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Letter To The Editor: Just Say No To Rec Bond

on May 4, 2017 - 8:11am
Los Alamos
When looking at the controversial Los Alamos Proposed Recreational Bond Project, I believe it is important to focus on the two big-ticket items in the proposal: the recreational center and the multi-generational pool.
These two projects account for 81 percent of the construction costs and 94 percent of the projected annual operations/maintenance budget.
The recreational center has two major parts; the gym and the ice rink.

Bandelier Announces 2016 Economic Benefits: $12.5 Million Locally; $35 Billion Nationwide

on May 3, 2017 - 6:47pm

Ancestral Pueblo cavate in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi in Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

The National Park Service (NPS) had a big year in 2016. Besides being the Centennial of its establishment, parks nationwide broke records for visitation, with more people than ever going to these places that are often called America's jewels. Having started with Yellowstone, there are now 417 areas, with at least one in every state.

A recent study brought to light the economic benefits that these

Los Alamos Tennis Clinic Fundraising Event

on May 3, 2017 - 3:59pm

Recreation Bond Election: Questions & Answers

on May 3, 2017 - 2:52pm
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By Los Alamos Future PAC Executive Board:
James Chrobocinski, Tony Fox, Darren Meadows, Susan O’Leary

Over the past 18 months, we’ve worked with hundreds of people in our town to inform the decision making process that resulted in the upcoming bond election. We love Los Alamos and want to see it improve in ways that matter to the people who live here.

Letter To The Editor: Investing In Our Children And Paying It Forward For Future Generations

on May 3, 2017 - 2:51pm
Los Alamos

We received our ballots in yesterday’s mail and voted FOR the county recreation bond.

Los Alamos has been a great place to raise our sons. The Aquatic Center in particular significantly benefits our family.

We want to continue to invest in our children and current Los Alamos students and also pay it forward for future generations of children in our community.

Thank you Los Alamos.

Leonards Tie For Best Predictor In Weekly Pace Race

on May 3, 2017 - 12:13pm
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Zachary Leonard and his son Erik tied at 2 seconds off their predicted time in the weekly pace race held on the Burnt Mesa Trail in the Bandelier National Monument. 
Other accurate predictors were: 
  • David Kratzer with a 6 second differential;
  • William Strother a 9 seconds off;
  • Jesse Woodroffe recording a 11 second difference; and
  • Ryan Smeltzer at 17 seconds off.
Diego Leonard, 7, was the top finisher in the 1 mile distance at 8:49. The fastest female was Roxana Candia recording a 11:41. The 2 mile course had Isolina Viloria

Letter To The Editor: What Might Not Be Realized About Rec Bond

on May 3, 2017 - 12:08pm
Los Alamos
I wish someone else had brought up these important notes on the recreation bond because I try not to get political. But I also think it's irresponsible for me to leave these remarks unsaid.
It is disappointing to see Los Alamos county suggest a general obligation bond to pay for income-producing facilities. This essentially means that people in Los Alamos will be paying for the amenities twice if they vote yes. I don’t know about you, but I tend to only pay for purchases once.
The way this bond appears to be set up, the increase in property tax is

Letter To The Editor: All Or Nothing Bond Package

on May 2, 2017 - 8:52pm
Los Alamos 
There have been several letters to the editor who wonder why the rec bond is an all or nothing proposition. I suspect that the answer is that no one of these items could pass by itself in a bond referendum. 
If you want more recreational opportunities, then you are going to have to support more recreational opportunities for your neighbors as well.
There also seems to be a sentiment that if we vote this down, then the county will come back with something more "reasonable". I think that is extremely unlikely.

Letter To The Editor: Keep It Local Support Rec Bond

on May 2, 2017 - 4:02pm
Los Alamos

We often talk about ‘keeping it loca’l in Los Alamos and the importance of supporting our wonderful local businesses. It’s hard to “Keep it Local” when we have limited recreational facilities, especially for families. I want to “Keep it Local” and that’s why I am voting Yes for the upcoming recreation bond.

When my family wants something fun to do, unfortunately, we often have to leave Los Alamos County.

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.

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.

Conditions Look Good For Virgin Mesa Prescribed Burn

on May 2, 2017 - 6:15am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE Fire managers on the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest hope to conduct the previously announced Virgin Mesa prescribed burn this week if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, remain favorable.

The plan is to use hand and aerial ignitions Wednesday to treat a 600-acre unit at the southern end of Virgin Mesa.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

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

New Mexico True Website Wins Gold Award

on May 1, 2017 - 7:06pm
SANTA FE  New Mexico True is proud to announce its website received a Gold Hermes Creative Award in the Business to Consumer category.
“We are thrilled to receive this award,” Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “We are incredibly proud of and our digital team at New Mexico True who works daily to put New Mexico’s best face forward in the tourism industry.”
Hermes Creative Awards recognizes the outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media.

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

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.

Bear Mauling Doesn't Deter VCNP Trail Run

on May 1, 2017 - 8:58am

PEER News:

Washington, D.C. — Just months after a female runner was mauled by a black bear during a race through a national park, that same park has approved a new trail race through bear country, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  

Despite admitting adverse impacts on wildlife and danger to participants, the park gave summary approval for a new race concluding that any problems would be “minimal.”

In June 2016 during a half-marathon through Valles Caldera National Preserve, a woman runner in her 50s scared a black bear cub up

PEEC: Lions And Hikers And Bears, Oh My!

on May 1, 2017 - 8:38am
Black bears are frequently seen in the local mountain community and it is important to know how to safely live and hike among these large mammals. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
At 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, wildlife biologist Daryl Ratajczak, one of the leading experts in large carnivore behavior, will share tips for hiking safely in bear country. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Bear sightings are common in our mountain town.