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Hope, Struggle and Change Comes to Los Alamos

on October 25, 2012 - 8:03am

LADP News:

Roy Zimmerman has driven 25,000 miles this year, fulfilling a “campaign promise” to perform his satirical songs in all 50 states.

He brings his live show, “Roy Zimmerman: Hope, Struggle and Change” to Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 for a performance at the Los Alamos Little Theater, 1670 Nectar St.

Admission is $18. Tickets are on sale at Democratic Party Office,140 Central Park Square. Call 661-9002 or visit the office noon to 8 p.m. every day.

“Hope, Struggle and Change” is a 90-minute juggernaut of funny songs and comic commentary on presidential politics, the

Los Alamos Daily Post Candidate Facebook Poll Results Are In

on October 24, 2012 - 11:14am


During the last week, the Los Alamos Daily Post conducted a non-scientific poll on Facebook. 

Readers were asked to cast their vote for one State Representative candidate for House District 43 and - because three seats are available - to vote their first, second and third choices for Los Alamos County Council.

The poll was open Oct. 16 through Oct. 23 and readers were informed that their name would appear on Facebook when they cast their vote. 

Readers who visited the poll totaled 597.

HD 43 Race Results:

Stephanie Garcia Richard: 46 votes
James Hall: 36 votes

Letter to the Editor: Vote for PRC Reform

on October 23, 2012 - 9:33am
By Fred Nathan
Founder and Executive Director
Think New Mexico
Vote for PRC Reform - Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and 4

Toward the end of your ballot in this coming election is an opportunity to professionalize and streamline New Mexico’s dysfunctional Public Regulation Commission (PRC) by voting in favor of Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and 4.  

This matters because no local, state or federal government agency directly affects more New Mexicans on a daily basis than the PRC.

In addition to approving the prices New Mexicans pay for electricity, natural gas, water, and landline

Navajo Nation Announces Support for Heather Wilson

on October 23, 2012 - 9:00am

Johnny Naize, speaker of the Navajo Nation Council. Courtesy photo


ALBUQUERQUE — The Navajo Nation, the largest American-Indian reservation in the state, announced its support for Heather Wilson, citing her platform to create jobs and protect New Mexico's energy industry.

"Mrs. Wilson, you have clearly voiced your stance in support of the jobs and economic revenues that the coal industry represents to our region," said Johnny Naize, the speaker of the Navajo Nation Council. "Like you we believe in caring for our environment and our people with a balanced approach.


Rep. Debbie Rodella Hosts Campaign Meet and Greet for Stephanie Garcia Richard

on October 23, 2012 - 7:06am

Rep. Debbie Rodella, the former representative for Cuba and Gallina area before redistricting, hosted a Meet and Greet with Gene and Peggy McCracken of Gallina for House Dist. 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, at El Bruno's restaurant in Cuba over the weekend. Rodella addressed the crowd and told them she was encouraged by Garcia Richard's commitment to level the playing field for small businesses and the need to close tax breaks for out of state corporations.

Kristin Henderson to Address Charter Amendments Thursday at The Hive

on October 23, 2012 - 6:13am
LAEN News:
Kristin Henderson, candidate for County Council will speak to members of the Los Alamos Entreprenuers Network (LAEN) on the proposed County Charter amendments.
Henderson will speak during LAEN's weekly brown-bag networking lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock.
There will be time for Q&A following Henderson's talk and the public is invited to attend.

Pete Sheehey Knocks on Doors in White Rock

on October 23, 2012 - 6:04am

Los Alamos County Council candidate Pete Sheehey was spotted attaching a campaign sign to a chain linked fence at the corner of Rover Boulevard and Bryce Street. Sheehey spent time Sunday knocking on doors and discussing the issues with home owners in the White Rock neighborhood and getting permission to post his signs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Governor Mingles with Locals at Sunday Rally

on October 22, 2012 - 1:16pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaks with Fr. John F. Carney, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Los Alamos and Rep. Jim Hall at the Hilltop House Hotel Sunday during a campaign rally to return Hall to the Roundhouse. Republican Hall is running against Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Dist. 43. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gov. Susana Martinez, left, with Martha Hawkins and her husband Terry Hawkins during Sunday's rally. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Optometrist Lisa Shin speaks with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Candidates Go On Record Regarding Charter Changes

on October 22, 2012 - 1:14pm

Staff Report:

The six candidates running for one of three seats on the Los Alamos County Council weighed in on where they stand on the hotly contested proposed changes to the Los Alamos County Charter. The four questions on the Nov. 6, General Election ballot propose changing the County's Charter for Initiative, Referendum, Recall and Charter Amendment Process. Below are the candidates' responses to the proposed changes followed by links to the language of the four proposed amendments:


"I have friends and supporters who have strong feelings both for and against the four

Letter to the Editor: The Importance of Voting 'NO' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 22, 2012 - 8:45am

By Patricia Max

There have been several posts regarding the four ballot questions designed to amend sections of the Charter that concern Initiative, Referendum, and Recall.

I urge voters to vote No on all four ballot questions for several reasons.

The first reason is that Council is required by law to present only legal questions to the voters. These four questions are not legal questions because each one was derived from a number of ordinances that were voted on as a group, not individually. This is in direct violation of the following sections of the Charter:

203.2.1 which describes the

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'NO' on Charter Amendments

on October 22, 2012 - 8:44am

By Jack and Colleen Hanlon

We are going to vote NO on all four proposed Los Alamos County Charter Amendments for the following reasons:

  • The Charter Review Committee (CRC) process was flawed. We believe the County Council (CC) formed the CRC because the CC was uncomfortable about their decision to reject a petition signed by 2,000 citizens. An over-whelming majority of the CRC members supported the CC view to reject the petition, and consequently, the CRC gave little credibility or voice to the petitioners. What a surprise! The CRC was even more repressive then the CC.

Governor Addresses Standing Room Crowd at Jim Hall Rally in Progress at Hilltop House Hotel

on October 21, 2012 - 3:31pm


New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is speaking in support of Rep. Jim Hall who is running for election in House Dist. 43. "You must return Jim Hall to the Roundhouse ... I need his help ... he is a man who does what he says he will do," Martinez is saying to the standing room crowd at the Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The crowd listens to Rep. Jim Hall and Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Letter to the Editor: LAGRI Logic

on October 21, 2012 - 7:16am

Robert A. Pelak and Skip Dunn
Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative

In a recent letter Fire Chief (Doug) MacDonald questions "LAGRI logic" and cites its opposition to the current charter amendments.

Let's set the record straight: "LAGRI logic" (Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative) is founded on its commitment to public participation in local government.

The original LAGRI petition sought to provide voters brand new opportunities to vote on capital projects.

The opportunities to vote on projects indirectly through bonds essentially disappeared when the county government became

Forum Targets Business and Economic Issues

on October 21, 2012 - 7:14am

Los Alamos County Council candidates participated in Thursday's Chamber/Monitor forum that focused on business and economic issues. Monitor Publisher Keven Todd moderated the event and LACDC/Chamber Board Member Stan Primak and Monitor Editor John Severance questioned the candidates. Photo by Kevin Holsapple


The six candidates running for three seats on the Los Alamos County Council participated in Thursday's Chamber/Monitor forum focused on business and economic issues. The event was held at UNM-Los Alamos.

"The candidates collectively did a very good job of considering and

Column: Whose Pants Are On Fire?

on October 20, 2012 - 10:54am
By Mandy Marksteiner,
Web Manager for the Jim Hall Campaign

Democrats are pushing your hot buttons ... and they know it!

Early voting is upon us, and I’ve been getting anti-Jim Hall mailings daily. 

Obviously, voters in House District 43 can make intelligent decisions based on facts and logic.

But it’s still worth examining how these mailers are trying to manipulate voters’ emotions.

Image Distortion

The person who designed a recent mailer, paid for by the Democratic Party of New Mexico, went to great lengths to make Rep. Jim Hall look like a sinister liar.

Starting with a regular


Letter to the Editor: Charter Revision Not Citizen-Sensitive

on October 20, 2012 - 10:53am
By Joel M. Williams
Los Alamos

WHEREAS two [2 (!)] of the seven current Councilors were not elected by the voters and both will still be seated for another two years without being subjected to voter approval even after we vote in the upcoming general election, (remember that the councilor appointed by the Councilors before these two was not reseated by voters at the end of his term); and

WHEREAS it is possible for the Council to have none of its members voter-elected, but all self-appointed by those seated and remain so for nearly two-years until some of “their” terms end; and


Jim Hall Reponds to Financial Disclosure Issue

on October 20, 2012 - 10:38am

ProgressNow NM issued the following press release to media outlets Friday:

"Candidate claims to have "no contact" with PACs, but finance reports tell different story"

"State Rep. Jim Hall recently took it upon himself to publicly declare in the Los Alamos Daily Post, "I have had no contact with any PAC." And, in Jim Hall's world, he hasn't. But public records tell a different story.

"Campaign finance reports filed by the Governor's PAC, Susana PAC, show a $2,500 contribution to "Jim Hall for State Rep" on May 22, 2012. However, Hall's reports don't show any contributions from the PAC or in


Hall Agrees to Garcia Richard's Invitation for Final Debate

on October 19, 2012 - 10:59am

Stephanie Garcia Richard

Staff Report

Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43 was unable to attend the Santa Fe League of Women Voters forum in Santa Fe Wednesday.

"I notified the League Monday that an unforeseen personal issue came up that I had to attend to and informed them that I would not be able to make the forum," Hall said this morning.  

He pointed out that Richard Garcia was unable to attend Tuesday's Los Alamos Kiwanis debate and had a representative substitute for her.

Rep. Jim Hall

"The League does not allow substitutes so I provided them with some of my


Letter to the Editor: The Irony of it All

on October 19, 2012 - 8:34am
By Chief MAC (Doug MacDonald)
Ret. Los Alamos Fire Chief

I understand the Los Alamos Government Review Initiative’s (LACRI) are in opposition of the proposed amendments the Charter Review Committee (CRS) has recommended to the initiative and referendum provisions of the Charter; under the premise that the proposed signature requirements of 15 percent and timeframes of 60/90 days for referendums/initiatives are onerous.

I find LAGRI’s posture troubling. In January 2010 I attended a public meeting scheduled by the County Council.

The single topic of the meeting was to discuss LAGRI’s

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Charter Ballot Questions

on October 19, 2012 - 6:43am
By Kevin Holsapple
Los Alamos

Amongst the various elective office contests and ballot questions on the slate for November's election are four local Charter ballot questions deserving of your attention and affirmation.
They deal with making improvements to the County Charter provisions dealing with citizen initiatives, referendums, recalls, and future Charter revisions.
A group formed by the County Council called the Charter Review Committee (CRC) performed a comprehensive review of the County Charter over the past few years, held a whole bunch of public meetings to collect ideas

Public Invited to Hall Campaign Rally with Governor

on October 19, 2012 - 6:20am

ELECTION 2012 News:

Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Sunday afternoon to attend a Campaign Rally for Republican Rep. Jim Hall, candidate for House Dist. 43. 

Community members are invited to this event, which takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel and includes food, drinks and live music.

Jefferson Byrd to Hold Townhall Oct. 24 in Los Alamos

on October 18, 2012 - 1:17pm

GOP News:

District 3 Republican Congressional Candidate Jefferson Byrd will hold a Townhall in Los Alamos next week.

The community is invited to join Byrd at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Los Alamos GOP Headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr, Suite D1.


Letter to the Editor: Proposed Charter Changes Rectify Shortcomings

on October 18, 2012 - 11:11am

By Ken Milder
Former County Councilor

When changes to our County Charter are proposed, I usually look at such proposals with a somewhat jaundiced eye.

Our Charter, after all, has served us well, with only minor changes, for nearly 45 years.

This is true for the most part. But, after so many years we start to see what works and what does not.

For many years the initiative, referendum, and recall provisions of the Charter have lacked clarity and, at times, inhibited the community’s effort to proceed with needed improvements.

The proposed changes rectify those shortcomings.

The grouping

U.S. Attorney Names New Mexico District Election Officer

on October 18, 2012 - 9:09am

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Wednesday that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon M. Gerson will lead his office’s efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.

As the District Election Officer for the District of New Mexico, AUSA Gerson is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring

Council Candidates Address Education at UNM-LA Forum

on October 17, 2012 - 3:22pm

From left, student government representative Santana Garcia-Chang serving as moderator, Republican Marc Clay, Republican Steven Girrens, Democrat Kristin Henderson, Democrat Michael Redondo and Democrat Pete Sheehey. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Education was the topic of a forum for Los Alamos County Council Candidates sponsored by the UNM-LA Student Government Association Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Candidates Marc Clay, Steven Girrens, Kristin Henderson, Michael Redondo and Peter Sheehey attended the forum. Candidate Vincent Chiravalle was unable to attend. 

Student Government