Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.