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2019 Election Polls In Los Alamos County Have Closed!

on November 5, 2019 - 7:18pm

The 2019 election polls closed at 7 p.m. for Los Alamos School Board, LAPS School Bond and UNM-LA Advisory Board. Election volunteers from left, Republican Election Judge Mark Strong, Declined to State Election Judge Ysabel Meana, Democratic Election Judge Zoe Robles, Democratic Presiding Judge Linda Fox, Democratic Election Clerk Lynn Jones and Student Election Clerk Luc Chavez gather for a photo as the polls close in the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scenes From Los Alamos County Vote Centers Today

on November 5, 2019 - 4:50pm

Scene today inside the Vote Center at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Voters are electing members to the UNM-LA Advisory Board and Los Alamos School Board. The polls remain open until 7 p.m. today. The Los Alamos Daily Post news team will be reporting this evening as elections results come in at www.ladailypost.com. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Residents cast their ballot today inside the Vote Center at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The polls remain open until 7 p.m. today. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Christi and Frank Gac voting today inside the

Election Day Is Here ... Polls Open Until 7 P.M. Today

on November 5, 2019 - 10:42am

COUNTY News:

Today is Election Day 2019 and all Los Alamos County Vote Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at locations in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Election Day Vote Center Locations:

  • Los Alamos County Municipal Building – Boards & Commissions Room;
  • White Rock Town Hall – Conference Training Room;
  • Los Alamos County Golf Course – Multi-Purpose Room;
  • Betty Ehart Senior Center – Downstairs Classroom; and
  • University of New Mexico-Los Alamos – Room 631 in Building 6.

Governor Visits Monday With New Mexico National Guard Troops Ahead Of Deployment To Africa

on November 5, 2019 - 9:33am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham meets Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers and officials at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas ahead of their deployment to Africa. Courtesy/NMS
 
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visiting Monday with soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas. Courtesy/NMS
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham met Monday with New Mexico National Guard soldiers at the Fort Bliss Army post in El Paso, Texas, ahead of their deployment to Djibouti to conduct security operations with the Navy, Air Force and other multinational forces.
 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Proclaims November ‘Veterans & Military Families Month’

on November 5, 2019 - 7:13am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a proclamation declaring November “Veterans & Military Families Month” throughout the state of New Mexico.
 
While the nation honors the service and sacrifice of military veterans Nov. 11, it’s equally important to recognize the sacrifice of their families, Gov. Lujan Grisham said.
 
“The strength of our veterans and service members is rooted in the unconditional love and unwavering support of their families,” the governor said.
 
November was designated Military Families Month nationally

Letter To The Editor: What Is A Banana Republic?

on November 5, 2019 - 7:10am
By VERNON N. KERR
Los Alamos
 
What is a “banana republic”?
 
According to my understanding, it is a Central or South American country that has an unstable government frequently established by a coup d’etat. Venezuela is a current example.
 
This could never happen here - or so I thought. Our constitutional form of government with peaceful transitioning of government prevents that. Every two years, the people get a chance to change the government or in four years or six, in some instances. I thought we were safe.
 
Now comes the Democrat Party, which refuses to accept the fact that

Update: SOS Releases Voter Turnout; Same Day Voter Registration Numbers Through End Of Early Voting

on November 4, 2019 - 1:58pm

From the Office of the Secretary of State:

Same Day Voter Registration Used by more than 2,000 New Mexicans

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today released the voter turnout and same day voter registration numbers through the end of early voting for the regular local election.

These are unofficial numbers that reflect absentee and in-person voting for the 2019 regular local election from the start of early voting Oct. 8, 2019 through the date specified on the table below.

The “Same Day Registration” column reflects the number of people who utilized the same day

Public Notice: Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Meets Nov. 8

on November 4, 2019 - 1:38pm

NM Indian Affairs Department News:

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is meeting noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Board Room at CNM Main Campus at 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, in Albuquerque.

The meeting is open to the public.

Public parking is available south of University Boulevard across CNM Main Campus. 

An agenda will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and posted on the Indian Affairs Department's homepage at http://www.iad.state.nm.us/.

