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Today's News

  • Safety issues raised red flags

    I could have spoken up about how odd it was to be putting so many people at risk, but I didn’t. I’ll take some blame for that. I’m sorry. Why didn’t I speak up when I noticed that we wanted our youth who ride buses to cross in front of the school bus, but we wanted them to cross behind Atomic City Transit buses? Why didn’t I speak up when I noticed that vehicle drivers must stop for school buses but can whiz past Atomic City Transit (ACT) buses?

  • Response to column on smoking

    I am delighted to read (in “Our kids are on fire,” Monitor, Jan. 15.) that “As a math teacher, (John Pawlak) can safely say that turning a blind eye to the dangers [of smoking] just doesn’t add up.” I wish you could also tell the FDA that refusing to reduce those dangers – by allowing use of e-cigarettes which provide nicotine and flavors without tars and other carcinogens (including radioactivity!) — doesn’t add up either.

  • There are no quick fixes for problems

    To solve our environmental problems, climate change being by far the largest, we need to think about both smaller bites of the problem and the long term. The small bites won’t be baby steps but bold and far-reaching initiatives that each tackle an aspect of the larger problem. And many of our boldest but necessary steps may not bear fruit within our lifetimes.

  • Boys basketball: Sundevils are still the team to beat in District 2

    Emotions are riding high heading into the start of the District 2AAAA boys basketball season.

    Nowhere more so than in Española Valley, where last week, according to the Associated Press, someone tried to set fire to the front door of Sundevil head coach Richard Martinez’s home. While it was unknown if the fire-setting, which was bad enough to send Martinez’s mother to the hospital for smoke inhalation, had anything to do with basketball, it does speak about how seriously fans in the valley are taking the 2009-10 season.

  • Scenes from this morning's snow storm

    The snow this morning was both picturesque to look at and problematic for those responsible for clearing sidewalks and roadways.

  • Read all about it... Police Beat

    To check out this week's Police Beat, click here.

  • Seniors outgrowing White Rock Senior Center

    Betty Ehart and White Rock Senior Center staff described the need for a bigger, more accommodating space in White Rock for seniors 55 and older during the White Rock Implementation Steering Committee meeting. 

    About one third of the population in Los Alamos County is older than 50, according to the last census.

    Baby boomers are a big segment of the population worldwide and the population of people over 90 is steadily growing.

    The White Rock Senior Center has no space to serve daily meals or provide health related activities.

  • Alert: Transportation secretary announces highway crews prepared as winter storm hits New Mexico

    SANTA FE – State Transportation Secretary Gary L.J. Girón announced today that highway crews have been out in full force as a series of winter storms hit portions of North, West and Central New Mexico. 

    “As more winter weather rolls into the New Mexico this week, the NMDOT will continue to coordinate snow-removal operations with State Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure timely and accurate information is available to our residents and the traveling public,” Girón said.  

  • Senate juggernaut snapped in astounding Massachusetts upset for Republicans

    BOSTON (AP) — In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leaving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office.

  • First in trio of storms on track for Monday night arrival

    The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Weather Advisory just before noon Monday:

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST TUESDAY...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM MST TUESDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES... EXCEPT 3 TO 6 INCHES ABOVE 7500 FEET.