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Letter To The Editor: Vote For David Hampton, A New Voice And Vision For UNM-LA

on October 20, 2019 - 7:30am
By DONNA MACDONALD
Los Alamos
 

I ask the community to vote David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board, position 3. We need new and fresh voices at the table to move our community forward. 

I certainly appreciate his vision to push UNM-LA towards becoming a 4-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) university. We keep losing our brightest and best students to out-of-state colleges, and a local 4-year college par excellence could encourage them to stay.

There would be stubborn resistance from UNM Main Campus, of course, so this initiative would require strong community support

American Federation Of Teachers Congratulates University Of New Mexico Faculty On Vote To Unionize

on October 19, 2019 - 10:47am
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — A decisive majority of faculty at the University of New Mexico voted for a union this week in a historic election victory overseen by the UNM Labor Management Relations Board, with votes counted this afternoon.
 
Two UNM bargaining units consisting of more than 1,600 full- and part-time faculty across five campuses—UNM’s main campus, in Albuquerque; UNM-Gallup; UNM-Los Alamos; UNM-Taos; and UNM-Valencia—voted by a 70 percent margin to join the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.
 
The victory marks the

LANL Waste Management Services Group Leader Speaks At Voices Of Los Alamos Meeting Monday Oct. 28

on October 19, 2019 - 9:42am

VOLA News:

 

Voices of Los Alamos is hosting its next meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop.

Guest Speaker Steven Singledecker will present a talk on Los Alamos National Laboratory waste shipments to offsite disposal facilities.

Singledecker is the Waste Management Services Group Leader at LANL and has more than 29 years of experience in the waste management industry. He also worked at Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

As Threat Of Foreign Interference Grows, Udall, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to End FEC Deadlock And Strengthen Campaign Finance Violations Enforcement

on October 19, 2019 - 8:33am
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced legislation that will revitalize the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by breaking the deadlock of its leadership structure and restoring its role as an effective and timely enforcer of campaign finance regulations.
 
The introduction of the legislation comes as election experts continue to sound the alarm about the inability of the FEC as it is currently structured to effectively enforce our campaign finance laws and protect our elections from foreign

Letter To The Editor: Time To Improve Our More Than 50 Year Old White Rock Schools

on October 18, 2019 - 7:52am

By CRAIG WASHNOK

Principal, Chamisa Elementary School

I have the pleasure of becoming  the next principal at Chamisa Elementary School.

It has been a truly amazing experience. The community culture is one of the best aspects of Chamisa. Our community is what makes Chamisa unique. Chamisa Elementary School’s culture is entwined with the community.

The culture of Chamisa has stood the test of time. It’s now time to enhance the culture of Chamisa with structural upgrades.

Both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools have stood relatively unchanged for over 50 years.

Udall, Scott Unveil Major Bipartisan Legislation To Help Prevent Drunk Driving And Save Thousands Of Lives

on October 17, 2019 - 8:01am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), joined by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), unveiled bipartisan legislation Wednesday to help prevent drunk driving and save thousands of lives.
 
The Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 (RIDE Act) will promote the research and development of advanced alcohol detection technology and will require the implementation of such technology in new motor vehicles.
 
"The fact is that deaths from drunk driving are completely preventable – so we have an

Q&A With Congressional Candidate Laura Montoya

on October 17, 2019 - 6:43am

CD3 Candidate Laura Montoya
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series in which the Los Alamos Daily Post presents the same set of questions to each of the candidates running for Congressional District 3, which serves the northern half of New Mexico.

CD3 candidate Laura Montoya provided the following answers:

POST: Why do you believe you are qualified to represent New Mexico in Congress?

MONTOYA: I was born, raised and educated in Northern New Mexico.

Letter To The Editor: SGR Endorses Christine Bernstein

on October 17, 2019 - 6:32am
By STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD
Commissioner of Public Lands
 
I voted today!
 
But unfortunately, because of my district, I didn’t get to vote for one of my favorite candidates for school board. However, if you live in District 3, you have the chance to vote for Christine Bernstein for LAPS School Board.
 
I first met Christine when we were both teachers at Pojoaque Schools. She is an innovative, committed and passionate high school teacher and I know she will bring just as much energy to the school board as she does to the classroom.

Local Union Endorses Board Candidates And Supports Los Alamos Public Schools Bond

on October 16, 2019 - 3:26pm

LAFSE News:

The Los Alamos Federation of School Employee’s Committee on Political Education voted unanimously to endorse Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert for the Los Alamos School Board.

This group of union volunteers voted to endorse Christine Bernstein in the District 3 race. Bernstein has been an educator for more than 20 years and is a teacher in Pojoaque. She is dedicated to helping school staff feel supported in trying new ideas to help our students be the best they can be, and would bring the perspective of a teacher who is currently serving in the classroom.

Julia

Letter To The Editor: Response To Importance Of Political Parties

on October 15, 2019 - 3:57pm

By DENNIS LITTLE
Los ALamos

Mr. Kerr,

Perhaps I'm in the minority, I'm not sure and I've never seen a study to confirm. I was raised by a single mother who wasn't political at all. To the best of my knowledge, she never voted in her life. In any case, I would hope that most people in a town with so many smart people would do their own research and decide who and/or what political party to vote for rather than just depending on what their parents said to do.

With regards to the rest of your letter, I disagree.

The House (with a Democratic majority) has passed a great number of bills, including

Community Development Advisory Board Strives To Gather Public Input On County Code Enforcement

on October 15, 2019 - 10:10am
Los Alamos County Housing and Special Project Manager Andrew Harnden, left, speaks to KRSN Chief Operating Officer David Sutton during the Community Development Advisory Board open house Monday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

To get a clearer picture of what the public would like to see in the Los Alamos County’s code enforcement program, the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) hosted an open house Oct. 7.

The purpose of the open house was to collect feedback on the nuisance

Meet & Greet Morrie Pongratz At The Tub Wednesday

on October 15, 2019 - 9:44am

The community is invited to a Meet & Greet for Los Alamos School Board candidate Morrie Pongratz, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op (The Tub) in Central Park Square. Pongratz is running in District 3, which is the Aspen District. Courtesy photo

New Mexico House Democratic Leadership Condemns Violent Political Video; Calls On House GOP To Do Same

on October 15, 2019 - 9:41am
NMDP News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton and Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos condemn the violent video that surfaced Sunday night.
 
The video, an edited scene from an action movie, depicts President Donald Trump shooting and stabbing dozens of people wearing the logos of media outlets—and the faces of political rivals including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton and the late John McCain—superimposed on their heads.
 
The video was shown at a conference organized by American Priority, an organization of the

Letter To The Editor: Importance Of Political Parties

on October 15, 2019 - 9:18am
By VERNON N. KERR
Los Alamos
 
Why do I belong to a political party?
 
We can pick a reason but most likely the reason is that the party we pick is the one our parents belong to. A political party usually represents the values of the home. Chances are that if grandpa and pop were Democrats, you are, too. There is not a lot of hard thinking involved in registering in a political party.
 
In the beginning of our nation, our first leader, George Washington was opposed to political parties because he felt that they would lead to non-productive political bickering and divert energy away

Letter To The Editor: I Believe We Are A Town That Values Education ... Vote Yes For School Bond

on October 15, 2019 - 8:41am
By DAVID LYONS
Committee member
Los Alamos School Bond Election Committee

When my wife and I decided to move back to White Rock with our two young children more than a decade ago, I knew one thing for certain: Our kids would receive a great education. A White Rock native, I grew up in the Los Alamos Public School system, going first to Chamisa Elementary and then to the Middle and High Schools. I knew first-hand the high quality of education here and was excited to know that our kids would benefit from the same. And they have.

We’ve been fortunate that our kids have had great experiences

Letter To The Editor: Pleasure To Support Bernstein

on October 15, 2019 - 8:32am
By TRAVIS RICHINS
LAHS Class of 2013

It is my pleasure to write in support of Chris Bernstein for a position on the Los Alamos Public School Board.

I attended Los Alamos school system from kindergarten to 12th grade, and ultimately graduated in May of 2013. During my time at Los Alamos High School I had the pleasure of getting to know Mrs. Bernstein, or Mrs. B as we called her.

I cannot over-stress the point that she was the most influential teacher in my high school years. She exhibits extraordinary passion while teaching, but more importantly, she cares for her students as people.

Udall Issues Statement On Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 14, 2019 - 11:39am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

SANTA FE — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement honoring indigenous communities across New Mexico and the United States:

“Today, we celebrate the resilience, culture, and history of Native Americans across Indian Country. New Mexico’s 23 Tribes have helped build the foundations of our state while tirelessly working to defend their land, cultures, traditions and way of life.

U.S. Senatorial Candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján Opens Campaign Office In Santa Fe

on October 14, 2019 - 11:07am

Los Alamos supporters Jonathan and Ellen Mills at left, greet U.S. Senatorial candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján Saturday Oct. 5 as he enters his new campaign office on St. Michael’s Drive behind Carl’s Jr. in Santa Fe. Luján is running for the seat held by Sen. Tom Udall who is retiring at the end of 2020. Courtesy photo

U.S. Senatorial candidate/Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján addresses the crowd of supporters gathered Saturday Oct. 5 at the opening of his new campaign office in Santa Fe. As always, he joked that people came mostly to see his mother Carmen, third from

Bernstein Announces Meet & Greet Schedule

on October 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Christine Bernstein

POLITICAL News:

Los Alamos School Board District 3 candidate Christine Bernstein announces her upcoming Meet & Greet schedule:

  • Oct. 17 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op;
  • Oct. 20 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ruby K's; and
  • Nov. 1 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Film Festival.

District 3 is in the Aspen area.

Goodbye, Columbus. Hello, Indigenous Peoples’ Day

on October 14, 2019 - 9:07am

Columbus Day parade, Oct. 12, 1949, New York City. Courtesy/history.com

 

By BECKY LITTLE
History.com

Since 1991, dozens of cities, several universities, and a few states have adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Not by coincidence, the occasion usually falls on Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, or replaces the holiday entirely.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is observed by the states of New Mexico, Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, Louisiana, Oregon, Nevada and Vermont, as well as South Dakota, which celebrates Native

Volunteers Assist Voters In Local Election

on October 13, 2019 - 9:59am

From left, election volunteers Isabel Brackbill, Jan Michel and Linda Fox, assist voters in the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board elections Thursday afternoon in the Municipal Building. Early voting started Tuesday and will continue through Nov. 2. If interested in voting in person, individuals can go 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building or 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Oct. 19 in the White Rock Town Hall. Election day is Nov. 5 and voting centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Governor Announces New Capital Outlay Dashboard

on October 13, 2019 - 8:51am
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday announced the Department of Finance and Administration’s new capital outlay dashboard, an online tool that will allow the public, local governments and state policymakers to track and analyze local infrastructure projects, a first for New Mexico government. 
 
The dashboard, viewable online here, is primarily an accountability measure, the governor said, intended to boost efficiency and ease of access to funding information and status updates about capital projects all across the state.

Letter To The Editor: David Hampton – A Honest And Transparent Voice For UNM-LA Advisory Board

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
By PAUL A. JARAMILLO
2nd Vice Chair
Republican Party of Los Alamos 

I am writing this letter in support of David Hampton for the UNM-LA Advisory Board.

For all the time I have known Mr. Hampton I have found him to be a very honest and transparent person. He serves with integrity in all aspects of community involvement and local boards such as the LA Co-op Board and the LA retirement community board. He is also a volunteer with trail maintenance at Bandelier and Santa Fe National Forest.

I believe that as a retiree from LANL and a long-time resident of Los Alamos, he has first hand

Letter To The Editor: A Republican Wants Trump Out Of Office

on October 13, 2019 - 8:49am
By GLEN THAMERT
Jemez Springs
 
Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina is a serious conservative. He wants DT (Trump) to be voted out in 2020. He says the USA and the interest on our debt must be addressed, since it is more than our Military budget and more than what our country spends in all areas for Children - our future.
 
So where is massive spending going, which comes from our taxpayers' dollars? Here's a few items which address the problem:
 
  • The outlandish prison in Guantanamo, Cuba - since 2002 - wastes $180 Million annually and has added $6 Billion to the Deficit for 17 years,

House Assistant Speaker Luján Highlights Los Alamos National Laboratory On Congressional Delegation Tour

on October 13, 2019 - 8:32am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
This week, U.S House Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, toured Los Alamos National Laboratory on a congressional delegation highlighting the importance of New Mexico’s national labs.
 
U.S. Rep. Luján and Smith were joined by the Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty.
 
As co-chair of the National Labs Caucus, Luján has secured major environmental and scientific investments for

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