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  • Councilors tighten compensation plan

    Councilors seized on findings of an employee compensation report Tuesday to eliminate the “Los Alamos Factor,” the cost of living premium thought to have an arbitrary influence in boosting the income of county employees.

    Although there were questions about how that could be accomplished, it was one of several disapproving whacks that the Los Alamos County Council gave to the county compensation system in a motion accepting a Market Pricing Study by consultant Fox Lawson and Associates (FLA).

  • NEWS ALERT Local woman surfaces, safe in Chile

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    Police beat

      A large piece of concrete thrown through the rear window of a parked vehicle, a rock thrown through the window of another parked vehicle and the windows of an office building damaged by shots from a pellet gun or firearm top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    AAUW meeting today

      The American Association University of Women will host a talk titled, “Growing Up Female in

    India,” during their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

  • Gas cap debated

    SANTA FE — There was no shortage of grim economic and environmental predictions as a New Mexico environmental regulatory board heard Monday from dozens of people on both sides of a proposal that seeks a greenhouse gas emissions cap in the state.

    The Environmental Improvement Board was petitioned by an environmental group, New Energy Economy, to establish a cap. The group advocates for reductions of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

    Renewable energy advocates, social justice activists, environmentalists and physicians voiced their support.

  • Governor signs four bills into law

    LAS CRUCES — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed four bills into law from the recently concluded New Mexico regular legislative session, including a bill that protects state employees who speak out about unlawful activity and government corruption.

    Richardson signed the Spaceport Informed Consent Act, the Colonias Infrastructure Act and Fund and the Las Cruces Tax Increment Project Bond bill during an appearance Saturday in Las Cruces.

    The governor also signed the Whistleblower Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Cervantes,

  • Local woman found safe in Chile

    The earthquake that devastated Chile Saturday morning also jolted Los Alamos.

    With growing apprehension Chuck Pergler and Mary Skarra reported that their daughter Isis Skarra-Pergler was still missing Monday.

    She was traveling with her boyfriend Joe Stoffers when the 8.8-magnitude quake occurred. The couple was believed to be camping on a beach at that time, most likely in an impacted area.

  • Lawmakers whittle down budget gap

    SANTA FE — A little bit of everything was thrown into the legislative hopper to get a balanced budget passed this week, as lawmakers began a special session Monday.

    The new mixture, approved by Democratic Party leaders last week, includes tax increases and spending cuts in a package of nine bills identified in Governor Richardson’s proclamation. The announcement that defined the agenda was issued shortly before the Senate opened for business at about 2 p.m., followed within the hour by the House.

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  • Lawman targets sheriff post

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Marco Lucero has spent more than 22 years of his life fighting crime and working his way up the ranks of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department.

    Lucero, 46, is running for Los Alamos County sheriff and if elected, would become the first state certified law enforcement officer to serve as sheriff in Los Alamos County.

  • January spending increases but income growth slows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Personal spending jumped by a larger amount than expected in January but Americans' incomes barely budged. The weak income growth could depress spending in the months ahead, acting as a further drag on the fragile economic recovery.

    The Commerce Department said that personal spending rose by 0.5 percent in January, slightly better than expected. But incomes edged up only 0.1 percent, significantly lower than the 0.4 percent gain that economists had expected.