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  • Governor threatens special session on budget

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday he will call a special session of the Legislature next week if lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget before adjourning on Thursday but there's still time to reach a compromise on spending and tax increases.

    The Democratic governor said lawmakers should consider a small increase in New Mexico's gross receipts tax — perhaps one-eighth or one-quarter of a cent — along with a tax on junk food and cigarettes to help raise revenues to balance the budget.

  • Fed loan guarantees underwrite new nuclear plants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than $8 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia could be the first step toward a nuclear renaissance in the United States, three decades after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident halted all new reactor orders.

  • NEWS ALERT: Council backs sculpture series

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  • Ruby K's celebrates milestone

    Offer bagels and they will come. That premise has panned out nicely as the owners of the town’s only bagel cafe prepare to celebrate five years in business Friday.

    “It’s kind of hard to believe five years have gone by since Kelly Parker and I opened Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe,” Ruby Alexander said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “It really wouldn’t have been possible without all the support Los Alamos has given us. We filled a niche but at the same time the support has been phenomenal.”

  • New principles disclosed

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new set of operating principles for operations across the nuclear security enterprise were introduced by the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Speaking at the second annual Deterrence Summit today, NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino highlighted the President’s FY2011 budget request that includes an increase of 13 percent over last year’s budget.

  • 02-17-10 Update

    JJAB meeting is tonight

      The February Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) will meet at 6:15 p.m. tonight in the LAPS Board Room.

    Join the Mountaineers

  • Council backs sculpture series plan

    The County Council accepted, with a 5-1 vote, the Historic Scuptures Master Plan Committee’s (HSMPC) 10-year plan for commissioning life-sized historic sculptures to represent five eras of Los Alamos history.

    “The Master Plan lays out a vision for celebrating our rich history,” said Ron Wilkins, the chair of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board.

  • Son of Perhapsatron

    Nearly forgotten at times in the buzz of new and renewable energy resources, the pursuit of unlimited fusion energy still engages many different kinds and scales of effort.

    Unlike nuclear fission, in which energy is released by splitting the atom, nuclear fusion creates sun-like quantities of energy by fusing or joining atoms together. Existing nuclear plants work by fission. While they are controversial and still unfulfilled, dreams of one day solving the world’s energy problem often return to the long-term promise of fusion.

  • CIA, Pakistanis snare Taliban's top military commander

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban's top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against the insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

    Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, two Pakistani intelligence officers and a senior U.S. official said.

  • NEWS ALERT: LANL model checks arctic warming

    The methane is caged in ice lattices, or clathrates, which are thought to be particularly vulnerable to release in the rapidly warming waters of the arctic. Some climatologists blame runaway events like the Great Dying, 250 million years ago, the worst extinction event in Earth’s history, on the sudden release of methane clathrates buried under the cold ocean floors.  READ MORE IN TUESDAY'S MONITOR.