first_imgMADISON, Ind. — Grote Industries, a world leader in high-performance LED lighting technology, has announced the recent appointment of Jim Braun as chief financial officer and John Grote as vice president of sales and marketing.   Braun holds a BBA from the University of Cincinnati and earned his MBA from Ball State University. His history with the company began in the mid-80s, when he accepted a position as the organization’s manager of general accounting. After serving as controller, continuous improvement coordinator, vice president of manufacturing and executive vice president of fleet/OE business, Braun was moved into the position of vice president of corporate strategic planning and development.   “Jim has an exemplary record of success and leadership,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Dominic Grote. “His intimate understanding of our business is an extraordinary asset.”   John Grote joined the family-owned business in 1999 as brand manager and held positions as marketing manager and aftermarket sales and marketing director. He has a BS from Clemson University and an MBA from Indiana University. In 2005, Grote was tapped to lead the company’s efforts in establishing a European office and became the first managing director, Grote Industries Europe.   “We have a great deal to accomplish both domestically and internationally and John’s global perspective and ability to see the bigger picture in context, will be invaluable in our decision-making process,” Dominic Grote said. “I’m excited to have him back here in Madison, as part of our Executive Management Team.”   Grote said that knowledge is power and that having close, daily access to the caliber of talent represented by Braun and John Grote, will help the company not just survive, but thrive moving forward.      “We’re already introducing exciting new products, successfully challenging international and domestic competitors and getting closer than ever to our customers” Dominic Grote said. “Now, with Jim and John in position, I see setting a new standard for both the company and the industry at large.”   AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – I-CAR recently announced its 2010 International Board of Directors and Executive Committee, following the I-CAR Annual Membership Meeting held in Torrance, Calif.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The 2010 Executive Committee consists of: Chairman Tom Moreland, AkzoNobel; Vice Chairman Elise Quadrozzi, Crawford & Co.; Secretary Dustin Womble, Roger Beasley Collision Center for Society of Collision Repair Specialists; Treasurer Bob Keith, CARSTAR; Immediate Past Chairman Robby Robbs, NuCon Services Inc.; Member-At-Large Bruce Bares, Hi-Tech Collision & Glass Centers; and Member-At-Large William Brower, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. “Over 30 years ago, I-CAR was created to educate the industry on the proper repair of unibody vehicles. As today’s vehicles are complex and roles in the industry are diverse, it only makes sense for I-CAR to pursue a role-based curriculum model to better serve the collision inter-industry,” said Moreland. “The I-CAR International Board of Directors appreciates the work staff, instructors and volunteers are doing to develop, implement and deliver continuous improvement of the curriculum that is truly relevant and beneficial to industry professionals.”   The remaining directors include:   Farzam Afshar, Verifacts Automotive; Terry Angell, Warren Tech; Rollie Benjamin, ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Bruce Cooley, DuPont Performance Coatings Inc.; William DeGrocco, GEICO Insurance; Ronald Doerr, General Motors Corp.; Chris Evans, State Farm Insurance – Education Foundation Representative; David Henderson, See Progress Inc.; Joseph Laurentino, Esurance; John Norton, Ford Motor Co.; Sam Pezzullo, State Farm Insurance – Canadian Representative; Greg Potter, Dearborn Group Technology for Equipment & Tool Institute; Monica Rivers, BMW of North America LLC; Mike Schoonover, Schoonover Bodyworks for Automotive Service Association; and James Spears, USAA.Advertisement The board of directors sets the overall strategic direction for the organization and assists in obtaining resources in support of the I-CAR Mission. The board of directors is comprised of representatives from each of the following six industry segments: collision repair; insurance; equipment, tools, and supplies; education, training, and research; vehicle manufacturers; and related industry services.last_img read more

first_imgDOI News: Wildlife-related recreation fuels the economy throughout the nation. The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published every five years by the Service, informs the Banking on Nature report. The most recent survey found that more than 103 million Americans, or 40 percent of the United States population age 16 and older, pursued wildlife-related outdoor recreation in 2016 and spent nearly $156.9 billion. The figures come from a new economic report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service titled Banking on Nature 2017: The Economic Contributions of National Wildlife Refuge Recreational Visitation to Local Communities. The report is the sixth in a series of studies since 1997 that measure the economic contributions of national wildlife refuge recreational visits to local economies. “Millions of visitors are drawn each year to the Refuge