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First Judicial District Judge Jason Lidyard Visits Post

on May 7, 2018 - 3:22pm

First Judicial District Judge Jason Lidyard stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday to visit with public safety reporter Maire O'Neill. The two became acquainted when O'Neill began reporting on District Court cases while Lidyard was a prosecutor for the District Attorney's office. After seven years there, Lidyard was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Judge Jennifer Attrep joined the Court of Appeals. He is seeking to keep his position by being elected in November and has spent the past two weeks campaigning in the Los Alamos and White Rock area.

Heinrich Calls On CIA To Declassify Information On Haspel’s Role In Enhanced Interrogation Program

on May 7, 2018 - 12:06pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats requesting that all Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) information related to any involvement Gina Haspel may have had in the CIA’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program be declassified in advance of her nomination hearing May 9, 2018 at the Senate Select Committee on the Intelligence.

“Given that Ms.

Benson: You Cannot Vote In The Primary IF…

on May 7, 2018 - 8:14am
By JODY BENSON
Los Alamos

Many first-time voters registered either Independent or Declined to State. But dear Libertarians, Independents, Declined-to-States, Greens, Communist, Unity, American Delta Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and any of the other parties of New Mexico—please be aware that New Mexico has a Closed Primary, which means you can only vote in the party in which you are registered.

Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians have candidates in the Primary.

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Listens To Young Professionals ... Gives Voice To Marginalized Citizens

on May 7, 2018 - 8:12am
By Tina DeYoe
Los Alamos

As a young professional in the Los Alamos community working in the nonprofit sector, I support Christine Chandler for House District 43’s State Representative.

Christine has done a great job as one of our Los Alamos County Councilor. She understands and listens to concerns that young professionals have including the need for affordable housing, green energy initiatives, the importance of lifting up the voices of women in society, and acceptance of diversity and differing perspectives.

Last year, I had the fortunate opportunity of participating in a book discussion

Luján Visits Sandia; Discusses Workforce Training

on May 6, 2018 - 5:09pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) visited Sandia National Laboratories to meet with employees and discuss issues of interest to the labs.
 
The Congressman toured the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) Complex and the Neutron Generator Laboratory. Sandia personnel also briefed Luján on the laboratory’s workforce needs.
 
Recently, Luján introduced the DOE National Labs Jobs Access Act to expand apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs to deliver the training and educational requirements needed for

Letter To The Editor: Pete Sheehey Will Listen To And Work Hard For Us As State Representative

on May 6, 2018 - 4:54pm
By HOWARD N. BARNUM
Los Alamos

I’m writing to share my reasons for supporting Peter T. Sheehey’s candidacy for our State Representative for District 43 and to urge district voters to support him in the upcoming Democratic primary, and in the fall election should he be chosen as the Democratic candidate.

Pete has worked tirelessly as County Councilor to carefully research issues before the council, and to reach out to community members to take into account their concerns and take advantage of their knowledge and expertise.

Martin Heinrich, Stephanie Garcia Richard, Christine Chandler Campaign In Cuba

on May 6, 2018 - 7:21am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard who is running for New Mexico Land Commissioner and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, right, who is running for re-election visit Cuba as part of their campaign activities. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard chats with residents in Cuba as part of her campaign activities. Courtesy photo

House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler shares a laugh with U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during a campaign stop in Cuba. Courtesy photo

New Española Mayor Javier E. Sanchez Meets With Los Alamos And Valley Daily Post Publishers

on May 6, 2018 - 7:17am

Newly elected Española Mayor Javier E. Sanchez in his office Monday during a meeting with Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark who also is co-publisher with Eric Vasquez of the Valley Daily Post. Mayor Sanchez met with Clark and Vasquez to discuss community issues and said he looks forward to working in collaboration with Los Alamos on issues important to the region. Sanchez replaces Mayor Alice A. Lucero who opted not to seek a third term. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Council Proclaims May As Bike Month

on May 5, 2018 - 6:55pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, left, and Public Works Department County Engineer Eric Martinez hold up a proclamation that delcares May 14-18 Bike to Work Week and May as Bike Month Tuesday night at the regular County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Councilor proclaimed May 14-18 Bike to Work Week and May as Bike Month Tuesday night at the regular County Council meeting.

Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS: On November 30, 2017, Los Alamos became a Bronze status Bicycle Friendly Community as designated by the League of American

Girls Scouts Lead Pledge Of Allegiance At Council

on May 5, 2018 - 2:03pm

Members of Girl Scout Troop 10631 lead the Pledge of Allegiance during Tuesday's regular Los Alamos County Council meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler hands out gifts to members of Girl Scout Troop 10631 to thank them for leading the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night in the Pledge Of Allegiance. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

State Auditor Wayne Johnson Investigates 'Retirement Refunds' Totaling $65,000 To Tijeras City Employees

on May 5, 2018 - 1:44pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE State Auditor Wayne Johnson has initiated a special investigation to determine if thousands of tax dollars recently given to Village of Tijeras employees were paid in compliance with all state and local laws and regulations.
 
Johnson says there’s reason to believe the payments were improper or miscalculated, were done outside of normal accounting methods, and skirted standard internal controls for a municipality like Tijeras.
 
The refunds appear to have been issued without anybody but the Mayor and the Village Interim Deputy

Los Alamos County Council Passes One Code Enforcement Ordinance; Amends Another

on May 5, 2018 - 1:36pm
Community Development Director Paul Andrus speaks to Los Alamos County Council at Tuesday night's meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
 
 By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Los Alamos County’s code enforcement program is getting some changes.
 
Two ordinances proposing amendments to the program were discussed during Tuesday night's regular Council meeting. While one ordinance to revamp the code enforcement still awaits approval, Council did approve another ordinance.
 
Council passed 6-1 to extend the minimum time allowance for

Primary Candidate Forum: House Dist. 43; Judges May 9

on May 5, 2018 - 7:43am

LWVLA News:

The Los Alamos League of Women Voters invites the public to the final candidate forum to introduce candidates who have opposition in the June 5 Primary Election. Come to the forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Fuller Lodge, but first enjoy refreshments at 6:30 p.m., as well as conversation with the candidates.

Candidates at May 9 forum:

  • First Judicial District Court Judge, Division 2: Gregory S. Shaffer, Donna M. Bevacqua-Young, Maria E. Sanchez-Gagne, and Jerry A. Archuleta (all Democrats);
  • First Judicial District Court Judge, Division 5: Jason Lidyard and Matthew Jackson (both

U.S. Sen. Heinrich Unveils Plans To Introduce Legislation To Designate White Sands As National Park

on May 5, 2018 - 7:26am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich plans to introduce legislation to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico’s newest national park. Photo by Jaxson Pohlman

STATE News:

LAS CRUCES – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) unveiled Friday the White Sands National Park Establishment Act, legislation he plans to introduce to designate White Sands National Monument as New Mexico’s newest national park.

“The vision to create White Sands National Park has been driven by a diverse coalition of community leaders and local elected officials for years.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Backs Establishment Of New Mexico Office Of Outdoor Recreation

on May 4, 2018 - 9:35pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) delivered the keynote address today at the New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference in Las Cruces, highlighting the inextricable link between conservation and growing the Western economy.
 
The two-day conference was the first event of its kind in New Mexico and featured business, elected, and outdoor industry leaders from across the West.
 
Accodring to the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy in New Mexico generates 99,000 direct jobs, $9.9 billion in

EMILY’s List Endorses Christine Chandler For House Dist. 43

on May 4, 2018 - 9:23pm

EMILY’s List News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Christine Chandler of Los Alamos for House Dist. 43 to replace Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard who is running for New Mexico Land Commissioner.

“As a Los Alamos County Councilor, former Los Alamos National Laboratory attorney and legislative analyst, Christine Chandler has the experience and dedication necessary to represent the needs of all New Mexicans,” said Geri Prado, senior director of state and local campaigns at EMILY's List.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce Recommend Candidates To Fill Two Vacancies On US District Court

on May 4, 2018 - 10:52am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Honorable Robert C. Brack announced his intention to assume senior status in November 2017, after 15 years of distinguished service on the federal bench.
 
