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  • They're back: Social issues overtake US politics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All of a sudden, abortion, contraception and gay marriage are at the center of American political discourse, with the struggling — though improving — economy pushed to the background.

    Social issues don't typically dominate the discussion in shaky economies. But they do raise emotions important to factors like voter turnout. And they can be key tools for political candidates clamoring for attention, campaign cash or just a change of subject in an election year.

  • Spy on the Wall: Video Conferencing at Risk

    Video conferencing has quickly evolved into a technology that's everywhere, from Facebook feeds to corporate boardrooms. Its value as a communications tool is profound. But so too is its vulnerability to hackers.

  • Denver's Largest-Ever Drug Bust Nets Dozens

    Dozens of people were arrested in Denver's largest-ever drug bust. The suspects face state and federal charges stemming from five separate investigations.

  • Raw Video: NC School Bus Burst Into Flames

    A school bus in Charlotte, North Carolina burst into flames while carrying children home Wednesday afternoon. The bus driver was able to get all the elementary-aged school children off safely. The bus was destroyed.

  • Snow melting forecast fading for state

    With about half of the snow accumulation season for the northern New Mexico mountains concluded, and a weak to moderate La Niña expected to persist through early 2012, the prospects for a better than normal spring snow melt runoff season are fading for northern New Mexico.
    The erratic and highly variable winter storm track, as well as the potential for a drier than normal La Niña-influenced spring, do not bode well for water supply forecasts in several key northern New Mexico river basins.
    Forecast flows for the Rio Grande include 79 percent of normal into Cochiti Lake and 70 percent at Elephant Butte Lake.
    Other reservoir forecast inflows include 74 percent of normal at El Vado Lake and 89 percent of normal for Santa Rosa Lake.

  • West Road to close Monday

    County officials announced that West Road will close from the County Ice Rink to Camp May Road beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.
    This portion of the road will be closed from
    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks, not including the President’s Day holiday on Feb. 20. 
    The road is owned by the DOE. The closure is needed so that LANL roadwork crews can resume repairs for this section of the road, which was severely damaged after flooding as a result of the Las Conchas wildfire in June 2011. LANL has been coordinating work on the repairs with county pavement crews since last fall. They will be making repairs to the canyon’s stream bed and stabilizing the roadway slopes. 

  • Update 02-09-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    T-Board meeting

    T-Board meets at 5:30 p.m.
    today at the Public Works Conference Room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    ESB meeting

  • Caldera unveils strategic plan

     The Valles Caldera Trust has prepared a Strategic Management Plan for the Valles Caldera National Preserve for fiscal years 2012 – 2018.
    The plan has been submitted to OMB (Office of Management and Budget) for review and has also been posted to the Valles Caldera Trust’s website vallescaldera.gov.
    The strategic plan includes background information about the Valles Caldera Trust, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, and the experiment in public land management. It also presents three strategic goals that the trust intends to focus on in the coming years:
    The first is to expand the public’s access and enjoyment of the preserve.

  • Pile burning to continue Friday

    Pile burn operations aimed at reducing the impacts of wildfire on the community will resume on county land this week. 
    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burns in Bayo and Barranca canyons beginning on Friday.
    This year’s burn operations will focus on areas determined to be at high wildfire risk in the Los Alamos Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The locations have high volumes of fuel and are located directly southwest of housing areas.
    “Because prevailing winds in the spring and summer are generally out of the southwest, we’re focused on reducing fuels in areas that might carry embers into neighborhoods that lie to the northeast,” Craig Martin said.

  • House approves $5 billion state budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — The House on Wednesday gave bipartisan support to a proposed budget that will spend $5.6 billion on public education and other government programs next year, and provide for higher take-home pay for educators and state workers.
    The measure heads to the Senate for consideration after clearing the House with the backing of all 70 Democrats and Republicans.
    “This was a joint effort to do what is best for all New Mexicans,” Rep. Henry Kiki Saavedra, an Albuquerque Democrat, said in a statement. He’s chairman of the committee that assembled the budget.