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Independent, Minor & Write-In Candidates Filing Day Thursday!

on June 21, 2014 - 8:44am

The filing day for Independent, Minor and Write-In candidates is Thursday, June 26.

June 26 - Independent and Minor Candidates Filing Day with petitions for the General Election
Candidates must file between 9 a.m. and 5.p.m. in the County Clerks Office, Room 240,  (Municipal Building - 2nd floor)
Declaration Form; Vital Form; and Petitions are required. There is no filing fee. 

Number of petition signatures required: 3 percent of 8,712 total votes for 2010 Governor = 261

(Nominating petitions for ... county office shall be signed by a number of voters equal to at least

Sen. Jacob Candelaria to Join FCC Chairman and Youth at Net Neutrality, Tech Policy Roundtable

on June 21, 2014 - 8:03am

Sen. Jacob Candelaria


Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Bernalillo will join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and local youth for a roundtable discussion on net neutrality, the recent telecommunications mergers and other related technology issues affecting New Mexicans. The panel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque.

The event titled, “Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler,” is hosted by the Media Literacy Project and Digital Justice Coalition of New

Heinrich Votes to Advance New Mexico FERC Nominations

on June 20, 2014 - 8:07am

U.S. Sen. Martin Henrich


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted Wednesday in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to advance Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner nominees Norman C. Bay and Estevan López for membership on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Both nominees are New Mexico natives.

President Obama has indicated his intention to designate Bay as chairman of the FERC once he is confirmed. Bay and López’s nominations will move forward for a final Senate confirmation vote at a later date.

During their nomination hearings in May, Heinrich

Los Alamos Police, Fire, Schools to Receive $85,962 in PILT Funding

on June 18, 2014 - 10:50am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced counties in New Mexico are set to receive approximately $37 million as part of the 2014 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, an over 8 percent increase from 2013.

Los Alamos County police, fire and schools will receive $85,962.
PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land

Community Invited to GOP & LAFRW Picnic 4 p.m. Sunday

on June 18, 2014 - 9:50am

GOP News:

The community is invited to attend the annual picnic hosted by the Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Rover Park in White Rock. 

The picnic is being sponsored by State Farm Agent Abe Dispennette. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be furnished. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

All are welcome. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.

Udall Secures Critical Funding for Labs, WIPP

on June 18, 2014 - 7:25am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:      

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee in approving a bill that provides critical Fiscal Year 2015 funding for New Mexico’s national labs, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and other Department of Energy (DOE) and water-related programs important to the state.

The full committee will vote on the bill as early as this week.

As a member of the subcommittee, Udall was instrumental in securing full funding for key DOE programs at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs and WIPP

Udall: Audit Shows ‘Unacceptable’ Wait Times, Confirms VA Provided Inaccurate Information

on June 10, 2014 - 6:45am

Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. responded to the results of a nationwide audit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities, which found New Mexico’s veterans wait an average of 46 days for primary care and identified New Mexico as being one of a select number of facilities that need a follow-up investigation.

In May, Udall called for the audit of the VA health care network covering New Mexico, Arizona and Texas (VISN 18), and former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced a nationwide audit the next day.

Heinrich Statement On Release Of Internal VA Nationwide Audit Report

on June 9, 2014 - 4:25pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its internal nationwide audit report:

"The internal audit revealed that far too many New Mexicans have waited far too long for care. VA doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and others play a critical role in providing the best care to our veterans, but our nation must provide them with the resources and staff they need to meet the needs of our veterans.

"Last month, I visited the regional VA facility

Letter to the Editor: Reader Takes Exception With Obama Policies

on June 8, 2014 - 12:06pm

Los Alamos

President Obama should be impeached for trampling on the U.S. Constitution he swore to uphold. According to the Constitution, one of the Federal government's main purposes is "to provide for the common defense." 

President Obama's crowning crime is arranging the questionable freedom of a Taliban-held American prisoner of war in exchange for release of five high-ranking Taliban combatants, and doing so without Congressional approval, which is an impeachable offense in itself.

