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Letter to the Editor: Read Fine Print On PAC Ads Before Blaming Candidates

on October 21, 2014 - 9:32am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos

Political Action Committees (PACS) are running amok. I have been a political activist since the early 1980s. I have never seen campaigning so out of control as it is now. Political parties such as the Democrat and Republican Party have financial limits on spending. Not so – PACS.

PACS are free to advertise for candidates without the candidate’s authorization. Most of the time the candidate isn’t even aware of what the PAC has planned.

I do not have a suggestion for fixing this problem.

Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Cesspools

on October 21, 2014 - 7:42am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I wish to express my outrage with paleontologist Ralph Chapman for his assault on the integrity of cesspools. 

By insinuating that cesspools have any connection with the 43rd District Slandertisements we have been receiving in Los Alamos, readers of his letter might come to the conclusion that cesspools promote dishonesty and are intrinsically evil. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Cesspools perform a useful function in that they provide a place, albeit primitive, to dispose of human waste.

Letter to the Editor: We Actually Get To Vote FOR Someone And Not AGAINST The Other

on October 20, 2014 - 8:35am
RALPH E. CHAPMAN
White Rock

I have some thoughts about the upcoming election I wanted to share with my neighbors here in Los Alamos.

Specifically, I will talk about the race for New Mexico House District 43 between Stephanie Garcia Richard and Geoff Rodgers. I won’t tell you who to vote for, or even who I will vote for, because, as an old New Englander, I really don’t think it is any of your business.

However, I do have thoughts I would like to share.

I know both candidates. I have spoken multiple times with both candidates. I like both candidates. I respect both candidates.

Hail Spotted On The Campaign Trail Along N.M. 4

on October 20, 2014 - 7:31am

Hail was spotted on N.M. 4 Sunday afternoon near the Valles Caldera by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard as she was traveling on the campaign trail around the area. Photo by Stephanie Garcia Richard

Los Alamos Democrats Rally At Pond / March To Municipal Building For Early Voting

on October 19, 2014 - 6:04pm

Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz, left, introduces candidates Paul Martinez for Municipal Judge, Christine Chandler for Probate Judge, David Izraelevitz for County Council, Mary Susan O'Leary for County Council, Marco Lucero for Sheriff, Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Dist. 43 and Karyl Ann Armbruster for Public Education Commission. The group attended Saturday's rally at Ashley Pond to kick off the start of early voting followed by a march to cast their ballots for the 2014 General Election at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Letter to the Editor: Charter Chapter V - Utilities - A Reality Check

on October 19, 2014 - 5:26pm
By FRAN BERTING
County Councilor

Several former members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) fear that the rewritten Charter Chapter V will result in Council imposing hidden taxes and wildly increased utility rates, transferring Utility revenues to the County general fund, overturning BPU membership for political reasons, and unilateral control of BPU operations.

The current Chapter was passed in 1968 to ensure that these things could not happen, and indeed they have not, as trumpeted by those opposing the rewritten Chapter.

Letter to the Editor: Correcting Statements From Writers Opposed To Article V Charter Amendment

on October 19, 2014 - 3:10pm

By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
CRC-2 Member

As a member of the most recent Utilities Charter Review Committee (CRC-2), I would like to correct some of the statements made by letter writers in opposition to passing the revised Article V Charter amendment that appears as Question 2 on the November ballot.

First, our Committee was NOT charged with determining whether or not DPU was run well, and nothing in the proposed revisions mandates any changes in how DPU operates. We were only asked by Council to address three major issues of concern:

  • that current Article V gives the Board the authority to run DPU,

Letter to the Editor: Public Vote On Charter Amendment 2 Should Focus On Who Bears Ultimate Responsibility, Accountability

on October 19, 2014 - 2:14pm
By HARRY ETTINGER
Former member of the Utilities Board.
Member CRC-1
 
Since the Oct. 14 letter to the Los Alamos Daily Post and Monitor from Morris Pongratz mentioned my name, I feel it is appropriate to comment.

First I have already voted YES, and encourage others to vote YES.

I believe that the proposed Charter Amendment is far from perfect. I would have worded some parts differently. But it is an improvement over the existing Charter.

