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  • State Briefs 02-21-12

    Governor signs anti-corruption bill

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law legislation that could require public officials convicted of corruption-related crimes to give back to the state their salaries and forfeit their accrued state pension benefits.
    The new law takes effect May 16.
    The former prosecutor said in a statement the measure sends a message that corruption in New Mexico will not stand.
    Lawyer settles claim in Vaughan case

    ALBUQUERQUE— The lawyer credited with giving Albuquerque real estate executive and admitted Ponzi schemer Doug Vaughan the idea for raising cash through promissory notes has reached a settlement in the case.

  • State proposes to overhaul Medicaid program

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is proposing to overhaul a program that provides health care to a fourth of the state’s population, and the changes could require some needy New Mexicans to dig into their pockets to pay a fee if they go to an emergency room for medical care that’s not considered an emergency.
    One of the goals of the planned revision is to slow the rate of growth in Medicaid, which accounts for 16 percent of this year’s state budget and costs New Mexico taxpayers nearly $1 billion.

  • The final days of the session

    The final week of the session proved to be alternatively busy or boring, but always unpredictable.   As required in the constitution, the session ended promptly at noon on Thursday.   No actions after noon on the 30th day of even year sessions are constitutional.  
    This session ended with a filibuster by Representative Stewart that killed the Governor’s social promotion bill (Senate Bill 96).   This came after Representative Roch filibustered the General Obligation Bond bill (Senate Bill 66) that funds major capital projects for more than an hour.
    By 1:30PM nearly everyone—Senators, Representatives, staff, and citizens--had departed and the Roundhouse almost empty and eerily quiet.  

  • Update 02-21-12

    GOP convention

    The Los Alamos Republicans will hold their pre-primary convention Feb. 23 at the VFW, 1793 Deacon St. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and doors close promptly at 7 p.m.   A Central Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m.
     
    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    PRC meeting

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) member, Douglas J. Howe, will host a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge to discuss renewable energy development in New Mexico.

    Dem convention

  • Judge Hall unveils redistricting options

    Judge James Hall released two alternatives to redrawing the map of 70 State House Districts and in either of the alternatives, Los Alamos County would remain whole.

    Both plans have District 43 composed of Los Alamos county; Rio Arriba county precincts 25 and 30; Sandoval county precincts 7, 16 through 18, 21 through 23, 51, 78 and 79; and Santa Fe county precincts 12 and 80.

    The biggest difference in the map proposals is whether Ben Luján’s district is merged with Democratic Rep. Nick Salazar or whether Salazar’s district is merged with Thomas Garcia of Ocate.

  • Major projects on the move in White Rock

    Efforts to develop a White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy began in August of 2007. The initial planning took 11 months and involved seven community forums, 10 Steering Committee meetings, three county council briefings, interviews, and an interactive project website.

    The goal was to create a thriving, active focal point that serves the community with a range of services and amenities.

    Council approved the master plan in 2008 and created a placeholder targeted at $20 million for the project.
    The first two segments of the master plan are underway. The long planning stage had residents doubting the development would ever happen, and some are still dubious that a proposed civic center will ever come to fruition.

  • Video Essay: Bike demolition derby

    An event called the Chariot Wars has become the most violent and visible of Portland's three-day Mini Bike Winter Olympics.

  • Survivor: Deadly avalanche a 'horror story'

    STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — When disaster struck, a group of expert skiers who survived a large weekend avalanche in an out-of-bounds area near a Washington state ski resort turned on their emergency beacons and began looking for signs of life.

    Powder Magazine senior editor John Stifter, who witnessed the slide that killed three of his skiing companions Sunday, said one person made it through by bear-hugging a tree and holding on as the snow barreled over him. Another skier who was caught in the slide was saved when she deployed an airbag, designed to keep her afloat.

    "It's an absolute horror story," Stifter said Monday.

    Experts say once an avalanche has you in its grips, the chances of surviving are slim.

  • VIDEO: Storm Dumps Snow on South

    A winter storm dumped several inches of snow across parts of the South, causing power outages, slippery roads and numerous accidents during the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

  • PEEC unveils Earth Day plans

    New Mexico became a state 100 years ago, January 6, 1912, after 60 years as a Territory. In those 100 years and before, the land that encompasses the Jemez Mountains and Pajarito Plateau has undergone many changes from open and lightly inhabited  lands, to grazing land for thousands of livestock, to population development and urbanization. But even without these changes, the ecosystem is constantly changing in response to both natural and human impacts.