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  • Governor pushes economic plan as legislature convenes

     

    SANTA FE (AP) — As the New Mexico Legislature returned to work Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez used her State of the State address to press lawmakers to focus on boosting New Mexico's struggling economy.

    Martinez spoke to a joint session of the House and Senate after legislators convened for a 60-day session, taking the opportunity to say that diversifying New Mexico's economy was needed to protect the state from a federal government that she called "dysfunctional."

    "The national economy is stagnant. It's hardly growing," Martinez said. "And the federal government — on which our state has become so dependent over the years — is faltering, weighed down by $16 trillion in debt."

    Economic and budget issues were possible common ground for the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature. New Mexico has lost about 4,800 jobs in the past year — a drop of 0.6 percent — and potential federal budget cuts could deliver another blow to the state's economy.

    Martinez asked the Legislature to approve a reduction in the corporate income tax rate, as well as other economic development incentives to make New Mexico more competitive with neighboring states in recruiting and retaining private businesses.

  • Lecture hall bears Wallace’s name

     Jeannette Wallace’s children, Dr. Terry Wallace and Janice Parra, cut the ribbon on the plaque at the dedication of  Jeannette Wallace Hall at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. 

  • LA DPU plans for shortages

    In February 2011, large parts of New Mexico lost natural gas supplies in bitterly cold weather similar to what the state is experiencing now.

    Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith said that although New Mexico Gas Company has not finalized plans for dealing with such an emergency, it is better prepared to deal with issues as they arise.

    “I think they are a lot more vigilant about the supply to their system and the demands on their system and I think they’re working with the various groups to try to remedy the problem, to either make sure they have additional compression or additional facilities online or, if there is a crisis, to identify it early and ask each one of the users of the system to cut their use in advance of a collapse,” Arrowsmith said.

    The crisis two years ago resulted when areas of Texas and Southern New Mexico lost electrical power, compromising NMGC’s ability to compress gas. That dropped pressure in the line and NMGC decided to shut down supplies to Bernalillo, parts of Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico in order to maintain sufficient pressure in the rest of its lines.

  • Jemez Pueblo wants Valles Caldera land

    Leaders of an American Indian community in Northern New Mexico are seeking the return of all land within the boundaries of the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve, citing the area as a “spiritual sanctuary” and part of their traditional homeland.

    Jemez Pueblo filed a lawsuit in federal court last summer to establish its aboriginal right to ownership of the property and the pueblo has gained the support of tribes throughout New Mexico.

    The preserve is home to vast grasslands, the remnants of one of North America’s few super volcanoes and one of New Mexico’s most famous elk herds. The federal government bought the property from land grant heirs in 2000, with the goal of operating it as a working ranch while developing recreational opportunities for the public.

    The government’s experiment in land management failed to become financially self-sufficient and members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation have been working on a proposal that would call for the National Park Service to take over management.

    However, Jemez Pueblo wants the federal government to return ownership and control of the property.

  • Logan steps down as LA girls coach

    Tarah Logan, head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team, left her position abruptly Monday.
    Logan, coaching in her fifth season with the team, resigned from her post effective Monday. She turned in her resignation to Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms, citing family issues.
    Nelms confirmed the resignation with an email to the media Monday afternoon.
    “I would like to thank for her time as the Head Girls Basketball Coach and wish her well in her future endeavors,” Nelms’ email read in part.
    Taking over for the Hilltoppers will be Ann Stewart. Stewart, who is also a boys golf coach at the school, is scheduled to make her coaching debut with the team tonight when they travel to Taos.
    “It’s not the best of circumstances to be taking over the team right now, but hopefully we can pull out the remainder of the season,” Stewart said Tuesday morning.
    Stewart’s first day on the job was Monday and she said she didn’t try to introduce anything new to the team, although she might attempt that before the start of district.
    Logan’s resignation comes at a critical time in the season for the Hilltopper program, which is exactly one week away from the start of the District 2-4A season.

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  • Logan steps down as head coach of girls hoops team

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that Hilltopper girls head basketball coach Tarah Logan has resigned her position effective immediately.

    Los Alamos athletic director Vicki Nelms made the announcement in a press release. In her resignation, Logan cited family issues as the reason for her departure.

    Ann Stewart, a Los Alamos High School graduate and former LAMS assistant coach, who also has head and assistant coaching experience at the prep level, will take over the duties for the Hilltoppers.

    Los Alamos lost over the weekend to St. Pius X, 50-32, but had won four straight games prior to that outing.

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  • Winter Weather Advisory until midnight Monday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST TONIGHT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 2 INCHES. UP TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE ALBUQUERQUE FOOTHILLS AND ON THE WEST MESA.

    * TIMING... ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW IS EXPECTED AROUND RUSH HOUR ACROSS THE ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING HOURS THEN DIMINISH BY MIDNIGHT. SNOW ACROSS QUAY AND HARDING COUNTIES WILL FOLLOW SIMILAR TIMING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW PACKED OR ICY ROADS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN FALLING SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED. ROAD THAT MAY BE IMPACTED INCLUDE... BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO INTERSTATE 25... INTERSTATE 40... HIGHWAYS 550 AND 54 AND STATE HIGHWAYS 39... 469 AND 209.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL PRIMARILY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

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    ... SNOW EXPANDING ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO...