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NM Delegation Welcomes Photonics Manufacturing For DOD Innovation Institute Competition

on October 6, 2014 - 8:42am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed an announcement by the White House to award more than $200 million in public and private investment to create an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute, led by the Department of Defense (DoD), and the second of four new institute competitions to be launched this year.

This selection comes just four months after the delegation wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing their strong support

Election 2014: Voting Machine Certification A Success

on October 4, 2014 - 8:47am

Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz tests the audio-visual ballot marking interface component on the ICE voting machine during Friday's certification. From left, Ortiz, attorney George Chandler, GOP Chair Robert Gibson and Councilor Rick Reiss. Also in attendance, but not pictured were DPU Board member Paul Frederickson, Sheriff Marco Lucero and his campaign chair James Leach. Photo by Sharon Stover

County Clerk staff from left, Bureau of Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo and Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner perform certification procedures on the new ICE voting

GOP Women Host State, Local Candidates Oct. 9

on October 4, 2014 - 8:11am

LAFRW News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold its regular monthly meeting noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse. All registered Republican Women are urged to attend.

The public is invited to attend the noon-12:30 p.m. portion of the meeting to meet some of the Republican candidates, including Jefferson Byrd for U.S. House of Representatives Dist. 3, Robert Aragon for State Auditor, Geoff Rodgers for New Mexico House of Representatives Dist. 43 and many local candidates.  

LAFRW Officers for the 2015-2016 term also will be elected at the meeting. 

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Los Alamos County Poll Workers Undergo Training

on October 4, 2014 - 7:15am

During poll worker training Thursday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover demonstrates how it takes 8 seconds for the new voting machines to scan and accept two-sided ballots and once accepted, a bell sounds to let the voter know 'all is well.' Poll workers were trained for the Nov. 4 General Election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo and Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner at Thursday's poll worker training in Council Chambers.

Council Hopefuls Share Messages With Citizens

on October 3, 2014 - 6:02pm

Fuller Lodge was filled to the rafters for Thursday's County Council Candidates Forum sponsored by the County and conducted by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef introduces Council candidates from left, Republicans James Chrobocinski, John Bliss, Bill McKerley and Rick Reiss and Democrats Michael Redondo, David Izraelevitz, Andrea Cunningham and Susan O'Leary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos League of Women Voters conducted an election forum

SBA Awards $547,000 For Research Innovation Cluster

on October 2, 2014 - 7:52am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded $547,000 to support a Regional Innovation Cluster in southeastern New Mexico. 

The award to Emerging Technology Ventures (ETV), a New Mexico company, supports work to create an unmanned systems research center that provides specialized tech transfer assistance, which both Udall and Heinrich have championed.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Addresses Omaree's Law And Changes At CYFD

on October 1, 2014 - 9:34am
By REP. STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Dist. 43: Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval, Rio Arriba

I have spent the last four years of my professional career with nine year olds for six hours a day, 180 days out of the year. I spend more time with them during the school year than their families do. So it came as a particular blow to me to hear the tragic news of the death of Omaree Varela. A kid who could have been one of my kids.

Of course we all remember the tragic story of 9-year-old Omaree Varela who died at the hands of an abusive mother, despite the fact that law enforcement officers had just

Letter to the Editor: There’s More To This Election Than Campaign Signs And Selfies

on October 1, 2014 - 8:26am
By MIKE WISMER
Los Alamos

If you are a regular commuter on Trinity Drive like I am, you’d have to wonder if the upcoming election is really all about the best candidate or who can out position the other candidate with more and colorful signs in what I call the sign cemetery along our main vehicle traffic corridor. 

This year’s cemetery postings include a competition to see who can post the biggest selfie and not get caught committing a felony Municipal Code violation.

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New Missile Defense Work Coming To New Mexico

on October 1, 2014 - 5:33am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. announced Wednesday that IEC-SoCal Braiding and Continental Machine were awarded contracts to manufacture missile defense components in Albuquerque.

The contracts are part of a $149 million contract awarded to Raytheon by Rafael for the Iron Dome Weapon short-range rocket defense system. 

"New Mexico plays a pivotal role in our national security and defense," Heinrich said. "This work is a good start and reflects our state's unique capabilities.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Nearly $15 Million For New Mexico Community Colleges

on September 30, 2014 - 8:53am

U. S. SENATE News: 
  • The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to receive $579,961

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that 11 community colleges in New Mexico will receive $14,999,863 in federal funding to provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help New Mexican adults advance into high-wage careers.

The funding, provided under Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, will allow these community colleges to expand and improve their ability to deliver

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $1 Million To Promote Agriculture Marketing In New Mexico

on September 30, 2014 - 7:39am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced $538,279 in funding to New Mexico organizations to help farmers and ranchers develop new market opportunities for their products.

The grants, provided through U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), will support a wide array of local projects designed to bolster economic opportunities for family farmers, support rural communities and increase access to fresh, healthy food.

Scenes From 'Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action'

on September 29, 2014 - 10:27am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard welcome more than 40 Los Alamos Public School teachers and volunteers to Saturday's Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action. The event kicked off in the Los Alamos Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square with breakfast before the teachers and volunteers headed out to knock on more than 2,600 doors in one day. Luján and Garcia Richard also attended the Los Alamos Health Fair and the Piecemakers Quilt Market Saturday. Courtesy photo

Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster jokes with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray

Letter to the Editor: Got Questions? Ask Mike and Kyle Wheeler Oct. 2

on September 28, 2014 - 9:59am

CFGG News:

Got Questions?

Mike and Kyle Wheeler will be available 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday at the Los Alamos Farmer’s Market, to answer questions about the two Los Alamos charter questions that are on this year’s general election ballot. 

Kyle Wheeler is a long-time resident who was a member of the Charter Review Committee that completed its work in 2012. She also is a former Los Alamos County Councilor. Mike Wheeler also is a former County Councilor who has served on a number of local boards. 

  • Question 1 on the ballot relates to the structure of county government - it clarifies the role

Udall, Heinrich Invite Underserved New Mexico Communities To Apply For Promise Zone Designation

on September 28, 2014 - 8:13am

U.S. SENATE News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich invited underserved urban, rural and tribal communities in New Mexico to apply for the second round of designations for the Promise Zone Initiative, part of a plan developed by the president to create jobs, increase economic mobility, improve educational opportunities and reduce crime in high-poverty communities throughout the country.

The initiative helps communities create a pathway to the middle class by connecting groups and business with federal programs and resources that accelerate economic growth

Sierra Club: Public Invited To Environmental Talk Oct.1

on September 28, 2014 - 6:59am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

SIERRA CLUB News:

An open meeting of the Sierra Club is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in Building 2, Room 202.

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard will present environmental issues that went before the legislature last year and which are expected to be considered in the coming session.

The public is invited to attend this talk and ask questions about these important local and statewide issues.

ADA Glitch Postpones Voting Machine Certification

on September 27, 2014 - 2:23pm

A glich was encountered in the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) machines during Friday's certification and preparation of the Absentee and Election Day Voting Machines at the County Clerk Warehouse. The machines are rescheduled to be officially certified next week. Attending Friday's event, from left, Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner, Republican Bill McKerley who is running for County Council, local Democrat and former County Councilor Michael Wheeler, Bureau of Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, Board of Public Utilities member Paul Frederickson and

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich And Sierra Club Endorse House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

on September 27, 2014 - 9:26am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

POLITICAL News:

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club have endorsed Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard for re-election to House District 43 in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

"Representative Garcia Richard has been a strong ally for New Mexico," Heinrich said. "Her commitment to conservation and her constituents is unwavering, and New Mexico is stronger with her in the Round House."

The Sierra Club’s local Pajarito Group describes Garcia Richard as a consistent supporter of pro-environmental

Enchilada Dinner Fundraiser For Sheriff Marco Lucero's Re-election Campaign Saturday

on September 26, 2014 - 8:10am

POLITICAL News:

The Committee to re-elect Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero will hold a fundraiser enchilada dinner 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge, 650 N. Mesa Road in Los Alamos.

Advance ticket purchase only, no sales at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.reelectsherifflucero.org. You will be e-mailed a receipt for tickets purchased online and your names will be on the list kept at the door.

Agencies around the state and locally have endorsed Sheriff Marco Lucero for re-election.

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Udall Encourages New Mexicans To Participate In National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

on September 26, 2014 - 7:28am

Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, encourages New Mexicans to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event this Saturday, Sep. 27 and turn in unused or expired medication at designated locations in their communities - dropoff booth in Los Alamos is in the parking lot at LAMC.

He also praised a new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) policy, similar to legislation he has sponsored, that will enable pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and other authorized collectors to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs in the future.

Saturday’s event,

Lt. Gov. Stumps For Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers

on September 25, 2014 - 12:50pm

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, left, with House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers at Tuesday's fundraiser in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Steven Girrens welcomes guests Tuesday to a fundraiser at his White Rock home for House Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers, right, with featured speaker Lt. Gov. John Sanchez. Girrens and Rodgers serve on the Los Alamos County Council together. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez attended a fundraiser for Dist. 43 candidate Geoff Rodgers Tuesday.

NMDOT Issues Reminder About Political Signs

on September 25, 2014 - 12:07pm

NMDOT News:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) wants to remind political campaigns about the public safety issue regarding placing campaign signs and posters in state highway right-of-ways.

State highway right-of-ways mean all roads, patrol yards and rest areas owned, controlled or maintained by the NMDOT. The term “road” means the entire width of the right of way, including, but not limited to travel lanes, roadside, shoulder, median, ditches, culverts, ramps, turnouts and easements.

Signs in these areas are a public safety issue because they can impede a driver’s

Voter Registration At LAHS This Week

on September 23, 2014 - 4:43pm

LAFRW President Mary Wilhoit, left, and Treasurer Crystal Dufresne register students today at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

LAFRW News:

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women are available 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Los Alamos High School to register students who will be 18 years old before Nov. 4.

Students will need to know their Social Security Number in order to register. Registration will allow them to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election.

 
 
 

Two Public Forums On Ballot Questions Set For October

on September 22, 2014 - 6:38pm

COUNTY News:

Two ballot questions related to charter changes for Structure of Government and Utilities will be going to voters in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Two forums are slated for October to allow the community an opportunity to learn more about the issues before voting:

  • Utilities' - proposed charter changes at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge; and
  • Structure of Government - proposed charter changes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge

First the panel members representing the "pros and cons"  will speak followed by a question

Luján Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

on September 22, 2014 - 4:26pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released this video in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"This is an exciting time for the Hispanic community. Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, America comes together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. It represents an opportunity to reflect on the enduring contributions of a community that has strengthened the fabric of a nation.

"As the fastest growing ethnic group, the future of our country is increasingly in the hands of Hispanic families and communities.

Heinrich Co-sponsors Bill to Expand STEM Education

on September 20, 2014 - 7:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. cosponsored a bill to expand engagement in afterschool programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and encourage New Mexico students to pursue STEM careers.

The bill, S. 2543, the Supporting Afterschool STEM Act, would help provide resources to support afterschool and STEM programs by strengthening state, local, and community partnerships.

"It has become increasingly important to engage students in STEM education.

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