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  • Big biz, unions back candidates

    Money is streaming in from unions, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and health industry political action committees for two local candidates battling for the District 43 House seat.

    The district encompasses Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    The candidates released the numbers they’ve accrued in their campaign war chests through the most recent financial reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Big biz, unions back candidates

    Money is streaming in from unions, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and health industry political action committees for two local candidates battling for the District 43 House seat.

    The district encompasses Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • IMTEC closing local operations

    3M officials were in town Wednesday informing employees at IMTEC (HYTEC) that the operation will shut down within 45 days.

    Dave Frezee, vice president of 3M digital oral care and Doyle Shea, 3M finance supervisor of real estate, also met with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro Wednesday.

    The men discussed the $2.4 million loan Los Alamos County provided the company in 2008. The money was to help fund construction of a nearly $4 million, 20,000-square-foot engineering and research facility with a 5,000-square-foot prototype manufacturing high bay at Airport Basin.

  • Cops could face death penalty in Katrina bridge shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.

    The four officers were charged along with two others in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • Cops could face death in post-Katrina shootings

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four New Orleans police officers could face the death penalty after being accused of gunning down two unarmed people in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the latest twist for a corruption-plagued department that already faces several federal investigations.

    The four officers were charged along with two others in a 27-count indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • Stocks mixed after disappointing retail sales data

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks mostly fell Wednesday after a disappointing retail sales report chilled optimism from Intel's strong earnings and outlook.

    The Dow Jones industrial average fell 15 points, putting its six-day winning streak in jeopardy. But the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite rose thanks to chipmaker Intel Corp.'s results.

  • URGENT UPDATE!Government questions result in stunning setback for halting gusher in Gulf

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

  • Duplex to be scrapped or repaired

    Tired of what many are calling an eyesore, residents of Fairway Drive presented council with a petition on June 30.

    During Tuesday night’s council meeting, councilors took action on the petition and voted 5-1 (Councilor Nona Bowman was absent) to ask the Community Development and county legal departments to continue working with the property owner to either demolish or repair the structure at 4333 Fairway Drive.

  • Schools receive $300,000 solar grant

    As Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt said, “these are exciting times for Los Alamos.” During the regular school board Tuesday night, a few high octane pieces of news were shared with the board.

    Schmidt told the board that the school district has earned a $300,000 grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment State Energy Act to construct a 50-kilowatt photovoltaic solar electric array system near Los Alamos Middle School.

    Now that the money has been officially awarded, the clock is ticking to get the project completed.

  • LOS ALAMOS MONITOR EXCLUSIVE!Campaign spending flies off hill

    Despite the longtime Los Alamos mantra of “buy local” to help struggling businesses remain on the hill, most Los Alamos and White Rock candidates are spending campaign contributions out of town.

    A few candidates have bought items and services from local businesses, but thousands of dollars have flown off the hill.

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.