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Today's News

  • NM revenues weaken, more state budget cuts loom

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's revenues are lower than expected for the newly started fiscal year, and it will force a new round of budget cuts to trim spending by about 3 percent.

    The Legislative Finance Committee received an updated financial forecast Wednesday, showing the state with a $200 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that started this month.

    Revenues are projected to be almost $160 million lower than what had been anticipated this year, and $32 million short in the fiscal year that ended in June.

  • Obama signs sweeping financial overhaul into law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reveling in victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping reform of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street.

  • US announces new sanctions against North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Obama administration moved Wednesday to push new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates showed solidarity with South Korea during a visit to the area that separates it from the North.

  • Baseball: Cubs manager Piniella retiring after season

    CHICAGO (AP) — After all those dirt-kicking, base-tossing tantrums, Lou Piniella is going out with more of a whimper.

    This isn't the way he envisioned his final days as the Chicago Cubs' manager.

    The team had bigger plans, too.

    Piniella announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, completing a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager.

  • ‘Cool roofs’ coming to LANL

    Cool is, well, cool.

    And in an era where going green is everything, count Los Alamos National Laboratory in.

    Under a DOE program, the lab will be adding “cool roof” technologies — using lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect the sun’s heat.

    The result? Less urban heat, more efficiencies, reduced cooling costs and offsetting carbon emissions.

    The announcement came Tuesday from U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

  • Obama signs financial overhaul bill

    WASHINGTON — Reveling in victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street.

    The law, pushed through mainly by Democrats in Washington’s deeply partisan environment, comes almost two years after the infamous near financial meltdown in 2008 in the United States that was felt around the globe.

  • Parasite fears shut down pool

    State health officials have shut down the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center because it may have been infected by a microscopic parasite.

    Although there is no deadline to reopen the pool, Randy Smith, Los Alamos Recreation Division manager, said the staff needs to maintain the chlorine levels for a certain amount of time. Residents are encouraged to call the aquatic center Thursday morning for more information.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • NM fuel tax increase could ease fiscal pain

    For many years New Mexico citizens have seen gasoline prices bounce up or down by 5, 10 or more cents per gallon.  

    Sometimes there were several price changes each week.  

    Service station operators, fuel distributers and the general public easily handled the constant price changes.  

    Nor have we seen any major negative economic impact or complaints from the general public concerning these constant price bounces.

  • Cuts and consequences

    Those angry growls you hear are likely emanating from employees of state, local and county governments around these United States, and their fury is approaching the level a roar. Two years into the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression, there’s barely a state where declining tax revenues haven’t produced budget shortfalls the likes of which haven’t gripped state and local governments in decades.

  • Golf: Northern NM senior men’s results from last week

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments held at Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, Colo., and the two-day tournament at Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colo.

    Cattails Golf Course

    July 13

    First flight

    First low gross

    Buzz Burke, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 78.

    Second low gross

    Jim Miner, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 80.

    First low net

    Jerry Manzanares, Las Vegas, 67.

    Second low net

    Terry Manzanares, Las Vegas, 69.