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Fr. Glenn: Intentional Mediocrity

on January 5, 2020 - 9:32am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

“If the minimum wasn’t good enough, it wouldn’t be the minimum.”

I vividly remember that statement from an acquaintance years ago … and not fondly. He was quite happy to perform the very least required of him and, as you can imagine, eventually the minimum wasn’t good enough and, while still in the same profession, his peers have risen in the ranks around him while he remains mired at the lowest level.

The result? Complaints of being treated unfairly; after all, hasn’t he been working there much longer than the others?

Scenes Of Encounter Between Old And Young Buck

on January 5, 2020 - 8:13am

Friday morning this elderly buck was standing in the middle of a back yard of a residence in Los Alamos. While the homeowners watched, a young buck entered the back gate and approached the older buck. They sniffed each other, then stood quietly together before the older buck laid down. Photo by Kathryn Willcutt

The young buck and older buck begin to nuzzle. Photo by Kathryn and Gordon Willcutt

After time spent nuzzling, the young buck places his forehead directly between the antlers of the old buck and pushes against him. The old buck tolerates him, much like a father training his young

NMED Posts New Guidance On What Is Creditable For Potential Emission Rate Calculations

on January 5, 2020 - 8:08am
NMED News:
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau has posted new guidance regarding what is creditable for potential emission rate calculations.
Visit the Permitting Section Procedures and Guidance website to read the new guidance: The link to this guidance can be found toward the middle of the page, at the top of the Guidance Documents table.
This guidance discusses creditable reductions using NSPS OOOOa, and is illustrated by an example of a heater treater at an NOI facility being

Posts From The Road: Scenes Of 2019 Campsites

on January 5, 2020 - 7:53am
January Sunset: After several days of desert camping last January at Quartzsite, Ariz., we were gifted this beautiful sunset on our last evening before moving to a new area. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos
Well 2019 is history and the new year is off and running.
Last week I reviewed some of the roads we traveled during the year. After traveling and living on the road for almost half of 2019, I have chosen to share this week scenes of a few of the campsites we called home. 
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary

Tourism Implementation Task Force Meets Jan. 8

on January 5, 2020 - 7:29am

NWS: Today’s High Near 43; Tonight’s Low Around 19

on January 5, 2020 - 7:28am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 19. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: Enchanting View Of White Rock Canyon

on January 5, 2020 - 7:20am

Daily Postcard. Enchanting view Friday morning overlooking White Rock Canyon. Photo by Laurie Hixson

Topper Girls Basketball Team Wins Home Game

on January 4, 2020 - 5:30pm

Hanna Sanchez battles Samantha Moss for control of the ball at mid court in Tuesday night’s game against the Belen Eagles played in Griffith Gymnasium. The Toppers were victorious 46-34 in a fast and exciting game. The Toppers led in all four quarters and with this win brings their record to 6-6 for the season so far. Photo by John McHale/

Natalie Gallegos gets a shot off in spite of the heavy coverage by Samantha Moss and Marissa Blair. Gallegos was the leading scorer for the Toppers with 15 points for the night. Photo by John McHale/

Anna Abeyta drives past

Catch Of The Week: Post-Holiday Phishing Scams

on January 4, 2020 - 5:01pm
Los Alamos
The holidays are over; you’ve probably put your tree away, taken down the lights, but ... scammers aren’t ready to call it quits just yet.
If you are anything like most American shoppers, you probably spent a lot of money on gifts over the holidays, and likely earned reward points through your retailer for shopping.
According to a warning issued from the BBB (Better Business Bureau) crooks are sending phony emails and texts that look similar to messages from big retailers urging you to redeem reward points accrued from all that holiday shopping.

County Library Board Meets Monday

on January 4, 2020 - 4:51pm

Life After 50: ... Life

on January 4, 2020 - 4:47pm
Executive Director
My husband’s girlfriend passed away just before Christmas. It was a sad day for the whole family, for the whole neighborhood really. I’ll explain that more in just a bit, but my goal here is to demonstrate it is the little things that matter in life. It doesn’t matter if you are 12 or 98.
We’ve lost a lot of people this holiday season. I can’t write about everyone I know, but this time of reflection is impactful. It was magnified in a different way when I viewed it across the generations.

