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County Council Holds Work Session Tuesday

on August 18, 2017 - 6:55am

COUNTY News: 
 
Los Alamos County Council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the White Rock Fire Station.
 
The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda

  • OPENING/ROLL CALL
  • PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  • PUBLIC COMMENT
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  • BUSINESS
    • Action to Suspend Council Rules for Work Session Presenters: County Council
    • Incorporated County of Los Alamos Resolution No. 17-18 to authorize the application to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for a Bus and Bus Facilities 5339(b) Discretionary Program 2017 Funding
    • Opportunity for the 2017 Federal Fiscal Year; committing to the local match

Just One Thing To Do This Week: Rise

on August 17, 2017 - 7:43pm

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

My heart is heavy with sadness for the lives lost at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. A helicopter patrolling during the violence crashed and killed the two state troopers on board.

Heather Heyer was a 32-year-old paralegal who showed up to peacefully protest. She was killed by a self-professed Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into the crowd, injuring many others. Some vile acts of violence can’t be anticipated by those with healthy minds.

Years ago I was a political activist.

Letter To The Editor: A New Low In Los Alamos Politics, Again

on August 17, 2017 - 8:08am
By Anonymous and incredulous
Los Alamos
 
This letter responds to Lisa Brenner’s self-congratulatory narrative about how the bogus ethics charges she filed against County Councilors James Chrobocisnki and Susan O’Leary were really a brilliant political masterstroke. (See link http://ladailypost.com/ content/letter-editor-ethics- complaint-dismissal)
 
When reasonable people see a newspaper like the Los Alamos Monitor run big photos and bold headlines that scream ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED, they naturally think that somebody must have done something wrong.

Letter To The Editor: You Can Be Racist. You Can Be A Christian. You Cannot Be Both.

on August 17, 2017 - 7:34am
Statement From La Vista Church
White Rock

The ideologies of any organization or individual that claim the superiority of race over another is absolutely incompatible with the message of the Christian Bible.

Racism is an abhorrent sin against humanity and God. Entities such as the KKK, white nationalists, neo-Nazi’s, or other such racist organizations are evil and in complete opposition to the Christian Bible.

You can be racist. You can be a Christian. You cannot be both.

Council Approves Water, Sewer Rate Increases

on August 17, 2017 - 6:52am
DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses rate increases for water and sewer during the Aug. 8 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

Starting Aug. 30, Los Alamos County residents will start seeing a change on their utility bills for water and sewer rates.

 

During the regular County Council meeting Aug. 8, council unanimously approved to raised each rate 8 percent.

Redondo And Stauber Visit Popular Los Alamos History Museum Exhibit Creator Isao Hashimoto

on August 16, 2017 - 5:18pm

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, left, and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber with Japanese digital artist Isao Hashimoto during their recent visit to Japan on behalf of the Los Alamos/Japan Project. Hashimoto’s time lapse animation of the world’s nuclear explosions is a popular yet sobering Cold War exhibit in the Hans Bethe House in Los Alamos. Flashing lights on a world map indicate the locations of explosions that have occurred while differing sounds reveal the countries that conducted the tests.

Letter To The Editor: Ethics Complaint Dismissal

on August 16, 2017 - 7:47am
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

Thank you, Carol, for printing the letter from the SOS on the ethics complaint that I had filed against the LA Future PAC.

As explanation, I filed the ethics complaint against the LA Future PAC for their yard signs as I was familiar with the campaign laws and it is a typical political tactic to go after technicalities such as these. Based on the evidence I supplied to the SOS, there was a clear violation in the LA Future PAC signage. However, and most interesting, is that the NM law is unconstitutional! 

The most interesting part (and you should read the whole thing 

Secretary Of State Dismisses Brenner Complaint Against Los Alamos Future PAC

on August 15, 2017 - 7:23pm

POLITICAL News:

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced today that her office has dismissed a complaint filed in May by Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner against the Los Alamos Future PAC.

The Secretary of State letter:

New Mexico Attorney General Opinion:

Udall Delivers Keynote Address At New Mexico WRRI’s Annual Water Conference: 'Federal Water Policy And New Mexico: Our Progress And The Challenges Ahead’

on August 15, 2017 - 4:05pm

Discusses his legislation to improve water policy for New Mexico communities, including the 2017 New Mexico Drought Preparedness Act. Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SOCORRO — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall delivered the keynote address at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.

In his address, entitled "Federal Water Policy and New Mexico: Our Progress and the Challenges Ahead," Udall discussed the current water challenges facing New Mexico, including climate change, innovative solutions and opportunities for making

Heinrich: Fifth Anniversary Of DACA Implementation

on August 15, 2017 - 9:26am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement to mark the 5th anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants, known as DREAMers, who arrived in the United States as children to apply for temporary protection from deportation: 
 
“In the five years since its implementation, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has changed the lives of some of our brightest students and veterans who have come out of the shadows to earn an education,

Judge Grants Final Approval To Settlement Barring San Juan County Jail From Honoring ICE Detainers

on August 15, 2017 - 8:03am
SUPU News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― Thursday, as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his attempt to coerce local jurisdictions across the country, including Bernalillo County, into enforcing federal immigration law, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted final approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners.

"The federal government cannot force local jails or municipalities into violating the

CIR Presents Michael S. Vigil, Former DEA Chief Of International Operations On Enforcing Border Aug. 24

on August 15, 2017 - 7:30am
Michael S. Vigil
 
CIR News:
 
At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Santa Fe Council on International Relations will welcome former Drug Enforcement Administration Chief of International Operations and author, Michael S. Vigil, to share some of his outstanding stories working in Mexico and at the border.
 
The presentation will take place at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta.
 
