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Letter To The Editor: Morris Pongratz Would Be Wonderful Addition To School Board

on October 30, 2019 - 9:18pm
Miriam Wallstrom and Sydne Ashford attend the Espanola Foster Children’s Christmas party, a Key Club event sponsored by Kiwanis. Courtesy photo
 
By MIRIAM WALLSTROM
Los Alamos

Morrie Pongratz would be a wonderful addition to the Los Alamos School Board. I was honored to have the opportunity to work with Morrie for four years during my time in the Los Alamos High School Key Club. 

As a timid first-year member, I felt more welcome in the club after interacting with Morrie’s warm and spirited personality.

Call For Letters Of Interest: Replacement For Unexpired Term Of Sen. Carlos Cisneros Deadline Nov. 7

on October 30, 2019 - 4:57pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council is seeking Letters of Interest from those interested in filling the unexpired term of State Senator Carlos Cisneros, who passed away recently.

The Council, together with the Commissions of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos Counties, has the responsibility of providing the Governor with the name of a recommended individual for the position.

They plan to take action on this matter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at their Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Letter To The Editor: Janecky Endorses Baker

on October 30, 2019 - 4:37pm
By LOUISE A. JANECKY (LOUI)
Los Alamos

District 4 Voters,

I am writing this letter to ask that you first and foremost vote in the current election.

I am also writing to ask that you support Julia Baker for our LAPS District School board seat. She is the candidate most able to serve you well.

I held this seat and served as your school board member (secretary, vice president and president) in the past. I know how much work it takes to be an effective school board member.

Letter To The Editor: Hargraves Endorses Bernstein

on October 30, 2019 - 9:57am
By BILL HARGRAVES
School Board Member
Los Alamos Public Schools

I am a member of the LAPS School Board and I endorse Christine Bernstein for the LAPS School Board (District 3 Aspen).

Christine has been an active, in-the-classroom teacher for over 20 years, including several years in Los Alamos Public Schools, giving her an expertise in areas that distinguish her from her opponent. If elected, Christine would be the only Board member also actively teaching students.

As a teacher, she has the knowledge and the skills to work effectively with other Board members, lead committees, and make real

Los Alamos Branch Of AAUW Meets Nov. 7

on October 30, 2019 - 7:43am
AAUW News:
 
The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women is having its fall meeting 7:15-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at White Rock Branch Library on Longview Drive and N.M. 4.
 
New Mexico Commissioner for Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard will present a talk on the challenges and opportunities she faces as land commissioner.
 
The meeting is open to the public.

Luján On Toulouse Oliver Opting Out Of Senate Race

on October 30, 2019 - 7:32am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
NAMBE Democratic Senate Candidate Ben Ray Luján issued the following statement Tuesday evening on Secretary Toulouse Oliver's decision to end her campaign for the U.S. Senate:
 
"First and foremost, Maggie Toulouse Oliver is a friend. In this campaign, Maggie stood up for our values - like health care for all and addressing the climate crisis. Her voice made our democratic process stronger, and I'm honored to have her support for my U.S. Senate campaign.
 
"Over the next year, I will continue to travel our state and earn the support

Governor Honors CNN HERO Roger Montoya

on October 30, 2019 - 7:27am
CNN Hero Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Española was honored by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham with a statewide proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 29: Roger Montoya Art as Medicine Day. Courtesy/CNN
 
STATE News:
 
ESPAÑOLA The Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham honored CNN Hero Roger Montoya, co-founder of Moving Arts Española, with a statewide proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 “Roger Montoya Art as Medicine Day”.
 
The City of Santa also has declared through a formal proclamation Nov.

Udall Presses Boeing Executives On Lax Safety Culture Resulting In Two Fatal Crashes

on October 30, 2019 - 7:10am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Vice President John Hamilton about the company’s “cozy” relationship with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulators and commitments to reform in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX 8 jet.
 
Udall pressed the Boeing leaders to take responsibility for their company’s culture and business processes in order to prevent future accidents.
 
Udall

New Mexico Tech Secures Seven Year, $93 Million Contract To Support Air Force Cyber Initiatives

on October 29, 2019 - 6:05pm
New Mexico Tech News:
 
SOCORRO New Mexico Tech has secured a seven-year, $93 million contract to assist the Air Force Research Laboratory explore cyber-related defense initiatives.
 
The award will involve research, development, evaluation, testing, training and deployment support services for electronic and cyber technology problems.
 
New Mexico Tech will leverage its deep cyber and technical expertise of faculty, staff scientists and students to accomplish new research initiatives.

Maggie Toulouse Oliver Ends Senate Campaign

on October 29, 2019 - 5:12pm

Maggie Toulouse Oliver

From the Campaign Office of Maggise Toulouse Oliver:

 

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Tuesday announced late this afternoon that she is ending her campaign for U.S. Senate.

She released the following statement:

“I’m a fighter. I’ve fought to protect New Mexico’s elections system from foreign interference; I’ve taken on corruption in state government; and I’ve twice stood up to President Trump when he demanded New Mexicans’ personal voter information. I’m not afraid of a tough fight.

“That’s why I decided to run for the U.S.

Sen. Tom Udall & Rep. Alan Lowenthal Statement Ahead Of Beverage Companies Plastics Announcement

on October 29, 2019 - 9:53am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) released the following joint statement ahead of an announcement from The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo about a new sustainability initiative.

Udall and Lowenthal are drafting major legislation, to be introduced this fall, to tackle the plastic waste crisis.

“The environmental and health crisis caused by plastic pollution has captured the attention of people across the globe – who see with their own eyes the buildup of plastic in our oceans, rivers, and

SOS Releases Voter Turnout And Same Day Registration Numbers For Ongoing Regular Local Election

on October 29, 2019 - 8:23am
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Monday provided an update on the number of New Mexico voters who have already cast their ballots for the regular local election currently happening throughout the state.
 
The update also includes a breakdown of the total number of voters who have utilized same day voter registration during this election, the first time voters in New Mexico were able to do so. The numbers can be found in a PDF attached to this release.
 
Sec.

Udall, Heinrich: Homeland Security Improvement Act

on October 28, 2019 - 9:36am

U.S. SENATE News:

New Senate legislation is a companion to House-passed bill that will create a DHS ombudsman to improve agency accountability and ensure better engagement with border communities

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have

introduced the Homeland Security Improvement Act to address some of the nation’s immigration challenges at the southwest border and improve

What If The U.S. Had Invaded Japan On Nov. 1, 1945?

on October 27, 2019 - 8:16am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
By JOHN C. HOPKINS
and CLAY DILLINGHAM
Los Alamos
 
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed Europe at Normandy in the D-Day landing. This successful operation hastened the collapse of Nazi Germany, and we rightly commemorate this day and celebrate the enormous contribution of our armed forces. 
 
But another date, November 1, 1945, should also be remembered for what did not take place as originally planned and for the lives that were not lost. This was the date the United States had chosen for the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Bailey Tapped For Construction Industries Division

on October 27, 2019 - 7:59am
Clay Bailey
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The new head of the state’s Construction Industries Division has 18 years of experience protecting the public from fires and explosions.
 
Clay Bailey takes over immediately as director of the Construction Industries Division, New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Superintendent Marguerite Salazar announced Tuesday. He moves to that position from the LP Gas Bureau, where he has been bureau chief and a certified arson and fire investigator.
 
The Construction Industries Division licenses contractors and certifies journeymen in the building trades;

NMG&F Votes To Rejoin Wolf Recovery Program

on October 27, 2019 - 7:27am
DW News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The New Mexico State Game Commission has voted to rejoin the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program including becoming a signatory to the Cooperating Agencies MOU and engaging in on the ground management activities.
 
The state game commission voted in 2011 to leave the program during a change in leadership at the state level.
 
Southwest Program Director Bryan Bird of Defenders of Wildlife issued this statement:
 
“We commend the Game Commission for its vote to recommit to saving the Mexican gray wolf.

NM Delegation Hails $3 Million For UNM Program Focused On Improving Autonomous Technology

on October 27, 2019 - 7:20am
 
Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of New Mexico (UNM) $3,254,834 for its Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into Experts program.
 
This program will help develop improvements to make autonomous technology more adaptable to real-life behavior while also preparing underrepresented students for future

Heinrich Lays Out New Ways To Build A More Resilient 21st Century Electric Grid, Announces Plans For Transmission Investment Tax Credit Legislation

on October 26, 2019 - 4:43pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, delivered the keynote address at the International Summit on the Electric Transmission Grid. At the event, held at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Sen. Heinrich announced plans to introduce legislation to create an investment tax credit for regionally significant transmission projects.
 
"There is a disconnect right now between transmission access and the best large-scale clean energy resources.

RPNM Chair Releases Statement On Republican National Committee Passage Of Resolution Condemning Democrats Secretive Impeachment Investigation

on October 26, 2019 - 10:51am
RPNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to the Republican National Committee’s resolution in support of President Trump and the Graham-McConnell resolution:
 
“Today, the RNC Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution supporting President Trump and the Graham-McConnell resolution condemning the secretive, illegitimate impeachment inquiry being conducted by House Democrats. Every American, including our President, has the right to the due process.
 
The closed-door impeachment proceedings

Letter To The Editor: Supporting The School Bond Is Just The Right Thing To Do

on October 25, 2019 - 5:05pm

By SARA SCOTT
Los Alamos

I have been pleased to see so many letters of support for the school bond question and would like to add my own for several reasons.

First, the Los Alamos public school system is a key contributor to our community’s quality of life. It is one of the reasons that both I and others have come to, and remained in our town. I feel very fortunate to live in a community that provided our children with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment and would like to make sure that future generations of children and young adults have the same opportunities.

Main Street Alliance Business Owners Support The Corporate Transparency Act

on October 25, 2019 - 4:18pm
MSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. With the passage of the Corporate Transparency Act (H.R. 2513), Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne, had this to say:
 
“Main Street Alliance and its small business owner members applaud the House passing the Corporate Transparency Act. This bill will increase transparency and level the playing field so that businesses can engage in open competition based on product or service quality, organizational efficiencies, and talent. That is a market in which we can compete.
 
Requiring secretive businesses to come out from the

Sen. Udall Addresses 2019 Democratic Latino Summit

on October 25, 2019 - 4:07pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) delivered remarks at the 2019 Democratic Latino summit along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chair, Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chair, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and numerous other Democratic senators.
 
The summit with Latino leaders and advocates from across the country provided the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing

Secretary Of State: Same Day Voter Registration Still Available For Nov. 5 Election

on October 25, 2019 - 11:58am

Secretary Of State Office News:

If you didn’t know, there’s an election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 5.

New Mexicans will head to the polls on that day to decide on a range of offices and issues – everything from school board members and city councilors, to bond questions and ballot questions, depending on where you live.

Early voting is already underway and runs until Saturday, Nov. 2, with Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Like in every election, you must be registered to vote in order to cast a ballot.

Serna Releases Position Statement On Rural America

on October 25, 2019 - 9:38am
CD3 Candidate Marco Serna
 
From the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:
 
ESPANOLA 3rd Congressional District Candidate Marco Serna believes that voters need to know where their elected officials stand on the important issues and is releasing his position statement that addresses the issues facing our rural communities.
 
Serna highlights that his extensive travels through every one of the 16 counties of the 3rd Congressional District leaves a deep impression of the size and diversity of the district he hopes to represent.
 
He focuses on several issues facing rural New Mexico,

Letter To The Editor: Elated To Vote For Bernstein

on October 25, 2019 - 9:33am

By JAMES RICKMAN
Los Alamos

I’m pleased to share my elation after voting for Christine Bernstein for Los Alamos School Board, District 3.

I think it’s fantastic that an actual educator is running for a seat on the local Board of Education. Both of my parents were teachers—and excellent ones at that, based on the recollections of their former pupils—and I remember them talking often about administrators and policy makers who knew little about the realities they faced, yet who held the purse strings and the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of students and educators.

Electing a

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