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Today's News

  • Budget crisis still not fixed

    The Legislature was supposed to fund a balanced spending plan by noon on Thursday, but when the gavel sounded, lawmakers had failed to pass a $5.5 billion budget for schools and government programs for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe, spent a sleepless night Wednesday, as the House worked into the morning hours. Shortly after the session ended Thursday afternoon, Wallace had already heard rumors about plans for a special session to resume the job, starting Wednesday.

  • Breaking News: North Mesa home catches fire this morning

  • Breaking News: Firefighters are on scene of smoldering bed inside White Rock home

    The owner of a home at 123 Monte Vista in White Rock smelled something burning. He called the Los Alamos Fire Department at 4:45 p.m., about 10 minutes ago, after seeing smoke coming from his bedroom.

    LAFD Capt. Sean Wisecarver and his crew from Fire Station 3 are on scene at this moment and have the situation under control.

  • Breaking News: Gubernatorial candidates Diane Denish and Susanah Martinez earn top delegate votes

  • Breaking News: County cancels Art Center at Fuller Lodge contract

    Community Services Director Stephani Johnson announced this morning that Los Alamos County has terminated its contract with The Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

    Under the current contract, the county has the option to terminate with or without cause, provided that the Art Center is given 10 days notice. The letter of termination was issued yesterday afternoon and the contract will end April 3.

  • Left-handed or not, he’s quite the Kid

    Later this week, Mesa Public Library will commence its latest themed cluster of free films. Each one was shot in New Mexico and each has our state’s distinctly dusty ambience.

    The spring/summer selections kick off with “The Left-Handed Gun,” a 1958 Western starring Paul Newman and a Colt single-action handgun.

    Newman plays William Bonney, an excitable, unforgiving cowboy better known by his nickname, Billy the Kid.

  • New jobless benefit claims dip as lethargic recovery continues

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week as the slowly recovering economy moves closer to generating more jobs.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that new jobless benefit claims dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000, nearly matching analysts' estimates. It's the fourth drop in five weeks.

    The four-week average of claims, which smooths volatility, fell by nearly 7,000 to 447,250, the lowest total since the week of Sept. 13, 2008, just before Lehman Brothers collapsed and the financial crisis intensified.

  • UPDATE: Baseball, softball teams win district openers

    Both the Los Alamos baseball and softball teams were big winners at home Wednesday in their District 2AAAA debuts.

    The Hilltopper softball team routed the Taos Tigers 18-2 in just three innings Wednesday at Overlook Park, while the Hilltopper baseball team grabbed a 13-6 victory over the Tigers at Bomber Field.

    Los Alamos pitchers Stephanie Abney and Austin Aslin earned the victories in the games Wednesday.

    For more information, read today's Monitor.

  • Domestic manufacturing improves, construction remains soft

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in March at its strongest pace in 5 1/2 years, leading the rebound from the recession on growth in exports and inventory rebuilding. Another drop in construction spending in February, however, underscored weakness in real estate.

    Meanwhile, the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits slipped last week as the economy moves closer to generating more jobs.

  • When does existence begin?

    Everyone has his or her very earliest memories. Author Augusten Burroughs purports to remember lying in his crib, a helpless and anxious infant. But for most of us, life seems to have begun when we were toddlers.

    Before age 2 or 3, I remember nothing. I could have been asleep.

    I could have been dead. My mother disagrees, but I know that “I” was not there.

    I didn’t exist until one very bright moment when I was sitting in the very back of my mom’s Ford Mustang.