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Today's News

  • State Briefs 06-01-11

    New Rail Runner stop could open in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe could have a new Rail Runner stop this summer.
    The city’s finance committee Tuesday agreed to let the station at Zia and St. Francis open if the owners of the land where the station has been developed pay for a temporary parking lot, sidewalks and transit drop off area.
    Marc Bertram, a partner in Zia Station LLC, said that shouldn’t be a problem. He said opening the station with temporary facilities will help them see how much ridership there is. That will help them figure out their long-term development plan.
    The station is the only one on the commuter train line not constructed on public land and the city had balked at using tax dollars to open it.

  • Update 06-01-11

    Movie night
    “Almost Famous” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library. The movie is free.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the County Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the council chambers.

    Advisory Board
    The Los Alamos Historical District Advisory Board will meet at Fuller Lodge at 5 tonight.

  • Living in lightning strike territory

    New Mexico is prone to violent thunderstorms and lightning strikes. The National Weather Service (NWS) is advising residents that a recent change in the weather may spur a rash of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.

    The NWS and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) are telling New Mexicans that awareness of the danger posed in lightning strikes “just might save your life.”
    New Mexico averages 17 thunderstorm events per year and a statewide 1.1 percent chance of a fatality from those thunderstorms. New Mexico has at times been ranked number two in the nation for lightning strike deaths.

  • Subcommittee tackles initiative and referendum issues

    The Initiative and Referendum Subcommittee — one of several subcommittees of the Charter Review Committee — met Tuesday night for a final review of recommended changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall sections of the county charter.

    Petitioners had complained that the petition process was confusing and difficult. The subcommittee agreed and worked to address both substantive issues and to clean up confusing and inconsistent charter language.

  • Lab reaches milestone in waste shipment

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has reached a milestone in its campaign to ship transuranic (TRU) waste from Cold War-era nuclear operations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

    This month, the lab surpassed 100,000 plutonium-equivalent curies of TRU waste shipped to WIPP, about one-third of the lab’s total.

    The waste, sent from LANL to WIPP in more than 750 shipments since 1999, has amounted to several hundred pounds of radioactive residue on gloves, lab equipment, and protective clothing.

    As of May 23, there have been 789 shipments from LANL with close to 270,000 miles in transport.

  • Special night draws LA grads

    Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) drew some 300 graduating seniors and friends to downtown locations over the weekend. Family YMCA Sports Director William Hill and Joseph Harris from the county’s recreation division co-chaired the 27th annual event.

    “It was fantastic from the get go at Saturday’s barbecue at Fuller Lodge to see so many kids,” Hill said. “We put on a good show and the numbers were there to prove it.”

    The barbecue dinner included ice cream and a DJ and was followed by  soft toy activities on the Fuller Lodge lawn and the popular Tipsy Golf Carts event in the lower parking lot of Mesa Public Library.

  • Govt to lose $14B of auto bailout funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday that the government will lose about $14 billion in taxpayer funds from the bailout of the U.S. auto industry.

    In a report from the president's National Economic Council, officials said that figure is down from the 60 percent the Treasury Department originally estimated the government would lose following its $80 billion bailout of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009.

  • Gay couples line up for Ill. civil union licenses

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — For Sarah Baldwin and Heather Sowell, receiving official recognition from Illinois that they are a couple after three years together was a long time coming. Yet they didn't mind standing in line for two hours early Wednesday to be the first same-sex couple in their county to get a license that allows them to legally unite.

    The pair from southwestern Illinois joined scores of other couples who flocked to courthouses across Illinois, giddy with history and pride on the first day that the state allowed gay and lesbian couples to obtain licenses for civil unions — and hail what they called a victory for civil rights.

  • 2011 - So far so good

    This year continues on the path of solid gains, but it has certainly not been a smooth ride.
    Stocks and bonds have had to steer clear of geopolitical risks, budget issues, natural disasters and the ongoing debt crisis in Europe.
    In spite of these issues we have been able to generate positive returns.
    Stocks enjoyed their best first quarter in 15 years, but, the question is, will we be able to continue on this pace the rest of the year?
    Bonds hit some speed bumps in the first quarter, but low to middle single digit gains still looks possible. In any market, there are always opportunities, you just need to know where to look for them.

  • Basketball: James paces Heat as they take Game 1

    MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade’s night began with a hug for his mom. It ended with an embrace from LeBron James.
    Nearby, Chris Bosh held up three fingers.
    No explanation necessary. The Miami Heat are three wins from the reason why the Big Three came together in the first place.
    James scored 24 points for his first win in five NBA finals games, Wade scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half and the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-84 in Game 1 of the title series on Tuesday night — holding the Western Conference champions to their lowest point total of the playoffs after a dominant defensive showing down the stretch.