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Council Proclaims September Voter Registration Month

on September 6, 2017 - 6:31am

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, accepts a proclamation recognizing September as Voter Registration Month from Councilor Chris Chandler. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 


During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting Aug. 29, Council presented Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas with a proclamation that recognizes September as Voter Registration Month and Tuesday, Sept. 26 as Voter Registration Day. County Councilor Chris Chandler read and presented the proclamation. 

The proclamation states: 

WHEREAS: Registering to vote empowers eligible

Council Opts To Send Letter Of Support To NMDOT On N.M. 126 Paving Project Proposal

on September 5, 2017 - 5:43pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz listens to Councilor Chris Chandler make a motion regarding a citizen's petition presented at the Aug. 29 Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers discusses Dave Fox's petition with council during its regular meeting Aug. 29. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




In an effort to get the remaining 8-mile stretch of N.M. 126 paved from La Cueva to Cuba, Los Alamos businessman Dave Fox presented a petition to Los Alamos County Council during its regular

Deputy Energy Secretary To Provide Keynote At 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on September 5, 2017 - 5:35pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is set to provide a keynote address at the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
The workshop is being hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include DOE and the Energy Facility Contractors Group.
Brouillette joins a long list of confirmed participants for the workshop that will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives, and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress

County Council Hosts Closed Session Tuesday

on September 5, 2017 - 6:02am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 to discuss threatened or pending litigation.

This discussion is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H)(7).

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human Resources Division at 505.662.8040 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.

New Mexico’s Immigrant Youth Participate In ‘Statewide Student Walkout For Immigrant Justice’ Tuesday

on September 4, 2017 - 5:04pm


Tuesday, Sept. 5, hundreds of students, immigrant leaders and allies across the state of New Mexico will participate in a Statewide Student Walkout for Immigrant Justice’ calling for the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrant families nationwide.


The statewide demonstration comes on the same date, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other Republican Attorneys General, set as a deadline for the administrative relief program to be phased-out by the Trump administration –or face a lawsuit to try and rule the program as

Zinke Appoints Members To Royalty Policy Committee

on September 4, 2017 - 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke


  • Significant Step Toward Restoring Public Trust, Collaborative Development of Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) that will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.

The Committee’s first meeting is Wednesday, Oct.

Attorney General Balderas On President Trump’s Decision To End DACA

on September 4, 2017 - 7:09am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attroney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

“With the decision to end DACA, President Trump is compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, and he is putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.

“Losing hundreds of thousands of future police officers, members of the military, doctors and teachers will create an unacceptable

Legislative Interim Committee Dates For Sept. 5-8

on September 4, 2017 - 7:03am


SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are meeting Sept. 5-8:

Sept. 5-6 @ 9 a.m. – Water and Natural Resources Committee (WNRC), Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E., Silver City

Agenda Items: Salt Cedar Eradication; Regional and State Water Plan Progress; Southwest New Mexico Ground Water Quality Issues; Proposed Transfer of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park to the Department of Game and Fish; Carlsbad Brine Well Collapse Remediation and Implementation of Legislation.

Sept. 6 @ 9 a.m. – Agenda Items: Arizona Water Settlements Act

LANL’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan Available For Comment

on September 4, 2017 - 6:53am

LANL News:

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan is now available online. This plan is updated annually to include necessary changes and public comments received during the year. The updated plan is posted annually Sept. 1 in compliance with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

We welcome comments year round. Comments can be submitted by email using the attached Comments Form or by mail by completing, printing, and mailing the attached form to:

Environmental Communication & Public Involvement

Armbruster: The Meaning Of Labor Day

on September 4, 2017 - 6:47am
Union member since 1970, negotiating team member 1995-2009
LAFSE president of 2002-2008, LAMS teacher17 years 

Labor Day is not just a day off. It represents the lives hundreds of workers put on the line to make America great.

Our Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE), a part of AFL-CIO has helped make working conditions in Los Alamos Public Schools where more than 60 percent of teachers belong even better.

LAFSE is responsible for leave days, the sick leave bank, for speech and language therapists, nurses and counselors earning the same pay as teachers

Speaker Brian Egolf On Death Of Former Santa Fe Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela

on September 3, 2017 - 12:24pm

Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela


SANTA FE -- House Speaker Brian Egolf has issued a statement following the death of longtime state representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela.

Varela, 82, died Saturday night at his home in Santa Fe, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a series of health issues.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Lucky Varela,” Egolf said. “In my years of serving with Lucky, he was always a stalwart advocate for working people, for using our resources wisely, and for the people of Santa Fe.

Letter To The Editor: Failure Of Corporate Trade Policy

on September 3, 2017 - 6:38am

Corporate America only succeeds if Capitalism works. Capitalism cannot work if the middle class is in debt, shrinking and can no longer be consumers.

America is still the wealthiest nation in the world and in world history … and America also has the greatest wealth disparity in the world and in world history. These are unsustainable conditions … and yet Donald Trump and much of the Republican Party want increase wealth disparity by decreasing federal income taxes for the wealthy class and corporations, resulting in even greater CEO salaries.

This will make American

Governor Announces 110,000 More New Mexico Students Accessing High-Speed Internet In School

on September 2, 2017 - 1:24pm

  • Broadband for Education Initiative Connecting More Students than Ever Before

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that 110,000 more New Mexico students have access to high-speed Internet at school.

The Governor began an initiative to connect every New Mexico student with high-speed Internet at school by the 2018 school year. Since her 2015 announcement, 99 percent of New Mexico’s public schools now have access to high-speed Internet – and the partnerships leveraged through the initiative have reduced costs to connect students by more than 60 percent.

“Every child can

League Of Women Voters Social Gathering Sept. 7

on September 2, 2017 - 6:26am
LWV News:
The Los Alamos League of Women Voters invites long-term members, new members, and inquiring non-members to a League Social Gathering 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the home of Rosmarie Frederickson at 1372 47th St. off Sandia in the Western Area.
One of the League’s missions is to educate its members and others about the government and to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
To these ends, political strategist Tarin Nix will speak briefly about how citizens can engage with the New Mexico Legislature, and Councilor Rick Reiss will

Net Neutrality Advocates Unveil More Crowdfunded Billboards Exposing Lawmakers Supporting Repeal

on September 2, 2017 - 6:08am
FFTF News:
Digital rights organization Fight for the Future has unveiled three more crowdfunded billboards targeting Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bob Latta and Greg Walden, members of Congress who have publicly supported the FCC’s efforts to gut net neutrality protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.
The three new billboards are the latest in an ongoing campaign focused on lawmakers who oppose Internet freedom. Earlier this month the group launched an initial round of net neutrality billboards targeting six different lawmakers in

TODAY: Democrats & DACA Recipients With United We Dream Action Urge President Trump To Defend DACA

on September 1, 2017 - 10:27am
DPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Today, Sept. 1, leaders in the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) and DACA recipients with United We Dream Action will hold a press conference to urge President Trump to defend DACA, the program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Speakers include N.M. Representative and DPNM Hispanic Caucus Co-Chair Patricia Roybal Caballero, N.M. Representative Javier Martinez, Immigrant Advocate Cindy Nava, Senator Tom Udall’s State Director Greg Bloom, and DACA recipients with United We Dream Yazmin and Jazmin Irazoqui Ruiz.

Council Unanimously Passes Immigration Proclamation Celebrating Contributions And Just Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees In Los Alamos County

on September 1, 2017 - 9:13am


Members of the Los Alamos County Council listen as some 20 residents take turns expressing passionate views on the proposed immigration proclamation 'Celebrating the Contributions and Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees in the County of Los Alamos', which Council ultimately passed 7-0 during Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Residents line up to express their view on the County's immigration proclamation Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Councilor Pete Sheehey explains why he brought the

LANL Director Briefs Los Alamos County Council

on September 1, 2017 - 9:11am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan briefs Council on the lab during Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


LANL Director Charlie McMillan discusses the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members and County staff listen to LANL Director Charlie McMillan present an update on the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Video of LANL Director Charlie McMillan's briefing to Council:




Auditor Keller And Prosperity Works Launch Working Group On Child Savings Accounts

on September 1, 2017 - 9:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller and Prosperity Works, a non-profit organization, launched a working group to develop policy and legislative recommendations regarding child savings accounts and financial literacy programs.
Child savings accounts have a strong track record of helping kids escape poverty by helping them to learn financial management with funds dedicated to post-secondary education.
“We need to use every tool in the toolbox to change the face of poverty in our state,” Keller said.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Meets With New Mexico Immigrant Youth As Part Of ‘Dreamer Dinners’ Campaign

on September 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  As hardline forces inside and outside the Administration, such as AG Jeff Sessions and Texas AG Ken Paxton, are trying to force President Trump to preside over the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM 1st District) joined immigrant leaders from the New Mexico Dream Team to break bread with New Mexico families and discuss DACA and the risks if the program is revoked.
Photos of Thursday’s breakfast can be found

Quorum Notice: Art In Public Places Dedication Sept. 7

on August 31, 2017 - 10:13am


A quorum notice for the Art in Public Places dedication “Carry the Light” has been published here.

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend this dedication at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Golf Course Community Building on Diamond Drive.

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

The communiy is invited to attend this event.

Olympians Can Inspire Young Obese Americans

on August 31, 2017 - 8:53am
Secretary Thomas E. Price, center, speaks with USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan and Women’s Head Coach Geno Auriemma. Courtesy/HHS


A couple weeks ago, President Trump celebrated American Heroes Week.

Letter To The Editor: ‘I’m In, Let’s Close The Door’ Is No Way To Maintain America’s Fundamental Character Of Openness And Generosity

on August 31, 2017 - 8:38am
Los Alamos

In her recent column, Lisa Shin objects to ‘an undercurrent of obstructionism’ that she detects in the County’s immigration proclamation. This concern is puzzling since America is the paramount representation of a country that adores obstructionism — it comes with freedom of speech and association. Of course, you may not like racist obstructionism or women’s suffrage obstructionism (to consider extremes that have been objected to on both sides) but you are free to so obstruct. 

I have a multitude of objections to the opinions expressed, but let’s focus on

National Monuments Support Local Economies

on August 31, 2017 - 7:35am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a series of fact sheets on the economic benefits of national monuments to their surrounding communities ahead of the Trump administration’s decision to propose removing designation in whole or in part from national monuments.
The fact sheets focus on newly designated national monuments, marine national monuments, and others under review.
“From the Mariana Trench in the Pacific to the Río Grande del Norte in New Mexico, national monuments are not only a cherished part of American heritage, but a key

Common Cause New Mexico Releases First ‘New Mexico GPA’ Report Card

on August 31, 2017 - 7:32am
CCNM News:
Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) has issued its first New Mexico GPA (NMGPA) Legislative Report Card recording the votes of legislators on its 2017 priority transparency, ethics and good government legislation.
The report card is featured on the organization’s new website.  
The NMGPA grades elected officials on how they voted on five priority measures in the 2017 session including:
  • SB 96, Sen. Peter Wirth, Rep. Jim Smith: Campaign Finance Disclosure
  • SB 393, Sens. Jeff Steinborn, Daniel Ivey-Soto, Jacob Candelaria, Rep. Jim Smith: Lobbyist Reporting Requirements
  • HJR 3