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DOE Awards WIPP Transportation Services Contract

on June 4, 2017 - 7:35am

DOE News:

CINCINNATI – The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center recently announced the award of a contract to CAST Specialty Transportation, Inc. (CAST) of Henderson, Colo., for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transportation services. The Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity contract will use firm-fixed price task orders, with some cost reimbursement (no fee) items, with an estimated value up to $112 million. There is a five-year performance period, which includes a 60-day transition.

CAST will provide facilities, personnel, and

Letter To The Editor: A Few Questions For Chandler

on June 4, 2017 - 7:13am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos
 
I'd like to ask Mr. Chandler a few questions. From the tone of your letters why do you engage in hyperbole instead of facts? You are after all a lawyer and have filed several lawsuits seeking to hold the council and citizens alike to the strict letter of the law. I'd like to know what area of law you specialize in because you seem to ignore constitutional law and charter law. Don't lawyers usually research or at least have their paralegals research thoroughly before writing arguments? You seem oblivious to any of Los Alamos' history.
 
If you file a lawsuit

Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

on June 3, 2017 - 6:29am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact.

Letter To The Editor: Give Duties, Funding Back To Sheriff

on June 3, 2017 - 6:17am
By Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

I would like to thank the County Council for the reconciliation of the Sheriff's duties and funding. There seems to be a debate of how much funding the County should return to the Sheriff's Office. It seems that individuals responsible for trying to drive out this elected position are now in charge of determining what the Sheriff's duties should be. This seems to be a bit of a conflict of interest, a pick and choose as you will, of those obligations the Sheriff has to the citizens of Los Alamos County. 

George Chandler raised some interesting points.

Behind The Scenes At Local GOP Meeting

on June 2, 2017 - 7:15pm
Nominee Bill McKerley, left, congratulates John Bliss, the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County during Thursday's GOP meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
A small group of Republican Central Committee members attend Thursday's meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

Members of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee elected John Bliss as their new chairman Thursday evening during a meeting at UNM-LA.

Letter To The Editor: What Do We Gain From This Chaos? Let's Think About It For A Minute...

on June 2, 2017 - 6:49pm
By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

Well, I do have to apologize to Pete Sheehey, he caught me. I made a mistake when I said he wanted to give the jail to the Sheriff. I guess I was confused - what he actually wants to do is give prisoner transport to the Sheriff, or more accurately, to allow the Sheriff to “assist” in prisoner transport.

Pete also points out that he did not say the Sheriff could “arbitrarily” choose to interfere in police investigations, rather the resolution says if the Sheriff “reasonably believes” the “integrity” of an investigation would be compromised if carried out by the

State Auditor Tim Keller On Retirement Of UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs; Ongoing Special Audit

on June 2, 2017 - 5:08pm

UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the following statement today regarding the retirement of UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs.

“Mr. Krebs decision to resign doesn’t change the need for a transparent accounting of the activities at the athletics department. The public still deserves some sunshine on what’s going on at our state’s flagship sports program and our special audit will continue as planned.

Los Alamos Residents Dorota Listwan And Son Mark Become American Citizens Today

on June 2, 2017 - 4:14pm

Los Alamos residents Dorota Listwan of Poland and her son Mark Listwan with their Certificates of Naturalization. The mother and son became United States citizens this morning at a ceremony in Albuquerque. Dorota and her husband Pawel Listwan own Cottonwood on the Greens Restaurant at the Los Alamos Golf Course. Pawel became an American citizen in 2016. Courtesy photo

DNFSB Public Hearing On LANL Plutonium Operations

on June 2, 2017 - 8:05am
DNFSB News:
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will hold a public hearing about reducing the risk of current and future plutonium inventories at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Plutonium Facility beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. A public comment period begins at 8:30 p.m.
To pre-register to speak during the public comment period, email the request to hearing@dnfsb.gov or contact the Office of the General Counsel at 202.694.7062 or 800.788.4016.  Individuals also may submit written comments both prior to and at the

John Bliss Elected New Chair Of Republican Party Of Los Alamos County

on June 1, 2017 - 9:16pm

Members of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County Central Committee this evening elected John Bliss as their new chairman during a meeting at UNM-LA. Bliss won with 6 votes over nominees Bill McKerley with 5 votes and Lisa Shin with 4 votes. Bliss has lived in Los Alamos since 1997 and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in several leadership positions within the safety and radiation protection programs. Bliss was raised in Detroit, Mich., and earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University before beginning his active duty career.

Letter To The Editor: In Lieu Of Wearing Orange Friday

on June 1, 2017 - 11:11am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Friday is Wear Orange Day (it is Saturday in Santa Fe). This started in response to yet another senseless shooting in Chicago, as explained by Mike "The Gun Guy" Weisser. It has since spread far and wide and while most gun owners will cringe at supporting such a day, I think, as I have said before, that we need to find common ground between the firearms owning fraternity and those who see firearms in a negative manner.

The vast majority of gun owners in the U.S.

History On Tap: The Soviet Side Of The Cold War Tonight!

on June 1, 2017 - 8:44am

Los Alamos History Museum News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, for an engaging discussion about the Soviet side of the Cold War with Samantha Lippard. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

How did the other side live during the Cold War? This edition of History on Tap will explore the Soviet side of the Cold War, from Levi’s blue jeans and the British Invasion to cosmonauts and Soviet television.

Los Alamos Native Offers Aid, Assistance To Refugees

on June 1, 2017 - 7:15am

Los Alamos Native Ariana Rowberry volunteers at two refugee camps in Greece. Courtesy Photo

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY 

Los Alamos Daily Post 

 

Ariana Rowberry, a Los Alamos native, was working in the Middle East Directorate in Washington, D.C., when she decided to take some time off before going to law school this fall. Motivated to gain firsthand exposure to some of the policy issues that her directorate worked on, she decided to volunteer at refugee camps in Greece.

Rowberry spent February through April volunteering at two camps: Ritsona, a camp north of Athens primarily comprised of

Letter To The Editor: Checks And Balances Prevent Corruption

on June 1, 2017 - 7:12am
By GREG WHITE
Los Alamos

I can’t help but wonder what the motivation is for people to give up their rights that Americans died for, like happened in the last charter changes. Worse I can understand the motivation for doing away with checks and balances in the system. It’s called corruption. Let’s be clear I’m not making any accusations against any current Councilors or County employees.

No elected treasurer allows for the good ole boys (and girls) to misappropriate funds also called embezzlement.

Governor Susana Martinez Announces Plan To Serve Nearly 3 Million Meals To Kids Over The Summer

on May 31, 2017 - 2:58pm

New Mexico Gov. Susuana Martinez

STATE News:

  • More than 16.5 million Meals Served Since 2011

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez joined CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson to kick off this year’s summer food program and announced that nearly 3 million summer meals will be served to New Mexico children over the summer. More than 16.5 million meals have been served since the governor took office in 2011.

“Having access to good meals ensures our kids get the essential fuel their bodies and minds need while they’re out having fun over the summer,” Martinez said.

Chapman: More Thoughts On The REC Thingy

on May 31, 2017 - 1:26pm
By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

I have some post facto thoughts about the REC bond stuff, building on comments from before and after the vote. I hope the tone of this note, like that of the recent note by Shin, et al. (hey, I’m a scientist, so I cite like one), this link helps set a mood for the presumed on-going discussion of this topic.

I’ll start with my background with recreational facilities within municipalities. My experience is from the late 50’s through the mid 1970’s in Milford (CT) on the coast between Bridgeport and New Haven.

Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

on May 31, 2017 - 12:19pm

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff's Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing the

Letter To The Editor: Response To George Chandler

on May 31, 2017 - 6:38am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

My friend George Chandler and I have respectfully disagreed about the Sheriff’s role in Los Alamos for a long time. However, his recent letter (link) misstates what my Resolution (link) proposes. First of all, I do not propose to “expand” the duties of the Sheriff, but simply to restore a limited set of traditional duties to the Sheriff’s Office, and insure that those duties are done by properly trained and certified persons.

I consulted the County Attorney about how to phrase the Resolution in a way that maintains the law enforcement mandate of the

Letter To The Editor: A Better Way For LA Responds To 2017 Recreation Bond Election Results

on May 30, 2017 - 5:23pm

By A Better Way For LA
Lisa Shin, President
Lisa Brenner, Vice-President 
Patrick Brenner, Treasurer
 

The results of the Rec Bond vote speak to a community, which is both eager to invest in itself and concerned about its economic future. We understand the disappointment of the advocates for the Rec Bond. We applaud and commend their many hours spent on this project. We are grateful for their vibrant participation in the democratic process.

Now, we must work together to achieve a fiscally responsible and mutually beneficial end goal.

Letter To The Editor: No Language Mandating Expansion Of Sheriff’s Office In 2016 Election Question

on May 30, 2017 - 6:45am
By GEORGE CHANDLER
Los Alamos

County Councilor (Pete) Sheehey has prepared a resolution purporting to “settle the debate” about the Los Alamos County Sheriff. He writes that we must respond to the decision last year by voters to keep the vestigial Sheriff’s Office in our charter, by carving out law enforcement duties for the sheriff’s office, hiring and certifying deputies and staff, handing over the jail, and buying a pickup to pull the sheriff’s horse trailer to meetings of the Sheriff’s Association.

Oh, there is a slight oversight in the letter promoting his resolution: he apparently

Participants Sought For New Mexico Girl’s State

on May 29, 2017 - 5:53pm

Participants at New Mexico Girl’s State in 2016. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Local resident and American Legion Auxiliary icon Marie Todd who has been in charge of the program since being passed the torch in 1969 from Louise Mendez is hopeful that local young ladies will take the opportunity to experience what New Mexico has to offer.

Young women headed into their senior year in high school can apply for New Mexico Girl’s State being held June 4-9 this year.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján On Memorial Day

on May 29, 2017 - 5:34pm

By U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján 
Memorial Day is very special to me. It is a day where we honor the brave men and women who have given their lives in service of our nation. When called upon to act, the courageous few have stepped up to defend our nation, and in turn, made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us. I cannot be more grateful and humbled by their sacrifice, and I thank them for their service.
 
Memorial Day is a time of reflection. While we enjoy spending time with family and friends, enjoying BBQs and good weather,  we must remember what this day is about.

Tribute To Russ Gordon Placed In Congressional Record

on May 28, 2017 - 7:45am
Russ Gordon with Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler after the reading of the ‘Tribute to Russ Gordon’ Friday at the Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park, which U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich placed in the Congressional Record. Chandler read the Tribute and presented Gordon with an official copy of the transcript, which he is holding. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

U.S. Sen.

Governor Susana Martinez Signs Bipartisan Agreement On Budget, Vetoes Massive Tax Increases

on May 27, 2017 - 8:10am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bipartisan agreement Friday on the state budget, and vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases.

“I've long said that budgets are about priorities, and this package is no different. I'm pleased to sign this bipartisan agreement on our budget that funds our colleges, universities and legislature. It also enacts my plan to invest more money in cancer treatment and research and help more New Mexicans go to college – while dipping into legislative retirement accounts and pork projects.

“It

AG Keeps Serial Murderer Clifton Bloomfield In Prison

on May 27, 2017 - 7:57am

Clifton Bloomfield

ALBUQUERQUE – In December 2016, the office of Attorney General Hector Balderas appeared before Judge Benjamin Chavez to argue to keep five-time convicted murderer Clifton Bloomfield in prison for the rest of his life.

Balderas has announced that Judge Chavez agreed with the Office of the Attorney General by denying Bloomfield’s attempt to get out of prison. Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to murdering five people in New Mexico, filed a writ of habeas corpus to withdraw his guilty plea.

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