Local News

  • United Way, county work to coordinate low-income services

    Sixth of a series

  • Update 08-10-14

    Concert Series

    Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group.

    Nature Playtime

    Nature Playtimes Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. 10-11 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers come to PEEC to explore the natural world. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460.

    Lunch With a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Monitor as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Please contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Aug. 17. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.

    County Fair

    Exhibits, 10 a.m. today, Mesa Public Library
    Rodeo, 1 p.m. today at Brewer Arena.
    Check out the County Fair and Rodeo booklet on LAMonitor.com 

  • State Briefs 08-10-14

    Sandoval County deputy involved in shooting

    ALGODONES — Authorities are investigating a shooting involving a Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputy that left one man wounded.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the shooting took place Thursday around 9 p.m. in Algodones, just north of Bernalillo.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder says deputies responded to reports of shots fired.
    Elder says one man was taken to a hospital but did not say if the man had been shot by a deputy. His condition is unknown.
    He did not identify him or the deputy involved.
    Resident Richard Spence, who lives across the street from the scene, says he called 911 after hearing about 10 shots.

    Crew finds prehistoric remains at missile range

  • Bighorn sheep to be released into Jemez

    The Department of Game and Fish plans to reintroduce Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep into historic bighorn sheep habitat near Cochiti Canyon in the Jemez Mountains of the Santa Fe National Forest.
    Several dozen department staff and volunteers will conduct a capture operation Aug. 11-14 near Wheeler Peak in the Carson National Forest. The sheep will be released in the treeless burned area created by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011, which has become ideal bighorn sheep habitat.
    The department hopes to capture 30 to 40 adult sheep and their lambs using drop nets and then transport the sheep via helicopter to a staging area where they will undergo a health evaluation. After receiving veterinary care, they will be transported by trailer their new home.
    This will be the 10th Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd the department has established since beginning to restore the species in 1978. Biologists anticipate that the herd will expand into Bandelier National Monument and the White Rock Canyon area, and will increase opportunities for New Mexican’s to see bighorns in the wild.
    As part of a long-term study, the department will place radio collars on all of the adult sheep. Twenty of the collars will have GPS technology that will give wildlife biologists new insights about the sheep and their daily routines.

  • State sues over gambling compact

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has sued the federal government to stop the Interior Department from approving a new gambling compact for Pojoaque Pueblo and imposing it on New Mexico.
    The governor’s office filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, contending the interior secretary doesn’t have the authority to implement a compact under procedures being followed by Pojoaque after it failed to negotiate a new gambling agreement with the state.
    Interior Department spokeswoman Emily Beyer said Friday she could not comment on pending litigation.
    Jessica Hernandez, the governor’s deputy chief of staff and attorney, said in a statement that Pojoaque “is attempting to use regulations from the Department of Interior to conduct gaming in a way that is contrary to the best interests of New Mexicans and neighboring pueblos.”
    A federal appeals court ruled in a Texas case in 2007 that the federal agency couldn’t impose a gambling compact on the state using that process, but that decision isn’t binding on federal judges in New Mexico.

  • Flood damage in Jacona

    Last week’s storms produced flooding that destroyed a section of CR 84 in Jacona.

  • Seen @ The Scene: County Fair Parade

    The Hill Stompers took top honors in the 2014 Los Alamos County Fair Parade Saturday.
    The Hill Stompers beat out the World War II Veterans and Zia Realty Group, which tied for second place. Following those two parade participants was LANL Workers' Safety.
    The Grand Marshal of this year's parade was former Los Alamos basketball player Alex Kirk - today is Alex Kirk Day in Los Alamos County.

  • Police: Four wounded in ABQ shooting

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say four people have been wounded in an Albuquerque shooting and a suspect remains at large.

    Albuquerque Sgt. Ferris Simmons says the shooting occurred Friday in the Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque.

    Simmons says at least one victim is in critical condition.

    She says detectives are working the case and the public has been asked to avoid the area around Candelaria and Vassar.

    No further information was available.

  • U.S. bombs militants in Iraq as crisis worsens


    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. unleashed its first airstrikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group Friday amid a worsening humanitarian crisis. The extremists took captive hundreds of women from a religious minority, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear.

    Many of America's allies backed the U.S. intervention, pledging urgent steps to assist the legions of refugees and displaced people. Those in jeopardy included thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority whose plight — trapped on a mountaintop by the militants — prompted the U.S. to airdrop crates of food and water to them.

    The extremists' "campaign of terror against the innocent, including the Yazidi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. "For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it."

    Underscoring the sense of alarm, a spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry said hundreds of Yazidi women had been taken captive by the militants. Kamil Amin, citing reports from the victims' families, said some of the women were being held in schools in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.

  • Russ Gordon Concert Series continues tonight

    Janiva Magness’ show at Ashley Pond this Fri., Aug. 8 will be a lot more than a great concert, it’ll be an experience! The “experience” is presented by the sponsors of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. It’s another free Los Alamos concert, it starts at 7PM and you should be bring your friends, family and chairs.

    Opening Friday will be my great friends, the Jimmy Stadler Band. This is the 25th Anniversary of the Series and Jimmy’s bands have played at least 25 times. Jimmy is from Taos and plays both his original rock music and classic covers. He’s one of the New Mexico’s favorite entertainers.

    Janiva will come on about 8:10. She is, arguably, the greatest female blues singer in the WORLD! She’s won the Blues Music Awards “Best Female Contemporary Singer” four times including 2013 when she also won the award for “Song of the Year”,  I Won’t Cry.