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  • State Police officer arrested

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer in Tucumcari has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
    State Police said Friday that Officer Isaac Vigil has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
    Details of the domestic violence incident weren’t immediately released. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms.

  • News Briefs 08-17-14

    Gas company to perform maintenance

    New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) will be performing maintenance/system improvement work on the gas transmission line in the Los Alamos area on Monday through Wednesday.
     The work will require the “blow-down” of the natural gas transmission line near the Forest Service boundary and Solana Road (southwest of the Quemazon subdivision) on Tuesday morning Aug. 19. Depending on wind direction, there is a possibility that area residents may be able to smell natural gas and hear the hissing noise from the release of gas. The actual process will take less than 15 minutes with most of the noise happening early during gas release. This is a routine operation to work on the gas transmission line and the “blow down” does not present a safety hazard to the public.

    GOP meeting scheduled for Thursday

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UNM-LA Wallace Hall, Room 505. The program will be a forum on the proposed charter change to restructure county utilities.
    Advocates both for and against will present their cases and respond to questions. A regular business meeting will follow. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

  • Rain eases drought in state

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Recent rains are easing the pain of drought across New Mexico. The latest map released by federal forecasters highlights a spot in southeastern New Mexico where drought has disappeared.
    The area represents less than 2 percent of the state, but the development is significant since it has been more than two years since an area that large or larger has been drought-free.
    There are still pockets where extreme drought is holding on in the northwest and southwest, but those areas have been shrinking. More than one-third of New Mexico was dealing with extreme to exceptional drought three months ago. Now, it’s just over 7 percent.
    Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the best chance for rain this weekend is in the mountains and across the east.

  • Today in history August 16
  • LA girl reportedly found


    Rosa Betts, 17, a junior at Los Alamos High School, who had been missing for close to 30 hours, apparently been found. That news came from a family spokesman.


  • MOWW meeting scheduled

    Dr. Amanda M. Barry from Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the guest speaker at the August meeting of the Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of The Military Order of the World Wars.
    The meeting will be Tuesday at the Los Alamos Research Park in the main meeting room.
    The topic of Dr. Barry’s talk will be “Transforming Microalgae for Biofuel Production.” The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Dr. Barry’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost. The Hot Rocks Java Cafe staff is catering the buffet dinner with the entrée expected to be steak fajitas, condiments and dessert. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s). RSVP for the dinner is needed by Sunday. Call Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson, USAF Retired, Chapter Senior Vice Commander and Past Chapter Commander, 662-9544 (email NrmWil5@cs.com), or Adjutant Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).
    Monitor Staff Report

  • Briefs 08-15-14

    Albuquerque school chief resigns amid probe

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district has resigned following a probe into an undisclosed personnel issue.
    In a joint statement Friday, the Albuquerque Public Schools Board and Winston Brooks said both sides agreed his resignation was “the best option” for both parties.
    Earlier this week, board members met for five hours in a closed session. Board members said the meeting involved a personnel issue with Brooks, but declined to say more.
    Hispanic community leader Ralph Arellanes applauded the announcement, saying the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico and the League of United Latin American Citizens have never had so many complaints about abuse of power against women and minorities by a superintendent as it had against Brooks.
    Hired in July 2008, Brooks earns an annual salary of around $258,000.

    Official clears contested contributions to King

  • Update 08-15-14

    GOP meeting

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a meeting at noon Aug. 19 at the Ridgepark Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer Dr. All registered Republican Woman are invited to attend.

    Blood drive

    A blood drive will be held Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 at the First Baptist Church on Diamond Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. To sign up, call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO or 505 246-1457.

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voters Lunch with a Leader will feature Ben Carlson, the publisher of the Los Alamos Monitor, as speaker at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Mesa Public Library. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com  for the menu choices if you would like to order a lunch from the Co-op ($10) by Sunday. You do not have to order lunch to attend this community event.


    • Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters. 7-10 p.m. at Del Norte Credit Union.
    • Tuesdays at the Pond Series. 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Two acts performing: Bronach Celtic Blues Band followed by Belisama Dance group. on Aug. 19. The wrong date was reported Tuesday. 

  • County releases citizens' survey


    The Los Alamos County’s bi-annual citizen survey results were released and are available for the public to review.

    A complete copy of the survey can be found on LAMonitor.com.

    The firm under contract to conduct the county’s survey was Research & Polling, Inc. in Albuquerque. They randomly selected approximately 400 county residents to participate in a short phone survey.

    The survey included a variety of questions about county programs and services, community needs, quality of life and openness and transparency of government. The county has been regularly conducting citizen satisfaction surveys since 1996. County staff use the information gained from the survey to help guide the county’s goals for service and program improvements.

    According to the polling company, a sample size of 423 at a 95 percent confidence level provides a maximum margin of error of approximately 4.8 percent. In theory, in 95 out of 100 cases, the results based on a sample of 423 will differ by no more than 4.8 percentage points in either direction from what would have been obtained by interviewing all county residents.

    Here are some of the highlights.

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