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Letter To The Editor: ‘For The Animals’ Says Thanks!

on December 12, 2019 - 3:32pm
For the Animals

My sincere thanks on behalf of “For the Animals” to everyone who helped us participate in the L.A. Small Business activities this past two weeks.

For the Animals is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization formed to receive donations to be used for the benefit of the Los Alamos County Shelter animals.

Kris Frain, Aimee Nu, Peggy Sullivan, Lucy Torres, Amy Elder, Hannah Hollowell and Michael Frain volunteered to load and unload vehicles and set up and watch the donation tables and they are greatly appreciated.

We profusely thank all the many, many people who gave


Letter To The Editor: Hats Off To All Of You!

on December 8, 2019 - 12:55pm
Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa
The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos wishes to thank all those who helped to make our recent Breakfast with Santa successful.
Good weather and spirits brought out an enthusiastic crowd.
Special thanks go to Del Norte Credit Union for their continued generous support of this event. To the hundreds of attendees who came to see Santa and to donate food to LA Cares and money for the Foster Children program, thank you for reminding us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Los Alamos.
The Los Alamos Flute Choir provided lovely

Letter To The Editor: Time For Action Plan On Housing

on December 6, 2019 - 5:34pm
Los Alamos

The recent article covering the report on housing needs in Los Alamo County raises two significant questions in my mind.

First, my wife and I have been acutely aware of the housing crisis in this county, caused by the lack of available land, since we first arrived over three decades ago. The question is: Why are we still paying for studies and surveys to tell us what we already know?

Second, since the DOE and LA County are the primary holders of land for development, and since they are two of the entities most vocal about the need for new housing, etc., why

Letter To The Editor: LAHA Expresses Gratitude

on November 29, 2019 - 8:56am
By Los Alamos Hockey Association
Board of Directors
The Los Alamos Hockey Association held its first Hull Hockey Camp for Power Skating and Other Skating Techniques Nov. 22-24 at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. 
We had 33 skaters participate in eight hours of this instruction by Kyle Hull and Gary TenEyck from Colorado Springs, It was a huge success, at least, by comments from the parents. 
Hull commended the Los Alamos players.
“Coach Gary and I gave the kids the biggest and most important compliment we have given out to anyone so far ... at the

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Kyle Tisdel

on November 22, 2019 - 10:49am

CD3 Candidate Kyle Tisdel
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Kyle Tisdel provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

TISDEL: We are in a climate emergency, representing an existential threat to people across New Mexico, our country, and the

Review: ‘Rose’s Dilemma’ Blooms At LALT

on November 14, 2019 - 7:21am

From left, Rose (Suzy Kroesche) and Gavin (Michael Adkins) eat a tense breakfast, while Walsh (Thomas Graves) and Arlene (Megan Pimentel) look on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

In ‘Rose’s Dilemma’, now being staged by Los Alamos Little Theatre, Rose Steiner (Suzy Kroesche), a literary lion who hasn’t written anything in years, faces a monetary shortfall.

Her dead lover, famous novelist Walsh McLaren (Thomas Graves) is haunting her.

Letter To The Editor: History Lecture Prompts Nuclear Points

on November 14, 2019 - 7:02am
Los Alamos
The November lecture that was brought to town by the Los Alamos Historical Society was on Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge.
The speaker was Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell, who is closely associated with the long-running Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. His topic was "Joseph Rotblat: A Singular Figure in 20th Century Nuclear Politics."
The program and discussions with Dr. Boutwell reinforced my basic thoughts about nuclear politics. To be very brief:
  • The morality or immorality of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II is

Letter To The Editor: Julia Baker Expresses Gratitude

on November 11, 2019 - 11:31am
Newly Elected LAPS School Board Member

I have learned so much during this school board campaign.

I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet so many people in our community and discuss their concerns and support for our schools.

I am grateful to live in a town of people who care about our schools, students and staff.

Thank you to the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees for their endorsement. It was an honor to meet with them and with many teachers and school staff throughout the district.

Letter To The Editor: Bernstein Thanks Supporters

on November 6, 2019 - 7:24pm
School Board Member-Elect

Thank you.

I am so grateful to have had this experience running for School Board for the Aspen District and I owe so much to so many people that have helped to make this happen.

I first want to thank my opponent, Morrie Pongratz, who made this a fun and challenging race. He was a formidable opponent and I am glad to have had this opportunity to grow and learn.

I want to thank the community. I am so grateful for your support and votes, for welcoming me into your homes and having conversations on your doorsteps.

Letter To The Editor: What Is A Banana Republic?

on November 5, 2019 - 7:10am
Los Alamos
What is a “banana republic”?
According to my understanding, it is a Central or South American country that has an unstable government frequently established by a coup d’etat. Venezuela is a current example.
This could never happen here - or so I thought. Our constitutional form of government with peaceful transitioning of government prevents that. Every two years, the people get a chance to change the government or in four years or six, in some instances. I thought we were safe.
Now comes the Democrat Party, which refuses to accept the fact that

Letter To The Editor: Sierra Club Endorses Kristina Ortez To Fill Sen. Carlos Cisneros Unexpired Term

on November 4, 2019 - 8:50am
Chair, Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

When New Mexico Sen. Carlos Cisneros died Sept. 17, White Rock lost a legislator who knew his district, was informed on the issues and expert on process, and stood with a strong voice for his constituents in his committees.

He was available to meet with us to discuss issues, was responsive to our concerns and feedback, and although sometimes he didn’t vote on a bill the way I’d hoped, he would tell us why he took the positions he did.

Now our Los Alamos County Councilors get to nominate a person to fill Cisneros’ unexpired term.

Letter To The Editor: Bernstein Addresses Voters

on November 3, 2019 - 8:20am
Dist. 3 School Board Candidate (Aspen)

Only a few more days left until the election!

I have had a great time walking around town and talking to people! I have learned so much about our town and the people in it. It has been a pleasure speaking with so many of you. 

I have been invited into homes, sat with people, been given pears and other items. This is one kind and generous place.

I am still walking and knocking, but if I have not made it to your door, please feel free to let me know and I will stop by and introduce myself!

I can be reached at

Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Would Be Wonderful Addition To School Board

on October 30, 2019 - 9:18pm
Miriam Wallstrom and Sydne Ashford attend the Espanola Foster Children’s Christmas party, a Key Club event sponsored by Kiwanis. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Morrie Pongratz would be a wonderful addition to the Los Alamos School Board. I was honored to have the opportunity to work with Morrie for four years during my time in the Los Alamos High School Key Club. 

As a timid first-year member, I felt more welcome in the club after interacting with Morrie’s warm and spirited personality.

Letter To The Editor: Janecky Endorses Baker

on October 30, 2019 - 4:37pm
Los Alamos

District 4 Voters,

I am writing this letter to ask that you first and foremost vote in the current election.

I am also writing to ask that you support Julia Baker for our LAPS District School board seat. She is the candidate most able to serve you well.

I held this seat and served as your school board member (secretary, vice president and president) in the past. I know how much work it takes to be an effective school board member.

Letter To The Editor: Hargraves Endorses Bernstein

on October 30, 2019 - 9:57am
School Board Member
Los Alamos Public Schools

I am a member of the LAPS School Board and I endorse Christine Bernstein for the LAPS School Board (District 3 Aspen).

Christine has been an active, in-the-classroom teacher for over 20 years, including several years in Los Alamos Public Schools, giving her an expertise in areas that distinguish her from her opponent. If elected, Christine would be the only Board member also actively teaching students.

As a teacher, she has the knowledge and the skills to work effectively with other Board members, lead committees, and make real

What If The U.S. Had Invaded Japan On Nov. 1, 1945?

on October 27, 2019 - 8:16am
Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed Europe at Normandy in the D-Day landing. This successful operation hastened the collapse of Nazi Germany, and we rightly commemorate this day and celebrate the enormous contribution of our armed forces. 
But another date, November 1, 1945, should also be remembered for what did not take place as originally planned and for the lives that were not lost. This was the date the United States had chosen for the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Letter To The Editor: Supporting The School Bond Is Just The Right Thing To Do

on October 25, 2019 - 5:05pm

Los Alamos

I have been pleased to see so many letters of support for the school bond question and would like to add my own for several reasons.

