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  • 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.

  • Lujn meets with local officials

    During his trip to Los Alamos Saturday, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., stopped by the special County Council meeting underway in Council Chambers.

    The serious mood at the heavily attended meeting, held to address a petition for changes to the County Charter, was evident as Councilor Nona Bowman became emotional while speaking to the issue.

    “Our meetings aren’t always this intense,” Council Vice Chair Sharon Stover joked to Luján appearing rather puzzled from his seat near the back of the room.

  • Council backs affordable housing plan

    As Los Alamos County sought to diversify the local economy in recent years it came to grips with one of its own shortcomings.

    While it has a vital workforce on the high end of the income scale, it just doesn’t have enough people at the lower end.

    There isn’t enough diversity in the workforce or the housing inventory to accommodate the people who would be needed to do the work for the kinds of retail and service businesses that the county wants, with the hourly wages and relatively modest incomes that those kinds of jobs entail.

    More to come ...

  • Slow moving winter storm takes aim at New Mexico, heavy snows likely

    The National Weather Service issued the following special weather statement Tuesday morning:

    POTENTIAL WINTER STORM TO IMPACT NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...

    A WINTER STORM COULD POTENTIALLY AFFECT MUCH OF NEW MEXICO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN LAST WEEKS STORMS SYSTEMS. THIS TIME... THE GREATEST IMPACT WILL LIKELY BE FELT FROM THE EAST SLOPES OF THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN TO THE TEXAS BORDER.

  • Consumer confidence climbs in January, but still relatively weak

     CHICAGO (AP) — Consumer confidence rose past expectations in January, the third straight monthly increase as Americans begin to feel slightly better about business conditions and the job picture, according to a survey released Tuesday.

    The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index increased to 55.9, the highest in more than a year but still relatively gloomy. That compares with 53.6 in December.

    January's index was better than the expected 53.5 forecast by economists.