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State Auditor Responds To Presbyterian Lawsuit

on July 11, 2017 - 5:53pm

State Auditor Tim Keller


SANTA FE -- State Auditor Tim Keller responded to the announcement the Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Presbyterian  over allegations that it falsified deductions and credits through the Medicaid program, thus evading tens of millions in premium taxes and surcharges:

“We are confirming that our office is conducting an ongoing audit of premium tax collection that covers many issues with major New Mexico health insurance providers over multiple years.

Council Quorum Notice For Manhattan On The Mesa

on July 11, 2017 - 4:19pm


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend Manhattan on the Mesa: Manhattan Project Park Properties at Los Alamos at 4 p.m. Friday at the Bradbury Science Museum.

A quorum may be present but not action will be taken. 

Largest Websites On Earth Prepare For Net Neutrality Day Of Action Wednesday July 12

on July 11, 2017 - 3:54pm

  • More than 80,000 websites, Internet users and organizations plan massive online protest Wednesday, July 12. Participants include Twitter, Amazon, Facebook. Google, Reddit, Netflix, OK Cupid, Mozilla, Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo and PornHub...

Airbnb, Spotify, Yelp, Snapchat, and Dropbox are the latest major players to announce their participation in the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.

Call For Applicants For New Subcommittee

on July 11, 2017 - 5:36am


A subcommittee of the County Council’s ad hoc Tourism Master Plan/ Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee (now known as “Tourism Work Group”) is being created to continue the work of the prior Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee.

The County is looking for representatives from Los Alamos or White Rock who are interested in serving on this Sub-Committee. Members will be appointed by the Tourism Work Group Chair Susan O’Leary.

The purpose of the Sub-Committee is to provide local guidance and perspective to the National Park Service and its

BLM Helium Sales Generate $115 Million For Taxpayers

on July 10, 2017 - 8:40am
BLM News:
AMARILLO, Texas  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that $115 million generated from the 2016 sale and auction of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve is being transferred to the U.S. Treasury.
The Federal Helium Reserve is a resource owned by the American people and managed by the BLM’s Amarillo, Texas, Field Office. The helium revenues were received in accordance with the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which provided for market-based pricing and competitive auctions for the sale of Federal helium.
The BLM's Federal Helium Program has returned over

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Lujan Grisham Announce Federal Review Of Behavioral Health Access In New Mexico

on July 10, 2017 - 8:36am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will review the level of access that New Mexicans have to behavioral health services provided through the Medicaid program.
The OIG agreed to a request from Rep. Lujan Grisham, along with Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Rep.

County Council Meets Tuesday, July 11

on July 10, 2017 - 8:23am

Final Agenda for the Los Alamos County Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 in Council Chambers. 

3. PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda.
A. Proclamation declaring July 13-16, 2017 as "Los Alamos ScienceFest Weekend" in Los Alamos County (accepted by representatives of the LACDC)
B. Recognition of 2017 Business Recycler of the Year


Steve Pearce: I’m Running For Governor To Change New Mexico’s Direction

on July 10, 2017 - 8:15am
Steve Pearce
  • Pearce Launches

HOBBS – Former businessman and military veteran Steve Pearce announced today that he is a candidate for governor in 2018.

“I’m running for governor to change the direction of the state I love and call home. New Mexico has such great potential, but we need leadership to move the state forward. Too many people are struggling to find jobs and to many families are wrestling with poverty. Our kids are working their way through a broken education system. Crime has taken over our streets. We can do better. We have to do better.


Councilor Maestas Announces Re-Election Campaign

on July 9, 2017 - 7:36pm

Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas


SANTA FE -- Santa Fe City Councilor Joseph Maestas announced July 6 his intent to continue serving as City Councilor to District 2 residents and seek another term in office. He pledged to help restore the public’s trust in City Hall by increasing accountability, reforming the city government’s management, and uniting a divided community.

Councilor Maestas released the following statement:

"Over the last 3.5 years, I have worked hard to champion policies to end bad government financial practices costing the city millions, improve our

Heinrich Issues Statement On June Jobs Report

on July 8, 2017 - 8:10am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. SENATE News: 


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, recently issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 222,000 jobs were added in June:  


“Today’s jobs report underscores the risk that Republican’s TrumpCare poses for the U.S. economy. Health care, as the fastest growing sector, is an important economic driver, and TrumpCare threatens this growth.

Letter To The Editor: About Government Regulation...

on July 7, 2017 - 9:21am
Los Alamos

I would like to take issue with Ed Brinbaum’s recent letter (link) on government regulation. Government (over)regulation can be a serious problem. Let me give you some examples.

When I was an undergraduate student in the early 1970s, I worked a couple of summers for a civil engineering firm. One of our clients was a small utility that was building a coal-fired power plant. The utility load was too small for nuclear power and natural gas was then too expensive to be practical, so coal was really the only option they had.

