Today's News

  • NM bases, state homeland security on alert

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's homeland security secretary says the state is on heightened alert because of the death of Osama bin Laden, but no specific threats have been made to New Mexico.

    State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Duvall says states were told to go to heightened alert because of the uncertainty about what might occur in the wake of the Al-Qaida leader's killing by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

    Duvall says residents should be more aware and report anything suspicious to local law enforcement.

    New Mexico's three Air Force bases and White Sands Missile Range also have heightened security.

  • Rain, rain go away at Churchill Downs

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The weather forecast wouldn't change, no matter how long Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sat in front of the television.

    "The only time I got away from the Weather Channel was when Obama came on last night," Baffert said, referring to President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan.

    Slop and all, Baffert had no choice but to sent out Midnight Interlude on Monday for the final workout before Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

  • AP source: US used 'multiple methods" to ID body

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After the firefight that killed Osama bin Laden, the U.S. used "multiple methods" to positively identify his remains, according to a senior Pentagon official who personally saw a photograph of the corpse.

    The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, declined to specify the methods of identification, but two Obama administration officials said DNA evidence confirmed the death.

    The officials claimed the DNA evidence provides a match with 99.9 percent confidence.

  • Golf: 2-4A tourney postponed until Tuesday

    The District 2-4A golf tournament, scheduled for this morning at Los Alamos Golf Course, has been postponed.

    The tournament is now scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday. Should conditions not improve at Los Alamos Golf Course, the tournament will be shifted to Santa Fe Country Club at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back on lamonitor.com for further information.

  • Inside the raid that killed bin Laden--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen.

    The location was a fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani town two hours outside Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.

    Intelligence officials discovered the compound in August while monitoring an al-Qaida courier. The CIA had been hunting that courier for years, ever since detainees told interrogators that the courier was so trusted by bin Laden that he might very well be living with the al-Qaida leader.

  • Baseball: LA gets No. 12 seed in 4A tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team drew the Artesia Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

    Los Alamos earned a No. 12 seed and will take on the fifth-seeded Bulldogs in the best-of-3 series. The first round is scheduled to start Friday. Dates and times haven’t been announced.

    To see the full baseball brackets, visit www.nmact.org.

  • US kills Osama bin Laden decade after 9/11 attacks--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

    Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was tracked down in a costly, custom-built hideout not far from a Pakistani military academy.

    "Justice has been done," President Barack Obama said in a dramatic announcement at the White House while a crowd cheered outside and hundreds more gathered at ground zero in Manhattan to celebrate the news.

    The military operation took mere minutes.


    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The death of Osama bin Laden in a fortress-like compound on the outskirts of a Pakistani city that is home to three army regiments and thousands of soldiers raises questions over whether Pakistani security forces knew the whereabouts of the world's most wanted man.

    The al-Qaida chief was living in a house in Abbottabad that a U.S. administration official said was "custom built to hide someone of significance." The city around 60 miles from the capital Islamabad is a far cry from the remote mountain caves along the Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal border where most intelligence assessments had put bin Laden in recent years.

  • Poetry Corner 05-01-11


    The city where there are no boundaries or limits
    Where anything is possible
    Keeps everyone California dreamin’
    People came to Cali since the 60’s
    When Haight-Ashbury was the place to be
    And there were drum circles as far as you could see
    When images of psychedelic dreamscapes were common
    Cali seemed like a haven of new ideas and peace
    Where guitar gods rose to fame and Beatles disembarked in need for a change
    Get lost in the concrete jungles of L.A.
    Go catch a Lakers game at Staples and watch Kobe dunk on the Celtics
    Chill with Pac and Snoop on Crenshaw and share some Cali Love
    Later on, hang with O’shea and Chris on their porch

  • Fashion Maven: Find the right polish to make your nails pop

    I don’t know about you, but I consider nail polish more of an accessory than a makeup product. Up to this point in your life, you probably have tried every shade and every style of nail polish on the market, which is a good thing because you have a head start compared to the nail-polish-illiterate.
    The possibilities of nail painting are endless. In my opinion, the way to get the most beautiful nails of all is to use your imagination, to experiment and to practice until you get the manicure that you want.
    For the unmotivated, I have a few pre-conceived ideas for you to work with.
    As with anything else, begin with the basics. Start by washing your hands or feet very well for a few minutes with warm soap and water.