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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

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

New Mexico

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

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