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  • Bullies, lawyers take stage

    SANTA FE – From early indications it will be Republican bullies vs. Democratic lawyers at the polls on election day, Nov.  6.
    For those of you who aren’t up for such excitement, absentee voting, which already has begun, or early voting, which begins October 20, may be the answer.
    We’ve already seen news that a poll watcher class for Republicans was held in Albuquerque in late September to teach volunteers methods of challenging potential voters.
    Democratic leaders charge that some of the methods discussed are not legal. The state party has sent an email throughout its system warning that Tea Party bullies will be at the polls intimidating voters.
    The Democratic Party asks that everyone receiving the email donate $25 to $100 or more for lawyers on the ground to fight efforts to steal elections from under our noses.
    How exciting. You don’t want to miss it. Will it be a David vs. Goliath fight? The bullies appear to be mere volunteers. They will be up against highly trained paid professionals.
    Okay, I’ve spent 160 words trying to get you excited about voting. Now, please humor me by reading the next 500 words about the serious choices on the back side of the ballot.

  • Dollars don’t sway local races

    The Second General Campaign Finance Report released this week shows Kristin Henderson-D leading the race for campaign contributions, with $5,525 in her coffers. Latecomer Michael Redondo-D is bringing up the rear with $0.

    Redondo, who replaced Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ballot Aug. 29, said that his zero balance is one of his campaign platforms.

    “One of the big issues is, I think there’s already too much money in politics. And I think at this local level it’s possible to actually win an election without having to rely on contributions — particularly here in Los Alamos where people really take the responsibility of being an educated voter,” Redondo said.

    “That’s one of the things I wanted to show, that it can be done. That was one of the big reasons I decided to eschew donations."

    Redondo’s strategy for running a campaign without money is simple: meet as many people as he can in person and talk to them about his platform. He also encourages those who agree with him to tell others about his campaign, or even set up a meeting so others can learn more about him.

    Rather than paying for a website, Redondo is posting his political positions on a Facebook page, Michael Redondo for County Council.

  • LAMS Field Officially Opens

    It doesn’t have a name yet, but that didn’t stop Los Alamos Middle School from having a small dedication ceremony for its new football field Thursday, just before the Hawks played their game against the McCurdy Bobcats.

    According to LAMS Football coach Darren Jones, the field’s been open since fall sports began, and that now would be a great time for the ceremony.

    “Since this was going to be our last game here for the season, we decided now would be a good time,” Jones said.

    According to Jones, the turf features the same type of artificial turf that’s on Sullivan Field, and ever since his kids have been using it, he can see a marked difference between the artificial turf and the natural grass field they’ve had since the early 60s.

    “It’s really awesome,” he said. “We’ve had a soccer tournament here earlier and we’ve got a lot of good feedback about the new field.

    “The best part about it is that there are no bumps,” Jones said. “It’s a nice, level playing field, easy to run and maneuver on.”

    LAMS’ Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez characterized the field as a real accomplishment for the middle school.

  • Business/economic development candidate forum set for this evening

    The future make-up of the Los Alamos County Council will have an impact on economic development and the overall business climate in Los Alamos.

    All six of the candidates vying for three seats on the Los Alamos County Council have been invited to attend a forum set for 6 p.m. today at UNM-LA.

    The event is being co-produced by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor. The candidates will respond to questions surrounding improving the business climate and other issues related to economic development in Los Alamos and White Rock.

    The forum will take place in the Building 5 Lecture Hall (room 505) on the UNM-LA campus. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will get underway at 6 p.m.

    Republicans and Democrats have each fielded three candidates. On the Democratic side: Pete Sheehey, Kristin Henderson and Michael Redondo are in the running; while Republican candidates include Steve Girrens, Vincent Chiravalle and Marc Clay.

    While there have been a number of forums this campaign season, this is the only one that will focus on critical issues surrounding how best to foster growth and economic diversification in Los Alamos.

  • Update 10-14-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Letter deadline

    The deadline to receive letters of interest from applicants interested in being appointed to the new Creative District advisory committee will have until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The criterion has been expanded to include those who “live or work in Los Alamos County.” 

    CRC Committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdsay for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Okhay Owingeh joins Regional Coalition

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities has announced that the Pueblo of Ohkay Owingeh has become an official voting member of the Regional Coalition. In joining the Coalition, Ohkay Owingeh will participate as a full voting member of the board.

    “We are extremely pleased to be the first Pueblo to join the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. We look forward to participating and supporting this most worthwhile effort,” said Ohkay Owingeh Governor Ron Lovato.

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities is now comprised of eight communities surrounding the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Founded in 2011, the Regional Coalition works in partnership to ensure national decisions incorporate local needs and concerns.

    The organization’s focus is environmental remediation, regional economic development, site employment and adequate funding for LANL.

  • Cone Zone 10-14-12

    Eastern Area 2 concrete, paving and utility project — phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.
    Roadway prep work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
    Paving from the middle of the Myrtle Green to 9th Street should occur the week of Oct. 22.
    Minor delays should be expected. All through traffic on the above streets are advised to seek alternate routes.

    Capital Projects and
    Facilities projects:
    For more information about the project listed below, email cpfd@lacnm.us, call 662-8112, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Central Avenue (associated with Municipal Building construction)
    The sidewalk on the north side of Central between 9th Street and Knecht Street will remain closed until further notice while construction of the new Municipal Building progresses.

    Other:
    NMDOT concrete work on Trinity
    NMDOT has notified the county that they will not work on Trinity this week; however, they do plan on returning to finish concrete work on Trinity Drive as their schedule permits.

  • Amy Goodman visits Los Alamos

    Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan were in Los Alamos recently, hosting their show from the Fuller Lodge as well as giving a lecture inspired from the notes of Goodman’s new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope. A video of the event will be posted online soon.

  • On Schedule 10-14-12

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Christian, JV, 4 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 4 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, JV, 6 p.m.

    Thursday

    Cross country: LAMS at Bernalillo, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Escalante, 6 p.m.

    Friday

    Volleyball: LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eight grade, TBA.

    Football: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, JV, noon; varsity, 2 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista, JV, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

  • Fishing Report 10-14-12

    Northwest

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, worms, senkos and crank baits for smallmouth bass. A few walleye were taken by anglers using spinner nightcrawler combinations. We had no reports on other species.
    Animas River: As of Monday morning flow near Aztec was 64 cfs. We had no reports from anglers.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was fair to good using crank baits, large swim baits and spinners for tiger musky. We had no reports on other species.
    Canjilon Lakes: Trout fishing was slow but there were a few fish taken by anglers using spinners, Power Bait and salmon eggs.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 300 cfs and 257 cfs respectively. The flow below El Vado is expected to be down to 50 cfs by the end of the week. Fishing below El Vado was very good using nightcrawlers, Power Bait, copper John Barrs, wooly buggers, spinners and salmon eggs for a mix of brown and rainbow trout. Trout fishing below Abiquiu was fair to good using wooly buggers, nightcrawlers and Power Bait. A section of the river from El Vado Lake to the west boundary of the Rio Chama Wildlife and Fishing Area opened to salmon snagging Oct. 1 but we had no reports from anglers working this area.