Letter to the Editor: 'Leave it to George'

on October 19, 2014 - 1:41pm
By R. WAYNE HARDIE
Los Alamos
 
Wow — congratulations to George Chandler for somehow connecting 9/11, the BP oil spill, the W-88 "theft," and damage from Katrina to why we should vote "yes" on Charter Amendment 2! He forgot the Ebola outbreak in Africa, but maybe he is saving that for a later letter.
 
Let me just respond to the 9/11 claim. If you think the billions and billions of dollars spent on an ill-conceived Department of Homeland Security because of 9/11 is a good use of our tax dollars, then maybe you agree with George that it is OK for utility funds to be used for whatever the County

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendment 2 Puts In Failsafes And Backstops Not In Place Now

on October 19, 2014 - 9:14am
By KRISTIN HENDERSON, Vice Chair
Los Alamos County Council

I am voting FOR Amendment 2 on the upcoming ballot about our Utilities Board. 

Contrary to the opponent’s dire depictions, it does not give unchecked power to Council, or radically change the government structure established in the 1960s. It does, however, put in some failsafes and backstops that I think most of us would actually assume are in place now.

Our local government has two parts. One is the Department of Public Utilities, which provides water, sewer, gas and electric.

Letter to the Editor: Utilities Charter Change Is Not In Our Interest

on October 18, 2014 - 8:06pm
By CHRIS ORTEGA
Retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager

As a retired Los Alamos County Utilities Manager, 10-year member of the Board of Public Utilities (Board), and a utilities customer, I urge voters to vote Against Ballot Question #2 – Utilities. I am  concerned about the potential negative effects the proposed re-write of Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter will have on Utilities customers. 

Unless a voter digs deeply into the background he/she may not realize that Article V, which was ratified in 1968 and has effectively guided Utilities operations since, will be deleted

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Meets With Residents In Jemez Springs

on October 18, 2014 - 4:54pm

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers addresses citizens Thursday evening at a community meeting in Jemez Springs. The residents discussed the various issues that impact them in the Jemez Valley. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

House Dist. 43 Republican candidate Geoff Rodgers. Photo by Garrett Rodgers 

Letter to the Editor: Pass Or Fail, Charter Amendment 2 Is No Guarantee Against Folly

on October 18, 2014 - 4:31pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

Along with all the meaningless B.S. I've been getting in the mail from various special interest political groups, there is a constant influx of mostly thoughtful letters to the Los Alamos Daily Post about the Charter Amendments, particularly Amendment 2, regarding the relationship between the Board of Public Utilities and County Council.

I've not got the strong feelings others have about it although on balance, I remain skeptical, especially in light of Council trying to run around and brand our backsides with e^x.

Letter to the Editor: If It Ain't Broke, Fix It 'Til It Is

on October 18, 2014 - 3:48pm
By GILBERT MIRANDA
Los Alamos

The advocates of Charter Amendment 2 are now claiming that it is preventive maintenance for the Utilities Department. This type of maintenance is based on the principle:

"If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is."

Don't let them politicize our utilities. Vote NO on Charter Amendment 2.

Governor Directs DOH To Coordinate New Mexico’s Ebola Preparedness Plan

on October 18, 2014 - 2:38pm

Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has directed the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan to be ready in the unlikely event there is an Ebola case diagnosed in New Mexico.

DOH will coordinate the state’s Ebola preparedness plan between state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), as well as local governments, hospitals, and healthcare providers throughout the state to ensure New Mexico is ready to handle any potential cases of Ebola.

“The risk of New Mexicans

Letter to the Editor: Charter Article V Is Broken ... It's Time To Fix It ... Vote YES On Charter Amendment #2

on October 18, 2014 - 10:09am
By MIKE WHEELER
Los Alamos
 
Let’s see if I’ve got this right:
  • We don’t trust the County Council that we elected; we do trust the Utility Board appointed by the council. 
  • We can recall elected officials but not the utility board. The Council can appoint but not remove Utility Board members.
  • Council meetings are televised. Utility Board meetings are not. 
Everyone has a boss. Private utility companies are held accountable by state regulatory agencies and boards of directors. Our public utility needs to be accountable to the council.

Letter to the Editor: We Need Strong Sheriff Who Understands The Law

on October 18, 2014 - 9:51am
By JOHN N. HORNE
Los Alamos

Jarrett McDonald (Republican candidate for sheriff) recently wrote a letter to the editor explaining what his vision of the office of the sheriff should entail. In my opinion, his letter displays a significant lack of understanding as to what the office of the sheriff in New Mexico is and what the sheriff is required to do under New Mexico state law.

