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  • On the Docket 01-10-13

    Jan. 8


    Garrett J. Eckhart was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of aggravated battery, a misdemeanor offense.

    Eckhart was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and ordered to pay $73 in court costs.

    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation.

    The defendant shall not enter an establishment that sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact.

  • Martinez announces plan to expand Medicaid

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico, a state that hovers near the top of national poverty and uninsured rankings, plans to follow provisions of a federal health care law to expand Medicaid to potentially provide medical services to 170,000 low-income adults, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday.

    New Mexico will join at least 15 other states and the District of Columbia in broadening eligibility for the health care program under terms of a health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama. New Mexico and Nevada are the only states with GOP governors to so far commit to the Medicaid expansion.

    Martinez made the announcement Wednesday in Albuquerque, prompting cheers and applause from some of those listening to her speech at a conference on child welfare and juvenile justice.

  • LANL cutbacks impact NCRTD

    At a board meeting of the North Central Regional Transit District last week, a six-month financial report revealed that reduced Gross Receipts Tax from Los Alamos National Laboratory has impacted the NCRTD’s budget. 

    Los Alamos County’s share of GRT payments to NCRTD is largely determined by the lab’s GRT. Revenues from the county were significantly less than anticipated in both July and September. July revenues were down 71 percent ($124,560 actual instead of the projected $176,002). September revenues were $263,631, 78 percent of the projected $336,445.

    NCRTD was also affected by LANL’s overpayment to Los Alamos County in FY2011. The transit system’s share of reimbursement is $65,391, putting October’s revenues 24 percent below the projection.

  • County budget issues loom

    During Tuesday’s first Los Alamos County Council meeting of the year, council reviewed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY2011, presented by the Office of Management and Budget and independent auditing firm Clifton Larson Allen LLP. 

    The report also addressed upcoming budget issues.

    Staff anticipates revenues of $6.8 million less for FY2013 than the FY2012 adopted budget.

    The report reads, “It is expected that future LANL spending and related county GRT revenue levels will stabilize, but at a level lower than had been previously expected.”

    The impact could be significant. 

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  • Today in History for January 10th
  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


    Some steps could be taken through executive action — without the approval of Congress.


    Rebels and the Syrian government exchange captives, but tens of thousands of detainees are still languishing in the Assad regime's prisons.


    American businesses and individuals devote six billion hours a year to filing their taxes, a watchdog group calculates.


    Jack Lew's signature — which would appear on all U.S. dollar bills — amounts to little more than seven loopy scribbles.

  • Labor secretary resigns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says Attorney General Eric Holder and the secretaries of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs will remain with the Obama administration as it enters a second term.

    The official said Holder, who leads the Justice Department, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will remain with the administration amid changes to the Cabinet as President Barack Obama moves into his second term.

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis submitted her resignation.

  • Video: Outside the Municipal Court during the LANL Six hearing
  • Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others 



    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it’s quite different from other Martian meteorites.

    Not only is it older than most, it also contains more water. The baseball-size meteorite, estimated to be 2 billion years old, is strikingly similar to the volcanic rocks examined by the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the Martian surface.

    “Here we have a piece of Mars that I can hold in my hands. That’s really exciting,” said Carl Agee, director of the Institute of Meteoritics and curator at the University of New Mexico who led the study published online Thursday in the journal Science.