Judge Brack’s announcement, effective July 25, 2018, will create a vacancy in Las Cruces, for a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
 
Dec. 26, 2017, the Honorable Christina Armijo announced her intention to assume senior status after 16 years of distinguished service on the federal bench, including over five years as Chief Judge for the District.

Former CIA Covert Officer Talk On Cuban Missile Crisis May 16

on May 4, 2018 - 10:43am
CIA Covert Officer Bruce Held
 
CIR News:
 
Former CIA Covert Officer Bruce Held, who served as Chief of Station in Asia, Latin America, and Africa and was the former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence for the Department of Energy will present the talk, The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Secret Intelligence Perspective.
 
The talk is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Hotel Santa Fe Hacienda and Spa at 1505 Paseo de Peralta.
 
Many people know about the Thirteen Days, the dramatic story of how President Kennedy managed the Cuban Missile Crisis.

James Robinson: Pizza & Politics May 15

on May 4, 2018 - 10:33am

Damon Martinez On World Press Freedom Day

on May 4, 2018 - 9:51am

Courtesy/en.unesco.org

From the Office of Congressional Candidate Damon Martinez:

ALBUQUERQUE – In recognition of World Press Freedom Day, Damon Martinez released the following statement Thursday:

“On World Press Freedom Day, we honor those who have devoted themselves to holding up the light. Truth and freedom are the twin pillars that anchor just societies, and those like President Trump who mock truth – who belittle and suppress it – do so because they fear it. 

“Today, we salute those who have sacrificed their lives in pursuit of truth, and we recommit ourselves to holding accountable

Sheriff's Attorney Files Brief In Advance Of Hearing At Los Alamos Justice Center May 10

on May 4, 2018 - 8:05am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Sheriff Marco Lucero’s attorney Blair Dunn filed his response in First Judicial District Court Thursday to Los Alamos County’s brief in support of a restraining order, preliminary injunction and permanent injunction against Lucero. A hearing on the case is slated for 10 a.m., May 10 at the Los Alamos Justice Center before Judge Francis J. Mathew.

Los Alamos County Attorney Alvin Leaphart maintains in his April 29 brief that Lucero has unlawfully exceeded the limits placed on his elective office by the citizens of the Incorporated

NEA-NM Endorses Lujan Grisham For Governor

on May 4, 2018 - 7:29am
NEA-NM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The National Education Association New Mexico (NEA-NM) has endorsed U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for Governor.
 
NEA-NM has been advocating for students, public education, and public education employees across New Mexico since 1886.
 
Teachers and other educators are looking forward to a new Governor who better understands New Mexicans heartfelt desire for a world-class education system. There is no time to lose for New Mexico students, so we say it's time for Michelle Lujan Grisham for our next Governor. We have full confidence that Rep.

Hearing On Sheriff's Suit Against Attorney General Slated For May 15 In Los Alamos

on May 4, 2018 - 6:49am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

First Judicial District Judge David K. Thomson has slated a hearing in a suit filed by Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero against Attorney General Hector Balderas and his records custodian Patricia Salazar for 11 a.m., May 15 at the Los Alamos Justice Center.

Lucero’s suit, which was filed by his attorney Blair Dunn, accuses Balderas of withholding a 2016 memorandum containing an opinion or evaluation of the ongoing dispute involving the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s duties.

Sen. Martinez Endorses Christine Chandler

on May 3, 2018 - 4:02pm

By RICHARD MARTINEZ
New Mexico Senate, Dist. 5

I am proud to endorse Christine Chandler for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43, which includes Los Alamos and parts of Rio Arriba, Sandoval, and Santa Fe Counties.  

As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve had the pleasure of hiring and working with Christine as a legislative analyst for four out of the last five sessions.

Sheehey: Why I Care About Education And Health Care

on May 3, 2018 - 7:24am

By PETE SHEEHEY
Candidate for House Dist. 43

I have written about the importance of scientists like myself playing a role in government. I will work to make sure that facts and sound science are included in lawmaking. I was honored recently that the National Education Association-New Mexico has recommended my candidacy, because I also feel strongly that good affordable education and health care for all are the keys to a strong society and economy.

My life experience has taught me this. I grew up in a working class family.

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