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Today's News

  • Pat Soran receives "Spirit of the West Award" at tonight's gala event

    Longtime community volunteer and Kiwanis member Pat Soran received the "Spirit of the West Award" at tonight's gala event.

    Check back to view a slideshow of nominees honored during a special ceremony at the Hilltop House Hotel.

  • Giffords: Dem who wins in conservative district

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gabrielle Giffords, one of her state's most high-profile Democrats, seems at first glance to be an unlikely choice of voters in conservative-leaning southern Arizona.

    But she has managed to remain popular, winning election three times in the Tucson-area congressional district by holding centrist positions, reaching out to constituents and bucking her party's position on many issues as a key member of the "Blue Dog Coalition" Democrats.

    She has been tough on border security, but supports comprehensive immigration reform.

  • Has overfishing ended? Top US scientist says yes

    BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in at least a century, U.S. fishermen won't take too much of any species from the sea, one of the nation's top fishery scientists says.

    The projected end of overfishing comes during a turbulent fishing year that's seen New England fishermen switch to a radically new management system. But scientist Steve Murawski said that for the first time in written fishing history, which goes back to 1900, "As far as we know, we've hit the right levels, which is a milestone."

  • Fans celebrate Elvis' 76th birthday in Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans, including Chilean miner Edison Pena, have gathered at Graceland to sing "Happy Birthday" on the late rock n' roll icon's 76th birthday.

    Pena, the guest of honor Saturday at Elvis' birthday party, cut into a 4-foot high cake fashioned to look like stacked television sets as fans cheered both the singer and the miner outside Elvis' longtime Memphis home.

    Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss.

  • Details of suspect in Ariz rampage slowly emerge

    TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — An initial portrait of the man accused of shooting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head in an attack that also killed six people outside a Tucson grocery store slowly began to emerge, as authorities described a young man with a troubled past and neighbors recalled a 22-year-old who often kept to himself.

    One former classmate said the accused gunman, Jared Loughner, often did his own thing. Another described him as a student who disrupted class with occasional outbursts.

  • NM heads of environment, veterans affairs selected

    SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — An experienced engineer and adjunct professor was nominated Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that has been in the spotlight recently over its plans to participate in a regional cap-and-trade program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

    F. David Martin, a New Mexico Tech adjunct associate professor, was selected as cabinet secretary of the Environment Department.

  • Martinez makes two nominations to cabinet

    Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has made two nominations to her cabinet – Col. Timothy Hale as Secretary of Veterans Affairs and F. David Martin as Secretary of the Environment.
     

  • Techno-terror bites

    A tsunami is an onslaught of waves generated in any large body of water by an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or some other cataclysmic disturbance.  Drop a large enough object into the Atlantic Ocean and you would generate a tsunami (maybe we could toss Washington D.C. in just to test this out?).

  • Just A Wag 01-07-11

    Mortillaro breaks silence
    Former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro has written a letter to the community. Look for it on Sunday’s opinion page in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Settlement approved
    Word is that Judge Barbara Vigil signed the order Monday approving the settlement that local attorneys Christine and George Chandler reached with the  county council halting an election on the question posed in a petition regarding the location of the new municipal building.

  • The playoffs: more fun than texting...

    Bad news.
    Brett Favre is going to retire.
    Maybe.
    For a good percentage of the football fans I know, that’s incentive enough not to watch the NFL playoffs. A playoff season without Favre is like a night without stars or a hotel room without an attractive masseuse.