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Sheehey: Let’s Settle The Debate About The Role Of The Sheriff In Los Alamos

on May 24, 2017 - 7:33pm
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

There has been a long-standing debate about the role of the Sheriff in Los Alamos. The present Sheriff, Marco Lucero, was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, stressing the importance of the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos. County Councils, not including myself, have worked to minimize that role, drastically cutting his budget and ultimately calling an election last November to eliminate the office. After a contentious campaign, our citizens voted to keep an elected Sheriff.  

It’s time to settle this debate.

Letter To The Editor: Rec Bond Plea To County Council - Can't We Compromise?

on May 24, 2017 - 11:58am
By LAUREN GRIFFITH
Los Alamos

Following the recent recreation bond election outcome, I wondered if there is a possible compromise that we could look at. 

From discussions with and reading opinions by ‘no’ voters, it sounds like there were two main issues with the bond (I realize there were others, but these seemed to be the biggest):

a) it was ‘all or nothing’ and many of them might have been happy with some of the projects, but not all of them; and

b) it was going to increase property taxes, resulting in debt for us and future generations. 

I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree with the

NNSA Releases FY18 Presidential Budget Request

on May 24, 2017 - 7:22am

Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.)

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) released details Tuesday of its portion of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Request.

The President’s $13.9 billion FY 2018 Budget Request for NNSA represents an increase of $1.0 billion – or 7.8 percent – above the FY 2017 Omnibus level, representing the Administration’s commitment to NNSA’s diverse missions: maintaining the safety, security, reliability, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; reducing the threat of

Voters Reject Recreation Bond By 486 Votes

on May 23, 2017 - 10:54pm
Scene this evening in Council Chambers as community members wait for election results. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas announces election results this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post
 

The results were close but in the end Los Alamos voters did not pass the $23 million general bond election question.

 

The ballot question failed by 486 votes. There were 3,446 ballots for the bond and 3,932 ballots against it.

Voters Defeat Los Alamos Recreation Bond

on May 23, 2017 - 8:19pm

Los Alamos County voters defeat the Recreation Bond in the 2017 Special Election. The vote is 3,446 for to 3,932 against. Slightly more than half of the 13,484 registered voters cast ballots in this election, according to Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz. The Los Alamos Daily Post will publish the full story at ladailypost.com. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Crowd watches this evening in Council Chambers as the election results are announced. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Watch Live Streaming On LA Daily Post Facebook Page

on May 23, 2017 - 7:53pm

Staff Report

Watch live streaming of the 2017 Recreation Bond Election returns on the Los Alamos Daily Post Facebook page and click video.

Voting Closes For 2017 Recreation Bond Election

on May 23, 2017 - 7:08pm

Voting has closed this evening at 7 p.m. in the 2017 Special Election on the Recreation Bond. The lobby of the Los ALamos County Municipal Building is empty at the moment. The results are expected to be announced by the County Clerk between 7:30 and 8 p.m. so check back at ladailypost.com for updates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Officials Attend Meetings In Washington, D.C.

on May 23, 2017 - 12:54pm

Los Alamos County officials, from left, Councilor James Chrobocinski, County Manager Harry Burgess, Councilor Rick Reiss and Council Chair David Izraelevitz attend meetings with members of the Congressional Delegation, DOE and other agencies to discuss County business this week in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims May 21-27, 2017 'Emergency Medical Services Week'

on May 23, 2017 - 11:13am

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, right, presents a proclamation declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as 'Emergency Medical Services Week' in Los Alamos County to, from left, LAFD Safety Division Chief Wendy Swervey, Fire Chief Troy Hughes and LAFD EMS Division Chief Ben Stone. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Staff Report

 

The Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation at its May 16 meeting, declaring the Week of May 21-27, 2017 as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Los Alamos County.

 

County Councilor Antonio Maggiore presented the proclamation on behalf of the

Letter To The Editor: Walk/Drive Your YES Vote On Rec Bond To County Clerk's Office By 7 p.m. Today

on May 23, 2017 - 8:35am
By RAO GARIMELLA
Los Alamos

Today is the last day to vote on the Rec Bond. It's too late to mail it in but you can hand carry it to the County Clerk's Office.

There has been a healthy, vigorous debate on the issue but in the end I urge you to keep in mind the saying that “PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD!” 

So I encourage you to vote YES or we will all be waiting for another decade before the community has the energy to organize such a campaign again.

Los Alamos Democrats Honor George And Chris Chandler At JFK Dinner For Dedication And Service

on May 22, 2017 - 7:16pm
Chris and George Chandler are the 2017 honorees at Sunday's annual Democratic Party of Los Alamos County JKF Dinner at the Betty Ehart Center. The Chandlers were honored for their contributions to the Democratic Party and the Los Alamos community. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
George and Chris Chandler, left, receive the 2017 Achievement Award at Sunday's JFK Dinner as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan applaud at right. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local Democrats gathered Sunday to celebrate

Letter To The Editor: Let's Support The Amenities That Make Our Community Better For Everyone!

on May 22, 2017 - 6:51pm
By Andrea and Greg Cunningham
Los Alamos

As Recreation Bond ballots are due tomorrow, we want to remind everyone to get their ballots in and encourage you to vote “Yes” on the bond.

Those opposed to the bond seem to have two main arguments against it:

  • Need: they state there is not a need for the projects that are proposed; and
  • Cost: our taxes and the cost are too high.

We feel that both arguments are incorrect as we look to the future of our community.

Letter To The Editor: Walk Your Rec Ballot In Today Or Tomorrow ... And Please Vote Yes!

on May 22, 2017 - 11:42am
By KRISTIN HENDERSON, J.D.
Los Alamos

You can still vote on the Rec Bond if you walk your ballot in today or tomorrow. I am voting yes and i hope you do, too.

