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Letter To The Editor: Splash Pools And GRT Windfalls

on December 10, 2017 - 3:10pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos

We have elections for a reason,and as Terry Goldman recently opined, Council is empowered to make decisions on what to build and how to fund it subject to public input at regular intervals, i.e., election day, or at other critical times through referendum.

The question of whether to build a more elaborate aquatic center is one of those decisions we as a community make, either directly via a bond issue or via a vote bycouncil to spend our money.

Every community wants more stuff and ours is no exception.

New Tool Helps Residential Consumers Understand Transactions For Rooftop Solar Energy Systems

on December 10, 2017 - 7:12am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  As a component of his consumer protection initiatives, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released a draft of a powerful tool aimed at helping New Mexico consumers better understand purchasing solar power systems for their homes: Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement.
 
During the 2017 Legislative Session, a bill was passed to ensure homeowners who sought to put solar on their roof-tops would have all the information they would need to make an informed financial decision.

Attorney General, U.S. Department of Labor To Hold Human Trafficking Press Conference; Announce Joint Initiative To Combat Labor Trafficking In New Mexico

on December 9, 2017 - 4:32pm

New Mexico AG Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Labor Trafficking is occurring in New Mexico at a much higher rate than what is being reported

Attorney General Hector Balderas, U.S. Department of Labor, New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force Cmdr. Anthony Maez and law enforcement are set to announce a new joint initiative to combat labor trafficking in New Mexico.

The officials will discuss the new initiative at 2 p.m. Monday at the Office of the Attorney General in Albuquerque.

ICYMI: How Tax Reform Will Lift The Economy

on December 9, 2017 - 11:23am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Economic experts and professors wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin examining how both the House and Senate tax reform bills are pro-growth, and will reenergize the nation’s economy and work to drive down costs of the reform.
 
This letter was published in the Wall Street Journal Nov. 26, 2017.
 
How Tax Reform Will Lift the Economy: The Wall Street Journal
 
By: Robert J. Barro, Michael J. Boskin, John Cogan, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Glenn Hubbard, Lawrence B. Lindsey, Harvey S. Rosen, George P. Shultz, and John B. Taylor
 

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz Delivers ‘State of the County’ Address Wednesday

on December 9, 2017 - 6:47am

Council Chair David Izraelevitz

COUNTY News:

The community is invited to join Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz for the “State of the County” address noon Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Izraelevitz will discuss highlights and accomplishments from 2017, as well as touch on potential news for the coming year.

San Ildefonso Pueblo Gov. James Mountain Visits Los Alamos Daily Post Friday

on December 9, 2017 - 5:18am

San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor James Mountain met Friday with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark in the newsroom at 1247 Central Ave. Governor Mountain is completing his term as leader of the Pueblo in January and during his meeting at the Post he discussed his youth growing up in Los Alamos and his commitment to continue his life of public service. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Voices Of Los Alamos Targets Chromium Plume Safety

on December 9, 2017 - 4:49am
By BARBARA CALEF
League of Women Voters of Los Alamos

Because the existence of a chromium plume in the regional aquifer below Sandia and Mortendad Canyons has been a source of concern for citizens of northern New Mexico, Voices of Los Alamos asked experts to discuss the problem at a Nov. 27 meeting.

Danny Katzman is the Technical Program Director for LANL’s chromium project and a hydrogeologist. Katzman began by saying that he was working on a way to explain the complicated technical project, putting together FAQs (frequently asked questions) for the DOE website. This is now posted here.

Heinrich, Heller Introduce Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

on December 8, 2017 - 7:45am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) led a group of senators to introduce a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA).
 
Before it expired in 2011, FLTFA allowed the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service in the western United States to use the proceeds from sales of certain federally designated areas to protect lands of exceptional conservation value.
 
“This program takes a balanced approach to conservation of

Luján Introduces Bill To Spur Partnerships Between National Labs And Local Businesses

on December 8, 2017 - 7:29am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Bill Makes it More Affordable for NM Businesses to Partner with Labs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced legislation to help foster relationships between businesses and national laboratories that can help spur new economic growth and create new jobs.

Luján’s bill authorizes funding for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that foster partnership with businesses and startups to transfer commercially relevant technologies to the private sector.

“For over a half a century, our national laboratories

New Mexico Delegation Writes Air Force In Support Of Restoring Air National Guard Tacos Flying Mission

on December 8, 2017 - 7:14am
NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján have announced that they are urging the Air Force to transfer legacy HH-60G PAVE Hawk combat search-and-rescue helicopters to the N.M. Air National Guard when the Air Force fields the new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter at Kirtland Air Force Base.
 
The leadership of the 58th Special Operations Wing (SOW) at Kirtland has told the delegation that they anticipate that the transition from the PAVE Hawk to the Combat

Rich: Leaked Document Indicates LANL May Lose Plutonium Pit Production To South Carolina

on December 8, 2017 - 6:39am
By MICK RICH
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate
 
According to a leaked report by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) may lose a project to produce plutonium pits to South Carolina.
 
Not only would this represent a gigantic failure – for almost two decades, LANL has been America’s only nuclear weapons site capable of producing plutonium pits – it would reduce LANL’s mission to produce and secure America’s nuclear weapons capability.
 
Senators Heinrich and Udall crafted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that

Heinrich Statement On Aztec High School Shooting

on December 7, 2017 - 2:49pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the shooting today at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM:

“I am distraught to learn of this tragic shooting at Aztec High School. This is a parent’s biggest nightmare – every child deserves to be safe at school.

“I want to thank and commend our local law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, teachers and staff who took immediate action to protect and aid those who were hurt.

