Today's News

  • GRT hike clears first hurdle in NM legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — 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.

  • Making academics fun

    Who says learning can’t be fun? Barranca Elementary School is out to prove that academics are not just memorization and lectures – there can be a lot of entertainment and interest involved in exploring different subjects.

    The school will unveil the fun in academics from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 2 during Family Math and Science Night.

    There will also be a PTO fundraiser dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. in the school’s gym.

  • Winter Storm Watch goes into effect this evening as upper level disturbances merge over NM

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather advisory Wednesday morning:



  • NEWS ALERT: Council backs affordable housing plan
  • Boys basketball: Toppers move to 2-0 in district with win

    Heading into the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was looking to shut the door on the Bernalillo Spartans, who were still hanging around after one half of play.

    A huge third quarter by the Hilltoppers accomplished just that.

    Los Alamos forced eight Bernalillo turnovers in the third quarter, turning those into points on the other end, which derailed Bernalillo’s upset attempt. Los Alamos won Tuesday’s District 2AAAA contest going away, 67-35.

  • Temporary hikes tax belief

    Governor Richardson seems adamant in asserting that whatever tax hikes he pushes through during the 2010 legislative session will be “temporary.” This promise from a lame-duck governor is ridiculous on its face and is an impossible promise for him to keep. Since this is his final legislative session in office, he won’t even be around to determine whether the hikes he enacts will be temporary or not.

  • Economic development beyond the stardust

    SANTA FE  — Gov. Bill Richardson’s economic development initiatives continue to be his top priorities for projects not to be cut in this legislative session.

    Richardson calls them the bold initiatives of which he is proudest about accomplishing during his seven years in office. These are the initiatives that have brought New Mexico into the 21st century, he tells us.

    These initiatives have been boldly promoted but their successes in terms of hard numbers are something lawmakers are going to want to see before this legislative session is over.

  • 01-27-10 Update

    ‘Topper/’Devil tickets on sale Friday

      Tickets for the Los Alamos-Española Valley boys basketball game, which will be played at Griffith Gymnasium, will go on sale at 2 p.m. Friday.

      The varsity game is scheduled to start at

    7 p.m. Friday. Those interested in seeing the game are encouraged to be at Griffith Gym by 4 p.m. for the start of the C team game.

  • Proposal to expand online government information

    SANTA FE —  New Mexicans could track spending by state agencies under a proposal that would create a Web portal for access to government information.

    The measure by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, has the support of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

    “People want the right and need the right to easily access as much information as possible about New Mexico’s government and how their tax dollars are being spent,” Denish told a news conference Tuesday with Rue.

  • Lawmakers propose canceling projects

    SANTA FE — Thousands of capital improvement projects, from school playgrounds to water system upgrades, would be scrapped under a proposal by a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

    The legislation could provide nearly $150 million to help replenish New Mexico’s cash reserves, which have been drained because of recent budget problems.

    The measure will run into strong opposition because projects would be canceled in communities across New Mexico and in the home districts of legislators.