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  • Owl Gets Ride of Life Stuck in an SUV
  • Pope resigning on Feb. 28, conclave in March

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

    The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

    He emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope — the leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide — requires "both strength of mind and body."

    "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," he told the cardinals. "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only by words and deeds but no less with prayer and suffering.

  • Today in History for Monday, February 11th
  • Weather Service: Tornado, Injuries in Mississippi
  • Blizzard Leaves Many Without Power Miserable
  • Winter Storm Warning now in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday

    THE WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS GENERALLY 6 TO 12 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS NEAR AND ABOVE 7500 FEET WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES ELSEWHERE.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY EARLY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS BEFORE TAPERING OFF EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

    * WINDS... NO SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... SNOW COVERED AND ICY ROADWAYS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN... INCLUDING STATE ROAD 134 OVER THE CHUSKA MOUNTAINS AND STATE ROAD 17 FROM CHAMA TO THE COLORADO BORDER.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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    ... WINTER STORM TO PRODUCE ACCUMULATING SNOW THROUGH TUESDAY...

  • NM prep basketball scores from Saturday games

     

    Boys Basketball

    Bernalillo 65, Los Alamos 49

    Cliff 69, Hot Springs 34

    Espanola Valley 47, Santa Fe 44

    Menaul 66, Alamo-Navajo 27

    Pecos 75, Dulce 39

    Piedra Vista 72, Kirtland Central 68

    Pojoaque 77, Raton 63

    Robertson 59, West Las Vegas 52

    Sandia Prep 51, St. Michael's 40

    Santa Fe Prep 68, Monte del Sol 59

    Santa Rosa 55, Tucumcari 46

    Tatum 58, Eunice 57

     

  • Today in history for February 10th
  • Seven percent tax stopping jobs

    In New Mexico, innovation is literally moving at the speed of light. Over the last several decades, laboratories, working with private industry, have led the way in developing new “directed energy” technologies. My own company, Fiore Industries, has built microwave systems that can disable the engine of a speeding car and neutralize Anthrax in packages. We’re turning science fiction into science fact.
    As directed energy technologies take off over the next two or three decades, New Mexico stands to create hundreds of new high-skill jobs and billions of dollars in new investment when the manufacturing starts.
    The only thing standing in the way of this enormous economic growth is New Mexico’s sales tax, which makes it too expensive for the government to award the contracts to local companies.  Known as a gross receipts tax, New Mexico’s sales tax adds a seven percent charge to all directed energy manufacturing.
    That’s unusual because states are technically forbidden from taxing the federal government directly. A gross receipts tax skates past this rule by taxing the contractor, not the government.
    I’ve seen the impact firsthand. Several years ago, my company won a contract to develop the early modeling for a new directed energy system.

  • County fiscal crisis is an opportunity

    “Never waste a good crisis” goes the saying. Sadly, it often takes a crisis to force overdue actions. The county budget shortfall is such an opportunity.

    The county government’s fiscal challenge is real. The revenue bubble it has enjoyed the six years since LANL started paying gross receipts taxes is deflating. Neither the lab’s mission nor its political support in Washington are as strong as they were for decades. The lab is not going away, but its size and strength are declining.

    Our failure to focus on diversifying our economic base means we are not replacing the meaningful jobs being lost at the lab or the income they produce — to the community and the county government.

    So far, the county government’s reaction to the “sudden” (actually, long-foreseeable and avoidable) crisis has been predictable. Council, trying to avoid hard decisions, hopes things will be better next year. Staff is understandably trying to avoid losing jobs and changes in business practices.

    Most “solutions” proposed are also predictable and generally more appropriate for a short term crunch than a long-term sea change, e.g., draw down reserves, reduce travel, postpone capital improvement and maintenance projects, and borrow more.