On the Mesa Facing North: A Big Night for Local Democrats


Column by Greg Kendall
Los Alamos Democrats celebrated election results that were very much to their liking. A group of them were seen cheering the national, state and local wins at the new Pajarito Brewpub & Grill late Tuesday night.
With Obama taking the Presidency,  Martin Heinrich taking the former senate seat of Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Ben Ray Lujan returning to the House of Representatives, the national scene gave local Democrats something big to cheer about, and they did.
In Los Alamos, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, Heinrich


Money IQ: Avoid Holiday Shopping Surprises – Know Your Debit Card Daily Purchase Limit

Money IQ
By Fidel Gutierrez

Avoid Holiday Shopping Surprises – Know Your Debit Card Daily Purchase Limit

During the holiday season, it is not uncommon to spend more on a daily basis than usual.

If you are planning on using your debit card to pay for purchases, it is a good idea to be familiar with your financial institutions daily debit card purchase transaction limit.

You have probably witnessed (or have experienced it yourself), a shopper’s debit card being declined at the check-out stand.

The shopper insists that they have money in their checking account but the cashier is unable to get authorization


Column: Pain Relief Through Posture Alignment

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Do you have joint or muscle pain? It may be your posture. According to the Egoscue Method® of posture alignment the “design posture” of the human body is to have the load-bearing joints of the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles at 90-degree angles to each other from the front and side views.

Stand up and take a look – are your shoulders level, hips square and feet pointed straight ahead?

Deviation from this “design posture” can lead to pain as a result of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and compensations.

Dysfunctions are when the body’s musculoskeletal system


Letter to the Editor: Otowi Station, This Town Will Miss You!

By Colleen Olinger
Former Owner of Otowi Station Bookstore

Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop closed its doors a few days ago having served Los Alamos/White Rock residents and visitors for almost 20 years.

Before that, its parent store, Ojo de Dios Bookstore, served our community many more years.

Bart and I purchased Ojo de Dios in 1990 from Harold Burnett and expanded it to our brand new Otowi Station site in 1993.

We owned Otowi until late 2005, when Peggy Durbin and Michele Vochosky took over – encountering a very rough business climate.

The store is enveloped in memory. For


Food on the Hill: Scallop Coquille

“Food on the Hill” by Sue York
This week’s recipe:
Scallop Coquille
Photo by Sue York/
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Scallops
  • Total 7 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • salt/ pepper
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
Photo by Sue York/

Sauté shallot in 2 tablespoons butter, until soft.

Photo by Sue York/

Add scallops,


Column: A Positive Portrayal – Level-5 Leadership

A Positive Portrayal: Level-5 Leadership
Column By Elena Yang

Is it precisely because one does not regard oneself as a leader, or even a potential leader, that one has the real possibility to become a leader?  

If true, this is the paradox of true leadership. I am not going back to discuss leaders or managers, but instead discuss the powers which a manager applies to build and sustain an organization. Besides, I owe you some positive examples, don’t I?

The funny thing is that pinpointing the specific achievements of really effective leaders, the achievements that


Column: Vote For Survival

Column By Tom King
White Rock

If you want fewer jobs in the state and the nation, vote Republican. If you want national policies that favor Wall Street over Main Street, vote Republican.

If you want college to be less affordable for you and your grown children, vote Republican.

If you want more wars and less peace, vote Republican. If you want Medicare to be hollowed out and collapse by way of a voucher system, vote Republican.

If you want Social Security to be turned into a Wall Street stocks and bonds casino operation, vote Republican.

If you want the super-rich to get richer with more tax breaks and


‘Bless Me Ultima’ Tests Family Bond

Courtesy photo

Movie Review By Kirsten Laskey

“Bless Me Ultima,” which is based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, can not simply be viewed and then carelessly forgotten once the credits start rolling down the movie screen.

To truly appreciate and understand this film by Carl Franklin, you have to really sink your teeth into it, chew on its themes and digest its meanings.

The movie focuses on a young boy, Antonio, and his coming-of-age story in 1940s New Mexico.

This story has many, many layers to it. Morality, religion, cultural beliefs and customs, family and nature are some of the topics Antonio’s story


Conscious Aging: Are You Ready for an ‘Encore’ Career?

Column By Ann Shafer

Are you ready for an encore career? You ask, “What in the world is an encore career?” 

An encore career is employment after you retire from a major job such as from the Lab. 

The term “encore” comes from the book, “Encore” by Marc Freedman with the subtitle, “Finding work that matters in the second half of life.”

What happens when you retire and feel like your life is going in a downward spiral? 

You are definitely not ready to become a senior citizen. As Freedman stated in “Encore,” “Neither young or old, they are closing a chapter in their lives and their work, yet


Asterman’s Movie Reviews for Pitch Perfect, Seven Psychopaths and Paranormal Activity 4

The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman

(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)

Pitch Perfect


Advisory – Gleefully vulgar. The whole time I was watching the film, I was convinced of two things: how unbelievable I felt actually enjoying the movie, how obvious it was the film was just barely pared down from an R-Rating. Any kid mature enough to watch the original Austin Powers movie should be fine with Pitch Perfect, but it still remains a judgment call for the parents.

The greatest positive of writing movie reviews is when, against all odds, the film you’d instinctively avoid otherwise inverts your