This was when the EPA was new, and the

Heinrich Aims To Increase Access To Pell Grants, Make College More Affordable

on July 7, 2017 - 8:32am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) have introduced bicameral legislation, the Middle Class Creating Higher Education Affordability Necessary to Compete Economically (CHANCE) Act, to increase access to affordable post-secondary education for low- to moderate-income students.
The bill would address the significant loss in value of Pell Grants by adjusting them for inflation, reinstate year-round Pell Grants, and increase the number of eligible semesters from 12 to 15.
"As the cost of tuition continues to

Environmental Services Seeks To Raise Rates

on July 6, 2017 - 8:12am
Public Works Director Philo Shelton speaks June 27 to County County Council about raising refuse, recylcing and solid waste facility fees for residential and commerical customers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule discusses increased rates June 27 at the County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


​Los Alamos Daily Post

The Environmental Services Division is operating in the red and to change this, Public Works proposes a rate ordinance that would result in increased refuse, recycling and

Letter To The Editor: Response To Pearce's 'Regulation'

on July 6, 2017 - 7:44am
Los Alamos
I think most people would agree with at least one sentence of Rep. Steve Pearce’s recent op-ed in the Los Alamos Daily Post, i.e., “The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.”
The complication is that he wants to accomplish this without imposing any “… burdens on the back of new businesses or the financial institutions that fund them.”
The question is, how can you cut off money laundering without imposing additional regulations and/or costs on either businesses or

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces Fifth Straight Year Of Record-Shattering Tourism Numbers

on July 5, 2017 - 8:08pm

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced 34.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico in 2016 – shattering the previous record set in 2015 of 33.4 million. New Mexico is a leader in tourism, with trips to the state growing at double the national average. 
“A record number of people are visiting New Mexico and that means more money being spent in our communities – large and small,” Martinez said.

Scenes From Bandelier Naturalization Ceremony

on July 5, 2017 - 8:14am

Fifteen newly-sworn United States citizens at Bandelier National Monument Tuesday with Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, second from right, who was the guest speaker. Courtesy photo

Nicholas Maestas, left, representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Banderlier. Courtesy photo

Some of the new United States citizens being sworn in at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

Representing VFW Post 8874

Luján: Celebrating Freedom ... Liberty ... Democracy

on July 4, 2017 - 1:38pm
From U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NM 3rd Congressional District

Independence Day is such an important holiday to me. Not only are we celebrating our nation’s 241st birthday, we are celebrating the ideals our nation was founded upon. We are celebrating freedom. We are celebrating liberty. We are celebrating our democracy.

Our democracy is what makes our nation so great. We the people get to decide the direction of our nation. We were the first nation founded on the ideas that power derives from the people, not its leaders. We must remember that we have the power to enact great change!

State Drunk Driving Ads Recognized Nationally

on July 4, 2017 - 8:46am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that one of the state’s TV ad campaigns called, “Reality Series – Over the Limit,” to combat DWI is featured on the Governors Highway Safety Association’s website. This showcases what New Mexico is doing to fight drunk driving to other states.
“I am very pleased that New Mexico can be an example to other states,” Martinez said.

Attorney General Balderas Announces Technology Grant Opportunity For Schools, Local Government Agencies

on July 4, 2017 - 7:52am
AG News:
SANTA FE  Yesterday, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the opening of a grant application period for the distribution of technology grants to New Mexico schools, colleges, universities, and local government agencies.
These entities can apply for funds to support innovative technology projects, including equipment purchase, via the DRAM Settlement Fund, a result of a computer industry lawsuit settled by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General, in which the state was awarded approximately $294,000. These funds will be awarded to public agencies, in one-time

Happy Independence Day Los Alamos!

on July 4, 2017 - 7:42am

Signing the Declaration of Independence. Courtesy/

Staff Report

July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

Each year on July 4th, Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with

Video Highlights Importance Of National Monuments

on July 3, 2017 - 8:59am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country.
In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act.

Senators Introduce Strongest Legislative Package Of Sportsmen’s Priorities In Years

on July 3, 2017 - 8:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only hours ahead of their departure for the Fourth of July recess, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and a bipartisan group of senators introduced S. 1514, a strong package of bills that would benefit fish and wildlife habitat nationwide, while funding critical watershed restoration efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and improving access for recreational shooters on public lands.

The legislation would:

  • Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act—a grant program through which each federal dollar invested is matched an average of

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Tells His Story: Part 1

on July 2, 2017 - 8:09am

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos shares his experiences prior to and during the war. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

MSgt. Paul Elkins. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series about Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos.

Last month marked 67 years since the beginning of the Korean War, sometimes called the Forgotten War, in which almost 40,000 Americans died and more than 100,000 were wounded.

Historic Preservation Advisory Board

on July 2, 2017 - 7:23am


The Los Alamos County Historic Preservation Advisory Boardmeets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 in the Fuller Lodge Throne Room.

The meeting is open to the public.


A.  Call to Order/Introductions
B.  Approval of Today's Agenda
C.  Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes (1) 9641-17 Minutes from the Historic Preservation Advisory Board Meeting June 7, 2017 Recommendation: I move that the Board approve the Minutes for June 7, 2017. Presenters: Mark Rayburn 1 - June 7, 2017 HPAB Meeting Minutes DraftAttachments:

Udall Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

on July 2, 2017 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans.
Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally authorize a joint Tribal housing initiative between the U.S.