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Hall: Less Desirable Aspects Of Season May Be Surfacing

on February 1, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos

As we are coming into a long election season, less desirable aspects of the season may already be rearing their ugly heads. 

Having been in local and state politics since the late 1980’s (School Board, County Council, State Cabinet Secretary, and State Representative), I see that the tone of political campaigns since 2010 has changed. 

Campaigns, even at the local level, have become more partisan, strident, and occasionally vicious. 

Too often they are no longer about capabilities, experience, and effectiveness, but are litmus tests of party affiliation, slogans, and rigid

Community Invited To N3B Meet And Greet Monday

on January 31, 2018 - 10:30am
N3B News:

Newport News Nuclear BWXT – Los Alamos (N3B) the contractor awarded the new Los Alamos legacy cleanup contract is hosting a meet and greet event for the public to learn more about the company.

Community members may drop in at anytime between 4-7 p.m., Monday, at Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant, 4244 Diamond Dr. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Learn more at

Sheehey: Why I Joined Women’s March

on January 30, 2018 - 6:01am
Los Alamos County Councilor
Dist. 43 House Candidate

Why did I don a handmade pink hat and march alongside my wife, Naishing Key, and thousands of others on a freezing day at the 2018 Women’s March in Santa Fe?  Because I feel the same outrage that millions of people across the United States feel. No one, whether the President or a private citizen, should abuse women or other human beings, or treat them with disrespect.

Together we demand equality, justice, and respect.

Letter To The Editor: Perfect Powder

on January 30, 2018 - 5:48am
Los Alamos

Sitting in the car today outside the Unitarian Church waiting for my younger daughter to finish her piano lesson, my older daughter asked me to guess the five questions the paramedics asked her in the ambulance on the ride to the hospital two days ago. I really had no idea so I said just tell me. These were the questions: Are you pregnant?, Are you depressed?, Are you homicidal?, Is someone in your household homicidal?, and Do you fear living at home? 

I wish this somehow had surprised me but it didn't.


World Futures: Lying, Cheating And Stealing: Part One

on January 30, 2018 - 5:08am

Los Alamos World Futures

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” on July 5, 1960, I was sworn in as a cadet at the United States Military Academy and accepted the Cadet Honor Code. The opening quotation above is from the Star Wars opening crawl. If asserted as true for my case, would be a lie. While I might argue that July 5, 1960 was a long, long time ago, the last time I checked, West Point is in New York, USA, planet Earth, in this galaxy.

In 1960, the Cadet Honor Code, as I remember it, was that a cadet will not lie, cheat or steal.

LACA Concert An Experience To Remember

on January 29, 2018 - 12:49pm
István Várdai. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Bringing back István Várdai for the Jan. 21 Los Alamos Concert Association's  cello concert with pianist Shai Wosner provided the audience with a thrilling afternoon. Their choice of works gave us the opportunity to hear wonderful compostitions that are rarely heard. Works by Eastern European composers, Kodály’s Sonatina and Janácek’s Pohadka, are pieces that we have probably not heard before.

My earliest memory of an outstanding cellist in performance is Antonio Janigro with the band that he created in Zagreb, I Solisti di

Amateur Naturalist: Winter Greenery Of Ranch School Trail

on January 29, 2018 - 10:16am
Mountain lover growing in the snow and shade. Photo by Robert Dryja
Los Alamos
Conifers stand out in the winter because they remain green. Deciduous trees such as gambol oak shed their leaves. However some of the plants underfoot along the Ranch School trail remain green all winter. Others will remain green well into the start of winter.
Mountain lover is a plant that remains green all winter. The name reflects its preferred habitat in the mountains. It can be seen toward the bottom of the Ranch School trail, deep in the shade of the spruce and fir trees.