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  • NEWS ALERT Local woman surfaces, safe in Chile

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  • 03-02-10 Update

    Police beat

      A large piece of concrete thrown through the rear window of a parked vehicle, a rock thrown through the window of another parked vehicle and the windows of an office building damaged by shots from a pellet gun or firearm top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    AAUW meeting today

      The American Association University of Women will host a talk titled, “Growing Up Female in

    India,” during their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

  • Gas cap debated

    SANTA FE — There was no shortage of grim economic and environmental predictions as a New Mexico environmental regulatory board heard Monday from dozens of people on both sides of a proposal that seeks a greenhouse gas emissions cap in the state.

    The Environmental Improvement Board was petitioned by an environmental group, New Energy Economy, to establish a cap. The group advocates for reductions of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

    Renewable energy advocates, social justice activists, environmentalists and physicians voiced their support.

  • Governor signs four bills into law

    LAS CRUCES — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed four bills into law from the recently concluded New Mexico regular legislative session, including a bill that protects state employees who speak out about unlawful activity and government corruption.

    Richardson signed the Spaceport Informed Consent Act, the Colonias Infrastructure Act and Fund and the Las Cruces Tax Increment Project Bond bill during an appearance Saturday in Las Cruces.

    The governor also signed the Whistleblower Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Cervantes,

  • Local woman found safe in Chile

    The earthquake that devastated Chile Saturday morning also jolted Los Alamos.

    With growing apprehension Chuck Pergler and Mary Skarra reported that their daughter Isis Skarra-Pergler was still missing Monday.

    She was traveling with her boyfriend Joe Stoffers when the 8.8-magnitude quake occurred. The couple was believed to be camping on a beach at that time, most likely in an impacted area.

  • Lawmakers whittle down budget gap

    SANTA FE — A little bit of everything was thrown into the legislative hopper to get a balanced budget passed this week, as lawmakers began a special session Monday.

    The new mixture, approved by Democratic Party leaders last week, includes tax increases and spending cuts in a package of nine bills identified in Governor Richardson’s proclamation. The announcement that defined the agenda was issued shortly before the Senate opened for business at about 2 p.m., followed within the hour by the House.

  • Have a spot of tea

    Both the Democrats and Republicans would do well to listen to what the Tea Partiers are saying. They might seem like a group of angry people, but they have real issues. They are concerned about jobs, income, wars and sense that Washington doesn’t care about them.  They are also concerned about same sex marriage, abortion and that man in the White House.

  • Petitions were rightly rejected

    I would like to respond to a long list of complaints (Monitor, Feb. 17) by one of the sponsors of two petitions that were rejected by the county council.  

    The petitions were appropriately rejected because they did not conform with a well-known principle of law governing the way questions are to be presented to voters on a ballot – i.e., no “logrolling:” Each question presented must be a single issue.

  • Atomic history: debating what’s kept

    The question is not whether history will be debated. If history is kept, the debate may be one of substance. If history fades out, the debate will be “sound and fury.”

    Keeping history strong and healthy is the goal of the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park, or some form of one.

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