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Letter to the Editor: Public Vote On Charter Amendment 2 Should Focus On Who Bears Ultimate Responsibility, Accountability

on October 19, 2014 - 2:14pm
Former member of the Utilities Board.
Member CRC-1
Since the Oct. 14 letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post and Monitor from Morris Pongratz mentioned my name, I feel it is appropriate to comment.

First I have already voted YES, and encourage others to vote YES.

I believe that the proposed Charter Amendment is far from perfect. I would have worded some parts differently. But it is an improvement over the existing Charter.

American Legion Kicks Off 2014 Wreaths Across America

on October 19, 2014 - 2:10pm

American Legion Post 90 Commander Ken Nadeau, left, presents a check to the Legion Riders to kick-off the 2014 Wreaths Across America campaign for veterans at Guaje Pines. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Letter to the Editor: 'Leave it to George'

on October 19, 2014 - 1:41pm
Los Alamos
Wow — congratulations to George Chandler for somehow connecting 9/11, the BP oil spill, the W-88 "theft," and damage from Katrina to why we should vote "yes" on Charter Amendment 2! He forgot the Ebola outbreak in Africa, but maybe he is saving that for a later letter.
Let me just respond to the 9/11 claim. If you think the billions and billions of dollars spent on an ill-conceived Department of Homeland Security because of 9/11 is a good use of our tax dollars, then maybe you agree with George that it is OK for utility funds to be used for whatever the County

Authors Speak Series Presents Special Reading Of Young Adult Fiction

on October 19, 2014 - 1:35pm

Gail Strickland

MPL News:

Gail Strickland, a scholar of classics and long-time resident of Northern California, has scheduled three appearances in Los Alamos Monday. She will talk with students at the Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School in the morning, and 3:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

At each appearance, Strickland will discuss her creative process, the factual relationship of her book to the historical record, and Greek mythology.

The book is an account of a point in history when the Greek gods held a prominent place in human affairs.

Enjoy 'Wines Of The World' At Blue Window Bistro Oct. 26!

on October 19, 2014 - 1:11pm



Do you like to travel? Do you like to eat? Or even better, do you like to drink wine?

Get your passports ready and enjoy, “Wines of the World” 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Blue Window Bistro. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host an autumn wine tasting that will pair 10 wines from around the world with 10 incredible heavy hors d’oeuvres. 

Close your eyes and smell the ocean breeze as you sample scallop and salmon cakes dressed with creamy remoulade and sip on California Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay. Have you been to South America?

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Time Lapse'

on October 19, 2014 - 12:39pm
Los Alamos

“Time Lapse” is the first feature-length film directed by Los Alamos native, Bradley King. It has been making the rounds of Independent Film Festivals and is in Santa Fe this weekend, showing at 6 p.m. today at the Jean Cocteau Theatre (Montezuma at Guadalupe).

The film is entertaining and tight, a time-travel themed thriller which many movie-goers will find intriguing if not beguiling. 

Callie (played by Danielle Panabaker) and her boyfriend Finn (Matt O’Leary), share an apartment with their friend Jasper (George Finn), who has a gambling addiction and a

Cone Zone: Road Construction Week of Oct. 20

on October 19, 2014 - 11:58am

Road Construction Update: Oct. 20

This will be the last update of the season. Further information regarding traffic control will be distributed through press releases.

For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail, call 505.662.8150, or visit the “Projects” link at Please slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. Please note that the below information is based on schedule information provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.

Central Avenue Improvements Project:

The library driveway was

Artist Lisa Coddington Returns To PEEC To Teach Drawing Animals Workshop

on October 19, 2014 - 10:49am

A drawing by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is very fortunate to welcome back talented artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.

The class is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at PEEC and includes a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.

Take up your pencils and paper, and join Coddington to explore pencil techniques that portray animals in this hands-on workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait.

Call To Action: Drug Misuse Problem, Prevention, And Seeking Help

on October 19, 2014 - 10:33am

By Toshi Shiina, Leslie Hayes, M.D., and Erin Bouquin, M.D.

