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Letter To The Editor: Why all or nothing?

on May 2, 2017 - 2:36pm
Los Alamos
Why all or nothing?
One of the problems with the Rec Bond is that it is all or nothing. People who want to invest in our community don't necessarily think we need ALL of these improvements/additions at the same time. Seems like letting us vote on one or two would give us a chance to live with the new or upgraded facilities and the additional increase in maintenance and other costs associated with them.
We could at least see where we stand at that point and decide if adding more facilities in a few years makes sense.

The Service Lives On In Senior Appreciation Night

on May 2, 2017 - 2:33pm
Former Acting Chief Gary Bequette Los Alamos Police Department and his daughter Diana. Courtesy/YMCA
Courtesy/Los Alamos Monitor
The Family YMCA

In 2010, tears in his eyes, 71-year-old Gary Bequette sat and watched his adult daughter as she volunteered to help senior graduates get in and out of overstuffed sumo wrestling suits. He smiled as the teens pushed, bounced off and jump upon one another.

“I am so thankful that this is continuing,” he told his daughter Linda Bequette.

Los Alamos County Awarded Transportation Funds For Canyon Rim Trail Underpass

on May 2, 2017 - 2:31pm


The New Mexico Department of Transportation recently announced that Los Alamos County was selected and awarded approximately $2 million in federal funding for the Canyon Rim Trail Underpass Project through the Transportation Alternatives Program.

“Los Alamos County is pleased to work once again with our state and federal partners to implement a project that will better serve our community,” County Engineer Eric Martinez said.

These funds, in addition to a County match of $340,000, will fund the design and construction of an underpass across NM 502 from the Canyon Rim Trailhead to

Letter To The Editor: Stop Hemorrhaging Money

on May 2, 2017 - 2:14pm
Los Alamos

Everybody agrees with one thing or another on the new County Rec Bill. Lots of us think the golf course water infrastructure for example is in desperate straits and should be funded. I think more tennis courts is nuts, and an indoor year round ice skating rink is over the top - but that's just me. Maybe we ought to offer an a La Carte ballot and just fund some of this.

But we are not offering a la carte, so we are all looking at one ballot and saying "Is there something in this menu that makes me willing to vote FOR the twenty million dollar bond?" Golly there is

Robinson: Why Should I support The Rec Bond?

on May 2, 2017 - 9:58am
Los Alamos

Today, the ballots for the Recreation bond will be mailed out, and Los Alamos will be tasked with deciding whether or not it wants to invest in its future or stay in the past.

With their vote, money can be invested in modern infrastructure that could stimulate demand in our town beyond our national laboratory for the first time in decades, or keep things the same.

Our wonderful golf course was the gift of the United States government almost 70 years ago, and have a irrigation system to match.

Letter To The Editor: Investing In Our Community

on May 2, 2017 - 9:14am
Los Alamos

I am not a golfer. I don’t play baseball, and I don’t ice skate. I won’t use the White Rock Splash Pad. I don’t have children at home anymore. But I do use the Larry Walkup Therapy Pool. So why would I vote yes for the Rec Bond? Because I believe that to have the type of community that is attractive, we must invest in it. Beyond that children are the future and providing places for them to learn, exercise, and enjoy is a life-long gift. And adults are healthier and happier if they have physical outlets that bring them joy and pleasure.

I said I use the Therapy

Letter To The Editor: Why I Am Voting No On Rec Bond

on May 2, 2017 - 8:31am
Los Alamos

I have been heavily debating my vote on the 2017 Recreation Bond for some time, but I have decided that I will vote “No”. After reading several opinion letters in the Post, it is clear to me that the funds generated by this Bond could be used elsewhere. My rationale:

  • There are plenty of options for recreation that already exist in town, catering to many demographics of the residents that live here.  Investing in recreational facilities, while continuing to turn a blind eye to potentially economic stimulating efforts is simply ‘head in the sand’ politics.  Why not put

Letter To The Editor: Of Roads And Rec Bonds

on May 2, 2017 - 7:15am
Los Alamos

When I read the objections to the 2017 Recreation Bond, I am sympathetic. I also drive down Trinity and despair at the crumbling curbs. I also drive down into Rendija Canyon and worry about losing a filling. I also look at Mari-Mac, which resembles a war zone more by the day, and I think, how can we be such a wealthy county and have infrastructure like this? I get it. The thing is, none of those irksome things has to do with county government, and none of them will be resolved by refusing to vote for the Rec Bond.

