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Spies, Lies & Nukes Ticket Discounts Through Oct. 20

on October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Daily Post readers are being offered a 15 percent discount for tickets purchased today through Oct. 20 for the Spies, Lies & Nukes event, Nov. 3-4 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe. The promocode for this discount is: plame1.

During the event, former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame and several of her CIA colleagues will discuss their perspectives and experiences on cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and nuclear proliferation.

Chamber Forum: County Council Candidates Thursday

on October 15, 2018 - 11:13am

Udall, Heinrich Announce $435,000 In Federal Funding To Address Food Insecurity

on October 15, 2018 - 11:06am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have announced $435,000 in new federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Community Foods Project and Planning grant program to address food insecurity in New Mexico.

“Far too many New Mexicans facing food insecurity suffer from serious health issues, financial hardship, and endless anxiety – about where the next meal will come from, and how to put food on the table for their families,” Sen. Udall said.

Letter To The Editor: Worthy Woman

on October 15, 2018 - 10:05am
By DICK and NANCY BOUDRIE
Los Alamos

We usually don’t write an opinion letter to the newspaper. After receiving a derogatory flyer in the mail against Christine Chandler, we decided to write an opinion supporting Christine Chandler for the New Mexico House Dist. 43.

Christine and I (Nancy) worked together on two cases at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and I found her excellent in working with the facts and picking out the truth for a fair, legal decision. Christine has always listened, weighed the facts and worked hard for the people of Los Alamos.

As with all community issues, there

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Christine Chandler

on October 15, 2018 - 9:43am
Christine Chandler. Courtesy/Friends for Christine
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Christine Chandler (D), candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43:
 
Note: Some of the questions in this interview have been re-ordered for better clarity.
 
PCA: What communities are in District 43?
 
Chandler: It’s all of Los Alamos County, and it includes parts of Sandoval County including the Jemez area, Jemez Springs, down to Ponderosa. It includes Cuba, which is in Sandoval County. It includes Peña Blanca, which is in Sandoval County.

Nesmith: When Will True Republicans Take A Stand?

on October 15, 2018 - 8:30am
By JAMES L. NESMITH
Los Alamos

I fail to understand why the Republican Party of Los Alamos has not repudiated and disavowed Lisa Shin’s candidacy for State House District 43. Her campaign employs some of the most vitriolic, hateful, unethical, shameful, misleading, disgraceful and immoral tactics that I’ve seen in my 72 years. 

Her false statements, her misleading and phony “Los Alamos Post” newspaper mailer as well as her most recent mailer (a nearly classic example of morally contaminated and corrupt political chicanery), her lack of knowledge of veteran affairs, her total lack of

Sheriff Candidates Speak At Los Alamos Kiwanis

on October 14, 2018 - 5:15am

All four Los Alamos County sheriff candidates participated Oct. 9 in a Kiwanis forum, from left, Democrat Joseph F. Granville, Republican James William Whitehead, Libertarian Christopher B. Luchini and Greg White, who declined to state a party. Photo by Don Casperson

By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

All four candidates for Los Alamos County Sheriff—Democrat Joseph F. Granville, Libertarian Christopher B. Luchini, Republican James William Whitehead, and Greg White, who declined to state a party—participated in a forum Oct. 9 at Los Alamos Kiwanis.

The sheriff’s race this year is

Letter To The Editor: Time For A Qualified Judge

on October 14, 2018 - 5:00am
By JON DOORN
Los Alamos High School Senior

I strongly encourage Los Alamos Voters to vote for Elizabeth Allen as municipal court judge. She is the only candidate that has law credentials, and she has plenty of experience involving what the municipal court handles. She has been running her own law firm for over 10 years and has shown her commitment to our community through her involvement in the Los Alamos Teen Court.

I first met Elizabeth three years ago when I joined the Los Alamos Teen Court as a freshman.

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Sara Scott

on October 14, 2018 - 4:59am
Sara Scott. Photo by Anna G. Scott
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Sara Scott (D), candidate for Los Alamos County Council:
 
PCA: What do you believe makes Los Alamos County special?
 
