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Rep. Garcia Richard Updates Rotary On Session

on May 9, 2017 - 7:36am

'I feel a little suspended in time,' Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during its regular meeting May 2 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. She explained the regular legislative session is completed but a special session is being  called. Garcia Richard presented a summary of the session and reported on several of the bills she sponsored or carried on the House floor. One bill addresses the transfering of college credits.

Shin: Vote AGAINST Rec Bond: There's A Better Way

on May 9, 2017 - 6:54am
By LISA SHIN, President 
A Better Way for LA PAC

A Better Way for LA PAC was formed by concerned citizens who propose that we expand and improve recreation in ways that are fiscally responsible and sustainable. I do not question the quality of life benefits our community would receive from the Recreation Bond. Personally, I would love to see an indoor ice-skating rink and expanded recreational facilities.

However, I question whether this Bond represents the highest and best use of our tax dollars, when there are so many competing needs. There is a better way.

County: Special All-Mail Election Do’s & Don’ts

on May 8, 2017 - 11:50am

Heinrich Proposal To Reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants Included In Bipartisan Budget Deal

on May 8, 2017 - 11:43am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that his proposal to reinstate year-round Pell Grants was secured in the omnibus appropriations bill approved in the Senate.
 
The deal includes provisions from the Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, which Heinrich co-sponsored, that would allow low- and moderate-income students to use Pell Grants for three semesters each academic year, rather than the current law’s limit of two semesters. 
 
"Pell Grants are the primary form of financial aid for millions of

County’s Project Team Hosts Rec Bond Information Table For Community At Farmer’s Market Thursday

on May 8, 2017 - 11:41am

COUNTY News:

The County’s project team will host an information table this Thursday during the Farmer’s Market regarding the five proposed recreation bond projects being considered in an all mail-out election.

Market-goers are encouraged to stop by and pick up the Voter Information Booklet or ask questions. The team will be available 9-11 a.m. at the market to answer questions.

Residents can also visit www.losalamosbondprojects2017.com to find information or download the booklet. There also is a Facebook page about the projects – search for Los Alamos Bond Projects 2017 on Facebook.

Letter To The Editor: Thundersnow In Los Alamos

on May 8, 2017 - 9:05am
By LYNN HANRAHAN
Los Alamos

Years ago, on a late winter evening, I noticed my daughter was a bit pale as she was pulling on her hockey gear. The season was approaching its end so it just made sense to go and enjoy whatever ice time remained even though the weather was a bit iffy, too.

It ended up being a night she would always remember. It was the night of the thundersnow! From what I remember her hockey practice began ordinarily enough but then the heavens broke loose and it began to rain, hail, sleet, thunder, and snow. The kids had a ball.

County Council Proclaims May Bear Month

on May 8, 2017 - 8:30am

Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presents James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During Tuesday's Council meeting, Los Alamos County Councilor James Chrobocinski presented James Robinson, chair of the Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, with a proclamation on behalf of Council declaring the Month of May as Bear Month in Los Alamos County.

Proclamation

WHEREAS: Los Alamos is blessed with an

Udall Fights For Funding Increase For Arts & Humanities

on May 8, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing funding for arts and culture programs, announced that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities each are on track to receive an additional $1.9 million in funding over last year as part of a bipartisan agreement to fund the government through September 2017.
 
Udall and other supporters on the subcommittee secured the funding despite President Trump's proposal to eliminate both agencies.

County Council Proclaims Hospital Week May 7-13

on May 8, 2017 - 7:12am

Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside addresses the Los Alamos County Council during Tuesday night's meeting in Council Chambers. Whiteside conducted a PowerPoint presentation in which he updated the councilors on new accomplishments achieved at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore, center, presents LAMC CEO John Whiteside and his staff with a proclamation on behalf of the Council recognizing the week of May 7-13 as Hospital Week in Los Alamos County. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

During Tuesday's County

Letter To The Editor: Response To Nebel

on May 8, 2017 - 6:57am
By DONALD A. NEEPER
Portola Valley, Calif. 
(Los Alamos resident 1968-2014)

I was a signatory to the letter published in the May 4 edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post (link), in which 18 retired LANL scientists expressed concern regarding federal plans to suppress scientific research and monitoring related to environmental protection and public health.

In the May 6 edition of the Daily Post, Richard Nebel responded thoughtfully, pointing to the productivity of private industry, the bureaucratic ineptness of government, and the feelings of laborers (link). However, he missed the essence of

Letter To The Editor: Good Point ... Split The Pot

on May 8, 2017 - 6:35am
By CORINE CHRISTMAN
Los Alamos

Gerald Antos has a good point. Split the pot (link).

Some of the recreational items are necessary to keep up and others may be needed. The new splash pad costs $750,000. Is this needed? Considering that we have very few really hot days in a year with hopefully rainy days in July and August, there may be most of June and a smattering of other days to use it. Most kids will be happy running through the sprinkler or using a garden hose and that alone saves $750,000.

We also need to consider the yearly upkeep of all these facilities and the need for more

Letter To The Editor: Consider Voting For Rec Bond ... Small Tax Well Worth Enhancement To Quality Of Life

on May 7, 2017 - 9:49am
By Monica Van de Water
Los Alamos

Please read, and please have an open mind. Our family always says, “options are always better than no options”!

Even if you don’t care, or don’t like it, consider "VOTING YES” to the upcoming rec bond. There are many families in Los Alamos that do want these recreational facilities. We should support that desire and the excitement that it is generating.

When the seniors needed money for improving the senior center, many of us voted “YES”. How does that benefit me? I’m not a senior.

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County Hosts 6th Annual JFK Dinner May 21

on May 7, 2017 - 7:43am
 
DPLAC News:
 
The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County (DPLAC) is hosting its sixth annual JFK Dinner Sunday, May 21.
 
The JFK Dinner is held each year on a date close to President John F. Kennedy's birthday (May 29, 1917). The dinner honors President Kennedy's legacy and features a local honoree.
 
Since 2012, the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County has honored Democrats who have contributed significantly to the Party. This year, Chris and George Chandler will be honored.
 
All Democrats are invited to enjoy an evening with friends and recognize this year’s honorees.

Udall, Heinrich Secure Vital Funding For New Mexico Priorities In Budget Bill

on May 7, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich have joined the full Senate in voting 79-18 for an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government through September 2017.
 
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill yesterday, and the president is expected to sign it into law. 
 
The bill includes funding for several critical New Mexico priorities that Udall and Heinrich fought for, including: New Mexico’s national labs and military bases, emergency wildfire suppression, Gold

Rotary Hears Details Of Recreation Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:28am

Los Alamos Future PAC members, Tony Fox, left, and Darren Meadows discuss the 2017 recreation bond with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday in the community room at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Ballots for the rec bond election were mailed to voters Tuesday and ask whether to pursue a $20 million general obligation bond, which combined with $13.4 million in capital improvement project funds, will fund five CIP projects for the community: a recreation center, a multi-generational pool, a splash pad and improvements to the golf course and softball fields in White Rock.

Letter To The Editor: Just Say No On Rec Bond

on May 7, 2017 - 6:01am
By KEI DAVIS
Los Alamos
 

Carolynn Roberts has said it best so far, IMO.

Does this tax hike apply to commercial properties as well? If so, then rents will go up, local businesses will have to charge more for their goods and services, thus driving more business away, so they'll have to charge even more, the all-too-common death spiral to going bankrupt/out of business in “wealthy” Los Alamos.

Just say “NO” to wanton fiscal irresponsibility.

