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World Futures: The Distribution Of Stuff – Part Four

on February 28, 2019 - 1:37pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In the previous column we looked at the release of CO2, carbon dioxide, from the movement of people and food, with the principle energy for movement coming from fossil fuels. We ended with a data point from the United States Energy Information Administration that 1.709 billon tons of CO2 are released annually.
Today there is great concern (by some) about global warming, climate change and projected changes in humanity’s living environment.

An Open Book: Ex Libris, Part II, Kill The Kindle

on February 28, 2019 - 10:42am

Los Alamos

Note to Reader: This Open Book column is part of my occasional “Ex Libris” series about books that I love, or not, and is dedicated to Leadership Los Alamos, Class of 2019, the best class ever!

Some avid readers consider the Kindle one of humanity’s great inventions, and my wife is among them. She can’t restrain her excitement when, with a click or two, whatever book she wants to read flies to her Kindle like magic. The Amazon book she was recommended by a friend, poof, it flies to her Kindle.

Finance NM: Setting Your Sights On Cybersecurity

on February 26, 2019 - 7:25am
Cyber Program Director Jennifer Kurtz
Finance New Mexico
Jennifer Kurtz quickly boils down the reasons small businesses should care about cybersecurity.
You want to keep your business, your reputation, your customers, your money and your people. You don't like getting sued. And you want to sleep well.
Pretty hard to argue with that.
Kurtz, the Cyber Program Director at Manufacturer's Edge, a Colorado-based nonprofit that works to boost the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through that state's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, shared her

Fr. Glenn: Moral Courage

on February 24, 2019 - 7:19am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

More days than not we Catholics commemorate the memory of a certain saint—not worshiping them as is often mistakenly thought by non-Catholics, but rather a remembrance of their examples of fidelity to Jesus Christ and to virtuous life. Last week in part of our commemoration was a wonderful phrase describing the saint of that day:

“He was able to sin, but did not;
 He was able to do wrong, but would not.”

It is hard to imagine a much better epitaph for a Christian … or for anyone else for that matter—to always seek that which is truly right and good—moral

Home Country: Sometimes Love Can Be Little

on February 22, 2019 - 6:58am
Home Country
Steve was walking down the sidewalk the other day to get from the barber shop to where he’d parked his pickup. It was a nice kind of day. Chilly, of course, but not bolt-freezing cold.
His mind was on what he had to do that day. In addition to the usual ranch chores, he had to catch up the horses and give their hooves a mid-winter trim.
There are only a couple of horses shod at the moment, in case one is needed, and the others will get iron on them before the spring gather.
Steve stopped and turned to see a girl about seven or

Tales Of Our Times: Think Big, Think Again, Think Of Ways To Improve

on February 22, 2019 - 6:49am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Think Big, Think Again, Think Of Ways To Improve


A close look at modern institutions---such as big companies, big political parties and lobby groups---finds a most peculiar approach to self-promotion. The custom is so familiar we forget how really bizarre it is. The oddness is unmistakable when we see it on a human scale: A man walks up to you on the street, sticks out his hand with a smile and says, “Hi, my name is Joe. I’m perfect.”

You might hold back a laugh, hurry away or call the police.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 21

on February 21, 2019 - 6:11am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The weather this week turned sharply colder. There was snow, but it was hit-or-miss. Here in the Espanola Valley there was very little, while nearby Los Alamos was buried. One area that has been really slammed with snow is Chama. They have already had over 100 inches of total snowfall and more is still on the way.
It’s been crazy not just here, but around the world. There was snow in Hawaii.

Gessing: Tax Hikes Won’t Diversify NM Economy

on February 20, 2019 - 2:30pm
Rio Grande Foundation
House Democrats have revamped and are now pushing HB 6, legislation that ostensibly “reforms” New Mexico’s tax code. In reality, the legislation would impose a variety of tax hikes and raise New Mexicans’ overall tax burdens by $120 million a year.
The bill would have the positive impact of reducing the State gross receipts tax rate by 0.5%, but the legislation includes numerous taxes including but not limited to motor vehicle excise taxes, a 10 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, hiking the top rate on personal income taxes from 4.9 to

Lichthardt: Diets Debunked

on February 18, 2019 - 4:23pm
By Jordan Lichthardt, MS, RD, LD
Los Alamos

If you are like many Americans, it is likely that you have tried a fad diet or two. As a Registered Dietitian, I face many questions about which diets are safe and which will yield the best results. In this article, I offer detailed insight into three of the most popular diets of today’s age. Read on to find out which diets you need to stay clear of, and which ones may have some surprising health benefits.

