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Today's News

  • Ballots due Tuesday

    The ballots for the all mail special election for the Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-LA bond issues must be returned to the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. Feb. 2, and that date is almost here.

    As of mid-day Wednesday, 4,275 ballots had been returned to the County Clerk’s Office, according to Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols.

    For reference purposes, she said 6,626 total votes were cast in the 2009 special school bond election.

  • Boosting business

    A Los Alamos contingent mingled with state lawmakers and the who’s who in New Mexico business during Monday’s annual Legislative Reception at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

    Business people and decision makers from across the state attended what Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos described as one of the most important and well attended networking events of the year.

  • Council guards against state tax raid

    County councilors paid heed to budget rumbling from the Legislature in Santa Fe. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution Tuesday to oppose any attempt to reduce the county’s share of the Gross Receipts Tax.

    According to one scenario, the county could lose some $1,566,700 annually to the state and statewide local governments could lose an estimated $120,953,127.

  • GRT hike clears first hurdle in NM legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to temporarily increase New Mexico's gross receipts tax to help balance the state budget cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Thursday.

    The measure would provide about $238 million next year by raising the tax by one-half cent to 5.5 percent. The tax rate would then decline annually until it returned to 5 percent starting in July 2014.

  • Making academics fun

    Who says learning can’t be fun? Barranca Elementary School is out to prove that academics are not just memorization and lectures – there can be a lot of entertainment and interest involved in exploring different subjects.

    The school will unveil the fun in academics from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 2 during Family Math and Science Night.

    There will also be a PTO fundraiser dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. in the school’s gym.

  • Winter Storm Watch goes into effect this evening as upper level disturbances merge over NM

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather advisory Wednesday morning:

    WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

    A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

  • NEWS ALERT: Council backs affordable housing plan
  • Boys basketball: Toppers move to 2-0 in district with win

    Heading into the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was looking to shut the door on the Bernalillo Spartans, who were still hanging around after one half of play.

    A huge third quarter by the Hilltoppers accomplished just that.

    Los Alamos forced eight Bernalillo turnovers in the third quarter, turning those into points on the other end, which derailed Bernalillo’s upset attempt. Los Alamos won Tuesday’s District 2AAAA contest going away, 67-35.

  • Temporary hikes tax belief

    Governor Richardson seems adamant in asserting that whatever tax hikes he pushes through during the 2010 legislative session will be “temporary.” This promise from a lame-duck governor is ridiculous on its face and is an impossible promise for him to keep. Since this is his final legislative session in office, he won’t even be around to determine whether the hikes he enacts will be temporary or not.

  • Economic development beyond the stardust

    SANTA FE  — Gov. Bill Richardson’s economic development initiatives continue to be his top priorities for projects not to be cut in this legislative session.

    Richardson calls them the bold initiatives of which he is proudest about accomplishing during his seven years in office. These are the initiatives that have brought New Mexico into the 21st century, he tells us.

    These initiatives have been boldly promoted but their successes in terms of hard numbers are something lawmakers are going to want to see before this legislative session is over.