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Our Threatened Jemez Forests

on May 13, 2012 - 12:24pm

Rep. Jim Hall of White Rock, center, during a workshop in the Jemez last week focused on changing forest management policies based on current forestry science. Courtesy photo

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

I attended a Desired Condition Workshop May 9 and May 10. The workshop was a joint effort of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University, the Forest and Watershed Institute at New Mexico Highlands University and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University.  

The focus was on the changing forest management policies based on current forestry

Nature Center Would Enhance Community

on May 11, 2012 - 9:18am
Letter to the Editor:
I feel that the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has proven the value to the community and the acceptance of the community for a nature center.

The current location at the Little Valley/UNM-LA building on Orange Street has served a useful purpose in demonstrating these values to the community.
It has acted as a nursery for environmental ideas, outdoor student classes, relevant daytime and evening lectures, adult programs of every description, support for local groups with similar focus, and collection/cataloguing of our native flora and fauna.

Deer Trap Mesa: May 6, 2012

on May 9, 2012 - 9:55am


Column by Nina Thayer

Deer Trap Mesa has been our family's favorite hike for more than 30 years, so there shouldn't be any surprises, right?  Wrong!  

Yesterday we set out on the trail that leaves from the very end of Barranca Road on a typically windy Sunday afternoon. 

We were greeted immediately by dozens of Beardtongue, the 10- to 15-inch tall stately blue-purple member of the Penstemon group of the Snapdragon Family.


I had not remembered seeing them in past years.  

Before we had covered a hundred yards, we spotted large white yucca, commonly called Banana



on May 8, 2012 - 10:44am

Column by Bonnie J. Gordon

Although I’ve always been a fairly girly girl, I try not to let it stand in the way of enjoying those things usually associated with guys. 

I don’t watch sports or play video games, but I have been known to play poker, drink single malt scotch and hang out at the track.

I’ve never felt more like a member of the boys’ club than when I’m smoking a cigar. I stumbled into the pleasures of a good cigar when I set out to buy a gift for a cigar-smoking friend.

This friend lets me hang out on his boat, drink lots of beer and act really silly a few times a year, which


Editorial Images - New Drive Throughs

on May 4, 2012 - 4:02pm

The new trend that is sweeping Los Alamos ... customer initiated drive throughs! It's hoped that by having more new drive thru windows, less parking spaces will be needed downtown as shoppers will not have to stop to shop or get information. Let's hope it works and we can reduce the asphalt in Los Alamos!

McDonald's new drive thru. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The new drive thru at the White Rock visitor's center. Photo by Carol Clark/


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New Mexico on Opioids

on May 3, 2012 - 8:27am

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

On May 1, I was one of about 20 legislators -- representing both parties and both chambers -- selected to attend a conference on opioid drug (e.g., oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, hydrocodone) misuse in New Mexico.  

Medical professionals and senior state officials also attended. Two quotes from the conference demand our attention. 

  • New Mexico leads the U.S. in deaths from drug overdoses, now exceeding deaths from motor vehicle crashes.”
  • “Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opioid drugs have nearly tripled from 2000 to 2009 and now exceed overdose deaths

War on Women

on April 29, 2012 - 8:27am

My wife and I joined the "War on Women" rally and march on Saturday in Santa Fe.  With the Republican party shifting far to the right on women's issues, we felt that it is high time to join the fight against this growing trend.

We have watched with disbelief as top GOP candidates advocated for outlawing contraception on moral and religious grounds. We always believed that America had a clear seperation between church and state.