“But Aztec now joins a list of communities touched by school shootings and gun

County Council Approves Four Recreation Projects

on December 7, 2017 - 9:40am
Bonnie Olsen and daughter Avery showing support for recreation projects during Tuesday’s Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 

After hearing the Los Alamos County Council’s decision on the recreation Capital Improvement Project (CIP) for the pool, long-time advocate for the project Shelby Redondo said, “I want to sob with relief. It’s the right thing for kids.”

Council approved all four proposed recreation CIPs during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers.

DEA Operation Targets 26 Pharmacies In Three States In Attack Against Illicit Opioid Abuse And Trafficking

on December 7, 2017 - 8:00am
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division today announced Operation Faux Pharmacy, a multi-pronged initiative aimed at attacking the opioid epidemic by targeting rogue pharmacies throughout southern California, Hawaii and Nevada.
 
DEA investigations over the last year identified as many as 26 pharmacies in these areas that may have operated outside the bounds of legitimate medicine.
 
The United States has been increasingly devastated by opioid abuse, created in large part by the over-prescribing of potent opioids.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Christmas Luncheon At Oppenheimer Place Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 7:54am
LAFRW News:
 
The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will its annual Christmas Luncheon noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 1001 Oppenheimer Place in the Patio Room downstairs.
 
Any women interested in joining are invited to attend. A potluck lunch will be provided.
 
Members also will be gathering gifts to participate in the local Adopt-a-Family program.

Heinrich Testifies Before U.S. Trade Representative On Tariffs That Would Harm Solar Industry

on December 7, 2017 - 7:45am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, testified before the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to oppose raising tariffs on imported solar panels and modules.
 
The USTR held a public hearing to help inform the decision of President Trump, who received a range of formal remedy recommendations from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on November 13 and must make a final determination in the case in January 2018.
 
Earlier this year, Heinrich 

Townsend Appointed To Lead House GOP Policy Development Working Group

on December 7, 2017 - 6:56am
Rep. Jim Townsend
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — Dec. 1 House Republican leadership tapped Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) as chair of the newly-formed Policy Development Working Group for the House Republican Caucus.
 
The group will provide a forum to develop legislative proposals, offer policy recommendations, and set long-term strategic goals.  
  
“New Mexicans want fresh ideas to solve the problems facing our state, and Jim Townsend is the right person for this job,” House Republican Floor Leader Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) said.

Letter To The Editor: Thankful For The Council

on December 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
By SHELBY REDONDO
Los Alamos
 
I would like to thank each member of the County Council for their dedication and commitment in deciding how to best use the current CIP funds during last
night’s council meeting.
 
Through your hard work and creative thinking you were able to stretch limited dollars into much needed recreational facilities. Now our community can look forward to improvements to the golf
course and ice rink. Young children can enjoy a splash pad in White Rock geared for them.

Educators Pension Fund Investments Posts Positive Return For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter

on December 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted an investment return of 3.0 percent, net of management fees for the three months ending Sept. 30, 2017.
 
This marks the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns. The fund has experienced only one negative quarter in the last 17 calendar quarters.
 
The fund also reached a new high in assets at $12.6 billion, an increase of $365.6 million for the quarter.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management

Trump Affirms Jerusalem Is Capital Of Israel

on December 6, 2017 - 11:32am

LIBERTY COUNSEL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump has affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Trump's affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel represents a significant and long overdue shift in U.S. policy,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, president of Christians in Defense of Israel, and founder and chairman of Covenant Journey.

In every country worldwide, the U.S.

Fajardo Demands Report On Legislative Agency Directors Response To Sexual Harassment Complaints

on December 6, 2017 - 9:24am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
LOS LUNAS — Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) sent a letter Monday to the directors of the Legislative Counsel Service (LCS) and Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) calling on them to disclose how their agencies handled three sexual harassment complaints brought to their attention since 2013, including one involving a sitting legislator.  
 
Fajardo sent the letter after she was made aware of the existence of the complaints following her letter to New Mexico legislative leaders Nov.

Heinrich Releases Video Promoting Computer Science Education Week, STEM Education

on December 5, 2017 - 9:18am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following video promoting "Hour of Code" events taking place this week across New Mexico during Computer Science Education Week.
 
 
The Hour of Code is a national initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the

Letter To The Editor: Do You Realize What Our Country Is Doing To The Yemeni?

on December 5, 2017 - 8:58am
By Dr. T. Douglas Reilly
Los Alamos

Yemen is one of the Arab world’s poorest countries. If you’ve followed the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, you’re aware of the worsening famine and cholera epidemic; especially as they affect children. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it’s possible over 2/3 of the children may die of malnutrition in the next few months.

The United Nations now considers Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis, even surpassing South Sudan.

Udall Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Expand AMBER Alert System In Indian Country

on December 5, 2017 - 8:09am
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 announced that the full Senate passed the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017 by unanimous consent late Wednesday.
 
The bill comes in response to the tragic abduction and murder of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike on the Navajo Nation in 2016 – when authorities did not issue an AMBER Alert until a day after Ashlynne’s abduction was reported. 
 
The bipartisan legislation led by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) would make the Tribal AMBER Alert

Update: County Responds To Chrobocinski Letter To Fellow Councilors On Code Woes

on December 4, 2017 - 6:18pm

Council Chair David Izraelevitz

UPDATE: At the time the news story at the bottom of this page was published this morning, the Los Alamos Daily Post had not contacted the County for a response. Immediately below are statements from Council Chair David Izraelevitz and County Manager Harry Burgess.

Statement from Council Chair David Izraelevitz:

Speaking as an individual Councilor, I feel it is appropriate to respond to the recent letter that James Chrobocinski sent to the Council about his private business interactions with Community Development Department staff and the County’s Fire

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