Geography can be unfair

-A A +A

Getting things done is easier in bigger cities

By Harold Morgan

Recently I had an opportunity to visit with a gentleman from Catron County. The topic was what is happening in his part of the world.
“Some ranching,” my informant said. The saw mills are gone, thanks to the spotted owl and the environmentalists.
Subdivisions are the other development, he said. Some attract older people. Subdivisions are fine, he said, but he wonders about an older person building a Catron County home. Health care availability is modest, a problem he knows well, being equipped with a small oxygen tank.
Size and place matter. Catron County’s measures are people and acreage. The 2009 population was about 3,450, third smallest in the state. With 4.4 million acres, Catron is our largest county, with 1,275 acres for every person.
Geography, like life, isn’t fair. Catron County hosts most of the Plains of San Agustin, but the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (the VLA) is on the Plains’ eastern end and in Socorro County.
Small places have less room to absorb change. The post office in Boles Acres, near Alamogordo, closed recently. On the grander scale, this matters not at all, except for Boles Acres. A bigger change for small communities came years ago when environmental rules forced gas stations in small communities to close.

If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:

Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday