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  • Bill takes aim at New Mexico oil and gas rules

    ALBUQUERQUE — A lawmaker from northwest New Mexico, home to one of the nation’s largest natural gas basins, is taking aim at state regulations for oil and natural gas producers.

    Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Farmington, has drafted legislation seeking to rescind the so-called pit rule, which restricts the use of pits for onsite waste disposal at drilling sites. The rule also regulates below-grade tanks and the use of closed loop systems during oil and gas operations.

  • SOS: Election funds run short

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera voiced her concerns that legislators were not going to appropriate enough money for her to run elections this year.

    She brought the problem up at a Senate Rules Committee hearing Monday, during a discussion of SB 136, a bill to provide approved voting systems for elections in New Mexico.

    The secretary and her staff spoke in favor of the bill, but when the subject of money came up, she said the appropriation committee “was not recommending the money we need to run elections.”

  • DOE guards against earthquake

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is taking steps to control the consequences of an improbable earthquake, the kind that might only happen once in a couple of thousand years.

    In a worst-case scenario leading to a fire emergency on the first floor of the lab’s plutonium facility on Pajarito Road, the building might survive, but the fire suppression and ventilation systems might not.

    “You can’t guarantee it,” said John Mansfield, vice chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board.

  • Spirit ignited

    The Family YMCA has maintained a tradition since its inception 55 years ago — no one is ever turned away for inability to pay. The generosity of patrons attending Saturday night’s Red and Black Ball ensures that will be the case for another year.

    The annual event, held at Central Avenue Grill raised $56,600 between sponsorship, the auction and other gifts.

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  • SAINTS GO MARCHIN' IN FOR SUPER BOWL WIN!!!

    MIAMI (AP) — The New Orleans Saints turned the Super Bowl's postgame celebration into something out of the French Quarter.

    From the trophy podium on the field, Drew Brees blew kisses and caught confetti raining down as Dr. John and Professor Longhair blared from the stadium speakers. Sean Payton hung over the railing clapping and shouting down to the crowd as if he were rolling on a Mardi Gras float, then waved a newspaper with the banner headline "WORLD CHAMPS."

    Who are the champions? The New Orleans Saints, dat's who.

  • NM emissions bill in limbo

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A House panel has tabled legislation that would lay the groundwork for New Mexico's participation in a future cap-and-trade program.

    More than two dozen people pleaded with lawmakers last week not to pass the measure, arguing it could cripple businesses and lead to higher utility bills.

    Supporters say the measure would not set an emissions cap but rather give regulators the authority to establish rules for early emissions reduction credits and voluntary offsets.

  • YMCA's Red and Black Ball brings Las Vegas to Los Alamos

    Central Avenue Grill glowed with glitz and glamor in keeping with the Viva Las Vegas theme of this year's Red and Black Ball. 

    The Family YMCA annual fundraiser drew a capacity crowd Saturday night.

    Read the full story in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Domenici Jr.: State should appreciate L.A.

    Gubernatorial candidate Pete Domenici Jr. focused much of his attention on Los Alamos during a telephone interview from Albuquerque Wednesday morning.

    “The state of New Mexico is extremely fortunate to have Los Alamos National Laboratory as a major institution … it is a tremendous research and information source and provides a significant job base. The state should give the appearance and act appreciative of Los Alamos,” Domenici Jr. said.

  • Winter Storm to swirl through Los Alamos area

    The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Warning Saturday morning:

    WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST MONDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM MST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.