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Today's News

  • Judiciary panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

    Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's expected to win confirmation within weeks.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., broke with his party to cast the sole GOP "yes" vote on President Obama's nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The vote was 13-6.

  • Softball: Silver City comes back to top White Rock in state final

    SANTA FE — After four innings, the White Rock All-Stars appeared to be poised for a big victory in its elimination game Sunday morning.

    After five innings, however, things were very much up in the air.

    White Rock opened up a commanding 10-run lead after 3-1/2 innings of play and held an 8-run edge going into the bottom of the fifth, but the hot bats of the Silver City All-Stars would wake up late in the state senior softball Little League tournament game at Franklin Miles Park.

  • Heroism is in his blood

    Jordan Redmond is one of the newer police officers at the Los Alamos Police Department. His father is Bill Redmond of Los Alamos, who was a member of the U.S. House representing northern New Mexico’s 3rd District in 1997-98. He replaced Gov. Bill Richardson who was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Bill Clinton.

  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Program helps teens mend fences

    Youth in Los Alamos, Pojoaque and Española are building better relationships with one another through an innovative program called JUNTOS.

    Los Alamos resident Lori Heimdahl Gibson had the idea for the youth leadership effort several years ago.

    “I worked at both UNM-LA and at Northern New Mexico College and with youth leadership programs,” Heimdahl Gibson said.

  • NM border to get Guard troops

    WASHINGTON — National Guard troops will head to the U.S.-Mexico border Aug. 1 for a yearlong deployment to keep a lookout for illegal border crossers and smugglers and help in criminal investigations, federal officials said.

    The troops will be armed but can use their weapons only to protect themselves, Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said during a Pentagon news conference. The troops will undergo initial training and be fully deployed along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border by September.

  • Shopkeeper says buying local gets her vote

    I just finished reading the Monitor and I have to say that I am truly saddened by what I read.

    Geoff Rodgers is the only candidate who supported local businesses 100 percent in his campaign for county council. Geoff you have my vote!

    The excuses are endless, “It was more convenient to shop in Santa Fe or online,” “It is too expensive when you use a middle man,” and “I did not know that any businesses offered this service.” I can walk down Central Avenue and see that these services are offered at two locations within a block.

  • Chimpanzees deserve better after research

    Chimpanzees walk on two feet. They have hands, use tools and language and have a complex society. They display intelligence and emotion.

    Yet the United States government treats them as property, with no more rights than ashtrays or toilet seats.

    About 240 chimps at the Alamagordo Primate Facility in New Mexico were rescued from an abusive owner - cited for improper care and even negligent deaths - in 2000.

    They had been used for decades for research, much of which could be considered torture.

  • Broken city

    Colorado Springs is broke.

    A friend, driving in Colorado Springs recently, hit a pothole and did $400 in damage to her car. “They’re not fixing the streets!” my friend says angrily.

    It’s just possible my friend was going a tad too fast, perhaps operating on previously true assumptions of flat street surfaces. Certainly, going less fast is one short-term means of dealing with potholes.

    The Colorado Springs situation raises questions about the proper role of government.

  • Lab security training facility seen as shot in the arm for local economy

    The new training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory could have a significant economic impact on the area.

    The $8.8 million facility, which will be completed by August of 2011, already has its first event set for September of 2011, officials say.

    Law enforcement and businesses contacted by the Monitor say they are looking forward to the facility’s completion, both for the impact to economy and for the advanced training.