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Sara Scott: Thank You Los Alamos For Your Support

on October 18, 2018 - 6:41am
By SARA SCOTT
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council

I’d like to cap off the current election season with a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have shared their thoughts and ideas regarding our community - local businesses, community leaders, county staff, educators, volunteers, and the folks that have attended the local forums, my 10 Let’s Chat sessions, and spoken with me at their doors (more than 1,500 knocks and still at it).

It has been an incredibly positive experience and I feel so fortunate to be part of this amazing community.

If elected, I look forward to putting all

Randall Ryti: Communication

on October 18, 2018 - 6:16am
By RANDALL RYTI
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council
 
The thing I have most enjoyed about my first campaign for public office is getting to meet citizens and hear firsthand their concerns about County government as well as areas where they think the County excels. I have talked to most people at their homes while walking the neighborhoods, but I have also met some folks for coffee and had a chance for longer conversations.
 
A conversation on an issue is a good way to more fully understand the problem and to have a dialogue on possible solutions.

Udall, Heinrich, Klobuchar Introduce Care Corps Demonstration Act

on October 18, 2018 - 6:08am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N. M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Care Corps Demonstration Act to build and strengthen America’s caregiving workforce, and help meet the growing demand for caregivers working with seniors and people living with disabilities.  
 
Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).
 
By 2030, older Americans are expected to make up nearly 20 percent of the population and over the next ten years, the United States is expected

New Mexico Voter Turnout Through Oct 16, 2018

on October 18, 2018 - 6:01am
STATE News:
 
See below for the updated absentee and in-person voting numbers through Oct. 16.
 
Key to Abbreviations
 
  • DEM = Democratic Party of New Mexico
  • DTS = Decline to State (i.e. “Independents”)
  • LIB = Libertarian Party of New Mexico
  • REP = Republican Party of New Mexico
  • OTH = All other minor political parties
 
Statewide Absentee and In-Person Voter Turnout Through Oct. 16, 2018
County
Party
Absentee
In Person
Election Day
Total Voted
Bernalillo
DEM
1482
1023
0
2505
Bernalillo
DTS
386
124
0
510
Bernalillo
LIB
16
4
0
20
Bernalillo
OTH
21
6
0
27
Bernalillo
REP
1255
223
0
1478
Catron
DEM
14
23
0
37
Catron
DTS
5
6
0
11
Catron
REP
21
62
0
83

Early Vote Kick-Off Rally & March Saturday

on October 18, 2018 - 5:02am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will lead a kick-off rally marking the first day of in-person early voting in New Mexico 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Wilson Middle School, 1138 Cardenas Dr. SE in Albuquerque.
 
President Weingarten will visit New Mexico specifically in support of public education and labor champions, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, Candidate for Congressional District 1 Deb Haaland, and Candidate for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
New Mexico is at a turning point.

Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Features Elizabeth Allen

on October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
Elizabeth Allen
 
VOLA News:
 
Los Alamos residents are invited to the next Voices of Los Alamos meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Unitarian Church.
 
During the meeting, Steven Horak from the Los Alamos Environmental Management Office, will give a brief update on the Chromium plume, and democratic candidate for municipal judge, Elizabeth Allen, will give a presentation on restorative justice.
 
Restorative justice is an alternative approach to justice that aims at repairing the harm done by a crime by bringing together victims, offenders, and community members.

Bliss: Response To Mr. Nesmith

on October 17, 2018 - 2:53pm
By JOHN BLISS, Chairman
Republican Party of Los Alamos County

I appreciate Mr. Nesmith’s concern for the credibility of the Republican Party of Los Alamos County (RPLA), and he is of course entitled to his opinions (link). But in his attack on the RPLA he misses two key points.

First, political parties do not pick their candidates. Candidates volunteer, go through the primary process, and if they win are placed on the ballot for the general election.

Secondly, I share his concern over the tactics being employed in the political campaigns for NM House District 43 - this year and in the

Letter To The Editor: Randall Ryti Will Be An Excellent County Councilor

on October 17, 2018 - 8:54am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
 
I support Randall Ryti for Los Alamos County Councilor. He came to Los Alamos to build a small business, Neptune and Company, which has thrived. His wife Wendy and he have raised their two children here.
 
Randall appreciates our unique environment and recreational opportunities, and has actively volunteered to support community groups such as the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
I appreciate the balanced approach to problem solving he has taken as a member (and chair) of the County Transportation Board.

Letter To The Editor: James Robinson Will Serve Us Well As County Councilor

on October 17, 2018 - 8:54am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor
 
I support James Robinson for Los Alamos County Councilor.
 
James will be a good representative for the growing younger generation in this town. Having grown up and lived most of his life here, he has an appreciation of many things that both young and old people like about living in Los Alamos, such as the beautiful environment and opportunities for education and recreation.
 
He is aware of the challenges we face to renew our aging infrastructure and create housing options that meet the needs of single people, families and retired.

Letter To The Editor: Quit Worrying About Who Is On The Other Side

on October 17, 2018 - 8:52am
By JOYCE ANDERSON
Los Alamos
 
Beware of politicians who promise big things, talk about future successes as a a sure thing, and whose surrogates find it necessary to “call the other side out” in opinion pieces.
 
Neither Lisa Shin or Chris Chandler are perfect, or even good candidates. Both are making promises they cannot and will not keep. Both are standing on platforms of ideals only – but then again aren't all politicians?
 
The ideals our chosen candidate espouses will most likely be forgotten when the winner of the race is tossed into the meat grinder that is the New Mexico State

RCLC Meets Oct. 19 Los Alamos Municipal Building

on October 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

RCLC News:

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is meeting at 1:30 p.m., Friday at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

For more information, visit https://regionalcoalition.org/.

The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda:

U.S. Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Resolution Honoring Nuclear Weapons Workers

on October 16, 2018 - 11:45am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution, with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and others, to designate Oct. 30, 2018 as the 10th National Day of Remembrance to honor the thousands of New Mexicans and Americans who helped develop, support, and maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons efforts during the Cold War.

The full text of the resolution is available HERE.

“During the Cold War, thousands of New Mexicans sacrificed their health – and in many cases, even their lives – to bolster the

Bagels & Ballots GOTV Event 9-11 a.m. Saturday

on October 16, 2018 - 9:22am
 
Los Alamos Democratic Party News:

We'll take care of bagels, you take care of your ballot! Join the Los Alamos Democratic Party, Christine Chandler for House District 43, Sara Scott for Council and several other Democratic candidates for a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Breakfast! 

Saturday Voting begins in Los Alamos 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 20 at both the Los Alamos County Municipal Building and the White Rock town hall. We will be serving bagels and other breakfast items 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct 20 at our headquarters at 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite B.

Come meet candidates if you are still

Governor Announces Seventh Consecutive Record-Breaking Year For Economic Impact Of Tourism

on October 16, 2018 - 8:51am
Gov. Susana Martinez announcing that the tourism industry generated the largest economic impact in state history for the seventh consecutive year. Courtesy photo
 
From the Office of the Governor:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that in 2017, the tourism industry generated the largest economic impact in state history for the seventh consecutive year, injecting $6.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy.
 
This represents a 3.2 percent increase over 2016, or $200 million more, and equates to nearly $753,000 spent by visitors to New Mexico every hour last year.
 
“Tourism

Interior Department ‘Open Science’ Directive Echoes Environmental Protection Agency Effort

on October 16, 2018 - 8:13am
The directive on ‘Promoting Open Science’ was issued by Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, pictured above at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in New Mexico. Courtesy/DOI
 
DOI News:
 
In a directive titled “Promoting Open Science” released late last month, the Department of the Interior outlined steps it plans to take to increase the transparency of its decision-making.
 
Those steps include requiring the department’s offices to make the data from scientific studies they use to develop regulations publicly available, with certain exceptions for

Spies, Lies & Nukes Ticket Discounts Through Oct. 20

on October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Daily Post readers are being offered a 15 percent discount for tickets purchased today through Oct. 20 for the Spies, Lies & Nukes event, Nov. 3-4 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The promocode for this discount is: plame1.

During the event, former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame and several of her CIA colleagues will discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and nuclear proliferation.

Chamber Forum: County Council Candidates Thursday

on October 15, 2018 - 11:13am

Udall, Heinrich Announce $435,000 In Federal Funding To Address Food Insecurity

on October 15, 2018 - 11:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced $435,000 in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Foods Project and Planning grant program to address food insecurity in New Mexico.

