Advance Digital Transformation – Prime Minister… Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Hon, Keith Rowley, hailed Mr. Seaga as a “Caribbean political stalwart” who was instrumental in the drafting of the Jamaican Constitution, and who served as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition on two occasions. This period of service, he said, spanned 43 years of dedication to public service, particularly to the people of Jamaica. “As Caribbean people while we are poorer for his passing we can take comfort in being richer for his unstinting dedication and service to all of us,” PM Rowley said. Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit highlighted the late Prime Minister’s legacy in “academia, sports and culture, including his direct involvement in helping develop the reggae art form in post-independence Jamaica.” “Dominicans will remember the close bonds he had with our own former Prime Minister the late Dame Eugenia Charles, and the admiration he shared for our country. Jamaica has lost one of its champions, and the Caribbean has lost one of its most central figures of the last years of the 20th century,” PM. Skerrit said. The late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, opens the 1983 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives. To his right is the late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Hugh Shearer. (Photo via JIS) Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, pointed to Mr. Seaga’s status as the longest serving parliamentarian in Jamaica and as a friend of Grenada. “Mr. Seaga was a personal friend and a friend of Grenada and of the New National Party. I recall him being one of the regional leaders who favoured the United States intervention in Grenada in 1983, which led to the return of democracy. Whichever side of the fence we sit on, we must appreciate that as our brother’s keeper, we do what we believe is in their best interest. In politics, there will always be supporters and detractors, but it is only fitting that we recognise the invaluable contributions made by those who devote themselves to public life. We know that in life, we must be prepared for death, but it is still unnerving when we are brought face to face with our mortality. Today, Jamaica lost a son and the region lost a supporter of regional integration who has advocated for changes to improve the process,” PM Mitchell said. Jamaica has lost a statesman, a builder and giant, and the Region will miss Mr. Seaga’s thoughtful commentary on matters of importance to its people, Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Mottley said in her tribute. Grenada Govt. Clarifies Leaked Internal Circular on… Oct 15, 2020 Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime MinisterTributes began pouring in via social media following the death of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur on Monday 27 July, with many recalling his intellect and passion for regional integration. Mr Arthur, 70, was Barbados’ longest serving Prime Minister. Leading the tributes, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, current Prime Minister…July 27, 2020In “Barbados”PM Harris calls for repositioning of CARICOM to address challenges(Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, has urged his fellow regional Heads of Government to take the necessary steps to reposition CARICOM in order to face the…February 26, 2019In “Associate Member States”Jamaica, Community have lost a towering figure – CARICOM SG on SeagaIn a message of condolence on the death of former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga, CARICOM Secretary-General, Amb. Irwin LaRocque said that Jamaica and the Community had lost a towering figure. The condolence message was dispatched to Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica who announced the former Prime Minister’s passing…May 31, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 1, 2020 President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger also extended sympathy to the government and people of Jamaica. “Mr. Seaga served as Jamaica’s Prime Minister from 1980 to 1989, and was the last surviving framer of the Jamaican constitution. At the age of 29, the former prime minister became the youngest person to be nominated to the Legislative Council (later the Senate) where he served for two years before becoming a Member of Parliament until his retirement in January 2005,” the President’s sympathy message read. Former Prime Ministers of Jamaica, PJ Patterson and Bruce Golding also paid tribute to Mr. Seaga. On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Sep 29, 2020 Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, who announced the sad news on Tuesday afternoon, said he considered Mr. Seaga his political father. “He has been a great mentor, friend and guide in imparting the skills on strategic leadership and in building a nation. I owe him and indeed Jamaica owes him a debt of gratitude. He will forever remain in our hearts and minds,” he said in a Facebook post. In the House of Representatives, PM Holness said that for the former Prime Minister served this country for most of his life. “He was in this Parliament for over 40 years. He is truly, a great Jamaican. He participated in the framing of the Constitution and the development of so many institutions which now define Jamaica,” Mr. Holness said. He said a special sitting of the House would be held where Members could pay their respect to the late Prime Minister. See more Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica PM calls for Global Plan Similar to Marshall Plan You may be interested in… Current and former heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are among those paying tributes to former Jamaica Prime Minister the Most Hon. Edward Seaga who died on Tuesday 28 May 2019, on his 89th birthday. “A strong sense of both regionalism and responsibility permeated the Rt. Hon. Edward Seaga’s leadership style and politics, resulting in him being widely admired and respected as an influential force within the Caribbean Community,” CARICOM Chairman, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis said. “My Colleague Heads of Government and I will always carry Edward Seaga’s hopeful message in our hearts as we strive to maintain the standing of our region as a zone of peace and stability buttressed by respect for human rights and democracy. These are guiding principles from which we shall never depart, and we will long remember the crucial role that Edward Seaga played in establishing them,” he added. Jamaica Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, hailed Mr. Seaga as one of the principal architects of Jamaica’s post-independence governance structure. Sep 30, 2020
You may be interested in… Oct 12, 2020 LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Oct 2, 2020 Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 14 June 2019 CARICOM Business 14 June 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 5, 2020 Sep 29, 2020 CDB projects 4.5% growth for Grenada in 2019 – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business, March 15, 2019March 18, 2019In “Barbados”New CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General makes familarisation visitsNew CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration (TEI) Mr. Joseph Cox visited key Institutions and Departments during a visit to Barbados. Mr. Cox, a Jamaican, joined the management team at the CARICOM Secretariat at the start of this month. ASG Cox (3rd from right) paid a courtesy call…September 15, 2015In “Barbados”Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-2-October-2020DownloadOctober 5, 2020In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,…
Premier Romeo to contest elections as independent candidate Nov 20, 2019 BRADES, Montserrat, Oct 7, CMC – Premier Donaldson Romeo has announced Monday, November 18 as the date for fresh general elections in Montserrat. Speaking on a radio programme here, Romeo said that he has met with the Acting Governor Mrs Lyndell Simpson, to inform her of his decision and to officially have parliament dissolved. Romeo is expected to lead his ruling People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) into the election where it will face a challenge from the Montserrat United Labour Party (MUL), The Movement for Change & Prosperity (MCAP), Montserrat National Congress (MNC) as well as a number of independent candidates who have announced their intentions to contest the elections. Oct 9, 2019 The Legislative Assembly has eleven members, of which nine are elected. The other two seats are taken by the Attorney General and the Financial Secretary. The British Overseas Territory is a single nine-member constituency, with voters able to vote for up to nine candidates on their ballot paper. (More to follow) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 25, 2019 Montserrat Premier replaced as leader of ruling party ahead of general elections(CMC) BRADES, Montserrat, Oct 9 – Less than 48 hours after he announced that voters would go to the polls on November 18 to elect a new government in Montserrat, Premier Donaldson Romeo has been replaced as the leader of the incumbent People’s Democratic Movement (PDM). Romeo, in a radio…October 9, 2019In “Latest News”Premier Romeo to contest elections as independent candidateBRADES, Montserrat, Oct 25, CMC – Insisting that “my mission is not over,” Premier Donaldson Romeo has announced that he would be contesting the November 18 general elections as an independent candidate. Romeo, 57, who led the ruling People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), was ousted as its leader earlier this month,…October 25, 2019In “Latest News”CARICOM SG Congratulates Montserrat’s new Premier; offers the Community’s supportCARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has extended warm congratulations to the new Premier of Montserrat, Hon Easton Taylor-Farrell and his party, the Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) on their success at the island’s elections on 18 November, and Mr Taylor-Farrell’s subsequent assumption of the Premiership. “Montserrat is an integral…November 25, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… Montserrat Premier replaced as leader of ruling party ahead… Nov 25, 2019 CARICOM SG Congratulates Montserrat’s new Premier; offers… Victory Speech by Montserrat’s new Premier
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The Rio de los Pinos near the Colorado border has been running high and there have been no reports from here. It has already been stocked several times and was stocked again June 27 with 1,790 rainbow trout. The fishing should be good here for stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. New Mexico anglers like to travel to Southern Colorado to fish some of the admittedly great rivers, lakes and streams there. Unfortunately, they are in for an unpleasant surprise this year. The 2018 Colorado legislature passed a bill (Senate Bill 18-143) that increases the cost of all fishing licenses, with particularly big increases to nonresident fees. In past seasons, the cost of a season, nonresident fishing license with a second-rod stamp was $61. This year, that same license would cost $104. In addition, the cost of a one-day nonresident license increased from $8 to $15. The cost of a five-day nonresident fishing license went from $20 to $30. The fishing has been good at Monastery Lake near the town of Pecos. It was stocked June 26 with 901 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 95 rainbow trout averaging 14.9 inches in size. Although the State Fishing Report says the Shuree Ponds on the Valle Vidal are closed for the season, this may be wrong because they should have opened to fishing July 1 and have been stocked. They are well-stocked with good-sized rainbow trout. The fishing is with artificial flies and lures with a single, barbless hook. The fishing in the Cimarron River below Eagle Nest Dam in Cimarron Canyon State Park has been good. This stream is heavily-stocked with rainbow trout and has wild brown trout. It was stocked june 26 with 2,426 rainbow trout. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass has been slow-to-fair. The fishing for catfish has been good at the north end of the lake. On the bright side, fishing here in New Mexico is good at a number of spots and you don’t need to go to Colorado to find good fishing. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish continues to keep popular fishing spots well-stocked. It’s tough to figure out just what is going on at Abiquiu Lake. The water level fluctuates and currently is still low despite the heavy spring runoff. They are moving water through Abiquiu rather than holding it. A four-wheel drive vehicle is still being recommended for the launching of boats. Consequently, the fishing has been inconsistent and slow for walleye, smallmouth bass and crappie. The fishing at Heron Lake has been slow. The fishing is better on the Chama River below El Vado Dam, where the streamflow is a more manageable 924 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair-to-good for brown trout and rainbow trout. The Jemez River, the East Fork of the Jemez River, the Rio Cebolla near Fenton Lake and the Rio San Antonio near La Cueva are all fishing well. They have stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. The Rio de las Vacas and the Rio Guadeloupe should also be fishing well. However, Section 6, sub-section 1.8, which would have had moneys related to the fee increase for fishing licenses allocated for use in the fisheries and hatcheries operated by the division was deleted from the final bill. Money realized from the fee increases for fishing licenses would not necessarily go to improving the fisheries or hatcheries. The Charette Lakes were stocked June 24 with 2,401 rainbow trout. No reports on the fishing, but it should be at least fair. The Rio Grande is still blasting away with spring runoff. Great for river rafters and kayakers, but not for fishing. If you do fish the Rio Grande, concentrate on fishing the edges of the current rather than the main current. Sumner Lake between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner has been fair-to-good for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish and white bass. The fishing has been good at Lake Maloya in Sugarite canyon State Park near Raton. There were no reports from Lake Alice. No reports from the Cowles Ponds. They should be at least fair for stocked trout. Fly anglers have been doing particularly well in the evenings. Over in the Jemez Mountains are, the fishing in the small streams has been good now that spring runoff has subsided. By GEORGE MORSESports And OutdoorsLos Alamos Daily Post Eagle Rock Lake near Questa has been good for stocked rainbow trout. In past fishing reports, some fishing spots in Colorado were mentioned and recommended. This will not happen now in order to avoid sticker shock by New Mexico anglers when they go to purchase Colorado nonresident fishing licenses. These increases seem excessive if not downright punitive. The Cimarron Gravel Pit lakes at Maverick Campground were stocked June 26 with 356 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 45 rainbow trout averaging 16.5 inches in size.. The fishing has been good. The trout fishing at Storrie Lake near Las Vegas has been good thanks to a recent stocking. The best fishing is found in the smaller lakes. The Canjilon Lakes were stocked June 24 with 1,155 catchable-size rainbow trout and with 185 rainbow trout averaging 16.8 inches in size. They were stocked again June 26 with 585 catchable size rainbow trout. The fishing has been fair-to-good. The fishing at Fenton Lake has been good and it is being heavily stocked. It was stocked June 25 with 4,137 rainbow trout. The Rio Pueblo near Penasco has been fishing well, especially in the Sipapu area where a lot of stocking takes place. It has been heavily stocked and also has wild brown trout. It was stocked June 25 with 1,201 rainbow trout. Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo has been good. The fishing here should be slowing down soon as it tends to get warm here and the trout retreat to deeper water. Grindstone Reservoir near Ruidoso has been good for bluegill. Fishing was fair for trout, bass and catfish. The fishing in El Vado Lake has been good for bass, with no report on other species. It’s interesting how El Vado has transitioned from a trout lake to a bass lake. Coyote Creek at Guadalupita State Park has been good with bait and flies. The Coyote Creek Pond is also worth a try. Eagle Nest Lake has been good for rainbow trout. The fishing for perch has been fair. The fishing was slow for northern pike and kokanee salmon. It was stocked June 26 with 7,715 small rainbow trout. The Red River Hatchery Pond was stocked June 25 with 399 rainbow trout. The fishing here is for anglers 14 years-of-age or younger and for anglers 65 years-of-age or older. It has been good for stocked rainbow trout. Conchas Lake on the Canadian River has been very good for bluegill. The fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass has been good. There were no reports on the fishing at Stubblefield Lake and the fishing was slow at Maxwell Lake 13. Stubblefield Lake has walleye, largemouth bass and catfish. Maxwell Lake 13 has the same species and is also stocked with rainbow trout. The fishing at Cochiti Lake has been slow, with the best fishing likely for catfish. The fishing at Santa Rosa Lake near Santa Rosa has been fair for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and walleye. It has been fair-to-good for catfish. The fishing at the Seven Springs Brood Pond north of Fenton Lake near the Seven Springs Fish Hatchery has been very good. The fishing here is for anglers under 12 years-of-age. The Creek was stocked June 24 with 801 rainbow trout and the Pond was stocked with 599 rainbow trout. Keep an eye on the streamflow in the upper Chama River above El Vado Lake. Currently it is 924 cubic-feet-per-second and has been dropping. Once it drops to about half of what it is now, the fishing should be very good. The fishing at Tingley Beach in Albuquerque has been fair for bluegill and slow-to-fair for catfish. San Gregorio Lake was stocked June 27 with 3,942 rainbow trout. The fishing should pick up here with this recent stocking. Navajo Lake has been slow-to-fair for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The fishing has been slow for crappie and kokanee salmon. A few trout have been caught while trolling. The Red River has been fishing well below the Red River Fish Hatchery. The Red River above Questa was stocked June 25 with 1,800 rainbow trout. The Trout Lakes near Cebolla were stocked June 25 with 885 rainbow trout, but the fishing has been slow. No reports from Jackson Lake or Lake Farmington. Lake Roberts near Silver City has been good for catfish and trout. Laguna del Campo near Los Ojos has been good for stocked rainbow trout. The fishing here is for anglers 14 years-of-age or younger and for anglers 65 years-of-age or older. An adult in direct supervision of younger anglers may also fish. There were no reports from the Gallinas River near Las Vegas. It was stocked June 25 with 1,101 rainbow trout. The Gallinas Ice Pond was stocked with 200 rainbow trout. They should be worth a try. The fishing in the Pecos River between the towns of Pecos and Cowles has been fair-to-good for brown trout and rainbow trout. The streamflow is currently at 156 cubic-feet-per-second. It was stocked twice last week with a total of 2,999 rainbow trout. Over in the Four Corners, the streamflow in the San Juan River below Navajo Dam was 609 cubic-feet-per-second. The fishing has been fair-to-good with a variety of fly patterns in the Quality Waters. Smaller fly patterns are working best in the stretch of the San Juan above the Texas Hole, while bigger fly patterns seem to be more effective below the Texas Hole. The fishing in the Bait Water below the Quality Water has been fair-to-good. The Bait Water was stocked June 26 with 1,650 rainbow trout. The fishing at Clayton Lake is good on cloudy days for trout. The water here is getting warm and the trout fishing should soon slow down. A few walleye are also being caught. The fishing for catfish is fair. The boat ramp is closed. The water at Maxwell Lake 13 is likely getting warm and the trout are moving to deeper water. The fishing for white bass is picking up at Elephant Butte Lake. The fishing for walleye and crappie has been fair-to-good. The streamflow in the Chama River below Abiquiu Dam remains heavy at 1,390 cubic-feet-per-second and the fishing is slow. In section 2c-I, one of the goals of the increase is to increase the number of anglers. Raising the cost of something does not sound like a particularly effective method of increasing participation. The fishing in the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte Dam has been good for walleye. Caballo Lake below Elephant Butte has been good for white bass, walleye and crappie. In section 2c-VIII, another goal of the fee increase is to increase the number of fish stocked to 90 million by renovating the hatchery system. Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras has been good for stocked rainbow trout and wild brook trout.
