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Today's News

  • Health care bill could add $115 billion to government spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new health care law could potentially add at least $115 billion more to government health care spending over the next 10 years, congressional budget referees said Tuesday.

    If Congress approves all the additional spending called for in the legislation, it would push the ten-year cost of the overhaul above $1 trillion — an unofficial limit the Obama administration set early on.

  • 05-12-10 Update

    Foxx book signing

      Terry Foxx will sign “Touched by Fire,” her most recent compilation of community stories about the Cerro Grande Fire, and her illustrated children’s book, “The Forest and the Fire,” from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.

    “The Spitfire Grill”

  • Candidates raise $285,000

    SANTA FE — Republican John Sanchez is bankrolling his campaign in a three-way primary election race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, according to the latest fundraising reports.

    Sanchez, an Albuquerque roofing company owner, lent his campaign $75,000 during the past month, bringing to $348,800 the personal money he’s put into the race for lieutenant governor. He was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2002, but lost to Democrat Bill Richardson in the general election.

  • New Phase 1 CIP cycle to begin

    The county will open a new Phase 1 CIP cycle beginning May 24. Phase 1 applications can be submitted by any citizen or staff member at that time. The cycle will close Aug. 23. An informational meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 19 in Council Chambers. Citizens or county staff with ideas for projects who might consider submitting a Phase 1 application are encouraged to attend. The committee will be available in this informal session to visit with them about their ideas and the application process. 

  • No changes to school calendar

    Gov. Bill Richardson signing a bill to delay school year and length changes put the brakes on developments of any new schedule for Los Alamos Public Schools, the board learned during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt explained to the Monitor after the meeting that the governor signed the bill, which lifts the requirement that districts move to a 180-day school year until the 2011-2012 school year.

    Schmidt added that there was not adequate time to work with the public on any proposed changes to the schedule.

  • Ordinance 555 rejected

    A motion backed by the voice of more than 2,000 petitioners died in a 5-1 vote of the county council at Tuesday’s meeting. County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle was the lone vote in favor of the motion and Councilor Nona Bowman was absent.

  • Meet the new chief, same as the old chief

    I thought that things would change under an Obama presidency, but the war continues in Iraq, we ramp up the war in Afghanistan, hand billions to Wall Street, health care reform is marginal, Guantanamo is running as usual, Colombia is practically a US bastion with seven of our new military bases and the Obama administration was instrumental in preventing a real climate change treaty in Copenhagen.

  • On affordable housing

    Several of the candidates at the council Q&A session talked about the need for affordable housing in Los Alamos, evincing what to me is a basic ignorance of economics.

    The cost of housing is based on the cost of its economic inputs; that is, land, labor, materials and capital. The price of housing is established in an auction market between a willing buyer and a willing seller.

    As the run-up and collapse of the recent housing bubble illustrate, the two are only loosely linked.

  • Investment is essential

    In the last month, we have seen dramatic steps toward the emergence of a national consensus on our nation’s nuclear security strategy and the investments needed to support it. That is good for our nation and for New Mexico.

    In April, the Obama Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review. In addition to outlining the investments required to maintain the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile without testing, it elevates efforts to combat nuclear terrorism and prevent proliferation to the top of our security agenda.  

  • Lessons learned on the Llano Estacado

    If you live in the mountains or a river valley, you’re probably a scenery snob. Admit it. You speed across the High Plains until you reach a place with more varied topography.

    Next time, slow down and take a better look. Once you marvel at the vast, level distances, you’re inclined to look up, and the great bowl of sky out here never disappoints, with its cloudscapes and palette of pastels. Ranchers here say they like to see the weather coming.