“Far too many New Mexicans facing food insecurity suffer from serious health issues, financial hardship, and endless anxiety – about where the next meal will come from, and how to put food on the table for their families,” Sen. Udall said.

Letter To The Editor: Worthy Woman

on October 15, 2018 - 10:05am
By DICK and NANCY BOUDRIE
Los Alamos

We usually don’t write an opinion letter to the newspaper. After receiving a derogatory flyer in the mail against Christine Chandler, we decided to write an opinion supporting Christine Chandler for the New Mexico House Dist. 43.

Christine and I (Nancy) worked together on two cases at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and I found her excellent in working with the facts and picking out the truth for a fair, legal decision. Christine has always listened, weighed the facts and worked hard for the people of Los Alamos.

As with all community issues, there

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Christine Chandler

on October 15, 2018 - 9:43am
Christine Chandler. Courtesy/Friends for Christine
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Christine Chandler (D), candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43:
 
Note: Some of the questions in this interview have been re-ordered for better clarity.
 
PCA: What communities are in District 43?
 
Chandler: It’s all of Los Alamos County, and it includes parts of Sandoval County including the Jemez area, Jemez Springs, down to Ponderosa. It includes Cuba, which is in Sandoval County. It includes Peña Blanca, which is in Sandoval County.

Nesmith: When Will True Republicans Take A Stand?

on October 15, 2018 - 8:30am
By JAMES L. NESMITH
Los Alamos

I fail to understand why the Republican Party of Los Alamos has not repudiated and disavowed Lisa Shin’s candidacy for State House District 43. Her campaign employs some of the most vitriolic, hateful, unethical, shameful, misleading, disgraceful and immoral tactics that I’ve seen in my 72 years. 

Her false statements, her misleading and phony “Los Alamos Post” newspaper mailer as well as her most recent mailer (a nearly classic example of morally contaminated and corrupt political chicanery), her lack of knowledge of veteran affairs, her total lack of

Sheriff Candidates Speak At Los Alamos Kiwanis

on October 14, 2018 - 5:15am

All four Los Alamos County sheriff candidates participated Oct. 9 in a Kiwanis forum, from left, Democrat Joseph F. Granville, Republican James William Whitehead, Libertarian Christopher B. Luchini and Greg White, who declined to state a party. Photo by Don Casperson

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

All four candidates for Los Alamos County Sheriff—Democrat Joseph F. Granville, Libertarian Christopher B. Luchini, Republican James William Whitehead, and Greg White, who declined to state a party—participated in a forum Oct. 9 at Los Alamos Kiwanis.

The sheriff’s race this year is

Letter To The Editor: Time For A Qualified Judge

on October 14, 2018 - 5:00am
By JON DOORN
Los Alamos High School Senior

I strongly encourage Los Alamos Voters to vote for Elizabeth Allen as municipal court judge. She is the only candidate that has law credentials, and she has plenty of experience involving what the municipal court handles. She has been running her own law firm for over 10 years and has shown her commitment to our community through her involvement in the Los Alamos Teen Court.

I first met Elizabeth three years ago when I joined the Los Alamos Teen Court as a freshman.

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Sara Scott

on October 14, 2018 - 4:59am
Sara Scott. Photo by Anna G. Scott
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Sara Scott (D), candidate for Los Alamos County Council:
 
PCA: What do you believe makes Los Alamos County special?
 
Scott: The outdoors is really one of the big things that kept me here after coming here. I think a lot of people that have come and stayed here are drawn to that.
 
Clearly, the science is for me a great part of who we are. It just pervades, with friendships, and the things that the community has to offer. I don’t know, it’s just very unique. I don’t know of any town that has that.
 
I

Heinrich Cosponsors Invest in America Act Bill To Grow Workforce In Rural Communities

on October 14, 2018 - 4:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is an original cosponsor of the Invest in America Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to create competitive grant programs to expand the workforce, modernize training tools, and promote job creation-especially in rural communities.
 
The bill would establish two complementary grant programs through the Department of Labor to assist local and regional entities plan and implement efforts to support job creation and workforce training in areas experiencing

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