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Richard And Rodgers Present Their Views

on October 27, 2014 - 9:39am

New Mexico House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers and Democratic incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard at Tuesday's Kiwanis Club meeting. Photo by Don Casperson

 

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

The two General Election candidates for New Mexico House of Representatives District 43—Geoff Rodgers, a Republican, and incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat—both spoke at Kiwanis on Oct. 21, emphasizing the issues they believe are most important. For Rodgers, the No.

Letter to the Editor: Constitutional Amendment #5 Is A Finagle That Needs To Be Defeated

on October 25, 2014 - 12:08pm
By VERNON N. KERR
Former State Representative
Former CABINET Secretary for Finance and administration
Former Member of the State Investment Council

Constitutional Amendment #5 is a sleeper that might well pass because it is not easy to understand.

It allows investment of the Land Grant Permanent Fund without the protection of the Prudent Man Rule that has governed the State Investment Council (SIC) management  of the Fund  and served us well since statehood. This rule states that one would make investments of trust money as one would for their own portffolio with essentially minimum risk.

Heinrich Statement On Molotov Cocktail Thrown At Islamic Center Of New Mexico

on October 25, 2014 - 8:29am

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

ALBUQUERQUE - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statement Friday on the incident at the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque: 

"The news that a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Islamic Center of New Mexico is deeply troubling. Acts of violence have no place in our society. The members of the ‎Center and the entire Muslim community in New Mexico are in my thoughts."

For details, click here.

Senator And Congressman Join Local Democrats For Halloween On MainStreet

on October 25, 2014 - 8:16am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall with local supporter Connor Schultz who will be voting in his first General Election this year. Photo by Robyn Schultz

From left, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard join supporters Friday at the Los Alamos Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters in Central Park Square to pass out candy to Trick or Treaters during Halloween on MainStreet. Photo by Amy Storey

Governor Coming To Los Alamos Wednesday

on October 24, 2014 - 6:24pm

Gov. Susanna Martinez

POLITICAL News:

The community is invited to a “meet and greet” and “get out the vote rally” with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and other state and local candidates at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 on the patio at Smith's Marketplace.

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County is hosting the event.

There will be lunch and refreshments served (while quantities last). This event is open to the public and there is no need to rsvp. For more information, contact Kelly Benner at kellybbritz@gmail.com or the Republican Headquarters at 505.695.8080. 

Watch Video Of Debate Between Los Alamos Sheriff Candidates

on October 24, 2014 - 12:34pm

Supporters gather in the Los Alamos Daily Post newsroom Wednesday to watch the debate between incumbent Sheriff Marco Lucero and challenger Jaret McDonald. From left, John Horne Jr, John Horne Sr, Chris Clark, Jennifer McDonald, Sandra Lucero, Jim Leach and Jean Gindreau of PAC 8, who filmed the debate. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Incumbent Sheriff Marco Lucero, left, and challenger Jaret McDonald shake hands before Wednesday's debate. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

POLITICAL News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post hosted a debate Wednesday at its downtown headquarters for the

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $8.5 Million For Sipapu Ski Resort, Santa Fe Charter School

on October 24, 2014 - 9:13am

NM DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON – Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that Sipapu Recreational Development in Vadito and the Academy for Technology and the Classics Foundation in Santa Fe will each receive more than $4.2 million in guaranteed loans to advance their operations.

Sipapu Recreational Development will receive $4.235 million to improve its ski resort operations, including funding to purchase equipment and machinery, provide working capital and to pay off existing debt.

GO Bond C Will Provide $500,000 For UNM-LA EMT Classroom Upgrades

on October 24, 2014 - 7:43am

UNM-LA News:

This fall voters in Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to invest in the state’s public colleges and universities without any increase to their property taxes.

General Obligation Bond C (also referred to as GO Bond C) proposes a total of $141,000,000 for New Mexico’s public colleges and universities, of which $500,000 will be allocated to UNM-LA. UNM-LA will add another $250,000 for a total capital investment of $750,000.

These funds will be used to renovate classroom lab space for the EMS training degree program.

