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Letter To The Editor: Response To Importance Of Political Parties

on October 15, 2019 - 3:57pm

Los ALamos

Mr. Kerr,

Perhaps I'm in the minority, I'm not sure and I've never seen a study to confirm. I was raised by a single mother who wasn't political at all. To the best of my knowledge, she never voted in her life. In any case, I would hope that most people in a town with so many smart people would do their own research and decide who and/or what political party to vote for rather than just depending on what their parents said to do.

With regards to the rest of your letter, I disagree.

The House (with a Democratic majority) has passed a great number of bills, including

Community Development Advisory Board Strives To Gather Public Input On County Code Enforcement

on October 15, 2019 - 10:10am
Los Alamos County Housing and Special Project Manager Andrew Harnden, left, speaks to KRSN Chief Operating Officer David Sutton during the Community Development Advisory Board open house Monday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

To get a clearer picture of what the public would like to see in the Los Alamos County’s code enforcement program, the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) hosted an open house Oct. 7.

The purpose of the open house was to collect feedback on the nuisance

Meet & Greet Morrie Pongratz At The Tub Wednesday

on October 15, 2019 - 9:44am

The community is invited to a Meet & Greet for Los Alamos School Board candidate Morrie Pongratz, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (The Tub) in Central Park Square. Pongratz is running in District 3, which is the Aspen District. Courtesy photo

New Mexico House Democratic Leadership Condemns Violent Political Video; Calls On House GOP To Do Same

on October 15, 2019 - 9:41am
NMDP News:
SANTA FE New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton and Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos condemn the violent video that surfaced Sunday night.
The video, an edited scene from an action movie, depicts President Donald Trump shooting and stabbing dozens of people wearing the logos of media outlets—and the faces of political rivals including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton and the late John McCain—superimposed on their heads.
The video was shown at a conference organized by American Priority, an organization of the

Letter To The Editor: Importance Of Political Parties

on October 15, 2019 - 9:18am
Los Alamos
Why do I belong to a political party?
We can pick a reason but most likely the reason is that the party we pick is the one our parents belong to. A political party usually represents the values of the home. Chances are that if grandpa and pop were Democrats, you are, too. There is not a lot of hard thinking involved in registering in a political party.
In the beginning of our nation, our first leader, George Washington was opposed to political parties because he felt that they would lead to non-productive political bickering and divert energy away

Letter To The Editor: I Believe We Are A Town That Values Education ... Vote Yes For School Bond

on October 15, 2019 - 8:41am
Committee member
Los Alamos School Bond Election Committee

When my wife and I decided to move back to White Rock with our two young children more than a decade ago, I knew one thing for certain: Our kids would receive a great education. A White Rock native, I grew up in the Los Alamos Public School system, going first to Chamisa Elementary and then to the Middle and High Schools. I knew first-hand the high quality of education here and was excited to know that our kids would benefit from the same. And they have.

We’ve been fortunate that our kids have had great experiences

Letter To The Editor: Pleasure To Support Bernstein

on October 15, 2019 - 8:32am
LAHS Class of 2013

It is my pleasure to write in support of Chris Bernstein for a position on the Los Alamos Public School Board.

I attended Los Alamos school system from kindergarten to 12th grade, and ultimately graduated in May of 2013. During my time at Los Alamos High School I had the pleasure of getting to know Mrs. Bernstein, or Mrs. B as we called her.

I cannot over-stress the point that she was the most influential teacher in my high school years. She exhibits extraordinary passion while teaching, but more importantly, she cares for her students as people.

Udall Issues Statement On Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 14, 2019 - 11:39am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SANTA FE — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring indigenous communities across New Mexico and the United States:

“Today, we celebrate the resilience, culture, and history of Native Americans across Indian Country. New Mexico’s 23 Tribes have helped build the foundations of our state while tirelessly working to defend their land, cultures, traditions and way of life.

