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  • Federal budget deficit to dip to $1.1T, CBO says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new budget report released Tuesday predicts the government will run a $1.1 trillion deficit in the fiscal year that ends in September, a slight dip from last year but still very high by any measure.

    The Congressional Budget Office report also says that annual deficits will remain in the $1 trillion range for the next several years if Bush-era tax cuts slated to expire in December are extended, as commonly assumed.

  • NM House panel puts off vote on $5B budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed $5.6 billion state budget hit a last-minute snag in a House committee Monday after Republicans objected that several of the GOP governor's initiatives might get chopped if the state's revenue outlook dims.

    The Appropriations and Finance Committee postponed a final vote on the budget, and the chairman, Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, D-Albuquerque, said he was surprised by the GOP complaints because members of the panel had tentatively agreed last week on provisions of the spending plan.

    The budget proposal calls for a spending increase of nearly $216 million, or about 4 percent, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • VIDEO: Prisoners Dig Out Dog Kennels Buried by Snow

    A dozen prisoners shoveled snow to help clear a stray dog shelter housing 300 dogs just outside Bucharest on Monday, as temperatures plummeted to five degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Raw Video: Pandas in China Get Special Treat

    Pandas have long enjoyed a simple diet of bamboo - but, at a panda center in China's Sichuan province, keepers are now giving them special cakes, designed to meet their nutritional needs.

  • Council set to hear report on broadband

    The most significant item on Tuesday night’s county council agenda will be the 60 percent status update on the proposed Community Broadband network.
    In April of 2011, council approved a study of the feasibility of building a Fiber-to-the-Premise infrastructure for Los Alamos County. The parameters of the study included 1 Gbps dedicated bandwidth per premise, an open access model and fiber to all 8,994 residences and businesses in the county. If the final stage of the study is approved, the end result will include a business case and an engineering design for a “shovel ready” project.

  • Florida highway pileup kills at least 10 people

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A long line of cars and trucks collided one after another early Sunday on a dark Florida highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed.

    When rescuers first arrived, they could only listen for screams and moans because the poor visibility made it difficult to find victims in wreckage that was strewn for nearly a mile, police said.

  • VIDEO: Herman Cain Endorses Gingrich

    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed his former rival Newt Gingrich at an event in West Palm Beach, Florida Saturday night.

  • Plaza developer has colorful past

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series.

    Hildegard Merrill, of Candles Delight, LLC, and one of the principals in the Los Alamos Plaza development project, has a history punctuated by lawsuits and accusations of dubious business practices.

    Plans for Los Alamos Plaza, a mixed use project on a 3.9 acre parcel of property located at 2201 Trinity Drive in downtown, have been in various stages of limbo since 2008.

    Principals behind the project, estimated at $40 million, are now in a race against the clock to secure financing or lose the property to foreclosure.

    But Merrill’s background in the real estate business raises more questions than answers.

  • Update 01-29-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special Session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the council chambers.

    DOE/NNSA

  • Ashley Pond meeting set for Thursday

    A public meeting will be Thursday in the Community Building council chambers to seek public input on the three conceptual designs/options to improve pond water quality at Ashley Pond.

    In the last CIP public meeting for the Ashley pond renovations on Jan. 12, Richard McIntyre, Parks Division Manager and Project Manager gave a brief overview of the scope of work from the RFP which addresses the future health, well being and condition of Ashley Pond due to eutrophication. George Radnovich and Jesse Scott from Sites Southwest, LLC., who was awarded the design contract for the Ashley Pond Renovation project, provided a brief time outline for the project.