Today's News

  • PNM spells out plan

    ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico has come up with a plan for incorporating renewable energy into its portfolio, and it’s very different from an initial proposal that sparked a firestorm of criticism from the renewable energy industry, environmentalists and consumer advocates.

    PNM, the state’s largest utility, met a deadline Monday for submitting its renewable energy procurement plan and other documents to the state Public Regulation Commission.

  • Republican minority urges budget cuts

    SANTA FE — Cut inefficient state expenditures, reduce the number of state workers and pare services down to the bare essentials; with a $600 million deficit, steeply declining revenues and state spending barely propped up with a $400 million infusion of federal stimulus money, Republicans believe their ideas of minimal government have a useful place in the current legislative session.

  • 01-26-10 Update

    Police Beat

    A trailer and its contents worth an estimated $20,000 combined and an ATV with a trailer estimated at $8,400 were stolen this week. See Page 2 for the full report.

    ‘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.

  • Council rejects resolutions

    Angry audience members muttering disparaging remarks under their breath and a councilor breaking into tears added to the drama of a four-hour public meeting Saturday.

    The emotionally charged meeting held in council chambers was called for the sole purpose of deciding resolutions 10-02 and 10-03 proposing additions to the County Charter and a mail out ballot election.

    The problem councilors faced was that the petition calling for the additions and election was deemed illegal as presented.

  • Thumbs down on taxes

    Recently the Monitor has published two interesting articles concerning the upcoming election with respect to the UNM-LA question and LAPS bond election.

    One concerns the writer-perceived perception that many had a “misconception that Los Alamos schools are wealthy.” Furthermore that the recent 32 percent tax increases should not influence the current bond vote.

  • Vote yes for public schools referendum

    Please allow our schools to pay for maintenance and equipment by voting “yes” on the referendum ballot that has been maailed to county residents

    New Mexico law specifies how school funding works:

    • State funding is used to cover salaries (operational expenses).

    • Bond funding, through local taxes, is for buildings/property (capital projects).

    • Referendum funding, through local taxes, is for building repair, maintenance, equipment replacement and some athletic items (projects under $200,000).

  • The cost of education

    Editor’s note: The Monitor has received a number of letters in support of the proposed UNM-LA mil levy and the LAPS referendum, more than we can publish. This supporting statement  from Mike Wismer, chair of the Los Alamos County Council and former member of the UNM-LA Advisory Boar, is representative of many the letters in support of UNM-LA. We will continue to publish perspectives on both issues as space and balance permit.

  • Click! Los Alamos Photography Club to host annual show

    Don’t let your photos accumulate in the computer or collect dust in albums. Unveil them to the public during the Los Alamos Photography Club’s annual exhibit at Mesa Public Library.

    Local shutterbugs are invited to drop off their work from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the library.

    Work will be hung in the upstairs gallery at the library starting at 1 p.m. Sunday before the exhibit is open to the public Monday. For more information about the exhibit or how to submit work, e-mail Coombs at dfcoombs@comcast.net or visit www.la-photoclub.org/.

  • December home sales take a huge dip as economic recovery does a stutter step

     WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of previously occupied homes took the largest monthly drop in more than 40 years last month, sinking more dramatically than expected after lawmakers gave buyers additional time to use a tax credit.

    The report reflects a sharp drop in demand after buyers stopped scrambling to qualify for a tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time homeowners. It had been due to expire on Nov. 30. But Congress extended the deadline until April 30 and expanded it with a new $6,500 credit for existing homeowners who move.

  • Proposal would slam businesses with higher taxes to replenish unemployment coffers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Businesses could pay $20 million in higher taxes under a proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson's administration to shore up the program that provides unemployment benefits to jobless New Mexicans.

    The unemployment insurance trust fund will run out of money by next year if the Legislature and governor don't agree on a rescue plan during the legislative session.

    The fund is being drained because of rising unemployment.

    The Workforce Solutions Department is briefing legislators on a proposal to keep the unemployment program solvent.