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Today's News

  • Lab facility sparks interest

    The new training facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory could have a significant economic impact on the area.

    The $8.8 million facility, which will be completed by August of 2011, already has its first event set for September of 2011, officials say.

    Law enforcement and businesses contacted by the Monitor say they are looking forward to the facility’s completion, both for the impact to economy and for the advanced training.

  • Fitness: Local instructor combines racing and eating

    Staying in shape is a good thing. But eating ain’t bad, either.

    Local fitness instructor Laura Kelly is trying to incorporate both in her current personal fitness program.

    Wanting to do something different as she approaches her 50th birthday, Kelly decided the best way was to combine two of her favorite things: exercise and eating out.

    To that end, Kelly invented the Pork & Burn.

    “It’s almost like a yin-yang thing,” she said.

  • A bargain buyer’s dream come true

    For some people, it’s a hobby – a real passion. They set the alarm so they can cruise the streets early to look for the perfect spot and beat the crowds.

    For those who love garage sales, it is not just about getting a certain item but also achieving the perfect price.

    From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24, these bargain hunters will get the deal of a lifetime.

    First Baptist Church is hosting a garage sale where everything from the clothing to furniture is free.

  • Don’t fear math

    Math should not be something to fear. In fact, if approached from the right perspective, the subject can be fun.

    The Los Alamos Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), in conjunction with Mesa Public Library Family Night, is showing off this sometimes overlooked side of math during the Let’s Read Math Program at 7 p.m. Monday at Mesa Public Library. The program will present “Grand Father Tang’s Story.”

  • Explore folk healers Thursday

    Since he was a boy growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, Eliseo Torres, known to everyone as ‘Cheo,’ has been fascinated by the folk traditions and ways of Mexico and of his Mexican-American roots.

    Both of his parents were versed in aspects of herbal lore and healing, and as he matured he learned from them a love and respect for the history and folk knowledge of the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing.

  • Author discusses writing, inspiration for Newberry Honor book

    Author Jacqueline Kelly will sign her 2010 Newberry Honor Book, “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” at 1 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station. Not only can readers meet with Kelly, but they can share a lunch with her as well. There will be a dutch-treat luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hill Diner.

  • Like peanut butter and jelly, folk and fine art mesh well together

    Like oil and water, black and white, night and day, fine art and folk art seem to have nothing in common. They’re complete opposites.

    Fine art is formal, professional, and feature traditional themes such as landscapes and still life. While folk art is untraditional and democratic – anyone can create a piece of folk art.

  • On the budget, Denish leaves Martinez in the road

    Last week the Legislative Finance Committee warned that the state could see another revenue shortfall, even with the combined cuts and tax increases delivered in the last legislative session, even with federal stimulus money. The governor is presently ignoring the committee’s Nervous Nellies and waiting for consensus estimates by government economists.

    You will recall that if we see red ink, the ball – tossed to him by legislators – is in the governor’s court.

  • Bomb test no surprise in LA

    SANTA FE — Mid-July is a momentous time in New Mexico’s history. On July 14, 1881, Pat Garrett shot Billy the Kid. The Kid is arguably the world’s most famous outlaw. The news quickly traveled around the world.

    On July 16, 1945, the world’s first nuclear explosion occurred at Trinity Site, north of Alamogordo. According to history, news of that event traveled nowhere but Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., London, Potsdam and Moscow.

  • Softball: WR splits its tournament games, stays alive at state

    SANTA FE — The White Rock Senior Softball All-Stars finished on both ends of a pair of nail-biters Saturday, but remain alive in the state Little League championship tournament.

    White Rock split its two games at Franklin Miles Park Saturday, falling in the first contest to Silver City in the morning and defeating Isleta in an elimination game a few hours later.