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  • Lab flirts with another closure

    A recent rash of safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory reminded federal officials of events leading up to the laboratory shutdown in 2004. Their concerns were expressed in another stern memo to Los Alamos National Laboratory managers that came to light Thursday.

  • Lawmakers approve Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — Similar proposals aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college were approved Wednesday by state legislators.

    The House passed the proposed Hispanic Education Act on a 44-25 vote. The proposal would establish a liaison within the Public Education Department who would focus on Hispanic students. It also would create an advisory council that would work with families and communities to close the gap.

  • Council mulls business, beauty

    Los Alamos County Council will hear a series of presentations at their meeting in White Rock Tuesday, beginning with a report from the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee.  

    The committee will present a plan that grew out of discussions about where to place artist Susanne Vertel’s sculptures of J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. The master plan will provide suggestions for these and other sculptures that are envisioned as a part of the project.

  • Olympic protesters smash store windows

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — More than 200 masked Olympic protesters splattered red paint and smashed windows of a popular downtown department store Saturday on the first day of competition at the Vancouver Games.

    Police say the group marched through the upscale shopping district, vandalizing cars and stores. Witnesses say protesters threw metal newspaper boxes into the display windows of Hudson's Bay Company, where Olympic souvenirs are sold.

  • Senate OKs higher education building projects

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved $175 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including for colleges and universities and senior citizen centers.

    Voters would decide in November whether to approve bonds for the projects. The general obligation bonds will be backed by property taxes.

  • Breaking News: Police discover stolen Los Alamos property stashed in Espanola

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  • NEWS ALERT String of safety incidents recalls laboratory closure

    A rash of safety problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory reminded federal officials of events leading up to the laboratory shutdown in 2004.


  • January retail sales post 0.5 percent gain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales posted a better-than-expected increase in January, a welcome development that could mean stronger economic growth in coming months.

    The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased by 0.5 percent last month, the best showing since November and better than the 0.3 percent increase economists had expected.

  • Los Alamos Democrat takes on Jeannette Wallace in District 43 House race

    Los Alamos Democrat Pete Sheehey is running against Republican Jeannette Wallace for the District 43 House seat she has held since 1991.

    This marks the first time Wallace has been challenged in years.

    Read the full story in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Senate committee gives nod to reinstating tax on some foods

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a proposal to raise nearly $140 million to help balance the budget by reinstating New Mexico's sales tax on some food products.

    However, the proposal is starting a war over tortillas.

    The bill endorsed by the Finance Committee on Friday will impose the gross receipts tax on white flour tortillas, but no tax will apply to whole wheat tortillas.

    The legislation will leave products tax exempt if they are considered food under the federal Women, Infants and Children program.