Local News

  • US stocks open lower as Greek debt woes persist

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank Monday amid fresh concerns that a bailout package for Greece wouldn't take shape in time for the country to avoid defaulting on its debts. The plunge comes in the wake of Wall Street's best week in months.

    European finance ministers said Friday they would delay authorizing a new installment of emergency funds for Greece until October. Investors fear that the country will fail to convince its lenders that it can pay its debts.

    The Greek cabinet will meet to devise new austerity measures, but the country risks not qualifying for an $11 billion installment of the bailout package it received last year, as well as a second bailout worth $149 billion.

  • Labor Dept. expands enforcement of wage violations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department is signing agreements to share information with nine states and the Internal Revenue Service as it gets more aggressive in its program to crack down on businesses that cheat workers out of their hard-earned wages.

    The information will help Labor officials target businesses that improperly label workers as independent contractors or as non-employees to deprive workers of minimum wage and overtime pay. Misclassifying workers also lets companies avoid paying workers compensation, unemployment insurance and federal taxes.

    Patricia Smith, the Labor Department's top lawyer, said sharing information between state and federal agencies could subject businesses to multiple fines.

  • Obama to propose $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will propose $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a plan to identify more than $3 trillion in long-term deficit reduction and slow the nation's escalating national debt.

    Obama's tax plan is aimed predominantly at the wealthy and draws sharp contrasts with congressional Republicans.

    It comes just days after House Speaker John Boehner ruled out tax increases to lower deficits. It also comes amid a clamor in his own Democratic Party for Obama to take a tougher stance against Republicans. And while the plan stands little chance of passing Congress, its populist pitch is one that the White House believes the public can support.

  • Incumbents paired in Senate redistricting proposal

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats are proposing to reshuffle the political landscape of the 42-member state Senate by drawing new districts that could force two incumbent Republicans to run against each other in next year's election.

    The Senate is expected to debate the redistricting plan on Wednesday. Republicans oppose the measure, contending it could strengthen Democratic control of the Senate.

    Democrats hold a 27-15 majority in the Senate.

    The proposal would merge two districts in southeastern New Mexico, putting Republicans Rod Adair, of Roswell, and William Burt, of Alamogordo, in the same district. The plan also pairs Democrat Dede Feldman and Republican John Ryan in one Albuquerque district.

  • Construction Zone 09-18-11

    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Weather permitting, the driveway to the LANL HRL building will be closed for approximately one week to allow the contractor to install a concrete valley gutter. Use the LAMC/West Road access.
    As weather permits, two additional coats of striping and roadway markings will be placed over the next 2-3 weeks, allowing cure time between each application. Expect short term lane closures during non-peak hours. Please observe established traffic control to avoid getting paint on your vehicle.
    As weather permits, manhole and valve cover adjustments will occur between the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge abutment to approximately Sycamore.
    Roadway Surveying & Striping

  • Roofing detail

    Workers unload materials on the roof of the Mesa Public Library Thursday morning.

  • Lawmakers OK education panel redistricting

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are nearing an agreement on a redistricting plan for an elective commission that has a voice in establishing charter schools in the state.
    The Senate and House approved separate, but identical bills Friday for drawing new district boundaries of the 10-member Public Education Commission.
     However, the two chambers must pass the same piece of legislation before it goes to the governor.
    The Education Commission is the first of several redistricting plans that the Legislature must create during a special session, which has entered its second week.


  • Seen at the Scene: Friday's concert

    The Los Alamos Concert Series had one last concert Friday night at Ashley Pond as Albuquerque rocker Ryan McGarvey took the stage. The concert served as a prelude to Saturday’s Next Big Idea.

  • Update 09-18-11

    County council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m. Monday at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.


      There will be a reception to meet the County Administrator candidates. 5–7 p.m. Thursday in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

    CRC meeting

    Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room for discussion and a vote on voting methods.

    BPU to meet

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.

  • Board recommends sculpture for Justice Center entrance

    Four finalists presented their proposals for a Justice Center sculpture to the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board Wednesday.

    After a closed door discussion, the board voted that Jemez Springs artist Troy Williams receive the commission for “The Scale of Justice.” The recommendation should go before the county council for consideration sometime in October.

    The board was looking for a piece that would honor the 12 jurors and the diversity of the juror pool here. The Request for Proposals (RFP) specified that the piece had to include one- or two-dimensional figures representing jurors of all ages and backgrounds, it had to be durable and sturdy and could not have a shiny finish. The budget parameter was $50,000 to $100,000.