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  • NM officers watching for drunken drivers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Law enforcement officers around New Mexico will be out in full force watching for drunken drivers through the holiday season.

    The increased patrols, DWI checkpoints and constant pleas from elected officials to celebrate responsibility have become part of New Mexico's fabric as the state continues to fight the pervasive problem of drunken driving.

    "Too often we hear about the pain and heartache caused by a DWI fatality around this time of year," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. "Law enforcement is on the lookout for intoxicated drivers so I hope all New Mexicans will do the right thing by not drinking and driving."

  • Today in History for December 24th
  • Track Santa on his magical journey

    Just like each of you, those of us at LAMonitor.com can't wait to see what Santa brings us this year so we've assembled a number of the best Santa trackers in an effort to keep you posted on Santa's whereabouts. From all of us to all of you, have a very Merry Christmas!

    The NORAD Santa Tracker

    Tracking Santa with LANL's satellites

    Follow Santa on Google maps

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.

  • NM survivor of Bataan Death March dies at 93

    SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Pablo Gutierrez, a lifelong Grant County resident who survived the infamous Bataan Death March during World War II and was among the last surviving members of his New Mexico National Guard unit who made it through the war, has died.

    Gutierrez was 93 and died at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City on Dec. 17 after developing respiratory complications and pneumonia, daughter Rosemary Gutierrez said Sunday.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce issued a statement calling Gutierrez a true American hero and real family man.

    "I am grateful for his service to our country, and for the mark he left on his community." Pearce said. "The Gutierrez family is in my prayers."

  • Officials: 3 Set Deadly Ind. Blast for Insurance

    Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood deliberately set up the deadly blast to collect a big insurance payout, authorities said.

  • Raw: Gang Rape Protesters Clash With Police

    Police in India's capital used tear gas and water cannons to push back thousands of people who tried to march to the presidential mansion to protest the gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus.

  • Today in History for December 23rd
  • Geyer accepted into Coast Guard Academy

    Cory Geyer has been granted permission to come aboard. To the United States Coast Guard Academy wrestling team, that is.
    Geyer, a standout wrestler for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, with two top-four finishes in his prep career, has been accepted to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
    It’s a big accomplishment for one of the top wrestlers to come through Los Alamos’ program in recent years, but Geyer said he’s not quite ready to jump on ship just yet. He said he will still continue the application process to attend the Air Force Academy, but at his point he likes what he’s seen from the Coast Guard.
    Regardless of where he ends up, Geyer said his primary objective is to serve his country.
    “I’ve always had the idea that everyone should serve their country to the best of their abilities,” Geyer said. “If you think the best way to serve your country is by being a teacher and being the best teacher you can be, or by being a garbage man, be the best garbage man you can be. With my skill set, I think I can help out the most in the military.”
    Specifically, Geyer said, he wants to be an aircraft pilot and, interestingly, thinks the Coast Guard might give him more opportunity to do so than the Air Force.

  • LA falls at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team lost in the Four Corners area Friday night.
    The Piedra Vista Panthers dropped the Hilltoppers 44-37 in Farmington, handing the Hilltoppers their fourth loss in their last five games and their second loss of the season to a Class 4A team.
    Los Alamos (4-5), which was scheduled to host Grants Saturday, will be at the Goddard Holiday Invitational starting Wednesday.

     

  • Happy trails to the retiring Sen. Bingaman

    In February, when Sen. Jeff Bingaman announced his retirement from Congress, the state Senate passed a memorial saluting Bingaman’s 30 years of service.
    Nearly every senator, from both sides of the aisle, had something to say about the unassuming, hardworking Democrat.
    Sen. Carroll Leavell, R-Jal: “He’s been a great statesman for New Mexico. I didn’t always agree with him, but he was accessible and always listened.”
    Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque: “He didn’t grandstand. He didn’t come to a position until he’d considered all the facts.”
    Sen. Rod Adair, R-Roswell: “He is unfailingly courteous in every situation. That’s a rarity in Washington and in politics. It should be a goal for all of us.”
    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup: “He was a helper, and we love him for it.”
    Sen. William Burt, R-Alamogordo: “He’s the most even-keeled person I’ve ever met.”
    Sen. Tim Jennings, D-Roswell: “He sat and listened and kept his mouth shut. He put the state above all issues. I don’t blame him for wanting to come home.”
    Jennings’ response addressed the first reaction many had, which was, “How can he do this to us?”