How many times is the President allowed to ignore the Constitution with impunity?

Lunch with a Leader Features Tarin Nix and Ellen Morris Bond June 17

on June 8, 2014 - 8:49am
Tarin Nix
The League of Women Voters invites the entire community to attend their Lunch with a Leader event at 11:45 a.m., June 17 at Mesa Public Library.
Their leaders will be Tarin Nix and Ellen Morris Bond who will discuss the "living wage" and how that might be implemented in Los Alamos.
Ellen Morris Bond


Nix holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas and has spent the last eight years working to advance progressive issues and candidate campaigns throughout the country. In 2012, she moved to Los Alamos to run State Rep.

Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials on Bulk Data Collection and Warrantless Searches of Americans

on June 7, 2014 - 8:03am

Sen. Martin Henrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - At an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., questioned intelligence officials on the bulk collection and warrantless searches of the phone calls and emails of Americans under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Watch the video from the hearing here.

The hearing Thursday was held to address the House-passed USA FREEDOM Act. Heinrich, who is an original cosponsor of the Senate version of the bill said:

"The legislation approved by the House is a positive step forward because it ends

Heinrich Welcomes New Mexico Honor Flight Veterans to World War II Memorial

on June 7, 2014 - 7:32am
Sen. Martin Heinrich with World War II Veteran Ralph Kress at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Kress traveled to Washington with the Northern New Mexico Honor Flight. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. welcomed World War II veterans with the first ever Northern New Mexico Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The group of veterans was sponsored by the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. 

Video: Candidate Interviews at Municipal Building Tuesday

on June 6, 2014 - 10:31am

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados was the picture of patriotism at Tuesday's election night gathering at the Municipal Building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Daily Post conducted video interviews with candidates who gathered in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building Tuesday evening to watch the Primary Election results stream in.

Click on the candidate names below to watch the interviews:

N.M. State Representative District 13

Republican Candidate Vincent Chiravalle

Republican Candidate Geoff Rodgers

Democratic County Council Candidates


Video Interview: Los Alamos County Clerk and Staff Recap New Streaming System for Election Results

on June 6, 2014 - 10:15am
From left, Elections Bureau Manager Gloria Maestas, Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz, County Clerk Sharon Stover and Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner discuss their new election streaming system implemented for the first time during Tuesday's Primary Election. PrintScreen image/LADP

Staff Report

In an effort to enhance public access to election results as they become available after polls close, the Los Alamos County Clerk's Office implemented a new system used for the first time during Tuesday's Primary Election. 

Residents who used the streaming Tuesday are asked to send feedback to

Udall, Heinrich Honor Last Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez

on June 6, 2014 - 6:31am

Chester Nez


WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján issued the following statements celebrating the life and service of Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, who died Wednesday morning, and honoring the historic role the Native American Code Talkers played in the Allied victory in World War II.

"The passing of Chester Nez is a solemn moment for the Navajo Nation, the state of New Mexico and our country, and my thoughts are with the Nez family," Udall said.

Democrats Celebrate Following Tuesday's Primary Election

on June 5, 2014 - 11:51am

From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of White Rock, Public Education Commission candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster of Los Alamos and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan celebrate at an election party hosted by the Congressman Tuesday night. Courtesy photo

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan commends Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Tuesday's event for her work in the New Mexico Legislature. Courtesy photo

Udall, Heinrich Urge President to Revise Budget To Address Changes In Design And Operation At WIPP

on June 5, 2014 - 7:51am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urge President Obama to send Congress an amendment to his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to ensure that the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has the funding it needs to continue implementing the recommendations of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Boards, including required changes in design and operation.

A fire and radiation release earlier this year have left WIPP closed while the Department of Energy investigates the root cause of the accidents and develops a recovery plan

Eight Candidates Face Off in Los Alamos County Council Race in November

on June 4, 2014 - 12:43pm

Candidates and community members watch election results provided by the County Clerk's Office Tuesday evening in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The results of Tuesday night's Primary Election leave a field of four Democrats facing Four Republicans in the November race for four available seats on the Los Alamos County Council.

David Izraelevitz drew the largest number of votes among the five Democrats in the race with 1,010 votes. Ed Birnbaum drew the least votes with 627, so will be dropped from the November ballot.

Dist. 43 GOP Candidate Vincent Chiravalle Throws Support to Opponent Geoff Rodgers

on June 4, 2014 - 10:43am
Geoff Rodgers
Los Alamos Daily Post

Tuesday's 2014 Primary Election has come to a close and the candidates are beginning to weigh in on the results. In the Republican race for House Dist. 43, Vincent Chiravalle of Los Alamos threw his support this morning to opponent Geoff Rogers of White Rock who won with 842 votes to Chiravalle’s 747.

Vincent Chiravalle

"I wish to congratulate Geoff Rodgers. He has my support in the general election,” Chiravalle said in a statement.

2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results Are In!

on June 3, 2014 - 8:59pm

Candidates and community members fill Council Chambers for the results of the 2014 Primary Election. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

US. Senate Republican Candidates:

Allen Weh: 744

David Kale Clements: 501

US Senate Democratic Candidate:

Tom Udall: 1,361

US Rep. Dist. 3 Republican Candidate:

Jefferson Bryd: 1,019

US Rep. Dist. 3 Democratic Candidates:

Ben Ray Lujan: 1,237

Robert Blanch: 207

Governor Republican Candidate:

Susana Martinez: 1,206

Governor Democratic Candidates:

Howie Morales: 159

Alan Weber: 523

Lawrence Rael: 155

Gary King: 504



Primary Election Results Event Underway

on June 3, 2014 - 8:58pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover is explaining to the community members and candidates gathered in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building this evening that each of the three voter centers has messengers waiting to transport the poll results to the Clerk's Office. Preliminary results are beginning to come in and will be published momentarily. In the meantime, click on the following links to watch live interviews with the candidates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Video of Candidate Interviews at the Los Alamos Municipal Building Tuesday Night



Primary Election Day Scenes Across Los Alamos

on June 3, 2014 - 6:08pm

Primary Election voting is underway until 7 p.m. today at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., as well as the other two voting center locations at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. and White Rock Fire Station #3 at 129 N.M. 4. Voter turnout has been fairly steady with a short line beginning to form at about 4:40 p.m. today in the Municipal Building lobby. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover in Council Chambers this afternoon explains the new process being implemented this evening to allow the public to see the vote tallies scroll on the

2014 Primary Election Is Today!

on June 3, 2014 - 10:41am


All Democrats and Republicans registered in Los Alamos County can vote until 7 p.m. today at one of three vote center locations:

  • Los Alamos Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.;
  • White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4; and
  • Duane Smith Auditorium (moved from Golf Course), 1300 Diamond Dr.

The Los Alamos Daily Post news team will provide full coverage of the election results as they come in as well as interviews with voters, candidates and officials. Stay tuned to


Updated: Q&A With Los Alamos Candidates Running in June 3 Primary Election

on June 3, 2014 - 10:29am
NOTE: All Council and Assessor candidates have submitted their responses to the questions published below:
The 2014 Primary Election is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and the Los Alamos Daily Post has asked several questions of Los Alamos candidates for council, assessor and sheriff to better understand their motivations for running for office and plans if elected.
Here are their reponses:
Republican Incumbent for County Council

LA DAILY POST: Why are you running for this particular office?

REISS: Community service has always been important to me.


Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Votes in White Rock

on June 3, 2014 - 9:59am

This morning, House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard voted at the White Rock Fire Station in the Democratic Primary Election. Photo by Tarin Nix

Eric Vasquez and his wife House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard voted this morning at the White Rock Fire Station in the Democratic Primary Election. Photo by Tarin Nix