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  • Legislative budget proposes $250M increase

    SANTA FE (AP) — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.
    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.
    The committee proposed spending nearly $5.7 billion on public education and general government operations in the budget year starting in July. That’s an increase of 4.6 percent from current spending.

  • Update 01-05-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Council Chambers.

    Broadband

    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.

    NMCAB

  • State's severe drought lingers

    Despite December’s generous snowfall, Los Alamos County remains in severe drought. Meteorologist Amanda Martin discussed moisture conditions in Los Alamos during an interview this morning.

    “Los Alamos County experienced 31.4 inches of snowfall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21,” said Martin, who works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. “Los Alamos also received 13.66 inches of rainfall in 2011, which is 75 percent of the normal rainfall of 18.28 inches.”

    Fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year because much of New Mexico is experiencing drought conditions.

  • VIDEO: Obama Unveils New Strategy for Smaller Military

    President Barack Obama insists the United States will maintain what he calls the best-equipped military in history despite deep and looming defense budget cuts.

  • Attacks targeting Shiites kill 72 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq killed 72 people on Thursday, deepening sectarian tensions that exploded just after the last American troops left the country in mid-December.

    The coordinated attacks targeting Shiites bore the hallmarks of Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaida, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

  • Wildfires on Blackfeet Res. force evacuations

    BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Two wildfires raging overnight on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation burned thousands of acres, forced scores to evacuate and destroyed several buildings, officials said early Thursday.

    Fueled by strong winds, the two blazes started around sundown Wednesday and together grew to 16,000 acres by early Thursday, a revision of an earlier estimate of 45,000 acres, said tribal spokesman Wayne Smith. At least 300 people were forced to leave their homes and a boarding school, though no injuries had been reported.

  • Seeking NH buzz, Romney, Santorum run at Obama

    SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Each trying to sound every bit the nominee, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum looked past each other to run down President Barack Obama's economic policies Thursday as they jockeyed for support in New Hampshire and reached out to voters in conservative bellwether South Carolina.

    Newt Gingrich and John Huntsman were happy to level their criticism at Romney, casting the front-runner as too timid to take on Obama and bring about needed change.

  • Landslide kills 25, buries more in Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village in the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing 25 people and burying dozens more, months after the government warned residents the mountain was certain to crumble.

    The mountainside in Napnapan village in Pantukan township collapsed around 3 a.m., when most residents were asleep, sweeping away about 50 houses, shanties and other buildings, officials said. A fissure in the mountain discovered last year likely was aggravated by heavy rains and continuous mining in the saturated ground.

  • Police: Utah officer dies following shootout--Video Extra

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Gunfire erupted as anti-drug police served a search warrant in an Ogden neighborhood, fatally wounding one officer and injuring five other police and a suspect, authorities said.

    The shots rang out before 9 p.m. Wednesday as police converged at a residence on Jackson Avenue, police spokesman Lt. Tony Fox said.

    The six officers were hospitalized along with a suspect, Fox told The Associated Press.

    Ogden police said in a statement early Thursday that agent Jared Francom died from his wounds following Wednesday night's drug-related shooting.

    Five police officers from multiple agencies remain hospitalized with serious to critical injuries. No more information on their conditions was released.

  • Pentagon to unveil plan guiding big spending cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is rewriting its defense strategy to absorb hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts while scaling back the longstanding Pentagon goal of being ready to fight two wars simultaneously.

    Underscoring the political dimension of Washington's debate over defense savings, President Barack Obama planned to make a rare appearance at the Pentagon on Thursday to outline the new strategy. The administration says tighter budgets are a must but will not come at the cost of sapping the strength of a military in transition after a decade at war.