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Burke: Vote NO On ‘Re-authorization’

on October 7, 2018 - 9:42am
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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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.

Fr. Glenn: The Tangled Web

on September 30, 2018 - 7:45am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Find yourself bored? Need a little excitement? ... an adrenaline rush? This week all you may need do is find a crowded room and shout “Kavanaugh!”… and dive for cover. Let the melee begin.

The Kavanaugh hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee was quite the divisive spectacle last week. Now that issue has been passed on to the Senate, we are no doubt going to be afforded even more drama. One cannot but weary of it all … saddened as we watch the nation subjected to yet another trial of faith in its government.

Tales Of Our Times: Corporations Reflect All Too Human Attitudes

on September 28, 2018 - 7:23am
Tales of Our Times
New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water
Corporations Reflect All Too Human Attitudes
What do people really want from a big business these days? I mean, in a human way, not just more great stuff, for less, instantly. The murky answer often seems to be everything plus a 20 percent tip. I think the murk boils down to one word—“attitude”.
People want a new attitude on the public scene, but the request comes in so wretchedly.

Donation Distribution In House District 43

on September 27, 2018 - 7:25am
Los Alamos

We have a coming election for House here in District 43.

I was interested in seeing what the distribution of donors was, to see what money was trying to influence our race, and what the breakdown is between the Democratic (Dem.) candidate Christine Chandler and the Republican (Rep.) candidate Lisa Shin.

The result is here, which is a distributional measurement of the data taken from the Secretary of State donation report. The distributional measurements shows the donations in amount, and source.

Weekly Fishing Report Sept. 27

on September 27, 2018 - 7:10am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
The shorter days and cooler temperatures are stirring the trout from their summer doldrums and fishing conditions are improving throughout Northern New Mexico.
The aspens are starting to show some color and bull elk will likely be bugling in the mountains. Fall is the best time of the year to be enjoying the beautiful outdoors in New Mexico.
The State Game and Fish Department continues to stock thousands of rainbow trout and some very big trout averaging over 18 inches in size were stocked last week.

2016: The ‘Regime Change’ Election And What Comes Next Part 1

on September 27, 2018 - 6:58am

Los Alamos

This series of articles answers the questions of “What happened in the 2016 Election, and Why?” I believe the current situation is like a storm on the sea. Lots of froth on top, masking deep currents underneath.  

Several friends, knowing I follow social and political trends, asked me, “Jim, what the H--- is going on?”. Intrigued, I researched and developed a presentation with which independents, liberals, and conservatives seem to agree.

McQuiston: Five Figures Important To Your Homeowners Insurance

on September 27, 2018 - 6:37am

The Jemez Agency

You invest a lot in your home, and you spend a lot maintaining and protecting it. If you show your home insurance the same consideration, you can rest easy knowing you have a well thought-out policy in place.

There are several figures that play a role in the insurance you choose for your home and how much you’ll pay for it. Here are five:

Replacement Cost Value

This is the amount for which you insure your home. It’s based on what it would take to rebuild your home today.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on September 27, 2018 - 6:05am

Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler, center, presents a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among those accepting the proclamation were Nancy Partridge, second from right, and Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Dianne Hammon, right. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos

Tuesday, the Los Alamos County approved a proclamation declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The proclamation:

WHEREAS: According to the American Cancer Society, this year, 268,670 people will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the U.S.;

Fr. Glenn: Right Judgment

on September 23, 2018 - 6:42am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (John 7:24)

Boy, is THIS exhortation not applicable for our own day! How we are quick to judge others, often judging the good as bad … and vice versa, unfortunately.

It is often said that people have a “public face”—the façade maintained for the benefit of others … and of ourselves. In a negative illustration, the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees that Jesus excoriates in the Gospels are a prime example: “…hypocrites!

Head2Head: Whose Side Are You On Anyway?

on September 20, 2018 - 5:06pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

One time, I was in a bar with some old friends. Suddenly, everyone was silent and a man, obviously a regular, raised his glass.

“You know what I love about this bar?” he queried.

As a group, the whole bar responded, “No yuppies!”

Obviously, this was a nightly ritual and I not only found it hilarious, it felt great to be part of the group, putting down a stereotypical uber-consumer of the type I often find annoying—for about a minute.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 20, 2018 - 3:48pm

World Futures: Governance Part 3

on September 20, 2018 - 3:16pm
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
In the previous column we explored governance in families, businesses, organizations that are subject to some external control, and one global entity that uses agreed governance but without external government control (the Internet). It now is useful to explore government and its role in governance.

Drawing from Wikipedia, government is a system or group of people governing an organized community. If you explore the definition in an array of sources, a precise definition becomes confusing and elusive.

Weekly Fishing Report: Sept. 20

on September 20, 2018 - 6:58am
Sports Editor
Los Alamos Daily Post
National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday. On this day, anglers may fish without a license. It’s a good day to take a friend fishing who doesn’t normally go fishing. It’s even better if you have out-of-town visitors who don’t want to purchase a nonresident license. All other regular fishing rules and regulations will still apply.
The unseasonably hot weather has delayed the start of what I like to call the fall bite. This is when shorter days and cooler temperatures trigger trout into becoming more active.

McQuiston: Parents Of College Students - Check Your Coverage Before They Go

on September 20, 2018 - 6:39am

The Jemez Agency

My wife and I just sent our oldest child off to UNM for his freshman year. This is the start of many big life changes for everyone, which can also bring a lot of stress and questions.

As a parent, an important question you may not be thinking about is, what insurance coverage does my child have when they go off to college. Are they covered under my homeowners policy? Do they need more coverage?

Many homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage for your college student while they are away at school.

Smart Design By Suzette: Design Like A French Girl

on September 20, 2018 - 6:36am

Do something the French have mastered: enjoy your home. Courtesy image

Follow the French citeria when renovating: form follows function. Courtesy image

Los Alamos

How do the French do it - that effortless style that oozes sophistication? Even the term for that mysterious, not-quite-definable fabulousness is French: je ne sais quoi.

I recently read How The French Live. It identified a few key guiding principles that I live by and thought that this topic would make a good article. The author is from Provence, Southern France but now lives in San Francisco.