• Beware of killer caterpillars

    I’ve noticed that many Blue Spruce trees in White Rock are being eaten and killed by caterpillars. Perhaps same is occurring to other trees, and perhaps in Los Alamos too.
    Per the LA County Extension website: losalamosextension.nmsu.edu/problems.html), under “Plant Problems of Los Alamos” “Conifer Pests” “Douglas Fir Tussock Moth” link: ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05542.pdf):
    Caterpillars of the Douglas-fir tussock moth, Orgyia pseudotsugata (McDunnough), chew the needles of spruces, Douglas fir and true firs. During outbreaks they may cause extensive defoliation, with injury typically first concentrated at the top of the tree. Older caterpillars may rapidly defoliate a tree and tops may be killed, sometimes after only a single season of severe injury. Following repeated attacks over several seasons whole trees may die or be weakened to the point of inviting fatal attacks by bark beetles.
    If your Blue Spruce is turning brown, even if only at the very top, it probably has these caterpillars (even if you cannot see them), or had them and now has the more mature forms of the moth. Contact a tree expert or sprayer about whether your tree is savable, when to treat (now and/or next spring) and with what.

  • FOS thanks community for Dog Jog success

    Breezy and cool conditions greeted all of the runners and walkers and their eager dogs for the 17th Annual Dog Jog in April.
    This year’s Dog Jog raised more than $12,000 for Friends of the Shelter. FOS is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abandoned animals and to pets and their owners in northern New Mexico.
    Our catastrophic care program pays for veterinary care for sick or injured animals that have no owners or whose owners cannot afford the treatment. Our spay/neuter program provides grants to our partner organizations, including the Española Valley Humane Society and the McKinley County Animal Shelter so that they can provide low- or no-cost spay/neuter services to their clients.
    FOS also encourages responsible pet ownership and promotes adoption of shelter animals through education and outreach.

  • Op-ed comments not scientifically valid

    Marita Noon’s op-ed in the June 6 Los Alamos Monitor is just one more example of someone hiding their own agenda by labeling themselves as an organization dedicated to educating the public.
    Ms. Noon claims that the EPA hides their use of “bad science” so that they can continue to list species as endangered with the result that farmers, ranchers, and anyone with an interest in extracting anything from the Earth, is prevented from accessing the water and land needed for their enterprise.
    The problem is that her evidence consists only of opinions offered by people representing organizations with no serious scientific credentials, and whose agendas are clearly anti-government in general.
    A Google search on the organizations mentioned in her op-ed, including the American Stewards of Liberty, the Institute for Trade Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE) and Energy Makes America Great, Inc., quickly reveals that these organizations are intertwined and have an agenda focused on smoothing the pathway for companies to pay little or no attention to the environmental damage left behind as a result of their activities, including contaminated water aquifers and soil.

  • More support for Dr. Lindberg

    Over the past few weeks, I have seen two letters in the Los Alamos Monitor regarding the termination of Dr. Peter Lindberg’s contract with the Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in males after skin cancer.
    Each year, more than 186,000 males learn they have prostate cancer and more than 3,500 die from its advanced forms. Dr. Lindberg is New Mexico’s leading physician in understanding and treating this cancer. He is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading practicioners.
    Dr. Lindberg reads extensively to keep up with research, treatment statistics and United States physicians diagnosing and treating prostrate cancer. He also publishes an occasional newsletter describing advances in this medical area.
    I was successfully treated by Dr. Lindberg as were several of my friends and colleagues. This decision shocks me; it is not in the interest of our community.
    LAMC is owned by LifePoint Hospitals of Brentwood, Tennessee, which in turn is part of Duke Lifepoint Health Care, which partners LifePoint with the Duke University Health System.
    I think that the wrong person was terminated!
    Douglas Reilly
    LANL retiree
    White Rock 