Los Alamos Firefighters Union Endorses Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard For Reelection

on October 23, 2014 - 12:21pm

Los Alamos Firefighters Union with Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Courtesy photo

POLITICAL News:

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard received the endorsement of Los Alamos Fighters Union IAFF Local #3279 in her run for re-election to the New Mexico State House, Dist. 43 in the Nov. 4 General Election.

“We proudly stand in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard,” said Bert Quintana, president of the Los Alamos Firefighters Union. “Stephanie’s commitment to public safety has been unwavering and she has proven to be a strong champion for area firefighters.”

“I am proud to have this critical

Ben & Jerry's Ben Cohen Coming To Santa Fe And He's Bringing Ice Cream

on October 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerrys

SFGCC News:

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's, will speak 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

His presentation will be followed by Chunky Monkey, Cherry Garcia and other tantalizing Ben and Jerry's classic and new flavors of ice cream for all who attend.    

"When one thinks of an entrepreneur and business man who exemplifies social and environmental responsibility in the way they conduct business, Ben Cohen certainly is one that comes to mind immediately," said Glenn Schiffbauer, executive director of Santa Fe's Green

Letter to the Editor: Ads Distort Proven Benefits Of First Born Program

on October 23, 2014 - 10:00am

By KRISTINE COBLENTZ
Founder First Born Program

As the founder and former Program Manager of the First Born Program of Los Alamos County, I feel compelled to respond to negative print and radio ads attacking home visiting programs. Recent ads depicting government monitors and mandatory home visits are pure distortion and demonstrate either a frightening ignorance of (or a deliberate choice to ignore) the proven benefits of early childhood development programs.

Across our state, home visitation is supported by Republicans and Democrats alike because it works.

Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

Letter to the Editor: Read Fine Print On PAC Ads Before Blaming Candidates

on October 21, 2014 - 9:32am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos

Political Action Committees (PACS) are running amok. I have been a political activist since the early 1980s. I have never seen campaigning so out of control as it is now. Political parties such as the Democrat and Republican Party have financial limits on spending. Not so – PACS.

PACS are free to advertise for candidates without the candidate’s authorization. Most of the time the candidate isn’t even aware of what the PAC has planned.

I do not have a suggestion for fixing this problem.

Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Cesspools

on October 21, 2014 - 7:42am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I wish to express my outrage with paleontologist Ralph Chapman for his assault on the integrity of cesspools. 

By insinuating that cesspools have any connection with the 43rd District Slandertisements we have been receiving in Los Alamos, readers of his letter might come to the conclusion that cesspools promote dishonesty and are intrinsically evil. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Cesspools perform a useful function in that they provide a place, albeit primitive, to dispose of human waste.

Letter to the Editor: We Actually Get To Vote FOR Someone And Not AGAINST The Other

on October 20, 2014 - 8:35am
RALPH E. CHAPMAN
White Rock

I have some thoughts about the upcoming election I wanted to share with my neighbors here in Los Alamos.

Specifically, I will talk about the race for New Mexico House District 43 between Stephanie Garcia Richard and Geoff Rodgers. I won’t tell you who to vote for, or even who I will vote for, because, as an old New Englander, I really don’t think it is any of your business.

However, I do have thoughts I would like to share.

I know both candidates. I have spoken multiple times with both candidates. I like both candidates. I respect both candidates.

Hail Spotted On The Campaign Trail Along N.M. 4

on October 20, 2014 - 7:31am

Hail was spotted on N.M. 4 Sunday afternoon near the Valles Caldera by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard as she was traveling on the campaign trail around the area. Photo by Stephanie Garcia Richard

Los Alamos Democrats Rally At Pond / March To Municipal Building For Early Voting

on October 19, 2014 - 6:04pm

Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz, left, introduces candidates Paul Martinez for Municipal Judge, Christine Chandler for Probate Judge, David Izraelevitz for County Council, Mary Susan O'Leary for County Council, Marco Lucero for Sheriff, Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Dist. 43 and Karyl Ann Armbruster for Public Education Commission. The group attended Saturday's rally at Ashley Pond to kick off the start of early voting followed by a march to cast their ballots for the 2014 General Election at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Letter to the Editor: Charter Chapter V - Utilities - A Reality Check

on October 19, 2014 - 5:26pm
By FRAN BERTING
County Councilor

Several former members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) fear that the rewritten Charter Chapter V will result in Council imposing hidden taxes and wildly increased utility rates, transferring Utility revenues to the County general fund, overturning BPU membership for political reasons, and unilateral control of BPU operations.

