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  • Morris Chavez resigns

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Insurance Superintendent Morris Chavez is stepping down from his post.

    Chavez has turned in a resignation letter to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which oversees the Insurance Division. He said in a statement that he reached his decision after deliberating with his family, but his letter did not cite specific reasons for his resignation.

    The commission indicated it would accept Chavez’s resignation.

  • N.M. Pre-K ranks 27 on funding

    New Mexico ranked 23rd nationally for percentage of children enrolled in pre-K, an important gain, according to the annual survey of state-funded preschool programs released today.   

    It served 17 percent of its 4-year-olds, up from 13 percent in the prior year.

    The State of Preschool 2009 showed that New Mexico met 8 of 10 quality standards benchmarks, but ranked only 27th for state funding per child.  The FY ’11 state budget cut the program further.

  • Economic vitality chief hired

    Scott Frederick has been selected to fill the county’s new economic vitality administrator position. Frederick has more than 20 years experience in the field with both rural and metropolitan markets. He began his new job April 19.  

    Frederick moved to Los Alamos from Midlothian, Va., where he served as director of economic development for Economic Development Trade Strategies, in McLean, Va.

  • Check out this week's Police Beat

    This week's Police Beat features a $5,300 forgery, a $2,600 loss of property in a residential burglary, and a 13-year-old charged with six counts of battery...

    Read the full story here, or pick up a copy of Tuesday's Monitor.

  • Retail sales: Tepid recovery just 'chugging along'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers bought less clothing and footwear in April than they did in the same month last year but opened their wallets for electronics, major appliances and status goods, purchase data released Wednesday show.

    The month's rainy weather contributed to mixed results, including a sharp increase in online sales, according to the latest numbers from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

    It was the ninth-straight month that online sales rose compared with a year earlier.

  • World stocks tumble as Greek riots turn deadly

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets fell further Wednesday while the euro slid to a fresh 13-month low as three people died in a blaze at an Athens bank during rioting against austerity measures imposed as part of an international bailout package for heavily indebted Greece.

    The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 96.41 points, or 1.8 percent, at 5,314.70 while Germany's DAX fell 69.95 points, or 1.2 percent, to 5,936.91. The CAC-40 in France was 68.31 points, or 1.9 percent, lower at 3,620.98.

  • 05-05-10 Update

    Enjoy “A Garden Festival”

      The School of New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its sixth annual spring recital, “A Garden Festival” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance time and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and children age 4 and younger are free.

    Get a wrap, support seniors

  • Chavez: ‘Sad’ comments led to resignation

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Insurance Superintendent Morris Chavez announced Tuesday he will resign, saying he and his family have been the targets of “sad and derogatory” online comments in the wake of a contentious health insurance rate case his office recently settled.

    Chavez submitted a short resignation letter to the chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, which oversees the Insurance Division. He asked that his resignation become effective at the close of business Tuesday.

  • Woman sues over vaccine

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque woman has filed a lawsuit over a vaccine intended to protect women from cervical cancer, alleging it caused physical and behavioral problems in her teenage daughter.

    The lawsuit filed by Tracy Wolf said her now-16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, encephalitis and other health problems after receiving Gardasil’s three-shot series in 2007 and 2008, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story Monday.

  • Duplex riles neighbors

    Fed up with waiting for something to be done about a boarded up duplex in the Western Area, homeowners are now circulating a petition.

    “It’s disgusting,” said Margaret Cruz who lives across the street. “Every morning when I open my curtains I see that ugly house. It’s causing a rodent infestation and now I’m finding rodents in my house. I called the public health department and the county planning department and they say there’s nothing they can do.”