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Letter to the Editor: Future Demands Presence of High Quality Post-Secondary Education Institution in Los Alamos

on August 25, 2013 - 8:21am
By Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative, District 43


I write in support of the passage of the UNM-Los Alamos operational mil increase that will be put to the voters by mail-in ballot this September.


As the voters of Los Alamos are aware, this mil levy is needed to support and sustain current and future program operations and services encompassed in its the mission-preparation for transfer, pathways for careers and passion for lifelong learning, the goals and objectives of UNM-Los Alamos Strategic Plan and the education and training needs of local employers in our community.

Udall: NM Receives $10 Million in Homeland Security Grants

on August 25, 2013 - 8:17am
  • State, southern counties will receive funding for border security and emergency preparedness


LAS CRUCES ­- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Friday that the state of New Mexico and five counties will receive a combined $10 million in border security and emergency preparedness funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP.)
Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna and Otero counties will share $3,146,501 through a program called Operation Stonegarden, while the state of New Mexico will receive $3,459,364 through the State

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA Has Huge Impact on Local Education

on August 24, 2013 - 8:47am

By Pete Sheehey
Los Alamos County Councilor

UNM-LA has a huge positive impact on local education, starting with many of our high school students; our 16-year-old has been learning robotics there. Local entrepreneur William Sellers has argued that Los Alamos does not need "our own little private university."

But let's look in detail at what UNM-LA actually does (, or It doesn't pretend to be a self-contained university.

Hilltalkers to Debate UNM-LA Mil Levy Thursday

on August 24, 2013 - 7:35am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at UNM-Los Alamos.

The event will take place in the Lecture Hall in Building 2. The purpose of the meeting is for the public to get information about the proposed mil levy.

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will debate the pros and cons of the mil levy election question, followed by a presentation by Dr. Cindy Rooney, who recently was appointed dean of instruction at UNM-LA. 

The meeting will end with a town hall question and answer session, moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Sen. Tom Udall Recruits Fall Interns

on August 24, 2013 - 7:23am


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is inviting New Mexico college students interested in gaining experience in a congressional field office to apply for fall internships in his offices in Santa Fe, Portales, Carlsbad, Las Cruces and Washington, D.C.

To apply online or download an application, click here or visit Students or individuals looking for more information on internships in the New Mexico offices can also call (505) 346-6791.

“Congressional internships are an invaluable experience for anyone interested in public

Luján to Hold Video Forum Targeting Poverty and Hunger

on August 23, 2013 - 7:16am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján will hold the Third Congressional District’s first district-wide video forum addressing hunger and poverty issues at a number of locations around the state. The event takes place 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and is now filled to capacity.

Stakeholders, including nonprofits and local government representatives, will come together at locations throughout the district to consider and collaborate on best practices, challenges and needs. 

Stakeholders will initially meet as smaller groups in their local communities

LACDC Board Endorses UNM-LA Mil Levy Tax Increase

on August 21, 2013 - 1:04pm


The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) Board of Directors today announced its support of the proposed mil levy increase designed to fund programs at The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.

The 2-mil operational increase, scheduled for vote by Sept. 17, will boost UNM-LA’s ability to produce science, technology, engineering, and math students that are vital to our unique local economy.

Debate and Town Hall Meeting on UNM-LA Mil Levy Aug. 29

on August 18, 2013 - 8:04am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the public to attend a Los Alamos High School Hilltalker debate and Town Hall meeting 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at UNM-LA Lecture Hall in Building 2.

The LAHS Hilltalkers will debate the pros and cons of the mil levy election question followed by a presentation by Dr. Cindy Rooney, who recently was appointed as the new Dean of Instruction for UNM-LA, replacing Dr. Kate Massengale who recently retired. 

The meeting will end with a town hall question and answer session, moderated by the League of Women Voters.

Refreshments are being provided at

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Gathering at Los Alamos Home

on August 17, 2013 - 3:49pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd District, seated center, attended a gathering Friday evening at the home of Marvel Harrison Csanadi and Dr. Tom Csanadi on North Mesa. The private event gave Luján an opportunity to speak one on one with local residents. Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, standing to Luján's left, new Probate Judge Chris Chandler to Luján's right, and District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar in white dress were among those gathered around Luján showing support for UNM-LA's mil levy election set for Sept. 17. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Rep.

Congressional Delegation Urges Increased Oversite of New Mexico's Behavioral Health Crisis

on August 15, 2013 - 8:13am


New Mexico's Congressional Delegation sent the following letter Wednesday to U.S. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health & Human Services regarding the state's behavioral health crisis:

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

As you are aware, the State of New Mexico is in the process of investigating allegations of fraud against 15 behavioral health providers that offer Medicaid services and has suspended payments to those organizations. We want to thank you for your ongoing involvement to protect the integrity of the process and the needs of beneficiaries.

Council Recognizes Teens Completing Boys and Girls State

on August 14, 2013 - 7:23am

New Mexico Boys State and Girls State participants from left, Rachel Barthell, Estaban Summers, Jeremy Goette and Daniel Ahrens were recognized by the County Council Tuesday evening including Councilor Kristin Henderson at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

GOP Presents Aug. 15 Talk on Common Core

on August 12, 2013 - 2:12pm

GOP News: 

Are you familiar with Common Core?

The public is invited to join concerned citizens for an introduction to the Common Core State Standards, a National Education Program designed to standardize and Align Standards, Curriculum and Testing.

Come learn the goals of Common Core. Where did it come from?  How and when did it start? Who was involved in its start-up? Who has been paying for it? Who will pay for it in the future? What are the hidden consequences of implementing Common Core? How will it affect your kids?

When: Thursday, Aug. 15

Where: UNM LA Campus, Building 6, Room 612

Los Alamos Public School Staff Returns to Work

on August 12, 2013 - 9:01am

Several groups met with Los Alamos Public School staff  returning back to school Friday after the summer break. During a breakfast at Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Co-op General Manager Steve Watts, left, shared information about the Co-op and Lisa Wismer, right, and other UNM-LA staff  talked with State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, about her ongoing support of the UNM-LA mil levy vote that is coming up next month. Students return to work Wednesday. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos Public Schools' all staff breakfast was held at the high school with exhibits by Los Alamos

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA a Great Resource for Seniors

on August 7, 2013 - 7:42am
UNM-LA a Great Resource for Seniors
By Colleen Hanlon
Los Alamos

I am a believer in the value of education. I am going to support the upcoming UNM-Los Alamos mil-levy, and I have been encouraging the people I meet to join me in this effort.

Why do I support the mil-levy increase for UNM-LA, and how have I benefited directly from UNM-LA?

About six years ago I registered (at the $5 Senior Rate) to audit a class in Native American Film Studies. I was a little timid about who my classmates would be, and how they would feel about an almost 70 year old in their class.

Well, it was a memorable

'Make It In America' Added to Agenda

on August 5, 2013 - 8:59am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that legislation he has introduced to increase partnerships between businesses and national laboratories has been included as part of House Democrats’ Make It In America Agenda (MIIA.)

Luján’s legislation authorizes a dedicated fund to provide for the government’s share of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that support maturing lab technology and transferring it to the private sector.

Udall Unveils Major Legislation to Reform FISA Courts

on August 5, 2013 - 8:13am


WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled two bills that would ensure FISA courts properly balance the need to protect national security with constitutional and statutory requirements to safeguard individual rights to privacy and liberty.

The first bill, the FISA Court Reform Act of 2013, would create a Special Advocate with the power to argue in the FISA courts on behalf of the right to privacy and other individual rights of the American people.

Heinrich Includes Amendment Expanding Tech Development

on August 4, 2013 - 6:59am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, July 30,  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, successfully included an amendment to S. 1317, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Reauthorization Act of 2013, to expand the development and testing of new space technologies within NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. 

The NASA Reauthorization Act of 2013, including Sen. Heinrich's amendment, passed the committee and can now go to the full Senate for consideration. 

