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Unitarian Church Forum: 'Inside the New Mexico Senate - Boots, Suits and Citizens' 9 a.m. Sunday

on May 16, 2014 - 12:57pm

DeDe Feldman

UCLA FORUM New:

The upcoming Forum at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage Loop, is 9 a.m. Sunday, May 18.

DeDe Feldman will present information about her new book written after serving for 16 years as a state senator in the New Mexico Legislature.

"Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens" is a legislative history with a human face. Here maverick leaders, shameless special interests, and earnest advocates clash in the unique arena that is the New Mexico Roundhouse.

The New Mexico Senate comes alive, with stories of grit and grace, honor and disgrace.

Udall Opposes FCC's Proposed Internet 'Fast Lane'

on May 16, 2014 - 8:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement expressing concern about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote Thursday for net neutrality rules that include a "fast lane" or "toll lane" to charge companies for faster delivery of content: 

 

"Today's vote by the FCC is very disappointing. As the commissioners move forward to make a final rule, I'm calling on them to protect free expression, competition and innovation online.

League's Primary Candidates' Forum Packs Fuller Lodge

on May 15, 2014 - 1:49pm

The community turned out in a big way for Wednesday evening's League of Women Voters of Los Alamos Primary Candidate's Forum at Fuller Lodge. Candidates in contested positions for the June 3 primary election participated, with the exception of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who sent a statement that was read at the event. Robert Blanch, Lujan's Democratic opponent for the 3rd Congressional District seat spoke at the event. The five Democratic candidates for County Council, two Republican candidates for Dist. 43 House of Representatives and three judges for District Court Division 6 participated.
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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to All for LAFRW 60th Anniversary Success

on May 15, 2014 - 12:39pm
By KELLY BENNER
LAFRW

Putting on an event is never an easy task.

Several months ago, I was tasked with the responsibility of putting on the Los Alamos Federated of Republican Women (LAFRW) 60th Anniversary Celebration. The need to make this a special celebration was a feeling I could not escape and a challenge I took on willingly.

As everyone who has ever put on a special event knows, it is not a one person show. I  would like to thank several key players who helped to make this event such a success. Thank you to Fusion Cafe. Miracle Miller was a dream to work with.

Betty Ehart Senior Center Hosts Monday 'Meet the Candidate' Event

on May 13, 2014 - 9:47am
Democratic County Council candidates from left, Michael Redondo and Susan O'Leary, Republican Council candidate John Bliss and Democratic candidate for Sheriff  Marco Lucero at the Betty Ehart Senior Center's first 'Meet the Candidate' event Monday. All candidates in contested races were invited to attend. Many people came to ask questions of the various candidates. Courtesy photo
 
Republican County Council candidate Rick Reiss, second from left, and Democratic candidate for County Assessor Ken Milder, right. Courtesy photo
 
From left, Democratic candidates for Magistrate Judge Pat
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Candidates Meet With Seniors at Betty Ehart Today

on May 12, 2014 - 6:43pm

Jaret McDonald, Republican candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff with his wife Jennifer, left, was among the candidates who met with seniors today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

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Los Alamos County Officials Meet in Washington with Key Congressional and Federal Leaders

on May 12, 2014 - 11:13am

From left, Councilor Pete Sheehey, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Vice-Chair Kristin Henderson, and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials commented today on their April 30-May 2 visit to Washington, D.C., to meet with key congressional and federal leaders.

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Vice-Chair Kristin Henderson, Councilor Pete Sheehey and County Administrator Harry Burgess represented the County in a number of meetings.

“Visiting one on one with our congressional delegation about the issues that are important to the

Strengthening Small Business in Los Alamos: Join Lisa Shin & Vincent Chiravalle for Breakfast Thursday

on May 12, 2014 - 10:48am
Lisa Shin, OD
 
By MANDY MARKSTEINER

As the owner of Los Alamos Family Eyecare, Lisa Shin strives to treat her employees well and to serve the community. But she is also finding that lawmakers on the federal and state levels are creating a tough environment for her to run her business.

