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  • Caldera unveils strategic plan

     The Valles Caldera Trust has prepared a Strategic Management Plan for the Valles Caldera National Preserve for fiscal years 2012 – 2018.
    The plan has been submitted to OMB (Office of Management and Budget) for review and has also been posted to the Valles Caldera Trust’s website vallescaldera.gov.
    The strategic plan includes background information about the Valles Caldera Trust, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and the experiment in public land management. It also presents three strategic goals that the trust intends to focus on in the coming years:
    The first is to expand the public’s access and enjoyment of the preserve.

  • Pile burning to continue Friday

    Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on county land this week. 
    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burns in Bayo and Barranca canyons beginning on Friday.
    This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas.
    “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast,” Craig Martin said.

  • House approves $5 billion state budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers.
    The measure heads to the Senate for consideration after clearing the House with the backing of all 70 Democrats and Republicans.
    “This was a joint effort to do what is best for all New Mexicans,” Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, an Albuquerque Democrat, said in a statement. He’s chairman of the committee that assembled the budget.

  • Public Split on Trinity Drive Decision

    Nearly 50 people expressed sharply divided opinions regarding options for the redesign of N.M. 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road at Tuesday’s council meeting. The majority of the comments were in favor of option 1, the motion ultimately adopted by the council in a 6-1 vote.

    As the testimony before council continued during the meeting, certain themes began to emerge on both sides of the issue.

    A two-lane/slip lane roundabout at the Central Avenue intersection included in Option 1 drew much of the debate. New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Technical Support Engineer David Quintana stated that the roundabout option met the state’s requirements for that intersection.

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez drops Senate bid

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.

    Sanchez says he is quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    In a statement issued Thursday morning, Sanchez said a divisive Republican Primary would "only diminish our party's genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington."

    Wilson released the following statement today in response to Sanchez exiting the U.S. Senate race:

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez abandons bid for US Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.

    Sanchez said Thursday he was quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    In a statement issued Thursday morning, Sanchez said a divisive Republican primary would "only diminish our party's genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington."

  • Ga Girl Fights Off Kidnapper at Walmart

    A 7-year-old girl remembered her stranger danger training and was able to get away from a man who tried to abduct her Wednesday at a Walmart store, police said.

  • Roll Call: NM House vote on alien driver's license bill

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The 45-25 vote by the House on Wednesday approving a measure to stop New Mexico from granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Voting yes, in favor of the bill, were 33 Republicans, 11 Democrats and one independent. Voting against the measure were 25 Democrats.

    REPUBLICANS VOTING YES

    Thomas Anderson (Albuquerque).

    Alonzo Baldonado (Los Lunas).

    Paul Bandy (Aztec).

    Donald Bratton (Hobbs).

    Cathrynn Brown (Carlsbad).

    David C. Chavez (Los Lunas).

    Zachary Cook (Ruidoso).

    Anna Crook (Clovis).

    David Doyle (Albuquerque).

    Nora Espinoza (Roswell).

    Candy Spence Ezzell (Roswell).

  • State House passes budget

    The House of Representatives has passed a budget for the next spending year that begins July 2012.  HB2 would provide $5.642 billion in state spending, an increase of $215 million (nearly 4 percent) over this year’s budget.  The spending plan leaves $41.8 million to allow for flexibility in hammering out a final budget (such as tax reductions, pension solvency, infrastructure funding, or as a hedge against weak natural gas prices).
     

  • Update 02-08-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Ashley Pond

    A public meeting regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Thursday in the Community Building Council Chambers.

    ESB meeting