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Letter To The Editor: No To Splash Pad

on November 17, 2017 - 10:32am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos
 
Our current County Council seems to think they’re omnipotent! They read into the results of the voter’s wishes by assuming we voted for the “Splash Pad” and other Recreation projects. This is a HUGE assumption on their part!
 
I can see making improvements to the Golf Course irrigation system, but that’s IT! Any other improvements to the Golf Course can be funded by those that use it. Same thing applies to the Ice Rink.
 
The real problem I have is the money the Council intends to waste on this so called “Splash Pad”. The County Council has already voted to
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This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 17, 2017 - 7:30am

Keller: What Weeds Really Are

on November 16, 2017 - 8:48am
By CHICK KELLER, Curator
Jemez Mountains Herbarium
 
In response to a resent letter to the editor (link) with questions about weeds and what to do about them, here are some answers:

First – a weed to me is any group of plants growing where you don’t want them, or crowding out other more desirable plants.

Second – not all weeds are invaders from other places. Most are natives.

Third – these are very important plants for restoring disturbed areas. I call them nature’s “first responders”. They are almost all annuals (must grow from seeds each year as last year’s die and don’t come back).

Their job is

O’Leary: Council Approves MOU With NCRTD

on November 16, 2017 - 5:58am

By Vice Chair Susan O’Leary

Los Alamos County Council

In our consent agenda during Tuesday's Council meeting, we approved a request to provide North Central Regional Transit District with $350,000. This transit district serves a number of counties in Northern New Mexico and this funding is in addition to county funding for the county's Atomic City Bus service.

The Council agreed to this specific action in April as part of our budget process and tonight’s action was merely fulfilling that agreement. Reading tonight’s agenda documents, I was reminded that Los Alamos County has provided $7

Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 15

on November 15, 2017 - 11:03am
By GEORGE MORSE
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
As I suspected, the kokanee salmon snagging at Heron Lake, which opened Nov. 11 has been slow. I believe the low water levels we’ve been experiencing at Heron Lake the last several years has had a detrimental effect on the kokanee salmon fishery there.
 
Snagging kokanee in previous years had literally become a social event, with lots of anglers participating and lots of salmon being caught. It would be interesting to see if they can start storing more water at Heron if the salmon fishery improves with higher water levels.
 
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Cinema Cindy Reviews Murder On The Orient Express

on November 15, 2017 - 11:01am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Murder on the Orient Express” is a star-studded remake of the 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery which first came to the big screen in 1974. Kenneth Branagh directs the film and stars as Hercule Poirot, by his own admission, “the greatest detective in the world.” (Poirot’s mustache alone is worth the price of admission.)
 
After solving a very public case in Jerusalem, Poirot boards a steamboat for Istanbul where he will catch the famous cross-continental train, the Orient Express, and head to England for his next case.
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Bouman: President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan

on November 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
By BEN BOUMAN
Alpine Financial Partners

Several times over the past few weeks I have been asked if I knew anything about “President Reagan’s Retirement Plan” and a 702(j)-retirement plan. I had never heard of such a thing, so I decided to investigate it. Here’s the deal folks. There is no such thing. This concept goes by many names. The 770 account, the 702(j), the 7702, The Presidents Secret Account, Invisible account, etc. It resurfaces every few years with a new name and new marketing approach from salesmen in the insurance business.

A 702(j) is not actually a retirement savings plan

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