Today's News

  • Businesses brace to take a hit

    POJOAQUE — An attempt at light humor from Los Alamos National Laboratory Executive Director Richard Marquez fell on deaf ears during a community forum Monday to discuss the lab’s budget slashing efforts.

    But one question from an attendee about how the lab’s cuts may affect the local economy set a dour tone for the night.

    Northern New Mexico businesses face losing more than $30 million, or a third, of lab contracts, Marquez said.

    And in addition to the highly publicized voluntary layoffs currently underway, the lab is also looking to cut $150 million in goods and services because of decreased revenue.

    At some point, there will be more expenditures than the budget has coming in, Marquez said.

  • Parties would block CCC idea

        A look back at our nation’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s shows the CCC met many needs like those we have today. The CCC model might help again, with a bit of work.
    CCC ideas could have value today, except for our biggest problem. Today’s habit is to ax ideas with ideology.
    The trick is so easy that the ideology of either party can stop any idea the wrong guys raise.
     Strange to tell, the other party’s ideology stops the same idea just as easily. So either party making a proposal dooms it.
    The history of the CCC confirms a proud legacy and scripts the catchwords that kill the thought. A queer hello.  

  • Standing up for Luján

     It appears that there are some misleading statements in the ViewPoint article the Los Alamos Monitor published Sunday, March 11. Mr. Newton states that Congressman Ben Ray Luján  “has chosen the narrow partisan interest of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico.”
     If Mr. Newton had done his research he would have seen that Congressman Lujan did not support the Budget Reduction Act that the Tea Party group fiercely fought for in Congress.
    The Tea Party’s demand was for drastic cuts to government spending all across the country that would immediately eliminate jobs wherever there was a cut in funding. That some of these cuts should affect Los Alamos, although tragic, is no surprise.

  • Lobos to face LBSU in opener

    It was a good day for national exposure for the University of New Mexico and even a better day for Steve Alford and his Mountain West Champion New Mexico Lobos as they were handed a No. 5 seed and shipped to Portland, Ore.
    Thursday, the Lobos will battle Long Beach State, the No. 12 seed.
    The value for a program falling into the NCAA bracket was reflected even before the NCAA Selection show began on CBS. Alford was the last live interview heading into the national show.
    The Lobos didn’t have to wait long as his team was called early in the show.

  • Baker, Teter named to 4A/5A All-Star teams

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball players were named to the 4A/5A North All-Star team for the 2011-12 season.
    Hilltopper Monika Teter was selected to join the girls big-school All-Star Game, while Nick Baker was picked for the North All-Star boys team.
    The team announcements were made Monday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, which organizes the All-Star events.
    The boys 4A/5A All-Star game is scheduled for Aug. 2 at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, an unusually late scheduling — most years, All-Star series events are wrapped up in July — while the girls 4A/5A game is set for June 8 at Rio Rancho.
    None of the four coaches involved in the 4A/5A games have been announced.

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  • VIDEO: Lost Mural by Leonardo May Have Been Discovered

    Researchers may have discovered traces of a lost mural by Leonardo da Vinci by poking a probe through cracks in a 16th-century fresco painted on the wall of one of Florence's most famous buildings.

  • Alcohol-related traffic deaths up in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State records show more people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes last year in New Mexico.

    Preliminary records of the Traffic Safety Bureau indicate 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol in 2011. That's up from 128 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009.

    Alcohol-involved traffic deaths accounted for 41 percent of the 355 people killed in highway crashes last year.

    New Mexico law police plan to crack down on drunken driving through the weekend, including St. Patrick's Day, with more patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

    Gov. Susana Martinez, other state officials and law enforcement representatives are announcing the anti-drunken driving campaign on Tuesday.

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  • Feds release 640-page health overhaul blueprint for states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty million people in America lack health insurance and the law says most of them must soon be provided coverage. But how to deliver?

    The Obama administration Monday finalized an ambitious blueprint for new state-based markets that will offer consumers one-stop shopping along the lines of amazon.com.

    It may sound simple enough, but getting there will be like running an obstacle course. The rule comes just two weeks before the Supreme Court takes up a challenge to the constitutionality of the law in a case brought by states. Many governors and legislators are on the sidelines awaiting the outcome, even as time is running out to act.