System’s world-renowned wildlife-related recreation opportunities, generating local economic benefits,” said Margaret Everson, Principal Deputy Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “National wildlife refuges demonstrate that in addition to conserving our nation’s wild heritage like bald eagles and bison, migratory waterfowl populations and some of our nation’s most important waterways, these public lands and waters add real value to local economies.” National wildlife refuges add tremendous value to our nation’s economy in the people employed and the money spent by visitors to support recreation and conservation activities. The U.S. economy added nearly 6 million jobs since January of 2017 and has an unemployment rate at 3.6%, which is the lowest rate since 1969. The Banking on Nature study also found:National wildlife refuges are seen widely as travel-worthy destinations: 83 percent of refuge spending was done by visitors from outside the local area — an increase of 9 percent from the 2011 study.Trip-related spending generated $3.2 billion of economic output in regional economies — an increase of 20 percent from the 2011 report.More than 41,000 jobs (up 18 percent from 2011) and $1.1 billion in employment income (up 22 percent) were generated.The combined economic contribution to communities nationwide is more than six times the $483.9 million appropriated by Congress to the Refuge System in FY 2017.This edition of Banking on Nature is the most comprehensive to date, representing a 70 percent increase in the number of refuges sampled, compared to the 2011 report. The report contains case studies of 162 national wildlife refuges. Among the local findings:Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – Boynton, Florida: The 145,062-acre refuge protects portions of the unique northern Everglades and important species like the snail kite, wood stork and American alligator. Public programs include hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, bicycling and wildlife observation. The contribution of recreational spending in local communities was associated with about 202 jobs, $8.6 million in employment income, $1.6 million in total tax revenue, and $24.6 million in economic output.Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge – Marion, Illinois: The refuge is one of the largest in the Great Lakes/Big Rivers Region providing habitat for migratory waterfowl, native fish and other wildlife species. A wide spectrum of recreational activities occur, such as water-skiing, picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, environmental education and horseback riding. The contribution of recreational spending in local communities was associated with about 315 jobs, $8.4 million in employment income, $2.3 million in total tax revenue, and $29.2 million in economic output.Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge – Sherman, Texas: One of the best-kept secrets in north Texas, the refuge provides wetland and upland habitat for more than 340 species of birds and a large variety of native wildlife. Hiking trails, hunting and fishing opportunities, free nature programs and tram tours make this a nature-lover’s paradise. The contribution of recreational spending in local communities was associated with about 46 jobs, $1.4 million in employment income, $526,000 in total tax revenue, and $4.9 million in economic output.John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: This urban refuge located within the city of Philadelphia protects the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in the state and provides diverse habitats for a wide range of wildlife, including deer, butterflies, fish and eagles. The refuge provides community programing and educational activities, including fishing, archery, paddling and birding programs. The contribution of recreational spending in local communities was associated with about 35 jobs, $1.7 million in employment income, $272,000 in total tax revenue, and $4.6 million in economic output.Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge – Bandon, Oregon: Established for seabirds and marine mammals like harbor seals, the scenic and rugged refuge is a spectacular place for visitors to observe, photograph, boat, hunt and fish. The contribution of recreational spending in local communities was associated with about 5,905 jobs, $206.2 million in employment income, $34.5 million in total tax revenue, and $665.1 million in economic output.Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge, La Crosse District – Onalaska, Wisconsin: The refuge, created for migratory birds, fish, other wildlife and plants, encompasses approximately 240,000 acres of Mississippi River floodplain and offers numerous public programs, recreation, hunting and fishing. The contribution of recreational spending in local communities was associated with about 485 jobs, $13.2 million in employment income, $3 million in total tax revenue, and $43.4 million in economic output. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that 53.6 million people visited national wildlife refuges in 2017, which had an economic impact of $3.2 billion on local communities and supported more than 41,000 jobs.center_img National wildlife refuges generate many individual and societal benefits, including fish and wildlife conservation, open space, science and education, water quality improvement and flood resilience. The thriving fish and wildlife populations of the Refuge System also attract millions of recreational users. Some visitors take part in heritage sports, such as hunting and fishing, where those activities are compatible with refuge management goals and other recreational activities. Others enjoy hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing or nature photography. The report analyzes recreational visitation at 162 national wildlife refuges around the country to estimate the economic role refuge visitors play in local economies. This report uses the individual refuge results to estimate the local economic contributions of the entire Refuge System. “The National Wildlife Refuge System continues to be a strong economic engine for local communities, supporting tens of thousands of jobs across the country. President Trump is committed to expanding public access to these natural resources and improving recreation infrastructure so more people have the opportunity to experience our world-class refuges and enjoy the great outdoors,” Secretary Bernhardt said. The Refuge System is an unparalleled network of 567 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. There is a national wildlife refuge within an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas. National wildlife refuges provide vital habitats for thousands of species and access to world-class recreation, from fishing, hunting and boating to nature watching, photography and environmental education. For more details and a full listing of each refuge’s economic impact, read the Banking on Nature report and explore the visual data online.last_img read more

first_imgMARION L. STELTSLos AlamosAbout a month ago, I posted a letter about Smith’s monopoly on the Hill, their high prices for groceries and gasoline, and their deteriorating service (link). I suggested that the only way to get their attention was to shop off the Hill to hurt them financially.I have been taking my own advice and I wish to report on the experience.I have been driving one morning a week to Espanola to shop at Walmart and Food Town. Prices are mostly lower than Smith’s at both institutions. For one example, a dozen of extra-large eggs is $0.69 at Walmart compared to $2.20 at Smith’s, is quite striking.Both institutions offer check out by people instead of machinesI have been getting gasoline for $2.30 per gallon at Food Town.It takes about 2 hours to drive down shop and return. I find the experience quite satisfactory and I am saving far more money than the cost of the gas that I use.I still patronize the pharmacy at Smith’s. They offer good service and reasonable prices.I still use Smith’s as I would a convenience store to pick up items that I need immediately, but most of shopping is now done in Espanola. I hope more people will do as I am so that we can get the attention of Smith’s management.Both stores have human’s.last_img read more

first_img¡Presente! is directed by writer, consultant, and former State Historian of New Mexico, Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, with creative support from the artistic team at Littleglobe. Directors include composer/filmmaker Chris Jonas (creative director), writer Jamie Figueroa (director, Creative Community Ensemble) and Acushla Bastible (stage director).  Team artists include filmmaker/youth facilitators Ed Radtke andKaty Gross, theater/movement artist Danielle Reddick, theater artist Charles Gamble, and writer/storyteller/musician/artist Ehren Kee Natay. Young filmmakers creating the short documentaries include Noor-un-nisa Touchon, Echota Killsnight, Aurora Escobedo and students from the Littleglobe’s New Media Arts Fellowship and Earth Care. LPAC News: Key project partners include Earth Care, Chainbreaker Collective, Youthworks, Searchlight New Mexico and Capital High School. Scene from a past Littleglobe production. Photo by Kate Russell This presentation at The Lensic is part of Littleglobe’s larger, city-wide project that collects and shares residents’ personal histories and reflections. Other ¡Presente! components include:A performance for students and families at Capital High School – September 25, 2019A city-wide social media campaign encouraging people to share their stories about home and belonging in Santa Fe – August through October 2019House parties, events, and meetings to facilitate community dialogue about housing and development in Santa Fe – August through October 2019 Featured performers include community members from across Santa Fe; students from Capital High School, Earth Care, Santa Fe Indian School, IAIA, UNM, Youthworks and other schools; and the Northern New Mexico band Lone Piñon.center_img “¡Presente! is about sharing experiences, exploring creativity, and encouraging community discussion about Santa Fe’s future,” said Chris Jonas, executive director at Littleglobe and creative director of ¡Presente! “The performers, people in the documentary shorts, and project artists have important stories to tell. It is vital that while we as a town grapple with development and our future, we do so grounded in the stories, complex history, and diversity of felt experiences of Santa Fe’s residents.” ¡Presente! features Santa Feans of all ages—including students, professional musicians and artists, and other longtime residents—whose lives and sense of belonging are affected by current issues such as displacement, insecure housing, and affordability. Participants tell their stories through evocative spoken word pieces, short artistic films, video art projections, and musical performances. Funding support for ¡Presente! is generously provided by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Trust, New Mexico Arts, Amblin Partners/Storyteller Distribution/New Mexico Film Office, Adobe and private donors.  SANTA FE — The Lensic presents ¡Presente!, a collaborative, multi-arts performance produced by Santa Fe-based arts and social justice nonprofit Littleglobe, Saturday, Oct. 5.last_img read more

