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Letter To The Editor: Death Toll Of 9/11

on September 12, 2017 - 12:48pm
Los Alamos
On Monday the USA remembered the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the failed attempt to attack another DC building that resulted in the plane crash near Shanksville, Penn.
The combined death toll from these four events was 2995. Please consider the further death toll from these attacks:
The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars were, and still are being, fought as a response to the events of 9/11. The combined toll at present of military people from the USA, Iraq and Afghanistan, and coalition forces

Champion Of Internet Freedom Held In China

on September 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Zhen Jianghua, the director of Across The Great FireWall (, an anti-censorship website, and condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of citizen-journalists and bloggers.
The police arrested Zhen Jianghua in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong, Sept. 1 without giving any explanation, and are holding him in an unknown location. They arrested his partner at the same time, but released her six hours later.

Udall, Heinrich Join Senators Urging Congress To Pass Wildfire Funding Fix In Any Future Disaster Aid

on September 12, 2017 - 9:41am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With large fires blazing across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), in a letter urging Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer to include a wildfire funding fix in any future disaster aid legislation that passes through Congress.    
The Senate passed a bipartisan funding bill to help with the cost of fighting the wildfires in western states as part

Lunch With A Leader Sept. 19

on September 12, 2017 - 8:02am
LWV News:
The League of Women Voters presents their monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 19 in Mesa Library.
Their guest speakers will be Jennifer Sublett and Lynn Bjorkland from the US Forest Service. They will be discussing the Forest Service - its history, management, goals. budget, etc. This information will help the League with their study regarding the transfer of federal public land to NM.
Jennifer is currently a District Volunteer Coordinator in the recreation and trails program with the SF National Forest.

Letter To The Editor: Regarding The Nuisance Code

on September 12, 2017 - 7:40am
Los Alamos

Perhaps the problem isn't the ordinance, but its enforcement.

There was a comment by a former CA highway patrol officer who said that he could easily find three violations on any new vehicle. That kind of enforcement would be considered abusive and non-productive, unless he was looking to generate revenue. The public would really prefer that he focus on issues that present a danger to the traveling public or the driver and their occupants.

The terms of the Nuisance Ordinance are not extreme, but using that ordinance to enforce petty aesthetic issues, is an abuse of

Pearce Urges Congress To Find Solution For DACA

on September 12, 2017 - 7:17am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce sent a letter Sept. 6 to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to establish a permanent solution for people protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
“For decades, Congress sat idly by while the Executive Branch imposed temporary, patchwork immigration policies, sidestepping the Constitution.

CIR: Enforcing The Broken Border Sept. 18

on September 12, 2017 - 6:53am
Former NM Attorney General Gary King
CIR News:
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at La Posada, 330 E. Palace Ave., in Santa Fe for an intimate conversation between two former Attorneys General, describing their work in enforcing the border against the Mexican drug cartels. 
Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard
Terry Goddard (AZ) will talk about his work in, among other things, stopping the flow of laundered drug money into the U.S.; Gary King (NM) will discuss his work in training Mexican prosecutors to litigate the

Secretary Of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Adopts Final Campaign Finance Rule

on September 11, 2017 - 5:48pm

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver



SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today adopted the final version of a campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to bring the CRA into constitutional compliance following numerous court cases.

The rule will go into effect Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, which is the first day of a new campaign finance reporting period.

“For too long our campaign finance disclosure laws have been vague and confusing, and this rule will provide much needed

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County Meets Tonight!

on September 11, 2017 - 5:33pm

Bill Hargraves
DPLA News:
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold it's monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. - TONIGHT - Monday, Sept. 11.
LAPS School Board Member Bill Hargraves will be the speaker.
County Party business and upcoming events also will be discussed.
The meeting is in Building 05 at UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr.

Sheriff Lucero Files Suit Against County Council

on September 11, 2017 - 3:11pm
Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed a complaint for declaratory judgement in the First Judicial District Court against the Los Alamos County Council. The complaint, which has been assigned to Judge Francis Mathews, was filed Aug. 29 by Lucero’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn.

Sheriff Lucero said today that he is disappointed that things have gotten to this point.

Pearce Calls For Investigation Of UNMHSC, SWWO

on September 11, 2017 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has sent a letter to the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request an investigation into the wrongdoings between the University of New Mexico Health Service Center (UNMHSC) and Southwestern Women’s Options (SWWO).
“I’ve worked tirelessly with New Mexico officials and Members in Congress to ensure the rights and liberties of women and the unborn are protected. In 2016, an investigation by the U.S.

AG Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors For Fueling Epidemic Crippling New Mexico

on September 11, 2017 - 7:22am
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has brought a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the country’s largest manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioids, a crucial first step toward holding these companies responsible for flooding New Mexico’s communities with prescription opioids and fueling the opioid epidemic by putting profits over people.
The State of New Mexico is filing suit against five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids and their related companies and against the country’s three largest wholesale

Letter To The Editor: In The Great Gun Debate, Both Sides Need Practice Hitting The Target

on September 10, 2017 - 4:21pm
Los Alamos
It's an unfortunate observation, nearly rising to the level of a physical law, that both sides in the Great Gun Debate will usually miss the target on any given issue.
After the recent Clovis Library mass shooting, someone wrote a long essay to the Santa Fe New Mexican calling for a ban on concealed carry in libraries. But concealed carry was irrelevant to the shooting as the shooter, at 16 years old, was not a legal concealed carrier nor eligible to become one at his age.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

Letter To The Editor: Gun Buy Back Farce

on September 7, 2017 - 10:27pm
Los Alamos

The New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department will be holding their first, and hopefully last, “ever” Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event on Saturday, Oct. 28.

First of all, they can’t “Buy Back” something they never sold in the first place! So, this onerous title is already misleading.

Second, if people have been paying the least bit of attention to these Gun Control schemes they would find out that these so called “Buy Back” programs do absolutely nothing to deter violent crime not just here in the United States but around the

Military Leaders From All Branches, Including SEALs, Special Forces, Ask Zinke To Protect Public Lands

on September 7, 2017 - 12:06pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thirty Seven active and retired Navy SEALs, Special Operations Forces members and other military leaders have sent a letter* to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing grave concern with his decision to advise the president to remove protections from national monuments including Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, and Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon.
The recommendations from Zinke come at the conclusion of an unprecedented 4-month review of over two-dozen monuments designated since 1996, which was initiated by an April Executive Order from

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On New Mexico’s Financial Health

on September 7, 2017 - 10:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller 
STATE News: 
The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits shines light on how public money is managed in hundreds of state and local governments
SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits. The third annual report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) compiles information that would otherwise remain buried deep within thousands of pages of annual audits.

Council Proclaims Sept. 15-24 As Welcoming Week

on September 7, 2017 - 9:09am

The Family YMCA board members and staff, including Executive Director Linda Daly, right, receive a proclamation Tuesday evening from County Councilor Pete Sheehey, right, that recognizes Sept. 15-24 as 'Welcoming Week'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey presented a proclamation during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night that honors Sept. 15-24 as "Welcoming Week."

The proclamation was presented to the staff and board members of The Family YMCA.


WHEREAS: Welcoming Week is a national celebration of a

County Councilors At Farmer’s Market Sept. 14

on September 7, 2017 - 8:49am


Two Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market 9-11 a.m. next Thursday, Sept. 14, to meet market-goers.

The public is welcome to stop by with comments or concerns.

Letter To The Editor: Stop Wild Horse, Burro Slaughter

on September 7, 2017 - 8:43am
White Rock

I believe our New Mexico lawmakers are opposed to the round up and slaughter of wild horses and burros, but some in congress are not. I’m not sure with everything that is happening in our nation at this time that people are aware of the urgency of this situation and of the necessity of contacting their representatives on this issue.

In 1971 there was a law enacted to protect wild horses and burros. These animals are symbols of our Western Heritage.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Lone-Wolf And Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks

on September 7, 2017 - 7:55am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing Thursday entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: Combatting the Financing of Lone-Wolf and Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks” to examine funding mechanisms used to coordinate low-scale attacks.

“Efforts to combat terrorist financing have traditionally focused on large scale funding sources; however, small-scale and lone-wolf style attacks have become more common and require significantly less funding,” Pearce said.

Governor Announces ALeRT Fugitives Arrested

on September 7, 2017 - 7:44am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE  Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that two fugitives from the state’s Corrections Department have recently been captured since the Governor announced the state would join the Analysis Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT) initiative Aug. 10.
“Getting criminals off our streets is important to keeping our families and communities safe,” Martinez said. “By working more closely with local leaders and law enforcement we’re tracking down more fugitives and putting them back where they belong –behind bars.”
Andrew Lucero was arrested Aug.

Local GOP Meeting At UNM-LA Thursday

on September 6, 2017 - 7:51pm
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at UNM-LA, Bldg. 5, Wallace Hall.
RPLA will gather to discuss the recent constitutional workshops held in Santa Fe. The Public is invited. A short break will then precede the Central Committee business meeting.
For further information, contact John Bliss at 505.6724059.

Los Alamos County Council Honors Russ Gordon

on September 6, 2017 - 6:13pm

Councilor Antonio Maggiore, center, presents a proclamation to Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series organizer Russ Gordon who accepted it together with his wife Deborah, son Abe and his girlfriend Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


The Los Alamos County Council paid its respects to Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Organizer Russ Gordon during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. After 28 years of providing concerts to the community, Gordon is retiring and Friday will be his final concert.

Councilor Antonio

Transportation Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on September 6, 2017 - 7:01am


The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

This meeting is open to the public.


  • PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the Aug. 3, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board 
  • OLD BUSINESS - Possible Action
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