Direct questions about the MMIW Task Force meeting to Stephanie Salazar at 505.690.4079 or by email at:

Governor: 4th Grader Asher Dean Of Arroyo Seco Wins 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest

on November 4, 2019 - 1:25pm

Courtesy image

STATE NEWS:

SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest announced today that Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”

With his winning entry, Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Udall, Heinrich Endorse Ben Ray Luján For U.S. Senate

on November 4, 2019 - 1:09pm

Senatorial Candidate Ben Ray Luján

STATE News:

Nambé – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) announced today their endorsement of Ben Ray Luján for the U.S. Senate. 

I am proud to endorse my friend and colleague Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator from New Mexico. Having served with Ben Ray, it’s clear that he will be a strong champion for New Mexico. He will continue the hard work of reforming and strengthening our democracy, ending the reign of dark, secret money in our politics, and protecting our public lands and combatting climate change, Udall said. I am

Letter To The Editor: Sierra Club Endorses Kristina Ortez To Fill Sen. Carlos Cisneros Unexpired Term

on November 4, 2019 - 8:50am
By JODY BENSON
Chair, Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club

When New Mexico Sen. Carlos Cisneros died Sept. 17, White Rock lost a legislator who knew his district, was informed on the issues and expert on process, and stood with a strong voice for his constituents in his committees.

He was available to meet with us to discuss issues, was responsive to our concerns and feedback, and although sometimes he didn’t vote on a bill the way I’d hoped, he would tell us why he took the positions he did.

Now our Los Alamos County Councilors get to nominate a person to fill Cisneros’ unexpired term.

Letter To The Editor: Bernstein Addresses Voters

on November 3, 2019 - 8:20am
By CHRISTINE BERNSTEIN
Dist. 3 School Board Candidate (Aspen)

Only a few more days left until the election!

I have had a great time walking around town and talking to people! I have learned so much about our town and the people in it. It has been a pleasure speaking with so many of you. 

I have been invited into homes, sat with people, been given pears and other items. This is one kind and generous place.

I am still walking and knocking, but if I have not made it to your door, please feel free to let me know and I will stop by and introduce myself!

I can be reached at

Cypress Inc. Concedes Grazing Lease Cancellation

on November 3, 2019 - 7:09am
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
 
State Land Office News:
 
SANTA FE Cypress Inc., a corporation associated with Jeffrey Epstein, has conceded the State Land Office’s cancellation of two livestock grazing leases.
 
Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard sent a cancellation letter in early September giving Cypress 30 days’ notice of her intent to cancel the leases. Cypress, through an Albuquerque law firm, filed a contest of the cancellation and a petition in First Judicial District Court to immediately block the cancelation. 
 
The court did not grant Cypress’

Lunch With A Leader: Martineau And Linke Nov. 19

on November 3, 2019 - 7:07am
LWV News:
 
The November League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader features Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Liz Martineau and Los Alamos Historic Preservation Advisory Board Chairwoman Leslie Linke.
 
The meeting is 11:45 a.m., Nov. 19 at Mesa Public Library and is open to the public.
 
Liz Martineau was born into a military family and believes that her early travels led to a life-long love of people, cultures, and lifelong learning. She has family in Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas.

New Mexico Republican Party Sues Secretary Of State, Clerk, Board Over Failure To Fix Absentee Ballot Issue

on November 3, 2019 - 6:43am
RPNM News:
 
The Republican Party of New Mexico and Las Cruces mayoral candidate Mike Tellez have filed suit against New Mexico’s Secretary of State, the Dona Ana County Clerk and the County’s Absent Voter Precinct Board.
 
The RPNM and Tellez claim the defendants are ignoring a 2019 law that requires absentee voters to provide their name, address and date of birth.
 
The lawsuit charges that The AVPB had been instructed by the County Clerk, who herself was acting on the advice of the Secretary of State Maggie Oliver, to count the ballots despite at least one of the three

Santa Fe City Becomes 10th Jurisdiction To Pass Resolution Supporting Wildlife Corridors

on November 3, 2019 - 6:40am
Santa Fe City Board of Commisioners. Courtesy/HECHO
 
HECHO News:
 
SANTA FE The City of Santa Fe voted unanimously Oct. 30 to pass a resolution supporting the protection of wildlife corridors in the upper Rio Grande Basin, as well as supporting pending legislation to protect wildlife corridors nationwide.
 
