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House Speaker Brian Egolf Addresses Today’s Santa Fe District Court Ruling On Vetoes By Governor

on August 11, 2017 - 3:09pm

Speaker Brian Egolf

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, the Santa Fe District Court ruled against the governor’s unconstitutional vetoes of 10 bills that were passed during the 2017 regular legislative session, stating they should become law.

Speaker Brian Egolf issued the following statement:

“This case was about computer science opportunities for school kids, economic development in agriculture, and defending the state’s constitution. Today’s ruling is a victory for our youth, our farmers, our communities and our constitution.”

At dispute was the fact that no objections were included in the

AG Balderas Opposes EPA’s Illegal Proposed Delay Of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions

on August 11, 2017 - 6:57am
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Joining a coalition of 14 attorneys general, the State of Colorado, and the City of Chicago, Attorney General Hector Balderas Aug. 9 submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an important public health rule put forward during the Obama Administration.
 
The methane new source rule now in place limits emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas by encouraging the use of emerging technology in leak monitoring and setting a fixed schedule for monitoring leaks at all well sites and

N.M. Delegation: Rebid Is Opportunity For DOE To Strengthen LANL’s Critical Role In NNM

on August 11, 2017 - 6:50am

NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News
  • Paramount concern is assuring the safety and health of the employees, the public and protecting the environment while enabling the lab to continue to meet its crucial national security missions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security General Frank G.

County Council Approves Four Recreation Projects

on August 10, 2017 - 10:50am

Lisa Shin, president of the PAC 'A Better Way For LA' makes her feelings known at Tuesday's County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Community members pack Council Chambers for Tuesday's County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

Council Chambers was packed with community members eager to share their opinion Tuesday evening about Council’s proposal to spend Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds on several recreation projects.

New Mexico Delegation Urges Swift Appointment Of New Mexico Rural Development State Director

on August 10, 2017 - 9:44am

NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

  • Lawmakers say position is critical for managing USDA’s programs that provide hundreds of loans and grants each year in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged U.S.

Letter To The Editor: Yes Leadership Takes Courage...

on August 10, 2017 - 7:58am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

It was a great pleasure to see Tony Fox insist that the Council recognize that voting against the rec bond is not identical with voting against the rec projects. One may be fiscally conservative and still be in favor of some quality of life improvements and infrastructure development.

And while Dr. Shin is indeed correct that quantification is not precise, it is certainly clear that everyone who voted for the bond is also in favor of the projects.

DEA Investigations Lead To Largest Treasury Kingpin Designation Against Mexican Cartel In History

on August 10, 2017 - 6:49am
Raul Flores Hernandez
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As a result of several long-term DEA investigations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified Mexican national Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization (Flores DTO) as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). 
 
In addition to Flores and the Flores DTO, OFAC also designated 21 Mexican nationals and 42 entities in Mexico for providing support to the narcotics trafficking activities

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Welcome Interior Department Announcement On Sabinoso Wilderness Access

on August 9, 2017 - 4:28pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján welcomed an announcement from the Department of the Interior (DOI) that Secretary Ryan Zinke intends to finalize the process to consider whether to accept the donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, that are adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico to be included as part of the wilderness.

Last year, the Wilderness Land Trust purchased the Rimrock Rose Ranch in order to donate the land to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) so it can be added to the

AG Balderas Announces $113,000 Nationwide Insurance Data Breach Settlement

on August 9, 2017 - 4:05pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office, along with the attorneys general of 32 States, have reached a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company (collectively “Nationwide”), concerning an October 2012 data breach.
 
Over 10,000 New Mexicans were affected and New Mexico will be receiving $113,705.06 from the settlement.

DOI Repeals Defective Federal Mineral Valuation Rule

on August 9, 2017 - 10:09am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  To create more workable oil, gas and mineral valuation regulations and avoid costly litigation, the Department of the Interior announced the repeal of the Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule (Valuation Rule) which had created confusion and uncertainty regarding how companies report and pay royalties on energy and other mineral resources from federal onshore and offshore areas and American Indian lands.
 
The repeal of the Valuation Rule, published today in the Federal Register and effective on September 6, 2017,

Letter To The Editor: Three Ideas, Two Concerns On Rec Projects

on August 8, 2017 - 4:23pm
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

Dear County Councilors,

 

With the upcoming discussion tonight of the continued want for recreational projects in Los Alamos I have three suggestions:
 
1)  Any LANL contract could incorporate an item from the bidder toward community development. LANL is just as interested in attracting the best and the brightest and, if it's true that adding recreational facilities will accomplish this, then it's appropriate for them to have some skin in the game.  It is not a "punishment" as I've heard a Councilor say, but an honor and smart business.
 
2)  Some thought

Los Alamos Historic Preservation Advisory Board Accepting Applications For Board Vacancy

on August 8, 2017 - 3:57pm

HPAB News:

The Los Alamos Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) is accepting applications for one vacancy on the Board. Applicants must be Los Alamos residents. HPAB terms are for three years.

The next 36 months will be an exciting time as the Historic Preservation Advisory Board develops the Fuller Lodge Interpretive Plan. In addition, the Board will review the Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic designations.

Previously known as the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board, the Board was successful in advising the capital improvement projects division on the following

Councilors Set To Host Booth At Saturday’s Fair

on August 8, 2017 - 3:50pm

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will host a booth during the County Fair Saturday at Ashley Pond Park.

The booth will open after the parade ends at approximately 10:45 a.m., and residents are invited to stop by and chat until 2 p.m. with Councilors about any comments, concerns or questions.

