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Auditor Johnson Warns Alamogordo About Potential ‘Job Fund’ Violations

on September 17, 2018 - 7:48am
Wayne Johnson
ALBUQUERQUE New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson this week warned Alamogordo city leaders about potential violations of the Local Economic Development Act and other missteps as they built an entertainment venue.
Johnson says his office received more than a dozen complaints about the project, and initiated a special investigation.
“There appears to have been lots of confusion over the years as this project staggered along,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, such chaos creates an environment that is ripe for waste or abuse.

Scenes From GOP Picnic At Urban Park Sunday

on September 17, 2018 - 7:44am

Republican candidates running for local and state offices gathered for a community picnic sponsored by Dist. 28 Rep. Jimmie C. Hall Sunday afternoon at Urban Park. From left, Court of Appeals Judge Hank Bohnhoff (incumbent) Municipal Judge Alan Kirk (incumbent), Rep. Jimmie Hall, Brady Burke (county council), Lisa Shin (Dist. 43), John Bliss (county council), Dawn Voss (county council) and James Whitehead (sheriff). Photo by John

Scene from GOP picnic Sunday at Urban Park. Photo by John

Candidates from left, Lisa Shin (Dist.

Balderas On EPA Rollback Of Methane Emission Regs

on September 17, 2018 - 6:16am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
From the Office of the Attorney General:
Attorney General Hector Balderas issued this statement Sept. 11, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s dangerous plan to roll back methane regulations:
“By rolling back critical methane waste regulations, President Trump’s EPA continues to put industry profits before New Mexican families’ safety and our environment.
“Wasting New Mexico’s natural resources not only harms our families, but jeopardizes our precious environment, so I will continue to fight these harmful acts with every tool

Business Breakfast With Chandler And Shin Sept. 20

on September 17, 2018 - 6:07am

Lujan Grisham Requests Funding For National Caregiving Grants

on September 17, 2018 - 6:06am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) led a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) to request $10 million in Care Corps grant funding in the fiscal year 2019 LHHS Appropriations bill.
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been working to enact and fund Care Corps grants since her first term in Congress.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Strong Funding For NM Priorities In Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

on September 16, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced major wins for New Mexico in the Energy and Water appropriations bill, which was part of the minibus funding package that passed the House Thursday.
“This funding package makes significant investments in New Mexico, providing key federal resources for our local infrastructure, science and innovation initiatives, and clean energy programs.
“One of my priorities has long been to ensure local communities are made whole for the work they have completed with the Army

Political Signs Surface As Election Day Draws Near

on September 16, 2018 - 5:47am

Political signs are dotting the landscape Saturday morning on Sherwood Boulevard in White Rock as the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election Day draws near. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Political signs on display Saturday morning on Rover Boulevard in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Udall Addresses National Congress Of American Indians

on September 16, 2018 - 5:25am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, addressed the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday at its 2018 Tribal Unity Impact Days.
In his remarks, Udall discussed the committee’s work to achieve Indian Country’s priorities and his commitment to fighting for issues vital to tribal communities – including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and strengthening its tribal provisions. Udall also highlighted his concerns regarding U.S.

RSLC Releases ‘18 In ’18 Races To Watch – Hispanic Heritage Month Edition’

on September 15, 2018 - 2:14pm
RSLC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) Friday debuted its “18 in ’18: Races to Watch – Hispanic Heritage Month Edition.”
Comprised of the RSLC’s Future Majority Project (FMP) and Right Women, Right Now (RWRN) candidates of Hispanic heritage who are running for state-level offices around the country this year, these candidates are rising stars who will champion conservative policies while representing the full diversity of the nation.
The RSLC’s FMP and RWRN initiatives both aim to identify, recruit, and support new diverse and women

Lujan Grisham And Morales Release Five-Step Plan To Strengthen NM Infrastructure; Create Jobs

on September 14, 2018 - 5:09pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE This morning, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Howie Morales announced a plan to tackle New Mexico’s infrastructure needs, create jobs, make our roads safer, and build a strong economic backbone for the long term.
With clear strategies to leverage state revenues and private investment to deploy strategically to the most important projects, Michelle and Howie continue to demonstrate that they are prepared to tackle the biggest issues facing New Mexico’s communities and economy.
“To build a vibrant economy

Luján Introduces Legislation Leveraging Telehealth To Combat Opioid Epidemic

on September 14, 2018 - 4:58pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced the Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth Act, which would provide states with options to leverage telehealth to increase services and treatment for Medicaid patients.
Similar legislation authored by Senator Carper was included in the Senate opioid package, the Opioid Crisis Response Act, as section 2203. The House version introduced by Luján contains additional language that focuses on treatment for individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and

Pearce Announces Plan To Improve Lives Of New Mexico’s Military Veterans

on September 14, 2018 - 6:59am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
ALBUQUERQUE — Steve Pearce, candidate for Governor, announced Tuesday a plan to improve the lives of veterans throughout New Mexico.
“New Mexico has a large veteran population who answered the call to serve our nation. Each of them deserves our gratitude. As Governor, I will make New Mexico the most veteran friendly state in the nation.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Visits Daily Post

on September 14, 2018 - 2:51am

New Mexico State Auditor Wayne Johnson visits Thursday afternoon with some of the news team at the Los Alamos Daily Post. Johnson discussed the importance for government agencies to have regular audits to catch potential non-compliance issues early. Johnson was appointed to the position in December 2017 and previously served as a Bernalillo County Commissioner. He encourages anybody who suspects waste, fraud, or abuse in a government agency to report it by visiting or calling 1.866.OSA.FRAUD. Anonymous reports are accepted. From left, Reporter Kirsten Laskey, Johnson, Publisher

Land Commissioner Candidate SGR Visits Daily Post

on September 14, 2018 - 2:31am

House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard is running for Land Commissioner on the Democratic ticket and stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday afternoon for a visit. Post Reporter Kirsten Laskey is at left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local Political Parties Renew Agreement To Keep Politics Out Of Homecoming Parade Friday Sept. 28

on September 13, 2018 - 5:08pm
By Robyn Schultz, Chair
Democratic Party of Los Alamos County


By John Bliss, Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos County

The Los Alamos Homecoming Parade is Sept. 28. Four years ago, our local Democratic and Republican parties agreed not to participate in the Homecoming Parade. We felt that the Homecoming Parade is a beloved community tradition which should not be politicized. 

This year, we are recommitting to this and have asked our candidates not to have entries (as candidates) in the parade. 

You’ll see plenty of our local candidates mingling with other citizens during the

Elizabeth Allen Seeks To Bring Courtroom Experience To Municipal Court Bench

on September 13, 2018 - 9:27am
Elizabeth K. Allen
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Attorney Elizabeth K. Allen is running for municipal judge.

The Democrat spoke about her decision to enter the race during an interview last week at the Los Alamos Daily Post.

“I love Los Alamos … I love this town and without being elected I’ve already been able to get involved,” Allen said. “There are so many opportunities to serve here – whether on a board or at my children’s school.”

She has served on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the DWI Planning Council, Pajarito Environmental

Sara Scott: Let's Chat

on September 13, 2018 - 9:16am
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

One of the best parts of running for public office is the opportunity to speak with so many folks in the community – through knocking on doors, participating in meetings of community organizations, meeting with county staff and attending local events.

I really enjoy getting to chat with both new and familiar faces. I’ve heard about a wide variety of issues important to many in the community including:

  • Identifying how to increase the amount and types of housing options.
  • Supporting our school system and the University of New

Balderas Announces Lawsuit Against Tech Giants Who Illegally Monitor Child Location, Personal Data

on September 13, 2018 - 7:38am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
From the Office of the Attorney General:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas, sued a group of tech companies Wednesday for illegally tracking children online.
The suit, filed against Google, Twitter, Tiny Lab Producions, MoPub, AerServ, InMobi PTE, AppLovin and IronSource, alleges the apps designed by Tiny Lab Productions and marketed by Google in its Play Store are targeted at children and contain illegal tracking software.
Federal law makes it illegal to collect personal data from children under 13 without parental consent.

Council Weighs In On RCLC Reimbursement Issues

on September 12, 2018 - 3:00pm
Community members at Tuesday's special County Council meeting regarding reimbursement issues at the RCLC. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
County Attorney Alvin Leaphart, left, and County Manager Harry Burgess listen to council during the special meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

How the County should move forward in its role with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) and correct past mistakes regarding reimbursements was discussed at length Thursday night during a special Los Alamos County

Benson: Every Day Is 9-11...

on September 12, 2018 - 9:50am
Los Alamos

Tuesday morning, a monumental American flag soared from the high-angle rescue ladder above the row of fire engines and emergency vehicles parked ceremonially at the West Jemez Road Fire Station. Tuesday was 9-11, something Americans alive in 2001 were tasked to Never Forget.

As I watched people heading into LANL, however, it seemed as if … well … a lot of us have, indeed, forgotten. Drivers were concentrating on mundane things like the phone at their ear, or the car ahead rather than the flag above.

RCLC Discusses New Leadership And Mission

on September 12, 2018 - 8:16am

From the Office of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities:

When it comes to advocating for northern New Mexico, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is key. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is the linchpin of the region’s economy, and the RCLC’s mission is to bring area communities together and to provide leverage to demand answers from the Department of Energy (DOE) as well as LANL regarding questions of funding and environmental cleanup.

Additionally, the RCLC’s leverage has continued to be a powerful voice in leading LANL to reinvest in local communities.


Governor Announces Intel Moving New Memory Technology Development To Rio Rancho

on September 12, 2018 - 7:42am
Gov. Susana Martinez
RIO RANCHO Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Intel Corporation is moving technology development for its 3D XPoint memory technology to its facility in Rio Rancho. The move includes the addition of over a hundred jobs at Intel’s Rio Rancho site.
“Since day one we’ve been committed to making New Mexico a great place to do business and now Intel is adding more jobs and bringing new opportunities to New Mexico,” Martinez said.

Discuss D.C. Statehood At League Event Sept. 20

on September 12, 2018 - 7:38am


LWV News:

Yilin Zhang is coming to New Mexico to talk about the move for statehood for Washington, D.C., a League of Women Voters issue. She will be here at 5 p.m., Sept. 20 for discussion, drinks, and appetizers at the home of Becky Shankland, 6 Mariposa Court in White Rock. 

This has been a hot topic since 2016 when D.C. citizens voted to petition Congress for statehood. 

Questions Zhang will address include:

  • Can DC citizens vote for president?
  • Do DC citizens pay taxes?
  • Do DC citizens have representation in Congress?
  • What would a state of Washington DC look like?


Meet Local GOP Candidates At Picnic Sept. 16

on September 12, 2018 - 7:04am


Gessing: What To Do With That $1.2 Billion Surplus?

on September 12, 2018 - 6:56am
Rio Grande Foundation
The announcement that New Mexico’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is now $1.2 billion in surplus is welcome news. After a decade of fiscal and economic challenges, there are signs of life in the Land of Enchantment.
Nonetheless, serious public-policy issues persist in our state and the wealth generated by booming oil production in the Permian Basin should not be a license for policymakers to avoid much-needed reforms.