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  • No tritium found in Santa Fe wells

    Alex Puglisi is the environmental compliance officer with the City of Santa Fe. And he knows there are people that don’t always buy the Los Alamos National Laboratory¹s story.

    Puglisi, though, is confident the lab is right on this one.

  • VIDEO: 1 Dead in Calif. Federal Building Shooting

    The FBI says an immigration agent shot and injured another agent and was then killed by a third colleague in a federal building in Long Beach.

  • Legislature wraps up session

    SANTA FE (AP) — Time is running out on the Legislature’s 30-day session.
    Under the state Constitution, lawmakers adjourn at noon Thursday. The House and Senate pushed through a host of legislation in the final hours.
    Among the proposals winning final approval was a tax break sought by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to help the construction and manufacturing industries.
    Also heading to the governor is a measure to finance nearly $140 million capital improvement projects across the state, including in the home districts of legislators. The bill provides about $30 million for a large road project in Albuquerque at the interchange of Interstate 25 and Paseo del Norte.

  • Clarification 02-16-12

    Residents at 119 Alhambra did not have a roaming dog caught and returned to them, as reported in Police Beat on page 3 in  Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    The residents said they caught the roaming dog that had no identification on it and they called animal control to pick it up.

  • Update 02-16-12

    Film night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “The Smurfs” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Library. Admission is free.

    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.

    Alternative voting

    Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will give a talk on “How are we represented? Alternative Voting Methods” at 7 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library.

    Dem convention

  • Top compensation raises thorny issues

    The Los Alamos County Council’s discussions about compensation strategy could impact nearly 50 Los Alamos County employees currently at their maximum pay range, as well as future employees who may reach that point in their careers with the county.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne presented council with some options and raised questions such as, “Does a job have maximum worth?”

    If council approves compensation levels at 75 percent of market average – something the majority of councilors seemed to favor – “more space at the top” might be created for some positions. A market study being conducted by the Segal Group should provide more data on this option.

  • Diner detects big drip

    Inquiring minds wanted to know why a backhoe was poised to dig in the front parking lot of the Hill Diner. Owner Denise Lane said this morning there is a broken water main at the restaurant. But the Hill Diner still is open for business, “because we own the building in back of the restaurant and we were able to tie into that water line.” Lane said the line may have been broken for some time. “We were chipping out the ice from the snow and we realized the moisture was not from the snow and that it was underneath the asphalt. I hate to see what the water bill is going to be.”

  • Video: More Than 350 Die in Honduran Prison Fire

    A fire started by an inmate tore through an aging and severely overcrowded Honduran prison, burning and suffocating inmates in their locked cells and killing as many as 356 people in one of the world's deadliest prison fires in a century.

  • Roundhouse Roundup: Legislature down to final days

    All representatives are busy with committees and in floor sessions — focusing  on bills, memorials, and resolutions — getting them through committees, debated, voted on, and, if passed,  sent on to the Senate.  This week also saw the Supreme Court’s remand of Judge Hall’s redistricting ruling back to the judge for recommended changes.  
    The biggest event in the House was the passage of the budget bill (HB2) out of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) on Monday and unanimous passage of HB2 by the House on Tuesday.  
    Fiscal year 2013 (FY13 is July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013) revenue is estimated to be $5.69 billion, a 2.4 percent increase over FY12 revenue.

  • Update 02-15-12

    Film night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “The Smurfs” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Library. Admission is free.

    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.

    Alternative voting

    Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will give a talk on “How are we represented? Alternative Voting Methods” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Soil sampling