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Mountain Student Explores Plastic Bag Issue

on March 28, 2015 - 8:51am
Mountain Elementary School 6th grade student Karin Ebey. Courtesy photo
Mountain Elementary School

Los Alamos county should incorporate the bag ban because plastic is drastically affecting our planet in many harmful ways.

Currently carbon dioxide levels are the highest yet, 385 ppm (parts per million). Carbon dioxide reflects infrared rays back to Earth, thus warming our planet.

Plastic bags release a lot of carbon dioxide when they are made. To make one kilogram of plastic it takes six kilograms of carbon dioxide.

Letter To The Editor: Fine Leveled Against LANL Is Egregious; Reflects Ignorance Of Authority

on March 28, 2015 - 7:30am
White Rock
The three editorials/articles published in the Journal the weekend of Feb. 22-27 reflect a serious lack of understanding of the relationship of federal nuclear facilities to the State of New Mexico, a misrepresentation of risk and risk analysis of incidents that fall outside the operational safety envelope of these facilities, and the role that the Department of Energy (DOE) has assumed without adequate or trained personnel to manage the sites under its jurisdiction.
The $57 million fine levied by the state is egregious, inappropriate and reflects an

Letter To The Editor: LAVNS Extends Huge Thanks

on March 27, 2015 - 11:54am
By LYNN M. FINNEGAN, President
LAVNS Board of Directors

As President of the Board of Directors for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, I extend a huge THANK YOU to the Los Alamos community for its support of our Daffodils for Hospice 2015. 

We sold 2,300 bunches of daffodils (23,000 flowers!) and raised $16,000!

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service is the only non-profit provider of home health care and hospice services in Los Alamos and the generous support of our donors has been a major factor in our ability to provide quality services for over 42 years.


TALES OF OUR TIMES: Consensus Looked To The Data

on March 27, 2015 - 8:18am

New Mexico Citizens
for Clean Air & Water

Consensus Looked To The Data

Tension always exists between team loyalty and advancing your team’s interests with sound evidence.

In about 1975, I was appointed to a national panel of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in Washington, D.C. This rare experience revealed the many worthy souls at work on all sides, and it shapes my point of view still today.

Our panel had the formidable task of assessing the impact of regulations on the nation's economy.


Letter To The Editor: ‘Running For My Life’

on March 25, 2015 - 12:40pm
Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah
I hope by now most of you have seen fliers, received registration forms, or heard about the 5th Annual “Run for Her Life” April 19 at East Park.
There is nothing more therapeutic than going out on a run. Running clears my mind and frees my soul, but it wasn't always like that for me. Not too long ago even the thought of jogging shorts and running shoes gave me panic attacks with flashbacks of a particular yelling gym teacher, a cramp in my side, and frantically searching for my inhaler.
I was one of those people who

Letter to the Editor: New Mexicans Should Stand Up

on March 25, 2015 - 10:12am
Santa Fe

As the United States and Iran work toward a historic nuclear draft accord on the status of Iran's nuclear program, dozens of US senators have interfered in the negotiations.

Sen.r Tom Cotton and 46 others sent an ill-informed letter to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, threatening to end any negotiated agreement regarding nuclear weapons once President Obama leaves office. This undermines the President's ability now, and in the future, to achieve the national security goals of the United States.

It should be the long-term goal of our national leaders to

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 25, 2015 - 8:19am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Home. We will hold Cinderella, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and The Second Best Marigold Hotel. We were only going to show Marigold Hotel for one week but it did so well, we have to hold it for one more week. Run All Night will end this Thursday but the caveat is that projector broke down and we are waiting on parts so it most likely won’t be repaired by Thursday. I hope to get it up and running by Friday.

Movie poster for 'Home.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

Home: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on