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  • 03-24-10 Update

    Donations needed

      Blue Star Mothers will host a “packing party” to assemble Care Packages for our troops, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. Drop off locations for non-perishable food items are located at the YMCA on Iris Street; the VFW Post on Deacon Street and Los Alamos Middle School. The last day to make donations is Wednesday.

  • Governor vetoes food tax

    SANTA FE  —  Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed the food tax today in the final legislative action of his two terms as governor.

    “I am not willing to put this burden on working families in the form of an unfair tax on food. I agree with those who call this a cruel tax,” Richardson said. “It is especially cruel during the worst financial crisis New Mexico has ever experienced.

    Richardson made good on a campaign promise when he led the charge in 2004 to eliminate the tax on food.

  • Kate Thomas says goodbye

    The beginnings of Kate Thomas’ 40-year-long career as an educator can be spotted when she graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. Since career pickings are slim in that area, Thomas went on to earn a master’s in graduate English education so that she could teach English. “And the rest,” Thomas said, “is history.”

    It’s a period of time that is about to conclude. After working nine years in the Los Alamos Public Schools district, Thomas is retiring.

    Her final day is June 30.

  • Police chief marks milestone

    Wayne Torpy stood out among a large pool of applicants under consideration for Los Alamos police chief five years ago this month. Torpy came from Melbourne, Fla., where he served with the Melbourne Police Department for 25 years. He was deputy chief over a force of more than 265 law enforcement professionals in a city of 76,000 residents.

    He received the job here and on this anniversary, community leaders took the opportunity to express their esteem for Torpy and his accomplishments.

    Retired County

    Administrator Max Baker

  • 03-25-10 Update

    Brisket night

      The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will host a barbecue brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. The menu includes barbecue brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert. The price is $10 per plate.

    Authors Speak series

      Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents Barbara Owens Alpert at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

    Strings and Gateaux

  • State’s past to be aboard submarine

    ALBUQUERQUE — The USS New Mexico submarine being commissioned Saturday will carry mementos of the first USS New Mexico, a battleship that served during World War II.

    When the battleship went into service in 1917, the state Senate commissioned a 56-piece sterling silver set by Tiffany & Co.

    The set was returned to the state in 1964 and went into the collections vaults of the Palace of the Governors and New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

    The set includes dessert plates, each engraved with a different scene from New Mexico history.

  • Higher taxes for goods, services

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans will pay a higher tax when they buy goods and services, from soap to car repairs, but Gov. Bill Richardson made certain on Wednesday that groceries will remain tax free.

    The Democratic governor vetoed a proposed tax on food that the Legislature had passed to provide $68 million to help balance next year’s budget. However, Richardson signed other tax increases that will generate about $170 million to finance government.

  • Navy’s newest nuclear sub commissioned

    NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy accepted its newest nuclear-powered submarine on Saturday with the commissioning of the USS New Mexico, a 377-foot, technology laden ship that was delivered months ahead of schedule.

    The $2.3 billion Virginia-class attack submarine was commissioned before its crew of 134 officers and enlisted men, family and shipbuilders at Naval Station Norfolk. The streamlined black sub was moored at expansive pier 14, normally reserved for one of the base’s five nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

  • King lends $60,000 to re-election campaign

    SANTA FE — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has boosted his re-election fundraising with personal loans of $60,000, according to a new campaign finance disclosure.

    King’s campaign raised $166,271, including the loans, and spent $73,049 from October through April 5.

    The Republican candidate for attorney general, Matthew Chandler of Clovis, collected $67,883 for his campaign and spent $8,712.

    King had $93,222 of cash in his campaign account and Chandler reported a balance of $62,720 as of last week.

  • 04-28-10 Update

    Cancer seminar

      A free seminar on prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, sponsored by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Before the seminar, a light supper will be served at 5:15 p.m. CEUs are available for nurses. For more information, call 662-2656 or visit www.losalamoscouncilon

    cancer.org. Registration is appreciated, but optional.

    Candidate forum