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Letter to the Editor: LAGRI Logic

on October 21, 2012 - 7:16am

Robert A. Pelak and Skip Dunn
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative

In a recent letter Fire Chief (Doug) MacDonald questions "LAGRI logic" and cites its opposition to the current charter amendments.

Let's set the record straight: "LAGRI logic" (Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative) is founded on its commitment to public participation in local government.

The original LAGRI petition sought to provide voters brand new opportunities to vote on capital projects.

The opportunities to vote on projects indirectly through bonds essentially disappeared when the county government became

Author Reflects on Working for Georgia O'Keefe

on October 21, 2012 - 7:15am

Author Margaret Wood. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

There are 9-to-5 jobs where the days are spent inside the small confines of a cubicle.

Then there are other occupations that leap beyond those fabricated office walls.

These jobs break all forms of convention but they are unforgettable.

Margaret Wood had one of these boundary-breaking jobs.

In 1977, at the age of 24, she left Lincoln, Nebr. to move to the sparsely populated and very rural Abiquiu to work as a caregiver and companion.

While the town may have been a small speck on a map, Wood’s employer was a woman who was known

Column: Link Between Back Pain and Spinal Posture

on October 18, 2012 - 8:00am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Several painful back conditions – stenosis, disc bulge or herniation, spondylolisthesis and sciatica – are due to improper spinal alignment.

Proper Spinal Alignment

Consisting of 33 bones called vertebrae the spine preforms a delicate balancing act. The top eight vertebrae create the cervical spine, the next 12, the thoracic spine, and the lower 5, the lumbar spine.

At the base of the spine are the sacrum and coccyx, which are segments of fused vertebrae. 

The spine has three main curves.

Money IQ: How Comfortable is Your Nest Egg?

on October 17, 2012 - 10:59am
Money IQ
By John Brunett and Tony Ornealas

How Comfortable is Your Nest Egg?

Accumulating a nest egg for retirement should be a priority for every working person regardless of age.

Whether you have 10 or 40 years to go before retirement, consistently contributing to a retirement savings plan can be the ticket to financial freedom for individuals entering the “2nd” act of life.

Ask yourself what asset would make the biggest difference in your retirement years.

Some answers may be your home, 401k plans or other savings plans.

These are all good answers, but if you are reading this

Letter to the Editor: Responding to Lies in Super-PAC Mailers

on October 17, 2012 - 9:56am
By Stephanie Garcia Richard
Democratic Candidate for NM House District 43
Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties

Dear Voters,

As a mother and a teacher, I find the recent tactics employed by Reform New Mexico Now unacceptable, no matter how grave the stakes are in our race for State House.

Many of you have received the recent mailers claiming I would support the largest tax increase in New Mexico history, yet none of the attacks cite actual facts.

That is because it couldn't be further from the truth.

Food on the Hill: Lobster Stuffed Potatoes

on October 16, 2012 - 7:24am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Lobster Stuffed Potatoes

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound fresh lobster meat (or imitation)
  • (you can also use turkey, shrimp, crab or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup dry wine
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cup Jarlsberg cheese, grated
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • salt & pepper
Photo by Sue York/
Lightly coat potatoes in olive oil and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Cool potatoes until they can be handled. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out pulp carefully.

Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Achieve Goal

on October 15, 2012 - 4:08pm
By Ralph L. Phelps
Former County Councilor

When I was selected to join the Charter Review Committee, I approached the task very cautiously and conservatively because any changes that might be recommended required a very thorough vetting process to ensure the right decisions were made to our community’s fundamental law.

My fellow committee members were equally dedicated, and we had many open and transparent discussions at public meetings that explored the issues from all aspects, bringing out researched facts and practical examples of what needed to be changed.

In the end, our report to