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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor 2-10-17

    Support HB 123, a bill that addresses overpopulation of unwanted animals

    I write in support of House Bill 123, a bill that responds to legislative momentum to address New Mexico’s overpopulation of unwanted companion animals, a problem which results in the euthanasia of 60,000 dogs and cats each year.
    HB 123 creates a non-appropriations based mechanism for funding state low-cost spay/neuter through a $100 a year surcharge on pet food companies for each dog or cat food product type sold here, raising about $750,000 a year. Unwanted companion animals are a statewide epidemic that impacts not only dogs and cats, but New Mexico’s families and counties. Counties, in particular, bear the fiscal brunt of this statewide problem. For example, a 2012 study on the scope and impact of animal overpopulation showed that collectively counties budgeted $27 million in 2011 to fund animal shelters (an increase of $2.1 million from 2008), even as upwards of 80 percent of shelters’ animals were euthanized. In 2012, those costs increased, as we would expect.

  • Letters to the Editor 2-01-17

    Jim Hall has leadership that is needed on school board

    Voters in the Piñon district have a choice that one wishes every voter would always have, namely, two excellent candidates. I have had the pleasure to work with Jim Hall and Ellen Ben-Naim. They are both dedicated public servants who care deeply about our students, teachers, and schools.
    If I were eligible to vote, I’d give my nod to Jim Hall. Jim has a remarkable set of experiences from leading business computing at the lab to serving as the State Chief Information Officer, to serving as a county councilor, our state representative, and president of the school board. Jim is also a successful businessman and property developer, who serves on the board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. He understands budgets and information technology from both a private and public sector perspective. His breadth of knowledge is an invaluable asset for governing our schools, especially in times of resource constraints and changing needs for our students and teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

  • Letters to the Editor 12-16-16

    I plan to run for LA Public School Board

    I plan to run for the Los Alamos Public School Board in District 2 in the upcoming election. Our district has been served well by Matt Williams for the past four years.
    Upon hearing about his choice to not seek reelection, I have decided to run for the position. The LAPS Board has a substantial responsibility to our community.  Our schools and the educational opportunities available in Los Alamos are a strong attractor for new Laboratory employees, retirees, and others who come to Los Alamos.  We value education in Los Alamos and we want to continue strengthening our educational resources. I can carry on the representation of District 2; all three of my daughters attended Chamisa and I’ve lived in the district for 24 years. As a member of the UNM-LA Advisory Board and husband of a LAPS chemistry teacher, I also bring a background and knowledge of issues facing our older students. I hope you will give me this opportunity to serve Los Alamos in this new and exciting manner.
    Steve Boerigter
    Los Alamos

    Thank you to community, many others for help with fundraiser

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my new community for assisting with my fundraiser this past weekend at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

  • Letters to the Editor 12-7-16

    Residents should be aware of comp plan change

    During the past year, many community members participated in drafting a new comprehensive plan for Los Alamos County. Within the plan is a future land use map, which is designed to be a “guide to land development and preservation decisions.” At the Nov. 14 county council meeting, and in several previous public planning sessions, a map was presented which showed the entire area surrounding the paved Canyon Rim Trail, south of the airport and NM502, designated as “Open Space.”
    However, during the meeting, a change was made by the council to designate part of that area as “mixed-use,” a category which allows both residential and non-residential uses. It is the category assigned to the downtown area as well, which comprises high-density commercial and residential development. This change was made by the council without prior public notice.

  • Letters to the Editor 12-4-16

    Check ‘yes’ for school bond

    In Los Alamos, we invest in the things that matter. Our time, our talents, our treasure. Whether we spend hours volunteering to judge a Science Fair, buying dinner at the spaghetti fundraiser,  or participating in the Cross Country Run-a-Thon at Sullivan Field, we invest in our kids and in their education. When January rolls around in just over a month, we have the opportunity to choose to invest in something that affects all of us at so many levels – our children, our families, our community, and our economy:  the LAPS School Bond. By checking “YES” for the bond, we put our money where our mouth is.  
    We actively choose to invest in the education of our children, improving our schools and making them safer and better learning environments.
    By checking “YES” for the bond, we invest in our community and our own educational infrastructure so that young families choose to live in our great town for the next 50+ years because we have great schools and attract the best teachers.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-25-16

    Thanks to Los Alamos Sportsmans Club

    Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop 22 would like to thank the Los Alamos Sportsmans Club (LASC) for again hosting the troop’s annual Turkey Roast in November.
    The club not only provided excellent facilities for the event, but also provided safety and marksmanship instruction for the boys. The club even donated practice ammunition and targets. The scouts had a great time, finishing up their Shooting Merit Badges and learning about safety and responsibility.
    The club’s support for cubs, scouts in general and all the other local youth organizations is exceptional.  The boys (and parents) learn about gun safety, responsibility and that patience and some work bring good results. They also have a great time in the process, and will never forget it. We are very lucky to have volunteer organizations in our town, such as the Sportsmans Club, that take the time and effort work with our children.
    Again, thanks to LASC for all they do for our youth!
    Christine Sweeney
    Troop Committee Chair
    Los Alamos Boy Scout Troop 22

    Thank you to LA first
    responders

  • Letters to the Editor 11-11-16

    PEEC thanks community, volunteers for successful Pajarito Trail Fest race

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center would like to thank the organizers, volunteers and runners of the Pajarito Trail Fest race for once again donating a portion of the proceeds to PEEC to help get kids outside.
    The Trail Fest is an amazing event for our community. Not only is it well-run, providing excellent support and fun for the participants, it gives back to many community groups.
    This year they gave out a total of $5,500. In the spirit of the Trail Fest, PEEC will use the funds given to get kids outside on the trails, both as part of school and for fun. We’re so grateful that the Pajarito Trail Fest has supported our work for many years. A special thank you to race director Petra Pirc for helping us to raise the next generation of trail lovers.
    Katherine Watson
    Executive Director, PEEC

    LAAC thanks community for Pumpkin Glow success

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the Pumpkin Glow.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-6-2016

    Support for
    Stover for State Rep. Dist. 43 

     

    I am supporting Sharon Stover for State Representative. I have known and worked with Sharon for years, and she has always been kind, dependable and inclusive. Sharon is a leader with knowledge of Los Alamos and New Mexico, competent and professional.

    I am speaking to one issue that has surfaced.  Many people have tried to suggest her actions regarding issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Los Alamos County were motivated by bias.  Rather than acting from bias, however, Sharon was part of a Professional and unified effort by all 33 county clerks in New Mexico to get the courts to decide on one standard for the whole state.  I believe their actions were courageous and necessary since the Legislature at the time refused to resolve the issue through the appropriate method -- legislation. As soon as the New Mexico judge affirmed a ruling for same sex marriage and the New Mexico Supreme also affirmed it, the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office has issued marriage licenses to same sex couples since September 2013.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-2-16

    LA MainStreet says thank you to community

    On behalf of Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), we would like to specially thank the businesses and sponsors that supported Halloweekend and Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet. The good weather helped bring a record-breaking 5,000 people into downtown Los Alamos for Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet last Friday evening. We so appreciate the businesses that opened their doors to the public and bought candy for children and their families.
    A special thank you to our sponsors, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center and Smith’s Marketplace and our partners Los Alamos County, Central Park Square, Los Alamos Creative District and LACDC staff. Without your support, we could not put on this event. Equally important, thank you to the organizations that provided supporting events within Halloweekend including, but not limited to, Bradbury Science Museum, YMCA, Arts Council, Balloonists Elizabeth & Mike Walker, Mary Urban, Pet Pangaea, Survive LA and Dance Arts Los Alamos.

  • Letters to the Editor 10-28-16

    District attorney candidate Serna involved in case
    dismissal

    Marco Serna (D), 1st Judicial District Candidate for district attorney, is at the center of a storm. Sandoval County Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo blames Serna, who was Assistant district attorney in the 13th Judicial District, for not filing a key piece of appeal paperwork, the victim’s testimony, leading to the dismissal of a brutal domestic violence case.
    Serna claims: “I didn’t draft the appeal and I didn’t sign the appeal and I didn’t attend any hearings... Nor was I involved in any of the appeal.”
    The victim’s attorney claims Serna was “actively involved with the matter from the beginning,” and that Serna attended high school with the alleged perpetrator and took classes from the perpetrator’s mother.
    A district attorney represents the state, pursuing justice while giving victims a voice. Can we get the facts? Either clear Serna’s name, or identify him to the voters as someone responsible for criminal charges against a friend since high school being dropped.
    • Costello, Brittany, Domestic violence case against former APD officer dismissed, kob.com/albuquerque-news/domestic-violence-case-against-former-apd-officer-dismissed-patrick-ficke/4140981/, May 17, 2016.