Local News

  • House OKs change in pension plan 

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico legislators will have to contribute more into their pension plans under a bill passed Thursday by the House, but the proposal’s sponsor says the Legislature needs to scale back its retirement benefits.
    No other state offers a similar pension system for its legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That’s because New Mexico lawmakers don’t receive an annual salary and instead get a daily payment intended to offset their expenses. Typically, pension contributions and benefits for public employees are based on their salaries.

  • What happened to spell check?

    This sign greets motorists and pedestrians on Central Avenue, heading toward the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Update 02-10-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Coming Sunday

    Construction begins on a new TRU Waste Facility at the lab.Get the details on how this will accelerate shipments to WIPP.

    ESB meeting

  • Citizens prefer 'natural' plan for Ashley Pond

    The 30 or so residents attending the public meeting on the Ashley Pond renovation project were divided between a “naturalistic” master plan and a “mixed” design combining natural and more formal elements.

    They were all in agreement on one thing: a very ‘’formal” option received not a single vote.

    The overriding goal of the renovation is to revitalize Ashley Pond, which is dying from a depletion of oxygen in the water called eutrophication. To rejuvenate the pond, a number of factors must be addressed, including reducing runoff carrying dissolved nutrients from fertilizer and pollutants from parking areas and finding ways to increase water circulation.

  • Blasts hit security HQs in Syrian city Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two explosions struck security compounds in Aleppo on Friday, killing 28 people, state media reported, the first significant violence in a major city that has largely stood by Syrian President Bashar Assad in the 11-month-old uprising against his rule.

    The blasts come as escalating violence between regime forces and an increasingly militarized opposition has raised fears the conflict is spiraling toward civil war.

  • They're back: Social issues overtake US politics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All of a sudden, abortion, contraception and gay marriage are at the center of American political discourse, with the struggling — though improving — economy pushed to the background.

    Social issues don't typically dominate the discussion in shaky economies. But they do raise emotions important to factors like voter turnout. And they can be key tools for political candidates clamoring for attention, campaign cash or just a change of subject in an election year.

  • Spy on the Wall: Video Conferencing at Risk

    Video conferencing has quickly evolved into a technology that's everywhere, from Facebook feeds to corporate boardrooms. Its value as a communications tool is profound. But so too is its vulnerability to hackers.

  • Denver's Largest-Ever Drug Bust Nets Dozens

    Dozens of people were arrested in Denver's largest-ever drug bust. The suspects face state and federal charges stemming from five separate investigations.

  • Raw Video: NC School Bus Burst Into Flames

    A school bus in Charlotte, North Carolina burst into flames while carrying children home Wednesday afternoon. The bus driver was able to get all the elementary-aged school children off safely. The bus was destroyed.

  • Snow melting forecast fading for state

    With about half of the snow accumulation season for the northern New Mexico mountains concluded, and a weak to moderate La Niña expected to persist through early 2012, the prospects for a better than normal spring snow melt runoff season are fading for northern New Mexico.
    The erratic and highly variable winter storm track, as well as the potential for a drier than normal La Niña-influenced spring, do not bode well for water supply forecasts in several key northern New Mexico river basins.
    Forecast flows for the Rio Grande include 79 percent of normal into Cochiti Lake and 70 percent at Elephant Butte Lake.
    Other reservoir forecast inflows include 74 percent of normal at El Vado Lake and 89 percent of normal for Santa Rosa Lake.