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  • 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

  • NNSA turns 10

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a series of events aimed at highlighting a decade of success across the nuclear security enterprise.  

  • Investment council member questions loans

    SANTA FE — A newly appointed member of the State Investment Council questioned Tuesday whether New Mexico should use an endowment fund to make interest-free loans to films.

    Former state Sen. Leonard Lee Rawson, a Las Cruces Republican, voiced his doubts as the council agreed to temporarily extend a contract with a Hollywood lawyer to advise the state on film investments.

    The contract with Peter Dekom will be extended through May while the council looks to hire a permanent film adviser through a competitive bidding process.

  • Friday is ‘No Phone Zone Day”

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson has proclaimed Friday, “No Phone Zone Day” in New Mexico and challenged New Mexico drivers to take the pledge to put down their phones while driving.

    Oprah Winfrey initiated National “No Phone Zone Day” as part of her campaign against distracted driving, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governors Highway Safety Administration.  

  • Celebration recognizes carriers

    Newspaper carriers, like mail carriers, often go unrecognized for their service, save for once a year, when people on their routes often reward them with cards or cash tips for a job well done.

    In an effort to recognize an exemplary newspaper carrier, the Monitor hosted a celebration April 17 to honor Dallon Burnside as the Carrier of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2010.

    Burnside, 14, a Los Alamos Monitor carrier for four years, received a certificate and $50 for his outstanding work from Circulation Administrator Jane Johnson.

  • Supercomputing standouts

    Two four–student teams from Los Alamos High School captured second and third place in the 20th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • 04-29-10 Update

    Forum today

      The Los Alamos Chamber and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a County Council candidate economic issues forum at the Los Alamos Research Park, 4200 W. Jemez Road. Networking begins at 5 p.m. today and the forum will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. All 11 candidates have been invited to participate in the forum.

    Leave the cooking to someone else