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  • Rio Grande Foundation releases city, county payrolls including Los Alamos

    The Rio Grande Foundation has requested and published payroll data for the 35 largest cities throughout New Mexico and all 33 counties in the state.

    Some cities including Albuquerque and Rio Rancho post payroll information online. Bernalillo County also posts salary data on its website. However, few city website has a comprehensive listing of payroll data from New Mexico cities and counties. 

    Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing said of his organization’s role in releasing the data, “Taxpayers are the ultimate ‘bosses’ of government workers and should have access to this data. Government is the only ‘business’ in which the boss often doesn’t have access to the company payroll.”

    Under New Mexico law, employee salary data is already public information, available on request from the county or city government. Now, thanks to legislation passed during the 2011 legislative session, this and other data must be made available in a format preferred by the requestor.  

    "Unfortunately, being required to comply with a request and actual compliance are not the same thing. All counties complied with our requests, but several cities including Bernalillo, Las Vegas, and Roswell failed to comply," Gessing said.

  • Today in History for Tuesday, February 5th
  • FBI: Officers stormed bunker when child in danger

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.

    Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbors described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.

    Officers stormed the bunker just after 3 p.m. CST to rescue the child, who was taken to a hospital in nearby Dothan. Officials have said the child has Asperger's syndrome.

    However, it was not immediately clear how Dykes died.

    Melissa Nighton, the city clerk in Midland City, said a woman had been praying in the town center Monday afternoon. Not long after, the mayor called her with news that Dykes was dead and that the boy was safe.

  • Today in History for Monday, February 4th
  • Ravens hold off 49ers to win Super Bowl

     

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For a Super Bowl with so many story lines, this game came up with quite a twist.

    Try a blackout that turned a blowout into a shootout — capped by a brilliant defensive stand.

    The Baltimore Ravens survived a frenzied comeback by the San Francisco 49ers following a 34-minute delay in the third quarter for a power outage Sunday night, winning their second championship 34-31. Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco threw three first-half touchdown passes, Jacoby Jones ran back the second-half kickoff a record 108 yards for a score, and star linebacker Ray Lewis' last play fittingly was part of a defensive effort that saved the victory.

  • Heinrich makes visit to LANL

     

    Martin Heinrich has made plenty of trips to Los Alamos in the past.

    But on Friday, he made his first trip to the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a U.S. Senator.

    “We talked about cleanup and a number of issues related to my committees,” Heinrich said in a brief phone interview Friday. We went through some budgetary issues and covered a broad spectrum of issues associated with the lab today.

  • Today in History for Feb. 3rd
  • Valles Caldera releases report to Congress

    Record revenues and visitation at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2012 highlighted a year of recovery and restoration.

    The numbers are detailed in the Valles Caldera Trust’s Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012).

    The report details the challenges and successes of 2012, reviews the historical accomplishments and progress made from 2008-2012 and presents the outlook for fiscal year 2013.

    One development involved the appointment of Dennis Trujillo as executive director. Trujillo has been with the trust since its inception and served as Valles Caldera National Preserve manager during the formative stages of the organization.

    “This (2012) was a year of transition,” Trujillo said. “We recognized that in order to be successful we had to transition from interim management to a cohesive, comprehensive management plan. We began that phase with the development and implementation of a Strategic Management Plan last spring.”

  • Update 02-03-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Fixing trash cans

    The Environmental Services Division announced it will fix trash and recycling roll carts free of charge. For more information, call 662-8163.

    Sierra Club

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future without coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.

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    Pancake breakfast

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. today at the Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.
     

  • Had your winter Phil? Check Groundhog Day forecast

    PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It's Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil has made his prediction. He says expect an early spring.

    With thousands watching on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, the furry rodent emerged from his lair Saturday but didn't see his shadow.

    Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early. At least that's what the Inner Circle says — the group that dons top hats and tuxedos on Groundhog Day each year to oversee the ceremony.

    Inner Circle president Bill Deeley says that after "consulting" with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world's most famous groundhog has to say about the weather.