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Today's News

  • Autos drive rise in October retail sales

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales, helped by strong demand for autos, increased in October by the largest amount in seven months.

    The Commerce Department reported Monday that retail sales rose 1.2 percent last month. That was nearly double the gain that had been expected and the largest increase since March. Much of the strength came from a big rise in auto sales. Excluding autos, retail sales rose a more modest 0.4 percent.

  • Monitor staff earns first place awards for breaking news coverage

    ALBUQUERQUE—(AP) The New Mexico Press Association and New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors announced the winners of the 2010 Better Newspapers Contest at their annual meeting Saturday.

    Carol A. Clark and Jennifer Garcia of the Los Alamos Monitor won first place awards for their breaking news coverage of the Quemazon Montessori School fire.

    The Albuquerque Journal and Clovis News-Journal won the overall General Excellence awards for daily newspaper divisions.

  • Martinez reacts to budget gap

    During a laboratory tour Friday, Governor-elect Susana Martinez was still reeling from Thursday’s new estimate that the state’s fiscal-year budget deficit is closer to $450 million rather than the $260 million originally reported.
    Martinez minced few words about having to deal with a nearly 75 percent higher deficit than she was led to believe. She accused Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration of not being honest with New Mexicans about the budget crisis.

  • Gov.-elect taps local resident for search committee

    Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has named Los Alamos resident Jim Hall to her General Services and Information Technology Search Committee.
    Hall and other appointees will work with the transition committee’s chair, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders to run the state’s general services and information technology departments.
    Hall, also a Republican, came to know Martinez in the last several months of the recent election season.

  • N.M. 502 study maps vision for Trinity Drive

    Things are starting to heat up along Trinity Drive and more activity is in the offing for the busiest stretch of road in Los Alamos.
    Should the county’s negotiations with North American Development Group prove successful on the Trinity Site project, then Trinity Drive will get even busier once construction actually begins.
    In order to craft a consistent vision for the roadway, a N.M. 502 Corridor Study is underway.

  • Update 11-14-10

    Joint meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will host a joint meeting with the Pueblo de San Ildefonso at 6 p.m. Monday. Discussion items will include the pueblo’s enrollment into Los Alamos Public Schools, economic development in the pueblo and the county and the REDI middle-mile broadband network.

    LTAB meeting

  • 'A Geologic Tour of Death Valley'

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road. The featured speaker will be Richard Stead. His talk is entitled, “A Geologic Tour of Death Valley.”
    Death Valley National Park is one of the highlights of the National Park system. The largest park outside Alaska, Death Valley is a place of extremes and is home to a wide variety of climates, ecological zones and for this tour, geology.

  • Be There 11-14-10

    Today
     A performance of “Seascape” is set for 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and are available for advance purchase at CB Fox and also at the door 45 minutes before each performance.
    Monday

  • Volleyball: Toppers swept in state 4A semifinal

    RIO RANCHO — For the third year in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team ends its season with a loss to the St. Pius X Sartans.
    After surviving a back-and-forth contest Friday morning against the Roswell Coyotes in the Class AAAA quarterfinals, the Hilltoppers took the Sartans down to the wire in each of the first two sets in Friday night’s semifinal.

  • This post is powerful

    Ray Powell’s winning campaign to “clean up the State Land Office” paralleled Susana Martinez’s winning campaign to clean up Santa Fe.
    Outgoing State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons groused, like the outgoing chief executive, that the candidate was campaigning against him and not the opponent.
    True on both counts.
    The campaign for state land commissioner, largely overshadowed by drama higher on the ballot, deserved more attention because it’s probably New Mexico’s second most powerful position.