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Today's News

  • GOP fields bevy of challengers in bid to gain control of NM House

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Republicans have fielded more challengers against Democratic incumbents in state House races than they have in a decade.

    Democratic incumbents face GOP candidates in 25 legislative races this year.

    Democrats have maintained a majority in the House for nearly 60 years.

    This year is a critical election for both parties because of redistricting.

  • State could face more budget woes

    SANTA FE — There are troublesome clouds looming on New Mexico’s financial horizon and if the problems continue to grow it could mean another round of budget cuts.

    Revenue collections for the current budget year are running $76 million below what had been anticipated, according to the Legislative Finance Committee.

    That spells potential trouble for public schools, colleges, courts and state agencies, although it could be July or August before it’s clear whether weak revenues force more budget reductions.

  • CRC doubles up

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) will hold two meetings next week. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers, in order to review the recommendations of its first Issues Analysis Subcommittee working on “Poor Communications, Transparency and Engagement” solutions. The subcommittee will present its list of possible solutions to the full CRC for discussion and feedback.

  • Verdict on new principal draws closer

    Finalists for principal of Los Alamos High School faced a crowd of some 30 people gathered in the Speech Theater Thursday evening to assess which would best lead the school.

    Local teachers and administrators comprised roughly 50 percent of the audience attending the “meet the finalists forum.”

    Parents, school board members and community leaders  made up the remainder of the group listening to Sandy Warnock and Claudia Krause-Johnson speak.

  • Sara Tuzel earns student of the month title for March

    Due to her academic accomplishments and long list of community endeavors, Los Alamos High School senior Sara Tuzel was selected to be Rotary Club of Los Alamos’ Student of the Month for March.  

    Tuzel, the daughter of Jolanta and Walter Tuzel, has lived in Los Alamos for 13 years.

    At school, she maintains a 4.0 GPA and enjoys classes such as AP literature and AP psychology, as well as photography.

    Currently, she is taking classes at both the high school and at the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.

  • Celebrate the art of poetry this month

    Calling all bards, poets and writers – National Poetry Month has arrived.

    April is the month to sharpen the pencil, pull out the paper and ramp up the literary creativity.

    In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month as a month-long, national celebration of poetry.

    The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media to the art of poetry, to living poets, to Americans’ poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines.

  • Council keeps retail hope alive

    County councilors unanimously approved a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting that will keep the Trinity Development Project’s wheels in motion.

    The motion authorizes staff to proceed with the process for solicitation of a developer for the redevelopment of the Trinity Site via direct engagement and a Request for Proposals.

  • UPDATE: LA teams top Bernalillo

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams were winners at home Wednesday.

    The Hilltopper baseball team rallied in its final at-bat Wednesday at Bomber Field, knocking off the Bernalillo Spartans 9-8 in an important District 2AAAA game. In White Rock, the Hilltoppers survived a late-game surge by the Spartans to earn a 10-7 victory.

    Read today's Monitor for more information on each game.

  • Obama inks nuke pact with Russia

    PRAGUE (AP) — Casting aside years of rancor, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed the biggest nuclear arms pact in a generation, lacing the moment with new warnings of sanctions for an intransigent Iran.

    The treaty, sealed after months of halting negotiation, is significant not just for what it does but for what it symbolizes: a fresh start for the United States and Russia, and evidence to a watching world that nuclear disarmament is more than a goal.

  • Baseball: Hilltoppers come up big in last at-bat to beat the Spartans

    Heading into Wednesday’s District 2AAAA contest, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was looking for a spark.

    It found that spark with its last at-bat.

    Down to its last out of the ballgame against the Bernalillo Spartans, Los Alamos center fielder Ryan Schleft belted a double down the left field line to drive in three runs and give his team a 9-8 victory in an important district contest Wednesday at Bomber Field.

    Schleft’s game-winning hit, coming off a 3-1 count, brought Jordan Sandoval, Thomas Russell and Zeke Zumbro around.