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  • NM House to vote on halting immigrant licenses

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House is facing a politically charged vote as it considers whether to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The House is to take up the issue when it convenes on Friday.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies succeeded Thursday in a parliamentary maneuver to force the issue to a vote by the 70-member chamber.

  • Wis. governor warns of layoffs, talks to Democrats

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin state workers were bracing for layoff notices Friday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker and absent Democrats remained in a standoff over a budget balancing bill that would also strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

  • Oil rises to near $103 as Libya conflict escalates

    Oil prices rose to near $103 a barrel Friday as Libyan government and rebel forces dug in amid fierce fighting while protests restarted in the capital Tripoli, raising investor fears of protracted oil output cuts.

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for April delivery was up 82 cents at $102.73 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 32 cents to settle at $101.91 on Thursday.

    In London, Brent crude for April delivery was up 86 cents to $115.65 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

  • State News at a Glance 03-03-11

    Bingaman keeps an eye on oil prices, supplies

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said continued turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa could lead to disruption  of oil supplies and even higher prices.
    Bingaman, the New Mexico Democrat and chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said it would be appropriate for President Barack Obama to be ready to consider tapping the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve if the situation deteriorates further.

  • NCRTD pays tribute to Jim West

    Due to his vision and leadership in the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), the new transit center will be named in honor of former Los Alamos County Councilor Jim West.

  • Getting some direction

    A construction worker assists his co-worker while doing work on Diamond Drive Monday.

  • Obama praises Mexico for courage in drug wars

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has praised Mexican President Felipe Calderon for his “extraordinary courage” in fighting drug cartels and cracking down on violence at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Speaking alongside Calderon at a news conference, Obama said Mexico has a full partner with the United States in combating border violence. He says the U.S. is speeding up plans to send equipment to Mexico and train officials there to help in their efforts.

  • Update 03-03-11

    T-Board meeting
    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Public Works Conference Room, located on 2101 Trinity Drive behind JR Clothing.

    Town hall meeting
    A sustainability town hall will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.  The event is free and snacks and refreshments will be provided.   

    Fundraiser

  • House passes state budget

    SANTA FE — The House narrowly approved a proposed budget on Wednesday that cuts state spending by nearly 3 percent next year and uses savings from public employee pensions and film subsidies to balance the financing blueprint for public education and government programs.
    The vote was 35-34 as 34 Democrats and Rep. Jeanette Wallace (R-Los Alamos) voted for passage of the budget. The budget will now be sent to the Senate.

  • New retail in LA: shoppers check out co-op market

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market had been open only a few minutes Wednesday afternoon but already the parking lot was filled with cars spilling out onto side streets.

    After five years of work to take the market from concept to reality, shoppers filled the store to see what that effort had produced.