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New Mexico's Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Officially A National Monument

on May 22, 2014 - 9:37am

Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and community leaders from New Mexico joined the president and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for Wednesday's signing ceremony at the Department of Interior. Courtesy/Sen. Udall's Office

The Organ-Mountains. Photo by Mike Groves

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Mexicans celebrated Wednesday the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama. 

Retired U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, U.S.

Damon Martinez New U.S. Attorney for New Mexico

on May 22, 2014 - 9:08am

Damon P. Martinez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting unanimously to confirm Damon P. Martinez to be U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Martinez has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2001 and as acting U.S. Attorney since March 2014. He is highly experienced in cases concerning national security and anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics. The senators recommended Martinez for the position of U.S. Attorney in an April 26, 2013, letter to President Obama.

"Damon Martinez has already stepped up to the plate as

Memorial Day Weekend Marks Beginning of Shuttle Bus Service, Summer Activities at Bandelier

on May 21, 2014 - 1:14pm

Cavate dwelling in Frijoles Canyon. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer activities at Bandelier National Monument, and the return of free shuttle bus service from the White Rock Visitor Center area to the Park.

"The shuttles are a partnership between Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos County, and Bandelier," Superintendent Jason Lott said. "Since the Las Conchas Fire in 2011 and resulting floods, our parking has been very limited.

Luján Statement on Reports of Mismanagement at VA Medical Centers

on May 21, 2014 - 11:29am

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on reports of mismanagement at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. 

Luján recently sent a letter to Secretary Shinseki expressing concerns with these reports and excessive wait times for veterans in New Mexico seeking health care services from the VA. Click here to read the letter.

"When we as a nation ask brave Americans to serve and protect our country, we make a promise that when they answer the call of duty we will provide them with the care

Tis a Sign of the Season!

on May 20, 2014 - 10:32am

Citizens running for local and state offices make their candidacy visable through political signs along Trinity Drive. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

ELECTION News:

Alternate (Early Voting) is underway in Los Alamos County at the following locations:

Townsite:
Monday, May 19 through Saturday, May 24
Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, May 30
8 am to 6 pm
LAC Municipal Building – 1st floor, Boards & Commission Room #110

Special Notice: Early Voting ends Saturday, May 31, 10am to 6pm at the LAC Municipal Building

White Rock:
Monday, May 19 through

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N.M. Senators Welcome Designation of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks a National Monument

on May 20, 2014 - 9:03am

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C- Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. released the following statements Monday after the White House announced President Obama's plan to sign a proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument:

"The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument will put the unique and spectacular desert landscapes of Southern New Mexico on recreation maps around the world, attracting tourists to the region, creating jobs and bringing in millions of dollars in tourism revenue," Udall said.

Council Candidate Susan O'Leary Gathers With Family and Friends to Celebrate Start of Early Voting

on May 19, 2014 - 11:14am

County Council Candidate Susan O'Leary, back row center, gathered  with family and friends at Ashley Pond Saturday morning to celebrate the start of early voting for the June 3 Primary Election. Courtesy photo

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Democrats Honor Mike and Kyle Wheeler

on May 19, 2014 - 8:31am

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos held its annual JFK Award Dinner Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. This year the award for outstanding service to the community and to the Democratic Party went to Kyle and Mike Wheeler. Maggie Toulouse Oliver, candidate for Secretary of State, gave the keynote address  to the more than 100 people who attended the special event catered by Jambo Cafe. Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard introduced U.S. Rep.
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County Council Candidate Andrea Cunningham Launches Campaign Website

on May 18, 2014 - 2:40pm

Democrat Andrea Cunningham in March when she filed for Los Alamos County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Andrea Cunningham, Democratic candidate for County Council has launched her campaign website at www.andreaforcouncil.com

"I am running for County Council to create a community environment in which families and businesses want to move to, and stay in, Los Alamos," Cunningham said. "A broad range of ages and stages of life are needed in a community to keep it vibrant and welcoming for all.

