Today's News

  • Consumer confidence climbs in January, but still relatively weak

     CHICAGO (AP) — Consumer confidence rose past expectations in January, the third straight monthly increase as Americans begin to feel slightly better about business conditions and the job picture, according to a survey released Tuesday.

    The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index increased to 55.9, the highest in more than a year but still relatively gloomy. That compares with 53.6 in December.

    January's index was better than the expected 53.5 forecast by economists.

  • A slightly sticky situation

    Los Alamos Middle School Principal Donna Grim and Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn reward students for academic improvements by taking one for the team.


  • H1N1 vaccination clinic location changed

    The venue for the free H1N1 vaccination clinic Friday has changed to the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive (next to Sullivan Field. The time, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. remains the same.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Occupational Medicine and the county public health office are supporting the county in hosting this upcoming clinic, which is open to anyone. The clinic will primarily be for those able to receive the “inactivated vaccine,” which is given as a shot. There will be consent forms on site for individuals to complete and sign.

  • Girls basketball: LA can’t hold on to big late lead against St. Pius X

    With about half a quarter left in regulation Monday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team looked to be well in control.

    But that look was deceiving.

    Los Alamos led by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter Monday against the visiting St. Pius X Sartans and held a healthy 7-point lead at the halfway mark of the period, but two quick turnovers in the backcourt led to two quick Sartan buckets.

    The Sartans rode the momentum for the next 2-1/2 minutes and escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 40-37 victory.

  • PNM spells out plan

    ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico has come up with a plan for incorporating renewable energy into its portfolio, and it’s very different from an initial proposal that sparked a firestorm of criticism from the renewable energy industry, environmentalists and consumer advocates.

    PNM, the state’s largest utility, met a deadline Monday for submitting its renewable energy procurement plan and other documents to the state Public Regulation Commission.

  • Republican minority urges budget cuts

    SANTA FE — Cut inefficient state expenditures, reduce the number of state workers and pare services down to the bare essentials; with a $600 million deficit, steeply declining revenues and state spending barely propped up with a $400 million infusion of federal stimulus money, Republicans believe their ideas of minimal government have a useful place in the current legislative session.

  • 01-26-10 Update

    Police Beat

    A trailer and its contents worth an estimated $20,000 combined and an ATV with a trailer estimated at $8,400 were stolen this week. See Page 2 for the full report.

    ‘Topper/’Devil tickets on sale Friday

      Tickets for the Los Alamos-Española Valley boys basketball game, which will be played at Griffith Gymnasium, will go on sale at 2 p.m. Friday.

  • Council rejects resolutions

    Angry audience members muttering disparaging remarks under their breath and a councilor breaking into tears added to the drama of a four-hour public meeting Saturday.

    The emotionally charged meeting held in council chambers was called for the sole purpose of deciding resolutions 10-02 and 10-03 proposing additions to the County Charter and a mail out ballot election.

    The problem councilors faced was that the petition calling for the additions and election was deemed illegal as presented.

  • Thumbs down on taxes

    Recently the Monitor has published two interesting articles concerning the upcoming election with respect to the UNM-LA question and LAPS bond election.

    One concerns the writer-perceived perception that many had a “misconception that Los Alamos schools are wealthy.” Furthermore that the recent 32 percent tax increases should not influence the current bond vote.

  • Vote yes for public schools referendum

    Please allow our schools to pay for maintenance and equipment by voting “yes” on the referendum ballot that has been maailed to county residents

    New Mexico law specifies how school funding works:

    • State funding is used to cover salaries (operational expenses).

    • Bond funding, through local taxes, is for buildings/property (capital projects).

    • Referendum funding, through local taxes, is for building repair, maintenance, equipment replacement and some athletic items (projects under $200,000).