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Today's News

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIESee^:Starting the year off right with family

    To correctly start off the New Year you should reflect on the year that has just passed.

    Therefore, as my sister, her husband, their three children and I sat around their dining room table on Dec. 31, we all listed the high points for 2009.

    My sister said her oldest son, Connor, doing spectacular in kindergarten and expanding the family to include their golden retriever, Bruno as among her favorite events of 2009.

    My brother-in-law said he has enjoyed his 4-year-old daughter, Mairen, offering her assistance with household chores.

  • Online income tax return filing available starting next week

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans can file their state personal income tax returns online for 2009 starting Tuesday, the state tax department announced today.

    This is the 22nd year that some form of e-filing has been available to New Mexico taxpayers.

    “E-filing is safe, secure and free. It not only saves the state time and money, but will also get New Mexicans their tax refunds more quickly and directly,” said Rick Homans, Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

  • Fire station to be demolished

    Demolition of the former White Rock Fire Station 3 on Rover Boulevard is expected to get underway next week.

    The contractor, Paul Parker Construction, is currently working on asbestos abatement. This portion of the project must be accomplished using certified contractors who are required to prevent any airborne release through redundant measures.

    These activities should cause little disruption and be fairly transparent to the general public. Air monitoring stations will operate during abatement as a safety precaution, but no air quality issues are anticipated.

  • Group briefed on reduced chromium threat

    It will probably never be listed in the guidebook to Los Alamos, but a route downstream from the headwaters of Sandia Canyon was of interest to a group of visitors Wednesday afternoon.

    The Northern New Mexico Citizen’s Advisory Board wanted to get a sense of the current status of an investigation into problems about chromium pollution in the regional aquifer under Los Alamos National Laboratory. The board is a federally chartered organization that advises the Department of Energy on environmental issues at the laboratory.

  • Family files tort claim against county

    An attorney for the Logan Collins family has filed a Tort Claims notice indicating claims “may or will be” asserted against Los Alamos County by the deceased minor and all potential beneficiaries of his estate.

    The claim asserts the county was negligent during the course of a Nov. 18, 2009 bus traffic accident that resulted in the death of the 12-year-old boy.

    Attorney Jason Bowles sent the claims notice by certified mail Friday. He is with the Albuquerque law firm of Bowles & Crow.

  • Road funds face long-term trouble

    The bad news about state finances comes so often, it’s hard to pay attention sometimes. The latest bad news comes from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, which is warning local governments to expect cuts in money for local road projects because of declines in the state road and local government road funds.

    In a letter sent to local government road fund program participants, the department asks the participants to review projects to determine which can be downsized or postponed. School bus routes, city streets and equipment are all on the chopping block.

  • Legislative squeeze play approaches

    Tenth Night came and on the Eleventh Day, the picture emerged for the 2010 session of the Legislature that begins Jan. 19.

    The Legislative Finance Committee got there first with a 14-page outline released Jan. 4. A day later, Gov. Bill Richardson proposed, as his news release put it, “a responsible, balanced budget” with 5 percent reserves.

  • UNM-LA uses science to study today’s urgent issues

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is launching a new course in ecological economics, for the spring semester.

    The course, Topics: Ecological Economics (GNST 192, will meet from 11 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 22 through March 12 and will be graded “credit/no credit.”

  • Haitian earthquake leaves thousdands dead and missing, capital city in ruins

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, hospitals, schools, the main prison and thousands of homes. Untold numbers were still trapped.

    President Rene Preval said he believes thousands of people were dead from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake.

  • News alert: Council votes to simplify downtown zoning, approves bridge for Canyon Rim Trail