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Gessing: Governor Was Right To Wield Veto Pen

on April 19, 2017 - 3:22pm
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
There has been a lot of criticism of Gov. Martinez in the wake of her use of the veto pen in the wake of the 2017 legislative session. Tough economic times are not fun and New Mexico (unlike most other states in the union) remains in the midst of tough times.
 
Democrats in the Legislature recently spoke out saying “enough is enough” referring to budget cuts and there have been increasing calls for the Legislature to override certain vetoes.
 
On can argue the merits or demerits of many of the dozens of vetoes, but the big ones on the budget

Legislature Honors UNM-LA Student Kaylen Pocaterra

on April 19, 2017 - 12:24pm

From left, UNM-LA Academic Student Success Manager Elizabeth Rademacher, UNM-LA student honoree Kaylen Pocaterra, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney at the New Mexico Legislature. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News: 

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) student Kaylen Pocaterra was recognized Feb. 27 by the New Mexico Legislature as a member of the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa New Mexico All-State Community College Academic Team. Along with 34 other team members, Pocaterra was applauded for her academic achievements and outstanding academic success.

The students were introduced to both the

Letter To The Editor: Let's Bring Our Small Town Into The 21st Century ... Vote Yes On Rec Bond

on April 19, 2017 - 12:11pm
By LYNNE CLARKSON
Los Alamos
 
As a facilities coordinator for the AAU basketball teams (GO, LA SLAM!) and a member of the Hilltopper Basketball Association (HBA), I can confirm that facilities for sports and recreational activities in Los Alamos are scarce.
 
Organizations such as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, adult basketball, roller derby (youth and adult), pickleball, fencing, and martial arts are all competing (i.e. "fighting")over limited space.
 
Los Alamos is an active town, with diverse and varied interest. We have been limited by lack of facilities for far too long.

Letter To The Editor: This Could Happen To You...

on April 19, 2017 - 8:44am
By DIANA NORWOOD
Los Alamos
 
As everyone's voicing their opinions on "current immigration policies"... here's what's actually happening. My mother is "at this very moment", being fingerprinted, and back ground checked at a facility in Santa Fe. My mother, Lilly, is a "legal immigrant" with a permanent green card for almost 60 years. She's the wife of a retired U.S. Army Major. My father is a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. My mother has a social security card, a U.S. military ID card, and a New Mexico drivers license ... and has been a New Mexico resident for well over 30 years.

Los Alamos County Council Tentatively Approves Public Works Department Proposed Budget

on April 19, 2017 - 8:34am

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton presents his department's proposed budget during Tuesday's budget hearings in Council Chambers. Regarding one budget item, Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary asked during the Monday night budget hearing about the postponement of the $2.73 million HVAC project at Mesa Public Library.

DPU FY18 Proposed Budget Squeaks By Council

on April 19, 2017 - 7:05am

Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager Tim Glasco presents his department's budget to County Council during Tuesday's budget hearings. Ultimately, the $71,462,741 proposed budget squeeked by with council's tentative approval. It was passed 4-3. Councilors Chris Chandler, Antonio Maggiore and Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary opposed the budget while Councilors Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, James Chrobocinski and Council Chair David Izraelvitz voted to tentatively approve it.

Letter To The Editor: Do We Need More Bread And Circus In Los Alamos?

on April 18, 2017 - 5:31pm
By KHAL SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I am somewhat perplexed that the County is pushing for a "recreational bond".
 
With the county freezing hirings on critical positions in the fire and police departments and with uncertainty on whether the next national laboratory contract will be a for-profit or nonprofit, this does not seem to be the time to burden the county taxpayer with more debt.
 
Adding more facilities will require not only bond payments but added staffing and budget line items to maintain them. The result will be more of a burden on the taxpayer.

Detailed Recreation Bond Election Information Now Available Online And At County Clerk’s Office

on April 18, 2017 - 8:06am

COUNTY News:

To provide voters information, Los Alamos County has created a detailed Recreation Bond election voter information booklet. It is available for download online here, at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, the County Municipal Building and various County facilities.

Los Alamos County voters will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed $20 million general obligation bond, to be repaid from property taxes for the purpose of designing, acquiring, constructing, purchasing and improving recreation facilities including a multi-generational pool, splash pad and a recreation

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Stand Strong Against Anti-Science Forces

on April 18, 2017 - 7:07am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

This Saturday, April 22, people from all over northern New Mexico will gather in Santa Fe in support of science. As the event organizers put it, “The March for Science champions science as a pillar for the advancement of human knowledge, progress and prosperity. We unite on April 22, Earth Day, as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for the freedom of science in the interest of the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

In Los Alamos, we benefit especially from federally-funded science,

Letter To The Editor: Office Of The Sheriff – Let’s Work On This Now

on April 18, 2017 - 6:39am
By LISA BRENNER
Los Alamos

The following are my comments to County Council April 17, 2017.
 
Councilors:
 
I am here to comment on the Office of Sheriff and the Sheriff’s budget. I have to admit that I am dismayed that the budget for the Sheriff has not been reinstated since YOUR Question 1 ballot measure failed. The people of Los Alamos have spoken. We want the Office of Sheriff.  
 
The duties which were in place at election time in 2014 are the duties that the people elected the Sheriff to perform.

Council Tentatively Approves Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office Proposed FY 2018 Budget

on April 17, 2017 - 8:28pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents his proposed budget this evening to the County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from this evening's County Council meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Sheriff Marco Lucero addresses Council this evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presented his proposed FY 2018 budget this evening to the County Council.

Governor Discusses Possible DMV Cuts During Today's Los Alamos Visit

on April 17, 2017 - 4:42pm
Gov. Susana Martinez visits the Los Alamos Department of Motor Vehicles this afternoon and highlights possible cuts in hours that may be necessary at the agency if the state budget cannot otherwise be balanced. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
CEO Linda Daly, left, of The Family YMCA in Los Alamos questions Gov. Susana Martinez this afternoon at the DMV about the proposal that nonprofits be charged gross receipts tax. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Gov.

Fleming: Urban Bike Path Update

on April 17, 2017 - 10:58am
Courtesy image
 
By BRENDA FLEMING
Los Alamos
 
Last May, after attending a few county meetings on the plan of this town, I was a little depressed thinking about all the people making decisions about this town that don't actually live here. 
 
With a spark of activism, I wrote to the Los Alamos Daily Post what I wanted as a local mom and business owner – which was an urban bike path to connect the town's historical landmarks, small businesses and residential areas – the "oh-so-needed vein of the town" is how I phrased it – for tourists and locals alike. (read article here)
 
I emailed my

President Trump In Syria: A New Foreign Policy?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:48am

Professor Nader Hashemi

SFCIR News:

Following the recent missile strike in Syria, and the new chill with Russia, is President Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East taking shape? What will the administration's policy toward ISIS be? Toward Syrian refugees? Toward Assad?

The
Santa Fe Council on International (SFCIR) invites the community to hear Professor Nader Hashemi share his insights Thursday on evolving US foreign policy considerations.

Professor Hashemi is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

“It’s no

Letter To The Editor: Will Los Alamos Remain ‘Home Of The Brave’?

on April 17, 2017 - 8:25am
By TERRY GOLDMAN
Los Alamos

As I was an authorized immigrant to and am now a citizen of the United States, you might think that, having followed the legal requirements, I would not be supportive of all refugees and immigrants, whatever their status. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although I did not leave Canada out of fear or persecution, I did learn some relevant history there that most Americans are not likely to have encountered.

The two main early European waves of immigrants to North America were from England and France, but they were of completely different characters.

Governor Signs Bills For Students In State's Care

on April 17, 2017 - 6:57am
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has signed two bills that will improve support for students in the state’s care. The legislation was developed in collaboration with young people who have had foster care or juvenile justice experience and their insights were critical to ensuring this legislation would provide meaningful help for system-involved students.
 
