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Column: Two Reasons Governor Supports Jim Hall

on October 27, 2012 - 10:15am
Two Reasons Gov. Susana Martinez Supports Jim Hall:
Attracting Business and Reforming Education
By Mandy Marksteiner

Last Sunday Susana Martinez travelled to Los Alamos to support Jim Hall to be re-elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives.

In her speech she described how Hall worked to reform taxes so that construction and manufacturing companies could recover from the economic recession, and how he supported a “no social promotion bill,” and made sure that the initiative was fully funded.

Reforming the business tax system to allow businesses to thrive in New Mexico


Letter to the Editor: Charter Vote is Turning Point in Los Alamos History

on October 27, 2012 - 10:01am
By Ellen Walton
Los Alamos

Protecting citizen home rule in Los Alamos begins with the voter. You have before you four ballot questions for Los Alamos County charter amendments, and a very serious decision to make about your home rule government. 

A vote of “yes” to these amendments will move us towards an impenetrable central government; a vote “no” will preserve the rights that were fiercely fought for by citizens who considered the original charter of 1967. 

That charter was defeated, mostly because the petitioning requirements for referendum, recall, and initiative were considered

LAEN Hears Pros and Cons of Charter Changes

on October 26, 2012 - 8:03am

Los Alamos County Council candidate Kristin Henderson speaks in favor of the four proposed Charter Amendments during a presentation to members of the Los Alamos Entreprenuers Network gathered at The Hive in White Rock Thursday morning. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

LAGRI member Skip Dunn spoke against the proposed Charter Amendments. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio Campaigns for Heather Wilson

on October 26, 2012 - 8:02am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke in support of senatorial candidate Heather Wilson who shares the podium with Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Barry Wednesday at Tiguex Park near Old Town. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A crowd of some 300 people cheer as, from left, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Barry, Gov. Susana Martinez, Heather Wilson and Sen. Marco Rubio take the stage Wednesday for a Wilson political rally in Tiguex Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark



Letter to the Editor: Intent Was to Correct Any Short Comings

on October 26, 2012 - 6:56am

By Mike Wheeler

Several years ago I and my fellow councilors passed a non-partisen motion to appoint a citizen committee to review the county charter since several petitions had been brought by citizens but were found to be illegal.

Our intent was to correct any short comings that may impede citizen input to the council. Our appointed committee included several citizens who brought the problem petitions to the council.

Now three years later, Los Alamos can vote on needed amendments that clarify and simplify the county charter.

The proposed amendments should help citizens who wish to

Letter to the Editor: History of Abuse

on October 26, 2012 - 6:47am

By George Chandler

I address an interesting recent take on the charter amendments in which we were told that there is no history of abuse of the petition process in Los Alamos.

In 1979 and again in 1982 there were successful referendum petitions and subsequent elections that reversed zoning actions by the county. 

But the losers of the 1982 election appealed the voter’s decision and in 1983 the Supreme Court ruled that zoning can only be done by representative bodies, not by election. 

Under this rule the 1979 referendum would have also been illegal.


Letter to the Editor: Furious at Icons on Ballots

on October 25, 2012 - 10:12am

By JJ Maier

I just returned home from voting early here in my home town of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

I was furious to discover that the ballot had “icons” in front of the presidential candidates – not their party icons, but icons selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State:

1. Obama had a distorted eagle

2. Romney had the American Flag

When I called our local County Clerk, they said the local government has no control over how the ballot looks or what is on it and that this ballot format is being used by all precincts throughout the state.

This seems way over the top in attempting

First Time Voter Opts For Straight Democratic Ticket

on October 25, 2012 - 9:49am

 First time voter Mason Olcott cast his ballot for House Dist. 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard and the rest of the Democratic ticket Wednesday at the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office. Courtesy photo