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  • 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.

  • Thousands of Haitians flee ruins of capital city

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians are fleeing their quake-ravaged capital by the hundreds of thousands, aid officials said Friday, as their government promised to help nearly a half-million more move from squalid camps on curbsides and vacant lots into safer, cleaner tent cities.

  • NEWS ALERT: Council advised to reject charter reform amendments
  • Revised economic plan for Los Alamos available

    Los Alamos County is beginning the next stage in developing an Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.

    Copies of the Draft Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP) are available for public access and review at the Mesa Public Library, the White Rock Library, the 3-1-1 Customer Care Center, the County Administrative Offices and the Chamber of Commerce. An electronic copy of the EVSP, as well as all information and updates pertaining to the EVSP, will be posted on the County Web site at www.losalamosnm.us/ecodev.

    The public is encouraged to review and comment on the plan.

  • Bowl painting party set for Saturday

    This year will mark the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Project.  Each year the Self Help, Inc. fundraiser has grown in popularity. The goal is to offer 800 hand painted bowls.  So far, 500 have been completed. Another objective is to have 200 painted during the community bowl painting party, which will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Painters of all ages are invited to participate.

    In addition to decorating bowls for the March 13 fundraiser, refreshments will be served. There is no charge to participate.

  • Building topic of special meeting

    Anyone with anything left to say about where Los Alamos County should build its new Municipal Building has one more opportunity Thursday.

    Earlier this month the County Council decided they would dedicate an entire special meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers to that topic.

    A council-appointed citizens’ committee narrowed down 25 possible sites throughout Los Alamos and White Rock to two, which they recommended to council last fall.