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  • Tax increase package OK’d

    SANTA FE — The Legislature approved a $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday and the largest tax increase package in more than two decades to help pay for public schools and government services next year.

    Passage of the measures moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically charged special session. Clashes over tax increases and government spending previewed likely campaign themes in this year’s elections.

  • January was cold, but February was colder

    February is usually three or four degrees warmer than January. This year, February’s average temperature of just over 27 degrees in Los Alamos, was a degree colder than January, which was already colder than normal. February was six degrees below average. Surprisingly, one need only look as far back as 2004 to find a colder February at slightly below 27 degrees. The coldest February on record belongs to 1939 with an average of 23 degrees.

  • Project estimates go up and up

    Time and earthquake security are largely responsible for the escalating costs of a large nuclear facility now in design, according to the project leader Wednesday.

    “Time is a big driver,” said Rick Holmes, division leader for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    He noted that the first rough estimates in the range of $600 million were crude estimates for a project expected to be finished in 2012.

  • Diamond Drive, take four

    The clock is now ticking on Diamond Drive Phase 4.

    By a 5-2 vote, County Council awarded a $6.4 million plus contract Tuesday to AS Horner, for the next and last major roadwork and utility project on Diamond Drive stretching south from North Road to the Omega Bridge that spans Los Alamos Canyon.

    Although councilors expressed concerns that the contractor was responsible for at least some of the public’s dissatisfaction over Phases 1 and 2, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman began his presentation with reasons to expect a different outcome this time.

  • 03-04-10 Update

    Don’t miss “Diner” today

      Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. today.

    Lenten fish fry dinner

  • NEWS ALERT: Councilors tighten compensation plan
  • 03-03-10 Update

    Winners to be announced

      The Sierra Club will be introduced to the winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental award. The winners will present their posters at 7 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library.

    Don’t miss “Diner”

    Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Lenten fish fry dinner

  • Higher taxes on the horizon

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans will pay higher taxes on goods and services they buy, including food, under a compromise, budget-balancing package in the Legislature.

    Proposals approved by the House and Senate will increase taxes by more than $230 million next year to help finance public schools and government programs.

    Lawmakers hope to finish work on the budget package and wrap up a special legislative session Wednesday. Each chamber must approve the same tax and budget measures before the proposals can go to Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • A new approach to an old system

    The old grade book is being tossed out at the elementary schools in the Los Alamos Public Schools district.

    What is taking the place of the former excel spreadsheets is an electronic grade book system called Pinnacle. Just as many students anxiously wait for report cards to see what grades will be revealed, teachers and administrators are working and training to discover what Pinnacle will produce for them.

  • Grazing program extended

    The Valles Caldera Trust will open their new 15,000 square-foot science and education facility next week in Jemez Springs.

    The newly renovated complex was used to house elderly priests from the Servants of the Paraclete and was unoccupied for 10 years, said Bob Parmenter, chief scientist for the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The trust has taken out a lease and has an option to purchase the property.