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  • Council rejects resolutions

    Angry audience members muttering disparaging remarks under their breath and a councilor breaking into tears added to the drama of a four-hour public meeting Saturday.

    The emotionally charged meeting held in council chambers was called for the sole purpose of deciding resolutions 10-02 and 10-03 proposing additions to the County Charter and a mail out ballot election.

    The problem councilors faced was that the petition calling for the additions and election was deemed illegal as presented.

  • Click! Los Alamos Photography Club to host annual show

    Don’t let your photos accumulate in the computer or collect dust in albums. Unveil them to the public during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s annual exhibit at Mesa Public Library.

    Local shutterbugs are invited to drop off their work from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the library.

    Work will be hung in the upstairs gallery at the library starting at 1 p.m. Sunday before the exhibit is open to the public Monday. For more information about the exhibit or how to submit work, e-mail Coombs at dfcoombs@comcast.net or visit www.la-photoclub.org/.

  • December home sales take a huge dip as economic recovery does a stutter step

     WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously occupied homes took the largest monthly drop in more than 40 years last month, sinking more dramatically than expected after lawmakers gave buyers additional time to use a tax credit.

    The report reflects a sharp drop in demand after buyers stopped scrambling to qualify for a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homeowners. It had been due to expire on Nov. 30. But Congress extended the deadline until April 30 and expanded it with a new $6,500 credit for existing homeowners who move.

  • Proposal would slam businesses with higher taxes to replenish unemployment coffers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Businesses could pay $20 million in higher taxes under a proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson's administration to shore up the program that provides unemployment benefits to jobless New Mexicans.

    The unemployment insurance trust fund will run out of money by next year if the Legislature and governor don't agree on a rescue plan during the legislative session.

    The fund is being drained because of rising unemployment.

    The Workforce Solutions Department is briefing legislators on a proposal to keep the unemployment program solvent.

  • Scenes from the Haitian Earthquake Relief Fundraiser Friday night

    The Hilltop House hosted a fundraiser for Haitian earthquake relief Friday evening. The event featured live music and a variety of auction items. Proceeds from the event will go to Partners in Health, a charitable organization with a long history in Haiti.

    According to one source close to the event, more than $10,000 was raised.

    Watch for more details about this event in print editions of the Monitor next week.

  • U.S. House passes Northern N.M. settlement bills

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two bills that would resolve decades-long water disputes in north-central New Mexico have passed the U.S. House, Rep. Ben Ray Luján said Thursday.

    The Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act and the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act are based on years of negotiations between American Indian leaders and local, state and federal officials. The court cases that started them were filed in the 1960s.

  • Dem group advocates tax increase

    SANTA FE  — A group of House and Senate Democrats advocates raising taxes by more than $300 million to balance the state’s budget and avoid deep cuts in health care services and education.

    One proposal outlined Thursday will roll back personal income tax cuts and capital gains reductions that were enacted in 2003.

    Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson opposes that, contending that the tax cuts are an economic development tool for recruiting businesses with high-paying jobs.

  • Housing plan up for vote

    Los Alamos County’s Comprehensive Plan calls for housing “at a variety of price ranges so that firefighters, teachers, police, young people and elders can live comfortably in our community.”

    The county council will consider an Affordable Housing Plan at its next regular session set for 7 pm. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

  • Citizens get a crash course in history

    The environmental uncertainties and risks related to the historic operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory is a subject that does not go away.

    Citizens of Northern New Mexico who would like a crash course in the history of environmental releases from the lab might want to clear their calendars for Thursday.

    What is known and what remains to be known will be the subject of a community-oriented event, continuing and wrapping up a conversation that has gone on for many years.

  • Winter Storm Warning remains in effect, more snow en route

    Here's the latest update from the National Weather Service issued Friday morning:

    A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SATURDAY...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST SATURDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... ADDITIONAL 6 TO 12 INCHES WITH LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 18 INCHES ON RIDGETOPS AND WEST FACING SLOPES.