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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 05-04-10 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    April 21

    4:11 p.m. ­— A 78-year-old Los Alamos man reported being the victim of a forgery at 1200 Trinity Dr. The case is under investigation, no other information is available at this time. The estimated loss is $5,310.43.

  • “The Wiz” is well worth the time

    In 40 years here I’ve never been as impressed with a student performance as I was with the Olions’ staged musical of “The Wiz,” a lovable and laughable take-off on “The Wizard of Oz.”

    Offering drama classes at both mid- and high schools during the past 20 years has developed enthusiasm and real talent for an activity once given little respect among students.

    Athletic teams are still fairly well subsidized but these kids who have a passion for theater must operate on a shoestring.

  • Republicans need to quit acting like ‘Bridezillas’

    Throughout the Obama administration, the Republican Caucus has been behaving like a cross between  “Bridezilla” and “The Runaway Bride.”

    During the drafting of almost all legislation in the last 14 months, Republicans have been throwing one tantrum after another, insisting that everything be written according to their own specifications.

    Once everyone is at the altar and it’s time for them to say “I do,” they scream and run away.

  • The financial decline isn’t over

    SANTA FE — “Being a legislator is a great job to have at a time like this.” Those were the words, or very close to them, of former state Rep. John Mershon, an Otero County Democrat, back in 1982.

    At the time, New Mexico was plummeting into an economic downturn almost as severe as we have at present. Mershon was the longtime chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and an ardent supporter of smaller government.

  • 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.

  • UPDATE: Cottrell named top tennis coach in state

    Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis head coach Bruce Cottrell was named the Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.

    The award was announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, which does the annual selection.

    The Hilltopper girls and boys tennis teams start the Class AAAA state championship singles and doubles tournament today in Albuquerque. Play starts at 3:30 p.m.