Today's Opinions

  • Up to 100K for top plans

    Northern New Mexico technology companies have been using the Venture Acceleration Fund since 2006 to help bring their products to the marketplace.
    The fund, administered through Los Alamos National Laboratory, awards up to $100,000 to qualifying ventures.
    This year, the VAF is changing some of its rules: calls for ideas will be accepted year-round, and companies no longer must have a direct technology-transfer association with the lab — though some preference is given to those ventures.

  • Our Viewpoint: The importance of perception simply cannot be denied

    In any introductory philosophy or psychology class, one of the first lessons that’s taught is the importance of perception.
    Essentially, the lesson is this: what actually happened is not nearly as important as what people believe happened.
    It is in this lesson that Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County did not put their best foot forward during the recent natural gas shortage.

  • 3,800 permits backlogged

    Irony seemed to be a guest last week along with Harrison Schmitt, who appeared before the Senate Finance Committee.
    The designated Secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department talked about the department’s budget needs and commented on the energy industry on the same icy day that thousands of people were losing their natural gas service.
    I was there to see what he knew about New Mexico’s energy industries. The former astronaut has, after all, been absent from the state for decades.

  • CROP Walk success thanks to support

    The annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk, was held in conjunction with the Turkey Trot Nov. 21, 2010, in memory of its local founder and coordinator for many years, Aaron Goldman.
    The 2010 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk raised net proceeds totaling $12,000, which was the top fundraising CROP Walk in New Mexico.
    Over 200 walkers and runners participated.

  • Insist that the new LANL director lives here

    I have heard complaints that the upper echelon of LANL leadership is not involved in local affairs because they don’t live in Los Alamos.  
    Instead Director Michael Anastasio and others choose to live in Santa Fe.
    This is a significant change from the past when the lab director and his top executives lived in Los Alamos.

  • Session may prove moot

    Little may happen this legislative session. It reminds me of two heavyweights feeling each other out in the first round of a boxing match.
    Since Gov. Susana Martinez is new to the game and since she is new to nearly all legislators, it takes awhile to get a feel for each other. We saw much the same situation during former Gov. Gary Johnson’s first year.

  • Effort keeps neighbors warm

    Curves thanks all the community members who donated blankets and electrical cooking items for our neighbors without natural gas.  
    It was amazing how many items we were able to collect in just a matter of hours. The blankets went to the armory to be used on cots for people spending the night and the other items went to individuals who are trying to stay in their own homes.

  • Call for clear, complete communication at LAPS

    Managing perceptions is critical.  I wrote a harsh letter about the LAPS decision to keep schools open when the governor had asked for help in managing the natural gas crisis.  
    Had the school district used its website to briefly explain why, instead of just stating that our schools would stay open, the letter would either not have been written or would have applauded the district for remaining open in case warm shelter was needed for those affected by the natural gas shutdowns.