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  • Bandelier proposing rate increase starting this year

    Bandelier National Monument is seeking public comment into a proposal to up its entrance fees.
    A press release from Bandelier said it hadn’t updated its fee schedule since 2006, but is now looking at increasing fees sometime in 2015.
    Starting mid-month, the public can comment on the proposed fee changes. Changes can only be made, Bandeiler said, after gathering public feedback on when and how a fee increase may be implemented.
    Results will be reported to the National Park Service before increases take effect.
    Under the new monument schedule, fees would increase to $20 for private vehicle (up from $12 currently), $10 per person or bicycle (up from $6) and $15 per motorcycle (currently $12). Annual pass fees would increase from $30 to $40.
    Additional revenue from the fee hike, according to Bandelier, will go toward enhancing visitor services and facilities.
    “We are committed to providing all park visitors the best possible experience, while keeping costs reasonable and affordable” said Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. “Funds raised from entrance fees are used to maintain the parks and improve visitor services. This national fee review provides an opportunity for park managers to talk with our visitors about where and how fees can help with these needs.”

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  • Winter weather advisory starts at 5 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning starting at 5 p.m. and continuing through 5 p.m. Thursday.

    The warning is for potential heavy snow in the area. Accumulations of up to 6 inches are possible for areas below 7,500 feet and 10 inches above that elevation.

    Travel in noth centeral New Mexico is not advised, although blowing snow is not expected.

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  • Stronger economy aided market outlook

    NEW YORK (AP) — Can the U.S. hold everyone else above water? That is the question investors are asking as Wall Street heads into 2015.
    A strong U.S. economy helped propel the stock market higher in 2014, continuing a bull market that is on pace to celebrate its sixth birthday in March. On more than one occasion, investors dumped stocks following geopolitical flare-ups and concerns about the global economy, only to jump back in when an economic report or results from a big company suggested the U.S. economy was still resilient.
    This bull market may be slowing down, but it still has had a remarkable run. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index has more than tripled from its March 2009 low.
    Wall Street strategists, who typically are bullish on the U.S. stock market, expect the advance to continue into 2015.
    Here are the major themes investors will need to watch:

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.
    Dec. 18
    9:45 a.m. ­— A 32-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of larceny (less than $250 on North Mesa Road.

    10:15 a.m. — Holly Bates, 44, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant. Original charges were embezzlement, between $250 and $2,500.

    12:40 p.m. — Shawn Deryke, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant. Original charges were aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more on Sept. 1.

    2:01 p.m. — A 17-year-old Española teen was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) on Trinity Drive.

    2:01 p.m. — A 17-year-old Alcalde teen was arrested for shoplifting (less than $100) on Trinity Drive.
    Dec. 19
    12:13 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) on N.M. 4.

  • Pending home sales climb in Nov.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.
    The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index climbed 0.8 percent the past month to 104.8 from a revised 104 in October. The index remains slightly below its 2013 average but is 4.1 percent higher than last November.
    Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale. The number of contract signings increased in the Northeast, South and West last month, while declining in the Midwest.
    “Home sales activity will likely continue to be uninspiring in the months ahead,” Laura Rosner, an economist at BNP Paribas, said in a research note to clients.
    Housing has struggled to fully rebound since the recession ended more than five years ago. Many potential buyers lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing houses instead of upgrading. Higher home prices and relatively stagnant incomes have also curtailed buying.
    Separate NAR data last week showed that sales of existing homes fell 6.1 percent in November to the slowest pace in six months,

  • Americans predict 2015 will be better

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll.
    Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There’s room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding “meh.”
    What Americans thought of 2014:
    On a personal level, about a third (34 percent) think 2014 was better than 2013, while 15 percent say 2014 was worse and half see little difference. Americans are slightly more likely than they were a year ago to believe that the current year was better than the last for the United States — 30 percent say so this year, while 25 percent said so in 2013. On the other hand, Americans are more likely than in the 2013 poll to say this year was worse than last for the world as a whole, with 38 percent saying so now after 30 percent said so a year ago.
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