• Open letter to the county council

    I have a couple of suggestion that could save the county money:
    •Have people put their trash carts on one side of the street. This would allow the trash trucks to go down a street only once saving time, money, gas and reducing noise.
    •Have the recycle trucks pick up every other week. This could be done by standardizing the cart size, the large size. The county could sell the smaller size carts they currently have to other governments or utility companies.
    Judging by the number of recycle carts I see out at the curb on pickup day most people don’t put the recycle carts every week. Again, the carts could be put on one side of the street saving time, money, gas and reducing noise.
    I hope the council will consider these suggestions.

  • Simple alternative proposed for ACT

    I would like to thank those who showed up for Friday’s North Central Regional District’s Board meeting.  
    You made a strong showing by effectively communicating the value and importance of maintaining the funding for the Atomic City Transit routes that were previously approved for funding from the NCRTD, the WR and Eastern area routes.  
    The funding formula and the various options proposed by the consultant all leave those routes without sufficient funds to operate.  We have proposed a simple alternative that returns a sufficient percentage of the GRT revenues generated by Los Alamos County to Atomic City Transit to continue to operate those popular routes.  

  • Downtown White Rock rises out of the ashes

    I am speaking as a tax-paying property owner of White Rock. The citizens of White Rock owe Larry Handy a big round of applause for recovering downtown White Rock from a dump of overgrown bushes, weeds and abandoned buildings.
    It took manpower and money to repave the parking lots, remove old bushes/trees and weeds and paint the buildings. Our thanks and gratitude to Mr. Handy. It looks clean and bright, and ready for any retail business that wants to move in.
    We would like to see the other businesses that have been overgrown by weeds and debris clean up their plats and apply needed paint. That is what will attract a future for White Rock.

    Janet Basinger
    White Rock

  • Renewed hope for the Caldera

    For all who hope one day to more completely enjoy the stunning landscape that is the Valles Caldera, there is renewed hope.  Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have reintroduced Senate Bill 564,  “Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act,” which would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) to the National Park Service (NPS).  

  • Attack on school teachers is wrong

    Surely the Los Alamos Monitor can make better use of the limited space on its editorial page than by publishing (March 30) Jeffry Gardner’s poorly written and rambling diatribe.
    What a delight this would make for an English teacher who wants to share with her students an example of truly abysmal writing.
    Apparently Mr. Gardner’s point is to encourage us to follow the rules. In his feeble attempt to make this argument, he chooses to attack public school teachers for causing the myriad problems he finds in American society.
    He attacks teachers for everything from failing to teach math and English to being narcissistic in their frustration with cuts to their salaries.

  • The value of a life is not something to ponder

    When we moved to Los Alamos, we were warned that Letters to the Editor in the local paper might include mathematical formulae, so I was not surprised but pleased by Ms. Max’s recent letter where she used mathematics to point out likely errors in the consultant’s presentation on the Trinity Drive project.
    As she indicates, the crash rate shown in the presentation comparing the state, county and N.M. 502 crash rates indeed pertain to crash rates per 100 million vehicle miles, not million vehicle miles, and I suspect that the N.M. 502 crash rate listed applies either to the portion of NM 502 within Los Alamos County, or possibly even its whole length from Pojoaque. I agree that this should be corrected in any future presentation.

  • It really does take a village

     My Labrador Coalby and I just got certified as a FEMA Urban Disaster K9 team. We are now deployable anywhere to respond to urban disasters (i.e. what Japan is going through right now.)  
    We could not have accomplished this without the support of several community members and establishments.  
    Thank you to Ed, Michelle and Conrad (Lee) at the Black Hole, Paul Parker, Aspen School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and her staff, my K9 wilderness team Mountain Canine Corps (especially Trish Mylet.)
    Also, the 2009 Los Alamos Leadership class that helped us get off on the right paw, Lette Birn, and Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital.  

  • Texting around POTUS is risking business at best

    Saturday, March 19 at 11:49 EDT, MSNBC was broadcasting live in anticipation of President Obama’s joint appearance in Brasilia with President Dilma Rousseff.
    On a split screen, a camera focused on the doors through which the two presidents would proceed to the dais.  There were staff and Secret Service agents in and out of the antechamber. There was a female agent in view, and then a male agent appeared, carrying a cell phone.  While the first agent kept watch, the other texted continuously for one and one-half minutes, occasionally looking up from his phone.

  • Use less oil and we are less vulnerable

    Our own Sen. Jeff Bingaman has been drawing accolades for his speech before the senate March 17 on gasoline and oil prices.  
    Among many who reviewed his speech, David Roberts of grist.com called his speech “a beam of light ..., which didn’t get the attention it deserved.
    Bingaman is not normally a talky guy. Nor is he given to grand political gestures. He’s cautious by temperament (to a fault, I’d argue).
    Despite his reticence, though, he is among the very few senators who actually understand energy.”

  • Casa Mesita donates to 11 nonprofits

    We would like the public to know that Casa Mesita Group Home received their usual monthly allocation from Casa Mesita Trift Shop while they were closed in 2009. That amount was 30 percent less June 2010 to January 2011.
    Since January 2011, we have been helping to support LA Cares, Family Strengths Network, Veterans Memorial Fund, RSVP Quilters, LARSO Day Out Program, Sage Cottage, LAHS Friday Lunch Program, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Search & Rescue and LA Group Home Inc.
    Good items that do not sell in a reasonable amount of time are re-cycled to several organizations. Volunteers receive in-store credit for the hours that they work. They all pay for items above their credit earned.