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Lunch With A Leader: County Engineer Sept. 17

on September 10, 2019 - 7:32am
Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez
The Los Alamos League of Women Voters’ monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader features County Engineer Eric Martinez as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17, at Mesa Public Library.
Martinez oversees the Engineering & Project Management Division within the Public Works Department. Martinez earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a licensed New Mexico Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager. 
He joined Los Alamos County in 2015 and has more than 20

AFSCME Endorses Luján For U.S. Senate

on September 9, 2019 - 7:43am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Ben Ray Luján for Senate Campaign:

ALBUQUERQUE – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest trade union of public employees in the United States, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator for New Mexico.

At their convention in Albuquerque, AFSCME leaders said Luján - the son of a union ironworker and a public school official - was the best candidate to uplift working families given his record of protecting health care, workers' benefits and security, Social Security, and Medicare. 

AFSCME Council 18

New Mexico State Land Office Sends Cancellation Notice To Cypress Inc. Owned By The Late Jeffrey Epstein

on September 9, 2019 - 7:41am

State Land Office News:


SANTA FE – Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has announced that a cancellation letter has been sent to Cypress Inc., a company owned by the late Jeffrey Epstein and listed as the owner of the Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County.


On July 16, 2019, the Land Office provided over 400 pages to the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. All documents were related to 1,243 acres of state trust land leased to Cypress Inc. The leases date back to 1993 when Epstein originally purchased the 10,000 acre New Mexico ranch.

Fr. Glenn: Being Set Free

on September 8, 2019 - 7:55am

By Fr. Glenn Jones

Well, well, well … lookie here. President Trump is coming to town on the 16th. Well … to little ol’ New Mexico anyway. To the cynical observer that’ll be of endless entertainment value in the media for a week or two at least: the love pieces, the hate pieces, the “wish he’d go away!” pieces. Many of the state’s media moguls will be criticized for even mentioning the presence of “he who must not be named”, thereby accused of “promoting” him. But … would it be responsible journalism to neglect one of the biggest stories around, whether one is happy with it or not?

Los Alamos Democratic Party Meets UNM-LA Monday

on September 7, 2019 - 7:06am

LADP News:

The Los Alamos Democratic Party monthly meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in Building 5 at UNM-LA.

The guest speaker for the meeting is Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas.

The meeting is open to the public.

President Trump Visiting Rio Rancho Sept. 16

on September 6, 2019 - 5:23pm

President Donald Trump

RPNM News:

The Republican Party of New Mexico and Chairman Steve Pearce are excited to announce that New Mexico has officially been named a target state by the Trump campaign.

“We’re excited that President Trump and his team sees New Mexico as a state they can flip. We believe that New Mexicans are fed up with the socialist left agenda and are ready to stand with the President as he continues to lower taxes, create jobs, increase pay and employment opportunities for women, minorities and those who traditionally struggle to find good jobs,” Chairman Pearce said.


AG Balderas Announces Phase 1 Results Of Statewide Violent Fugitive Round Up ‘Operation Steel Net’

on September 6, 2019 - 8:05am

Mugshots of individuals arrested during phase 1 of phase I of Operation Steel Net. Courtesy/NMAG

From the Office of the Attorney General:

  • Ongoing Operation Targets Dangerous Criminals Accused of Violent Crimes and Sex Offenses in Rural & Urban Communities

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas, in coordination with Seventh Judicial District Attorney Clint Wellborn, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Socorro County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, Region IV Probation and

Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas Speaks At National Conference On Importance Of Expungement Laws

on September 6, 2019 - 7:41am

Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas

New Mexico House Democrats News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented at a policy roundtable on New Mexico’s passage of the Criminal Record Expungement Act at the Criminal Justice Legislative Convening Thursday Nashville, Tenn.

The convening was hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety, a bipartisan coalition of American advocacy groups that works to address some of the nation’s most pressing criminal justice reform issues. Rep.

