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Today's News

  • CRC keeps status quo on elections

    After hearing arguments on both sides of the issue, the Charter Review Committee (CRC) voted to maintain current charter policies on elections and boards and commissions appointments.

    The most significant issue was whether to continue partisan elections or move to a nonpartisan system.

    Committee member Richard Dunn charted the benefits of each system. A nonpartisan system would encourage people to vote for the person rather than the party, empower both minority party voters and those not affiliated with a party and the majority party is less likely to win all the seats.

  • Family: Hillary Clinton's mother dies at 92

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's mother-in-law, died Tuesday at age 92 after an illness.

    The family said Rodham died shortly after midnight, surrounded by her family in Washington.

    The secretary of state cancelled a planned trip to London and Istanbul to be at her mother's side.

    Dorothy Rodham was a witness to her daughter's political victories and defeats. She avoided the spotlight and rarely gave interviews about herself or her daughter and son-in-law, the former president.

  • Taos businessman set to challenge Lujan

    A Taos businessman who says he's "committed to fundamental change from the path we are on" is set to formally announce his candidacy for Congress.

    Rick Newton will officially enter the race for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District Tuesday. The Republican will be going up against two-term Democrat Ben Ray Lujan.

    On his campaign website, Newton says that he has lived the American dream and now wants to focus on service.

    "Now, my focus is on service — to ensure that my fellow New Mexicans are freed from this bloated and intrusive government and afforded the opportunities to succeed," Newton said.

  • Three-Car Accident Closes Truck Route Monday afternoon

    The truck route was closed due to a three-car accident that occurred late Monday afternoon.

    "One of the vehicles actually rolled over," said Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department. "Two people have been transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center with what appear to be non life-threatening injuries."

    Truck route traffic was diverted to Trinity Drive, which remained backed up throughout the afternoon commute, as did the Main Hill Road.

    Foster expected the truck route to reopen around 6 p.m.

    Check back for more on this developing story.

  • Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators are cautioning Gov. Susana Martinez's administration against rushing the implementation of a new law that will assign grades A to F to rate the performance of public schools.

    Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions Monday about proposed rules by the Public Education Department for the school rating system enacted earlier this year.

    Gloria Rendon of the Coalition of School Administrators suggested the new grading system initially be implemented in a few schools to serve as a pilot for working out potential problems.

  • Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators are cautioning Gov. Susana Martinez's administration against rushing the implementation of a new law that will assign grades A to F to rate the performance of public schools.

    Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions Monday about proposed rules by the Public Education Department for the school rating system enacted earlier this year.

    Gloria Rendon of the Coalition of School Administrators suggested the new grading system initially be implemented in a few schools to serve as a pilot for working out potential problems.

  • Kim Kardashian files for divorce after 10 weeks

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just 10 weeks after her star-studded, made-for-TV wedding, reality starlet Kim Kardashian filed for divorce Monday from NBA player Kris Humphries, citing irreconcilable differences.

    "I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision," said the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star in a statement. "I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don't work out as planned."

  • Cain says he was 'falsely accused' of harassment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday he was "falsely accused" of sexual harassment while he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

    Cain was responding to a Politico report that said the trade group settled complaints from at least two women that Cain had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.

    Cain told Fox News he has never sexually harassed anyone and that he was "falsely accused." He said investigations into any complaints found that they were "baseless."

  • Power restoration in snowy East could take days--video extras

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents across the Northeast woke up to cold, dark homes and one of the earliest snow days in memory Monday after a storm dumped as much as 30 inches of wet, heavy snow that snapped trees and power lines and disrupted plans for Halloween trick-or-treating.

    Communities from Maryland to Maine that suffered through a tough winter last year followed by a series of floods and storms went into now-familiar emergency mode as schools and roads closed, shelters opened, regional transit was suspended or delayed, and local leaders urged caution.

    The storm's lingering effects likely will outlast the snow. Temperatures are expected to begin rising Monday and the heavy, wet snow will start melting, the National Weather Service said.

  • Los Alamos Monitor earns major state awards

    The Los Alamos Monitor has been recognized as being among the top newspapers in the state. The multimedia news and information organization’s efforts were affirmed by a number of accolades as part of the 2011 Better Newspaper Contest conducted jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors.

    Chief among the awards, the Los Alamos Monitor earned the E.H. Shaffer Award for 1st Place General Excellence in the Daily Class III Division, which includes daily newspapers with 6,000 or less in circulation.