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  • Retiree authority mulls health benefit changes

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority is considering setting a minimum retirement age before health care subsidies become available, joining the state’s two pension funds in broaching the subject as a way to cut costs.
    The authority now subsidizes monthly insurance premiums for those who retire from state and local government and public school systems. It provides benefits for about 50,000 retirees, their spouses and dependents.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/tLX2sh ) the authority is now discussing a change which would eliminate the benefit for those who retire before a minimum age. That would force retirees to pay all their premiums until they reach 55 or 60 years old.

  • Update 12-20-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge today. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

  • Caldera gets new trustee

    Lifelong New Mexican Kent Salazar has been sworn in as the newest member of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees. He is the third Trustee appointed by President Barack Obama and follows Dr. Melissa Savage and Dr. Ken Smith who were appointed in August 2010. By statute each trustee position is filled with a specific expertise needed to guide the management of the Preserve.
    Salazar served 20 years as manager of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department before retiring in 1996. He owns and manages the small environmental consulting firm, Kent Salazar Co., and has a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico.

  • House battle gets its day in court

    The State House redistricting trial got underway this past week in Santa Fe and many close to the situation said they did not believe a decision by Judge James Hall would be forthcoming until January.

    “That’s what I have been hearing,” said Alvin Gentry (R-Albuquerque).

    The good news for Los Alamos, though, is that every plan submitted to the judge keeps the county whole.
    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval), no relation to the judge, said, though, the county still is not out of the woods.

    “The only changes in the plans are the precincts,” Hall said. “The judge can still change things and it is definitely out of everybody’s hands.”

  • Snow blankets Los Alamos

    Los Alamos received between four and six inches of snow as another major winter storm hit New Mexico Monday.

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos National Laboratory were closed Monday.
    Due to the severe winter storm and hazardous road conditions in Los Alamos and White Rock, most county administration offices, services and facilities that were considered “non essential” to county business closed at noon Monday.

    Any resident with a Monday trash pick up who did not receive service Monday will have a special pick up on Wednesday.

    Today, meanwhile, the latest in a string of storms has passed and schools, the lab and county offices were back open.

  • Winter Storm Warning Continues Into Friday Night

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7500 FEET AND ACROSS THE HIGHLANDS. LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE NEAR AND A LITTLE EAST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND ELSEWHERE OVER THE HIGHEST TERRAIN. 3 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO INCLUDING THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THE ALBUQUERQUE VALLEY WILL ONLY RECEIVE 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW FOR THE EVENT WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE WEST MESA AND RIO RANCHO AREAS.

  • Video: Traffic Moving After Big Snow

    Interstates are moving once again in states from New Mexico to Kansas. Drifts are reaching 10 feet in Colorado, and drivers in North Texas are being warned to stay off the roads.

  • Raw Video: North Koreans Mourn for Kim Jong Il

    Huge crowds in Pyongyang mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

  • Raw Video: Last US Troops Roll Out of Iraq

    The last U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border to neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Sunday. Their exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years.

  • Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk scheduled

    Bandelier National Monument will be hosting its annual ranger-guided Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk Thursday.
     “In many parts of the world, native people built structures aligned to events like the sunrise on the solstices,” said Superintendent Jason Lott. “For anyone standing in the plaza at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon on winter solstice, the sunrise appears directly along the only ground-floor entrance to the village.  We have no way to know for sure if it was planned that way, but we invite anyone who is interested to join us on the morning of solstice to see the sunrise and celebrate the beginning of longer days.”