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  • Cone Zone 06-17-12

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving
    and Utility Project – Phase 1
    Canyon Road between East Road (N.M. 502) and the Myrtle Green continues to be closed to through traffic. Residential access to this area will be maintained; however, residents who park on Canyon Road are asked to park off-street or on a nearby side street. Residents can expect flagging operations on Canyon Road during the day time, and two-way traffic at night. Pedestrians must use the provided detours. All through traffic must seek alternate routes.

  • Raw Video: 1 Dead in Toronto Stage Collapse

    A massive stage collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was to begin in Toronto Saturday left one person dead and three others injured, officials said. The venue said on its website that the concert has been canceled.

  • More Crews Arrive at Large Colorado Wildfire
  • Today in History for June 16th
  • PERA notifies members of possible security breach

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico is notifying about 100,000 active and retired members about a possible security breach.

    PERA officials say personal information in the possession of a third-party vendor may have been compromised.

    They were notified Thursday by a company hired to perform an annual audit that a breach of personal information may have occurred after a company employee's computer was stolen.

  • Colo. Residents Prepare to Evacuate Fire Zone
  • Board of Governor added at labs

    Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) and Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), today announced that Steven E. Koonin has been named as an Independent Governor on the LLNS and LANS Boards of Governors.

    The appointments take effect July 1.Koonin also has been appointed to chair the LANS/LLNS Boards’ Mission Committee. The Mission Committee serves in an advisory role to review current and future national security issues and Laboratory initiatives, capabilities and strategic plans to address these issues.

  • Five LA students complete NM Boys State

    There are 138 new leaders in New Mexico on high school campuses that will take their new-found knowledge and skills into their senior year. Organization and application of governmental processes are now part of their lives.

    They did these things for five days on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University at New Mexico Boys’ State.  As one young man put it, “I thought that I knew a lot about government but I didn’t really know anything until I got here.”

  • CRC recommendations raise additional issues

    Two other Charter Review Committee (CRC) suggestions also warranted considerable discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting: whether council should have a say in removing at will employees and whether partisan makeup of boards and commissions should be specified.

    The CRC recommended that the county manager be allowed to dismiss at will employees without council approval.

    “This reflects our observation that if the manager wants to remove a department head, and the council didn’t approve that, it could put the manager in an untenable position,” CRC member Kyle Wheeler explained.

  • State gets $393M in PILT money

    More than 30 local governments around New Mexico will share nearly $35 million of compensation for non-taxable federal lands.
    The money comes from the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program. In all, the Interior Department says a record $393 million in PILT allocations are being distributed this year. The money compensates local governments for lost tax revenue from federal lands so they can continue to provide public services such as police and fire protection.
    The payments are calculated using a formula that includes acreage, population and prior year revenue payments.
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the program is essential for local governments in rural areas.