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  • Spring has sprung

    A variety of bulbs have bloomed - proof that spring has arrived in Los Alamos.

  • PNM request for interim rate relief rejected

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has rejected a request by the state’s largest electric utility for interim relief as regulators consider whether to approve a proposed rate increase.
    The commission turned down Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request on Thursday.
    PNM wanted to begin the first phase of an $85 million rate increase that was negotiated by the utility and other groups as part of a stipulation that has yet to be considered by the commission.
    The interim rate increase would have totaled $45 million.
    The commission’s general counsel found that PNM failed to show immediate irreparable harm in its filing for interim relief.

  • Dow reaches 2011 high after unemployment falls

    NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year low in the unemployment rate sent the Dow Jones industrial average to a new 2011 high Friday.

    The Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest since March 2009, as companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began. Approximately 216,000 new jobs were added to the economy last month, offsetting layoffs in local governments. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to remain at 8.9 percent.

  • Flotsam from Japan's tsunami to hit US West Coast

    SEATTLE (AP) — John Anderson has discovered just about everything during the 30 years he's combed Washington state's beaches — glass fishing floats, hockey gloves, bottled messages, even hundreds of mismatched pairs of Nike sneakers that washed up barnacled but otherwise unworn.

    The biggest haul may come in one to three years when, scientists say, wind and ocean currents eventually will push some of the massive debris from Japan's tsunami and earthquake onto the shores of the U.S. West Coast.

  • Joke's on New England with April Fools' snowstorm

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An April Fools' storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of New England on Friday, creating a late-season winter wonderland and giving thousands of kids a reprieve from school while causing agony for others with power outages and cars sliding off roads.

    The spring Nor'easter was expected to last through the day Friday — April Fools' Day — dropping up to a foot of snow around parts of northern New England, a bitter prank on residents eager for spring after a long, snow-filled winter.

  • Japan's PM vows to win battle against nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister sounded a resolute note Friday, promising to win the battle against an overheating nuclear plant even as atomic safety officials raised questions about the accuracy of radiation measurements at the complex.

    Naoto Kan was grave a week ago when he addressed this nation rattled by fears of radiation that has contaminated food, milk and tap water. But three weeks after a massive tsunami disabled a nuclear power plant's cooling systems, Kan vowed that Japan would create the safest system anywhere.

  • Japan seeks French, US expertise in nuclear crisis--video extra

    TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Japan is increasingly turning to other countries for help as it struggles to stabilize its tsunami-stricken nuclear plant and stop radiation leaks that are complicating efforts to recover the bodies of some of the thousands swept away by the towering wave.

    French, American and international experts — even a robot — are either in Japan or on their way, and French President Nicholas Sarkozy visited Tokyo on Thursday to meet with the prime minister and show solidarity.

  • Political group asks NM Secretary of State to resign due to racist comments

    SANTA FE — A liberal-leaning political group called Thursday for Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran to resign over what it described as racist jokes in a campaign form on the state election agency's website.

    Justice League PAC Treasurer Eli Lee said he was shocked by an entry in an electronic form for political committees downloaded from the secretary of state's office because it apparently referred to two African-American legislators.

    In a section for disclosing donors, the form was blank except for an entry listing "Sheryl Powdrell-Culbertson" as the last name of a contributor from a group called the "National Organization of the Beer Drinkers and Guzzlers."

  • Boehner signals compromise in budget talks

    WASHINGTON —  House Speaker John Boehner signaled Thursday that a compromise is coming with Democrats on immediate cuts in government spending, noting that Democrats control the White House and the other half of Congress. Boehner said Republicans are fighting for the biggest spending cuts they can get.
    Boehner said there’s no agreement yet on how much he and Democrats are willing to compromise in cutting the day-to-day budgets of federal agencies over the coming six months. The GOP House has voted to cut more than $60 billion from this year’s budget, and Democrats have been moving steadily in his direction.
    The Ohio Republican has agreed to discuss a compromise in the $33 billion range, which would still be of historic magnitude.

  • Capital Improvement Projects move forward

    The Capital Improvement Project (CIP) committee recommended moving forward in designing and constructing a leisure pool at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and improving and upgrading Fuller Lodge and the Los Alamos Historical Museum.
    It will be up to Los Alamos County Council to determine whether to pay about $5.3 million for improving the lodge and museum and $6,148,000 for the leisure pool. Council will discuss the two projects during its budget hearings in April.
    The CIP committee made its recommendations during its meeting March 24.
    Originally, there were two design options for the leisure pool but drafting a third option was suggested during at a public meeting held March 3.