PEER: The Thin Green Line Patrolling National Parks Is In Danger Of Snapping ...

on May 6, 2017 - 2:53pm

PEER News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of rangers protecting the national parks and their visitors is steadily shrinking even as new parks are added and the number of park visitors balloons to new records, according to figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Aggravating its diminishing resources, the National Park Service’s (NPS) law enforcement program is adrift because it does not possess any real planning capacity, budgetary stability or overall leadership.

Figures released by NPS to PEER indicate that the number of permanent law enforcement

Letter To The Editor: Come On Los Alamos ... Vote YES On Rec Bond!

on May 6, 2017 - 2:40pm
By HOPE JARAMILLO
Los Alamos
 
I have lived in Los Alamos almost my whole life. I went to elementary school, middle school and graduated from LAHS and am raising my children here.
 
Over the 35 years I have lived in this beautiful community, I have seen over and over proposed improvements to Los Alamos get rejected. Why is it so hard for our community to change? Look how long it took for the County Municipal Building to get approved.

Heinrich Highlights Nexus Between Small Businesses And NM Labs, Urges Hiring At Kirtland And WSMR

on May 6, 2017 - 2:05pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, highlighted the nexus between small businesses and Labs in New Mexico during a hearing yesterday.
 
He questioned former directors of Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories—such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range— on how to accelerate small business contracting hiring for vital research missions.
 
Heinrich helped create a

New Mexico Tourism Department Hosts Travel Tank

on May 6, 2017 - 12:26pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE ― In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, the New Mexico Tourism Department is inviting the public to take part in Travel Tank, a “Shark Tank” inspired promotional pitch competition.

The event will bring the some of the best and brightest tourism marketing minds in the state face-to-face with New Mexico’s travel writers and news media for the chance to win a story featuring their region.

The New Mexico Tourism Department is hosting Travel Tank to help promote tourism and its importance to the state’s economy.

FAQ: Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election

on May 6, 2017 - 7:31am

COUNTY News:

Voting questions from the community and answers from the County regarding the Los Alamos Recreation Bond Election:

Q: Did the County consider having each recreation project listed separately on the ballot so that voters could vote YES or NO on each one?

A: The Council discussed the formation of the ballot in December and in a public hearing in February, after consulting with Bond Counsel to develop the ballot question.

The question stated on the ballot is “Shall the Incorporated County of Los Alamos issue up to $20 million of general obligation bonds, to be repaid from

Udall At 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit

on May 6, 2017 - 6:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivers remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered remarks Tuesday at the Department of Energy Tribal Energy Office’s 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit.
 
In his remarks, Udall spoke about the importance of nurturing strategic partnerships to help achieve Tribal energy independence by investing in renewable energy sources.

Governor Calls Special Session For May 24

on May 5, 2017 - 4:07pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO PROVIDES THAT SPECIAL SESSIONS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAY BE CALLED BY THE GOVERNOR;

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO FURTHER PROVIDES THAT NO BUSINESS SHALL BE TRANSACTED EXCEPT SUCH AS RELATES TO OBJECTS SPECIFIED IN THE PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR;

WHEREAS, PASSAGE AND ENACTMENT OF A BALANCED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND REPLENISHING GENERAL FUND RESERVES ARE CRITICAL TO THE OPERATION OF

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On National Labs, Contributions To Military Operations And Readiness

on May 5, 2017 - 4:03pm
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Today, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "Department of Defense Laboratories and Their Contributions to Military Operations and Readiness." 
 
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery and a video is available here.
 
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on our nation's defense laboratories and technology innovation.

Letter To The Editor: Voting Against Rec Bond

on May 5, 2017 - 3:57pm

By CAROLYNN ROBERTS
Los Alamos

I agree that Los Alamos, and especially White Rock, need recreational updating/upgrading and, as a property owner, I am willing to foot some of that bill but this $20,000,000 Recreation General Obligation Bond fills me with apprehension and I just can’t vote for it. This is my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions…

RISK

Los Alamos county property owners are taking on all of the risk; a risk that is not in our realm of control.

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