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Deputy Secretary Bernhardt: $660,000 In Historic State And Tribal Preservation Grants To New Mexico

on August 20, 2017 - 5:40am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service has announced the distribution of $341,169 in historic preservation grants to New Mexico as well as $322,404 for historic preservation grants to eleven Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.
 
This funding, part of $25.5 million going to states and tribes across the country today, represents a total of $58 million that the National Park Service has invested in the preservation efforts to every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, the U.S.

Fr. Glenn: One People Under God

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

This last week we were treated to yet another example of the truth of scripture—that “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) The wall-to-wall coverage about the Charlottesville and subsequent protests and counter-protests reminded of the riots of the 60’s and 70’s. Sigh. Perhaps the birthing pains of eventually moving toward a more civilized society, we can only hope.

Predictably, there were myriad reactions over the Charlottesville protests and events.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Open Application Process For 2018 United States Senate Youth Program

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process and encouraged New Mexico high school students to apply.

Each year, two students from each state and the District of Columbia – as well as two children of service members stationed and living abroad — are selected to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and its leaders.

Public Forum Targets Veterans Transportation Issues

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

VETERANS News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel, and their spouses are invited to attend a public forum to address transportation issues facing veterans at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Central New Mexico College (CNM) Workforce Training Center at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE.

This public forum follows a morning Veterans Transportation Summit sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) attended by representatives from public and private transportation agencies throughout the state, who will be discussing how they can improve the transportation

Governor: New TV Ads Fight DWI; Distracted Driving

on August 20, 2017 - 5:32am

Courtesy/NMDOT

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced powerful TV ads – called “Just a Matter of Time” – to fight drunk and distracted driving. 

Both of the new ads are from the point of view of a driver breaking the law – until ultimately they crash. The ads can be viewed here.

“When you drive drunk or distracted you put your life and the lives of every other person on the road in danger,” Martinez said. “It just isn’t worth it. Make the responsible decision when you get behind the wheel – it will save lives.”

In one ad a man is featured driving distracted over and over

Letter To The Editor: Response To Mr. Nebel & Citizens

on August 19, 2017 - 9:52am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
Yes Mr. Nebel, the free way to know the law is to READ the law for yourself as opposed to having a patronage politician like the AG read it for you (link). Which by the way the AG, a patronage politician (by your definition) does not testify in court and legally only issues guidance for state and local government bodies. I would welcome the county to request such an opinion from the patronage AG since the council, patronage politicians, refuse to believe their own attorney, a patronage position, and the AG's already investigating my criminal complaints anyway.
 

State Auditor Tim Keller To Award Financial Aid To Small, Rural Communities Across New Mexico

on August 19, 2017 - 7:43am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Tim Keller has announced that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is set to award financial assistance to small political subdivisions across New Mexico.
 
The OSA will award grants to entities, such as acequias and soil and water conservation districts, to help them complete state audit requirements that bring transparency to public funds. Over the last three fiscal years, the OSA has awarded about $420,000 to 64 small, mostly rural entities in 19 different counties.
 
Helping entities become compliant with audit requirements allows entities to

Letter To The Editor: Worry Over USA-DPRK Conflict

on August 19, 2017 - 7:17am
 
Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos
 
Much is reported regarding the war of words between the leaders of North Korea and the USA. Unfotunately, little is said about the history of North Korea; whose official name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea is often called the Hermit Kingdom, because it is so closed to the outside world.
 
President Trump's words feed directly into the policy and mind of Kim Jong Un. I don't think continental USA is threatened by the North. However, South Korea (Republic of Korea (ROK)), Japan, and other islands are threatened by

Udall, Heinrich: G.I. Bill Reforms For NM Veterans And Families Becomes Law

on August 18, 2017 - 3:36pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to modernize and strengthen veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill became law Thursday.
 
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 further invests in the proven educational success of our veterans and helps propel them toward becoming our nation’s civic, business, and public leaders. 
 
“New Mexico’s men and women in uniform sign up willing to risk everything for our country, and they deserve a modern post 9/11 G.I.

Governor Announces NM Participation In National DWI Crackdown: ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over’

on August 18, 2017 - 3:34pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico will participate in the national DWI crackdown: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’. The crackdown begins today and runs through Labor Day weekend.
 
“Getting drunk drivers off our streets is a top priority,” Martinez said. “When you get behind the wheel drunk you’re putting lives in danger – that’s unacceptable. If you do make the reckless decision to drive drunk, you will be caught.”
 
So far this year, preliminary data shows there have been 76 DWI related traffic fatalities on New Mexico roads – that’s down

Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative Needs Community Support

on August 18, 2017 - 11:16am
Middle from left, former Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider, former County Council Chair Geoff Rogers, Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes and County Manager Harry Burgess visited Los Alamos' sister city, Sarov, Russia in 2013. Courtesy photo
 
Students from Sarov, Russia pay a visit to UNM-LA in 2011. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

National news reports daily on the ongoing drama between Russian and American politicians.

Balderas Urges Congress To Fix Child Trafficking Law

on August 18, 2017 - 8:24am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.
 
In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online.

Keller Statement On Replacement Of Superintendent Of Dora Consolidated Schools Following Special Audit

on August 18, 2017 - 7:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Aug. 15, State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed that the Superintendent of Dora Consolidated Schools was placed on administrative leave and will be replaced by the Dora School Board following the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) Special Audit.
 
