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Amateur Naturalist: Summer Solstice ... What Is Happening To The Birds

on June 25, 2019 - 7:39am
The Evening Grosbeak: The most adaptable species for the varying habitats of Los Alamos has resulted in it being the most commonly seen. Photo by Bob Walker
A House Sparrow and a fledgling: The efforts of a parent bird may help their numbers increase in coming years. Photo by Bob Walker
Amateur Naturalist
We have been considering in previous columns what has been happening to the birds of Los Alamos County.
This has involved reviewing the distribution of breeding species in different habitats and what has been the trend in their numbers for year to year since

Home Country: It Just Happened

on June 24, 2019 - 9:44am
Home Country
It just happened, you know? One of those serendipitous coincidences that occur when planets line up or you foolishly store oily rags together. It just … happened.
Ardis Richardson was looking through the Soup ‘R Market for an egg beater for her mom. Not the electric kind. The turn-the-handle kind. She picked one up and tried it out, causing the friendly little metallic whir that good egg beaters make.
What was serendipitous, however, was Anita Campbell not six feet away in the next row thumping pumpkins.

How The Hen House Turns: Shared Emotion

on June 24, 2019 - 9:41am
Courtesy photo
Formerly of Los Alamos
In his Great Course on animals, Donald Moore gives us this definition of animal: “a multicellular organism that eats other animals.”
Of course that includes us humans. His first session begins by noting shared characteristics in animals, then different methods of reproduction, then various ways animals have devised in order to raise their offspring safely.
Most go to great lengths--like fish who use their own mouths to protect their young. Others retain the fetus until it is quite alert.

Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living ... Welcome

on June 24, 2019 - 6:52am
Los Alamos member of
The International Behaviorology Institute
Welcome to the first of many columns exploring some of the mysteries of life and living, especially some behavior–related mysteries.
Each column will include where to find more information. And each column provides some basics of a scientific account for its mystery.
Behaviorology, the little known 100-year-old natural science of behavior, supplies the informing science.

Posts From The Road: City Of Rocks State Park

on June 23, 2019 - 8:19am

‘Posts from the Road’ is a new feature that beginning today will appear 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 will share scenes they encounter while on the road. Today’s submission features the City of Rocks State Park in southwestern New Mexico between Deming and Silver City.

Lauritzen: Life After 50 ... It Takes A Village

on June 23, 2019 - 6:33am
Executive Director
According to, , the saying, “It takes a village,” is a portion of an old African proverb. They also say that may be up for debate, too. Many times it does take a village to get things accomplished and I am thankful for my village.
This week, I wanted to focus on one of our many project partners at the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization. The community partner I have selected is Los Alamos County. Now, I realize that thanking a funder publicly may come across as being grossly obsequious, according to Come on,

Fr. Glenn: ‘…a Most Desirable Friend…’

on June 23, 2019 - 6:24am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

While reading a text from one of the saints this weekend, a certain phrase rather leapt from the page: “…you are a most desirable friend”—the saint (Paulinus of Nola) thanking the recipient for a great favor done for a kinsman.

Would that we all comport ourselves in relationships so as to deserve such tribute! But … as we all have no doubt experienced—and might be ashamed to admit of ourselves—we often fall far short of such admiration … likely being viewed by—or, to our discredit, viewing—others as vehicles to selfish gain. 

One of the most poignant compliments in all

Weekly Fishing Report: June 22, 2019

on June 22, 2019 - 10:33am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
The near record-breaking spring runoff continues and the weather remains relatively cool for this time of year.
We had a nice, soaking rain Monday in the Espanola Valley. The Rio Grande and Rio Chama continue to run high and heavy. Some of the smaller streams are offering some good fishing now and the best fishing continues to be in the smaller lakes and ponds.
Some fruits like cherries and mulberries are starting to ripen here in Espanola and show up at the Farmers Market.

Wiemann: Women Must Look Beyond Social Security To Help Fund Retirement

on June 21, 2019 - 6:50am
Financial Advisor 
Edward Jones
Women tend to depend more on Social Security for several reasons, including longer life spans, lower average earnings and more time spent away from the workforce to care for family members.
Nearly half of all senior unmarried women receiving Social Security benefits rely on them for 90 percent or more of their total income, according to the Social Security Administration.
But this isn’t by choice, because Social Security payments by themselves are not enough to fund retirement.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater

on June 20, 2019 - 5:14pm

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing, And Statistics – Part Two

on June 20, 2019 - 7:22am
World Futures Institute
Statistics is the science of collecting and analyzing large quantities of numerical data and inferring proportions of the whole from a representative sample.
If you or I are a member of the representative sample, how truly correct is our response based on knowledge, thought, facts, and precision? If the question is do you prefer red or blue, the validity of the response is solid assuming we understand the meaning of red and blue – are they colors or representations of something else? It also assumes we do not have a color recognition impairment.

McQuiston: How To Stop Targeted Ads On Facebook

on June 19, 2019 - 5:25pm

The Jemez Agency

A little off the topic of insurance, but I thought you might find this helpful.

You probably already know that your Facebook news feed is full of advertisements. But have you ever been surprised to find advertisements for items you just searched for using your phone’s Internet browser?  Were you a little creeped out that Facebook could do that? Or maybe just curious about how they did it? Either way, here’s a little bit about how it works and how to turn it off (if you want to).

So what is a Facebook ad?