First, the Los Alamos public school system is a key contributor to our community’s quality of life. It is one of the reasons that both I and others have come to, and remained in our town. I feel very fortunate to live in a community that provided our children with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment and would like to make sure that future generations of children and young adults have the same opportunities.

Letter To The Editor: Elated To Vote For Bernstein

on October 25, 2019 - 9:33am

Los Alamos

I’m pleased to share my elation after voting for Christine Bernstein for Los Alamos School Board, District 3.

I think it’s fantastic that an actual educator is running for a seat on the local Board of Education. Both of my parents were teachers—and excellent ones at that, based on the recollections of their former pupils—and I remember them talking often about administrators and policy makers who knew little about the realities they faced, yet who held the purse strings and the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of students and educators.

Electing a

Letter To The Editor: Thanks For LAFSE Endorsement

on October 25, 2019 - 8:12am
School Board Candidate
District 3 (Aspen)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees for their endorsement of my candidacy.
I feel very honored to have been chosen. As a school employee myself, I understand the importance of teachers’ unions. They not only advocate for teachers in difficulty, but also for students and for education overall. In a time when teachers are being asked to do so much, it is good to have support and advocates to help us and unions play a key role in that. There is power in numbers. 

Letter To The Editor: Sheehey Endorses Los Alamos Public School Bonds

on October 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

Like many of us in Los Alamos, I know I owe a lot to good public education. 

Tax revenues spent wisely on education are a good investment in our future. That is why I urge Los Alamos citizens to vote yes for continuation of our Public Schools Bonds.

This vote will not increase property taxes; it will simply continue the present tax rates so that the schools can continue to rehabilitate and update our aging schools. 

Los Alamos support of these bond issues enables us to receive additional New Mexico state schools capital funding,

Letter To The Editor: Sharon Stover Endorses Pongratz

on October 24, 2019 - 9:15am
Former Los Alamos County Clerk
One exemplary attribute that no one can take away from Morrie Pongratz is that he has never sat on the sidelines relative to service to his community. 
Since early 1980s, he has been actively involved including serving on the County Council and School Board. Below follow a couple reasons to consider why Morrie should be elected to the School Board.
Recall and think about in the early 1980s, when young people needed safe activities, Morrie was there to spearhead, secure funding, and chaperone events for teens.

Letter To The Editor: The Big Questions Communities & Parents Face Is How Programs Will Be Funded...

on October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
Development Director
The Family YMCA

I too read the after-school editorial by Lt. Gov. Howie Morales that Morrie Pongratz referred to in his letter to the editor (link).

My first thought was, “I’m so glad Howie recognizes that!” There is a massive body of studies that essentially says youth should be given resources to help them develop. Dr.

Letter To The Editor: Rock The Bond For White Rock Schools

on October 22, 2019 - 6:29pm
Los Alamos Schools Credit Union
In a time when education budgets are tight, it takes the full might of a mindful community to prioritize education. As a parent of three current Los Alamos Public School students, I’m thankful to have witnessed firsthand how modern facilities can inspire a love for learning.
It is our duty to promote health, security, and learning for all current and future students in Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: Melanie Colgan – A Lot To Like About This School Board Candidate

on October 22, 2019 - 8:56am
Los Alamos School Board (2011-2015)

Residents of North and Barranca Mesas (District 4) are fortunate to have two strong candidates for the upcoming school board election. 

But, based on my experience as a former school board member for this district as well as former school board president, I concur with our current member, Andrea Cunningham, that one candidate stands out above the other — Melanie Colgan (link).

I’ve known Melanie Colgan for more than a dozen years, and throughout that time I’ve been amazed by the extent to which she has poured her talent and energy into

Letter To The Editor: Melanie Colgan Will Be A Valuable Addition To Los Alamos School Board

on October 21, 2019 - 5:52pm
By JoAnn Johnson
Los Alamos
I recently attended the School Board Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. I was impressed with the answers and presence of Melanie Colgan who is running to represent District 4 Barranca and North Mesa communities).
She sounds fair and practical; a voice of reason and experience. I hear the same assessment from my friends who know her or have met her. They have nothing but praise for her abilities and character. 
I think she will be a valuable member of our school board.