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  • Proposal to expand online government information

    SANTA FE —  New Mexicans could track spending by state agencies under a proposal that would create a Web portal for access to government information.

    The measure by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, has the support of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

    “People want the right and need the right to easily access as much information as possible about New Mexico’s government and how their tax dollars are being spent,” Denish told a news conference Tuesday with Rue.

  • Lawmakers propose canceling projects

    SANTA FE — Thousands of capital improvement projects, from school playgrounds to water system upgrades, would be scrapped under a proposal by a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

    The legislation could provide nearly $150 million to help replenish New Mexico’s cash reserves, which have been drained because of recent budget problems.

    The measure will run into strong opposition because projects would be canceled in communities across New Mexico and in the home districts of legislators.

  • Lujn meets with local officials

    During his trip to Los Alamos Saturday, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., stopped by the special County Council meeting underway in Council Chambers.

    The serious mood at the heavily attended meeting, held to address a petition for changes to the County Charter, was evident as Councilor Nona Bowman became emotional while speaking to the issue.

    “Our meetings aren’t always this intense,” Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover joked to Luján appearing rather puzzled from his seat near the back of the room.

  • Council backs affordable housing plan

    As Los Alamos County sought to diversify the local economy in recent years it came to grips with one of its own shortcomings.

    While it has a vital workforce on the high end of the income scale, it just doesn’t have enough people at the lower end.

    There isn’t enough diversity in the workforce or the housing inventory to accommodate the people who would be needed to do the work for the kinds of retail and service businesses that the county wants, with the hourly wages and relatively modest incomes that those kinds of jobs entail.

    More to come ...

  • Slow moving winter storm takes aim at New Mexico, heavy snows likely

    The National Weather Service issued the following special weather statement Tuesday morning:

    POTENTIAL WINTER STORM TO IMPACT NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...

    A WINTER STORM COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN LAST WEEKS STORMS SYSTEMS. THIS TIME... THE GREATEST IMPACT WILL LIKELY BE FELT FROM THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TO THE TEXAS BORDER.

  • Consumer confidence climbs in January, but still relatively weak

     CHICAGO (AP) — Consumer confidence rose past expectations in January, the third straight monthly increase as Americans begin to feel slightly better about business conditions and the job picture, according to a survey released Tuesday.

    The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index increased to 55.9, the highest in more than a year but still relatively gloomy. That compares with 53.6 in December.

    January's index was better than the expected 53.5 forecast by economists.

  • H1N1 vaccination clinic location changed

    The venue for the free H1N1 vaccination clinic Friday has changed to the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive (next to Sullivan Field. The time, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. remains the same.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Occupational Medicine and the county public health office are supporting the county in hosting this upcoming clinic, which is open to anyone. The clinic will primarily be for those able to receive the “inactivated vaccine,” which is given as a shot. There will be consent forms on site for individuals to complete and sign.

  • PNM spells out plan

    ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico has come up with a plan for incorporating renewable energy into its portfolio, and it’s very different from an initial proposal that sparked a firestorm of criticism from the renewable energy industry, environmentalists and consumer advocates.

    PNM, the state’s largest utility, met a deadline Monday for submitting its renewable energy procurement plan and other documents to the state Public Regulation Commission.

  • Republican minority urges budget cuts

    SANTA FE — Cut inefficient state expenditures, reduce the number of state workers and pare services down to the bare essentials; with a $600 million deficit, steeply declining revenues and state spending barely propped up with a $400 million infusion of federal stimulus money, Republicans believe their ideas of minimal government have a useful place in the current legislative session.

  • 01-26-10 Update

    Police Beat

    A trailer and its contents worth an estimated $20,000 combined and an ATV with a trailer estimated at $8,400 were stolen this week. See Page 2 for the full report.

    ‘Topper/’Devil tickets on sale Friday

      Tickets for the Los Alamos-Española Valley boys basketball game, which will be played at Griffith Gymnasium, will go on sale at 2 p.m. Friday.