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Letter To The Editor: A Quick Comment On The REC Bond Discussion

on May 10, 2017 - 1:47pm
Los Alamos

Just a few quick notes on this REC Bond thingy. There have been some solid arguments made by members on both sides of the issue. Khalil Spencer’s comments against voting Yes were, not surprisingly or unusually, strong and well thought out. The large number of comments made in favor of voting Yes also make strong points about the effect of the Bond on the long-term health and vitality of the County. So, there is good reason to have a useful and civil discussion of this issue.

How I voted actually anticipated a comment suggesting we look at this from an

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Bond IS Justified

on May 10, 2017 - 8:20am
By Robbie and Michelle Harris
Los Alamos

We were disappointed with Robert Gibson’s recent column (link) that the Recreation Bond Is Not Justified. Our family is very involved with Little League and high school fast pitch softball programs. A half century ago, women's fast pitch softball was not recognized as a high school or collegiate sport. In 1972 Congress passed the Educational Amendments. One section of this law, Title IX, prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally-funded education, including in athletics programs.

Ben-Naim: Vote Yes On Rec Bond – Don’t Let Perfect Be The Enemy Of Very Good

on May 10, 2017 - 7:32am
By Ellen Ben-Naim
Los Alamos

I am writing in support of the Rec Bond. After a year and a half of public meetings and countless hours of staff and volunteer research and planning, the county has put together a well thought out package of recreation projects.

These facilities will help meet the needs of young families, student athletes and adults of all ages. They also will help increase our property values, benefit our schools and make Los Alamos a more attractive place to live for new hires to the Lab.

I believe passing the recreation bond will help move Los Alamos County forward.

Letter To The Editor: Horne On Rec Bond

on May 10, 2017 - 6:33am
Los Alamos

I would like to add my name to the list of people who are opposed to the recreation bond. On May 5, Carolyn Roberts wrote an excellent assessment of the problems with this bond issue and I am in complete agreement with the points she has made.

The most important of these points is the following: “If something adverse happens at LANL or another fire devastates our community, WE, the property owners, are still responsible for paying this debt back.

Lunch With A Leader: Rec Bond Forum May 16

on May 10, 2017 - 6:20am
LWV News:
At 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, the League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will present information about the Recreation Bond at Mesa Public Library.
Darren Meadows, Philo Shelton, James Chrobocinski, Susan O’Leary, Lisa Shin and Lisa Brenner will explain both sides of the bond and answer questions. Both sides will present for 15 minutes and then we will open up for questions.
The Recreation Bond is up for a vote with a mail-in ballot that is already in your home.

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos County’s Fiscal Predicament - Vote Against Rec Bond

on May 10, 2017 - 6:09am
By LISA BRENNER, Vice President
A Better Way For LA PAC

No one likes to rain on anyone’s parade but I think we need a bit of a reality check on the Rec Bond issue. There are so many reasons to vote AGAINST this bond.  Here are a few:

Los Alamos County is not in a good predicament money-wise. Presently we have a $1,400,000 shortfall for this budget year due to the LANL contract’s limbo status.

Letter To The Editor: Rec Center Bond - Bad For Small Businesses And Nonprofits

on May 10, 2017 - 5:48am
Los Alamos
The County of Los Alamos introduced a controversial choice that our community must make through the Recreation Center Bond election: Should the County be allowed to compete with small businesses and nonprofits in our local fitness industry?
Supporters of this Bond claim that the absence of a Recreation Center is a central stumbling block in attracting visitors and new businesses to the County.

County Council Quorum Notice For JFK Dinner

on May 9, 2017 - 6:25pm


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the JFK Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

A quorum may be present however, no action will be taken.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Visits Los Alamos Today

on May 9, 2017 - 4:15pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District spent several hours today in Los Alamos meeting with various community and civic leaders and County and laboratory officials. He also stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to visit with Publisher Carol A. Clark and the news team. He explained that he is spending the week traveling throughout northern New Mexico to hear local concerns as well as test the waters for a possible run for governor of New Mexico. Read the full story of the Congressman’s visit to Los Alamos in the Thursday print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Councilors Booth Schedule At Farmer’s Market

on May 9, 2017 - 2:46pm
Two members of the Los Alamos County Council will host a booth at the Farmer’s Market on the following Thursdays:
  • May 18;
  • June 15;
  • July 20;
  • Sept. 14; and
  • Oct. 19.
This is an informal setting open to residents who would like to stop by anytime between 9-11 a.m. with comments, concerns or questions.
The Council also hosts an information booth during the annual Los Alamos County Fair, which this year is Saturday, Aug. 12.

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Only One Of Many Resident Needs In Comp Plan

on May 9, 2017 - 2:42pm
Los Alamos
I was once LANL’s expert on radioactive waste disposal sites and other contaminated areas. I also was the Planning & Zoning Commission chairman for development of a County Comprehensive Plan. Recreation was only one of many resident needs addressed in the Plan.
  • Los Alamos cannot grow! Neither in land-size nor population.
  • Landlocked by government and Pueblo land ownership.
  • We are built on mesas with deep canyons on sides.
  • Community no longer has “location knowledge” of legacy LANL activities producing hazardous and radioactive wastes.
  • Los Alamos is

Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board Meeting Canceled

on May 9, 2017 - 1:49pm
The May 16 Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board meeting has been canceled.
The next meeting is scheduled for June 20.