The City becomes the 10th jurisdiction in New Mexico to support such a resolution, joining Mora, Colfax, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe County, Taos County, as well as the Town of Taos, the Village of Pecos, and the City of Española.
 
The resolution encourages the U.S.

Richard Nebel: Impeachment...

on November 1, 2019 - 5:09pm
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

“In a lonely grave, forgotten and unknown, lies ‘the man who saved a president,’ and as a result may well have preserved for ourselves and our posterity constitutional government in the United States…”. These words were written in 1956 by Senator John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer Prize winning book “Profiles in  Courage”. That forgotten man is Edmund G. Ross and that lonely grave is in the Fairview Cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Edmund Ross was an abolitionist and a Senator from Kansas.

Sen. Heinrich Taps Rebecca Avitia For Chief Of Staff

on November 1, 2019 - 9:51am

Rebecca L. Avitia

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced this morning that Rebecca L. Avitia will serve as his chief of staff in Washington, D.C.

Avitia is a native New Mexican and will be one of three Latino chiefs of staff serving in the Senate. She is transitioning next week from her role as Heinrich’s state director.

Before joining Heinrich’s state leadership team, Avitia served as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

“Throughout her career, Rebecca has been a strong

New Mexico Commits To Outdoor Recreation Principles

on November 1, 2019 - 9:35am
Director of Outdoor Recreation Axie Navas (bottom row at right), joins with representatives from four other states Oct. 24 to be the latest signatories of the Confluence Accords. Courtesy/NMED
 
Courtesy/NMED
 
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE Outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and Virginia committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords, on behalf of their governors, at a signing ceremony yesterday. That brings the total number of states to an historic 13.
 
The signing took place in St.

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Marco Serna

on November 1, 2019 - 7:14am

CD3 Candidate Marco Serna
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

Democratic candidate Marco Serna provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

SERNA: A Member of Congress must embody the characteristics of their constituents.

RSF Calls For Release Of Chinese Reporter Huang Xueqin Who Covered Hong Kong Protests

on November 1, 2019 - 7:08am
Journalist Huang Xueqin
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Chinese independent journalist Huang Xueqin, also known under the name of Sophia Huang, who covered the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last summer and the #MeToo movement in 2018.
 
She was arrested Oct. 17 in her home province of Guangdong under the vague charge of “making trouble and picking quarrels", an accusation often used by the regime against journalists, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
 
“Huang bravely addressed societal topics that are of the

Gessing: Santa Fe Spending Binge Kicks Into High Gear

on November 1, 2019 - 6:50am
By PAUL J. GESSING
Rio Grande Foundation
 
The Legislative Finance Committee recently reported the requests of New Mexico government agencies for FY 2021.
 
Last year the Legislature increased general fund spending by a robust 12 percent, but with oil production growing rapidly and prices per-barrel holding stable, New Mexico government is planning for another year of massive growth.
 
In fact, (not including funding requests for public school support and from higher education institutions) agencies are looking to further increase their budgets in Fiscal Year 2021 by a shocking 17

CBC PAC Endorses Ben Ray Luján For US Senate

on October 31, 2019 - 4:23pm
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
NAMBE The Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Wednesday endorsed Ben Ray Luján for the U.S. Senate:
 
"The Congressional Black Caucus is proud to support Ben Ray Luján to be the next Senator from New Mexico. A progressive champion for people of color, Ben Ray helped elect the most diverse Congress in history that is now legislating on priorities that will help uplift all Americans," said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Gregory Meeks.

Udall, Kaine: Resolution To Reinforce U.S. Leadership In Peaceful Use Of Space & Technology Innovation

on October 31, 2019 - 7:17am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution to maintain U.S. leadership in protecting satellites and spacecraft in Earth’s orbit from space debris and ensuring that all nations cooperate to promote the peaceful use of space for research and commercial purposes.
 
The resolution prioritizes the implementation of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space guidelines negotiated between the U.S.

New Mexico Delegation Celebrates House Passage Of Permanent Chaco Canyon Protections

on October 31, 2019 - 6:59am
 
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION  News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, along with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small, joined Tribal leaders and conservation advocates Wednesday to celebrate the House passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon.
 
Introduced in April by the New Mexico Delegation, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act would withdraw 316,076

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