Today's News

  • Analysis: Democratic split complicates budget work

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The political will to compromise and make unpopular votes was a missing ingredient as the New Mexico Legislature worked for 30 days but failed to agree on a balanced budget to finance schools and government programs next year.

    The two Democratic-led chambers were far apart throughout the session on tax and budget issues. And those differences will remain when the Legislature convenes Wednesday for a special session to again try to pass a budget.

  • Council doubles up

    The Los Alamos County Council will consider an ordinance terminating an economic development agreement with Elemetric Instruments as its first order of business at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when it meets in the Community Building.

    Also on the agenda is a request from the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization for funding the Day Out Program. Also, Fire Chief Doug Tucker will lead a discussion about a request for approval of a Joint Powers Agreement for wildland fire protection and suppression with the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division.

  • LANL foundation applications go online

    In an effort to make the submission process efficient and straightforward for all applicants, the LANL Foundation has moved to an online application system.

    Anyone interested in a LANL Foundation grant must now apply online.

  • The three deficit conundrum

    This country is currently facing a huge triple threat to its future in the form of deficits: the first is a deficit of trust; the second is a deficit of jobs; and the third is a deficit of dollars.

    The current administration and Congress, apparently unable to break free from the bonds of ideological thinking, continue flailing away but repeatedly come back to the table with the same untenable solution and that’s to spend more money.

    That’s not the answer. It never has been and it never will be. Government cannot spend its way to economic prosperity. While the deficit of dollars that began in the Bush years was the equivalent of a hand grenade going off in the economy, the onset of the Great Recession and subsequent stimulus spending has resulted in something like the detonation of a nuclear bomb with a mushroom cloud that portends to obliterate any chance at financial prosperity for generations to come.

    As long as the specter of a lame economy looms large on the horizon, there’s little likelihood that the deficits of trust or jobs can be reduced either. Government can only gain the trust of the American people when it makes sound policy decisions. Likewise, as long as private sector employers are uncertain of the economy, hiring will be slow to rebound – such as what we’re experiencing right now.

  • Budget needs more than a fix

    SANTA FE — They just don’t get it. New Mexico is in a Great Recession that won’t be solved by quick fixes or nickel-and-dime fixes. And yet Santa Fe seems to be in denial.

    Even if a budget bill had passed, we are still at the beginning of a long road. We’ll have many more special sessions and regular sessions before we’re out of this hole.

    Sooner or later our governor and lawmakers will have to face the fact that minor surgery is not going to cure our budget problems.

  • Shedding light on unknown scientists

    Like many, the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 had a deep impact on Santa Fe writer and former diplomat Michael Morgan.

    “After  9/11, I was concerned. Besides from the immediate clashes around the world, there was a clash of narratives. Part of the clashes were mistaken, based on misinformation,” Morgan said.

    As a result, he wrote “Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists.” National Geographic published the book in 2007.

  • NMDT-PC breathes new life into classic ballet

    Watching the first moments of the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty” on a cold February night gave me the same feeling I experience when I notice spring bulbs poking through the snow and frozen ground. It’s a giddiness that something great is on its way. The gray and gloom of winter is dwindling.

    Likewise, NMDT-PC’s “The Sleeping Beauty” offers all the sparkle, color and sweetness to escape a gray day.

  • Legislature adjourns without budget deal, special session coming up

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  • Transparency wins major victories

    A brief but open conference committee capped off the 30-day legislative session in which transparency advocates won major victories.  

    “The conference committee was short and relatively uneventful, but it still felt pretty momentous to me,” New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Sarah Welsh said in a news release. “I thought of Bob Johnson and wished he could have been there.”

  • N.M. students eye early college

    Santa Fe  — New Mexico is one of eight states that will participate in the Board Examination Systems Program that will allow high school sophomores to voluntarily test out of their last two years of high school, to prepare students for college coursework, and to get a degree, Education Secretary Veronica García said in a news release.