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  • Department of Health releases H1N1 stats

    SANTA FE — A recent analysis of death and hospitalization data due to H1N1 in New Mexico found that children younger than age 5 have the highest rate of hospitalizations, and people age 50 to 64 have the highest death rate.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Response Division analyzed data collected since April 2009.

  • Ballots due Tuesday

    The ballots for the all mail special election for the Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-LA bond issues must be returned to the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. Feb. 2, and that date is almost here.

    As of mid-day Wednesday, 4,275 ballots had been returned to the County Clerk’s Office, according to Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols.

    For reference purposes, she said 6,626 total votes were cast in the 2009 special school bond election.

  • Boosting business

    A Los Alamos contingent mingled with state lawmakers and the who’s who in New Mexico business during Monday’s annual Legislative Reception at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

    Business people and decision makers from across the state attended what Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos described as one of the most important and well attended networking events of the year.

  • Council guards against state tax raid

    County councilors paid heed to budget rumbling from the Legislature in Santa Fe. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution Tuesday to oppose any attempt to reduce the county’s share of the Gross Receipts Tax.

    According to one scenario, the county could lose some $1,566,700 annually to the state and statewide local governments could lose an estimated $120,953,127.

  • GRT hike clears first hurdle in NM legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to temporarily increase New Mexico's gross receipts tax to help balance the state budget cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Thursday.

    The measure would provide about $238 million next year by raising the tax by one-half cent to 5.5 percent. The tax rate would then decline annually until it returned to 5 percent starting in July 2014.

  • Winter Storm Watch goes into effect this evening as upper level disturbances merge over NM

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather advisory Wednesday morning:

    WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

    A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

  • NEWS ALERT: Council backs affordable housing plan
  • 01-27-10 Update

    ‘Topper/’Devil tickets on sale Friday

      Tickets for the Los Alamos-Española Valley boys basketball game, which will be played at Griffith Gymnasium, will go on sale at 2 p.m. Friday.

      The varsity game is scheduled to start at

    7 p.m. Friday. Those interested in seeing the game are encouraged to be at Griffith Gym by 4 p.m. for the start of the C team game.

  • Proposal to expand online government information

    SANTA FE —  New Mexicans could track spending by state agencies under a proposal that would create a Web portal for access to government information.

    The measure by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, has the support of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

    “People want the right and need the right to easily access as much information as possible about New Mexico’s government and how their tax dollars are being spent,” Denish told a news conference Tuesday with Rue.

  • Lawmakers propose canceling projects

    SANTA FE — Thousands of capital improvement projects, from school playgrounds to water system upgrades, would be scrapped under a proposal by a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

    The legislation could provide nearly $150 million to help replenish New Mexico’s cash reserves, which have been drained because of recent budget problems.

    The measure will run into strong opposition because projects would be canceled in communities across New Mexico and in the home districts of legislators.