Catch Of The Week: What To Do…If You’re Caught In A Data Breach

on June 18, 2019 - 7:57pm
Caricature by artist Paul Ziomek.
Los Alamos
Data breaches … they happen all the time, right? It can be easy to ignore them, but it’s important to pay attention when these show up in the news, or you could end up with fraudulent charges, your identity stolen, or worse.
Last week the American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) revealed it was the victim of hackers who had unauthorized access to their system from August of 2018 until March of 2019. Over 20 million LabCorp, Quest, and OpkoHealth patients who had been placed into

Fr. Glenn: Father’s Day

on June 16, 2019 - 7:47am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

A very happy and joy-filled and blessed Father’s Day to all you dads out there! (Is it “Fathers”,  “Father’s”, or “Fathers’”? Ah well … no matter.) What an honor you have to be entrusted with the care and teaching of God’s precious little ones—your children … those little images of God as we all are, but they with that innocence that we adults have most often lost but are called by Christ to emulate: “Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me…” (Matthew 18:4-5) 

To emulate

World Futures: Polling, Voting, Surveying, Choosing, Influencing And Statistics – Part One

on June 14, 2019 - 8:33am
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
A couple of years ago I penned The List of 18, areas that will affect the future of earth and humanity.
The elements of the list are broad in context such as energy: storage, conversion, efficiency and distribution. It is a pretty straightforward list that should be easily controlled and administered.
But, as an example, the sub-elements of the energy element affect other items on The List of 18. For example, another item on the list is the distribution of products, stuff needed by the 7.346 billion people that comprise humanity,

Analysis Of VISA Credit Card Fees At Smith’s Stores

on June 13, 2019 - 4:49pm
Los Alamos

Kroger first banned VISA credit cards in 2018 at its Foods Co division in California. In expanding the ban to Smith’s, Kroger publicly claimed numerous offenses by VISA, the most emphasized of which is that VISA charges “excessive interchange and network fees.”

Contradicting Kroger’s public claims is tedious but straightforward.

This Week At The Reel Deal Theater: June 13, 2019

on June 13, 2019 - 4:46pm

Allen McQuiston: How Crumple Zones Work

on June 13, 2019 - 7:24am

The Jemez Agency

This may be a hard concept to accept but, despite what your intuition tells you, you may want a car that crumples. In fact, statistics show that the risk of being killed in a personal motor vehicle on U.S. roads has decreased each year, with the exception of 2012, when fatality and injury rates increased slightly.

And much of that progress in car safety can be attributed to car design that has evolved from the invention of the crumple zone.

The Crumple Zone – How Physics Saves Lives
Early designs of car bodies were designed to be rigid without much regard

Weekly Fishing Report: June 12

on June 12, 2019 - 8:17am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
This year is turning out to be one for the record books. Streamflows remain very high and are not likely to come down very much for some time.
On the Rio Grande in Colorado, streamflows are so heavy that Mineral County and Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado have closed the Rio Grande to ALL water sports due to the dangerous conditions.
All that water is headed downstream to New Mexico. It would not be surprising if heavy streamflows continue into July this year.

Nakhleh: Exceptional Job By Parks & Recreation Dept.

on June 12, 2019 - 7:46am
From left, Aidan, his friend Wyatt and his friend Jon at Senior Appreciation Night 2019. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
I admit I was a little worried going into LAHS's graduation weekend: Not only did the Parks and Recreation Department have Big Head Todd and the Monsters coming into town for the Summer Concert Series, which was going to bring in a larger-than-average crowd, but the next day was Senior Appreciation Night.
It's a lot for one county department to be dealing with on a single weekend.

Lauritzen: ‘Life After 50’ In Los Alamos And White Rock

on June 10, 2019 - 1:59pm

Betty Ehart Senior Center at 1101 Bathtub Row is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.662.8920. Courtesy/BESC photo

The White Rock Senior Center at 133 Longview Dr. is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 505.672.2034. Courtesy/WRSC


Executive Director

There are two great events for those 50 and over taking place in the near future and we hope that you will spread

World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-For-Profit Part 4

on June 9, 2019 - 8:28pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous columns we looked at individual, profit, nonprofit, and government bubbles in a bubble model. All individual bubble, including marriages and families, want to make a profit – the means to satisfy needs as perceived by them.

Profit companies are in business to make a profit collectively, by the owner or shareholders, but not necessarily the employees. The government bubble likes profit making bubbles because they are a source of revenue, noting the individuals are also members of the government.

The legally nonprofit

Fr. Glenn: ‘Ordinary’ Time

on June 9, 2019 - 9:31am

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Today (Sunday, June 9) we come to one of most important Christian days of the year and that which closes out the Easter season: Pentecost—commemorating an event described in the Acts of the Apostles chapter 2—an annual commemoration of what Christians hold to be the coming of the Holy Spirit of God upon Jesus’ apostles. At this event the apostles were imbued with wisdom, fortitude and courage with which they went out and taught of Jesus and His Word.

Pentecost is often called the “birthday” of the Christian Church, for the apostles quit hiding in fear and went forth to

Weekly Fishing Report: June 7

on June 7, 2019 - 6:30am
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Here in Northern New Mexico we have been fortunate to avoid getting the powerful thunderstorms that were pounding Southeast New Mexico this past week.
These storms produced large hailstones that covered the ground between Roswell and Dexter and really hit the town of Hagerman.
This area of New Mexico can produce phenomenal quail hunting for scaled and bobwhite quail in good years. However, hail storms can absolutely devastate quail populations.

Amateur Naturalist: What Is Happening To The Birds In The High Forest?

on June 7, 2019 - 6:17am
The Steller jay is the most commonly seen and nests in the high forest habitat. Photo by Bob Walker
Los Alamos
Los Alamos County can be divided into various kinds of ecological habitats. One approach has divided the county into habitats based on the predominant kinds of tree growing in them.
Different species of birds in turn prefer a particular kind of habitat for breeding. We had previously considered birds that breed in the juniper/pinon habitat toward the Rio Grande and other birds that prefer the ponderosa forest habitat further up the mountains.