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Opinion

  • In less than a week, the Los Alamos Monitor’s online counterpart, lamonitor.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site.
    Beginning Feb. 1, all of the print newspaper’s valued subscribers will have full access to all of the news and features currently in the print product, plus a number of online-only features such as video, slideshows, reader forums, comments and the full online community that the Website is becoming.

  • Bob’s Bodacious is sold
    Owners Liz and Bob  Carlson have sold Bob’s Bodacious BBQ in the Hilltop Shopping Center on Arkansas Street to Pam and Frank Good of Florida.  
               
    LA to get more cultural
    Members from the Cultural Planning Group are concluding three days of meetings with local art organizations and anticipate creating a local cultural plan by late February.
              
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  • Porn probe set to wrap up
     Word is that the outside investigation into pornography allegedly downloaded from county computers at the Los Alamos Fire Department should conclude today.

    Clerk becoming fulltime?
    We have heard that a move is underway to switch the Los Alamos County Clerk post to a fulltime, salaried position. Stay tuned for updates.

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  • The federal budget  practice of “earmarking” – or “pork spending” as it is known colloquially – has exploded during the last 15 years. Earmarks are line items in spending bills inserted by legislators for specific projects in their home states.
    Some infamous earmarks funded a $50 million indoor rain forest in Iowa and a $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska. Earmarks can provide recipients with federal grant money, contracts, loans, or other types of benefits.

  • New bistro on horizon
    We have heard that a trendy new bistro complete with full bar and wood fired pizza is going to open in town. Our sources tell us that “Dixie Girl,” named after business woman Denise Lane who hails from the South, is on target to open   in the old Magistrate Court location behind Hill Diner in the spring.

    Donut shop says good night

  • •We have heard that a status report on the fire department pornography investigation will come out within a couple of weeks.
    •Well-known Los Alamos figure Ed Burkle has been nominated by Gov.-elect Susana Martinez to serve as her secretary of the General Services Department.
    •We have learned that Dr. Ann Wadstrom submitted the winning suggestion, which resulted in the name change of Airport Basin to Pajarito Cliffs.

  • You can’t accuse anybody of exploiting the world-famous church in Las Trampas for gain.
    In front of the church is a dirt parking area, and across the way is a small, funky shop, with “La Tienda” painted by hand over the doorway, where you can find modestly priced pottery, odd-looking wood sculptures that are a Pueblo version of kachina figures, and cold drinks that you can serve yourself from an old refrigerator.

  • Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. One of the reasons is that Americans still remember why we celebrate it.
    Thanksgiving isn’t just another holiday, to which we give not one thought other than that it is a day off work.
    Nearly all of us truly remember to give thanks and truly celebrate the holiday.
    Unlike Christmas, there is no stress around giving and receiving presents. The purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving is very simple and very easy to observe.

  • Ready for some Thanksgiving quotes? I don’t mean the “I’m thankful for my Nintendo Wii” or the “I’m thankful for my new car” quotes that we hear all too often lately.  I mean some real Thanksgiving quotes that remind us of what we really have to be thankful for.
    Here are 10 Thanksgiving quotes to celebrate and ponder:
    •“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” —H.U. Westermayer

  • This intangible thing we call freedom is interpreted differently by just about every individual, but one aspect that’s not open for debate is that we enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices made by countless men and women of our armed forces. We must never question that freedom is worth fighting for, and dying for. That very concept was the genesis of the United States of America.

  • Some amount of stress is inevitable in life and positive stress can also be helpful to thrive in life. But uncontrollable stress is the major concern that may cause harm.  When you feel stressed, your body always reacts to it. As medically proven, long term stress damages your body seriously and causes various chronic ailments.

  • My favorite epoch in Earth history is the Ice Age, the time in which saber tooth tigers and giant mastodons roamed the world. The Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago when – quite abruptly – the bitter temperatures of the time gave way to our present, balmy epoch.
    Natural history museums often have the skeletal remains of Ice Age mammals. They are enough to inspire awe in part because many of the species alive during that time were much bigger than modern animals. The Ice Age was a time of giant deer and moose, with a species of beaver as large as a modern black bear.

  • I recently posed the following two questions to all seven county council candidates and made them aware that I would be making their responses public.
    •Do you plan to vote yes or no on the Hannemann mail-in initiative to build a replica of the old Municipal Building on Ashley Pond Park?
    •What is your stand on this initiative?
    Following is a synopsis of the candidate’s responses in the order that I received them:

  • After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Now the fun part begins. Former state Rep. John Mershon of Alamogordo isn’t with us anymore but that’s what the conservative finance chairman would say right now as state lawmakers begin to wrestle with devastating budget cuts.
    Two years ago lawmakers implemented the easy cuts, raiding our hefty reserves, removing unused money from capital outlay projects and searching out hidden slush funds throughout state government.
    Last year, it got more serious.
    A hiring freeze began reducing the number of state employees.

  • Self Help Inc, a locally-based non-profit dedicated to assisting those residing in Northern New Mexico since 1969 has up to $1000 “seed money” available to individuals and small businesses seeking skill improvement, equipment and resources to further their businesses and enhance financial self-reliance.  

  • Reading Victor Gavron’s letter in the Monitor reminded me that I wanted to thank Councillor Vincent Chiravalle for his vote to support the fact-finder’s recommendation on the firefighter contract.

    It is not at all clear to me why council voted “no” on the recommendation and substituted an embarrassingly low wage hike in its place.

    As Mr. Gavron reminds us, living here is expensive.

    But we are arguably among the most affluent counties in the country.

  • Editor’s note: What Pawlak calls censorship, we call editing for good taste. Like all newspapers, we reserve the right to edit and to decline to print anything we deem unfit for a family newspaper of general circulation. He said he sent the same column to the New Mexican. They also said they would not print it. He gets to argue his case here.

    Censoring has been going on ever since written language was invented. You think those scratches over cave paintings are a coincidence?  

  • I just want to thank the various people in Los Alamos — including the acting film liaison — who have helped move along a feature-length documentary project I have been shooting key parts of in Los Alamos.

    And I hope to shoot a few more as the project wraps up.

     Los Alamos is an extraordinarily beautiful place, rich in history.

    And seems to me to be a bit under-utilized in terms of film location work.

  • I am writing in regard to a problem that I have noticed increasingly in the last several months.

    I walk my dog daily in White Rock and I always keep her on a leash.

    I am aware that county leash laws state that “animals off owners premises need to be on a leash.”

    However, many people in the neighborhood allow their dogs to be off leash while in their front yards.

    Although these dogs are initially on the homeowners’ property, they often leave the property and run over to my dog and me.