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Gov. Susana Martinez Acts On Legislation

on April 7, 2017 - 10:52am

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:
  • Signed House Bill 8 — Eliminate Cigarette Tax Distribution [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 9 — Law Enforcement Tourniquet Training [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 15 — Data Breach Notification Act [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 41 — Alternative Level 3-B Administrator License [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 80 — Insurance Broker Payments to Estates [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 87 — Diabetes Committee [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 92 — Stricter Game & Fish Violation Penalties [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 105 — Innovations

Local Democrats Designate April As Month Of Action

on April 7, 2017 - 10:35am

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County is designating April as a month of action for its local party. DPLA invites all like-minded individuals to several events this month. In particular, they would like to invite residents to attend their monthly meeting, which will focus on local action and activism.

Saturday, April 8 kicks off with a Community Clean-up event in White Rock. Meet at 10 a.m. at Del Norte Credit Union in White Rock. Dress for clean-up. The DPLA will supply the vests, bags and work gloves (for those who don't bring their own)

Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m., at

Luján Statement On U.S. Missile Strikes In Syria

on April 7, 2017 - 10:23am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today issued the following statement after Thursday night's U.S. missile strikes in Syria:

“Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and children is a despicable and heinous act,” Luján said. “While this missile strike was clearly meant to deter their use, chemical weapons need to be dealt with by a global coalition.

Sen. Sanchez On Veto Of Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

on April 7, 2017 - 9:51am
Sen. Clemente Sanchez
Cibola, Socorro, McKinley and Valencia

In the late hours of the night, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Sen. Clemente Sanchez’s Senate Bill 386, which would have raised the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour. Throughout the legislative process, the bill received broad support from labor unions and business groups alike with representatives from AFSCME Council 18 and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce standing in support.

“This session the business and labor communities came together to support a modest raise for families who too often

Letter To The Editor: Sheriff Seeks To Build Empire

on April 7, 2017 - 9:15am
Los Alamos
Sheriff Marco Lucero proposes to increase his office's budget to $348,118, up from a 2017 budget of $85,411. That's an increase of four times.
This is empire building, plain and simple. I wonder if Los Alamos County residents would have voted to retain the Sheriff's office if they knew this increase would be the outcome.

Council To Take Up Sheriff’s Office Budget

on April 6, 2017 - 7:05pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Los Alamos Daily Post

It’s suspected that the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office FY 2018 budget request will draw some interesting discussion during upcoming budget hearings slated for April 17, 18, 24 and 25.

County residents voted 5,284 to 4,825 in November to reject an attempt by several Los Alamos County Council members to abolish the Office of Sheriff and combine all his remaining duties with those of the police department.

Council Proclaims Clean Up Los Alamos Day April 29

on April 6, 2017 - 5:12pm

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Member James Robinson, Environmental Services Division Manager Angelica Gurule and County Councilor Antonio Maggiore hold up a proclamation for Clean Up Los Alamos Day, which is April 29. The proclamation was made during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

County Council Approves Brand Action Plan

on April 6, 2017 - 4:56pm

Jim Glover of the Idea Group of Santa Fe, left, and Dave Hayduk of HK Advertising present the Brand Action Plan Tuesday night to the County Council during its regular meeting. Council approved the Brand Action Plan 7-0. Glover defined a brand as the municipal's reputation. Branding, he said, is managing that reputation. The essence of Los Alamos' brand is: 'cultivating curiousity and creating aha moments.' The Council was impressed with the presented plan. 'I feel we are in good hands,' Councilor Antonio Maggiore said.