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Today's News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Former governor KIng dies at 85

    Read the story in Friday's Monitor

  • Volleyball update: Toppers fall in quarterfinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team dropped its quarterfinal match Friday morning, ending its 2009 season.

    The Hilltoppers won the first game against St. Pius X, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, but dropped three straight following that opening game win to end their postseason stay.

    Read more about Friday morning's match in Sunday's Monitor.

  • United Methodist Church to take stock during charge conference

    The First United Church of Los Alamos is taking stock of its year.

    While church members will evaluate their past deeds, they will also look ahead to the coming year and its potential.

    This annual review, known as the Charge Conference, will be held at noon Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.

    Everyone in the community  is welcomed to attend the conference.

  • Richardson orders furloughs to deal with budget

     Thousands of workers in state agencies in Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration will be required to take five unpaid furlough days to help New Mexico plug a more than $650 million budget gap this year.

    To cut costs, the Democratic governor also plans to eliminate at least 84 political appointive jobs and won’t fill 1,000 positions that are vacant because of a hiring freeze.

    Richardson siged deficit reduction measures that will save $470 million this year.

  • Former N.M. governor dies

    Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King, a folksy cattle rancher who served more time as governor than anyone else and became an institution in state politics, died Friday. He was 85.

    Attorney General Gary King announced his father’s death.

    King was a Democrat who served three terms that spanned three decades. He was in office in 1971-74, 1979-82 and 1991-94.

    King was with family members at his ranch in Stanley when he died Friday morning. His death comes less than a year after the death of his wife of 61 years.

  • Udall sees new missions in lab’s future

    A political figure who risked alienating some of his constituents by warning that the age of nuclear weapons was in eclipse a few years ago sees opportunities where others fear cuts.

  • Trinity Site becomes a reality

    The collective sense of relief was nearly palpable as an effort that began in 1965 ended Thursday night with the unanimous approval of lease agreements and property conveyances involving the Trinity Site Revitalization and Airport Basin projects.

    “I believe this is a win-win for both parties and establishes what we both want to work for,” County Administrator Tony Mortillaro said.

  • Damage control is not leadership

    Those who love football as well as civil society, like me, face a chilling ambivalence about a sport that has become not only a stand-in for war (although we still have the real thing going on), but also a huge business that commands, in the corporate world of college education, expenditures seldom lavished on non-athletes.

    Football as a game has not only become “war;” it is also big business that deals in millions of dollars and the euphoria (or depression) of thousands of people, depending on winning or losing.

  • The trouble with self-importance

    You’re driving up the Front Road and right behind you is a very important person ... a VIP. Right behind you.

    You know the type.  There are five cars in front of you and you can’t go any faster, but the VIP just has to pass you since, well, he’s very important.  And so, he tailgates you and once he’s given a three-second window to pass, off he goes, rushing to his very important meeting with other very important people, or “I.”

    Now, if he could only pass those other five not-as-important people ...

  • Pest control technician faces felony charges involving local woman

    Longtime Los Alamos Terminix man, Charles Herrera, has been charged with criminal sexual penetration.

    The charge stems from an alleged incident that occurred inside the home of a local woman for whom he has provided pest control services for many years.

    Read the full story in Thursday's Los Alamos Monitor.