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Letter To The Editor: County Councilors Should Not Be Swayed By Bullying

on August 2, 2017 - 3:54pm
Los Alamos

In light of the threat of lawsuits against the County made at the July 26 council meeting, it seems ill-advised to discuss further the resolution to expand the Sheriff’s duties and authorities until the legal matters are resolved. Similarly, efforts to modify the County charter under the cloud of legal challenges should be postposed pending a resolution of those issues. The County should not be swayed by the bullying of a few county residents.


Furthermore, when Los Alamos citizens voted for the current Sheriff, they did so knowing the position

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: All Those Ponderosa Seeds

on August 2, 2017 - 10:08am
Pairs of seeds about to flutter out of a pine cone. Photo by Nancy Castillo
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
A number of cones are lying on the ground beneath the dominant Ponderosa pine tree growing  behind the Aquatic Center. 
A very patient seed counter found that ponderosa trees may produce from 7,000 to 11,500 viable seeds for a year. This is before birds and squirrels begin to eat them. The seeds are enclosed in a wing and so may flutter away from the parent tree. Birds and squirrels also may carry away and store some seeds without eating them.    
As an

Home Country By Slim Randles: Space Blanket

on August 2, 2017 - 8:10am
Home Country
This is going to be good, Dud thought, bringing his new tarp out to the car.
There it was on that computer site. How to camp out with just a single tarp. I’ve been looking for something like that for a long time now. Amazing what you can find on the internet.
He couldn’t get Anita to go with him, because she just didn’t have the same outdoor curiosity that Dud had. Hey, it’s kinda scientific in a way, you know.
The tarp was kinda pricey, but it was worth it.

Heinrich Viewpoint: New Mexico Must Build Homegrown Tech Workforce ... Here's One Way To Do It

on August 2, 2017 - 8:06am
By U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
D-New Mexico

New Mexico has long been at the center of technology innovation. Research and development at our national laboratories, universities and military installations has led to major breakthroughs in computing, energy, health care and national security.
The technology industry is a driving force in creating jobs and expanding economic growth. In 2016 alone, the technology sector contributed more than $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, employed more than 7 million workers and added more than 100,000 new jobs.

McQuiston: May We Have Your Attention Please?

on August 1, 2017 - 10:03am
The Jemez Agency
When driving home from work this week, I came face to face with a distracted driver. The driver was looking down, eyes off the road, texting, and nearly hitting me.
Recent studies have shown drivers are more distracted, which accounted for 3,179 deaths and 431,000 injuries in 2014. It is even estimated that 1 in 4 car crashes involved cell phone use.
Take a look at a recent survey that was posted in USA Today. The percentage of drivers who reported speeding, red light running or texting while driving in the past 30 days:
  • 16-18 year olds  69

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Spencer

on August 1, 2017 - 9:29am
Los Alamos
In response to Mr. Spencer (link):
First of all, I don’t get “unnerved” around firearms. I grew up around them. Down at the farm, Grandma had a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun hanging over the back door. Obviously, that didn’t have a 30 round banana clip hanging off of it. The people who needed that kind of equipment were people who couldn’t hit what they were shooting at. Grandma didn’t have that problem.
So, do the police need that kind of equipment in their cruisers? An AR-15 or a mini-14 is easily lethal out to 500 yards.