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  • Anti-corruption measure: House bill tightens lid on cookie jar

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to revamp the State Investment Council and reduce the governor's influence over the board that oversees $12 billion in endowment funds was unanimously approved by the House on Sunday.

    The governor serves as the Investment Council's chairman and can control the nine-member board through his appointment power. The bill would expand the council's membership to 11 but reduce the governor's public appointments from three to two members.

  • Cut or Keep: LAPS School Board Making Funding Decisions in an Uncertain World

    Help district officials decide about funding decisions by providing input to strategic questions. 

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold three independent back-to-back community meetings:

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m.,Tuesday March 2 at Chamisa Elementary Gym;

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 3 at Los Alamos High School Speech Theater; and

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday March 4 at Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

  • State Senate approves bill to prohibit double-dipping pensioners

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to stop governmental retirees from returning to work for a state or local government while receiving their pension.

    The proposed limits will not affect about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are double-dipping with their salaries and pensions.

    The proposed restrictions target public employees retiring after July 1.

    Government workers currently can retire, wait 90 days and return to work for the state, city or county while receiving their pensions.

  • Traffic Alert: Expect big switch in I-25 southbound lanes near Bernalillo

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Tuesday morning rush hour will greet Interstate 25 drivers traveling south past Bernalillo with some new twists and turns.

    The state Department of Transportation said that starting Monday night, there will be various lane closures on southbound I-25 near the south Bernalillo exit as crews rebuild the interstate between Tramway Boulevard and Bernalillo.

    Crews will be switching southbound traffic onto the northbound side of Interstate 25.

  • Tax amnesty proposal clears Senate hurdle

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Delinquent taxpayers could pay what they owe without penalties under a tax amnesty proposal approved by the Senate.

    The legislation would allow the Taxation and Revenue Department to establish a 90-day period this year during which individuals and businesses could pay their unreported taxes without penalties or interest.

    Supporters say the program is a way for New Mexico to potentially collect more tax revenues to help ease the state's budget problems.

  • Democrat targets GOP stronghold

    Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey is going after a seat that’s been unchallenged for years. Sheehey, 57, is running for the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives in District 43.

    The seat, which Republican Jeannette Wallace, 75, has held since Jan. 1, 1991, encompasses Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.

  • Senate OKs tax hikes on certain foods and cigarettes to balance state budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With time running out in the Legislature, the Senate approved a $5.5 billion state budget early Sunday that's balanced by reinstating New Mexico's sales tax on certain foods and increasing the cigarette tax.

    The food tax will generate $138 million but it's expected to run into strong opposition in the House.

    The Senate voted 23-19 to impose the gross receipts tax on a wide range of food products, including white flour tortillas, hard taco shells, candy and soft drinks.

  • Lab flirts with another closure

    A recent rash of safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory reminded federal officials of events leading up to the laboratory shutdown in 2004. Their concerns were expressed in another stern memo to Los Alamos National Laboratory managers that came to light Thursday.

  • Lawmakers approve Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — Similar proposals aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college were approved Wednesday by state legislators.

    The House passed the proposed Hispanic Education Act on a 44-25 vote. The proposal would establish a liaison within the Public Education Department who would focus on Hispanic students. It also would create an advisory council that would work with families and communities to close the gap.

  • Council mulls business, beauty

    Los Alamos County Council will hear a series of presentations at their meeting in White Rock Tuesday, beginning with a report from the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee.  

    The committee will present a plan that grew out of discussions about where to place artist Susanne Vertel’s sculptures of J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. The master plan will provide suggestions for these and other sculptures that are envisioned as a part of the project.