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Council Candidate Sara Scott Hosts Meet And Greet At Ruby K’s

on April 24, 2018 - 5:45pm

Los Alamos County Council candidate Sara Scott hosts a Meet and Greet this afternoon at Ruby K’s to chat with community members about the issues including local resident Amy Birnbaum. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Public Schools Ranked #1 In New Mexico’s Top School Districts Of 2018

on April 24, 2018 - 4:27pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is ranked #1 in New Mexico’s Top School Districts of 2018.

According to backgroundcheck.com, the best district in the state is Los Alamos Public Schools due to being rated an “A” school district and its high graduation rate of 87 percent.

The full ranking and information about their methodology can be found here: http://backgroundchecks.org/top-school-districts-in-new-mexico-2018.html

Ranked #2-5 in this list is Logan Municipal Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Dora Consolidated Schools and Moriarty-Edgewood School District.

Backgroundchecks.org is

Equality New Mexico Announces Endorsements Of Stephanie Garcia Richard For Land Commissioner And Maggie Toulouse Oliver For Secretary Of State

on April 24, 2018 - 2:56pm
 
 
 
ENM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Proudly, Equality New Mexico has endorsed Maggie Toulouse Oliver for Secretary of State and Stephanie Garcia Richard for Commissioner of Public Lands.
 
Toulouse Oliver has been instrumental in securing rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Knowing the road to marriage equality in New Mexico led through the courts, she invited the lawsuit filed by Kim Kiel and Rose Griego, et. al. that culminated in the Supreme Court’s 2013 “Griego v. Oliver”, ruling that marriage equality should be the law of the land in our state. 
 
“Maggie has proven herself to be

Primary Election Series: Candidates Morrison, Ryti, Robinson, Scott And Izraelevitz Speak On Council Goals

on April 24, 2018 - 2:15pm

Five of the six Democratic Primary Election candidates seeking to be their party's nominees for four County Council seats spoke at Kiwanis recently. From left, Timothy Thomas Morrison, Randall T. Ryti, James N. Robinson, Sara C. Scott and David Izraelevitz. The sixth candidate, Quentin David Dimick, had planned to participate, but came down with strep throat and was unable to attend. Photo by Don Casperson

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos held its second Primary Election briefing recently.

League Of Women Voters Of Los Alamos Elects New Board, Plans Coming Year

on April 24, 2018 - 1:49pm

The new League of Women Voters of Los Alamos Board of Directors was voted into office at the Annual Meeting Tuesday, April 17. Top row from left, Amy Birnbaum, Sandra West, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Ellen Mills, Akkana Peck and Julie Williams-Hill. Bottom row from left, Lynn Jones, Co-presidents Rebecca Shankland and Barbara Calef and 2nd Vice President Leslie Wallstrom. Not pictured are Secretary Rosmarie Frederickson, Jody Benson and Treasurer Kathy Taylor. Photo by Jean Dewart

LWVLA News:

 

At its Annual Meeting April 17, the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos elected a new board and

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Warns Government Agencies About Invoicing Scam Targeting Public Money

on April 24, 2018 - 12:36pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Wayne Johnson is warning state and local agencies today that a scam artist could target their finance employees with fraudulent invoices for significant amounts of money. In the past, some New Mexico entities have fallen victim to such fraud, costing taxpayers thousands.
 
“These criminals are very savvy and convincing,” Johnson said. “They do their research and often know how specific agencies work, and who works there. We have to be careful and rely on internal control methods to safeguard public money.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Meets Friday

on April 24, 2018 - 12:36pm

Pearce, Himes Take Part In Bipartisan Conversation On Countering Criminal And Terrorist Networks

on April 24, 2018 - 12:34pm
From left, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes participating in the USIP Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), chairman of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, participated April 17 in the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue entitled “Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach” with his colleague and Subcommittee Member, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). 
 
“Innovation in

Letter To The Editor: Keep Judge Greg Shaffer

on April 24, 2018 - 12:22pm
By FRANK KATZ
Formerly City Attorney
City of Santa Fe
 
I support District Court Judge Greg Shaffer because he has the right experience for the job. Division II is a civil division, meaning that it generally does not handle criminal or domestic relation matters. Judge Shaffer has over 20 years of diverse civil experience, as a litigator at a national law firm, a public servant in New Mexico, and a civil judge.
 
