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  • Trinity Site deal signed

  • Court upholds state law in ‘tax lightning’ dispute 


    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.
    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $640M

    The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history.
    Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $640 million Friday morning and likely will grow even bigger before tonight’s drawing. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park, Ga. won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.
    A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is at 9 p.m.
    Previously, the largest jackpot was $390 million, won by two players in Georgia and New Jersey in March 2007.
    The Mega Millions lottery is available in New Mexico and tickets can be purchased in Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • State tops in solar energy

    New research from the leading solar industry trade association indicates New Mexico sits atop national lists in two categories for installed megawatts of solar energy in 2011 and has moved up considerably in other areas.
    The Solar Energy Industries Association’s most recent Solar Market Insight Report, which presents an annual perspective on the country’s solar energy production, shows that New Mexico reached 166.9 megawatts of cumulative installed solar electric generation. This is equal to 77.3 watts of installed solar power per state resident last year.  
    At 77.3 watts per capita, New Mexico is first in the U.S. in the amount of solar per person. The state also ranked first for 2011 per capita additions of solar generation.

  • Update 03-30-12

    Kiwanis

     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Municipal Building takes shape

    The new Municipal Building is beginning to take shape. Construction crews have been working on the Central Avenue site for the past several weeks.

  • Fisher makes first presentation to County Council

    The county’s new Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher discussed various economic development incentives with council Tuesday evening.

    “One of the main concerns in all the county’s strategic goals, is that we need to grow the population,” Fisher said.

    He recommended going for the “low hanging fruit.”

    “It’s interesting to be in a community where there are more jobs than there are people. There are 7,000 or 8,000 people climbing the mountain every day to come here to work. It’s a great opportunity to get them to live here,” he said.

  • Nuclear Watch NM sues NNSA

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Freedom of Information Act, in the federal district court of New Mexico.
    Nuclear Watch is looking to obtain the NNSA’s “Performance Evaluation Report” that awarded Los Alamos National Security $72.1 million in profit for FY 2009. The NNSA also is trying to compel the government to release its FY 2011 Performance Evaluation Reports for all eight NNSA nuclear weapons sites.
    The NNSA awarded it $83.7 million in bonuses for FY 2011.

  • High court has options on health care law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The arguments are done and the case has been submitted, as Chief Justice John Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argument. Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They have a range of options, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law's constitutionality at all, although that prospect seems remote after this week's arguments.

    A look at six potential outcomes, from the simplest to the most complicated possible rulings:

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  • US consumer spending up 0.8 pct., but income lags

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months. But Americans' income barely grew, and the saving rate fell to its lowest point in more than two years.

    The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose 0.8 percent last month. Income grew 0.2 percent, matching January's weak increase. And when taking inflation into account, income after taxes fell for a second straight month.