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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.

Southwest Nordic Ski Club And Santa Fe National Forest Celebrate 30 Years Of Partnership

on May 9, 2017 - 6:41pm
SFNF Recreation Specialist Jennifer Sublett presents Partnership Award to Clay Moseley. Courtesy photo
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  It has been 30 years since David Platts first “adopted” the trail to Canada Bonita with the intent to create a first-rate Nordic course for the Junior Nordic Team in Los Alamos. 
That was the beginning of a long and successful partnership between the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).
In honor of their 30-year collaboration, the SFNF recently presented the Southwest Nordic Ski Club with a Partnership Award and recognized

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

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.

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,

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.

Letter To The Editor: Just Say No On Rec Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:01am
Los Alamos

Carolynn Roberts has said it best so far, IMO.

Does this tax hike apply to commercial properties as well? If so, then rents will go up, local businesses will have to charge more for their goods and services, thus driving more business away, so they'll have to charge even more, the all-too-common death spiral to going bankrupt/out of business in “wealthy” Los Alamos.

Just say “NO” to wanton fiscal irresponsibility.

Step Into Spring With Santa Fe National Forest

on May 7, 2017 - 5:39am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) invites the public to reconnect with nature and learn more about local trees, wildflowers and geology by “stepping into spring” with Forest Service staff and volunteer experts Sunday, May 21.
The May 21 event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Holy Ghost Trailhead just before the Holy Ghost Campground in the Pecos Canyon, is part of the SFNF’s conservation education program to help people of all ages better understand their connection to natural resources and how to conserve those resources for future generations.

PEER: The Thin Green Line Patrolling National Parks Is In Danger Of Snapping ...

on May 6, 2017 - 2:53pm

PEER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Aggravating its diminishing resources, the National Park Service’s (NPS) law enforcement program is adrift because it does not possess any real planning capacity, budgetary stability or overall leadership.

Figures released by NPS to PEER indicate that the number of permanent law enforcement

Letter To The Editor: Come On Los Alamos ... Vote YES On Rec Bond!

on May 6, 2017 - 2:40pm
Los Alamos
I have lived in Los Alamos almost my whole life. I went to elementary school, middle school and graduated from LAHS and am raising my children here.
Over the 35 years I have lived in this beautiful community, I have seen over and over proposed improvements to Los Alamos get rejected. Why is it so hard for our community to change? Look how long it took for the County Municipal Building to get approved.

Celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month: Walking Tour Of Ancestral Pueblo Site

on May 6, 2017 - 2:03pm
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest invites you to celebrate New Mexico Heritage Preservation Month by joining a Forest Service archaeologist Friday, May 19, for a walking tour of the Ancestral Pueblo site of Poshuouinge along the banks of the Rio Chama near Abiquiu.
Poshuouinge is a Tewa word that translates as “village above the muddy river.” The 23-acre site is a large Classic Period pueblo occupied from ca.

FAQ: Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election

on May 6, 2017 - 7:31am


Voting questions from the community and answers from the County regarding the Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election:

Q: Did the County consider having each recreation project listed separately on the ballot so that voters could vote YES or NO on each one?

A: The Council discussed the formation of the ballot in December and in a public hearing in February, after consulting with Bond Counsel to develop the ballot question.

The question stated on the ballot is “Shall the Incorporated County of Los Alamos issue up to $20 million of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from

Letter To The Editor: Voting Against Rec Bond

on May 5, 2017 - 3:57pm

Los Alamos

I agree that Los Alamos, and especially White Rock, need recreational updating/upgrading and, as a property owner, I am willing to foot some of that bill but this $20,000,000 Recreation General Obligation Bond fills me with apprehension and I just can’t vote for it. This is my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions…


Los Alamos county property owners are taking on all of the risk; a risk that is not in our realm of control.

Cheri Host Memorial Golf Tournament May 20

on May 5, 2017 - 11:05am

The Cheri Host Memorial Golf Tournament is slated for Saturday, May 20. An avid golfer and director of Sage Cottage Montessori School, Host passed away in 2012. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Cheri Host was a die-hard golfer. She used to get up early in the morning and play nine holes while it was barely light outside using glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Her other passion was Sage Cottage Montessori School in White Rock.

Host passed away in 2012 but many people still recall that she got non-profit status for the preschool in 2011 so that she could continue to take

Softball Fields May Receive Improvements

on May 5, 2017 - 10:02am
Overlook ballfields. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

The softball fields at Overlook Park in White Rock have been a long-time staple at the park.

“The main part of it is well over 20 years old,” Los Alamos County Park Superintendent Jeff Humpton said. “In all that time there hasn’t been any major improvements save for removing and replacing the soil in the infield and replacing the fencing at the backstop and dugout.”

All that could change if voters pass the recreation bond this month.