The Governor’s action places New Mexico at the forefront of a growing movement to improve educational outcomes for children in foster care, homeless students, and those involved in the

Letter To The Editor: In support Of Rec Bond

on April 16, 2017 - 7:54am
By TOMMY OLDHAM
7th Grader
White Rock

My name is Tommy and I am a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School. I support the Los Alamos Recreation Bond fully. I am involved in the Los Alamos Hockey Association and Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse League. These are only two organizations out of a whole bunch of others that could benefit from the bond passing.

There are a lot of projects on the bond, one of them is a Recreation Center, which would include gym space, a track and an indoor ice rink. Yes, we do have an ice rink, but some of the time we are unable to use it when we need to.

Heinrich Statement On March Jobs Report

on April 16, 2017 - 7:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the March jobs report.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 98,000 jobs in March.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers show there are still challenges ahead that this administration must address. President Trump and Republicans should focus on job creation and raising wages.

Udall On Trump Refusal To Release Visitor Logs

on April 15, 2017 - 10:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement Friday on the Trump administration’s decision that it will not release White House visitor logs, breaking with the pro-transparency precedent set by the Obama administration.

“This stunning decision from the Trump White House raises an obvious question: what is President Trump trying to hide? Once again, this administration is stonewalling information that Congress and the American people have a right to see.

Letter To The Editor: Spend Now, Repay Forever...

on April 15, 2017 - 9:07am
By KEI DAVIS
Los Alamos
 
Here we go again! Those aren't leaves on our trees, they're banknotes – and we have a lot of trees!
 
We're told that we cannot afford to replace the HVAC in the Mesa Public Library; staffing, hours, and frequency of warm water weekends at Larry Walkup only goes down; infrastructure generally crumbles around us; but obligating ourselves to $20 million to build and operate some high-maintenance new toys is a great idea! http://www.ladailypost.com/content/voters-consider-multi-generational-pool
 
It's such a good idea that it must be in the same exalted class of

Governor Signs HB 58 - Rulemaking Requirements

on April 15, 2017 - 6:32am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has acted on the following legislation:
 
Signed House Bill 58 — Rulemaking Requirements [MESSAGE]

Letter To The Editor: Recreation Bond Thoughts

on April 14, 2017 - 6:48pm

By Resident of Los Alamos

My property taxes have doubled for my half duplex in the past seven years. At the current rate of increase they double again in 10 years. My retired years will be funded by personal investments, social security, and not a pension fund.

I am speaking in behalf of all who live in town who will not have a pension fund and live off of social security. With the increase of our water rates, sewer rates and current bonds that the County will never retire, I am against a new recreational bond.

There are several large buildings in town that are empty.

Letter To The Editor: Resolution On Immigration An Example Of ‘Virtue Signaling’ ...

on April 14, 2017 - 1:03pm
By CHALRES KOOSHIAN
Los Alamos

The letter submitted by Councilors David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler, “Continuing The Conversation On Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees” (link) is an anodyne statement that we can all subscribe to, as is the resolution by Councilor Pete Sheehey. However, I would like to offer a point of view that hasn’t been expressed.

The resolution is simply an example of the phenomenon referred to as “virtue signaling.” This occurs when an individual, group, or organization attempts to project an image of how wonderful, moral, law-abiding, caring, compassionate,

Voters To Consider Multi-Generational Pool

on April 13, 2017 - 10:27pm

A rendering of the potential multi-generational pool. Courtesy Image ​

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A multi-generational pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is one of the projects included in the Los Alamos recreation bond. If voters pass the bond, the pool would offer features for infants to senior citizens to enjoy.
 
While all the features are conceptual at this point, Community Services Director Brian Brogan said typical characteristics for these pools include zero depth entry, water slides and lazy rivers.

Letter To The Editor: Continuing The Conversation On Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees

on April 13, 2017 - 9:04am
By David Izraelevitz and Chris Chandler
Los Alamos County Councilors
 
Our fellow Councilor Pete Sheehey prompted a spirited community discussion about law enforcement, community values, and the roles and responsibilities of our local government when he brought forward a resolution at a Council session last week focusing on the treatment of immigrants and refugees in our community and nationally.
 
Many community members spoke up during that Council session, and even from the dais, we could feel the intensity of feeling and personal attachment to the subject.

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