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Today's News

  • Democrat targets GOP stronghold

    Los Alamos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Pete Sheehey is going after a seat that’s been unchallenged for years. Sheehey, 57, is running for the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico House of Representatives in District 43.

    The seat, which Republican Jeannette Wallace, 75, has held since Jan. 1, 1991, encompasses Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties.

  • Senate OKs tax hikes on certain foods and cigarettes to balance state budget

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With time running out in the Legislature, the Senate approved a $5.5 billion state budget early Sunday that's balanced by reinstating New Mexico's sales tax on certain foods and increasing the cigarette tax.

    The food tax will generate $138 million but it's expected to run into strong opposition in the House.

    The Senate voted 23-19 to impose the gross receipts tax on a wide range of food products, including white flour tortillas, hard taco shells, candy and soft drinks.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers upend Jaguars at home

    Bouncing back from a disappointing loss Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team posted a big defensive showing Tuesday night.

    Facing a District 2AAAA opponent, the Capital Jaguars, that was in desperate need of a win, Los Alamos allowed a total of just four field goals in the second and third quarters Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, then made one of its best offensive pushes of the season to take a 56-35 victory.

  • Lab flirts with another closure

    A recent rash of safety issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory reminded federal officials of events leading up to the laboratory shutdown in 2004. Their concerns were expressed in another stern memo to Los Alamos National Laboratory managers that came to light Thursday.

  • Looking forward to spring

    Beat the wintertime blues by heading over to the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. The center will open its newest exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate Spring,” Friday. Read more in Sunday’s Monitor.

  • Official probe: Olympic track did not cause luger's death

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Fast and frightening, yes. Responsible for the death of a luger, no.

    Olympic officials decided late Friday night against any major changes in the track or any delays in competition and even doubled up on the schedule in the wake of the horrifying accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia.

  • Lawmakers approve Hispanic Education Act

    SANTA FE — Similar proposals aimed at closing an achievement gap for New Mexico Hispanic students, improving their high school graduation rates and getting more of them to college were approved Wednesday by state legislators.

    The House passed the proposed Hispanic Education Act on a 44-25 vote. The proposal would establish a liaison within the Public Education Department who would focus on Hispanic students. It also would create an advisory council that would work with families and communities to close the gap.

  • Council mulls business, beauty

    Los Alamos County Council will hear a series of presentations at their meeting in White Rock Tuesday, beginning with a report from the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee.  

    The committee will present a plan that grew out of discussions about where to place artist Susanne Vertel’s sculptures of J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. The master plan will provide suggestions for these and other sculptures that are envisioned as a part of the project.

  • Climate research lament

      Since the last science update of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said recent warming is due mostly to human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), the critics have mounted an awesome pushback with some success.

        As a long time student of the amazing research into climate change, this writer must lament. It has been truly observed that “When ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”

  • Penalizing dummies: A new revenue resource

       There oughta be a law…

        For all their convenience, there’s something about cell phones that brings out the stupidity in some people. Like the guy talking on his cell phone who rode his bike directly into the path of my car and came close to becoming a hood ornament.

    Or the texting teenager who swerved into my lane on a busy street.