Scenes From U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Tour Of Successful Tech Transfer Company UbiQD In Los Alamos

on September 5, 2019 - 3:15pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall came to Los Alamos Wednesday to tour the facilities of Ubiquitous Quantum Dots (UbiQD), a successful tech transfer company at the forefront of LCD innovation at 134 Eastgate Dr. Here Sen. Udall chats with UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel, center, Council Vice Chair Pete Sheehey, third from right, and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan, left. Photo by John McHale/

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall during a tour Wednesday at UbiQD. Photo by John McHale/

U.S. Sen.

Scenes From U.S. Sen. Udall Visit To Successful Tech Transfer Facilities Pebble Labs And NMC Wednesday

on September 5, 2019 - 2:43pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall visited Los Alamos Wednesday to tour the facilities of successful tech transfer companies Pebble Labs and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory at 100 Entrada Dr. Udall has long worked to promote tech transfer initiatives that bolster New Mexico’s economy. From left, Pebble Labs CEO Michael Harrison, Sen. Udall, Pebble Labs Chief Science Officer Dr. Richard Sayre and NMC Executive Director Dr. Steven Buelow. Photo by John McHale/

U.S. Sen.

Chamber Breakfast Featuring U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Underway This Morning At UNM-Los Alamos

on September 5, 2019 - 8:47am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd gathered this morning at the Chamber Business Breakfast scheduled to run until 9 a.m. at UNM-Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Attending the Chamber Business Breakfast this morning at UNM-LA from left, LAHS student Rachel Hamilton, N3B President/Program Manager Glen Morgan, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, N3B Director of Stakeholder Affairs Kristin Henderson and Executive Director Patrick Sullivan of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Courtesy photo

Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann with U.S. Rep.

Letter To The Editor: Response To Serna Position Paper

on September 3, 2019 - 8:11am
Los Alamos

This is a response to one part of Marco Serna’s economic position paper, in particular to his statements on the trade war with China. The “International pressure” approach that he espouses was tried for eight years during the Obama administration and got nowhere. All that is going to do is result in a lot of talk, and no substance. 

However, there is a far more significant problem going on in China today that the public is largely unaware of. One year ago, the Chinese had about one billion hogs in their swine herd.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Visit UbiQD, Pebble Labs, New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory Sept. 4

on September 2, 2019 - 8:33am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will visit Los Alamos to tour the facilities of Ubiquitous Quantum Dots (UbiQD), 10-10:45 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 134 Eastgate Dr. UbiQD is a successful tech transfer company at the forefront of LCD innovation.


Also Wednesday, the senator will tour another successful tech transfer company, Pebble Labs, and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Biological Laboratory noon to 12:45 p.m. at 100 Entrada Dr.

Local GOP Meets At UNM-Los Alamos Sept. 5

on September 1, 2019 - 9:40am
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos announces this month's meeting is Sept. 5 in Jeannette Wallace Hall, Building 5 at UNM-Los Alamos.
The community is invited to hear a County Council update, 6-6:30 p.m. by Los Alamos County Councilor Katrina Schmidt (DTS).
All registered Republicans are invited to stay, 6:40-7:30 p.m. for a Central Committee business meeting. A light supper will be served.
Direct questions to

John Blair Is Running For Congress In CD3

on September 1, 2019 - 8:48am

CD3 candidate John Blair

From the John Blair for CD3 Campaign:

Democrat John Blair of Santa Fe is running for Congress in the 3rd Congrssional District.

Blair is a native New Mexican and graduate of Santa Fe High School. After a career committed to serving the people of New Mexico, Blair and his husband Billy call Santa Fe their home.

He got his start in politics as a legislative correspondent for Sen. Jeff Bingaman. In other words, he opened the mail.

“When you start at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up,” he said, adding that from Sen.

3rd Congressional District Candidate Marco Serna Releases Position Paper On Economic Growth Policy

on September 1, 2019 - 7:17am

Marco Serna. Courtesy photo


From the Marco Serna for CD3 Campaign:

SANTA FE—3rd Congressional District candidate Marco Serna unveiled his position paper Friday on Economic policy.