Trinity Drive is a state road.

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Split The Pot

on May 2, 2017 - 5:19am
Los Alamos
Having grown up here in Los Alamos, I hold the local golf course as my second home and if there is anything that it needs (real need and not a want) it is a revamped watering system.
And I would vote yes for doing that but since it is coupled with a bunch of non needs (also known as greeds), I'm going to have to vote NO on the bond issue.
Now if our wonderful county leadership would have split the pot and made each alleged need or want a separate issue to be voted on separately then the whole pot would not have to die on the vine!

Rec Bond Opposition Launches ‘A Better Way For LA’

on May 1, 2017 - 8:37pm
Planting Rec Bond opposition signs recently, Lisa Brenner of ‘A Better Way For LA’, her son Patrick Brenner, Dr. Lisa Shin and James Whitehead are the group setting up a Political Action Committee to rally voters against the Rec Bond.  Courtesy/Facebook photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

Organized opposition to the Los Alamos County $20 million recreation bond has surfaced with the placing of five large signs in Los Alamos and White Rock. Slogans on the signs state, “Vote No Rec Bond”, and, “Splash your cash. Just Say No.

Letter To The Editor: Support For Rec Bond

on May 1, 2017 - 7:06pm
Los Alamos
I support the upcoming Rec Bond. Among many positives offered by living in Los Alamos is a safe community at the foot of the beautiful Jemez Mountains.
While I agree that there are many opportunities for recreation, I noticed last summer when my young granddaughters were visiting that the lack of a “toddler friendly” public swimming pool was a disappointment.
The proposed improvements to our public swimming pool and the addition of a Splash Park in White Rock will provide fun, easy to enjoy recreational opportunities for young children and their

Gibson: Recreation Bond Is Not Justified

on May 1, 2017 - 7:04pm
Former County Councilor

Like any tax increase, the “Recreation Bond” deserves careful scrutiny. A tax should be for a legitimate valuable public purpose. There should be reasonable expectation the funds will be well used. And there should be no other reasonable alternative to further burdening citizen taxpayers. The Public School and UNM-LA mill levies in January were among the rare tax proposals that satisfy these three criteria (link). This one does not.

“More recreation facilities” sounds good.  What we really need is a different mix of recreational venues.

Pinon Park Pool Association Questions Need For White Rock Splash Pad

on May 1, 2017 - 6:45pm
Pinon Park Pool Association members at site of proposed White Rock Splash Pad. Courtesy photo
PPPA News:
Board members of Pinon Park Pool Association have questioned the need for a Splash Pad in White Rock, proposed as part of the Los Alamos County 2017 Recreational Bond.
Pinon Park Pool is a private outdoor pool that has been a part of the White Rock community for over 50 years. Located on Bryce Avenue, just east of Rover Boulevard, Pinon Park Pool is less than a mile from the proposed Splash Pad site at Rocket Park.
Quote from Leilani Christensen, President of the Board of

County Seeks Business Recycler Of The Year Nominees

on May 1, 2017 - 4:44pm


 Los Alamos County Environmental Services is calling for nominations for the 2017 Business Recycler of the Year Award.

The contest is open to Los Alamos County businesses of all sizes, including nonprofit, for profit, schools and government entities. Send nominations to


  • Business name;
  • Point of contact;
  • Phone number; and
  • Brief description, including
    • Impact on the community;
    • Innovative policies; and
    • Commitment to recycling or sustainability.

Note: the information provided will be used for the evaluation and voting process.

The nomination period will be

LAPD Collects 32 pounds Of Prescription Medications During DEA Sponsored Drug Take Back Day April 29

on May 1, 2017 - 4:26pm

LAPD Evidence Technician, Anthony Lucero stands next to the collected medications last Saturday that will be turned over to the DEA for destruction. Courtesy/LAPD

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department facilitated another DEA sponsored drug take back day Saturday, April 29.

Two collections locations were staffed by officers for citizens to turn in unwanted and unused prescription medications at the Los Alamos Smith’s Marketplace and the White Rock Visitor Center.

Despite the snow storm LAPD collected 32 pounds of prescription medications.

