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Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

Letter To The Editor: Gun Buy Back Farce

on September 7, 2017 - 10:27pm
Los Alamos

The New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and Los Alamos Police Department will be holding their first, and hopefully last, “ever” Guns To Gardens Gun Buyback event on Saturday, Oct. 28.

First of all, they can’t “Buy Back” something they never sold in the first place! So, this onerous title is already misleading.

Second, if people have been paying the least bit of attention to these Gun Control schemes they would find out that these so called “Buy Back” programs do absolutely nothing to deter violent crime not just here in the United States but around the

Military Leaders From All Branches, Including SEALs, Special Forces, Ask Zinke To Protect Public Lands

on September 7, 2017 - 12:06pm
DOI News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thirty Seven active and retired Navy SEALs, Special Operations Forces members and other military leaders have sent a letter* to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing grave concern with his decision to advise the president to remove protections from national monuments including Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, and Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon.
The recommendations from Zinke come at the conclusion of an unprecedented 4-month review of over two-dozen monuments designated since 1996, which was initiated by an April Executive Order from

State Auditor Tim Keller Releases Report On New Mexico’s Financial Health

on September 7, 2017 - 10:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller 
STATE News: 
The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits shines light on how public money is managed in hundreds of state and local governments
SANTA FE – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released The Findings Report: A Summary of New Mexico’s Governmental Financial Audits. The third annual report from the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) compiles information that would otherwise remain buried deep within thousands of pages of annual audits.

Council Proclaims Sept. 15-24 As Welcoming Week

on September 7, 2017 - 9:09am

The Family YMCA board members and staff, including Executive Director Linda Daly, right, receive a proclamation Tuesday evening from County Councilor Pete Sheehey, right, that recognizes Sept. 15-24 as 'Welcoming Week'. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey presented a proclamation during the regular County Council meeting Tuesday night that honors Sept. 15-24 as "Welcoming Week."

The proclamation was presented to the staff and board members of The Family YMCA.


WHEREAS: Welcoming Week is a national celebration of a

County Councilors At Farmer’s Market Sept. 14

on September 7, 2017 - 8:49am


Two Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Farmer’s Market 9-11 a.m. next Thursday, Sept. 14, to meet market-goers.

The public is welcome to stop by with comments or concerns.

Letter To The Editor: Stop Wild Horse, Burro Slaughter

on September 7, 2017 - 8:43am
White Rock

I believe our New Mexico lawmakers are opposed to the round up and slaughter of wild horses and burros, but some in congress are not. I’m not sure with everything that is happening in our nation at this time that people are aware of the urgency of this situation and of the necessity of contacting their representatives on this issue.

In 1971 there was a law enacted to protect wild horses and burros. These animals are symbols of our Western Heritage.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Lone-Wolf And Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks

on September 7, 2017 - 7:55am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing Thursday entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: Combatting the Financing of Lone-Wolf and Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks” to examine funding mechanisms used to coordinate low-scale attacks.

“Efforts to combat terrorist financing have traditionally focused on large scale funding sources; however, small-scale and lone-wolf style attacks have become more common and require significantly less funding,” Pearce said.

Governor Announces ALeRT Fugitives Arrested

on September 7, 2017 - 7:44am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE  Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that two fugitives from the state’s Corrections Department have recently been captured since the Governor announced the state would join the Analysis Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT) initiative Aug. 10.
“Getting criminals off our streets is important to keeping our families and communities safe,” Martinez said. “By working more closely with local leaders and law enforcement we’re tracking down more fugitives and putting them back where they belong –behind bars.”
Andrew Lucero was arrested Aug.

Local GOP Meeting At UNM-LA Thursday

on September 6, 2017 - 7:51pm
GOP News:
The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at UNM-LA, Bldg. 5, Wallace Hall.
RPLA will gather to discuss the recent constitutional workshops held in Santa Fe. The Public is invited. A short break will then precede the Central Committee business meeting.
For further information, contact John Bliss at 505.6724059.

Los Alamos County Council Honors Russ Gordon

on September 6, 2017 - 6:13pm

Councilor Antonio Maggiore, center, presents a proclamation to Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series organizer Russ Gordon who accepted it together with his wife Deborah, son Abe and his girlfriend Tuesday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


The Los Alamos County Council paid its respects to Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Organizer Russ Gordon during its regular meeting Tuesday night in Council Chambers. After 28 years of providing concerts to the community, Gordon is retiring and Friday will be his final concert.

Councilor Antonio

Transportation Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on September 6, 2017 - 7:01am


The Transportation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

This meeting is open to the public.


  • PUBLIC COMMENT This section of the agenda is reserved for comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Please Limit Public Comment to 3 Minutes.
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES Approval of the Aug. 3, 2017 Transportation Board Minutes Presenters: Brian O'Neil, Chair of the Transportation Board 
  • OLD BUSINESS - Possible Action
    • Complete

Council Proclaims September Voter Registration Month

on September 6, 2017 - 6:31am

Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, left, accepts a proclamation recognizing September as Voter Registration Month from Councilor Chris Chandler. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 


During the regular Los Alamos County Council meeting Aug. 29, Council presented Los Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas with a proclamation that recognizes September as Voter Registration Month and Tuesday, Sept. 26 as Voter Registration Day. County Councilor Chris Chandler read and presented the proclamation. 

The proclamation states: 

WHEREAS: Registering to vote empowers eligible

Council Opts To Send Letter Of Support To NMDOT On N.M. 126 Paving Project Proposal

on September 5, 2017 - 5:43pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz listens to Councilor Chris Chandler make a motion regarding a citizen's petition presented at the Aug. 29 Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers discusses Dave Fox's petition with council during its regular meeting Aug. 29. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




In an effort to get the remaining 8-mile stretch of N.M. 126 paved from La Cueva to Cuba, Los Alamos businessman Dave Fox presented a petition to Los Alamos County Council during its regular

Deputy Energy Secretary To Provide Keynote At 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on September 5, 2017 - 5:35pm
DOE News:
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is set to provide a keynote address at the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
The workshop is being hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include DOE and the Energy Facility Contractors Group.
Brouillette joins a long list of confirmed participants for the workshop that will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives, and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress

County Council Hosts Closed Session Tuesday

on September 5, 2017 - 6:02am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 to discuss threatened or pending litigation.

This discussion is closed pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H)(7).

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the County Human Resources Division at 505.662.8040 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible.

New Mexico’s Immigrant Youth Participate In ‘Statewide Student Walkout For Immigrant Justice’ Tuesday

on September 4, 2017 - 5:04pm


Tuesday, Sept. 5, hundreds of students, immigrant leaders and allies across the state of New Mexico will participate in a Statewide Student Walkout for Immigrant Justice’ calling for the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrant families nationwide.


The statewide demonstration comes on the same date, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other Republican Attorneys General, set as a deadline for the administrative relief program to be phased-out by the Trump administration –or face a lawsuit to try and rule the program as

Zinke Appoints Members To Royalty Policy Committee

on September 4, 2017 - 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke


  • Significant Step Toward Restoring Public Trust, Collaborative Development of Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) that will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.

The Committee’s first meeting is Wednesday, Oct.

Attorney General Balderas On President Trump’s Decision To End DACA

on September 4, 2017 - 7:09am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attroney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

“With the decision to end DACA, President Trump is compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, and he is putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.

“Losing hundreds of thousands of future police officers, members of the military, doctors and teachers will create an unacceptable

Legislative Interim Committee Dates For Sept. 5-8

on September 4, 2017 - 7:03am


SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are meeting Sept. 5-8:

Sept. 5-6 @ 9 a.m. – Water and Natural Resources Committee (WNRC), Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E., Silver City

Agenda Items: Salt Cedar Eradication; Regional and State Water Plan Progress; Southwest New Mexico Ground Water Quality Issues; Proposed Transfer of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park to the Department of Game and Fish; Carlsbad Brine Well Collapse Remediation and Implementation of Legislation.

Sept. 6 @ 9 a.m. – Agenda Items: Arizona Water Settlements Act

LANL’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan Available For Comment

on September 4, 2017 - 6:53am

LANL News:

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan is now available online. This plan is updated annually to include necessary changes and public comments received during the year. The updated plan is posted annually Sept. 1 in compliance with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

We welcome comments year round. Comments can be submitted by email using the attached Comments Form or by mail by completing, printing, and mailing the attached form to:

Environmental Communication & Public Involvement

Armbruster: The Meaning Of Labor Day

on September 4, 2017 - 6:47am
Union member since 1970, negotiating team member 1995-2009
LAFSE president of 2002-2008, LAMS teacher17 years 

Labor Day is not just a day off. It represents the lives hundreds of workers put on the line to make America great.

Our Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE), a part of AFL-CIO has helped make working conditions in Los Alamos Public Schools where more than 60 percent of teachers belong even better.

LAFSE is responsible for leave days, the sick leave bank, for speech and language therapists, nurses and counselors earning the same pay as teachers

Speaker Brian Egolf On Death Of Former Santa Fe Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela

on September 3, 2017 - 12:24pm

Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela


SANTA FE -- House Speaker Brian Egolf has issued a statement following the death of longtime state representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela.

Varela, 82, died Saturday night at his home in Santa Fe, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a series of health issues.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Lucky Varela,” Egolf said. “In my years of serving with Lucky, he was always a stalwart advocate for working people, for using our resources wisely, and for the people of Santa Fe.

Letter To The Editor: Failure Of Corporate Trade Policy

on September 3, 2017 - 6:38am

Corporate America only succeeds if Capitalism works. Capitalism cannot work if the middle class is in debt, shrinking and can no longer be consumers.

America is still the wealthiest nation in the world and in world history … and America also has the greatest wealth disparity in the world and in world history. These are unsustainable conditions … and yet Donald Trump and much of the Republican Party want increase wealth disparity by decreasing federal income taxes for the wealthy class and corporations, resulting in even greater CEO salaries.

This will make American

Governor Announces 110,000 More New Mexico Students Accessing High-Speed Internet In School

on September 2, 2017 - 1:24pm

  • Broadband for Education Initiative Connecting More Students than Ever Before

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that 110,000 more New Mexico students have access to high-speed Internet at school.

The Governor began an initiative to connect every New Mexico student with high-speed Internet at school by the 2018 school year. Since her 2015 announcement, 99 percent of New Mexico’s public schools now have access to high-speed Internet – and the partnerships leveraged through the initiative have reduced costs to connect students by more than 60 percent.

“Every child can