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  • House redistricting may be heading to federal court


    The House redistricting battle may be heading federal court.

    Gov. Susana Martinez is planning to appeal the NM Supreme Court ruling today after it overturned a House plan that was approved by Judge James Hall.

    On her Facebook page, Martinez wrote the following:

    "Unfortunately, 4 Democratic justices on the NM Supreme Court reversed the State House redistricting decision made by a Democratic judge they previously appointed. Apparently, the trial judge who previously ruled in

    our favor was not partisan enough, as the Democratic justices are now asking him to draw a new map that creates more Democratic districts to guarantee their majority for the next decade. In the order, they even

  • Video: Red & Black Ball Raises Funds for Y's Youth Programs

    The Red and Black Ball, the preeminent fundraising gala for the Los Alamos Y and its annual "Strong Kids" campaign, attracted more than 150 attendees from around the Northern New Mexico region Saturday night.

    This marked the 12th year for the event that touted a Motown theme that featured both live and silent auctions which focused on achieving a $60,000 fundraising goal for the community organization. In 2011, the Y served 3,067 youth through more than 79 programs and in membership. The Y also awarded in excess of $75,000 in scholarships in child care, youth programs, and youth and family memberships.

  • Seen @ The Scene: Photos from the 12th Annual Red & Black Ball Saturday Night

    More than 150 people turned out Saturday evening for the 12th annual Red and Black Ball, a major fundraiser for the Los Alamos Y and its Strong Kids campaign.

    The sold out event featured live and silent auctions and a "Motown" menu for dinner.

    Watch for more details and exclusive video from the Red and Black Ball, only on LAMonitor.com.

  • Reservoir dam fix stalls again

    Hopes of restoring Los Alamos Reservoir Dam before this year’s monsoons were washed away in August of last year during a severe flood following the Las Conchas fire.

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) personnel were optimistic about having reconstruction underway this spring. But new revelations about the extent of the flood damage and a rapid-fire series of major December snowstorms revised that schedule.

    After nearly 10 years of analysis and planning in conjunction with New Mexico’s State Engineers Office, reconstruction of the dam commenced in March of 2010.

  • LAFD hosts badge ceremony

    Jonah Cruz Wheat, a 5-year-old Los Alamos boy, was made an honorary firefighter and given the Community Hero Award during a badge ceremony in White Rock Friday.  Jonah came to the attention of LAFD courtesy of a video shot by his father. Jonah was impersonating former LAFD chief Doug Tucker during the Las Conchas Fire.
    One day last year, Jonah was in his backyard when he heard someone yelling for help. Jonah jumped over the fence and ran over to the neighbor’s house. Apparently, the neighbor had been yelling for quite a long time. Jonah told his mother, who called 911. Jonah then spent the next hour or so watching the firefighters and paramedics tend to his neighbor, who eventually ended up being all right.

  • Investigators seek answers to Houston's death--Video Extras

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators worked Sunday to piece together what killed Whitney Houston as the music industry's biggest names prepared for a Grammy Awards show that will undoubtedly feel as much like a memorial as a celebration.

    Houston's body arrived at the morgue early Sunday, and an autopsy could shed some light on how Houston died while in a room at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Saturday afternoon. An official determination of her cause of death will likely take weeks while investigators await the results of toxicology tests.

  • Update 02-12-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Soil sampling

  • N.M. 4 construction schedule released for week

    From a press release


    On Monday, Mountain States Constructors will begin milling the existing road surface at the following intersections.

    Monday and Tuesday: N.M. 4 and Grand Canyon, La Vista                        

    Tuesday and Wednesday: N.M. 4 and Sherwood

    Wednesday and Thursday: N.M. 4 and Bonnie View as well as the Hampton Inn and Metzger’s entrances/driveways

     Thursday and Friday: N.M. 4 and Rover Blvd.

    Expect lane closures and flagging operations during non-peak hours. Follow the detour signs as posted.

  • VIDEO: 5 Killed in Wrong-way Crash on I-10 in La.

    Authorities say five people were killed when a driver going the wrong way crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 10 outside New Orleans, closing the westbound lanes for nearly five hours.

  • Supreme Court overturns House redistricting plan

    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday overturned a plan that realigned districts for the state House of Representatives and ordered a judge to draw a new map.

    The court issued a 4-1 split decision that was tantamount to a victory for Democrats and the Legislature, which had challenged a redistricting plan ordered last month by retired District Court Judge James Hall.

    The justices said the judge should try to develop a new redistricting plan by Feb. 27. The traditional filing deadline for House candidates is next month, but the uncertainty of the redistricting case has cast doubts over that schedule.