Most recently, Greg was Santa Fe County Attorney for three and one-half years before he became a judge.

Letter To The Editor: Christine Exemplifies Experience, Values, Priorities Needed For Positive Change

on April 24, 2018 - 12:22pm

By WENDEE BRUNISH
Los Alamos

I am writing to strongly endorse Christine Chandler’s candidacy for State Representative in District 43. Christine exemplifies the experience, values and priorities that we need in this position to make a positive difference for the people of New Mexico.

I have known Christine for over 20 years and first became familiar with her work through the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos.

Udall: Future Of Tribal Self-Governance Is Bright, But Much Work Remains

on April 24, 2018 - 7:51am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a recent oversight hearing on Tribal self-governance, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, urged Congress, federal agencies, and others to continue to work with Tribes to ensure more opportunities for shaping policies and programs that affect their land, people and communities.
 
“When the self-governance compacting program was made permanent in 1994, bureaucratic regulation and control of Indian programs administered by Tribes should have been a thing of the past.

Heinrich Announces $12 Million Air Force Contract For Albuquerque’s Applied Technology Associates

on April 23, 2018 - 6:14pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Air Force that it will award a $11.9 million contract to Albuquerque-based Applied Technology Associates (ATA) for a ground-based, multi-aperture space imaging system.

“Applied Technology Associates is a great example of a homegrown small business that is creating good-paying jobs and positioning our state as a national leader in emerging high-tech fields,” Sen. Heinrich said.

First League Candidate Forum For 2018 Primary Election: UNM-LA May 3

on April 23, 2018 - 1:25pm

LWVLA News:

The Los Alamos League of Women Voters invites the public to the first of two candidate forums to introduce candidates running in the June 5 Primary Election. This forum is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at UNM-LA, with refreshments and conversation with the candidates at 6:30 p.m.

This first forum is for the six Democrats running for County Council and the two Republicans running for County Sheriff. The candidates for County Council (four positions open) are David Izraelevitz, Quentin David Dimick, Sara C. Scott, James N. Robinson, Randall T.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson To Review Spending By Publicly-Financed Political Candidates

on April 23, 2018 - 12:57pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Wayne Johnson Friday notified the Secretary of State’s office that his office will conduct a special audit of primary election spending by candidates who receive public funds to run their campaigns.
 
This includes 12 candidates who will spend nearly $2 million of public monies combined between now and the general election Nov. 6, 2018. 
 
Johnson says auditors will compare campaign reports with guidelines for permissible campaign expenditures to ensure that public dollars are used properly, even in the context of a

Udall, Heinrich Introduce ‘Choose Medicare Act’ To Make Medicare Available To Everyone

on April 23, 2018 - 12:47pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced the Choose Medicare Act to give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Medicare as an individual or every employer to purchase Medicare for their employees.
 
“Every New Mexican and every American should be able to see a doctor, and have the affordable, quality health care they need to keep themselves and their families healthy.

Primary Election Series: Candidates Burke, Voss And Milenski Speak On Council Goals

on April 23, 2018 - 11:29am

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos began its Primary Election Speaker Series with talks by candidates for County Council from left, Libertarian Helen M. Milenski, Republican Brady W. Burke and Republican Dawn C. Trujillo Voss. The Democratic candidates for council were invited to a subsequent meeting, and their remarks will be adderessed in an upcoming story and photo. Courtesy/Kiwanis

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos began its Primary Election Series recently with talks by three candidates for County Council—Brady W. Burke, Helen M.

AG Balderas Announces Settlement With Visa & MasterCard Over Excessive Credit & Debit Card Fees

on April 23, 2018 - 8:41am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he reached a settlement with Visa and MasterCard, the United States’ two largest payment card networks, over a lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General alleging excessive fees charged during credit and debit card transactions.
 
