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Letter To The Editor: An Inquiry Into The Future Of The Office Of Sheriff

on December 29, 2016 - 7:11pm
By PATRICK BRENNER
Los Alamos

 

Now that the ugly smear campaign against the Office of Sheriff and our fantastic Sheriff Marco Lucero is over, will the Los Alamos County Council restore the duties to the Office that we elected Sheriff Lucero to perform?

 

A number of duties were assigned to the Office at the time of Sheriff Lucero's election. The majority of these duties have since been transferred to the Police Department for reasons that the Council hasn't made clear. Now that we again have an answer to whether Los Alamos wants a Sheriff (and the people responded "yes, we want a

Letter To The Editor: Response To ‘Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark’

on December 29, 2016 - 8:55am
By TOM FAIRBANKS and ELIZABETH WEST
Los Alamos

Re: Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark (link)

We take issue with Mr. William’s letter and in particular his statement that the Mesa Meadow Community possessed a "complete lack of understanding" regarding what was being proposed.

Several years ago the exact same project was proposed in Mesa Meadow. The county dismissed the project when we pointed out that the project, as proposed, would be built not on county land but on land owned by Mesa Meadow Pool.

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Wismer: The Mil Levy IS Important For UNM-LA And For Los Alamos County

on December 28, 2016 - 7:41am
By LISA J. WISMER
Director, Business Operations
UNM-Los Alamos

Many individuals considering the upcoming special school election are asking UNM-LA what happened after the failed mil election in 2013. What financial impacts did the campus sustain and how did it respond? Providing that information may help frame the challenge UNM-LA is facing moving forward as it continues to serve the Los Alamos community.

After the 2013 election, UNM-LA was faced with difficult decisions to determine which programs and services were essential to UNM-LA and which ones could continue to be supported by the

Letter To The Editor: Petition And Rhetoric Misses Mark

on December 28, 2016 - 7:30am
By JOEL M. WILLIAMS
Los Alamos

It absolutely amazes me about what can be presented at a County Council meeting to defeat something. A case in point: the petition and rhetoric of a group at the Dec.  20, 2016, County Council meeting who spoke about the location of additional tennis courts in the area next to the current Los Alamos High School tennis courts (i.e., ‘Mesa Meadow’).

The action by this group of people demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the status of the tennis issue and the location of the new courts that the consultants were presenting to council to be included in

Letter To The Editor: Supporting Our Schools Is The Right Thing To Do

on December 28, 2016 - 6:55am
By ELLEN BEN-NAIM
Los Alamos

Early next month, you will receive a mail-in ballot for the school bond election. I urge you to join me in supporting our community’s most important asset – our children – by voting YES.

This is one envelope that won’t get buried in the mail pile. We will mail our ballots back on the same day they arrive for several reasons.

First, supporting our students is the right thing to do. My three children have thrived in the Los Alamos Public Schools, and have benefited from the new Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School wing.

Letter To The Editor: Please Help Keep UNM-LA’s ‘Engine’ Running ... Vote For Mil Levy

on December 27, 2016 - 8:51am

By Dr. LESLIE DENDY
Los Alamos

Los Alamos residents will soon be voting on a 1 mil levy request for UNM-Los Alamos. I've been teaching at UNM-LA since 1980 (and before that at its precursor, UNM-Northern Branch College) and I know we need it!

As a parent whose kids went all the way through Los Alamos public schools, I know L.A. voters consider education vital, but there are some things you may not know about UNM-LA in particular. UNM-Albuquerque does NOT support us financially - it's not even legally possible.

A Meditation For Women Too Busy For Christmas

on December 26, 2016 - 6:23am
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

I’m sick of Christmas,” my friend said. “Every year it’s the same thing. Shopping baking, writing cards, addressing envelopes, more shopping, decorating, entertaining, cooking the Christmas dinner…. The kids and grandkids always come to mom’s or grandma’s house for their Christmases. I have to do everything. It’s not like I’m the only one there—after all, I’m married. But does HE ever help? No. All he does is come home and enjoy the place. He thinks he’s done enough if he has to pull out his credit card.”

“It’s been the same since Christmas began,” I agreed

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Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Police And Fire Chaplain Gives Thanks

on December 23, 2016 - 10:36am

By An Appreciative Los Alamos Police and Fire Chaplain

Notification went out through fliers and emails, as it has for the past 10 years, that the Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner was to take place Dec. 17 at the First United Methodist Church. The menu would include prime rib and/or smoked salmon. The announcement also stated “bring your families and allow us the privilege and blessing of serving you. Retirees are also invited to attend.”

For the past 10 years Susan Nava and her husband Dennis Trumblee and an unbelievable number of volunteers of all ages have organized this

Letter To The Editor: New Idea For Old Smith's

on December 23, 2016 - 10:02am
By CHET MANLEY
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Letter To The Editor: Let's Keep Momentum Going ... Vote For LAPS Bond And UNM-LA Mill Levy

on December 22, 2016 - 12:13pm
By STEVEN GIRRENS
Los Alamos

I was so proud of our community when the 2009 LAPS bond passed. I was equally proud of our community in 2013 when the bond was passed again. Since then, the Middle School renovation projects were finished in October 2013 and Aspen Elementary reconstruction was completed in October 2014. In addition, several safety improvements were made at every school along with significant protective maintenance upgrades.

Forty-year-old Barranca Elementary is next on the list for major renovation.

Letter To The Editor: Obama’s Last Chance To Protect Grand Canyon

on December 22, 2016 - 9:51am
By Hannah Perkins and Dan McGuinness
Environment New Mexico, Golden Dawn Gallery
 
While climbing into ancient cavates and hiking through the beautiful wilderness of Bandelier National Monument a few weeks ago, I was struck by the thought, what if we hadn’t protected this?
 
What would have happened to sites of the ancestral pueblo culture and the miles of natural wonders if this hadn’t been designated as a national monument one hundred years ago?

Bandelier National Monument doesn’t just preserve history, culture, and nature.

Letter To The Editor: Parents Express Support For UNM-LA Mill Levy

on December 21, 2016 - 3:50pm
By DAVID and HEIDI ROGERS
Los Alamos

As local parents of two Los Alamos High School students, we are writing in support of the upcoming mail-in vote on the UNM-LA mill levy.

UNM-LA benefits everyone in the community, and we are especially thankful that all of our high school kids can take advantage of joint classes at classes at UNM-LA while they are still in high school. Last summer, our son took an EMT training class at UNM-LA, and it was a valuable and transformational experience for him that he couldn’t have gotten at the high school.

We would like UNM-LA to remain a vibrant part of

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos Community For Supporting Children's Christmas Bazaar

on December 21, 2016 - 7:55am
By BETH PATTILLO
Children’s Christmas Bazaar Chair
 
Christmas is almost here! I would like to thank the Los Alamos community for their generosity in supporting the Children’s Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest weekend. You were generous with giving of your time and your donations.
 
At least 75 people helped with set up, baking, greeting, wrapping (at least 25 wrappers wrapping all at the same time!), helping children select gifts and cleaning up. And this all occurs within a 25-hour period of time.

Letter To The Editor: Multiple Organizations Voice Support For New Recreation Center

on December 19, 2016 - 4:53pm
By DARREN MEADOWS
Los Alamos
 
Dear County Council and Los Alamos Community,
 
We are writing this letter to highlight the many diverse groups, organizations, and likely participants who support the construction of a new multi-use recreation center in Los Alamos.
 
We are extremely excited and optimistic that the Council and the Los Alamos Community will enthusiastically support the new Recreation Center as an anchor for the CIP Bond and for recreation in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities.
 
The Recreation Center will be a place for our youth, athletes, families, seniors,

Letter To The Editor: Support Higher Education - Support UNM-LA

on December 19, 2016 - 4:47pm
By Marilyn Doolen and Betsy Comly
Co-Facilitators
AAUW-Los Alamos
 
Higher education is essential to the productivity and innovation of our workforce in New Mexico.
 
College-educated workers earn higher wages and experience lower levels of unemployment than do workers with less education. Research done by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) forecasts that by 2020, two out of every three jobs will require some postsecondary education.
 
For many women, that education comes through attending community colleges like UNM-Los Alamos.
 
The Coordinating Council of the Los

Letter To The Editor: Voting Yes On School Bond Benefits Local Students, Teachers, Schools, Community

on December 16, 2016 - 5:18pm
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos
 
As a parent representative of the Los Alamos Public School District Parent Council, I hear on a monthly basis what is going on in our school district, what the needs are from each school and how, as parents and a community, we can step forward to make a difference.
 
School buildings are in need of renovations to improve existing infrastructure. In years past, Los Alamos has had matching funds from the state. Currently, there is no money from the state.
 
In addition, the state is cutting the current budget in 2017 by $39 million.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Councilor O'Leary

on December 16, 2016 - 5:10pm
By BRYAN BENNETT
Los Alamos
 
I want to thank Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary for her excellent 'behind the curtain' articles on the Recreation Bonds.
 
While my preferred options did not make the final cut (I still think we need something more than two tennis courts and one small playground on North Mesa) I do support the Bonds for new and improved recreation opportunities in the County.
 
The Councilors three articles make a very good case for making investments in our recreation facilities.

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Los Alamos For Such A Warm Welcome

on December 13, 2016 - 8:00am
By IDA MATTILA
Los Alamos High School Student 
Rotary Exchange Student From Finland

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my new community for assisting with my fundraiser this past weekend at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

I would like to thank my teacher Annette Sehorn, the Los Alamos Culinary teacher, Mrs. Jones and the many friends and fellow DECA members who assisted with the success of the project.

Ruby Selvage is a dear friend and gracious host to help me in so many ways.

Letter To The Editor: Concerning The Bond Election

on December 13, 2016 - 6:56am
By CAMILLE MORRISON
Los Alamos
 
I have a problem with Jim Hall's letter about the Bond Election.
 
According to the plan published in the Los Alamos Daily Post, North Mesa was to be developed after Barranca Mesa so they built the Junior High School there. Our kids were all bussed to North Mesa. The land that was set aside for a Junior HS in White Rock is now the Pinon Trails subdivision.
 
Not all the schools were built in the 1950s. We moved here in 1967 and Chamisa had not been built yet. It was designed to have a third pod when the school population increased.

Massengale: How Education Has Shaped This Town

on December 12, 2016 - 2:44pm
By KATE MASSENGALE Ph.D
Retired Associate Professor of English
Retired Dean of Instruction

It will come as no surprise that I support the increase of one mil for UNM-LA this January, as I began teaching there in 1993 and retired as Dean of Instruction in 2013. But my commitment to education began a long time ago. Despite having no children of our own, my husband Bill and I have always voted to support K-12 education wherever we lived. And we have given to our alma maters Texas A & M and Rice University. But in recent years, we have focused our giving to UNM-LA because of its great need. 

Letter To The Editor: Great Local Businesses

on December 12, 2016 - 10:20am
By CAMILLE MORRISON
Los Alamos
 
Our family calls CB FOX C&B’s. They don’t care what you call them as long as you shop there.
 
I rented a vacation apartment in Albuquerque for five years. I spent $5,000 on furniture from CB FOX. It was delivered in two trips at a charge of $150 for each trip. I bought a recliner in Albuquerque. They wanted $75 to deliver it to the apartment. My husband put it in his truck.
 
I sold the furniture on consignment when I gave up the apartment. Gary wanted to know what I had paid for the bedroom furniture. I showed him the bill of sale.

Letter To The Editor: Seeing Both Sides Of The Coin

on December 12, 2016 - 8:42am
By LAURA LOY
Los Alamos

I find myself in a unique position to see why both issues being raised on the mail-in ballot in January are worthy of our community’s support, and here is why.

First and foremost, I am the parent of a student attending Barranca Mesa Elementary School. While the initiative to rebuild Barranca will most likely not benefit my daughter personally before she moves on to Los Alamos Middle School, I fully support the bond being put forth by Los Alamos Public Schools.

Letter To The Editor: Taxpayers Should Set Capital Priorities

on December 9, 2016 - 12:18pm
By JIM REDMAN
Los Alamos

I am outraged that the Council should be trying to repeat the “Kiddie Pool” bond ruse with a new recreational bond election (link).

Having raided the taxpayers capital fund for the projects that Council and staff feel important we find that it is short money for popular “recreational” projects. Thus the bond election hoping that the tax payers will vote for a property tax increase to fund these projects.

We have seen excessive spending by Councils in recent memory and I have no confidence in any Council’s judgment in spending our money.

Letter To The Editor: Aspen Family Night At Bradbury ... Thank You!

on December 9, 2016 - 9:40am
Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Bradbury Science Museum was open after hours to host Aspen families for a night of science and fun from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.
 
The evening activities included hands-on learning, a scavenger hunt, and door prizes. Families were also given the opportunity to order commemorative T-shirts to mark the occasion.
 
Approximately 125 people attended the event organized by Aspen’s Community Outreach Team.
 
“We are fortunate to have a local museum dedicated to sharing the mission and history of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Letter To The Editor: Support Local!

on December 7, 2016 - 5:56pm
By JAMES CHROBOCINSKI
Los Alamos County Councilor
Owner/Broker Zia Realty Group
 
As President of the Los Alamos County Little League I want to thank our two local Pizza restaurants Time Out Pizza and Home Run Pizza for their long time support.
 
These two fine establishments have donated a great deal of time and money every year to support the hundreds of kids who participate in baseball and girls softball. LACLL has more than 500 kids who participate every year and we could not do it without the support of sponsors like Time out and Home Run.
 
With a large corporate pizza place

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