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Today's News

  • First day of winter kicks off with special advisory and Winter Storm Watch for the area

    Today's winter solstice--the shortest day of the year--also ushers in the first official day of winter. It appears as though Old Man Winter will waste little time in getting down to work.

    Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued the following Special Weather Statement for the Jemez Mountains area of New Mexico:

    A WINTRY PERIOD AHEAD OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY...

  • Winter Storm Warning begins at 11 a.m. this morning

    The National Weather Service issued the following warning Tuesday morning:

    WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

  • State health officials offer H1N1 vaccinations to all New Mexicans

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state has opened up H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations to all New Mexicans, not just people in high-risk groups.

    The state says health providers have enough vaccine for more New Mexicans.

    Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says the Department of Health will continue to consider people in high-risk groups the top priority, but also will provide vaccine to as many people as possible.

    The agency has distributed about 554,000 doses to providers and public health offices statewide.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers survive first round of Ben Lujan tourney

    JACONA — Should the Los Alamos Hilltoppers wish to defend their Ben Lujan Invitational title, they will likely need a better showing the rest of the way than they had Monday night.

    The Hilltopper boys basketball team was nearly upset in the first round of the tournament by a struggling Socorro Warriors squad Monday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium. Socorro held a two-point lead with 3:40 remaining in regulation and was within one possession of tying the score with 13.2 seconds remaining.

  • Girls basketball: LA scares top-ranked Broncos at home Monday

    A furious third quarter comeback by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team put a scare into the No. 1 Class AAAA team in the state Monday.

    Los Alamos met the powerful Kirtland Central Broncos Monday afternoon at Griffith Gymnasium, the third game in four days against Four Corner-area opponents.

    In Monday’s contest, the Hilltoppers trailed by 12 points at the break, but would hold the high-octane Broncos’ offense to just four points in the third quarter to chop that lead down to two with eight minutes remaining.

  • Get fit and receive a gift

    There is no need to wait until Friday for receive a Christmas gift.

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center is giving people an opportunity to register to win an 8-foot long stocking. The drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the aquatic center. The winner does not need to be present to win.

    To enter in  the contest, participants simply need to swipe their pass card or pay the admission fee.

    Additionally, purchasing goggles, gift certificates or passes will give them an opportunity to win the big stocking.

  • A complaint about police behavior

    I used to have the utmost respect for our local police department and considered their efforts to be outstanding but no more. My 18-year-old granddaughter was carelessly pulling her boy friend’s car from in front of our house and an oncoming car hit the front end. Three police personnel just happened to be nearby and investigated immediately.

  • About the 12 jobs eliminated at 3M

    I am extremely disappointed with the recent job elimination action by the 3M Corporation in Los Alamos. Only eight weeks ago, a 3M company officer spoke to the assembled workers at Imtec’s HYTEC Technology Center in Los Alamos. He told us, your jobs are safe; your job may change, but you will have a job. Eight weeks later there was a different plan and no satisfactory explanation for the job cuts by the 3M Corporation. Twelve positions were eliminated, without warning, on Dec. 7.

  • Tax junk food, not fruits, vegetables and baby food

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) proposed last month that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. The food tax issue has not gone away, but a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive for New Mexico families.

  • 12-22-09 Update

    See Police Beat on Page 3

       Incidents in this week’s Police Beat include a drug bust involving several individuals including former Monitor mailroom employees, a hit and run, home and business burglaries, rocks shattering home and vehicle windows and dog bites on an 8-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. Read the week’s full report on Page 3.

    Monday dancing canceled