Today's News

  • Analysis: Stimulus spending on infrastructure projects fails to move unemployment needle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found.

  • NFL playoff picture crystallizes following Cardinals OT win

    It took a few extra minutes, but the lineup for the divisional round of the NFL playoffs is set.

    The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 51-45 in overtime Sunday on Karlos Dansby's 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown to round out the field.

    "He (Michael Adams) made a sack, the ball went in the air, I just made a play on the ball," Dansby said.

    Earlier, the Baltimore Ravens routed the Patriots 33-14.

  • This week's Police Beat shows spike in thefts

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  • Virginia Stovall passes the century mark

    SANTA FE ­­ —  Virginia Stovall, one of Los Alamos’ first Living Treasures, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday, surrounded by an adoring family and admiring friends.

    Stovall, her husband Emory who died in 1989, and two of her three sons, worked at the laboratory in Los Alamos. She is remembered and beloved for her church and charitable activities on the Hill and around northern New Mexico.

    For many years she organized clothing drives, holiday parties and cooperative projects in Truchas, Chimayó, San Ildefonso and Santa Clara.

  • Badlands Burgers wins cheeseburger challenge

    ALBUQUERQUE— Governor Bill Richardson on Tuesday announced the winner of the inaugural Governor’s Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge. Badlands Burgers, of Grants beat out 19 other contestants in the cook-off challenge, which was staged this afternoon on the State Fairgrounds.

    “It is my pleasure to award Badlands Burgers with the prestigious title of Best Green Chile Cheeseburger in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said to a significant crowd of onlookers during the award presentation immediately following the cook-off.

  • 2016 Olympics should be a fun time for all

    SANTA FE — Expect the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to be the most fun ever. Brazilians know how to party. Even if Brazil doesn’t deliver on all the promises it made to win the bid, Rio will show everyone a good time, including television viewers.

    I say this after two weeks of travel in Brazil. I realize that doesn’t make me an expert on the subject but it did provide an opportunity to get a taste of the Brazilian way of life.

  • 12-1-09 Police beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Nov. 18

    3:50 p.m. – Blaine McFerrin, 18, of Los Alamos was arrested at Los Alamos High School and charged with the unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on a school campus for possessing brass knuckles.

    12:48 a.m. – A 38-year-old Los Alamos man reported cleaning supplies taken from his Tuff shed in White Rock. The estimated loss is $300.

    Nov. 19

  • Opposition to arrest mugs on front page

      I’d like to add my voice to those in opposition to the Monitor’s publishing of police arrests — along with photos of those arrested — on the front page of the paper. My opposition is not to printing the information. That’s an entirely different discussion. My opposition is to printing the information with photos on the front page.

  • Gearing up for Phase 4

    Phase 3 of the Diamond Drive reconstruction project is winding down and Tuesday evening county officials focused their attention on the fourth and final phase – likely to be the most disruptive of all.

    “There won’t be an individual who travels these roads who won’t be touched by this project – This is going to be a real challenge,” County Administrator Tony Mortillaro advised county council members.

    Diamond Drive is the only north/south arterial road that connects the town’s different mesa tops.

  • Mug shots elicit range of responses

    Newspapers have a quirky kind of give and take with their readers. Typically it’s a predominantly giving relationship — that is until the newspaper does something readers don’t particularly agree with, and then the newspaper takes it… on the chin.

    Such was the case recently when the Monitor made the decision to start publishing mug shots in its weekly Police Beat, that’s become a standard feature on the Tuesday front page over the past several months. Mug shots are, after all, as accessible as the arrest reports that go along with them.