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  • State has $360M available in 2013

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s financial picture is improving and more than $360 million in new revenues will be available in the upcoming budget year, lawmakers were told Thursday.
    After several years of budget shortfalls and weak revenues, New Mexico faces the prospect of having additional money that could help restore recent cuts in programs, replenish the state’s cash reserves or potentially allow for tax reductions.
    However, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s top budget adviser warned legislators not to start a “spending spree.”
    According to an updated financial forecast released to the Legislative Finance Committee at a meeting in Socorro:

  • Update 07-15-11

    CRC meeting
    Charter Review Committee will discuss the status of the Sheriff’s Office at a public meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

    Missing pets?
    Residents whose pets may have gotten lost during the fire and evacuation are being asked to contact Animal Control through the Police Dispatch Center at 662-8222.

    Kiwanis talk
    Denise Lane and other volunteers will present their experience feeding thousands during the fire from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday at the Kiwanis Club at the Masonic Temple. 

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utiliies will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    NJROTC carwash

  • Search narrows for NCRTD executive

    The search continues and the end is in sight.

    The North Central Regional Transit District has been conducting a search since May to find a new executive director to replace Josette Lucero, who retired at the end of April.

    In the meantime, the NCRTD named former Los Alamos County Administator Tony Mortillaro as the interim executive director May 6. Rosemary Romero, who is heading the search committee, said Mortillaro and four others made the final cut and interviews were to be conducted next week. Romero said others in contention for the post include Joe Briscoe, Lauren Reichelt, Harry Montoya and Gregory Trujillo.

  • Broadband Meetings Clarify, Confuse

    Two meetings at Fuller Lodge Thursday, one for businesspeople and the other for the general public, were designed to educate about the proposed Community Broadband network and presented the results of recent market research surveys assessing community response to the proposal.

    Research and Polling Inc., a company founded by Brian Sanderoff, surveyed 102 businesses and 452 private citizens.

    The surveys asked a range of questions about residents’ satisfaction with their current Internet services, their understanding of the proposed fiber optics system and their level of interest in community broadband.

  • Blaze at 150K acres, 61 percent contained

    Firefighters were hampered Thursday by warmer weather and rugged terrain in their efforts to contain the state’s largest wildfire, as the region’s top forest official granted an initial request for funding that clears the way for recovery work on part of the massive blaze.

    Teams were using aerial reconnaissance flights and satellite images to create a map showing the severity of the burn throughout the southern half of the Las Conchas fire. Meanwhile, hydrologists and soil scientists were trying to estimate how much sediment might be moved if rain hits the burn scar.

  • Signals go up at Diamond and Trinity

    A worker sits on a crane and helps install a traffic light at the intersection of Trinity and Diamond Drive this week.

  • Obama: Chance for 'something big' to calm economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday Congress has a "unique opportunity to do something big" and stabilize the U.S. economy for decades by cutting deficits even as it raises the national debt limit ahead of a critical Aug. 2 deadline. He said was willing to make tough decisions himself, including trimming Medicare benefits for wealthy beneficiaries, but said, "We're running out of time."

  • Murdoch apologizes to family of slain schoolgirl

    LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch's loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks resigned Friday as chief executive of his embattled British newspapers as the media titan personally apologized to a family at the center of the phone-hacking scandal roiling Britain.

    With the departure of Brooks — the highest-ranking casualty yet in the scandal — Murdoch's son James signaled a new strategy for dealing with the storm that has knocked billions off the value of News Corp., scuttled its ambitions to take full control of lucrative British Sky Broadcasting and radically changed the power balance between U.K. politicians and the feared Murdoch press.

  • CRC discusses oversight issues

    The focus of Tuesday night’s Charter Review Committee (CRC) meeting was the balance between autonomy and oversight for the utility board and utilities manager.
    A proposed change to the charter would allow the Los Alamos County Council to override any board decision regarding the manager, including compensation or other contractual items, and could remove the utilities manager by a 6-1 vote. At present, the council’s only power is to have an up or down vote on board recommendations.
    Those opposed to the change fear it has the potential for political interference with the utilities board and department. Morrie Pongratz was the sole subcommittee member opposing the change. Pongratz reiterated points he had made in a written statement. These were:

  • Hotel Eklund volunteers pack cookies

    Volunteers at the Hotel Eklund in Clayton compiled 800 cookie packets last week for firefighters battling the Las Conchas Fire fighters. Christian Church of Los Alamos volunteers delivered the cookie packets and 450 other desserts to Hill Diner for distribution to the firefighters.
    Contributions from Clayton included baked goods from the Rabbit Ear Restaurant, Issac’s Hardware and the Kokopelli Best Western motel.
    Packaged cookies arrived from the Ranch Market and the Hotel Eklund kitchen staff provided 350 raspberry shortcakes.