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FRIED LIGHT: Valles Caldera needs better supervision

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By Roger Snodgrass

It seems like ever since the Valles Caldera National Trust pulled their offices out of Los Alamos and moved to Jemez Springs, they have been a little lost.

Many of us feel very much out of touch. Although we’re next door neighbors, there’s a mountain between us.

Official explanations manage to keep our expectations afloat in the objective realm, but the whispering and secrecy and arbitrary decisions easily inflame our opinions. Only the tip of the preserve’s business has been visible in recent years.

Even though I have attended nearly every meeting of the Trust over the last seven or eight years and even though I see hard-working, completely dedicated staff, I also see lots of turn-over. There’s a new communications and marketing director now and we can finally read the text on the preserve’s webpage and that may help matters.

But the trust’s most recent report to Congress had to admit that many of the goals for last year had not been accomplished. Some of those were carried over from the year before.

So there are problems about the “seize-tomorrow” pace of things, but also about attitude.


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