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  • The best word for Christian faith — ‘love’

    “If you could distill the Christian faith down to one word, what would it be?” — Jake

    There are numerous candidates:
    Grace: One of my favorites, this is the unearned gift of forgiveness which God extends to any person who is willing to trust Him and accept His gift (Eph. 2:8-9).
    Hope: this term does not refer so much to feeling, desire or chance; rather, it is an expression of confident assurance in God who is trustworthy and reliable (Rom. 5:5).
    Faith: “being certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1). Christians believe the invisible, mysterious God who transcends time and space has acted in history. Christian faith is not reliant upon empirical proofs — it is an expression of trusting in things not seen.
    The one word I would lean toward as perhaps most descriptive of Christianity is “love.”
    Scripture declares that God is love (I John 4:8). This is the love that “came down” at Christmas time. God so loved the world that He sent His Son into the world as a means for humans to be rescued from spiritual death (John 3:16).
    God’s love never fails (Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14: 18; Ps. 33; 136). He demonstrated His love toward us while we were separated from Him (Rom. 5:8).

  • Valles Caldera’s experiment finally comes to an end

    If the Valles Caldera National Preserve were a person, its epitaph would be: They tried.
    What a preserve brochure called an “experiment in public land management” will end with the signing of federal legislation.
    In 1997 owners of the Baca Ranch, aboriginal land of Jemez Pueblo and later a Mexican land grant, decided to sell. The 89,000-acre property might have been subdivided and sold but for the movement to keep it whole through a sale to the federal government.
    The Baca wasn’t just any chunk of real estate.
    Within its boundaries is the Valles Caldera, a gargantuan volcanic bowl created in the Jemez Mountains by violent eruptions 1.4 million years ago. The caldera’s green meadows, streams and ponds are home to a variety of wildlife.
    Congress bought the ranch for $101 million in 2000. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman fashioned legislation that combined public and private, ranching and recreation in a national preserve governed by an appointed board of trustees.
    They were to maintain a working ranch but offer recreation, fishing and hunting while protecting the land and its creatures. And they had 15 years to make the property self-sustaining.
    It offered something for everyone, and that was the problem.

  • Happy New Year

    Like many men, my father wanted sons, and my mother was kind enough to endure the pain of giving him five.
    And like many women, my mother wanted daughters. One can understand why she was disappointed when I was born and my father was boasting yet another son to his buddies in the waiting room. But Mom was so upset over yet another XY-mouth to feed that she went into a tantrum with the nurses, throwing things and crying out that she wanted a girl.
    I still own the pink baby bracelet the nurses put on me in a chromatic effort to calm her down. I’m lucky Dad didn’t name me Katherine just to make amends for sharing the wrong chromosome.
    As Ma lay in bed huffing and puffing over how unfair life was, the nurses brought in her roommate’s baby boy. The baby had been born with no fingers, and yet the woman never once complained. She held her newborn with the accepting love that only a mother seems able to give in the worst of situations.
    My mother immediately demanded to have me brought back into the room so that she could check my fingers. And of course, she ceased her ridiculous tantrum.
    It was a lesson my mother never forgot, and one that benefited me by her sharing the story with me.

  • Winter storm warning for area

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area effective until 11 p.m.

    The warning calls for heavy snows of up to 4 inches in the San Juan Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and up to 3 inches in outlying areas.

    Snow chances are expected to taper off this evening.

  • Update 12-25-14

    Big Band dance

    The annual Big Band after Christmas Dance. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road. Free to the public however donations are accepted. Proceeds go to help the IHM youth group.

    County Council

    The next scheduled Los Alamos County Council meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in council chambers.

    Transportation

    A regular meeting of Los Alamos County’s transportation board is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in council chambers.

    State of County

    County Manager Harry Burgess delivering the State of the County address at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting Jan. 15. Tickets are $15. Register on the Chamber website events page.

    WR Master Plan

    A meeting of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee is set for Jan. 12. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the White Rock Visitors Center.

    Ken Burns film

    Mesa Public Library will present “The Dust Bowl,” a film by Ken Burns, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

  • Bush-Clinton 2 may be coming

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Again? Really?
    There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president.
    The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible.
    After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he’s actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination.
    And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t revealed her intentions, she’s seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination.
    Between them, the two potential rivals have three presidents and a U.S. senator in the branches of their family trees. And three governors, as well.
    It turns out that even though Americans profess to reject dynasties, in politics they’re quite comfortable with familiar names.
    And a famous name can bring a candidate instant brand recognition, important fund-raising connections and a ready network of political contacts.
    It may also suggest competence at a time of dysfunction — like now.
    “Power begets power,” said Dartmouth College political scientist Brendan Nyhan. “Dynasties can self-perpetuate.”

  • Cuban cigars on the way? Not quite yet

    MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won’t roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren’t worried about any dip in business.
    “I don’t think they’ll be able to afford it. It’s not for the average customer,” said Erik Otero, who left Cuba when he was 3 and has been rolling cigars since age 11.
    Most people won’t travel on a regular basis to buy cigars, said Otero, who works at Guantanamera Cigars Co. in Miami’s Little Havana. “If anything, it might create a cigar boom because it’s going to pique interest again.”
    Licensed American travelers to Cuba will soon be able to return home with up to $400 of merchandise, of which $100 combined can be spent on alcohol or tobacco products. Experts say that’s three to 20 cigars, depending on size, brand and quality.
    In Miami, the average customer spends $5 to $8 per cigar, Otero said.
    Sampson Clay, visiting Miami from Cincinnati on his honeymoon, stopped at the Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co., where an employee hand-wrapped a cigar in front of a packed store.

  • Today in history Dec. 25
  • Ski Report 12-24-14

    Angel Fire
    26-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 56 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Pajarito
    13-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River
    20-inch base. No new snow reported. 20 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu
    28-inch base. No new snow reported. 32 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    30-inch base. 5 inches of new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    41-inch base. No new snow reported. 63 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Taos
    36-inch base. 7 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic
    8-inch base. No new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC
    31-inch base. 6 inches of new snow reported.

    Enchanted Forest
    12-inch base. No new snow reported. 28 trails open.

    Valles Caldera
    1-inch base. One-half inch of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

  • LeBron returns to South Beach

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn’t have any apprehension for this homecoming.
    There’s nothing to fear, no real worries about his safety, unlike what awaited him the last time he had one of these return games. Then again, this might not even classify as a homecoming — because, it turns out, Miami was never truly his home, just a place he called home for four years while playing with the Heat.
    He came. He won. He left.
    On Thursday, James returns to face the Heat, the team that turned him from a superstar to a two-time NBA champion superstar. And as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for what will certainly be an emotional Christmas visit, James said he’s expecting to be flooded with positive vibes.
    “To say I haven’t thought about going back, I would be lying,” James said in Cleveland on Tuesday night after he and the Cavaliers beat Minnesota.
    “It’s going to be great to be back in that building around those unbelievable fans and the memories will definitely come back, being a part of the organization for four years,” he said.
    For their part, the Heat insist that they’re looking forward to the reunion.