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  • County budget issues loom

    During Tuesday’s first Los Alamos County Council meeting of the year, council reviewed the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY2011, presented by the Office of Management and Budget and independent auditing firm Clifton Larson Allen LLP. 

    The report also addressed upcoming budget issues.

    Staff anticipates revenues of $6.8 million less for FY2013 than the FY2012 adopted budget.

    The report reads, “It is expected that future LANL spending and related county GRT revenue levels will stabilize, but at a level lower than had been previously expected.”

    The impact could be significant. 

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    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:


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    Rebels and the Syrian government exchange captives, but tens of thousands of detainees are still languishing in the Assad regime's prisons.


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    Jack Lew's signature — which would appear on all U.S. dollar bills — amounts to little more than seven loopy scribbles.

  • Labor secretary resigns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says Attorney General Eric Holder and the secretaries of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs will remain with the Obama administration as it enters a second term.

    The official said Holder, who leads the Justice Department, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki will remain with the administration amid changes to the Cabinet as President Barack Obama moves into his second term.

    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis submitted her resignation.

  • Video: Outside the Municipal Court during the LANL Six hearing
  • Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others 



    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it’s quite different from other Martian meteorites.

    Not only is it older than most, it also contains more water. The baseball-size meteorite, estimated to be 2 billion years old, is strikingly similar to the volcanic rocks examined by the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the Martian surface.

    “Here we have a piece of Mars that I can hold in my hands. That’s really exciting,” said Carl Agee, director of the Institute of Meteoritics and curator at the University of New Mexico who led the study published online Thursday in the journal Science.

  • LA girls ranked ninth in state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is in the top 10 in the Class 4A rankings according to the latest MaxPreps.com hoops rankings.
    Los Alamos is sitting at No. 9 in Class 4A, thanks in no small part to an impressive four-game winning streak by the team.
    The MaxPreps.com rankings are based on several factors, including record and strength of victory.
    The Class 4A girls rankings this week are still very much top-heavy with the top three teams, Gallup, Santa Fe and Los Lunas, having lost just three games between them.
    Santa Fe, the odds-on favorite in District 2-4A this season, is undefeated so far. However, the Demons, who were ranked No. 1 earlier this season, slipped into the No. 2 spot. Gallup nipped Santa Fe in this week’s strength ratings, 29.4 to 29.3.
    In boys basketball, the Roswell Coyotes are the No. 1 team in Class 4A. The Coyotes, who are undefeated on the season, have an overall strength rating of 27.1 despite a shaky strength of schedule ranking (6.6).
    No. 2 in the boys rankings this week is Capital (20.8), a District 2-4A foe of Los Alamos and one of three 2-4A teams in the top 10 – Bernalillo at No. 5 and Española Valley at No. 8 are the others.

  • Toppers fall to Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team led most of the way against the Pojoaque Valley Elks Tuesday, but couldn’t hold on at the end.
    The Elks (8-3) outscored the Hilltoppers 24-13 in the final quarter to take a 46-37 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos held Pojoaque Valley to just 9 points in the first half and just 4 points in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Los Alamos (1-14) couldn’t take advantage of its big defensive showing on the other end, managing just 15 points itself.
    The Hilltoppers went into Tuesday’s game coming off their first win of the season, a 57-54 overtime victory against the Taos Tigers.
    Pojoaque Valley converted 15 field goals in the game to Los Alamos’ 9 and hit the only 3-pointer of the game.
    Skyler Veenis had 15 points for the Hilltoppers to lead all scorers. Simon Heath finished with 12 points and Franklin Archuleta had 7. Only four Los Alamos players got into the scoring column.
    Pojoaque Valley was paced by Matt Herrera with 13 points while Curtis Cordova finished with 12.
    Los Alamos starts District 2-4A play in less than two weeks.

  • Courtyard upgrades part of bond plans


    When school bond ballots arrive in the mail this week, Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt wants you to know that not all of the money is going toward Aspen Middle School.

    Much of the $20 million in this bond cycle is going toward maintenance and utility needs throughout the district, design of the new Los Alamos Middle School Gym, as well as some touch-ups to Chamisa and Mountain elementary schools.

    In this round of bond funding, Mountain Elementary will get new windows in one of its buildings and Chamisa will get a new roof for its arts classrooms.

    One of the standouts of this year’s bond issue is additions to the LAMS courtyard, which is being built right now as one of the last projects from the first bond cycle of 2009.