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  • State House OKs budget deal; Garcia Richard votes against

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration will receive money to establish a merit pay system for teachers under a proposed state budget approved by the House.

    Lawmakers voted 53-16 on Thursday for the plan to allocate nearly $5.9 billion next year for government programs and public education.

    The budget, which goes to the Senate, will increase spending by $239 million or about 4 percent.

    About $35 million is provided for 1 percent pay raises for state workers and educators and 3 percent for state police. It will be the first across-the-board salary increase for public employees since 2008.

    Several Democrats objected to the budget because it provides $3 million to establish a merit pay system to reward high-performing teachers. Martinez had requested $11 million.

    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba) voted against the appropriations bill.

    She released the following statement.

  • Raw: Sea Otter Plays Basketball

    Keepers at the Oregon Zoo have come up with a way to help Eddie the sea otter cope with arthritis. They taught him how to play basketball as a well to exercise his joints.

  • Update 02-21-13

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at UNMLA, Building 2, room 203. They will discuss plans for possible ward boundary changes and some other rule changes.  All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

    Film showing

    “Land Water People Time” film showing. PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater team up to show this award-winning documentary film about Northern New Mexico at 7 p.m. today. The event is $10 for adults, $5 for children at the door. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 for more information.

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    GOP meeting

    The LA GOP Central Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Acoma Room at the Hilltop House Hotel. All Central Committee members are encouraged to attend. All Republicans welcome.

  • Domenici admits having son outside marriage

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — For nearly 40 years, Sen. Pete Domenici’s reputation was that of a well-respected — some might say staid — conservative Republican and honorable family man.
    But the 80-year-old New Mexico political giant’s persona was shaken Wednesday with the revelation that he had an out-of-wedlock child in the 1970s and became embroiled in what might be described as an inside-the-Beltway soap opera.
    While his wife Nancy was raising their eight children, Domenici had the affair and secret child with a woman about half his age — and who happened to be the daughter of one of his Senate colleagues. The woman raised the child on her own, became a prominent lobbyist, Republican activist and political commentator, and their 30-something son has since gone on to build an impressive Washington resume himself.
    The saga shocked people in New Mexico who viewed Domenici as a man of honesty and integrity during his six terms and 36 years in the Senate that ended in 2008.
    “I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior,” Domenici said in his statement. “I hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression.”

  • It's in the bag

    Believe it or not, there’s a real debate raging out there on whether the plastic bags at the local grocery store are better than the average, so-called environmentally-friendly totes used to haul home the family groceries.

    On one side, environmentalists say the bags use up and ultimately waste oil, in the way they are made, as well the costs in fossil fuel it takes to supply a store with them. They also say they become litter all too easily; that eventually clogs up waterways and puts additional trash in landfills.

    In California, the battleground is white-hot, with the plastics industry skirmishing with the environmental movement, city by city, to fight the popular trend of banning plastic bags. So far, San Francisco and Oakland have instituted plastic bag bans, and the movement to do so is spreading to New Mexico. On the website Change.org, there is a popular petition up, calling for the state government to issue a statewide ban, and it already has 3,621 supporters.

  • Plan goes to council

    Nearly two years after its inception, the Community Broadband Network project is nearing the finish line.
    Soon the Los Alamos County Council and residents will be faced with the question of whether the county should invest in a fiber-to-the-premises network to every structure in the county.

    Project Manager Estevan Gonzales presented a project overview and business plan proposal at public meetings for residents and the business community on Wednesday. Council hears an update on the project during its March 12 work session (7 p.m., White Rock Fire Station No. 3).

    In April of 2011, council directed staff to develop an engineering design and a business plan for CBN that would provide open and advanced broadband communications access to all Los Alamos citizens and institutions, with a minimum target speed of a gigabit per second.

    The business plan calls for an “open access” model in which the county would serve as the wholesale network operator, with retail service providers purchasing wholesale network services. Any qualifying service provider would have equal and fair access to CBN services.

  • Police: Altercation at hotel sparked deadly Vegas crash--Video Extra

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police investigating a deadly car-to-car shooting and fiery crash at a major Las Vegas Strip intersection believe a previous altercation at a hotel prompted the attack.

    Three people were killed and at least six injured.

    Police are also talking to authorities in three neighboring states about a black Range Rover Sport that fled about 4:30 a.m. Thursday from Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

    The intersection is the site of some of the most famous casinos on the Strip, including Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Bally's.

    Authorities say at least one person in the Range Rover shot at people in a Maserati that then crashed into a taxi cab.

    The taxi cab burst into flames, and the driver and passenger were killed. The male driver of the Maserati also died, and his passenger was shot.

  • Today in History for February 21st
  • Winter returns to LA

     Beverly Bender and her faithful friend “Bolte” help clean up La Tierra Street on the North Mesa Wednesday morning after the latest snowfall in Los Alamos. 

  • Update 02-20-13

    Meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have their monthly meeting at 7 p.m.Thursday at UNMLA, Building 2, room 203. They will discuss plans for possible ward boundary changes and some other rule changes.  All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

    Relay for Life

     Relay for Life Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. Individuals who are interested in helping and/or participating are invited to attend. For more information, contact gloria.martinez@cancer.org.

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    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

    Film showing

    “Land Water People Time” film showing. PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater team up to show this award-winning documentary film about Northern New Mexico. 7 p.m. Thursday The event is $10 for adults, $5 for children at the door. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.