Mr. McDonald comments often on the County Charter, the H class County, and home rule status of Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Receives 2014 Google eCity of New Mexico Award

on October 17, 2014 - 5:51pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich presents the Google 2014 eCity for New Mexico award to Los Alamos Commerce and Development Chair Bill Wadt on behalf of the community during a special event this morning at the Los Alamos Co+Op Market. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

LACDC Chair Bill Wadt. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Co+Op General Manager Steve Watts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

BUSINESS News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market hosted an awards ceremony this morning for Google, which has named Los Alamos the 2014 Google eCity for New Mexico.

The eCity Awards recognize

SGR: Advance NM Now PAC Caught Lying To Voters

on October 16, 2014 - 10:20am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

POLITICAL News:

Statement from Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, "After a string of fraudulent mailers and yesterday's (Oct. 15) utterly false attack against a vote I didn't even make, Advance New Mexico Now PAC has clearly illustrated their disregard for the facts and the depths with which they will deceive to sway an election. The truth is that I voted against the bill cited in the mailer and Advance New Mexico PAC and my opponent have repeatedly distorted the facts instead of focusing on real solutions to solve New Mexico's problems.

"I am

SFNF Pecos And Las Vegas Ranger Stations Change Operating Hours

on October 16, 2014 - 8:55am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective immediately, the Santa Fe National Forest’s Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger Stations have changed operating hours for selling Forest maps and Forest product permits (i.e., firewood, latillas, vigas, wildlings, and posts).

Although the ranger stations will remain open for business 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m., the new hours for sales are 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:30-3 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:30-4 p.m. in Las Vegas. 

For more information, contact the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Stations at

House Dist. 43 Candidate Geoff Rodgers Speaks At Jemez Springs Community Meeting 7-8 p.m. Today

on October 16, 2014 - 8:00am

House Dist. 43 Rep. Geoff Rodgers

POLITICAL News:

The public is invited to attend a "Meet the Candidate" event for Geoff Rodgers, Republican candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, Dist. 43.

Rodgers is a longtime Los Alamos resident who currently serves as chair of the Los Alamos County Council.

Today's event is 7-8 p.m., in the Jemez Springs Conference Room of the Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

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League of Women Voters Education Meeting Oct. 22

on October 16, 2014 - 7:34am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters' Los Alamos Education Study Committee has been researching the issue of communication between the Los Alamos School Board and citizens. 

The focus is on high district-wide concerns such as the budget and the strategic plan as well as the distribution of information. 

The public is invited to an open meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at UNM/LA, Building 2, Room 230 to learn how the study is progressing.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Join Federal/Local Officials To Announce $8 Million To Improve Access To Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

on October 15, 2014 - 6:10pm

From left, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Bernalillo County Commissioner Art De La Cruz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Director Dr. Benjamin Tuggle and Mountain View Neighborhood Association President Angela West at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE At the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined U.S.

County Launches New Webpage For Ordinances And Resolutions

on October 15, 2014 - 2:23pm

COUNTY News:

In its continued efforts to make it easy for citizens to find and review public notices, Los Alamos County has launched a new section on the Clerk’s webpage for published ordinances and resolutions.

When the Clerk’s Office submits the ordinance or resolution for publication to the local newspaper of record in order to meet legal posting requirements, they also will post the title and a PDF file of the ordinance or resolution being proposed for the public to download from this new webpage.

The date of introduction and public hearing also are posted for easy reference.

Letter to the Editor: Charter Amendment #2 Would Give Council More Unrestrained Power

on October 14, 2014 - 9:58am
By MORRIS B. PONGRATZ
Former County Councilor

I would like to lend my voice to that of Anthony Amsden, John Arrowsmith, Robert Gibson, Wayne Hardie, Kevin Holsapple, Lawry Mann, Ken Milder, Gil Miranda, Chris Ortega, Felicia Orth, Ralph Phelps, Khal Spencer and others who have urged defeat of Charter Amendment #2.

I served on the 2009 Charter Review committee. In that committee former Utility Board member, Harry Ettinger, and I (a six-term member of the County Council) were asked to review the 1968 charter section on utilities and make any recommendations to the full committee. 

Quoting

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