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Heinrich Co-Chairs Outdoor Recreation Caucus

on April 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $887 billion in consumer spending annually and employs more than 7.6 million Americans according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association.
 
Given the outdoor industry’s significant economic impact, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is co-chairing the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, along with U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), to promote policies that invest in the outdoor industry and to ensure it continues to grow and thrive. 
 
"New Mexicans' livelihoods are rooted

Council Tentatively Approves Manager's Budget

on April 25, 2017 - 8:29am

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess presents his proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. After a lenghtly conversation, Council passed 6-1, with Councilor Pete Sheehey casting the opposing vote, to tentatively approve the County Manager's 16,975,191 budget. They also tentatively approved a budget item for a salary adjustement for County employees of $186,500 to be divided between the general and non general fund. Sheehey argued that Council approved a major salary adjustment for County employees last year.

County Attorney's Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 25, 2017 - 8:25am

County Attorney Alvin Leaphart presents his proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council tentatively approved the $703,539 budget. Councilor Pete Sheehey commended Leaphart and his staff. 'We are grateful to him and his staff,' he said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Bill Provides First In Nation Funding Mechanism

on April 25, 2017 - 8:22am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  House Bill 536 was chaptered into law last week, creating a first-in-the-nation mechanism to allow New Mexicans to donate a portion of their tax returns to pay for the testing of sexual assault evidence kits in the state.
 
According to the Office of the State Auditor, as of November 2016, there is an estimated backlog of 5,400 untested rape kits throughout the state of New Mexico. Testing each kit costs as much as $1,000, money which the state and some municipal governments do not have enough of to address their backlog.
 
“We have a big problem when

GOP Senatorial Candidate Mick Rich Discusses Race

on April 25, 2017 - 7:53am
Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate speaks at Friday's Patriot's Day Dinner at De Colores. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mick Rich, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich criticized Heinrich Friday evening for not voting for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.

“We’re up here on the hill and this guy can’t even vote for the confirmation of Gov. Rick Perry.

LAFD's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 8:32pm

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and Management Analyst of Finance and Budget Heather Garcia present the fire department's $30,360,474 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the budget. In the presentation, Hughes reported a number of acheivements in his department including continous improvement to EMS delivery through collaboration with other jurisdictions nationwide. He reported overall patient satisfaction for EMS services is 93.28 percent. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Council Tentatively Approves Its Proposed Budget

on April 24, 2017 - 8:20pm

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Deputy Manager Steve Lynne presents the County Council's 2018 proposed budget, which totals $389,546 Monday night in Council Chambers.

Councilor Rick Reiss suggested adding a budget option for a one-time consultant-driven study for a utility financial assessment and for funding options. He added he would like to see some members of County Council, the Department of Public Utlities (DPU) staff, members of the Board of Public Utilities and County staff involved in this effort.

Reiss said the study would help

Probate Judge, County Clerk Proposed Budgets Get Council's Tentative Approval

on April 24, 2017 - 7:53pm

County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz present their office's $602,603 proposed budget to County Council Monday night in Council Chambers. Council voted 7-0 to tentatively approve the County Clerk's budget. In her presentation, Maestas reported that voter turnout for recent elections has been high. In fact, there was a 77 percent voter turnout for the November general election. 'We were the highest in the state,' she said.

Assessor's Proposed Budget Tentatively Approved

on April 24, 2017 - 7:36pm

County Council passed 7-0 its tentative approval of the County Assessor's $597,058 budget Monday night in Council Chambers. Councilor James Chrobocinski commended the assessor's office, saying, 'We do have an excellent run tax assessor office.' Assessor Ken Milder, left, and Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez make their presentation to Council. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

Scenes From March For Science - Santa Fe Today

on April 22, 2017 - 3:26pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan with PEC Board Member Karyl Ann Armbuster at today's March For Science in downtown Santa Fe. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall ad Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales also spoke at today's event and a letter sent by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich was read to the crowd. Courtesy photo

Thousands of people participate in today's March for Science in Santa Fe. There are many booths on science with topics such as Chaco Canyon with the danger of fracking and science in the schools, experiments, solar and some hands on science for kids and adults set up all around the Roundhouse. Courtesy photo

Letter To The Editor: It's The Right Thing To Do – Vote Yes For Rec Bond

on April 22, 2017 - 6:59am
By ENRIQUE POSADA, DDS, FICOI, AF-AAID
Los Alamos
 
I have had the honor of serving the Los Alamos community as a dental health care provider for the last 18 years. I have witnessed time and time again how our community comes together to solve the challenges which affect our small town. Another opportunity has presented itself for us to improve the quality of life for our community and we should be generous, selfless, and forward-thinking in our response.
 
I hope that we can work past the "I won't use those facilities, so I'm not going to support a tax increase" attitudes and think of what

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Save Up For New Stuff

on April 22, 2017 - 5:07am
By DAVID F. JONES
Los Alamos

Is this the example we want to set for our children?

Would we guide our children to save up enough money to purchase a bike and the necessary safety equipment and then tack on a skateboard with borrowed money instead of saving up for the board? Even better, by making the bike and skateboard available to other kids, applying democracy, and adding a few more sops to gain the support of the majority of the school body, you can force your fellow students to pay for the loan. Wow, what a deal - right? What kid wouldn’t go for it?

Ahead Of March For Science, Udall Urges President To Fill Key Science Posts Throughout Administration

on April 21, 2017 - 5:47pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in advance of the March for Science, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, joined a group of senators in urging President Trump to appoint well-qualified experts for critical science posts at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and throughout the federal government.

