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  • Bingaman: Cap and trade bill unlikely this year

    ALBUQUERQUE — Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that it’s unclear whether Congress will be able to pass cap and trade legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions this year.

    Bingaman, D-N.M., said there’s no consensus on what form a cap-and-trade system would take, but strong desire exists in both the Senate and House to pass other energy-related bills that would curb pollution blamed for global warming.

  • Family sues funeral home over brain in bag

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico family is suing two funeral homes over a gruesome incident in which members unwittingly accepted a bag containing a relative’s brain and only became aware of it by the odor a day later.

    Funeral homes in New Mexico and Utah, where the woman died, are blaming each other for the mistake. Both have been named in the lawsuit.

    “This is just a sad tragedy,” plaintiffs attorney Richard Valle said Wednesday. “This almost feels like something you’d read about in a Stephen King book.”

  • Jobless claims fall, layoffs ease

    WASHINGTON — The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a sign the job market is healing as the economy slowly recovers.

    New jobless claims have dropped steadily since September, raising hopes that the economy may soon begin creating jobs and the unemployment rate could decline. That, in turn, would give households more money to spend and add fuel to the broader economic rebound that began earlier this year.

  • Valles Caldera could be added to National Park Service, according to study

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (AP) — A study of northern New Mexico's Valles Caldera National Preserve says the area is a worthy addition to the National Park Service system.

    The study — released Thursday by the Park Service — was praised by Audubon New Mexico, the National Audubon Society's state office.

  • Land swap closes amid conflict

    SANTA FE - Angry hunters and skeptical public officials grilled state Land Commissioner Pat Lyons over a package of state trust-land trades around Whites Peak in northern New Mexico.

    The confrontation Thursday at the state Land Office in Santa Fe came after the first such deal closed, involving the Stanley Ranch.

    Lyons held the meeting to offer state legislators more information about the trade. But the session often turned into heated exchanges, with Lyons and hunting guide Albert H. Goke of Las Vegas, N.M., shaking fingers at each other.

  • Park service turns gaze on Valles Caldera

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve’s eligibility to become a national park has been enhanced in recent years by several important changes, according to an updated report prepared for New Mexico’s U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

    Ironically, two of those changes have been introduced by the Valles Caldera Trust, the preserve’s governing body. The Trust would likely be dissolved should the preserve become a part of the park system, rather than the independently chartered federal corporation that it is now.

  • LAPS set to battle dropout, drug issues

    Grappling with a dropout rate at 19 percent and more substance abuse expulsions between August and October 2009 than the entire 2008-09 school year, school officials are asking parents for help. Volunteers are needed to participate in the newly formed Youth “At Risk” Summit Committee.

  • News Alert: Atomic City Transit suspends regular service for Friday

    The following cryptic message is posted on the county's website:

    Due to operational circumstances we are unable to provide Atomic City Transit fixed-route service on Friday, January 8th, 2010. Dial-a-ride services will be available. Please call 661-RIDE(7433).

    County officials are preparing a statement that should be made available shortly... Check back for more details on this developing story.


  • Schools hope to get financial assistance

    It’s common knowledge that Los Alamos County is considered the wealthiest county in the state. Because of that, it’s widely assumed Los Alamos Public Schools is amply funded as well.

    But that’s not the case, according to local school officials who explained during a recent interview why the district is struggling and why it is critical that the community approve the upcoming referendum election.

  • Diamond Drive project begins final lap

    It’s going to take nearly two more years. It won’t be easy. But when it’s over, it will be over for a long time.

    “There will be congestion; it will be inconvenient,” said Kyle Zimmerman, Los Alamos County department of public works director. “We will try to minimize it, but there will be delays and disruption.”

    He was talking about Phase 4 of the Diamond Drive project that began at the San Ildefonso roundabout and will extend to the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, skipping north and south across the mesa tops.