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Campaigners in Los Alamos

Today is Primary Election Day.  Here is a view of a couple of campaigners in Los Alamos. We aren’t sure what the Los Alamos County sign code (or future sign code) says about this type of mobile sign, but it draws your attention.

Submitted by Lynn Strauss on her iPhone.


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Today is Primary Election Day – There is No Wrong Place to VOTE

Today, June 5 is Primary Election Day and Voter Convenience Centers (polling locations), are set up across Los Alamos County and available to all registered voters regardless of precinct.

Voter Convenience Centers are designed to give voters more flexibility on Election Day since they are not constrained to a specific polling location.

Voter Convenience Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at: 

  • Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St.
  • White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4
  • Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. (Kelly Hall)

Below is a listing of candidates as shown


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Bun Ryan Honored at JFK Banquet

Bun Ryan. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Kristen Lasky

It does not seem to be a stretch to say U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Bernard “Bun” Ryan, a Los Alamos Living Treasure, Pierotti’s Clowns softball player and long-time Democrat, share more than a few similarities.

It’s not just the political affiliation. Civic work, community responsibility and profound impacts are other parallels. Plus, Ryan worked on Kennedy’s election campaign. So it seems fitting that the Los Alamos Democratic Party would honor Ryan with a JFK Banquet Democratic


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Early Voting Officially Ends as Final Ballot is Cast

Christopher Montoya casts the final ballot at 5:59 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock officially closing the chapter on the Early Voting election cycle for 2012. Montoya, 20, is a Los Alamos High School graduate, too young to vote in the last election. “It was exciting to be able to vote but I was a little worried because it was so close to 6 p.m.,” he said. Early Voting ended at 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Christopher Montoya fills out the final ballot Saturday evening just before the doors closed, officially closing the 2012 Early Voting cycle.


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Hearing Forces NM Secretary of State to Obey Law

By Cynthia B. Hall, Candidate for PRC

Chief Judge Barbara Vigil of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico will hear arguments at 4 p.m. today (May 31) from publicly-funded PRC Candidate Cynthia B. Hall and others concerning whether New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran should release matching funds as required by state law. 

Hall hopes for a decision today on the Temporary Restraining Order and Amended Petition for Writ of Mandamus she filed over the last week. 

This hearing has the potential to remedy the damage the Secretary of State has done to Hall and other publicly-financed


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Early Voting Ends Saturday!

2012 Primary Election Information:

Los Alamos County Bureau of Elections is reminding registered voters that Early Voting will end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday, June 2 at the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. or White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4.

Absentee Voting In Person will also end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 2 at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

For more information, visit http://www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx


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Sen. Richard C. Martinez Speaks to Constituents

Column by Sen. Richard C. Martinez

I want to thank all of my constituents living in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties for the warm receptions I received along the campaign trail. 

I have been ill recently, so I will probably not be able to see a lot of you who live in the areas I planned to visit before election day.

As I met with some of you, we talked about topics related to our daily lives and we shared ideas about them.

As we move forward in the next few years, we will need to find solutions for issues like:

  • ­       Balancing environmental concerns

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Candidates Address the Issues

County Council candidates discuss the issues during a forum Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Monitor. From left, Vincent Chiravalle, Marc Clay, Kristin Henderson, Ken Johnson, Pete Sheehey and Roger Waterman. Courtesy photo 

House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, at left, was among audience members at Thursday’s forum. Monitor Publisher Keven Todd, at right, served as moderator. Courtesy photo  


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Column by Dist. 5 Senate Candidate Alfredo Montoya

Column by Alfredo Montoya

I have been honored, in recent weeks, to appear before voters in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties to debate the issues with my opponent for the District 5 State Senate seat.

I am anxious to appear in public with him so that you can learn about the differences between us.

I am confident that I can win your trust in fair debate.

Yesterday evening, my opponent and I were asked to continue the discussion we began at the Los Alamos League of Women Voters forum, albeit in Espanola.

I was extremely disappointed because, even though theRio Grande Sun called this election, “the


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First John F. Kennedy Banquet Set for June 2

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF LOS ALAMOS News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will host its first JFK Banquet 6-9 p.m., Saturday June 2 at the Best Western Hilltop House.

Local baseball legend Bun Ryan is the featured guest.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is the at the Keynote Speaker. A special video will be shown of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman honoring Bun Ryan.

The cost is $50 per person or reserve a table of eight for $350.

A delicious three course meal will be served with your choice of beef tenderloin or vegetarian crepes with dinner salad, baked potato, rolls and chocolate cheesecake.  

