Today's News

  • LA upends Espanola Valley at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team picked up a big win over the Espanola Valley Sundevils Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos outscored Espanola Valley 18-6 in the second quarter and held on in the second half despite missing eight free throws in the fourth quarter to win 56-45.

    Nate Carver scored 17 points and Nick Baker finished with 10 points to lead the team to victory.

    For more information, read Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • VIDEO: 5 Killed in Wrong-way Crash on I-10 in La.

    Authorities say five people were killed when a driver going the wrong way crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 10 outside New Orleans, closing the westbound lanes for nearly five hours.

  • Supreme Court overturns House redistricting plan

    Monitor Staff, Wire Reports

    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Friday overturned a plan that realigned districts for the state House of Representatives and ordered a judge to draw a new map.

    The court issued a 4-1 split decision that was tantamount to a victory for Democrats and the Legislature, which had challenged a redistricting plan ordered last month by retired District Court Judge James Hall.

    The justices said the judge should try to develop a new redistricting plan by Feb. 27. The traditional filing deadline for House candidates is next month, but the uncertainty of the redistricting case has cast doubts over that schedule.

  • Leaving 'No Child' law: Obama lets 10 states flee

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be the beginning of the end for No Child Left Behind.
    The goal was lofty: Get all children up to par in math and reading by 2014. But the nation isn’t getting there, and now some states are getting out.
    In a sign of what’s to come, President Barack Obama on Thursday freed 10 states from some of the landmark law’s toughest requirements. Those states, which had to commit to their own, federally approved plans, will now be free, for example, to judge students with methods other than test scores. They also will be able to factor in subjects beyond reading and math.

  • House OKs change in pension plan 

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico legislators will have to contribute more into their pension plans under a bill passed Thursday by the House, but the proposal’s sponsor says the Legislature needs to scale back its retirement benefits.
    No other state offers a similar pension system for its legislators, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That’s because New Mexico lawmakers don’t receive an annual salary and instead get a daily payment intended to offset their expenses. Typically, pension contributions and benefits for public employees are based on their salaries.

  • What happened to spell check?

    This sign greets motorists and pedestrians on Central Avenue, heading toward the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Update 02-10-12

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m.
    Feb. 15, at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting

    There will be a council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the White Rock Fire Station #3.

    Iwo Jima talk

    World War II Marine Corps veteran Bill Hudson will show a DVD about the battle of Iwo Jima at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Mesa Public Library. After the viewing, Hudson will give a brief talk.

    Coming Sunday

    Construction begins on a new TRU Waste Facility at the lab.Get the details on how this will accelerate shipments to WIPP.

    ESB meeting

  • Martinez declines to release schedules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez bills herself as the transparency governor, promoting her mandate that all state employee salaries be posted publicly, touting her support for a bill that would require agencies and elected bodies to post notices of their meetings 72 hours in advance and promising quick responses to requests for public records.

    But open government advocates question whether Martinez is walking her talk.

  • Legislators want federal help at Area G

    House Memorial 33, which requests full federal funding for cleanup of Area G in Los Alamos, passed unanimously in the state House Representatives and Senate Thursday.

    The memorial was introduced by Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties).

  • Citizens prefer 'natural' plan for Ashley Pond

    The 30 or so residents attending the public meeting on the Ashley Pond renovation project were divided between a “naturalistic” master plan and a “mixed” design combining natural and more formal elements.

    They were all in agreement on one thing: a very ‘’formal” option received not a single vote.

    The overriding goal of the renovation is to revitalize Ashley Pond, which is dying from a depletion of oxygen in the water called eutrophication. To rejuvenate the pond, a number of factors must be addressed, including reducing runoff carrying dissolved nutrients from fertilizer and pollutants from parking areas and finding ways to increase water circulation.