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Today's News

  • House panel OKs tax increase

    SANTA FE — 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.

  • Washington honors local problem solver

    A few months ago, fire protection issues stuck out as persistent sore point at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    This month, an emergency program manager at Los Alamos was recognized as a co-winner of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Federal Safety Professional of the Year award for 2009, partly for his work in improving fire protection capabilities at the lab.

  • Gymnastics: LA Tumblers to host invite Saturday after busy month

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumblers will play host Saturday when they entertain several teams from around the state for the Snowflake Invitational.

    The Snowflake Invitational will be held at the team’s facility on North Mesa. Competition in levels 5 and 7 will start at 11 a.m., while levels 3, 4 and 6 will start at 2:30 p.m.

    Admission for Saturday’s competition is $5.

    Teams from Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque are expected at Saturday’s meet.

    This month has been a busy one for the Atomic Tumblers.

  • You can't go home again

    County Council voted Thursday evening to approve a site selection committee’s top choice of where to build the new Municipal Building.

    In a 5-2 vote, council selected the Los Alamos Apartments property located east of the Bradbury Science Museum, downtown along Central Avenue.

    The committee, chaired by local builder Stan Primak, was praised repeatedly Thursday evening by councilors, county staff and community leaders for its work in evaluating 25 possible sites.

  • Hockey: Toppers return to LA following losses

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team dropped a pair of games last weekend heading into tonight’s home game against Cibola.

    Los Alamos will play the La Cueva Bears tonight at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Game time is 7 p.m.

    Last weekend was a tough series, battling against weather, tilted ice, and rough times for the goaltender.

    In its Jan. 22 contest, the Hilltoppers face the undefeated Santa Fe Blue Jackets.  

    Los Alamos goalie Devin Grider was peppered the entire game as the Hilltoppers were outshot 43-10.

  • Cut back the 30 cabinet-level departments

    SANTA FE – What   will the next 20 days bring? Republican leaders say all $650 million of the deficit should be covered by cuts in government.

    Gov. Bill Richardson has ruled out increasing any of the taxes he has cut during the first seven years of his administration.

    Some Democrats say all of the deficit must be covered by additional taxes. Their reasoning is that since taxes were cut by a billion dollars during the good years of the Richardson administration, they should be reinstated now that the economy has turned bad.

  • Guns don’t kill people, guns kill lawnmowers

    A couple years ago, a Milwaukee man was charged with discharging a shotgun in a rural area. His lawnmower wouldn’t start and in a fit of anger, he shot it. Yes, he brutally murdered his lawnmower. As the man approached with intent to kill, the lawnmower’s fate was sealed. Left-wing liberal mentality had legislated an unreasonable waiting period for gun ownership and hence the defenseless lawnmower could not fight back.

  • Guitar series to feature the cream of the crop

     Guitars and Gateaux series will feature the cream of the crop in regards to young musicians.

    The Albuquerque Academy Guitar Honors Quartet will perform for Los Alamos starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    The four students in the quartet: Tony Mariano, Norm Farquhar, Louis Fazio and Laura Worden will prove just why they were accepted into this group. They will perform pieces by composers Celso Machado, Patrick Roux, Felix, Mendolsohn, Enrique Granados and Joseph V. Williams.

  • Journey to a wild and wacky place with the 'Toppers

  • Weather Update: Winter Storm Warning in effect through Friday morning

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory Thursday morning:

    WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST FRIDAY...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... LOOK FOR 4 TO 8 INCHES BELOW 7500 FEET AND 8 TO 16 INCHES WITH LOCALLY UP TO 24 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET.

    * TIMING... SNOWFALL WILL REMAIN HEAVY AT TIMES TODAY INTO TONIGHT BEFORE DIMINISHING LATE TONIGHT OR FRIDAY MORNING.