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  • Hecker: N. Korea Remains Shrouded in Mystery

    The conference hall at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thursday was packed with people wanting to hear Siegfried S. Hecker’s assessment of North Korea’s future following the Dec. 17 death of Kim Jong Il.

    “I could make this the shortest talk I’ve ever delivered because the answer is – I don’t know – and either does anybody else,” Hecker said.

    Hecker is a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory who now directs the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

    He is considered a leading expert on North Korea having made seven annual trips in a row to the isolated country through 2010.

  • VIDEO: Dog Found Alive 4 Days After Montana Avalanche

    A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.

  • Governor proposes tax cuts as part of budget

     Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing tax cuts for businesses and veterans as part of her budget recommendations to the Legislature.

    The governor announced her proposals Thursday at a news conference.

    Martinez is recommending a $5.6 billion budget that will increase spending by 3.6 percent in the fiscal year starting July 1.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has proposed a 4.6 percent budget increase.

    The governor proposed at least $55 million in tax cuts, including reducing or eliminating the gross receipt tax on about 40,000 small businesses and changes to lessen the pyramiding of the gross receipts tax on some business transactions.

  • Seen @ The Scene: New LAHS Digs

    Students at Los Alamos High School met up with friends and got the opportunity to tour the newly constructed building on Wednesday during an open house. They were also able to pick up their schedules for the new year and look for their classes.A representative from Jostens was there to meet with parents and a representative from Summit Foods also was present. Students returned to class, following winter break today.

     

  • Legislative budget proposes $250M increase

    SANTA FE (AP) — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.
    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.
    The committee proposed spending nearly $5.7 billion on public education and general government operations in the budget year starting in July. That’s an increase of 4.6 percent from current spending.

  • Update 01-05-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Council Chambers.

    Broadband

    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.

    NMCAB

  • State's severe drought lingers

    Despite December’s generous snowfall, Los Alamos County remains in severe drought. Meteorologist Amanda Martin discussed moisture conditions in Los Alamos during an interview this morning.

    “Los Alamos County experienced 31.4 inches of snowfall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21,” said Martin, who works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. “Los Alamos also received 13.66 inches of rainfall in 2011, which is 75 percent of the normal rainfall of 18.28 inches.”

    Fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year because much of New Mexico is experiencing drought conditions.

  • VIDEO: Obama Unveils New Strategy for Smaller Military

    President Barack Obama insists the United States will maintain what he calls the best-equipped military in history despite deep and looming defense budget cuts.

  • Attacks targeting Shiites kill 72 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq killed 72 people on Thursday, deepening sectarian tensions that exploded just after the last American troops left the country in mid-December.

    The coordinated attacks targeting Shiites bore the hallmarks of Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaida, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

  • Wildfires on Blackfeet Res. force evacuations

    BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — Two wildfires raging overnight on Montana's Blackfeet Indian Reservation burned thousands of acres, forced scores to evacuate and destroyed several buildings, officials said early Thursday.

    Fueled by strong winds, the two blazes started around sundown Wednesday and together grew to 16,000 acres by early Thursday, a revision of an earlier estimate of 45,000 acres, said tribal spokesman Wayne Smith. At least 300 people were forced to leave their homes and a boarding school, though no injuries had been reported.