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Today's News

  • 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

  • Supreme Court hears redistricting appeal

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday waded into a political dispute over legislative redistricting that could influence elections for the coming decade and may help determine whether Republicans can win a majority in the state House of Representatives for the first time in a half century.
    After hearing arguments from lawyers for about two hours, the court took the case under consideration and said it will issue an order “expeditiously.” The court didn’t announce a deadline for its decision, however.
    House candidates typically file for office next month but the redistricting appeal has cast doubts over that schedule.

  • NNSA tackles safety concerns at PF-4

    Last week, the National Nuclear Security Administration sent a letter to the Defense Nuclear Safety Board concerning the safety of the Plutonium Facility (PF-4) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The DNFSB asked NNSA and lab officials numerous questions about the safety of the facility at a hearing in Santa Fe late last year.

    In the letter, Donald Cook, the deputy administrator for weapons programs wrote, “Our evaluation of the existing PF-4 facility in 2008 established a Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) for the facility that was compliant with the Department’s Nuclear Safety Rule.

  • Map shows pollution sources

    Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety along with the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment unveiled a map last week that shows historical sources of air and water pollution in New Mexico.

    The map includes places where there is oil and gas production, mining, coal-operated power plants, and depleted uranium sites.

    The map also shows areas affected by smoke plumes from the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 and the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. A smaller map details the contaminated sites around the lab.

    As far as the Los Alamos National Laboratory is concerned, the map describes LANL as having over 21 million cubic feet of chemical radioactive waste that has been buried in unlined pits, trenches and shafts.

  • Map shows pollution sources

    Concerned Citizens of Nuclear Safety along with the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment unveiled a map last week that shows historical sources of air and water pollution in New Mexico.
    The map includes places where there is oil and gas production, mining, coal-operated power plants, and depleted uranium sites.
    The map also shows areas affected by smoke plumes from the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 and the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. A smaller map details the contaminated sites around the lab.

  • Council picks Trinity 'hybrid'

    The Los Alamos County Council focused on sorting fact from fiction and supposition as it pondered five possible options for the redesign of N.M. 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road Tuesday night.

    When the dust settled, the motion to adopt option 1 passed 6-1, with councilor Vince Chiravalle voting no.

    Councilor Frances Berting got to the heart of the matter by asking New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Technical Support Engineer David Quintana what the NMDOT could and could not support.

  • Jeweler raises funds for Self Help, Inc.

    Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Jeweler raises funds for Self Help, Inc.

    Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.

  • Jeweler raises funds for Self Help, Inc.

    Bennett’s Fine Jewelry gave back to the community during the holiday season by making a contribution to Self Help, Inc. During their Christmas season sale, the Bennetts sold slices of cake for $5. Under the icing of each slice of cake, was a gemstone, donated by the jewelry store. Each slice was guaranteed to contain a gemstone. Bennett’s Fine Jewelry matched the amount raised from their customers and made a $515 contribution to Self Help, Inc. They also decided to make the fundraiser an annual event at the store. The contributions will go to a different organization each year. Pictured from left to right are Alison Bennett and Melanie Bennett of Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, along with Self Help, Inc. Executive Director Ellen Morris Bond and secretary Debbie Gill.