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Video from the Senate Democratic Primary Debate: Balderas vs Heinrich

on June 4, 2012 - 8:23pm

By Greg Kendall

If you missed last night's Senate Democratic Primary Debate between Hector Balderas and Martin Heinrich, your in luck. You can watch the entire debate at the KOAT 7 website.

For some interesting election eve analysis, including a review of the debate, check Joe Monahan's New Mexico Politics blog.

Bun Ryan Honored at JFK Banquet

on June 3, 2012 - 11:39pm

Bun Ryan. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

By Kristen Lasky

It does not seem to be a stretch to say U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Bernard “Bun” Ryan, a Los Alamos Living Treasure, Pierotti’s Clowns softball player and long-time Democrat, share more than a few similarities.

It’s not just the political affiliation. Civic work, community responsibility and profound impacts are other parallels. Plus, Ryan worked on Kennedy’s election campaign.

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Early Voting Officially Ends as Final Ballot is Cast

on June 3, 2012 - 9:28am

Christopher Montoya casts the final ballot at 5:59 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 3 in White Rock officially closing the chapter on the Early Voting election cycle for 2012. Montoya, 20, is a Los Alamos High School graduate, too young to vote in the last election. "It was exciting to be able to vote but I was a little worried because it was so close to 6 p.m.," he said. Early Voting ended at 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Christopher Montoya fills out the final ballot Saturday evening just before the doors closed, officially closing the 2012 Early Voting cycle.
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Hearing Forces NM Secretary of State to Obey Law

on June 1, 2012 - 12:06am

By Cynthia B. Hall, Candidate for PRC

Chief Judge Barbara Vigil of the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico will hear arguments at 4 p.m. today (May 31) from publicly-funded PRC Candidate Cynthia B. Hall and others concerning whether New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran should release matching funds as required by state law. 

Hall hopes for a decision today on the Temporary Restraining Order and Amended Petition for Writ of Mandamus she filed over the last week. 

This hearing has the potential to remedy the damage the Secretary of State has done to Hall and other

Early Voting Ends Saturday!

on May 31, 2012 - 1:02pm

2012 Primary Election Information:

Los Alamos County Bureau of Elections is reminding registered voters that Early Voting will end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday, June 2 at the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St. or White Rock Fire Station #3, 129 N.M. 4.

Absentee Voting In Person will also end on Saturday.

Until then, votes can be cast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, June 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday June 2 at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office, 2451 Central Ave., Suite D.

For more information, visit

Sen. Richard C. Martinez Speaks to Constituents

on May 26, 2012 - 11:40am

Column by Sen. Richard C. Martinez

I want to thank all of my constituents living in Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties for the warm receptions I received along the campaign trail. 

I have been ill recently, so I will probably not be able to see a lot of you who live in the areas I planned to visit before election day.

As I met with some of you, we talked about topics related to our daily lives and we shared ideas about them.

As we move forward in the next few years, we will need to find solutions for issues like:

  • ­       Balancing environmental concerns with
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Candidates Address the Issues

on May 26, 2012 - 10:54am

County Council candidates discuss the issues during a forum Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park hosted by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Monitor. From left, Vincent Chiravalle, Marc Clay, Kristin Henderson, Ken Johnson, Pete Sheehey and Roger Waterman. Courtesy photo 

House District 43 candidate Stephanie Garcia Richard, at left, was among audience members at Thursday's forum. Monitor Publisher Keven Todd, at right, served as moderator. Courtesy photo  
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Column by Dist. 5 Senate Candidate Alfredo Montoya

on May 26, 2012 - 8:53am

Column by Alfredo Montoya

I have been honored, in recent weeks, to appear before voters in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties to debate the issues with my opponent for the District 5 State Senate seat.

I am anxious to appear in public with him so that you can learn about the differences between us.

I am confident that I can win your trust in fair debate.

Yesterday evening, my opponent and I were asked to continue the discussion we began at the Los Alamos League of Women Voters forum, albeit in Espanola.

I was extremely disappointed because, even though theRio Grande Sun called this

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