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  • NM unemployment holds steady in November

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's jobless rate remained steady at 7.8 percent in November, the same as the previous month but much higher than the 4.6 percent rate in November 2008.

    The national unemployment rate in November decreased to 10 percent.

    The state's labor department, the Department of Workforce Solutions, says the state lost 25,400 jobs over the past year.

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Snow on the way for this afternoon and tonight

    The National Weather Service issued the following advisory for the Los Alamos area Wednesday morning:

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM MST THURSDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

  • A personal journey to Copenhagen and back

    Editor’s Note: One of the biggest international stories of the year was the United Nation’s Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen, which brought the year to a close on a mixed note. Marielle Remillard, a 2005 graduate of Los Alamos High School and now a graduate student at Johns Hopins University in Baltimore served as the Monitor’s special correspondent in Copenhagen, sharing her thoughts and opinions from the experience. Remillard was one of a group of 26 students competitively chosen to participate in a program called SustainUS Agents of Change.

  • A look back at notable cases of 2009

    Making no excuses for shooting his wife in the heart last year, Jack Markham pled guilty in May and was convicted of second-degree murder in First District Court.

    Assistant District Attorney Karen Snell told the judge that Markham had threatened suicide and his wife moved out two weeks before her murder because she and her friends felt she was threatened by him.

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  • Jemez Mountains salamander triggers environmentalist lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being sued over a salamander found only in a small area of northern New Mexico.

    The Jemez Mountains salamander is already classified as endangered by state wildlife managers. However, environmentalists contend the lungless animal needs protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • Show me the money: Top 2009 NM stories share common thread

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of what made news in New Mexico in 2009 came down to money.

    There was a pay-for-play investigation that cost Gov. Bill Richardson a federal cabinet post. A former secretary of state faces charges over federal funds for voter education. A longtime state Senate leader was sentenced in a kickback scheme. Former housing authority officials were accused of misusing bond proceeds.

    And the once-glowing revenue picture in New Mexico deteriorated into a scramble to find enough money to keep the state in the black.

  • Udall joins push for tougher drunk driving laws

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., were joined by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Monday to unveil new legislation that would help keep repeat drunk drivers off the road.  

    Under the legislation, states must require the use of ignition interlock technology for all convicted drunk driving offenders, or else lose a portion of their federal transportation funding.  

  • Weather Service: Another winter storm headed for the area

    The National Weather Service has issued the following local weather alert for Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains:

    WINTRY WEATHER TO SPREAD OVER NEW MEXICO MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

    A WINTER STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS NEW MEXICO LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM COULD BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR MODERATE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF THE STATE.

  • News Alert: Committee ponders subjects for historical sculptures