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  • Further N.M. 502 study gets green light

    Los Alamos County Council pushed down on the gas pedal to move the N.M. 502 Corridor Study to its next phase. They directed consultants to proceed with investigating the A 2-3 alternatives, which feature roundabouts and left-turn bays at intersections.
    Councilors voted 5-2 on the issue during their regular meeting Tuesday night. Councilors Ron Selvage and Vincent Chiravalle were opposed.  

  • Residents chime in on proposed cultural district

    Leadership and a consensus to move forward were identified at a town hall meeting last week as necessary components to ensure the success of a proposed Creative Cultural District in downtown Los Alamos.
    Five percent planning and 95 percent consensus is necessary for the cultural district project to move forward, said Jerry Allen of the Cultural Planning Group.
    Allen and David Plettner-Saunders led the Creative Culture District Town Hall meeting at Mesa Public Library at which citizen input was gathered.

  • Update 01-26-11

    NJROTC Rib Night

    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will serve a full brisket meal from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Posse Shack. The cost is $10 per plate.

    School Board meeting

    The School Board will hold its regular meeting, along with a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Chamisa Elementary in White Rock.

    LAPS and UNM-LA Board election

    Early voting is currently underway. The election is Feb. 1. To learn more about the candidates, visit www.lamonitor.com.

  • GOP says it will work with Obama on cutting federal spending

    WASHINGTON— Moving quickly, House Republicans are taking another whack at federal spending on the day after a State of the Union address in which President Barack Obama pronounced the country “poised for progress” and beckoned lawmakers of both parties to make job creation their common goal.
    “The challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics,” the president said in a nationally televised speech at the dawn of a new era of divided government.

  • GOP invokes 1700s doctrine in health care fight

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican lawmakers in nearly a dozen states are reaching into the dusty annals of American history to fight President Obama's health care overhaul.

    They are introducing measures that hinge on "nullification," Thomas Jefferson's late 18th-century doctrine that purported to give states the ultimate say in constitutional matters.

  • Pajarito Ski Area temporarily suspends operations

    Due to warm, dry and windy La Nina conditions, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos is suspending operations until there is further adequate snowfall.

    “When we receive additional snowfall, we will reopen,” said a notice on the ski area website.

    Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said the ski area has not received any snow since Jan. 1.

  • Dow breaks through 12K for first time since 2008

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average broke through 12,000 for the first time in two and half years Wednesday but edged lower in afternoon trading.

    Investors were encouraged by President Barack Obama's call to overhaul taxes on businesses and a jump in new home sales in December. The gains were held back by weak profit forecasts from Boeing Co., Xerox Corp. and other big names.

  • Lawmaker proposes drug tests for jobless benefits

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative leader is proposing to require drug testing for New Mexicans to qualify for unemployment benefits.

    Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require individuals to pass a drug test to become eligible for unemployment benefits.

  • Russian president fires police chief after bombing

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Dmitry Medvedev fired Moscow's transport police chief Wednesday and lashed out at "passive" officers who guard the country's airports and rail stations after an airport suicide bombing killed 35 people.

    Medvedev, often criticized as hesitant or ineffectual, appeared eager to assert his power after Monday's attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, which also left 180 people wounded.

  • Democrat NM House member turns independent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state House member has switched his registration from Democrat to "declined to state" — New Mexico's designation for independents.

    Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch made the change Tuesday in the secretary of state's office in Santa Fe.