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Today's News

  • NM unemployment rate dips slightly in June

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson's administration reports that New Mexico's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in June, from 8.4 percent in the previous month.

    Nearly 78,300 New Mexicans were without jobs in June.

    Unemployment statewide remains well above the 7.1 percent jobless rate in June 2009.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions said New Mexico has lost 14,200 jobs during the past year.

    Unemployment last month ranged from 3.6 percent in Los Alamos County to 19 percent in Luna County in southern New Mexico.

  • Flash flooding possible through the weekend

    The National Weather Service issued the following weather statement early Friday morning...

    THE THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING WILL INCREASE ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THROUGH THE WEEKEND...

  • Ships evacuate spill site as Tropical Storm nears

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Engineers prepared to abandon their vigil over BP's broken oil well Friday as ships and rig workers evacuated the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie.

    The mechanical plug that's throttled the oil for a week will be left closed, even if the undersea robots monitoring the well's stability leave. The only way BP would know if the cap had failed would be satellite and aerial views of oil gushing to the surface.

  • NM tribe wins gas appeal

    ALBUQUERQUE  — An appellate court in Washington, D.C., has ruled in favor of northern New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache Nation in a dispute over natural gas royalties dating from more than 20 years ago.

    The decision could mean millions of dollars for the tribe.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled last week the U.S. Department of Interior improperly relied on regulations that went into effect after the 1984-1988 period in question.

  • Sports and barbering connect

    “The usual? Finger-length on top, 3/8 on the sides?” Dave Patterson asked as he draped a cape around one of his regular clients.

    A handful of men watched television while waiting for their turn in the barber’s chair Thursday afternoon at Dave’s Sports Barbershop in Central Park Square. Anchors from ESPN talk about sports, helping the men pass their time.

    A Kobe Bryant figurine sits atop one of the mini-lockers that hold miscellaneous barbering tools and a barber pole churns lazily in one corner of the room.

  • Well-known cyclist crashes

    Officials are puzzling over a bizarre bicycle accident that sent a top bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday afternoon.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Eldorado is an avid cyclist who’s logged thousands of miles including a trip from San Francisco to New Hampshire in 2007.

     

    Read the full story in today's Monitor.

  • Raising Fearizona

    Greek playwright Aeschylus is recognized as the father of tragedy.  He once noted: “He who learns must suffer.  And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”  

    Oh yeah, clearly this guy wasn’t big on comedy.  He did however recognize that true understanding is often super-glued to a swift kick in the head.  Who wants wisdom if you have to listen to that darn dripping noise of common reason all night long?

  • Government intrusion sprinkles into NM homes

    What do Scottsdale, Ariz., and Chapel Hill, N.C., have in common?

    If you said, “rich people,” you get partial credit.

    But the answer we’re looking for today is: Both require that homes in their communities be built with fire sprinklers in their ceilings.

    Fire sprinklers. Like the one’s Bruce Willis used to save the giant building in the first “Die Hard” movie.

    The do-dahs countless kids, one suspects, have tried to turn on with a lighter.  

    Or perhaps that’s an urban myth.

  • Baseball: WR to take on Carlsbad in first round of state tourney

    The White Rock 9-10 All-Star baseball team will open up play at the state tournament Saturday morning.

    The state 9-10 Little League All-Star tournament will be held at Ragsdale Field in Raton.

    White Rock, which won the District 1 tournament, held at Overlook Park last weekend, will take on Carlsbad in the first round of the double-elimination state tournament. That game, the first game on the schedule, will be played at 9 a.m.

    In all, eight teams are expected to vie for the state 9-10 title.

  • Running: Williams has best finish at pace race

    Joan Williams was the top predictor at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race this week.

    The pace race was held Tuesday at American Spring Road.

    Williams finished with an error of just 12 seconds on the 1-mile course. Rainy, wet conditions made predictions tough Tuesday with only one other runner, Roy Cope, finishing with a prediction error of less than 72 seconds.

    Cope, meanwhile, was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 12:20, while Inez Ross was the top female finisher, crossing in 16:54.