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Letter to the Editor: Another White Rock Resident Thoroughly Disgusted With Comcast Service

on October 20, 2014 - 8:01am
White Rock

Mr. Kyrala and Ms. Mylet:

Thank you for your thoughtful and very accurate letter regarding Comcast in White Rock. I, too, am a White Rock resident who is thoroughly disgusted with the service that Comcast has exhibited in the last few months.

I am toying with a decision to go back to CenturyLink, not particularly because I like their service, but rather because their service in the past has at least been consistent.


Hail Spotted On The Campaign Trail Along N.M. 4

on October 20, 2014 - 7:31am

Hail was spotted on N.M. 4 Sunday afternoon near the Valles Caldera by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard as she was traveling on the campaign trail around the area. Photo by Stephanie Garcia Richard

Dogs Doze In The Afternoon Sun

on October 20, 2014 - 7:30am

A pair of large dogs doze in the afternoon sun in the bed of a pickup parked Saturday in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Democrats Rally At Pond / March To Municipal Building For Early Voting

on October 19, 2014 - 6:04pm

Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz, left, introduces candidates Paul Martinez for Municipal Judge, Christine Chandler for Probate Judge, David Izraelevitz for County Council, Mary Susan O'Leary for County Council, Marco Lucero for Sheriff, Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Dist. 43 and Karyl Ann Armbruster for Public Education Commission. The group attended Saturday's rally at Ashley Pond to kick off the start of early voting followed by a march to cast their ballots for the 2014 General Election at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Letter to the Editor: Charter Chapter V - Utilities - A Reality Check

on October 19, 2014 - 5:26pm
County Councilor

Several former members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) fear that the rewritten Charter Chapter V will result in Council imposing hidden taxes and wildly increased utility rates, transferring Utility revenues to the County general fund, overturning BPU membership for political reasons, and unilateral control of BPU operations.

The current Chapter was passed in 1968 to ensure that these things could not happen, and indeed they have not, as trumpeted by those opposing the rewritten Chapter.

Pet of the Week: Gandalf The White Cat

on October 19, 2014 - 4:38pm

Gandalf the white cat. Courtesy/FOS


If you remember the white cat whose owner we were looking for a couple of weeks ago, here he is with a remake. We named him Gandalf. The county and Friends of the Shelter collaborated to take care of any outstanding veterinary issues.

This is now a plush, contented cat of about nine years. Gandalf is polite and friendly with adults and very gentle children. He seems to tolerate the gentle, respectful cats in the cat room. He has yet to share with us his opinion about dogs.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a

Pajarito Astronomers Holds Dark Night Oct. 25

on October 19, 2014 - 4:32pm


The Pajarito Astronomers will be holding a County-Sponsored Dark Night starting at 6:30 p.m. or sunset, Saturday, Oct. 25 at Spirio Soccer Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.

Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes and star gaze. The planets Mars, Saturn (and its rings), Neptune and Uranus will be visible. There will be a tour of the fall constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Letter to the Editor: Lest We Forget

on October 19, 2014 - 4:09pm
Los Alamos

When my grandparents arrived sometime after the folks here at Los Alamos ended the Second World War, I’m sure the last thing on their minds was to live their lives by mathematical terms. They came here to carry on the mission to keep the United States of America safe from those wanting to take our freedoms away. I am proud of that.

As a third generation Los Alamos native, I have seen many changes to my hometown through the years. Some good, some bad and some that are downright mystifying.

I stayed here because Los Alamos was a great place to play, raise a


Two of Historical Museum’s Longest Serving Volunteers Retire; New Volunteers Needed

on October 19, 2014 - 4:08pm

Ann Beyer and Ruth Sherman at their retirement party Wednesday shared stories about their time as volunteers for the Los Alamos Historical Museum. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

With grateful yet sad hearts, the volunteers, staff and board members of the Los Alamos Historical Society bid farewell Wednesday to two of the Historical Museum’s longest serving volunteers, Ann Beyer and Ruth Sherman.

“Ann and Ruth have been true stalwarts,” said Kathy Ankeny, Museum Shop manager for the Historical Society.


Letter to the Editor: Correcting Statements From Writers Opposed To Article V Charter Amendment

on October 19, 2014 - 3:10pm

CRC-2 Member

As a member of the most recent Utilities Charter Review Committee (CRC-2), I would like to correct some of the statements made by letter writers in opposition to passing the revised Article V Charter amendment that appears as Question 2 on the November ballot.

First, our Committee was NOT charged with determining whether or not DPU was run well, and nothing in the proposed revisions mandates any changes in how DPU operates. We were only asked by Council to address three major issues of concern:

  • that current Article V gives the Board the authority to run DPU,

Support Effort Encouraging Teens To Drive Safely - Vote Again

on October 19, 2014 - 2:59pm

The Band Perry/Courtesy photo


Please support the effort to encourage our teens to drive safely. This online effort reinforces safe driving and rewards the kids with a possible visit and concert by The Band Perry.

Don't know who the Band Perry is? Watch a few music videos on You tube (sorry, there's a commercial at the start)

Partnering with our students begins today to bring The Band Perry to Los Alamos and it's very simple:

United Way Thermometer Is On The Rise

on October 19, 2014 - 2:48pm
United Way Campaign Co-chairs Pat Soran and Ann Hayes joined Executive Director Kristy Ortega in raising the United Way thermometer Oct. 9 to just under 25 percent of what local nonprofit​s are asking for. 'We are humbled by all of the early support so far,' Ortega said.

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.