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Letter To The Editor: To The Person Vandalizing PEEC’s Hiking Posts

on April 28, 2016 - 10:49am
By LAURA LEITNER
Los Alamos
 
To the person who is vandalizing PEEC’s hiking posts:

I have four sons who are thoroughly enjoying PEEC’s new hiking program “Passport to the Pajarito Plateau”. They have always loved nature and being in the outdoors, and they are very excited about the new program. They are so excited about it that we are making time to do some fun hikes when we might not otherwise have squeezed it into our busy schedule.

We were, in fact, planning to do the Acid Canyon hike the day after I read about that particular post being removed.

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Letter To The Editor: LAPD Is An Important Community Partner And We Thank Them

on April 27, 2016 - 10:54am
By KATHERINE WATSON
Executive Director
Pajarito Environmental Education Center

I would like to thank the Los Alamos Police Department on behalf on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for the assistance they have been giving us in tracking down the vandal who has attempted to stop participation in our Passport to the Pajarito Plateau program.

PEEC designed this program as a fun way to get kids and adults outside, enjoying our many beautiful trails.

Letter To The Editor: Wow!

on April 27, 2016 - 8:52am

By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

In February of 2014 and again in May of 2015 we were surprised by a knock on our door. A utilities crew told us they were coming into our yard to find a leak. Looking over our back fence, each time we discovered a river of the county’s water emanating from our yard and washing across our neighbors’ yards and into the street.

The water main runs through our neighbor’s backyard and connects to our delivery line there.

Letter To The Editor: Between Trump And Clinton...

on April 27, 2016 - 7:36am
By ROY M. MOORE
Los Alamos
 
I once swore that I would never vote for Hillary for President. It's funny how life seems to always make one eat one's words. If the choice be between Hillary and Donald, I would now have to vote for Hillary.
 
The reason I didn't like her is because I thought she was self-serving and only interested in her own welfare. But she was a very good Secretary of State and that made me change my opinion of her. What was most important to me, was that she never spoke of her own plans during that time. She was a team player and totally followed the will of her President.

Letter To The Editor: Skandera Chairs PARCC Governing Board

on April 26, 2016 - 10:52am
By DOUG REILLY
Los Alamos
 
In November 2015, PED Secretary Hannah Skandera became chair of the Governing Board* of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). 
 
Before she became chair, she was a member of the board. We’re well aware of the fuss over TESTING in New Mexico schools. We've been hearing a rather constant battle between the PED and NM teachers and administrators about the PARCC testing program and the grading of teachers and schools based on test scores.
 
This even led to lowering the grades of someschools based on the percentage of students taking

Letter To The Editor: Slow Down In School Zone Please!

on April 25, 2016 - 10:13am
By Concerned Parent
Los Alamos
 
Parents and residents on North Mesa, please  SLOW DOWN in the school zone.
 
I drive my daughter to school at Los Alamos Middle School almost every morning and parents and residents are not slowing down in the blinking school zone.
 
If you are five minutes late to work that is much better than the possibility of hitting a child. PLEASE SLOW DOWN!

Smart Design With Suzette: Entertaining Essentials – Home Bar Ideas

on April 24, 2016 - 7:40am
Home bar. Courtesy photo
 
By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Hospitality is about sharing. A hospitable home welcomes visitors and draws them into the warm family circle as treasured guests.

The first thing that guests are offered is a beverage. What better way to offer hospitality then to lead them to your perfectly designed and stocked bar.

I’m not sure it’s because of hit series like “Mad Men,” but there’s a definite return of the home bar. It seems everyone wants one.

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