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Public Meeting Targets Code Enforcement Concerns

on September 30, 2017 - 7:17am

During an interview about their upcoming meeting on code concerns, from left, Helen Milenski, Heather Ortega and her son Isaac Ortega, 8, Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post on Central Ave. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Spurred by her concern with code enforcement issues surfacing around town, local resident Heather Ortega intends to form a PAC called “Los Alamos County Citizens In Action”.

She and resident Helen Milenski are hosting a community meeting on the subject, 6-8 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Demands Answers From EPA’s Scott Pruitt On ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

on September 30, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money.
 
Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a “privacy booth for the administrator,” despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for use by the administrator.

Council Proclaims October Drug Free Month

on September 29, 2017 - 8:28am

Councilor Chris Chandler presents Police Chief Dino Sgambellone with a proclamation at the County Council meeting Tuesday declaring October Drug Free Month. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

COUNTY News: 

Los Alamos County Council proclaimed October as a Drug Free Month during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. A proclamation was presented to Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. 

Proclamation:

 

WHEREAS: It is the goal of all organizations who deal with the prevention of drug abuse to motivate people to more active participation in programs to eliminate

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor ... ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care For Indian Country

on September 29, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country.
 
In remarks Sept. 26 on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

NMTA Honors State Rep. Bobby Gonzales

on September 28, 2017 - 7:42am
NMTA President Anthony Mortillaro presents Rep. Bobby Gonzalez with a model bus as Gonzales is honored by the NMTA for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation in the State of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
NMTA News:
 
The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA), has honored New Mexico State Rep. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales for his untiring efforts to champion public transportation, at its quarterly meeting Sept. 21 in Taos.
 
Upon presenting the award to Gonzales, who chairs the New Mexico House of Representatives Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee,

Udall On Human Trafficking In Indian Country

on September 28, 2017 - 7:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training – but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment – to help address human trafficking in Indian Country.
 
Udall made his comments Wednesday during an oversight hearing titled, “The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to discuss implementation of recommendations by

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

State Auditor Tim Keller’s Report On New Mexico’s 'Swiss Cheese' Tax Code Featured In Bloomberg BNA

on September 28, 2017 - 6:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  The national news outlet Bloomberg BNA featured an article about State Auditor Tim Keller’s report shining a light on New Mexico’s “Swiss Cheese” tax code.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks that the state gave with little reporting to determine return on investment.
 

BPU, Council Weigh Finance Options For Replacing White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant

on September 28, 2017 - 6:17am

At left, DPU Deputy Manager Jack Richardson and DPU Manager Tim Glasco present finance options available for replacement of the White Rock Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Sept. 21 BPU and Council joint meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

BY KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post 

kirsten@ladailypost.com 

 

The wastewater treatment plant in White Rock needs to be replaced and a discussion on how to finance the project was held during the Los Alamos County Council and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) joint work session Tuesday, Sept.

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

on September 28, 2017 - 6:14am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status.
 
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms.
 
“In the last month, several major hurricanes made landfall in the Unites States.

Net Neutrality Supporters Descend On DC To Meet With Lawmakers, Oppose FCC Plan To Gut Title II

on September 27, 2017 - 2:52pm
FFTF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  More than 60 Internet users traveling from as far away as Alaska, California, Kansas, and Utah are participating in a unique advocacy effort this Wednesday, Sept. 27, descending on the U.S. capitol not for a rally but to meet directly with their Senators and Representatives in support of Title II net neutrality protections.
 
The participants, recruited through an online campaign spread through email and social media include small business owners, students, IT professionals, startup founders, single parents, and people from a wide range of political

Heinrich: Preliminary CBO Score Of Graham-Cassidy

on September 27, 2017 - 7:53am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement Sept. 25 after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a preliminary score of Graham-Cassidy.
 
Although not able to provide point estimates on health insurance coverage and premium increases at this time, the CBO concluded that millions fewer people will have insurance that covers high-cost medical events and Medicaid will be cut by $1 trillion over a decade:
 
“Republicans’ latest attempt to rush

Los Alamos County Clerk Registers New Voters

on September 27, 2017 - 7:52am

Los Alamos County Clerk Office staff members take part in National Voter Registration Day Tuesday in the lobby at the Municipal Building. The event was part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters. In addition to being at the Municipal Building, clerk staff went to Starbucks and Los Alamos High School. Here Office Specialist Jordan Duran, Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez, seated, Election Manager Gloria Maestas and County Clerk Naomi Maestas stand ready to register new voters. As of noon Tuesday, Clerk Maestas reported that 10 people had registered to vote.

Udall, Heinrich, Pearce, Luján Announce Federal Funds For Economic Development Projects In New Mexico

on September 27, 2017 - 7:40am
CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 25, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for economic development projects at the Village of Questa and New Mexico State University. 
 
The Village of Questa will receive $1.2 million in matching funds to expand the Business Park and improve the roadways, drainage system, water and sanitary sewer, signage, parking, roadway lighting, and utilities connections in the area.

Keller Joins Survivor Advocates To Provide Rape Kit Backlog Update To Legislative Committee

on September 27, 2017 - 7:26am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Sept. 21, State Auditor Tim Keller and Sarita Nair, Chief Government Accountability Officer of the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) joined sexual assault survivor advocates to provide an update to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee about the backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits, commonly known as “rape kits.”
 
The OSA presented along with representatives from the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Valencia Shelter Services, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs, and the University of New

Udall Joins In Introducing Bill To Expand Access To Affordable, Quality Child Care For New Mexico Families

on September 27, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 14, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined a number of Democrats in introducing major legislation to ensure working families throughout New Mexico and across the country have access to affordable, high-quality child care.
 
The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure working families can afford high-quality child care and preschool programs.
 
The Child Care for Working Families Act would create a partnership between the federal and state governments to ensure families

Governor Announces Nearly $27 Million Of Road Improvements From WIPP Settlement

on September 26, 2017 - 8:59am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday nearly $27 million of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) route road improvements between Carlsbad and Vaughn, as part of the state’s 2014 settlement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

“When we first learned of the fire and radiation leak in 2014, we moved quickly to hold the federal government accountable, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to use these funds to further strengthen the safety of WIPP and the surrounding communities,” Governor Martinez said.

Letter To The Editor: Note On Trump’s UNGA Address

on September 26, 2017 - 8:00am
By DR. T. DOUGLAS REILLY
Los Alamos
 
Tuesday I read a transcript of and Guardian article on President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly with sadness and disbelief. The book title, Cry the Beloved Country, comes to mind; also the quote of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, “there never was a good war, or a bad peace...”
 
When will we ever learn, when will we ever learn?
 
the dead have seen the end of war” (Plato)
 
I wish to add President John Quincy Adams definition of a leader:
 
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,

AG: Grand Jury Indicts Eli Kronenanker

on September 26, 2017 - 6:59am
Eli Kronenanker/Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 21 that Eli Kronenanker was indicted by a grand jury in the 2013 alleged rape and kidnapping of a Rio Rancho teen.
 
The Bernalillo County Grand Jury indicted Kronenanker on four counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Kidnapping, one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Intimidation of a Witness, and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children.
 
“I will continue to target individuals who sexually assault, threaten, and abuse members of

New Mexico Delegation Encourages Boeing To Conduct Phantom Express Development Contract At SPA, WSMR

on September 26, 2017 - 6:56am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have encouraged Boeing to conduct the Phantom Express development contract at Spaceport America (SPA) with support of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).
 
“New Mexico offers a number of strategic advantages for Boeing’s spaceplane contract, and I’m confident that a partnership with Spaceport America and White Sands Missile Range will lead to the successful completion of this program.

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting And Fishing Month

on September 26, 2017 - 6:53am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has declared October will officially be recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department. National Hunting and Fishing Day – is Sept. 23 each year.
 
Zinke championed the order to recognize the lasting and positive impact of hunters and anglers on wildlife and habitat conservation in America. This order comes on the heels of several major sportsmen actions from Interior including Wednesday'sannouncement of the addition of 600 acres of land in Arizona's

Tourism Work Group Meets Wednesday

on September 26, 2017 - 5:58am

COUNTY News: 

The Tourism Work Group will meet noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Building 1 conference room at the Pajarito Cliff Sites. 

The meeting is open to the public. 

Agenda: 

I. Call to Order
II. Review of Public Meeting/Survey results
III. Review of Strategic Directions
IV. Next Steps
V. Public Comment
VI. Next Meeting Scheduled: Oct. 17, 2017 at noon, location: TBD
VII. Adjourn Meeting

County Council Holds Regular Meeting 6 p.m. Today

on September 26, 2017 - 5:35am

COUNTY News: 

The Los Alamos County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 26, in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave. 

The meeting is open to the public. 

Agenda: 

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5. PRESENTATIONS, PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Proclamation declaring the week of October 2-6, 2017 as "Customer Service Week" in Los Alamos County (accepted by representatives of the Customer Care Center). Presenters: County Council - Regular Session
  • Proclamation declaring the Month of October as

Letter To The Editor: About My High Weeds And Ugly Yard

on September 25, 2017 - 9:56am
By MICHELLE AUSTIN
Los Alamos

When I was a little girl growing up in New York State in the 1970s, my parents bought their first house in a small village with good schools to raise their family. We moved into a one story ranch on a culdesac where all the other houses looked pretty much the same with manicured lawns and an elm tree out front. Kids played in the streets until the sun went down and we all had big back yards to play in. Back then fencing wasn't common so we kids could run from back yard to back yard as though it was all common land. It was the American dream for a young family.

Today Is Native Women's Equal Pay Day

on September 25, 2017 - 9:24am

AAUW News:

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Elizabeth Bolton in 2015 and updated in 2017 by Senior Researcher Kevin Miller, Ph.D.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pay gap between women and men, and that gap is widest on average for Latinas, black women, and Native women. In fact, American Indian and Alaska Native women are paid just 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid. For Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander women, that number is 59 cents.

Today,

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