Ketogenic diet

How it works:​ The ketogenic diet in essence removes all carbohydrates from the diet, which are your body’s preferred source

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds? 2

on February 16, 2019 - 7:09am
The evening grosbeak, beneficiary of changes in the habitats of Los Alamos. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist: What is Happening to the Birds?
Los Alamos County can be categorized as having 12 kinds of habitats for birds.
Five of these habitats are defined by the dominant species of trees growing in them. These vary from piñon/juniper to spruce/fir trees. The piñon/juniper habitat is at lower elevations toward the Rio Grande. The spruce/fir habitat is at the highest elevations toward the mountain tops.

Smart Design With Suzette: Techno Kitchens

on February 15, 2019 - 9:31am

Robotic chef at work. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Decades ago, the kitchen was hidden in the back of the house. It was a place where meals were prepared and dirty dishes were washed. Fast forward to 2019 and the kitchen has a much different role.

Today, the kitchen is the focal point of the home, the place that brings everyone together at the start of the day or after a long day away.  Now the kitchen is paraded in all its beauty and warmth at the very center of the house.

Kitchens have changed a lot over the decades and planning for your kitchen remodel is very important.

EMS Division Chief: The Importance Of Time...

on February 15, 2019 - 8:35am
EMS Division Chief
Los Alamos Frie Department

Each year more than a 790,000 Americans have a heart attack, of these nearly 15% will die as a result.

A heart attack is known clinically as a myocardial infarction (MI) and is the permanent damage to heart muscle. The prefix “my” means muscle, “cardial” refers to the heart and “infarction” is the death of tissue due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is reduced or cut off. Cells within the heart will become starved of oxygen and begin to die.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on February 14, 2019 - 3:58pm

Schmidt: Let Me Introduce Myself...

on February 14, 2019 - 8:32am
Los Alamos County Councilor

As the newest member of County Council, I want to introduce myself to those of you whom I haven’t yet met. 

I am excited to have the opportunity to represent the people of Los Alamos and serve as a public official.

I began my professional career in public affairs working for the International Affairs Division of the Niigata Prefecture, a region of Japan comparable in population to the state of New Mexico. I presently teach fourth grade at Barranca Mesa Elementary and previously taught eighth grade in my home state of Wisconsin.

In my daily

Head2Head: Who Do You Trust?

on February 14, 2019 - 8:29am
Los Alamos Daily Post

One of the most powerful factors pushing polarization is, of course, the rise of social media. People follow pages or people that reflect their own politics and then get “news” from them in their feed. If most of your friends agree with your politics, they’re weighing in and sharing things with you that you’re inclined to accept as true.

This is fine as far as it goes, but sometimes friends and other sources you’re inclined to trust, re-tweet questionable information. You trust THEM, so you trust what they sent you.

McQuiston: It’s Your Tax Refund – Don’t Let Criminals Steal It

on February 13, 2019 - 4:59pm

The Jemez Agency

Are you anticipating a nice tax refund this year? Maybe you have plans for a new TV or a special vacation. But imagine someone beats you to your refund by filing a fraudulent tax return, putting your plans on hold.

Instead, you’ll have an identity theft mess to clean up. And it can take nearly a year—278 days on average in the United States—to resolve tax fraud and receive your rightful refund.

Tax scams and identity fraud by the numbers

The good news:  At least in the U.S., tax return fraud declined nearly 65 percent between 2015 and 2017, as the IRS

Zero Waste Team: Greenhouse Gas Emissions And The Solutions

on February 13, 2019 - 4:58pm

Image of Greenhouse Effect. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan referred to planet Earth as the “Goldilocks Planet” - not too hot like Venus, and not too cold like Mars. How did this “just right” climate happen on Earth, to allow all life as we know it to exist here?

Scientists have understood the greenhouse effect since the 1800s - gases in the atmosphere over Earth trap heat like the glass structure over a greenhouse. Ultraviolet light from the sun is absorbed by Earth and warms it.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 13

on February 13, 2019 - 8:55am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
There were several days recently with strong winds. This time of the year the wind can be a major factor when it comes to fishing lakes that have not frozen over. It pays to check on the weather if you are planning a fishing trip. It can be spring one day and winter the next.
More lakes will open to fishing March 1 in Northeast New Mexico. The Charette Lakes, Clayton Lake and Maxwell Lake 13 will open for fishing.
Morphy Lake State Park near Mora has been closed for months for repairs on the dam.

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Verbiage

on February 13, 2019 - 7:30am
Mama lifeguard watches over her babies. Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
In the chapter “What’s in a Name”, Sy Montgomery summarizes in her book “Tamed and Untamed Close Encounters of the Animal Kind” (by Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Vermont, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017) what is known about animal language.
The alert calls of prairie dogs specify which flying hunter is in the sky or who is hunting on the ground. Prairie dogs even describe human characteristics.

Weekly Fishing Report: Feb. 10

on February 10, 2019 - 10:38am
Sports & Outdoors
Los Alamod Daily Post
The weather in February here in the Southwest can vary between periods of spring-like warmth with winter returning at times. The buds on the elm trees in the Espanola Valley are starting to swell and that’s one of the first signs that spring is around the corner.
There is usually a warm stretch of weather in February so it is best to call ahead to check on ice conditions. The good news is that several lakes still have good ice fishing conditions and another lake was just opened up for ice fishing.
Heron Lake near Tierra

Fr. Glenn: ‘We Call Those Happy Who Were Steadfast’

on February 10, 2019 - 9:02am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well … almost a month absent from Los Alamos already. One thing is nicer for these old bones here in Albuquerque, though: it’s a lot warmer—averaging 10-15 degrees warmer daily.  Yet … ponderosas are scarce … canyons almost non-existent ... mountains more distant … the coyote chorale simply a memory. Ah, the remembered blessings of LA…

Now have been a month at the new job—with lofty title of “Vicar General”, but more descriptive would be “paper pusher”, for large part.

Home Country: Dining Room Fashions

on February 9, 2019 - 6:47am
Home Country
“Well,” said Steve, polishing off the last of his coffee, “what should we discuss this fine morning?”
“I’m awful glad you asked, ol’ pard,” came the cheerful voice of Windy Wilson, emerging through the swinging doors that came from the kitchen of the Mule Barn truck stop. “Yessir. Awful glad.”
Steve and the other members of the world dilemma think tank looked in amazement as this old camp cook and cowboy came over with the coffee pot and topped off their coffee mugs. Windy had found a dish towel and wrapped it around his waist, too.
“Windy?” said

Ringside Seat: A Rags Or Riches Debate Wages On

on February 8, 2019 - 8:05am
Except for the numbers, nothing changes in the angry debates about raising the minimum wage.
Santa Fe was the nation's most ferocious battleground on this issue 16 years ago. What happened then should provide some perspective on today's furor across New Mexico.
Most city councilors believed Santa Fe's lowest-paid workers needed a raise. Hometown business owners, most notably restaurateurs, warned the councilors that government dictates on wages would endanger companies and their employees.
The councilors forged ahead.

World Futures: The Distribution Of Stuff – Part One

on February 8, 2019 - 7:07am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
People in the world today are dependent on stuff. If one looks at the evolution of humankind, one sees the creation of communities or societies for mutual support in continued existence.
Then one sees societies interacting to trade for needed and desired stuff. Today we have a human society of 7,680,256,619 people, almost 8 billion, organized in various nation-states, needing as well as producing stuff. It is stuff we really need as well as stuff we think we need, absolutely essential through frivolous. And if you go to

McQuiston: Buyer Beware Of Online Insurance Shopping

on February 7, 2019 - 1:33pm

The Jemez Agency

There is no disputing that the internet has changed our lives in the past 15-20 years. It has altered how we live, shop, and interact with each other. Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple have become household names.

But technology has also brought the expectation that everything should be quick and easy.

To meet this demand, some technology companies have tried their hand in the insurance space which can be problematic for the consumer.

While being able to access a quote online is a convenient and viable option for the consumer, there is