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Andrews: Integrity – Part Two

on April 20, 2019 - 7:53am

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In Part One of this series, we ended with a question of when life begins. It can be argued that the answer affects moral and ethical principles of not just the individual, but the collective organization called society.

Buried in this perspective is another ill-defined term – a society. Is it private or public, is it a large or small group, or is it some interwoven amalgamation of an integral entity? For this part, let us view it as a governmental entity recognizing that all citizens in the entity are part of the government.

The population

How The Hen House Turns: Dog Psychology

on April 13, 2019 - 8:31pm
DeeDee and Scooter. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
All the doges we adopted were more or less normal. They liked people--made eye-contact from their shelter domain and got along reasonably well with other dogs in our various neighborhoods.
 
Here in California we’ve been dog-sitting for our neighbor down the hall, while they attend a family reunion in England.

Sirphey’s First Holi Festival: A Communal Celebration Of Colors At Fuller Lodge 11 A.M. Sunday

on April 10, 2019 - 3:43pm
 
Sirphey owner Prashant Jain during a color fight at last year's Holi festival. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Sirphey is hosting its first annual Holi festival, at 11 a.m. Sunday April14 at Fuller Lodge. The community is invited and urged to wear white so that the colors really stand out!
 
Holi is the most colorful festival on earth, wherein communities come together for food, music, and of course, a color fight.

High School Ethics Essay Contest Deadline April 30

on March 31, 2019 - 8:04am
NMEW News:
 
New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting ethics in governance and public life, announced its annual high school ethics essay contest.  
 
Open to high school juniors and seniors across the state, in public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students, the contest topic asks students, “What does being ethical mean to you?”
 
In the three years NMEW has been in existence, the organization has produced reports and materials based on research regarding the Financial Disclosure Act (requiring elected and appointed officials to report

Chamisa Elementary Hosts Multicultural Fair April 3

on March 25, 2019 - 11:32am

How The Hen House Turns: Crows And Squirrels

on March 16, 2019 - 10:23am
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
In Ponderosa country like Los Alamos it is probably wise to stay home during the day. Otherwise, the crows will move in and eat up all the expensive cracked corn you have bought for your chickens.
 
I’m afraid that the crows have taken over in Los Alamos. In our early years there, we enjoyed the visit of many ravens. They came to the tall tree stump behind our back deck, where they picked up our leftover meat scraps.
 
Then one day I realized why we didn’t see ravens very often.

Home Country: Anchorage To Nome

on March 11, 2019 - 9:24am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
This coming Saturday, I’ll probably be right here in New Mexico. Well, most of me will. But my heart and my wishes and part of my soul will be many miles from here, up in Anchorage, Alaska.
 
Anchorage. First Saturday in March. Dog trucks with freight sleds lashed to the top of the dog boxes.
 
For 46 years now, this has meant only one thing to me: the start of the Iditarod Dogsled Race. A thousand miles. Anchorage to Nome. There will be screaming dogs, lunging into their harnesses at the start line.

Weekly Fishing Report: March 7

on March 7, 2019 - 12:11pm
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Despite a cold snap over the weekend in Eastern New Mexico, ice conditions at several lakes have deteriorated and they have been closed to ice fishing.
 
Eagle Nest Lake has been closed to fishing as the ice is breaking up. Call 575.377.1594 for an update on conditons.
 
Lake Maloya and Lake Alice at Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton have been closed to ice fishing due to unsafe conditions. Call 575.445.5607 for conditions.
 
Heron Lake and El Vado Lake are both closed to ice fishing due to unsafe ice conditions.

Liddie’s Traditional New Mexican Dishes: Lentil Soup

on March 7, 2019 - 7:59am
Lentil soup. Photo by Liddie Martinez
 
By LIDDIE MARTINEZ
Española Valley
 
When the chill of winter hurts my bones and snow makes its appearance, I find myself seeking comfort in a bowl of lentil soup. The unusual volume of snow this year has brought this soup to mind more in the last few weeks than all the past five winters combined.
 
Lentil soup is my favorite; it reminds me of my Grandma. Anytime I am missing my Grandma, I put on my apron and make a pot of lentil soup. It was one of her favorite dishes and one she and I often made together.

Tigers Eye Healing Aids Personal Transformations

on February 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

Victoria LeDuc
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Feeling stuck in a rut, stressed, anxious and desiring a change? Tigers Eye Healing owner Victoria LeDus said she can help at her alternative healing business in White Rock.

LeDuc, a Los Alamos native, is certified in Reiki as well as in meditation. She is pursuing certification to become a Law of Attraction coach through the Quantum Success Coaching Academy. She will be a certified Law of Attraction coach by the end of the year.
 
She has been a Reiki Master for almost two years.

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

on February 28, 2019 - 10:42am

By DAVID IZRAELEVTIZ
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.

Home Country: Sometimes Love Can Be Little

on February 22, 2019 - 6:58am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES 
 
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.
 
