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Today's News

  • Governor nixes proposed tax on food, signs off on other tax hikes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has vetoed a proposed tax on food, but signed other tax increases that will raise about $170 million to help balance the state budget next year.

    The governor used his line-item veto powers Wednesday to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at the rate imposed by local governments, which averages about 2 percent statewide.

  • 03-24-10 Update

    Donations needed

      Blue Star Mothers will host a “packing party” to assemble Care Packages for our troops, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, 2011 Industrial Park Road, Española. Drop off locations for non-perishable food items are located at the YMCA on Iris Street; the VFW Post on Deacon Street and Los Alamos Middle School. The last day to make donations is Wednesday.

  • Governor vetoes food tax

    SANTA FE  —  Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed the food tax today in the final legislative action of his two terms as governor.

    “I am not willing to put this burden on working families in the form of an unfair tax on food. I agree with those who call this a cruel tax,” Richardson said. “It is especially cruel during the worst financial crisis New Mexico has ever experienced.

    Richardson made good on a campaign promise when he led the charge in 2004 to eliminate the tax on food.

  • Kate Thomas says goodbye

    The beginnings of Kate Thomas’ 40-year-long career as an educator can be spotted when she graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia. Since career pickings are slim in that area, Thomas went on to earn a master’s in graduate English education so that she could teach English. “And the rest,” Thomas said, “is history.”

    It’s a period of time that is about to conclude. After working nine years in the Los Alamos Public Schools district, Thomas is retiring.

    Her final day is June 30.

  • Police chief marks milestone

    Wayne Torpy stood out among a large pool of applicants under consideration for Los Alamos police chief five years ago this month. Torpy came from Melbourne, Fla., where he served with the Melbourne Police Department for 25 years. He was deputy chief over a force of more than 265 law enforcement professionals in a city of 76,000 residents.

    He received the job here and on this anniversary, community leaders took the opportunity to express their esteem for Torpy and his accomplishments.

    Retired County

    Administrator Max Baker

  • Convention approaches suggest party differences

    Two years ago in their choice of place for preprimary conventions, New Mexico’s Democrats and Republicans suggested widely contrasting visions of the future. For the vast majority not worried about such events, the conventions gather party and candidate faithful. Candidates receiving at least 20 percent of the delegate vote get on the ballot for the June primary election. Candidates with less than 20 percent must gather additional petition signatures to get on the ballot.

  • Gold in them thar’ hot springs

    Twenty-five years ago I spent my summers beside sulfur-belching hot springs in northern California. The hot springs were not as big as Yellowstone’s. Most were just a few feet across, one or two about a dozen feet wide. None of them were truly boiling, but they were hot to the touch and gases bubbled vigorously out of them.

    To add to the general ambience of roasting sulfur, air temperatures in that part of California each July and August are in the 100-degree range, and in addition to sulfur, the hot springs carried a lot of mercury, arsenic and other toxic metals.

  • 03-25-10 Update

    Brisket night

      The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will host a barbecue brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. The menu includes barbecue brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert. The price is $10 per plate.

    Authors Speak series

      Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents Barbara Owens Alpert at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

    Strings and Gateaux

  • State’s past to be aboard submarine

    ALBUQUERQUE — The USS New Mexico submarine being commissioned Saturday will carry mementos of the first USS New Mexico, a battleship that served during World War II.

    When the battleship went into service in 1917, the state Senate commissioned a 56-piece sterling silver set by Tiffany & Co.

    The set was returned to the state in 1964 and went into the collections vaults of the Palace of the Governors and New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

    The set includes dessert plates, each engraved with a different scene from New Mexico history.

  • Higher taxes for goods, services

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans will pay a higher tax when they buy goods and services, from soap to car repairs, but Gov. Bill Richardson made certain on Wednesday that groceries will remain tax free.

    The Democratic governor vetoed a proposed tax on food that the Legislature had passed to provide $68 million to help balance next year’s budget. However, Richardson signed other tax increases that will generate about $170 million to finance government.