Staff from the Community Development Department will be on hand to answer questions and to demonstrate their new Citizen Portal software, and there will be information on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the citizen/business/organization-based Discoveries Action Team, and

District Attorney Marco Serna Visits Los Alamos

on August 8, 2017 - 2:56pm
First Judicial District Attorney Marco P. Serna was in town today and met with reporter Maire O'Neill who covers the cops and courts beat for the Los Alamos Daily Post. Following the meeting, District Attorney Serna met with the news team in the Los Alamos Daily Post world headquarters at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Letter To The Editor: About That Rec Bond Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 8:29am
By DELIA CRUZ-MURPHY
Los Alamos

As a parent, I have already lived through not having a: splash pad, a rec pool, or improvements to the ice rink. When it comes down to it you get creative with things to do with your kid(s) when living in Los Alamos.

Letter To The Editor: Election Results Matter

on August 8, 2017 - 8:28am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I'm a little surprised that Megan Fox thinks the 47 percent to 53 percent vote against the Rec. bond was not really a defeat (link). Six percentage points matter. To put it in perspective, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the NM popular vote 48 percent to 40 percent. By Ms. Fox's logic, it would be "a little bit of a stretch" to say that Ms. Clinton won NM's electoral votes.
 
As far as the Rec Bond, it was defeated, period. What that means is no bond issue for these projects, a narrow question.

Letter To The Editor: No Means No

on August 8, 2017 - 8:01am
By GRAHAM MARK
Los Alamos
 
Dear Council,
 
Please do not continue planning or funding county projects that were voted down in the last election. Incredibly, the “No” vote is being re-interpreted by believers in alternative facts to mean “OK.” Funding was one issue in that election, and financing seems the only issue being considered today, as if that's all that matters. But there are other things in life than money—for example, representative democracy.
 
You, the council, should not get to override the voting population. The county as a whole spoke last fall.

Letter To The Editor: Follow Up On Rec Projects Issue

on August 8, 2017 - 7:41am
By ROBERT PELAK
Los Alamos
 
In recent letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post, Joyce Anderson, Stephanie Nakhleh and Megan Fox have each suggested that a subset of the recreation bond projects should be undertaken despite the rejection by the public of the bond needed to finance them. They each offer slightly different interpretations on the meaning of the "no" vote. Did it mean that people only wanted one or some but not all of the projects? Did they want none of the projects because of the increase in future maintenance costs? Did they just not want to finance the projects with a bond?

Letter To The Editor: Timing Of Proposal Divisive

on August 8, 2017 - 7:30am
By ELLEN WALTON
Los Alamos

 

The recent defeated recreation bond issue and subsequent proposal by Councilors O’Leary and Chrobocinski to go ahead with some of the projects in that bond has become unnecessarily divisive. It is impossible for anyone to interpret exactly what that bond election said about the voters’ view on each project. The outcome of the vote on the ballot issue presented to us said that we reject a tax increase to fund a large group of recreation projects.

 

We also know that the bond issue for the proposed leisure pool or now alternatively named multi-generational pool

Possible Quorum Notice: Members Of Los Alamos School Board May Attend All Staff Picnic Friday

on August 7, 2017 - 3:03pm

LAPS News:

Members of the Los Alamos School Board may attend the Los Alamos Public Schools All Staff Picnic at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Urban Park.

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

Letter To The Editor: Responsible Local Government Listens To Their Voters

on August 7, 2017 - 2:26pm
By MEGAN FOX
Los Alamos

I’d like to weigh in from the “other side” on this Rec Bond topic.

To say the Rec Bond was “defeated” last year is a bit of a stretch. It was nearly a tie, 47 percent of those who voted were in favor of proceeding with all Rec Bond projects and the associated costs, and 53 percent of those who voted were opposed, for a variety of reasons. Many of those who opposed were in favor of improving or building some of the proposed Rec Bond projects, but were opposed to the huge bundle of all the projects together.

Some voters who voted against the Rec Bond were in favor of

Letter To The Editor: Clearing Up Confusion On Rec Projects

on August 7, 2017 - 1:52pm
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

Recent letters to the editor reveal some confusion about the results of the May 2017 Rec Bond election. To be clear, the Rec Bond question was whether to raise property taxes to proceed with five recreation projects. By a narrow vote, the town declined to support a property-tax increase. However, many citizens—those who voted for the bond and quite a few who voted against it—made it very clear that they want to see individual projects move forward.

Some of the most vocal critics of the Rec Bond pleaded with Council to find “a better way” to fund the

Spencer: Is ‘Bombs For Profits’ A Good Model For A Nuclear Weapons Lab?

on August 7, 2017 - 11:31am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” –Dwight Eisenhower

The County Manager and Council Chair have both submitted comments to NNSA regarding the draft solicitation for the LANL M&O Request for Proposals. The letters sent to NNSA can be found in this Daily Post article.

Pearce Applauds Repeal Of ONRR Valuation Rule

on August 7, 2017 - 10:51am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the Department of the Interior released a formal notice of their plans to repeal the Obama-era regulation on royalties for coal, natural gas, and oil extracted on federal lands.
 
“The Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) valuation rule was a direct attack on state’s like New Mexico that rely on the production of energy resources.

Letter To The Editor: Questions On Rec Project Funding

on August 7, 2017 - 10:37am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
In the past few days there has been a lot of uproar here in the Los Alamos Daily Post and on social media about the County Council's efforts to move forward and fund some of the recreation projects that would have been funded had the Rec Bond passed in May.
 
Cries of ignoring the will of the people are hanging in the air this morning as people slug it out on social media, and members of the County Council are being excoriated for their efforts to make much needed improvements to the town.

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