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  • Series of storms on tap for next week could yield several feet of snow

     The National Weather Service issues the following Special Weather Statement Saturday morning:

    ACTIVE WEATHER TO RETURN TO NEW MEXICO NEXT WEEK...

    AFTER A RELATIVELY QUIET FIRST HALF OF JANUARY BIG CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY. MOISTURE LADEN PACIFIC STORMS WILL MOVE INLAND NEXT WEEK AND PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL PRECIPITATION FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

  • NM lawmakers face tough budget year

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers return to work next week to deal with a troublesome election-year assignment: potentially raising taxes, cutting money for schools and slashing government services to balance the state budget.

    The Legislature convenes Tuesday for a 30-day session that offers Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson a last chance to shape his political legacy with changes in state law. Richardson's second term expires at the end of the year. He can't run for a third term because of term limits.

  • 01-17-10 Briefs

    Domenici’s son to make major announcement

    In a cryptic e-mail from his office Saturday, Sen. Pete Domenici’s son, Pete Domenici, Jr., invited the media to attend a press conference this afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The e-mail said Domenici Jr., would make  “an important announcement” and “no further details will be released in advance.” Word is spreading rapidly that the son of New Mexico’s longest serving senator will announce his candidacy for governor.

  • Stimulus funds rev biofuel projects

    Jobs and sustainable energy were complementary goals in a new round of stimulus funding announced this week by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

    According to the announcement, Los Alamos National Laboratory will play a key role in helping develop advanced biofuels for transportation, thanks to funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

  • Capturing the spirit of Los Alamos

    Harris Mayer, a Manhattan Project scientist, whose memories of the early days at Los Alamos have become increasingly precious over time, has written an essay in several dimensions.

    “An Inconclusive Meeting of the Theoretical Megaton Group,” is the third publication and most recent in the Nutshell Series. It was published in December 2009 by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Councilor to run for full term

    Ralph Phelps chaired the Board of Public Utilities for Los Alamos and was becoming more involved with county government activities when a vacancy opened on county council last year. Phelps had become interested in getting more involved so he applied, he said.

    County Council appointed Phelps in January 2009 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jim West. West resigned because he was battling cancer. He recently lost his battle.

    Phelps expressed enthusiasm for serving another four years after

    experiencing a year of life as a councilor.

  • News Alert: Domenici's son to make important announcement Sunday

    In a cryptic e-mail from his office Saturday, Sen. Pete Domenici’s son, Pete Domenici, Jr., invited the media to attend a press conference Sunday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The e-mail said Domenici, Jr., would make  “an important announcement” and “no further details will be released in advance.”

    Word is spreading rapidly that the son of New Mexico’s longest serving senator will announce his candidacy for governor.

  • Solar tech company helps catch a brighter ray

     

    At a Senate budget committee hearing earlier this year, senators wanted to hear what Energy Secretary Steven Chu thought about their own states’ strong points as a basis for solving the energy problem.

    What about carbon capture, a strategy for getting energy from coal with less carbon going into the atmosphere, Chu was asked.

    A “reasonable chance of success,” he answered.

    On nuclear power, Chu said, “The price is still very high,” but he added that it was “a technology certainly worth testing.”

  • NEWS ALERT - Local organization mounts relief effort for Haiti
  • Governor gets efficiency advice

    ALBUQUERQUE ­— New recommendations aimed at saving taxpayer money and making New Mexico’s government more efficient call for merging some state departments, doing away with more than a dozen boards and commissions and changing the public school funding formula.

    A committee on government efficiency submitted recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson on Thursday. He appointed the committee last month with the goal of finding ways to streamline state government.