The John F. Kennedy


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Kiwanis – Local GOP Candidates Forum [Audio]

Editor's Note: Marc Clay was unable to attend last week's forum. He spoke to the Kiwanis Club Tuesday, May 22, and his talk has been added to the original story.

Marc Clay, Candidate for Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Karen Kendall.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos held a local Republican Candidates Forum today.  Local Los Alamos Republican Candidates Sharon Stover (Candidate for County Clerk – represented by her husband Steve Girrens), Vincent Chiravalle and Roger Waterman (both candidates for County Council) were in attendance.

Marc Clay, County Council Candidate,


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Los Alamos Daily Post Providing Complete Election Night Coverage

The Justice Center lobby will remain open 7-9 p.m., during the June 5 Primary Election for the public to gather and watch as the Los Alamos County Clerk posts election results.
 
For those community members unable to attend, the Los Alamos Daily Post news team will be out in force providing complete election night coverage live from the Justice Center.
 
Find up to the minute election results, photos and candidate interviews on video, which will be broadcast throughout the evening on ladailypost.com.
 
 

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Early Voting Underway Throughout County

Residents turned out this morning at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue for early voting, which continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for the June 5 Primary Election. Photo by Greg Kendall.ladailypost.com

Preview Sample Ballots:

Republican – All Precincts (1-17):  www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Documents/Sample%20Ballot%20REP.pdf 

Democrat – Senator District 5 (Precincts 7-17): www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Documents/Sample%20Ballot%20DEM%20Senator%205.pdf

Democrat – Senator District 6 (Precincts 1-6):


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Local Door to Door Campaining in Full Swing

Los Alamos High School graduate Patty Plank Maki with her husband Butch campaigned around Los Alamos Saturday for their son, Danny Maki, who is running for a seat on the Public Regulation Commission. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. and worked with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan both in Washington and when the congressman chaired the PRC. Residents are seeing more and more candidates coming to their door as the June 5 Primary Election draws near. Courtesy photo


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Councilors Greet Senator on Campaign Trail

Los Alamos Council Chair Sharon Stover and Councilor David Izraelevitz, right, welcome Sen. Richard Martinez during his campaign stop this morning at the Coffee Booth. Martinez is seeking re-election in District 5, which includes Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.The Democrat also met with members of the public at the restaurant. Photo by H. Kris Fronzak


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Senate Candidate Discusses Passion for Protecting Natural Resources, Education

Column by Alfredo Montoya

Thank you very much to the people of Los Alamos, and the very energetic League of Women Voters for the opportunity to participate in your voter forum laast Thursday.

Many excellent questions were raised, especially about the environment and the quality of our regional groundwater. Water is a passion of mine.

I thank the Los Alamos Daily Post for allowing me to continue the discussion at its online newspaper site.

I initially decided to run for State Senate because, as a five-term commissioner of Rio Arriba County, I grew frustrated by the incumbent’s unwillingness


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Sen. Martinez Meet & Greet at 11 a.m.

By Sen. Richard Martinez

I want to remind all of my constituents living in Los Alamos that I will be visiting with a few of the Los Alamos County Councilors today, May 21.

We are having coffee at the Coffee Booth in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center and starting at 11 a.m. will follow with a “meet and greet” for the members of the public.

Some of the members of the Los Alamos community who were in attendance at the forum sponsored by the League of Woman Voters of Los Alamos Thursday, May 17, provided valuable input on issues we need to address not only as lawmakers, but together as a community

For those of you who


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Sen. Martinez Thanks the League

By Sen. Richard Martinez

I want to express my gratitude to the League of Woman Voters from Los Alamos for inviting me to participate in the forum sponsored by them last night (Thursday) and also to the members of the Los Alamos community who were in attendance.

It gave me pleasure to have the opportunity to participate and I sincerely enjoyed meeting with you to discuss some of the important issues that we are faced with finding solutions for.

I share the same concerns about our valuable resources: water, the environment and the education of the youth in our district and state.

During my tenure, I have


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GOP Elects Delegates to Quadrennial Convention

The Los Alamos County GOP held its Quadrennial County Convention Thursday evening at the Los Alamos VFW.

The purpose of the County Quadrennial Convention was to elect delegates to the Republican Party of New Mexico Quadrennial Convention to be held June 9 in Albuquerque.

The State Convention will elect delegates to the National GOP Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Newly elected Delegates seated from left, Heather McClenaghan, Marie O’Neill, JoAnn Johnson and standing from left, Bob McClenaghan, Mike Weaver, Bill McKerley and Jordan Redmond. Courtesy/GOP


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