Shin's frustration with current legislators is why she supports Vincent P. Chiravalle, who is running for State Representative of District 43. At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15 Shin will host a business breakfast at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Vincent P. Chiravalle

At the meeting, small business

Absentee Voting Underway For June 3 Primary Election

on May 11, 2014 - 10:03am

Los Alamos Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols assists voter Philip Gurskey Friday in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Municipal Building. Photo by Sharon Stover

COUNTY News:

Absentee voting by mail and in person has opened at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building – Boards and Commissions Room for the June 3 Primary Election.

Registered voters can visit the Los Alamos County Municipal Building - Boards and Commissions Room 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to cast their vote until May 16.

On Saturday May 17, Alternate (Early) voting begins and registered voters can visit either

League Holds Primary Election Candidates’ Forum May 14

on May 11, 2014 - 9:31am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is holding a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments and a chance to meet the candidates at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates who have opposition in the primary election of June 3 are invited to appear at the forum.  

They are as follows:

  • U.S. Congressional District 3: Democratic candidate Robert Blanch; Ben Ray Lujan is unable to attend.
  • NM House District 43 Republican candidates: Vincent Chiravalle and Geoff Rodgers
  • 1st Judicial District Position 6 Democratic candidates: Yvonne Quintana, David Thomson and

Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Probe into 'Secret' Waiting Lists

on May 9, 2014 - 10:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Udall says VA should investigate NM, entire service network after alleged cover-up scheme at Phoenix VA
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments.
 
In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
 
Arizona, New Mexico and part of Texas

GOP Meets in UNM-LA's Jeannette Wallace Hall Thursday

on May 9, 2014 - 9:52am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at the UNM-LA Jeannette Wallace Hall, Bldg. 5, Room 505. 

U.S. Senate candidate David Clements will be the guest speaker. 

For information, please contact Chairman Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.

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Ed Birnbaum: Why I'm Running For County Council

on May 8, 2014 - 4:34pm

By ED BIRNBAUM

I’m Ed Birnbaum, and I am running as a Democrat for a seat on County Council with a primary focus on the fire threat that exists, quality education at all levels, community viability within our budget, and making sure that decisions are made in a transparent manner.

I decided to run based in part on my experience last year as a member of the Los Alamos Utilities Charter Review Committee, where we were asked to address some important questions regarding Article V of the County Charter.

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Councilor David Izraelevitz Shares County Government Experience With Students at UNM-Los Alamos

on May 6, 2014 - 8:12am

American Politics instructor Mike Wismer, right, introduces guest speaker County Councilor David Izraelevitz Monday evening to his students at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Councilor David Izraelevitz describes the hierarchy of County government to students Monday evening at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Councilor David Izraelevitz presented a talk on County government to instructor Mike Wismer's American Politics class Monday evening at UNM-Los Alamos.

Lt. Governor Joins Los Alamos Federated Republican Women in Celebrating 60 Year Anniversary

on May 5, 2014 - 8:28am

NMFRW Kirsta Edwards, right, presents a 60-year banner to LAFRW President Mary Wilhoit, second from right, at Thursday 60th Anniversary celebration at Fuller Lodge. LAFRW Treasurer Crystal Dufresne holds the banner at right as Secretary Cathy Walters and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is the keynote speaker at Thursday's 60th anniversary event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Community members and Republican Party leaders gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Alamos Federated Republican

Lt. Gov. Speaks at LAFRW 60th Anniversary

on May 2, 2014 - 12:54pm

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez speaks to the crowd gathered at Fuller Lodge Thursday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Check back at ladailypost.com later for more photos and details from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is the featured speaker at Thursday's 60th anniversary celebration of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Check back at ladailypost.com later for more photos and details from the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Attendees listen to Lt. Gov.

DPNM Files Public Records Request for Martinez DA Files

on May 2, 2014 - 10:16am

STATE News:

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chairman Sam Bregman submitted a request April 30 for email and written correspondence between then-District Attorney and Gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez, her campaign staff and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office in 2009 and/or 2010. 

The request follows recent reporting that Martinez’s 2010 campaign utilized the DA’s office for overtly political purposes. According to the Mother Jones report 

“A former [Martinez] staffer recalls the campaign on multiple occasions

Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Morales Sparks Student's Interest

on May 1, 2014 - 9:07am

LAHS student Alex Csanadi said he thought one of the best things Howie Morales, AFT endorsed  candidate for governor, said at a Meet and Greet Monday night was, 'I want to run, win, be governor for eight years and not go on ... to the Senate or the White House. I want to stay in New Mexico.' Csanadi poses for a photo at Monday's event with Morales and Marvel Harrison Csanadi. Courtesy photo

Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Morales Visits Los Alamos

on April 29, 2014 - 9:54am
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, with Sen. Howie Morales and Barranca Mesa Elementary teacher Andrea Determan at Monday's Meet and Greet event sponsored by the Los Alamos Federation of Teachers. The union has endorsed Morales to be the Democratic candidate in the New Mexico governor's race. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Sen. Howie Morales explains why he should be New Mexico's next governor at Monday's event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE) held a "Meet and

Heinrich Website Wins Coveted Congressional Gold Mouse Award

on April 29, 2014 - 9:09am
U.S. SENATE News:


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. was recognized Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) for having one of the best websites in Congress, awarding Heinrich.Senate.Gov with a 113th Congress Gold Mouse Award.

"I'm honored to share this award with New Mexicans. I'm especially proud that my website was recognized as one of the best in providing transparency and online constituent services," Heinrich said.

Students 18 Years Old May Register to Vote at LAHS and UNM-LA

on April 29, 2014 - 8:35am

All 18 year olds have the opportunity to register to vote at Los Alamos High School and UNM-LA this week over their lunch hour.  Registrations will be taken at UNM-LA today and Wednesday and at LAHS Friday. Registrants will need to know their social security number to register. Helping students register Monday were Mary Wilhoit and Kelly Benner from the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women. Courtesy photo

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American Politics Students Hear About Government First Hand at UNM-Los Alamos

on April 29, 2014 - 7:43am

Instructor Mike Wismer introduces Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard to students taking his American Politics class  Monday evening at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard jokes with UNM-LA instructor Mike Wismer Monday evening before her talk to students taking his American Politics class. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard talks about government Monday evening with UNM-LA students taking instructor Mike Wismer's American Politics class.

Vincent P. Chiravalle: My View on Public Education in New Mexico

on April 29, 2014 - 7:34am
My View on Public Education in New Mexico
 
By VINCENT P. CHIRAVALLE
Candidate for State Representative, District 43

When our founders wrote the Constitution, they did not envision the federal government playing a heavy role in the education of our children.

Over the past 50 years, major federal intervention into local schools has expanded under the guise of improving education; however it has failed to improve academic achievement. 

Instead it has eroded educational standards, disregarded parental rights, restricted and over-regulated teachers and over-tested our children.

Lt. Governor Meeting Residents in Los Alamos Thursday

on April 28, 2014 - 10:33am

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez

STATE News:

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will visit Los Alamos to meet with local leaders and citizens 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., as part of his ongoing “Mobile Office Day” Initiative.

Sanchez will be available to personally meet with constituents and his staff will be prepared to provide assistance with all issues related to state government. No appointment necessary.

Los Alamos County Council Candidate Susan O’Leary Launches Campaign Website

on April 25, 2014 - 4:52pm

Susan O’Leary filing for County Council last month at the Clerk's Office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

POLITICAL News:

Susan O’Leary filed in March as a Democratic candidate for the Los Alamos County Council and today announced that she has launched a campaign website at http://oleary4lac.com.

O’Leary is one of five Democratic candidates who will be on the ballot in the June 3 Primary Election. Of the five Democratic Primary candidates, four will continue on to the General Election in November, vying for four vacancies on the County Council. 

“I’m running for County Council

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