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The Red Elvises are Coming!

on May 23, 2012 - 10:34pm
LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Russ Gordon
 
Dear friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,
 
The Red Elvises are coming! The Red Elvises are coming! This is going to be one of the absolute best concerts we’ve ever had in Los Alamos and it’s free.
 
How do you say in English, “These cats are a gas!?" 
 
C’mon out Friday, May 25 to Ashley Pond. The show starts at 7 p.m. and goes till 10 p.m.
 
The original members of the Band came out of Moscow, Russia as a folk and folk-rock band.
 
The band moved to Santa Monica,Calif.

OBITUARY: James "Danny" Doss

on May 22, 2012 - 4:21pm

JAMES "DANNY" DOSS 1939May 17, 2012

James “Danny” Doss, 73, of Los Alamos passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 17, 2012 with his family at his side, and is now in Paradise in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Danny Doss was a long time resident of Los Alamos, retiring in 1999 from a career as an electrical engineer with the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked on a variety of projects, including particle accelerators and biomedical technology used in cancer therapy.

Many others knew Danny Doss as the author of 17 “Charlie Moon Mysteries,” the first of which

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How the Affordable Care Act is Working for New Mexico

on May 14, 2012 - 9:22pm

By Sen. Jeff Bingaman

In the two years since Congress passed the health insurance reform law, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a lot of debate about its merits. As we move closer to implementing some of the most significant pieces of that law, I’d like to highlight reasons why New Mexico will be one of the nation’s biggest winners from the improvements in the ACA.

Nearly one in five New Mexicans lacks health insurance, making New Mexico the state with the second-highest rate of uninsured in the country.

Mother’s Day – Sentiment Not Profit

on May 14, 2012 - 10:03am

Column by Kay Kerbyson

How did Mother’s Day begin? Well you would be forgiven for thinking it was a business ploy to sell off all the cute fluffy toys that didn’t get sold on Valentines and Easter.

But in essence, Mother’s Day goes back as far as ancient Greece and Roman times, as a day of appreciation.

The most modern version of the day started in England as Mothering Sunday, a day when workers were allowed time to visit their mothers, as well as attending church.

In America, the early English settlers often disapproved of secular holidays and the idea never really took off, until

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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.
 
The
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Deer Trap Mesa: May 6, 2012

on May 9, 2012 - 9:55am

PAJARITO RAMBLER...

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

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