Column: Closing Corporate Tax Loophole is Win for New Mexico Businesses

Column by State Sen. Peter Wirth
District 25-Santa Fe

Developing a vibrant, diverse private sector economy is critical to getting New Mexicans back to work. 

While our national labs and large, multi-state corporations are important to our economy, 98 percent of New Mexico businesses are small or medium sized with less than 100 employees. 

To create jobs, policy makers must focus on our local businesses and give them the tools they need to grow and compete. 

Key to the success of any small business is a fair tax code that lets it compete with the multi-state competitors down the


Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Amendments Appropriately Packaged

Councilor David Izraelevitz
By David Izraelevitz and Mike Wismer
Los Alamos County Councilors

Among the many important decisions facing us as a community this November, is the issue of several proposed amendments to our County Charter.

Much has been written about the process by which these amendments were composed, aside of whether each is a good idea or not.

In a subsequent column we will discuss the merits of each proposed change, but here, let’s talk about the process itself, and specifically logrolling, because we want to correct some erroneous comments in this area.



Letter to the Editor: Vote for Charter Amendments to Improve Local Government

By Lawry Mann

The four amendments to the Charter seem reasonable to me. For more than two years, they have been discussed in open meetings by the Charter Review Committee and the County Council. 

The Charter Review Committee was selected by the Council to represent a wide cross section of our community. Many meetings were held by the Committee so the public could present and persuade. 

The Charter Committee members themselves had many different viewpoints. The amendments, the product of all those meetings, were presented to the County Council. 

After vetting the proposals


Get Answers to Charter Questions at Farmer’s Market

Chris Chandler, left, discusses charter amendments with Heather McClenahan at a recent Farmer’s Market. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com


Members of the Charter Review Committee will be available 9:30-11:30 a.m Thursday at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions about the proposed Charter Amendments that will be on the fall ballot

Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday through the Nov. 6 election day.


UNM-LA Student Government Sponsors Forum

UNM-LA News:
The public is invited to attend a candidates forum sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the new Lecture Hall-Building 5.
Candidates for Los Alamos County Council will share their philosophies on the K-20 education continuum and strategies for achieving effective education opportunities in Los Alamos.
2012-13 Student Government Association members will pose questions and moderate this forum.
All UNM-LA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend


Voter Registration Closes Today and Absentee Voting Begins

ELECTION 2012 News:

Voter Registration closes at 5 p.m. today in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office.

Residents who would like to make changes to their voter registration or register to vote, may do so in the Office of the County Clerk at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

Voter registration forms are also available at the State of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Field Office and at the Los Alamos and White Rock Libraries.

Absentee Voting begins today by mail or early in person in the Office of the County Clerk.

Hours: Monday thru Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open during the noon hour)

Address: 2451 Central Avenue,


Senior Center Forum at Betty Ehart Senior Center Sept. 28 [Audio with Photos]

Below is an audio recording of the candidate forum held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Sept 28. All six county council candidates participated. Still photos of the event are included here. Forum topics ranged from a question about the UNM-LA Bond and lowering taxes (28 minutes in), Charter Amendment proposals (42 minutes in), school facilities and whether Los Alamos is over-building (59 minutes in), free bus service in Los Alamos (1 hour 15 minutes in) and discussion about restoring the Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir (1 hour 21 minutes in.) Morrie Pongratz hosted the forum: 


League of Women Voters Sponsors 3rd Forum Oct. 11

LWV News:

The 3rd Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters this election season is set for 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. refreshments) Thursday, Oct. 11 at the White Rock Baptist Church, #80 on N.M. 4.

The forum includes:

  • Supreme Court Candidates Barbara Vigil and Paul J. Kennedy
  • Court of Appeals Candidates Monica Zamora and Miles Hanisee
  • NM House District 43 Candidates Stephanie Garcia Richard and Jim Hall

The public is invited to attend the Forum.



Northern New Mexico Tea Party Forming Thursday

By Rose Stephens
Are you satisfied with the current state of affairs of our country?
… the debt?
… foreign aid to our enemies?
… lack of jobs?
… etc., etc., etc.
Do you believe in fiscal reasonability (balanced budgets)?
Do you believe In free market capitalism (equal opportunity for all)?
Do you believe in limited federal government (more local control)?
If so, attend the first organizational meeting of the Northern New Mexico Tea Party of Los Alamos, Santa Fe & surrounding communities.
We can make a difference in the November


Letter to the Editor: Issues or Emotions – PAC Activities Pollute the Political Process

Letter to the Editor by Rep. Jim Hall-R
Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties

Voters need to know about an issue raised in a recent Letter to the Editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Political Action Committees (PACs) are conducting phone surveys and sending out mailers—and may do other campaign activities in the future. 

These activities are independent of candidates, usually emotion-laden, and often misleading.  

PAC activities are neither sponsored by, nor coordinated with, any candidate or candidate committee. By law, fundraising and spending by candidates must