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  • Federal shutdown avoided, 2012 budget fight looms--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-minute budget deal forged amid bluster and tough bargaining averted an embarrassing federal shutdown, cut billions in spending and provided the first major test of the divided government that voters ushered in five months ago.

    Working late into Friday night, congressional and White House negotiators finally agreed on a plan to pay for government operations through the end of September while trimming $38.5 billion in spending.

    Lawmakers then approved a measure to keep the government running through next Friday while the details of the new spending plan are written into legislation.

  • 'Historic' deal to avoid government shutdown

     

  • Update 04-08-11

    Class postponed
    “Herbal Remedies for the Childbearing Years,” a class offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and slated for today has been rescheduled. The class will be from 6-8 p.m. April 21.

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

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the fire station in White Rock.

    Special event
    Nationally known Christian singer John Michael Talbot will participate in a special event at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and perform April 12-14. Call 662-6193.

  • LA federal workers won't be furloughed

    Employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local offices of the National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Energy are hopeful they will be able to return to work Monday even if there is a government shutdown.

    “Everyone is still hopeful that an agreement will be reached to avoid a shutdown,” a source familiar with NNSA’s and LANL’s contingency efforts said Thursday. “It’s prudent for everyone, including those at Los Alamos, to prepare for various scenarios. But LANL employees aren’t expected to be furloughed on Monday. There is funding available that would keep us operating for some time in the event of a government shutdown.”

  • Spring is in bloom

    Spring brings out the blossoms of a tree located near Trinity Drive and D.P. Road Friday morning.

     

  • New Mexico gov. signs budget as deadline looms

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law on Friday a package of financial measures, including a budget allocating $5.4 billion next year for public education and general government programs.

    The budget, as signed, will cut state spending by nearly 3 percent, or $156 million, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

    The governor used her line-item veto powers to trim about $1.9 million from yearly operations of government and $2.6 million in one-time spending items. The governor's reductions included $100,000 that lawmakers had provided for a committee to handle redistricting.

  • Shutdown looms without agreement

    WASHINGTON — A deadline looming, Congress’ top Democrat accused Republicans on Friday of risking a government shutdown because they want to make it harder “for women to get cancer screenings.”
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his attack as his main antagonist in long-running negotiations, Speaker John Boehner, said spending cuts —not social issues — was blocking agreement to prevent a shutdown at midnight.
    The maneuvering unfolded as President Barack Obama canceled a trip to Indianapolis and spoke in separate phone calls with Reid and Boehner.

  • MIG provides N.M. 502 study update

    It was a full house Thursday night at Fuller Lodge for the transportation board meeting and public hearing on the N.M. 502 Corridor Study.

    Residents filled the seats to hear about the study and give their opinions on the preferred alternatives being explored to improve the road.

    MIG, the consulting firm conducting the study, is expected to complete the final report on the recommended improvements to N.M. 502 Corridor in September.

  • Sydoriak shares her culture with Los Alamos

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series featuring the newest additions to the Living Treasures.
     
    On April 17 William “Bill” Chambers, Morris “Morrie” Pongratz and Stephanie Sydoriak will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.

    Stephanie Sydoriak

  • Congress doesn't shut down during a shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators would have to push their own elevator buttons. House members would go without their free gym. Food on Capitol Hill would be sparse. And the lawmakers' restrooms? Perhaps not as fresh.

    Congress would feel the pinch of a government shutdown, but nowhere near the pain that would be inflicted on the massive federal work force it is supposed to govern.