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Today's News

  • We need more revolutionaries like Gates

    When George W. Bush replaced Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense with Robert Gates in 2006, I was just glad that the man who didn’t fire anybody after the Abu Ghraib and Blackwater scandals was gone.

    But after three years of watching Gates operate in the bizarre world of the military-industrial complex, he’s become my latest government hero. We need more radicals like him.

    Gates has put armor on the vehicles our men and women are driving around Iraq and Afghanistan now, instead of on weapons systems for future wars that may or may not happen. 

  • Virtual worlds can be a problem

    Back in college, one of my classmates (let’s call him Brian) was an addict. He was hopelessly and totally addicted and there was little his parents or the doctors could do to help him. Brian couldn’t function without his daily fix and before long he was spending the majority of his day searching for others similarly addicted. Each day, Brian’s addiction got worse and eventually he stopped going to classes. His addiction ruled his life.

  • The beauty in a book

    Perhaps it seems as though paper is taking a backseat to PDF’s and e- books are flourishing while conventional books collect dust on shelves, but the art of making a book is far from being lost or dead. Read more in this week's Kaleidoscope.

     

  • NM lawmakers green light $200 million in tax hikes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature approved a $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday and the largest tax increase package in more than two decades to help pay for public schools and government services next year.

    Passage of the measures moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically charged special session. Clashes over tax increases and government spending previewed likely campaign themes in this year's elections.

  • UPDATE: Pittman picks UNM cross country program

    Los Alamos Hilltopper standout runner Kyle Pittman has decided to stay in New Mexico to continue his athletic career.

    Pittman, a senior, will go to the University of New Mexico to join its cross country team this fall. Pittman, the two-time defending state Class AAAA champion, said he's also interested in running track for the Division-I school.

    Read more about Pittman in today's Monitor.

  • Jobless claims decline, retail sales perk up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims for jobless benefits fell last week in a sign that layoffs may be easing as the economy slowly recovers.

    Meanwhile, retailers reported Thursday that sales rose in February by the largest amount since November 2007, a month before the recession began. Factory orders also rose in January, the Commerce Department said.

    The reports provide fresh evidence that the economy is steadily growing. But it's not clear when that improvement will translate into new hiring.

  • Family Strengths Network to offer fun for all ages

    A full spectrum of activities is being planned for the Family Strengths Network’s Family Festival.

    Not only will there be a wide assortment of things to do, but the schedule will appeal to all ages.

  • Cross country: Pittman signs with the Lobos

    Another of the top prep athletes in the state coming out of Los Alamos High School is staying close to home.

    Kyle Pittman, the premier cross country and track distance runner, has decided to attend the University of New Mexico starting this fall. Pittman was honored in a ceremony Wednesday at Los Alamos High School.

    When he does get to Albuquerque following this, his senior year, he will be joining brother Allen with the Lobo cross country squad. Kyle is expected to join both the cross country and track and field teams at UNM.

  • LA meets familiar foe Friday night

    It’s one of the more interesting match-ups of the first round of the Class AAAA girls basketball state tournament.

    Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will take on the St. Pius X Sartans. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.

    While it’s rare that a No. 5 seed, like the Hilltoppers, meets an interesting 12th-seeded opponent, Friday’s game is the exception rather than the rule.

    Los Alamos and St. Pius have plenty of history, some of that coming this season.

  • Dancers feel the “Rhythm of the Fire’

    If you missed Riverdance’s last tour stop in Albuquerque, don’t fret. Belisama Irish Dance Company and School present “Rhythm of Fire 2010” Saturday and Sunday at the James A. Little Theater.

    “Rhythm of Fire 2010” is a family friendly show featuring local dancers and musicians.

    “Rhythm of Fire 2010” features Belisama’s blend of high-energy traditional hard shoe and soft shoe dances and original choreography by director Adrienne Bellis and members of the dance company.