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Today's News

  • Senate OKs limits on double-dipping retirees

    SANTA FE — Public employees could no longer double dip by returning to work in government jobs with a salary and their pension under legislation approved by the Senate on Monday.

    The proposed restrictions target state and local government employees retiring after July 1.

    The legislation will not stop about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are receiving a salary and their pension. However, they will be forced to resume making payroll contributions into the public employee pension fund.

  • Hundreds attend field hearing

    LAS CRUCES — Opinions were split among about 600 people who showed up for a three-hour congressional field hearing to discuss proposed federal wilderness areas for southern New Mexico.

    Las Cruces resident Robert Macklin, a retired Army officer and avid hiker, attended to express his opposition.

    “I don’t want to see development in the Organ Mountains,” he said.

  • House OKs overhaul

    SANTA FE — A proposal to revamp the State Investment Council and reduce the governor’s influence over the board that oversees $12 billion in endowment funds was unanimously approved by the House on Sunday.

    The governor serves as the Investment Council’s chairman and can control the nine-member board through his appointment power. The bill would expand the council’s membership to 11 but reduce the governor’s public appointments from three to two members.

  • LANL model checks arctic warming

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher is challenging theories about one of the most worrisome possibilities arising from global warming in the arctic.

    For the last few years, climate researchers have debated the potential risks of a massive release of huge methane reservoirs currently trapped at the bottom of the arctic seas.

  • Changes coming to East Park

    A miniature golf course and a high school-sized basketball court are two new features under construction at East Park. This new recreational area will replace the old tennis courts and is scheduled for a summer unveiling.

    Los Alamos County Parks Manager Richard McIntyre is heading up the project.

  • Roundabouts are the way to go

    Revitalized White Rock!  That’s the goal of all of us who have watched our town lose its charming village atmosphere where we could satisfy most of our needs locally.  

  • A bill to back and a bill to boo

    Late Friday night, Think New Mexico’s legislation to prohibit political contributions from lobbyists and government contractors (House Bill 118) was approved by the House Judiciary Committee, after having passed the House Voters and Elections Committee the previous week. With public support, the bill will continue through the legislative process.

  • Make the Valles Caldera a national park

    As you all know, the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) is a treasure located right in our back yard. Its wealth of cultural, historic, recreational and educational opportunities are framed everywhere by beautiful scenery. Currently, the Valles Caldera Trust is charged with protecting and preserving the preserve. Additionally, the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 mandates that the Trust achieve financial self-sustainability by the year 2015.

  • Anti-corruption measure: House bill tightens lid on cookie jar

     

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to revamp the State Investment Council and reduce the governor's influence over the board that oversees $12 billion in endowment funds was unanimously approved by the House on Sunday.

    The governor serves as the Investment Council's chairman and can control the nine-member board through his appointment power. The bill would expand the council's membership to 11 but reduce the governor's public appointments from three to two members.

  • Cut or Keep: LAPS School Board Making Funding Decisions in an Uncertain World

    Help district officials decide about funding decisions by providing input to strategic questions. 

    The Los Alamos School Board will hold three independent back-to-back community meetings:

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m.,Tuesday March 2 at Chamisa Elementary Gym;

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 3 at Los Alamos High School Speech Theater; and

    - 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday March 4 at Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.