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Los Alamos Residents Chris Luchini And Helen Milenski Tapped To Lead Libertarian Party Of New Mexico

on January 14, 2018 - 8:09am
Libertarian Party of New Mexico Chair Chris Luchini and Vice Chair Helen Milenski visit the Los Alamos Daily Post Saturday to talk about their new leadership positions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Earlier this week, Los Alamos residents Chris Luchini and Helen Milenski became the new leaders of the Libertarian Party of New Mexico.

Luchini assumed the position of chair Monday following the resignation of Elizabeth Hanes.

Council Meeting Focusing On Strategic Plan Jan. 23

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council has set an agenda item for its upcoming Council session Tuesday, Jan. 23 to discuss an update to its Strategic Plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The strategic plan was first adopted in 2011 and goals are reviewed and updated annually by the Council to provide direction to the staff, who then develop Management Action Plans (MAPs) to achieve the goals.

The vision statement adopted by the Council six years ago is:

Los Alamos is a world-renowned community where discovery and innovation are inspired by its dramatic history

Sig Hecker Appears On 60 Minutes Tonight

on January 14, 2018 - 6:22am

Former LANL Director Dr. Sig Hecker

COMMUNITY News:

Former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Dr. Sig Hecker is scheduled to appear in an interview on 60 Minutes at 7 p.m., ET/PT today, Jan. 14.

Hecker has visited North Korea seven times and will discuss his perception of the county's nuclear program.

Pearce: As Sovereign Entities, Tribes Must Be Respected

on January 14, 2018 - 6:20am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010, which included the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017 and legislation to allow the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo to lease all of their lands:
 
“When the National Labor Relations Board reversed their longstanding status of recognizing the sovereignty of tribal governments, they did so without warning and

Nephesh: Nonprofits Are Not Loopholes

on January 12, 2018 - 9:47am
By Tsiporah Nephesh
Executive Director, New Mexico Thrives
 
Nonprofits are a crucial part of the fabric that strengthens our communities. Many provide vital services, while others add to the quality of life. But nonprofits will have a diminished role in New Mexico if Governor Martinez gets her way. She would like to end the tax exemption for nonprofits as part of a plan to close tax loopholes. But nonprofit tax exemptions are not loopholes.
 
Governor Martinez is talking about restructuring the tax system in such a way that it could have devastating impacts on how nonprofits operate.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Hosts Tax Town Hall Saturday

on January 12, 2018 - 9:31am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) will be in Santa Fe 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, to host a town hall discussion at Community Café, Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road.
 
The Congressman will provide an update on new changes to the federal tax code, discuss the federal budget debate and offer an outlook for Congressional action in 2018.
 
This event is open to the public.

Heinrich On House FISA Reauthorization Vote

on January 12, 2018 - 8:46am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for six years: 
 
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was originally intended to collect the communications of foreign targets, which is without controversy.

Governor Announces More New Mexico Students Than Ever Before Are Taking AP Courses

on January 12, 2018 - 7:03am
STATE News:
 
RIO RANCHO — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wedenesday that thousands more New Mexico students than ever before are taking and passing Advanced Placement courses.
 
AP classes are rigorous, university-level courses that give students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
 
“I’m so proud of our students for stepping up and taking some of the most challenging high school courses possible,” Martinez said. “When our students succeed in Advanced Placement classes, they show that they can succeed in a college classroom.

DOE Under Secretary For Science Visits Hanford Site

on January 12, 2018 - 6:36am
DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar (center) dons protective clothing prior to entering the air lock of the 324 Building, located about 300 yards west of the Columbia River. Courtesy photo
 
DOE News:
 
RICHLAND, WA  DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar spent his first working days of 2018 at the Hanford Site, emphasizing the importance of safety as he talked with EM officials, toured cleanup projects, and met with labor groups and others in the community. 
 
Dabbar visited three training facilities where workers practice using equipment in a non-hazardous environment

U.S. Senate Can Force Vote On Net Neutrality

on January 12, 2018 - 6:34am
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey has announced that his resolution of disapproval on the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules has reached 30 cosponsors, allowing him to force a vote on the Senate floor under the Congressional Review Act.
 
CREDO’s petition calling on members of Congress to support the resolution has now been signed by more than 194,000 people.

The petition, which can be found here, reads:
 
"Save net neutrality. Support the joint resolution of disapproval overturning the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet rules."
 
About CREDO Action
 

RSF: China Among Worst Free Speech Predators

on January 12, 2018 - 6:27am
RSF News:
 
As the Chinese government tries to project the image of a modern, powerful nation with a great future for French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that China is one of the world’s worst countries as regards respect for the freedom to inform.
 
President Xi Jinping is receiving Macron with great fanfare, and hopes that little attention will be paid to the delicate issue of the systematic human rights violations on which his rule is based. RSF nonetheless reminds all concerned that China is ranked very near the bottom of the RSF World

Alzheimer's Day At The Legislature Jan. 18

on January 12, 2018 - 6:10am

Lisa Shin Announces Bid For House Dist. 43

on January 11, 2018 - 11:14pm

Lisa Shin of Los Alamos has publicly announced that she is running for New Mexico House Dist. 43. Shin, an optometrist and vice chair of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County, shared her big news this evening during the GOP’s monthly meeting in Jeannette Wallace Hall on the UNM-LA campus. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard is running for Land Commissioner and vacating the House seat at the end of 2018. Shin is the second Los Alamos resident to announce a bid for the seat. Last month County Councilor Pete Sheehey, a Democrat, launched his campaign. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Luján Addresses Vote On FISA Surveillance Bill

on January 11, 2018 - 4:50pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today released the following statement following his vote in opposition to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act:
 
“We must ensure that our intelligence agencies have the tools they need to keep us safe while making sure individual liberty and privacy rights are protected. Unfortunately, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act fails to strike the appropriate balance.
 
Much of the debate centers on one provision of the surveillance law – Section 702. Section 702 is supposed to allow

Dist. Judge Greg Shaffer Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on January 11, 2018 - 4:49pm

First Judicial District Judge Greg Shaffer visits the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning after attending the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. Judge Shaffer was appointed to the bench in October following the retirement of Judge Sarah Singleton. His name will be on the ballot for election this year. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero Sues Attorney General Hector Balderas Under IPRA

on January 11, 2018 - 4:38pm

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero has filed suit against Attorney General Hector Balderas and his records custodian Patricia Salazar in First Judicial District Court alleging Balderas is withholding a 2016 memorandum containing an opinion or evaluation of the ongoing dispute involving the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s duties.

The suit was filed by Lucero’s attorney A. Blair Dunn who recently announced his candidacy for Balderas’s position.

Newly Elected Council Leadership Shares Vision

on January 11, 2018 - 8:25am

Council Chair David Izraelevitz
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening in Council Chambers, the Los Alamos County Council voted 5-1 to re-elect David Izraelevitz chair and elect Councilor Chris Chandler vice chair. Chandler replaces Susan O’Leary who did not seek re-election and was not at the meeting. Councilor James Chrobocinski cast a vote for Antonio Maggiore for chair and Pete Sheehey for vice chair.

Council Vice Chair Chris Chandler

Izraelevitz thanked his fellow councilors for re-electing him and shared his vision

Hintze And Glasco Present Talk On Chromium Plume

on January 11, 2018 - 8:24am

DOE EM Los Alamos Field Office Manager Doug Hintze discusses the Chromium Plume issue during Tuesday’s County Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

DPU Manager Tim Glasco discusses the Chromium Plume issue. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL

Los Alamos Daily Post

maire@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council members heard two messages Tuesday evening from Doug Hintze, manager of the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office and Tim Glasco, County Utilities manager during a presentation on the chromium plume issue

The first from Glasco

Council Approves Land Donation For Affordable Housing Project: Canyon Walk Apartments On DP Road

on January 11, 2018 - 7:44am

From left, Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers, Bethel Development, Inc. President Daniel N. Terlecki and Community Development Department Director Paul Andrus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council at its meeting Tuesday evening approved 6-0 the adoption of Ordinance No. 676, which states that the County is authorized to grant financial assistance to affordable housing, including land donation and support for infrastructure improvements.

The 4.2 acre land parcel donation is

Manager Of DOE’s Carlsbad Field Office Receives Top U.S. Civilian Leadership Award

on January 11, 2018 - 7:34am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after two senior level executives with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) received the 2017 Meritorious Rank Award, the nation’s highest civilian career leadership recognition.
 
Todd Shrader, Manager of EM’s Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO), received this award for his outstanding accomplishments relating to waste management in southeastern New Mexico.
 
“The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is vital to national security

Council Proclaims Diversity Week Jan. 14-20

on January 11, 2018 - 7:19am

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz presents Ryn Herrmann, left, and Elena Giorgi of One Los Alamos with a proclamation Tuesday evening on behalf of the Council declaring Jan. 14-20, 2018 as Diversity Week. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. Candidate Miera Visits Los Alamos Daily Post

on January 10, 2018 - 8:24pm

Rep. Rick Miera, candidate for lieutenant governor, stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post this evening to talk about the issues he wants to address to improve the state. He is seen here with Daily Post Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

POLITICAL News:

 

Rep. Rick Miera, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, was in Los Alamos for a meet and greet with Los Alamosians as part of his statewide MainStreet tour of New Mexico’s Main Streets.

Quorum Notice: Legislative Dinner

on January 10, 2018 - 4:57pm

QUORUM NOTICE:

Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the Legislative Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 at El Nido, 1577 Bishop's Lodge Road in Tesuque.

A quorum may be present, however, no action will be taken.

 

Udall, Heinrich Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality Protections Gains Momentum In U.S. Senate

on January 10, 2018 - 12:31pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reinstate robust net neutrality protections and the 2015 Open Internet Order.
 
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal that guts the Open Internet Order, which the D.C.

Pearce On Executive Order Supporting Veterans

on January 10, 2018 - 12:23pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Tuesday released the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order to provide veterans with greater access to mental health care:
 
“Our nation’s veterans sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and liberties. As a nation, the very least we can do it honor the commitments our government has made. The experiences endured by servicemembers are not always left on the battlefield.

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