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Today's News

  • Series of storms on tap for next week could yield several feet of snow

     The National Weather Service issues the following Special Weather Statement Saturday morning:

    ACTIVE WEATHER TO RETURN TO NEW MEXICO NEXT WEEK...

    AFTER A RELATIVELY QUIET FIRST HALF OF JANUARY BIG CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY. MOISTURE LADEN PACIFIC STORMS WILL MOVE INLAND NEXT WEEK AND PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL PRECIPITATION FOR WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

  • NM lawmakers face tough budget year

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers return to work next week to deal with a troublesome election-year assignment: potentially raising taxes, cutting money for schools and slashing government services to balance the state budget.

    The Legislature convenes Tuesday for a 30-day session that offers Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson a last chance to shape his political legacy with changes in state law. Richardson's second term expires at the end of the year. He can't run for a third term because of term limits.

  • 01-17-10 Briefs

    Domenici’s son to make major announcement

    In a cryptic e-mail from his office Saturday, Sen. Pete Domenici’s son, Pete Domenici, Jr., invited the media to attend a press conference this afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The e-mail said Domenici Jr., would make  “an important announcement” and “no further details will be released in advance.” Word is spreading rapidly that the son of New Mexico’s longest serving senator will announce his candidacy for governor.

  • Stimulus funds rev biofuel projects

    Jobs and sustainable energy were complementary goals in a new round of stimulus funding announced this week by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

    According to the announcement, Los Alamos National Laboratory will play a key role in helping develop advanced biofuels for transportation, thanks to funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

  • Arts Council pours the music out to the community

    Like the aroma of coffee wafting through the air, sweet melodies will weave through the space at Fuller Lodge at a Valentine’s  Coffeehouse, sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council.

    The Coffeehouse will delight listeners’ ears starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 12.  While dining on a selection of desserts and sipping O’Houri’s coffee, music lovers will hear a romantic concert of music by Federick Chopin, J.S. Bach, Edvard Grieg, Ole Bull and Antonin Dvorak performed by violinist Kay Newnam, cellist Sally Gunther and pianist Karen Follingstad.

  • Capturing the spirit of Los Alamos

    Harris Mayer, a Manhattan Project scientist, whose memories of the early days at Los Alamos have become increasingly precious over time, has written an essay in several dimensions.

    “An Inconclusive Meeting of the Theoretical Megaton Group,” is the third publication and most recent in the Nutshell Series. It was published in December 2009 by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Read on!

    Laughter filled up one of the meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library. Students relaxed around a table, munching on snacks and they conversed via the Worldwide Web. A projection screen tracked the lengthy conversation and everyone giggled as they watched different emoticons pop up with each instant message.

    Even the adults in the room cut loose. Angie Manfredi, head of youth services, sat at the head of the room, typing the teens’ questions and comments and making a few of her own quips.

  • Councilor to run for full term

    Ralph Phelps chaired the Board of Public Utilities for Los Alamos and was becoming more involved with county government activities when a vacancy opened on county council last year. Phelps had become interested in getting more involved so he applied, he said.

    County Council appointed Phelps in January 2009 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jim West. West resigned because he was battling cancer. He recently lost his battle.

    Phelps expressed enthusiasm for serving another four years after

    experiencing a year of life as a councilor.

  • Love thy neighbor

    A caring neighborhood is the goal this week, as we look at asset #4.

    I really hope you have a caring neighborhood and you would think that most people here do.

    Our local data shows that only 39 percent of our kids feel that way. That’s is just on track with the national percentage, too. Really? Los Alamos?

    I think that is an easy fix, but we all have to work together.

  • Prime the pump and feed the geese

    Economists call them economic engines, and the rest of us call them our golden geese. Whatever they’re called, we need to trim spending carefully and, in some cases, feed the goose.

    Two cases in point: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and the film industry.