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  • Congress returns to fight over jobs, budget cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fights large and small await Congress as it gets back to business, with jobs and budget cuts topping a contentious agenda that also includes a lengthy roster of lower-profile but must-do items that also are potential victims of partisan gridlock.

    President Barack Obama is to unveil his jobs agenda in a nationally televised address Thursday night, but early glimpses of the package show it relies heavily on extending expiring programs.

    Obama is expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts and federal spending to get Americans working again. Republicans on Tuesday offered to compromise with him on jobs — but also assailed his plans in advance of his prime-time speech.

  • GOP debate features first appearance for Perry

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Rick Perry is looking to make a strong first impression on the national stage. Mitt Romney is hoping for another flawless debate performance. And Michele Bachmann, perhaps, is shooting for relevance in what increasingly appears to be a two-man GOP presidential race.

    With the national unemployment rate stuck at 9.1 percent, the economy was likely to dominate Wednesday's debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall were taking the stage one day before the incumbent Democrat rolls out a jobs-creation plan.

    It's the first of three Republican presidential debates scheduled over the next three weeks.

  • Seen at the Scene: Galileo's Footsteps

    Here are scenes from the Atomic Theater Festival’s “Galileo’s Footsteps” which was performed at UNM-LA recently

  • State Briefs 09-06-11

    State unveils new portal

    SANTA FE — New Mexico has redesigned its online gateway to state government services and information.
    The Department of Information Technology said the state’s Internet portal  www.newmexico.gov had not undergone a major update since it was launched in 2005.
    The new online portal provides links to a wide range of information, including a section for visitors to New Mexico with guidance on museums, parks and cultural events.
    There’s a link to a New Mexico Press Association web site that makes available public notices about governmental activities.

  • Update 09-06-11

    Lunch with a leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Curtis Room.

    Coming Thursday

    Check out restaurant inspection reports in Thursday’s Diversions of the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Alzheimer's walk

    The 17th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin with registration at 4 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. A basket/quilt raffle will be from 4-6:30 p.m.  Sept. 10.

  • Water meter inventory in progress

    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is conducting a routine inventory of 7,000 plus water meters in the Los Alamos and White Rock area.
    Residents can expect to see crews from Monday through Friday. Most meters are on property lines, so inspections should not impact residents. “However, some of our customers’ meters are located close to the house. We don’t want customers to be alarmed if they see one of our crews lifting the water can lid and standing at the meter longer than usual,” said Michael Tate, Meter Reader Superintendent.

  • Special session: Hall keeps fingers crossed on redistricting issue

    When Gov. Susana Martinez appointed White Rock resident Jim Hall in June to fill a House District 43 vacancy, he knew she intended to call a special legislative session. He also knew that special session would involve contentious issues such as re-districting and illegal alien driver’s licenses.
    “This is the first session for me and the first redistricting session for many of us in a long time,” Hall said during an interview Monday evening. “There are nine items on the governor’s call list and I expect bills will drop for all nine items – but whether action will be taken on them is a whole ’nother issue.”

  • Gunman dead after killing 3, wounding 6 at Nevada IHOP

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A man with a rifle opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada's capital on Tuesday, killing two National Guard members, another person and himself in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.

    Six people were wounded in the attack. The suspect, Eduardo Sencion of Carson City, apparently acted alone and died at a hospital in Reno, officials said. Authorities weren't saying whether the attack targeted the Guard members, who were meeting at the restaurant in a strip mall on Carson City's main street.

    One of the Guard members killed was a man; the other was a woman, authorities said.

  • CRC votes on sheriff this week

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) votes on changes to the charter section regarding the county sheriff this Wednesday. Three options are under consideration.
    The first is to keep the charter as is, simply redrafting the language to make it less ambiguous. In the current charter, the sheriff’s duties are very limited.
     All law enforcement responsibilities are allocated to the Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD), and the sheriff many not duplicate those. The sheriff’s duties consist largely of serving processes and maintaining a registry of sex offenders. State law also requires attendance at every council meeting and district and probate court sessions.

  • Romney unveils economic plan ahead of Obama speech

    NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday will call for lowering the corporate tax rate and eliminating capital gains taxes for middle-class Americans as part of a plan to try to lift the struggling economy as well as create jobs.

    Romney will detail 59 specific proposals aimed at fixing the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate, now at 9.1 percent. He gave a broad outline of his 160-page plan in a Tuesday morning opinion piece in USA Today and was to speak later in the day at McCandless International Trucks.