Today's News

  • State awarded $4.9 million for Medicaid

    Wednesday, $4,971,028 was awarded to New Mexico for ensuring more children have health coverage, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.
    The performance bonus payments are funded under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, one of the first pieces of legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2009. 
    To qualify for these bonus payments, states must surpass a specified Medicaid enrollment target. They also must adopt procedures that improve access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), making it easier for eligible children to enroll and retain coverage. 
    New Mexico is one of 23 states to share over $296 million in federal performance bonuses this year.

  • Governor wants more money for college preparation

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico high school students will get more access to advanced placement classes and be able to take the PSAT for free under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Martinez said the budget recommendations to the 2012 Legislature also include more frequent testing to ensure students are learning what they need to know to get into college.

  • Meeting to focus on LAGC work

     The Open Space and Parks subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Board will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 4 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    The meeting will focus on the Golf Course Improvements Capital Improvement Project and its possible impacts to the open space and the County Trail Network.

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  • Wolfe helps school district navigate choppy financial waters

    Fourth in a series
    Belt-tightening has become a routine exercise for many entities both public and private in recent years, but it was particularly poignant with this year’s Los Alamos Public Schools budget.

    Districts across the state were anticipating cuts because of a halt in federal stimulus dollars and lower state funding. But following the legislative session at the beginning of the year, Gov. Susana Martinez said districts could expect to make a 1.5 percent reduction in their budgets, but later, Education Secretary Hanna Skandera announced that the unit value used in school funding was down by 3.4 percent, or $126.20 per student, rather than the 1.5 percent Martinez cited earlier on.

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  • At LANL, mobile security gets picky

    By Henry Kenyon, GovernmentComputerNews.com

    Large government agencies with many internal organizations face a conundrum when they plan to deploy new mobile systems or upgrade existing ones. The steps the Los Alamos National Laboratory took to deploy wireless in its complex and highly security conscious environs show how a big organization picks and chooses systems and services to meet the requirements of different user groups.

    Research at Los Alamos covers a range of areas, from basic science to highly sensitive nuclear weapons work. Because of its broad range of research and a large population at varying security levels, the lab wanted to develop a more flexible and secure wireless capability, according to Anil Karmel, a solutions architect at Los Alamos.

  • Top local crime stories of 2011

    Unlike many communities across the state, Los Alamos escaped the year without a single murder, police shooting or bank robbery. The community did, however, experience its share of high-profile crimes.

    Bathtub Row standoff ends without incident
    In January, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Richard Morse, armed and making threats against local police, barricaded himself inside his Bathtub Row home.

    A grueling 19-hour standoff ensued after officers attempted to arrest the 75-year-old on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. Officers staked out the residence and apprehended Morse when he walked outside to deposit trash in a receptacle in his front yard Jan. 13.

  • Raw Video: Church Built of Ice and Snow

    A church built of ice and snow opens in Germany. It was built on the same spot as another ice-church, which was constructed 100 years ago.

  • Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws

    Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under the set of state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.

    Many laws reflect the nation's concerns over immigration, the cost of government and the best way to protect and benefit young people, including regulations on sports concussions.