"This critical program

Education is at Heart of Community’s Identity ... UNM-Los Alamos is Our College

on July 28, 2013 - 11:47am
At last year's candidate's forum, Michelle Hall discussed her desire to help steer UNM-LA through challenging times. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Education is at Heart of Community’s Identity ... UNM-Los Alamos is Our College
"I have not met more dedicated faculty and staff at any University than UNM-Los Alamos." -Michelle Hall
Los Alamos Daily Post

Michelle Hall recalled one thing that really impressed her about Los Alamos when she moved here in 2003 - the community's commitment to providing the highest quality education.

"The other thing that

Udall: We Need a Functioning FEC to Reform our Campaign Finance System

on July 28, 2013 - 11:09am

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. called for a functioning Federal Election Commission (FEC) to enforce federal campaign finance laws.

His remarks came during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration to consider President Obama's nominees to serve on the FEC.

"As you know, I am a strong supporter of reforming our campaign finance system. I believe one important step is to have a functioning FEC, where all six seats are filled with commissioners in terms that haven’t expired.

Democrats Clean Up N.M. 502

on July 23, 2013 - 8:51am
From left, Michael Redondo, Mike Wheeler, David Griggs, Karyl Ann Armbruster, Paul Frederickson and George Chandler were among the crew from the Democratic Party of Los Alamos who cleaned up N.M. 502 Saturday. Photo by John Hofmann

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County cleaned up N.M. 502 from mile marker two to mile marker three near the Los Alamos Airport Saturday.

Thirteen volunteers picked up 15 bags of trash including:

  • soda and beer cans,
  • fast food containers and wrappers,
  • part of a car bumper,
  • a large plastic car part,
  • heavy electrical electrical cable,
  • broken pieces

Udall Advances Two Bills Supporting NM Small Businesses

on July 21, 2013 - 7:49am

Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM hosts New Mexico Chamber leaders at a meeting on economic development on Capitol Hill. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, Friday announced two bills to help New Mexico small businesses grow in the tough economy and continue to create jobs.

The bills, the Helping Our Middle Class Entrepreneurs (HOME) Act and the Expanding Opportunities for Main Street Act, are the result of Udall’s conversations with small business owners across New Mexico about ways the federal government can streamline contracting and reduce unnecessary red

Excitement Builds at Friday's Concert as Smith's Marketplace Prepares for Tuesday's Groundbreaking

on July 20, 2013 - 11:18am

Marsha Gilford, Vice President of Public Affairs of Smith's Food & Drugs spoke to the crowd at Friday's Summer Concert in Mari Mac Plaza. Smith's sponsored Friday's concert and Gilford is in town from the corporate office in Salt Lake City, Utah for Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony of the new Smith's Marketplace on Trinity Drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Officials recognize local Smith's General Manager John Roberts including from left, Superintendent Gene Schmidt, School Board President Jim Hall, Councilor Pete Sheehey (behind Hall), Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Concert

Local Leaders Visit WIPP

on July 19, 2013 - 9:04am
From left, Los Alamos County Councilor Rick Reiss, Rep. Stephanie G. Richard and Councilor Kristin Henderson. Courtesy Photo
Staff report
State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilors Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside of Carlsbad Tuesday.
Along with other regional and state elected officials, the trio visited with Los Alamos National Laboratory and WIPP management and observed operations as LANL TRU Waste continues to be delivered to the nuclear waste internment facility.
The visit was organized by the LANL Major

Luján Addresses Cost of Inaction on Climate Change

on July 19, 2013 - 8:26am


WASHTINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor Thursday about the increasing costs of climate change and the need to take action. 

The Safe Climate Caucus is a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Click here to watch Luján’s speech.


Chamber Leaders Join Udall for Economic Development Meeting on Capitol Hill

on July 18, 2013 - 10:57am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., center, met with President/CEO Alex O. Romero of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and CEO Laura E. Sanchez of the NM Green Chamber of Commerce Wednesday to talk about growing the New Mexico economy. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., hosted two New Mexico chamber of commerce leaders Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a discussion on job creation and economic recovery.

President/CEO Alex O. Romero of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and CEO Laura E.