Scott: The outdoors is really one of the big things that kept me here after coming here. I think a lot of people that have come and stayed here are drawn to that.
 
Clearly, the science is for me a great part of who we are. It just pervades, with friendships, and the things that the community has to offer. I don’t know, it’s just very unique. I don’t know of any town that has that.
 
I

Heinrich Cosponsors Invest in America Act Bill To Grow Workforce In Rural Communities

on October 14, 2018 - 4:54am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is an original cosponsor of the Invest in America Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) to create competitive grant programs to expand the workforce, modernize training tools, and promote job creation-especially in rural communities.
 
The bill would establish two complementary grant programs through the Department of Labor to assist local and regional entities plan and implement efforts to support job creation and workforce training in areas experiencing

Secretary Of State: Voter Turnout Totals Through Friday

on October 13, 2018 - 11:52am

POLITICAL News:

The New Mexico Secretary of State has issued statewide voter turnout tallies through Friday, Oct. 12.

Here are the totals for Los Alamos Couty:

Key to Abbreviations

DEM = Democratic Party of New Mexico
DTS = Decline to State (i.e. “Independents”)
LIB = Libertarian Party of New Mexico
REP = Republican Party of New Mexico
OTH = All other minor political parties

For voter turnout totals in counties across the state, click here.

Council Candidate David Izraelevitz Thanks Community

on October 13, 2018 - 9:02am
Los Alamos County Council Democratic candidates Randall Ryti and Sara Scott join incumbent candidate Council Chair David Izraelevitz at a barbecue he hosted to thank the community Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Guests listen as David Izraelevitz thanks supporters at the barbecue he hosted with his campaign Thursday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Letter To The Editor: Please Vote For Judge Alan Kirk!

on October 13, 2018 - 8:56am
By MORRIS PONGRATZ
Los Alamos County Council
 
I urge the voters of Los Alamos County to re-elect Judge Alan Kirk. Alan is seeking his sixth four-year term as Municipal Judge. Alan has lived in Los Alamos for 60 years and served as Los Alamos Police Chief before becoming a judge. Many times, the voters of Los Alamos have endorsed Alan for his outstanding service to our community.
 
Others have also recognized Alan’s judgement and vision.

Robinson: Voice For The Youth

on October 13, 2018 - 8:37am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Democratic Candidate
Los Alamos County Council
 
I recently had the honor to once again participate in the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos Candidate Forum. At the event, many subjects were discussed including the Flow Trial and the Gross Receipts Tax from our laboratory.
 
However, that evening, all the candidates were asked about what we considered Los Alamos’ most significant resource, and how would we utilize it as councilor’s or how would we develop it. Although I began with the discussion of our local boards and commissions, I followed up with our youth.
 

Los Alamos Democrats Vote, Celebrate Patriotism, Host Green Chile Stew Fest At Campaign Headquarters

on October 13, 2018 - 7:21am

Proud to be an American, Maggie Charsley votes Tuesday for the first time as an American citizen in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos. Absentee In-Person Voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Oct. 19 in Council Chambers. Find more information about the 2018 General Election here. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Democratic women from left, County Council candidate Sara Scott, longtime party member Andrea Determan and Council Vice Chair and House Dist. 43 candidate Christine Chandler vote Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

Congress Let Land & Water Conservation Fund Expire

on October 13, 2018 - 7:03am
By JEREMY ROMERO
Wildlife Corridor Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

Valles Caldera is the largest land acquisition in New Mexico made through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the primary tools for protecting our national and local parks and public lands. LWCF contributed over $100 million to acquire the Preserve, help promote recreational opportunities and public access, and conserve habitat for wildlife including elk, mule deer, and mountain lions. And LWCF accomplishes things like this all over America at no cost to taxpayers.

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Dawn Voss

on October 13, 2018 - 5:57am
Dawn Trujillo Voss. Courtesy/facebook.com/TrujilloVoss4LosAlamos
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Dawn Trujillo Voss (R), candidate for Los Alamos County Council:
 
PCA: What do you believe makes Los Alamos County special?
 
Trujillo Voss: I think what makes us special is that we weren’t meant to be a town, but we’re still a town. We’re growing, and the diversity of people here from different backgrounds, different cultures that come together. It’s small, unique.
 
I just went to an iris exchange over at the Unitarian Church.

Heinrich, Capito Introduce Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act

on October 12, 2018 - 10:27am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) have introduced the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act to improve the permitting process for commercial outfitters and other businesses on public lands.
 
"Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to camp under the stars, chase bugling elk or wet a fly in a mountain stream, and they fuel the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that directly sustains 7.6 million American jobs-many in rural communities," Sen. Heinrich said.

NM Secretary Of State Releases General Election Turnout Numbers From In-Person And Absentee Voting

on October 12, 2018 - 10:00am

SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver Thursday provided an update on the number of eligible New Mexico voters who cast their ballots during the first days of absentee and in-person voting for the upcoming Nov. 6, general election.

Secretary Toulouse Oliver will continue to provide updated numbers through Election Day.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, was the first day that registered, eligible voters could begin casting ballots for the 2018 general election. Voters can now deliver their completed absentee ballot or vote in-person at their county clerk’s office during regular business hours.

Udall Secures Amtrak Commitment To Halt Plans To Replace Portions Of SW Chief Rail Line With Buses

on October 12, 2018 - 6:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from top Amtrak official and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek to stop plans to turn a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line from Dodge City, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico into a bus route during Fiscal Year 2019.
 
Before this public commitment, the Southwest Chief route, which serves several New Mexico communities, faced an uncertain future after Amtrak threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding necessary to

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Brady Burke

on October 12, 2018 - 5:56am
Brady Burke. Photo by Lorrie Latham
 
PCA News:
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Brady Burke (R), candidate for Los Alamos County Council:
 
PCA: What do you believe makes Los Alamos County special?
 
Burke: I’ve lived here for 20 years this time around, and it’s the people that make it special. We have such a mix of people that have worked here for long periods of time and short periods of time.
 
The sense of community and that small town feel. Everybody knows everybody.

David Izraelevitz Campaign Hosts Free BBQ Dinner 6-7:30 p.m. Today

on October 11, 2018 - 4:03pm

From the David Izraelevitz campaign:

Los Alamos County Council Chairman David Izraelevitz's Campaign is hosting a free BBQ Dinner 6-7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

The Councilor is hosting this Democratic Party of Los Alamos event to thank the many volunteers who have worked so hard this campaign season. It will be a chance to meet and talk with with state and local candidates and mingle with friends and acquaintances, while having an old fashioned BBQ Dinner. 

It is hard to believe that early voting has already begun, so let's all get together, get charged up and get everyone out to polls by

Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Cares

on October 11, 2018 - 8:01am
By CRISTINA OLDS
Los Alamos

You may have just read my name and thought, “Hm, who’s that?” The answer is, no one in particular, and that’s why I’m writing.

I was no one to the County Councilors when I emailed them about the sheriff issue, about the immigration proclamation, and about the flow trail. Christine Chandler warmly reached out to meet for coffee and discuss the myriad angles of each issue, despite me being no one of importance.

Christine has consistently offered her deep knowledge on a number of topics that relate to the County when my progressive activism group, Voices of Los

Head2Head: Common Ground – Or Not

on October 11, 2018 - 7:08am
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The questions I ask first when strategizing about anything are:

  1. What outcome do I want to achieve?
  2. How will I get there?
  3. What are the advantages and/or the downsides of this plan of action?

These questions also work for clarifying what separates you and the person you’re talking with on a policy issue.

Suppose the person you’re talking with is from the opposite political party and they say access to quality health care is the most important issue to them.

Pajarito Conservation Alliance Interviews Randall Ryti

on October 11, 2018 - 6:11am
Los Alamos County Council candidate Randall Ryti. Courtesy photo
 
PCA News:
 
Pajarito Conservation Alliance interview of Randall Ryti (D), candidate for Los Alamos County Council:
 
PCA: What do you believe makes Los Alamos County special?
 
Ryti: I think what makes the county special is really the natural environment. It’s a pretty unique area where we have quite a diversity. That’s what I like about, even at the Nature Center, they emphasize the vertical mile that we have within the county.
 
There aren’t a lot of other places where you have that with the vast caldera here.

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