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  • Analysis: Democratic split complicates budget work

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political will to compromise and make unpopular votes was a missing ingredient as the New Mexico Legislature worked for 30 days but failed to agree on a balanced budget to finance schools and government programs next year.

    The two Democratic-led chambers were far apart throughout the session on tax and budget issues. And those differences will remain when the Legislature convenes Wednesday for a special session to again try to pass a budget.

  • Council doubles up

    The Los Alamos County Council will consider an ordinance terminating an economic development agreement with Elemetric Instruments as its first order of business at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when it meets in the Community Building.

    Also on the agenda is a request from the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization for funding the Day Out Program. Also, Fire Chief Doug Tucker will lead a discussion about a request for approval of a Joint Powers Agreement for wildland fire protection and suppression with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division.

  • LANL foundation applications go online

    In an effort to make the submission process efficient and straightforward for all applicants, the LANL Foundation has moved to an online application system.

    Anyone interested in a LANL Foundation grant must now apply online.

  • Legislature adjourns without budget deal, special session coming up

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  • Transparency wins major victories

    A brief but open conference committee capped off the 30-day legislative session in which transparency advocates won major victories.  

    “The conference committee was short and relatively uneventful, but it still felt pretty momentous to me,” New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Sarah Welsh said in a news release. “I thought of Bob Johnson and wished he could have been there.”

  • N.M. students eye early college

    Santa Fe  — New Mexico is one of eight states that will participate in the Board Examination Systems Program that will allow high school sophomores to voluntarily test out of their last two years of high school, to prepare students for college coursework, and to get a degree, Education Secretary Veronica García said in a news release.

  • 02-19-10 Update

    Look for your brochure

      Local residents will find an informational brochure featuring the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Historical Museum enclosed in their utility bills with locations, opening and closing times, contact information and ongoing events. There’s  lots of things to do, see and learn.

    Don’t miss “Firebird Suite”

      Los Alamos Community Winds will perform the “Firebird Suite” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Baptist Church.

    Celebrate senior night

  • NM lawmakers lack budget deal as session nears end

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature neared adjournment without an agreement on a state budget or taxes to pay for government operations in the coming year.

    The Legislature's 30-day session ends at noon Thursday.

    Unless a last-minute budget deal is reached, it will be necessary for lawmakers to return to work later in a special session to approve a plan for financing public schools and government services in the fiscal year starting in July.

  • NEWS ALERT: Scholar finds future for disarmament

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  • Lawmakers debate N.M. Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — The Senate, for the second time, debated legislation aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college.

    The Senate passed the House bill 25-13 on Wednesday after amending it to add language that would encourage state education officials to both develop and implement a plan for helping Hispanic students. The House would have to agree to the change before the bill could go to the governor.