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Today's News

  • State Senate approves bill to prohibit double-dipping pensioners

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to stop governmental retirees from returning to work for a state or local government while receiving their pension.

    The proposed limits will not affect about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are double-dipping with their salaries and pensions.

    The proposed restrictions target public employees retiring after July 1.

    Government workers currently can retire, wait 90 days and return to work for the state, city or county while receiving their pensions.

  • Traffic Alert: Expect big switch in I-25 southbound lanes near Bernalillo

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Tuesday morning rush hour will greet Interstate 25 drivers traveling south past Bernalillo with some new twists and turns.

    The state Department of Transportation said that starting Monday night, there will be various lane closures on southbound I-25 near the south Bernalillo exit as crews rebuild the interstate between Tramway Boulevard and Bernalillo.

    Crews will be switching southbound traffic onto the northbound side of Interstate 25.

  • Tax amnesty proposal clears Senate hurdle

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Delinquent taxpayers could pay what they owe without penalties under a tax amnesty proposal approved by the Senate.

    The legislation would allow the Taxation and Revenue Department to establish a 90-day period this year during which individuals and businesses could pay their unreported taxes without penalties or interest.

    Supporters say the program is a way for New Mexico to potentially collect more tax revenues to help ease the state's budget problems.

  • Democrat targets GOP stronghold

    Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey is going after a seat that’s been unchallenged for years. Sheehey, 57, is running for the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives in District 43.

    The seat, which Republican Jeannette Wallace, 75, has held since Jan. 1, 1991, encompasses Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.

  • Senate OKs tax hikes on certain foods and cigarettes to balance state budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With time running out in the Legislature, the Senate approved a $5.5 billion state budget early Sunday that's balanced by reinstating New Mexico's sales tax on certain foods and increasing the cigarette tax.

    The food tax will generate $138 million but it's expected to run into strong opposition in the House.

    The Senate voted 23-19 to impose the gross receipts tax on a wide range of food products, including white flour tortillas, hard taco shells, candy and soft drinks.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers upend Jaguars at home

    Bouncing back from a disappointing loss Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team posted a big defensive showing Tuesday night.

    Facing a District 2AAAA opponent, the Capital Jaguars, that was in desperate need of a win, Los Alamos allowed a total of just four field goals in the second and third quarters Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, then made one of its best offensive pushes of the season to take a 56-35 victory.

  • Lab flirts with another closure

    A recent rash of safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory reminded federal officials of events leading up to the laboratory shutdown in 2004. Their concerns were expressed in another stern memo to Los Alamos National Laboratory managers that came to light Thursday.

  • Looking forward to spring

    Beat the wintertime blues by heading over to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. The center will open its newest exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate Spring,” Friday. Read more in Sunday’s Monitor.

  • Official probe: Olympic track did not cause luger's death

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Fast and frightening, yes. Responsible for the death of a luger, no.

    Olympic officials decided late Friday night against any major changes in the track or any delays in competition and even doubled up on the schedule in the wake of the horrifying accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia.

  • Lawmakers approve Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — Similar proposals aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college were approved Wednesday by state legislators.

    The House passed the proposed Hispanic Education Act on a 44-25 vote. The proposal would establish a liaison within the Public Education Department who would focus on Hispanic students. It also would create an advisory council that would work with families and communities to close the gap.