U.S. Senatorial Candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján Opens Campaign Office In Santa Fe

on October 14, 2019 - 11:07am

Los Alamos supporters Jonathan and Ellen Mills at left, greet U.S. Senatorial candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján Saturday Oct. 5 as he enters his new campaign office on St. Michael’s Drive behind Carl’s Jr. in Santa Fe. Luján is running for the seat held by Sen. Tom Udall who is retiring at the end of 2020. Courtesy photo

U.S. Senatorial candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd of supporters gathered Saturday Oct. 5 at the opening of his new campaign office in Santa Fe. As always, he joked that people came mostly to see his mother Carmen, third from

Bernstein Announces Meet & Greet Schedule

on October 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Christine Bernstein


Los Alamos School Board District 3 candidate Christine Bernstein announces her upcoming Meet & Greet schedule:

  • Oct. 17 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op;
  • Oct. 20 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ruby K's; and
  • Nov. 1 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Film Festival.

District 3 is in the Aspen area.

Goodbye, Columbus. Hello, Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 14, 2019 - 9:07am

Columbus Day parade, Oct. 12, 1949, New York City. Courtesy/



Since 1991, dozens of cities, several universities, and a few states have adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Not by coincidence, the occasion usually falls on Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, or replaces the holiday entirely.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is observed by the states of New Mexico, Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, Louisiana, Oregon, Nevada and Vermont, as well as South Dakota, which celebrates Native

Volunteers Assist Voters In Local Election

on October 13, 2019 - 9:59am

From left, election volunteers Isabel Brackbill, Jan Michel and Linda Fox, assist voters in the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board elections Thursday afternoon in the Municipal Building. Early voting started Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 2. If interested in voting in person, individuals can go 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building or 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Oct. 19 in the White Rock Town Hall. Election day is Nov. 5 and voting centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Governor Announces New Capital Outlay Dashboard

on October 13, 2019 - 8:51am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday announced the Department of Finance and Administration’s new capital outlay dashboard, an online tool that will allow the public, local governments and state policymakers to track and analyze local infrastructure projects, a first for New Mexico government. 
The dashboard, viewable online here, is primarily an accountability measure, the governor said, intended to boost efficiency and ease of access to funding information and status updates about capital projects all across the state.

Letter To The Editor: David Hampton – A Honest And Transparent Voice For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
2nd Vice Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos 

I am writing this letter in support of David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

For all the time I have known Mr. Hampton I have found him to be a very honest and transparent person. He serves with integrity in all aspects of community involvement and local boards such as the LA Co-op Board and the LA retirement community board. He is also a volunteer with trail maintenance at Bandelier and Santa Fe National Forest.

I believe that as a retiree from LANL and a long-time resident of Los Alamos, he has first hand

Letter To The Editor: A Republican Wants Trump Out Of Office

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
Jemez Springs
Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina is a serious conservative. He wants DT (Trump) to be voted out in 2020. He says the USA and the interest on our debt must be addressed, since it is more than our Military budget and more than what our country spends in all areas for Children - our future.
So where is massive spending going, which comes from our taxpayers' dollars? Here's a few items which address the problem:
  • The outlandish prison in Guantanamo, Cuba - since 2002 - wastes $180 Million annually and has added $6 Billion to the Deficit for 17 years,

House Assistant Speaker Luján Highlights Los Alamos National Laboratory On Congressional Delegation Tour

on October 13, 2019 - 8:32am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
This week, U.S House Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on a congressional delegation highlighting the importance of New Mexico’s national labs.
U.S. Rep. Luján and Smith were joined by the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.
As co-chair of the National Labs Caucus, Luján has secured major environmental and scientific investments for

Letter To The Editor: Thank You To The Taxpayers Of Los Alamos

on October 12, 2019 - 9:31am
By Former LAPS School Board Members:
Jim Hall
Joan Ahlers
Nancy (Nan) Holmes
Judith Bjarke-Mckenzie
Dennis Gill
Jody Benson
Melanie McKinley
Morrie Pongratz
Dawn VanHaus
Steven P. Girrens
As previous School Board Officers, we collectively write this letter to express our deep appreciation to Los Alamos parents, business owners, and community members that have unselfishly and generously given to support the future of Los Alamos. 
We embarked upon this journey in 2007 when we had more than $300 million in capital facility needs.

