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Today's News

  • Senate panel OKs budget based on higher taxes

     SANTA FE — A state budget proposal by a Senate committee calls for $150 million in new revenues from tax measures and requiring public employees to pay more for their pensions.

    The pension change assumed in the budget will save the state $44 million next year, but will lower take-home pay of state workers and educators by a similar amount.

    The Finance Committee approved the budget on Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

  • Stolen goods found in Espaola

    When a victim of property theft couldn’t identify his stolen snow blower other than by seeing it, Los Alamos police detectives decided to help make it easier for community members to reclaim stolen property.

  • Big savings gained from less pork

    SANTA FE — To the surprise of many, state senators voted overwhelmingly last Saturday to ax $130 million of pork projects that were approved in previous years but weren’t going anywhere.

    It is a sign of how seriously senators are taking the budget balancing process. This column has opined on several occasions that lawmakers must share the budget-deficit pain with taxpayers, public employees, schools and state agencies.

  • Rated NFE (Not for Entertainment)

    “Where The Wild Things Are ... a poignant, heartfelt journey into the psycho-spiritual mind of a child, transmuting the fears and conflicts that parallel one’s personality into a thematic inner life of magical realizations. A blend of complex metaphors depicting the ethnographic diversity of life’s bittersweet corporeal lessons.”

    Yeah, yeah, give me a break. It was a rotten movie. “Where the Wild Things Are” received acclamations by movie critics who apparently own very large Thesauruses and love to speak in iambic pentameter.

  • Patricia Stan chosen as Rotary’s student of the month

    Patricia Lena Stan was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for January.

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one outstanding student of the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month.

    Students are selected on the basis of academic success, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.  

    Along with her parents, Marius and Liliana, Stan chose Janna Warren, her piano teacher of six years, to join her in accepting this honor.

  • Breaking News: Longtime Los Alamos firefighter charged with larceny

    Police filed multiple charges Wednesday against Driver Engineer Steven Fierro of the Los Alamos Fire Department for allegedly stealing money from a fellow firefighter.

    Fierro, 46, has been the subject of a recent police investigation into a string of thefts at various Los Alamos fire stations. His name surfaced after Los Alamos police detectives analyzed fire logs to determine who was on duty when money went missing.

  • First time jobless claims dip, buoys hope of sustained recovery

     WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to the lowest total in a month, a sign the job market may be improving.

    The Labor Department said that first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 440,000. Wall Street economists expected a smaller decline of 15,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

  • Mesa Library to show heroes in action

    The video, “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” as well as first hand-account of the battle by local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veteran, Bill Hudson, will be presented to the community at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Mesa Public Library, upstairs in the library meeting rooms.

    “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” was produced by the Canadian History Channel and has not been publicly aired in the U.S. This showing will commemorate the 65th anniversary of that historic battle.

  • NEWS ALERT Local relief mission returns to Haiti
  • An encore performance ‘Parted Waters’ returns to Teatro Paraguas as a full production

    Teatro Paraguas, located at 3221-B Richards Lane in Santa Fe, will present local playwright Robert Benjamin’s “Parted Waters,” beginning today and running through Feb. 27. There will be a total of 11 performances.

    Three Hispanic men including the grandfather, son and grandson are the focus in the play.

    The family owns a farm near Truchas, which has been in the family for generations.