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Letter To The Editor: Questioning Lisa Shin’s Ethics

on September 28, 2018 - 4:18pm
Los Alamos
I was dismayed when I thought that the Los Alamos Daily Post had “endorsed” Lisa Shin by their publication of the “free” issue of the “The Los Alamos Post” (TLAP).
This self aggrandizement issue certainly is not becoming Lisa. I spent several minutes trying to locate who paid for this political advertisement. I located it in tiny print on the next to last page.
The Sept. 27 issue of the Los Alamos Daily Post carries a column (link) rebutting and clarifying that they did not endorse Lisa and stating that newspaper ethics were abridged.
I wonder if

Udall Statement On Senate Hearing With Dr. Christine Blasey Ford And Judge Brett Kavanaugh

on September 28, 2018 - 4:06pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court:
“Dr. Ford showed tremendous courage and credibility as she told her story, under oath, to the United States Senate and to so many Americans watching around the country. I have said throughout this process that we must treat Dr.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Urges Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearing On Crime Bill

on September 28, 2018 - 8:19am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the Start Allocating Funds Efficiently to States (SAFE States) Act (H.R. 6656), which would prioritize Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funding to states that have higher violent crime rates like New Mexico.
"This bill would ensure that states with high violent crime rates receive their fair share of federal funding to not only train law enforcement and

Secretary Of State Announces 2018 General Election Sample Ballots Available Through

on September 27, 2018 - 1:43pm

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SOS News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced that sample ballots for the upcoming 2018 general election are now available online at

Secretary Toulouse Oliver encourages eligible voters to download and study their ballot before completing their official absentee ballot or before making their way to the polls during early voting or on Election Day.

“Sample ballots are a great tool to help New Mexicans research the candidates and issues before they vote and are a helpful guide to save

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Funding For NM In Health Care And Defense Appropriations Minibus

on September 27, 2018 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced strong support for New Mexico priorities in the FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus, including funding to address the ongoing opioids crisis, improve public education, and strengthen our national security.

“This package includes funding for programs that are critical to public health and education efforts in New Mexico, while providing continued support for our servicemen and women,” Luján said.

Los Alamos Daily Post Does Not Endorse Candidates

on September 27, 2018 - 7:53am

Since its inception nearly seven years ago, the Los Alamos Daily Post has held firm to its policy of not endorsing political candidates. This has not changed.

We want to make this very clear to our readers because as occasionally happens when elections heat up – ethical lines in some campaigns blur – and may mislead voters.

Over the last couple of days, readers have contacted us questioning whether we published an 8-page political newspaper that arrived in mailboxes this week. It bears a “Los Alamos Post” masthead. The Los Alamos Daily Post did not publish that

First League Candidate Forum At UNM-LA Tonight

on September 27, 2018 - 7:52am


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos (LWVLA) is hosting its first of two non-partisan candidate forums this evening in Building 2 at UNM-LA, the Student Union. 

The forum begins at 7 p.m., but all are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and socialize with the candidates.

This forum features Anne Nobile (D), running unopposed for Probate Judge, followed by information about the North Central Regional Transportation District (NCRTD) Reauthorization Ballot Question and all of the candidates seeking a seat on the Los Alamos County Council: David Izraelevitz

Donation Distribution In House District 43

on September 27, 2018 - 7:25am
Los Alamos

We have a coming election for House here in District 43.

I was interested in seeing what the distribution of donors was, to see what money was trying to influence our race, and what the breakdown is between the Democratic (Dem.) candidate Christine Chandler and the Republican (Rep.) candidate Lisa Shin.

The result is here, which is a distributional measurement of the data taken from the Secretary of State donation report. The distributional measurements shows the donations in amount, and source.

2016: The ‘Regime Change’ Election And What Comes Next Part 1

on September 27, 2018 - 6:58am

Los Alamos

This series of articles answers the questions of “What happened in the 2016 Election, and Why?” I believe the current situation is like a storm on the sea. Lots of froth on top, masking deep currents underneath.  

Several friends, knowing I follow social and political trends, asked me, “Jim, what the H--- is going on?”. Intrigued, I researched and developed a presentation with which independents, liberals, and conservatives seem to agree.

Udall Fights To Protect Children’s Privacy Rights

on September 27, 2018 - 5:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned top executives from various technology and telecommunications firms, including Google, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, AT&T and Charter, about whether they are taking the appropriate steps to protect data privacy rights for consumers in New Mexico and across America.
In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,” he focused on potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by kids apps hosted on major technology

Governor Presents Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office With DWI Mobile Unit

on September 26, 2018 - 3:44pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
LAS CRUCES — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez presented the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office with a brand-new mobile DWI unit, equipped with breath-testing stations and drunk tanks that will help DWI checkpoints run more efficiently.
“This new, high-tech DWI mobile unit will help checkpoints run more quickly and effectively, helping Dona Ana combat drunk driving,” Martinez said. “It’s another tool to help our officers who are on the roads keeping us safe. I cannot thank our brave officers enough for the work they do.”
The mobile DWI unit is 40 feet

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Takes Part In Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day

on September 26, 2018 - 11:21am

Los Alamos County Clerk's Office staff members operate a voter registration booth Tuesday night in the lobby of the Municipal Building. The clerk's office took part in National Voter Registration Day. Throughout the day, booths were located around town including Los Alamos High School, Starbucks and the White Rock Senior Center with information on how to vote as well as sample ballots for the upcoming election in November. County Clerk Naomi Maestas said Los Alamos has a high registration rate.

Heinrich To Be Featured Speaker At National Clean Energy Week Symposium

on September 26, 2018 - 9:04am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C. At 4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT, today, Sept. 26, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the son of a utility lineman and one of just a few engineers in Congress, will be a featured speaker at the National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium to discuss his vision for America's clean energy future.
Through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Heinrich has advocated for growing the clean energy economy in New Mexico.

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $1.3 Million To NTU For Metrology And Materials Center

on September 26, 2018 - 8:48am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1.3 million to Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, NM to build a Metrology and Materials Center (MMTC).
The MMTC will offer training for displaced energy sector workers to develop competitive skills for emerging industries including 3D metal printing, machining, robotics and advanced manufacturing.

Western Caucus Urges Repeal Of WOTUS

on September 25, 2018 - 2:52pm
CWC News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 20, members of the Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements calling for full repeal of the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through the final conference report of the Farm Bill or through the passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019:
Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (OR-02): “In my meetings throughout rural Oregon, farmers, ranchers, and property owners have repeatedly expressed their concerns about

Letter To The Editor: The Realization Of Ruination

on September 25, 2018 - 2:34pm
Los Alamos

I have been struggling!

...Really struggling!

For the better part of a few years, I’ve slowly been realizing, much to my horror, that I will likely never be appointed to serve as a justice on the supreme court of the United States of America. This is quite a blow to my search for meaning in life.

Ever since realizing my predicament, I have vacillated between feeling that life is ruined and feeling that maybe my sense of ruination is perhaps hyperbolic.

Former Gov. Gary Johnson Visits Los Alamos Makers

on September 25, 2018 - 7:41am
Los Alamos Makers Founder Prisca Tiassé Yoder and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson who is running for the U.S. Senate, during an open house Friday at Los Alamos Makers at 3540 Orange St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
From left, County Council candidate Helen Milenski, Los Alamos Makers Founder, former Gov. Gary Johnson and Sheriff candidate Chris Luchini during the open house Friday at Los Alamos Maker. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Visitors and supporters enjoy food and mingling during the open house. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Makers News:
The open

Congress Must Extend Farm Bill By Sept. 30

on September 25, 2018 - 6:37am
CRA News:
LYONS, NE Congress has five days to act before the 2014 farm bill expires.
In response, Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Cora Fox said failing to pass a new farm bill or extend the current farm bill lets down farmers and ranchers.
She said at this point, passage of a 2018 farm bill before the Sept. 30 deadline seems unlikely.
“In the absence of a new farm bill, it is imperative that lawmakers extend current legislation,” Fox said. “Farmers and ranchers across the country rely on important programs that will sunset without an extension of the 2014 farm bill.”

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce $400,000 In Rural Opioid Grants For Rio Arriba County

on September 25, 2018 - 6:04am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to combat the opioid epidemic in Rio Arriba County.
The County of Rio Arriba and El Centro Family Health each received $200,000 in grants through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to support the treatment and prevention of substance use disorder (SUD) in rural high-risk

House Dist. 43 Candidate Christine Chandler Meets With Educators To Discuss Ideas For Improving Education

on September 24, 2018 - 5:55pm

Los Alamos County Councilor and Democratic candidate for New Mexico House Dist. 43, Christine Chandler, met with several educators Sunday at a local residence to discuss ideas on how to improve education. Councilor Chandler is endorsed by both teachers unions. Topics included PARCC and other high stakes testing, the need for high quality early childhood education access and various educational inequities both in Los Alamos and throughout the district.

Udall, Heinrich, Lujan Grisham Announce $20 Million From NSF For NM SMART Grid Center At UNM

on September 24, 2018 - 4:50pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the University of New Mexico (UNM) was awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the New Mexico SMART (Sustainable, Modular, Adaptive, Resilient and Transactive) Grid Center, an interdisciplinary research and education program to help support development of a modern electric grid.
The center will coalesce ongoing independent research efforts throughout New Mexico in academia, national laboratories

Udall, Heinrich: $1 Million For Veterans Housing

on September 24, 2018 - 11:18am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced that the New Mexico Affordable Housing Charitable Trust has won a $1 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help disabled veterans modify their homes to help them live independently.
In partnership with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the Trust will use this funding to rehabilitate or modify an estimated 90 primary residences for eligible veterans statewide.  
"Veterans and their families have sacrificed

VFW Hosts Los Alamos Candidate Forum Tonight

on September 24, 2018 - 7:55am

VFW News: 

VFW Post 8874 is proud to host a local Los Alamos Candidate forum, and veterans, their families and the local public are invited attend.

  • Where: VFW Post 8874 at 1793 Deacon St.
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Date: Sept. 24, 2018

This forum will allow veterans and community members to hear and ask questions of the local candidates.


Poll Watchers Sought For Election Day Nov. 6

on September 24, 2018 - 7:10am

CCNM News:

Every election year the nonpartisan organization, Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM), works to help voters cast their vote freely by fielding a team of volunteer “poll watchers” to help answer voter questions, locate their poll and make sure their votes are counted.   

CCNM is now recruiting volunteers from all over New Mexico.

Poll watchers are an integral part of CCNM Election Protection project. CCNM recruits lawyers, students and ordinary citizens from across the state organizing them to take part in our democracy and make sure it works for everyone.

After reviewing an

Letter To The Editor: Let’s Hire The Best For District 43 ... Christine Chandler, Competence And Experience

on September 23, 2018 - 8:56pm
Los Alamos

We have a candidate for State House Representative District 43 who has three essential qualifications for governing:

  • Experience in politics;
  • Contacts; and,
  • Knowledge of the district and the needs of the entire population rather than just a constituency of a particular political party.

With experience comes credibility and competence. This competent candidate is Christine Chandler.

Not only has Christine served in elected office as County Councilor and Probate Judge, she has already worked four sessions as an analyst at the Legislature.