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Local News

  • Black Hole legacy lives on

    It was the talk of the town the year that The Black Hole founder Ed Grothus sent President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore cans of “organic plutonium” for Christmas.
    In no time at all, a couple of unhappy members of the United States Secret Service arrived at his doorstep. Grothus recounted the story with a twinkle in his eyes. The cans were actually filled with vegetables.
     It took his daughter Barbara vouching for Grothus and his sanity before the agents were satisfied that he was harmless.

  • Gas rate set to decline

    While higher electric bills loom on the horizon for local residents – there is an upside. On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved a 22 percent natural gas rate decrease.
    “I feel whenever we can find the savings for the ratepayers we should pass the savings along to them,” Councilor Vincent Chiravalle told the Los Alamos Monitor Friday. “Gas prices have gone down and therefore it is appropriate for us to reduce rates for our customers.”

  • Update 01-30-11

    Photo exhibit

    The Los Alamos Photographers’ Annual Exhibition will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and will run until Feb. 26 in the upstairs art gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    The annual exhibition features more than 100 photos by local residents. For more information, phone 662-8240 or 662-8253.

    LAPS and UNM-LA Board election

    Early voting concluded Friday. The election is Feb. 1. To learn more about the candidates, visit www.lamonitor.com.

    FLHDA Board meeting

  • Obelisks remain unsettled

    Peace activist Ed Grothus spent his last couple of years focused on the creation of twin obelisks, he called the Doomsday Stones or Rosetta Stones for the Nuclear Age.
    He commissioned the thick granite pillars topped with large globes from a company in China. They cost some $200,000 to manufacture and ship to him.
    The 40-ton, 42-foot tall monuments remain in containers at The Black Hole because he wasn’t able to obtain permission to erect them in the county.

  • First Community Bank closed

    WASHINGTON — Regulators on Friday closed banks in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, lifting to 11 the number of bank failures in 2011 following last year’s toll of 157 taken down by the weak economy and piles of soured loans.

  • CYFD under scrutiny

    SANTA FE — As a father finalized funeral arrangements for his 3-year-old son this week, New Mexico’s governor is placing the state’s child welfare agency under scrutiny in the investigation of the boy’s death.
    Gov. Susana Martinez wants to know what the state could have done to save Leland Valdez, and is placing the state Children, Youth and Families Department under a microscope. Leland died Wednesday in an Albuquerque hospital two days after the couple say he fell off a kitchen chair in their Pojoaque home and hit his head.

  • Egypt’s uprising unites society in rage

    CAIRO — For Gamal Hassanein, it began with a slap.
    The unemployed 24-year-old was arguing with a police officer when the man struck him across the face — a blow that seemed to sting for months.
    “He stole my dignity with that slap,” said Hassanein, who does odd jobs to make money. “We could never stand up to those officers before because we were afraid. But we’re no longer willing to be silenced by our fear.”

  • State News at a Glance 01-30-11

    Goats used as landscapers in Las Cruces

    LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces has come up with what it thinks is a cheap and environmentally friendly way of clearing weeds and other vegetation – by using a herd of goats. The city has hired 60 four-legged workers to eat all of the tall and growing vegetation in and around a 6 ½ acre storm water drainage pond that is not easily accessible but needs tending.

  • Gov. wants death penalty reinstated 


    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s new governor, who’s a former prosecutor in Las Cruces, says some crimes deserve the ultimate punishment.
    Gov. Susana Martinez wants the death penalty back on the state’s books.
    Some religious groups are opposing her effort, but organizations representing prosecutors and law enforcement officers say the death penalty is necessary.
    When New Mexico repealed capital punishment in 2009, it replaced lethal injection with life in prison without the possibility of parole,.

  • SNOW TAPERS OFF, BONE-CHILLING COLD REMAINS

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT 1 TO 3 INCHES OF FRESH SNOWFALL THROUGH THIS MORNING... WITH HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OVER THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAIN SUMMITS... AND SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAIN SUMMITS... NEAR THE COLORADO LINE.

    * TIMING... SNOW THIS MORNING WILL TAPER OFF BY EARLY AFTERNOON.