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  • Senate OKs limits on double-dipping retirees

    SANTA FE — Public employees could no longer double dip by returning to work in government jobs with a salary and their pension under legislation approved by the Senate on Monday.

    The proposed restrictions target state and local government employees retiring after July 1.

    The legislation will not stop about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are receiving a salary and their pension. However, they will be forced to resume making payroll contributions into the public employee pension fund.

  • Hundreds attend field hearing

    LAS CRUCES — Opinions were split among about 600 people who showed up for a three-hour congressional field hearing to discuss proposed federal wilderness areas for southern New Mexico.

    Las Cruces resident Robert Macklin, a retired Army officer and avid hiker, attended to express his opposition.

    “I don’t want to see development in the Organ Mountains,” he said.

  • House OKs overhaul

    SANTA FE — A proposal to revamp the State Investment Council and reduce the governor’s influence over the board that oversees $12 billion in endowment funds was unanimously approved by the House on Sunday.

    The governor serves as the Investment Council’s chairman and can control the nine-member board through his appointment power. The bill would expand the council’s membership to 11 but reduce the governor’s public appointments from three to two members.

  • LANL model checks arctic warming

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher is challenging theories about one of the most worrisome possibilities arising from global warming in the arctic.

    For the last few years, climate researchers have debated the potential risks of a massive release of huge methane reservoirs currently trapped at the bottom of the arctic seas.

  • Changes coming to East Park

    A miniature golf course and a high school-sized basketball court are two new features under construction at East Park. This new recreational area will replace the old tennis courts and is scheduled for a summer unveiling.

    Los Alamos County Parks Manager Richard McIntyre is heading up the project.

  • Anti-corruption measure: House bill tightens lid on cookie jar

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to revamp the State Investment Council and reduce the governor's influence over the board that oversees $12 billion in endowment funds was unanimously approved by the House on Sunday.

    The governor serves as the Investment Council's chairman and can control the nine-member board through his appointment power. The bill would expand the council's membership to 11 but reduce the governor's public appointments from three to two members.

  • Cut or Keep: LAPS School Board Making Funding Decisions in an Uncertain World

    Help district officials decide about funding decisions by providing input to strategic questions. 

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold three independent back-to-back community meetings:

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m.,Tuesday March 2 at Chamisa Elementary Gym;

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 3 at Los Alamos High School Speech Theater; and

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday March 4 at Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

  • State Senate approves bill to prohibit double-dipping pensioners

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to stop governmental retirees from returning to work for a state or local government while receiving their pension.

    The proposed limits will not affect about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are double-dipping with their salaries and pensions.

    The proposed restrictions target public employees retiring after July 1.

    Government workers currently can retire, wait 90 days and return to work for the state, city or county while receiving their pensions.

  • Traffic Alert: Expect big switch in I-25 southbound lanes near Bernalillo

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Tuesday morning rush hour will greet Interstate 25 drivers traveling south past Bernalillo with some new twists and turns.

    The state Department of Transportation said that starting Monday night, there will be various lane closures on southbound I-25 near the south Bernalillo exit as crews rebuild the interstate between Tramway Boulevard and Bernalillo.

    Crews will be switching southbound traffic onto the northbound side of Interstate 25.

  • Tax amnesty proposal clears Senate hurdle

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Delinquent taxpayers could pay what they owe without penalties under a tax amnesty proposal approved by the Senate.

    The legislation would allow the Taxation and Revenue Department to establish a 90-day period this year during which individuals and businesses could pay their unreported taxes without penalties or interest.

    Supporters say the program is a way for New Mexico to potentially collect more tax revenues to help ease the state's budget problems.