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Just One Thing To Do This Week: Dream On...

on October 7, 2017 - 2:54am

By MARY BETH MAASSEN
Los Alamos

I was going to write a light-hearted column this week. However, between the natural and unnatural disasters that have recently occurred, my head is filled with such sadness that I find very little humor in anything.

Every time I sit down to write, my feelings of helplessness and heartache fill the page. Not very entertaining I am afraid. But let me share my thoughts on how we can make a difference and contribute to improving the situation.

Regarding hurricanes and flooding - send money.

County Council Files Motion In Email Suit

on October 6, 2017 - 8:47am
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos County Council has filed a motion asking the First Judicial District Court to conduct an in camera in chambers review of Council Vice Chair Susan O’Leary’s emails held on her personal account from May 15 to determine if they are “public record” and subject to review under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

Los Alamos resident Lisa Brenner and her son, Patrick Brenner, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment ordering production of copies of emails sent or received May 15 by Council members.

LWVLA Lunch With A Leader: County Clerk Naomi Maestas And Elections Manager Gloria Maestas Oct. 17

on October 6, 2017 - 8:24am

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas

LWVLA News:

The League of Women Voters presents its monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Mesa Public Library.

The speakers this month are County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas from the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office.  They will discuss the voting process.

Los Alamos County Elections Manager Gloria Maestas

County Clerk Naomi Maestas moved to Los Alamos 15 years ago when her husband, Sammy, accepted a job offer from Los Alamos County. She began her career in local government in

Reps. Luján And DelBene Introduce Smart Cities Bill

on October 6, 2017 - 7:28am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), along with the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced legislation Oct. 2 to promote the advancement of smart cities.
 
“Smart infrastructure has the potential to make our communities safer, more efficient, healthier, and more sustainable. But these advances shouldn’t just be reserved for major cities and Silicon Valley,” Luján said.

County Council Litigation Subcommittee Nixed

on October 5, 2017 - 10:15am

Los Alamos County Council, from left, Chair David Izraelevitz, Chris Chandler, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Antonio Maggiore. Photo by Leslie Bucklin/LAC

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

An announcement by Los Alamos County Council Chair David Israelevitz at the end of the Sept. 26 Council meeting prompted a lengthy discussion with his fellow councilors and has ultimately been nixed.

Under the Council Chair’s Report item on the agenda, Israelevitz announced that a subcommittee was being started to work with

Group Discusses Dissatisfaction With Code Enforcement

on October 5, 2017 - 10:10am

Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore contemplates complaints voiced Monday evening by 25 people in attendance at a meeting on County code enforcement issues. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

BY MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A two-hour public meeting was held Monday evening in White Rock to address issues with enforcement of Chapter 18 of the Los Alamos Municipal Code entitled Environment. The meeting was hosted by residents Helen Milenski and Heather Ortega.

Udall, Heinrich Memorialize Sen. Pete Domenici In Back-to-Back Speeches On Senate Floor

on October 5, 2017 - 8:07am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich gave back-to-back speeches Tuesday on the Senate floor in honor of former Senator Pete Domenici, who passed away in September. 
 
In his speech, Udall said, "New Mexicans will always remember him as one of the strongest fighters our state will ever know. Senator Domenici and I belong to different political parties, and we didn’t always  agree on things. But I always appreciated that he cared deeply about the issues and put the nation and New Mexico’s interests first, as he saw them.

Pearce Votes To Protect Sanctity Of Life

on October 5, 2017 - 7:55am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted and passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill seeks to protect unborn children who are 20 weeks or older:
 
“Today’s bill is something we as Americans can unite together around. We have scientific proof that an unborn child at 20 weeks into a pregnancy – the end of the 5th month – has the capability to feel pain. I cannot sit back and allow this brutal act to continue.

NM Foundation For Open Government Hosts 2017 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards

on October 4, 2017 - 7:45pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Los Alamos Daily Post Publisher Carol A. Clark in conversation following today’s Foundation for Open Government event in Albuquerque. Their conversation touched on a variety of subjects including the importance of shining a light on dark nets ... those notorious digital marketplaces operating in the hidden corners of the Internet. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Attorney Blair Dunn chats with Los Alamos Daily Post reporter Maire O’Neill at today’s event.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Introduces Legislation To Ban Surprise Billing

on October 4, 2017 - 5:08pm
U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep.  Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced health care legislation that will prohibit surprise billing. The Fair Billing Act is designed to protect patients from being charged expensive out-of-network rates for services they get at in-network hospitals.
 
“Medical billing is extremely complicated, even in the best of circumstances,” Rep. Lujan Grisham said.

Robert Patterson Named DEA Acting Administrator

on October 4, 2017 - 8:46am

DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice has designated Robert W. Patterson as the Drug Enforcement Administration acting administrator.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016. In that role, he served as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative, and regulatory activities worldwide. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector beginning in November

CIR: Special Cuba Briefing Oct. 10

on October 3, 2017 - 7:50am
CIR News:
 
Hear Amb. Vicki Huddleston offer CIR members a special briefing on Cuba at 12-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the CIR Conference Room at 413 Grant Ave., Suite D in Santa Fe.
 
The talk is free to CIR members and $5 for nonmembers. Parking is available on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.
 
What exactly is happening in the famed island nation these days? From Friday's NY Times: "Just when it seemed that Cuba was on track to become something of a routine destination for Americans, tensions and tactics reminiscent of the Cold War have once again complicated travel to

U.S. Sen. Steve Pearce Urges Voters To Oppose ‘Healthy Workforce’ Ordinance

on October 3, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce urged Albuquerque voters to oppose the so-called ‘Healthy Workforce’ ordinance, a new sweeping government regulation that will hammer small businesses and lead to fewer jobs and lower wages, he said.

“We should be looking for ways to move our economy forward, not imposing obstacles that hurt our workers and small businesses,” Pearce said.

AFT-NM: Early Endorsements For 2018 Election

on October 2, 2017 - 3:36pm

AFT-NM News:
  • Statewide Candidates for Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General are Champions for Educators and Working New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and AFT-NM Committee on Political Education Chair Sara Attleson announced that AFT-NM’s Executive Committee, in late September, voted to endorse the 2018 re-election campaigns of:

  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver for New Mexico Secretary of State;
  • Tim Eichenberg for New Mexico Treasurer; and
  • Hector Balderas for New Mexico Attorney General.

The decisions were based on the candidate's

Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
 
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

RPLA/LAFRW Host 2017 Constitution Day Dinner

on October 2, 2017 - 12:09pm
Local GOP Chair John Bliss welcomes audience members to the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive. Photo by Mary Wilhoit
A memorial table set up at the Constitution Day Dinner to honor local GOP members Nona Bowman, Mary Brooks and Lawry Mann who have passed away in the last six months. Photo by Mary Wilhoit
 
RPLA News:
 
The Republican Party of Los Alamos and the Federated Republican Women of Los Alamos hosted the annual Constitution Day Dinner Saturday evening at the Church of Christ on Diamond Drive.
 
RPLA Chair John Bliss welcomed

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

Sen. Udall And Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We The People Democracy Reform Act Of 2017

on October 2, 2017 - 6:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) have introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017.
 
This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the broken political system. 
 
This legislation is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase

Community Invited To Meeting On Trinity Roundabout And Neighborhood Associations Oct. 16

on October 2, 2017 - 6:08am

ABWFLA News:

A Better Way for LA invites the public to attend a fall meeting Monday, Oct. 16, at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce at 15th Street and Central Avenue. A light supper will be provided.

The program begins at 7 p.m. with a talk by local resident William Mead on the "History of Roundabout Decisions for N.M. 502 in Los Alamos County". The planned roundabout at the intersection of Trinity Drive and Central Avenue will force drivers to travel in conflicting “circular” paths, negatively impacting both pedestrians and vehicles.

Next, Heather Ortega will present a talk on

Keller Issues Risk Advisory On Guardianship Services

on October 1, 2017 - 1:01pm
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller issued a Risk Advisory raising concerns about the Development Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) Office of Guardianship.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) conducted an initial review of the statewide program that oversees companies that provide guardianship services of last resort for disabled adults who are incapacitated. The OSA’s review revealed a widespread failure of the Office of Guardianship to adequately oversee contract guardians.

Los Alamos County Council Proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

on October 1, 2017 - 7:55am

Police Chief Dino Sgambellone adds some finishing touches in 2014 to the rock in White Rock together with a group gathered to send the message that men as well as women oppose domestic violence. Police officers who see the effects of domestic violence on men, women and children in their work every day are keenly aware of its negative consequences. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News: 

The ​​Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone during its regular meeting Tuesday evening in

Governor: New Mexico True Scholars Program

on October 1, 2017 - 7:34am

PED Sec. Christopher Ruszkowski, HED Sec. Barbara Damron, Gov. Susana Martinez, NMTD Sec. Rebecca Latham, EDD Sec. Matt Geisel, and Flagship Food Group CEO Rob Holland with 4-H and Future Farmers of America students from the Albuquerque area after the announcement Friday of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars program. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE –  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced the first year of the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars scholarship program, which recognizes students with a passion for the future of agriculture in New Mexico.

Richard Nixon's Western White House Up For Sale

on October 1, 2017 - 6:46am
Richard Nixon’s Western White House is for sale and priced at $63.5 million. Courtesy photo
 
NATIONAL News:
 
Richard Nixon and his family were Californians who moved back and forth from Washington, D. C., depending on whether or not he was holding a political office such as senator, Vice President to Dwight D. Eisenhower or as the 37th President of the United States.
 
Nixon grew up dirt poor, but as he said, wasn’t aware of their poverty at the time, assuming everyone lived that way.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Deeply Troubled By Record-Low Refugee Cap

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am
JCPA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to cap Fiscal Year 2018 refugee admissions at just 45,000—less than half of the current number—particularly given the scope of the international refugee crisis and other strife around the world.
 
This figure is the lowest refugee cap set by any president since the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program was established in 1980.
 
JCPA urges Congress to pass legislation that protects America’s global leadership in welcoming immigrants and offering refuge to those fleeing

State Auditor Tim Keller Confirms Investigation Into City Of Las Vegas, NM

on September 30, 2017 - 10:42am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller confirmed Friday that the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is designating the City of Las Vegas for a special investigation.

The OSA will examine concerns related to procurement such as conflicts of interest with a city vendor, contracting without seeking competitive prices, and budget adjustments without the approval of the Las Vegas City Council.

“We are going to look into concerns about whether the City of Las Vegas has followed the rules when it comes to purchasing,” Keller said.

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