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Letter to the Editor: Greater Concern With Well Project

on May 31, 2013 - 9:41am

Los Alamos

Most of the discussion of the county's proposed well project has focused on wellhead impacts. However, I believe there is a greater concern: potential impact to the springs in White Rock Canyon.

This project is designed to extract ground water before it becomes surface water flowing into the Rio Grande. Ground water becomes surface water by emerging through springs. Therefore, by definition, some springs somewhere must be affected; the only question is which ones and how much.

Column: Valles Caldera Faces Troubled Future

on May 31, 2013 - 9:27am
Column by TOM RIBE
Santa Fe

The beautiful Valles Caldera National Preserve atop the Jemez Mountains faces a troubled future if Congress doesn’t act soon.
This vast volcanic wild and beautiful place is often cited by visitors as “national park quality.” The legislation that created the Preserve in 2000 expires in 2020 and if congress does nothing, the Preserve will cease to exist as a protected place and will become general multiple use Forest Service land with no staff and virtually no protection of any kind.

How could this happen?

Kendall: Driving Steve Stoddard

on May 30, 2013 - 3:25pm

U.S. troops advance toward Fontainebleau en route to Paris. (National Archives)

Los Alamos Daily Post

Steve Stoddard and I were founding board members of the Los Amigos de Valles Caldera (Friends of the Valles Caldera National Preserve organization.)  

Steve was in an electric wheelchair at the time and I offered to drive his specially outfitted van to the Amigos board meetings in Santa Fe each month. During these drives, Steve would tell me wonderful stories about his time in Los Alamos and about his military experiences.  

I loved his stories about his

Hofmann: The LTC Basics #2

on May 30, 2013 - 8:44am
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services offers insights into Long Term Care:
The LTC Basics #2 

Consumers may hear many confusing statements regarding the topic of long term care, both published in the public domain and repeated by misinformed individuals. Over the next few weeks, I will be submitting a series of columns containing accurate information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, website I encourage you to watch for and read these informative columns.

The LTC Basics #2: 

Who needs Long Term Care?


How the Hen House Turns: First Turkey’s Demise Was Not Wasteful

on May 30, 2013 - 8:26am
How the Hen House Turns: First Turkey’s Demise Was Not Wasteful
Column by Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper, Ph. D.

This is a tale from the days when Poncho, our "Santa Fe shepherd," guarded the domestic birds of the Hen House when they were outside their pen, enjoying the freedom and wild grasses of our three-fourths acre lot on the canyon.

We had all gone off in a hurry to do assorted errands, and Poncho, who loved to ride in the car, had gone with us. Our only excuse for leaving the birds outside the pen was that we had not yet found an obvious way to get them all back in the pen quickly.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Being a Friend, Mentor and Public Servant

on May 29, 2013 - 2:35pm
Thank you for being a friend, mentor and public servant

Upon returning to Los Alamos as a young man, my family relocated to White Rock where I had the opportunity to live across the street from Senator Steve Stoddard. 

I had known the Stoddard’s from growing up in Los Alamos so the move allowed me to renew old friendships. Over the years, Steve and I would have occasion to visit on Sunday evenings, where we would sit together and discuss the issues of the day and issues related to state politics. 

During this time, I would always recall that Steve would start by saying


Letter to the Editor: Atomic City Transit Cuts Some White Rock Service

on May 29, 2013 - 11:13am
White Rock

Los Alamos County’s Transportation Division sponsors Atomic City Transit to serve the residents of our County.

On May 24, ACT modified its schedule and services, and the announcement included the statement “White Rock service will be enhanced … [and lists new routes].” LINK

Discontinuing service to ~1/3 of White Rock homes does not constitute a service enhancement to those of us who live in the La Senda and Pajarito Acres neighborhoods.