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Manufacturing Make-Over Reaps Rewards

By CLAUDIA INFANTE
Special Projects Coordinator
New Mexico MEP
 
C. Aaron Velasquez knew it was time to modernize the equipment and processes his family’s metal-plating business had used for four decades, but he wasn’t sure where to start.
 
An industry contact introduced him to New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM MEP), a nonprofit that trains manufacturers in lean principles, value-stream mapping and other methodologies that help businesses increase profitability and competitiveness.
 
Theta Plate, a second-generation, family-owned Albuquerque-based

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Sheehey: County Encouraging Housing Options

By Vice Chair Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Council

One of the County Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2019 is: “Increasing the amount and types of housing options … for all segments of the community, from affordable, entry level, and live-work housing to new options for those interested in downsizing or moving closer to central areas of the community.”

How is the County working to increase our housing options?

The County and Los Alamos Public Schools each own vacant land available for housing. The County cannot afford to build houses, but can offer land at a fairly appraised price, and help


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Weekly Fishing Report: May 23

By GEORGE MORSE
Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Winter simply doesn’t want to let go this year. It has turned cold and it could even freeze this late in the spring. That would be a bummer because it looks like a bumper crop of fruit this year.
 
The weather should warm back up quickly The rivers are still swollen with runoff and with snow still falling at high elevations, it looks like we could be well into June before they start dropping. It’s been on heck of a year with the weather and it’s still not over.
 
The prime fishing seems to be in the smaller lakes, as nearly all of them

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World Futures: Profit, Non-Profit, Not-For-Profit Part 2

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute
 
Previously we looked at individual bubbles in a bubble model with the definitive statements that they want and need to make a profit.
They need compensation, usually money, so that they can acquire other things for survival and ride the elevator of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
They want to avoid pain while seeking pleasure. Profit, as used here, means making a living or money by producing or buying or selling goods and services.
An individual selling his or her labor (getting a job) is in the business of him or herself, with most of the governmental

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McQuiston: Multi-Factor Authentication … What It Is And Why You Should Use It

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Have you noticed that many websites and apps are starting to require more than just a password to login to your account? Do you get annoyed and frustrated and wish you didn’t have to do it?

The fact is, more and more websites are requiring this additional level of security and that means more and more questions have surfaced in regards to what it is and why it’s necessary.

When a website or app requires at least one additional piece of information besides a password in order to login, it’s called Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Each piece of information required


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Fr. Glenn: Being A Candle In Darkness

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Begging your attention a moment: consider the division sign: ÷

It could rather symbolize two persons divided by a fence, couldn’t it? Perhaps that was the intent of its original design of its symbolism of division. But, the sadness is … though both dots/persons are identical, one is lower than the other … that barrier of division between them preventing communication or, perhaps, even unification.

Not so unlike us humans, wouldn’t you say? Though we outwardly lament divisions, we tend to cultivate them nonetheless—the “other” person being “lower” or “inferior” in one way


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Grant: Overcoming Compare-Despair Syndrome

By ELIZABETH GRANT, LPCC
Sage Solutions Counseling
Los Alamos

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –Steve Furtick

Open up Fakebook, I mean Facebook, and you’re bound to bump into a friend who’s parasailing in the Caribbean, another who’s just completed a marathon and the pièce de résistance; a couple of love birds professing their love from under the Eiffel Tower.

Social media is all about presentation and naturally we want to show our best selves. As a result, the social media messages that we read


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Snyder: An Old Wooden Bridge – A History Lesson With Mysteries

The Glen Woody Bridge as it looked on a spring afternoon in 2006 when rafts could have passed underneath. Photo by Sharon Snyder.

The high water level from this year’s snowmelt and runoff makes it easy to see why the nickname ‘Decap Bridge’ is popular with rafters, who sometimes must portage their rafts around this obstacle. Photo by Sharon Snyder.

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

The Glen Woody Bridge never fails to catch the eye of travelers driving north on NM 68 along the Rio Grande toward Taos. That old wooden suspension bridge looks as though it might fall into the


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EMS Chief Ben Stone On Bicycle Safety

A number of County employees took part in the Bike to Work event held last year. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By BENJAMIN STONE
LAFD EMS Chief
 
In recognition of this year’s National Bike to Work Week, which is May 13-17, here is some information on Bicycle Safety for Los Alamos County.
 
In 2017, the United States had 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes (NHTSA, 2018). Crashes that involve bicyclists are often much more dangerous to the rider versus a motorist. As riders increase use of bicycles it becomes increasingly important to understand how to prevent

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