Local News

  • Employer tax hike proposed

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Susana Martinez a proposal to shore up the state’s unemployment compensation program by raising taxes on employers and cutting jobless benefits.
    If the governor signs the legislation, taxes on businesses will go up by $128 million next year.
    The Workforce Solutions Department projects the unemployment fund will run out of money by next March without any changes.

  • Fight breast cancer this Sunday

    Put on your running or walking shoes. At 9 a.m. Sunday, the Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah and Atomic City Roadrunners will present Run for Her Life, a 5K and 10K race in Los Alamos to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer.
    This will be the first race specifically targeting breast cancer to be held in Los Alamos.
    This year, 1.3 million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 500,000 will die from the disease.  

  • Act to assist homeowners

    Santa Fe –The House of Representatives voted to advance a bill that aims to ensure home owners receive all payoff statements that are due to them from mortgage companies.  
    HB 141a, sponsored by Rep. Eliseo “Lee” Alcon (D-Milan), passed the House with a vote of 64 to 2.

  • ELS introduces children to literacy

    Due to the support from the Friends of the Library, Mesa Public Library was recently able to purchase an Early Literacy Station (ELS), a complete educational solution loaded with 50 educational software titles for children ages 2-10.  
    The Early Literacy Station offers children a stand-a-lone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children.
    The ELS has a colorful keyboard and tiny mouse to promote easy learning and hands on discovery.

  • Clinton: No interest in job if Obama wins 2nd term

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she does not want to stay in her job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in 2012.
    The nation’s top diplomat also firmly said she neither has plans to mount another White House bid nor interest in other posts, such as vice president or defense secretary.

  • Officials: No radiation danger to U.S.

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday that radiation leaking from the crippled Japanese nuclear complex does not present a danger to the western United States or its Pacific territories at this time. Officials also defended a proposed 50-mile evacuation zone for American troops and citizens in Japan.

  • Update 03-17-11

    St. Patty’s dinner
    A St. Patrick’s Day dinner to benefit the U19 Girls Rugby team will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Elk’s Lodge. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

    CIP business meeting
    The Capital Improvement Projects business meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. today at the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Celtic Fire
    An Irish music and dance show will be at 7:30 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorirum. Tickets are available at CB Fox.

    Garden Club

  • Japanese choppers dump water on stricken reactors

    ZAO, Japan — Japan deployed military helicopters, high-pressure water cannons and fire trucks in an increasingly desperate attempt to cool an overheated nuclear complex as U.S. officials warned the situation was deteriorating.
    While the choppers flew combat-style missions to dump batch after batch of seawater onto a stricken reactor, plant operators said they were close to finishing a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex on the country’s northeast coast.

  • Legislators send budget to governor

    SANTA FE — The Legislature is sending Republican Gov. Susana Martinez a $5.4 billion state budget that will cut government spending by 2.7 percent next year.
    The measure cleared its final legislative hurdle late Wednesday when the House voted 36-32 to accept a Senate-passed version of the budget.
    The budget will cut spending on education and general government programs by about $152 million in the fiscal year that starts in July.
    Martinez has until early April to decide whether to sign or veto the bill or reject specific spending items.

  • Traffic woes hit LA area

    Difficulties encountered in wiring a temporary traffic signal at the intersection of Diamond and Trinity compounded by sinkhole repairs on the Main Hill Road were the culprits behind long traffic delays plaguing drivers in Los Alamos early Wednesday afternoon.

    Around noontime, cars attempting to go west were lined up from Diamond Drive to Knecht Street on Trinity and also along Central Avenue on the westbound side to Knecht Street.