The current Chapter was passed in 1968 to ensure that these things could not happen, and indeed they have not, as trumpeted by those opposing the rewritten Chapter.

Letter to the Editor: Correcting Statements From Writers Opposed To Article V Charter Amendment

on October 19, 2014 - 3:10pm

By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
CRC-2 Member

As a member of the most recent Utilities Charter Review Committee (CRC-2), I would like to correct some of the statements made by letter writers in opposition to passing the revised Article V Charter amendment that appears as Question 2 on the November ballot.

First, our Committee was NOT charged with determining whether or not DPU was run well, and nothing in the proposed revisions mandates any changes in how DPU operates. We were only asked by Council to address three major issues of concern:

  • that current Article V gives the Board the authority to run DPU,

Letter to the Editor: Public Vote On Charter Amendment 2 Should Focus On Who Bears Ultimate Responsibility, Accountability

on October 19, 2014 - 2:14pm
By HARRY ETTINGER
Former member of the Utilities Board.
Member CRC-1
 
Since the Oct. 14 letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post and Monitor from Morris Pongratz mentioned my name, I feel it is appropriate to comment.

First I have already voted YES, and encourage others to vote YES.

I believe that the proposed Charter Amendment is far from perfect. I would have worded some parts differently. But it is an improvement over the existing Charter.

Letter to the Editor: 'Leave it to George'

on October 19, 2014 - 1:41pm
By R. WAYNE HARDIE
Los Alamos
 
Wow — congratulations to George Chandler for somehow connecting 9/11, the BP oil spill, the W-88 "theft," and damage from Katrina to why we should vote "yes" on Charter Amendment 2! He forgot the Ebola outbreak in Africa, but maybe he is saving that for a later letter.
 
Let me just respond to the 9/11 claim. If you think the billions and billions of dollars spent on an ill-conceived Department of Homeland Security because of 9/11 is a good use of our tax dollars, then maybe you agree with George that it is OK for utility funds to be used for whatever the County

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendment 2 Puts In Failsafes And Backstops Not In Place Now

on October 19, 2014 - 9:14am
By KRISTIN HENDERSON, Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

I am voting FOR Amendment 2 on the upcoming ballot about our Utilities Board. 

Contrary to the opponent’s dire depictions, it does not give unchecked power to Council, or radically change the government structure established in the 1960s. It does, however, put in some failsafes and backstops that I think most of us would actually assume are in place now.

Our local government has two parts. One is the Department of Public Utilities, which provides water, sewer, gas and electric.

Letter to the Editor: Utilities Charter Change Is Not In Our Interest

on October 18, 2014 - 8:06pm
By CHRIS ORTEGA
Retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager

As a retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager, 10-year member of the Board of Public Utilities (Board), and a utilities customer, I urge voters to vote Against Ballot Question #2 – Utilities. I am  concerned about the potential negative effects the proposed re-write of Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter will have on Utilities customers. 

Unless a voter digs deeply into the background he/she may not realize that Article V, which was ratified in 1968 and has effectively guided Utilities operations since, will be deleted

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Meets With Residents In Jemez Springs

on October 18, 2014 - 4:54pm

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers addresses citizens Thursday evening at a community meeting in Jemez Springs. The residents discussed the various issues that impact them in the Jemez Valley. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

Letter to the Editor: Pass Or Fail, Charter Amendment 2 Is No Guarantee Against Folly

on October 18, 2014 - 4:31pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Along with all the meaningless B.S. I've been getting in the mail from various special interest political groups, there is a constant influx of mostly thoughtful letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the Charter Amendments, particularly Amendment 2, regarding the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities and County Council.

I've not got the strong feelings others have about it although on balance, I remain skeptical, especially in light of Council trying to run around and brand our backsides with e^x.

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