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Letters

  • SAN says thanks

    On June 1, the community produced the annual Senior Appreciation Night. SAN started 29 years ago to provide students a safe alternative to drinking and mountain celebrations. It costs over $13,000 each year, $6,000 for prizes and $7,000 for food and entertainment.
    Officially, 154 (out of 280 graduates) went to every event and were eligible for the grand prizes at breakfast. Friends accompanied most graduates so an estimated 300 youth were entertained throughout the night.
    Volunteers supervised 12 events, prepared food, organized and assisted in numerous ways. Thanks to all the parents who donated money and/or volunteered at SAN.
    A total of 72 businesses and organizations lent monetary support to SAN, and numerous entities helped plan for SAN. Planners include Los Alamos County’s Recreation Department, The Family YMCA, the Youth Activity Center, LAHS administration, LAPD, LA County DWI program, LA Teen Center, Kiwanis Club, and First United Methodist Church who were all key in producing the event. Thank you to every staff member and friend behind the scenes.
    Special thanks to event coordinators: Ruby Alexander, Bette Christensen, Ronaele Freestone, Don Casperson, Paul Martinez, David Clark, and Diana Martinez.
    Jeremy Smith
    Sports and Adventure Program Director
    THE FAMILY YMCA
    Los Alamos 

  • “Small Town, Big Heart”

    Last Friday night as I was preparing for a trip, I was zipping around town doing last-minute errands: post-office, photo-copying at Upex, gift purchase at CB Fox, etc. As usual, was carrying my trusty (and most favorite) “Camelback” water-bottle.
    Admittedly, it seems shallow to get attached to “things”, but honestly, this water bottle is the best! It has all the features I need and I hardly go anywhere without it since it helps relieve the chronic dry throat I have living in the Southwest.
    As Murphy’s law would dictate, I absent-mindedly left the bottle somewhere downtown on my journey, and by the time I realized it, businesses downtown were closed. Since I was leaving early the next morning, there was no chance to back-track.
    Before you let the smoke-choked lethargy of the “tough luck” clouds get you down, here comes the silver lining: upon my return, some very nice person had returned my favorite water bottle. And, it was returned directly to my house!
    I know I’m not the only person with a cobalt blue water –bottle, so I stuck my address-label on it to avoid confusion. In this case, it allowed a very kind fellow Los-Alamosian to return it to my door.

  • Baffled, outrage

    Dear Editor,
    I read your article about Aaron Nguyen with a combination of bafflement and outrage. I am certainly relieved that this young man does not reside in my neighborhood.
    I am baffled that any trip out of Los Alamos would be permitted while this case is yet undecided. Any decision by our judicial system permitting these casual trips, regardless of any conditions placed upon them by the court, is sending the message to the perpetrator and the public there are no consequences for this type of crime, which is outrageous. As to the diagnosis of mental illness, I won’t quote statistics, as I am not an expert. What I would suggest is that there are many, many youth and adults with ADHD. Going on a crime spree is not something I have observed from media reporting to be frequently associated with this disorder.
    It is fortunate for the accused that he has advocates to assist him in the future to curb his illegal activities.
     I suspect that a majority of youth offenders whom end up incarcerated from the exact same behavior would benefit from this type of support, but it is not readily available.
    If these holidays out of state are permitted by the court, I am, yes, baffled and outraged.
    Madeline Boyd
    White Rock
     

  • Thanks for help with speech and debate invite

    Many, many thanks to the following businesses and people that supported the recent three-day-long National Christian Forensics and Communications Association Region III Speech and Debate Invitational: to John Roberts and Smith’s for discounted food for students and judges — tremendous help; to Denise Lane and the Dixie Girl, Ruby Alexander and Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, Brian Booth and the Coffee Booth, and members of the First Baptist Church of Española for providing scrumptious food for judges — thanks also to local churches and families — all food was appreciated, and most assuredly did not last long.
    El Parasol provided dinner for our social event — a hit. A big thanks to the local judges that volunteered their time and energy to help competitors hone their skills, and to Crossroads Bible Church for use of its facility.
    Thank you also to Bradbury Science Museum and Los Alamos National Laboratory for the wonderful educational experience in- and out-of-town competitors were able to enjoy in the museum. Our town is a gem, in both its history and participation of community. We deeply appreciate the commitment and uniqueness of Los Alamos!
    The Los Alamos Home School Speech and Debate Guild Board.
    Kris Hollis
    Mary Spill
    Kelley Baer

  • Kiwanis Club says thanks

    Many thanks go to the generous students, parents and faculty who last month supported a Kiwanis International fundraising effort entitled “Project Eliminate” — a multi-year collaboration between Kiwanis and UNICEF to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing countries. Tetanus is a devastating disease, which on the average takes the life of a baby every nine minutes, and yet is completely preventable with a series of three inoculations for mothers, at a cost of only $1.80.
    Three of our Kiwanis-sponsored youth clubs — K-Kids at Aspen School, K-Kids at Barranca Mesa School and the Builders Club at Los Alamos Middle School all took part in a “Penny Wars,” or “Penny Pileup” campaign. The elementary school classrooms and the middle school Hawk teams vied against each other to earn the most points, where each classroom/team earned positive points with pennies and dollar bills, but vying classrooms/teams could “sabotage” their rivals with silver coins, which counted negative. Prizes were awarded to each classroom/team with the most net points and also to those that had the most overall money collected. We are thrilled to say that because of the over-the-top enthusiasm exhibited in this campaign, we will be presenting checks in the amount of $3,152 to Project Eliminate.

