Today's News

  • 30K trapped in China flooding

    BEIJING (AP) — Floods caused by heavy rains in northeastern China stranded tens of thousands of residents without power Wednesday, as the worst flooding in more than a decade continued to besiege many areas of the country.

    Floods this year have killed at least 928 people with 477 missing and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, the State Flood Control and Drought Prevention office reported. More heavy rains were expected for the southeast, southwest and northeast parts of the country through Thursday.

  • Report: DWI cases rife with inconsistencies

    ALBUQUERQUE — The latest report from a project analyzing how New Mexico courts handle driving-while-intoxicated cases found some defendants were pleading to reduced charges, sentences were deferred, and cases were dismissed because officers didn’t come to court.

    The report also identified more cases in which district judges weren’t complying with parts of mandatory sentencing requirements such as ordering ignition interlocks, DWI school, fines, community service, screening and treatment.

  • United Way seeks local grant proposals

    The United Way of Northern New Mexico is seeking grant proposals from non-profit organizations serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.

    Grants will be dispersed from the United Way Community Action Fund in the fall of 2010.  

    The deadline for filing an application is August 16 at 3 p.m.

    All proposals must be mailed or delivered in person to the UWNNM office located at 1200 Trinity Drive, Suite 418, Los Alamos, on the fourth floor of the Los Alamos National Bank.  

    Final approval and grant selection is expected to occur in September.

  • Volleyball: Ealey wraps up prep career at All-Star match Tuesday

    ALBUQUERQUE — Taylor Ealey has never been much for playing second fiddle to anyone and rarely has she had to.

    So when, following her first of two All-Star appearances this summer, she had a conversation with New Mexico Highlands basketball coach Heather Sankey, Ealey decided that the school in Las Vegas, N.M., might be a better fit for her than trying to squeeze onto the program at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.

    “They wanted me more,” Ealey said of the coaching staff at Highlands.

  • Huge developer eyes Trinity site

    If North American Development Group wins the Trinity Site redevelopment lottery, upscale retail is in Los Alamos’ near future.

    The Canada- and U.S.-based developer, which owns or runs more than 10 million square feet of shopping center space, would like to develop a “pedestrian friendly” center in Los Alamos.


    Read the full story in today's Monitor.


  • Brand new pencils, brand new notebooks

    Tim Martinez, Los Alamos National Laboratory employee giving specialist, and the staff at Self Help, Inc. ran into a problem that many charitable organizations in small towns face. Their intentions to supply children who are in need with new school materials were overlapping and the two entities found each other stepping and stumbling over each other’s toes.

    To avoid the problem this year, Self Help’s Tools for School and LANL’s backpack drive are teaming up to help children get ready for the school year.

  • Clean up White Rock and be proud again

    Pictures of neglected, debris-infested homes in White Rock could make a 50-page edition for us to browse through.

    But rather than that, how about we all go out, look around at our own homes, spend a  weekend, if need be, (cutting grass/weeds, putting things away or getting rid of them if we have no place to store them, getting dead vehicles sent to vehicle heaven, storing your boats, campers, etc. out of sight to your neighbors.)

  • United Way of Northern New Mexico praised

     On behalf of the United Way of Central New Mexico (serving Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties), I extend  thanks and appreciation to the United Way of Northern New Mexico for their hospitality and leadership in convening local United Ways from around the state.  

    New Mexico’s communities are served by a number of independent United Ways and the United Way of Central New Mexico values the opportunity to meet with, and learn from, other United Ways in the state.

  • Keep it simple, stupid

    At every level, we humans have a natural drive to understand the world around us. We try to understand people and the economy (with little success), and we try to understand the natural world around us (with more and more success over time).

  • NEWS ALERT!Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law

    PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona's immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

    The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton sets up a lengthy legal battle as Arizona fights to enact the country's toughest-in-the-nation law. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the statewill likely appeal the ruling and seek to get the judge's order overturned.