County DWI Planning Council Meeting Thursday

on May 9, 2017 - 7:07am

Shin: Vote AGAINST Rec Bond: There's A Better Way

on May 9, 2017 - 6:54am
By LISA SHIN, President 
A Better Way for LA PAC

A Better Way for LA PAC was formed by concerned citizens who propose that we expand and improve recreation in ways that are fiscally responsible and sustainable. I do not question the quality of life benefits our community would receive from the Recreation Bond. Personally, I would love to see an indoor ice-skating rink and expanded recreational facilities.

However, I question whether this Bond represents the highest and best use of our tax dollars, when there are so many competing needs. There is a better way.

County: Special All-Mail Election Do’s & Don’ts

on May 8, 2017 - 11:50am

County’s Project Team Hosts Rec Bond Information Table For Community At Farmer’s Market Thursday

on May 8, 2017 - 11:41am


The County’s project team will host an information table this Thursday during the Farmer’s Market regarding the five proposed recreation bond projects being considered in an all mail-out election.

Market-goers are encouraged to stop by and pick up the Voter Information Booklet or ask questions. The team will be available 9-11 a.m. at the market to answer questions.

Residents can also visit to find information or download the booklet. There also is a Facebook page about the projects – search for Los Alamos Bond Projects 2017 on Facebook.

Council Honors LAFD Station 4, B Shift Crew For Receiving Phoenix Award For Saving Lives

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, briefed members of the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening on the fact that his B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 has been awarded the Phoenix CPR Award for saving the lives of Los Alamos residents suffering cardiac arrest. The heroes of the B Shift crew include, Captain/Paramedic Joseph Baca, Driver Engineer/Paramedic Van Leimer and Firefighters Matthew Austin, Zachary Shriver and Kenneth Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County staff and community members give a standing ovation to the B Shift crew at Fire Station 4 for saving

Letter To The Editor: Thundersnow In Los Alamos

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am
Los Alamos

Years ago, on a late winter evening, I noticed my daughter was a bit pale as she was pulling on her hockey gear. The season was approaching its end so it just made sense to go and enjoy whatever ice time remained even though the weather was a bit iffy, too.

It ended up being a night she would always remember. It was the night of the thundersnow! From what I remember her hockey practice began ordinarily enough but then the heavens broke loose and it began to rain, hail, sleet, thunder, and snow. The kids had a ball.

Council Declares May Motorcycle Awareness Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:41am

Richard Sturgeon addresses the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday in which he accepts a proclamation declaring the Month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler, third from right, presents a proclamation on behalf of the Council to Richard Sturgeon and members of the local motorcycle community, declaring the Month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Staff Report  


During Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers,

County Council Proclaims May Bear Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:30am

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presents James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

During Tuesday's Council meeting, Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presented James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County.


WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an

County Council Proclaims Hospital Week May 7-13

on May 8, 2017 - 7:12am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside addresses the Los Alamos County Council during Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Whiteside conducted a PowerPoint presentation in which he updated the councilors on new accomplishments achieved at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, center, presents LAMC CEO John Whiteside and his staff with a proclamation on behalf of the Council recognizing the week of May 7-13 as Hospital Week in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

During Tuesday's County

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Aquatic Center

on May 8, 2017 - 7:08am

On the job in Los Alamos: County employees Liz Montoya, left, and Christine Chavez greet guests Friday at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Letter To The Editor: Good Point ... Split The Pot

on May 8, 2017 - 6:35am
Los Alamos

Gerald Antos has a good point. Split the pot (link).

Some of the recreational items are necessary to keep up and others may be needed. The new splash pad costs $750,000. Is this needed? Considering that we have very few really hot days in a year with hopefully rainy days in July and August, there may be most of June and a smattering of other days to use it. Most kids will be happy running through the sprinkler or using a garden hose and that alone saves $750,000.

We also need to consider the yearly upkeep of all these facilities and the need for more

Letter To The Editor: Consider Voting For Rec Bond ... Small Tax Well Worth Enhancement To Quality Of Life

on May 7, 2017 - 9:49am
By Monica Van de Water
Los Alamos

Please read, and please have an open mind. Our family always says, “options are always better than no options”!

Even if you don’t care, or don’t like it, consider "VOTING YES” to the upcoming rec bond. There are many families in Los Alamos that do want these recreational facilities. We should support that desire and the excitement that it is generating.

When the seniors needed money for improving the senior center, many of us voted “YES”. How does that benefit me? I’m not a senior.

Rotary Hears Details Of Recreation Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:28am

Los Alamos Future PAC members, Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows discuss the 2017 recreation bond with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Ballots for the rec bond election were mailed to voters Tuesday and ask whether to pursue a $20 million general obligation bond, which combined with $13.4 million in capital improvement project funds, will fund five CIP projects for the community: a recreation center, a multi-generational pool, a splash pad and improvements to the golf course and softball fields in White Rock.