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Letters

  • Vote 'For' the Charter Amendments

    A few letter writers have opposed approval of the Charter Amendments to be voted on in the Nov. 4 general election, essentially arguing that the status quo should be preserved … because that’s the way things have always been.
    Let’s look at specific issues:
    First, Los Alamos County government structure is unusual in that 40 percent of our community’s budget, public utilities, is controlled by an organization not explicitly under our council or county administration. Such disconnection is a likely source of costly confusion due to inadequate coordination of work between the utilities operation and the rest of county administration; e.g., planning, construction and maintenance projects.
    Would those arguing for continuing independence of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Public Utilities Department similarly advocate having autonomous police and/or fire departments independent from an otherwise fully integrated county government; i.e., our elected county council and its subordinate county administration?

  • Rocket Day was a blast

    On Sept. 6, Girl Scout Troop 116 and the Zia Spacemodelers organized the first ever Rocket Day at Overlook Park in White Rock. Close to 1,300 people turned out to watch the launching of more than 260 rockets. It was a great day and we hope to earn our Girl Scout Silver Award for all of our hard work.
    There were so many people that helped make the day a success. First we would like to thank our event sponsors, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office and Boeing. Rocket Day never would have launched without their support.
    Thank you to the Kiwanis Club, the Key Club, the National Association of Rocketry, Positive Energy Solar, the Holiday Inn, Los Alamos National Bank, Ken Nebel of Fuller Lodge Art Center and Village Arts, Boy Scout volunteers, the Girl Scout Council, and Molly McBranch who were all key to our success. In addition, Metzger’s White Rock (glue and pieces parts for launch racks) and Estes Industries (Make-it-Take-it Rocket Kits and engines) provided deep discounts. Thank you to KRSN and The Los Alamos Monitor for getting the word out.

  • Thanks for an enjoyable Chalk Walk

    The Los Alamos Arts Council hosted the fifth annual Sec Sandoval Chalk Walk last Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the Ashley Pond sidewalk was bustling with artists of all ages expressing their creativity and having an enjoyable time. Thank you to those who helped to make the event interesting and fun. We were a part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest and enjoyed all of the activity provided by the nearby booths. Ashley Pond was definitely the place to be.
    Special thanks goes to Sec Sandoval who attended the event and talked with some of the budding artists about their artistic efforts. We look forward to seeing him each year.
    Thank you to those local businesses that provided prizes for the different categories: Village Arts, Reel Deal Theater, Metzger’s and Starbucks Coffee.
    A huge thank you goes to LANB who sponsored the 3D chalk artist from We Talk Chalk in Los Angeles who created a special 3D drawing for our community. Bank representatives were busy all day taking pictures of people with the special effect. This coverage of the event was much appreciated. As always, the Los Alamos Arts Council appreciates your support of our community events. Everyone really enjoyed this addition to the Chalk Walk.

  • LAHS homecoming parade will go on

    In spite of the closed street and construction project, the county has agreed to allow the Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade to proceed from 4th Street on Central Avenue all the way to Canyon Road and then to Sullivan Field.
    LAC will have the barricades pulled back so that the parade will have use of the direct and traditional parade route. Those barricades will be replaced immediately after the parade passes and Central is still closed to all other vehicle traffic from 15th to 20th Streets.
    We are excited to showcase our community to returning classmates and are grateful to Mike Johnson, Debbie Garcia and LAHS, the Holiday Inn Express, The Lodge, Ashley Pond, Urban Park and Los Alamos County Staff, Los Alamos Public School Foundation, Georgia Strickfaden of Buffalo Tours, the LA History and Bradbury Science Museum, Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Los Alamos Golf Course, Rick Nebel, Mike Luna, Armando Jaramillo, Bobby Chacon, KRSN, the Los Alamos Monitor, Rio Grande Sun, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Betty Ehart Senior Center, Smith’s Marketplace, Sue Dummer and Manhattan Project, Red Barn Screen Prints, LA Chamber of Commerce, Auto Zone and all the wonderful individuals, businesses and groups in the northern New Mexico region that are helping, and have helped, us make this event (Sept. 19, 20 and 21) a great success.

  • Patroling not profiling

    Two weeks ago I was victim of a gas theft in the night at my house in the Western Area.
    When my almost empty tank was re-filled it cost $34. I called the police to report and Jeff Regenold came to take the information. We had a friendly chat, and I said I’d be more careful to lock the car from now on. I asked him to continue the night patrols through town.
    I had to leave the next day on trip to California, and although neighbors are good about picking up my newspapers for me, I know there are bums from out of town who cruise here, looking for open garages and other opportunities for theft.
    I am sorry that the Los Alamos Monitor delivery lady felt racially profiled when a police car followed her as she was delivering papers on North Mesa. I hope he explained and apologized. The police are trying to keep us safe. Her experience recalled an incident that happened many years ago to a friend of mine who had recently moved here.
    When she arrived from Albuquerque after midnight, she noticed a patrol car following her. She drove slowly, going all over town, including Barranca Mesa. When she finally stopped, the officer asked what she was looking for. She said, “Just seeing how far I could lead you all over town.” They both laughed and after he explained, she thanked him for keeping the night watch.

  • Encountering racism in Los Alamos

    My name is Thalia Gibbs-Jackson. I’m a citizen of Los Alamos having moved here November of last year. I was born and grew up in a small town in South Georgia where I graduated high school and went to college. I later transferred to Atlanta and attended Georgia Tech and Southern Tech. I have worked for numerous companies and government contractors. I’ve travelled abroad and have loads of interests. I am also African-American.
    I’ve been working for the Los Alamos Monitor as circulation manager for the past three months. My job involves me sometimes delivering papers for carriers who are out of town or have given up their routes. I’m meticulous in making sure that every person who has paid for a newspaper actually gets it delivered to their home in the manner they have requested.

  • Letter to the editor 9-11-14

     

    Volunteer, inspire tomorrow’s leaders

    Girl members and adult volunteers alike benefit from their Girl Scout experiences. 

    How does a girl accomplish her goal of learning about robotics? Or defy gender stereotypes and become a firefighter, leading a team of other heroes? Or set in motion her dream of becoming a leader when opportunity seems like only a buzzword to her?

    How? It’s simple: Girl Scouts.
    About 30 years ago, my mother signed me up as a Girl Scout in our small hometown. She knew Girl Scouts would be a positive after school activity for me.

  • Bartlit 'spot-on' as always

    John Bartlit’s Sunday column, “Eyes on gold, oil … rare earths,” provided a perfectly balanced, non-opinionated, review of the strategic and economic importance of the 17 named rare-earth elements to the United States.
    As the world’s population continues to grow at an exponential rate anyone reading through the lists of where rare-earths are utilized by modern-day industry can see immediately their importance for the defense industry, computing, the generation of several different forms of solar energy etc.
    He also points out in no uncertain terms that currently the world’s major supply and associated cost is dominated by China and other growing foreign sources. With Russia’s recent embargoes on fuel supplies to EU and former Soviet States in mind we obviously need to concentrate on developing and retaining our own rare-earth resources.
    Once again recycling of used rare-earth containing products is an absolute national must.
    The rare-earths have the ability to react and form compounds/alloys with every known element except most of the noble-gases (helium, argon etc.).
    This made studying them during the 1960s and early-1970s extremely difficult because of the cost and almost impossibility of isolating them as pure metals.

  • More response to Milder's letter

    Ken Milder’s letter encouraging voters to vote down Question 2 on the November ballot has some incorrect and/or misleading statements regarding the revisions proposed to Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter that address the operation and oversight of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).
    Although it is true that the language in Question 2 appears to be completely new, the text of roughly half of Article V is actually not new, but rather just rearranged for clarity and to separate fundamental issues so that they are not co-mingled, as they are in the current Article V document.
    More importantly, Mr. Milder suggests that under the new charter, council will be able to use the DPU to generate “hidden” revenue for the county, by forcing the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to raise utility rates and then transfer these funds into the county budget. However, the dispute resolution process in the proposed Article V requires two public meetings and a 5 out of 7 vote by council before council can require the Board to increase utility rates, or force DPU to transfer utility funds to the county. That hardly qualifies as a “hidden” rate increase.

  • Excited about United Way events

    My name is Jenna Erickson and I am the 2014 chair of the United Way Youth Team. It is such an honor for me to be in this position to work on the events that the team has to present to the community this year. I am so excited for everyone to see what we have to offer.
    The members of the team this year are so motivated, creative, passionate and just cannot wait to present all the hard work that they have been doing to everyone. We hope the community is as excited as we are.
    The United Way Youth Team just kicked off its campaign at the beginning of this month. Proceeds from the youth team events benefit the Community Action Fund. Last year, the funds raised at youth team events helped start Link Crew, which is a peer to peer mentoring program at the high school. At the start of the school year, the Link Crew leaders welcomed freshmen into the high school community. Many of the youth team members are also a part of the Link Crew program.