Probate Judge Christine Chandler Speaks at Lunch with a Leader at Mesa Public Library Tuesday

on May 18, 2014 - 2:02pm

Los Alamos Probate Judge Chris Chandler

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters will have Probate Judge Christine Chandler as their speaker Tuesday, May 20 at Mesa Library. The lunch will begin at 11:40 a.m. and is open to the entire community.

Chandler was appointed Probate Judge by the Los Alamos County Council in August 2013 to fill a vacancy. She is running for the position in the 2014 election.

Chandler grew up in Massachusetts and received her BA from Smith College, with a major in economics.

Unitarian Church Forum: 'Inside the New Mexico Senate - Boots, Suits and Citizens' 9 a.m. Sunday

on May 16, 2014 - 12:57pm

DeDe Feldman

UCLA FORUM New:

The upcoming Forum at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 N. Sage Loop, is 9 a.m. Sunday, May 18.

DeDe Feldman will present information about her new book written after serving for 16 years as a state senator in the New Mexico Legislature.

"Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens" is a legislative history with a human face. Here maverick leaders, shameless special interests, and earnest advocates clash in the unique arena that is the New Mexico Roundhouse.

The New Mexico Senate comes alive, with stories of grit and grace, honor and disgrace.

Udall Opposes FCC's Proposed Internet 'Fast Lane'

on May 16, 2014 - 8:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement expressing concern about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote Thursday for net neutrality rules that include a "fast lane" or "toll lane" to charge companies for faster delivery of content: 

 

"Today's vote by the FCC is very disappointing. As the commissioners move forward to make a final rule, I'm calling on them to protect free expression, competition and innovation online.

League's Primary Candidates' Forum Packs Fuller Lodge

on May 15, 2014 - 1:49pm

The community turned out in a big way for Wednesday evening's League of Women Voters of Los Alamos Primary Candidate's Forum at Fuller Lodge. Candidates in contested positions for the June 3 primary election participated, with the exception of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who sent a statement that was read at the event. Robert Blanch, Lujan's Democratic opponent for the 3rd Congressional District seat spoke at the event. The five Democratic candidates for County Council, two Republican candidates for Dist. 43 House of Representatives and three judges for District Court Division 6 participated.
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Letter to the Editor: Thanks to All for LAFRW 60th Anniversary Success

on May 15, 2014 - 12:39pm
By KELLY BENNER
LAFRW

Putting on an event is never an easy task.

Several months ago, I was tasked with the responsibility of putting on the Los Alamos Federated of Republican Women (LAFRW) 60th Anniversary Celebration. The need to make this a special celebration was a feeling I could not escape and a challenge I took on willingly.

As everyone who has ever put on a special event knows, it is not a one person show. I  would like to thank several key players who helped to make this event such a success. Thank you to Fusion Cafe. Miracle Miller was a dream to work with.

Betty Ehart Senior Center Hosts Monday 'Meet the Candidate' Event

on May 13, 2014 - 9:47am
Democratic County Council candidates from left, Michael Redondo and Susan O'Leary, Republican Council candidate John Bliss and Democratic candidate for Sheriff  Marco Lucero at the Betty Ehart Senior Center's first 'Meet the Candidate' event Monday. All candidates in contested races were invited to attend. Many people came to ask questions of the various candidates. Courtesy photo
 
Republican County Council candidate Rick Reiss, second from left, and Democratic candidate for County Assessor Ken Milder, right. Courtesy photo
 
From left, Democratic candidates for Magistrate Judge Pat
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Candidates Meet With Seniors at Betty Ehart Today

on May 12, 2014 - 6:43pm

Jaret McDonald, Republican candidate for Los Alamos County Sheriff with his wife Jennifer, left, was among the candidates who met with seniors today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Courtesy photo

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Los Alamos County Officials Meet in Washington with Key Congressional and Federal Leaders

on May 12, 2014 - 11:13am

From left, Councilor Pete Sheehey, Chair Geoff Rodgers, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Vice-Chair Kristin Henderson, and County Administrator Harry Burgess. Courtesy photo

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County officials commented today on their April 30-May 2 visit to Washington, D.C., to meet with key congressional and federal leaders.

Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Vice-Chair Kristin Henderson, Councilor Pete Sheehey and County Administrator Harry Burgess represented the County in a number of meetings.