Afterparty: An Interactive Book Talk At ProjectY Jan. 18

on January 4, 2020 - 10:41am
The Styx Chyx present an interactive book talk with Peter Callan, author of the Amazon best-selling book "Prepare to Die! And Other Stuff Nobody Told You", 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at projectY cowork Los Alamos, 150 Central Park Square.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Register online to confirm your attendance:
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
What to expect:
  • The basics of end-of-life planning, demystified;
  • Information regarding your options about the stuff nobody told

Rio Grande Resources Abandons ‘Re-Activation’ Plan

on January 4, 2020 - 10:39am
SANTA FE In a stunning victory for Native communities, Rio Grande Resources (RGR), owner of the Mt. Taylor uranium mine, notified the Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of “cessation of mining operations” and RGR’s intention “to begin closure plan activity.”
Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, which has been representing the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE) and Amigos Bravos on the Mt Taylor permitting, said,
“The frontline communities are

LARSO: Driver Safety Training In White Rock Jan. 9

on January 4, 2020 - 6:23am

Driver safety training for those over 50 is 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9 at the White Rock Senior Center. Courtesy/LARSO


Driver’s Safety should be a new learning tool for adults in 2020.

If “driver’s ed for adults” is in your cards, the local senior centers are here for you.

A cadre of local teachers offer many trainings throughout the year in both the Los Alamos and White Rock facilities. This month, White Rock will play host to the training 1-5 p.m. Jan. 9. The 4-hour course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The course is open to those 50 years of age and over.

This month

Las Cumbres Community Services: Working For Everyone To Reach Their Greatest Potential

on January 4, 2020 - 5:48am
Connection to your community and social groups has positive effects on mental health and emotional well-being. Our shared skills and interests help mold the fabric of our community.
Imagine lacking a strong support network. Your emotional well-being would suffer. A community of us who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are waiting to have all of the tools for a strong support network to help them achieve their highest potential.
A national movement in the late 70’s pushed to do away with institutional care for those of us who have disabilities.

PEEC: Intermediate Snowshoe Outing Next Jan. 11

on January 4, 2020 - 5:43am
Join PEEC and the Los Alamos Mountaineers for an intermediate snowshoe outing Saturday, Jan. 11. Jean Dewart will lead this point-to-point hike from the Las Conchas Trailhead to the East Fork Trailhead. Registration is required and space is limited. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Los Alamos Mountaineers for an intermediate snowshoe outing Saturday, Jan. 11.
Participants will complete a point-to-point hike from the Las Conchas Trailhead to the East Fork Trailhead, covering 4.5 miles and about 800 feet of elevation gain. Registration

Attorney General Office To Conduct School Safety Trainings At Española Public Schools Jan. 6

on January 4, 2020 - 5:41am
From the Office of the Attorney General News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Friday that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools Monday, Jan. 6.
The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns.
Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using

NWS: Today’s High Near 43; Tonight’s Low Around 23

on January 4, 2020 - 5:11am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 43 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 23. Courtesy/NWS

Daily Postcard: House Finch Spotted At Friday Feast

on January 4, 2020 - 5:01am

Daily Postcard: This house finch will get to the bird seeds no matter what during its Friday feast at this home in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs

Looking Forward In 2020: A Message For The New Year

on January 3, 2020 - 5:42pm
By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Editor’s note: LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sent the below message to staff this afternoon:

Here are five timely topics facing students and staff in the Los Alamos Public Schools for 2020. With this message, I am reaching out to seek your ideas about how to plan for the future and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive.


Your comments about these pressing issues will be used in updating our LAPS strategic plan and school-level DASH Plans. In addition, your thoughts will help with the ongoing process of

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 27, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020

on January 3, 2020 - 10:17am

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.


Dec. 27 at 8:40 p.m. / Police arrested Loretta B. Stubbs, 59, of Los Alamos near Airport Road and Nambe Loop and charged her with DWI and driving with an open container of alcohol.




Jan. 1 at 4:39 a.m. / Police arrested Stanlee Avery Platero, 19, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr.

Chamber: County Manager Presents 2019 Report Jan. 16

on January 3, 2020 - 7:56am

Tickets Available For Community Asset Awards

on January 3, 2020 - 7:41am


Tickets are available for the annual Community Asset Awards, Jan. 11 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The 11th annual event, sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, recognizes individuals, organizations and local businesses, for their good works throughout the community.

Tickets are $10 and include an evening filled sweet treats for the soul and the taste buds through inspiring people and stories.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 505.695.9139.


New Mexico State Land Office’s Steve Vierck Selected One Of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

on January 3, 2020 - 7:33am
Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Resources Steve Vierck with Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard at the Land Commission Office in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE Steve Vierck of the New Mexico State Land Office has been selected by Consultant Connect as one of North America’s top 50 economic developers.
This selection comes days after Vierck was appointed by Commissioner Garcia Richard to fill the role of assistant commissioner of commercial resources.
Vierck had been serving in an appointed capacity as director of special projects when the

Annual Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Jan. 6-24

on January 3, 2020 - 7:29am
The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Department will have the annual Christmas Tree collection Jan. 6-24.
Residents should set their tree at the curbside on their regular trash collection day.