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Terry Brunner Addresses Affordable Care Act

on December 19, 2014 - 8:39am
Terry Brunner
USDA Rural Development Director

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Americans, including families right here in New Mexico Prior to the ACA, many rural families had a hard time finding affordable insurance coverage, paying an average of nearly half of their costs out of their own pockets.

Today, thanks to the ACA, families in New Mexico can choose from a

School Board Candidate Pulls Out Of Race

on December 18, 2014 - 4:38pm

Update: Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key just told the Los Alamos Daily Post that she was glad to see people active in running for school board this time around because in the past there have been times when that wasn't the case. "After seeing there are good candidates and weighing my situation, I decided to withdraw," Key said.


Los Alamos School Board candidate Naishing Key filed filed a declaration of Withdrawel of Candidacy this afternoon in the County Clerk's Office.

Key had filed her candidacy for District 4 Tuesday and told the Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Recount Numbers Issued In New Mexico Commissioner Of Public Lands Race

on December 18, 2014 - 10:31am

Presiding Judge Sanchez, center, explains recount procedures to recount election clerks Dec. 11 for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race. From left, District Judge Designee George Chandler, Recount Election Clerk Peggy Pendergast, Sanchez and Recount Election Clerk Stephen Ciddio. Courtesy photo


The original Los Alamos County totals in the Dec. 11 recount for the New Mexico Land Commissioner race were 3,781 for incumbent Ray Bennett Powell, a Democrat, and 3,741 for Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The final totals are Powell 3,782 and Dunn 3,743.

Before the recount, there

Senate Confirms Estevan López As New Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

on December 17, 2014 - 1:00pm
Estevan López
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate Tuesday in confirming Estevan López, a native New Mexican, as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. 
López, who previously served as director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, replaces former Commissioner and fellow New Mexican, Michael Connor, who was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior in February. 
"Water is a defining issue in New Mexico and across the Western United States today, and the Bureau of Reclamation plays a

Udall Addresses New Cuba Relations; Prisoner Release

on December 17, 2014 - 11:35am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released a statement today on the president’s announcement that he has taken steps to normalize relations with the country of Cuba and has secured the release of American prisoner Alan Gross, who had been held in a Cuban jail since 2009. 

In November, Udall traveled to Cuba with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., where they met with Cuban officials as well as religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families.

County Honors Councilors Geoff Rodgers And Frances Berting As Their Terms Come To An End

on December 16, 2014 - 8:07pm
This evening in Council Chambers, Councilors, Board and Commission members and staff formally recognize County Councilors Geoff Rodgers and Frances Berting who are completing their terms on Council and will be leaving the Council Dec. 31, 2014. Council Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, on behalf of Council, presents Council Chair Rodgers with a special Nambe plaque in honor of his many years of service to the County and the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Councilor Chair Geoff Rodgers, on behalf of Council, presents Councilor Fran Berting with a special Nambe plaque in honor of

Surprises In Who's Filing For UNM-LA / LAPS Boards

on December 16, 2014 - 4:51pm
Los Alamos Fire Chief and Rotary Club President Troy Hughes, right, files for a seat on the UNM-LA Advisory Board in Position 3 as does current UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Stephen Boerigter who files for Position 4. Boerigter also serves as president of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Appointed Los Alamos School Board Member NancyAnn (Nan) Holmes, left, files her candidacy this afternoon for District 3 along with Jennifer (Jenny) McCumber who filed for District 5. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie files for