flat tire, misplaced car keys, and mechanical issues can leave you stranded. Then what?

Consider the following scenarios:
Your son/daughter is newly licensed and is super excited to take their first drive …. alone.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

on October 4, 2018 - 4:53am

Green chile chicken enchilada casserole. Photo by Liddie Martinez

By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Espanola Valley

After a week’s travel to vertical eastern cities, I am dying for sunshine, vistas and green chile chicken enchiladas.

I long for our high desert and our unique food. This casserole is the ultimate in comfort food.

 Waiting at the luggage carousel I am taking virtual inventory of my pantry, my refrigerator, my deep freeze, visualizing all the ingredients I will need and lamenting another wait for the park and shuttle.

I speed to the I-25 exit, breeze by Sandias, sideline Santa Fe and

Smart Design With Suzette: New Fall Décor To Inspire

on October 4, 2018 - 4:45am

Add a touch of softness to fall decor such as blush pillows, heirloom pumpkins in muted tones and flowers on the side table. Courtesy image

Use tall corn stalks, raffia, or straw to wrap around entry porch columns and mailboxes. Fall wreaths are also a nice touch. Courtesy image

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

You might have noticed something is a little different this fall. The traditional yellow, orange and reds have given way to muted tones of white, green, gray and shades of burgundy.

You will see it everywhere from the front porch, to the buffet table or entry table, living rooms and

Amateur Naturalist: Sticky Gumweed

on October 4, 2018 - 4:16am
A mature flower with its many florets next to a bract covered with milky sap. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
Amateur Naturalist
By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos
 
Plants can have a very mixed relationship with the insects that help pollinate them. On the one hand insects carry pollen from flower to flower while sipping nectar from flowers. This helps assure that more seeds then will develop. On the other hand, insects eat developing flowers and birds eat the resulting seeds.
 
How can a plant obtain the benefits but avoid the costs?
 
Different species of plants have different strategies to

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on October 4, 2018 - 4:04am

Weekly Fishing Report: Oct. 4

on October 4, 2018 - 4:02am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
New Mexico is still feeling the effects of what has been a hot and dry year. The monsoon rains were not enough to significantly raise low streamflows and reservoirs are at very low levels.
 
The low streamflows and high water temperatures are negatively impacting trout, particularly in our streams and rivers. Trout prefer cool, well-oxygenated water to live in and survive.
 
There have been trout dieoffs reported recently in the Pecos River between the towns of Pecos and Cowles.

Local Transit Is An Integral Part Of Our Community

on October 2, 2018 - 2:23pm
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, Chair
Los Alamos County Council 

 

There are many things that a local government provides to its citizens. Parks, roads, and public schools all come to mind, but in my opinion, public transit is one of the most appreciated services that our local government in Los Alamos provides to our community. 

 

Specifically, the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit (ATC) system has really brought parts of the community here together like no other system has done before. Los Alamos County consists of two geographically separated communities: the town site and White Rock.

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