By CARY NEEPERFormerly of Los Alamos For my education committee presentation last summer I found YouTube videos of octopuses escaping traps, cuttlefish antics, elaborate squirrel challenges set up gradually in people’s backyards, ravens recognizing masks and faking the hiding of food, dogs responding to spoken English, parrots doing tricks and vocalizations, and the gorilla Koko’s accomplishments. When they have encountered humans and human artifacts, animals of all kinds have continued to learn from their interactions. In our cities, urban birds (cockatoos and stone martins, jays, ravens and pigeons ) have settled in. My favorite example is the famous picture of bear cubs enjoying a swing set in someone’s backyard. In Colorado Springs Sue Dickerson captured views of a skunk at 4 a.m. using a rock as a tool to break the ice in the frozen water dish she had set out. Also reported in the article are the photos of an Eurasian Nuthatch using a piece of wool to try to lift up a patch of willow tree bark. Groupers and octopuses work together to hunt fish. All kinds of fighting males — from fish to giraffes — assess their chances before fighting for mates. Ground squirrels have been noted threatening with stones and waving their tales to warn off rattlesnakes. It makes sense that animals have survived in the wild by using their common sense and experience in order to win mates and find food. New information is pouring into social media from amateur photographers with motion-activated cameras. We are learning more and more about how closely we are knit into the living web of life on earth. The latest wake-up call comes from the “Notes From Earth” in Discover Magazine’s article “Wildlife” by Nancy Averett. Science News.org Aug. 17 recorded whispering between whale moms and calves in the shallows where orcas couldn’t hear them. Of course we remember the remarkable canine sense of smell that we humans have put to good use. Most amazing, we have learned recently that trees use chemicals to exchange help and information. It’s just a little alarming to realize that we are not alone in our cognizance. But it is also exciting — and challenging to realize that we are truly not alone in the struggle to maintain this beautiful planet as a haven for all kinds of life that both depend on each other, yet interact, as they must, to survive. Turkey Bear and Lucy. CourtesyCary Neeper
U.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichFrom the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:The Data Care Act will stop websites and apps from using personal data to harm users, protect user information from hacks, and hold companies accountable for misuse. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined 15 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.“Private and sensitive information about health, family, religious views, and finances collected online through websites and apps should not be exploited due to online provider negligence,” Heinrich said. “This bill will put in place reasonable measures to protect users’ personal information and ensure that every American’s fundamental right to privacy remains intact.”Doctors, lawyers, and bankers are legally required to exercise special care to protect their clients and not misuse their information. While online companies also hold personal and sensitive information about the people they serve, they are not required to protect consumers’ data.This leaves users in a vulnerable position; they are expected to understand the information they give to providers and how it is being used – an unreasonable expectation for even the most tech-savvy consumer. By establishing an explicit duty for online providers, Americans can trust that their online data is protected and used in a responsible way.The Data Care Act establishes reasonable duties that will require providers to protect user data and will prohibit providers from using user data to their detriment:Duty of Care – Must reasonably secure individual identifying data and promptly inform users of data breaches that involve sensitive information; Duty of Loyalty – May not use individual identifying data in ways that harm users; Duty of Confidentiality – Must ensure that the duties of care and loyalty extend to third parties when disclosing, selling, or sharing individual identifying data; Federal and State Enforcement – A violation of the duties will be treated as a violation of an FTC rule with fine authority. States may also bring civil enforcement actions, but the FTC can intervene. States and the FTC may go after both first- and third-party data collectors. Rulemaking Authority – FTC is granted rulemaking authority to implement the Act.The Data Care Act is sponsored by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) and in addition to Heinrich is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
LWVLA News:This election season was already remarkable with so many candidates running for elective office in northern New Mexico.Now, with public meetings such as candidate forums banned in the effort to reduce the impact of the coronavirus, information about the choices that voters will make at the polls is especially critical.The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos is collecting information for a Voter Guide for the primary election. Election Day is June 2; early voting begins May 5.The Voter Guide will be available online and a hard copy will be delivered probably April 30 in the Los Alamos Daily Post.The Voter Guide will list all candidates who will appear on the June 2 ballot—Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians—but only voters who are registered with one of those parties will be eligible to vote, and only within the party in which they are registered. Candidates for the following offices will be covered: US President; US Senate; US House District 3; NM Supreme Court; NM Court of Appeals; NM Senate Districts 5 & 6; NM House District 43; Public Regulation Commission (PRC) District 3; Public Education Commission (PEC) District 4; First Judicial District Court Judge Position 3 and 6;District Attorney; Los Alamos County Council; and Los Alamos County Clerk.Many voters may wish to vote by mail this year. The link to request a mail-in ballot is online at https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information/
On the job in Los Alamos is Adelia Bowers, fuel leader at Smith’s Fuel Center sanitizing gas pumps Friday at Knecht and Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo