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New Councilor Hosts Celebration At Unquarked

on December 20, 2014 - 1:38pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, left, and newly sworn Los Alamos County Councilor Susan O'Leary Friday at Unquarked The Wine Room in Central Park Square following the official swearing in ceremony of newly elected officials at the Municipal Building. O'Leary hosted the gathering, which included elected officials from both sides of the aisle as well as many friends and supporters from throughout the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local attorney George Chandler, Councilor Pete Sheehey and newly sworn County Assessor Ken Milder toast during Friday's celebration at

Scenes From Friday's Swearing In Ceremony

on December 20, 2014 - 11:05am

Municipal Judge Alan Kirk delivers the Oath of Office to County Councilor James Chrobocinski, surrounded by his grandfather and namesake James Bramble, 94, who has lived in Los Alamos since the Manhattan Project era of the 1940s, his wife Jacqueline and their son JJ. Community members, County staff, family and friends attended Friday's special 'swearing in' ceremony for newly elected officials in Council Chambers, inside the Municipal Building.

Terry Brunner Addresses Affordable Care Act

on December 19, 2014 - 8:39am
Terry Brunner
 
By TERRY BRUNNER
USDA Rural Development Director

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans, including families right here in New Mexico Prior to the ACA, many rural families had a hard time finding affordable insurance coverage, paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets.

Today, thanks to the ACA, families in New Mexico can choose from a

School Board Candidate Pulls Out Of Race

on December 18, 2014 - 4:38pm

Update: Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was glad to see people active in running for school board this time around because in the past there have been times when that wasn't the case. "After seeing there are good candidates and weighing my situation, I decided to withdraw," Key said.

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key filed filed a declaration of Withdrawel of Candidacy this afternoon in the County Clerk's Office.

Key had filed her candidacy for District 4 Tuesday and told the Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Recount Numbers Issued In New Mexico Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 18, 2014 - 10:31am

Presiding Judge Sanchez, center, explains recount procedures to recount election clerks Dec. 11 for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race. From left, District Judge Designee George Chandler, Recount Election Clerk Peggy Pendergast, Sanchez and Recount Election Clerk Stephen Ciddio. Courtesy photo

STAFF REPORT

The original Los Alamos County totals in the Dec. 11 recount for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race were 3,781 for incumbent Ray Bennett Powell, a Democrat, and 3,741 for Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The final totals are Powell 3,782 and Dunn 3,743.

Before the recount, there

Senate Confirms Estevan López As New Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

on December 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Estevan López
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate Tuesday in confirming Estevan López, a native New Mexican, as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. 
 
López, who previously served as director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, replaces former Commissioner and fellow New Mexican, Michael Connor, who was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior in February. 
 
"Water is a defining issue in New Mexico and across the Western United States today, and the Bureau of Reclamation plays a

Udall Addresses New Cuba Relations; Prisoner Release

on December 17, 2014 - 11:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released a statement today on the president’s announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. 

In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

County Honors Councilors Geoff Rodgers And Frances Berting As Their Terms Come To An End

on December 16, 2014 - 8:07pm
This evening in Council Chambers, Councilors, Board and Commission members and staff formally recognize County Councilors Geoff Rodgers and Frances Berting who are completing their terms on Council and will be leaving the Council Dec. 31, 2014. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, on behalf of Council, presents Council Chair Rodgers with a special Nambe plaque in honor of his many years of service to the County and the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Councilor Chair Geoff Rodgers, on behalf of Council, presents Councilor Fran Berting with a special Nambe plaque in honor of

Ballot Order Selected For UNM-LA / LAPS Elections

on December 16, 2014 - 5:04pm

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Surprises In Who's Filing For UNM-LA / LAPS Boards

on December 16, 2014 - 4:51pm
Los Alamos Fire Chief and Rotary Club President Troy Hughes, right, files for a seat on the UNM-LA Advisory Board in Position 3 as does current UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Stephen Boerigter who files for Position 4. Boerigter also serves as president of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Appointed Los Alamos School Board Member NancyAnn (Nan) Holmes, left, files her candidacy this afternoon for District 3 along with Jennifer (Jenny) McCumber who filed for District 5. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
LAPS Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie files for

Udall Secures Tech Transfer Provisions For N.M. Labs

on December 15, 2014 - 7:21pm

U.S.SENATE News:
  • Provisions in defense and appropriations bills increase funding and direct Energy Department to emphasize tech transfer 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall today announced that two major bills passed by Congress last week include key reforms he has championed to improve technology transfer at New Mexico's national laboratories and create new businesses and jobs in New Mexico. 

Udall is pushing the federal government to improve its tech transfer efforts to bring to market research being done at Los Alamos and Sandia national labs as well as White Sands Missile Range and the

State Supreme Court Reverses Environment Department’s Attempt To Block AG From Water-Rule Hearings

on December 15, 2014 - 7:01pm

SIERRA CLUB News:
  • Court allows hearing to remain in Roswell in split decision

The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down the Water Quality Control Commission’s unprecedented decision to block the Attorney General’s Office from upcoming hearings on the rule that protects New Mexico water from industrial dairy waste.  

On another issue, a writ filed by New Mexico Environmental Law Center representing Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, the court, in a split decision, allowed the commission to hold its only hearing on the dairy rule in Roswell.

The Sierra Club wants a hearing in

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Install New Officers For 2015-2016

on December 15, 2014 - 12:29pm
New LAFRW officers from left, Bethany Douglas-President, Nancy Bliss-Secretary and Terry Marzili-Treasurer and Sadie Boyer-NMFRW Region A Director. Courtesy photo
 
LAFRW members and officers from left, Mary Brooks, Sadie Boyer, Donna MacDonald, Robin Scroggins, Janet Hall, Terry Marzili, Bethany Douglas, Kelly Benner, Shirley-Raye Redmond, and Nancy Bliss. Courtesy photo
 
LAFRW News:
 
The LAFRW met Thursday, Dec. 11 for its annual Holiday Luncheon.

New Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange Opens Tonight

on December 15, 2014 - 12:16pm

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE — At 8:30 p.m. today, Gov. Susana Martinez, alongside local and federal officials, will open the brand new Paseo Del Norte/Interstate 25 interchange.

Martinez’s administration worked with the Legislature to secure $30 million for the project, which was then combined with additional funding from the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and the federal government. This critical transportation infrastructure project was completed on budget and on time.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, City Councilor Dan Lewis, Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie C.

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Establish Tech Transfer Maturation Program

on December 15, 2014 - 7:34am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced S. 2973, the National Laboratory Technology Maturation Act.

The bill would launch a new National Laboratory Technology Maturation Program (NLTMP) at the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies.

The new program would provide funding to each national laboratory to be used by small businesses with a licensed technology from a laboratory, such as Sandia National Laboratories or Los

New Mexico’s Drug Overdose Fatality Rate Drops 16 Percent

on December 14, 2014 - 10:06am

Gov. Susana Martinez

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced New Mexico’s drug overdose fatality rate decreased 16 percent between 2011 and 2013.

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico’s drug overdose fatality rate decreased from first in the nation in 2009 to third in 2012. New Mexico has now fallen below West Virginia and Kentucky in drug overdose death rates. This is the first time since 1992 that New Mexico has not been ranked first or second nationally in drug overdose fatality rate.

“New Mexico continues to

LANL Programs Among Items Approved In Appropriations Bill

on December 14, 2014 - 9:16am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Appropriations bill funds PILT, lab programs including B61, N.M. military bases, WIPP recovery, technology transfer, water projects and other programs  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich joined the full Senate in voting 56-40 for a so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill to fund the government, including critical New Mexico programs, through September 2015, the end of the Fiscal Year.

The bill includes full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps pay

Udall, Heinrich Announce Momentous Gains For New Mexico With Passage Of Public Lands Package

on December 13, 2014 - 1:26pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., applauded the passage of a historic public lands package today. Several conservation and energy bills championed by the senators were included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act. The end of year package passed the Senate by a vote of 89 to 11 and now goes to the President for his signature.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

"This is an exciting day for everyone who enjoys public lands and parks in New Mexico.

Heinrich To Serve On Senate Armed Services Committee

on December 13, 2014 - 10:01am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Position will be instrumental in Senator’s commitment to New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement after receiving an assignment to serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Heinrich currently serves, and will continue to serve, on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence, and Joint Economic Committees.

"I look forward to serving on the Senate Armed Service Committee to ensure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to keep our nation safe and to

James Robinson: Why I Want To Serve On UNM-LA Advisory Board

on December 12, 2014 - 11:38am

James Robinson
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

My name is James Robinson, and I am seeking your help to serve on the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos Branch Advisory Board.

UNM-LA holds a special place in my heart. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, I knew that I did not want to go straight into college. So I packed up and headed to golden coast of California. However, it was soon apparent that higher education was the only way to get the life I wanted.

I returned home only to realize that I could not afford the traditional four year college, and I did not qualify for the

Luján Issues Statement On Passage Of Spending Bill

on December 12, 2014 - 9:15am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Thursday after voting against an omnibus appropriations bill.

“It is deeply disappointing that Congressional Republicans have used this process to pass damaging provisions that roll back critical Wall Street reforms and further undermine campaign finance rules.

Recount Underway For Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 11, 2014 - 10:09am

A recount is underway this morning in the Los Alamos County Clerk's warehouse at 1000 Central Ave., for the Commissioner of Public Lands race. Clerk's at all 33 counties across New Mexico are conducting recounts of this race today. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced Wednesday that her office received notice from the Secretary of State that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially

Governor Unveils New Teacher Support Package

on December 11, 2014 - 9:40am

Gov. Susana Martinez

EDUCATION News:

Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a package of key initiatives to support New Mexico’s teachers, starting with increasing pay for beginning teachers for the second year in a row.

The Governor also outlined a new initiative, called the “school supply bucket,” to provide teachers with funds to help purchase materials for their classrooms. She also introduced New Mexico’s "Teachers Pursuing Excellence" (TPE) program to place the most effective teachers in mentorship positions supporting teachers who could benefit from additional, job-embedded training.

Udall Urges Congress To Pass Bill, Avoid Shutdown

on December 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

U.S. SENATE News:    
  • Appropriations bill funds PILT, lab programs including B61, N.M. military bases, WIPP recovery, technology transfer, water projects and other priorities    

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, welcomed the release of a so-called “omnibus” appropriations bill, which includes critical funding for New Mexico and keeps the government running through September 2015, the end of the fiscal year.

The bill funds many New Mexico priorities that Udall has fought for, such as the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program,

Los Alamos County Participates In State-Wide Recount For Commissioner Of Public Lands

on December 10, 2014 - 7:35pm

Land Commissioner Ray Powell

ELECTION News:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover announced today, her office received notice from the Secretary of State, that an agreement was reached by all parties, allowing the stay to be lifted on the automatic recount for the Commissioner of Public Lands race.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has officially lifted the stay and the State Canvassing Board (Governor, SOS and Supreme Court Justice) has issued a 20-page amended order for the statewide recount. County Clerks, at all county seats across New Mexico, are to begin the recount process 8 a.m.

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