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Today's News

  • County personnel shake-up continues

    First thing Monday morning Acting County Administrator Randy Autio terminated Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan “in the best interests of the county.”

    Stepan had been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into approximately 80 allegations that she lodged against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and other county personnel.

  • NM police find missing Texas hikers

    SILVER CITY (AP) — A father and son from El Paso, Texas, have been found alive in the Gila National Forest after being missing for several days in extremely cold temperatures.

    State police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson says 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico.

  • Seeking the new and novel

    The current Age of Anger feeds on daily news that reports and receives public gripes.
    Mainstream news is a prime venue for bouts between camps of adversaries, called “strategists.”  
    The most public value of the medium, apart from entertaining joy rides or rant fodder, depends on whether its role is understood. What is news and how does it fit in?  
    To explore news, I make up a typical, but imagined, news event. I do it to disrupt political habits.  

  • Sudan president: I'll support south if it secedes

    JUBA, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's government waged war with the south for more than two decades and repeatedly tried to delay an independence referendum. Now, in a rare visit, President Omar al-Bashir said Tuesday he will help the oil-rich south if next week's vote splits Africa's largest nation in two.

  • NM police search for missing hikers

    SILVER CITY (AP) — A Blackhawk helicopter from the New Mexico National Guard has joined the search for a father and son from Texas who didn't return when expected from a five-day hiking trip in southwestern New Mexico's Gila Cliff Dwellings area.

    The area was hit by a winter storm Dec. 30, three days after 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, went backpacking.

  • Albuquerque schools suffer busted water pipes

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The cold weather really did a number on Albuquerque Public Schools leaving behind damaged water pipes and bills upward of a half million dollars.

    School officials tell KOB-TV 39 schools have reported flooded hallways, classrooms, and offices. APS School Board member Brad Winters says repairing the damages could cost anywhere from $400,000 to $500,000.

  • Partial solar eclipse visible over Mideast, Europe

    GENEVA (AP) — Wintry skies darkened over Switzerland on Tuesday morning, but Romanians were treated to a pinkish ethereal light and Swedes to a beautiful sunrise, as a partial solar eclipse that began over the Mideast extended across much of Europe.

  • Pakistani governor killed by own guard in capital

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The governor of Pakistan's powerful Punjab province was shot dead in the capital Tuesday by one of his guards, who told interrogators afterward that he was angry about the politician's stance against the country's blasphemy law, officials said.

  • Live-stream 10:15 a.m. Tuesday: LAPS Education Summit

    Don't miss the next lamonitor.com live-streaming webcast: the education summit Tuesday, Jan. 4 beginning at 10:15 a.m.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt and others from the district will meet with state officials to discuss education and the possible effects that school districts around the state will feel should education funding be cut in the next legislative session. 

  • House Republicans schedule health care repeal vote

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders in the new House say they'll hold a vote next week to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

    The announcement of the Jan. 12 vote by the No. 2 House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, sets the stage for a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said earlier Monday that Democrats in that chamber will block any attempt to repeal the landmark legislation extending coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.