Drug addiction is widely spread and extremely hard to treat, but many people may think that drug addiction is not an issue in Los Alamos County. According to the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health in 2011, 5.2 percent of the youth (9th-12th grade) in Los Alamos reported using heroin while the New Mexico average was 3.2 percent.

These numbers declined somewhat in 2013 – Los Alamos: 3.1 percent and NM: 2.9 percent.

LAHS XC Teams Shine At Rio Rancho Jamboree

on October 19, 2014 - 9:59am
Saturday was a great day for the Los Alamos High Scholol Cross Country team at the Rio Rancho Jamboree. The boys finished 2nd overall and the Girls 3rd overall in the Championship Varsity races. More importantly, both teams were the fastest 5A teams against all the competition they'll see on the same course at the State Championship in three weeks. From left, John Rees, Greg Ahlers and Forrest White at the start line of the Boys Varsity Championship race. Ahlers was Los Alamos' top finisher in this race. Photo by Blake Wood
Maddy Foley goes out with the front pack in the Girls Varsity

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendment 2 Puts In Failsafes And Backstops Not In Place Now

on October 19, 2014 - 9:14am
Los Alamos County Council

I am voting FOR Amendment 2 on the upcoming ballot about our Utilities Board. 

Contrary to the opponent’s dire depictions, it does not give unchecked power to Council, or radically change the government structure established in the 1960s. It does, however, put in some failsafes and backstops that I think most of us would actually assume are in place now.

Our local government has two parts. One is the Department of Public Utilities, which provides water, sewer, gas and electric.

PEEC’s Take Wing Week Culminates In PEECnic Today!

on October 19, 2014 - 9:03am
The Craig Martin Experience plays this afternoon at the annual PEECnic at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
PEEC’s Take Wing Week culminates today in its annual PEECnic, a fun and free afternoon of activities for all ages.
The community is invited to this year’s event from 2-4 p.m., which is special because it is the last one at PEEC’s current location at 3540 Orange St. Next year’s PEECnic will take place at the new nature center under construction on Canyon Road.
This year, there will be a dessert buffet, activities for kids, photo opportunities, and live music by the

Letter to the Editor: Sheriff Marco Lucero Superbly Qualified

on October 19, 2014 - 8:35am
Los Alamos Councilor

I support re-election of Sheriff Marco Lucero because he's superbly qualified for the job, and he's a committed and active member of our community. 

Being retired from his full-time job, he has the time and energy to be our sheriff without distraction. Although the county charter specifies a limited number of duties for our sheriff, state law requires him to investigate all lawbreaking, which comes to his attention.


Hilltopper Volleyball Holds Dig Pink Games

on October 19, 2014 - 8:22am

The Los Alamos Hilltopper Volleyball Program held its Dig Pink games Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The players wore pink to support breast cancer awareness. All three teams are represented here including C team, JV and Varsity, the entire coaching staff and LAHS Athletic Director Ann Stewart's baby Landry Stewart. Photo by Michelle Robertson

Letter to the Editor: Disgusted With Intermittent Comcast Internet Service In White Rock

on October 19, 2014 - 8:06am
White Rock

We are disgusted with the poor intermittent Comcast Internet service in White Rock.

For the last three months we have had intermittent Internet service from Comcast in White Rock. With the local office closed, and the one in Santa Fe non responsive and unreachable by phone, we had to contact their service numbers at least a few times a month.

The operators on the phone are nice, keep repeating verbatim the same lines, do not connect us to higher ups, keep saying they can only send line-people, refuse to give us a technical support beyond the


New U.S. Citizens Take Oath of Allegiance During Naturalization Ceremony At Fuller Lodge

on October 18, 2014 - 9:54pm
Family and friends join 17 new U.S. citizens in the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos this morning at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer Peter Rechkemmer breaks down the naturalization ceremony to participants Saturday at Fuller Lodge. He also spoke about his experience taking part in his own naturalization ceremony. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Chief U.S. District Judge M.