This national take-back initiative continues

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need Or Want A Bicycle Flow Trail?

on May 1, 2017 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos

If you didn't see the announcement for the Parks and Recreation Board meeting April 13 regarding a proposal for a “Bicycle Flow Trail”, or if you saw it and thought it wasn't important to you because you aren't a bicyclist, or you are a bicyclist and thought any bike trail is a good trail, I'm here to tell you that you should pay attention to this proposal. It will affect the entire community and has some ramifications that may raise some alarm in your mind.

There was another County meeting regarding the bicycle flow trail April 26, at Fuller Lodge.

LAVA Shows Appreciation To Volunteers

on May 1, 2017 - 3:16pm

Gloria Baca, who volunteers at Sombrillo Nursing Home, participated in the Los Alamos Volunteer Association's (LAVA) volunteer appreciation party Friday afternoon at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Particpiants were served ice cream floats and treated to music performed by Eddy and the Nomads. LAVA has 503 volunteers in its program and more than 100 volunteers were expected to attend the festivities Friday.

Star Wars Day ... May The 4th Be With You!

on May 1, 2017 - 9:10am


The Los Alamos County Community Services Department is very excited to be promoting a variety of fun Star Wars Day events this Thursday, May 4.

Activities include photos with Star Wars Movie Characters, free stickers and temporary tattoos, arts and crafts hosted at Mesa Public Library, the Teen Center and Youth Activity Center 2-5 p.m., and an all ages costume and Lego contest at Ashley Pond (concert stage - must enter by 5:30 p.m.).

Direct questions to the Community Services Department at 505.662.8170 or

Los Alamos Community Foundation Holds Spring Conference For Nonprofits

on May 1, 2017 - 8:06am

Brian Brogan, Los Alamos County Community Services Director explains the details of responding to County request for proposals. Courtesy/LACF

Kristine Coblentz, LAPS Healthy Schools Program Director, provided examples of successful community-wide collaborations.Courtesy/LACF

Participants discussing a variety of community needs and collaboration opportunities during the LACF Spring Conference for nonprofits Friday at UNM-LA. Courtesy/LACF


Local and regional representatives from over thirty local nonprofits met all day Friday, April 28 at UNM-Los Alamos to learn

Plows Clear Truck Route

on April 30, 2017 - 6:41am

At least three plows where spotted along the truck route clearing the road during Saturday's snow storm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Letter To The Editor: 2017 Rec Bond

on April 30, 2017 - 6:20am
Los Alamos
This message reflects my personal view about the upcoming 2017 Rec Bond and does not represent a statement or position from any other organization where I am involved, including the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board. I currently serve as the chair of the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board.
On Feb. 14, Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond. The special election will be
held through mail-in ballots due May 23, 2017.
Please consider supporting Los

Daily Postcard: Wintery Cap And Shawl On Mesa Public Library Girl

on April 30, 2017 - 6:08am
Daily Postcard: Wintery Cap and Shawl on Mesa Public Library Girl on fine ‘Spring’ morning taken at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29. Photo by Craig Idler

LAFD Assists Rescue Of Dog Stranded On Cliff Ledge

on April 29, 2017 - 9:47pm
Smiley the stranded dog looking forlorn as he awaits rescue. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Firefighter Sam Meyersick places a harness on Smiley. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Firefighter Aaron Williams, left, gets ready to take Smiley to the top as Firefighter Sam Meyersick looks on. Courtesy/LAFD
Happy to be rescued, Smiley joins, from left, LAFD Capt. Gerard Coriz, Firefighter Aaron Williams, Firefighter Sam Meyersick and Capt. Manny Pacheco. Courtesy/LAFD
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Fire Department took their newest heavy rescue truck to Rio Chama in Rio

April LAFRW Meeting Includes Teen Center Tour

on April 29, 2017 - 8:10pm
GOP County Councilors James Chrobocinski, right, and Rick Reiss presented a County update to members of the LAFRW during their April 13 meeting at the Los ALamos Teen Center where the group also toured the facility. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) hosted its monthly meeting during the lunch hour Thursday, April 13 at the Los Alamos Teen Center. 
The group had a very informative tour from Teen Center Director Sylvan Sierra Argo and Assistant Director George Marsden.

Police Dispatch Reports Main Hill Road Now Open

on April 29, 2017 - 9:11am

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Dispatch just reported that the Main Hill Road was temporarily closed for snow removal but has just reopened.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution.