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  • Today In History, Oct. 7
  • GOP council candidates answer voters

    Contenders for four vacant county council seats attempted to distinguish themselves at Thursday’s League of Women Voters of Los Alamos candidate forum. That proved challenging with eight candidates in the field.
    The Los Alamos Monitor has compiled some of the candidates’ responses throughout the evening, highlighting their key statements. Below are the Republican responses. See Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for Democratic responses. Candidates are listed in the same order they appear on the ballot.
    Most questions from the audience and one from the League centered around economics, such as how to make Los Alamos “less of a one-horse town,” how to get more effective codes and government interactions, how to keep small businesses from disappearing and local government’s role in the economic wellbeing of the community.
    James T. Chrobocinsk stressed the need for the county to “get the heck out of the way” while at the same time suggesting the county provide “project managers” to guide business owners through the regulatory process.
    “We have one person who takes you by the hand and walks you through the process and makes it simple to get it done. That’s how government can get out of the way.”

  • Update 10-05-14

    Ride The Bus

    The Los Alamos Public Schools are asking that students ride LAPS Transportation to and from school on Oct. 8. Ridership on that one day, determines the funding for Los Alamos transportation for the entire year. LAPS is working on offering rewards to students riding to and from school that day.

    Breakfast

    Cowboy breakfast. 7-11 a.m. today at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.

    Forum

    Charter Amendment Forum: Utilities. 5:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The League of Women Voters will moderate the Los Alamos County Forum on the proposed changes to Article V, the section of the County Charter that addresses utilities. Susan O’Leary and George Chandler, both of whom served on the Charter Review Committee that focused on the Department of Public Utilities, will speak in support of the amendment. Robert Gibson and Chris Ortega will speak in opposition. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.

  • Clerk completes voting certification process

    The Los Alamos County clerk’s office resumed the certification and preparation process Friday for the absentee and election day voting machines to be used in the Nov.4, general election.
    According to clerk Sharon Stover, Friday’s testing passed with a perfect match between the test votes cast and the test results.
    Additionally, every voting machine underwent functional testing.
    Functional testing ensures the proper operation of the buttons, connections and other components of the voting machines, such as the audio-visual ballot marking interface, Stover said.
    “Testing is absolutely fundamental in the preparation of an election,” Stover said. “As you know, during last Friday’s (Sept. 26) initial certification, a glitch was discovered in the blank test ballots, which were sent by the state’s contractor, Dominion.
    “This testing provides an added level of confidence in the election results by ensuring that all potential voter choices are tested for accuracy.”
    With the certification preparation process complete, the ICE voting machines are ready for deployment to the three vote centers, which are: LAC Municipal Building, Boardsand Commissions room 110, LAC Golf Course meeting room, and the White Rock Fire Station #3.

  • Martinez joins think tank

    Think New Mexico, a results-oriented think tank serving New Mexicans, announced earlier this week that Liddie Martinez has joined its Board of Directors.
    Martinez is native of Española who has spent her career working to create new jobs and educational opportunities that positively impact the lives of the citizens residing in the extended Española Valley.
    She is currently Director of the Community & Economic Development Division of SOC Los Alamos, a major contractor with Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    She is a former chair of the board of the LANL Foundation and has served on the Camino Real International Executive Committee and as co-chair representing New Mexico on the National Business Advisory Council.
     

  • Today in history Oct. 3
  • Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

    Thursday’s League of Women Voters of Los Alamos Candidate Forum began with county clerk Sharon Stover explaining voting procedures and deadlines.
    Registration ends Oct. 7. Absentee voting begins the same day. Absentee voters are warned to use sharpies when filling out their ballots. The new machines may not read ballots filled out with ordinary pens.
    Stover stressed a critical step with the new machines: there is an eight-second delay between the time the screen reads “ballot accepted” and the accuracy of the ballot is verified. If the ballot has been filled out correctly, a bell will chime. If not, the ballot will be returned and the voter can request a new ballot. Voters are urged to “Listen for the bell and all is well.”
    Probate judge candidate Christine Chandler and public education commissioner candidate Karyl Ann Armbruster, both running unopposed, were allowed brief statements.
    Chandler, who was appointed as probate judge in August 2013, highlighted her accomplishments since taking office, such as improving the website to make information more readily available and compiling a guide for personal representatives with links to key forms on the Supreme Court website.

  • Update 10-03-14

    Ride The Bus

    The Los Alamos Public Schools are asking that students ride LAPS Transportation to and from school on Oct. 8. Ridership on that one day, determines the funding for Los Alamos transportation for the entire year. LAPS is working on offering rewards to students riding to and from school that day.

    Breakfast

    Cowboy breakfast. 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables. $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.

    DNA event

    After the success of the “Extract Your Own DNA” event during Expo Day, Biodidact is offering kids, parents, teachers and curious adults, another opportunity to extract their own DNA. “Diamond Mix” is 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Pueblo Complex, 1900 Diamond Dr. Free. Learn about Biodidact’s crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com.

    Web Crew

    Los Alamos Middle School’s Web Crew program is selling Smith’s gift cards and Papa Murphy’s coupon cards as a fundraiser. The Smith’s cards are available in $25, $50, or $100 and the Papa Murphy’s cards sell for $5 and offer a $35-plus savings. To purchase call or text Web Crew Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen at 695-9139. 

  • Programs help visually impaired live independently

    Losing one of the five senses can shatter a part of a person, making them feel helpless and alone. It doesn’t have to be that way. Someone with sight loss can live a normal life — with a little help.
    Jonathan Ice, a blindness skills instructor, works with many clients in Los Alamos who are visually impaired.
    Whether someone’s sight has deteriorated over the years because of illness or age, or if they were born blind, the commission for the blind can provide individuals with training and skills to function independently.
    Ice follows the New Mexico Commission for the Blind’s mission statement, “our mission is to enable persons who are blind to achieve vocational, economic and social equality by providing career preparation, training in the skills of blindness and above all, promoting and conveying the belief that blindness is not a barrier to successful employment, or to living an independent and meaningful life.”
    Ice himself is legally blind.
    The commission is a state-run agency that allows workers to come to people’s homes and also hire drivers for those in need.
    According the website, the real challenge is to educate blind people about their own potential and to educate society about the capabilities of persons who are blind.”

  • Council candidates make views known

    The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos held their second general election candidate forum on Thursday, this one centered on the eight candidates for Los Alamos County Council.
    The eight council candidates were allowed two-minute introductions and one-minute closing statements, and one and a half minutes to respond to League and voter questions. The order rotated throughout the event, but responses here will he listed in ballot order.
    These are excerpts from their opening statements.
    Republican candidates:
    James T. Chrobocinski grew up in Los Alamos, but spent most of his adult life in Corpus Christi, Texas before moving back in 2011. He is the owner/broker of Zia Realty Group and a registered nurse.
    “I am running to create a strong, vibrant and diverse business community. I bring a fiscally responsible business background that is coupled with the compassion of a nurse.
    “My primary focus is on eliminating government roadblocks to small business such as I experienced, also to eliminate government overspending and waste and to promote job growth and business growth in the community.”
    Chrobocinski also wants to “create more positive activities for youth in our community.”