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Today's News

  • Panel’s landmark denial frees up NYC mosque

    NEW YORK (AP) — A city commission Tuesday denied landmark status to a building near the World Trade Center site, freeing a group to convert the property into an Islamic community center and mosque that has drawn national opposition.

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 9-0, saying the 152-year-old building blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attacks wasn’t special enough to meet criteria to qualify as a landmark. Commissioners said other buildings from the era were better examples of the building’s style.

  • Fool us once, shame on you

    Being that the Monitor’s editor Garrison Wells and publisher Keven Todd weren’t here for the Boyer fiasco, it is understandable that they could fall for a developer promising pie-in-the-sky and the Monitor blasts it bold, top line, front page.

    Let’s hope that whoever is evaluating these RFP responses for Trinity site is not as gullible this time around. What we learned from the Boyer experience is that developers are willing to say ANYTHING in order to get the land.

  • Saving resources

    It’s difficult to know how to compare enormous disasters with one another.

    What has been unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is often called the “greatest environmental disaster” we’ve faced as a nation.  

    My mind turned to an earlier environmental disaster we endured for years in the 1930s. That was the Dust Bowl when a combination of drought and our farming practices in the Great Plains launched the top-most layer of the Earth into the sky again and again.

  • Headed to the border

    Patrolling a wide area plagued by violence in recent months isn’t exactly how most people envision spending the remaining days of summer.

    The New Mexico-Mexico border has become a hot spot for drug smugglers and people crossing the border illegally. As a result, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered National Guard troops to the 2,000-mile southern border.

    Two local men will be there.

     

    Read the whole story in today's Monitor.

  • Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the area through Monday evening

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather information Monday morning:

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CHUSKA MOUNTAINS... FAR NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST PLATEAU... SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST CENTRAL PLATEAU.

    * THROUGH THIS EVENING

  • Small plane crash lands south of Santa Fe, father and son escape serious injury

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho man and his son are recovering from minor cuts and bruises after their single-engine plane crash landed south of Santa Fe.

    Ovid Morin says he and his son were headed south in their rented Cessna after taking off from the Santa Fe airport Sunday morning. They were planning on doing some touch and go maneuvers at Double Eagle Airport west of Albuquerque before heading back to Santa Fe.

    Morin says the oil pressure dropped so he turned around. Then smoke started billowing out, the engine stopped and the plane caught on fire.

  • Va. health care reform lawsuit clears 1st hurdle

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care reform law cleared its first legal hurdle Monday as a federal judge ruled the law raises a host of complex constitutional issues.

    U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson's decision stemmed from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's claims that Congress exceeded its authority under the Constitution's Commerce Clause by requiring citizens to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

  • Students work to restore Caballo Trail

    ESPAÑOLA — Ten years after the Cerro Grande fire damaged it, the Vallecitos de los Caballos Trail (Trail 277) has been re-opened.

    The work was completed earlier this month by a Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew through a Forest Service agreement funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).

  • No horsing around

    Megan Reader, 17, has been selected to represent the United States at the International Tetrathlon Exchange hosted by the USPC Aug. 2-13 in California. The USPC Tetrathlon provides a challenging competition requiring sound, practical horsemanship and general athletic ability. It encourages Pony Club members to broaden their interest in riding, condition their own bodies and become multi-sport athletes.

  • Pets inspire children’s author

    Michele Worley found inspiration close to home for her children’s book, “Buster Goes to the White House.” Her dog Buster was the model for the fictional Buster and the two have a lot in common. Both dogs were adopted from the animal shelter and both are feisty, if small.

    “Buster does all the same things as Buster in the book,” Worley said.