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Today's News

  • Analysis: Rural New Mexico risks loss in redistricting

    SANTA FE — Rural New Mexico and part of the city of Albuquerque are on the political chopping block as lawmakers consider how to redraw boundaries of legislative districts to adjust for population changes during the past decade.

    Eastern and north-central portions of the state are at risk of losing representation in the Legislature because the region’s growth since 2000 has lagged behind statewide population increases. The same is true for central sections of Albuquerque.

  • Senate Committee OKs $11 billion to NNSA

     U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said a spending bill working its way through the Senate Wednesday contains significant support for New Mexico’s two national laboratories.

     The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which funds the labs and various important New Mexico water projects; the measure is now ready for full Senate action.

  • Trinity Drive still hot topic

    Council Chambers were filled to overflowing for Tuesday night’s debate over proposed changes to Trinity Drive.
    A show of hands revealed a fairly even split between those opposed to anything less than four lanes (many wore signs reading “4 lanes for Trinity”) and those supporting changes that would make Trinity a safer and more “complete” road.

  • LANL remembers 9-11

    A wreath of flowers is laid on the statue dedicated to the people who lost their lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. On Thursday, the lab held a ceremony to remember those who died in the 9-11 attacks. More coverage of the event will be in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

  • Senate Committee OKs $11B to NNSA

     U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said a spending bill working its way through the Senate Wednesday contains significant support for New Mexico’s two national laboratories.
     The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which funds the labs and various important New Mexico water projects; the measure is now ready for full Senate action.
    Lab spokesperson Fred DeSousa said LANL would not comment on the budgetary matters.
    The bill increases the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) stockpile budget to $7.19 billion — a 4 percent increase over this year’s budget.  Overall, the NNSA’s budget grew by 5 percent to $11 billion. 

  • Tensions flare at CRC

    Audience members concerned that their constitutional rights are in jeopardy clashed loudly with Charter Review Committee members over the fate of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Office during Wednesday night’s meeting.
    “It’s absurd to think the charter can supercede the constitution,” Matthew Wolk said.
    Wolk became agitated during the meeting and at one point CRC Chair John Hopkins told him that he was out of order and to sit down, which Wolk refused to do.
    Police Chief Wayne Torpy approached Wolk and convinced him to calm down.

  • Keep focus on efficiency

    Two newspaper essays I wrote this spring broached the idea of working on the regulatory process to boost its efficiency. The early responses are in.
    Support is unanimous in all sectors and comes in three colors – white, red and black.  
    White-colored support says the idea is “right on target.” Red support says, “I can tell real horror stories about inefficient regulation.”
    The black support says, “the worst of (business, government) will wreck the good idea from the start.”
    No one thinks the process is as efficient as is.

  • Rep. Jim Hall reports on Special Session

    We are now a few days into the Special Legislative Session.  Before things get really busy, I would like to update citizens of House District 43 on my experience to date and first impression as a new legislator.

  • Top 10 Movies 09-08-11

    1.  “The Help,” weekend gross, $14.5 million
    2.  “The Debt,”  weekend gross,
    $9.9 million
    3.  “Apollo 18,” weekend gross, $8.7 million
    4.  “Shark Night 3D,” $8.4  million
    5. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” weekend gross, $7.9 million
    6.  “Colombiana,” weekend gross,
    $7.4 million
    7.   “Our Idiot Brother,” weekend gross,
    $5.4 million

    8.  “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” weekend gross, $5.1 million

    9.  “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,” weekend gross, $4.8 million

  • Out and about 09-08-11

    Art openings

    Three exhibitions will open at the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico, 238 Ledoux St., Taos. “Oli Sihvonen: The Final Years” will open Sept. 17; “Black Mountain College and “New Mexico” and “Onward” will open Sept. 24. For more information, visit www.harwoodmuseum.org, or call 575-758-9826.

    Book signings

    Linda Mae Valencia, a Rio Rancho resident, will sign her book, “God, the Angels and Me,” from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Albertsons, 3001 S. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe.