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Heinrich Promotes Conservation And Water Initiatives In Columbine Hondo

on October 22, 2014 - 10:20am
Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Forest Service Ranger Eric Garner during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wildernes Study Area. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

TAOS - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, highlighted conservation and water initiatives and growing the outdoor recreation economy during a hike in the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area with the U.S. Forest Service, regional stakeholders and local officials.

Heinrich also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at a campfire celebration and emphasized the

Letter to the Editor: Read Fine Print On PAC Ads Before Blaming Candidates

on October 21, 2014 - 9:32am
By JOANN JOHNSON
Los Alamos

Political Action Committees (PACS) are running amok. I have been a political activist since the early 1980s. I have never seen campaigning so out of control as it is now. Political parties such as the Democrat and Republican Party have financial limits on spending. Not so – PACS.

PACS are free to advertise for candidates without the candidate’s authorization. Most of the time the candidate isn’t even aware of what the PAC has planned.

I do not have a suggestion for fixing this problem.

Letter to the Editor: In Defense of Cesspools

on October 21, 2014 - 7:42am
By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I wish to express my outrage with paleontologist Ralph Chapman for his assault on the integrity of cesspools. 

By insinuating that cesspools have any connection with the 43rd District Slandertisements we have been receiving in Los Alamos, readers of his letter might come to the conclusion that cesspools promote dishonesty and are intrinsically evil. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Cesspools perform a useful function in that they provide a place, albeit primitive, to dispose of human waste.

Letter to the Editor: We Actually Get To Vote FOR Someone And Not AGAINST The Other

on October 20, 2014 - 8:35am
RALPH E. CHAPMAN
White Rock

I have some thoughts about the upcoming election I wanted to share with my neighbors here in Los Alamos.

Specifically, I will talk about the race for New Mexico House District 43 between Stephanie Garcia Richard and Geoff Rodgers. I won’t tell you who to vote for, or even who I will vote for, because, as an old New Englander, I really don’t think it is any of your business.

However, I do have thoughts I would like to share.

I know both candidates. I have spoken multiple times with both candidates. I like both candidates. I respect both candidates.

Hail Spotted On The Campaign Trail Along N.M. 4

on October 20, 2014 - 7:31am

Hail was spotted on N.M. 4 Sunday afternoon near the Valles Caldera by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard as she was traveling on the campaign trail around the area. Photo by Stephanie Garcia Richard

Los Alamos Democrats Rally At Pond / March To Municipal Building For Early Voting

on October 19, 2014 - 6:04pm

Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz, left, introduces candidates Paul Martinez for Municipal Judge, Christine Chandler for Probate Judge, David Izraelevitz for County Council, Mary Susan O'Leary for County Council, Marco Lucero for Sheriff, Stephanie Garcia Richard for House Dist. 43 and Karyl Ann Armbruster for Public Education Commission. The group attended Saturday's rally at Ashley Pond to kick off the start of early voting followed by a march to cast their ballots for the 2014 General Election at the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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Letter to the Editor: Charter Chapter V - Utilities - A Reality Check

on October 19, 2014 - 5:26pm
By FRAN BERTING
County Councilor

Several former members of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) fear that the rewritten Charter Chapter V will result in Council imposing hidden taxes and wildly increased utility rates, transferring Utility revenues to the County general fund, overturning BPU membership for political reasons, and unilateral control of BPU operations.

The current Chapter was passed in 1968 to ensure that these things could not happen, and indeed they have not, as trumpeted by those opposing the rewritten Chapter.

Letter to the Editor: Correcting Statements From Writers Opposed To Article V Charter Amendment

on October 19, 2014 - 3:10pm

By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
CRC-2 Member

As a member of the most recent Utilities Charter Review Committee (CRC-2), I would like to correct some of the statements made by letter writers in opposition to passing the revised Article V Charter amendment that appears as Question 2 on the November ballot.

First, our Committee was NOT charged with determining whether or not DPU was run well, and nothing in the proposed revisions mandates any changes in how DPU operates. We were only asked by Council to address three major issues of concern:

  • that current Article V gives the Board the authority to run DPU,

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