• Keep it civil - can the cutesy

    Without entering whether the currently planned Trinity Site development is desirable or not — it’s already been a lengthy and probably continuing slog — I do object to George Chandler’s divisions of opinions in his op- ed of Jan. 3.
    Classifying opinion holders as “nattering nabobs of negativity” as opposed to “positive visionaries” (does he consider himself one of those?) is about as useful a dividing  opinion holder as “fair representatives of the community” versus “the opinioned who think they know better.”
    That may be just as, if not, more accurate. But this kind of labeling just deepens a divide on a number of issues here.

  • Trinity Site repackaged

    Nattering nabobs of negativity against the patient visionaries? More likely weary realists against those who want to maintain the status quo packaged in a new wrapper.
    The Trinity Site Project is no longer even close to the concept that was originally pitched to us. The reality is that we will have spent a ridiculous amount of our collective money to have the same limited options as before.
    As an added bonus, we’ll probably have another vacant building to drive by on the way to our only choice.

    Mike Browne
    Los Alamos

  • NADG’s plan isn’t new

    OMG! Did you see the front page of the Jan. 3 Los Alamos Monitor?  I guess I just don’t get it. Am I the only one who thinks the North American Development Group (NADG) proposal for Trinity Site is exactly what we already have?  
    Just look at the drawing, come on folks, I could have come up with that for a lot less $$$. If this drawing depicts what “we” are looking for then gosh darn it plant a bunch of trees in the current Smith’s parking lot and have Smith’s expand into the property they already own.   

  • Historic Homestead Tour left off list

    Thank you for the story on upcoming New Mexico Centennial events in the Dec. 29 “Diversions,” however you missed an important one.   
    The Los Alamos County Council enthusiastically supported the creation of a Historic Homestead Tour in Los Alamos, outside of Department of Energy land.  
    In seven locations, 17 signs describing the history and extent of pre-Manhattan Project homesteads will be installed.
    This tour was selected as a New Mexico Centennial project, appropriately so as homesteading was the principal activity during 1912 in the location we think of as Los Alamos.

  • Humans can coexist with predators

    Who doesn’t love to watch birds around a feeder as you drink your coffee on a snowy winter morning?  
    After getting through the long dry winter of last year and the fires of summertime, I did.
    I waited to put our birdfeeder out until I was sure the bears were away.  
    The Las Conchas Fire destroyed habitat for the large predators in the county.
    If you watch black bears and mountain lions closely, you can tell when they are in flux. After the fire, these animals were forced to find new ranges.

  • All open spaces in LA County important

    I do not golf, yet many years ago when there was a proposal to use our current course for houses and to move the course to Bayo Canyon, I supported the golfing community in its opposition to such a move, as I believe having a functional golf course enhances the quality of life in our community and the “visually open space” created by the course is an additional attractive feature for the community.

  • Golf course impacts

    Our system of hiking trails is among the leading contributors to the quality of life in Los Alamos County.
    The trail system effort has been led by Craig Martin and many volunteers, including my son.
    I use the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail for running and frequently hike there with my family. Our trail system linking neighborhoods is a rare treasure. My previous home of Concord, Mass., with its legacy of Henry David Thoreau and environmentalism, did not offer the beauty of our trail system.  

  • Improve golf course but spare trails

    I attended the public meeting about the proposed improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course on Thursday and would like to put the following comments in the public record.
    Readers not familiar with the proposed changes to the golf course can find the details at:  http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/capital/Pages/GolfCourseImprovement.aspx, http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/cdd/Documents/CapitalImprovementsProj....
    Budget impacts (navigate to page 50 (117) for the chart) are at: http://www.losalamosnm.us/omb/2012AdoptedBudget/05DepartmentSummaries.pdf.

  • Calling on people in the community to fast

    Dear ministers of our Lord, I am a minister of the Lord God who has been called to contact you concerning a corporate fast that the Father God has led me to share with you.  
    I have recently completed an 80 day fast (mostly water) on Oct. 30, in which the Father shared with me that he wants His people in the Los Alamos area to Fast and Pray and seek Him for His will and for you and your congregations, as well as for what He wants to do in your life, their lives and in the Northern New Mexico area.
    He shared with me that the weekly Los Alamos City Wide Worship and Prayer Group should advertise in the Los Alamos Monitor a corporate 10 day fast for all ministers of Father God.

  • Expansion of golf course could hurt local trails, wildlife

    “The War Department taking a family’s land for the war effort is understandable,” write the authors Los Alamos: the Ranch School Years, 1917-1943. “Less acceptable is knowing that the family homestead became part of a golf course.”
    Well, 64 years after it was built by the Atomic Energy Commission, Los Alamos County wants to expand that golf course, affecting at least 25 acres (including the Walnut Creek and Woodland trails) used year-round by walkers, runners, cyclists, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts.