• Disappointed in LANL funding

    Dear Editor,
    I was disappointed that our funding for LANL was cut in proportion to that received by Sandia. I have sent a note along with the newspaper clipping and my book The Strange Disappearance of Uncle Dudley: A Child’s Story of Los Alamos, to the President.  I inscribed it  to President and Mrs. Obama and Daughters. (Signed and dated by the author, of course)
    On the note I said I’m not in favor of bombs, but LANL does work in space, medical and environmental fields. I wish that funding for all the National Labs could be balanced and a percentage earmarked for non-weapons work.
     The book is for the White House Library.
    I added that I am still planning on voting for Obama.

    Inez Ross

  • Making sense of golf course alternatives

    It is good that the potential improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course are being discussed by all, but we need to make sure that the options and alternatives make sense. The walking trail bridge, for example, is an option that doesn’t seem to make sense for any of the users.
     Presently, the options have been narrowed down to two. Alternative 1 stays within the existing golf course boundary and footprint.
     Alternative 2 expands the boundary over some of the existing trails. Both alternatives call for moving the walking trail bridge to a new location with a major redesign at a cost of about a quarter-million dollars.

  • Talking LA Green

    In his thorough and thoughtful column of February 8, Mark Jones outlined the health hazards of mercury and other pollutants caused by coal-fired power plants.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruling for limiting pollution by coal-burning power plants is a victory for us all. But we shouldn’t rest just yet. We can still do more toward a goal of clean and affordable energy that benefits us all.

  • Combined letter legislation

      Readers may be interested in knowing that a bill has been submitted to our legislature that would provide positive cash flow for New Mexico by closing a tax loophole that allows out-of-state and multi-unit companies to avoid paying their share of  New Mexico taxes.  The loophole would be closed by requiring ‘combined reporting’ when these corporations file their tax returns.
       This legislation, SB90, would also create a more nearly level playing field for New Mexico companies, and it would lower taxes from 7.9 percent to 7 percent for all corporations with more than a million dollars in revenue.  (Smaller corporations would continue to pay a 4.9 percent tax rate.)

  • A ‘bang’ in the universe

    Was the Big Bang an “alchemistic experiment” to create something “solid” out of the simplest assemblage of atoms, hydrogen gas? What have we learned about fusion? What is our physical ability compared to that needed to compress enough hydrogen molecules to contain all the matter of “our” universe into a small enough space and then allow enough time for it to stew and go supercritical? Quite a field experiment I’d say. A little bigger than Nevada or Siberia.
    I wonder what instruments are being used to monitor the results.

  • What to do with N.M. 502?

    Planning for the future of N.M. 502 or parts of it has been underway since before 2007 when  NMDOT and the county agreed on improvements to the Knecht to Airport Road section of N.M. 502 that would add an eastbound lane. As a result, $4M from the State and about $1.2M from the county are currently sketched into budgets for the project in 2014.
    In 2010, a $300K contract was awarded to MIG, Inc. and the “N.M. 502 Transportation Corridor Study” final report, delivered in June and finalized in September of 2011, put forward a $40M plan that would reduce Trinity from five to three lanes total (from four to two through-traffic lanes) and install nine (9) single-lane roundabouts.

  • More support for Zimmerman traffic option

    Dear Los Alamos County Council,

    I am writing as a member of the LA County Transportation Board, and in support of the so-called Zimmerman option for the improvement of N.M. 502 between Knecht St. and Airport Rd.  
    As a member of the T Board, I was not satisfied with any of the individual recommendations presented to us by the TAC.  
    Some did not do enough to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection of Trinity and Central.  One had unnecessary roundabouts at Tewa and Airport, while others had severe over capacity and cost with 4 or 5 lanes through Eastern Area out to Airport Rd.

  • Hope for campaign financial reform

    To the Editor:
     For many years the League of Women Voters has supported legislation to bring about campaign finance reform.
     Two years ago, in a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision (ironically, called Citizens United), corporations were given the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money in our nation’s elections. Since then, more than $4 billion has been unleashed in campaign spending by corporations, drowning out the voices of everyday citizens in our democracy.
      The dismal impact has been felt across the board, including in the Republican presidential primaries.  Senator John McCain called the Citizens United decision the worst in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • All about Ashley Pond

    Dear Editor:
       The original pond would collect water in the wet months, and it could be useful, especially for livestock and wildlife, and if fortunate in the winter it would have enough ice to cut blocks from for the ice house.  In the early 20s, a pipe was built from Los Alamos Creek and a pump installed so that the pond could be kept deeper and prevented from turning into a mud pit in the dryer months.  The Los Alamos Ranch School was in a continual process of improving its property and the effectiveness of its operations.  The depression that we play on, and sit upon, and watch kids roll downward on represents the depth of the pond when water was pumped from the canyon.  

  • Bright future for Trinity Site?

    Fill the Trinity Site space with solar cells and sell the energy into the local grid.  Forgive the cliché, but we could “kill two birds with one stone.”
    Many consider human driven climate change and increasing consumerism to be among the greatest threats to our future. A solar trinity site would help reduce both threats and provide sustained revenue.
    Using the “Los Alamos National Laboratory/Los Alamos County Renewable Energy Feasibility Study” as a guide, six acres is required to produce one megawatt of solar energy. Google searches of existing US solar power plants average ten acres per megawatt.