Today's Opinions

  • Dear citizens and Los Alamos County employees ...

    Over the course of my career in city management, I have observed many changes in how municipal government has improved and evolved.
    Also during this time in public service, I have faced many challenges and feel that in all aspects I was able to contribute toward making a positive difference in the outcomes of those challenges faced by the communities that I served.  

  • The Municipal Building Initiative — a Primer

    Now that the judge has approved the settlement we reached with the county council halting an election on the question posed in a petition regarding the location of the new municipal building, we feel an obligation to explain our position to Los Alamos.  

  • Techno-terror bites

    A tsunami is an onslaught of waves generated in any large body of water by an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or some other cataclysmic disturbance.  Drop a large enough object into the Atlantic Ocean and you would generate a tsunami (maybe we could toss Washington D.C. in just to test this out?).

  • Just A Wag 01-07-11

    Mortillaro breaks silence
    Former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro has written a letter to the community. Look for it on Sunday’s opinion page in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Settlement approved
    Word is that Judge Barbara Vigil signed the order Monday approving the settlement that local attorneys Christine and George Chandler reached with the  county council halting an election on the question posed in a petition regarding the location of the new municipal building.

  • Thanks to community my dog is home safe

    My holiday started out on a sour note when my dog got spooked while hiking on the ski hill on Christmas Eve and ran away.
    Miraculously, he survived in the mountains for over a week and was finally found early on New Years day.
    Throughout that week, the response from the community of Los Alamos was overwhelming.
    Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, calls, e-mails, advice, encouragement and support during what was definitely a very emotional and difficult week.

  • East Park dump opposed

    Recently, Los Alamos County has made East Park a very attractive place for recreation. The dog park is very popular as is the hiking trail that winds around the top of Pueblo Canyon.
    The miniature golf was a brilliant idea, trees, shrubs and flowers surround it and other trees have been planted over the last few years throughout the area.

  • More than 10 years have past since the feared 2000 disaster

     I remember it like it was yesterday: 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 1999. The world, according to people who knew, would soon end. All of civilization was run by computers, and when 1999 rolled over and became 2000 we would be launched back into the Stone Age.  
    Or at least the Eisenhower years.
    I checked our stockpiled food and water, gathered the family together, built a fire, brought out our most cherished family game, and waited. Ever vigilant.  
    Finally, I dozed off. My son poked my ribs, “Wake up.”

  • Seeking answer to school woes

    Education may be the biggest item of discussion in the 2011 Legislature. That is as it should be. New Mexico’s constitution identifies public schools as the state’s most important service. And it’s almost half the budget.
    But every year, state lawmakers get embroiled in discussing social issues. The media add to the distraction by pushing open government legislation that will help us tell you what is going on up here.