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Today's News

  • Readers get artistic

    Winners of the annual Mesa Public Library bookmark contest were recently chosen. The contest was in celebration of Children’s Book Week in May. The winners in categories ranging from kindergarten to high school are:

    • Kindergarten: Christina Diaz, age 6;

    • First grade: Angela Deng, age 6, and Kenneth Inbody, age 7;

    • Second grade: Patsy Hensley, age 8;

    • Third grade: Alex Delano, age 9;

    • Fourth grade: Lauren Harris, age 10;

    • Fifth grade: Margaret Doebl, age 11;

  • Dramatic experience leaves singer thankful for life

    Peter Case was part of two rock and roll bands, helped push off the punk rock movement and has been nominated for Grammys. When he went in for an emergency open heart surgery last year, it left him feeling appreciative to be alive and singing.

    He said, "I'm glad to be alive. I've been given another shot; I appreciate it. I have another opportunity to live. It makes it that much sweeter."

    Case will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill. To read more about the concert, see tomorrow's newspaper.

  • NM candidates to disclose campaign fundraising

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor and other state elective offices face a deadline for reporting their fundraising since New Mexico's primary election.

    The campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday.

    The disclosures will provide the first look at how much Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have collected for their general election race during the past month.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, are running to become New Mexico's first female governor.

  • No matter the obstacle, Case keeps playing

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Peter Case up at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

    He said he knew what he wanted to do at age 14 and that he was serious about his music. In 1965, he dropped out of school after finishing ninth grade and sang on the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. and the surrounding areas.

  • Getting inspiration from others’ lives

    For years I never volunteered for anything – my services to the community were nonexistent. It was a dry spell that was only interrupted when I decided to volunteer for a nonprofit in Salida, Colo., that aided low income families and the homeless. It looked like a storm might break out and     rain on my desert of community service but no such luck. After spending only a few hours sorting through hand-me-down clothes, I left and never returned.

  • Police to provide child ID kits

    The Los Alamos Police Department July 4 will provide a special kit to parents loaded with tools to help locate their child if he or she ever goes missing.

    Cpl. Monica Salazar-Casias is heading up the day-long project called Identikit.

  • P&Z gives nod to KRSN antenna deal

    There was a lot riding on the outcome of Wednesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

    KRSN co-owners Gillian and David Sutton vowed to close the radio station if their fourth attempt in four and a half years to obtain a special use permit and site plan approval for a 170-foot antenna was denied.

    Applause and cheers broke the tense silence from the audience packed into council chambers as the seventh commissioner in a row voted yes.

    KRSN had unanimous approval to erect its radio tower near Los Alamos Middle School on Hawk Drive.

  • Los Alamos is losing an institution

    I was saddened to read the Monitor’s article about the closing of Brownell’s camera department and the departure of Eric Johnson from our community.  The camera department of Decol’s, which then continued on successfully to become Brownell’s, has been an institution in this community for as long as I can remember and Eric Johnson became the “go-to” photography expert for all of us.

  • There’s no excuse for not cleaning up

    My husband and I  frequent the East Park dog park several times a week with our two dogs.  It’s a wonderful place for dogs to be able to run and play, but it also seems to have become a wonderful place for owners not to pick up after their dogs.

    It has become quite a trick to navigate the park without getting ones’ shoes soiled as happened to me this morning. East Park itself, where people walk and children play also suffers the same indignity.

  • Jobs, not drugs draw immigrants

    Imagine the scene. Two poverty stricken, uneducated men are chatting somewhere in Mexico. One says, “Ese, vamos p’ Albuquerque pa’ cometer delitos.”

    The other replies, “Que buena idea!”

    Such was the primary election portrayal among Bernalillo County Republican sheriff candidates. Drug cartel types aside, the occasional immigrant may come to New Mexico with an explicit criminal purpose. But not many. Getting here is too much work. For nearly all, jobs are the attraction.