In a small town like ours, a Bond question can be won - or lost - by just one vote, or a small handful of votes. Your vote will make a difference.
 
You can turn your ballot in, in person at this point, at the Municipal Building at 10th & Central, on the 2nd floor, in the County Clerk’s Office. It has to be in the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday.
 
While it’s true that property taxes would go up by about $18/

Udall, Heinrich Urge Against NASA Funding Cuts

on May 22, 2017 - 10:20am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support NASA’s Office of Education in the coming fiscal year despite a proposal by President Trump to eliminate the office, which works to inspire and educate students across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
 
NASA’s Office of Education programs include the Space Grant College and Fellowship Program -- a competitive, state-federal partnership that functions through consortia in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the

Public Invited To Los Alamos County Municipal Building To View Election Night Results Tuesday

on May 22, 2017 - 9:15am

COUNTY News:

Members of the public are invited to gather Tuesday evening at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., to view election results on the Recreational Bond.

Council Chambers and the lobby will be open. Results are not expected to be posted until after 7:30 p.m. Once available, the unofficial results will be projected onto the screen in Council Chambers and the LCDs in the lobby. Printouts also will be made available.

Unofficial results also will be posted to the Clerk’s webpage and Facebook.

For additional information, contact the County Clerk’s office at

EPA Urged To Prioritize Gold King Mine Cleanup

on May 22, 2017 - 8:48am
EPA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged the EPA to fulfill the directive in the omnibus bill passed last week for Gold King Mine cleanup efforts.
 
The bill provides the EPA $4 million to implement a long-term water monitoring plan for areas impacted by the Gold King Mine spill.
 
The delegation asked that the EPA use these funds to support the Long-Term Monitoring Plan prepared by the

Is New Mexico Becoming A Safe Haven For Criminals?

on May 22, 2017 - 7:52am

BBANM News:

We can all agree, crime seems to be everywhere, and seems to be getting worse. This week, the Albuquerque Police Department announced they would be directing officers to issue citations rather than make arrests on low-level crimes to comply with a settlement agreement on a class-action lawsuit. Many people are asking now, why would a city do this in a time where crime seems to be rising? 

This lawsuit, McClendon v.

Letter To The Editor: Spelling & History

on May 22, 2017 - 7:22am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
My apologize to Nancy Shick (link) for my poor spelling. Spelling never was a strong point of mine. Thank the Good Lord for spell check, which unfortunately failed me in that letter as it didn't distinguish between Britain the Country and Briton a citizen of Britain.
 
As for history, please look at "archives.gov" and Google "the Canada Act", "Louisiana Purchase", "Continental Congress" and educate yourself. No apology from you is expected or needed.

Chris And George Chandler Honored At JFK Dinner

on May 21, 2017 - 9:46pm

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos honors George and Chris Chandler this evening at the annual Kennedy Day Dinner at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for their longtime contributions to the Party and the community. Read full details of this evening's event in Monday's edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ldailypost.com

Pro And Anti Rec Bond Advocates Make Case At League Of Women Voters Of Los Alamos Forum

on May 20, 2017 - 7:43pm
Darren Meadows speaks for the rec bond during Tuesday's League of Women Voters forum at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Lisa Shin speaks against the rec bond and shares her time with Lisa Brenner who also is against the rec bond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Lisa Brenner speaks against the rec bond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Advocates for and against the $20 million recreation bond currently in the hands of voters, spoke at the Los Alamos League of Women Voters meeting Tuesday at Mesa

Udall Questions GAO, Administration Witnesses On ‘High Risk’ Designation For Indian Programs

on May 20, 2017 - 3:58pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, has joined Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent “High Risk” designation of programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service.
 
Noting that Tribal communities “have long reported” management challenges and funding barriers at these agencies, Udall said that the GAO’s “High Risk” designation represents an “opportunity” for

Former Police Chief Wayne Torpy Pleads With Council

on May 20, 2017 - 3:56pm
Former Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy asks County Councilors for help in reactivating his monthly insurance benefits, during the public comment period Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Former Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy at Tuesday's Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy addressed the County Council during public comment Tuesday evening about his ongoing insurance battle.

 

Torpy, who now lives in Florida,

Udall Votes To Confirm Lighthizer, Citing His Commitment To Protect NM Companies That Depend On NAFTA Trade

on May 20, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative after Udall secured a commitment from Lighthizer to oppose unilateral withdrawal from NAFTA by the Trump administration.
 
Earlier this week, Udall wrote to Lighthizer seeking assurances that he would be a voice of reason to help protect the thousands of New Mexicans who rely on trade made possible by NAFTA, given President Trump’s reckless rhetoric and dangerous policy proposals that already have damaged the U.S.-Mexico trade

2017 Special Election Update

on May 19, 2017 - 4:30pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Clerk's Office is providing an update to the special election for the recreation bond. On May 2, there were 13,484 ballots mailed to registered voters, to date, the Los ALamos County Clerk's Office has received 6,025 returned ballot envelopes and five unsigned ballot envelopes.

There are still a few more opportunities to return your voted ballot to the County Clerk. You may hand deliver your voted ballot in the proper signature envelope until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots must be physically received

Letter To The Editor: Clarification Of Rec Bond Funding Options

on May 19, 2017 - 9:17am
By Edward Birnbaum
Los Alamos
 
I attended Tuesday’s “Lunch With A Leader” at Mesa Public Library in which the proponents and opponents of the $20 million Recreation Bond (deadline to vote: Tuesday, May 23) presented their arguments for and against and answered questions. My thanks to Karyl Ann Armbruster and the League of Women Voters for arranging this opportunity to hear from both sides.

Both sides seemed to agree that the improvements and new recreational facilities proposed would benefit many children and adults in the community.

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