Manhattan Project Restaurant Has New Liquor License!

on October 18, 2014 - 8:46pm

This evening KayLinda Crawford, left, and Marcie Long toasted the Manhattan Project Restaurant finally receiving its liquor license after months in the process. The restaurant on Central Avenue received its liquor license Friday and owner Victor Medina credits Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for stepping in and helping him work his way through the maze at the state level. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Manhattan Project Restaurant bartender Ashley Shaw was busy this evening filling drink orders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Victor J.

Letter to the Editor: Utilities Charter Change Is Not In Our Interest

on October 18, 2014 - 8:06pm
Retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager

As a retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager, 10-year member of the Board of Public Utilities (Board), and a utilities customer, I urge voters to vote Against Ballot Question #2 – Utilities. I am  concerned about the potential negative effects the proposed re-write of Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter will have on Utilities customers. 

Unless a voter digs deeply into the background he/she may not realize that Article V, which was ratified in 1968 and has effectively guided Utilities operations since, will be deleted

New Mexico Consortium Laboratory Open To Public

on October 18, 2014 - 5:04pm
Laboratory setup. Courtesy/NMC
Algae samples. Courtesy/NMC
Interested in using pond scum to power a jet? What to create your own multi-colored, glow in the dark, grow anywhere tomato plant? Need to study the effects of climate change from the molecular to the ultrascale level?
Then visit the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos on the fourth Saturday of each month when the lab offers public tours of its facilities.
The New Mexico Consortium Laboratory is a cooperative venture bringing together scientists and researchers from Los Alamos national Laboratory, UNM, NM

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Meets With Residents In Jemez Springs

on October 18, 2014 - 4:54pm

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers addresses citizens Thursday evening at a community meeting in Jemez Springs. The residents discussed the various issues that impact them in the Jemez Valley. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair Draws Shoppers

on October 18, 2014 - 4:39pm
Arts and Crafts Fair shoppers check out items on display today at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Angels and crosses. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Knitted shawls in bright colors. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Steel Garden sells posies outside the Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Warm and fuzzy. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Treasure boxes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Mother and son sell wooden bowls. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost

Letter to the Editor: Pass Or Fail, Charter Amendment 2 Is No Guarantee Against Folly

on October 18, 2014 - 4:31pm
Los Alamos

Along with all the meaningless B.S. I've been getting in the mail from various special interest political groups, there is a constant influx of mostly thoughtful letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the Charter Amendments, particularly Amendment 2, regarding the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities and County Council.

I've not got the strong feelings others have about it although on balance, I remain skeptical, especially in light of Council trying to run around and brand our backsides with e^x.

EM Chief Visits WIPP For First Underground Tour Since February Incidents

on October 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

CBFO Manager Joe Franco, left, points to a location on a map of the WIPP underground as EM Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney looks on. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney visited WIPP Thursday and became the first non‐WIPP employee to tour the underground facility since a truck fire and unrelated radiological release temporarily closed the facility in February.

"EM, and the greater DOE, is committed to reopening WIPP to support the important mission of cleaning up the nation’s legacy of nuclear waste," Whitney said.

Letter to the Editor: If It Ain't Broke, Fix It 'Til It Is

on October 18, 2014 - 3:48pm
Los Alamos

The advocates of Charter Amendment 2 are now claiming that it is preventive maintenance for the Utilities Department. This type of maintenance is based on the principle:

"If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is."

Don't let them politicize our utilities. Vote NO on Charter Amendment 2.

Los Alamos Rotarian Tony Chan Shares Travels On The Silk Road

on October 18, 2014 - 3:38pm

At the Los Alamos Rotary Club's Tuesday meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant, Rotarian Tony Chan gave a presentation about his family’s trip on the Silk Road, which included exploring Kashigar, Urumqui and Turfan . The photo shown here was taken at a livestock market. Chan also showed photos of treks across frozen lakes and switchbacks climbing up steep mountains. The photos showed everything shrouded in snow and mist, 'Doesn't look very friendly, does it,' Chan told the crowd. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
In addition to the wintery scenes Tony Chan captured in his photos