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Today's News

  • Pile burning to continue Friday

    Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on county land this week. 
    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burns in Bayo and Barranca canyons beginning on Friday.
    This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas.
    “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast,” Craig Martin said.

  • House approves $5 billion state budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers.
    The measure heads to the Senate for consideration after clearing the House with the backing of all 70 Democrats and Republicans.
    “This was a joint effort to do what is best for all New Mexicans,” Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, an Albuquerque Democrat, said in a statement. He’s chairman of the committee that assembled the budget.

  • Public Split on Trinity Drive Decision

    Nearly 50 people expressed sharply divided opinions regarding options for the redesign of N.M. 502/Trinity Drive between Knecht and Airport Road at Tuesday’s council meeting. The majority of the comments were in favor of option 1, the motion ultimately adopted by the council in a 6-1 vote.

    As the testimony before council continued during the meeting, certain themes began to emerge on both sides of the issue.

    A two-lane/slip lane roundabout at the Central Avenue intersection included in Option 1 drew much of the debate. New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Technical Support Engineer David Quintana stated that the roundabout option met the state’s requirements for that intersection.

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez drops Senate bid

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.

    Sanchez says he is quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    In a statement issued Thursday morning, Sanchez said a divisive Republican Primary would "only diminish our party's genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington."

    Wilson released the following statement today in response to Sanchez exiting the U.S. Senate race:

  • DOE mulls plutonium disposition

    The Department of Energy held a scoping meeting last week at Cities of Gold Casino to consider additional alternatives for the pit disassembly and conversion capability as it pertains to surplus plutonium disposition (SPD).

    The scoping period began with the issuance of the amended Notice of Intent on Jan. 12 and the scoping ends March 12.

    The Scope of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement will consider the following:
    • Options to disassemble pits and convert plutonium metal to an oxide for disposition.
    • Disposition of seven metric tons of additional pit plutonium.
    • Disposition of six metric tons of non-pit plutonium.
    • Irradiating Mixed Oxide (MXO) fuel in Tennessee Valley Authority reactors.

  • Lt. Gov. Sanchez abandons bid for US Senate

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate.

    Sanchez said Thursday he was quitting the race to avoid a bitter campaign against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    In a statement issued Thursday morning, Sanchez said a divisive Republican primary would "only diminish our party's genuine opportunity to bring real change in Washington."

  • Working on PRC reform

    SANTA FE --  Amid legislative-executive turf battles, a few islands of bipartisan cooperation have surfaced. The most noticeable collaboration concerns the reform of the Public Regulation Commission. Everyone is working together on that item.
    As of this writing, the term “everyone” is not an exaggeration. A package of three constitutional amendments presented by the bipartisan think tank Think New Mexico has unanimously passed the House, including its committee referrals. The measures have the support of Gov. Susana Martinez and will be carried in the Senate by leaders of both parties.

  • Tax tips to help small businesses

    Long hours and hard work comes with owning a small business. Few entrepreneurs would have it any other way. It’s the price they pay to live their American dream.
    But not everyone welcomes overtime and extra effort to get the job done. The IRS, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson reported to Congress recently, is suffering “workload overload,” chiefly due to the increasing complexity and frequent changes in the U.S. tax code. Between 2001 and 2010, the revenue rulebook was revised 4,430 times—an average of more than once a day.

  • LAHA girls team to host Gunnison, Colo.

    The Los Alamos Hockey Association’s U12 girls hockey team will be at home for a pair of games against Gunnison, Colo., this weekend.
    The team, now in its second season, will host Gunnison Feb. 11-12 at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Admission for the two games is free.
    The U12 girls hockey team has shown some marked improvement from its inaugural season.
    In 2010-11, LAHA formed the team, drawing from three different hockey age groups to fill out their season roster.

  • LA, Taos square off in rivalry contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will host its arch-rival tonight in one of its final two home games of the 2011-12 season.
    Los Alamos will face off against Taos tonight. Game time is set for 8 p.m.
    The Hilltoppers will wrap up their regular season with four contests, including tonight’s game against the Ice Tigers, who have a longstanding rivalry with the Hilltoppers.
    Also this weekend, Los Alamos will host the Albuquerque Outkast Friday night. That game marks Senior and Coaches Appreciation Night. Los Alamos will also play two games on Sunday morning, both of those at Outpost Ice Arena in Albuquerque.