NM Delegation Announces Humanitarian Assistance Awards For New Mexico Organizations, Communities

on October 11, 2019 - 11:29am


  • First wave of reimbursement funds being distributed after NM delegation secured $30 million for communities and organizations providing humanitarian relief to asylum seekers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced the National Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has begun awarding the first wave of Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance (SAHA) to organizations

Local Democratic Party Meets At UNM-LA Monday

on October 11, 2019 - 10:35am

LADP News:

The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in Room 631 in Building 6 on the UNM-LA campus.

The meeting is open to the public.

Heinrich Announces Youth Climate Change Challenge

on October 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced the Youth Climate Change Challenge. He is inviting New Mexico students from grades K-12 to submit drawings, paintings, poetry, and short essays about what the climate crisis means for them.
Senator Heinrich will visit the classrooms of the first-place winners.
“When I meet with students in New Mexico calling for climate action, I am always impressed with their depth of knowledge on climate science, their observations of how climate change is already impacting their daily

Call For Letters Of Interest To Fill Unexpired Term For Former New Mexico State Sen. Carlos Cisneros

on October 9, 2019 - 3:52pm

Los Alamos County:

The Los Alamos County Council is seeking Letters of Interest from those interested in filling the unexpired term of State Senator Carlos Cisneros, who passed away recently.

The Council, together with the Commissions of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos Counties, has the responsibility of providing the Governor with the name of a recommended individual for the position.

The Council plans to take action on this matter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at its Council meeting in Council Chambers.

Letters of interest should include the individual’s name, address, job/organization if

Governor Appoints Members To New Mexico Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force

on October 9, 2019 - 2:51pm


SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today completed appointments to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force.

The task force, established by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Act, will collaborate with tribal governments, tribal law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice to determine the scope of the problem, identify barriers and create partnerships to improve processes for reporting and investigating cases.

The task force must report its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the legislative council service library, and the

RSF: Hong Kong Mask Ban Endangers Journalists

on October 9, 2019 - 8:33am
Courtesy photo
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces Hong-Kong’s face-covering prohibition implemented last Saturday, which threatens journalists’ right to protect themselves while reporting.
The prohibition on face-covering using a colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance was proclaimed and came into force on Saturday, October 5 despite widespread criticism. According to the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), journalists that carry a protective mask are at risk of being arrested, detained and prosecuted under the law, although they may invoke professional

Colgan: Making Dreams Into Reality

on October 9, 2019 - 7:14am
School Board Candidate Dist. 4
Barranca and North Mesa Communities 
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a School Board meeting where Board President Ellen Ben-Naim asked everyone present to dream of what we want our schools to look like in the next three to five years.
Many excellent ideas were mentioned … higher salaries for teachers and instructional assistants, world class facilities, all students, teachers, staff, and parents looking forward to go to school every single day.
I added a few dreams of my own … increased communication between every student,

Northern New Mexico College Mill Levy Supports Trades Education And Economic Development

on October 8, 2019 - 8:36am
NNMC News:
ESPANOLA — Northern New Mexico College is asking voters in Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties to vote Nov. 5 on a Mill Levy ballot initiative to bring new trades education programs to the region and revitalize its El Rito Campus.
If passed, the Northern New Mexico College Mill Levy would provide $2.4 Million annually to establish and sustain associate degree programs in trades, including plumbing/pipefitting and electrical at its El Rito and Española campuses.
With the initiative, the College aims to create a skilled local workforce to meet employer needs and to