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Pearce Meets With Local Leaders In Los Alamos

on May 11, 2017 - 8:17am
During a meeting in a Zia Realty Group conference room Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, left, shows Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski a video clip on his cell of his plane as it takes off from Grants Tuesday morning as he headed to Los Alamos to meet with local leaders. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited Los Alamos Tuesday as part of a sweeping trip through Northern New Mexico this week.

Letter To The Editor: About Truth And The Rec Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 8:16am
By TONY FOX and DARREN MEADOWS
Los Alamos Future PAC Members

We are writing to respond to the recent negative letters about the Recreation Bond by Tom Tierney, Lisa Shin, John Horne, and Lisa Brenner, who has also written online posts as Lola Anderson.

We understand that some people oppose the Rec Bond because they don't support a tax increase or they don't want Los Alamos County to spend tax dollars to make these community improvements. While we don't agree with that position, we recognize that this is a decision that everyone has to make for themselves.

Our problem with the recent

Council Proclaims May 14-20 Police Week, May 15 Peace Officers' Memorial Day In Los Alamos County

on May 11, 2017 - 8:13am

On behalf of the County Council during the May 2 regular Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring the Week of May 14-20, 2017 as ‘Police Week’ and Monday, May 15, 2017 as ‘Peace Officers’ Memorial Day’ in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council during the May 2 regular Council meeting, Councilor Pete Sheehey presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation declaring the Week of May 14-20, 2017 as “Police Week” and Monday, May 15, 2017 as

Letter To The Editor: It’s Now Or Never Los Alamos!

on May 11, 2017 - 7:56am
By IRENE POWELL
Los Alamos
 
It’s now or never, how long can we afford to wait!
 
I have enjoyed all the amenities of living in Los Alamos for 27 years. I have volunteered for almost every committee or board that works to make our little town even better. I was on the first CIP public committee, the Municipal site committee, the Civic Center citizens committee, the Parks and Recreation Board, the Historical Society Board and now am serving on the Aquatic Center Advisory Subcommittee.
 
Not that I don’t appreciate what we have but I want it to continue, I want Los Alamos to continue.

Letter To The Editor: Voting On Bond Issue

on May 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Terry Goldman
Los Alamos
 
I read a letter complaining that the bond issue vote is effectively 'log-rolling'. The author wanted to have separate votes on each recreational item. 
 
On the one hand, as we learned from the earlier bond vote on the addition to the aquatic center, this amounts only to finding out how many people want that particular additional recreational opportunity. On the other, why should we expect a majority to vote to pay taxes for something we want and they may not? 
 
Although not strictly proportional, the rational solution is to combine items so that if you vote

Los Alamos Daily Post Endorses Recreation Bond

on May 11, 2017 - 7:10am
By CAROL A. CLARK, Publisher
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
After much review and careful consideration, the Los Alamos Daily Post is endorsing the recreation bond and we strongly encourage the community to vote in support of this bond.

As a local business person and newspaper publisher, I have a broad perspective on what’s happening today in our town and where our community is headed in the future. On matters of high importance, my paper will offer an editorial opinion for your consideration. The upcoming recreation bond election is one of those times where we believe our opinion is warranted.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry Praises National Laboratories During Los Alamos Visit

on May 10, 2017 - 6:54pm
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks with the media this afternoon following his talk with Laboratory employees at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Energy Secretary Rick Perry during his press conference today at TA-3. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with media representatives Wednesday afternoon after he had toured Los Alamos National Laboratory and addressed lab employees.

NEA-NM President Betty Patterson On National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 10, 2017 - 5:02pm
By BETTY PATTERSON, President
NEA-New Mexico

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We have wonderful Teacher's, and Education Employees! We need to celebrate the incredible teaching happening all over New Mexico.

New Mexico has more students graduating and better test results, thanks to teachers!

Everyday teachers give of themselves and their small paychecks. Gena in the South Valley supplies snacks and fruit so her students are not hungry. Sylvia in Las Cruces helps students learn English.

Letter To The Editor: A Quick Comment On The REC Bond Discussion

on May 10, 2017 - 1:47pm
By RALPH CHAPMAN
Los Alamos

Just a few quick notes on this REC Bond thingy. There have been some solid arguments made by members on both sides of the issue. Khalil Spencer’s comments against voting Yes were, not surprisingly or unusually, strong and well thought out. The large number of comments made in favor of voting Yes also make strong points about the effect of the Bond on the long-term health and vitality of the County. So, there is good reason to have a useful and civil discussion of this issue.

How I voted actually anticipated a comment suggesting we look at this from an

Udall: Senate Rejects Repeal Of Commonsense Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule

on May 10, 2017 - 9:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement after the Senate voted 49-51, defeating a measure to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) natural gas waste prevention rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Udall helped lead the fight against the repeal.
 
"This is a victory for taxpayers and school children in New Mexico — because we were able to fend off this dangerous repeal, New Mexico will continue to benefit from the BLM's commonsense steps to prevent the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas, create

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Bond IS Justified

on May 10, 2017 - 8:20am
By Robbie and Michelle Harris
Los Alamos

We were disappointed with Robert Gibson’s recent column (link) that the Recreation Bond Is Not Justified. Our family is very involved with Little League and high school fast pitch softball programs. A half century ago, women's fast pitch softball was not recognized as a high school or collegiate sport. In 1972 Congress passed the Educational Amendments. One section of this law, Title IX, prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally-funded education, including in athletics programs.

Ben-Naim: Vote Yes On Rec Bond – Don’t Let Perfect Be The Enemy Of Very Good

on May 10, 2017 - 7:32am
By Ellen Ben-Naim
Los Alamos

I am writing in support of the Rec Bond. After a year and a half of public meetings and countless hours of staff and volunteer research and planning, the county has put together a well thought out package of recreation projects.

These facilities will help meet the needs of young families, student athletes and adults of all ages. They also will help increase our property values, benefit our schools and make Los Alamos a more attractive place to live for new hires to the Lab.

I believe passing the recreation bond will help move Los Alamos County forward.

Luján Introduces Legislation To Make It Easier For Families To Save For College

on May 10, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Save for Success Act, which creates a fully refundable savings credit program to better help middle class and working families save money for college expenses and to help address the growing student debt crisis.
 
Nationwide, total student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges had an average of $30,100 in student loan debt. 
 
Currently, college tuition and savings programs, such as

Letter To The Editor: Horne On Rec Bond

on May 10, 2017 - 6:33am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

I would like to add my name to the list of people who are opposed to the recreation bond. On May 5, Carolyn Roberts wrote an excellent assessment of the problems with this bond issue and I am in complete agreement with the points she has made.

The most important of these points is the following: “If something adverse happens at LANL or another fire devastates our community, WE, the property owners, are still responsible for paying this debt back.

Lunch With A Leader: Rec Bond Forum May 16

on May 10, 2017 - 6:20am
LWV News:
 
At 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, the League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader, will present information about the Recreation Bond at Mesa Public Library.
 
Darren Meadows, Philo Shelton, James Chrobocinski, Susan O’Leary, Lisa Shin and Lisa Brenner will explain both sides of the bond and answer questions. Both sides will present for 15 minutes and then we will open up for questions.
 
The Recreation Bond is up for a vote with a mail-in ballot that is already in your home.

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos County’s Fiscal Predicament - Vote Against Rec Bond

on May 10, 2017 - 6:09am
By LISA BRENNER, Vice President
A Better Way For LA PAC

No one likes to rain on anyone’s parade but I think we need a bit of a reality check on the Rec Bond issue. There are so many reasons to vote AGAINST this bond.  Here are a few:

Los Alamos County is not in a good predicament money-wise. Presently we have a $1,400,000 shortfall for this budget year due to the LANL contract’s limbo status.

Letter To The Editor: Rec Center Bond - Bad For Small Businesses And Nonprofits

on May 10, 2017 - 5:48am
By TOM TIERNEY
Los Alamos
 
The County of Los Alamos introduced a controversial choice that our community must make through the Recreation Center Bond election: Should the County be allowed to compete with small businesses and nonprofits in our local fitness industry?
 
Supporters of this Bond claim that the absence of a Recreation Center is a central stumbling block in attracting visitors and new businesses to the County.

Skandera: Teachers Should Be Celebrated

on May 9, 2017 - 8:07pm
Education Secretary Hanna Skandera during a visit in 2016 to the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By HANNA SKANDERA
New Mexico Education Secretary
 
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in New Mexico – a perfect opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact our teachers have in helping every New Mexico child have a chance to succeed in life.
 
Every child in New Mexico – no matter their background – can learn, and the more we stand behind our teachers and support them, the more they have that chance.
 
Isis Feraudy-Marsilli is a bilingual math

Heinrich On FBI Director James Comey Firing

on May 9, 2017 - 7:39pm

Former FBI Director James Comey

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today released the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. If this is an effort to stop the investigations into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, it won’t succeed.

“This is a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the FBI.

County Council Quorum Notice For JFK Dinner

on May 9, 2017 - 6:25pm

QUORUM NOTICE:

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the JFK Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row.

A quorum may be present however, no action will be taken.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry Visits LANL Wednesday

on May 9, 2017 - 4:42pm

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

LANL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will visit Los Alamos National Laboratory Wednesday, where the nation’s nuclear weapons program began during World War II as part of the Manhattan project. 

During the visit, Secretary Perry will receive briefings on the Laboratory’s extensive capabilities in support of national security, nuclear deterrence, stockpile stewardship, and nuclear non-proliferation.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Visits Los Alamos Today

on May 9, 2017 - 4:15pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District spent several hours today in Los Alamos meeting with various community and civic leaders and County and laboratory officials. He also stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post to visit with Publisher Carol A. Clark and the news team. He explained that he is spending the week traveling throughout northern New Mexico to hear local concerns as well as test the waters for a possible run for governor of New Mexico. Read the full story of the Congressman’s visit to Los Alamos in the Thursday print edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Interior Department Releases List Of Monuments Under Review, Announces Formal Public Comment Period

on May 9, 2017 - 3:16pm
USDI News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  The Department of the Interior announced the first ever formal public comment period for members of the public to officially weigh in on monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and the Department released a list of monuments under review under the President’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.
 
A public comment period is not required for monument designations under the Antiquities Act; however, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and President Trump both strongly believe that local input is a critical component of federal land

Councilors Booth Schedule At Farmer’s Market

on May 9, 2017 - 2:46pm
COUNTY News:
 
Two members of the Los Alamos County Council will host a booth at the Farmer’s Market on the following Thursdays:
  • May 18;
  • June 15;
  • July 20;
  • Sept. 14; and
  • Oct. 19.
This is an informal setting open to residents who would like to stop by anytime between 9-11 a.m. with comments, concerns or questions.
 
The Council also hosts an information booth during the annual Los Alamos County Fair, which this year is Saturday, Aug. 12.

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Only One Of Many Resident Needs In Comp Plan

on May 9, 2017 - 2:42pm
By MARGARET ANNE ROGERS
Los Alamos
 
I was once LANL’s expert on radioactive waste disposal sites and other contaminated areas. I also was the Planning & Zoning Commission chairman for development of a County Comprehensive Plan. Recreation was only one of many resident needs addressed in the Plan.
 
FACTS:
  • Los Alamos cannot grow! Neither in land-size nor population.
  • Landlocked by government and Pueblo land ownership.
  • We are built on mesas with deep canyons on sides.
  • Community no longer has “location knowledge” of legacy LANL activities producing hazardous and radioactive wastes.
  • Los Alamos is

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