first_img“Superpower Dogs” is a family-friendly film with a runtime of 45 minutes. The film will be shown regularly in the nature center’s planetarium. Visit to find upcoming showtimes. The stars of “Superpower Dogs” include:Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America;Henry, an avalanche rescue expert saving lives in the mountains of British Columbia;Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard in the Italian Coast Guard;Ricochet, a surf and therapy legend in California who helps people with special needs; andTipper and Tony, Bloodhound brothers leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. Don’t miss the premiere of the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium’s new full-dome film “Superpower Dogs” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31. PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit “Superpower Dogs” follows six real-life working dogs from around the world as well as their human partners as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs. The film is narrated by Chris Evans from the films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Gifted.” Special “Superpower Dogs” merchandise like plush animals, coloring books and dog bandanas will be available as giveaways for audience members at the Aug. 31 premiere on a first come, first served basis. Audiences will discover the amazing abilities of different breeds and the astonishing science behind their superpowers. Viewers will never look at their best friends the same way again! PEEC News: Pet Pangea opened after the only pet store in town closed and was inspired by Wells’s dog Hana and her step-dog Jasper. Those two once-in-a-lifetime dogs were search and rescue dogs and were part of Mountain Canine Corps, a local wilderness search and rescue organization. With Wells and her husband Mike as their handlers, they participated in numerous successful search missions. “The result was a store passionate about the well being of your pet. Where you can find products that will keep your pet happy, healthy and safe. This film is being sponsored to honor Hana and Jasper’s legacy, all search dogs and every incredible dog in the community,” she said.center_img Because there is limited seating in the planetarium, PEEC asks that guests please purchase tickets at the Los Alamos Nature Center in advance or call 505-662-0460 to reserve tickets. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Planetarium shows are not recommended for kids under age 4. About Pet Pangaea LLC Courtesy/PEEC About PEEC Pet Pangaea LLC is a locally owned and operated pet supplies store that was founded in 2004. Pet Pangaea is passionate about the well-being of pets and wants all pets to be happy, healthy, and safe. Pet Pangaea does not sell pets and promotes adoption, wholeheartedly supporting the efforts of local rescue organizations. More information about Pet Pangaea can be found on its website: Events include a weekly walking group called Downtown Dogs and Yappy Hour, a doggie frozen yogurt social event. Events are posted on Pet Pangaea’s Facebook page: Pet Pangaea is open 7 days a week and can be reached at 505.661.1010. Pet Pangaea is at 158 Central Park Square. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460. “Pet Pangaea LLC is proud to sponsor this film celebrating the dogs in our lives. In our eyes, every dog in our community is a ‘Superpower Dog’ in how they enrich life and search dogs hold a special place in my heart,” owner Cyndi Wells said. “Superpower Dogs” is the latest documentary from IMAX Entertainment, Cosmic Picture and presenting sponsor Mars Petcare. Local sponsor Pet Pangaea LLC is bringing this exciting film to Los Alamos.last_img read more

first_imgThe Los Alamos High School Powder Puff game played this evening at Sullivan Fieldbetween the green jersey squad and the white jersey squad senior girls has ended. The green jersey squad prevailed with the final score 49-21. Tonight’s flag football game is part of the Homecoming Week festivities. Photo by James R. Mountain/valleydailypost.comlast_img

first_imgBy DAVID HAMPTONRepublican CandidateDist. 43 State RepresentativeWhile I agree with some of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s decisions regarding COVID-19, I do not agree with her decision to close our small businesses, which she deems non-essential.Small businesses are arguably better at enforcing and complying with social distancing guidelines, and their closure drives people to the larger stores like Walmart and Lowes for the same products. This makes social distancing even more difficult at the larger stores, and in some areas creates long lines to enter, especially since the 20 percent occupancy rule went into effect. More people crowded into less space and waiting in longer lines will not help us with social distancing.Many of our small businesses will not come back from this loss of income, and the ones that do will be heavily subsidized with taxpayer money in order to do so. Meanwhile, most of their employees have filed for unemployment, placing more strain on our social services as well as our state budget. The strain in not only felt on social services, but on family and friends, as we see a rise in domestic violence, substance abuse and suicide.For people who protect their homes and families with guns, the closure of gun stores as non-essential at the same time that criminals are receiving early release from prison, is especially difficult to reconcile.If you agree that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham should re-open many of the small businesses which she has deemed non-essential, please call her today at 505.476.2200 and email her at read more

first_imgOne of Dustin’s favorite flies to use on the Red River is the gold ribbed hare’s ear nymph. Courtesy photo Dustin BergThis week, Dustin recalls a couple of fond memories fishing for trout on the Red River with his dad. In the next section, since spring is in the air and the walleye are spawning, here are some tips to be ready after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Or, put it on your bucket list for next year.Red River trout fishing with bait or flyI’ve always enjoyed the winding scenic drive from Albuquerque to Red River. You never know if you will see elk, deer, bighorn sheep or bald eagles as you venture north from Santa Fe to Questa along the Rio Grande River. On the south end of town (Questa) the Red River flows southwest out of the wild steep Sangre de Cristo Mountains. If traveling north on NM 522 towards Questa, just before you reach the town there is a left hand turn onto NM 515 that will take you west to the Red River Fish Hatchery. I have found this boulder laden section of river from the hatchery downstream to the confluence of the Red River and Rio Grande River to be an excellent place to hone your trout angling skills.When I was young, my dad and I would visit Red River multiple times each summer. We’d park at the hatchery and fish our way down to the confluence of the Rio Grande River. We fished with open spin casting reels that came with a basic rod/reel combo purchase. Our lure of choice was a Panther Martin spinner.  One day, we were fishing and met an older gentleman with a stringer full of trout. We had only caught a couple of small fish and were inquisitive as to what this man was doing that was so successful. He was on is way back to the parking lot but kindly took a moment to visit with us and share his angling technique.His setup was extremely simple. It was just a small size 8 hook baited with a single salmon egg and a #4 split shot weight crimped onto the line about a foot up from the hook.The small hook, and the way in which this simple setup is fished, is the key to its success. With only about six feet of line extending from the tip of your rod, you carefully sneak along the river’s edge subtly dipping about two to four feet of your salmon egg rig in the slack water behind each boulder. After dipping your line behind a boulder three or four times you move on to the next boulder – fishing every bit of slack water that could potentially hold a trout protected from the main river current.My dad and I caught a lot of fish using this technique on that day, and on many other future trips. We hiked a lot of miles along this stretch of river and have seen some incredible sights and beautiful fish. You just never know when you are going to drop your bait behind a rock holding a big hungry trout.Gold ribbed hare’s ear nymph flyAfter many years of fishing the Red River with spinners and salmon eggs, it was time to give fly fishing a try. On my first attempt, I caught more than three dozen rainbow trout using the gold ribbed hare’s ear nymph. From that day forward, I always have a few in my fly box. I am currently learning how to tie this fly as a part of my COVID-19 quest to become a more versatile angler.If you want to try tying this fly, I found this video helpful.Give salmon eggs and gold ribbed hare’s ear a try. Let me know what you think. Email your experiences to walleye fishingOne of my favorite fish to eat is the walleye. They produce a soft white flaky meat that has a firm texture and a sweet not-too-fishy taste.In the springtime, fishing for walleye can be fast and furious as the fish rise from the deep water they inhabit during the winter in search of gravel rock beds for spawning. During the spring you can find walleye anywhere from 5 to 25 feet deep with most fish typically being shallower in the mornings and evenings. Casting and trolling around gravel banks are both popular methods for catching walleye. I will describe two methods that I have used with great success at Ute Lake, Santa Rosa Lake, Conchas Lake, Fort Sumner Lake, Abiquiu Lake and Elephant Butte Lake.When casting lures for walleye, I love to use a 1/8-ounce chartreuse jig head rigged with a four-inch chartreuse curly tail jig. I cast my curly tail jig then count to ten or so, giving it time to sink to my desired depth, before slowing reeling my line back in. If chartreuse is not working I will try this same setup but in the color white. When a fish bites you will feel your lure stop or a slight tug, and that is when you must make a firm hook-set. Walleye’s mouths are hard and can resist a hook setting so that is why you must put a little muscle into ensuring your hook is firmly planted in their