School board members voted unanimously last night to place the Superintendent on leave and begin seeking applicants for the job.
 
The OSA initiated the audit after it received several complaints from concerned citizens in the small town south of Portales and revealed over $100,000 in

County Council Holds Work Session Tuesday

on August 18, 2017 - 6:55am

COUNTY News: 
 
Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the White Rock Fire Station.
 
The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

  • OPENING/ROLL CALL
  • PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  • PUBLIC COMMENT
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • BUSINESS
    • Action to Suspend Council Rules for Work Session Presenters: County Council
    • Incorporated County of Los Alamos Resolution No. 17-18 to authorize the application to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a Bus and Bus Facilities 5339(b) Discretionary Program 2017 Funding
    • Opportunity for the 2017 Federal Fiscal Year; committing to the local match

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My heart is heavy with sadness for the lives lost at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A helicopter patrolling during the violence crashed and killed the two state troopers on board.

Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal who showed up to peacefully protest. She was killed by a self-professed Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd, injuring many others. Some vile acts of violence can’t be anticipated by those with healthy minds.

Years ago I was a political activist.

Letter To The Editor: A New Low In Los Alamos Politics, Again

on August 17, 2017 - 8:08am
By Anonymous and incredulous
Los Alamos
 
This letter responds to Lisa Brenner’s self-congratulatory narrative about how the bogus ethics charges she filed against County Councilors James Chrobocisnki and Susan O’Leary were really a brilliant political masterstroke. (See link http://ladailypost.com/ content/letter-editor-ethics- complaint-dismissal)
 
When reasonable people see a newspaper like the Los Alamos Monitor run big photos and bold headlines that scream ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED, they naturally think that somebody must have done something wrong.

Letter To The Editor: You Can Be Racist. You Can Be A Christian. You Cannot Be Both.

on August 17, 2017 - 7:34am
Statement From La Vista Church
White Rock

The ideologies of any organization or individual that claim the superiority of race over another is absolutely incompatible with the message of the Christian Bible.

Racism is an abhorrent sin against humanity and God. Entities such as the KKK, white nationalists, neo-Nazi’s, or other such racist organizations are evil and in complete opposition to the Christian Bible.

You can be racist. You can be a Christian. You cannot be both.

Council Approves Water, Sewer Rate Increases

on August 17, 2017 - 6:52am
DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses rate increases for water and sewer during the Aug. 8 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

Starting Aug. 30, Los Alamos County residents will start seeing a change on their utility bills for water and sewer rates.

 

During the regular County Council meeting Aug. 8, council unanimously approved to raised each rate 8 percent.

Redondo And Stauber Visit Popular Los Alamos History Museum Exhibit Creator Isao Hashimoto

on August 16, 2017 - 5:18pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, left, and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber with Japanese digital artist Isao Hashimoto during their recent visit to Japan on behalf of the Los Alamos/Japan Project. Hashimoto’s time lapse animation of the world’s nuclear explosions is a popular yet sobering Cold War exhibit in the Hans Bethe House in Los Alamos. Flashing lights on a world map indicate the locations of explosions that have occurred while differing sounds reveal the countries that conducted the tests.

Letter To The Editor: Ethics Complaint Dismissal

on August 16, 2017 - 7:47am
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

Thank you, Carol, for printing the letter from the SOS on the ethics complaint that I had filed against the LA Future PAC.

As explanation, I filed the ethics complaint against the LA Future PAC for their yard signs as I was familiar with the campaign laws and it is a typical political tactic to go after technicalities such as these. Based on the evidence I supplied to the SOS, there was a clear violation in the LA Future PAC signage. However, and most interesting, is that the NM law is unconstitutional! 

The most interesting part (and you should read the whole thing 

Secretary Of State Dismisses Brenner Complaint Against Los Alamos Future PAC

on August 15, 2017 - 7:23pm

POLITICAL News:

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office has dismissed a complaint filed in May by Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner against the Los Alamos Future PAC.

The Secretary of State letter:

New Mexico Attorney General Opinion:

Udall Delivers Keynote Address At New Mexico WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy And New Mexico: Our Progress And The Challenges Ahead’

on August 15, 2017 - 4:05pm

Discusses his legislation to improve water policy for New Mexico communities, including the 2017 New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SOCORRO — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.

In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making

Heinrich: Fifth Anniversary Of DACA Implementation

on August 15, 2017 - 9:26am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement to mark the 5th anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers, who arrived in the United States as children to apply for temporary protection from deportation: 
 
“In the five years since its implementation, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has changed the lives of some of our brightest students and veterans who have come out of the shadows to earn an education,

Judge Grants Final Approval To Settlement Barring San Juan County Jail From Honoring ICE Detainers

on August 15, 2017 - 8:03am
SUPU News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Thursday, as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his attempt to coerce local jurisdictions across the country, including Bernalillo County, into enforcing federal immigration law, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted final approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners.

"The federal government cannot force local jails or municipalities into violating the

CIR Presents Michael S. Vigil, Former DEA Chief Of International Operations On Enforcing Border Aug. 24

on August 15, 2017 - 7:30am
Michael S. Vigil
 
CIR News:
 
At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Santa Fe Council on International Relations will welcome former Drug Enforcement Administration Chief of International Operations and author, Michael S. Vigil, to share some of his outstanding stories working in Mexico and at the border.
 
The presentation will take place at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
 
Michael S. Vigil was born and raised in northern New Mexico where he was nurtured in a bilingual culture.

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