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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

Stimulating the Sustainability Discussion

on April 25, 2012 - 6:06pm

Column by Tom Nagawiecki

The lights dim. The bass beat is thumping. The spotlight flashes to life and the announcer roars “Here is the starting lineup for your Environmental Sustainability Board. 

Serving as Board Chair is White Rock resident Liza Ermeling. 

Assisting as Vice-Chair is Stephen Tenbrink. 

Rounding out the Board lineup are Larry Warner, Brooke Davis, Walter Tuzel, Steve Boerigter and Don Machen.” 

Okay, so the Environmental Sustainability Board members may not be as famous as the starting five of your favorite sports team but we want to change that, at least within the


NM House District 43 Update

on April 19, 2012 - 11:35am

Column by Rep. Jim Hall

This is the second monthly column discussing a few of the concerns and issues that have come to me in New Mexico House District 43 in the past 30 days. 

It is a short column intended to recognize both the diversity and community in this beautiful part of Northern New Mexico. 

If anyone in District 43 has state government issues (1) that are referenced in the column or (2) are not being addressed, I welcome questions or comments.

During the last 30 days l gave three presentations on the last legislative session to local organizations. 

Since the even-year

Today Marks Date Women Begin to Catch up to What Men Made Last Year

on April 17, 2012 - 11:21am

Column By Nina Thayer, AAUW, Leadership Corps

April 17 is the symbolic day this year when women will on average catch up with the amount men made in the previous year. 

New statistics out this month show that New Mexico’s women make on average 77 percent of what our men make. 

Forty years after the Women’s Movement of the early ‘70s, it is hard to imagine that this gender pay gap continues. 

More women work outside the home than 40 years ago; more women attend college than 40 years ago; more women are the only wage earner for themselves and their family than 40 years ago. 



I love lifestyles!

on April 17, 2012 - 10:50am

Column by Bonnie J. Gordon

Since I was a baby journalist in high school, people have been trying to convince me that I should be writing hard news.

Why, well meaning individuals keep asking me, should I be wasting my talents writing lifestyles and entertainment and features when I could be covering something “really important?” 

News flash—I’m already writing about the really important stuff. Sure, crime, politics and county government are important. I’m glad other people want to write about them.

I’m convinced however, that soft news is just as important. 

Take arts and entertainment


Retirement and Exercise

on April 13, 2012 - 11:13pm

Column by Kent Pegg

If you are one of those who have decided that now is the time to begin a new phase of your life by retiring, more hours have suddenly become available for other activities. And now is the time to reserve some of those hours to take care of your health through a program of regular exercise.

If you can allot a few hours per week of the extra time you have available to exercise at the onset of your retirement, it will become a regular part of your new life.


New Developments in Glass Recycling

on April 13, 2012 - 10:37am

Column by Tom Nagawiecki

During the question and answer session of every presentation given over the last two years, I have been asked why Los Alamos does not recycle glass. Up to this point my answer has always been the same; there are no local markets, thus making glass recycling a high cost and high environmental impact activity. 

In a recent visit to the Village of Angel Fire, New Mexico County staff was exposed to a local glass recycling system that is successfully diverting glass from the landfill in a financially and environmentally responsible manner. 

In Angel Fire, they are

Resurrection of Faith: Life With Cancer

on April 9, 2012 - 8:25pm

Cancer and Faith, particularly religious faith, is a complicated and impassioned subject, one I usually steer clear of.

But a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, by Lawrence Krauss, questioned what faith really is, given our ever increasing knowledge of cosmology and quantum mechanics.

It’s a subject, which is especially soul searching for cancer survivors, who are forced to address their own mortality and the meaning of their lives frequently.

For some, it reaffirms their religious faith in which they find solace.

For others, it reawakens years of separation from their faith as they


An Opportunity for a Great Conversation

on April 4, 2012 - 7:14am

Dear Editor,

How long has it been since you shared a great conversation over savory hors d’oeuvres and luscious deserts? 

How often do you have the chance to talk informally to some of our community’s most knowledgeable and creative people? 

On April 22 you can join us in supporting the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation in their “Great Conversations” fundraiser.

My wife, Emily, and I have participated in the past and find it a most enjoyable and rewarding way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon while donating to an organization that does so much to enhance our students’ learning


Everybody Comes to Work Wanting to Do a Good Job

on March 30, 2012 - 8:02am

The title of this Insights column reflects what has been my guiding philosophy ever since my first managerial position. And I truly believe that the statement is accurate. Throughout my career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with many wonderful people. This observation led me to muse recently about what makes employees not just good, but exceptional—the types of employees we all want as colleagues and staff members. Having written previous columns on characteristics of exceptional leadership and governance, I think it’s time for me to comment on characteristics of

Rotary Club Thanks

on March 21, 2012 - 4:24pm

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank the community for its outstanding support of our third annual Crab Fest held recently at Central Avenue Grill. With the money raised, we will once again be able to give academic and vocational awards to high school students, and we will begin construction this summer of the new Memorial Garden at LAHS, replacing the original, which was demolished during construction of the new high school buildings.

In particular, we wish to thank Kelly Myers of ReMax of Los Alamos; Andy Staples of Andy Staples Golf; and Matt Schmidt of the