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Letter to the Editor: DPU Commended For Improvement Efforts Through QNM

on October 22, 2014 - 5:39pm


Immediate past chair of the QNM Board

I commend the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities on their continued efforts at systematic and systemic improvement using independent, third-party feedback through the New Mexico Performance Excellence Award process administered by Quality New Mexico.

In 2008, DPU received Roadrunner recognition for demonstrated performance improvements and this year DPU is pursuing the process again in their quest to achieve performance excellence. As the immediate past chair of the QNM Board and a former lead judge in the awards process, I have seen


Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

on October 22, 2014 - 10:24am
Beefsteak Hill on the road from Albuquerque to Los Alamos. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Fall color in the Jemez. Photo by Sherry Hardage
Solo Traveler: Spectacular Rocks

When I returned to my home state in the 1980s, I bought Halka Chronic's book, “Roadside Geology of New Mexico.” Her books are a great resource for people who want to know more about the amazing scenery they drive through.

But the New Mexico book left me cold because one of the prettiest drives in the state wasn't even mentioned - the road from San Isidro north to Jemez Springs and on to Los Alamos' NM 4.


This Week at the Reel Deal

on October 22, 2014 - 8:26am
Reel Deal Theater  

Reel Deal Tuesday’s are back! All movies, all day Tuesday, are only $6.50! Holidays, winter and summer break excluded.

This week we are opening The Book of Life and John Wick. We will hold Fury and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for another week.

The Judge and Gone Girl will end this Thursday. I liked both of these films very much. Do see them on the big screen if you can.

Movie poster for 'The Book of Life.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The Book of Life is a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a

Letter to the Editor: Suggestion For Use Of Old Smith's Building

on October 21, 2014 - 6:50pm
Los Alamos
Our Smiths' recent and sudden movement across the street has left Los Alamos with a large vacant property.
Since the old Smith's building provides ample interior space, it's clear that it offers many options as to what could go inside. This space could be used as a car dealer, a fishing tackle store, a Blockbuster's, and an almost infinite number of other things!
One option, however, strikes me as the one which would contribute the most to Los Alamos. I can't tell you how many times I think 'Man, I wish Los Alamos had an aquarium.' 
When Ed's closed about 10

Letter to the Editor: Read Fine Print On PAC Ads Before Blaming Candidates

on October 21, 2014 - 9:32am
Los Alamos

Political Action Committees (PACS) are running amok. I have been a political activist since the early 1980s. I have never seen campaigning so out of control as it is now. Political parties such as the Democrat and Republican Party have financial limits on spending. Not so – PACS.

PACS are free to advertise for candidates without the candidate’s authorization. Most of the time the candidate isn’t even aware of what the PAC has planned.

I do not have a suggestion for fixing this problem.

Letter to the Editor: Annoying Noise Can Be Reminder We’re Not Alone

on October 21, 2014 - 7:52am
Los Alamos

The first morning home after the Cerro Grande Fire, I awoke to total silence. It was a lonely day. 

The second morning home, I awoke to three things generally considered annoying: an early morning lawn mower, a barking dog, and the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street. They were the most beautiful sounds I ever heard!

I think of that day whenever I hear these sounds, even dogs late at night. I am not alone. I am in a neighborhood and a community I love.


Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Cesspools

on October 21, 2014 - 7:42am
Los Alamos

I wish to express my outrage with paleontologist Ralph Chapman for his assault on the integrity of cesspools. 

By insinuating that cesspools have any connection with the 43rd District Slandertisements we have been receiving in Los Alamos, readers of his letter might come to the conclusion that cesspools promote dishonesty and are intrinsically evil. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Cesspools perform a useful function in that they provide a place, albeit primitive, to dispose of human waste.