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Today's News

  • Fed eyes steps to bolster recovery

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve officials cut their forecasts for growth this year and signaled they stood ready to take new steps to keep the recovery alive if the economy worsens.

    A new document, released Wednesday, revealed a more cautious mood among the Fed policymakers in light of Europe’s debt crisis, a volatile Wall Street, a stalled housing market and high unemployment.

  • County puts brakes on 3M project

    Time has run out for 3M IMTEC.

    On Tuesday night County Councilors terminated the economic development project for Hytec LLC, Imtec Real Estate LLC and 3M Imtec Corporation.

    The vote scuttled a deal in which the county, in 2007, entered into a loan agreement and promissory note with Hytec Inc. for $2.4 million under the county’s Small Business Financial Assistance Program.

    The loan was to be used to build a 20,000-square-foot building. So far, $2,032,475 has been disbursed and $496,581 has been held back pending a certificate of occupancy.

  • Big biz, unions back candidates

    Money is streaming in from unions, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and health industry political action committees for two local candidates battling for the District 43 House seat.

    The district encompasses Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    The candidates released the numbers they’ve accrued in their campaign war chests through the most recent financial reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Big biz, unions back candidates

    Money is streaming in from unions, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and health industry political action committees for two local candidates battling for the District 43 House seat.

    The district encompasses Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Roadwork safety calls for cooperation

    Caroline Spaeth (“Road Work a Hazard to Pedestrians”) is correct to point out the need to ensure pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the construction zones along Diamond Drive.

    We certainly expect the county and the contractor to ensure all efforts are made to manage this project as safely as possible.

  • Get outside and get smart

    Were you hoping that life might slow down a bit this summer, but disappointed that time still is moving way too fast?  Are you feeling increasingly harried and distracted?  Does the thought of reading this entire article seem like it’s just going to take up too much of your time, so you’d better just skim ahead and get the main point?

    If so, you’re not alone, and the cause, according to a new book (available at Mesa Public Library) called “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” might be the time you spend online.

  • IMTEC closing local operations

    3M officials were in town Wednesday informing employees at IMTEC (HYTEC) that the operation will shut down within 45 days.

    Dave Frezee, vice president of 3M digital oral care and Doyle Shea, 3M finance supervisor of real estate, also met with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro Wednesday.

    The men discussed the $2.4 million loan Los Alamos County provided the company in 2008. The money was to help fund construction of a nearly $4 million, 20,000-square-foot engineering and research facility with a 5,000-square-foot prototype manufacturing high bay at Airport Basin.

  • Make memories during family vacations

    Summer time is a great chance to build the Assets of Family Communication and Support with a little something called the family vacation. After I write that sentence, in the back of my mind I hear, dun, dun, dun.

    The family vacation, no matter how monotonous, can be memories that last a life time. If they do, as adults, we should try to make them as good as possible.

    Now for those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m as cheap as the day is long, so I certainly don’t mean a trip where we indulge in every purchase the dears would enjoy.

  • Cops could face death penalty in Katrina bridge shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.

    The four officers were charged along with two others in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • Cops could face death in post-Katrina shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.

    The four officers were charged along with two others in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.