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Today's News

  • NMED not up to the task

    The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) recent public venting at LANL over radionuclide reporting in groundwater appears to be another subterfuge at hiding its own inadequacies in regulation.  NMED clearly has no statutory authority to regulate radionuclides at DOE facilities.  LANL provides large amounts of information to NMED as a courtesy.  Environmental surveillance reports dating back to 1970 and many other reports are full of data on ground and surface water and are publicly available.  For many years there were quarterly public meetings to talk about

  • LEDs score in proficiency, not political points

    Words take on a cultural aura. In Spanish, all nouns have a gender. Everything is either masculine or feminine, but neither rhyme nor reason can tell which.

    Would you guess the Spanish word for “necktie” is male or female? Even though neckties are in the men’s wear department, the word for necktie is “la corbata,” clearly feminine. You will do no better at guessing the gender of Spanish words for dress, book or window (masculine, masculine, feminine).

  • Catch the latest Police Beat

    Check out this week's police blotter here.

  • News Alert: Governor's proposed budget raises concern

    Gov. Bill Richardson released his proposed balanced budget late today and Rep. Jeannette Wallace is expressing concern with his plan.

    In an interview this evening, Wallace said she and her Legislative Finance Committee colleagues are looking at perhaps a 2 percent cut to education.

  • Outdoor Notes

    Lake is now open for ice fishing

    EAGLE NEST — Eagle Nest Lake State Park opened for ice fishing Tuesday, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and New Mexico State Parks announced.

    All terrain vehicles and snowmobiles will be allowed on the ice at this time, but not on the state park shorelines and full-sized vehicles are not allowed. All vehicles must be taken into the park on trailers and driven directly onto the ice from the boat ramp.

  • Schedule for Jan. 4-9

    Tuesday

    Girls basketball: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, C team , 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos Quad, 10 a.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, 9 a.m.

  • Real compromise requires an attitude adjustment

    So we end the year with a climate “accord” nobody likes. And health care reform limped out of Congress with critics baying on all sides. When the Legislature convenes to contend with the state’s red ink, we’ll probably see more controversial compromises, just as we did in the special session.

    Which makes me think we don’t know how to compromise anymore. I’m not sure we even know what a compromise is.

    I’ve seen the process in two settings – as a mediator and as an observer at New Mexico First’s Town Hall Meetings.

  • Stories we remember in 2009

    Many stories appearing in the Monitor this year stirred community reaction. One that drew considerable passion was the story about Principal Mike Katko’s job being questioned at Mountain Elementary School.

    The story first broke in the Monitor March 25. It was written based on a number of telephone calls that morning from alarmed parents and teachers and the refusal by school officials and Katko to talk about it.

  • Health and fitness: New year is time to meet goals

    The resolution season is upon us and many are deciding to make this the year they lose those extra pounds.

    Whether it’s a couple pounds or many, the key to successful weight loss is to do it the right way.

    I see people everyday who are achieving their goals and shedding those excess pounds by eating right and exercising. This is the right way to lose weight. Crash diets, trendy weight-loss methods and expensive supplements might provide some temporary success on the scale. But, invariably, they will fail and leave you right back the way you started, if not worse.

  • Roadrunner led the way for the lab

    The year was the best of times and the second best of times for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s high performance supercomputer, the Roadrunner.

    In May the Roadrunner was named the speediest supercomputer in the world for the third half-year in a row, a lifetime at the top, in terms of supercomputer years.

    But then in November, a relentless competitor vaulted ahead. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar, having trailed the Roadrunner in the last two ranking, zoomed out in front.