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Today's News

  • Tax increase package OK’d

    SANTA FE — The Legislature approved a $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday and the largest tax increase package in more than two decades to help pay for public schools and government services next year.

    Passage of the measures moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically charged special session. Clashes over tax increases and government spending previewed likely campaign themes in this year’s elections.

  • January was cold, but February was colder

    February is usually three or four degrees warmer than January. This year, February’s average temperature of just over 27 degrees in Los Alamos, was a degree colder than January, which was already colder than normal. February was six degrees below average. Surprisingly, one need only look as far back as 2004 to find a colder February at slightly below 27 degrees. The coldest February on record belongs to 1939 with an average of 23 degrees.

  • Project estimates go up and up

    Time and earthquake security are largely responsible for the escalating costs of a large nuclear facility now in design, according to the project leader Wednesday.

    “Time is a big driver,” said Rick Holmes, division leader for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    He noted that the first rough estimates in the range of $600 million were crude estimates for a project expected to be finished in 2012.

  • Diamond Drive, take four

    The clock is now ticking on Diamond Drive Phase 4.

    By a 5-2 vote, County Council awarded a $6.4 million plus contract Tuesday to AS Horner, for the next and last major roadwork and utility project on Diamond Drive stretching south from North Road to the Omega Bridge that spans Los Alamos Canyon.

    Although councilors expressed concerns that the contractor was responsible for at least some of the public’s dissatisfaction over Phases 1 and 2, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman began his presentation with reasons to expect a different outcome this time.

  • 03-04-10 Update

    Don’t miss “Diner” today

      Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. today.

    Lenten fish fry dinner

  • Make road through White Rock short

    I don’t live in White Rock, but like others I pay state taxes and am, thus, a shareholder in N.M. 4.

    White Rock residents can do as they please off road, but not with the road and its right of ways. There are lots of non-White Rock residents that have a voice in this matter.

    For laboratory employees who live off the hill, White Rock is a place in the road where they can get gas and a refreshment on the way home. Having to go around in circles to do so is not what they expect nor for why they pay taxes.

  • Elementary economics for Legislators

    We should have a mandatory economics class for legislators – not the inputs and outputs I slogged through at UNM but a nuts-and-bolts class on how local and state economies work.  

    This legislative session I tried to call attention to economic engines – golden geese – because when revenues drop and budget cutters look for targets, they can hinder economic recovery if they’re not careful or stoke those engines that create the jobs we need.

  • Change is coming

    A paradigm shift is occurring at Los Alamos Public Schools. This change is focusing on how students are graded. The old paper and pencil system is being tossed away in favor of an electronic grade book called Pinnacle. Read more about Pinnacle in tomorrow's paper.

  • NEWS ALERT: Councilors tighten compensation plan
  • UPDATE: Read about softball, hockey in today's Monitor

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will head to the Piedra Vista Softball Challenge this weekend.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper hockey team captured the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey pure team tournament this weekend, having to come back from an early loss in the tournament to do so.

    Read more about both teams in today's Monitor.