  • Korkos says goodbye to Chamber

    This is an open letter to the community, to thank you all for all the opportunities that have come my way during my six years at the Chamber of Commerce.
    I’ve had the opportunity to play a role on the White Rock Master Plan Implementation committee and have volunteered with the Los Alamos Historical Society, the United Way of Northern New Mexico and with the groups advocating on behalf of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. I’ve been part of two planning groups which are establishing new foundations that will benefit the local community.
    I’ve worked with senators and congressmen and their field representatives, the governor, the secretary for economic development, Los Alamos National Laboratory officials, county councilors and county government, on issues such as the Valles Caldera, free and open access to the west from Los Alamos, procurement policies at the lab, visitor services, Atomic City Transit planning and many other issues as they arise.
    I’ve had the pleasure of working with a great team here at the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation — so many great people that I hesitate to name any, for fear I’ll leave some out.

  • PAC attack ads help no one

    In these final days of the primary election campaign, Republican households have received mailed flyers attacking one of the GOP candidates for state representative in our district. These mailings originated from a political action committee (PAC) outside Los Alamos with no connection to the opposing candidate and obviously no appreciation for our tradition of civil and respectful political discourse.
    The same sort of PAC advertising on both sides marred the general election campaign for the same office two years ago.
    Professional political operatives claim such negative advertising is effective. It probably is with some, but most Los Alamos voters are irritated rather than enlightened. It undermines and angers candidates trying to maintain a “high road.”
    Strident advertising by outsiders promotes their agendas, not necessarily ours. I urge voters to instead pay attention to candidates’ character, experience, abilities, record, philosophy and issue positions — in both the current primary and November general election.
    Robert Gibson, chair
    Republican Party of Los Alamos 

  • Kite Festival had many supporters

    The Los Alamos Arts Council wishes to thank the many people who came together to make the 17th Annual Los Alamos Arts Council Kite Festival sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank 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, easy to build flyers, and T-shirts.
    We also want to thank the numerous volunteers from LANB, Los Alamos High School ROTC, 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.

  • Save Chaco Canyon

    We are fortunate to have so many beautiful places in New Mexico. Unfortunately, we have a looming threat to one of the places we hold so sacred.
    Chaco Canyon is at risk of fracking. There are only four places in the United States that have a dark sky designation. Chaco Canyon earned this designation last month, making it perfect for stargazing.
    If we don’t stand up as a community, one of New Mexico’s national parks could be obstructed with fracking rigs, their ominous lights and constant cranking and grinding, possibly ruining part of ancient New Mexico.
    We need to stand up, New Mexico. We cannot let the oil and gas giants take something so precious not only to New Mexico, but to the United States and the entire world.
    Chaco Canyon is also a World Heritage Site.
    I strongly encourage the Bureau of Land Management to keep fracking away from Chaco Canyon.
    Andrew Weinman
    Los Alamos

  • Earth Day was a great day

    It was a momentous day as the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) put on its 14th annual Earth Day Festival on May 3, because if all goes according to plan, it will be the last Earth Day festival that PEEC will celebrate at its current Orange Street location.
    By Earth Day next year, PEEC hopes to be settled into its new home at the Los Alamos County Nature Center, located on Canyon Road, slated to open next spring.
    Once again, this year PEEC welcomed the Santa Fe-based Clan Tynker, a popular Vaudeville circus group that encourages audience participation and always delights with its antics. Clan Tynker performed two shows. In between Clan Tynker’s performances, the Hill Stompers got the audience up on their feet and enjoying their always lively music and dance.
    There were information and activity booths from more than 25 organizations. We wish to thank every exhibitor for being a supporter of the Earth Day Festival.
    We are also grateful for the food vendors — Dosa Dosa and Taste of New York. The long lines at their stands were evidence of their good food. In addition, the Los Alamos Co-Op Market sold ice cream, which was appreciated by all on what turned out to be a rather warm day.

  • Doctor's absence a loss to Los Alamos

    I will be forever grateful for the wonderful care Dr. Peter Lindberg gave my mom a few years ago for her many and varied complex health issues. His absence from the Los Alamos Medical Center is our loss.
    Peggy Bradberry
    White Rock