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Letter To The Editor: Correcting Gun Law Comments

on August 30, 2015 - 12:01pm
Los Alamos

I read the comments by Stephanie Nakhleh (letter) in Saturday's paper, and I have to correct her errors.

She states that "by the time I finish (this letter), three more people will be killed by guns in America." The truth is, according to the FBI Crime Statistics for 2013, the last year available, there were 14,196 murders in America by firearm, of every type and description, and 69 percent of those were by firearm. 

That equals about one per day, not three in the time it would take her to write a letter, as stated. Quite a big difference.

Cone Zone: Week Of Aug. 31

on August 30, 2015 - 11:53am


Los Alamos County has released the following road work information for the coming week:

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones.

Note: the below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Western Area Improvements Phase 3:

Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Gun Law Letter

on August 30, 2015 - 9:29am
Los Alamos

Well isn’t this different ... an anti-gunner (letter) who spouts off not knowing anything about present Federal Fire Arms Laws that are already being enforced in America.

Let me first say that evil will always find a way to raise its head and bad guys don’t want to obey the law so to believe that they are not a threat is complete naivete! Criminals do not obey the law!

First off buying an arsenal on the Internet is pretty much impossible as anyone who wants to purchase a firearm over the web will find it shipped to a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer.

Letter To The Editor: About Gun Laws

on August 30, 2015 - 9:06am

Los Alamos

Just a quick few comments on Stephanie Nakhleh's letter.

First, there have already been bills introduced to require universal background checks. So far, they have failed, but not because no one tried. But as a Federal law enforcement officer offered to USA Today**, Vester Flanagan bought his handgun from a federally licensed gun dealer in Virginia, passed a background check, and there was nothing in his background to prohibit the transaction.

Second, there is already Federal law in place to prohibit those who are adjudicated as violently mentally ill from buying

Charges Filed Against Secretary Of State Dianna Duran

on August 30, 2015 - 8:29am

Secretary of State Dianna Duran

Staff Report

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas charged Secretary of State Dianna Duran Friday in District Court with 64 counts including embezzlement, fraud, money laundering, violations of the Campaign Practice Act, tampering with public records, conspiracy and violation of a Governmental Conduct Act.

The investigation into Duran’s alleged misuse of campaign funds and withdrawal of money at casinos around the state began following a tip.


Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Statement On Thursday's Game Commission Decisions

on August 29, 2015 - 8:29am


SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game Commission voted Thursday to approve trapping for cougars on state trust land and private land throughout New Mexico.

The commission also voted to increase bear-hunting quotas. Both decisions came without sufficient scientific evidence and in the face of overwhelming public opposition. 

More than 1,000 New Mexicans sent written comments and several hundred people came to Thursday's meeting to ask the Commission not to adopt New Mexico Game and Fish's proposals, which may put bear populations in danger and would allow traps on private and

Main Hill Road Work Bogs Down Morning Commute

on August 29, 2015 - 8:11am

Workers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation were patching areas of the Main Hill Road Friday morning bringing traffic to a standstill and causing many to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Patch work by NMDOT on the Main Hill Road Friday morning brought traffic to a standstill, causing people to be late for work, appointments and other engagements. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

NMDOT workers fill in gaps under this guardrail Friday morning as part of repair work on the Main Hill Road. Photo by Carol A.