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  • House prepares to vote on $6 trillion spending cut plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold but politically risky plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget steamed toward a party-line House vote Friday, as insurgent Republicans rallied behind the idea of fundamentally reshaping the government's role in health care for the elderly and the poor.

    The GOP plan, expected to be voted on Friday, promises more than $6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade compared with the budget that President Barack Obama offered in February, relying on stiff cuts to domestic agency accounts, food stamps and the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled.

  • Major economies pledge support for regime changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Countries with the largest economies are pledging financial support for new governments in the Mideast and North Africa, historic changes that a U.S. official compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Major nations stood ready with international lending institutions to aid Egypt and Tunisia, the U.S. and France said in joint statement Thursday.

    Treasury Undersecretary Lael Brainard, writing on Foreign Policy magazine's website, said the transformations could prove as successful in unlocking economic prosperity as the events in Germany after the wall fell in 1989.

  • 15-state tornado outbreak deadliest since 2008--see videos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The devastation is stunning — homes and lives shattered as the deadliest swarm of twisters in three years battered up to 15 states.

    Ultimately, this could turn out to be among the top 10 three-day outbreaks for number of tornadoes, though experts can't be sure until all the reports are sorted, said Greg Carbin of the federal Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

    While tornadoes occur regularly, their power always shocks.

  • Wind topples tree crushing Crossfire in White Rock

    A cold front propelled by a polar jet stream has pushed through the state Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for much of the day Thursday and that remained in effect until 8 p.m.

    Wind gusts at Los Alamos Airport were clocked as high as 55 mph during the afternoon Thursday. Sustained winds in excess of 25 mph were recorded throughout much of the afternoon as the front blew through.

    There have been no widespread reports of wind damage in the area. However, one owner of a Chrysler Crossfire was luckily not inside the vehicle when a tree was uprooted and landed on top of the sports car.

  • Remembering Jeannette

    Today’s service for Rep. Jeannette Wallace was attended by 350 people from across Northern New Mexico. Her son Terry Wallace Jr., spoke at the service along with others at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

     

  • Update 04-14-11

    ESB meeting
    The Environmental Sustainability Board will host a meeting at 7 a.m. April 21 at the Eco Station Administration Building.

    DPU meeting
    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) board will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the DPU conference room. 

    Waffle breakfast
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a waffle breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. For more  information or for tickets, contact Connie at 672-4066.

    Spanish dance
    The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m., Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

    LAFRW meeting

  • Budget hearings begin Saturday

    Being isolated and insulated can be a good thing when it comes to the county budget. The Los Alamos County Council is gearing up to open hearings on the next fiscal year without having to make drastic cuts that face many municipalities around the country.

    Councilors will see a few variances, which include slightly lower revenues and slightly higher expenditures proposed in the general fund as well as higher expenditures proposed in the capital improvement fund to accommodate several new capital improvement projects.

  • Homeland Security head visits LA

    The Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Michael Duvall spent about 90 minutes in Los Alamos Friday determining the needs of the local emergency management office.

    “I’ve been with the department since October of 2002 and this is the first time we’ve had a cabinet secretary ask us what we need,” said Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department. “On his initiative, Secretary Duvall wants to go out and personally meet all of the emergency management coordinators around the state and sit down and chat with them to get a better understanding of what’s going on in their communities.”

  • CIP committee to meet April 21

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will have a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. April 21 in council chambers.
    They will discuss improvements to the CIP process, updates from county staff on the CIP Phase 2 projects and budget discussed with council in budget hearings, and future plans for conducting public outreach on CIP meetings. All committee business meetings are open to the public.
    For a copy of the agenda, or, to read more information about current CIP projects and the Committee, visit www.losalamosnm.us.

     

  • State News at a Glance 04-14-11

    Silver City fire
    contained

    SILVER CITY – Crews have fully contained a 250-acre grass fire near Hobbs and contained a small wildfire that briefly threatened about 40 homes near Silver City.
    Some homes north of Silver City near the Little Walnut Campground were voluntarily evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of the so-called Gomez fire.
    The fire burned grass, pinon juniper and oak brush. U.S. Forest Service officials say a previous thinning project helped slow the blaze’s progression and it was eventually contained at about 10 acres.
    The cause of the fire remains unclear. The Silver City Sun-News reported that residents were allowed back in their homes by 8 p.m.