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Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner's Toxic Email

on May 17, 2017 - 10:16am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Wow. I read former Los Alamos County Council candidate Patrick Brenner's email to all seven councilors and immediately figured out why he never made it from council candidate to elected councilor.
 
Indeed, as Joyce Anderson stated, Mr. Brenner's hostile rhetoric is definitely NOT a better way for LA!

Khal “a less toxic rabble rouser in LA” Spencer.

Los Alamos Adult Softball League Seeks Umpires

on May 17, 2017 - 9:48am
 
SPORTS News:
 
The Los Alamos Adult Softball League is looking for both full-time and substitute umpires.
 
The umpires will be paid $25 per game via direct deposit within the week.
 
Anyone interested should contact losalamossoftball@yahoo.com for more information.

Letter To The Editor: CIP And Bonding Process Flawed

on May 17, 2017 - 8:23am
By JIM REDMAN
Los Alamos
 
The way Councils spend the taxpayer's Capital Improvement Fund is flawed and the current bond process lays bare just about everything that is wrong with the CIP process.

Suggesting to softball players, golfers and others that unless they support the bond issue they won't get improvements is misleading. Associated with the bond is $13 million of CIP money, so money available for recreation.
 
Nominally we're supposed to consider that some sort of matching funds for the bond although it's all taxpayer money.

Letter To The Editor: In Appreciation Of The Post

on May 17, 2017 - 8:02am
By ROB BARAN
Los Alamos
 
I wanted to take a break from the lively debate to thank the editor of the Los Alamos Daily Post for posting all of these varied opinions in their unabridged, passionate entirety!

This is the first town I have ever seen where the Press is open and accessible, and so heavily relied on. I am glad to see such a healthy, vibrant, and civic forum.

You've been putting these opinion pieces up at your own cost, but it has been an invaluable service. Regardless of how the vote turns out, thank you for making ALL (pro and con) of our voices heard!

 

Los Alamos Bike To Work Day Friday

on May 17, 2017 - 7:54am

Letter To The Editor: Patrick Brenner Rant Clearly NOT A Better Way For LA

on May 16, 2017 - 6:35am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
Over the last few weeks we've seen a healthy volley of letters to the editor in favor of, and opposed to the Rec Bond. For the most part the letters have been well thought out, well spoken and constructive in their approach to the issue. I think this is representative of Los Alamos as a whole. We discuss, we debate, but in the end, we're still nice to our neighbors that have a different opinion. It's what makes this community so great.
 
This is why the letter published Monday evening in the Los Alamos Daily Post from former Los Alamos County Council

Letter To The Editor: Still Saying No To Rec Bond

on May 15, 2017 - 11:47am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Many have weighed in with their opinions on the Recreation Bond Proposal since I published my last letter April 21. 
 
Until recently, most LA Daily Post letters on this topic have been authored by those strongly favoring the proposal. Only recently have we started to see contributions from those of us that oppose the bond proposal.
 
As alluded to in my earlier letter, it appears that those backing the recreational pool proposal which was soundly defeated several years ago have adopted a new strategy to achieve their goals.  
 
Specifically, a

Players Sought For Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament June 2

on May 14, 2017 - 11:44am

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Special Olympics Los Alamos is gearing up for the Special Olympics Charity Golf Tournament slated for June 2 at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The format will be four-person scramble and singles and doubles are welcome. The entry fee is $100 per person, which includes cart, green fees lunch and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for gross and net scores, longest drive and more.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in

Letter To The Editor: Still On Fence About Rec Bond

on May 14, 2017 - 9:14am
By ANNE MARIE PEETERS WEEM
Los Alamos
 
First of all, I love the idea of improving and adding to the recreation facilities in Los Alamos and have no problem paying more taxes to facilitate this.
 
The problem is with the allocation of funds: Only a little more that five percent ($1.8 million vs $31.6 million) is allocated to for White Rock, even though we have approximately one-third of Los Alamos County's population. I know this issue was brought up in the community forums. When expressing my concerns, several reasons were given to justify the funding discrepancy.
  • A significant portion

LAYSL Soccer Tryouts May 15-25

on May 14, 2017 - 5:49am
LAYSL News:
 
The Los Alamos Youth Soccer League is holding tryouts for the Fall 2018 season for competitive teams and practice sessions/informational meetings for pre-competitive teams between May 15 and May 25 for boys and girls born 2002 through 2009.
 
For more information on dates, times and field locations, or to learn more about the comp and pre-comp programs, visit http://www.laysl.org.

Letter To The Editor: To Bond Or Not To Bond, That Is The Question

on May 13, 2017 - 3:24pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Ralph Chapman’s letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) has been the latest in a long list of well written and thoughtful letters, both pro and con, regarding the Recreation Bond vote. If nothing else, we have once again proven that Los Alamos residents are thoughtful and engaged in our civic governance. I would expect a high “voter turnout”.
 
I would also offer to compare the discussion up here on The Hill regarding this bond question, which has been driven by engaged residents using their own thoughts, vs.

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run May 18

on May 12, 2017 - 4:28pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department will begin running the torch Thursda, May 18, for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

There may be slight traffic delays as officers begin to run the torch from LAPD along Trinity toward the back-gate and on to Jemez Springs.

LAPD partners with Special Olympics New Mexico to raise money and awareness for local athletes to participate in New Mexico State sponsored athletic competitions.

Zach Medin Best Predictor In Pace Race

on May 12, 2017 - 7:57am
SPORTS News:
 
Fifteen runners waited out the rain and lightning and enjoyed a dust-free jaunt for a one mile or three mile run on Barranca Mesa and in Bayo Canyon.
 
On the short course, Beth Davenport and Billy Strother had the best predictions being off by 81 seconds (normalized to the three mile course). Savanna Strother was the first finisher at 8:11.
 
For the long course, on which runners ran around Barranca Mesa Elementary School and then down the horse trail into Bayo Canyon to the point and back Gonzales Road to Barranca School, Zachary Medin was the best predictor, being only

Letter To The Editor: Why Future Generations Don’t Need Bond

on May 12, 2017 - 5:43am
By A Student
Los Alamos
 
I have heard a lot of people saying this bond would be an investment in future generations, to have more options, or that they just don’t want to travel to Santa Fe.
 
As a member of the future generation in Los Alamos, I am Voting no on the Rec Bond.
 
If investing in the community is someone’s goal then please invest in the housing problem; invest in making sure the future generation has the opportunity to have a roof over their heads and then and only then can anything else be considered.

Healing America’s Heroes Fights PTSD With Outdoor Adventures

on May 11, 2017 - 3:48pm
 
From left, Healing America’s Heroes Board Member Don Brooks, Volunteer Shae Reinecke and Healing America’s Heroes Founder Eddie Crain discuss the nonprofit organization with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may find aid in an unconventional place: the great outdoors.

Healing America’s Heroes Founder Eddie Crain said he started the nonprofit organization eight years ago. To date, there have been 40 veterans who have completed the program.

Letter To The Editor: About Truth And The Rec Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 8:16am
By TONY FOX and DARREN MEADOWS
Los Alamos Future PAC Members

We are writing to respond to the recent negative letters about the Recreation Bond by Tom Tierney, Lisa Shin, John Horne, and Lisa Brenner, who has also written online posts as Lola Anderson.

We understand that some people oppose the Rec Bond because they don't support a tax increase or they don't want Los Alamos County to spend tax dollars to make these community improvements. While we don't agree with that position, we recognize that this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves.

Our problem with the recent

Letter To The Editor: It’s Now Or Never Los Alamos!

on May 11, 2017 - 7:56am
By IRENE POWELL
Los Alamos
 
It’s now or never, how long can we afford to wait!
 
I have enjoyed all the amenities of living in Los Alamos for 27 years. I have volunteered for almost every committee or board that works to make our little town even better. I was on the first CIP public committee, the Municipal site committee, the Civic Center citizens committee, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Historical Society Board and now am serving on the Aquatic Center Advisory Subcommittee.
 
Not that I don’t appreciate what we have but I want it to continue, I want Los Alamos to continue.

Bandelier Chili Contest Winners Announced

on May 11, 2017 - 7:28am
Bandelier National Monument staff held their Eighth Annual Chili Cook-Off Tuesday, May 9. Winners from left, Jeremy Sweat (Most Creative Chili), Superintendent Jason Lott (Best Overall Chili and Hottest Chili) and Kim Carrasco (Best Cornbread). Not pictured is JT Stark who was awarded Worst Chili Ever. Courtesy/NPS

Parks And Rec Board Meets Today

on May 11, 2017 - 7:24am
COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Board meets today at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Agenda: http://losalamos.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

The meeting is open to the public.

Scenes From Sunday's Special Olympics Breakfast

on May 11, 2017 - 7:20am

Special Olympics Los Alamos athlete Addie Montoya and Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris help out at Sunday's fundraising breakfast for the local Special Olympics at the Posse Lodge. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Athlete Sam Zimmerly and LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris chat at Sunday's Special Olympics Los Alamos breakfast at the Posse Lodge. Zimmerly has been training for the 400m race and his participation with Morris in the annual torch run. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Special Olympics Los Alamos parents Tim and Theresa Zimmerly serve breakfast Sunday while a dozen other

Letter To The Editor: Voting On Bond Issue

on May 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Terry Goldman
Los Alamos
 
I read a letter complaining that the bond issue vote is effectively 'log-rolling'. The author wanted to have separate votes on each recreational item. 
 
On the one hand, as we learned from the earlier bond vote on the addition to the aquatic center, this amounts only to finding out how many people want that particular additional recreational opportunity. On the other, why should we expect a majority to vote to pay taxes for something we want and they may not? 
 
Although not strictly proportional, the rational solution is to combine items so that if you vote

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses Recreation Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 7:10am
By CAROL A. CLARK, Publisher
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After much review and careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the recreation bond and we strongly encourage the community to vote in support of this bond.

As a local business person and newspaper publisher, I have a broad perspective on what’s happening today in our town and where our community is headed in the future. On matters of high importance, my paper will offer an editorial opinion for your consideration. The upcoming recreation bond election is one of those times where we believe our opinion is warranted.

Bandelier Shuttles Begin Operating Season Sunday

on May 10, 2017 - 5:34pm
One of the Atomic City Transit shuttle buses that will carry visitors from White Rock to Bandelier National Monument May 14 to Oct. 15 this year. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
It's been a busy spring at Bandelier National Monument. There have been many days when it was very noticeable that there's just not enough parking in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, and visitors and rangers alike wished the shuttles were running.
 
Now the waiting is over - the shuttles will start back up this Sunday, May 14. On the same day, the Bandelier Visitor Center hours will lengthen to 9 a.m.

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

on May 10, 2017 - 1:47pm
By RALPH CHAPMAN
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.

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