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Today's News

  • Republicans need to quit acting like ‘Bridezillas’

    Throughout the Obama administration, the Republican Caucus has been behaving like a cross between  “Bridezilla” and “The Runaway Bride.”

    During the drafting of almost all legislation in the last 14 months, Republicans have been throwing one tantrum after another, insisting that everything be written according to their own specifications.

    Once everyone is at the altar and it’s time for them to say “I do,” they scream and run away.

  • The financial decline isn’t over

    SANTA FE — “Being a legislator is a great job to have at a time like this.” Those were the words, or very close to them, of former state Rep. John Mershon, an Otero County Democrat, back in 1982.

    At the time, New Mexico was plummeting into an economic downturn almost as severe as we have at present. Mershon was the longtime chairman of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and an ardent supporter of smaller government.

  • Check out this week's Police Beat

    This week's Police Beat features a $5,300 forgery, a $2,600 loss of property in a residential burglary, and a 13-year-old charged with six counts of battery...

    Read the full story here, or pick up a copy of Tuesday's Monitor.

  • Retail sales: Tepid recovery just 'chugging along'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers bought less clothing and footwear in April than they did in the same month last year but opened their wallets for electronics, major appliances and status goods, purchase data released Wednesday show.

    The month's rainy weather contributed to mixed results, including a sharp increase in online sales, according to the latest numbers from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse.

    It was the ninth-straight month that online sales rose compared with a year earlier.

  • UPDATE: Cottrell named top tennis coach in state

    Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis head coach Bruce Cottrell was named the Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.

    The award was announced Tuesday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, which does the annual selection.

    The Hilltopper girls and boys tennis teams start the Class AAAA state championship singles and doubles tournament today in Albuquerque. Play starts at 3:30 p.m.

  • World stocks tumble as Greek riots turn deadly

    LONDON (AP) — World stock markets fell further Wednesday while the euro slid to a fresh 13-month low as three people died in a blaze at an Athens bank during rioting against austerity measures imposed as part of an international bailout package for heavily indebted Greece.

    The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 96.41 points, or 1.8 percent, at 5,314.70 while Germany's DAX fell 69.95 points, or 1.2 percent, to 5,936.91. The CAC-40 in France was 68.31 points, or 1.9 percent, lower at 3,620.98.

  • Track and field: LA girls poised to grab second straight 4A championship

    Heading into the Class AAAA championship track and field meet, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls will once again be the heavy favorites.

    Los Alamos’ girls will be looking for their second-straight state AAAA title this weekend at the title meet, which will be Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.

  • Little House on the Prairie, meet the Patriot

    “The Cowboys” is a bit like “Little House on the Prairie” meets “The Patriot.”

    Instead of Michael Landon or Mel Gibson, imagine an awkwardly paternal John Wayne. Rather than the complacency of Walnut Grove or the sadism of the Revolutionary War, picture New Mexico in the Old West – a hard life of herding cattle and breaking horses, and young men looking for an easier way. Ranch hands were heading toward the rivers, planning to find lots of gold and retire early.

  • Letter carriers to deliver more than the mail

    Hunger doesn’t sleep or come to a stand still. It continually gnarls inside people’s stomachs and clings to their minds.

    As a result, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 4112, LA Cares, LA Community Food Bank and the Northern New Mexico District of the Boy Scouts of America are working to respond to this condition and wipe hunger away.

    The annual Spring Community Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday. LA Cares will distribute donations.

  • 05-05-10 Update

    Enjoy “A Garden Festival”

      The School of New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its sixth annual spring recital, “A Garden Festival” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance time and cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and children age 4 and younger are free.

    Get a wrap, support seniors