“Visiting one on one with our congressional delegation about the issues that are important to the

Strengthening Small Business in Los Alamos: Join Lisa Shin & Vincent Chiravalle for Breakfast Thursday

on May 12, 2014 - 10:48am
Lisa Shin, OD
 
By MANDY MARKSTEINER

As the owner of Los Alamos Family Eyecare, Lisa Shin strives to treat her employees well and to serve the community. But she is also finding that lawmakers on the federal and state levels are creating a tough environment for her to run her business.

Shin's frustration with current legislators is why she supports Vincent P. Chiravalle, who is running for State Representative of District 43. At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 15 Shin will host a business breakfast at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Vincent P. Chiravalle

At the meeting, small business

Absentee Voting Underway For June 3 Primary Election

on May 11, 2014 - 10:03am

Los Alamos Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols assists voter Philip Gurskey Friday in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Municipal Building. Photo by Sharon Stover

COUNTY News:

Absentee voting by mail and in person has opened at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building – Boards and Commissions Room for the June 3 Primary Election.

Registered voters can visit the Los Alamos County Municipal Building - Boards and Commissions Room 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to cast their vote until May 16.

On Saturday May 17, Alternate (Early) voting begins and registered voters can visit either

League Holds Primary Election Candidates’ Forum May 14

on May 11, 2014 - 9:31am

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is holding a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments and a chance to meet the candidates at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates who have opposition in the primary election of June 3 are invited to appear at the forum.  

They are as follows:

  • U.S. Congressional District 3: Democratic candidate Robert Blanch; Ben Ray Lujan is unable to attend.
  • NM House District 43 Republican candidates: Vincent Chiravalle and Geoff Rodgers
  • 1st Judicial District Position 6 Democratic candidates: Yvonne Quintana, David Thomson and

Udall Calls for VA to Broaden Probe into 'Secret' Waiting Lists

on May 9, 2014 - 10:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Udall says VA should investigate NM, entire service network after alleged cover-up scheme at Phoenix VA
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has expressed outrage at the ongoing allegations that the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and possibly others were covering up the extent of their waiting lists while veterans died waiting for appointments.
 
In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Udall called for VA officials to expand their investigation to facilities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
 
Arizona, New Mexico and part of

GOP Meets in UNM-LA's Jeannette Wallace Hall Thursday

on May 9, 2014 - 9:52am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at the UNM-LA Jeannette Wallace Hall, Bldg. 5, Room 505. 

U.S. Senate candidate David Clements will be the guest speaker. 

For information, please contact Chairman Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.

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Ed Birnbaum: Why I'm Running For County Council

on May 8, 2014 - 4:34pm

By ED BIRNBAUM

I’m Ed Birnbaum, and I am running as a Democrat for a seat on County Council with a primary focus on the fire threat that exists, quality education at all levels, community viability within our budget, and making sure that decisions are made in a transparent manner.

I decided to run based in part on my experience last year as a member of the Los Alamos Utilities Charter Review Committee, where we were asked to address some important questions regarding Article V of the County Charter.

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Councilor David Izraelevitz Shares County Government Experience With Students at UNM-Los Alamos

on May 6, 2014 - 8:12am

American Politics instructor Mike Wismer, right, introduces guest speaker County Councilor David Izraelevitz Monday evening to his students at UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Councilor David Izraelevitz describes the hierarchy of County government to students Monday evening at UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Councilor David Izraelevitz presented a talk on County government to instructor Mike Wismer's American Politics class Monday evening at UNM-Los Alamos.

Lt. Governor Joins Los Alamos Federated Republican Women in Celebrating 60 Year Anniversary

on May 5, 2014 - 8:28am

NMFRW Kirsta Edwards, right, presents a 60-year banner to LAFRW President Mary Wilhoit, second from right, at Thursday 60th Anniversary celebration at Fuller Lodge. LAFRW Treasurer Crystal Dufresne holds the banner at right as Secretary Cathy Walters and Lt. Gov. John Sanchez look on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is the keynote speaker at Thursday's 60th anniversary event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Community members and Republican Party leaders gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Los Alamos Federated Republican

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