  • Thanks for all the generous support

    The Los Alamos Arts Council wishes to thank the many people who came together to make the 16th Annual Los Alamos Kite Festival such a great success. The Festival could not have happened without the support of so many people. We want to thank LANB, the sole sponsor, for generous funding, flyers and beautiful T-shirts.
    We also want to thank the numerous volunteers from LANB, the National Honor Society, the County Parks and Recreation Department, and various other groups and individual volunteers. All of you made a huge difference in the number of kites we were able to build and decorate each day. Thank you to those that helped with set-up and take-down, as well as the small odds and ends that happened behind the scenes. Each of you contributed to success and we thank you for all that you did!
    We are grateful to several kite enthusiasts from out of town who brought beautiful and unusual kites and banners to make the event more colorful. Of course, we also want to thank the members of the community for coming out to make a kite, fly a kite, listen to the music, or just look at the awesome view in the sky.
    If you would like to help with the Kite Festival for next year, please contact the Los Alamos Arts Council office at 663-0477 to sign up. Mark your calendars for May 16-18, 2014.
     

  • Well drilling can be good for future

    The White Rock residents’ objection to the proposed well project is the worst example of “NIMBY” (Not In My Back Yard) I have encountered in many years. A small group of self-important residents would have us believe that the value of their properties will be diminished to the point of being unable to sell, and that the noise and dust will make their homes unlivable.
    And that they are such experts in the engineering of well projects that they should determine the location of the well site.
    The well project is for the benefit of county residents, especially White Rock, to insure a water supply in the future. The disruption while drilling will not be a permanent situation. The project has already taken into account the final appearance of the area. The project is being planned to protect water rights that could be lost if not claimed.
    The most precious commodity anywhere is water. Just because we have sufficient ground water now does not guarantee that the sources will not diminish in the future. It takes snow melt in the Jemez mountains to recharge the aquifer that we draw water from for the county’s current use.

  • Keep up fight against pancreatic cancer

    Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers with a five-year survival rate of just six percent and no early detection tools or effective treatments.
    Thanks to the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, a new law enacted in January, there is hope for those touched by this disease. I would like to thank Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Ben Ray Luján for supporting this historic legislation, which requires the National Cancer Institute to evaluate its current efforts in researching pancreatic cancer and focus on ways to improve outcomes for patients.
    Due to sequestration, however, federal funding for medical and cancer research has been cut, and the progress we have made is now being threatened. Without adequate NCI funding, it will be difficult to leverage the opportunities that develop as a result of the passage of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.
    On June 18, I will be joining thousands of advocates across the country for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s (pancan.org) National Call-in to Congress to urge them to save medical research that saves lives. This disease has had a devastating impact on my life, but with Congress’ help, we will be able to develop the tools and treatments so desperately needed to give hope to future generations.
    Monica-Amit Mishra
    volunteer and advocate for

  • A thanks for Great Conversations

    Earlier this spring, the Board of the Los Alamos Public School Foundation hosted the fourth Annual Great Conversations in A-Wing at Los Alamos High School and more than 30 high school students donated more than 95 hours to aid the Foundation in serving our guests.
    Chip Mielke and Tessa Snyder entertained guests with a beautiful stringed duet.
    Los Alamos National Bank and the LANS Community Programs Office sponsored our event along with Beth Breshears, CPA with Lorraine Hartway’s office, Film Festival/Hot Rocks Java Café and Coca-Cola Distributing of Santa Fe. Without the generosity of these organizations, we could not host such an entertaining and interesting afternoon.
    Alan and Alex Kirk, Terry Wallace, Erin Bouquin, Elizabeth MacDonald, Mike Wismer, Peggy Gautier, Cindy Rooney, Sarah Rochester, Troy Hughes, Michael Ham, Alexandra Hehlen, Steven Thomas, Roger Weins and Sandy Beery lent their time and expertise in a wide variety of subjects to converse with and educate our guests.

  • Help Posse Lodge stay open

    The Sheriff’s Posse would like to thank everyone who attended Sunday’s Cowboy Pancake Breakfast with a special thank you to Richard Hannemann who donated his musical talent and time towards our cause. Between a record breaking number of breakfast sales and your additional donations we made excellent headway towards our New Mexico state mandated capital improvements.
    Without your support we would not be able to continue. As you may know, if we do not upgrade our septic system and kitchen equipment we may be permanently shut down and the historic Posse Lodge would no longer be available as a community resource.
    Anyone wishing to make donations may do so by making a deposit to the “Sheriff’s Posse of Los Alamos Capital Improvements Account” at Los Alamos National Bank in person, or over the phone or by mailing a check to the Lodge at 650 North Mesa Road, or by visiting our table at a community event. All donations will be used exclusively for capital improvements.
    And by all means, keep coming to our Cowboy Pancake Breakfast on the first Sunday of every month!
    The Sheriff’s Posse of LA