Nearly 100 days into his presidency, President Trump still has not appointed a science advisor, director for the White House OSTP, or a chief technology officer.

Letter To The Editor: No Science Rally In Los Alamos

on April 21, 2017 - 9:13am
By CATHERINE HENSLEY
Los Alamos

I have to respond to a letter in the Los Alamos Daily Post (link) suggesting that we are sleeping through the current challenges to science in our country. I think rather that it is a matter of preaching to the choir.  

In a town that exists for the pursuit of science, it seems silly to shout that we believe it. Therefore, three generations of my family will be going to Santa Fe Saturday to remind our state government that we believe in science, and that they should, too. My friends and neighbors already know that.

AG: Record $54.251 Million Tobacco Settlement

on April 21, 2017 - 7:47am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

STATE News:

  • Payment in excess of $54 million is the largest ever for New Mexico

SANTA FEAttorney General Hector Balderas announced that Thursday New Mexico received the largest tobacco settlement payment to date, a total payment of $54,251,491.01.

In late March, the Balderas Administration announced there would be a record payment, in excess of $50 million, because the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured an additional $14.5 million after a judge agreed with the OAG that New Mexico was being shortchanged by Big Tobacco.

AFTNM On Student Well-Being PISA Results

on April 21, 2017 - 5:40am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2015 PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) student well-being results released today:
 
“Today’s PISA report highlights another troubling statistic for the United States: our students are stressed out, with nearly 68 percent reporting anxiety related to testing, a full 13 percent higher than other international peers.

Letter To The Editor: Vote No On Recreation Bond

on April 21, 2017 - 4:49am
By TOM HARRIS
Los Alamos
 
Once again it appears that a number of our fellow Los Alamos citizens feel compelled to spend our tax dollars to benefit a limited number of county residents.
 
In this particular case, the Recreation Bond Proposal is being championed by several special interest groups. These include supporters of the already-once-defeated recreational (now called multi-generational) pool, local hockey enthusiasts, softball players, and golfers.
 
Although I certainly don't disagree with the concept of our collective taxpayer dollars funding the county's recreational

Letter To The Editor: Science, Policy And Earth Day

on April 20, 2017 - 10:27am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

In Honor of Upcoming Earth Day: Are Science and Politics Immiscible Quantities?

“Americans have reached a point where ignorance, especially of anything related to public policy, is an actual virtue,” the scholar Tom Nichols writes in his timely new book, “The Death of Expertise.” “To reject the advice of experts is to assert autonomy, a way for Americans to insulate their increasingly fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong about anything.

Rally For Science In Santa Fe ... But Not Los Alamos

on April 19, 2017 - 9:30pm
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Los Alamos isn’t hosting a Rally or a March for Science. Santa Fe is, though. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, at the Roundhouse. Get out there with your dedication and brilliance. Remember, there is no planet B, and scientists can prove it. 

The organizers of the March state: “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter.

Luján Introduces Series Of Bills To Help States Improve Behavioral Health Systems; Address Inequities

on April 19, 2017 - 8:52pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) has introduced a series of three bills that will help states to address health care inequities, improve services for patients seeking behavioral health treatment and deal with critical shortages in the behavioral health care workforce.
 
The New Mexico lawmaker noted that today, due to lack of services, those who battle mental health and substance abuse issues often cycle between emergency rooms, jails, and homeless shelters.

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff

on April 19, 2017 - 4:25pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
Regardless of what any of us thinks about keeping the sheriff's office, the public decided the question of whether to have a sheriff.
 
Now is the time to carefully define the scope of duties so that this office does more than throw out the first calf at the annual rodeo but on the other hand, doesn't waste effort duplicating police duties.
 
Plus, any duty that involves the potential for violence or public interactions that could put the County at risk for a lawsuit requires personnel training that the county will have to pay to obtain.
 
If as

Gessing: Governor Was Right To Wield Veto Pen

on April 19, 2017 - 3:22pm
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
There has been a lot of criticism of Gov. Martinez in the wake of her use of the veto pen in the wake of the 2017 legislative session. Tough economic times are not fun and New Mexico (unlike most other states in the union) remains in the midst of tough times.
 
Democrats in the Legislature recently spoke out saying “enough is enough” referring to budget cuts and there have been increasing calls for the Legislature to override certain vetoes.
 
On can argue the merits or demerits of many of the dozens of vetoes, but the big ones on the budget

Legislature Honors UNM-LA Student Kaylen Pocaterra

on April 19, 2017 - 12:24pm

From left, UNM-LA Academic Student Success Manager Elizabeth Rademacher, UNM-LA student honoree Kaylen Pocaterra, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney at the New Mexico Legislature. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News: 

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Kaylen Pocaterra was recognized Feb. 27 by the New Mexico Legislature as a member of the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa New Mexico All-State Community College Academic Team. Along with 34 other team members, Pocaterra was applauded for her academic achievements and outstanding academic success.

The students were introduced to both the

Letter To The Editor: Let's Bring Our Small Town Into The 21st Century ... Vote Yes On Rec Bond

on April 19, 2017 - 12:11pm
By LYNNE CLARKSON
Los Alamos
 
As a facilities coordinator for the AAU basketball teams (GO, LA SLAM!) and a member of the Hilltopper Basketball Association (HBA), I can confirm that facilities for sports and recreational activities in Los Alamos are scarce.
 
Organizations such as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, adult basketball, roller derby (youth and adult), pickleball, fencing, and martial arts are all competing (i.e. "fighting")over limited space.
 
Los Alamos is an active town, with diverse and varied interest. We have been limited by lack of facilities for far too long.

Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
By DIANA NORWOOD
Los Alamos
 
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

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