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Today's News

  • 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.

  • BREAKING NEWS: AUTIO FIRES ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

    Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan was terminated Monday morning.

    Stepan returned to resume her duties after having been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into complaints that she filed against then County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and others. Although there was no finding of wrongdoing in the probe, he was terminated by county council in December.

  • Enough with the earmarks

    The federal budget  practice of “earmarking” – or “pork spending” as it is known colloquially – has exploded during the last 15 years. Earmarks are line items in spending bills inserted by legislators for specific projects in their home states.
    Some infamous earmarks funded a $50 million indoor rain forest in Iowa and a $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska. Earmarks can provide recipients with federal grant money, contracts, loans, or other types of benefits.

  • Schedule for Jan. 3-8

    Tuesday
    Boys basketball: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Moriarty Duals, 8 a.m.

    Swimming: Los Alamos Open, 11 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Sandia at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.