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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

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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

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Visits White Rock Troop 71

on October 14, 2014 - 9:26am

U.S Rep. Ben Ray Luján visited with Boy Scout Troop 71 Monday night in white Rock to discuss the three branches of federal government with them as they work on their Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Photo by Travis Weaver

Heinrich Discusses High-Tech Manufacturing, Job Creation At Albuquerque Photonics Facility

on October 14, 2014 - 7:54am

Sen. Heinrich with OptiSource staff Oct. 10 in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., toured OptiSource, a photonics manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, to discuss its latest projects and how research and development can help spur innovation and job creation.

Optisource, a local photonics business, manufacturers wave plates, mirrors, prisms, and laser beamsplitters for purchase by industry and research and development groups at universities and laboratories. 

"Photonics manufacturing facilities like OptiSource help provide

Communitywide Vote Early Rally Saturday

on October 13, 2014 - 11:41am

Democrats, Republicans, Independents and children and teens are encouraged to attend this patriotic event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/LADP

UNM-LA CEO Urges Los Alamos To Vote For Bond C

on October 13, 2014 - 9:29am
By WYNN GOERING, CEO
UNM-Los Alamos

A colleague of mine at UNM recently told me that the upcoming election was “the most uninteresting” he could remember in all his years of observing New Mexico politics. It may be, if the polls are to be believed. But the University of New Mexico and its campus in Los Alamos will have a great deal at stake when voters cast their ballots between now and Nov. 4.

“Bond Question C,” of the state “2014 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act,” asks voters to accept or reject $141 million worth of funding for capital improvements to colleges and

Letter to the Editor: Support Library GO Bond Issue B

on October 11, 2014 - 4:33pm
By JUDY CROCKER
Los Alamos

About seven bazillion ads and letters later, I’m hoping this is short enough (and absolutely important enough) to encourage Los Alamos County residents to support Library GO Bond Issue B on Nov. 4.

In this year’s annual library report, dependence on our library system was confirmed:

  • 16,718 registered users
  • 26,170 reference questions
  • 314,612 library visits (87% of county residents are users)
  • 21,191 program attendees
  • 26,898 public internet computers users

Any long-time resident knows our circulation is roughly 3x the national average.

Letter to the Editor: Managing Our Public Utilities Exponentially?

on October 11, 2014 - 4:10pm
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

The recent approval by the County Council of a contract that could eventually cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars to pay for a bizarre and vague branding slogan ("Live Exponentially") could not come at a worse time for those who wish to expand Council's power over our Dept. of Public Utilities and its Board by voting to approve Charter Amendment 2.

I've heard good arguments from both sides of the discussion and have been undecided to some degree.

Letter to the Editor: Error Made In Charter Amendment Question #1

on October 11, 2014 - 3:58pm
By ROBERT PELAK
CRC-1 Member

There is a flaw in Charter Amendment Question number one. One of the several changes packaged into this question excepts people who serve as poll workers (who are paid a small fee by the county) from the rule prohibiting county employees from serving as voting members on boards, commissions and ad hoc committees.

Udall, Heinrich Announce More Than $780,000 To Spur Entrepreneurship, Economic Development

on October 11, 2014 - 2:04pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced more than $780,000 in federal funding for two projects to spur economic development in New Mexico.

These funds, made available by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), will increase access to microloans for small businesses and support the renovation the iconic Santo Domingo Trading Post.

The EDA has awarded $270,000 to support the implementation of ACCION New Mexico’s Presto Loan program to promote and develop entrepreneurship throughout New Mexico.

Letter to the Editor: Forum Debate Justifies 'For' Vote On Charter Amendment 2

on October 11, 2014 - 1:56pm
By ROBERT WELLS, P.E.
(Civil Engineering, with experience managing comparable utilities organizations)

1. The Fuller Lodge forum on Oct. 7 regarding the County’s recommended amendment of the Utilities charter provided ample opportunity for proponents and opponents to present their respective views. Robert Gibson was particularly articulate in presenting opposing views; however, his arguments essentially stressed fear that the amendment would enable future County councilors to raid the Utilities Department’s treasury.

Redmond: Why I'm Running For Magistrate Judge

on October 11, 2014 - 8:23am
By BLAIR REDMOND
Candidate for Magistrate Judge 

Fellow concerned citizens,

I want to thank you for the support you have shown me thus far in my campaign and to share with you some thoughts about the position of magistrate judge. Many of you have asked me, “Why do we have so many judges for such a small town? We don’t have that much crime do we?” The answer, when boiled down to the basics, is fairly easy to understand. 

The differences between municipal and magistrate judges are their jurisdictions.

Sharp Political Differences Fuel Dust Up At Dist. 3 Congressional Candidates Forum

on October 10, 2014 - 8:11pm
Congressional Dist. 3 Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Luján and Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd field questions from the audience gathered at Fuller Lodge for Thursday's final forum of the 2014 political season. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Republican challenger Jefferson Byrd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Feelings ran high at Thursday's League of Women Voters (LWV) Forum at Fuller Lodge featuring the

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Charter Question #1 Explained At Thursday's Forum

on October 10, 2014 - 11:27am
League of Women Voters President Barbara Caleb introduces Charter #1 panelists Larry Warner and Kyle Wheeler who discussed changes to the Charter during Thursday's Forum, which was sponsored by Los Alamos County and facilitated by the League. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Unlike Question #2, Charter Question #1, which concerns structure of government, has engendered little controversy from Los Alamos voters.

At Thursday’s forum on Question #1 at Fuller Lodge, no one spoke against the changes.

LAFRW Hosts 2014 Republican Candidates

on October 10, 2014 - 10:29am

The Los Alamos Republican Women held their October meeting Thursday and hosted many of the 2014 Republican candidates. Most local candidates and some State candidates or their representatives were in attendance. The public was invited to attend this portion of the meeting. The candidates were able to focus on how the local Republican Party can assist them in their campaigns. A statement was also read on behalf of Judge J. Miles Hanisee.

Udall Shines Spotlight On Los Alamos Volunteers

on October 10, 2014 - 9:10am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., fourth from left, thanked his many Los Alamos volunteers gathered Wednesday evening at a political rally attended by 74 people at the local Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall speaks of the importance of volunteerism in elections and urged everyone to get out and vote. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

Jill Udall honored Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard during Wednesdays's event for her work in the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Carol A. Clark/adailypost.com

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Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta Of Los Alamos Sets Sights On Becoming First U.S. President Of Indian Descent

on October 10, 2014 - 8:26am

Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, 18, traveled home to Los Alamos from Albuquerque to cast his first vote in a General Election Thursday. Signing in at the Municipal Building with poll worker Linda Fox, Gupta-Lahiry explained that he is majoring in political science at UNM and his goal is to become the first president of the United States of Indian descent. Lahiri-Gupta graduated from Los Alamos High School last year where he served as student body president. He participated in many school and community activities and organizations. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta is voter

Letter to the Editor: Responsible Thing To Do Is To Support Proposed Charter Amendments

on October 9, 2014 - 4:45pm
By STEVEN P. GIRRENS
County Councilor, CRC-2 Member

Nearly two years ago, the County Council decided that the Utilities section of the Charter required an in-depth review. Because of previous work done by the 2010 Charter Review Committee, the Council understood that there were possible weakness in the Charter that could create oversight and accountability problems for the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). Therefore it created the Charter Review Committee – Utilities (CRC-2). As a CRC-2 member, I realized the work would be challenging.

McDonald: Why I Want To Be Your Sheriff

on October 9, 2014 - 12:46pm
By JARET MCDONALD
Candidate For Los Alamos Sheriff

My reason for running for sheriff is simple: I will provide excellent service to the residents of Los Alamos County in a manner consistent with the Charter. The duties of the sheriff in Los Alamos County are different than the duties of any other sheriff in New Mexico. 

Traditionally in New Mexico, the sheriff provides law enforcement services outside of incorporated communities. However, Los Alamos is an H Class county, which is one more way our county is unique in New Mexico.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on October 9, 2014 - 12:30pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall was in town for a political rally Wednesday and stopped to visit with publisher Carol A. Clark at the new headquarters of the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper, 1247 Central Ave. After hearing that the newspaper received 518,000 hits during the 30 days of September and is read in 129 countries across the globe, Udall said, 'The world still listens to Los Alamos ... it reads the Los Alamos Daily Post.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

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Udall, Heinrich Announce $15 Million For Expanded Telehealth Services Through UNM Health Sciences Center

on October 9, 2014 - 11:32am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center has been awarded $15,120,767 to test expansion of their telehealth infrastructure system that will provide 30 hospitals statewide with remote emergency neurological and neurosurgical consultations.

The funding is being awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center.

Miffed Aide Who Hacked Governor’s Emails Gets 9-Month Sentence

on October 9, 2014 - 8:51am

Jamie Estrada leaves an Albuquerque federal courthouse Wednesday after getting a nine-month sentence for hacking into the email account of Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Rob Nikolewski

 

By ROB NIKOLEWSKI
New Mexico Watchdog 
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Email hacking is a crime and a former campaign manager who turned on the Republican governor in New Mexico is going to do time.

Jamie Estrada was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in federal prison for breaking into the email campaign account of Gov. Susana Martinez and disseminating some of the messages to her political opponents

“To whom much is

Changes To Roles Of Council And Utilities Board In Charter Question #2 Debated At Forum Tuesday

on October 8, 2014 - 11:04pm
League of Women Voters President Barbara Calef introduces forum panelists, from left, George Chandler and Susan O'Leary speaking for Charter Question #2 on the ballot and Robert Gibson and Chris Ortega speaking against it at Tuesday's public forum sponsored by the County and moderated by the League. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos County Public Information Officer Julie Habiger at Tuesday's public forum presents an overview of the Charter changes in Article V. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The heated debate over

New Mexico Delegation Welcomes President’s Disaster Declaration For Summer Floods

on October 7, 2014 - 3:33pm

CONGRESSIONAL News:

  • Lawmakers had urged ‘prompt action’ to help state recover from widespread storm damage 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of New Mexico for the severe storms and flooding July 27 through Aug. 5.

The declaration means the president has ordered federal aid to help state, tribal, and local recovery efforts.

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