Claiming that most Americans have not benefited from President Trump's economic policies, Serna outlined sixteen policy priorities he would initiate while in Congress. 

Serna stated that “I join with President Obama in the belief that the widening income gap among Americans is the “defining challenge of our times.”’ “Today, the top 0.1 percent own about 20 percent of all of the nations wealth.

Udall, Democratic Colleagues Urge Forest Service To Listen To Firefighter And Forest Manager Input

on August 31, 2019 - 11:37am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined a group of 25 Democratic senators in calling on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule.
The new proposed rule could undermine the scientific processes currently considered in NEPA that protect National Forests, including those in New Mexico, by reducing critically important input from the public and forest officials.

Michael Hendricks Announces Run For House Dist. 20

on August 31, 2019 - 9:07am
Michael E. Hendricks
ALBUQUERQUE Thursday, Albuquerque attorney and business owner Michael E. Hendricks announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for State House District 20.
In the highly competitive SE Albuquerque house seat, Hendricks will face incumbent and freshman Rep. Abbas Akhil. Hendricks had this to say about the announcement:
“New Mexico is in crisis. We are witnessing a public education system that is failing our children, a stagnant Albuquerque economy, and a staggering lack of leadership.

RSF Demands Release Of Former Journalist Charged With ‘Picking Quarrels And Provoking Trouble’

on August 31, 2019 - 8:50am
Former journalist Zhang Jialong, critical of Beijing’s censorship, is charged with ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. Courtesy/RSF
RSF News:
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to release Zhang Jialong, a former journalist critical of Beijing’s censorship who has been detained since Aug. 12.
Jialong, a former journalist known for his commitment against censorship, was taken by the police Aug. 12 in Guiyang City (Guizhou province).
The day after, he was charged with "picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, an accusation often used by the

Chamber Breakfast: U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Sept. 5

on August 31, 2019 - 8:33am

Udall, Heinrich, Luján, Torres Small On Funding: Fort Bayard Restoration; Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega

on August 31, 2019 - 8:09am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) have announced that the National Park Service is awarding nearly $270,000 for historic preservation projects in New Mexico through the Save America’s Treasures program.
The Village of Santa Clara will use funds to make repairs in Fort Bayard near Santa Clara, and Cornerstones Community Partnerships will use funds to restore Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega, part of Plaza del Cerro in

LAFRW Invite Community To Meeting Sept. 12

on August 30, 2019 - 9:59am


The community is invited to join the local chapter of Los Alamos Federated Republican Women for a meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the lower level Patio Room at 1001 Oppenheimer Dr. 

The meeting includes a light dinner and presentation about LAFRW chapter history.

The dinner and presentation will be followed by a short business meeting at 6:45 p.m. that is open to all registered Republican women.

Direct questions to Shona at 505.672.1456.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas Seeks Congressional Support For Autism Services

on August 30, 2019 - 9:26am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.
This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”) and services to those affected by these conditions.
“We must protect vulnerable New Mexicans and provide them all of the services possible to ensure their safety and well being,” Balderas said.

Heinrich, Balderas Announce Major Progress On Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Project In Roosevelt County

on August 29, 2019 - 9:00am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, center, tours the future site of the Sagamore Wind Project in April 2018, which will be the largest wind farm in New Mexico's history. Courtesy/Heinrich Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statements after Xcel Energy announced that construction on the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County will move forward this year.
The $900 million project will be New Mexico’s largest wind farm, and once completed will provide enough clean,

Council Proclaims September Voter Registration Month

on August 28, 2019 - 5:25pm

From left, League of Women Voters member Jody Benson, Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Councilor David Izraelevitz, League member Lynn Jones and Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz hold up a proclamation declaring September as Voter Registration Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Council presented a proclaimation declaring September as Voter Registration Month during its regular meeting Tuesday night. Councilor David Izraelevitz read the proclamation:

WHEREAS: Registering to vote empowers eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote,