Today's News

  • Federal court asked to review redistricting

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republicans asked a federal court on Monday to take over the job of drawing new districts for the state House of Representatives.
    GOP lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of several voters asking a federal court in Albuquerque to appoint a three judge panel to draw district boundaries for the 70-member House. The voters include two Albuquerque-area Republicans who intend to run for House seats once new districts are established.

  • N.M. 4 construction schedule released

    On Monday, Mountain States Constructors began milling the existing road surface at the following intersections.
    Monday and Tuesday: N.M. 4 and Grand Canyon, La Vista                        
    Tuesday and Wednesday: N.M. 4 and Sherwood
    Wednesday and Thursday: N.M. 4 and Bonnie View as well as the Hampton Inn and Metzger’s entrances/driveways
    Thursday and Friday: N.M. 4 and Rover Blvd.
    Expect lane closures and flagging operations during non-peak hours. Follow the detour signs as posted.

  • Red and Black Ball brings out benefactors

    More than 150 people turned out Saturday evening for the 12th annual Red and Black Ball, a major fundraiser for the Los Alamos Y and its Strong Kids campaign. The sold out event featured live and silent auctions and a “Motown” menu for dinner.

  • Update 02-14-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. today 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. today at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Soil sampling

  • White Rock man arrested in Pojoaque

    Justin Stone, 25, of White Rock, was arrested by officers from Santa Fe Police and Sheriff’s Department in Pojoaque Monday morning.

    Stone allegedly ditched a car containing a “mobile meth lab” and ran away from police in Santa Fe Friday.

    According to police, Stone, who listed his address as 711 Meadows Lane, drove away after he was pulled over for running a red light near Cerrillos Road and Richards Ave. early Friday morning. Stone allegedly abandoned the car nearby and police later found meth-making materials in the vehicle. His passenger,

    Emma Keener, 20, of Los Alamos, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

  • P&Z OKs Smith's Fueling Station

    Last Wednesday, the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a plan from Smith’s Food and Drug Center, Inc., to build a new fuel station at the corner of Trinity and Knecht, the site now occupied by a Shamrock gas station.

    Smith’s is leasing the site from Polk JT Properties Ltd., with an option to purchase the property.
    The new fuel center will be across the street from the recently approved Trinity Site development, where the new Smith’s 110,000-square-foot Marketplace is planned. However, Smith’s Manager John Roberts said the decision to build the fuel station was independent of the new center.

  • CMRR to be deferred five years

    The Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF) at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be deferred for at least five years, according to President Obama’s FY 2013 Budget request to Congress Monday.

    According to the budget request, “The Administration proposes deferring the construction of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement (CMRR) facility and meeting plutonium requirements by using existing facilities in the nuclear complex.”

    And what was the justification?

  • Legislature winding down

    SANTA FE --  Ready or not, only one day is left in the 2012 Legislature. This 30-day session ends Thursday at noon -- no ifs, ands or buts. The New Mexico Supreme Court decided about 50 years ago that the Legislature no longer could “stop the clock,” as it was called, to get its business finished.
    Congress and many state legislatures keep going until the leadership decides it has had enough. In New Mexico the watches of the House speaker and the Senate majority floor leader determine when it is noon.
    That power used to include stopping the clock for several hours to get business finished. But today, no fudging is allowed. Any legislation passed after noon does not become law. Legislative per diem also stops at noon.

  • More about tax reform

    The underlying theme of the 2012 legislative session was taxes, specifically the issue of tax reform. Gov. Martinez put the gross receipts tax on the agenda with her proposals to both exempt certain small businesses from the tax and to reduce the incidence of “pyramiding” which forces businesses and consumers to pay taxes on top of taxes in this state. $40 million of welcome tax relief was included in the budget, but issues remain.
    Senate Finance Committee Chair John Arthur-Smith made a dramatic point with the introduction of legislation that would have eliminated New Mexico’s gross receipts tax entirely.

  • Woods goes from inevitable to unpredictable

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has beaten Tiger Woods the last five times they have played together in the final round.

    But never like this.

    This was a pounding at Pebble Beach. Mickelson shot a 64 on a day when no one else could do better than 67. Woods had a 75 on a day when only four players — none of whom were in contention — shot worse.

    One guy left with the trophy, the other guy left with a lot to think about.