Michael S. Vigil was born and raised in northern New Mexico where he was nurtured in a bilingual culture.

Governor Announces Flagship Food Group Expanding, Creating Nearly 200 New Jobs

on August 15, 2017 - 6:59am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Yesterday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Flagship Food Group will invest nearly $3 million to expand its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the Albuquerque area, creating 194 new manufacturing and distribution jobs and supporting over 100 construction jobs.
 
Flagship Foods originally expanded to New Mexico in 2014, citing the state’s enriched tax environment and improved business friendliness.
 
“Since day one, we’ve been fighting hard to make New Mexico more competitive with surrounding states through reforms like

Letter To The Editor: Response To Experience Rational Citizen

on August 14, 2017 - 2:49pm
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos
 
First of all, I don’t have a personal beef with the Sheriff. I don’t even doubt that he’s a swell guy. Most patronage politicians are. What I don’t like is his behavior of trying to expand his office at our expense and threatening people with lawsuits if he doesn’t get his way.
 
If you really want to resolve this issue, here’s how to do it. The first step is to find out what the law says. There is an easy (and FREE) way to do that.

Letter To The Editor: It's The Law ... Period

on August 14, 2017 - 2:39pm
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

 

The lawsuit can be easily legally avoided by abolishing the LAPD and transferring all the officers, duties and responsibilities to the LA Sheriff Dept. Maintaing the basic command structure. This is the ONLY LEGAL way to solve the issue AND make everyone happy as well as save $206,000 in salaries (except the police chief and deputy chief who will be out of a job and the county council who enjoy breaking the law). This would solve Mr. Chapmen's concerns as well as Mr. and Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. O'leary's.

 
To Mr./Ms.

Legislative Interim Committee Meetings Aug. 14-18

on August 14, 2017 - 10:48am

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of Aug. 14-18.
 
9 a.m. Aug. 14, 2017  Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee of the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee, Law Offices of the Public Defender Training Room, 17th Floor, 505 Marquette NW, Ste. 120, Albuquerque.
 
Agenda items: Welcoming Remarks; Subcommittee Itinerary and Goals – Why Is Criminal Justice Reform Needed?

Letter To The Editor: Where To Find Duties Of Sheriff

on August 14, 2017 - 10:45am
By DELIA CRUZ-MURPHY
Los Alamos

I am sure concerned citizens in Los Alamos are well aware of the growing concern regarding the position of the Sheriff. It is probably in the best interest of the people in the community to know where to find where the duties of the Sheriff are outlined. They are listed in Los Alamos County Code of Ordinances, Part I – Charter, Article III, Section 304.4: 

It also is in the best interest of the community to understand that it is not up to the Sheriff to

Heinrich Hosts Tribal Broadband Listening Session

on August 14, 2017 - 10:07am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich hosts a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with tribal representatives to discuss broadband connectivity in Indian Country. August 9, 2017. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) hosted a listening session at the Santa Fe Indian School with members of two Pueblo library consortiums representing the Pueblos of Cochiti, Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, San Felipe, and Santo Domingo to discuss legislation he plans to introduce to improve broadband connectivity in Indian Country.
 
“Access to high-speed internet is

State Auditor Tim Keller To Release Statewide Report On Government Contracting

on August 14, 2017 - 8:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller will release a Statewide Procurement Report covering both state and local government contracting.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) reviewed over 6,000 government contracts totaling over $6.5 billion to analyze trends in purchasing dollars flowing out of state. This is the first report that provides a snapshot to the public and policymakers of in-state and out-of-state purchasing by state agencies and over 400 municipalities, counties, and school districts.
 
Awarding more government contracts to

Udall To Keynote US Global Leadership Coalition Conference And NM Water Conference

on August 14, 2017 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
This week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will be the keynote speaker at a forum on national security and economic prosperity with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and at the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (WRRI) 62nd Annual N.M. Water Conference.
 
He also will lead a roundtable discussion at Kirtland Air Force Base with leaders of the N.M.

Zinke Supports Acceptance Of 3,595 Acres Of Wilderness For Sportsmen's Access To Sabinoso In New Mexico

on August 14, 2017 - 7:10am
Courtesy photo
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following a ​trip to New Mexico, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced he and the Department - through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - intend to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres (formerly known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch) that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness to be included as part of the wilderness​.
 
If approved, the donated land will provide public access to the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness, which is wholly surrounded by non-federal land.

Coalition Of LANL Communities Board Voices Deep Concern Over RFP For Lab Management Contract

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler chats with Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales prior to the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Board meeting Friday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

From left, Jack Jekowski, RCLC board members, Taos County Commissioner Mark Gallegos, Taos Councilor Darien Fernandez and Espanola Mayor Alice Lucero. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Draft Solicitation for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Management and Operating Contract as presently proposed has

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos Meets 6:30 pm Monday

on August 13, 2017 - 10:19am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

DEMOCRATIC PARTY News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 in Building 05 at UNM-LA.

The Guest Speaker at the meeting is State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

Martinez Announces Raytheon To Add 60 High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs In New Mexico

on August 13, 2017 - 7:28am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of Raytheon's Albuquerque manufacturing operations which will create 60 new high-tech manufacturing jobs.
 
This announcement comes on the heels of New Mexico being ranked the third-fastest growing economy in the nation by the U.S. Department of Commerce. New Mexico was also recently ranked seventh in the nation for private-sector job growth - creating nearly 19,000 new private-sector jobs over the last year.
 
"This is great news for New Mexico and another example of what's possible when

Heinrich, Tillis Lead Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs Harming Solar Industry

on August 12, 2017 - 6:30am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry.
 
In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers—who both represent states that have a growing solar industry—expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC will hold a public hearing on the

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