mouth.Trolling for walleye is less demanding than casting and another great technique for catching many fish. A key to success is identifying main lake points that have rocky ledges and gravel banks. This is where the fish will be schooling. You want to troll in 15 to 25 feet of water moving parallel to the shore. Ideally your trolling speed will be one to two miles per hour. One of my favorite trolling lures for walleye is the Berkley Flicker Shad or Berkley Flicker Minnow. The Flicker Shad is the shorter one.Be careful when removing a hook from a walleye’s mouth; their mouths are full of needle-sharp teeth. This is a good time to put your pliers to use.Enjoy the relaxation of trolling for fish or get some exercise casting, either way have a great day and a delicious fish dinner.If you have personal tips and tricks that you would like to share with your fellow anglers as we wait out the current restrictions, please email Dustin at Information:Social distancing is a challenge for all anglers; the itch to go fishing just keeps growing. But this is a time for all New Mexicans to pull together for the overall health of all our citizens and stay home. The Department reminds anglers it is their responsibility to be aware of closures and contact land managers for properties of interest when restrictions are lifted.Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – U.S. Forest Service (USFS) – Mexico State Lands – Mexico State Parks – Mexico Open Gate Properties – New Mexico Wildlife Management Areas – Angler and outdoor recreationists should consult their local government’s website for information regarding specific city and town fishing access. NMGF News:As COVID-19 continues to force all of us to make changes to our daily schedule, the Department would like to remind you that together we can make a difference. To help minimize the spread of the virus:Practice social distancingWash your hands regularlyAvoid non-essential travelStay healthy and safe.In this time of change, the Department would like to encourage anglers to stay home, mend equipment and prepare for the upcoming fishing season. In the weekly fishing report, provided by Dustin Berg of Go Unlimited (supporting disabled anglers) and the Department of Game and Fish, we will be sharing tips and tricks to help you be ready to go on future adventures. Each week we will feature some different flies, lures, activities or cooking recipes that can be done at home:center_img A friendly angler on the Red River shared his tips for success. Sometimes simple and easy is the way to go. Courtesy/NMGFlast_img read more

first_imgBy RICK NEBELLos AlamosThis is a response to my old friend Pete Sheehey’s recent article. While I don’t have an issue with anything that Pete says, I think that the message it conveys has some problems.First of all, it is highly unlikely that closing “non-essential” businesses has prevented a single death or even a single infection in Los Alamos county. Why? Because the overwhelming number of workers in Los Alamos have been deemed “essential”. My understanding is that 95 percent of the GRT collected by the county comes from LANL. That would indicate that the number of employees at LANL outnumber the non-LANL employees by roughly 20:1. Now let’s look at the remaining 5 percent of the employees in Los Alamos. All of the county employees are categorized as “essential”.  So are most of the hospital employees. Grocery store employees are “essential”. So are construction workers, financial workers, auto mechanics and plumbers. The bottom line is that the number of employees that are deemed “non-essential” (and have been shut down) is only a few percent of all of the employees in Los Alamos County. That would also suggest that they make up only a few percent of the social interactions in the county. So far we have had 6 COVID-19 infections in Los Alamos. A few percent of 6 is a number considerably less than 1. There have been no deaths in Los Alamos. A few percent of 0 is 0. So if I don’t have an issue with what Pete wrote, what is the problem? The problem is the perception.  As Henry Kissinger said, “Perception is far more important than reality”. The perception is that “non-essential” businesses are dangerous places to frequent. The cautious attitude of Pete’s piece as well as those of Sara Scott and the governor don’t say that, but their tone implies it. Are these businesses really dangerous? We haven’t had a single case of COVID-19 in Los Alamos for the past month. Right now, we don’t have any community transmission in Los Alamos. These “non-essential” businesses, particularly with their social distancing protocols, are safe places to visit. Our politicians need to stand up and say that.Franklin Roosevelt’s most famous line is that “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself”. Right now, people are scared. This fear is a serious problem. If a business reopens and people are scared to come in the front door, the business is going to fail.That’s what is going on in China right now. Their industrial capacity is now largely up and running, but they don’t have any customers. This is true both internationally (which I think they richly deserve) but domestically as well. Given the heavy-handed way their government dealt with COVID-19, their public’s fear is understandable.Consumption is a huge part of the GNP in the US. If people are too scared to spend money, our economy is going to remain a mess.last_img read more