“We negotiated an agreement that will compensate the harm to New Mexico’s economy, enforce our strong consumer protection statutes, and deter companies that seek to exploit our citizens and violate our consumer protection

Letter To The Editor: Sara Scott Is An Excellent Choice For Los Alamos County Council

on April 23, 2018 - 8:19am
By DOUG REILLY
Los Alamos
 
I believe Sara Scott would be an excellent member of the County Council. She has worked over 23 years (1989 - 2013) at LANL in a variety of scientific and leadership positions.
 
I first met Sara when she became Program Manager for Nonproliferation and Arms Control that's responsible for programs in nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation, where I worked. My son, also a chemist, worked with Sara at DP-Site when she first joined the Lab.
 
Sara's been active in community work including sewing and baking for dance recitals, serving as Girl Scout treasurer, chaperoning

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Hails Nation-Leading Year Of Wind Power Growth In State

on April 22, 2018 - 8:05am
New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have issued the following joint statement hailing a new report, the 2017 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, that shows the state grew wind power at a faster rate than any other state in 2017:
 
“We are proud to represent a state that is advancing American energy production, adding 570 megawatts of wind capacity in 2017. Today, there are 1,682 MW installed across the state – that’s over 1,000

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Is Another Great Candidate For The Environment

on April 22, 2018 - 7:31am

By MARK JONES
Former Chair
Sierra Club Pajarito Group

I was disappointed to learn that the Rio Grande (New Mexico) Chapter of the Sierra Club chose to make an endorsement in the competitive Democratic Primary for State House District 43 despite both candidates having an excellent record on our issues.

I have served on the Executive Committee of the Rio Grande Chapter, and as chair of the local Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club. I served two terms on the County Sustainability Board and am a member and supporter of at least 15 other environmental organizations.

Environmental issues are

Udall, McCollum Statement On GAO Report Finding Pruitt Phone Booth Purchase Violated Federal Law

on April 22, 2018 - 7:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday responded to a request from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) with a finding that the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal law by purchasing a $43,000 phone booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office – and then hiding that purchase from Congress.
 
In its report, the GAO found: “The U.S.

Jimenez: Preserving LWCF Will Keep Public Spaces Safe, Available For Kids

on April 22, 2018 - 7:25am
By JAMES JIMENEZ
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Our children need nature. To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them.
 
Spending time with family while connecting with nature brings tremendous health and educational benefits to children. Fortunately, New Mexico has numerous spectacular and historically and socially significant outdoor areas and we must do all that we can to protect them.
 
Much of New Mexico’s array of scenic beauty has been enhanced and protected by a

AG Balderas Celebrates Earth Day, Asks New Mexicans To Join His Fight To Protect State's Environment

on April 22, 2018 - 7:24am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE  In recognition of Earth Day, Attorney General Hector Balderas highlighted the continuing efforts of the Office of the Attorney General to protect the environment, and also provided suggestions on how residents can help preserve New Mexico’s pristine natural environment.

 

“New Mexico’s natural beauty is unmatched by any state and I will continue to protect our pristine environment for generations to come,” said Attorney General Balderas.

Marg Elliston Takes Helm Of State Democratic Party

on April 21, 2018 - 1:22pm

Newly elected Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston

DPNM News:

Truth Or Consequences – At a meeting in Truth or Consequences today, Marg Elliston took the helm of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Elliston was elected by the DPNM State Central Committee the committee of elected members of the Democratic Party from all 33 counties in the state who participate and conduct Party business. She is elected to finish chair this term, which ends at the beginning of 2019.

“As chair in this incredibly important election year, I’ll be working to ensure Democrats are using our energy

Scenes From Meet & Greet For County Council Candidate Sara Scott In White Rock Friday

on April 21, 2018 - 12:49pm
Los Alamos County Council candidate Sara Scott chats with local resident Dave Schiferl during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo
 
Council candidate Sara Scott greets resident Cait LeClaire during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo

County Council candidate Sara Scott speaks with resident Pat Walls during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in White Rock. Courtesy photo

Council candidate Sara Scott speaks with resident Allen Pratt during her Meet and Greet event Friday at the Pig + Fig in

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