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Governor Vetoes Pet Food Tax

on March 7, 2018 - 7:34am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation Thursday that would have imposed a pet food tax in New Mexico.
“I strongly encourage New Mexicans to spay and neuter their pets – however this misguided legislation is nothing more than a tax increase that would not solve the problem,” Martinez said. “I gave my word to New Mexicans that I would not raise taxes, and I intend to keep that promise throughout my entire term.”
House Bill 64, sponsored by Representatives Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Espanola) and Joanne Ferrary

AG Balderas Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling On San Juan Generating Station

on March 7, 2018 - 7:17am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Monday regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the San Juan Generating Station:
"Our agreement was reached to protect the health of New Mexico children and families, our pristine environment and our economy, and we are pleased the Supreme Court upheld the stipulation.
"The Office of the Attorney General will continue to work with PNM and all parties to ensure that New Mexico continues on its path to becoming a leader in the clean energy economy while

Heinrich Offers Online Resources To Help New Mexicans Prepare For Wildfire Season

on March 6, 2018 - 4:31pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With wildfire season underway, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is helping New Mexicans prepare and stay safe with the Wildfire Preparedness & Prevention Resource Center that provides information on how to protect our communities from the devastating effects of wildfires.
The online resource center includes active wildfire information, prevention and safety tips, resources for businesses, and more.
Heinrich also released a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) to help spread the word about how to stay safe

Brenner Attorney Alleges Abuse, Slander, First Amendment Issues In IPRA Case

on March 6, 2018 - 11:57am

Attorney Blair Dunn, who is representing former Los Alamos resident Patrick Brenner in a suit against Los Alamos County Council and the County Custodian of Records is alleging behaviors 'antithetical to Liberty' in a response to a brief filed by Councilor Susan O'Leary in the case. Photo by Maire O'Neill/



Los Alamos Daily Post


Patrick Brenner’s attorney, A. Blair Dunn, has responded to a brief filed Feb.

Consumer Protection Week FACTS: 'F' Is For Finances

on March 6, 2018 - 11:49am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
AG News:
ALBUQUERQUE  During National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Hector Balderas urges New Mexico consumers to get the FACTS about their finances.
The New Mexico Office of Attorney General receives frequent complaints of finance-related problems—that is, problems with debt collectors, banks and credit unions, and also the payment of loans, including student loans and mortgages.
Attorney General Balderas advises, “Educating yourself on your own financial strengths and weaknesses is the first step to controlling your financial

Governor Signs Two Bills To Protect Sick And Vulnerable

on March 6, 2018 - 7:19am
SANTA FE  Feb. 28, two bills with bipartisan support from the House and Senate were signed by Governor Martinez and will now become law.
Senate Bill 11 will improve “step therapy” – the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Sen. Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), Sen. Elizabeth "Liz" Stefanics (D-Cerrillos), and Rep.

Regional Coalition Discusses Path Forward

on March 5, 2018 - 5:51pm

Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler addresses the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities board this morning in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/




Los Alamos Daily Post


Questions as to the legality of the agenda for Monday morning’s Regional Coalition of LANL  Communities board meeting in Espanola resulted in the board being unable to take any action on issues which have plagued Coalition in recent weeks.

One question raised by Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler, secretary of the Coalition board was if new items

How Can We Reshape American Politics: No Labels Director Speaks March 12

on March 5, 2018 - 2:25pm
Francisco Figueroa/Courtesy photo
VLA News:
Voices of Los Alamos will host a special meeting with speaker Francisco Figueroa, No Labels NM State Director, who will discuss how we can reshape American politics.
The talk is 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. March 12, at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The public is welcome to attend.
Founded in 2010, No Labels ( is a bi-partisan citizens’ movement that believes in creating a stabilizing force within Congress that brings our country together despite differences of ideologies.

Heinrich, Flake, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stock Devices

on March 5, 2018 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which allow semi-automatic firearms to materially increase their rate of fire and effectively operate as fully automatic weapons.
A bump stock was used by the shooter during the Oct. 1, 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting which resulted in the deaths of 59 people, including the gunman.
“There's no possible defense for anyone owning bump stock devices or any other

HDA Statement On Review Of Annual Production Quotas For Opioids

on March 5, 2018 - 7:00am
HDA President and CEO John M. Gray
HDA News:
ARLINGTON, VA — HDA (Healthcare Distribution Alliance) President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent memo regarding opioid production quotas:
“We welcome Attorney General Sessions’ call to evaluate potential changes to the annual production quotas for opioids. This critical step reflects the growing recognition of the federal government’s role in addressing this public health crisis.
“During the height of the opioid epidemic, the Drug Enforcement

Governor Enacts Small Business Tax Relief

on March 5, 2018 - 6:51am
Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Thursday to provide as much as $3 million or more in tax relief for New Mexico families and small businesses.
“Since taking office, helping New Mexico families and small businesses keep more of their hard-earned money has always been one of my top priorities,” Martinez said.

Democratic Party Of Los Alamos County Delegates Elected At 2018 County Pre-Primary Convention

on March 4, 2018 - 12:47pm
Scene from the 2018 Democratic Party of Los Alamos County Pre-primary Convention Sunday, Feb. 25 at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
More than 80 local Democrats signed in and participated in the Los Alamos Democratic Party 2018 Pre-primary Convention. Courtesy photo
Democrats pack Fuller Lodge Feb. 25 for the 2018 Los Alamos County Pre-primary Convention. Photo by James Robinson
Los Alamos Daily Post

More than 80 local Democrats signed in and participated in the Los Alamos Democratic Party 2018 Pre-primary Convention

Heinrich Cosponsors Legislation To Establish Tuition-Free Community College

on March 4, 2018 - 11:32am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored the America's College Promise Act, which would provide two years of free community college and create an affordable pathway to a four-year college degree for low-income students.
“There's no question that in order to continue to grow our economy, we must have a well-educated and well-trained workforce,” Heinrich said.

NM Delegation Welcomes Interior Department Decision To Cancel Oil And Gas Lease Sale In Chaco Region

on March 4, 2018 - 9:20am

News from the Offices of U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham responded to news Friday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will cancel a planned oil and gas lease sale in the Greater Chaco region.

More than 450 protests were filed over the planned March 8 sale, and after hearing from the delegation and many other New Mexicans, Zinke has agreed to halt the sale and return to a joint planning

County Council Holds Closed Session Tuesday

on March 4, 2018 - 7:31am


The Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.

The purpose of the session is to discuss pending litigation.

The session is in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.


1. OPENING/ROLL CALL A. 10468-18 Discussion Regarding Pending Litigation - Closed Pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H)(7). Presenters: County Council - Closed Session

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Governor Signs Bill to Ensure More Efficiency In School Budgets And Support At-Risk Students

on March 4, 2018 - 7:31am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE – Last night, a bill to ensure more efficiency in school budgets was signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

House Bill 188, sponsored by Rep. George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa), amends the Public School Finance Act to allocate funds more equitably among schools.

“We need to ensure that every child has access to a quality education, regardless of their background or their zip code,” Rep. George Dodge said. “This bill gives more funding to schools with higher numbers of at-risk students, and to schools with more experienced staff.

House Passes Biggs/Luján Legislation To Ensure Tribal Communities Have Full Access To AMBER Alert System

on March 4, 2018 - 7:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, bipartisan legislation that was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
The bill provides funding and other support for expanding the AMBER Alert system to provide full access for those on Tribal lands. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
U.S. Rep.

Randall Ryti Announces Candidacy For County Council

on March 3, 2018 - 1:42pm
Randall Ryti has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council. Ryti shown here in front of the Los Alamos Nature Center served on the Pajarito Environmental Education Center Board from 2002 to 2008 and as its president from 2005 to 2008. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

I moved to Los Alamos in 1992 to start a small business with three other scientists. After my wife Wendy arrived in 1993, our children attended middle school and high school. We stayed because Los Alamos has offered so many opportunities.

Almost within days of arriving in town I learned

Labor Management Relations Board Meets Tuesday

on March 3, 2018 - 1:24pm


Labor Management Relations Board meets at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 in Room 110 in the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

The meeting is open to the public.


I.  Call to Order
II.  Public Comment
III. Approval of Minutes From Dec. 5, 2017 Meeting
IV. Reports A. Chair’s Report B. HR Manager’s Report  
V. Business Scheduling Conference  (Regarding PPC2018-00)
VI. Preview of Upcoming Agenda Items
VII. Adjournment

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County Council Calls Special Session To Address Allegations Of Improprieties Related To Regional Coalition Issues At 6 P.M. Monday

on March 3, 2018 - 11:58am

Los Alamos County Council members from left, Chair David Izraelevitz, Vice Chair Christine Chandler, James Chrobocinski, Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey, Susan O'Leary and Antonio Maggiore. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Council is holding a Special Session at 6 p.m. Monday for discussion and possible action relating to allegations of improperieties involving Regional Coalition of LANL Communities travel expenditures and related issues, including the Los Alamos County's role in reviewing and disclosing such issues.

This is the only item on the agenda for this Special Session.

Council Approves Rezoning Oppenheimer Commercial Property Lots To Mix Use Residential And Office Space

on March 3, 2018 - 6:56am
Ryan Markey of Los Alamos Professional Investment Partnership speaks Tuesday night to Los Alamos County Council about the plan to transform lots at 555 and 557 Oppenheimer Dr. from office space to a mix of residential and office space. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 
Los Alamos Daily Post
The commercial property at 555 and 557 Oppenheimer Drive is in the process of getting a whole new look.

County Council/BPU Hold Joint Meeting Tuesday

on March 3, 2018 - 6:41am
Los Alamos County Council and Board of Public Utilities will host a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Council Chambers located at Municipal Building located at 1000 Central Ave.

3. STATEMENT REGARDING CLOSED SESSION March 6, 2018 Closed Session Motion
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U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Sees Bright Future For LANL

on March 2, 2018 - 6:03pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce speaks confidently about the future of LANL during an interview this afternoon with Publisher Carol A. Clark at the Los Alamos Daily Post World Headquarters in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce visited the Los Alamos Daily Post today and spoke about the importance of keeping plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“I am supportive of keeping pit production here and will fight for that,” Pearce said.

RCLC Executive Director Andrea Romero Addresses Allegations About Travel Expenses And Reimbursements

on March 2, 2018 - 5:26pm
Executive Director
Regional Coalition of LANL Communities


Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) comprises nine cities, counties, and Pueblos surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).


Since I was hired as executive director in 2015, we have worked together to ensure that LANL is responsive to the issues and concerns of our northern New Mexico communities.


RCLC has been the sole organization to go to the U.S. Congress and request increases for cleanup of nuclear waste at LANL.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Cosponsors Legislation To Preserve A Free And Open Internet

on March 2, 2018 - 9:44am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) announced that he cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to preserve a free and open Internet and overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) recent action to repeal existing net neutrality protections.
“A free and open Internet is essential to a free and open society, which is why we must protect net neutrality,” Luján said.