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Letters

  • 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 

  • Flowers make for better downtown

    What a joy it is to see the baskets of flowers on the lamp posts in the downtown area! Various traffic islands in Los Alamos and White Rock are also aglow with colorful iris and other well landscaped plantings. My husband Ken was chairman of the first Los Alamos County Beautification Committee back in the 1960s. He would be delighted, as I am, to see the improvements since that time. Warmest thanks to Dick McIntyre and the Parks Division for sprucing up our little town so beautifully.

    Ruth Williamson
    Los Alamos

  • Don’t waste money on LA “brand”

    Instead of squandering $50,000 for a non-local public relations firm to develop a “brand” for Los Alamos, how about if we instead donate that money to the Sheriff Posse Shack remodeling fund? If we’re looking for a good investment to bring long-term tangible benefits to our community, I think the Posse Shack is a better bet than a catchy slogan.
    Elizabeth Jones
    Los Alamos
     

  • Smart Meter Study a public intrusion

    The Department of Public Utilities will be rolling out the Mesa Smart Meter Study on Barranca and North Mesas. There will be involuntary installation of Smart Meters on every home on Barranca and North Mesas, regardless of whether or not the homeowners consent to the installation of these monitoring and power controlling devices.
    There has been enormous national and international controversy regarding the potential health hazards and privacy intrusions that Smart Meter installations will bring to our community.
    There is also much evidence that Smart Meter Technology does nothing but increase private utility profits and will eventually require the purchase of many new household components to accommodate this new Smart Technology. DPU will only tell residents their marketing approved propaganda about Smart Meters and the International agenda to force a “Smart Grid” on the nation.
    This will be enforced on all members of Los Alamos and White Rock very shortly. I encourage everyone affected by the Mesa Smart Meter Study to do your own research on the potential health effects and privacy issues by searching online for Smart Meter Problems. Do not simply accept the one sided information provided by DPU.
    Jeff Theesfeld
    Los Alamos
     

  • Effects of well drilling on springs

    Most of the discussion of the county’s proposed well project has focused on wellhead impacts. However, I believe there is a greater concern: potential impact to the springs in White Rock Canyon.
    This project is designed to extract ground water before it becomes surface water flowing into the Rio Grande. Ground water becomes surface water by emerging through springs. Therefore, by definition, some springs somewhere must be affected; the only question is which ones and how much. The county’s explanation that “experts with knowledge of the White Rock Canyon hydro-geologic region have expressed opinions to the Department of Public Utilities that the various springs in White Rock canyon would not be adversely impacted” is apparently at odds with this fact.
    Pajarito Spring along the Red Dot Trail is the most well-known of the White Rock Canyon springs, but there are lots more scattered through the canyon. These springs are truly remarkable oases in a unique canyon and should be protected.

  • Stoddard was a friend, mentor

    Upon returning to Los Alamos as a young man, my family relocated to White Rock where I had the opportunity to live across the street from Senator Steve Stoddard.
    I had known the Stoddards from growing up in Los Alamos so the move allowed me to renew old friendships.
    Over the years, Steve and I would have occasion to visit on Sunday evenings, where we would sit together and discuss the issues of the day and issues related to state politics.
    During this time, I would always recall that Steve would start by saying “Well … Alan as you know …” This was normally followed with educational information and a story or two that was always entertaining and very informative.
    After several years, both our families left the neighborhood, and although we were unable to continue our Sunday evening talks, we would visit at community events or activities. We would spend five to 10 minutes discussing the issues of the day.
    I will always remember Steve’s ability to look at the big picture and provide advice. If he did not have the answer, he was able to use his vast network of contacts throughout the state to provide assistance. I, along with so many others in the community, would like to thank and remember Steve as being a friend, mentor and dedicated public servant.
    Alan Kirk
    Los Alamos 

  • LAPS' planning was poor with renovations

    This is responding to an article about Los Alamos schools renovating two schools and not planning ahead. First, if they knew about the renovations, schedule, and work to be done, then the schools should be able to accommodate the kids.
    I attended school when there were two junior high schools. At that time, Pueblo was closed and Cumbres became Los Alamos Middle School. Many schools have been closed and leased to other entities, mostly Los Alamos National Laboratory. While the schools provide much needed space by LANL, the schools could also be using the space, yet, because they have it all leased, it is a dilemma.
    Due to lack of planning and foresight, they are now pondering the question of how to accommodate the kids when they return to school. While I grew up there, this was never a problem. The two schools I attended ended up closing down--both were excellent schools. I also heard that the LAHS does not have a cafeteria.
    Really? Why? Some kids stick around for lunch and a cafeteria is important to ensuring kids get lunch--I don’t think crossing the street and getting food from the local gas station qualifies as good nutrition. Based on what I have seen and heard,my son benefited when we moved from Los Alamos.
    Regards,
    Jackie Kolakowski
    Papillion, Neb.