“Mister?”
 
Steve stopped and turned to see a girl about seven or

NHCC Art Museum Opens Qué Chola March 8

on February 21, 2019 - 6:34am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum's upcoming exhibition, Qué Chola, opens Friday March 8, with a reception in the Art Museum 6-9 p.m., and closes Aug. 4.
 
The exhibit features Cholas and homegirls in art and pop culture and celebrates the Chola as a symbol of strength, power and resilience in the face of racial, gender and economic adversity.
 
The term Chola is commonly used to refer to women of a particular subculture in the U.S. often characterized by cultural pride, tough behavior and a distinctive style.

Natural Grocers May Be Coming To Los Alamos

on February 17, 2019 - 7:18am
At its Feb. 27 meeting, P&Z will consider a lot split and site plan to pave the way for a Natural Grocers on Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
The options of where to get groceries in Los Alamos could be expanding. Feb. 27, the Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a lot split and site plan that would pave the way for a Natural Grocers.
 
County Planning Manager Tamara Baer
 

Los Alamos County Planning Manager Tamara Baer explained that the lot split is proposed at the Shriners’ building site on Trinity

Los Alamos Farmers Market Open Valentines Day

on February 13, 2019 - 9:28am
LAFM News:
 
Come see what's at Los Alamos Farmers Market 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge.
 
Nothing says I love you like good food. EBT, DUFB accepted. Foods raised, grown, processed locally! You can taste the difference!
 
Sponsored by Los Alamos Main Street & Los Alamos County.

How The Hen House Turns: Animal Verbiage

on February 13, 2019 - 7:30am
Mama lifeguard watches over her babies. Courtesy photo
 
By CARY NEEPER
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.

Home Country: Dining Room Fashions

on February 9, 2019 - 6:47am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“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

Home Country: Winter Boredom

on February 4, 2019 - 3:43pm
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
“I can’t stand winter,” Herb Collins said, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.”
 
“Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
 
“I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
 
We all looked at Dud.
 
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
 
We looked at him some

Love Stories Wanted: Be Part Of Our Valentine Issue

on January 26, 2019 - 8:44am

LANL: Jocelyn Buckley In Control Of Her Own Plane

on January 24, 2019 - 8:53am

LANL’s Jocelyn Buckley poses with her single-engine Piper Cherokee after flying to Taos. Courtesy/LANL

Jocelyn Buckley pilots her plane home after a day of work at the Lab. This photo was taken before a hail storm that resulted in her plane receiving a new design and paint colors. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Jocelyn Buckley, of Waste Management Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, finishes her preflight checklist and communicates via headset with Los Alamos County Airport traffic.

Explore Gender Identity And Geek Culture Friday

on January 23, 2019 - 5:54am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
One Los Alamos and FLAP/Friends of Los Alamos Pride present Movie Night: TransGeek 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.
 
The documentary explores the intersection of gender identity and geek culture, and will be followed by a Q&A with producer/director Kevin McCarthy and a panel from the local trans/tech community.
 
McCarthy, director and co-producer of TransGeek, answered a few questions in a recent interview.
 
“I am very much looking forward to visiting Los Alamos, and to the screening

Home Country: Academy Awards

on January 22, 2019 - 11:31am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Doc hadn’t even finished loading his coffee with fake sugar before Steve piped up.
 
“I think it’s disgusting and weird and unnatural and it should be outlawed!” the tall cowboy said, coming to rest at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop.
 
“Aw Steve,” Doc said, “the coffee isn’t that bad.”
 
“Coffee? Nay, I say unto you, Doc. It ain’t the coffee … it’s them Academy Awards on the television. You see them? All them good-looking women Scotch-taping themselves into those dresses so they almost stay on? Those weird guys they’re with who only

Special Section 2019: The Start Of A New Journey

on January 17, 2019 - 3:25pm

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Open Book: Road Trip

on January 17, 2019 - 8:00am
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ
Los Alamos

Although we have made the road trip from Los Alamos to St. Louis and back dozens of times, we still begin preparing for the two-day drive in advance, piling on the spare bed items we rarely use except on this trip: a GPS, a flashlight, an emergency kit, yerba mate gourd so we can sip the traditional South American energy drink. Then we head out East, retracing the steps of the Santa Fe Trail pioneers. Except that those pioneers didn’t have a garage whose door may, or may not, have been left open.

How The Hen House Turns: Trouble With Crows

on January 16, 2019 - 8:09am
Crow in Pistachio Tree. Courtesy/Cary Neeper
 
By CARY NEEPER
Formerly of Los Alamos
 
I suspect that crows have developed--over a very long time--a cultural aversion to human beings. Only rarely do they get welcoming treatment from us bipeds, unlike the local turkeys and deer in Los Alamos and here in California, where they often pass close by with no more than a curious glance.
 
In our 46 years on Walnut Street we saw crows take over the backyard Ponderosas from a number of ravens. I’ll never forget the last raven I saw.

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