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  • Conflict fills final budget hearing

    Tension rose and emotions ran high during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting. Discussion of the airport and environmental services went off without a hitch, however when the administrative services and capital improvement process topics came up, a heated discussion ensued.

  • Remembering that fateful day in May

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories running through Sunday when the Monitor is dedicating a special edition to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire and the opportunities that exist for the community into the next decade.

    In October of 1969, Jerry, my husband, and I moved to Los Alamos. There have been many changes before Jerry retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in March 2002. I can easily remember when TG&Y, the local variety store, was located where Central Avenue Grill now stands.

  • Planning for the journey ahead

    Councilors questioned UNM-LA’s unsuccessful campaign for a mil levy during Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, when UNM-LA asked the county for financial assistance for FY 11’s operations.

    Administrators and the UNM-LA advisory board asked themselves that same question during a special work session Wednesday at the college.

    Board and staff discussed what direction should be taken from this point.

  • Jobless numbers climb as hopeful jobseekers resume searches for work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More confident employers stepped up job creation in April, expanding payrolls by 290,000, the most in four years. The jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent as people streamed back into the market looking for work.

    The hiring of 66,000 temporary government workers to conduct the census helped overall payroll growth last month. However, private employers — the backbone of the economy — boosted jobs, too. They added a surprisingly strong 231,000 positions last month, also the most since March 2006, the Labor Department reported Friday.

  • 05-07-10 Update

    Masons host sale

      Pajarito Masonic Lodge will hold an office furniture sale from 8 a.m.-

    2 p.m. Saturday. The sale includes desks, chairs, file cabinets, workstations and more. For more information, call Rick Garland at 663-1426.

    Don’t miss the “Spitfire Grill”

      Los Alamos Little Theatre presents the heartwarming musical “The Spitfire Grill” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. Tickets are $12 for general admission and

  • Exhibit shows a different side to a quilt

    Sometimes quilting get misrepsented and misunderstood. People see it as a mere craft; it’s just producing another blanket to throw over yourself when the temperature drops.

    The current exhibit at Mesa Public Library, titled, “It’s Wild!” will show viewers a another side to a quilt.

    Exhibitors are a members of the New Mexico Art Quilters group,  which is affiliated with the Studio Art Quilters Association.  They are award-winning artists who show their work nationally and sometimes internationally.

  • Candidate faces ethics charge

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Rio Rancho attorney who is pursuing a state Court of Appeals seat has been accused of professional misconduct, including lying to a court, failing to account for client money and engaging in fraud and deceit.

    The state Supreme Court’s disciplinary board filed claims against Dennis Montoya on April 30 and disclosed them Tuesday, according to a copyright story by the Albuquerque Journal.

    Montoya told the newspaper he will continue his campaign. His attorney, Charles Vigil, said Montoya acted in good faith.

  • An ecological disaster

    The Cerro Grande Fire — as the first major wildfire of 2000, also called the Millennium Fire — represented the first of a new type of “super” fire. At Los Alamos, even wildfires, it seems, change the tide of history.

      That such catastrophic fires — the product of an ecological disaster — would happen was, in a touch of irony, heavily researched in the low-elevation piñon and juniper and mid-elevation ponderosa pine forests of the Pajarito Plateau and the Jemez Mountains prior to the fire.

    Timber experts will long study when and if to what extent Los Alamos’ fire-blistered landscape recovers from this new type of monster.

  • District judges didn’t disappoint

    Dazzling the audience with their directness, judicial candidates for First District Court fielded questions for nearly two hours during a Democratic forum at the UNM-Los Alamos Lecture Hall Thursday evening.

    An audience member asked how it’s possible for anyone to have multiple DWI convictions and yet remain out driving around in public.

    “One of the problems I see is the way prosecution and defense work out plea agreements…this happens all the time,” said Division 8 incumbent Judge Mary Marlowe.

  • Global fears propel stock market slide

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrials plunged below 10,000 Tuesday after traders dumped stocks on worries about the global economy and tensions between North and South Korea.

    The Dow fell about 190 points in late morning trading. It has fallen 1,346 points, or more than 12 percent, from its recent high of 11,205, reached April 26. The Dow and broader stock indexes all fell about 2 percent.