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Today's News

  • Sacrifice isn't what you might think

    Why is “sacrifice” such a common theme in the church? — R.H.

    You astutely point out the importance of sacrifice in our life in Christ. Frequently, when moderns hear the word “sacrifice,” the mind conjures images of blood, guts and inconvenience.
    These outward things have nothing to do with sacrifice. Contrarily, love, truth and mercy are the things that make sacrifice worthy. In truth, “sacrifice” is a synonym for love and is thus necessary for all Christians.

  • Court upholds state law in ‘tax lightning’ dispute 


    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.
    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $640M

    The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history.
    Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $640 million Friday morning and likely will grow even bigger before tonight’s drawing. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park, Ga. won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.
    A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is at 9 p.m.
    Previously, the largest jackpot was $390 million, won by two players in Georgia and New Jersey in March 2007.
    The Mega Millions lottery is available in New Mexico and tickets can be purchased in Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • State tops in solar energy

    New research from the leading solar industry trade association indicates New Mexico sits atop national lists in two categories for installed megawatts of solar energy in 2011 and has moved up considerably in other areas.
    The Solar Energy Industries Association’s most recent Solar Market Insight Report, which presents an annual perspective on the country’s solar energy production, shows that New Mexico reached 166.9 megawatts of cumulative installed solar electric generation. This is equal to 77.3 watts of installed solar power per state resident last year.  
    At 77.3 watts per capita, New Mexico is first in the U.S. in the amount of solar per person. The state also ranked first for 2011 per capita additions of solar generation.

  • Update 03-30-12

    Kiwanis

     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Small businesses selected for environmental work

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.
    The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.
    The companies include ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC; Portage, Inc. and Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
    “Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Projects Office.

  • Student alleged to have pushed teacher - see attachment

    An unidentified male Los Alamos High School student is charged with battery on a school employee after reportedly shoving a teacher.
    According to a Los Alamos Police Department incident report written by School Resource Officer Jordan Redmond, at 11:46 a.m. March 22, school administration called for help with a teacher dealing with a “belligerent” student.
    The administration alleged that there had been an incident in the commons areas of the A wing, in which a student pushed math teacher Joy Handsberry after she confronted the student regarding his behavior.

  • Municipal Building takes shape

    The new Municipal Building is beginning to take shape. Construction crews have been working on the Central Avenue site for the past several weeks.

  • Fisher makes first presentation to County Council

    The county’s new Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher discussed various economic development incentives with council Tuesday evening.

    “One of the main concerns in all the county’s strategic goals, is that we need to grow the population,” Fisher said.

    He recommended going for the “low hanging fruit.”

    “It’s interesting to be in a community where there are more jobs than there are people. There are 7,000 or 8,000 people climbing the mountain every day to come here to work. It’s a great opportunity to get them to live here,” he said.

  • Nuclear Watch NM sues NNSA

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Freedom of Information Act, in the federal district court of New Mexico.
    Nuclear Watch is looking to obtain the NNSA’s “Performance Evaluation Report” that awarded Los Alamos National Security $72.1 million in profit for FY 2009. The NNSA also is trying to compel the government to release its FY 2011 Performance Evaluation Reports for all eight NNSA nuclear weapons sites.
    The NNSA awarded it $83.7 million in bonuses for FY 2011.